A Trunk Show, Friday Night Sewcial, and Finch Registry

We have a great trunk show right now from Quince and Co. Yarns.  We are currently showing their wool scarves and shawls trunk show… and it’s an awesome show! Come and get inspired for yourself!

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Also, we have some great new patterns, tools, books, and… ahem… sewing machines!  Fill out your registry, and we’ll make sure Santa brings you everything you asked for this year!

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Friday night sewcial is this Friday.  Come hang out – we’ll have pie and wine and other lovely Finch fans.  :)! Register here!

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Finch + Bernina = Love

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When I opened my doors, I set some standards for myself.  I make business decisions that are driven by my passion for making.  I want to protect this sacred space where we come to gather and create.  I want Finch to be your place.  I know Bernina machines are the right fit for Finch- the obvious reason is that Bernina makes an exceptional machine. But there’s more.  The support and collaboration that we receive as a Bernina dealer directly benefits you, the customer.  We Finch girls will provide the same personal feel that you have come to know as the Finch experience.  We promise to help you find the perfect machine for you.  And we promise that we won’t let you leave that box of beautiful machinery in your closet for a year before you finally get the gumption to take it for a drive.  We promise to inspire you.  And that’s why we chose Bernina: high quality, integrity, community, education… all the things we’re passionate about at Finch.

I’m so stinking excited to tell you that our dealership has been approved to offer you 4 years of 0% financing on your Bernina purchase above $3,000.  This promotion is valid only on October 18th.   If you want to come to Friday Night Sewcial on the 17th (or any time this week), you can get a tour of the Bernina line, its features and benefits. As always, we’d love to have you.  We can then easily process your Bernina Purchase on Super Saturday.

Price Matching: We’ll also be offering a price matching program through the end of the year.  Present any Virginia or Maryland competitor’s flyer or promotion in person, and we’ll do our best to match their price.

As if that isn’t enough….  we’re having a pre-market fabric sale.

Skinny Bolts and Fat Cuts will also be on SALE! This is really fun:

Skinny Bolts: pick a skinny bolt, buy the rest of the bolt/tube and get 20% off the end of the bolt/tube piece (no measuring before purchase- it’s a yardage mystery adventure- Yay!)

Fat Cuts: get 20% off any cut over 3 yards.

Yarn: get 20% off any 4 skeins of one color and type of yarn

Lastly, we have registry cards! Fill in everything your little heart desires so when your loved one comes in to shop, he/she will know just what to buy.  If you’re like me, it’s just fun to dream.  When you start your registry this weekend, you’ll get a mystery coupon to use on your next visit to Finch! Yay!

The fabric and yarn sale on the 17th- come to Friday night sewcial and leisurely fill out your registry (with a bubbly drink in one hand!).

xoxo,

Nicole (and the Finch)

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Simple Design for a Dramatic Result

You know that dress you have in your closet that makes you smile when when you have occasion to wear it? Its the one the makes you feel like your best you when you put it on. For me,  this is the purest form of confidence. The older I get, the more comfortable I am with wearing what I really want to wear, and this is at the core of why I sew my own clothes. It’s an affirmation of my personal style, and there is no better moment than when I can follow a compliment with, “Oh thank you! I made it!!”

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So when Alison Glass asked if I’d make a dress using fabric from her new line to show in her market booth, I was EXCITED! This line is fresh and different from anything I’ve seen on the market- it’s technically quilting weight, but the hand dying process makes for a softer, drapey-er feeling fabric.  It’s kind of like sheets that have been washed time and time again, or that favorite woven shirt you have, that’s never seen a day of starch it its life. When we saw the strike offs at market, we knew we had to have it. And the printing is especially fabulous.  I went through a batik-ing phase in my early 20′s…. I batiked everything from pillows to placemats, and so I have a bit of a soft spot for batik.  That said, I think this is the most modern and graphic batik collection I’ve ever seen in the market, and to me, anyway, it conveys more like art than fabric tends to.

