Walk On The Wool Side

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Rebecca took my Saltbox Angel Class at Bolt Cloverdale and sent me a photo of her completed project.   I don't know . . look at that angel face . . makes me think that i should just maybe redo my own.   Isn't she perfect?   Wonderful stitching Rebecca and thank you for sharing the photo.  The class was so much fun - hoping to add more classes to my 2017 schedule.
There is another version of Saltbox Angel pattern on our website - with a kit also available.
I have a whole file of photos from many of you . . and from shows and events . .  and will be catching up with the posting now that this years' shows are behind us.

Rebecca's Saltbox Angel

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Back on the road again.  Heading for Santa Clara, CA for the wonderful PIQF show.  
This is a fabulous festival with incredible quilts and a huge variety of vendors.    If you can make it, please visit us in Booth 305, right inside the front entrance.   Along with the new shades of osnaburg we also have new hand dyed textured wool colors, hand dyed linens and velvets and so many patterns, kits and accessories that you won't know what to choose!
Since I know a lot of you are too many stitching miles away, we will try to share some of the show with you on our FB page.
Go to PIQF website for more information.

Saturday, October 1, 2016


If you do not already follow Anna Bates on FB and on her blog, Woolie Mammoth, you are missing out on a wealth of wonderful stitching information.  In addition to her blog, she also posts on youtube.com with her  Quilt Roadies films and also writes posts for QuiltShow.com
If you go to Woolie Mammoth right now,  sign up to follow her blog, you can comment on the post that shows this "Santa Brings the Tree pillow pattern, and have a chance to WIN the PATTERN AND KIT.
Hurry, winner announced 10.4.16.

On another note . . our two new patterns, Santa Brings The Tree and Saltbox Angel are both now available on Reets website.
It's time to stitch!!

Friday, September 9, 2016


I thought that it was a humungous bin of wool in in my stitching room.
Look what i found underneath . . my big beautiful cutting table.   I'm so delighted!
I need to cut something up.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Working on a new Santa pillow and a framed wall hanging pattern.  Love stitching up holiday stuff.  Will likely be a class end of October.  
What is on your stitching table?


Lost Coast Interpretive Association's Quilt - County Fair Winner!

Our local group, Lost Coast Interpretive Association displayed their quilt in the county fair.   A group of artists, not necessarily quilters,  designed and pieced together this incredible quilt.   It was huge and of course this photo does not do it justice.
This group's main focus is on education: "education about the landscape, the geology, the plants and animals, and the cultures of the Lost Coast region."
They travel with their quilts to schools and organizations to teach  about the environment and to light a spark in young inquisitive minds  They do this . . and so much more.   Such an asset to our community.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I had forgotten how much fun teaching wool appliqué is.   Thought you might like to see some photos from our Saturday and Sunday classes at Bolt Fabric and Home in Cloverdale.
You can tell they are fun ladies.
Lindy won Saturday's free Wickedy Jig

Sharon stitches away!

Like the red-headed angel

Cathy got right busy

 Bolt Cloverdale not only has lots of fun fabrics but also a great collection of home goods.
Kate was a very welcoming and accommodating host.
Will look forward to returning to this great shop.
Cloverdale has become a wonderful little town too.  Just off 101 north of Santa Rosa.
Be there - you'll love it!

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Saltbox Angel Class
The van is packed and ready to head to my Woolie Weekend teaching Saltbox Angel at Bolt in Cloverdale.  I'm so looking forward to stitching wool with others again.   Since the class filled up we added a second day.   Which means I get to stay an extra night with my daughter, SIL and granddaughter! 

Perhaps she will teach me to bake.
And then there is the Friday's In Forestville event.  I may need to drop in on my SIL's wine tasting shop!  Have you ever tasted Joseph Jewell Wine? 

Friday Night in Forestville
Missed this event - 1st Annual Wine Makers Dinner
With Joseph Jewell at Starscape Vineyard.

Yep .  missed this one too but i don't think i could have gotten in.

Joseph Jewell wines being served at State Dept. Dinners!
So i guess that i will be happy with just Friday's in Forestville .  and hope that i get to that workshop on Saturday!  Drop by if you are in Cloverdale Saturday or Sunday.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Our new Wickedy Jig Pattern winner plus the packet of chenille needles was randomly chosen . . . Since i'm a bit scared of that little Witch Queen (don't be fooled by the sweet face) .  I feared i had better pick TWO winners.
So the two random winners are . . .

