Rhinebeck or Bust!

rhinebecksheepnido’s visit to Rhinebeck this year was nothing short of awesome! The New York Sheep and Wool Festival never disappoints, but this year the weather was amazing and we got to meet up with old friends and new.

magpierhinebeckFriday, we made it over to Indie Untangled to check out Magpie Fibers, YOTH Yarns, and the many other incredible, independent dyers and designers. The array of color and fiber offerings truly had us wanting it all!! For those who didn’t make it to the show, we did bring home some beautiful new colorways of Magpie fibers Swanky DK and YOTH’s Father that are already on nido shelves.

saltpointmill3New York really brought it’s A-game with some stunning fall foliage this weekend.

pompom2016Saturday, we arrived to Rhinebeck early to get a head start on our vendor list. First stop, Pom Pom Magazine! We love visiting with the incredible designers featured in their issues and this year we were able to snag the not-yet-released Winter 2016 issue: Reflections! Thanks to Kiyomi Burgin and Sachiko Burgin for signing our copies and for creating such beautiful pieces in the new issue. We are in love with Kiyoimi’s Fragmentation Hat, a geometric gradient design worked from different shades of sock yarn. Check out Sachiko’s beautiful Cesium Pullover out of Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair showcasing a beautiful cable design.

The newest issue will be hitting nido shelves early November. In addition, Pom Pom’s newest book, Take Heart from Fiona Alice, will also be arriving! This new book features accessories using yarns from locally owned British & Canadian companies. It is a beautiful publication we are looking forward to having in the shop!

From booth to booth, we made our way around the fairgrounds to check out yarns from across the country. Of course we made sure to munch on some delicious cider donuts while doing so!

nidomeetsdrearenee We had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits, the designer of the Sheltered Poncho, the pattern for our #ShelteredNidoKAL. She was the sweetest gal adorning her lovely designs, taking a second to give us some great sizing pointers for our ponchos. So nice to meet you, Andrea!

rhinebeckgroupIt was great to see friends from the nido community who made it to Rhinebeck! Not to mention, hanging out with Stephen West!! Saturday evening, we made it to Jill Draper Makes Stuff‘s Open Studio for an incredible evening of fiber treats. Not only was her studio warmly filled with her vibrant yarns, but Stephen West was signing his new book, Westknits Best Knits. In his words, “Keep on Knittin’ Kitten!”

saltmill5Until next year, Rhinebeck. Thanks for a memorable trip!

*sheep photo credit: Tracey Lambert
*friends photo credit: Bethany Robinson

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Salt and Still Workshops

nido is excited to announce our first artist collaboration of 2017, Salt & Still.

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fullsizerenderSashiko + Visible Mending Workshop
Saturday, January 21st
10:00 am – 12:30 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, January 21st
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
or
Sunday, January 22nd
1:00 pm – 4:00 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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satlstill1Bundle Dye Workshop
Sunday, January 22nd
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 8 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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Welcome, Brooklyn Tweed Yarn + Patterns

nido is excited to announce the arrival of Brooklyn Tweed yarns + patterns to the shop!

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BT2Come check out Loft, Shelter, and Quarry in the full Brooklyn Tweed color palette. Thumb through Jared Flood’s newly released book, Woolens, for project inspiration from brioche scarves to colorwork cowls to cabled hats.

14141583_1062470870454983_8419049278150337147_nA little about Brooklyn Tweed:

Brooklyn Tweed began as a knitting blog in 2005 by Jared Flood, after his recent move to New York where he started his career in knitwear design. In 2010, the company was officially created bringing Jared’s vision of American-made wool yarns to market.

Brooklyn Tweed is a company that manufactures breed-specific yarns and supports domestic textile production right here in the USA. For example, their worsted-weight Shelter yarn comes from Wyoming Targhee-Columbia sheep, is dyed in Philadelphia and is spun in New Hampshire at Harrisville Designs.

Join nido Tuesday, October 11th from 6-8pm for the launch of Brooklyn Tweed yarns at the shop! To celebrate, we are casting on and kicking off our #ShelteredNidoKAL of Drea Renee Knits’ Sheltered Poncho. KAL’ers will enjoy 15% off materials at nido including both print and digital patterns and yarn. Come to craft night Tuesday’s from 6-8pm to share your poncho progress. The KAL will conclude Tuesday, January 10th at craft night with a group celebration in our ponchos!

All KAL participants will be in the running to receive a free pattern from Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits, just for being apart of the fun. Thanks, Andrea!

See you all next Tuesday for an evening of Brooklyn Tweed fun!

*photos courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed

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nido is hiring!

IMG_1655If you are a friendly, crafty individual who enjoys working in a retail environment, have stellar customer service skills, are self motivated, organized and detail oriented then this could be the job for you. Applicants need to have weekend and weekday afternoon availability. Sewing and or knitting and crochet skills a plus! Anyone interested is encouraged to drop off a current resume.

