It feels like it's been weeks and weeks since I've posted anything about new things at the store. Maybe it has been...anyway, I've got lots to share! A new group from Patty Young for Michael Miller arrived, along with some cute, recognizably Michael Miller animals and dots.
Some quirky designs from Lecien of little mushrooms, deer, and chickens. I really like the many, many eggs around the chickens. Pretty darn cute.
Bright florals from Tanya Whalen's Dolce line. And, lastly, the package that was being opened just before I left the store yesterday was full of fine quality, heavier weigth red/cream and brown/cream ticking. Soft, wide, durable. Perfect for housewares (dishtowels, napkins, place mats, slipcovers, pillows, curtains), or clothing and accessories (bags of all sorts, pants, skirt...).
And, I saved the sweetest for last. Amy, who wrote up the great review on The Sewing Bible, has made up the ever-so-sweet wrist pin cushions. Many of you have asked if we carry them and I've never been fond of the plastic cuff, or ill-fitting elastic. Then Amy showed me hers: soft, pillowy, beauties. The cushion is nice and thick so you won't be pricking yourself when stowing a pin and the strap is made of soft twill tape and velcro. No plastic cuff! Check them out when you're in next. Thanks Amy!
Don't forget! This Saturday (tomorrow), the 30th will be a special sale day to benefit our organization of the month--P.E.O. All books and patterns will be 20% off and at the end of the day 10% of the day's total sales (total, not only books and patterns) goes to P.E.O. So come pick up that title you' ve been eyeing, or anything else you could use and help support a great organization!
PS--be sure to check out the latest class list on the website. After scrolling through the first page of classes, click on the "previous" button and you'll see the rest of the list.
What better way to spend a few days than snuggled up in a cozy beach house with amazing friends sewing. Well, some were knitting and others of us were sewing. The projects included: yo-yo's, napkins, owl backpack, dress, quilt top, two shirts, skirt, hand warmers, sweater, and more napkins. It sounds like a lot, and it was, we were so focused and relaxed, good things were really happening.
I said a couple times and I will say again it has been a life long goal to go on a sewing get away. We just needed a place to stay, food, lounge wear, cocktails, and lots of sewing and knitting projects.
If you have ever thought this sort of thing sounded like fun, I suggest you gather a couple other like minded friends and head for the crafting destination of your choice. We hardly left the house, but did explore a bit here. And I kept running out of thread, so I was glad there were other sewers there to back me up.
photos compliments of Nancy Ricci
Tuesday I started my morning by getting a key to the new beautiful space on 14th and Alberta that will be the home of Modern Domestic. It is a project that has been in the works for a couple of months and is now officially full speed ahead.
Modern Domestic will be a place to sew and create. It will consist of two separate classrooms, one downstairs on the open light and airy main floor and one up above on the mezzanine level. The upper classroom looks out over the space but is nicely private at the same time. It will accommodate 8 students and the main floor classroom will hold 12.
Each work area will have enough sewing machines for every student, upstairs will be Janome and downstairs Bernina. The classrooms will also have cutting areas, ironing stations, design walls, tools, and great lighting.
Modern Domestic will be open 6 days a week for drop in sewing and retail shopping. We will sell Janome and Bernina machines and offer a drop point for service for all models of machines. We will also sell machine presser feet and tools that are offered for use in the classrooms including cutting tools, irons, and pressing equipment.
We are not a one-stop sewing experience like Bolt; although we will have a few basic notions and thread that you may need in class and while you are sewing. You will be encouraged to enjoy the amazing selection of fabric, trims, books, patterns, and notions that are offered just a few blocks away.
We will also offer open sewing on a drop in basis. You will not need to bring your machine to sew, just your project and self. You can use our machines and tools for an hourly rate of 8$ and less if you purchase time in bulk.
Classes will cover lots of bases; We will begin with sewing from very beginner to more advanced, but will also include silkscreen, block printing, leather sewing, felt making, and quilting. We hope the scope of the classes grows with your interest and is driven by what you want to learn.
There will also be room for fun events at MD, including quickie classes for great prices, group open sewing, quit groups, workshops, private events, and more. We are thinking of it as your own sewing space, full of the tools and friends you most desire to create with.
My role is that of a co-owner. There are two others: Gina (of Bolt) and Michelle (talents too long to list). To see Gina you will have to keep an eye turned to Bolt, but she will be working hard behind the scenes to make MD thrive. Michelle will be there most days, inspiring projects, showing you how to make button holes, and helping you choose presser feet. I will be there a few days a week working, and also teaching a bunch. I plan on offering some favorite classes that I have taught at Bolt, as well as some new stuff that has been requested by students in the past.
The class schedule should be ready to view in the next 2-4 weeks and you will be able to follow our progress on our blog, MD lab, very soon.
Can you tell I am excited? I have been dreaming about this every night, and now that I can actually set foot in the space, I can hardly sleep. I would love to answer any further questions in the comments section, so please ask away.