Fabric


Thank You Sale Event!!!

We are thankful when someone stops in just to see what we’re about!

We’re thankful when one of our student starts a project!

We’re thankful when one of our students finishes a project!

We’re thankful to be in business for 8 years!

We’re thankful of our skills and passion & that we can share them with you!

We’re so thankful, we’re marking down all of our fabrics 50%!!! Starting on November 11 thru November 25 !!!  Stay posted for store sale hours.

( Minimum cut 1 yard.  )

 


Lots of new fabrics for your sewing enjoyment

If you haven’t been in to the store in awhile, you’ll be surprised to see many new fabrics!  We now have a great selection of cotton print fabrics suitable for garments for those of you who  make dresses, skirts & tops

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… lots of smaller prints , more pinks & purples & more adult prints per your requests!

We have some buttery soft corduroys from Denyse Schmidt, trendy chevrons & dots  from Riley Blake , voile & rayon prints from Freespirit, cottons prints from Amy Butler …and gorgeous ribbons from Renaissance!

Oh- and I almost forgot!  We also have chalkboard fabric!

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See you soon!

 

 


Back to School already??

So, yeah, where did summer go anyways?  If you blinked you missed it this year, right?  So we were able to wear our new sundresses at least a couple times anyways, and you bet we’ll be layering them with little cardigans and wearing them long into fall!!

I just had to share these new fabrics with you right away, they just arrived yesterday and they are buttery soft corduroy prints by Denyse Schmidt-perrrfect for the washi dress, too!!  (and did you see the version with sleeves?)    Skirts, soft pillows and even short jackets will look awesome in these prints!!   They are soft and drapable & I just love the prints, don’t you?

 

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We’ve added simple skirt and dress classes to the schedule, and some kids sewing classes, too!  Our Summer Sewing Camps were loved by all,  Fall Sewing Camps start the first week in September!!  Many of our classes are beginner friendly, too!

See you soon!

Heidi & Megan

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our favorite ways to mark…

How do you transfer pattern markings to your fabric? We have a few favorite ways…

My absolute favorite marking tool is Tailor’s chalk. It is a waxy square of white chalk. The kind we use is not very chalky or dusty. Quality Tailor’s chalk should feel like candle wax. It leaves a white mark on your fabric so it is not the best choice if you are working with light colored fabrics. The best part about this chalk is that you can use the blade of your scissors to sharpen it so that you always have a nice, clear, sharp mark.

The con of Tailor’s chalk: it does sometimes leave a stain. No matter what type of marking tool you use, you should always test it on a hidden portion of your fabric first. Tailor’s chalk tends to leave a dark stain on silks.

Another way to transfer your markings is with disappearing ink. We use a double ended pen – one side disappears on its own in a few minutes (perfect for marking where to stop your seam or a quick button placement) and the other side goes away when moistened with water. The inks are purple and blue respectively so this makes them great for light colored fabrics and a perfect compliment to your Tailor’s chalk!

When you find yourself working with very fine fabrics or a textured fabric that may not show markings very well (sequins, velvet, faux fur) you can use tailor’s tacks! Some people only use tailor’s tacks and completely forgo the pens and chalks. That’s fine, too… they just take a bit more time. Tailor’s tacks are like markings with thread… Find a quick tutorial below!

Quick Tailor’s Tacks

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Create a loop by stitching into the same spot again. If you are sewing through multiple layers of fabric, your loop should be larger then the one pictured here (3″ or so in diameter). I like to have more rather then less… So if in doubt, make your loops large! You can always cut off any extra.

 

 

 

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Snip the center of your loop and snip off your needle, leaving a 3-4″ thread tail.

 

 

 

 

Gently lift your pattern tissue off of the fabric. You will be left with several threads sticking out of your fabric, centered around your marking. Here is where you’ll stop if you are marking through only one layer of fabric. These threads should remain in your fabric for the duration of your project. They are simple to remove when you finish, even if you catch them in your stitches!

 

 

  Carefully, lift the top layer of fabric to reveal 1 – 2″ of your tacks.

 

 

 

 

Snip the threads between the layers.

