account | search | cart view cartWool Watcher - Follow Me to Huge Savings Jimmy Beans Bucks Rewards 5% Back Live Chat is Online
FREE U.S. Flat Rate shipping on orders over $75! $4 U.S. ship on ALL others.
Navigate JBW
Navigate JBW - bottom
Share This Page Share | Send to Facebook Tweet This Email


Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 

November 2012 Fabric and Sewing Newsletter

 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 

In this issue:

Click on any highlighted text to view the item in our online store!

 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Our First Fabric and Sewing Newsletter! Continue to Subscribe?  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
We are so excited to be sending out our first fabric and sewing specific newsletter! You are receiving this first newsletter since you have already subscribed to our knitting and crochet related newsletters. We are planning on sending out a fabric and sewing related newsletter twice a month. If you'd like to continue receiving our bi-weekly fabric and sewing newsletters, you do not need to do anything.

If you would prefer to not receive these newsletters, but continue to just receive our knitting and crochet specific newsletters you can update your notification options on our site any time. You can change your mind whenever you like. The link to update your notification options is at the bottom of all of our newsletters.

As always, we never sell or give anyone your email address, so don't worry about your inbox filling up. We don't like spam or junk mail either and would never help to create more. We hope you enjoy our first fabric and sewing specific newsletter!
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Learn With Us: How to Flatten a Seam  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
As you can see, Jimmy Beans Wool is learning how to sew - just in time for the February 2013 release of Sew Red, the follow-up pattern book to Knit Red - and we'd love for you to learn with us. Twice a month we'll send out a fabric newsletter to keep you updated on the latest and greatest designers, prints and projects.

How to iron a seam

Everyone has to start somewhere and no matter how small it might seem, ironing a seam flat is an important step in any sewing project. Jeanne was our first Bean to jump onto the sewing bandwagon with a quilt from Joel Dewberry's book Sewn Spaces. This simple starter quilt only required straight lines and Jeanne mastered the art of piecing and sewing with help from her best friend and fellow Bean, Sandy (who has been teaching us all to sew!). Take a look at Jeanne's very basic instructional video about how to sew a seam flat!
Dritz Start To Sew Kit
Dritz Start To Sew Kit
$16.15
Tools to get you started... A great little kit with just the essentials! The Dritz Kit includes scissors, needles, pins and a pin cushion, a thimble, measuring tape, and several other handy notions! Wonderful for beginning sewers, this kit is great for traveling too!
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Make Your Own Curtains  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
JBW store curtains

What better way to spruce up our retail space than with homemade curtains? Terry, the JBW Creative Director and former retail manager, took the leap into sewing when she took this project on. While she has been knitting for over 40 years (you can only imagine the beautiful knits that come from this lady!), she's still pretty much a beginner when it comes to sewing. Terry has dabbled with sewing at various points in her life and has made quilt blocks, curtains, skirts and a skirt with a matching jacket-style top with a short over-skirt. While she doesn't consider these projects much of a portfolio, we do! Now that fabric is taking over half of our warehouse, Terry decided to journey back into the wonderful world of sewing. On behalf of Terry, and all of us beginner sewing Beans, we hope you join us so we can learn together!

In all honesty, we thought curtains would be a huge undertaking - and they are a big project - but don't let them intimidate you! This pattern is nothing but straight lines. So get to know your sewing machine with this straight forward, easy to understand pattern, courtesy of Terry (she included step-by-step pictures, too). Visit the Jimmy Beans Free Pattern Page for the complete pattern. In the meantime, you might need a few of these tools and fabrics to get started...
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Designer Spotlight on Kay Whitt  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
Collar Dress
Kay Whitt has quickly become a shop favorite among our sewing Beans, especially the gals looking to get into the clothing side of sewing (dresses and skirts and bags, oh my!) We got to spend a couple of weeks admiring her trunk show, which, if we might add, was absolutely beautiful! Sewing Lesson #1: the fabric selection makes all the difference,and boy can Kay pick 'em!

After spending time with her trunk show we thought it might be fun for you to get to know her a little, after all, she is one of the featured designers in our new book Sew Red which will be published in February 2013. Without further ado we'd like to introduce you to Kay Whitt, the mastermind behind Serendipity Studio!
This forty-something Texan was born and raised in the small, friendly town of Vernon where her Swiss relatives settled in the 1800s - they were farmers looking for a place to start their new lives in the United States. Still living in Texas, Kay started her career as an elementary school teacher. After nine years of wrangling students (in the most endearing of ways) she decided to resign and start her sewing company in 2001. "It was one of the best decisions of my life!" she tells us.

What caught our eye about Kay Whitt - aside from her classic, feminine designs - was her book, Sew Serendipity. If you haven't flipped through this book, we highly recommend that you do! The three patterns and countless alterations for personalizing your designs are priceless. Here's what Kay had to say about her book:

Jimmy Beans: Can you give us a super quick description of your book for our readers?

