Beginning 21 June 2015 Silk Road Textiles will be joining the Row by Row Experience. This national summer shop hop features free patterns at each participating shop, this year all with a water theme. We have been working hard with a local artist and a budding designer to bring you an amazing row. Brush up your paper piecing skills with a class, because you’ll need them for this knockout pattern! Also in the store now are our custom shop license plates for the Row by Row Experience. The “Fiber Prescription” plate pictured above pays homage to our building’s roots as a pharmacy.
Silk Road Textiles partners with several women-owned initiatives based in Nepal, and because of this you, our customers, help support many craftswomen and their families. Many of the suppliers for sari silk yarn, felted baubles, pouches, beaded bracelets, baskets, and buttons have lost everything: homes, workshops, schools, transportation, etc. due to the earthquake. Many are unable to produce at this time. We contacted as many of the suppliers as we could and asked how we could help. They suggested we make donations to the following agencies as they are established and on the ground. We wanted to share this information with you.
The summer calendar is finally here, and it is packed with exciting learning opportunities. Of particular note are the wealth of kids classes for budding fiber artists ages eight and up. Learn to sew and make lots of projects this summer, or try your hand at knitting or crocheting.
Students who have never sewn at Silk Road Textiles before will need to take the two day Kids Intro to Sewing to make sure we’re all on the same page. Then you’re free to take any of the classes on the calendar including the brand new Kids Dress to Cook where we’ll be making a placemat, a hot pad, and a stylish apron.
Silk Road Textiles is open “late” every Thursday night. Our resident experts are in the house from 6-8PM. Bring an idea – bring a project – bring a question – bring yourself! One knitter said, ” It was so nice to sit, chat and knit. Very relaxing. I may have to come in every week!” – Please do, all hand-stitchers are welcome.
Let us help you create your personal Wish List. It’s easy! Select your SRT favorites, we enter the items in our gift registry and keep the list on file for you. When friends and family ask what’s on your list, send them to us! We’ll give them your list and help them find your selections. Join our gift registry at any time for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or any occasion to pamper your creative spirit.
During the month of August, Silk Road Textiles displays small pieces of fiber art (no larger than 5”x7”) in honor of Terry’s mother, Irene Sutton. This year the theme is “Anchors Aweigh” so get your creative juices flowing and start stitching, felting, weaving, knitting, crocheting, appliqueing, dyeing or whatever floats your fiber artist boat!
Submit your art piece (more than one if you like) to Silk Road Textiles by 5:00 PM on Fri. July 31, 2015 to be included in the show. Exhibition dates: August 4—31. When dropping off your art at the store, please be sure to include your name and phone number, the title of the piece, asking price (or indicate “Not For Sale”), and any artist’s statement you may wish. Download and print the submission form here.
Even if you do not submit a fiber art piece, be sure to stop in to view the exhibition and vote for your favorite pieces.
Why Anchors Aweigh? In 1943 Irene Sutton enlisted as a WAVE in the US Navy. She trained as a nurse and attended the pharmaceutical school at the US Naval Training Center at Hunter’s College in Bronx, New York. Upon her graduation she was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station Hospital as a psychiatric nurse and in 1944 she was reassigned to the San Diego Naval Base on Coronado Island. She continued to serve as a nurse and trainer for Navy pilots in flight simulators and low pressure chambers. She also sang with the Navy Choir and performed with many famous stars of the day entertaining the troops during the war. One evening, while commuting on a street car back to base from town, she met John Owen, a fellow sailor. He asked her to go for a cup of coffee, and as the saying goes…the rest is history.
The North Hills Swim Club Froggies are partnering with Funds2Orgs to send shoes to developing nations. These shoes are used to start and supply micro-enterprises that help people support themselves and grow their local businesses. You may drop gently used shoes off at Silk Road Textiles until August 5. Please tie laces together or rubber band shoes so they stay in pairs. All sizes and styles are needed.
Looking for an inspirational treat? Look no further than our signature “6-Pack Sampler” club! Each month participating customers will receive a collection of 6 pieces of fabric and a spool of matching Presencia thread. Each pack will have its own theme sure to delight you. This program makes a terrific gift for the fiber enthusiast! Enroll at any time. Learn more here.
Join Silk Road Textiles for our monthly Sip & Stitch! A great time to hang out with other folks who stitch in any number of ways. Bring your favorite beverage and any type of stitchery project you’d like to work on. Inspire others and be inspired in a friendly environment.
Upcoming Dates: 5/26, 6/30, 7/28, and 8/25
Participants who want to continue the camaraderie after the store closes can meet at Marty’s Hops and Vines, located next to Silk Road Textiles. Each Tuesday is Ladies’ Night at Marty’s.