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Chicago! Learn to Embroider and Screen Print on WORK+SHELTER Organic Tote Bags!

Project Bags Galore!

Project Bags Galore!

In this workshop we will take the images you bring and transfer them onto your very own organic bags. First we’ll embellish your design with simple embroidery stitches! You’ll get hands on instruction and practice, and we’ll make a plan so you can finish your piece easily on your own. After lunch we’ll tackle simple screen-printing by burning your image onto a screen, practicing the image transfer onto scrap materials before screen printing your project bag. All materials and lunch is included. No previous experience is required.

Saturday Aug 22, 10-2pm

Included:
1 small organic project bag
1 large organic tote bag
All materials to embroider and screenprint
Lunch (Please let us know if you have any food preferences)

Bring: Simple images to embroider and screen-print, or use ours

Cost: $80

Where: The Sweatshop of Love Studio – 3547 W Montrose Ave, Chicago IL 60618

This class is very limited – please purchase your ticket to reserve your spot

Hosted by Allyson Dykhuizen of The Sweatshop of Love (allyson@thesweatshopoflove.com) and Theresa VanderMeer of WORK+SHELTER (theresa@workshelter.org)

Midwestern Knits is Almost Here!

The book is at the printer, we’ll have a final proof this afternoon, then we’re going to have actual books in our hands! Midwestern Knits is getting VERY real!

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We’re SO excited to be able to share all the lovely projects in Midwestern Knits with you! Above, top left to right, designs by Adrienne Larsen and me! Bottom left to right, Carina Spencer and Sara Gresbach.

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Top left to right, designs by Hope Vickman and Melynda Bernardi. Bottom left to right, designs by Laura Ricketts and Emily Ringelman.

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Top left to right, designs by Jennifer Beaumont and Carina and I! Bottom left to right, designs by Ann Weaver and Laura Hulslander.

SO BEAUTIFUL, right? I can’t believe we’re in the home stretch. If you haven’t preordered your copy yet get on it! The book will be in your hands on by Aug 17th (fingers crossed) – we’ve had quite a few hiccups with various printers so I’m not believing anything until Carina sends me a picture of a big pile of books sitting in her house!

More on Midwestern Knits VERY soon. In the mean time, make sure you get in your preorder!

Pattern Sales! El Matador & Francisco Cowl

Just popping up real quick to share a few pattern sales going on right now over at Holla Knits!

El Matador!

El Matador!

First up my El Matador cape pattern from last spring’s Holla Knits is only $4 through Sunday at midnight – snag it now! I also do a little styling inspiration in today’s blog post.

Francisco Cowl!

Francisco Cowl!

I’ll be hosting a Francisco Cowl KAL at Holla Knits kicking off on Aug 10th! Get the pattern for only $3 until Aug 2nd at midnight. I hope you join us for the KAL!

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope it’s filled with friends and knitting!

YarnTalk Episode 5: Courtney Spainhower!

Yay! It’s YarnTalk day!

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This week we worked really hard to get an adorable picture of us for the lead picture and this is what we came up with! Heidi also built this hilarious gif of a few more tries.  I swear we took some actually adorable ones but what’s the fun in that?!

This episode Heidi is talking about the guy who knit his way out of homelessness, Leah is talking brioche, and I’ve got an interview with my designer crush Courtney Spainhower, who has a rat climbing on her!

Courtney and Flora!

Courtney and Flora!

She also talks about her inspiration and her new book coming out soon, but come on – Flora the Rat!

FireOpalTee

Fire Opal Tee!

What is that lovely sweater I’m wearing you ask? Why, it’s my Fire Opal Tee from last year’s spring Knitscene! Pretty cute right?

A huge thank you again to Courtney for talking to me this week, and to you for checking out the episode! If you missed anything check it out at YarnTalkShow.com and at youtube.com/yarntalk.

Project Bag Sale!

Have you had your eye on one of our great screen printed project bags but were waiting for the perfect time to buy?! Use coupon code BAGS4ALL for 25% off your purchase this week! That means our screen printed bags are only $13.50 and our fabric bags are only $9!

Sweater Unraveling

Sweater Unraveling

Yarn Ball!

Yarn Ball!

Yarn Cloud

Yarn Cloud

Yarn Print

Yarn Print

Or you can grab a first pancake print (less than perfect!) for only $10.50.

First Pancake Quality Print

First Pancake Quality Print

These first pancakes are great for embroidery, too! I embroidered over my less than awesome quality print and it turned out great.

Embroider Your Project Bag!

Embroider Your Project Bag!

Fabric Bags! Blue with Big White Polka Dots

Fabric Bags! Blue with Big White Polka Dots

We’ve got fabric bags, too! With your 25% off coupon code you’ll get these great bags for only $9.

Shop now! The sale ends Sunday. And these bags are going fast so get your favorites before they’re gone!