Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Brightest Little Delivery 2016!


This September, we had the opportunity to deliver over 200 blankets to the Alta Bates Summit NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Since we began this project 15 years ago, we have continued to make deliveries made possible by our amazing volunteers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Since we released a newsletter focusing on our community project this past July, we have received an overwhelming response. Many of our customers near and far have expressed an interest in getting involved in this amazing project.


This delivery was especially important because we had the opportunity to reconnect with NICU Clinical Specialist Alison Brooks. Alison was one of the founding members of the BLS project and it was amazing to see her again and be able to deliver blankets to her.

Stonemountain & Daughter owner, Suzan with NICU nurse, Alison Brooks

Thank you to Alta Bates Summit NICU and all of our volunteers who have made this project possible for 15 years!

Get Involved!

Join us in sewing flannel blankets and scent dolls for babies in the NICU at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center! Fabric and notions will be provided for all volunteers. These simple, soft flannel blankets offer comfort to parents who are going through the stress of caring for a sick infant or who have lost a little one. Our goal is to have a blanket or scent doll for each of the over 1,200 newborns that are cared for each year, and you can help!

Organize a sewing day with your local sewing guild, school, or church group or sew them on your own.
Supplies are provided!

Want to learn how you can contribute?

Contact Us
(510) 845 - 6106





Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Tassel Scarf Tutorial

You wouldn't know it with the lingering clouds here in Berkeley, but it's finally summer! We have dreams of breezy sundresses and cute shorts, but sometimes we just don't have the time or inclination to work on sewing a whole garment. In the meantime, here's a quick and fun project you can whip up in no time! This scarf is quick to sew but has beautiful details like mitered corners and fun, handmade tassels. It's also a great way to show off gorgeous fabrics. Bonus—it doesn't take much yardage!

Here is what you'll need:


Step 1:
Square up your piece of fabric. Fold your fabric with the selvages aligned and place your ruler straight on the fold parallel to the selvages to find the 90 degree angle. Using your rotary cutter, trim away as little as possible to even out this edge. If using scissors, first mark this line, then trim.

Repeat steps for opposite side. Once the 2 sides are trimmed, repeat steps to remove selvages.

Your piece of fabric should be around 26"x43" or 53" (depending on your fabric width).



Step 2:
Mark your "fold to" lines. Using your ruler and marking tool, mark 1" in from the cut edge on all four sides. The fabric we are using does not have a right or wrong side but if yours does, make these markings on the wrong side of the fabric.



Step 3:
At your ironing board, bring the cut edge to match the marked line (1" from the edge) and iron fold in place. Repeat for remaining 3 sides. Don't worry about the directions the corners are folding, these will be addressed in the next step.



Step 4:
Mitering the corners! Fold your scarf along the diagonal into the corners. Place your ruler on the fold of the diagonal, with the edge aligned to the raw edge of the fabric. Using your marking tool, mark a line where the ruler meets the raw edge (90 degree angle from the diagonal fold). Sew on marked line, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam. Trim seam allowance and threads. 

Repeat steps for 3 remaining corners.



Step 5:
At your iron, fold your hem a second time to hide the raw edges. Using your finger or a point tuner, poke out the corners. Starting from the corner, iron the second fold in place working your way towards the center. It works best to start at each corner and work towards the center.



Step 6:
Stitch around your hem, pivoting in the corners.



Step 7: Tassels!!!
 For each tassel you will need 2 skeins of floss (8 total) plus additional lengths from the 9th skein for tying and attaching. We want our tassels to be big and noticeable so we have our Clover Tassel Maker (size small) set to the largest size (2 inches).

Unwrap your floss to find the ends. Hook the two ends onto the side of your tassel maker and begin wrapping around the  center. Wrap until you're out of thread.

Using your sewing thread (rather than embroidery floss), wrap a length of thread and tie into a secure knot. If the wrap or knot do not seem tight, do it again. It's important this stays secure.

Using the grooves along the top and bottom of the tassel maker, cut through your floss on both ends to remove from the maker.

Holding at the wrap, let the upper threads cascade over the wrap. You want to spread them out evenly from the center. We found pushing the tassel through your fingers can be helpful in getting the top smooth. This step is kind of like brushing a doll's hair.


Cut a length of thread (about 12") to use for creating the head of the tassel. Make a loop at one end of the strand. Hold the loop at the top of the tassel (about 1/2" from the top) and wrap the length around the tassel, keeping the loop visible in the wrap. Insert the end of the floss wrap into the loop. Pull both ends until secure.


 Wrap a piece of paper around the tassel and trim the tails evenly.

Step 8: Attach the tassels to the scarf!
video 

Take a length of floss and tie a knot on one end. Our favorite trick for this is to point the tail of the thread at the point of the needle, wrap the tail around the needle a few times, then pull the wrap down the needle and thread until you reach the bottom. This usually creates a perfect, sturdy knot! 

