Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Needle Felting Workshop

Explore the fun of needle felting.  We will be making adorable mushrooms and acorns with wool roving.  It will be a part of your own woodland in your cozy space or you can make your own ornaments and home decorations after this class.  Wool roving is perfect for pincushions too as its natural oil prevents your needles and pins from turning rusty.
The Needle Felting Class
Friday, December 7th
6pm - 7:30pm
Instructor: Ryoko
$25 + $12.45 material & tool fee - no pine cones are included in this class


So the turkey is gone.  It's all about trees now.  Did you get one yet?  My tiny trees are up both at the shop and home.  I just love this time of the year...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Upcoming Classes

The Boxed Pouch Class

Friday, November 30th

5:30pm/6pm - 9pm


The Smock/ Shirt Class
This is to make a smock/shirt from the Japanese book.
Sunday, December 2nd
3:30pm - 6:30pm

The images are shown here.

I hope you can join us.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sew & Tell

By day Sue is an IT company employee, but she is a skirt maker by night, and this is one of her skirts she made at night.  It looks like a regular knee-length A-line skirt, but lots of efforts and love went into it.  Besides the cat silhouette applique, it has a band on the waist and the hem, and is fully lined.  Her choices of fabrics are a true reflection of herself.  Always so fun that her co-workers come to her cubicle to check what she is wearing every morning.   
Besides the cat, she has dog and bird silhouette versions... Anyone want to order? 
Newly addicted to sewing, Emily has been very busy this holiday season.  She has lots to sew for her friends' girls.  Not to mention her own little girl.  These two are her version of To Tie For dresses.  I have seen several different To Tie For dresses and I love seeing everyone's different creations.  I have never seen anyone make it exactly like the original pattern.  Emily didn't follow it either.  Shhhhh, don't tell the author, but I think Emily's dresses are much cuter than the original.Here, I love that she put the brown pom pom on the hem.
I've mentioned this before, but this is one of the easiest patterns that we carry.
Okay, this is not Greg himself and I copied this photo from this place.  I just wanted to share with you how well Greg's tie was reviewed by this man who is modeling himself in this photo.  Obviously I don't web surf for menswear, but this was fun to read.  I love how this man talks about the details on Greg's tie.  Yes, those details matter to some folks like him and myself.  And Greg knows what true craftsmanship is. 
Thank you, everyone!  Great work!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

We'll be closed on Thursday, the 22nd and Friday, the 23rd.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sophie's Attique

Just in time for the holiday season, Peapod Fabrics welcomes Sophie's Attique as a new window pop-up shop.  The store owner, Ryoko, started very small, but as every handmade creator's dream, she took one step further to open her own store.  She makes little things that make her happy...and hopes to make someone else happy too.  So please stop by to see her adorable zakka at Peapod's Window Gallery.

Friday, November 2, 2012

This New Old Chair

The November cover features my new old chair which had a fabulous makeover.  This is the "before" chair, a 60-70s discolored avocado green vinyl chair which I thrifted several years ago for $25.  I almost gave it away before our move a couple years ago from our old apartment, but it served us for a while at our current home until our puppy dog chewed up the vinyl on the right side arm.  Since then it had been sitting in our garage along with my other chair which also has teeth marks on the left side arm.  You guess whose.  I kept them because I always thought to reupholster them myself someday.  They have good bones.  But, when will it happen?  Besides I'm not skilled at all.  Then Sam came along.  Yes, the man behind this makeover.  I had this herringbone fabric by Joel Dewberry in mind for this chair, but my concern was its weight.  It is a regular quilting weight cotton, but according to Sam, it was no problem.  Regular medium weight cotton works with a lining.   It's great news because we have more choices with the regular weight cotton.  Sam added the piping all around, and it looks great.  Clean and sleek.  You see, I chose fabric for my positively plus quilt with this chair in mind because I knew it was going to go on the shop window together.  Sam is going to work on the other chair next.  I just have to choose fabric for it.  So, if you have a project like this, there is Sam who can help you.  His rates are pretty reasonable, especially for his craftsmanship.   His website will be available soon, but until then you can contact him by email at
"before" in my garage...
"after" in my living room, but the chair is located at the shop...
The piping makes it.  Beautiful work!  Thank you, Sam!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Positively Plus Quilt and a Scrappy Pillow

I finished the positively plus quilt.  It's machine quilted, but it will be tied with yarn a little later...
My walking foot for quilting.  You have to have this if you want better results in machine quilting.
Some skinny trims from the plus blocks.  I know I could've thrown them away, but I didn't...
Then without any specific plan, I just sewed them together and quilted...
Then it became a new pillow, ha...
A new pillow on "This New Old Chair."
My silly dogs from Mexico which I kept thinking were cats...
The room looks more positive already :-)