30% off Everything – Shop Small This Weekend!

Before you scroll down to the sale details, I want to say a word about Small Business Saturday and why I think it’s so import that we shop small.  The Small Businesses in our town are what makes our neighborhood a vibrant and friendly place to live. Making the commitment to shop at these little businesses boils down to this….  What do you want your town to look and feel like?

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I want my town to be a place where I am greeted by name each time I cross a threshold.  I want to be able to buy something from a person I know and know that my money is going back into my community.  What does “going back into my community” mean?  I think many people may think to themselves, “Why pay more?  I like that shopkeeper, but I need to keep my money…. it’s not charity….”  I’ve thought that too.  Here’s my answer to that.  Choosing to buy in your own town means that you are actively investing in the place where you live.  I have a very loyal customer base…  (it’s more personal than that…  you’re my friends!!) and because of that, I have the opportunity to present an experience.  I get to make a dynamic connection because folks decide to spend their dollars at Finch instead of a big box or an online mega store.  And I’m so thankful for that. That’s what makes Finch a special place.

The fact is that I can’t compete with Amazon.  I’m proud that we are competitive in the market and that we have a nice range of prices on fabrics (a good sale section and quality fabrics and yarns from $6 per yard/skein and up). The reality is this: Amazon doesn’t give you a Finch experience.  They can’t give you a moment you’ll remember.  They don’t provide a nice space where you can create.  And they don’t pay teachers who are knowledgeable and friendly who can help you through a project.  When you buy from a small business, sometimes you’re going to pay a little more for some things.  But I think we all can agree it’s worth it if you believe that Small Businesses care about the value of your experience. And, for me at least, I am investing in a town that I know will continue to become more and more interesting, a place that can engage my kids as the years pass.

So here’s my thank you to you… We’re having a Sale!…  Probably the biggest sale we’ve ever had!

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ON SATURDAY ONLY: All Classes will be 15% off.  Use code “finchfriends” when you register online.  Or mention the discount in the store on Saturday.

In Store
>>—> Friday 8-12 am: 30% off everything in the store when you spend $15 or more. That’s right, the whole store*.

>>—> Friday – Sunday: 20% off everything in the store when you spend $30 or more*.

>>—> Friday 6-11 am: 30% off everything when you spend $15. Code: “EarlyFinch”.

>>—>Friday – Monday: 15% off everything when you spend $30. Code: “FinchMadeHoliday”.

Online shoppers- this includes presale fabric!!!

*BERNINAS: 60 month 0% financing continues through Dec. 3rd.


In the spirit of shopping local, I’m want to highlight 2 of my favorite shops in town:

The Vintner    &    Books and Other Found Things.

Books and Other Found Things is a beautiful little family owned shop that carries new and used books for all audiences.  It’s across Loudoun from Finch in a little blue house. They have a lovely setting where you can bring the kids for little reading and perusing.  The owner, Allen, is amazing at getting in special requests as well.  Last Christmas, I asked for a couple of books, so instead of going to Amazon, my hubby went to our bookstore and got the books in quickly and at a great price (I don’t know his specific policy, but I know he was pretty competitive with Amazon prices). He makes great suggestions and is an all around good guy.

The Vintner is the only place I buy wine.  Seriously.  Mike knows exactly what I like, and he keeps me in new and interesting wines that suit my taste.  When we have events at the shop, the wine is always bought there.  They have a great range of prices and selection, and they’re beefing up for the holidays too.  Did you know that you can have a bottle opened there and drink it in the shop?  Or do a wine tasting at their beautiful hand crafted wood bar (remember what I said about offering a place and an experience…)! I have also asked for specific wines from time to time, and if they can get it in, they do!

Happy shopping, everybody!!


the Finch (+ Nicole)

Bernina Sale this Week + 60 Mo. Financing!

Right now through the 26th, all Bernina products are on sale on top of the amazing 60 month 0% financing. You are welcome to take advantage of the tiered savings with our without the financing too.

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Also this week, we’re really excited to be able to offer 60 month 0% financing!  This ends on Dec. 3rd, and it’s the perfect opportunity to have the machine of your dreams this Christmas!

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Meet the bernette Seville…  she’s all wrapped up and ready to take home for your favorite beginning sewist.  She’s a great price at $149 (reg. $299).



The Bernina 215 has the hallmark great quality of all Bernina machines, and excels at the basics. It’s marked down to $699 (reg. $1,199) for the holidays…  get it this week, and you’ll get another $50 off!  Woah, that’s an awesome deal.



Come see us to get a demo on the machines anytime!  We’ll be happy to help you find your match!


the Finch

Cotton and Steel sneak peek projects

Hello Finch readers! Tara from Girl Like The Sea popping by on the shop blog to show you some cute little items I made with some sneaky peek fat quarters of the upcoming Cotton and Steel. How lucky am I, right?

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First, I snagged some of this adorable animal print and mimicked the bunnies in it to make a little zip pouch mini purse for my kids. And because I really didn’t want to sew a strap, I used a couple of vintage zippers from my stash. Score! The face was just haphazardly painted on with fabric paint, but I love it!


Second, I put together this little fuzzy eared hood with two FQ’s and some leftover faux fur from another hat project. I just love the teal almost solid with the little sketchy dot squares. SO perfect for so many things. The pattern used is the cozy winter hood from the Oliver and S book “Little Things To Sew.” I’ve made it tons of times in all kinds of fabrics. It’s pretty awesome.

Don’t worry. I have lots more pictures to show you ^_^

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rabbit mini purse - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

rabbit mini purse - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

rabbit mini purse - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

I just love her chicken legs in those new skinny jeans. They’re some unblogged small fry skinny jeans I made her.

Now brace  yourself for the radness my middle child is about to bring you.

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

Are you excited for the release of C&S? I’ve got one more project in the pipeline to share with you, but not today!

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!


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!).


Nicole (and the Finch)


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!!”


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.

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.

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.

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.



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.


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!


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.

Alison Glas Handmade Collage

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.

Charley Harper QC Collage

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

Charley Harper Knit Collage

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.

Cosmic Convoy Cloud 9 Collage

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,