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2136 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
503.287.bolt

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Just in: Liberty of London, Earthly Delights

by Gina

If you’ve been in recently, you probably noticed we have been changing up some of our fixtures. We’re still at it and we’re excited to get it done, little by little. I feel like these are some of the most noticeable “new arrivals” lately. We hope you enjoy the improvements!

Fortunately, the other new arrivals this week can hold their own to fancy new fixtures. The always gorgeous Liberty of London cotton lawn:

Around Halloween we’re sometimes asked for things like “the most garish fabric you have,” or “something really outrageous…” I tend to not order with these requests in mind, hoping to satisfy our year around tastes, not just Halloween craziness. However, I was reminded of a past request for something garish when I was photographing these bold and bright prints from Westminster’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Those familiar with the painting by Hieronymus Bosch will see the influence. These you really have to enjoy in person, but to tempt you, here are a couple pics.

Support P:EAR this holiday season!

by Gina

I’m guessing many of you locals are familiar with p:ear and the great work they do with Portland area youth. In their words, “P:ear creatively mentors homeless and transitional youth. Through education, art and recreation programs, p:ear builds positive relationships with each young person to affirm personal worth and to create more meaningful and healthier lives.”

image from P:EAR websiteWhy am I quoting their literature? Because we are lending a hand this season and are asking you to as well. You will find p:ear ornaments hung around the store with a much needed item on the back. You can choose an ornament, purchase the item (around $25 cost) and either drop it off at p:ear or at Bolt before December 19th. The items are mostly art supplies, not things that we sell at the store, we’re just helping spread the word. They ask that the items be “wrapped” in a sweatshirt or backpack to be given to a youth in need. Find out more about p:ear here and thanks in advance for helping!

fabric snowflakes

by Hannah

A twist on those paper snowflakes we made when we were small. You remember, the ones that our mothers Scotch taped in the window. 

You’ll need:

-2 different fabrics cut to any size as long as it’s square

-Heat n Bond cut .5” smaller on all sides, this way it doesn’t transer on your iron.

-scissors

-iron

There’s an easier way to use Heat n Bond than the directions explain. Cut it to size.

 Peel the glue away from the paper. 

Place the Heat n Bond between the two fabrics with the wrong sides together. 

Press. I like to use a press cloth just to be sure glue doesn’t get on my iron. 

Fold.

Fold again. 

Cut all around except for the folded tip. If you cut this, everything will fall apart. Now unfold it and see how it looks!

We have some lovely metallic prints in that would be perfect for these holiday snowflakes! Come by soon!