Norah at Knitty.com designed a swingin’ cabled fisherman sweater with a nod to the 1960s beatnik. We love the groovy boat neck, 3/4 length sleeves, and fitted shape. It makes me want to get down and do the wah watusi!
Salley, author of Felt Wee Folk, offers up this folk art inspired kitty cat broach tutorial. It is an easy way to practice some basic embroidery stitches including the blanket stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch and fly stitch. These would make lovely tokens of love for all of your furry loving pals, and are a great group craft project. Meow!
Britex is having a sale on knitting books, yarn and hand-knit scarves. All knitting books are 20% off, all hand-knit items are 20%, off, and all yarn is 30% off. Yarns include mohair/silk, sparkly, nylon, hand-painted, cotton, and more. There is limited availability, so come quickly for the best selection. (knitting needles are not on sale)
Melody from Britex’s second floor made these finely festive autumn napkins for a friend. We love the attention that she took to turning the napkins mitered corners and the lush fall cotton fabric. Although we have sold out of this particular pumpkin-strewn style, similar fabrics are available in our second floor cotton department.
Bombase hails from Lille, France, and made this sweet video tutorial on how to make a slinky Morticia Adams dress.
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re altogether ooky,
The Addams Family.
Their house is a museum.
When people come to see ’em
They really are a screa-um.
The Addams Family.”
(By Vic Mizzy)
Manda from Tree Fall talked with the folks at Sew, Mama, Sew about choosing the correct sewing machine needle for your project. Ball point needles for knits, sharp points and universal points are discussed at length, along with the standard sizes and how to match your needle size to your project’s fabric. She also points out the invaluable and difficult lesson that one should always replace a dull or damaged needle straight away, as they can be responsible for skipped stitches and damaged fabric. Yikes!
At long last, we can announce our international spats contest winner. These exceedingly fabulous and butchly spats (or ‘spaterdashes), were a collaborative effort between Autumn of Dark Garden: Unique Corsetry and Couture Clothing and her beau, Daniel. We are particularly enamored with the combination of back lacing and buckles. They have made another pair in gray wool and deep red patent leather, which M. Du Jour has complete drooling zombie lust for! Now, on to making rubber spats with chrome snaps…….
Candy corn lovers unite! Mochimochi Land brings you miniature humanoid knit candy corn….sprinkle them around in a Halloween tableau, make them into jewelry, or decorate a favorite sweater or pair of socks. And Don brings us a recipe to cook your own kitchen-fresh candy corn.
Kari and Jessica from Britex Fabrics created these spooky soft sculpture skulls and pumpkin heads for All Hallows Eve or Dia dos Mortos clips. They can be worn jauntily as a tiny hat or hair clip, or as a debonair boutonnière. The hat veiling adds a stylish and mysterious touch. These are available on the 3rd floor of Britex Fabrics. Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics, or stop by the store if you want to buy one of these fabulous adornments!
Owl-lover, Catherine, from Boutique.Chouettalors has a lovely handful of les grilles gratuities on her website, including simple, easy-to-make cross-stitched silhouettes of owls, squirrels, mushrooms and reindeer. These would be tender and sweet embroidered upon coasters, potholders, cards or bed linens. I’d like to drink English Breakfast tea while snuggled in a set of cream cotton sateen sheets with nut red squirrels standing in an obedient line upon my pillowcase’s edging. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.