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A Bit of Japan (and other places) for your Wednesday

If you happen by the store for our late opening night tonight (or for our Moda sale this Friday, Saturday or Sunday), here's what you might see:


A bunch of new knits (solids and prints), an apparel weight bin stuffed to its gills with new light weight linen, cotton, raime (!), and chambray, or maybe some lawns from Hokkoh?


new knits!


Hokkoh Lawn


Hokkoh Seersucker


(seersucker!)


We have quilting weight cotton for Hokkoh and Lecien as well.


Hokkoh Quilting weighit cotton


Lecien Novelty prints


New patterns from Jamie Christina are here, including the Miz Mozelle Dress which is an adorable pattern designed for knits and wovens with stretch. Check out the new bag patterns from the Sewing Workshop, and quilt patterns from some of your favourite independent designers.


 


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edited to say: I just got a note from the store-- Seven Islands is in! That means prints from Kokka, new patterns and all your favourite Japanese novelty prints are being stocked!

Westminster, Studio E and Late Open Wednesday!

Tina Givens


Tina Givens


The boxes are coming! Tina Givens designed the above prints as a part of her Pernilla's Journey line.


Joel Dewberry quilt weight


New quilt weight prints from Joel Dewberry are here. Joel's booth at Market was crazy and this line is huge. We had to pick and choose the prints to order and I think Gina did a fantastic job! We also have two of the laminates and two of the voiles available.


Studio E


Studio E shipped us a big box of beautiful quilting weight cottons this week as well.


There's still time to comment for your chance to win a copy of 1, 2, 3 Sew. We'll be pulling a name on Wednesday. It so happens Wednesday is a great day for another reason: we'll be staying open an extra 2 hours until 8pm. Stop by for a chat and a leisurely shop! Then save some room in your stash for our Moda Sale this weekend. 

1, 2, 3 Sew

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--Melissa


We get a lot of questions about the sorts of books and patterns one should buy for a new sewist. We are so happy to be able to add Ellen Luckett Baker's 1,2,3 Sew: Build Your Skills With 33 Simple Projects to the growing list of primers for those of us finding our feet at the sewing machine, and those of us needing a little bit of fresh inspiration.


Ellen has divided her projects into chapters that each contain 3 skill building projects. The diagrams and instructions are clear and thorough and the photography has been beautifully shot and styled. It is straight forward enough for a beginner sewer at any age and is really the PERFECT book for giving along with a beginner sewing kit or sewing machine. For those of you who have your kids in one of Shelly's summer camps down at MD and want to keep your kid busy for the rest of the summer at home, get this book and a couple of yards of fabric, and you are all set.


Tiered Bag


I wanted to give the book a test run, so I chose the Tiered Bag pattern and a mid weight silk blend from the shop. The pattern calls for twill or canvas, and this would have been a far better choice for someone just gaining experience sewing bags. The silk is shifty and I managed to unravel the edges just by looking at it sideways. I had a feeling that I was in for a small challenge though, and was so pleased with both the pattern and the results. It only looks crooked in the picture. I promise. (The scribbles on the wall, however, are real.)


Tiered Bag


The pattern is well designed and contained a ton of great skill-building techniques that everyone needs to design and make their own bags: inserting lining, squaring off corners and sewing interior pockets. And with all of her patterns, Ellen offers suggestions and leaves room for modifications to make it uniquely yours. As with Jennifer Paganelli's Girl's World, I am impressed with the way that Chronicle is choosing to print up the pattern pieces. The individual projects are printed up separately on smaller sheets of quality pattern paper, so no tracing (unless you want to!) and everything fits back into its pocket.


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Would you like a copy? Chronicle has generously offered one up for one commenter (US addresses only please). Are you learning to sew? Do you need a little push in the skill-building department? Do you know someone who does? Are you a big fan of Ellen and all her work at The Long Thread? Let us know and we'll pull a name next week. Thanks Chronicle!