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Tony's First Embroidery

If you don't recognize the character in the image - you're probably not a skateboarder. Any skateboarder will instantly identify him as "The Ripper" from Powell Peralta. (See what I did there - Ripper, like Stitch-Ripper, ha ha, wink wink). Anywho I'm a big fan - I've been riding Bones wheels for as long as I've been searching for Animal Chin.

While this isn't technically my first embroidery, it IS the first time that I've embroidered a project of my own, (that I'm totally going to wear) including creating my own .VP3 file.

And I had a _lot_ of fun doing it.

I did a little Gimping with the image before importing into the Embroidery Software. The image was simplified to 4 colours, each colour was broken out into it's own layer, and then each layer was imported one at a time. Once all the layers were in, it was a simple matter to stack them back up, and export to .VP3. Then loaded that file into a Designer Ruby DeLuxe, which proceeded to stomp the stitch-out like Rodney Mullen stomps a kick-flip!

One of the things I figured out early on is that white can be tough to work with on screen - but the finished product is going to come out with whatever colour thread you loaded into the machine. That's why his face is blue on the computer.

And did I mention that Embroidery Software is on sale this month down at Pine Ridge Knit & Sew?

 

Bay of Quinte Home Show

The "Jean Jacket Project" is officially under way! We used our time at the Trenton Home Show this weekend to start working on Laura's Jean Jacket. It's such a treat to work with our Designer EPIC Embroidery machine, and it's a great demonstration for the Show.

We love coming to the home show, because at Pine Ridge, we believe EVERY HOME NEEDS a sewing machine. Who's going to do your curtains? Hem your pants? Mend the ripped stuff? And don't even get us started on Quilting. Unless of course you want to get started with Quilting, then we offer that over here :)

And just in case you haven't met her yet, that's Penny in the booth pic, she's one of our newest down at Pine Ridge. She brings a ton of experience with her, and we're really excited to have her on-board. Welcome aboard Penny, and thanks for helping out with the show this weekend!

 

Best Anniversary EVER!!

Well the third time really is a charm, because our 3rd Anniversary Sale over the weekend was out best one yet! So much fabric, so many smiling faces, so many people we want to thank. We had a FANTASTIC weekend.

We're sending a great big THANK YOU to everyone in the Pine Ridge community, that's all of our staff, all of our wonderful volunteers, all of our creative clients, everyone that came on down to show their support, and all sewers everywhere. Thank you for making Pine Ridge such a wonderful place to sew and grow.

Mark your calendar and be sure to come back next year for our fourth anniversary with even bigger smiles, and even better savings.

You gotta get in here and sew!

Fandango Quilt Kit by Tula Pink

Twenty fabric collections later, Tula Pink shares with you the story of Slow & Steady. A story about following your heart and building your passion to perfection. A story about the magical thing that drives all of us, with blind faith to continue, to earn our place every time -- to build to our creativity, slow and steady, one foot in front of the other.

You can find her story in the modern and bright colours of this Fandango quilt featuring FreeSpirit Slow & Steady fabrics.

Inspired by the provocative Spanish dance, Fandango whirls around the well-loved fable about the tortouise and the hare. Here you find a race day vision of colourful ladies in fanciful hats escorted by dapper gentlemen, fanning themselves in the sultry heat.

This fabulous take on a traditional fan block, creates motion with colours circling, moving and dancing, slowly toward the finish, one stitch at a time.

Stop by Pine Ridge to pickup your quilt today, or buy Tula's quilt kit online here. To read more about Tula's story, visit www.freespiritfabrics.com.

You should Try-a HiyaHiya - Stainless Steel Knitting Needles

HiyaHiya makes high quality knitting and crochet supplies.

Their stainless steel needles are light to handle, and warm quickly to the touch. The needles are slick, but not too slick, for superb handling.

The interchangeables feature keyless screw-on connections, with smooth flexible cables and near perfect joins.

Thanks?!?! Now you have spoiled me, and I won't go back! (To using plastic needles)

HiyaHiya makes small circulars (9" and 11"), that are amazing for sock knitting. Their DPNs come in 4", 6", and 8" lengths.

Once our customers try them, they usually come back for more. Check out our current selection of Stainless Steel Knitting Needles here.

New Yarn!

And with those fancy new needles, you'll need a ball of fancy new yarn. The Opal Fairy was just here, with left us with a _FANTASTIC_ selection of new wools. Don't wait for Anniversary Sale on this collection. This wool won't last.

 

Snow Day Sew Day!

New pattern, new quilt. Got iced in in Wooler today. Made a quilt.

I heard stories about how easy the yellow brick road pattern was. But didn't believe it for myself until our latest ice storm here in Wooler.

Only needed 6 phat quarters worth of fabric, but I went scraptastic and pieced myself this laptop in an afternoon.

Still needs borders, but...

  • Strip pieced
  • Rotary cut
  • Offset seams so minimal seam nesting / matching
  • Beginner friendly
  • Laura giggled while making this one
  • "Super fun" and "busted a bunch of my scraps"
  • Pattern available at Pine Ridge
  • Kits available soon

Quarter inch seam on my Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC makes it even easier.

 

Local sewing store is busting at the seams!

We're a growing team of awesome people and we need to add a little more awesome. We have two roles that need to be filled. One is for a creative enthusiast who loves to sew, knit, embroider. And the other is for a service technician who likes to take machines apart and get their hands dirty.

You are: honest, creative, helpful, enthusiastic designer / stitcher / knitter / quilter.

Creative Enthusiast - Duties include:

  • Sales and support of sewing machines and sergers
  • Cutting fabric and notions to order
  • Assisting customers in the selection of colours and patterns of fabrics and yarns
  • Class registrations and promotions
  • Periodic setup and tear down of events (quilt show, home show)
  • Stocking shelves, filling internet orders,  maintaining inventories
  • Offer suggestions in telephone support of sewing techniques, knitting, embroidery
  • We're open 7 days a week and shifts will reflect that (evenings and weekends)


As a service technician you perform diagnostics and repairs on all makes of sewing machines, sergers and quilters. Machines range from turn-of-the-century mechanical classics, to modern computerized sewing and embroidery machines with touch screen and wi-fi.

Maintenance & Repair Technician - Duties include:

  • You work independently, you pickup a machine at the store, take it to your shop for diagnostics and repair, and get paid in cash when you return the working machine
  • Mechanically oriented with occasional use of solder iron and computer
  • Fine vision and motor skills as you often work with very small parts
  • You have access to a reasonable arsenal of tools (screw drivers, allen keys, air compressor)
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Sewing experience would be an asset but is not required. Training will be provided to the right candidate
  • This is a contract position with a flat rate pay structure


If you love helping people with their creative ventures and your glass is half full, then apply in person with a resume that states which position you are interested in by January 27/2017 to:

Pine Ridge Knit & Sew
17477 Highway 2 West – Unit 3 Appledene Plaza
Trenton, Ontario

You gotta get in here and sew!

Mommy and Me Sew

New Pyjamas all around at the Pine Ridge Mommy and Me Sew Event. The lessons were intense but everyone had a really great time. What will these kids think of next?

 

In the Hoop

Finished my gift bag today! All made in the hoop! Sew beautiful!
Thanks Laura!

 

Ruby and Me

Look what Ruby and I made this evening!!!!
I think Rebecca's secret Santa for dance is going to be thrilled to death!!

~*What makes you different just might be your biggest strength*~

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WOW Lisa! Just WOW!! And way to work that new Ruby!

I can almost hear Yoda telling me to expect great things from this one.

 

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