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Gateways to Sewing Knowledge


Well, my friends, I have a project to share with you, but…I got sidetracked.  I’m part of a fledgling sewing group, and since some of our members are newer to sewing than others, I made up a list of resources to share.  I love sharing resources, and the benefit of doing it on a blog is that you feel like people are listening!  And they are going to try your recommendations!  It’s the best.

Gateway to Sewing Knowledge!

One of my friend’s husbands suggested that I should also post the list on my blog, which I thought was a brilliant idea.  So, although I should be prepping the post on my latest project, I got into tweaking my list for them and making it into a page for the blog, and I wanted to give you a heads up, so you could check it out for yourself.  Hopefully you will find something new and helpful as you delve deeper into the sewing realm.  There are a few location-specific things I kept on there, but I figured that if any of you live in this area or get a chance to visit, it could be helpful.  And…if you have your own recommendations to add, I would love to see them in the comments of this post.  I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.  Thanks!

You can find the new page here or at the top of my main blog page under “Gateways to Sewing Knowledge”.


Breaking News: New Fabric and Yarn Store!!!


Hi, readers!  If you are local to southern New Hampshire or the North Shore of Massachusetts, you may be interested to hear that we’re going to have a new fabric and yarn store in the area soon.  I was so excited to hear from Laurel of Retromat Vintage that her friend Maggie is opening a brick and mortar store called Pintuck & Purl in Exeter, New Hampshire.  Maggie says she hopes to open by the end of May or beginning of June, but stay posted for updates!

Anyone who sews or knits knows that sourcing materials is one of the most exciting and frustrating parts of making.  There are so many great online shops, but there is no substitute for being able to feel and see the goods in person.  It looks like Maggie will also have classes, so plan a field trip!  You can keep an eye on her blog or facebook page for more information and, to tide you over until she opens, she also has an etsy store.  Hooray for more fabric, yarn, and knowledge!  Good luck, Maggie!

Pintuck & Purl

50 Lincoln Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Summer Fun


Hi, friends!  Happy Summer Solstice and first official day of summer!  This has been the first week we’ve consistently had 70-degree or higher temperatures and it has been a gorgeous week.

Summer Fun (Pattern and Branch)

The advent of summer and the end of school has gotten me thinking about vacation activities.  I saw a toddler summer bucket list on Pinterest, so I made one for us, too.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Tube down a river.  (Maybe we’ll try tubing the Saco River in Conway, NH.)
  • Visit Castle Island in Boston.
  • Try out the Swan Boats and Frog Pond in Boston.
  • Visit a swimming pond.
  • Go to the beach!
  • Try one new beach.
  • Go to Women’s Surf Camp (that one’s just for me).
  • Teach the neighborhood kids to play kickball.
  • Teach the neighborhood kids how to do the big jump rope.
  • Go to a wading pool.
  • Made popsicles, frozen yogurt, and gelato.
  • Do art!  Paint driftwood, make a mini art gallery, sew.
  • Try one new park.
  • Have playdates.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Pick some fruit.
  • Go clamming!

Summer Fun (Pattern and Branch)

We may not do all of these, but now we have some fun ideas to try together throughout the summer.  I’m pretty excited.  What about you?  Any summer plans or fun ideas?


Before we say good-bye, here’s a little weekend reading for you.

  •  I just checked out the book First Prize Pies by Allison Kave and it looks DELICIOUS!  I definitely recommend that you look through it.
  • Check out these super cool Euro bikes.  They’re like the mini-van of bikes.  You could haul so much with one of these…
  • Have you ever read any of the books in the Singer Sewing Reference Library series?  I have two of them and currently have another checked out from the library.  They are an excellent and very helpful resource.
  • If you’ve ever thought of stenciling fabric, Alabama Chanin provides the ability to download their stencil designs for free, so you can make your own versions.  If you have more money than time, you can buy premade stencils.

Have a great weekend!