Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dress update - IT'S ALMOST DONE!

It's off the needles and onto the mannequin! The full picture is pre-blocking and the first picture is a detail of the picot bind off that i quite like. Thank you Unfortunately as expected the dress grew in length after blocking and is now almost floor length, not quite the ankle length i was hoping for. I think i will investigate a hoop skirt at Bonnie's Bridal Center to see how that works with the crinoline over it and then the underskirt and lace over skirt (whew, glad its in September!). The idea is for it to be organic and not too wide, but make the heavy silk widen and allow the crinoline to do what its supposed to... give it some body for dancing! Which brings me to my next design decision. To make this outfit more fit for dancing than museum material, I'm planning to put the skirt on a drawstring so it can have just a bit of gathering, and will be removable for the dancing later that night, I just won't be able to think about anything else if I'm worried about snagging it! My friend said then next that that I looked lost without it always as a back up. After thinking about it, I am a bit lost I must admit, but i can now finish up the shrug and look at other aspects of the wedding planning... and designing... maybe flower crowns made from delicate felted i-cords and flowers? A veil? We will see what happens next and of course I'll keep you updated!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The perfect summer shawlette

Meet Jessica - one of our most dedicated customers and loyal knitting loiterer showing off her beautiful first lace project, the Clementine Shawlette, by Michele Rose Orne, Interweave Knits, Spring 2007 issue. Jessica knitted this out of the versatile Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy a Hemp/Cotton/Modal blend.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Seductive Shrug

Dress up any outfit with this sexy lace shrug, which is actually incredibly simple and knits up super fast! For those lace fanatics we have the pattern here as a free pattern with the purchase of Berroco Seduce (our 20% off featured yarn now until 5/31/08), but for those who would like to learn about lace, but are too afraid to try alone, we will be having a class making this shrug on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm on 5/28, 6/4 & 6/11
Please call to register

Monday, May 19, 2008

New hours

With beautiful summer weather, comes a strong urge to be outdoors! Thus, Ewetopia will now be closed on Sundays. However, we will be open now on Saturday 9-5pm (instead of 9-4pm). Of course, if at all possible, I can be open by appointment on Sundays, and sometimes (especially rainy ones) you may see the open sign out there, because, I may find I can't stay away from here even for a day! May the fiber be with you.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Do your kids want to needle felt?

Needle felted Mermaid/Merman class for kids ages 7 and up! Parents are welcome and encouraged to come and help especially with the young-uns! This class will be taught by Jen Breitbach who is a needle felted mermaid expert! It will be held here at Ewetopia May 17th from 10-11:30am. Please call 637-3443 to register!


Happy Spring Everyone! Even after last night's storm the weather is still warm (relatively) and inspirational, a definite sign of spring! Yesterday I sent out Ewetopia's very first e-newsletter, I hope to make it a monthly ordeal with coupons, free patterns and other shop news! If you have not received it yet and would like to, feel free to e-mail me so i can put you on the list (and send a current issue!)

In other parts of the shop... as you can see I am still working on the wedding dress, but only a few more inches to go! The bodice has been blocked and all the odd curvature in it that was not expected has been straightened out nicely! I would like to send a warm thank you to the Stitch n Bitchers from Madison who made the long drive from Madison (driving that drive on a weekly basis i should know!) on Monday for our knitting group! PLUS many wonderful pictures were taken like the one above, THANK YOU! I would like to remind everyone that all are welcome to our Monday night group and our BRAND NEW Tuesday morning group for those die hard knitters who want to come to both, or for those who simply can't make it at night!
May the Fiber be with You!