Me-Made-May with Karyn!

Hello, May! nido welcomes May with open arms as crafters and creators celebrate Me-Made-May, a month-long commitment to wear our handmade garments. Participants pledge to wear handmade as a challenge to integrate those creations into daily life, complete unfinished projects, and encourage the handmade.

This May, we would like to introduce you to Karyn’s makes! Karyn is nido’s resident crocheter, who has pledged to include something handmade in her outfits 4 to 5 days a week. Take a peek at her creations as she continues to go strong with her goal.

Grainline Studio Scout Tee (with a pocket!) in a sunny yellow cotton from Karyn’s stash
Karyn’s own simple skirt pattern in April Rhodes Wanderer Sacred Seeds in Mojave

Crochet Bowler Hat by Molla Mills​ in Quince & Co. Puffin Honey
Quince & Co. Haiku Shawl crocheted in Quince & Co. Sparrow Sans

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress in Cotton + Steel Les Fleurs Rosa Navy

IMG_7520Pamela Collar by Rebecca Velasquez crocheted out of Quince & Co Sparrow in Sans

Crochet Bowler Hat by Molla Mills in Quince & Co. Puffin Parsley
Willow Tank by Grainline Studio in Cotton + Steel Basics Add it Up Bananas

Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt with a 3/4 sleeve mod out of Robert Kaufman Shetland Flannel Plain Weave in Kale + Karyn’s own cat pillow design using Cotton + Steel Moonlit On the Grid Mint and felt

This is Karyn’s first year participating, and she is loving it! She has been sewing up a storm lately, and next up on her project list is a Tilly & the Buttons Marigold Romper and a Quince & Co Luteola stole. Pop over to her instagram to see the rest of her MMM challenge.

Come by the shop and share your Me-Made-May wears with us, too!

*photos by Megan at Salt Air Arts.

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Salt & Still is back!

nido is excited to announce the return of Salt & Still for more Sahiko, Shibori + Bundle Dye Workshops this August!

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fullsizerenderSashiko + Visible Mending Workshop
Friday, August 18th
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In this 2.5-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of sashiko stitching and visible mending.

Sashiko stitching is a traditional Japanese technique that is ideal for creating decorative patterns, practical mending of clothing and home goods, and hand-quilting. We will also discuss the history of sashiko and how it applies to modern life and craft.

We will examine a variety of traditional sashiko patterns and participants will be provided with sashiko thread and needles to experiment with stitching these patterns on fabric.

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fullsizerender8Indigo + Shibori Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, August 19th
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

In this 3-hour workshop we will create an indigo vat from scratch using only sugar and natural materials – no chemicals. We will discuss the chemical reactions that take place in an indigo vat and how to maintain a vat at home.

We will also go over the basics of shibori, a Japanese resist technique that uses folding, binding, and stitching to create beautiful patterns on cloth.

Everyone will leave with an array of shibori textiles dyed in indigo as well as the knowledge of how to create a natural indigo vat at home.

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Advanced Shibori Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, August 19th
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In this 3-hour workshop, participants will build on the itajime shibori techniques learned in the basic shibori and indigo workshop. Additionally, we will explore new surface design methods that utilize stitching, pleating, and binding to create beautiful, intricate shibori patterns.

We will work with natural indigo vats to dye shibori pieces and a range of textiles like cotton, linen, and silk will be used to explore the relationship between different textiles and indigo dye. Participants are also welcome to bring a pre-washed, small textile made of a natural fiber to dye in the vat.

Everyone will leave with an expanded knowledge of shibori techniques and an array of large dyed pieces and samples.

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satlstill1Bundle Dye Workshop
Sunday, August 20th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of bundle dyeing with natural materials. We will work with natural dyes including local, everyday dyestuffs like onion and avocado skins and sourced materials like madder root and logwood.

Participants will also learn how to choose and prepare textiles for dyeing, how the process of bundle dyeing extracts color from natural materials, and how to fix color to cloth.

Everyone will leave with a bundle dyed scarf and the knowledge of how to bundle dye at home.

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Classes are limited to 10 students. Stop by the shop or call to sign up!

