Friday, August 28, 2009

felting workshop in brooklyn

super cool designer/artist ashley rose helvey, of whom i am a big fan, will be teaching a felting workshop in brooklyn next weekend. i wish i could go, maybe you can?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


there are just a few days left to apply for craftland, a month-long sale event in providence. its got a great list of vendors. have a look!

bazaar bizarre

the boston bazaar bizarre is now accepting vendors for the holidays! their event is on december 6th. it was really fun last year.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

fall classes @ brooklyn general



We're pleased to offer the following classes for the Fall! Call the shop at 718-237-7753 to reserve your space. Some Classes fill up fast, so sign up today!

This class will teach you all the basics: how a sewing machine works, cutting from a pattern, and how to sew a simple wrap skirt or 50's style apron. With these techniques, you'll be on your way to stitching up all kinds of projects!
(If you are bringing your own fabric please wash it before the first session, fabric is also available for purchase at the store)
Session A: Saturdays, August 22, 29 & September 5, 12 @ 11 am-1 pm Apron
Session B: Tuesdays, September 22, 29 & October 6 & 13 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Skirt
Session C: Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15 & 22 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Apron

Step up your stitching skills with this very practical "All-Day Tote" bag from Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing. You'll learn how to do pockets, linings, top-stitching and straps and become much more confident with your sewing.
Beginner sewing skills required.
Session A: Tuesday August 25, September 1, 8 & 15 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Session B: Saturdays, September 19, 26, October 3 & 10 @ 11 am-1 pm
Session C: Wednesday, November 18, December 2, 9 & 16 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Make your own dress! Skills covered include pleats, darts and inserting a zipper.
Session A: Wednesday September 9, 16, 23,30 & October 7@ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Session B: Tuesday October 20, 27, November 3, 10 & 17 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

In Sewing 104 we will make a coat. Skills to be learned include princess seams, loops or Button-holes as closure
options & lining insertion. Choose the fabric to match the season you desire. You will walk out of this class in high style
and with more sewing skills.
Session A: Monday September 14, 21, 28, October 5 & 12 @ 6:30-8:30 pm

A whole project in one day? Yes you can! A perfect option for those of you with tight schedules who can't commit to a full class. More workshops to be announced soon!

Patchwork Stocking
In this workshop you will learn to make an adorable personalized Holiday Stocking.
Session A: Sunday December 6 11am-1pm

Create a one-of-a-kind garment for a child.
Session A: Tuesdays, September 1,8,15 & 22 @ 10 am-12 pm
Session B: Tuesdays, November 24, December 1, 8 & 15 @ 10am - 12pm

Design and make your own clothes! In this 2-hour class you will learn the basic principles of making your own sewing patterns, and make a pattern for either an A-line skirt or a T-Shirt that fits your own unique body. With this foundation you'll be able to sew the projects you envision! Basic sewing experience is helpful to get the most from this class.
Session A: Sunday September 20 @ 10am-12pm (Skirt)
Session B: Sunday October 25 @ 10am-12pm (T-Shirt)
Session C: Sunday November 15 @ 10am-12pm (Skirt)
Session D: Sunday December 13 @ 10am-12pm (T-shirt)

You will cut, piece, and assemble a quilt top and then back and bind it to make a complete crib-sized quilt. For novices and more experiences quilters alike. While hand sewing is an option, you may find it useful to have a sewing machine at
Session A: Thursday August 20, 27, September 3& 10 @ 7pm -9 pm
Session B: Mondays, October 19, 26 November 2 & 9 @ 7pm- 9pm

Learn how to knit! We'll teach you everything you need to know to make a scarf or another basic project. Skills include: casting on, knitting, purling, binding off, a few pattern stitches, and problem-solving.
Session A: Wednesdays, August 12, 19, 26 @ 7 pm-9 pm
Session B: Wednesdays, October 7, 14 & 21 @ 7-9pm
Session C: Wednesdays, October 28, November 4 & 11 @ 7pm - 9pm

Ready for a new challenge? Stuck on something? This class will help you take your knitting to the next level. Decreasing, increasing, knitting in the round, reading a pattern, piecing your work, blocking--these are just some of the skills you might learn while working on your project.
Session A: Wednesdays, August 12, 19, 26 @ 7 pm-9 pm
Session B: Wednesdays, October 7, 14 & 21 @ 7-9pm
Session C: Wednesdays, October 28, November 4 & 11 @ 7pm - 9pm

Ever looked at some gorgeous fair isle and thought, "I'd love to make that, but I never could!"? Well, you can! Learn the basics of Fair Isle knitting (also called stranded color-work) while making a pair of winter socks/mittens. This will be the perfect opportunity to make a great holiday gift.
Prerequisites: Knitting in the round on double-pointed needles.
Session A: Mondays, November 16, 23, 30 & December 7 @ 7 pm-9 pm

Learn the basics of lace knitting including cast on techniques, reading a lace chart, and tips to help you correct, as well as avoid, mistakes.
Pre-requisites: Decreasing (k2tog, ssk) and yarn-over techniques.
Session A: Thursdays, October 15, 22, 29 & November 5 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Make your own knitted toys! This class will teach you the basics of three-dimensional shaping and have you on your way to knitting toys for all the tots you love. Basic knitting skills required.
Session A: Thursdays September 17, 24 & October 1 @6:30pm - 8:30pm