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Alison wrote a great post on the Handcrafted collection right here.  The process of how it came to be is super interesting.  Each piece really is handcrafted.  Alison sent me this gorgeous charcoal flying geese print.  The sharp contrast and long repeat is so dramatic, I knew it was going to be a formal dress. So, I started with the Anna Dress Pattern.

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Of course I had to have an open back (insert mischievous smile here), and I wanted it to mimic the angular pattern of the flying geese in the fabric.

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I love the bespoke feel of this fabric line, so I thought a button closure would be a nice touch. I use a turning out tube tool we sell at the shop to make teeny tiny button loops. Oh, and one big plus: no zipper!! Yay! I kept thinking of this project as the Anti-Formal Formal….  a cotton dress, elevated by its painstaking and time consuming dying process, the simplicity of a row of buttons, a slight bustle and train….  the result is truly one of my favorites.

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And what could be more perfect than a friends’ wedding last weekend- it was the perfect opportunity to test it out on the dance floor! :)

If you’ll be at to market, be sure to come to Alison’s booth to see the dress and all the other beautiful things people have made with Handcrafted. Her booth is always fabulous, and I know it’s going to be especially so this year.

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This fabric is slated to arrive somewhere around the 20th of October now (I heard that it got held up in transit…), and as always, I’ll be sending preorders out as soon as we get the fabric in the store. You can preorder it here. If you want to meet Alison in person, we have 3 spots left in her embroidery workshop on the 15th….  She’ll be doing a trunk show – I can’t WAIT to see what she brings!!  It’s gonna be awesome!

xoxo,

the Finch

Coming Soon – Fabric Edition

Be still my fiber loving heart!! It seems like every week new fabric is arriving, and I couldn’t be happier! Before we get started- we have a free shipping code available to those of you who would like to pick up your pre-orders in the store.  In the past, some of the highly anticipated lines (like Charley Harper) have nearly sold out in our online shop before they hit the brick and mortar store.  We thought our locals would like to have a shot at pre-release fabric as well.  Use the code SHOPLOCAL1 and we’ll hold your order at the shop for you.

Drumroll please….  Here’s what’ll be coming round the mountain… This week the beautiful Wildwood collection by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9 fabric showed up at our door! This wonderful collection features bold blues and corals and is a lovely balance of geometric and wild florals. Get yardage here or a bundle here.

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Teaghan White’s new Acorn Trail line for Birch Fabric will be arriving any day! I couldn’t be more excited for this line to come in! From the sweet little woodland animals to the canvas Penny Doll, this line is perfect for the little girls in your life (or the little girl in you)! And we’re stoked to have the entire line this time (yardage is here, bundles are here)! The cut and sew dolls are printed on lovely organic canvas, and we have the bugs in tonal mint coming in KNIT…. organic knit fabric by Birch really couldn’t be more sumptuous, folks!!


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I’m waiting (not so patiently) for the new Batik collection Handcrafted by Alison Glass. We will have the whole line in the store in November. The whole line is up for pre-sale now on our Etsy site (yardage is here, bundles are here). I wouldn’t wait long to get this line, it’s going to go fast. Stay tuned for Nicole’s upcoming post- she’s making something pretty fabulous for Alison’s quilt market booth. Oh, and there is a discount (10% off) on this line for those who sign up for the Alison Glass workshop on November 15th . We have 5 more spots left! You can register here.

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Once again, we are getting Charley Harper back just in time for the Holiday’s! This new line called Nurture from Birch has elephants, giraffes and the cutest koala’s! All the prints feature parents and babies…. they’re just so sweet. I can’t get enough of these little animals! We have a limited number of bundles of the entire line available. These fabrics will be in the brick and mortar shop mid-October and are also listed for pre-sale on Etsy. The previous line from Charley Harper sold out in a couple of days- these ones will go quickly too.

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Don’t forget Charley Harper Knits! I can’t wait to whip up a Coco Dress with these gorgeous knits!