KAM - Kristen Freeman
Linda of Barneynme

Please read all of the comments as they are very entertaining.   I loved every one of them . . discovered even MORE reasons to love Halloween and Fall!   I sincerely thank you all for joining the fun.   Woolbert and i are working on another little contest either here or on Facebook . . 
or why not both.
A little note on my Saltbox Angel Class at Bolt in Cloverdale.  It filled up and has a waiting list so we have decided to add a second class the next day, August 14 .  next Sunday.  There are a few spaces left.   All of the information is on Bolt Fabric and Home's website > Classes page.

I hope that you are all finding some time to stitch and be happy.
Thanks again for spending some time here,

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


 Wickedy Jig Pattern is now available on Reets Website
available for you to win here on the blog.  We want to toss in a 6 pack of our
#22 Chenille Needles too!  Love these needles . . made in Copenhagen.

Just leave a short note telling everyone your favorite thing about Halloween.
By the end of the day, Saturday, August 6
I'll draw a totally random name from the
comments left on this post.
I'll announce the winner right here Sunday/Monday . .  I may not have your contact information if you post anonymously so be sure to check back then.

Plenty of time for you to get this whimsical project completed.
Wool applique on woven cotton.
Good Luck !!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Part of Saltbox Angel - Class Project
Hope you had some stitching fun today.  I did.  Finishing up this little Saltbox Angel.
I'm part way thru my 3 year plan to reduce vending at so many shows and increase time for design . . .  and to get back to teaching wool appliqué classes occasionally.   Working on some simple projects that can be completed in a one day class.  
This is part of Saltbox Angel, almost done.  At a later date there will also be an expanded version of the pattern and i will put it on the website.  
I used to love to teach classes and lately have been missing it.  I often learn more than i teach . . not to mention the fun.   Possibly i'll announce a class in Northern CA. Santa Rosa area in August but that has not yet been confirmed . . have lost my touch at scheduling things ahead.    

Also finishing up those instructions for Wickedy Jig. 
Make sure you visit us on Facebook.  Link in our side bar.
Have also recently started an Instagram board . . not sure why . . but it's all fun.
Stitch On!

Monday, July 11, 2016

W i c k e d y   J i g
Coming Soon - Wool Appliqué Wall Hanging
Jiggity Jack and the Little Witch that thinks she's a Queen!
A little sneak peek portion of the wall hanging is shown below.

Since the last free giveaway was on our Facebook Page
We'll have this pattern drawing here on the Blog.
Still have to write up the pattern.  This one is guaranteed FUN.

Just a little sneak peek portion of the upcoming pattern Wickedy Jig.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Pincushion Duo Pattern - WIN IT + THE KIT!
If you would like a chance to win this new PATTERN PLUS a KIT for the Mini Flower Pincushion (shown bottom left in photo),  please visit Reets Facebook Page and look for the Drawing Post.  You will see this same photo in the post.  Instructions to enter drawing will be listed there.   We will still be having drawings here on the blog in the future . .  just in case you do not follow Facebook.
Random drawing winner will be announced Friday morning, 7.8.16 on FB.

Please be so kind as to give our FB Page a "like" if you haven't already.   Just look for the "like" button on our cover photo at the top of the Page.
Click on our FB Badge to the right to get there.

New things have been added to our "Fun Accessories" page on Reets Website  . . as well as some Hand-Dyed Linens.  

Website Shipping  - I have changed our shipping charges to be calculated by weight.  Most of our items are light weight so this should help a great deal . . especially when ordering multiples of small items.  Patterns remain Free Shipping as always.

You can now shop on our Facebook Page.  Order items from our website and Checkout without leaving Facebook.

New pattern coming soon . . Wickedy Jig . . . can you guess?
Sign up to Follow this blog as we usually show new designs here first.

Good luck in the Facebook drawing!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Oh lovely little minute timer
sitting on my shelf
when i get a case of Busy Brain

just flip . . . shut up . . .

and journey back to self.

Monday, June 20, 2016


Some very artsy friends from Portland and Vancouver WA.  Hand made birthday crowns.
They meet every week to create beautiful art for our world.
Fun and inspiring group of women.
I cannot pick a favorite crown . . . but i think we all need to make one.
Will they be wearing them at the Sisters Quilting Event . . watch for them if you are there.
See you all at NW Quilt Expo in September girls!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Helen Anderson was the Featured Quilt Artist at the Wine Country Quilt Show this year.
Incredible Beautiful Quilts . . could have been the title of her exhibit.

