We are here every Tuesday night until
Come in and shop, or come in and sew. That's right: come in and sew!
Some of our favorite people are coming in and sitting at a BERNINA, using our machines to sew one of their projects. You get to test sew a great BERNINA, perhaps try a new technique, or even finish a project that has become too
advanced for your machine.
You could also just shop; always a winning experience. One way or another: you get to decompress after a long day and commune with other like minded individuals. It's a win-win situation!
Our hours are:
Monday and Wednesday through Friday,
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
We will be open
May 28, 2012
4 Years- no interest until June 2016*
ONE DAY ONLY! June 16,2012!
*No interest until June 2016 on purchases of $3,000 or more on BERNINA products with your BERNINA Credit Card made June 16, 2012. Fixed monthly payments required. Regular account terms (including minimum monthly payments) apply after promotion ends.
July is BERNINA University Month. Several of the staff will be off to D.C. to spend a week learning about all the exciting things BERNINA has planned for the next year.
For the past 13 years, BERNINA of America has supported the Susan G. Komen Foundation through the donations gathered as a part of a Walk/Run event. We are going to help support BERNINA in their efforts by having our own walk/run. For the month of June several staff members will be keeping a log of the total miles they walk/run. You may sponsor the Thimble Pleasures team in any one of three ways. You may pledge to sponsor for every mile, you may set a cap on your donation, or you may just drop a donation off at any time. Come on by for more details and check on everyone's progress.
This is a new on-going monthly group. You may decide on what type of sewing, or crafting project you would like to work on, and you will have the guidance and expertise of Tammy Triglianos to help you along through your project. Give yourself the gift of taking time to sew with a group on a regular basis. You may use our BERNINA sewing machines or bring your own.
Monday, June 25 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Monday, July 23 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
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The Price Of Cotton
I occasionally hear shocked gasps coming from the sales floor. Yes, the price of fabric has definitely gone up. It started rising in 2010 and hasn't stopped. I found part of a great article in an older issue of the New York Times that helps to put it all in perspective. If you follow the link at the bottom you can read the article in it's entirety. I just copied this bit to help explain the price of cotton.
"The problem is a classic supply and demand imbalance, with the price of cotton rising almost 80 percent since July [of 2010] and prices expected to remain high. 'World cotton production is unlikely to catch up with consumption for at least two years,' said Sharon Johnson, senior cotton analyst with the First Capital Group, in an e-mail.
Cotton inventories had been low because of weak demand during the recession. This summer , new cotton crops were also depleted because of flooding in Pakistan and bad weather in China and India, all major cotton producers.
But demand from China, in particular, was rising. And as the economic recovery in the United States began, apparel makers and retailers placed orders for more inventory, spurring even more demand. As prices rose, speculators entered the market, driving prices even higher."
Published: November 2, 2010
Hopefully that explains the sticker shock we have all been feeling over the last year and a half. We will continue to try to keep prices within reason; we certainly don't want to change the quality of the fabric we carry. Your quilts and other sewing projects not only look beautiful because you are so talented, they look beautiful because you used beautiful quality fabric to begin with. There will always be an "End of Month, End of Bolt" sale, and we will still gift you $25 for every $400 you spend. We will also try to entice you with some fun specials this June. We value you as a customer and wanted to let you know we understand your situation. We know, as a small local business in a tough economy, you understand ours as well.
A Month of Sales!
We have decided to celebrate the month of June with a month of sales. Every week during the month something will be 25% off.
June 1-7 Fabric
June 8-14 Notions & Thread
June 15-21 Machine Accessories & Embroidery Supplies
June 22-30 Books and Patterns
We will send out an e-mail reminder every week so you don't have to commit the list to memory! (I know how you feel about being bothered with frequent e-mails, I promise to only send them out once a week and only for the month of June.)
On top of all that, BERNINA is offering a 25% discount on the Bulky overlock foot #12/12c.
Lyric Kinard is Coming!
"Lyric Kinard is an artist with a serious addiction to fabric. Her award-winning wall quilts and wearable works of art are a product of her need and passion to create order and beauty while living a chaotic life as the mother of young children. She often says that her art is the only thing she does that is not undone by the end of the day. Her second love is teaching, which she has been doing in various capacities for the past 12 years. She loves to share her joy in the process of transforming plain fabric into a work of art."
[From Lyric's website]
Abstraction: Freedom from representational qualities in art. Taking away or removing characteristics from something in order to reduce it to a set of essential characteristics.
If you've looked with hidden longing over an imaginary wall to the world of art quilts but don't know where to start, this is the class for you. Lyric will gently guide you through design exercises to help you create ideas for original abstract quilts. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, fun will be had. You will learn the basics of fused collage and the class will think about how to quilt their pieces. Students will end the day with at least one small art quilt top of their own original design.
