. . . . . all internet orders have FREE shipping in the "lower 48". It's just a THANK YOU for your continued support from us to you. It will continue until December 20th.
I am so excited about this next item that we are offering. It's a retail catalog with real swatches. Almost 90 swatches of hand-dyed wools and mill-dyed wools. Now you can match the actual sample with what you see on the website!
Here is a sample page of the inside.
The cost of the catalog is $15.00 (remember shipping is free until December 20th). It would make a wonderful gift for a woolie friend, your wool group or especially yourself!
Cute little pillow designed by Cheri Payne called Wool Pines.
There are actually 3 projects in the pattern.
I have kitted the larger of the two pillows. The kit includes the background fabric, the wool, the pattern, the jingle bell and the button for the eye. Such a quick project to make up for THIS season. You can do it!
Price is $19.50 plus shipping BUT if you wait until Monday, the shipping will be FREE. Our gift to you from December 1st until December 20th is FREE SHIPPING on all internet orders to anywhere in the continental USA. Click here .....
It's been months since I have blogged. There really is no point in making excuses (I have plenty!) or rehashing the past so let's just move forward from here! LOL
Besides all the sewing I have been doing for the booth samples (which aren't very many) and all the traveling I have been doing ..... going from show to show selling my wool (which I am still in love with), I have been working on Cheri Payne's Common Threads blocks.
Simply Libby and I decided back in June to encourage each other to make Cheri's newest large quilt. There are 25 blocks in all plus a beautiful appliqued border.
I was going to try to use cotton applique to do my squares. I tried, I really did. I'd hate to lose what little needle-turn applique skills I have. But I have become spoiled by the ease of the prep of wool applique. And I do have a lot of wool LOL. So I caved in and am doing all my applique in wool.
Here are the 9 blocks that I have finished so far - not in any particular order other than they are the first 9. Libby is farther along than I am. But as she reminded me, it's not a race, although I would like to be farther along than I am. I REALLY want to finish this one.
How I will get it quilted is beyond me but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
This is the back of the trailer just before unloading and setting up the booth in Greensboro this morning.
I don't have an after picture or even a picture of the booth. I was just FULL of energy when I took this one.
Apparently, I can't take a 2 month break and just jump right back in to the "groove" like I had just done this last week! LOL It took an extra hour to set up the booth this time. I was dog-tired by the time I finished and was just grateful to be able to drive back home!!
The show starts tomorrow at 10:00 in the morning and runs until 5:00. Same hours on Saturday. Sunday the show is from 12:00 until 4:00. The address is 301 Norwalk Street, Greensboro, NC. We hope to see you there!
I am so ready for fall! The "cold" front is supposed to come through any minute now and cool it down here in the Carolinas. I for one, can't wait!
Shakerwood Woolens has always sold Primitive Gatherings' Scrappy Penny Mat as a pattern and as a kit as shown on the cover.
Now we offer it kitted in warm Autumn colors, too. It's available on the "Kits" page of the website as well as the shows this fall. It works up quickly and is a PERFECT beginner project. The threads are not included in the kit but I used just one - Valdani perle cotton #12 in color P12.
Also added to the website are my two ornies kits ....
Black Cat Ornie - the kit includes the pattern, enough wool for 4 different cats, buttons for eyes, and the waxed linen to use for the whiskers.
Pumpkin Ornie - the kit includes the pattern, enough wool for 4 different pumpkins, buttons for the eyes and the template for 4 different mouth shapes.
Each ornament is approximately 4" across.
These also work up quickly. Good thing 'cause I think Fall may be just around the corner!!
Shades of Pumpkin Patch are hanging on the line this afternoon.
It's just miserably hot out today not so much with the heat but the humidity. So if I can't FEEL Fall, I can at least look at it! And if I went in to the house I would hear it on the tv. College football is back! Whoohoo!!
Remember the 4th anniversary giveaway ends tonight at midnight EST. See the post below for how to enter. The winner will be announced sometime tomorrow.
That first sale was two Fat 1/16s at the Anderson Area Quilt Show in Anderson, South Carolina. I had one eight foot table, a pile of wool, a bunch of patterns by Cheri Payne and Lisa Bongean, and a small enamel bowl of Valdani perle cotton.
I don't look very different in four years but the booth does!
In honor of this milestone, I am having a giveaway! For each of the following things you do, you will receive one "entrance" into the drawing.
1. Follow this blog (I will be blogging more often from now on .... honest!). If you already follow this blog, please let me know in your comment below.
2. Leave a comment on THIS post.
3. "Like" my Shakerwood Woolens Facebook page. See the link to the left. If you already follow my Facebook page, you already have one entrance.
4. Leave a comment on the Facebook post that announces the giveaway.
There you have it ..... 4 ways to enter, 4 chances to win.
And what will you win?
This grouping of goodies ...... a charm pack of 10 autumn color wools, a Penny Stack (50 - 2" squares"), a Baby Bundle of Pumpkin Patch gradated wools, a Baby Bundle of creamy yellows and golds, (2) 1/2 yard cuts of Primitive Gatherings tea-dyed muslins and a tube of 8 bobbins each filled with autumn colored Aurifil Wool threads. Each bobbin has approximately 18 yards.
There you have it. The drawing will close on Saturday night (August 30th at midnight EST). The winner will be announced sometime on Sunday.
Thanks so much to all of you that have supported us these past four years.
I've been in the Wool Barn early the past few mornings, trying to beat the 90° heat that was/is expected in the afternoons. Yes, I have air-conditioning but it just seemed too contradictory to run the a/c while I'm heating up pots to dye wool. And I'm cheap :>)
Yesterday morning I had 21 pots finished by 1:30. Then I turned on the a/c and started cutting kits.
Along with everything else going on, The Married One and her hubby celebrated their 10th anniversary with a visit to Washington, DC. Dear Hubby and I were lucky enough to keep Sweet Pea while they were gone.
Since I haven't had pictures of her on here since January, I thought I would give you some sweet overload!
Day 1 ..... a visit to the local garden center. She saw it more as a place to run and run and run!
Day 2 ..... a trip to Boone, NC. Yucky weather but I think we found out that we have a budding artist!
Day 3 ..... Picture perfect weather for working in the garden and chasing the cat .....
Day 4 ..... It all came back to me in an instant ..... grocery shopping with a pre-toddler is tiring!!
Day 5 ...... Spoon tricks ..... she is truly talented!
Day 6 ...... found Mama and PaPa sick with a stomach virus, hopefully the same one that Sweet Pea had 2 weeks earlier so she doesn't get it. Poor thing had to bask in the glow of her favorite tv shows while waiting for Mommy to come pick her up. Thank goodness Mommy and Daddy were back in town and at work by the time we got sick.
All in all, a very good week with our Sweet Pea. By the way, I could do with a few more of these ..... just sayin' .......
I love handwork. No doubt about it. I use all kinds of threads ..... perle cotton, cotton thread, silk thread, floss, 'whatever I have in my thread box' thread ...... but I really have fallen in love with wool thread. Specifically Aurifil wool thread.
I have just added nine new colors to my website in some lighter Spring-like shades that are just wonderful.
Aurifil wool thread is a blend of 50% wool and 50% acrylic. Acrylic to give it strength and wool just because it is so beautiful.
If you haven't given wool thread a try, maybe now is the time to start! It sews wonderfully whether by hand or machine.
disclaimer: I am not endorsing one product over another and am not paid in any way, shape or form to say the things I say. I just like it!