|Februready for Spring…..March…opps April update from
THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte…..
WOW! What happened to January, February & March???
Tuesday’s April 14th & 28th, May 12th & 26th 9:30 – Noon ~ Stitched by Hand.
Basic hand piecing and applique techniques are among the skills shared during these sessions.
Please join us if you are interested in learning or would just like to share the morning with us. Debby Kenney – group leader/instructor. Fee: $5 All S by H participants are welcome to spend the afternoon working on projects. If are unfamiliar with hand piecing; you are invited to sign up for a class to learn the techniques to get you started. Call the shop for details and a supply list.
Saturday, May 2nd , ~ Hexie-holics/English Paper Piecing ~~ English Paper Piecing/EPP is a quilting technique that uses paper templates as fabric stabilizers to ensure accuracy when hand sewing complex angles together, such as the hexagon shapes found in a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. English Paper Piecing quilts date back as far as the 1770’s, with the oldest quilt of its kind made in the United States dating back to about 1807 – 1813. In this piecing method, individual pieces of paper are cut in matching sizes and shapes of the quilt pieces and the fabric is hand basted over the paper templates. During America’s Pioneer days, “paper” quilting became very popular. Interestingly, paper was scarce in early America and women often saved letters, newspaper clippings and catalog pages to create patterns. In many cases, paper templates were not removed from the quilt, the paper serving a dual purpose of both pattern and insulator. But these paper templates are also important pieces of history. Papers found in old quilts have preserved first-hand glimpses into pioneer life! Today, new methods of English Paper Piecing, make the traditional piecing technique easier than ever. Come re-discover the joy of this quaint, time-honored quilt making skill.
Saturday May 2nd, 10:00~ Kim Diehl What Not’s Club
Thursday’s 10:00 ~ 7:00 — “Projects In Waiting” – Use this opportunity to work on a current project, one of those hidden gems that has been in “time out” or one that is just waiting for the “round tuit’s” we all are looking for… Prepare for a day of pins, needles and fun!
Saturday, April 18th, Rug Hooking Workshop with Alie. If you’ve wanted to see what “Hooking” is about visit the shop and observe while the students color in the spaces with wool.
Saturday, April 18th, Early Weavers Group from The Greater Lansing Weavers Guild will be here studying “Rep Weave”. Contact the Shop for details if you’d like to find out what it’s all about.
If you are interested in learning how to weave on a Rigid Heddle or Harness loom; contact the shop for details.
Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th. Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and LOCALS in Business will be offering an Eaton County Home & Business Expo.
The event is being held at the Charlotte High School in the Gymnasium.
Due to our scheduled events, we will not be on site. Our information & a coupon will be at the Chamber table.
Saturday, April 25th & May 23rd, 10:00 – ? Hand Crank Sewing Machine group (they do allow vintage machines with “tails”) will be in the Coop.
Bring your machine, maybe a snack and join the fun. Lunch has been pot luck, ordered in, brown bag or stepping out to eat at one of Charlottes local eateries.
If the idea of a Hand Crank machine intrigues you, stop in and visit while the group is here or,
there is a Hand Crank machine available for you to look at in the Shop.
Call the Shop for information.
Wednesday, April 29th & May 27th, 10:00 – Wednesday Woolies ~ Share the day with others working with wool. It’s not all the itchy stuff we’re used to.
Wool Hand Applique and Rug Hooking are among the projects worked on throughout the day.
Join us on May 2nd for a new class opportunity.
~ Ever wonder what to do with unused t-shirts.., looked at all those Pinterest photos but not sure how to proceed…? We are offering a class in recycling unused t-shirts into skirts!
Kari Rudesail will show you how to make something old into something new.
Come in or contact the Shop for details and supply list.
Genesee Star Quilters – April 24th & 25th @ Flushing United Methodist
Sauder Village – April 28th – May 3rd
Tulip Time – May 2nd, 4th – 9th @ Holland Area Arts Council
Cameo Quilters Guild Friday, June 5th & Saturday June 6th @ Madison Place Conf. Ctr.
Cal-Co Quilt Show – Saturday, July 11th & Sunday, July 12th 10:00 – 4:00 @ the Marshall High School. Held this year in conjunction with the Marshall Garden Tour.
We continue to carry the traditional fabrics while offering some other choices/flavors in modern prints, brights, 30’s, and batiks.
Wool continues to find a way into customer bags for hand applique, rug hooking and clothing.
New bolts of homespun, flannel, brushed cotton and linen are in stock; along with the basics & traditional.
Don’t like to piece your quilt backing…..? We offer over 40 bolts of 108” wide fabric for you to choose from.
If there is a technique you would like to learn; please let us know & we will set up a class time to work with you.
***We are in the process of upgrading our website… It will take us some time to transfer product from one place to another, but we look forward to having a more user friendly site for you to experience.
The 2015 ROW by ROW Experience
Starting June 21st.
As you make your travel plans for the Experience, Please Note that…..
*WE WILL NOT BE OPEN ON SUNDAY, JUNE 21st.*
We will begin on Monday, June 22nd
Our “Row” is completed and on display.
We’ve named it “Jelly Baby”
It can be used vertically or horizontally.
A License Plate will also be available this year!
If you are unfamiliar with the “Row by Row Experience”…
It is an opportunity to visit shops across Michigan, the United States and parts of Canada.
There is no cost to join the “RRE”, all you need to do when you GO INTO THE SHOP is request a FREE pattern of that Shops’ unique “Row”.
Shops may offer kits at a nominal cost, if you would like to have the same colors/fabrics that is in their specific sample.
IF…you are unable to visit; you must wait until the end of October for a pattern. You may call the shop to leave your information, send us an email, or send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
We will send the pattern at the end of the 2015 “RRE”.
For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/MIRowbyRowExperience
We have been blessed with smiles, laughter, new faces, fun & food over the last 9 months. We thank you for continuing the tradition with us.