The New Year has brought about a few changes at Stitch Studio! If you've been in to the shop recently you may have noticed we did a bit of moving around. We tend to do that relatively frequently, but this time we were making room for the addition of some new hand embroiderly supplies!
We now carry Cosmo embroidery floss, as well as some of the Cosmo Seasons and Sparkle floss. We also have a growing selection of embroidery books and patterns and supplies that we hope you will enjoy. To get the ball rolling, we will be offering an Embroidery Block of the Month program starting in February! We will be using the House patterns from Bareroots Designs.
We will be starting in February and working a month ahead so we will start with the March house, pictured below. We will have kits with the fabrics shown, but you also have the option of choosing your own fabrics/colors for each month. We'd love for you to join us!
We are excited to announce:
Monday, December 7th starts our first 12 Days of Christmas event! For the following 2 weeks, we will have a new promotion each day (Monday through Saturday) that will run for that day only. Deals will be posted via Facebook and also on our website on our 12 Days of Christmas page and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Whenever possible, we will also have links available on that page to purchase online if you can't make it into the store. This will be a fantastic opportunity to finish up some Christmas shopping for the crafty one on your list (or to say "Merry Christmas to me"!) as many of the deals will be our biggest discounts of the year!
If you haven't already "liked" us on Facebook and/or Instagram (@StitchStudioOC), be sure to do that so you get our notifications each day! Can't wait to reveal the 1st Day of Christmas...
It's a tricky business getting ready for the holidays in a fabric shop. We have to order Christmas fabric so far in advance that by the time the Holidays get here, we've been looking at the bolts for a couple of months already! So to help keep things fresh and festive, we did some rearranging and made our Holly's Tree Farm fabrics from Sweetwater our feature for our front window display!
We love this fun collection! It's a perfect mix of vintage and modern- you have your traditional reds and greens, but the turquoise and grey help to push it a touch towards the modern. And who can resist vintage trucks? We love the blue vintage truck print with trucks hauling Christmas trees! We have project ideas galore that you can do with this collection- an easy quilt using a charm pack (on the wall to the right of the photo), cute lined drawstring bags that will be great for wrapping up gifts or are a gift in themselves, and we have a kit for the beautiful runner you see in the middle.
Another Christmas collection we have gotten great feedback on is Joy & Wonder by Cori Dantini. Cori is an amazing illustrator and her collections are all hand drawn and painted and then printed. They are whimsical and full of detail. She always includes at least one panel in her collections too, which is always a treat. We like easy projects! Some of our customers have been enjoying doing a quick 3 month block of the month with the free pattern that was designed to go along with her collection. We do also have kits available for this quilt! And if you wanted to check out the free pattern for this "Deck the Halls" quilt, it can be found HERE on the Blend Fabrics website.
And last, but not least, we also have a couple cute novelty Christmas prints from Blend Fabrics as well. These are from the Vintage Noel collection by Josephine Kimberling. I ADORE this first fabric with the snow globes, although the snowflakes are pretty fantastic too! Pretty sure I'll be making some reusable fabric gift bags out of these this year!
We hope you've enjoyed this little peak into our Christmas offerings this year! All of these fabrics are available in store and also online in our Etsy shop!
You may have heard us mention the Row by Row Experience on Facebook and wondered what in the world we were talking about, so an explanation is in order! The Row by Row Experience (or RxR for short) is a nationwide event that will last all summer long. Unlike other shop hops, there are no fees involved. The idea is that you simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a FREE pattern for a row in a quilt. Since the theme this year is "H2O", all of the rows will have a water theme to them. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer!
