Herriot Fine Yarn- A new addition to Woolstock

We got a new yarn in last week, Herriot Fine by Juniper Moon Farm.  This is a wonderful, fingering weight yarn for socks, shawls, or mitts. Made from 75% Baby Alpaca and 25% Nylon, you couldn’t ask for a nicer yarn.  Each skein has 461 yards/ 420 meters so you can get a pair of socks from just one skein of yarn!

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Not only is this yarn buttery soft, the colors are perfect for combining with variegated yarns, using in a striped pattern, or with cabled and textured stitches.

Could you imagine these yarns in one of these patterns?

Frosted Fall Leaves by Christina Grivetti

Drachenfels by Melanie Berg

Enough Already Mother Nature by Heidi Nick

Be sure to stop by Woolstock or our online store to pick up a skein or two of this luxurious yarn.

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Dream Machine Embroidery Placement

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I have been working on Fandom in Stitches’ Harry Potter Project of Doom.  It is a quilt along where a new block was released each week for about 6 months.  I have learned so much working on this project! I learned how to paper piece, do trapunto, and even design my own block.

The blocks are comprised of book spines and related knick-knacks as one would find on a bookshelf.  All these book spines were just begging to be embroidered with machine embroidery.  The Facebook page for the project had many embroidery designs of book titles as does The Bored Zombie.  I really like how Susan at The Bored Zombie digitizes so that is who I am going to use for this tutorial.  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about how to embroider, I  am instead going to show you how the Dream Machine by Brother uses a camera for design placement. Continue reading

Back to School Pattern Round-up

It is my favorite time of year- Back-to-School.  Not that I want my kids to go back just yet, I love having them home, letting them stay up late while we play games or watch movies.  No schedules, not commitments, no dance or sports. No homework; summer is great!   The back to school season is great because it is like starting fresh.  All the organization options, fresh pens, sharp pencils, untouched crayons are my favorite things.  I appreciate organization.   In the past I have made backpacks or lunch sacks for my kids, but as they got older they were not so interested in as many Mom-made things (sad but true). So this round up is for adults (though kids might be able to use it too). Back to school organizational stuff for us, after all it is fun sewing for us, too!

Sewing folio from Sew Perfect This is a cute binder with pockets for all your sewing tools (scissors, rotary cutter, marking pens) and a pocket for pattern notes or drawings.  This could also be used just as a portfolio with just a little adjustment.

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Midtown Trench by Indygo Junction *Review*

Indygo Junction trench coat made from Amy Butler Love-Stone Path fabric

Pattern: Midtown Trench

Designer: Indygo Junction

Fabric: Amy Butler Love Stone Path

Overall Impression: We LOVE this pattern.  It’s the kind of jacket you just want to live in.  It’s the kind of jacket you want to make more than one.  Every time we try it on to show new sewers how easy it is to make, they love the look.  The jacket is extremely comfortable. It feels great in the shoulder area and the pleat in the back helps to create that adorable A line.  It simply is a style for anyone.  The cuff adds an extra fashion detail at the end of the 3/4 sleeves.  This is a superior pattern and would make a great first sewing project.

Quirks: This is a totally minor thing but the way the instruction patterns are printed is a little different.  The instructions are so easy to follow with clear written directions and wonderful hand drawn graphics, but the pages of the instruction booklet have to be opened and removed from each other for the order to make sense.  As  I said, a minor thing.

Now get creative.  This pattern offers great design opportunities  The cuffs and back yoke are begging to be another color or embroidered.  The eight-piece construction begs the sewer to use a variety of fabrics which would create a more artistic effect.  This turns the simplest combination into your original design.

Grade: A  Between the very useable pockets and the over-all great look, I can’t say enough about this pattern.  

Fun with the Twister Tool

One of the best things about working at a fabric and yarn shop has to be the toys.  There are so many fabrics to play with, yarns to touch, and patterns to explore.  But the tools, oh, the tools!!  I was stocking the new patterns today and I came across a number of patterns that used a tool called a “Twister.”  This is a plastic template with little feet which has markings to line up with the seams to enable the quilter to make a pinwheel pattern.

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