An Itch to Hand Stitch

by Sarah

With this years' trying (to say the least) Pacific Northwest winter behind us, we are all aching for some outdoor fun time, am I right! Wherever you find yourself on a beautiful day, say your favorite park, your own backyard or even camping, why not let your sewing tag along; that way you can still scratch that itch to stitch. We put together some fun kits just in time for the warm, dry days that are ahead. They are coming, right? They better!

These are our all-encompassing embroidery kits which contain the following: one of Sublime Stitching's fun iron on transfers, five thoughtfully chosen embroidery thread colors, a pair of handy thread snips, a dish towel to embroider on and three various sized embroidery needles. Other available kit themes include: 'Kokeshi Dolls', 'Unicorn Believer' and 'Om Sweet Om'.

One of the best things about knowing how to sew is that we are capable of tackling problems that will inevitably occur with our clothing. Fixing what we have not only saves you money, it takes a little stress off the back of our wonderful yet, struggling environment. These mending kits (also available online!) are here to help! Be it a rip in your favorite jeans, a moth hole in a vintage sweater or a tear in your sun dress, this informative mending booklet, by Raleigh Briggs, has a solution. Along with this book, kits include a hank of sashiko thread (google 'sashiko mending' for some inspiration), a pack of embroidery needles, large safety pins, a variety of single buttons, a jelly thimble, and an assortment of fabric pieces to be used as patches. Remember, getting the most wear that we possibly can out of our existing clothing is key in combating damages caused by our consumption and the waste it creates.  

Sashiko! Sashiko! Sashiko! I love saying sashiko! Have you ever tried your hand at this style of Japanese stitching? I haven't yet, but I want to! These sashiko kits include one sampler, sashiko thread and a beautifully packaged set of Hiroshima Needles. For those of you who don't know, a sashiko sampler is a 14"x28" piece of fabric in either navy, white or light blue, with a printed pattern (for you to stitch over) on one half, so that when stitching is complete, it can be turned into a pillow. One could also make it into a hankie or frame it and hang it on a wall to be admired. I envision myself working on one of these under a big shade tree because the sun's out in full force without a single cloud in sight, right!

Of course you can put together your own custom stitching kit if that pleases you more. Peruse our bin of Sublime Stitching Transfers, sashiko samplers and hand stitching thread like the lovely Perle Cotton.

Or, give a Dropcloth Sampler a whirl! These would make great decorative patches to be used in conjunction with one of our practical mending kits.

These interesting designs are printed in color, neato! The smaller egg shaped ones, finished and bound, would make great Christmas tree ornaments. Never too early to start on that stuff, but hey, let us not get ahead of ourselves. We hope you all enjoy the warm months ahead and next time you're in check out our stitching kits so you are ready for some open-air sewing! For our out-of-town fans who may be interested in a kit, give us a call and we'd be happy to discuss possibilities. We also have a few hand stitching supplies - like Perle Cotton and Tulip needles - available on our website. Happy sewing!

Fabric Drive Reminder

by Cameron


Just a quick reminder that our fabric drive for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization is happening through the end of the month! We're collecting your unloved fabric, notions, patterns, and tools to benefit the wonderful students I get to work with every week. For more information check out this blog post. Our wish list is below:

  • Fabric of 1 yard or more of any type but especially knits and lightweight apparel fabrics
  • Sewing machine needles, especially microtex and ballpoint needles
  • Dressmaking shears, for lefties and righties
  • Patterns
  • Lightweight interfacing
  • Thread
  • Buttons
  • Zippers
  • Bobbins
  • Tracing paper

If you'd like to contribute but don't have any stash fabric or supplies that you want to get rid of, Bolt is offering 25% off basic notions that will be donated to IRCO. You can just leave your purchase with us!

Please help us spread the word by letting your sewing friends know and sharing on social media. If you have any questions or want to know more, feel free to email us at Thank you for your support and thank you to everyone who has made donations so far! Our students are so grateful!

Introducing Republique du Chiffon Patterns!

by Cameron

We're so happy to now be carrying Republique du Chiffon patterns in the store and online! We love their chic, French designs. Their clothes include just the right amount of fringe and flounce to make wearing and sewing fun but not ridiculous.

Danielle Dungarees

Danielle Dungarees

These are wing-stretching patterns - maybe not a good choice for your very first garment, but a great way to grow your skills. Right now, we're only stocking patterns with English instructions, so don't worry about needing to pull out your high school French textbook before getting started.

Dominique Jumpsuit

Dominique Jumpsuit

The slightly more daring dressers out there will be excited to know that Republique du Chiffon has not one but two jumpsuit patterns and a playsuit pattern! As well as lots of other clever and interesting options for people who are jumpsuit shy.

In a little bit of cosmic kismet, we've just gotten in an order of beautiful cotton lawns and rayons from a French fabric company that would pair so well with our new patterns. I'd love to see the Eve Dress made up in cosmic blue dots or this vintage-y rayon.

This is just a small sampling of the Republique du Chiffon patterns we have in stock. Check out the online store or pop in to see what else we've got!

Jolaine Shirt

Jolaine Shirt

We heard about Republique du Chiffon through a customer. Are there other pattern lines you'd like us to carry? We're always happy to hear about new companies doing interesting things.