I stumbled onto a website the other day discussing the swarm mathematics of fireflies. Most of it isn't really relevant here, except for the closing quote that I thought described Pine Ridge rather nicely.
"You float along, softly, in silence,
occasionally punctuating the darkness
with a small dot of bright light. By
yourself, there's not much to see.
But whenever you shine, you inspire
those close to you to shine too, a little bit
sooner than they otherwise would have.
And those close to you, in turn, inspire
those close to them.
And so on, and so on.
First, a few small groups start flashing
together. Then, a wave of light sweeps
across the swarm. Finally, you're all
dazzling together, a brilliant beacon, all
in harmony, in tandem – in synchrony.
What small-scale interaction will you
make today, little firefly?"
There's a great firefly simulation on the site too. Be sure to check the original site here http://ncase.me/fireflies/
By: Tony Tedball 2017/06/03
Categories: General Info
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?
By: Tony Tedball 2017/05/07
Categories: Embroidery Show and Tell
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!
By: Tony Tedball 2017/04/29
Categories: Home Decorating
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!
By: Laura & Tony 2017/02/06
Categories: General Info
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.
By: Pine Ridge Knit & Sew 2017/01/27
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.
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.
By: Pine Ridge Knit & Sew 2017/01/25
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...
Offset seams so minimal seam nesting / matching
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.
By: Laura Tedball 2017/01/18
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
You gotta get in here and sew!
By: Laura Tedball 2017/01/12
Categories: General Info
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?
By: Pine Ridge Knit & Sew 2017/01/05
Categories: Garment Sewing KIDS!