And then a few more wonderful quilts by various guild members.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

QUILT MARKET READY . . not quite

Well we leave Monday for Salt Lake City.  Still things to do but isn't there always.  I hope that i'm not wrong thinking that it will be a fun trip.  I'll try to do some postings on our Facebook Page.
Unlike me . . Big Brown Bear and his friends are totally ready.
They are very excited about their first Quilt Market.
Wave goodbye!

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Because linen does ravel a good bit you might be hesitant to try turn under appliqué with it.    I use the freezer paper/starch method with all appliqué but it works especially well with linen.  In case you are unfamiliar i'll briefly describe.
Flip your pattern over on a light box and trace the appliqué piece in reverse onto the dull side of freezer paper.   Cut out on the traced line.   Iron the paper to the backside of your fabric.  NOTE:  On most fabrics you would use an eighth inch measurement but with linen make it almost a quarter inch.
Cut out fabric piece a scant quarter inch beyond the paper edge.  Spray some starch into a small plastic cup and with a paint brush (I use my finger) brush the starch onto the wrong side of the extended quarter inch of fabric.   With your fingers press the starched edge to the back, over the edge of the paper all the way around.   Press with hot iron.  Remove paper and press.   For more detailed information and photos check the internet.  Best appliqué method i have found.

This little bear is part of a new pattern design.  He has a few friends I think you are going to like.  More soon!  

Saturday, March 12, 2016


I'm in love with linen are you?  These two little pouches combine our new hand-dyed linens  and yarn-dyed woven cottons.   Nifty Little Pouches pattern can be found on our website as well as the Slide Clasp w/Magnetic Snap fixture.  Whenever using fabrics for projects of this sort,  i like to give them that slightly crinkled look so i lightly quilted the linen before cutting out the larger 9" pouch.  This step is optional but included in the instructions.
If you make TEN of these . . it won't be enough.   Fun little bag.

Friday, March 11, 2016


At last . . 100% hand-dyed Linen.
Looking forward to using it in designs and mixing it with the hand-dyed wools.

Have you seen our updated website?
I hope that you find it fresh and  easy to navigate.
Still have to correct some images and there is product to add like wools, fabrics and floss.  Working on it!

Also . . Facebook.   After doing it wrong twice last weekend, there is now a Reets' Facebook page.  Please use the badge on the right to visit and "Like" us . . never thought i would be saying that.

Hope you are having some stitching fun this week.

Monday, January 11, 2016


It is almost here.  And I hope that you are lucky enough to be going.
Come see us in the Ball Room.
Booths 1208 and 1210
We will have some new hand-dyed items that you are going to LOVE.
See you there!

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Nettie Needles has never looked better.
This is Barbara Roy's version of our beloved Nettie pattern.  I love everything about her don't you?
Especially her banner . . "Bewildered Quilter"!
Beautiful work Barbara.  Thank you.

Monday, December 7, 2015


Barbara has done it again.  Love her version of Father Christmas.

Just a note on our website renovation. . . Our new site should be up in a day or two.  Sorry it has taken so long.  If you are signed up to receive our occasional newsletter, you will receive an email as soon as it launches.
Happy Holiday Stitching !

Friday, September 11, 2015

Natural Fiber Fair, Arcata CA.

My friend Carin Engen did an incredible job gathering up an artistic group of quality vendors for the Natural Fiber Fair this year.  Best ever.  All of us know what work is involved in organizing such an event but look what she made the day after she returned home from the fair. 
Wool and Silk!  Can't beat that.

She is an extraordinary felting teacher.  You can find her schedule - AND class sign ups -  on her blog Artfully Felt.  It is made with the mosaic technique where you sandwich wool between layers of silk fabric.  This will likely be a class next June at the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon.

All of these garments use the same template.  These two are botanically printed.
Carin will be teaching botancial printing and felting at the
Gualala Art Center.
January 15-17, 2016.
Gualala is a heavenly California coastal town and what a wonderful weekend that will be.

John Marshall demonstrating fresh leaf indigo dyeing.  He grows the indigo himself.   This was a very simple and rewarding process.
John is "A brilliant American
fiber artist specializing in the traditional Japanese techniques of Katazome (stencil dyeing) and tsutsugaki (cone drawing)."
A most interesting and knowledgable man.  Highlight of the show for me.

Have to love these images.

This festival continues to flourish.  The vendors and the classes just keep on getting better every year.  To read more about the fair and to save the date visit their website.