recap: april rhodes weaving workshop

Most of you know April Rhodes for her pattern and fabric designer reputation but these days the Ohio based designer is branching out and exploring her love of weaving.

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We were lucky enough to host April for an Intro to Weaving Workshop held at the Burlington Firehouse Gallery in late September.

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April explains weaving as an ancient art form that explores the use of fiber, color and texture. She enjoys the the slow rhythm and meditative quality of weaving and encourages people to slow down and enjoy the process.

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Participants learned the fundamentals of tapestry weaving while creating their very own piece of unique hanging art.

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Each weaving was created out of 1 of 3 color ways offered for the workshop but no two weavings were alike.

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One of my favorite parts of the workshop was watching everyone’s weaving change shape and unfold.

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It was great spending the day learning rya knots and fishbone weaves from the inspirational April. AND creating our very own piece of wall art to top it off!

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What an incredible group!

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A big thanks to April and all who participated in the workshop. For those of you who missed it but are interested in picking up weaving, nido is now stocking all weaving supplies including Ashford lap looms, roving, cones of cotton warp, and more weaving yarn packs!

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knits for kids

The Baby Latte Coat by Lisa Chemery is a sophisticated baby sweater perfect for bundling up your little one. Knit out of The Fibre Company Tundra, it is super soft and luxurious too.

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What are you knitting for your little ones this fall?

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vermont state homes features nido!

Over on Vermont State Homes today, a spotlight on nido! check it out here.

Thanks for the write up and check out some of their other great local features.

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We were recently featured in an article, “Stop By and Get Inspired!”. If you’re interested in Vermont Real Estate, check out what they have to offer for Burlington, VT Homes for Sale.

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woolfolk yarn + patterns

nido welcomes Woolfolk yarn and patterns to the shop!

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Woolfolk is inspired by Kristin Ford’s Danish heritage and her grandmother, Katherine Temple Woolfolk, who taught her how to knit at age 5. When the last name of “Woolfolk” run’s in the family, it might be destiny to design and create amazing yarn!

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Woolfolk comes in three great weights: a chainette worsted, two fingering yarns including a marled, and a new bulky (arriving to nido shelves October 2015). This yarn is extremely soft, comparable to cashmere. With a micron count of 17.5, Woolfolk has the softness of cashmere with the wearability of merino.

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More about that buttery merino. It comes from Ovis 21, a sustainable cooperative in Argentina’s Patagonian grasslands, who believe in responsible land management and the conservation of all that use the land. This wool is not only super soft, but has been sustainably curated from land to sheep to consumer. Kristin Ford also donates a portion of her proceeds back to Ovis 21.

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Woolfolk’s patterns are modern, clean, and are compiled from some great designers from Melanie Berg to Bristol Ivy to creator of Woolfolk Kristin Ford, herself.

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We love this luxuriously soft yarn, the beautifully designed patterns, and the company’s social and environmental responsibility!

*all photos courtesy of Woolfolk.  

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upcoming class: Learn to Knit 1

In this three-part class, learn the basics of knitting while making your very first hat!

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Begin with swatching a gauge and casting on. Learn to knit and purl in the round on a circular needle. Complete by switching to double pointed needles to decrease and bind off.

*Please expect some at home knitting in order to make it through the project by the end of the class.

$78, Materials included.
Wed., Sep. 16, 23 & 30, 6-8 p.m

Only a couple of spots available! Call the shop or head on downtown to nido to sign up.

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extended nido fall + winter hours

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday , Friday, Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 We look forward to seeing the fun and exciting projects you are going to create this fall!

*photo from Schoolhouse Electric

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thread theory

nido now carries Thread Theory menswear patterns including the Strathcona Henley. Watch out boys, we are sewing for you this fall!

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lucinda sweater KAL: recap

Fancy Tiger, Kelbourne Woolens and Grainline Studio put together a knit-a-long and we were so excited to join in on the fun. The project chosen was Lucinda from Madder Anthology 2: simple pleasures by Carrie Bostick Hoge. We gathered 13 nido customers, picked out yarn, had a kick off cast on party and had at it.

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July 1st through August 15th we knit our hearts out at the park, beach, around camp fires, at the shop, and really anywhere and everywhere! The yarn used is The Fibre Company’s Acadia, a delightful blend of merino, alpaca, and silk with an even lovelier palette. Look for Acadia at the shop this fall.

IMG_1684-2And here are a couple of nido Lucinda KAL-ers modeling their sweaters!

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Thanks to Fancy Tiger, Kelbourne Woolens, and Grainline Studio for putting together such a great summer KAL. We have had so much fun knitting up these sweaters!

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shawl love

I am swooning over Amelia’s perfectly styled shawl.

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welcome, back-to-school!

Here at the shop we are gearing up for back-to-school with some fun sewing projects!

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button lunch bags | purl bee

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reusable sandwich bag | noodlehead

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pencil case | Ann Kelle

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superhero winged shoes! | my poppet makes

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origami bento bag | very shannon

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toddler back pack | made-by-rae

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer.

Happy sewing!

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