One of the big problems with fast fashion is the super poor quality - thin fabrics, seams that aren't strong, etc. But if you have some needle skills, you can make your clothes last longer and look cuter at the same time.
There are lots of ways to repair and upcycle your clothes with needlework. You can use embroidery (including needlepoint stitches) together with some scrap fabric to create patches, or to strengthen seams that are pulling. Our great-great grandmothers used the same technique, called "flossing," to keep the bones from poking out of their corsets. You could do the same thing to keep the underwire from poking out of your bra!
Into cross stitch? You can embellish (and cover stains and small holes) with cross stitch if you use a waste canvas (canvas made to be pulled apart and discarded). You can also stiffen fabric temporarily with a backing made of Solvy, a water soluble "interfacing" that you can hoop together with soft fabric to make it stitchable, then soak off for a soft finish.
You can also embellish your clothing with weaving, knitting, or crochet! Make a lace edging and sew it on the collar. Do some garter stitch or single crochet patches and sew them over frayed elbows. Weave up some squares with a peg loom and replace the worn patch pockets.
Want an even easier upcycle? Embrace your inner punk or shabby chic cottagecore side and fray things on purpose! Dye your a laddered sweater black and wear it with a skull necklace and live your best goth life. Fray the hem of your skirt more until it makes a fringe and add some beads for a boho vibe.
Be safe, be well, be kind!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
Featured Pattern & Yarn
Sarasota Chunky is the perfect combination of cotton and acrylic. We love cotton for it's cool texture but it's denser than most other fibers. This density is one reason you don't see much cotton in a bulky (#5) weight. Adding acrylic to cotton yarn makes for a lighter yarn, plus the acrylic provides some stability so the yarn has some elasticity. Because of this, Sarasota Chunky's cotton/acrylic blend is perfect for blankets, accessories, and garments.
Try Sarasota Chunky in this crocheted Braided Bag (pdf link) or knitted Slip Stitch Baby Blanket (pdf link). Both are free in-store, on Ravelry or on Cascade's website (along with several other patterns)!
Store your stuff AND share your feelings with the
cute Anything Bag mesh accessory pouches!
Moses is BACK!
Moses is in the shop two days a week and he's accepting students for private lessons in knitting or crochet, spinning, and basic needlepoint! YAY!
Hours - We’re open 7 days a week!
In-store and online private lessons are available! Please call us at 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Dawn, Moses, and Nancy M. are all available to help you with your projects! Private Lessons can be scheduled outside of regular hours at the discretion of the teacher.
The Tip Jar
If you need to sort out your threads for a needlepoint, embroidery, or cross-stitch kit, you can make your own thread sorter with an old greeting card! Punch holes around the edges and pull your threads through with a hitch knot and label them with color names or numbers. You can now fold it up with the threads all kept safe and clean inside until you need them!
All regular classes are currently on hold until we can safely seat up to 6 students in the classroom. We'll let y'all know when we can offer them again. Until then, we're offering most of our class material in private lessons.
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