New Space at Stitchknit

Stitchknits Studio

New beginnings here at Stitchknit….in that I’ve started to set up a working sewing room where I see my local clients.  The true workroom is rarely picture worthy, but my new little corner of the world is shaping up to be a space I’m loving.

Still a work in progress, but a workable space already.  The area serves as my reception area for local clients as well as the space I use to teach sewing, knitting and crochet classes.

A benefit I was surprised about is the time I’ve gained by setting up the area so I can sew while waiting for clients to arrive for their appointments.

Stitchknit Classroom

I still have a long list of what I’m going to add to the space, so be prepared for more pictures! Next on the list is an ironing board/iron.  Hauling equipment up for classes has become one of my least favorite parts of teaching!

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From Dog Beds to Wedding Gowns

I go from one order to another each day here at Stitchknit and the variety is my favorite part.  That, and learning new techniques along the way. But, some days are just odder than others……..and today, moving from the custom dog bed to the wedding gown make over, made me stop and ponder the types of projects I see here.

Switching gears and not having a need to finish every project works for me.  I squeeze in the fixes…..the alterations, in between the bigger projects needing additional fittings before I’m willing to move forward.

So, a day would look a bit scattered to most………..and absolutely productive and creative to me.  

Almost finished....denim on one side & fuzziness on the other.  Should be a happy dog!

Almost finished….denim on one side & fuzziness on the other. Should be a happy dog!

Hemming the sleeves on a down jacket. Fortunately, no cutting required!

Hemming the sleeves on a down jacket. Fortunately, no cutting required!

Finished the crochet cowl this AM, now just need to weave in the ends for pictures!

Finished the crochet cowl this AM, now just need to weave in the ends for pictures!

Sorry, no pictures of the wedding gown.  Still a secret from the groom.   Know that I’ve spliced in yards and yards of white silk and tulle, along with sequins, pearls and embroidered overlays…………all morning.  Everything wasn’t black, gray and tan in the studio!  

Some Jobs Need to Age

Sort of like wine or cheese…………I can see some of my jobs here in my local shop, need to age.  Sit and just “be”.  All this aging and sitting is so I can figure out what I’m going to do with them!  This one, is currently the lead project in line for inspiration.

Stitchknit Local ShopThe 3 vintage pillows were brought in for a face lift of sorts.  New pillow forms, smaller size, cleaned up and backed with a neutral.  The 2 pillows on the right of the picture were good to go.  Take them apart, sew up with new backing and stick in the new pillow forms.  Stitched up and they are ready to be picked up!

The harvest gold number?  That is where the sitting around, waiting for an idea, comes in.  The client doesn’t want the harvest gold any longer.  The needle point of the ducks, done by the clients mother………they are the only part we’re saving.

So, my question is…….trim the ducks out of the design and applique them onto the new fabric?  Can’t see this working as yet, because the needlepoint canvas is vintage, almost crispy and I don’t think it would bend around all the necessary curves to be blind stitched on.

Other option……  Not really sure, but tossing around the reverse idea………..of stitching the new fabric to the ducks.  It will roll under, allowing me to blind stitch it onto the canvas & the outside stitching of the duck design.

I have this out  in my studio, so I can see it daily and ponder the possibilities. So far, no attack of brilliance.

Sneak Peek of Some New Finds

Some new finds for the supply section of my shop!  Just love a new stack of fabric!!!

Some new finds for the supply section of my shop! Just love a new stack of fabric!!!

A whole cone of vintage mohair yarn!  Fiber heaven!  Royal & Navy together, with a strand of black nylon throughout.  Very sharp looking.

A whole cone of vintage mohair yarn! Fiber heaven! Royal & Navy together, with a strand of black nylon throughout. Very sharp looking.

I've been searching for holiday fabrics to add to the shop in July.  These are 'finds' from the last sale I attended.

I’ve been searching for holiday fabrics to add to the shop in July. These are ‘finds’ from the last sale I attended.

Add these supplies to the huge box of un cut vintage patterns I just brought home, and the shop is going to be stuffed full by July!  Rescuing sewing & knitting supplies is almost as fun as sewing & knitting!

Memory Blanket from Stitchknit

8th Grade Graduation Gift....using school uniforms from Kindergarten through 8th grade!

8th Grade Graduation Gift….using school uniforms from Kindergarten through 8th grade!

Fun to put together, although the math at the beginning almost did me in!  (numbers aren’t my best skill)  Faced each of the squares, as there were 4 different types of material in the mix. The squares from the nylon gym shorts were the most cranky-making!  Slippery little bits they were!

Zipper Day

zipper-day

I can’t remember the first zipper I put in a garment………it would have been when I was in middle school (a long, long time ago!)  Used to take me a couple tries and then the product wasn’t all that great!

Love putting zippers in now!  Put in at least 6 a week here at Stitchknit.  My favorite way is to hand stitch them in, using a pick stitch.  Looks so custom!

*******The exact birthday of the zipper is debated, but Zipper Day is traditionally celebrated on April 29. On that date in 1913, Swedish-American scientist and inventor Gideon Sundback received a patent for a curious contraption he called “hook-less fastener”. Although similar inventions had been around since the 1850s, his version is widely accepted as the first modern zipper.

The continuous fastening line found numerous applications and grew in popularity, also thanks to the US Army who stepped in as an early adopter. Functional, fashionable, infinitely adjustable – these qualities of Sundback’s design have helped popularize the invention and practically make every day Zipper Day.******* from http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/zipper-day/