Tuesday, December 29, 2009

January classes

Sit and Stitch:

This fun group meets every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm for good conversation and inspiration from other like-minded folks. No charge. Bring your knitting, smocking, crocheting, needlepoint, etc. and join us! Our comfy couch is always open for you to drop in and sit and do your handwork.

Smocking and Embroidery

Embroidery Workshop $15 per session plus supplies

Meets monthly: Monday, January 25, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Join us on the fourth Monday of each month for stitching time and fellowship! Learn how to prepare a project for embroidery or get help with embroidery you are already working on. Each month Martha will teach you a new embroidery technique or tip to make your stitching more enjoyable.

Come see what everyone is making!!

Beginning Smocking $45 includes supplies. 2 sessions, Thursday, January 14 and 21, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Smocking is fun! Learn the stitches to make garments better than the ones you see in the stores. You will be ready to smock most geometric designs after completing this sampler. Bring small scissors.

Machine Applique $30 includes kit. 1 session. Saturday, January 16, 10:00 – 12:00noon.

Learn the technique for machine appliqué. This is a great way to embellish T shirts and jumpers. Bring your sewing machine. Limit 4.

Smocking Workshop

$10 for 1 session or $30 for 4 sessions.

Available sessions:

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. OR Thursdays 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Come join Martha for some quality sewing and smocking time. Work on the project of your choice and enjoy the fellowship of others. Call the shop at least one day before the session to reserve your space.

Lindsey Jumper or Sundress $50 plus supplies for 4 sessions. Wednesday, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6-8:30 p.m.

This back wrap style is a favorite for cool weather jumpers and summer sundresses. The construction is easy enough for a beginner. Lindsey can be made with smocking or without.

Knitting Classes

Beginning Knitting

$45 plus supplies. 4 sessions.

Thursday, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR

Thursday, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

You will learn the basics of knitting! You will learn to knit and purl, do many pattern stitches and follow a pattern. You will be ready to begin a project of your choice after this class. Sign up early these fill up fast!

Favorite Son zippered cardigan $60 plus supplies. 6 sessions, Monday, January 4, 18, February 1, 15, March 1 and 15, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join Martha and knit this zippered cardigan for the male in your life or for yourself. We will use the Retrofit Pattern from Knitty.com. Class will meet every other week so that you can get help every step of the way. There are lots of new techniques to learn while making this sweater, including sewing in that zipper!

You must know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Toe-up Cabled Socks using the Magic Loop $35 plus supplies for 2 sessions: Saturday, January 16 and 23, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sock knitting is the perfect take-along project! In this class you will learn to knit socks from the toe up using the magic loop. If you have never done cables, this is your chance! You must know

how to knit using the magic loop method.

The Weekend Jacket $45 plus supplies. 4 sessions, Tuesday, January 12, 19, 26

and February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Weekend Jacket will be a stylish addition to your Winter wardrobe! Knit with chunky yarn, this will be a fun project. You must know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Knitting Workshop

$10 for 1 session or $30 for 4 sessions:

Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m. or

Tuesday 10:00-12:00 p.m. or

Thursday 1:00-3:00 p.m.

This is the “clinic” for all your knitting emergencies! Get help on your

project or pick a new technique to learn. For those who already know the basics.

You must call to register for workshop each week, space is limited.

New!! Wool Applique

One session. Wednesday, January 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, January 20, 6:00-8:00

p.m. - $25 includes needlecase kit.

Come learn how to appliqué with wool in this technique class. It’s lots of fun and you’ll pick up lots of pointers and practice on a sample needlecase. Limit 6.

Quilting Classes

T-shirt Quilt $45 plus supplies. 1 session. Saturday, January 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come learn the basics to design your own t-shirt quilt! We will show you how to stabilize your t-shirts and then sew them into a wonderful pattern that you will draft! This is not a beginner class; you will need to know how to rotary cut and piece. This will be great way to get started and be finished by graduation!!!

Beginner Appliqué $50 includes a pre-washed kit. 2 sessions: Thursday, January 14 and 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

This is the class for serious appliqué. Learn the freezer paper technique for the first in Kathleen’s series of appliqué blocks. Learn how to make bias stems, needleturned dragonfly bodies, and perfect points. Come see the sample at the shop. Limit 4

Beginner 9-Patch $ 60 plus supplies. 4 sessions, Tuesday, January 12 and 26 and February 2 and 16; 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

This class teaches the basics of machine piecing. Learn how to select colors, strip cut, chain piece, and add mitered borders. You'll learn lots and end up with a beautiful 9-patch quilt. Limit 4.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Happy Holidays!

Our gift to you:

30% off all in-stock merchandise

40%ff all Christmas fabrics

50% off all Needlepoint canvasses

December 28, 2009-January 2, 2010

Holiday Store Hours:

We will close New Year's Eve at 2 p.m.

and reopen at 10a.m. on January 2nd.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Stitching therapy

I read this on Flylady.net the other day:

"What I'm doing to pamper myself this holiday season is to knit!
I love to knit but my other responsibilities throughout the year often preclude it. So I dec
ided that I would knit at least three times a week throughout this holiday season. I decided that instead of trying to make a large project, I'd make Christmas Ornaments that are mini-sweaters, each one different.

In just the last week and a half, from doing this, I've made 20 ornaments and mastered three new knitting techniques that I've been wanting to do for ages! The ornaments are so small that I can get a good portion of them knitted in a 15-minute block, and one day when I had a lot of waiting time, I carried the knitting along with me and made 3 of them while I would have otherwise been bored or irritated by "wasting time" waiting. Instead I was calm and happy.


I 'll bet Bernadette is doing something like these.

What kind of stitching activity pampers you? I love to look through my old smocking and knitting magazines and find new projects and Shirley likes to look though her quilt books.

Susann likes to work with her orchids and talk to her grandchildren, which leads her to her applique books to create more cute outfits like these:

Tell us your favorite way to spend some stitching time!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

911 for your projects!

We had a special visitor at smocking workshop the other day: Patsy's new granddaughter! Peggy gave her a lesson on the machine.

You never know who is going to show up for workshop and what new projects you will see! This time of year workshops are full of stitchers finishing up good things for Christmas. Some people come each week just to have some uninterrupted stitching time and fun with fellow stitchers.

If your project needs rescuing or just a little push to get it going again, We have a workshop to fit you schedule.
Call the shop at 336/765-9099 to reserve your seat. Most sessions are limited to 6 students so that we can make sure that everyone gets the help they need, so you need to sign up each week.

Knitting workshops are Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings, or Thursday afternoons.

Smocking workshops are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.

Teachers are available at other times for one-on-one sessions. Call the shop to schedule a lesson.