Two friends with curly tails have been itching to share this class for ages: a hand knit monkey, made in the style of an old childhood favorite, the sock monkey. This version is taken up a few notches- first, it's easily customized by your choices of yummy worsted weight yarn (you may use any worsted weight yarn you wish), but who wouldn't want to snuggle up to a monkey that was hand knit with love?
The making of these primates will be a big ginormous barrel of monkeys!
This project will be knit in the round, so please be comfortable knitting on double points.
Session A: Sundays October 11, 18, 25 & November 1 @10am-12pm
Session B: Saturdays November 21, December 5, 12 & 19 @11am -1pm

Beautifully knit projects can be ruined by sloppy finishing. This class will give you the skills you need to make your knitted garments a success from start to finish.
Session A: Sundays September 20 & 27 @5pm-7pm
Session B: Sundays October 11 & 18 @5pm-7pm
Session C: Sundays November 8 & 15 @5pm - 7pm
Session D: Sundays December 6 & 13 @5pm - 7pm

A fun alternative to a "new moms" group. Bring your baby and come knit with us in a relaxed, supportive, baby-friendly
atmosphere. Beginners through advanced knitters--all are welcome! (Join anytime and will prorate your session)
Session A: Mondays, August 24, 31 September 14 & 21 @ 11 am-1 pm
Session B: Mondays, September 28, October 5, 12 & 19 @ 11 am-1 pm
Session C: Mondays October 26, November 2, 9 & 16 @ 11am - 1pm
Session D: Mondays November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 2 11am- 1pm

For beginners or an advanced crocheters who would like to tackle a new technique (Broomstick lace, Amigurumi,
Irish lace, etc.). This class will take a project driven approach to the gorgeous craft of crochet.
Session A: Thursdays, September 17, 24 & October 1 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Session B: Thursdays, December 3, 10 & 17 @6:30-8:30pm

Come with your child (7 year olds and up) and learn a new craft together. This is a great way to get creative together and wind down before starting a new work/school week.
Session A: Sundays September 20, 27 & October 4 @ 5pm-6:30pm
Session B: Sundays October 11, 18 & 25 @ 5pm -6:30pm
Session C: Sundays December 6, 13 & 20 @5pm-6:30pm

Learn how to spin and design your own yarn on a drop spindle. Class includes an overview of animal and plant fibers, how to card and blend different fiber types and colors, plying instruction, and an introduction to the spinning wheel.
Session A: Thursdays July 31, August 6, 13 @ 7pm - 9pm
Session C: Thursdays November 12, 19 & December 3 @ 7pm - 9pm

Learn the basics of needle felting and let your imagination run wild! This is the perfect opportunity to make holiday ornaments and presents.
Session A: Mondays, November 30, December 7 & 14 @ 6:30 pm-8 pm

This class is geared towards using embroidery as an artistic medium. You will learn basic stitches and than be guided through your personal creation whether it be a letter, a diary, a thread painting...
Each student is invited to create either a traditional sampler following the guidelines provided by history or to create a completely unique piece of their own. With the skills learned you will be able to continue making beautiful pieces of art or simply embellish items of your own.
Session A: Monday August 17, 24 & 31 @ 6-8pm

Learn a variety of basic embroidery stitches and simple applique techniques to create a unique piece of art, decorate your clothing, home, toys or accessories!
Each student will have time to work on their own project in class to practice their new skills. (Custom samplers available for class practice or turn simple line drawings into your own custom pattern!)
This class is perfect for beginners as well as those who wish to refresh their embroidery skills.
Session A: Saturdays October 24, 31 & November 7 @11am - 1pm

Learn to knit two socks simultaneously on circular needles. Students should be comfortable knitting in the round to fully benefit from this class.
You will learn several ways to cast on and be shown how to knit socks toe-up and cuff-down. Using your own foot for this session you will be making custom tailord socks and learn to design lace socks.
Session A: Sunday November 8,9 & 15 @5pm-7pm

See you at the shop!

Brooklyn General Store

Store Hours:
closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thursday:12 pm - 7 pm
Friday & Saturday:12 pm - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

craft fair in garrison this weekend

this weekend, august 15 & 16, i will be selling my goods at the Garrison Art Center's Fine Arts and Crafts Fair. i have never been to Garrison before, but i hear it's a lovely setting, right on the hudson river and just steps from the metro north train station. so if you live in the area, come out and say hello! and you city peeps, how about a day-trip up to the country? there are two music stages, tamales and keegan ales, and 95 juried artisans, both traditional and new-fangled. i'll have my own solo booth for the first time ever, and i'm bringing both summer and fall pieces since it's that time of year.

the visionary folks at the GAC reached out to a bunch of us etsians to freshen up the vendor list, so i think it's going to be a really fun mix! mr. smith will be there selling prints of his photos, and my buddy jill will have her scrumptious handspun yarn. looking at the list just now i discovered that my friend julie a.k.a. your secret admiral will be there! also the talented screen-printer alison tauber. some other sellers i'm excited to meet are: cerulean blue ceramics, astulabee, reine, and knit knit.