Heather Jones Workshop Recap

It has only been just over a week now since Heather Jones left town and I am still bursting with creative energy in her wake! It is no big secret around here that I myself do not get a whole lot of personal sewing accomplished. After one day of learning color theory basics and new sewing techniques with Heather, I dusted off the old sewing machine, took over our dining room table and have not stopped sewing since. It feels just like old times, when sewing was EVERYTHING! It feels great!

DS4A1994(1)nido’s special Linework and Design Workshop with Heather was wonderful. Heather told us about her personal journey with sewing and how she started off as a painter. Her stories behind her quilts are simple yet engaging. Everything was very tangible and I too, felt so incredibly inspired by her creative muses.DS4A1792There were 19 participants all with various levels of sewing under their belts. Everyone worked with their own color palette. I think it was a bit challenging and different for everyone to be working with only solids! It challenged us in a different way and had us discussing color values.

DS4A1919The Firehouse Gallery could not have been a better setting with it’s large layout and windows overlooking Church Street. Everyone went to work and completed a 16 X 16 mini linework piece.

DS4A2018Jessica Sipe was able to join us for a bit and captured some photos of all of us. It was truly an amazing day!




If you were unable to make it to the Linework + Design Workshop with Heather Jones, be sure to check out our next special workshop with Carolyn Friedlander.

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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.

tammy yarn dyeing

wing and a prayer natural dye

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!



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.



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!


*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.


*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.


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


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



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.


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

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


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!


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


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.



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.



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


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! 

Baby Quilt 1

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.

yarrow in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection 


peony in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection


azalea tank in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection


hibiscus in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection 


forsythia in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection


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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