Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Learn New Crafting Tips & Tricks at Pine Needles

There's no time like the present to start actively expressing gratitude for the many blessings in your life. Need a little visual reminder? Why not create a gratitude banner with help from your friends at Pine Needles.

As last year was coming to a close, I knew I wanted a project for my home that would work as a visual display of the many blessings my family has received and continues to receive. Something we could add to as the year goes on. Something that will grow with us and continue to remind of us of all we've been gifted. So I went into Pine Needles and spoke with the shop manager, Holly, who was so incredibly fun and willing to help. Together, we brainstormed and came up with this happy fabric banner. 

I'm a relatively new resident in Fabric Town, so I appreciated Holly's willingness to walk me through amazing pointers. Here's a cool tip I learned while visiting: 
You can write on fabric with fine-point Micron pens by Sakura! 

Wow! I was blown away by this concept. As a scrapbooker, I have many journaling pens in my stash. Now I have a new and fun way to use them! I started by jotting down a few things my daughter and I are thankful for directly onto strips of fabric. So easy!

When I got home, inspired by Holly's direction, I looked to other craft supplies I could use on my design. Stickles, a glitter glue by Ranger Industries, was just the ticket. I could write "give" "T-H-A-N-K-S" directly on the fabric with this sparkly medium. 

I knew I wanted to add a few design elements, so I decided to also create little home-y doodads from fabric scraps. 

Thanks to the helpful staff at Pine Needles, I had no trouble picking a color combo that will look lovely in my home all year through.

Now I simply leave a basket of fabric scraps out on the counter, as we think of things to be thankful for, we jot them down and tie them on our ever-growing gratitude garland.

Whether you decide to stop in for some one-on-one help, as I did, or you prefer a more structured learning environment, Pine Needles has what you're looking for. They offer an impressive line-up of classes throughout the year. Simply visit their Events/Classes page to find out what's in store

From Beginning Quilting to more advanced sewing and quilting ideas, there's something for all skill levels and needle-art interests. Prices range from $15-$45, depending on how involved your project may be. Plus, there's also Open Sew time, which is completely FREE, if you're looking to get in and have some general help on any project you may be working on. 

Yes, new friends and new crafting techniques are two things I'm definitely thankful for this year. And that's all because Pine Needles welcomed me and my project idea with open arms. I can often be found in this sweet shop. Here's hoping I see you there sometime soon!

Megan Hoeppner

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