flying kites

If you have been in the shop anytime in the past week than you already have seen, and heard, me gushing over our new fabric kite display. How could I not be proud of ALL the nido ladies for such a job well done.

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The process was simple now that we have Kaitlin as our team leader! A quick glance at our Pinterest page and we found this easy tutorial on how to make a kite from Style Me Pretty. We chose a summery fabric pallet to work with, then pulled together thin wooden dowels, kitchen string, a hot glue gun, a branch trimmer and invisible thread to work with and then bam! the staff went to work on making fabric kites for the shop. Good times were had with everyone adding this or that to the project.

IMG_1393The photos really do not give these kits justice! They are really adorable with their fabric tails and airy feel.

IMG_1416They could not have turned out better! I advise all to try making one this summer- as they are both functional and beautiful.

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kestrel + sparrow trunk show at nido

One of the many benefits of working with Quince & CO has been their trunk shows. It is always wonderful to see patterns knit up so that we can try them on, get a sense of size, color and style. It really makes it SO much easier to make informed decisions about our projects.

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For the month of June nido will have the Quince &  CO Sparrow + Kestrel trunk show at the shop so that YOU can get a good look at 13 projects made with their signature linen yarns.

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To make it easy on you, we restocked on all sparrow and kestrel colors.

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We even ordered  new-to-the-shop patterns made with sparrow and kestrel, including Hibiscus from pam Allen, an adorable tee knit up in Kestrel. One of my personal favorites!

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Be sure to pop in and see trunk show for yourself.

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I think there will be LOTS to love about this one!

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teacher appreciation gift ideas

Each year I try to make something special for Franco’s teacher. I don’t always make the deadline so this year I am getting a head start! For me, the project can be small, big, complex or simple. With all of the great tutorials out there, the choices are endless, so it’s all about finding the right fit.

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Noodlehead: lil’ cutie pouches

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Noodlehead: fabric berry basket

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Noodlehead: snappy manicure wallet

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Film in the Fridge: strip quilts

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Purlbee: pieced napkins

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Purlbee: wrap pocket tote

Three weeks to go and I have a plan. What about you? What will you be making?

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me-made-may with megan!

We love May, not only for the tulips blooming and warmer temps, but for Me-Made-May. Me-Made-May celebrates the handmade garments we so love to create and encourages us to wear and share our creations.

Megan, one of nido’s own, has been participating in this wonderful celebration of handmade and we thought you would want to take a look at what she’s been wearing!

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Saco Stripes Tank in Quince & Co Sparrow linen.

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Sans Kerchief in Quince & Co. Sparrow linen.

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Forsythia Pullover in Quince & Co. Sparrow linen.

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Wiksten Tank in Liberty of London Tana Lawn.

Megan is pledging to wear handmade three days a week. This is her first year participating and she is loving it! We are looking forward to seeing the rest of her MMM challenge over on her instagram.

Check out more of her creations and fiber adventures over on her blog, Salt Air Arts.

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recap: anna graham noodlehead workshop

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Last month, Anna Graham, sewing blogger and creator of Noodlehead, visited nido for a weekend workshop featuring a couple of great patterns from her new book, Handmade Style. It was such a pleasure to spend time with Anna and the rest of ladies!

Participants sewed the Market Bag and the Carry-All Pincushion. It was a lot of fun to see the variations of the different projects. Joelle used an old feedback that she oiled, Michelle worked with Japanese fabrics and quilted flying geese within her strips of fabric in the center, others added their own spin as well. SO COOL!FullSizeRender

The weekend was filled with sewing and inspiration. I paticularly loved each persons sewing station set up, adorned with handmade pincushions, bags and notion zip pouches. It really showcased individual style and truly inspired me to step up my own set up!

A big thank you to Anna for spending the weekend with us, sharing her sewing tips, tricks, and expertise in bag making!

Look for our next special workshops starting with guest April Rhodes scheduled for September 26th, 2015, and a weekend with Carolyn Friedlander scheduled for July 16th and 17th 2016. Details coming soon!

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new KIDS classes + christine haynes dress patterns

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We are excited to announce KIDS Learn to Sew classes at nido! Join us weekends throughout the spring and summer to learn how to thread and use a sewing machine, go over basic stitches including straight lines, zigzag and top stitches. Participants bring home a fun finished project at the end of class. This month’s class made pillowcases, perfect for those summer sleepovers. Yes, summer, we so look forward to you!

Upcoming KIDS learn to sew classes:
Sunday, May 17th 10a-1p
Saturday, June 20th 9a-12p
Sunday, July 19th 10a-1p
Saturday, August 15th 9a-12p

Other upcoming nido classes:

Learn to Sew I: Beginner Tote
Monday, May 4th 6-9p
Monday, May 18th 6-9p

Learn to Sew II: Quilted Patchwork Potholders
Monday, May 25th 6-9p

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This week we welcome Christine Haynes dress patterns to the shop!
Meet Emery, Derby, and Marianne.

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Emery & Derby dresses feature lightweight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, voile, double gauze, and chambray. The Marianne dress is designed for medium and lightweight knit fabrics. And we are in love.

Check out a few versions of the Marianne dress sewn up on Christine’s blog here.

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learn to sew

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Learn to Sew
Monday April 20th 6:00 – 9:00
$48 includes materials
Give us a call to prepay and register: 802-881-0068

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demo, treats + store sale

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Please join us on Friday April 10th from 5:00 – 7:00 for a meet and greet with Anna Graham of Noddlehead, treats and a store sale!
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Special demo by Anna at 5:30.

Hope to see all of you there!

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knitting for beginners II

New to knitting and looking for a few new techniques to add to your skill set? Then this is the class for you! In this three part, six and a half hour class, you will knit fingerless mittens and learn how to use double pointed needles, work in the round, ribbing and thumb gussets.

Wednesday February 11th, 18th 6:00 – 8:00 and Wednesday March 11th 6:00 – 8:30

$78.00 includes materials

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Please note that there is a two week break in between the second and third session in the series for February break and Knitting Help Night.  Participants are encouraged to attend Knitting Help Night on Wednesday March 4th from 6:00 – 8:00, which is a FREE session that provides knitting help to nido customers.

*pre-requisite for the class is either Knitting for Beginners I at nido, OR knowing how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off on your own.

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laylow

Shannon Cook’s Laylow from Seasonless is today’s inspiration! Knit in Madeline Tosh’s Tosh Merino Light, this basic shawl is must for anyone who appreciates a good shawl accessory.

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Seasonless is a mini collection of 3 fantastic patterns put out by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook. I do believe that all 3 patterns will be making it into my collection of hand knits.

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