0% Financing for 5 years – Celebrate Swiss Day!

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Swiss day is coming up this August 1st!  And why do we love Switzerland?!

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Bernina Machines, of course!

For only one day, August 1st, we will offer financing for 60 months at 0% interest! You really can’t beat that!

Get a demo this week on the machine of your choice, and get $100 in Finch Bucks to use after you’ve purchased your very own Bernina.

Valid on machines $3000 and more!  Happy Swiss Day!

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Finch turns 2! Second Annual Anniversary SALE + Outdoor Movie!

We’re 2!! Can you believe it?!  I sure can’t… And at the same time, we’ve packed in so much in a short 2 years!  So we’re ready to celebrate…

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All weekend, July 17th-19th, you’ll get 25%, 30%, 35%, or 40% off your entire purchase!! Draw from a deck of cards to find out your discount! We’ll also be doing a drawing for discounts between 15% and 30% off Bernina machines! I know! It’s going to be amazing.  But that’s not all…  The first 40 customers will receive a Finch Mini Kit (you’ll have to be one of the 40 to find out the details), if you spend over $75, you’ll be entered to win a $150 Finch Gift Certificate, and we have a few other fun things to give away all weekend too!

On the 18th, we will be showing a movie on the green next to Finch to celebrate our anniversary. A question I am asked frequently is, “Why did you name the shop ‘Finch’?” Well, I do love birds…  that’s true. But I also love the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Scout, an independent and feisty little girl is the character I tend to identify with best of all.  But her father, Atticus Finch is the one whose gentle courage and amazing grace I find so aspirational. I want Finch be a community that emulates the same values that Atticus Finch lived out, a community where everyone has value, and all are accepted. It really couldn’t be more fitting that we will be showing the movie To Kill a Mocking Bird this Saturday night at dark.

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“‘They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions.’ said Atticus, ‘but before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself. The only thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.'”

Bring your families and join us at Finch at 7:30 for refreshments, followed by the movie outside at dark (probably around 9pm).  We will have some chairs- feel free to bring lower lawn chairs and/or blankets. It’s sure to be a lovely night with friends we adore!  We hope you’ll ALL be there!  Oh, and wear your Finch shirt!

xoxo, Nicole and the Finch Team

Finch Makers Retreat!

If you’re following our Instagram and Facebook feeds, you know that we have been cooking up another wonderful retreat for you!

finch makers retreatThis second Finch Makers Retreat on November 6-8th and will be held at the Retreat at Cool Spring, a recently restored historic manor, that sits majestically overlooking the Shenandoah River in the heart of Virginia wine country. The Manor is 6,000 square feet and provides generous social gathering areas as well as a private feel with many sitting rooms and quiet nooks.

What will be so special about this event is that it will be small and intimate.  With only 10 women, we will have a wonderful time together working on our craft, eating delicious food, enjoying the scenery from the generous porches, and so much more.

The Manor is situated on a large piece of land that was once a golf course, hence the rolling lawns and multiple lakes and ponds. You’ll be able to explore the many trails in the area by foot or by bicycle (bicycles are available on the premises). We’ll also be providing a Sunday morning Yoga session to send you off refreshed and relaxed! One of the highlights of the retreat will be a planned excursion by bus or limo to some of the area wineries.

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So here are the details….

Finch will put on a relaxing and casual retreat with lots of choices to enhance your experience.  You can spend all day outside, exploring the grounds, boating in one of the property’s kayaks or canoes, hiking or biking the trails, or you can spend the day lounging in one of the sitting rooms, grazing in the kitchen, or working on a project.  Does this all sound great to you?! You can do it all!!

Included in the retreat package is the following:

– 2 night stay in one of the comfortable beds at the Cool Spring Manor (check in is 5pm on Friday, check out is 12 noon on Sunday)

– All meals are included

—->Family style dinner on Friday night

—–>Breakfast of artisan breads from Knead and Know (I’m really excited about this!!), yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit on Saturday                         + Sunday.

—–>Lunch of gourmet sandwich meats, veggies, artisan bread from Knead and Know.

—–> A warm Fall Meal in the dining room on Saturday night.

—–> Snacks and WINE throughout the day.  :)

– Loopy Mango knit along at the Fire Pit on Friday night (optional- yarn not included, though we’ll be offering a discount for retreat attendees leading up to the event)

– Informal Workshops on Saturday and Sunday:

—–> Needle turn applique – though you certainly don’t have to, we think this will be more fun if you join our Carolyn Friedlander block of the month workshop before the retreat… more on that later

—-> Alabama Chanin Stitches- though you certainly don’t have to, we think this will be more fun if you join one of our upcoming workshops or the Alabama Stitch Society… more on that later

—-> Knit along- choose your own adventure!

—–> Hand quilting and hand binding

– Winery Tour on Saturday afternoon – party bus or limo will be provided, wineries will be selected ahead of the retreat.

– 75 minute Yoga Class on Sunday morning

-Bicycles and boats are available for use on the grounds

Sounds pretty great, huh?! I think so too!

