I love fabric shopping. Wait, let me rephrase that: I love fabric petting. Why petting? Well, without getting preachy about it ( there’s a time and place for that, Jul, and now is not the time. Save it for a preachy blog post) I’m not too big into mindless consumerism and shopping as a pastime… Continue reading Online fabric stores when you’re in need of a fabric-fix
So, I find that I get a lot of joy from all of the things in my space being coordinated and colorful in some way. I've always liked the thought of "beautiful things work better" and sought to apply it to my work space and home whenever I can. When I'm out thrifting I'm always… Continue reading How to Recover Your Old Ironing Board AND MAKE IT FABULOUS!
So, apparently I'm interesting enough to be interviewed for a Youtube channel about sewing! Dawn and Myra of That Sewing Blab had me on their show back in the beginning of December to chat about my background as a childrenswear designer, my formal fashion education at Parsons, a little bit about Stitched (and overcoming your "kryptonite" as… Continue reading My Interview on That Sewing Blab!
Since I've opened a business in my hometown area back in October, I've been really lucky to meet wonderful people who have become customers and friends. My goal, all along, has been to create a space where people feel welcome and comfortable to come and learn a craft that I love so much, and more… Continue reading Community Over Competition (NJ sewing studios if you don’t live close to Brielle)
I'm a pretty lucky gal. Thanks to the power of social media, I've been able to make so many new friends over the past few years that love sewing and making as much as I do. Whether it's a seamstress in London or a crocheter in Australia, I have been able to widen my circle… Continue reading Sewists I admire: Jo of the Unfinished Seamstress
Holy Moses! I can't believe it's already December and Old Spool has been open for just over 2 months already. It still feels like a dream every day I get to unlock the door at 609 Higgins Ave #3 and step into my colorful little studio. I'm so grateful for the countless new people I've… Continue reading Old Spool After School End of 2018 recap!
A few weeks ago I finally was able to invite my family and friends over to the studio for a studio-warming party and a special Stitched viewing party! Because the TV show I was a contestant on is a Canadian based show and we're hanging out down here in good ol' New Jersey most of… Continue reading A Stitched Viewing and Studio Warming Party
Sometimes we all crave a quick and fun little project that let's us get the creativity moving and grooving just a little bit. You know the kind: "I don't really want to make a huge mess" (that rules out making those delicious 20 ingredient cookies you saw on Pinterest...) or that "I have a free afternoon, what… Continue reading Fa-la-la-llama! A Felt Sewing Pattern and Instructions for your Holiday Crafting Delight
So, everything about the Fast Fashion Industry generally stinks. Like, big heaping piles of waste water tinged with local sewage and lots of garbage STINKS. Yes, there are some companies that do “the green thing” and have begun including textile recycling drop offs in store (looking at you, H&M) or “upping their commitment to sustainability”… Continue reading Fast Fashion and Why it Sucks Part 3
And we’re back! Ok guys, I know this subject is a buzzkill. There’s no real happy way to talk about bad things except to get through it and then offer a solution at the end. Like fighting with your roommates, you need to get all the negative stuff out on the table so you both… Continue reading Fast Fashion and Why it Sucks Part 2