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Ever dream of going on a space adventure, or visiting the future where robots roam free? Yes?! Well, this line is for you then! Cosmic Convoy will be shipping in mid October (is October exciting, or what?!).  This line is decidedly gender neutral, but it sure is nice to have a line that really doesn’t skew girly, right?  We are also offering the quilt kit that you see pictured at the bottom of the collage.  I know a little guy who will be really excited to receive his new Cosmic Quilt this Christmas! The bundles are here, and you can find yardage here.

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All of these fabrics are up for Pre-Sale on Etsy, go check it out! Live local? Don’t forget the discount code for local pick-up at the shop. SHOPLOCAL1

We just revamped our online shop, making new sections so you can find things a little easier…  You can find our solids and pre-cut bundles right here.  Browse the other sections for some lovely wool offerings, Japanese, French, and Italian imports, patterns and notions, and don’t forget the $7 SALE BIN!!

Stay tuned for our post on the new yarn we have in stock! And a pre-market sale we’ll be having in October.  Yippee!!

See you soon,

Lisa

A New Approach to Kids Classes

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During the course of the last year, Finch has really grown up, and so have your kids.  All summer, I carefully considered each of my young students, wanting to develop something challenging and fun for them this fall.  What I learned is that these kids have boundless creative energy… They are eager and excited.  And they have their own unique ideas.  Core to my philosophy of teaching young sewists is the idea that I want them to go home and be able to do the things they dream of doing.  I can remember all through middle school and high school, alternately making things, dreaming of things, drawing, cutting, sewing….  Sometimes I was successful, sometimes not. This was the recipe for my progress as a young sewist: I was always learning from the people around me, and I was given a lot of freedom to make things I wanted to make.

So this fall, we’ll be changing it up a little.  We’re going to spend more time talking about design and how that translates into a finished project. We’ve split the sewists into two age groups.  The 6-10 year olds will be meeting on Thursdays from 4-5:15 while the 11-14 year olds will meet from 6-7:30.  As always, supplies are included.  The girls will be making several things and focusing on 1 big project. They’ll be able to “shop” the store for their supplies, learning how to pick the right fabric for their designs.  We’ll be working over the course of 2 months this time- this will give us more time to complete bigger projects.

The younger group will start with a small, customizable project- we’ll do a bag or a fabric basket (maybe even a quilt- the kids will get to decide).  Beginner sewists will be comfortable with this project, and everyone will learn the skills they need to move on to the design process.  From there, we’ll be working on how to design and execute their dream projects.

The older group will start right off with the design process. These ladies will learn to think about function and its role in the design process.  From there, students will learn how to make their design come to fruition. While we’ll be learning lots of techniques, we’ll also stay flexible and creative throughout the process. The goal is for the girls to have the skill set and mindset to take what they’ve learned and try all sorts of new things on their own!

There will always be differing levels of student readiness.  That is ok!  Nicole has many years of teaching experience, and is quite comfortable differentiating for all levels.  Each girl will have an individualized and successful experience, no matter their sewing level.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?!  I think so too!  Here’s how to sign up.

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Kids Design and Sew Workshop: more info/registration here.

Sept 18, 25, Oct 2nd, 16th, and 30th 4:00-5:15pm

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Youth Design Workshop: more info/registration here.

Sept 18, 25, Oct 2nd, 16th, 30th 6-7:30

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We also have a weekend class available on October 5th and 12th.  More info/registration is here.

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And we have just a few spaces left in our Sleep Over Sewing Party!!  It’s gonna be a blast!

 

Finally, I want to thank you, parents, for entrusting me with your youngster’s creative hearts and minds.  Your children are precious to me, and I so enjoy them.

xoxo,

the Finch

 

Camp Wrap-Up, New Fall Kids + Teens Activities

We had a great summer full of so many fun camps…  we dyed our own yarn, we made our own looms, we learned to weave, we sewed and sewed and knit, we sang, we danced, we had a great time! See some of the highlights below….

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And we’re ready for more!!!! Yay!

Join Finch for the following very exciting kids and teen classes starting in the next couple of weeks!

