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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.