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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be mine

With this new fat quarter bundle that Megan put together, I am feeling inspired to get a start on  my Valentine’s!


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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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knitbot yoked cardigan

Love these red buttons on the Knitbot Yoked Cardigan, part of the Knitbot trunk show now at the shop until the end of January.


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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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Special Hours Sunday, December 6th



nido will be open 10:00 – 8:00 today, Saturday, December 5th,  for all of your crafty needs.

Sunday, we will be open 12:00 – 3:30; closing early for a special Holiday Wreath Making class with Nectar & Root.
Be sure to check out our new classes and special workshops listed on our website.
Happy Merry Making!

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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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announcing: heather jones workshop at nido

nido is excited to announce our next artist collaboration, welcoming Heather Jones for a day of color theory and sewing!

Improvisational Linework and Design

$165 *includes catered lunch

Saturday February 6th 10:00 am – 5:00pm

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In this workshop Heather will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced blocks that are a study in linework and the formation of secondary patterns. Using solid fabrics in a range of values and colors, you will create a modern take on traditional string blocks using an intuitive creative process. An added benefit of this technique is that it produces completely unique, one of a kind blocks with a strong graphic quality, and Heather will discuss how fabric placement and color choices affect the design of the block. Students will finish the class with a number of completed blocks that can be used in small patchwork projects or as the beginning of a larger quilt.

Students will:

  • engage in intuitive design
  • learn how to construct improvisational linework blocks
  • learn how fabric placement and color choices affect design
  • learn basics about color theory, including value and hue, saturation and intensity
  • learn how to give a modern spin to a traditional block


improvisational linework and design workshop sample by heather jones


1 yard solid neutral cotton

½ yard of another solid neutral that is a variation of the first color. For example, bright white and cream.

½ yard EACH of three different values of the same color (light tone, medium tone, dark tone) for a total of 1½ yards of this color. For example, ½ yard light blue, ½ yard medium blue, and ½ yard dark blue.

¼ yard of a solid contrast color—can be another version of the other color, an analogous color, a complementary color, etc.

your sewing machine

coordinating thread

fabric scissors


6” x 24” or 6” x 12” quilting ruler

4 ½” x 4 ½” square ruler (optional)

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We are excited beyond measure to have such a talednted crafter join us this winter! Heather’s work  is the epitome of modern, taking traditional work and using color to tell a different story. In her book Quilting Local,  she creatively uses surrounding structures for new pattern inspiration. Be sure to sign up in advance as space is limited and this special workshop is sure to fill up fast.

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Quilt photos courtesy of Heather Jones. 

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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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