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Just In: online store, books, and samples

by Gina

This week we’re featuring a few different things on our “Just In” post that often do not get featured. First up, these three great new dish towelings have been added to the Bolt online store (see that big “Shop Bolt” button to the right?).

Our in-store collection of dish toweling is over flowing right now. I think this is the largest variety we’ve ever had. (If you’re shopping from afar, feel free to scroll through past Just In posts to see others that are available and give us a call.) We get asked a lot about what to do with toweling, other than the obvious and here are some ideas we share (or that have been shared with us): curtains, bags, table runners and napkins, small skirts and aprons. Here are a few of the newest additions:

This fantastic new book is getting us all excited about sewing up cute, cute kids’ clothes for summer. Adrianna just brought in the great sample of a boy’s top and drawstring shorts. Not only is the style so sweet, but the designs are timeless, straightforward and include both girls’ and boys’ designs!

Another great new set of samples is from the color block pouch pattern from V and Co. Super cute, and prefect for the whip-up-in-a-flash gift. Use coated cotton on the inside, or wax your fabric (we’ve got Otter Wax!) and have it be a great little make up / toiletries bag. And, we’ve got these great, colorful metal zippers that add just the right little detail.

Remember that fantastic “Go Anywhere Dress” Heather made up?  We just received in more colors of that yummy linen/ rayon Brussels blend that she used. Such lovely drape to it. You’ll want to make up an entire wardrobe!

See you soon.

Three Clicks: Visible Mending

by Cameron

The ideas behind the slow fashion movement are what brought me to sewing. I wanted to be a more thoughtful, conscious consumer of clothing. There are many different ways to be a conscientious shopper, and I’ll admit I was slow to warm to the idea of repairing and mending my clothes. It felt like just one more chore keeping me from doing the NEW sewing that I wanted to be doing, until I started seeing gorgeous images of visible mending pop up on the internet. Now I love the idea of investing time, energy, and love into a garment that I’m planning on keeping for the long haul. I often find my mended clothes end up being more interesting and beautiful to me than the original.

I patched up my favorite t-shirt with some knit scraps and a simple running stitch. I like it’s imperfections, and I love that as it gets more holes it’s only going to get more interesting.

Visible mending in repose


Up close and personal with my wabi sabi shirt rescue. Check out the visibly mended brick work in the background!But not all mending needs to be so scrappy. Lots of artists and makers are creating beautiful pieces from worn out garments. Here are some of my favorite inspiring visible menders to get you started.

Tom of Holland, the internet alter ego of Tom van Deijnen, is an artchitect of visible mending. The first time I heard of visible mending it was as part of Tom’s Visible Mending Programme - an operation he started to expose and celebrate mending techniques and the preservation of textiles. By highlighting instead of hiding repairs, he reminds us how resilient fabric can be. His website has some great info on historical mending and pictures of his own work.

Grid Junky, aka Jerome Sevilla, is a designer and textile artist who takes unloved, discarded clothing and transforms it into something totally fresh and stunning. He also takes beautiful shots of his meditative process that are just as inspiring as his finished products. Everything about his work is slow fashion at it’s most methodical, and his sashiko mending projects are no different - they’re simple, utilitarian, and so gorgeous.

Katarina Rodabaugh, is an artist and maker. She recently finished an art project/fast fashion hiatus during which she explored sewing, thrifting, and mending. Her mending projects are inclusive of lots of different techniques from traditional boro mending to dyeing stained fabrics with coffee. The exploratory approach of her Make Thrift Mend Project is so empowering. Every time I browse her blog, I come away ready to tackle the pile of mending slowly taking over my work table in new and creative ways.

And one more to grow on - Felicia Semple of The Craft Sessions uses her sewing machine in some of her visibile mending projects, which is a great, quick way to dip your toe into the world of garment repair.

If you’re interested in visible mending, come by the store. We have supplies that can get you well on your way to breathing new life into old favorites like sashiko floss and needles, interfacing, fabric dye, and fusible and decorative patches.

Just In: Cotton + Steel and Sun Prints

by Gina

The newest line from the clever gals of Cotton + Steel is here! Chock full of pretty colors and sweet designs. And, to help make room for the new pieces, the 2014 pieces are marked down 25%!Gorgeous double gauze prints!Next up, a nice group of “Sun Prints” from Alison Glass, perfect to mix in with her “Handcrafted” collection of batiks.

See you soon!