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May Newsletter 2016


Dear Friends:


Last month we mentioned that Mariah was moving on from Sew Steamboat to pursue her law school dreams, and that we were looking for a new partner. It's our pleasure this month to introduce and welcome Carol Mikkelson to Sew Steamboat! Many of us met Carol in the fall of 2014 during our Friday night Sit N Stitch gatherings (Nancy would get to know Carol and her husband on the ski mountain as ski instructors!) Carol was working on a linen stitch scarf and it was very colorful. We were all impressed with it and her! Blair was a few months into her partnership and Cindy was brand new, but we remembered Carol quietly attending and working on her scarf. A year later and Carol has been coming to Wednesday's Sewciety with Lynn to work on quilts. Her calm and friendly demeanor are a welcome presence - she always has a smile on her face. We'd like to welcome Carol to Sew Steamboat, and we'd like for you to learn more about her too. Below is a short bio. Please stop in and introduce yourself!

May also brings Mother's Day. Moms hold a special place in our hearts, and if you would like to make something for your special mom we can help. What mom wouldn't want a gift certificate from Sew Steamboat?! She can shop to her heart's delight or sign up for a class she's been thinking about. Happy Mother's Day to all the great Moms out there!

Finally, starting May 29th, Sew Steamboat will return to having Sunday hours just in time for downtown sidewalk sales during the Memorial Day weekend. On a serious note, let's take this opportunity to thank all the men and women in service to our country that made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Sew Steamboat Team,

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

Partner Introduction: Carol Mikkelson

Welcome Carol

Carol grew up in Golden Colorado, where even as a young child she loved making things. Her first sewing projects were doll clothes, which she was taught to make by her maternal grandmother. Carol went to college where she majored in art, earning a BFA in photography. After a few years of working as a darkroom technician, she moved to Vail Colorado to work as a ski instructor, where she met her husband Karl. She started quilting while living there and has now been a quilter off and off for the last 25 years. Carol has two adult children and enjoyed her years as a stay-at-home mom. While her kids were young she volunteered her skills to start a 4-H quilting group for teens as well as teaching art for her son's Boy Scout Troop. She is looking forward to being part of Steamboat's creative community through Sew Steamboat. Carol is inspired by the work of others and hopes she can lift other people up in their creative journeys.

What's On Our Needles: Cindy Clark


Sometimes yarn comes into the store, and I want it so badly! I'm like a child around candy or a toy. However, I take a deep breath and try to be around it for some time before purchasing it. These multi-skein packs from Frabjous Fibers (dyed and spun in the U.S.) are just one "must have" example for me.

I gave in and selected the "Golden Afternoon" color pack. The colors are subdued as I tend to gravitate toward those tones rather than brights or jewels. These packs have fun Alice in Wonderland themes and names: this sock/fingering weight pack is titled "Cheshire Cat." There are 5 skeins in each pack, 128 yards per skein, so 640 yards in total. Also, it's 100% superwash merino - a great for many projects.

I researched and found a pattern on Ravelry called Circulation. It was really fun and super fast to knit up. You knit two flat triangles on a circular needle (knitting back and forth) and with the creativity that I don't possess, you move stitches around your needles so that both triangles magically create a circular cowl without seaming!! Amazing and really, really easy. You could mix up the colorway for a second cowl - make one for you, and one for a friend.




3-D Basic Needle Felting

Sun., May 14th,  1 - 4 pm

Join Lynn and learn the basics of 3-D needle felting. Start with a core roving base and build any shape you can imagine!

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $40 plus materials

Beginning Sewing I

Tues., May 17th,  5:30 - 8 pm

Sew a simple envelope-backed pillow cover while learning how to use a sewing machine. Student will learn straight seams and hems, as well as straight and zig-zag stitches.

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials

Beginning Sewing II

Tues., May 31st, 5:30 - 8 pm

Continuing on from Sewing I, Sewing II will guide students through a reversible bag with curves and interfacing. 

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials

Intro to Knitting

Tues., May 3rd, 4 - 6 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



Learn Crochet Cables

Sat., May 5th, 2 - 4 pm

By making a colorful 8x10" swatch, students will learn crochet cables in no time with Avery. Bring your most colorful yarn you have a crochet hook to match, then get ready to cable!

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $25 plus materials

Stripey Mittens with LA

Tues., May 10th, 24th, and 31st, 5 - 7 pm

The 5th is LA's knitting almanac series, students will learn how to make mittens with stripes! A great, small and portable (i.e. the beach!) summer project to work on.

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $75 plus materials

Fun with Yarn!

Thur., May 19th, 4 - 6 pm, Ages 10-15

Kids will explore the basic stitches of knitting all the while having "fun with yarn!" This class is intended to introduce the younger crowd (ages 10-15) to knitting.

Instructor: Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick

Cost: $20 plus materials

Make a Market Bag

Thur., May 19th and 26th, and June 2nd, 5 - 7 pm

Just in time for the Farmer's Market, make yourself your own market bag. Students will learn lace and bag construction. 

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $75 plus materials



Upcoming Events:

Sidewalk Sale

It's that time again - Memorial Day Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown Steamboat merchants will participate. Enjoy discounts on yarn, fabric, patterns and more. Sale occurs Friday, May 27th through Monday, May 30th. See you then!




Mention this newsletter to receive 10% off

Wonderland yarn packs or fingering weight yarn*

*offer good through May 31st

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