Ashley at sewnbyashley.com and Amy at Thatssewamy.com are hosting a maxi dress sew along. Since this blog is so new, I am excited to try new things with it. Plus with my desire to expand out of jeans and t-shirts, this challenge came at a great time for me.
Guys can be notoriously hard people to sew for. Not only do most have a limited color palette (grey, black, dark blue, brown, maroon, and camo – or is that just my family?) but there are really only so many variations on shirt, hoodie, pants, and ties that a man will wear. Not to mention, guys tend to be big and take a fair amount of fabric.
But what can you make a guy that they will appreciate and use? How about a wallet? Since it is small and hidden you might be able to get away with some fun fabric or patterns. Novelty fabric, anyone? For the sample I picked some rich monochromatic hues in stripe and check Peppered Cottons. This is such a simple wallet with 5 pockets, it only takes about 90 minutes all told to make once all the fabric is prepped and ready to go.
The web is an amazing source of information. There are so many fun and interesting patterns in the world I selected 10 free knitting patterns that you can whip up for Dad. And if you are a slow knitter, you could always start them now so you are ahead at Christmas time…
Next week is Father’s Day, and as I watch my own father get older and look at my husband parent our children, I think about what fathers teach us. My own father gave me a legacy of art. There was always artwork around the house, some of my earliest memories are of going to Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. While I saw my mother create art and support our family with it at times, my father insisted that it be in the everyday background of my life. My mother was hands-on, art museums and classes; my father was “you can make that yourself” and “what is your plan?” Thanks to both of my parents, I grew up surrounded and embraced by many different mediums of art.
Do you know what happening Saturday? It is International Knit in Public Day!! I am so excited about this because it is always fun to hang out with a bunch of other knitters and show the world we knit. Here are Woolstock we have plans- great plans! We are going to have some munchies (and we are across the street from the wine store) and some undercover outdoor seating. There will be discounts and it will be fun to see what others are knitting. If you are local, come down and visit!! Saturday, June13, 2015 from 12-4pm
I was trying to organize my sewing and knitting area the other day. Between working, orders, requests, and children, my creating time is at a premium. I have always kept small projects in gallon zipper bags. My favorite ones are the Hefty Zip bags with the little zipper slides in the 2 gallon size since they are big enough to hold the fabric, pattern, and notions for a men’s sized pattern or enough yarn for an entire sweater.
It is all well and good to keep projects organized in bags, but as I discovered when I got my grandmother’s crafting bin, bags of crafts without any information are not much better than a huge unorganized tote. So I went looking for some way to document these projects. My mom had used a scrapbook, which I loved looking though when I was a kid, but it was just a picture and maybe random words. There was no real information on the patterns, fabrics, or yarn used.
Father’s Day is just around the corner- June 21st. And we love our Dads here are Woolstock, so over the next few weeks I am going to be offering some guy-friendly gift ideas.
First on the list today is a key fob. These are easy to make in under 15 minutes! If you are local to Reisterstown, Maryland, stop in and grab a kit. You can use one of our incredible machines which will give you about a million different embroidery options. (ok, that might be hyperbole, but seriously these machines have a bunch!)