Salt & Still is the creative studio of Alison Charli Smith, a textile artist specializing in natural dyes and sashiko style stitching. Take a look at Salt & Still’s incredible handmade goods, created with natural plant + insect based dyes and fibers like cotton, linen, silk and wool. Alison is based out of Jersey City, New Jersey, with ties to Burlington as a UVM alum. We are looking forward to Alison returning to Burlington to teach us her techniques and tricks to natural dyeing.

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Trunk Show: Within

Marian Rae 2015-183Jane Richmond + Shannon Cook’s latest release, Within, features six beautiful accessory, shawl, and sweater patterns that may become your new favorite everyday garments.

Stop by nido now through May 18th to try on these wardrobe staples!

*photos courtesy of NNK Press.

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Trunk Show: Brooklyn Tweed Woolens

Woolens_Book_Square_01Woolens includes 11 patterns by designer Jared Flood, founder and creative director of Brooklyn Tweed. From hats and cowls to scarves, shawls, and wraps, projects suitable for adventurous beginners and seasoned knitters abound.tessera_02halo_04far_hills_hat_01furrow_cowl_02byway_04Stop by the shop now through May 8th to thumb through this fantastic book of accessories and try on these lovely pieces!

*photos + book description courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed.

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Project of the Week: Pam’s Ravello Pullover

FullSizeRender(19) copyWe are swooning over Pam’s latest FO, the Ravello by Isabel Kraemer. Her combination of Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft + Cumbria Fingering from the Fibre Company are just perfect for this pullover. Thank you Pam for sharing this beauty!

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Marled Magic Workshop + Book Signing with Stephen West!

stephen west 1Come experience the colorful world of Westknits! We are excited to welcome Stephen West to nido for a book signing of Westknits Bestknits and a workshop featuring his latest Marled Magic pattern. Stephen’s shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer.

Westknits Bestknits Book Signing with Stephen West

Friday, May 5th 6:30 pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $10. Refreshments provided. Tickets available here.

Meet Stephen West, purchase a copy of his latest book, and have it signed. Stephen will also lend his color theory tips for your future crafty projects. Have in mind your next creation and get a little pop of color advice courtesy of Stephen himself! Let’s get to “Knittin’ Kitten!” Event limited to 50 participants.

marled_magic_2Marled Magic Workshop

Saturday, May 6th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm* UPDATE – Class is full.

Saturday, May 6th 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cost: $75 (not including materials)

Learn all about Stephen’s Marled magic tricks for combining multiple yarns. Participants will experiment with holding 2 strands of yarn together to create fabrics that look like painted works of art. Choose between Stephen’s Marled Magic shawl design OR Samen shawl. Digital pattern included with class. Class is limited to 20 students.

Marled Magic 1Materials: Marled Magic shawl participants should bring a colorful pile of fingering weight yarns and a US8 circular needle. Stephen recommends bringing a color palette of at least 5-10 colors to start. For example, bring shades of blue to create a warm palette with pinks, oranges, and reds. Gather more yarn from your stash than you think you may need because you can always edit your yarn selection later. It’s best to have a broad range of colors and yardage amounts so you have more options to choose from while you knit each section. If you want a super colorful shawl, bring a bag full of colorful fingering weight yarns to stripe and play! Lace weight mohair yarns are also highly encouraged.

Samen ShawlMaterials: Samen shawl participants should bring 5 different colors (full skeins) of lace weight yarn and US 5 needles. If you are a tight knitter, use a size 6 or 7 needle. In the beginning of the class, participants will experiment and play with color combinations and then then start the shawl project in the second half of class.  Please also bring a collection of scrap yarn (approximately 7-10 colors of fingering weight yarn) and US 8 / 5mm needles to play with marled color techniques. Mohair and fluffy textures are also encouraged.


*photos courtesy of Westknits.

