The Art of the Skirt

 

More exciting local news....fleece dallas has the privilege of working with local instructor, Sherry Smith.  Sherry has traveled to Europe with Vouge Knitting and studied with such well known instructors as Debbie Bliss, Jean Frost, Sarah Hatton, Sasha Kagan, Martin Storey and Steven West.  She is willing to share her love of knitting with others by offering her pleated skirt class during the month of January and February

 

This beautiful skirt is worked in a fingering weight wool yarn at 7.5 stitches per inch.  It is a firm but lightweight fabric, and is designed to have about 1” negative ease around the waist and hips for a slimming fit. Four darts shape the shape hips, then purl stitches are added between “pleats” to provide flare for the lower edge. Twisted stitches are worked along each edge of the pleat sections for crisp pleat definition. The bind-off produces slight scallops around the lower edge, which add to the overall appeal. 

 

 

Class Details are as follows:
Dates:   January 15, January 29, and February 12
Time:  Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Gauge:  30 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in sockinette
Materials:  1200 – 1600+ yards fingering/sock yarn depending on size
Needles:  Size 3 – 3.25 mm or size to obtain gauge
Cost:  $60 - price includes pattern
Homework:  Swatch 5” wide; 4” length in sockinette - blocked
Level:  Intermediate
Please call fleece to reserve your space today.
December 06, 2016 by April Cordell

Brioche 101 and More

We have exciting news....fleece dallas has teamed up with local yarn enthusiasts, Kim Hays and Roving Fibers Adventurers to offer Brioche 101 and Brioche Intermediate classes during the months of December and January.

 
Brioche knitting has become wildly popular.  This rib stitch pattern, can be intimidating, but is quite fun upon getting a hang of it.

Kim offers a beginner class that teaches basic stitches, techniques and tricks, and provides you with a great project pattern for practicing your newly learned technique!

Brioche Intermediate class introduces color work along with increasing and decreasing stitches, and shaping, and also provides a project pattern. 

Classes are a one day 3 hour workshop and are limited to 4 students at a time.  Classes are filling up quickly, so please join us for learning this fun and exciting technique.

November 28, 2016 by April Cordell

We have made the move....

After years of planning, we have finally made our move to Dallas.

Seven years ago we opened the doors of fleece in Cumming Georgia with the concept of offering a modern and creative knitting and crocheting environment run by a talented team that love helping people.  We have loved our time in Georgia; and although it was difficult to leave all our fiber friends in Georgia.  The desire to be closer to family brought us to Dallas.

After scouring the Dallas Metroplex, we found a forever home on the east side of Dallas.  With very little yarn options nearby, we felt the easy access off of Northwest Highway would be a great place to start our new adventure.

It has been quite a challenge turning an old pizza parlor into a great place for people to come and knit and crochet, but we hope you will enjoy our new space, and come and visit often.

Happy Knitting!!   

 

November 15, 2016 by April Cordell

One our favorites has an incredible story.....

Ceramic Yarn Bowl

 

Spencer Telligman is a potter. He began ceramics in high school, continued in college, until he had a stroke in January of 2011, and through the help of a couple of great teachers and one special teacher/mentor, he has been able to continue working at his love of pottery.  As his mentor once said, Spencer's veins run clay.

 

Spencer and his Mother walked into FLEECE one day last year and presented us with a box full of yarn bowls. The bowls were original, beautiful and functional and after I heard his story, we were "sold"! The following is Spencer's story in his own words and I hope you are as moved as I am after reading his story and encouraged by his positive attitude


 

 

This is Spencer's story

I'm Spencer and now I'm 25.  It's been 2 1/2 years since my stroke and I'm doing great.  I had two brain surgeries in 2011. I've regained about 85-90% of the use of my right side. My leg is stronger than my arm but they both continue to improve. My eyesight still stinks though it has improved greatly thanks to eye therapy.     

