Spinning Tales with Vermont Fiber Folk

nido is bringing the conversation to you. Fiber farmers, spinners, natural dyers and local purveyors will be discussing their stories with us Sunday mornings this spring, making connections between farm to needle.

Tammy-holding-fleece-with-overalls-onJoin nido and the incredible Tammy White, from Wing and A Prayer Farm, Sunday, March 6th from 10am to 12 noon to learn all about her working fiber farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont. $5 event ticket available by cash at the door.

Tammy will share how to get the most from breed specific yarn farming, starting your own dye garden and sustainable wool dye methods.

Tammy is mom to 3 young adults, and shepherdess and proprietress of Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont where her fiber flock consists of 6 Alpacas, 13 Angora Goats, and 50 Shetland, Merino, Cormo & Cotswold sheep. She harvests their fiber to be processed locally and hand dyes with natural extractions derived from foraged and farmed materials. Her passions include tending to her flocks and gardens, leading educational farm tours and baking up a storm in her 4-oven farm kitchen.

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Please join us in learning how this incredible woman does it all! nido will be serving pie from Tammy’s kitchen and will have coffee and tea to drink. We are asking that people RSVP here so that we can get a feel for numbers.

*photos courtesy of Wing and A Prayer

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announcing: carolyn friedlander workshops

nido is excited to announce our next artist collaboration with pattern and fabric designer, Carolyn Friedlander.

Carolyn Friedlander is an incredible modern quilter and fabric designer, specializing in hand appliqué and modern machine quilting.

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Drawing inspiration from her architecture background, Carolyn experiments with geometric elements, scale, and vivid color progression to create her visually stunning quilts. In December 2015, she launched her latest fabric line, Carkai and new hand appliqué patterns, Everglade and Ebb.

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nido is thrilled to offer 2 full-day workshops with Carolyn this July.

Sign up for one or the other or better yet- sign up for both!

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Saturday, July 16th 10:00 – 5:00 $175 * includes a catered one hour lunch break

Ebb and Outhouse: Beginner Hand Appliqué + Beginner Paper Piecing Full-Day Workshop

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In this two-part, full-day workshop, sewing enthusiasts will learn the finer techniques of beginner hand appliqué in a slow sewing setting. Follow it up with a 3-hour beginner paper piecing workshop using two of Carolyn’s popular patterns, Ebb and Outhouse.

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Sunday, July 17th 10:00 – 5:00 $175 *includes a catered one hour lunch break

Everglade: Full-Day Advanced Hand Appliqué Workshop

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Join Carolyn for a full-day advanced hand appliqué workshop, creating Everglade, an incredible pattern exploring the relationship between shape and color.

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The fine print:

Workshops will take place at the BCA Firehouse Gallery in Burlington, Vermont.

Tables, cutting mats, rotary blades, irons, ironing boards and an enjoyable sewing space provided. Participants are responsible to bring in their own sewing machines.

Materials are not included. A materials list will be sent out to participants.

Participants receive a 10% discount on workshop materials at nido.

Workshops are limited to 25 participants.

Please either stop by the shop or give us a call to prepay and register. 802-881-0068

Grab your sewing needles + your crafting enthusiasm and join us for a fun filled sewing weekend!

*photos courtesy of carolyn friedlander.

 

 

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holiday hours

Happy Holiday from all of us at nido.

IMG_2962-2Christmas Eve –  10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Chrismas Day – CLOSED

New Years Eve – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

New Years Day – CLOSED

Monday January 4th and Tuesday January 5th – CLOSED for end of year inventory.

All scheduled evening classes will still be running.

 

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nido’s holiday gift guide

At nido, we are busy crafting and creating our gifts for loved ones. Megan is working on her third sweater (she is rocking it!) while Steph just completed a couple of hats. One of those hats being for Gene, our fearless UPS Delivery Man! Using Quince and Co. Osprey, she knit the Simple Hat from the Home & Away book.

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Need any last minute inspiration for gifts or projects?

 

Look no further than nido’s Staff Picks Holiday Gift Guide!

 

Stephanie’s Pick: Ashford weaving loom + weaving kit. We all know Stephanie’s love for knitting sweaters, but in the new year she is hoping to experiment with weaving!

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Melissa’s Pick: nido’s newest shipment of Mammoth Flannel is calling Melissa’s name. She hopes to sew up some comfy P.J.’s using Grainline Stuido’s “Lakeside” pattern.

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Staffer Megan would like to make the Butte sweater out of Quince and Co. Puffin. And naturally, she would love a ball winder so she can wind all that yarn!

