Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New inventory!

VersaCraft Pigment Fabric Ink
Imagine Crafts

Fabric stamping is quick and easy with VersaCraft.  This water-based, archival and acid-free ink maintains the soft hand of your fabric and can be heat-set on natural fiber fabrics to make stamped images permanent.  Ideal for use on all types of porous surfaces and is a must for hand-stitchers that prefer the "stamped" method.

We've also stocked up on a couple of ink-stamping must have notions;  The easy to clean, stain and heat resistant Craft Mat!  This 15"x18" mat protects your workspace from messy spills and overspray, prevents project slipping and provides a bit of cushion for sharper stamp impressions.  Also in stock is our Betsy's Thimble stamp.  Stop by and check out these newly featured products!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Embroidery Monogram Class

New Date and Time!!

MONOGRAM with Cathy Callan

Here's a fun way to take your embroidery stitches to the next level! Join Cathy Callan in our new Monogram class to learn a few new techniques, an embellishing stitch or two as well as add some variety with background fabric choices and a bit of beading if desired. Personalize your favorite letter and add it to a special project or frame it on the wall. Cathy's denim looks awesome in our sample picture! The monogram is about 6 inches so you can plan a variety of stitches and creative uses for your finished letter. This class suits all skill levels but some prior "handwork" experience is appropriate.  You'll make some substantial progress on a letter of your choice during class and have a few new stitches to add to your skill-set.  

Saturday November 10th
10:30am - 3:00pm
Class fee: $35.00 

Friday, October 5, 2018

2T Did You Know?

Did you know that 2T now carries two versions of Pellon Flex-Foam interfacing?  Flex-Foam is lightweight and has a foam core.    Use Flex-Foam with your favorite fabrics to add body and shape when sewing tote bags, purses, computer cases, diaper bags and organizers.  We have the fusible (fusible on one side) as well as the sew-in version.

Pellon offers some free project PDF's and more product information on their website.
All Sewn Up Sewing Kit
We have the fabulous Maker's Tote pattern by Noodlehead in stock that utilizes this product and our version of the All Sewn Up Sewing Kit pattern designed by May Chappell.  This product is the perfect combination of support and structure and takes your project to the next level!  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Adding for the Seasons

What season are you sewing for?  We've got a bit of fall flavoring to mix in with our fabulous Halloween collection of fabrics as well as some new additions for the winter season.  Some florals and standards that will round out your stash have also been trickling in.    

In the Beginning Fabrics


A Walk In The Woods
by Whistler Studios
Silent Night Metallics

Monarch Grove - Digital
Minick and Simpson
We've got the latest French General collection available in layer cakes and a few bolts will be arriving soon to round out a project, and also from Moda, the Portsmouth group will mix in well with previous collections from Minick & Simpson - we have a few jelly rolls available for that line.  Are you ready to settle in for some fall sewing time?  The weather is perfect!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September for Sewing

Take full advantage of the 5th Saturday in September - we don't see these very often, so use this bonus day to sweep up some savings and stock up on fabric!  

Friday, September 21, 2018

1876 Centennial Quilt

The excitement is building for one group of local quilters that will soon see our quilts on exhibit in Houston ....
Original EMC 1876
It's been quite a long time coming to this point as the pilot group began our quilts in October of 2015!  The collection of quilts, along with the original inspiration quilt will be on display as a special exhibit in Houston at the upcoming Quilt Festival.  There will be a group of maker's attending Quilt Festival and camping out with the exhibit to represent the quilts, so please stop by and say hello.  Anne Dawson and Karen Alexander from Lopez Island have teamed up to make this exhibit happen filling out forms and tirelessly campaigning to get these quilts on display - gathering details, refining patterns, cheerleading slowpokes and even sourcing an anonymous sponsor to help get our quilts on display.  What a great team! 

Finale photo MLG 2018

Finale photo MLG 2018

Close Up MLG 2018
My version recreates a lot of what I initially loved about the original quilt.  For starters, the poison green and solid red setting fabrics were a no brainer, ever since the first photo I saw of EMC.  Other decisions were made to either recreate or deviate from the original inspiration depending on what caught my eye as I chose fabrics for each block and setting element.  The quilting was provided by The Country Quilter who did a phenomenal job and was willing to work with my request to keep the machine quilting as close to the style of the original hand-quilting as possible.  Right down to light thread on solid red fabric....a big shout out to Nikki for getting this to the finish line for me! 

Of course two road trips to Spokane for baseball games helped when it came to the binding and burying of threads.  Darling Hazel, however, has sharp teeth, so there was the binding repair that happened simultaneously with the final stitches!  And in the end, with a community of helpers my quilt was bound and labeled and photographed with a few days to spare and was promptly shipped off to Houston. 

We also hosted Anne Dawson and a group of quilter's here at the shop and their quilts are beginning to make the rounds at some of our local quilt shows too, so watch for more of these labors of love to appear now and again as they make their way across the finish line and out into the world!   I even got to help a customer who is just starting the journey select some fabric choices last week, so the quilt lives on. 

Two Thimbles Class WIP

You can learn more about the project here on Anne's website, and if you're in Houston...take a moment to enjoy all the quilts, including the original and all the amazing variations from the pilot group!  Congratulations to all! 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Things are getting festive!

The Witch is in, and so is our selection of Halloween fabrics - not just for quilts!  Pillowcases, placemats and even some pioneer girl costumes from our reproduction fabrics are in the works around town!

Have you tried a bit of crayon added to your stitching?  The added color can be subtle or stronger like our sample shown below.  We kind of like this piece - set for framing or a pillow.  We've added a few beads too!

EEK! Pattern by Plumcute Designs

We're trying to refrain from a bowl of trick or treat candy - it's too early, right?  But you can keep your hands busy with a stitchery project or two and Halloween will be here before you know it.