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Entries in Books (7)

Sewing School 2

—By Heather

If you have a child who likes to sew, I would highly recommend this book, Sewing School 2, by Andria Lisle and Amie Petronis Plumley. Many sewing books for children are written with an emphasis on hand sewing—a great place to begin—but if your kiddo is ready for machine sewing, it’s a bit harder to find books which feature projects suited to their age, skill-level and interests.

Sewing School 2 is very user friendly and offers 10 sewing lessons in a clear, visual presentation. In addition to lots of photos, all of the projects have step-by-step instructions which are written in a way that kids can easily understand.

My eight-year-old daughter chose to make the “Sleepy Bear” for herself and did so with minimal help from me. From cutting out the pattern pieces to embroidering the face and stuffing the bear, she did it all with confidence. The only thing I did was sew the bear closed at the bottom, which can be tricky for little fingers on the machine with all that stuffing.

What a joy to see such self-directed creativity.

A seasonal craft

—by Heather

I always think of fall and winter as the felt-crafting seasons. Not only because the holidays are nearing but simply because it feels right to put hands and fingers to wool. As a knitter, I get my wool fix knitting but hand-crafting with felt is also a great way to experience working with that wonderful wintry fiber! It’s also a wonderful material for kiddos to practice hand-stitching with.

Right now we have an excellent selection of books, kits and patterns for making things with felt. And as you should know by now, we have a wide variety of felts in a rainbow of rich colors from which to choose. See you soon!

Are you ready for Mother's Day?

by Gina

Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  Are you ready?  Do you have a little something special planned for the Moms in your life?  We have oodles of ideas for sewing and non-sewing Moms alike.

This is just a small sampling of the great titles we have available.  Maybe a yard of Liberty of London cotton lawn to go with Liberty Love? For the Kaffe Fassett fan, Dreaming in Color is a true treat.  I’ve been enjoying reading about his background and seeing old photos from his childhood and young adult years.  If your Mom loves making bags, you can’t go wrong with the Best of Stitch Bags to Sew.  They’ve compiled their best bags from all those wonderful Stitch magazines!  For the vintage homemaker, Home Sewn Home is the ticket.  Books are a great way to offer both instruction and provide inspiration.

Maybe your mom is in a neighboring state.  Maybe she’s here in Oregon. Maybe you love to embroider.  I love these state embroidery patterns from Sassy Spurs.  So well done, with gorgeous examples on their covers.  And, if you’re new to embroidery or just want a handy reminder of the stitches, be sure to pick up one of the pocket stitch guides.  Perfect for taking along for a little lounging and stitching in the park on one of these gorgeous afternoons!

Other gift ideas for Moms—cutting tools, cutting mat, fat quarter bundles, some special leather bag handles made by Hannah….and, of course we have gift certificates too.  Let us know if we can help.  We are full of gift ideas.

And, don’t forget the Crafty Wonderland sale is Saturday May 11th!