Kay: The first book, Sew Serendipity is a great collection of clothing designs. Although there are only three basic designs in the book, the variations I have provided allow you to get up to six different looks per design, meaning that you can get up to 18 pieces of clothing from it. It is a great book for beginners as well as experienced sewers because I encourage you to make all of the designs your own by combining different design elements.

Jimmy Beans: What was your inspiration for the book?

Kay: I am heavily inspired by vintage clothing. I love the classic feminine lines of really nice clothing. I would say this was key in what I decided to do for the book.
Embroidered Dress

Jimmy Beans: Do you have a favorite design (or designs) from the book that you'd like to highlight for us? What makes this design your favorite?

Kay: Probably my favorite design in the book is the gray and yellow jacket. The fabric really spoke to me because if you look closely, you will see that the fabric is actually double sided. You get a yellow background on one side and grey on the other. I incorporated this into the cuffs and collar to get a very subtle contrast. I think these elements blended quite well with the design elements of the jacket. It ends up with a fresh look with that hint of vintage I crave in my work.

Jimmy Beans: What made you want to start designing garments and sewing patterns for the average sewer?

Kay: I have always loved sewing! I was fortunate to have a mother who taught me to sew at a young age, so it has always been a part of my life. I think because it has brought me so much joy throughout my life, I really wanted to share that with others and really communicate that sewing isn't hard if you take it a bit at a time. If you set your mind to it, you can create anything, and that is very powerful.


What a great piece of advice that is for beginner sewers! As we learn, it's important to remember that baby steps are the key. We didn't learn to knit and purl in one night - well not all of us anyways! ;)

For more sewing inspiration, visit Kay's Sew Serendipity blog!
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Projects For Holiday Gift Giving  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
Just like holiday knitting, there is such a thing as holiday sewing and we're sure it runs right down to the wire, so now is the time to get started! Rachel stocked up on flannel back in August to make her mom and sister pajama pants for the holidays. So, if you're wondering what you can make for your loved ones here are a few of our favorite holiday sewing ideas...
Artful Bags
Is there an artist in your family? Serendipity Studio has their gift covered with a cleverly designed Artful Bag & Accessories pattern! We saw this in person when Kay had sent her trunk show and it elicited more than a few stunned remarks. The portfolio was our favorite. With little handles for easy carrying and just the perfect amount of space for a pad of drawing paper and necessary pens, this is the perfect gift for the artist in your life!
Amy Butler Sewing Patterns - Laptop Cover & MP3 Case
Laptop Cover & MP3 Case
$12.00
These days who isn't a tech-y?! Casey's favorite gift idea is this Laptop Cover & MP3 Case from Amy Butler. She's already picked out 3 Sisters Papillon Fabric Leaves & Rosebuds in Aqua to make this as a gift for one lucky family member. I bet the MP3 Case could double as an iPhone case...oh, the possibilities are endless!
Valori Wells Designs Sewing Patterns - Prudence & Henry
Prudence & Henry
$10.96
With all the little ones running around these days, we can't forget a special handmade gift for them! Leave it to Valori Wells to create the perfect pattern for two squishy, absolutely adorable pillow friends. Prudence & Henry are an owl and elephant duo perfect for cuddling up on the couch after a day in the snow. Prudence even doubles as a wonderful road trip blankey (it's tucked under her wings)!
Amy Butler Sewing Patterns - Little Daisy's Big Nap Pillow
Little Daisy's Big Nap Pillow
$12.95
Another wonderful gift for the kiddos in your life is Amy Butler's plush cushion - it's the perfect plushy for your little ones to curl up on. In fact, Happy Drawing and Happy Drawing, too! are two perfect collections for this kid-friendly gift.
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Fabrics For Your All Your Holiday DIY Projects  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
We've had holiday fabrics in since July, which made Monika, our Fabric Operations Lead, one very happy Bean (she's been counting down the days at our morning meeting since last Christmas!). Now that it's that time of the year to put up the Christmas tree and hang the Hanukah lights, we figure it's safe to use the holiday fabric without getting strange looks...

Tina Givens' Star Flakes and Glitter collection is among our favorite holiday cottons. This collection has just enough whimsy blended with sophisticated color combinations that we could see using it for various holiday decoration projects. Rashida Coleman-Hale's I Love Patchwork book has a table runner and placemat pattern we'd love to sew up for holiday dinner!

