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June Newsletter 2016

01-Jun-2016
 
 

Dear Friends:

 
 

June seems to be surrounded with a lot of activities for Sew Steamboat! Cho and Cindy attended the first Maker's Faire that was held at the local high school. Kids of all ages showed up to learn, be creative, and make things. At our table, we brought forks and yarn to make pom poms, as well as crochet hooks to make friendship bracelets. A good time was had by all!

Lynn and Blair went on an adventure to Salt Lake City to attend the 2016 Quilt Market - see below for details. Carol has already spoken up to attend next year.

LA is leading the charge for Steamboat Springs to be designated as a Creative Arts District. Representatives will be visiting our store on June 1st to see how we are structured as a business, and how we actively influence the creativity of Steamboat Springs. We decided to "yarn bomb" the tree outside of the store with all sorts and sizes of pom poms in honor of the occasion.

Cindy will be attending The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) trade show in D.C. June 9th-13th. Very similar to Lynn and Blair's adventure to Salt Lake. Stayed tuned for all the fun things she can find for the store! We are always on the lookout for new and unique products.

If you haven't heard of Row by Row, then you are missing out! Row by Row is a program where quilting stores design and create a 9" x 36" quilting "row" for a quilt that will contain 8 of these rows eventually. Patterns are given out free; kits and fabric license plates are for sale. Quilters (and those who know quilters!) go from store to store, in ALL states throughout the summer, collecting these patterns to make a Row by Row quilt. Sew Steamboat will participate this year for the first time. The theme is "Home Sweet Home" and Lynn designed our row. It's awfully cute - wildlife call Steamboat Springs "Home Sweet Home!" We can start handing out patterns and selling kits June 21st. With as many requests as we had last year, you might want to come see us early in the program in order to get a kit and/or license plate. We understand they go quickly!

Finally, our 2nd annual pin cushion contest is coming up in July. We wanted to give you a head's up so that you can start spending even MORE time on Pinterest getting inspired and looking for cute and unique pin cushion designs. Entries must be handmade, and can be any medium. We will accept entries July 1st - 29th. Winner(s) announced July 31st with great prizes. Start creating!

The Sew Steamboat Team,

Lynn, Donna, Nancy, LA, Cindy, Kathleen, Blair, Cho, and Carol


Staff News: Lynn Wunder

Quilt Market 2016

Recently, Blair and I ventured out of the "Boat" on a road trip to Salt Lake City for the Spring International Quilt Market. This was a first for both of us. It's an event we just had to check out even though we didn't have a clue what it was all about. Quilt Market takes place twice a year with the fall market always in Houston followed by a huge Quilt Festival open to the public and the spring market in various cities all over the country. Market provides a venue for hundreds of vendors, both big and small, to present their wares to retailers.


Classes for quilt shop owners and their employees and a "Schoolhouse" of mini technique and project ideas are available before and during the market. Blair and I decided to forgo the classes and the wild and crazy shopping "Sample Spree" that took place the night before we arrived. We spent our time walking up and down aisle after aisle of beautiful fabrics, threads and patterns. All of the booths were beautiful but some were fabulous and surrounded us with such interesting combinations of color and texture. Inspiration was everywhere!

We had decided to spend most of our time looking at wool vendors since we want to be able to continue our fabulous supply for rug hooking and applique, as well as visiting the vendors we already use and maybe find one new fabric company. But since everything was so appealing, it was hard to stay focused. We found ourselves drawn to the single owner/designer booths. We bought some cute baby quilt patterns from a designer who had been in our shop. I found zippers from a woman in Fort Collins. A silk dyer enticed us with her beautifully hand dyed silk roving, thread and ribbons, and we talked with several people about possible classes and trunk shows. I did manage to order some Minky and Australian Cottons for the shop, but mostly we just took it it all in. Our "dogs" were howling and tired by the end of the weekend but, we were happy we went and are full of ideas.


What's On Our Needles: Blair Weibel

Baby Wrap-Cardigan

I love small projects. Socks, ornaments, lap quilts, embroidery, baby knits...I could go on and on. This time I've made the Baby Wrap-Cardigan and after knitting it with the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Tonals (yeah, cashmere, baby!) I know I will be making it, again! This yarn is soft to the touch and makes an elegant baby knit, while still being machine washable (55% wool, 33% microfiber and 12% cashmere). I chose to knit it in gray and white, and for the ribbed edging I used Plymouth DK Superwash Merino - and added yellow bunny buttons (yellow and gray are in for babies) but the yarn comes in a soft rainbow of gentle colors, that are mottled tone on tone. With hues such as Blackcurrant, Peppermint and Lime they evoke thoughts of sherbet, just in time for summer knitting. The look is luxurious but the price is not. You can knit up an heirloom, at an affordable price.

 

 

Classes:

Kid Camps: Beginning Sewing

Weds., June 22nd, July 6th and 20th, August 3rd and 17th, 1 - 3:30 pm

For ages 8+ that have never sewn before. This series of "camps" will teach the basics of sewing. Projects include a pillowcase, decorative box, pin cushion, etc.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials per session ($125 total for all 5 classes)


Kid Camps: Intermediate Sewing

Weds., June 29th, July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 17th, 1 - 3:30 pm

For ages 8+ that have sewing experience. This series of "camps" will expand on the basics. Projects include more advanced bags that include zippers, stuffed animals, and more!

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials per session ($125 total for all 5 classes)



Intro to Knitting

Tues., June 7th, 4 - 6 pm OR Sun., June 19th, 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: $20 plus materials

  

 

Beginning Crochet

Sat., June 18th, 10 am - 1 pm

Chain stitch, single crochet, back loop, etc...these are terms and techniques you'll learn while making this beautiful scarf!

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $50 plus materials



Knit Sock with LA (plus magic loop!)

Tues., June 2nd, 9th, & 16th, 5 - 7 pm

Knit the Monkey socks with LA. These simple socks are considered one of the fastest patterns to knit, have an easy to memorize and attractive lace pattern, and are a great way to refresh your sock knitting skills.

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $75 plus materials



Learn to Knit: Whimsical Dishcloth

Tues., June 21st, 5 - 7 pm

Learn to Knit or use this class as a great refresher on the basics! There are so many fun and neat designs for wash and dishcloths. Once you learn the basics, you can go to town!

Instructor: Cindy Clark

Cost: $25 plus materials


 

 

Upcoming Events:

Artist Trunk Show: Gayle Dudley

Come see Gayle's tote bags - perfect for sewing projects, knitting projects, over-nighters, work, etc. - June 24th through June 30th. We will kick off this trunk show on Friday, June 24th during our Sit N Stitch, 4 - 6 p.m. Join us and see what Gayle has to offer!

 

 

 

Mention this newsletter to receive 10% off

Fabric and Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino*

*offer good through June 30th

 
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