Stop by Pine Ridge anytime from now until September to get your 2017 On the Go Row, and don't forget that new this year is Row by Row Junior which is a great way to get the children in your life started with sewing.
In a study that tested the vision of people from a variety of professions, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that dressmakers who spend many hours doing fine, manual work seemed to have a superior ability to see in 3-D.
Adrien Chopin, a postdoctoral researcher in visual neuroscience, made the discovery as he was testing the stereoscopic vision of about three dozen people, 13 of them dressmakers. We all use stereoscopic vision when we throw a ball to someone, grab a pencil or park a car, but Chopin noticed that some individuals have much better stereoscopic vision than others.
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.
"Row by Row On The Go! is 2017's theme and we'll be participating here at Pine Ridge Knit & Sew. We're super excited about Row by Row Experience's brand new program, Row by Row Junior, too! It's designed for kids ages 6 to 14. They travel along with an adult. They collect free row patterns designed just for them to make and they can learn to sew at home with family help and support from www.rowbyrowexperience.com.
Row by Row Junior follows the same rules and time schedule as adult Row by Row Experience, June 21 through Labor Day. Kids need to be in the shop to get the free pattern handout, but anyone can buy a kit. Grandmothers and travelling family can bring them home as gifts or souvenirs.
Row by Row Junior designed the five different row patterns so you can be sure they are kid-friendly. Make it an adventure traveling to collect all five and seeing how different shops make up their row.
The Pine Ridge Knit & Sew Row is "High Tops". Our sample was done by 10 year old Chloe Workman that we'll have on display at our Kick-Off event on June 21st at 10:00 AM.
Also note that the City of Quinte West is graciously donating a commemorative "City of Quinte" pin for every Row by Row kit that Pine Ridge creates. We want to send a great big THANK YOU to the city for continuing to support Quinte's Favourite Sewing Centre.
We'll be awarding "I Made This!" ribbons to the first five kids who return with something made using a Row by Row Junior pattern. Any sewing effort will be celebrated, not just quilting. Find Row by Row Junior's free online activities, kids' journal pages, support for learning to sew at home, and more at www.rowbyrowexperience.com this summer.
"We want our kids to learn how to sew and carry on this craft that's so dear to us," explains Janet Lutz, Row by Row's founder. "Travelling to new places, collecting something just for them, visiting Grandma, summer vacation... this is all part of the wonder and excitement of Row by Row Experience. Please join us."
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?"
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?
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!
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.
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.