Nov 20, 2014/Julie

Thanks + Holiday Giving

Giving Thanks with Gift Certificates

It is with loads of gratitude for your business that I tell you about a few Home Made holiday offers. It is your commitment to supporting independent shops like mine that allow our small-but-mighty places to keep doing what we do. Here at Home Made, we try our best to ignite your creativity by offering quality supplies and instruction for knitting, sewing and quilting so you can enjoy the satisfying process of creating as much as you love your finished project.

Now, I know many of you are either already in the thick of holiday shopping or are about to get into it. As a timely thank you, I’d like to extend an invitation to you. Or, probably more accurately your loving husband, best friend, sister, daughter, or neighbor who will likely be receiving a link to this post as a hint, hint.
Today through December 14 :

Buy a $50 gift certificate, get an additional $5 on us.
Buy a $100 gift certificate, get an additional $10 on us.
Buy a $150 gift certificate, get an additional $15 on us.
Buy a $200 gift certificate, get an additional $20 on us.

With a gift certificate, the lucky recipient can take a knitting or sewing class or purchase shop merchandise. Like some fabulous yarn or fabric, patterns, or maybe she’s been eying an Addi Click knitting needle set!

Plus, on Saturday, November 29 we’re celebrating your support of local business all day by offering 20% OFF store wide! Please note that our shop only accepts cash and Visa or Mastercard credit cards. 

I think it’s worth mentioning that you don’t have to wake up early or stay up into the wee hours of the night to cash on our holiday deals. The worst thing that might happen is you get a stare down from this guy.

Lastly, we’ll be CLOSED Thanksgiving day but to make up for it we’ll be OPEN Friday, November 28 from 10 AM – 6 PM as well as our usual Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM.

Thank you so so much for shopping at Home Made. We really do appreciate you. See you soon!

Nov 18, 2014/Julie

Sewing with Fleece + Making Baby Bibs

Ezra's Owl Bib{Knotted Pass Through Baby Bibs : free pattern by Delia Creates}

Ya know, waiting for your first teeth to come in can be tough. You chew on both fists at the same time, or all four hooves of your Sophie, just to try and get a little gum relief and what happens? You become a big ol’ slobbery mess. Okay, blowing bubbles and making a motor boat sound may not be helping all that much.

At this time of your life, the least your mama can do for you is make you a few stylin’ bibs so you can look a little more pulled together, right?!

Knotted Pass Through Baby Bibs

I came across this adorable bib pattern around the same time that I was realizing that Ezra’s existing bib stash never seemed to be large enough. One afternoon, I decided to cut out a whole bunch and sew them assembly line style for efficiency. Now, we’re very happy to have just a few more on hand.

What’s great about this bib is that you don’t need snaps or Velcro. You just need to sew a buttonhole and then tie a knot at the other end for the closure. And, if you haven’t used the buttonhole feature on your sewing machine, let this be your reason to hunker down with your manual and learn. You’ll love making button holes once you figure it out. You will!

For my first batch, I chose some holiday fabrics so Ezra is ready for the impending festivities as well as those irresistible owls. Since this first batch was such a success, I’ll probably make a few more for my little fella and then put some on reserve so I have a baby shower gift on hand when needed.

For the back of the bibs, I used our new organic fleece from Michael Miller Fabrics so they would be a bit more absorbent. The fleece is super soft but has a bit of stretch to it. So, when you make your own stash of bibs (and why wouldn’t you?!), I recommend switching out your regular sewing machine needle for a jersey ballpoint one. That simple step will prevent the fleece from stretching as you sew.

Public service announcement: Change your sewing machine needle often! Really, it makes a HUGE difference. Get in the habit of changing it before each project. Just check to make sure the needle you’re using is meant for the type of fabric you’re sewing — your manual should have directions for you — and you’re golden.

Are you ready to get stitching?

That super cute fabric, organic cotton fleece, sewing machine needles (including universal ballpoint needles) and more is sold at Home Made! So, stop in and get inspired.



Nov 11, 2014/Julie

Madder’s Anthology I

Sibella Cowl by Carrie Bostick Hoge{Sibella Cowl + Cardigan from Madder’s Anthology I :knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

Camilla Kid knitting pattern by Carrie Bostick Hoge{Camilla Kid from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

Camilla Shawl knitting pattern by Carrie Bostick Hoge{Camilla Shawl from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

Imogen Wool knitting pattern by Carrie Bostick Hoge{Imogen Wool from Madder’s Anthology I : knitting pattern + photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge}

For the past few days, I’ve been drooling like my teething babe over the newly released Madder’s Anthology I. Just arrived to the Home Made shop, this knitting pattern book offers a collection of four unique stitch stories: Camilla, Sibella, Imogen, and Beatrice. These four stitch stories weave their way through garments and accessories offering approachable projects like a cowls and baby blankets to more advanced ones like pullovers and cardigans.

