We have been busy working on new samples for the shop for spring. If your in Utah right now, it sure doesn’t seem like it is that time of year anymore! But anyway, we are going to do a wool critters class in the next little bit, and here are some of the experiments so far. Cindy and Jeanette worked on these last week, and are both very addicted, so I am sure that there will be more to show off soon. Jeanette is making a replica of all of the dogs in our family over the years and gave me the mini Sadie below. Some of you may remember Sadie as our former shop dog. She was the best! I love the little fat quarter that Jeanette added. Sadie used to steal them from unsuspecting shoppers and then run around Piper’s, hoping that someone would get in on her game.
This is Cindy’s little blue bird. Definitely a tiny treasure!
These are some of the samples for a new class we are going to be doing at the shop. They are origami with fabric. There are so many uses for them that my head is spinning. We are working on an applique quilt that will have flowers that are 3-d made from some of these patterns. I am working on a Dahlia flower for the quilt and if I can get it together I will do a demo on the blog for it when I am finished.
This is why you should stay organized! When cleaning my sewing room I found this quilt, that I made last year and love! I had completely forgotten about it until I came upon it. How could I forget this quilt that I loved so much? It still needs a little hand stitching around the binding which I am going to work on tonight. I tried over and over to get picture without Henry intruding and failed every time. So I just decided to let him be the star that he is and have the center stage.
This is our newest baby pattern! Isn’t it perfect to keep warm this spring? It is called the Meddi Ruffle Baby Sweater and is for newborns to 24 months.
People are always in awe at Jeanette’s knitted displays in the shop. They are always so beautiful and seem to have an extra layer of wonderful to them. Well, there are two tricks that she has taught me that will help to make your garments just as fabulous. One is the finishing work, she takes extra time to finish the garments accurately and precisely. We will be doing some knitting finishing tips in the weeks to come on the blog and many will have a video! So stay tuned! But the second tip is to always add some sort of embellishment that may not be included in the pattern. A wonderful trim is great, but the best is flower embellishments. That brings me to the book review. Both of these Nicky Epsteinbooks are the top pattern sources for flower desing in knitting. Whether you knit or crochet more either one is full of the most amazing flowers that you can find. Not only do the books have a multitude of different types , but they also contain a few floral themed projects from beginning to end. The photography is just breathtaking in both of the books, so they are a joy to work with. They are always a top seller at the shop! I want to crochet these adorable daisy’s below and add them to a onesie for a spring baby gift.
Check these out! Aren’t they great? They are retro aluminum apple cannisters that I purchased this weekend at a local consignment shop. I think they will really help with my sewing room organization and look amazing at the same time. I have a major problem with purchasing containers. I really like to find interesting looking ones, so that they are worthy of holding all of my treasures.
We have just added a new Machine Applique class ! If you want to learn to do easy and quick, flawless looking machine applique, sign up fast! It is already half full just from word of mouthover the last few days. The class is two sessions and takes place is Friday afternoons from 3-5 on March 27th and April 3rd.
We are also having another Onesie Dress class on Friday April 10th from 3:-5:30. The last one was very popular and everyone left with their dresses completed. Check out Nicole’s below that I found on Flickr. We received great quality onesies in for the class that we are selling seperately as well( they come in pink, red, white and black!).
Oh and P.S. the floral fabric above is just my favorite fabric this week! It reminds me of the beautiful spring days that we have been having.
Check out these new hats that Jeanette made this weekend! OOOOHHHHHH! I am in love, they are the same pattern that Piperwas modeling last week. There will be kits available for these next week at the shop and on-line.
Nothing says St Patricks day like green boots! Don’t you think?
Last weeks winner is Flannel 97! Please e-mail me your address and let me know if you would prefer the posie or the strawberry Little Stitchie Kit.
I have noticed some darling versions out there of our Bebe Shooz pattern. Felt-O-Rama made this adorable Starry Toe pair. Mamassuisse also made a darling pair shown on her blog. So Cute!
So this week for the giveaway you can win a Bebe Shooz Kit! These are such a great quick and easy baby gift. Just leave a comment on this blog post and we will randomly pick a winner next week.
We received two great yarns from Berroco this week, both full of color. The Comfort sock yarn is so soft, machine washable and so reasonably priced. A ball is only $7.95 and makes a pair! The second yarn is a great new worsted wool in beautiful verigated colors called Jasper.
We also have just finished this wonderful Floral Headband pattern for the shop. You can buy one online here and we will ship it to you for free. It does require some basic knowledge of both knitting and crochet, but is super fast to finish. They are great for babies and adults a-like.