A huge thank you to all of you who made it out for our spring sale. It was a great weekend and we are so very appreciative of all your support! It feels like we are just catching our breath now after spending the past week and a half receiving so many new things. SO many! You can feast your eyes on the beauties below, stop in and check them out in person, or give us a call and we can answer any questions you have and ship out whatever you’d like!
First up, incredible linen gauze from Japan, three colors.
Great, soft, drapey terry knits:
(The one on the far right is a light weight sweater knit.)
Linen, linen blends, cotton eyelet, chambray…
Organic cotton knits from Birch Fabrics and the new Alabama Chanin book!
Stretch cotton, cotton flannels, and a whole lot of stripes!
Silks, rayons, a digitally printed cotton twill, and a classic cotton plaid for good measure.
Be sure to check us out on Instagram (@boltfabricpdx)! Happy sewing.
At the store, we’re always getting news of fun events and classes happening around town, but we don’t have much space to share postcards or post flyers, so we thought we’d start sharing them on the blog.
There are so many great classes coming up. You could stay busy all spring and summer learning new skills.
Digital Storytelling: Instagram, May 17 & Digital Storytelling: Build a Website Portfolio, June 13 & 14: Sarah Moon is a great friend of the shop and our web guru. She’s the perfect person to learn about digital storytelling from, especially if you’re launching a handmade business.
Court Life & Country Lore, August 7-9: Learn more about historical dress and sewing (as well as what it might have been like being pregnant in the 16th Century) with the Wardrobe Design Studio and the Tudor Tailor.
Wildcraft Studio School Classes, various dates: Check this blog post for more details on their textiles related classes. Also, if you have teens in need of activities this summer, be sure to check their schedule for the their teen art camps. It’s the perfect way to combine the natural beauty of the Gorge while learning more about something you love.
Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Summer Classes, various dates: OCAC has a diverse catalog of fiber and textile classes that can help you grow your sewing skills or expand into a new craft like dyeing, felting, knitting, or weaving.
Oregon State Button Socity Annual Show & Sale, May 1 & 2: If you’re up for a little roadtrip to Keiser this weekend, you’re sure to see some lovely and unusual buttons at this year’s Button Society Show and Sale. We’d love to see your favorite buttons when you get back!
Crafty Wonderland Super Colassal Spring Sale, May 9: Pick up some local handmade goods at Crafty Wonderland’s spring sale at the Oregon Convention Center. They’ll have 225 booths, cats for adoption, and some DIY tables so you can try your hand at making.
Renegade Craft Fair, July 25 & 26: Renegade Craft Fairs curates a selection of makers from around the country for each of their fairs. Over the past decade, their discerning eye has helped to expand the market for artisanal products. If you want to see some of the finest handmade goods being produced right now, take some time to stroll through this year’s fair. It’ll be held at Rejuvenation in Southeast Portland.
Northwest Quilting Expo, September 24-26: Mark your calendars for the 15th annual Northwest Quilting Expo featuring quilts and instructors from across the Northwest. Get inspired and learn some new skills to keep you busy through the fall and winter.
If you have an event or class coming up, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop some info at the shop. If you make it to any of these classes or events, we’d love to know what you thought!
Although many may stereotype that sewing is a female hobby or profession, we are here to prove that wrong, and encourage an equal sewing/craft community. We have many great and talented male customers and we are so glad to see the number of male customers rising. Sewing is a very special skill trade that all walks of life should be proud to know, and there is something very empowering in being able to make your own clothes. After all, whatever your gender, we all need clothing in our daily lives. Our pattern table may be dominated by women’s, children’s, and quilt bins, but we are looking into adding more menswear patterns to our table. Some great menswear staples we carry currently are some gems from local Colette Patterns, Jalie, Make it Perfect, and the wonderful menswear pattern company Thread Theory. Whether you are sewing for yourself, or want to make the men in your family something nice, peep these great patterns for some inspiration and thourough instructions. Also, make sure to stay tuned in the next few weeks for an instore sample of the Jedediah Pants and Strathcona Henley T-shirt version from Thread Theory. Happy Sewing!