Wrenly Wren Christmas is Valori Wells' spin on her original Wrenly Wren collection which is an imaginative spin on floral patterns and paisley birds. The prints of Wrenly Wren are made holiday-tastic with traditional greens, reds and wintery blues. We can imagine holiday pillow cases adorning our beds this season!
What Mama says, goes! So when Mama Said Sew, we sewed! Sweetwater's Mama Said Sew collection is perfect for the holiday season. The warm reds are inviting and the simple designs make for perfect pieces for any style quilt. Sweetwater's Strawberry Pie pattern is a spectacular piecing extravaganza that is sure to brighten any room. We have to remind ourselves not to bite off more than we can chew, so we should probably start with something simpler, like Mama's China. Available by the yard and as precuts, Mama Said Sew is a collection used in Sew Red - stay tuned for our second Stitch Red book release in February 2013!
For the more traditional quilter, Primitive Gatherings Seasonal Little Gatherings Collection is a great line of fabrics that boast adorable little patterns. If Reindeer, Candy Cane, Star, and Poinsettia designs don't say "Happy Holidays" then we aren't sure what does! The Sea Glass quilt from Coach House Designs would look fabulous pieced together with Seasonal Little Gatherings prints and solids from Freespirit. In fact, the Charm Pack of Seasonal Little Gatherings would be the perfect way to put together the Sea Glass quilt.
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Fabric Sale-A-Palooza!  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
We have so many great sale fabrics, here are some of our favorites...

Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow Collection:
28% Off! Joel Dewberry won our hearts with his Aviary Collection (Jimmy used this fabric line for her first quilt!) and ever since we've been hooked. Joel's Modern Meadow collection has beautiful nature inspired prints in retro color combinations for 28% off! Between the Majestic Oak, Hand Picked Daisies and Dogwood Bloom we're halfway to our next quilt project!
Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow Fabric
Modern Meadow - Flower Fields - Berry
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Modern Meadow - Dogwood Bloom - Lake
Modern Meadow - Dogwood Bloom - Lake
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow Fabric
Modern Meadow - Acorn Chain - Pond
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow Fabric
Modern Meadow - Handpicked Daisies - Pink
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Tula Pink Parisville Prints: 38% Off! As self-proclaimed Tula Pink fanatics, we went crazy when Tula's Parisville collection went on sale! Her Cameo print is also known as the "boat lady fabric" around the shop and it just so happens to be one of our absolute favorites. We just love how Tula lets our imaginations run wild with the hidden designs in her prints. At 38% off we might have to start stocking up for a quilt from Quilts from the Home of Tula Pink...
Tula Pink Parisville Fabric
Parisville - Damask Dot - Gold
Was $10.50/yd
Now $6.50/yd
(38% off!)
Tula Pink Parisville Fabric
Parisville - Eye Drops - Pomegranate
Was $10.50/yd
Now $6.50/yd
(38% off!)
Tula Pink Parisville Fabric
Parisville - Sea Of Tears - Mint
Was $10.50/yd
Now $6.50/yd
(38% off!)
Tula Pink Parisville Fabric
Parisville - Topiary - Sprout
Was $10.50/yd
Now $6.50/yd
(38% off!)
Kumari Garden Fabric from Dena Designs: 29% Off! The bright, whimsical prints of Dena Designs are the perfect cottons for purse making. Chandra Blue, Sachi Blue andTara Stone would look fantastic sewn up using Amy Butler's Birdie Sling bag. P.S. both Casey and Rachel made this bag and absolutely love how the finished product turned out!
Dena Designs Kumari Garden Fabric
Kumari Garden - Chandra - Red
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(29% off!)
Dena Designs Kumari Garden Fabric
Kumari Garden - Marala - Pink
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(29% off!)
Dena Designs Kumari Garden Fabric
Kumari Garden - Sashi - Ice
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(29% off!)
Dena Designs Kumari Garden Fabric
Kumari Garden - Tara - Green
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(29% off!)
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Continue to Subscribe?  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
If you'd like to continue receiving our bi-weekly fabric newsletters, please click the following link and subscribe. These newsletters are entirely reversible - you can unsubscribe at any time.

You can update your notification options on our site any time.

We never sell or give anyone your mailing address, so don't worry about your inbox filling up. We don't like spam or junk mail either and would never help to create more.

Happy sewing (and knitting and crocheting ...and crafting)!!

The JBW Crew
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Follow and Interact with Us!  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 
There are many ways to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at Jimmy Beans Wool!
 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Thanks for Reading and Happy Knitting!  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 

Please let us know what you think of our newsletter or if you have problems reading it! Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email support@jimmybeanswool.com

And please don't forget to support your LYS. In addition to being an online outlet, we also have a retail location and therefore understand how important it is to be supported by our locals.

We only send the newsletter to people who have requested they be added to the list.

You can update your notification options on our site any time.

 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
      Contact Us (or stop by for a visit)!  
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters
 

Jimmy Beans Wool
1312 Capital Blvd. #103
Reno, NV 89502

Toll Free in U.S. (877)JBW-KNIT (529-5648)
Phone (775)827-9276

 
Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletter End
We provide Endless Possibilities® for your projects including yarn, fabric, needles, kits, sale yarn, free knitting patterns, and more!