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Ok, so we’re pretty stoked about this…. This October, we’ll be hosting our first ever sleep over party for girls!  We’ll crank up the tunes, sew some jammies, and craft the night away!  Space is limited, so get your spot quick like! Register here.

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This is for our Finch girls 11-14 who have some sewing experience and are ready to take their sewing to next level. In this class, we’ll be sewing whatever we can dream up! We’ll start by sketching out a design, then we’ll take measurements, and then we’ll make our designs come to life as we learn to translate the design process into a manageable sewing project.  We’ll work on quilting, apparel, and accessories- their choice! Register here.

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This class is great for budding sewists under the age of 11 who may or may not have sewing experience.  We’ll be making all kinds of fun accessories for the girls’ rooms and for themselves to wear, and we’ll even make an apparel item.  We start this September, so get your spot soon! Register here.

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Get ready to trick or treat, and make yourself a tote for this Halloween.  We paint, we sew, we make pompoms! What could be better?! We’ll try to match your costume too! Register here.

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Sewing 101- this is a great class for first time sewists – especially for those of you who prefer a weekend. Yay!! Students will work on a couple of small projects focusing on accessories (necklaces, bracelets, and fabric bowls).  Beginners of all ages welcome. Register here.

The following two classes are coming soon!  Stay tuned!

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Screen printing!

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Knitting!

A Quince Finch Knit Along

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If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you know that we are now a flagship store for Quince and Company Yarns, an American fiber company that produces beautiful wool yarns that are sourced and spun in the US.  We are so excited about this, that we think it would be really fun to celebrate with a knit along!  More on that in a sec- let me tell you about Quince and Co. yarns….

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Known in the trade as “territory wool,” Quince wool comes from Merino, Rambouillet, and Columbia-based sheep that roam the ranges of Montana and Wyoming.   All Quince wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in New England mills with venerable histories. By sourcing the wool in the US and manufacturing the yarn locally, Quince and Co. yarns carry a uniquely low carbon footprint. Besides the fact that this happens to be good for the earth, a happy little side effect is that we can offer a great quality yarn at a very reasonable price.

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The things I think are so great about Quince and Co. are that their patterns are well written and beautifully presented in a current but timeless way and their colors are absolutely stunning. I really can’t stop looking at the Quince wall in the shop these days.  It’s just so pretty!

So I think we should do a knit-along, don’t you?!

Here’s how to play:

Pick one of the following Camilla Patterns you see below.

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Camilla Girl’s Sweater

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Camilla Lady’s Sweater

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Camilla Baby Sweater

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Camilla Blanket

There’s something for everybody! Knit a sweater for yourself, or one for a beloved little girl, or knit a cozy blanket you’ll be proud to drape across your lap.  We also think this is a really FUN knit. The yarn is an aran weight- that, coupled with a 10.5 sized needle makes for a relatively fast project.

Pick up your yarn (these patterns use Osprey) at our shop- we’ll order the color you want and have it in as quickly as possible (usually this only takes 2 days).  We have 8 colors currently in stock, but we’re happy to get just the right shade for you if you’d like something different. We’ll purchase your pattern for you and give you a paper and digital copy free of charge.

During the course of the knit-along, Finch will post tips and tutorials. We’ll also post our progress (and maybe your progress too) as we go.

Post your own photos to Instagram, tag us at @finchsewingstudio, and use the hashtag #finchquincealong.  Search the hashtag to see how everyone else is doing….  We also started a Pinterest board where we hope to host many more knit-alongs. Follow our Pinterest boards here, follow our knit-along board here. We’ll have a big finishing event at the shop and online (more on this later).  Post your finished project, and get a chance to win more yarn.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Oh, and what did I pick?!  I’m making a sweater for my little C.  I’m using Lupine – a pretty little purple color, and I love how it’s coming out.  I’m only 2 days in, and I love the progress I’ve made so far.  Makes me think I’ll get this one done and still have time for other knitting projects this fall.

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xoxo,

the Finch

Photos courtesy of Quince and Co.