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May Newsletter 2015



Dear Customer:

During the month of May, Steamboat residents as well as non-residents observe a few changes. As we welcome spring weather and adjust into a new season, partners at Sew Steamboat are especially excited to welcome new colors and materials!  Moreover, we would like to share our story with you!

At the end of Year 2013, a few community members who are also fiber enthusiasts stepped forward to preserve our town’s local yarn and fabric shop, Sew Steamboat. Since then, a few great changes have occurred with the one mission in mind--

“To maintain a sustainable business that inspires the residents and visitors to the Yampa Valley to explore their full potential in the fiber arts by providing the tools and materials, classes and events necessary for their exploration and education, and maintaining a venue for them to gather and express themselves.”

Working together for the community with each fiber at a time, we encourage you to shop local and email us to find out how you could be a partner of the Sew Steamboat Team!

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

Staff Picks: Cindy Clark


The intarsia Ridgely shawlette using the Cerro and Canyon yarn

When the first signs of spring started to show in late March and early April, I wanted to knit something with a lighter weight material. Lucky for me, because of our Yarn Tasting in February, Sew Steamboat had ordered in Classic Elite Yarns Cerro (colors) and Canyon (naturals). This is a sport weight yarn made of 85% cotton and 15% alpaca (my favorite fiber!) The alpaca gives the yarn just enough give to make knitting it up a breeze. There is some separation of the strands when knitting, but it’s not enough to hinder your progress. I just love the light blue and tan together as a color combo. We have several other colors at the store for you to check out!


Now that I had my yarn, I needed a project. I had wanted to learn the intarsia technique for some time, so I opted to knit the pattern LA chose for her intarsia class, called Ridgely (see Ravelry or for a video lesson!) Intarsia allows you to add color to your work, in any design imaginable. In it’s simplest form, you drop the current color working yarn (leaving it there for when you come back) to pick up the new color working yarn. There is a criss-cross of the two yarns, if you will, to avoid holes in the work. In my Ridgely piece, I have a main blue, a contrasting natural, and a second blue (I split one blue skein in half.) The lace border is knit with the second blue skein, and the stripes are done with the main blue and the contrasting natural. Yes, you have several colors hanging off your work at one time. If you’ve heard the terms yarn butterfly or yarn bobbin this is what they are used for – intarsia. I would recommend starting with a project with only two or three colors to learn the technique. Learning intarsia will open a whole new world of exciting and colorful patterns! Good luck!

What's On Our Needles: Lynn Wunder

Sew-Steamboat-Laminated-Cotton-Lynn-WunderAn Adventure with Laminated Cotton

I recently went on an adventure in sewing with laminated cotton. It wasn't totally new to me, but I had previously only done simple lunch bags with a few straight seams and a child's bomber hat. Wanting to demonstrate an apparel use for this lovely fabric, I decided to do a full out raincoat with collar, pockets, buttons and lining.

First of all I used a McCalls pattern from Sew Steamboat and modified it slightly by adding buttons and buttonholes instead of snaps and leaving the ends of the sleeves plain and simple.

Cutting out the pattern pieces was simple although your pins need to be thin and sharp. When lining up your seams to sew, those new Wonder Clips come in very handy so that you can avoid holes through the fabric. I sewed all the seams with a size 70 universal needle and polyester thread. Whenever I top-stitched I used my roller foot or you could use a Teflon coated foot to help it glide along the laminated surface. Tissue paper or some type of tear-away or water soluble stabilizer would also work. I used tissue paper when I made the buttonholes because the buttonhole foot kept sticking. 

Sew-Steamboat-Laminated-Cotton-Lynn-WunderOther than the sticking issue, laminated cotton sews up just like any other cotton, but don't press your seams with a hot iron. I did not use the iron at all and did not see the need for any fusible interfacing. Finger pressing or using the edge of a credit card to smooth seams works just fine. I did read somewhere that you can press and fuse this fabric with a low temp iron, but I would suggest practicing on a scrap piece with a pressing cloth to protect your iron.

All in all it was a fun project with a really cute and practical outcome which can be seen in the window at Sew Steamboat. Let's all get busy making raincoats, ponchos, hats, bibs and bags! You are only limited by your imagination. 


Monster Baby Pants

Saturdays, May 9th, 23rd, & June 6th; 3pm - 5pm

Description: Learn simple intarsia, jogless stripes in the round, and duplicate stitch as you create these darling Monster Baby Pants!

Instructor:  LA Bourgeois

Cost:  $75 + Materials (10%OFF materials with class sign up) 

Materials: ~400 yds DK weight yarn, US size 2 & 4 16" circular needles and US size 4 dpns, stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Learn to Crochet 


Saturday, May 16th, 1pm - 3pm

Description: Learn to crochet by making this beret beanie! 

Instructor: Avery C. 

Cost: $25.00 + Materials (10%OFF materials with class sign up) 

Materials: 200 yards of worsted yarn and Size G hook (10% OFF on materials by signing up for this class).

Upcoming Events:

Tilted Shadow Shawl Knit-A-Long Party


Join us during our Friday night Sit N' Stitch event to celebrate the completion of our Spring Knit A Long project: Titled Shadow Shawl! We will be announcing the next Knit A Long project at the end of this event. 
Be sure to join us in your Titled Shadow Shawls!


Survey for Advanced Lace Knitting Technique Class

LA is planning an advanced lace knitting technique class in the late summer or early fall.  If you love lace, weigh in and let us know what you think!  

Take the survey now by clicking the link below:


Mention this newsletter to receive 10% on CEYs Cerro and Canyon; also Laminated Cotton

Anarchy Made Darling by La Bourgeois



Sew Steamboat is adopting a Fruits & Veggies theme to yarn bomb the tree in front of our store. As always, your contributions are most welcome! For inspirations and ideas, please visit our Pinterest board here.

Our partner, La has written an article in the Valley Voice (May 2015) titled "Anarchy Made Darling" regarding yarn bombing art. Read the Valley Voice article here.

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