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February Newsletter 2016


Dear Friends:


Happy Leap Year! February 29th - a day when women propose to men. There are many traditions, folklore and superstitions surrounding this day/year. In Finland, if a man refuses a woman's Leap Day proposal, he must buy her fabric for a skirt. Not that we want women to be refused her love; however, Sew Steamboat has a wide selection of fabric for skirt-making! We also have a Leap Day birthday this year - the husband of our partner, Blair, is turning "12" on February 29th! Happy Birthday!

Other fun February events in Steamboat include Winter Carnival, Valentine's Day, and Blues Break. For 103 years now, Steamboat Springs has a time-honored tradition called Winter Carnival. Fun times include kids being pulled on skiis by horses down main street (jumps included!), ski jumping, Lighted Man (visualize a downshill skier with fireworks shooting out of his suit!), a parade and more! After all this fun in the snow, families tend to head to warmer climates with a week off of school called Blues Break. Don't worry, Sew Steamboat will be open, and if you are staying in town this year, come in to check out all the neat supplies we have for you to enjoy a crafty Blues Break week!

As the snow continues (and continues....and continues...) to fall in Steamboat, the partners are working hard ordering new fabrics (we have new pretty batiks) and yarn, creating new classes (LA has a Knitter's Almanac series for 2016), and enjoying visits by locals and tourists alike! There have been many stories in the media lately about the health benefits of knitting. Of course, WE already knew this, and we're pretty sure you do too. So ladies and gentlemen, keep knitting and crafting for your health -- Sew Steamboat will be here to help!

From Left: Lynn, Donna, Mariah, Nancy, La, Cindy, Kathleen, Blair, and Cho

Staff Picks: LA Bourgeois

Celebrating Sew Steamboat Yarn

Our new Sew Steamboat yarn combines 70% CVM wool and 30% alpaca, all sourced locally from Routt and Moffat counties and spun by Yampa Valley Fiberworks. As I knit it, the stitches spring to life, allowing cables and simpler stitch patterns to shine. Softening alpaca creates a fuzzy halo; the yarn blooming and filling in little nooks and crannies. Just enough lanolin remains in the fiber to keep the yarn moving easily through my hands. For now, the colors remain all natural, but are still quite varied: cream, silver, champagne and milk chocolate. I use three of these for my new “Lynn's Wonder” cowl (in honor of our dear friend, Lynn Wunder, who created this yarn with my small help. Find the story of the beginning of our journey here). Join us to celebrate this newest accomplishment of Sew Steamboat on Friday, February 5th, from 4-6 p.m.

What's On Our Needles: Lynn Wunder

Needle Felting To The Rescue!

A few weeks ago my daughter sheepishly presented to me her beautiful alpaca poncho which I had given her for a trip to India several years ago. Across the front panel was a triangular burn mark which she thought came from the electric heat in her room. Well, no way to remove a scorch mark like that...don't ask me how I know. Should we dye it? Turn it around backwards and forget about it? Do an applique? No, I'll needle felt something across that panel. Our first idea was to do some type of flowers but then I thought a sandhill crane flying up the panel would be really cool. I tried and tried different ways to fit that flying crane across that burn mark, but nothing worked that would fit correctly within that panel...darn! So, back to doing an abstract flower. All I did was put the felting foam behind the area I was about to felt, lay out very thin layers of dyed wool roving in the flower design and start felting the roving to the poncho. This is a very quick process, but the longer you needle the wool into the garment, the more integrated it becomes. Voila! No more burn mark!




Beginning Sewing I

Thur, Feb. 11th,  5:30 - 8 pm

This class will help you to become acquainted with the sewing machine. Practice straight sewing seams and hems. Participants will make a simple pillowcase.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials

Beginning Sewing II

Tues., Feb. 23rd, 5:30 - 8 pm

Now that you know how to use the sewing machine, let's ramp it up! Participants will sew a cute reversible bag in this class. Learn curved seams and top stitching.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials


NEW: Quilting with Madeleine

Sat., Feb. 13th - Mar 5th, 1 - 4 pm

Beginning quilting for the novice quilter or proficient sewist who wants to learn good quilting techniques. Students will make this beautiful hydrangea wall hanging. Kits available for purchase.

Instructor: Madeleine Vail

Cost: $150 plus materials

Intro to Knitting

Tues, Feb. 2nd, 4 - 6 pm -OR- Sun, Feb. 21st, 1 - 3 pm

Learn the basics in this class: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Everything you need to get started on your knitting journey!

Instructor: Sew Steamboat Partners

Cost: $10 plus materials


Learn to Knit Fingerless Mitts

Tues., Feb. 9th, 5 - 7 pm

Start learning how to knit by making these quick and easy fingerless mitts. Once you learn the basics, you'll be ready for more advanced techniques! 

Instructor: Cindy Clark

Cost: $25 plus materials


Learn to Knit: Dishcloths

Thur, Feb. 24th, 1 - 3 pm

There are so many neat designs for dishcloths out there, but we'll start with the basics so students can learn how to knit.

Instructor: Cindy Clark

Cost: $25 plus materials

Broomstick Lace Crochet Stitch

Sat., Feb. 20th and 27th, 2 - 4 pm

Learn the crochet brooomstick lace stitch, and possibly a few tips and tricks, when making this beautiful cowl in class.

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $50 plus materials


Technique: Double Knitting

Sat., Feb. 13th, 2 - 4 pm

Double knitting is a simple technique that creates two layers of fabric at once. Both single and two-color techniques will be taught.

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $25 plus materials




Upcoming Events:

TNNA Survey

Calling all fiber artists! The fiber arts community needs your feedback. Participate in this TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) survey and you could win a $100 gift card! This survey will be active until Feb 15th. Please take 10  minutes to complete the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey (click here!) This is a major study of U.S. knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners. Survey is anonymous, and you will not receive marketing spam. Thank you!


Sew Steamboat Yarn Party

Read all about our signature yarn in LA's Staff Picks today. We are very proud of our locally sourced and processed yarn. Join us Friday February 5th from 4 - 6 p.m. to celebrate our recent accomplishment!

Chica Trunk Show

On Friday, February 12th from 4 - 6 p.m., we will be hosting a Chica bag trunk show. Everyone needs a pretty bag to organize their supplies (be it knitting, crocheting, sewing, even personal items!) Chica bags come in a vast variety of sizes and styles.Chica, making practical fun!



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