WEST Supply Sale

Come on down for a WEST-style supply sale! Crafts supplies, large and small storage pieces, and display items, with hand maker tools to boot. All ready to be scooped up to join a new home. Join WESTies who are ready to destash their excess supplies that have helped them create, over the years! Consider this a yard sale for friendly hand-makers!
Free admission
Bring your own shopping bags so you can cart home all your treasure!!

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Coming up this weekend I am taking Boreal Fabrics on the road. I am heading to the big ol city of Winnipeg on Saturday, February 18 for the W.E.S.T Supply Sale. I will be selling Art Gallery Fabrics and Birch Fabrics by the yard there as well I will have a few baskets full of odds and ends from my personal stash. This is a great sale to check out if your a crafter or a fabric lover (hoarder) as most of the people that will be attending sell online and it’s really nice to get out and see product and feel it. Anyways that’s where you’ll find me so check out the link above and you can see a bit of what will be available at this sale and you can keep up to date with all things WEST.

 

Garden Dreamer Knits

Yesterday was a busy day around these parts. Several packages showed up with beautiful fabric in them and quite a bit of fabric headed out to all you lovely sewers. I just wanted to take a moment and let you know about some of the fabric I got in.

Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell. Currently I only brought in knits but if there is a woven you are looking to get in feel free to shoot me a message and I can have ordered asap for you. Now onto the fabric.

“Botanical dreams come to life with sweet bouquets and dainty blooms splashed with luminous color. The child-like wonder of verdant flower fields is highlighted with sky blue, coral pinks, and dusty jade as garden memories linger.”

Of course Maureen and all of her talented friends have already started making pieces using this gorgeous line of fabric and you can check most of them out on instagram just search #gardendreamerfabrics. Here are some of Maureen’s projects she has been working on with her wovens.

Her QAYG stockings are just amazing! If you don’t know what QAYG is you can check out Maureen’s craftsy class. It’s great for all levels of learners. You learn how to quilt as you go and use up every single scrap piece of fabric while your working with it. I have taken this course a while back and it has come in handy when I want to whip up quick quilted gifts.

Here is another on of her QAYG pieces and this time its her herringbone quilt. Don’t you just love this fabric. I am feeling all warm and ready for spring already.

This line has been printed by Art Gallery Fabrics using 100% premium PiMA fabrics. I have been sewing with AGF for quite some time and have now been selling for almost 2 years and there attention to detail and quality is incredible. Plus they have an amazing designers who create current on trend pieces that can be used for baby, home, apparel and more.

And now here is the entire collection which one is your favorite?

Don’t you just wish you could have them all? I know I do. Loving these prints head on over to my shop and get yourself some Garden Dreamer knits today or let me know which other prints you would like to see in the shop.

Looking for some great patterns that would suit these knits. Check out the Megan Nielsen Briar Top in either the adult or kids version. The Megan Nielsen Leggings would be great with these knits too! Or how about sew up some lovely dresses the Moneta and Myrtle work well for AGF knit fabrics.

So have fun shopping and let me know how do you like sewing with Art Gallery knits? Which Garden Dreamer print is your fav? Oh yea and because it’s the holiday season I am throwing in a lovely gift with every purchase of $75 or more from now till Christmas.

Happy Sewing.

Deanne

Washing Fabric

Washing kids clothes should be simple. That’s why I like to sew with fabrics that aren’t fussy so you can wash with ease and they lower impact on the environment too. Generally, all of the fabrics I try to use both for myself personally and in my shops can be washed in cold water with phosphate free detergent, tumbled dry with low heat or hung to dry outside in the shade.

Many of the fabrics in my shop are organic cotton and will soften wonderfully over time so no need for chemical softeners! The low impact dyes are friendlier to our planet though they will fade slightly over time. If you like the softened vintage look of the colours great! Keep washing as usual. If you like vibrant brand spanking new colours I have some tips to help keep them that way and withstand repeated washing.

If you have been sewing for any amount of time, you’re likely familiar with the dilemma of whether or not to prewash your fabric. In addition to getting any shrinkage out of the way before sewing, pre-washing is great way to set colours and minimize bleeding. Prewashing can be achieved with normal wash settings, with or without detergent and tumble dry on low or medium heat. As for ironing, it’s really not necessary to press most fabrics if you pull them out immediately and give a good shake and lay or fold flat. I even find taking my stuff out before completely dried saves me ironing. Although if you are adamant about crisp clothes it’s fine to use regular cotton settings with steam. I usually have my iron set to the hottest setting (cotton or linen) for everything without issues.

 

Keep in mind it does help to use more water (or wash in smaller loads). More water means clothing has more room to slosh around, less friction and the wash cycle will be gentler on natural fibers. Turning clothes inside out also helps. Below are a few more tricks to extend the vibrancy of printed fabrics.

Salt: Save the expensive pink Himalayan salt for cooking iodized table salt will do. The chloride in salt will help seal the colour to prevent fading. You can use this method with new fabric or finished garments to help retain their color. Keep a jar of salt next to your washer and toss in a spoonful with the rinse cycle. Some even say that salt can actually help restore the brightness of dull pieces.

Cold water: Washing your fabric in cold water not only keeps money in your pocket but it can also aid in preserving bright colours.

Vinegar: Not only are your fabrics not going to fade but you are also going to get a clean washer. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar with freshen up the fabric and help the colors maintain their vibrancy. Before the first wash you can also soak your dark fabrics in water mixed with 1/2 cup of vinegar and a couple teaspoons of salt to help set the dyes.

Baking soda: Oh this stuff is magical and cheap! With so many uses throughout the house you’ll wonder why you had a cupboard filled with chemicals and artificial scented cleaners. I keep a box of baking soda in every bathroom as well as a jug of vinegar. So add a box to your laundry room. Add 1/2 cup to your wash cycle and give it a spin and help your fabrics maintain their brightness. For stains wet the garment with cold water and sprinkle the soda directly onto stained areas. Wait a couple hours and gently rub baking soda into the garment with more water and then throw in the wash as usual. When I tried this the whites in the print appeared bright as new!

Alcohol: DOES NOT WORK! Whiskey belongs in an Old Fashioned and not on your kids’ clothes! We heard from somewhere that alcohol is the secret to removing stains, well, they were wrong! It didn’t do anything. There may be times when it works or on certains types of fabric but I tried on my son’s shirt and it did actually remove the stain but it removed the colour and print as well it looks almost like a bleach spot. I may still try this trick but honestly why waste good alcohol.

 

Who knew that simple household basics could be so useful in the laundry room.So have a look through your cabinets and toss away (carefully) those harsh chemicals and stock up on some jugs of vinegar and boxes of baking soda and put some money back in the bank.

What kind of environmentally products do you use in your house? Any other laundry or stain removal tricks please feel free to share.

xo

Deanne

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