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It's OK to be Fussy

Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself. In preparing for the Pine Ridge Oh Canada Wallhanging, I'd made a point of choosing a fabric with a tight design so the pattern would be clearly visible on the smaller pieces. Simple right? But last night, after quickly cutting the first piece, I took one look at it and...


- wait for it -
 

Ta Da! No Dots!

Laughed out loud, traced it again, got a little fussy this time, and... way better.

It's OK to be Fussy (sometimes).

 

Fireflies

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/

 

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!

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!

Ruby Tuesday

It didn't take long for Tony to figure out that we needed to have a Ruby Tuesday. Laura was driving a Ruby deLuxe, Ilse was driving a Ruby deLuxe, Christina on a Ruby deLuxe, Marni just picked up the Ruby Royale, Ruth on a Ruby Royale - it was pretty obvious that the Ruby was the staff and volunteer favourite.

It was going to be be great, we would have had it on a Tuesday, written the invites on Rails, we would've served Reuben's, you get the idea....

On November 22 , Fourteen Ruby DeLuxe's showed up at our door.

14!

I didn't get a sandwich, but I'm calling it anyways - the official Pine Ridge Ruby Tuesday.

Brenda's upgrading, Bonita's upgrading, Lisa's upgrading, Ilse's picking up another one. This is the upgrade event of the season. So what does that mean for you? That means we've got already loved machines on sale just in time for BLACK FRIDAY.

We've got a used Topaz, Sapphire, Jade, and a whole bunch of fully refurbished Ruby DeLuxe's ready for you to take home today.

Tony finally got his Ruby Tuesday.

Not ready to commit to embroidery? No problem, take home a Ruby D without the embroidery unit for almost HALF OFF! add the embroidery unit later. Even without embroidery, these are top of the line sewing machines. Did I mention the Ruby sews sideways? Literally sews sideways!

Exclusive Sensor System™, DeLuxe Stitch System™, Automatic Thread Cutter, Sew without the Foot, Design Positioning, Embroidery Resize, Sewing Advisor, Smart Save, 360 x 200 Hoop, Legendary Husqvarna Feet. «Official Husqvarna Product Page»

Great machines, great prices, these aren't going to last. It's Crazy Tony's Ruby Tuesday SALE down at Pine Ridge. You gotta get in here and sew!!

 

Biology of Belief

This might be a little off topic, but it's such a powerful message that I wanted to share it with our colleagues. Laura and I often share a spirited debate on the topic of nature vs nurture. This is a fascinating talk with Bruce Lipton that is both educational and inspirational (22min).

Aunt Joyce, you'll love this guy - he's also into Tapping!

 

Christmas Fabric --SALE--

That's right, Christmas fabric on sale BEFORE Christmas. What will those little Elves down at Pine Ridge think of next?

Plenty of time left to whip up a new table runner for the season, or stockings, decorations, etc. Check out a Christmas Serging class here.

For the entire month of October, take 20% off all Christmas Fabric, and don't forget that Pine Ridge customers always get upto an additional 10% in Loyalty Bonus. It really does pay to shop here!

 

Ooops, she did it again!

She played with the store, so we can sew so much more...
Sent from above, I must be in love...

I really didn't know if I could pull off a Britney reference, but there it is. HA!

But seriously, if you haven't been in lately, you've gotta get down to the store. A custom built Pine counter to greet you, upgraded and redesigned class room so we can offer bigger and better classes, enhanced fabric display, increased yarn storage, bias tape dispenser, new thread installs, organization, and peg board, Peg Board, PEG BOARD!

Everything's changed. It's not the same store that it was a few months ago. And it's definitely not the same store it was a few years ago. You gotta get in here and sew!

Oh baby, baby!