Thrum Knitting

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

Our Newest Toy- The Brother Dream Fabric Frame

UPS dropped off 2 large boxes.  We had been told that the new toy would be arriving soon, but we were not expecting it to be today.  Since I was the only one who had even seen the Brother Dream Fabric Frame in person, it would be my responsibility to build it.  I wish I had taken pictures of the progress but if I had made a horrible mess of it, I didn’t want photographic proof of my ineptitude.

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National Sewing Month Challenge

The other day, we had the first person to compete in our Sewing Challenge bring in her project.  One of our sewing students, an amazing 14 year old, “L”, made this incredible bag.  She has been sewing with us for a while but has been sewing even longer on her own.  She came to Woolstock to learn technical sewing and pattern reading, as she was already great at creating her own patterns and finding the “hacks.” Continue reading

Change of weather means fall sewing.

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.

Indygo Junction trench coat

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?

Resources – You never know what is out there!

As knitters most of us know about Ravelry.  This is a wonderful website where you can look up knitting or crochet patterns, projects, or yarn.  It also has an extensive forum area where you can make new friends and ask questions if you don’t have a local yarn store near you.

But what about sewers? There are a couple of options.  First is Pattern Review.  This is similar to Ravelry in that you can search for a type of fabric, pattern, store, or website.  There are also reviews on sewing machines (so you can get more insight than just from Amazon or Ebay when researching your next machine).  There are also forums which have message boards where you can get advice or make friends.  There are over 300,000 members, so this site is pretty big.

Another option is My Sewing Circle.  It also has pattern reviews and forums. Plus, there are sewing circles where people with similar interests can band together. This site is much smaller, but I prefer the layout of My Sewing Circle.   I plan on trying to put some of the patterns we sell here at Woolstock up to help build the site.