Entries in Books (6)
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!
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!
We just opened a box of some wonderful books! Some are new to the store, some are ol’ favs. Either way, there’s something you’re bound to fall for and want on your holiday list. Here’s a run-down:
Melody Miller’s and Allison Tannery’s new book, Ruby Star Wrapping has all sorts of clever decorative ideas for wrapping goodies, making gift giving a whole lot nicer for the recipient and the Earth. We will be participating in a “wrap-a-long” along with a collection of other great folks out there. Here are more details on that. Like what you see? Swing by and pick up a book and wrap-a-long with us! It’s getting started this week! The other fun book on the right is The Cuter Book, by Aranzi Aronzo. This is an adorable and terribly amusing little creature book. This would be a perfect book for the younger sewist in your world to either do on their own or with a helping hand.
These two titles we’ve carried in the past and have really enjoyed them. The Party Dress is a delight for the eyes and imagination. There are stunning designs in it, sure to get your ready for holiday parties! The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is choke full of great ideas on alterations. They start with a few select designs of a top, a dress, a coat and a skirt. But, it definitely doesn’t end there. There are loads of variations presented from members of the BurdaStyle community.
Want to create your own look entirely? We currently have two titles on pattern making and custom clothing design. Many of you have voiced your desire to learn to draft patterns, your woe of not finding clothing that fits just right, or knowing exactly how to alter a pattern to get it the way you want it. Here’s a good place to start. If you’re one to learn better in a class check out the class lists at Modern Domestic and Portland Sewing. They both offer great pattern drafting courses.
These final two titles include a variety of projects. A lot of times when customers ask for advice on a good book, part of my suggestion includes the idea that the style of the projects should speak to them so they’re motivated to do the projects. Simple Sewing with a French Twist is one of those books for me. I love the romantic, somewhat urban, European style of the designs and the way they’re presented. Not all of the projects are sewing ones, for example, one is a button covered chair back. For the novice out there, Simple Sewing in a Straight Line is a great book with a variety of projects, including apparel and accessories. Again, if you find you’re one to do better with a class—Modern Domestic has been using this book for some of their beginner oriented courses.
Our shelves are stocked with a slew of titles to help you in whatever way you want—instruction, inspiration, reference. And, when you spend $30 or more on books, you receive 30 Supportland points from us! How fantastic is that?! Happy Sewing!