Saturday, June 23
I missed sending out my usual e-mail last month. I got sick. Well, here I am, back amongst the living! OMG, I was one red hot mess. It was just a cold and I wasn't really sick-sick, you know. Instead, I had brain fog. I mean to tell you, I was goofy. I stayed out of the shop.The staff told me how quiet the store was without me there to run my mouth! I should have gone in to entertain everyone with my incoherent babbling! My 92 year old mother was convinced I was on some kind of mind altering substances. I was as useless as a fat quarter!
Now, let's catch-up. How have you been? Have you been sewing up a storm? Sorry I wasn't here last time you were. I heard you came in or maybe it was just someone fitting your description? Well, one way or another, I am sorry not to have seen you!
When I did come back to the store I discovered all the great new fabric that came in in my absence. What great colors and the designs are fresh and exciting.
The rest of Kaffe Fassett's shot cottons came in. The colors are luscious. Why are they called shot cottons? I'm glad you asked. They are a slightly lighter weight than most quilting cotton and so soft to the touch. The two tones of thread used in the weave gives them an extra "shot" of color. Thus, the name Shot Cotton.
Ellen Baker has designed a line of fabric, Quilt Blocks for Moda. The design of crisp lines and great color is very graphic.
Moda also sent us new 30's fabrics, designed by American Jane. They are perfect for your next 30's scrap quilt.
In the Beginning had Julie Paschkis
design Chickadee. Julie did the wildly popular Folklorica line for In the Beginning several years ago. I'm guessing this line will be equally popular.
Jackie Gering and Katie Pedersen, two pioneers of today's modern quilting movement, co-authored Quilting Modern published by Interweave. The first 3 shipments sold out! Never fear, we ordered more! Just guess who is coming to teach...that's right, Jackie Gering. Jackie will be here in October. I was so excited to hear she was coming. I really am interested in the class and I can have her sign my book! It's exciting!
We brought back Nancy Crow's book Crossroads. You know the old saying, "What was old is now new." This book was created in 2007 to accompany one of Nancy's solo exhibitions at The Synderman Gallery in Philadelphia. Nancy published her first book in 1990 and has been impressing the quilt world ever since. Crossroads is a study in modern quilting.
Quilts from The House of Tula Pink by Tula Pink (of course), published by Krause Publications is a great source of "20 different patterns to make, use & love".
Dana Willard has compiled a great reference guide for choosing and using fabrics for all kinds of sewing. Fabrics A to Z is published by Stewart Tabori & Chang. It is a great source of concise information on natural, sustainable and manufactured fabric.
Oh my goodness, look at the time. I have chatted on and on. I best let you go. I know you have places to go and people to see. Most importantly, you have to read the rest of the newsletter! So...until I see you in the shop or until next months newsletter, I bid you au revoir, arrivederla and adios!
Just bring your machine and embroidery module. We will provide a design and a kit with all the materials you need to make an embroidered project or sample each month. If you have not yet purchased an embroidery machine, and would like to give it a try, call us to reserve one of ours. (1 session monthly)
June-Bibs and Burp Cloths
Sharon Callaham, Stephanie Pennington Grant, Nancy McGilvary, and Karen West
This class takes place on:
Friday, June 15 5- 8 PM
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Classes with Spaces
Make your first argyle quilt using this unique diamond design with appliquéd center diamonds.
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Design Your own Art Quilt
Have you ever wanted to
make an art quilt from a
photo, sketch or idea, but don't know where to start?
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With this bag, waste no time fumbling for your iPod, cell phone or even a pen - there's a pocket for everything...
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Quilt School I
Learn to make a small quilt or wall-hanging from start to finish. This class is designed to introduce you to the techniques used to make beautiful quilts quickly and accurately.
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This three-part class will help you begin to sew on your machine (any model) and get you going on a construction project to help build your sewing skills.
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Tuffets are a touch of whimsy for your home that blend with all decors and bridge the gap between design and function. SIGN UP NOW
You will learn tips and techniques to get the most out of your embroidery software, and spark your creativity to digitize designs in new and exciting ways. SIGN UP NOW
Sewing Camp II-Sleep Over Projects Age 8 and Up
Campers will work on different projects in Session II so that they may attend both weeks if they wish. Projects for Session II include a travel roll, lounge pants, and a zipper pouch. No prior sewing experience is required for either session. SIGN UP NOW
Satin-bound Baby Blankets
If you need a fast and inexpensive, but practical baby gift, this is perfect. You will learn to apply the satin blanket binding with perfectly mitered corners. SIGN UP NOW
Thank you for your support. Our customers are our most valuable asset.
Julie and Staff
Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill, NC