Swatch Thursday: Groovy Guitars

Featured today for Swatch of the Week:

Groovy Guitars in Lime, by Michael Miller
For those of you newer to quilting, crafting, and 21st century fabric sales, there are a few names in the industry that are worth your time to know.  Michael Miller is a manufacturer based out of New York, and as a company is known for their funky and light-hearted prints.  They also act as a converter of cotton fabrics; this means they are the sales front for fabric designers, and offer those designers’ collections to wholesale accounts such as clothing manufacturers and retail fabric shops.
This particular print is a Michael Miller original, and comes in four colorways.  My preference is the lime, since I’ve been on an aqua/lime/royal blue kick for months now, and because I like the way those colors POP against the chocolate background.
Check the link in the sidebar to head over to the Whipstitch Fabrics Etsy shop if you’d like to pick up a little by the yard, and always feel free to leave comments below!


Loads of sick babies at our house.  Only thing keeping my spirits up is this:

Not even in the shop yet–am too greedy to have it all to myself!  Ah, well, I suppose this time of year is a good one to learn to let go.  Look for it by end of the day!

Wow, Etsy, Thanks!

Y’all, can I just say how great the experience has been so far at Etsy? What an amazing group of people, all of them truly looking to promote handmade and produce top-quality stuff. I have been so impressed so far with the number of sales Whipstitch has had in such a short time, how great the Etsians have been, how many supplies and fabulous finds I’ve been able to get there.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our new shop, please head over there now!

While you’re there, check out some of these other places to get great sewing supplies, all right on THE handmade shoppers paradise:

Toby’s Momsells buttons to cover at fantastic prices

Pattern Shop has tons of vintage patterns of all kinds
Twinkling Trinkets carries really cool charms and doodads to add to handbags and knitting projects (among other things)
Kalla makes gorgeous handprinted textiles–and ships direct from Japan!
Have fun checking it out, and let me know what other amazing goodies you find!


Online Fabric Shop Now OPEN!

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve opened a very small shop on Etsy to launch our online fabric store. Please drop by and visit us there:

And if you found us from Etsy, welcome! Lots of good things in store over the coming weeks, so we all hope you’ll stay tuned!

Useful Sewing Books & Progress Report

Great review of useful sewing books over at Dress A Day.

Check back soon for a section on the Whipstitch site with links to great books to get you started!! On that front, be aware that the LOGO is in development as we speak, the URL has been purchased (link here and check back often as content gets added!), and plans are underway to get fabric selections up by the end of 2008 on the web. I’m VERY excited about this whole project, and am working to devote my maternity leave to getting it rolling–any words of support, encouragement, or suggestion would be much appreciated!

Got a particular fabric designer you love? Let me know! Got a particular fabric need? Drop me an email! Your wish is..well, maybe not my command, but certainly taken into consideration!

Keep yer eyes peeled, y’all! We’re working hard to bring YOU the best in fabric and sewing in Atlanta!

Treadles for Progress

Great charity called Pedals for Progress taking used, unwanted sewing machines and shipping them overseas to allow women to open their own small businesses! What a great idea, and a great place to unload your old machine when you’re ready to move up a notch. As a non-profit, it’s even tax-deductible!!

Let’s just call it Swatch Thursday

Since I missed Wednesday again. Wow.

This one’s another Michael Miller cotton print. Frogs, eating flies and spiders. I originally thought, What a cute fabric for boys! But now I love it for boys, girls, mommies, pillows, everything. My 13-year-old girl wants a shirt out of it, even.

Loooove it. Another one coming SOON to the Whipstitch online shop. We’re hoping for early-to-mid September for online fabric sales, and every purchase gets us closer to opening our brick-and-mortar shop in Atlanta, so spread the word!

Happy sewing!

Handmade For ALL!

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

Check out the Handmade Pledge site for inspiration and to sign the Handmade Pledge. It’s a consortium of creators and crafters who are dedicated to making their own and buying from others who do the same! Great inspiration as you begin to create your own vision. Whipstitch’s sister company, Pretty Jane, has been doing handmade since its inception, and the rewards are far greater than you can imagine at the outset.

Lots of things we take for granted are available as handmade, more sustainable alternatives. Learning to sew is a great, great start to being more in control of what you wear and utilize in your home, and where it comes from. Whipstitch is proud to be part of the Handmade, and we hope you’ll take the pledge, too!

Happy sewing!

Nantucket Weekend GIVEAWAY!!!!

No, not a vacation trip, but a fabulous outfit on a NEW blog I just discovered: Grosgrain Fabulous. Check out her sewing and her wonderful aesthetic–awesome inspiration for work of your own!!

Nantucket Weekend GIVEAWAY!!!!

See you soon over at the Lounge! Mocktinis and mending, anyone??

Vintage Patterns Delivered to Your Door!

Here’s a website I LOVE: Mom’s Patterns. They stock some AMAZING vintage sewing patterns that are hard to get, and have spectacular customer service. Once Whipstitch is up-and-running, we’ll be offering new, independent, and vintage patterns in-store, but consider Mom’s a great outlet for late-night shopping and locating that have-to-have-it style!

Use this month’s coupon code backtoschool and get 15% off all your orders through Aug 31. You can use the code over and over all month long, and she always offers free shipping in the US and Canada when you order 5 or more! Oooh, and check out the recently expanded SALE section, with tons of new patterns priced between $1 and $4–a steal, and you can still use the coupon!!

This is a company I love and feel good about recommending. I’ve shopped with her myself, was impressed with her knowledge and sense of humor, and thrilled with the level of attention and service I received. I love finding other companies run by women who really LIKE what they do, and she’s a great example of that. Plus, how great are those patterns?? It’s a win-win-win, as far as I’m concerned.

Take care, and happy sewing! See you soon at the lounge–we’ll sit on the comfy Whipstitch couch, drink yummy fresh coffee, and compare notes on our greatest vintage pattern finds…