Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Closed for Christmas

We're so grateful for your support this holiday season. Looking forward to another great year with you! Happy Holidays from the Two Thimbles Family to yours! 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Learn how to make handbags!

Learn how to make handbags from scratch!

Have you ever wondered about the process behind creating a handbag?  Want a bag with just the right combination of pockets, hardware and size....not to mention fabric choice?!

Handmade purses and totes have shown up more and more in recent years, and these aren't your grandma's shapeless shoulder bags. Techniques and products for creating gorgeous, modern handbags have become more accessible, and we're excited to share some with you through a lecture and class from Cheryl Kuzcek of Paradiso Designs.

Creating handbags from scratch allows for total customization to your personal preferences. Want a shoulder strap? You can add it! Do you love wearing bright-colored accessories? Build the body with neon fabrics! The entirety of the design is in your hands.

Cheryl, a master of handbag construction, will be in our classroom on the evening of January 11th for a free, relaxed discussion - all about creating beautiful bags from scratch. Grab a friend and carve out a bit of time in your calendar to learn about bag-making while mingling over food and drinks.  Give us a call to reserve your spot, seating is limited.

In addition, Cheryl will host a pop-up shop at Two Thimbles on January 12th. She'll have several of her pattern designs and pleather and hardware kits available for sale and lots of bag samples to showcase her awesome construction techniques.  Cheryl can assist you with fabric choice and construction advice to get the right combination of features and style!

Don't miss this chance to meet Cheryl and see her bags in action!

These two events are lead up to a class with Cheryl on Saturday, January 26th. In this hands on class, learn to sew pleather with confidence and enhance your handbag creations with some solid construction tips.  Cheryl will walk students through the different types and grades of pleather as well as the basics of cutting, correct tension and best stitch length for this unique fabric.  You'll also learn how to create a bag from scratch and leave with valuable tips, techniques and basic handbag design knowledge to create a bag of your choice!  

Join Cheryl in the 2T Classroom for a Paradiso Designs Discussion: 
Friday evening January 11, 2019 
Call 360 715-1629 or stop by the shop to reserve your spot!

Pop up Shop:  Saturday, January 12, 2019 10am - 4pm

Handbag construction class: Saturday, January 26, 2019 9am- 4pm

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Last minute inspiration?

Brimfield Ornaments by Jane
Are you on the final count down for the holidays?!  Sometimes last minute projects are just the idea you needed or...maybe just the distraction you were hoping for?

 Here is a little mix of projects we've been working on, some English Paper Piecing - the Brimfield block mixed with circles and some itty bitty hexagons mixed with embroidery!  The stitchery design is a pattern we stock from Plumcute Designs!

A Winter's Stitch by Karla and 2T

And if you need some ideas to finalize your holiday decor and packaging...

A rainbow of stockings by Kami

Iron on decals for pillows and bags 

Wool charms to get creative for one of a kind ornaments or monograms - great to embellish with sequins, fancy stitches and all kinds of creative possibilities!

Wool charm pack

We hope you're warm and cosy in your sewing space!  We'll be open through Sunday the 23rd with regular store hours.  Closed on Monday and Tuesday!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New Fabric mixed in!

We've got some odds n' ends to fill in some gaps on the shelves.  A mixed selection of multiple lines for our reproduction collection.  Some of these are timeless motifs that combine well with more contemporary lines.  Polka dots are timeless for sure!

Scrappier Dots by Judie Rothermel

Baltimore House by Paula Barnes for Marcus

Baltimore House by Paula Barnes 

Gathering by Jill Shaulis

Wisdom by Nancy Gere

Shirtings from Washington Street
Some of our shirtings have been speaking the low volume language and have been showcased in some 'modern' quilt projects too!
Sarah French by Nancy Kirk
And these soft prints make us think of spring gardening and that is a good thing now that winter storms have started to roll in.  

Down by the Veggie Patch / Hatched & Patched

We hope you have time to finish all the projects on your list for 2018!  We are looking forward to lots of new exciting projects and opportunities in the New we're busy plotting and planning our 'make it now' list too!   

Monday, December 10, 2018

Waxer (waxed) Canvas in the shop!

It's a great time to be a quilter/sewer what with the quality of today's fabrics, computerized sewing machines and don't even get me started on notions (think rotary cutters)!! Lately I've really been enjoying working with fun new products like cork, Kraf-tex, faux fur, etc.  But, my latest obsession is the gorgeous roll of walnut-colored waxed canvas that's just arrived in the store!!

It's a Robert Kaufman product, 100% cotton and 57" wide.  I knew immediately that a messenger bag MUST be made for my college student!  I've attached a link to a free pattern/tutorial from Sewspire that I'm going to use.

We'll share our completed version soon, so stay tuned....

P.S.  Please share your ideas for using waxed canvas on our Facebook page!! we'd love to see what you're making!