After the rush of crafting for Christmas, we have been seeing a number of customers coming in laughing about being on injured reserve. Sore wrists, sore backs, or sore thumbs; we forget that something that gives us pleasure can also hurt us if we are not careful. So a list of 7 things you can do to help prevent injury. Obviously I’m not a doctor, so if any of your “owies” cause you significant pain please see a real MD, but from years of crafting experience and pooling from the ladies at work, not to mention the knowledge on the internet, here is what I learned. Continue reading
Recently, we have had some roving and carded batts of wool and alpaca fiber come into the store. It was unexpected, so it kinda sat there for a day or two until we figured out what we wanted to do with it. While we were looking and playing with it, we noticed that some fiber was in pencil roving, which means the wool has been cleaned and carded in such a way that the fiber is in these long, loose tubes. Continue reading
Back in July, I posted some ideas to get everyone thinking about the holiday gift giving season (See the post here). I hope you got started since it is now Thanksgiving which only leaves a week until Hanukkah and three weeks until Christmas. With that in mind, here is a round-up of some quick and easy gift ideas.
The chill is in the air. Fall festivals are popping up everywhere. Crisp apples, pumpkin drinks, and the smell of fall surrounds us. My kids have switched out their T-shirts and shorts for long jeans and hoodies. It is also the season for jackets. There is nothing I like more than a good jacket! Here are some great patterns I have found so that you can create one of your very own.
Jacket with tails I made this pattern a while ago for a costume. I found the sleeves were really long but other than that it was a easy enough pattern, plus it is a free PDF!
Talea is a cute overcoat pattern available from Burda to be printed at home. It would be so nice if made from a luxurious wool, and could you imagine what fun you could have with all the buttons?
Bed Jacket Oh, how I wish to wear a silk bed coat and eat bon-bons in bed. That is unlikely, but I could at least make myself a sweet little bed coat to wear for the run to the bus stop.
This is a free pattern, though you have to draft it yourself as it is just directions and a diagram. This is from a vintage pattern book, I love that it gives us a look at a different era.
Here is another pattern from Burda, the Silk Motorcycle Jacket. It is so pretty, I think I will have to add it to my sewing list! I love the asymmetrical zipper and the slanted zipper pockets.
Available here at Woolstock, the Midtown Trench is a fantastic fall jacket. It is a favorite for many of our customers, too. I even wrote a post about it. I love that there is so many ways to be creative with this jacket, you could do color blocking on the different pieces, embroider the collar and cuffs, or just pick a fantastic fabric.
Another customer favorite is the Little Somethin’ Jacket. It is perfect for those days when you just need a little somethin’ for the chill. It is loose and unstructured but full of feminine elegance.
What is your favorite jacket sewing pattern?
We waited 4 months and finally Madelinetosh is in! We have so many new colors, variations of colors, and new colorways. You will love Madelinetosh yarn. Not only is it beyond soft, but the hand-dyed colors are amazing with their signature depth of color. It gives you the interest of variegated yarn but the feeling of a tonal solid.
Woolstock offers 3 types of Madelinetosh-
This yarn can make beautiful shawls, shrugs, and sweaters.
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!
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?
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.
We are here at the end of July. That means there is just 6 months until Christmas and Winter Solstice, 5 months until Hanukkah (it is crazy early this year- Dec 6), so it is time to start making lists and crafting. It seems strange to think about the winter gift giving season when it is too warm to go to the pool, but sometimes big crafty things take time. Sweaters, blankets, quilts, all take a bit of time and planning.