And for a little extra fun, there are some neat prizes and collectibles along the way! Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2015 rows from 8 different 2015 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into any participating shop and you win a stack of 25 fat quarters! And if you use that shop's row in your quilt you win a bonus prize! There are also exclusive fabric license plates available in shops around the country, and each one is unique! Collect a bunch to create a fun project, wall art, or even a fun quilt backing! This is what our shop's license plate will look like:
For more details about RxR, feel free to visit their website, and there is also an all-Iowa Facebook page for all participating shops in Iowa. But remember, this is a national event, so if you are traveling this summer be sure to check the website for any participating shops in the area your are visiting! And be sure to check out our Row by Row Pinterest page for a few images of finished quilts and rows from last years RxR, and some cute ideas of ways to use the fabric license plates! We are excited to debut the Stitch Studio row soon!
Hello! Kathy, here! I was born and grew up in Oskaloosa, IA. My college years were spent at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA where I met a handsome young Canadian who would soon become my husband. That was twenty five years ago now and aside from the four years we spent in Minneapolis while Carl went to graduate school, we have spent most of our married life in Sioux Center. Carl and I have have three teenagers. Jonathan, 18, is a senior at Western Christian High School. Katie, 16, is a Junior at Western. And Ben, 15, is a Freshman. Carl teaches Chemistry at Dordt College.
Before Stitch Studio, I was a library assistant at the Dordt College Library and worked part time at Roelofs Store in Sioux Center. I started sewing when I was in 4H at the age of 9 but it was not my favorite activity. My mom was a fan of all needlework and I let her do it for me. It wasn't until after I was married that I began to sew in earnest. When we moved to Northwest Iowa I was invited to join the Sioux Prairie Quilt Guild and a passion for quilting was born! Several years later I began to learn how to knit and crochet. Walking into a fabric or yarn shop for me is like opening a new box of crayons. It is a place full of potential creativity and inspiration. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to open my own store and work with Jenny to begin building this crafting community.
I'm looking forward to helping our customers start and complete their own creative works of fiber art. I'm also anticipating teaching classes in sewing, quilting, crochet and basic knitting. I believe that everyone has the ability to learn how to make beautiful things and I want to nurture that ability and encourage it by providing modern and easy projects for new crafters and fun, high quality supplies for experienced quilters and yarn crafters.
Click on the photos below to see a few of Kathy's projects:
We wanted to take this opportunity before we open to introduce ourselves so you can get to know a little more about us. Jenny's up first- but stay tuned for Kathy soon!
My name is Jenny Vogel. I was born and raised in Ft. Myers, Florida, but have steadily moved my way north and west over the years. I attended college in Georgia at Covenant College, moved to St. Louis, Missouri for 5 years, and finally made it here to Orange City, Iowa 10 years ago when my husband and I were married. Todd and I have 3 sweet kiddos. Jackson is 8 and is a 2nd grader at OCCS, Deacon is 5 (and a half!) and is in TK at Orange City Elementary, and Annie is 4 (also "and a half"- very important!) and she goes to preschool at Wee Blessings twice a week. Todd is a Probation Officer for the Iowa Department of Corrections. I have been blessed to have been able to be home with my kids these last 8+ years, and am so grateful for that time. Now that all 3 will be in school more next year, I am excited for this next stage of life and to be able to do what I love- roll around in fabric all day!
My journey with all things sewing and crafty began at a pretty young age. My mom was a teacher, but she also had a sewing business that she did on the side to help pay for our school. I learned to sew under her watchful eye when I was about 10 years old. My attention span was not very long though and sewing went by the wayside for many years. Fast forward to 2006 when I was expecting our first baby. At that point, blogging was beginning to be a more popular thing and sewing blogs were popping up left and right. I started to see all of these fun projects and fabrics and my interest was peaked again. I started to buy cute fabric when I would see it and eventually, as always seems to happen with fabric, amassed quite a stash. My husband gently encouraged me to start doing something with it instead of just petting it, so I started with some small projects. Little by little, my interest and my confidence grew and before I knew it, I had signed up to be a vendor at the Helping Hands Craft Show in Sioux Center. I made a variety of baby and gift items and I was thrilled to see that they were well received. I found Etsy.com not long after and started listing my items there. I've been sewing and selling via Etsy since then, and every year I have been amazed at how much my business grows. As my business grew, my family also grew and it was wonderful to have the extra income and flexibility to be home with the kids. In 2013, I decided to expand my business and started selling fabric online as well. Shortly after that, Kathy and I met and started discussing the possibility of opening a shop in Orange City. It's been a couple years in the making, but I am amazed at God's provision and timing in this from start to almost-finished. Although I have been sewing for a while, there is still so much I want and need to learn and I know that immersing myself in Stitch Studio will help me do that, while at the same time being able to share my knowledge with others. While I do feel very unqualified in some areas (anything yarn related is certainly not my department, but I am excited to take all the beginner classes!), I pray that I can use the gifts I do have to help you build your sewing skills or maybe even build your crafty business one day! Below you will find a few pictures of my creations that I have sold in my Etsy shop over the years. While we are in these baby stages of building Stitch Studio, I will be taking a break from sewing for my Etsy shop so I am not spreading myself too thin, but may try to keep a small selection of items at the store!