 

 

 

 

Now you have two markings! The longer you make your thread loops and tails in the previous steps, the longer your thread tacks will be. I prefer small ones so that they don’t get in my way while I sew, but special care has to be taken sometimes to prevent them from coming out prematurely. Experiment with this method to see what works best for you! I have a friend who knots her threads together so that they don’t budge!


She’s Back!

Have you seen Amy Butler’s newest collection, Gypsy Caravan?  With the help of Rowan, she has  rereleased her original prints. I loved them when they came out originally, and I love them now!  In fact, I do have a few original pieces in my stash that I just can’t being myself to cut into, isn’t that silly?  The prints are fresh and vintage-perfect for summer dresses, skirts and even summer quilts.  Stop in to see the nice selection we have in store for you!

Parson Grey’s Curious Nature is also on our shelves for your pleasure!     A collection of fabulous neutral prints you won’t be able to pass up.  Neutrals to the max!  A soothing pallete of greys, greens, ivory, blue  and black-anything but dull!

Amy Butler and her husband, David (aka Parson Grey)  will be visiting us again at Stitch Cleveland on August 4th.  Be sure to mark your calendars and be part of this exciting day.  Share their enthusiasm and creativity, have your books signed and show off your creations made of their fabrics, too!

Saturday, August 4th, 2:00

 

 


Inventory your sewing room 1

For years I’ve been wanting to inventory my sewing room. Patterns, fabric, notions… Everything. It would be great to have a file at my fingertips that I can look through when choosing my next project instead of having to dig through my closets and bins. Also, for those of you who own businesses where you need to purchase fabric and notions, it is necessary to know what purchases you’ve made for the year to appropriately claim them on your taxes at the end of the year.

I figure there are two ways to go about this: physical or digital.

I like the idea of having samples of my fabrics clipped to inventory cards in a physical file that I can look through. I came across one at crafty staci. She even has a free printable for the inventory card available for you to download and some great suggestions on how to put them into action!

If you’re looking for a more ‘at your fingertips’ solution you can try one of the many apps available. I’ve been using one for my iPhone called Sewing Room. It allows you to scan the barcode on all patterns from major pattern companies to enter them into your inventory. A picture pops up along with all the details! You can even enter your own notes. This app also lets you take pictures of each of your fabrics and enter lots of identifying information to accompany it in your digital inventory. You can also make lists of people you’d like to sew for and projects you’re working on! I really like that I can enter in where I bought my items and how much I paid. Don’t worry – even if your pattern collection includes lesser known designers and companies, you can enter them manually and take your own picture! Can you tell I’m excited about this?

I’m really going to work on this project this week… I’ll let you know how it goes! Has anyone else been working on becoming more organized with their sewing?


Design your own fabric…

I’ve been eyeballing the fabrics over at Spoonflower for quite a while now. One of our students finally ordered some and came in to make a dress the other day. She chose to order an already designed print that was beautiful.

Spoonflower offers a variety of fabrics to print your design on: organic cotton, jersey, canvas, voile. You can upload your own design or choose from some of their winning designs. There is no minimum order and they offers swatches for a small fee!

You can also participate on one of their contests… You don’t have to be an official designer to be a designer, you know.

Here’s a great idea that I hadn’t thought of… Our student was making a gorgeous fitted dress with flowing sleeves. She chose the jersey for the dress and the same print in silk for the drapey sleeves. She was so engrossed in her project that she started AND finished her dress in one evening at Stitch! We love when people don’t want to leave! C, if you’re reading this – I love your new dress!


Our shelves are loaded with new fabrics!

New fabrics have arrived this week!  Full moon polka dots in slate and tangerine, love them!!  Pink prints, green prints, some new prints from Amy’s new Love collection, too!  A few Home Dec prints, Sandalwood laminate and a laminate from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks collection.

The voiles from Anna Maria Horner are to die for!  They are like butter, and a lightweight cotton perfect for our , ummm, lovely summer weather!

Stop in to see the new arrivals!  You won’t leave empty handed I guarantee!


