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…

Swatch Wednesday

I know, I know–our very first Swatch Wednesday and it’s LATE. Dern dead batteries…

With all the amazing prints out there, I thought this’d be a great way to share my favorites from the current crop, and let y’all peek into the style and aesthetic that will be Whipstitch. Expect more of the same quality and yumminess as time goes on!!

Oh, and take the time to post your responses to the poll in the sidebar–I’ll share the results after Labor Day.

This is a Michael Miller print that I ADORE. I love that it’s called “Gothic Revival,” too. When my family and I were living in DC, we visited absolutely every Smithsonian there was and got the chance to see an amazing Grant Wood exhibition, including the original of “American Gothic.” His work is so slyly funny, very tongue-in-cheek, and surprisingly inspiring. The roundness of his work appeals to me, and the slopes and curves of his geometry. I must make a point to go to more museums…

I like Michael Miller’s take on it, and the idea that reviving that iconic image of America means going back to the Fifties for us. Such pure simplicity–at least, in retrospect. And paperdolls? Never a wrong choice.

This fabric is currently available online as an auction on eBay, and SOON in the Whipstitch online store. See y’all at the cutting table!

It Begins!

Welcome to the blog of the future Whipstitch Lounge! I’m planning a fabric store and sew lounge in the heart of Atlanta, and am so excited to see these plans develop. Here, in the very early initial planning stages, I’m still developing ideas and settling on a location–but couldn’t wait to write about the experience of starting this place and watching it take on a life of its own!

I’ve been teaching sewing for a number of years now, and have been pleasantly surprised at the new numbers of women who are interested in learning how to sew. Sewing has been, for years and years and years, viewed as an “old lady” pastime, not something that hip urban women pursued. For a variety of reasons (and in the interest of putting my graduate degree in Anthropology to work, I’ll be exploring those here as we go along), now women in their 20s and 30s with chic tastes and modern sensibilities have taken up the craft and are starting a real revolution.

As I teach my classes I see more and more gaps in what is available for these women in terms of resources: places to learn, to meet other women who sew and craft, to locate great fabrics, to find a community. That’s what I want to build at Whipstitch, and make for us here in Atlanta. I can’t wait to see it all come together, and I’m glad you’re along for the ride!

Keep checking back as it grows and builds–big, big things are in store!