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Just In: Anna Maria Horner, tailoring supplies and yarn dyes

by Gina

It’s quite a variety of things in this week’s “Just In.” We are now carrying tailor hams and seam rolls! As we start gearing up for holiday gift making and giving, we are excited to be able to offer a wide range of gifts for both the maker and the receiver. Talk to us about your ideas or questions, we’re ready to help!

And, the latest fabric arrivals:Beautiful Asia-inspired “Sakura” from Makower Fresh new yard dyes from Robert Kaufmanfun/ny novelties from Timeless TreasuresOh, the gorgeous designs and colors of Anna Maria Horner’s latest, “Honor Roll.”More from Honor Roll.

Last minute (very last!) Halloween crafting

by Gina

I usually feel like I’m just getting caught up to whatever holiday right around the day of or the day after, on a good year! I also don’t tend to get a lot of crafting done for my son, so I thought I’d really try harder this year with Halloween. I offered to make my son a trick or treat bag and asked what he would like. His response was it should have ninjas on it.

The thought of drawing ninja profiles free hand was pretty daunting and the idea of searching for images online, printing out, transferring to freezer paper or something along those lines felt too involved and easy for me to waste, I mean take, too much time doing. So when I remembered the ninja cookie cutters we had kicking around our kitchen drawers I was thrilled to have an easy way through. Pressing the cutters into the felt left enough of an indentation that I was able to draw the shape and cut them out. Easy peasy!The bag is super easy, nothing fancy, sewn up in the few minutes before getting dinner ready. Ninjas stitched on while we watched a movie, and done! We charged up the embroidery floss I used to sew on the ninjas and headed for the bathroom with no windows to test out the glow. It worked! I would recommend some thread conditioner for working with the glow-in-the-dark floss. I wanted to use more strands than I could keep together, and think the conditioner would really help with that.

I stitched these up with perle cotton, and think I may go over it with the glow-in-the-dark floss for next year. Finally, we have some decorations that I feel will last, and were so much more gratifying than picking up a Halloween snow globe.

Stop in for Trick or Treat Alberta Street from 3:30-6!

Just In: Seven Islands, knits, voile, Cloud 9...

by Gina

First off, thank you to all of you who made it out for our 9th anniversary sale! We truly appreciate your continued support through the years. It’s been an honor to be able to help with your projects, and all the fun, provocative and endearing conversations had along the way have been a delight. Thank you.

Let’s get started with the new arrivals, shall we?

Sometimes fabric comes in that seriously woos me. It actually takes my breath away when I gaze upon it. You know the feeling. The latest order from Seven Islands (from Japan) did just that. It is such a lovely assortment of different types of fabric, as well as designs. Barkcloth, double gauze, twill, canvas, rayon. Here they are:

gorgeous barkcloth printspaper thin rayon…stunningfun canvas and twills (loving those cats!)sweet cotton lawnsdouble gauze and textured cotton. See the polar bears?Various groups of quilting weight cotton prints have arrived too.

dainty whales, butterflies and stars from Michael MillerAnother colorful trio from MM. I can not resist a good flamingo print.Cosmic Convoy from Cloud 9 organic cottons, by Michele Brummer EverettUtopia by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery. Their silky hand continues to make their pieces great for apparel as well as accessories, and quilting.Supple, cotton knits from Amy Butler and Art Gallery.Drapey, soft cotton voile from Art Gallery and Amy Butler.We sold through our first order of these fantastic yarn dyed designs, we just had to pick up more!


We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween. Yes, we have felt and tulle! (We get that question a lot these days leading up to the costumed festivities.) And, we will participating in Trick or Treat Alberta Street, so come on by!