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          • May 14, 2020 Cultivating A Natural Dye Garden, By Janette Knowles
            Cultivating A Natural Dye Garden, By Janette Knowles

             

             

            Life in the time of COVID-19 has given everyone ample time to think about their place in the wider world and this is the perfect time to think about our relationship with nature and the environment-- with having a relationship with our own soil and  instilling a sense of the importance of cultivating that soil in the next generation. When many of us had to start making sour dough bread because we couldn’t find loaves, we talked about the potential for other shortages, and we eventually got to WWII Victory Gardens.  Every bit of land, garden, balcony was to be turned to food production. My thoughts turned to my dye garden and its expansion. I could use my dye garden not just to create my own textiles but to teach the community that we can push back against the environmental horrors (and I do not use that term lightly) of the fast fashion industry that pollutes air, water, and land. And by teaching people about the cultivation of their own dye gardens, I can connect people to their own geography, there own ecosystem, and their own communities. This is connected, in a way to the ancient concept of the “genius loci,” the spirit of the place. Isn’t that a wonderful idea?

            I can also connect people with their own shared history, or I’d like to think our shared humanity. When someone pops home grown marigolds into the vat, they are doing the exact same thing that women, traditionally, did in history. In English texts we read of the “pot marigold” so-called because it was put in the cooking pots as a substitute for saffron, to color cakes, butter, and puddings, it was also used for broths and dye. The 16th century herbalist, William Turner sternly explained: “Some use to make their heyre yellow with the floure of this herb, not being content with the naturall colour which God hath given them.” (That, by the way, is a COVID-19 beauty tip for you- marigold for your roots!)

            When I harvest my own madder root I think of the fact that I am doing exactly what women did in Israel and Egypt and China and Peru and Turkey between 3,000-5,000 years ago where some of our earliest archaeological evidence of textile dyeing comes from. I’d also like to see the act of this cultivation, harvest, and use as a sign of my commitment to my “place,” my soil, my world—my commitment to regenerative practices that use, celebrate and renew the earth. And do my small bit to undo the corporate destruction of the environment.

            In 1916, a renowned weaver and dyer named Ethel Mairet published A Book on Vegetable Dyes. (available digitally for free via Project Gutenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/files/50079/50079-h/50079-h.htm). In it she wrote: “DYEING has almost ceased to exist as a traditional art. In this 20th century the importance of colour in our lives seems to be realized less and less. It has been forgotten that strong and beautiful colour, such as used to abound in all every day things, is an essential to the full joy of life.”

            So join me on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00pm for a Zoom discussion on the cultivation of your own dye garden. You’ll learn about planting plants like these Hopi Black Dye Sunflowers


            And madder

            And many other plants so you can dye your own textiles and nurture your own environment.

             










             

          • March 22, 2020 Sewing Face Masks: Vital information!
            Sewing Face Masks: Vital information!

            Please SEW Masks! If you have a pattern for a mask use it, but if you need a pattern we have several below. Get creative. There are lots of ways to make a good mask for yourself and others to stop spreading the virus.

            **And please wear a mask when you go out of your house in public places.**

            We are all in this together. 

            We have mask drop off box on our front steps 11-4 Monday-Saturday. Some extra tips:

            -Jersey knit, like that of a t-shirt can be cut into strips for ties or used in place of elastic. But be sure to test it since not all jersey is the same.

            -Several patterns for masks are listed below. We are not experts on this so we suggest trying different ones to see which one works best for you with the supplies you have. There are many more mask patterns on the internet. Try one design before you mass produce.

            ***This is our new favorite mask pattern! It's elegant and simple to sew, yet close fitting: Origami Mask Pattern.  Sew to Speak instructor Rachel Wallis recorded a video on how to make it. You can watch on the Columbus Cultural Art Center Facebook Page. 

            Jamie and Amber from Fancy Tiger have a great pattern too. LINK

             This mask pattern has been requested by the Franklin County Dept of Emergency Medical Services. 

