I love finding things that I sewed before nido opened, when the creativity & inspiration process was so intense & the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a project was so rewarding. It was all so fresh back then that everything was a learning experience. I came across these patchwork frames that I made just a few years ago but long enough ago now that my style & technique has changed drastically. It puts a smile on my face remembering how unbelievably hard it was for me to make these frames, to find fabric that matched & looked good together, to piece the patchwork & sew them all together…But inspiration is a powerful thing & boy was I inspired to sew & make all things handmade. One of my first & old time favorite books is Denyse Schmidt Quilts. Everything about the book makes me want to sew & the smaller projects are all somewhat attainable for beginner sewists. The “Frame of Mine” project was a hit one Christmas. I made these two for our home & made others as gifts. I think they are pretty darn cute, don’t you?
One of the pleasures of working at nido is sewing items for the shop that I normally wouldn’t for myself. Children’s items are probably the top of the list since I have no kids of my own. What fun though! They are usually more whimsical in fabric and design, always serve a utilitarian purpose, and whip up quick. The Reversible Bucket Hat from the newly released book ‘Oliver & S: Little Things To Sew’ was no exception. So cute, and what better excuse is there to sew than keeping your little one out of the harmful summer sun? It uses about half a yard in total so it would be the perfect way to use up some of those fun scraps in your stash, or experiment with outrageous and colorful fabrics you have been eying at the store.
The pattern is very straightforward and would be easy for even a beginner-intermediate beginner to conquer. I especially had fun sewing the circles around the brim since it isn’t often that I get to do so. It was also fun and rewarding to watch something come together so quickly. You’ll find that you want to make one to match every outfit for your little tyke, or enough to send to all your friends and family with little ones.
The weather has been very spring-like in Vermont & so a little spring cleaning was indeed in order. With new fabric arriving weekly we have put some of our favorite collections on sale for just $6/yard.
This includes Denyse Schmidt’s Greenfield Hill
Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks, Amy Butler’s LOVE, Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane, Laurie Wisbrun’s Tufted Tweets & nido’s very own studio scrap bags.
The sale does not end there though. We have also marked down Greenfield Hill Voile & Good Folks Voile to $12.75
Naomi Ito’s Poster Fleur to $17/yard & Cloud 9 My Happy Garden to $12/yard.
Sale ends Wednesday March 23rd and is happening at both our Burlington & online shops.
Sarah made these fantastic fingerless gloves from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts out of Swans Island yarn in orange. They are so soft, were a quick knit & took less than one skein of yarn. Sounds like my kind of project! These little mitts would make a great gift for anybody, including yourself & with spring just around the corner, I think they are a must knit!
Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley collection is nido’s stash builder of the week. Bright, fun colors that would make an absolutely beautiful modern quilt OR could also be used for clothing & aprons. Think spring people! Get it while we have it in stock for just $7.75/yard.
nido is also featuring Ink & Spindle’s single cuts for just $15/cut. Ink & Spindle is a boutique textile studio located in Kensington, Melbourne. Owned by designers Lara Cameron & Tegan Rose, they design and screen-print all of their textiles by hand in an ethical and sustainable manner. nido now stocks their Allsorts Quilt Kits as well as their Fabric Bundles and single cuts.
This offer is good at both our Burlington & online shops and runs through Wednesday March 16th.
We have been stitching away & will soon be ready to share all of our new projects with you guys–but for now here is a sneak peek!
How many of you tuned in & watched the Martha Stewart Show on Monday? Getting a glimpse at the lovely Heather Ross all prego wearing (what appeared to be) her Early Empire Cinch from Anna Maria Horner’s Handmade Beginnings was a real treat! Those little bloomers were adorable–a MUST make now for my little nieces! Well, in honor of Heather & all of her crafty inspiration, this week nido is offering Heather Ross’s Far Far Away II for $13.75/yard–YOU DON”T WANT TO MISS OUT!
This offer is good at both our Burlington & online shops and runs through Wednesday March 9th.
Spring is in the air & here at nido we are stitching our way towards a new wardrobe for a new season. We’ll have lots to share with you in the coming weeks–think boho bags, wrap skirts & strappy dresses! Perhaps a new tunic or dress for Easter brunch is in order or some comfy pajama loungers for those lazy Sunday mornings. Inspired yet? Well, here is one more incentive, now through Saturday March 5th, sign up for one sewing class at nido & get a second for 50% off.
Due to the popularity of our classes we do recommend that you reserve your space right away!