I had been wishing for some new things in the store a lot the last week. It just seemed like we hadn't had a big pile of boxes come through the door in a while. I got my wish. Lots of great new fabric. Including Liberty prints, "Gino's Chinos" in great summer colors, crisp stripes, cheerful plaids. Even some...velour. I know, I couldn't resist. We were able to squeeze most things in and had to pull a couple of more wintery pieces to make room. With the big sale coming up (April 16-18th), I'm hoping space will be cleared to fit everything back in. A couple of really exciting new fabrics include gorgeous cotton saris from India, via Melinda and new Merino wool knits in greens and blue.
A quick update on classes: we are taking a break for a little while and then will continue to have classes on Sunday evenings and maybe a few here and there. Modern Domestic is in full swing and has a fantastic, continually growing class list. Please be sure to keep an eye on the MD site to find out the latest offerings! See you soon.
This may qualify as old news, but I love Amy Karol's Bend the Rules with Fabric. I have reached for it more than once this week, looking for projects that might keep my nearly six year-old busy while he pined away for school. Spring Break can be heartbreaking for a Kindergartener. It delivered for Mr. Antsy Pants and got me thinking about the projects I want to start after he's tucked in at night. I have my at home screen printing stuff on order.
These are no sew projects, BUT you could quite easily change that on the t-shirt by following her instructions for drawing with thread, or by putting your embroidery thread and running stitch to good use. I wanted to avoid tear away stabilizer for such a, uh, interpretive piece (Batman, cousins fight Batman, cousins fighting with Batman?! and some sleeve decoration). These are also *starter* projects; as in, they are works in progress perfect for messing around with in stages. I think I'm going to use the linen for making up some napkins and Sam already has another shirt going (this time with a bleach pen).
I asked him to draw a design on a hand-me-down t-shirt using a water soluble pen-- he's at that place in life where he will abandon work if he feels like he messed it up (I'm probably still at that place), so I wanted to give him an out if he needed to start over. After he was done drawing, I went over his design with a sharpie. We made sure to let it dry and then I let him have at it with the fabric paints. I used Jaquard Dye-na-Flo and Jaquard Textile Color (it's thicker and we carry it at Bolt) in combination for the linen and just the Dye-na-Flo for Sam's shirt.
Amy also details how to use resists when painting directly on fabric and how to get different effects using stamps and squeeze tubes (the linen and flowers). I love using the resist and I definitely want more practice with the paint. That's one of the reasons that I appreciate this book-- the techniques work and the projects are sweet, but more than that I just get to let go and see what happens.
We carry a stack of both Bend the Rules Sewing and Bend the Rules with Fabric.
If you've been in lately, you may have noticed Amy's cutie Wee Wonderfuls Bunny sample. It is perfectly sized for Easter basket giving. We cannot keep these bad boys in stock, so we loaded up on our last order and we now have all the Hand Sewing for Fun cards ready to go. I think Gina's favorite is the Butterfly, but I am partial to the Snail. Either way, they are all rad and not just because they all come with some sort of head accoutrement.
We have a couple of Big Footed Bunny Patterns in the store (as well as Spaceboy and Robot) if you're wanting something hugable. Hillary's patterns are well written and clever-- I sewed up Olive and Archie last year (it comes as a handy pdf) and I have a niece and nephew that can vouch for their cuteness and durability.
(Deers-- Lecien, Both Hedgehogs-- Micheal Miller, Squirrel Canvas-- Echino, Rabbits-- Japanese/Westrade)
Personally, I'm working on fabric bag/box/baskets for my boys to carry their lactose-intolerant friendly Easter candy and pulled these bolts for all their Springy inspiration. I love that Echino print-- the medallions alternate chickens, bunnies and squirrels. And while hedgehogs aren't a traditional harbinger of Spring, I think this fabric might be. I should probably get cracking.