            Free Video  and free pattern link. Comes in many sizes. Thank you "ITHINKSEW"

            Two patterns from Regional Medical Center in Manchester, both with a pocket for a filter: https://www.regmedctr.org/services/public-health/health-alerts/covid-19-%28novel-coronavirus%29/default.aspx 

            Free pattern: Joost De Cock (Old Dutch for “The Cook”) started the FreeSewing Open Source Project from his home in the Netherlands to provide free sewing patterns. Recently, his wife who is a surgeon started seeing potential shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE). Joost knew what to do, so he posted it to FreeSewing in late February. People thought he was being silly as a handmade mask would never be used by professionals.


            This mask is designed by a nurse and can fit either directly on the face or over an N95 filter: https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/?fbclid=IwAR0ANbb6OLqZ4gmayoq2r8YQ8yjHTREcz-7z8F4jwHe3aRzFoP0KzzaTRpA


            A roundup of five different mask patterns with instructions for making them: https://shanniemakes.com/duckbill-style-face-mask-pattern/?fbclid=IwAR28aADbpfzIIB5WU9gISfeLMRn85nXvruYD2rKV5uVzSh_w3cC_NfGw9QY


            Fabrics


            If you can, please use elastics which do not contain latex. They can be deadly to people with latex allergies, fabric ties are preferable if you don’t know the latex content of your elastic. 


            From what we have heard from providers the best option is

          • New, prewashed, tightly woven 100% quilting cotton or canvas or duck cloth exterior
          • 100% cotton muslin or cotton flannel interior
          • You can include a pocket for a removable filter. 

          • Additional Resources:

            A roundup of patterns, tutorials, and requests for donations on the eQuilter website. 

            Crafters Against Covid-19 Facebook Group

            A Google Doc roundup of best practices, research, and calls for donations.



        • December 11, 2019 Holiday Gift Guide 2019

           

          It’s that time of year again! Time for giving and receiving. And who doesn’t like to receive something from Sew to Speak? Below is a quick list of gift ideas that are perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Sorry no power tools, but we can suggest a sewing machine. 

           


          Cohana Mini Scissors. We just can't seem to keep these snips in stock! They keep selling out and we keep reordering. These magical scissors cut amazingly by pinching lightly. Despite their small size, these cute mini-scissors have great cutting ability and bring hours of joy.  

           

           

          Sew Tites. Magnetic pins? SOLD! Say goodbye to laborious pinning - these super strong magnets keep your fabrics aligned and allow you to sew right past them without removing them. You can use them on cork or leather in place of pins!  Highly recommended for Noodlehead Pattern fans.

           

          Cozy Blue Embroidery Kits.  Great stocking stuffer. This kit comes with everything included (except scissors but we sell those too.) Patterns for all taste, season and holiday. Can be stashed in a purse or bag. Slow down, get cozy and stitch. 

           

          Wrist Ruler. A fun leather wristband is also an emergency ruler when you need to measure something in a pinch. These leather wristbands have engraved inch and centimeter measurements and come in a variety of colors.  

           



          Enamel Pins. Sewist, knitters, crocheters and crafters are unanimous in showing love for their craft and cute things. Presenting enamel pins! Brighten the day of your favorite hobbyist with a tiny otter, little scissors that say “Fabric Only” or a spool of thread labeled “Sewist.” 



          Kid


          Moda Cut and Sew Kits. Share your love of sewing with a child in your life. These fun pre-printed kits range from total beginner to more advanced projects, and have everything you need (or almost everything) to get started on an adorable stuffed animal, pet bed, zipper pouch and more! 

           

           

          Juki Sewing Machine. One question we get asked at least once a day is, “What sewing machine do you recommend for kids?” We have two great sewing machines that won’t break the bank and have a solid warranty. The HZL-70 HW-A or “Little Hazel” is a little sewing machine that packs a punch. It is portable, which makes it great for classes, and durable, loved by kids and adult beginners. The next machine is a step up from “Little Hazel,” the Hzl-LB5100. The LB5100 is easy to use, threads in a cinch and comes with over 80 stitch patterns. As always, you have unlimited sewing machine support from one of the best shops around if you have any questions. 

