We will be open for another week (starting tomorrow, Tuesday) before we close for a little holiday break. We'll close up at 2pm on Wednesday, December 22nd and reopen on Tuesday the 28th. Hopefully that gives you some time to come in for gift making and giving supplies. We also offer Gift Certificates in denominations of your choosing. We are able to take orders over the phone that we are able to either hold in the store for you or the gift recipient, or we can pop them in the mail (if you would like us to mail them, we need to receive your call by the end of this coming weekend). This is a great idea for those of you who are out of town, but have crafty folks you love near Portland who might need a little Bolt in their lives.
Not only are we a small, locally-owned business, we carry lots of goods from local artists and designers. Here is the current list:
Colette Patterns-- I can't get enough of these patterns. We now have the Negroni shirt for Men available!!
Patterns by Figgy's-- Super sweet clothes for kids. Shelly is also one of our superstar teachers at MD.
Crafty Mommy-- We are lucky to carry another great MD teacher's work-- Autumn's great patterns for soft dolls and customized felt banners.
Busy Bee Quilt Designs-- We get some of our favourite apron patterns from this company in West Linn.
Vanilla House Designs-- And more great aprons from this Hillsboro company!
Tigerpup Embroidery-- Maggie is a Portland native, churning out great embroidery transfer sheets and kits from her studio in town.
Curious Doodles-- Embroidered card kits!
You would be hard pressed to find a craftier crowd of local authors Alicia Paulson, Amy Karol, Susan Beal, Diane Gilleland and Elizabeth Hartman.We also carry fabric from Oregonian designers like Erin McMorris, Monica Solorio-Snow, Valori Wells. And of course, we have locally made pin cushions by our own Amy.
We've set up some gift inspiration along the back wall to give you some good giving ideas, and if you're really stumped, feel free to ask anyone working for help! We have a knowledgeable staff who enjoy helping people pick out things that will be loved.
This is a SUPER sweet soft ornament tutorial from our own April Alden. We carry everything you need to make you (and your neighbors) an entire set.
Two colors of rayon wool felt, scraps of fabric(for the inside), and a hanging ribbon or cord approximately 7” long. Pins, needle, thread, and scissors.
- To make a pattern for your pine cone draw a cross shape horizontal 5.5” vertical, 2” on top, and 1” on bottom. Connect the bottom lines and round off the top ones. Now trace and cut a piece of fabric from your pattern— it can be a scrap because you will not see it once the project is done.
- Take your inside pattern and connect the two sides by sewing them together, turn right side out and stuff with scraps or stuffing sew the top closed.
- Cut two different colors of felt 18” by 1.5”. Mark one edge every half inch, pin two pieces together and cut a small triangle out of every mark, then round off each cut to make a scallop shape. Take your two scalloped felt pieces and raise one over the other so you can see the second color underneath the first. Sew the strips together across the top of the underlying piece.
- Start one end of your felt strip at the base of your form. Stitch your felt strips while wrapping them around the base.
- Finish the top in one of two ways— Option one: cut out a series of flower shaped pieces of different sizes and layer them on top of one another cut a small hole in the middle to thread the ornament hanger through at the end. Option Two: repeat the initial step of making your scallops only make it about 4.5” to 5” long, sew across the top and pull it closed to make a flower shape.
- Take a small piece of ribbon or satin cording (as shown) for your hanging loop sew it to the top of your ornament. Thread your top flower shape over the hanger, stitch it down and you are done.
You can make other types of decorations with this same method. Try not rounding your edges into scallops and let them stay pointy to make a small evergreen tree. For a larger project like a wreath, space the marks only one inch apart and cut small triangles. Wrap the strips of triangles around a foam core or cardboard circle!
Melissa Averinos' Swoon is here, along with some beautiful Morris Tapestry prints from Barbara Brackman and Moda (think gold and copper gilded flowers). We have new prints from Michael Miller and a bolt of cream coloured, organic terry cloth is back in stock. Ask about the new colours of Merino Jersey-- they are way up on the high shelves. I'm totally down with the raisin and coral/pink. The big news is that Oasis Canvas is back! We've got a whole rainbow of colours. This has been increasingly hard to find and order, so if you love Oasis Canvas as much as we do, please let us know at the store. We're going to try and pass on your thoughts to the manufacturer.
Are you heading to Crafty Wonderland this weekend? Make sure to hit the Supportland booth for a free swipe and a chance to enter the Happy Holly DIY Giveaway. I realize it's a bit outside the 'hood, but if the weather holds up, I'll be heading down to the Tuba Christmas at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday.
Heads Up! We will be closing at 2pm Wednesday, December 22nd for the holidays. We'll reopen on Tuesday, December 28th. We will also be closed Saturday, January 1st.