Each attendee will select their sleeping arrangement for the event.  The following are a few important things to note:

– The  age of the manor is quite old- because of this, there are a limited number of bathrooms.  There are 2 half bathrooms, and 2 full bathrooms.  Retreat attendees will need to share bathrooms.

– We will poll people for dietary needs before the retreat.  We’ll do our darndest to accommodate all of your dietary needs.

– The heating and cooling of the manor is central- you won’t freeze in the winter!

-Note that you do not see machines mentioned….  this is a hand work/knitting only retreat.

– If you would like to share a room with a friend, please call our store to register so that we can get you placed in the same room.  703.777.8000

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Above: a full sized bed with private sitting area…. 1 Person: $750

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Above: The Caretakers Suite, QueenBed. 2 People: $550 each

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Above: the caretakers twin room.  2 twin bed: $550 each.

Manor Master Bed

Above: Large Master King Bed Suite. 2 People: $650 each.

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Above: River View Room with Queen Bed.  1 person: $900 or 2 people $550 each.

You are welcome to register online (here) or in the store.  Call us at 703.777.8000 with questions or to register.

Unicorn Stripes Knit Along

Are you excited?!!  We are!!  It’s like a 6 year old is having a birthday party around here….

IMG_0019If you already purchased your knit along kit, you know that we put together a little favor bag of unicorn tchotchkes as a companion to your knitting basket.

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Ok, so here’s how the knit along will go…
Buy your kit of Unicorn Tails (30 tails, one of each color in the line- we have them grouped together for you on a ring), and get your pattern for free.  We’ll also set you up with your unicorn favor bag.

On Monday July 20th, we will kick off the knit along with a little tutorial on how to provisionally cast on (if you choose this option- we can help you make that choice when you buy your kit or at this event), and then we’ll sit and sip and knit for a bit.  :)

The next meet up dates are also knit nights.  We will cover a skill during these, if necessary.  Also, we’ll post on the blog any helpful tips we cover in person for those of you who want to join in from afar.
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Sept 8 End of KAL
At each meet up, you will be able to enter our final prize give away of $50 Finch Bucks. The more events you attend, the better your chances to win!
Join the magical fun!!
xoxo,
Angela and the Finchy Unicorn

Christmas in July- Holiday Handmade

I know that this may seem a bit early, but Christmas is only 6 months away! If you are anything like me, you’ve got a large family and you want to make their Holiday just a bit more special with a handmade gift. We all know handmade takes time, so why not get started early and avoid that Christmas craft crunch.

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This year, we were ecstatic that Cotton + Steel designed a beautiful line of Christmas fabric, called Tinsel.  The like comes in both quilting cotton and brushed cotton (think flannel).  We also have gorgeous new yarns in that would be perfect for many a holiday gift. To get you pumped and excited for Christmas in July, we have a great bunch of classes that are perfect for gift giving on our schedule as well as some great Holiday projects to add to your home! Check out a few of our favorites:

Knit Boot Cuffs

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Learn to cable and come away with a beautiful pair of boot cuffs perfect for gifting, just an FYI we just got the most gorgeous handmade buttons from TNNA that are just perfect for this quick project!

Learn to Sew PJ Pants

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What’s more perfect than a new pair of holiday PJ pants for opening presents under the tree?! Learn to sew while making these great pj’s.  We have the perfect fabric for these as well- check out the holiday brushed cotton from Cotton + Steel right here!

Learn to Knit Neckwarmer and Fold Over Cowl

Neckwarmer Class- This is a true beginner class and a great holiday gift idea!  This gorgeous yarn is included!

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These classes are perfect for the beginner, and once you knit one you’ll be hooked! Next thing you know everybody in your family will have one! P.S. yarn is included in the class price (what a steal)!

Loom Weaving 101

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This class is perfect for the yarn lover, in this class you’ll be designing and making your very own wall hangings that are perfect for gifting. Supplies are included in this class too (the loom, and everything)!

Quilted Christmas Pillows

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A great way to showcase your favorite Christmas fabrics, and spread Holiday cheer throughout your house (or your momma’s-you know she’d love one too).

Christmas Tree Skirt and Stocking

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Deck your halls with the Christmas tree skirt and stockings. These two projects are so fun and simple you’ll be hooked!

Can’t make it to one of our classes? No problem, we’ll have them listed closer to the Holidays as well.

If you have other projects you’d like to get a jump on, bring them in to Knit Nights (every Tuesday from 6-9) or one of our Friday Night Socials! We’d love to see what you are making for your loved ones.

Already dreaming up your own holiday wish list?  Don’t forget about the Finch Registry!  We do a Guys Night closer to Christmas (like a few days before, because that’s when they’re shopping, amiright?!), and it’s great to have your list ready for your loved one.

See you soon,

Lisa

Meet Angela!

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Scout Tee in Japanese Import Cotton- so cute!

