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Fabric ink, napkin rings and buttonholes



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A few weeks ago I had a crafting weekend at the coast with a pair of great friends.  I was determined to get through some things that have been on my list for waaaaaaay too long.  I also was determined to get comfortable with my buttonholer on my sewing machine.  I was successful on both fronts!  Over the weekend I completed 16 buttonholes, and they look good. 


One of the projects I brought (and finished) was a set of easy napkin rings for us to use every day.  We use cloth napkins and sometimes it’s hard to remember who had which napkin the night before.  Other times it’s challenging to convince my three year old that my napkin is not his.  So, I got this idea to make personalized rings.  I whipped them up quickly and there are a few things I would do differently.  I used a Moda Cross Weave fabric for my ring (shown above) and the weight was perfect.  I used Westminster Shot Cottons for the others and they were a bit too light weight (shown below).


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The length is also something I changed up.  I made the boys’ rings longer so I could easily stamp their names on them.  I’m not sure it’s the best length.  I think the shorter length of mine works nicely to easily cinch up the ring.  My ring’s finished length is 10.5”, the boys’ is 15.5”.  I also got a little creative with some fabric ink and rubber stamps.  I headed over to Collage with my son and we chose a set of letters, a blue ink pad and a fancy dragon stamp.  (I also discovered that the more detailed the stamp, the more challenging it is to get a really good image on fabric, at least for the novice I am!)

More gift ideas and holiday schedule


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Books are great, aren't they?  A good sewing book is both eye candy and a wonderful transporter of information all in one.  We have a great selection of books that fit that bill.  I currently don't have a space where I keep my sewing supplies out, ready for use, so sometimes sewing just doesn't happen because I don't want to take the time to unpack and repack everything before and after.  I can happily and easily pass an hour or two browsing through a sewing book, getting ideas, letting my imagination wander, mentally preparing for when I do have the time to unpack, repack and sew in between.

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Our book selection includes a group of Portland-authored gems we're so proud to offer. In addition to thoughtful, instructional, project-based books, we carry some gorgeous ones that are heavier on the images and lighter on the instruction.  These are the books I can get lost in, slowly turning pages, taking in all the fine details and incredible designs. 

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Thanks to lovely customer Michelle for letting us snap a shot of one of her holiday creations!  Looking to make a banner of your own and want a little assistance?  Pick up Autumn's banner pattern next time you're in.  What a special gift for any one, for any occassion.

Please make note of our holiday closure times.  We will close at 3 pm on Thursday, December 22nd and reopen Tuesday, December 27th at 10 am.  We will also be closed Sunday, January 1st.  We'll put up a few more reminders as we get closer.

Hello November


I love November.  Cooking is one of my most favorite hobbies.  I can be happy reading cookbooks or food magazines all day long.  And, well, November's holiday involves so many recipes, it's heavenly for me to think about it all month leading up to the big day.  To honor this great month, or "eating month," we've decorated with aprons.  Our window and walls are covered.  All different styles for you to ponder.  This is only a small sampling of the selelction of apron patters we have on hand.  (And, many are marked down right now!) 

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Another reason to love November is the great event our upstairs nieghbors, Bishops Barbershop, put on.  What more reason do you need to stop in?! Do good via a haircut and pick up a quick and easy project, perfect for a gift...

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PS--Every year we contemplate being open on the Friday after Thanksgiving and every year we all decide we'd rather have that as a "bonus" day for us to spend with our friends, family, getting a little alone time, whatever we choose.  We'll be back in action on Saturday.  If you are out shopping, please support local businesses.  You'll feel good and love your purchases that much more!