We are on week 3 of renovations, and it's amazing how different the building looks already! We are so excited to be moving into this space. We love the location right downtown and we had hopes that it could be turned into something really special. So far we have not been disappointed! We wanted to show you a few progress pictures of how things are coming along. And everyone knows you have to have the "before" shots to really get the full effect so enjoy, and let us know what you think! (Click on the pictures below to enlarge and read the captions.)
We’ve been able to talk to many of you about what Stitch Studio is going to be, but we wanted to give you, as our future customers and friends, a little peak into what we have planned for Stitch Studio. So here goes! First, and foremost, we want to be a creative and educational resource for our community. Yes- we do plan on having classes!!! We truly believe that whether you are sewing, knitting, crocheting, or quilting, it’s a lot more fun to do it with other people. Stitch Studio will offer a wide array of classes for all abilities. If you’ve never sewn or cast on a stitch before in your life- we can teach you! Have a bit of experience but want to try a new project? We can do that! Even if you’ve been sewing for years- we will have something for you! We do hope to get classes started as early as this summer and we will release those details as soon as possible.
Now for some of the more common questions we’ve heard:
Q: When are you opening?
A: Excellent question! And our best answer is before Tulip Festival. We would like to be open mid to late April so that we have a couple weeks to work out any kinks that go along with opening a new business before the Tulip Festival crowds arrive.
Q: Where will you be located?
A: We will be right downtown in the old Hands Around the World building! Super convenient, and you will be amazed at the transformation taking place in the building right now!
Q: Will you sell sewing machines?
A: We would love to sell sewing machines, but that is not in the plan for this stage of our business. It is a definite possibility down the road as we guage the interest though! But we will have 4 quality Viking sewing machines in the shop that can be used for classes if you don’t have a machine of your own.
Q: Will you service machines?
A: Again, not at this stage. But we do hope to find a resource in the community who can help you in that department and we can be a drop off and pick up site for that.
Q: What types of fabric will you carry?
A: We will carry a variety of cottons, including modern prints from Art Gallery, Moda, Riley Blake, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, and many other manufacturers. We also will carry a large selection of solids for your modern quilts, as well as batiks. And we have heard the request for other substrates, so we will have a selection of knits and voiles and a few other apparel type fabrics! Keep in mind that our selection is going to have to grow over time here at first. We think you will be able to find something you love though!
Q: What yarns will you carry?
A: We will be carrying a variety of yarn from Brown Sheep Company and Universal Yarns at first. We'll make sure we have all the standard weights in a variety of colors. Our inventory will grow over time and we will be looking at Rowan and Plymouth yarn companies as well as some other Midwestern sourced specialty yarns. We want to hear from our customers regarding favorite brands and styles. We also want to know what you want to learn.
We’re sure you have more questions- feel free to ask them in the comments and we will do our best to answer!
We are both so very excited for our creative baby to be born soon, and we hope you are too!
Stitch Studio is a local and online fabric and yarn shop, specializing in high quality, modern supplies for all of your sewing or yarn art needs.