Insert your needle into the bottom of the tassel and pull until your knot is hidden. 




To secure your tassel to the scarf, insert your needle through the bottom of the mitered corner, pull the thread leaving about a half inch length so the tassel can dangle. Loop back through the scarf twice. To tie off; insert the needle under your loops on thread, catching the fabric. Before pulling through, insert your needle into the loop twice, then pull taught. 


Rather then cutting your thread here, bury the tail to create a cleaner look. Insert your needle in between the seam allowances of the hem,  exit an inch or two past where your knot is and cut your thread flush to the fabric. 

Repeat steps for remaining 3 tassels.


You're done! YAY!




Friday, June 3, 2016

Me Made May 2016 - Week 4 Roundup

What a great month we had! Me Made May 2016 was our best ever and we gained endless inspiration from seeing our customer and staff makes.

Here's our round up for week 4 (oops, a week late)! We're highlighting our buying team and some of a our amazing customers who tagged us along the way.


Stonemountain owner, @fabriclady3, showed off her eclectic style this month, sporting knits, wovens, chiffons and more. She loves all substrates, after all, she is the Fabric Lady!


@lauren_leigh46 might love pink... maybe a little!
  

You can count on bright colors and fun prints with @stitchplease!


@natalie_ebaugh loves layering her rich colors and bold prints!

 INSPIRING CUSTOMER PROFILES


Here's a roundup of customers who tagged us in their Me Made fun this month! We love to see how everyone uses our fabric so differently to punctuate their personal style. 


Fabric Lady's friend, collaborator and seamstress, @laurelsquill, knows how to stash! We loved seeing all of her projects come together this month!



@elizabethmadethis shows off her favorite colors of robin's egg blue, soft yellows and pinks.


We love that @yavannareynolds makes matching dresses for her and her daughter! Her playful style crosses generations.

@claireasaurus LOVES her dresses! We love how she uses prints and textures!


Check out how @dressingtherole used some key pieces in different ways throughout the month to create a great capsule wardrobe.


@alexpost uses cozy shapes and fall colors to highlight her awesome jewelry.


We love the combination of prints put together by @kayun_cheng. She knows how to balance them perfectly with coordinating solids.


@ebbandsew gravitates toward soft and subtle colors in her knitting and sewing palette.


We love the mix of hemp, cotton and bamboo put together by @satyamakes!


Mom of two, @vanessamakes stays cool and comfy in her wardrobe of handmade clothes.


Check out another cool mom, @dangerouslyalice! We are digging her layering!


Teacher, @rebeccaw0w, knows how to create a sophisticated and comfortable wardrobe for those long days with her students.


@ryanncheung is looking beautiful and perfectly put together! Loving the unicorns in the bottom center image :)


@ktrinka_makes likes a mix of ikats, yarn-dyes and natural textures!


Feminine and floral, @squashtacos has the perfect summer wardrobe!


@jenndumon brings us chic, classic shapes in our favorite navy and greys. 


@merrylynne makes easy to wear and care for separates in a cool palette of neutrals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Me Made May - Week 3 Roundup

We're already into week 4, but before it's over here is a roundup of customer makes from week 3 of Me Made May 2016. What a month it's been! We have LOVED seeing how our customers use our fabrics to create their own personal style and wardrobes.

@janinebajus in her Dress No. 2 top from 100 Acts of Sewing (left) and @grace_makes in a Me Made outfit including our fabrics (right)!

@kayun.cheng showed off a top she made in one of our classes (left) and @rudehouse illustrated print blocking two ikats of our favorite ikats (right).


@merrylynne cuddled up with her cat in another wonderful ikat top (left) and @clemmypo1 used Blueberry Park to create an adorable outfit for her daughter (right).  

 

Cultivating a Personal Style

We love Me Made May so much because it brings sewists together on social media. It's so inspiring to watch each other develop in our sewing skills, but also develop in our personal style. After all, we make clothing for ourselves because we want what we wear to be different than what we can buy off the rack. Sewing for ourselves means that we don't have to fit into specific style tribes created by the fast fashion industry. We'll take our fashion slow and do it our way!

We love @vanessamakes casual, cool style!

@ktrinka_makes has been busy sewing up some lovely pieces out of our ikats and textured, woven cottons.

We are loving these cozy, knit makes by @jenndumon. She used our Hemp/Organic Cotton Yarn-Dyed Jersey and our French Terry.

 

THERE'S STILL TIME!

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Don't forget to enter our #MMMAY16 Instagram Giveaway!
Use our tag #stonemountainfabric (along with #mmmay16) when posting pictures of yourself on Instagram in a Me Made/Stonemountain fabric item this month. You will then be entered in the giveaway drawing, and at the end of the month we will choose one lucky winner at random.