Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy, happy Halloween...

Hi there I am back...just like a bad penny ha ha! I love sharing with you here on our blog, so I was asked to come back and I am raring to go!!

Today is Halloween which made me wonder how many of you out there made your little ones costumes, this or any year? Knitted, crocheted, or sewn, we would love to hear about them!  I used to make all my kids costumes when they were little and I just went digging around in my garage (Ewwww what a junk pile, sigh) looking for my daughters 1st Halloween picture to share with you, but alas it is not to be found easily. I used a string mop head and dyed it orange and dressed her up like Raggedy Ann! I made one for myself and dressed up as Andy, and I have to say it was pretty darn fun! 

So without further adieu, pomp, or circumstance, let me tell you what's new and exciting for me here at JBW!! I am joining the fabric team in earnest and am super, duper thrilled!! I am going to concentrate my efforts on communicating what's new in the sewing world, sharing sewing techniques and new patterns, as well as being more present here on the blog and on our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.

I know all of you know me as a voracious knitter and that hasn't changed, but since we started carrying fabric I am succumbing to the sirens call of the luscious designs, colors and textures of our fabric...sigh...like I need another love! At any rate whether I need it or not I am in love and am learning so, so much! I am hoping that I can help you learn along with me, as well as get some ideas shooting around here in cyber space!

I want to share with you one of my (of course not completed yet) recent fabric projects and I hope it will inspire you to take a try at something simple. I will post the beginnings of the project and next week give you some shots of the almost finished piece.

Weaving with a Jelly Roll...fun
I saw a fantastic woven rug from a jelly roll and decided to go a bit around the bend and try something bigger, why not right?

I grabbed a Salt Air Cosmo Cricket jelly roll (unfortunately discontinued, but there are lots of other jelly rolls to choose from) and began weaving. Now, I would like to make clear that I have sewn, but never quilted and it's probably been 25 years since I did any sewing in earnest, but I soldiered on!

I did my weaving on the floor and have to say that next time I will use a table, so there's my very 1st tip...weave on a table that can be sacrificed for a couple of days, as you may want to take a break once in a while.

At any rate for now I will leave you with that little teaser, but I promise to give you more next week!

Penne!
I wanted to share a little spook with you since it is Halloween and I give you one of our newest beans, Penelope as the cutest little Pumpkin ever!!

I will also be posting our 'Journey of a Quilt' project here on the blog, so stay tuned for that adventure!

On a more serious note:

We have spoken with several of our East Coast customers in the last few days and we send our hopes and wishes out to you all who are affected by hurricane Sandy...hang in there and stay safe!

As always, happy knitting, crocheting and sewing!

Jeanne

PS We are currently working on a fabric newsletter and if you would like to sign up to receive that via email shoot us a note at fabric@jimmybeanswool.com and we will get you on the list. We are hoping for a mid November launch, so hang in there on that front.
 

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