My life changed completely on 1/5/11.  I had a massive stroke because of a blood clot in the deep part of the middle of the left side of my brain.  I was paralyzed on my right side, blind on the left side of both my eyes - I know that sounds weird, but it's a brain-optic nerve thing - couldn't communicate, and was basically as close to not recovering as possible. That I survived is nothing short of a miracle.  That I only have minor - except for the eyes - long-term damage to my body is unbelievable.  I've worked really hard to get where I am today, and while I would love to be closer to fully recovered, I realize that this might be as good as it gets.   I'm okay with that, though.  I am able to throw pots and build objects with my hands, both of my hands.  My mentor/teacher and I agreed really early that if I was going to learn to throw pieces as large as I wanted, I had to use my right arm at full strength.  That was hard and scary at first.  I couldn't get my arm to work the way I wanted it to, but we worked on different techniques and today I can throw a piece that's 12 inches in height.  Wow

I am pretty sure I won't ever go back to college or finish my degree, but I don't care.  I think of my work with my pottery instructor as an apprenticeship, in the old sense of the word.  I work at his studio once or twice a week, helping with making glazes, waxing pieces, and helping load and unload the kiln. I'm really lucky to have found someone so willing to work with me and teach me.  It's a God thing.

 I still live at home in a condo we moved into in December.  I'm doing a lot of ceramics with a fantastic teacher in Canton, GA. and I've started doing art festivals and so far, so good.  My pieces continue to sell. Thanks for your  thoughts and each and every prayer you have said in my name.  Your continued faith has helped my rapid recovery.

 

Pattern of the Month

 

 

 SWEETHEART CUP COZY.

We wanted to share this original design with you offer it free with the purchase of yarn. The gauge is 2 sts per inch on US 11 needles and we used Mega by Ella Rae.

6 Weeks of Love -- Week 6

week 6
Universal Striped Scarf 

 

 

Here we are at the last week of "6 Weeks of Love" and I hope you have enjoyed the free patterns. We are so grateful to all of you that have so wholeheartedly participated in these past weeks.

 

This week's pattern features Universal's supple Deluxe Worsted premium blend of 100% wool. It's warm and comes in a variety of trendy colors to choose from. Just pick 5 of your favorite colors and work this easy garter stitch pattern to match your own color palate - or use ours.

We recommend:

"Universal" worsted weight wool or any worsted weight yarn.   Typically knitted on a US 8 needles

 

Remember to stop by FLEECE to pick up your FREE PATTERN, order yarn and receive it with your yarn purchase, or sign up on our email list and we will email the pattern to you! To sign up, click here.

6 Weeks of Love -- Week 5

Week 5
Twiggy

Suggested Materials:
Berroco Tweed

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande

 

Remember to stop by FLEECE to pick up your FREE PATTERN, order yarn and receive it with your yarn purchase, or sign up on our email list and we will email the pattern to you! To sign up, click here.

6 Weeks of Love -- Week 4

Week 4
Azalea
This easy little shawlette is constructed in TANDEM, a new worsted weight yarn that embodies the elements of the warm weather seasons. Its cotton-blend chainette composition offers a matte-shine quality. The  other fibers lend a shimmering, almost metallic light-reflecting brightness. Available in 6 gorgeous colors, the palette is warm and bright, perfect for the Spring and Summer season. Rather than the colors pooling, the yarn opts for an all-over combination of scattered hues. TANDEM's texture feels soft and silky--definitely a 'next-to-skin' yarn. and features a figure-flattering drape, creating fabric that skims the body and stays cool in even the warmest weather.
Suggested Yarn:
Remember to stop by FLEECE to pick up your FREE PATTERN, order yarn and receive it with your yarn purchase, or sign up on our email list and we will email the pattern to you! To sign up, click here.
January 30, 2015 by April Cordell

6 Weeks of Love -- Week 3

week 3
Toboggan 

In Week 3 of "The 6 Week's of Love" pattern series, FLEECE is featuring this quick and practical headband for the really cold weather. This pattern can be embellished with a knitted flower or a collection of buttons or anything your imagination can come up with! 

We recommended  the following yarn:

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande

Remember to stop by FLEECE to pick up your FREE PATTERN, order yarn and receive it with your yarn purchase, or sign up on our email list and we will email the pattern to you! To sign up, click here.

Pattern of the Month -- January

Around the middle of each month, FLEECE will be  featuring an original FLEECE Shop pattern. Our first pattern in the series is the "Mega Ribbed Hat".

 

Susan wrote up this warm and cuddly bulky hat for the cold winter days ahead. We wanted to share this original design with you offer it free with the purchase of yarn. The gauge is 2 sts per inch on US 11 needles and we used Mega by Ella Rae. If you choose to use another bulky yarn, we can help you with a yarn selection and gauge adjustment.

 

 

Happy Knitting!!