           

          If you want a perfect gift for an adult sewer or quilter, the Juki TL-18 is one of our best sellers. At $100 off regular price, this quality machine can light up your Christmas morning!


          Kids Classes. What is a better gift than the gift of sewing. Here at Sew to Speak we take pride in offering a solid kids’ sewing program. Taught by Kathy Copland, kids leave with a new found confidence in the textile art of sewing after the first class. Pillow cases, pj pants, zipper pencil pouches, messenger bags . . . the project list keeps on growing and you know what? More classes are to come. We recommend buy a gift card for the price of the class so the kids can work the classes into their busy schedules after the holidays.


          The Crochet and Knitter In Your Life


          Lykke Needle Sets. Lykke in Norweigen means happiness and boy do these needle sets bring joy. Coveted by hookers (the crochet kind) and knitters, these gorgeous wooden interchangeable needle and hook sets can be the last needles you or your special person will ever need to buy. With a range of gages, the tips screw on to flexible wires, allowing you a nearly infinite combination of sizes and lengths. And unlike plastic “pop in” interchangeable needle sets, these screws are secure, and won’t come loose in the middle of a project. 

           Each kit comes with a variety of sizes and a fun pouch to keep it all together. 

          The Quilter 


           


          Fabric Bundles. All quilters love a good fat quarter bundle! They are perfect for adding some color to a large project, or can be the foundation for any quilt without the frustration of picking coordinating fabric. The Robert Kaufman, Kona Cotton bundle is a shop favorite and has a ton of colors that perfectly blend together . For the more whimsical quilter, Heather Ross’ Far Far Away 2 has been a hot item. Who can say no to paper boats and honey bears? Never forget, quilters love to add cute fabric to their hoard, oops I mean collection. 

           

          New to Sewing, Knitting and Crocheting?


          Classes. Yes we have a class for that!  We offer classes from “never touched a needle” to confident sewist looking to expand their skills. For sewing we have 2 great starter classes, Sewing 101 and Sewing School. Sewing 101 is great for that person that just wants to dip their toe in and see if sewing is for them. Sewing School is a 6 week course that allows a person to dive right into the world of sewing and walk out a seasoned pro. We also offer knitting 101, crochet 101 and bag making classes. So give the gift that keeps on giving, because next year you might receive an awesome handmade gift in return. 


          Still Have No Idea? Keep reading...


          Gift Cards. When in doubt give a gift card. Starting in the amount of $10 you can never go wrong with a gift card and they never expire. So if you are uncertain what type of yarn to buy your friend? Gift Card. If you think Mom wants a new sewing machine for Christmas but don’t remember which model? Gift Card. If your wife has her eye on a few patterns and is thinking about making a top? Gift Card. 




          Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to YOU!!







        • November 07, 2019 Holiday Ornament Contest

          We are excited to announce our 2019 holiday contest. This year will be an ornament contest. Adults and Kids can enter.

           

          The Official Contest Rules:

           

          1. Your ornament must be completely handmade (sewn, knitted, crocheted, felted, etc) by you. It can be a combination of sewing, knitting, felting, etc. It can have other embellishments such as embroidery, buttons, ribbon, etc. 
          2. Ornaments must be made from Sew To Speak fabric, felt or yarn.
          3. They can be as small as you like but no bigger than 9 x 9 inches.
          4. You can use a pattern, book, or create your own.
          5. Ornaments must stay at the shoppe until December 23th and then they are yours to take home.
          6. Please label the ornament with your name and phone number. If you are under 18 please include your age.
          7. All entries must be in by close (8pm) Saturday, December 8th. One entry per person.

           

          THERE WILL BE PRIZES!!


          At our holiday party, we will give one Team Choice Award of a $50 gift card, one Customer Choice Award for a $25 gift card and one Honorable Mention a $25 gift card. We will have special prizes for the kids who enter.