No phone calls please.

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Spinning Tales with Vermont Fiber Folks

We are thrilled to announce that fiber enthusiast Michael Hampton from Hampton Fiber Mill, will be joining us on Sunday November 13th from 10:00 am – noon.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-4-17-03-pmJoin nido as we continue to make connections between fiber farmers, spinners, natural dyers and local purveyors in our Vermont community with the next guest in our Spinning Tales with Vermont Fiber Folk series.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-4-36-57-pmMichael will discuss his work at his working fiber mill in Richmond, Vermont, worsted and woolen fiber processing, sheep breeds, his work with the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association and his personal fiber journey, including his TKGA Master Knitter certification process.

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-4-16-55-pmMichael’s part in our fiber community, his outgoing personality and charisma make for a wonderful addition to our discussion on creating connections between farm to needle in Vermont. Mark your calendars for a morning of fiber chats through the perspective of a spinnery owner.

$5 event ticket available by cash at the door. Ticket includes donuts + coffee.

Door prizes, compliments of Michael!

Please RSVP here.

*photos courtesy of Michael Hampton.

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Building Blocks Dress: A Sewing Pattern Alteration Guide

The NEW Oliver + S book, Building Block Dress: A Sewing Pattern Alterations Guide book just arrived at nido!

fullsizerender8“You don’t need to be a designer or pattern maker to create and sew the dress of your dreams. Let Liesl Gibson, founder and designer of Oliver + S sewing patterns, show you how to alter the elements of a pattern to make exactly the dress you imagine. Use the skills you learn in the book to customize other patterns as well. With these techniques, you’ll look at sewing patterns as just the starting point for your creative expression!” Woohoo, we are excited for this one!

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nido Knit-A-Long: Sheltered Poncho

Announcing nido’s fall knit-a-long, Andrea Mowry’s Sheltered Poncho!

To celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Tweed yarns and patterns at nido, we will be kicking off the #ShelteredNidoKAL.  We fell in love with Andrea Mowry’s Sheltered Poncho, a cozy, stylish poncho knit up in Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, a woolen spun offering remarkable warmth and lightness.

BT6Shelter is 100% Wyoming-grown Targhee-Columbia, dyed in Philadelphia and spun in New Hampshire at Harrisville Designs. We are excited to add Brooklyn Tweed yarns to the nido line-up, a company that manufactures breed-specific yarns and supports domestic textile production right here in the USA.

Join us Tuesday, October 11th from 6-8pm for our cast-on party. Pre-order your Brooklyn Tweed Shelter poncho yarn now through Tuesday, September 20th and enjoy 15% off your materials. We have the color card at the shop, so stop by to choose the perfect color for your poncho! Pick up the digital pattern + yarn at the cast on party. Come to craft night Tuesday’s from 6-8pm to share your poncho progress. The KAL will conclude Tuesday, January 10th at craft night with a group celebration in our ponchos!

All KAL participants will be in the running to receive a free pattern from Andrea Mowry, just for being apart of the fun. Thanks, Andrea!

Brooklyn Tweed will be hitting nido shelves the first week of October. Look forward to their full line of yarns, including Quarry, Shelter, and Loft. We cannot be more excited!!!

*photos courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed + Andrea Mowry of DreaReneeKnits.

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September Trunk Show: Madder II

DSC_2510DSC_3656In this follow up collection, Carrie Bostick Hoge has created another beautiful compilation of basic staples, eleven sweaters and 6 accessories. Patterns in Madder Anthology 2 showcase Quince & Co’s Puffin, Osprey and Owl, the Fibre Company’s Road to China Light, Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter and other scrumptious yarns. These pieces are designed for effortless winter knitting, using garter, stockinette and simple ribbed trims to create wearable silhouettes for wardrobe go-to’s.

DSC_1908DSC_0708Come check out the Madder Anthology 2: Simple Pleasures Trunk Show at nido now through September 20th!

*photos courtesy of NNK Press

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Pom Pom Autumn 2016 is here!

pom pom fall 16Pom Pom’s Autumn 2016 edition is here! This volume, named the Natural Dyes Issue, boasts 11 outdoor-inspired patterns all using naturally dyed yarns.

Thumb through the issue and find tutorials on how to dip dye your own ombré scarf and how to create dyeing mordants using iron and copper. Also included is a wonderful piece on Kristine Vejar, author of The Modern Natural Dyer. She breaks down some of the dyeing lingo and also talks about her preference of natural dyes.

There is a fall project for everyone in this issue, from sweaters to mitts to other beautifully designed accessories. Stop by nido and pick yours up, as this quarterly doesn’t stick around long!

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Les Fleurs

Anna Bond from Rifle Paper Co.’s debut collection Les Fleur’s is here!

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