One of my favorite pattern companies, Jalie, recently released several new designs which I’ve been excited to make. First up is this simple Dolman T pattern. You can make this up easily in an afternoon and wear your new top to happy hour!
The slightly longer back is a stylish detail which gives this simple design a bit more interest. You can make this “sleeveless” version for warmer days or use the 3/4 sleeve option with a sweater knit for something more substantial or dressier. I definitely recommend this pattern.
Most of us here at the shop enjoy a bit of handwork occasionally. (I myself will admit to being pretty much obsessive about it.) Like knitting, or yoga, hand sewing can be a great way to slow down, focus, and breathe. Whether I am finishing a quilt binding, hemming a skirt, or adding a touch of embroidery, it is always when I feel most connected to a project. Lately I have been relaxing with a bit of sashiko stitching in the evenings.
Sashiko is a traditional Japanese form of hand embroidery which uses a very simple running stitch to create patterns inspired by nature and geometric forms. Some people feel a bit intimidated by all the fancy stitches that are possible with embroidery, but I really think that if you have two or three embroidery stitches in your arsenal, you can do just about any embroidery design. Sashiko refines that even further to one basic stitch. The rhythm is soothing and the results are so clean and modern. We carry sashiko floss, needles, and printed samplers which you could use to create a bag, a pillow, or anything else you can dream up.
If you can’t make it into the shop, check out our shiny new online store for your sashiko supplies. And always remember to keep your stitch arm strong!
by GinaThese great new knits (top pic) and voile (lower pic) are making me think summer sewing! All but the interesting “snaggy” knit are from Art Gallery, and just like their fantastic quality quilting weight cotton, these knits are soft and stretchy and the voile is airy and silky. I continue to be impressed with their fabrics! And, a few new prints on quilting weight are here too:
Fabulous new colors of Andover chambray….and a metallic! It’s tricky to see those silver metallic threads on the white, but they’re there. Our latest Essex colors and a great two color seersucker. We also have classic red/white and greyish-navy/white. These sweet Scandinavian birds are a welcome addition to the mix.
We are restocked with dish toweling. Come and get it! And, we mentioned it last week, but I thought I’d toss in a photo of this great new line from Cloud 9, organic cotton:
Happy sunny Thursday! Enjoy and we’ll see you soon.