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*photo courtesy of Quince and Co.

 

Kaitlin would love to attend the Heath Jones Workshop at nido February 6th. She hopes to take her first quilting workshop this year! After recently joining the Vermont Modern Quilt Guild (VTMQG), she has been inspired to quilt, quilt, quilt!

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*photo courtesy of heather jones studio.

 

 

Mollie has been inspired by the Mary Flannagan Textured Felted Wool Bundles! She would love to make Purl Soho’s Patchwork Quillow.

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*photo courtesy of purl soho.

 

Merry Making to all!

 

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trunk show: tundra collection

Stop by nido now through December 15th to check out the lovely pieces from the Kelbourne Woolens Tundra Collection Trunk Show.

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From cowls and infinity scarves to cabled mitts and hats, these patterns are PERFECT last minute gift making projects.

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Tundra is a 2-ply bulky weight blend of baby alpaca, merino and silk. YES, this yarn is incredibly soft and buttery.

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Patterns + yarn are available in the shop. Stop by for some quick and fun gift making inspiration!

*photos courtesy of Kelbourne Woolens

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shop small 2015

Visit nido THIS Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for some great SHOP SMALL offers.

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Online and at our Brick and Mortar shop:

25% off quilting cotton and cotton jersey fabric purchases over $50. 

Offer good for yard increments only. Enter coupon code: shopsmall15

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Celebrating Sweater Season!

Take 20% off your in-store special order* of Quince and Co. yarn.

*20% off special orders of 5 skeins or more in same color way of Quince and Co. yarn.

Call the shop or stop in for details.

 

(butte sweater photo courtesy of quince and co.)

 

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rhinebeck sheep + wool festival

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New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, also commonly referred to as “Rhinebeck,” is an incredible wool fest taking place every third weekend in October. Two jam-packed days of fiber vendors, workshops, artwork, livestock, and fall colors!

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This was an incredible Rhinebeck, not only because it was nido’s first visit, but Fall was at its peak. Oh, the leaves!

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First stop: PomPom Quarterly Magazine

The incredible Olga Buraya-Kefelian was on hand sharing her new Suffragette cloche pattern from the upcoming Winter 2015 PomPom Issue. Getting to thumb through the new issue was a treat.

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Incredible time meeting some great fiber artists from across the country, including, A Verb for Keeping Warms Kristine Vejar whose book, The Modern Natural Dyer is AMAZING.

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Somehow we made it out of there with out purchasing TOO much yarn. A favorite vendor was Catskill Merino Yarn. 

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Definitely looking forward to returning next year!

 

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charm pack baby quilt

Thanks to Brita for sharing her Cotton + Steel charm pack baby quilt! 

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Brita paired One Cotton + Steel Mochi 5 X 5 charm pack designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale with Robert Kaufman Chambray Dots in Indigo to create this gender neutral baby quilt for her first grandchild. This was also her first time free-motion quilting. SO lovely!

*photo credit: Brita

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quince and co. sparrow and kestrel trunk show

Now through November 20th, nido will be hosting the Quince and Co. Sparrow and Kestrel linen trunks shows!

Kestrel is a heavy worsted/aran weight linen yarn and Sparrow is a fingering weight.
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yarrow in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection 

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peony in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection

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azalea tank in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection

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hibiscus in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection 

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forsythia in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection

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petunia in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection 

These garments are so beauteous. Can’t get enough of that drape.

Come down to the shop and try on these lovelies!

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recap: april rhodes weaving workshop

Most of you know April Rhodes for her pattern and fabric designer reputation but these days the Ohio based designer is branching out and exploring her love of weaving.

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We were lucky enough to host April for an Intro to Weaving Workshop held at the Burlington Firehouse Gallery in late September.

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April explains weaving as an ancient art form that explores the use of fiber, color and texture. She enjoys the the slow rhythm and meditative quality of weaving and encourages people to slow down and enjoy the process.

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Participants learned the fundamentals of tapestry weaving while creating their very own piece of unique hanging art.

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Each weaving was created out of 1 of 3 color ways offered for the workshop but no two weavings were alike.

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One of my favorite parts of the workshop was watching everyone’s weaving change shape and unfold.

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It was great spending the day learning rya knots and fishbone weaves from the inspirational April. AND creating our very own piece of wall art to top it off!

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What an incredible group!

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A big thanks to April and all who participated in the workshop. For those of you who missed it but are interested in picking up weaving, nido is now stocking all weaving supplies including Ashford lap looms, roving, cones of cotton warp, and more weaving yarn packs!

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