May 2015

May update from THE HEN HOUSE of Charlotte….. How are your spring and summer plans looking? Do you have showers & weddings to attend, birthdays to celebrate, Mother’s Day, vacations, summer break from school? Whew!!! If you need a quick project for a gift, stop in and we will show you what we have kitted and ready.

Birthday/Anniversary Celebration!

Mr. Button’s birthday is May 29th! Our anniversary is June 1st, and….. Elise has a birthday in June.

To celebrate, we are sharing the fun & giving you the gifts.

Stop in or visit us on Facebook, May 29th thru June 30th and check out the specials!

*Cluck Bucks will be back!*

*For every $10 in purchase, you will receive a $1 in CB’s to use after June 30th.


How/when do you find the time to stitch and relax?

We offer you a few options to give yourself some “time out”.


Tuesday’s 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, 10:00 – 3:00 ~ T-shirts to skirts with Kari R.  $25.00

~~ Do you have knit t-shirts and tops that are cluttering up your space? Kari has a solution to the dilemma. Make them into a new item of clothing for you or someone you know. You will end the session with a one of a kind skirt that will be runway fabulous! Contact the store for details and a supply list.

Saturday, May 2nd, ~ Hexie-holics/English Paper Piecing ~~ 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 an idea that is just waiting for the “round tuit’s” we all are looking for… Prepare for a day of pins, needles and fun!

Saturday, May 23rd & 30th 10:00 – ? Hand Crank Sewing Machine group will be in the Coop/Loft.

Bring your machine(vintage machines with tails are accepted), 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 visit us any day and check out the machines we have in the Shop. We usually have 1 or 2 looking for new homes, available for purchase. Call the Shop for more information.


Wednesday, May 27th, 10:00 – Wednesday Woolies ~ Share the day with others working with wool and sometimes not….. It’s not all the itchy stuff we’re used to.


Would you be interested in making a rag rug on a harness loom? We have a class coming up that would be a great way to use strips of leftover fabric. Details are still in the works for a mid-June session or we can set up a time that would work with your schedule. Not interested in rugs…,

how about learning to weave a scarf on a harness or Rigid Heddle loom… Call us for details.


Quilt Shows


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 invite you to visit us at the show.


 Casual Quilters Guild – August 8th, 2015,

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 710 Rickett Road, Brighton, Michigan.


Capital City Quilt Guild – Friday, September 18th, & Saturday, September 19th, 10:00-5:00

The Summit Sports Complex, Davis Hwy, Dimondale, MI

We invite you to visit us at the show.



If there is a technique you would like to learn; please let us know; we will work around your schedule set up a class time that fits your schedule and get you started with a fibertastic project.


***We are in the process of upgrading our website… It will take us some time to transfer items 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 through September 8th, 2015

As you make your travel plans for the Experience, Please Note…..


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 with the word Empower on it, will 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 for 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 or




Thank you! for your continued support & encouragement.

During this past year we have been blessed with your smiles, laughter, friendly faces, fun & food.

We look forward to seeing and serving you in the months/years to come in your fiber experience.

The Hen House Family


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