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Trunk Show: Quince & Co. Summer Ebbs

quince-co-butterfly-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-finch-5sq_1024x1024Now through April 12th, nido is hosting Quince & Co.’s Summer Ebbs shawl collection. As we look toward warmer days, these four shawls cover just about any transitional time of year or climate. Quince & Co.’s Owl, Tern, Finch, and Piper are beautifully showcased in these versatile pieces.

quince-co-breaking-waves-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-tern-4sqquince-co-holt-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-owl-5sq_1024x1024quince-co-palmetto-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-owl-5sq_1024x1024Swing by the shop to see these beautiful pieces in person!

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A NEW Addition to nido

nido welcomes Arbor – a DK weight, worsted spun, wool yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. This workhorse yarn comes in 30 beautiful colors, has perfect stitch definition and is 100% American Made to boot.

FullSizeRender(18)We can’t stop swooning over the project possibilities!

burnaby_1I mean come on, the colors are incredible! Be sure to pop by and take a look at our latest addition at the shop.


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Spinning Tales with Thread & Ladle

Mark your calendars for the next guest in our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series: Beatrice Perron Dahlen from Thread & Ladle, author of MAINE Knits.

Sunday, May 7th 10:00 am – noon
MAINE Knits Trunk Show + Book Signing + Talk
RSVP here.

stwff_beatrice2Join nido as we continue to make connections between fiber farmers, spinners, natural dyers and local purveyors in our community with the next guest in our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 3.36.54 PMBeatrice Perron Dahlen is a pattern designer based in Southern Maine and the creator of the new book MAINE Knits. Her knit designs have been published in Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl., amirisu, Pom Pom Quarterly, Berroco, Quince & Co., Swan’s Island and Tolt Yarn and Wool.

She studied fibers, photography and sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where she received her B.F.A.  She also holds an M.Ed. from Antioch University.  Besides knitting and most other needlecraft she enjoys gardening, cooking, taking photographs, writing and most creative endeavors.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 3.37.21 PMBeatrice’s latest pattern release, MAINE Knits, is inspired by the Sea, Farm, and Wild of Maine. It’s full of 16 beautiful patterns, all designed by Maine makers. It includes essays from MAINE folk and patterns from herself, Carrie Bostick Hoge, Alicia Plummer, Bristol Ivy and more. This book will keep your hands busy and warm your soul.

stwff_beatrice3Beatrice has also collaborated with Vermont’s own Wing & A Prayer Farm to design the Gentle Ewe Shawl, featuring Tammy’s Thelma & Louise yarn. It is a shop fav, you have to check out!

We are thrilled to learn all about Beatrice’s fiber journey and her process creating MAINE Knits. Mark your calendars for a morning of fiber chats through the perspectives of this talented pattern designer!

For more information on Beatrice, you can find her knitwear designs on Ravelry, Instagram, or at her website,

*photos courtesy of Thread & Ladle.

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Spinning Tales Recap with Handmade & Woolen

A big thank you to Jennie + Devon from Handmade & Woolen for stopping by to share their stories of becoming videopodcasters as apart of our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 5.28.14 PMWe learned all about the beginnings of their fiber careers in NYC, to finding their new home in Vermont, to the evolution of Handmade & Woolen videocast. We related to so much of what they shared and left feeling inspired to get creating!

This husband + wife team has submersed themselves in all things fiber from knitting, spinning, weaving, shearing and sewing to learning about sheep breeds with plans to have their own flock in the not-so-distant future.

Devon is one of the co-creators behind Rib magazine, a magazine for men and those who knit for them. He previewed samples from the upcoming issue of Rib Magazine releasing in June, that they are shooting next weekend in beautiful Boston.

Jennie has a self-imposed project to create a completely handmade wardrobe by 2020. (So awesome, right?!). Podcasters can get involved in the fun, too, through Handmade & Woolen’s Natural Wardrobe Make-A-Long. This MAL features a quarterly goal of either sewing or knitting wardrobe garments without the use of synthetic materials. You can tune in to hear her weekly progress towards this goal, and learn about other projects and diber happenings both are involved with.

Looking ahead, the fiber duo hopes to bring more attention to wool support in the US. In Rib, Devon hopes to showcase softer natural wool from down breeds and historic US breeds.

Thanks again you two. It was really wonderful hosting you at the shop and having you share your stories with our community.

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