Holiday Sewing 1

I love to make things for people as gifts for the holidays. I’m always trying to think of what I’ll make for the guys. Girls are easy… they can always use a shoe bag, necklace, cosmetic bag, or purse. Handmade ideas for guys are what I struggle with.

For Easter I made all my guys ties. They turned out great! I chose colorful fabrics and prints – not your average masculine ties. They were good sports and wore them to Easter dinner… so sweet! I used an old Butterick pattern but I have some changes I would make to it if I were to make it again so I’m working on a pattern of my own. Even little Rex had a tie to match the big guys!

I think this may be a fun project for the next BurdaStyle Club… all four ties only took me about 2 hours to make!


Ironing board cover Playdate

Yay, a playdate, come on in and have some fun sewing an easy home dec project !  

Make a fashion statement with your ironing board.  Ditch that plain old cover and spice it up a bit!  This is a simple project, but basic sewing skills are required.  Choose from any of the fabrics we have in the store, Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner, Heather Bailey, etc.  

Saturday, February 21, 11am-1pm.  Call store for info and to sign up for class.

 


Cozy flannel fabric

What timing…this flannel  designed by Valori Wells arrived just in time to make cozy pajama pants to keep us warm during this freeze-and it has been freezing, can you believe this weather? It’s also perfect for a cozy quilt.

                                              

I love the print, cheery contemporary  little birds in orange, yellow and green, chirp chirp!  I couldn’t wait to make something right away, so our heating pad has a brand new cover-super easy-with a matching button closure.  We put it under our feet on the ottoman last night while we watched a movie-it kept our toes perfectly warm! 

 


Fabric painting workshop

                                                   

Don’t miss out on this popular class…

Fabric Painting Workshop with Shiva Paintstiks.

Friday January 16th, 1:00-4:00pm    OR       Sunday January 25th, 1:00-4:00pm

Learn some interesting techniques using these artistic oil based paints.  All supplies are included in class fee, please wear a craft apron or a paintshirt.  Painted fabrics can be used to make fashion accessories including totes and bags as well as apparel, it can be machine washed and dryed.

Pre-registration required.  Please call or stop in to sign up and see samples.   $45.00  

Cedar Canyon Shiva Paintstiks and textured plates are now in stock.

 

 


Happy Thanksgiving

As the holidays come and go again we’d like to thank you all for loving Stitch Cleveland as much as we do!! We’ve made many new friends over the past year, and for that we are very grateful.

Stop in and see what’s new over the next month as we’ll have new gift items for everyone on your list.  New fabrics, patterns and all kinds of fun stuff will be going on.

We’re planning fun classes for the kids while they’re home on break, bring them in and we’ll keep them busy. Adorable puppies made from work gloves, sock monkeys, fleece teddy bears, pincushions, aprons, pajama pants and plush toys are just some of the class projects they can make…and they make great gifts, too!  If your kids have friends we can create a class project just for them, stop in for details.


Fluffy things and fabric

Heidi and I just got back from TNNA, the National Needle Arts Association trade show in Columbus. I was there for four days, teaching and such, whereas Heidi and the ladies of River Colors were down for the day. Check out Shannon’s knitblog for the full TNNA roundup, but basically, what we saw were a lot of strong colors, swingy shapes (think 1960s car coat) and intermediate-level stitchwork. The fashion show was full of interesting pullovers and even one swishy dress. It was a good time.

We recently got a new shipment of Wool & Hoop crewel patterns, and we’re pleased to announce that The New Crewel author Katherine Shaughnessy will be coming back to teach another crewel workshop in August. If you missed her class last July, you’ll want to be there! Seems the first half of August is going to be quite exciting — Amy Butler is coming to sign books as well.

With the boiling summer heat, think skirts. And if you want to learn how to sew them yourself from our new Amy Butler fabric (the shipment’s finally here! yay!), you know who to call…


FABRIC! It’s here!

Sorry for the superexcitement, but as many of you know, we’ve been waiting for this shipment a while. Amy Butler fabric is popular stuff! Stop by and check out what’s new. There’s more to come, such as her new collection’s patterns, but meanwhile, we’ve got great new fabric in stock for you.