Hi there!  We’re introducing another Finchie today.  Today let’s get to know Angela.  Ok, really, if you have ever been in the Finch, you already know Angela.  She’s the bubbly, energetic knitting guru around here. You may have taken your very first knitting class from her or maybe you have taken one of her popular block of the month knitting classes.  But let’s find out more!

Q. What is your craft obsession?

That’s a tough one. Like many of us at Finch, I love to knit and sew equally.  Knitting gives me lots of opportunity to be productive while I sit and relax in front of the tv, travel with the fam in the car, or attend one of my girls’ events. Every time we get new fabulous yarn in at Finch I just want to touch it and smell it (I know…it’s like when the character Doug, from the movie The Cutting Edge, loves the smell of the ice….it’s just part of it for me).  I just need my fingers to knit even faster!

 But when it comes to sewing, I get equally excited about all the new fabrics we get in- it’s so fun to plan what garments I’m going to make with them. Sewing is rewarding to me because I can usually get the project done pretty quickly and then show it off or gift it to a special person.  If you could see all the garments I have awaiting their turn at the sewing machine….

Q. What are you working on now?

Oh boy, I hate to admit all the projects I have going on right now so I’ll just mention a few.

Both of my girls each desperately awaiting their quilts, so the goal is to get those done this summer.

Last night, when I was at the shop I could not resist buying two skeins of Madelinetosh ASAP and getting started on the herringbone cowl It is insanely yummy and beautiful.  That will be a class this fall for sure!

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I also just started a project that I will literally need to lock up if I’m ever going to finish anything else. It’s the unicorn stripes cowl/scarf. You may have seen the finished version here, in a previous post. This is made using all colors of Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails. Stay tuned for a really exciting knit along announcement that I will start on July 20th (lots of unicorns, folks!). 

I am almost done with my Mara Shawl using a whole lot of Madelinetosh Dk in Mansfield Garden Party (click the link- we sell this online as well!).  I am not particularly looking forward to casting off the hundreds of stitches on the needles but I will wear it proudly once I do.  

 Q. What is your favorite tool?

I just love my interchangeable knitting needles!  My latest set (which I bought at Finch) are the metal ChiaoGoo Twist Red Lace set. They are great for knitting shawls (like the one I mentioned above).  I also know that a lot of our customers love their ChaiGoo bamboo interchangeables from Finch as well.  Having pretty much any size needle I need in my bag makes starting a new project (when I fall in love with that new skein of yarn) much easier.

Q. What is your favorite finished project?

When I first thought about this question I didn’t know how I was going to answer it. Then I remembered the Dale of Norway sweater (Hans og Grete) I knit for Megan (my oldest daughter) when I was pregnant. I was strongly advised against knitting this sweater because Dale of Norway patterns are known to be very hard, done on charts and are knit on tiny needles.  At the time I had only been knitting maybe 5 years, but once I saw the pattern in my local yarn shop how was I to resist?!  I didn’t yet have the yarn when we moved here to VA 7 months pregnant.  Luckily, my hubby and I found a yarn shop on a trip we took for our anniversary, which made it even more special.  I was all set! I had to knit this beautiful sweater (and adorable bonnet) for the sweet baby girl I was so anxiously awaiting.  I got it done… despite going into labor almost 3 weeks early…and both girls wore it beautifully and often. 

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The date on the pic gives away the fact that Megan didn’t wear the sweater until she was 6 months old…I intended for her to wear it home from the hospital… ha ha.  You really don’t know how small they come out. ;)

The bonnet, well that was another story.  It was too floppy to look good on their heads. Such a sad moment. But I realize now, knowing that I’m a loose knitter, that maybe I needed to use a smaller needle. :)

Q. What does your craft space look like?

My craft space is a generous space that I love to be in. I don’t get up there often, but when I do, it’s hard to leave.  Neighbors probably know the nights I’m up late sewing from the lights being on in the rooms above the garage.  I just recently painted it a purpleish grey and added this new collage of pretty things above my beloved Bernina 750 QE.  I had fabulous prints from my mama and friend Anna that just had to be properly displayed. I also finished my first wall hanging, which makes me feel like a “real” quilter, so I tackled my first hand binding and hung it up.  I have the same great Ikea light fixture as Finch,  and at night (or cloudy days like the day I took this pic), when it is quite hard to see in there (waiting for hubby to hang some string lights) the paper flowers display beautiful shadows on the walls.  I am happy to have my fabric stashed in the closet and have enough space to be creative!

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 Q. Where can we follow you?

Follow me at @sewmanysts on Instagram!

Be sure to watch the Finch Instagram this weekend for Angela’s takeover! Follow Finch on IG at @finchsewingstudio!

Happy Making!

xoxo, Angela (and the Finch family)

Sale Today

 Sale today! This rainy day is a perfect day to get started on a lovely project. Show this post to receive $20 off your $100 purchase. 
Offer valid on all BERNINA and BERNINA accessories, fabric, yarn, tools, and whatever else you can get your hands on in the store! 

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