The gorgeous photography combined with such a stunning collection of hand knit projects makes this book a delicious bit of eye candy and motivation to cast on for a new knitting project. I’ve got my sights set on knitting the Imogen Wool. *swoon*


Get your copy of Madder’s Anthology I at Home Made! And, if you don’t live nearby, just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.



Nov 4, 2014/Julie

Parquet in Progress

This much of a Parquet Shawl is what’s currently hanging out on my knitting needles. I might be getting a tad bit ahead of myself because I’m already planning what outfits I’ll wear this with once it’s all finished.

The pattern and Canopy Fingering yarn (in River Dolphin) are from The Fibre Company. The cool wooden yarn spool is my trusty, handmade Yarn Buddy. All available in the Home Made shop, folks!

What’s on your knitting needles today?


The Fibre Company yarn, knitting patterns, knitting needles and accessories (like Yarn Buddies) are sold at Home Made. If you . . . → Read More

Nov 1, 2014/Julie

Hikoo’s Kenzie Yarn

Today we’re welcoming a yarn newcomer to the Home Made shop — Hikoo’s Kenzie! Have you knit with this yarn? It’s beautifully tweedy. That’s official knitting and textile terminology for ya. (:

Kenzie is a DK yarn made of New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca with a bit of nylon and silk noils. Yummmmm, right? If you’re asking what the heck DK means, it means that you should expect 5 stitches per inch when knit with a recommended needle size of US 6 – 8. This combination of fibers makes for a terrifically textured tweed with plenty of softness and . . . → Read More

Oct 30, 2014/Julie

Madelinetosh Fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders

Do you know about Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF)? Since 1971, MSF has been helping people worldwide where the need is greatest by delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care. For instance, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Well, Madelinetosh has created a special, limited edition rainbow colorway for their Twist Light yarn and will be donating 100% of their profits from this yarn to MSF. Their goal is to raise $10K by the end of November. Pretty cool, eh?

You guessed it! A limited quantity . . . → Read More

Oct 28, 2014/Julie



{Herrington : knitting pattern by Knitterella}

My Herrington cowl is all finished, blocked, and ready to wear! I’m thrilled with out it turned out.

I used Manos del Uruguay Fino in Ivory Letter Opener for my background color and The Fibre Company’s Canopy Fingering Sarsparilla for my contrast color.

Herrington was the project for one of our complimentary knit workshops over the Summer. Sorry if you missed it! This project made for a terrific first color work project. And, I think I can speak for the ladies in attendance — color work turned out to be way easier than . . . → Read More

Oct 19, 2014/Julie

Cotton + Steel Reversible Box Tote

{Reversible Box Tote : free pattern by Very Shannon}

I’ve been talking about how much I love this Reversible Box Tote pattern on Facebook, in the shop, and via our email newsletter for weeks but I haven’t shown it to you! Well, until now. Obviously.

I’ve actually made two of them. So far. Each with different fabrics. All from Cotton + Steel. Both to gift to two lovely ladies. But. . . I only took photos of one before passing them along. So, you’ll just have to take my word for it that the other one was also very cute and . . . → Read More

Oct 18, 2014/Julie

Cotton + Steel Super Tote

{Super Tote : sewing pattern by Noodlehead sold at Home Made}

Everyone tells me that when you have a baby, the days are long but the weeks are short. Which feels very true. So, it either took me a few long days or a short week to sneak in time to make this Super Tote using our new Cotton + Steel fabrics. Either way, I’m enjoying the accomplishment of having made this super cute and functional bag! On a somewhat related note, Brian’s morning glories sure are hanging in beautifully, aren’t they? 

The Super Tote just one of a handful of Noodlehead sewing patterns . . . → Read More

Oct 16, 2014/Julie

Learn to Quilt!

If learning to quilt is on your “list,” then now is the time! We’re offering a new project for our beginner quilting class — the Divided by 3 Table Runner. Sure, we love a nice big handmade quilt to snuggle up with but the reality of larger projects is that they require much more time to pass between meetings (and a lot more homework on your part), sometimes making it tricky to show you all the basics to get you on your quilting way. And, who doesn’t love a table runner to jazz things up a bit in that dining room?

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