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2/4/2024 — So much new in February! Find out what we’ve been working on
 

Is your sweetheart your bestie? your DH? your BFF human or 4 legged? We have plenty of items your sweetheart is sure to love. Stop in for all your Valentine's Day needs!
Explore our carefully crafted classes designed to bring you joy, enhance your skills, and broaden your creative horizons with new techniques. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded fiber enthusiasts. We're excited to introduce a variety of new offerings this month, catering to every skill level. Don't miss out—explore them all!
COMING UP THIS WEEK:
Our dedicated instructors are always coming up with new classes to offer ... check these out and register soon - space is limited! 

Anne is going to kick off the month with this adorable "Wishing Snowman" 
(Not sure what he is wishing but something good I am sure - or just star gazing!) 

All supplies are included in her classes in addition to her fabulous instruction! 

 
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Needle Felting project for this month: 

Come and join Maer in crafting a delightful needle felted Valentine Bunny.

Needle felting is an artistic craft that entails shaping forms and characters by utilizing wool and specialized felting needles. This uncomplicated yet adaptable technique empowers you to fashion incredible creations with minimal supplies.
 

 
 
Calling Wanna-be Crocheters: Come learn the basics in this 2 week workshop session with Rachel. Learn the basic foundations of Crochet-including the slip stitch, chain stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. 
Saturday Feb 10 & 17th. All supplies included.

 
 
UP NEXT ON FIBERSIDE CHATS:
Carol Feller is back!!!  Sunday, Feb 18, 2024. 

Join us on an exciting virtual trip around the mills of Ireland!

In her book 'Contemporary Irish Knits', author Carol Feller took readers on a journey through Ireland's yarn mills. Now, she's bringing that journey to life in this engaging talk. 
 
Have a conflict in your schedule? Don't worry we've got you covered. Many of our guests are allowing Zoom recordings of their Chat. Recordings will be available for 1 week after the chat, only to registered attendees.
 
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COMING UP LATER THIS MONTH:
==> Weaving learn the basics & Brooks Lace with Janet 2/11
==> Tunisian Crochet with Ann 2/12
==> Get started on your holiday gifts with the Holiday Knit Club 2/13
==> Our Monthly Book Club will be discussing a novel: Knitting by Ann Bartlett on Friday 2/16
==> knitCompanion - meet this software with Dianne 2/22
==> Time to move out more leftover scraps with Ann's Scrap Workshop 2/20 & 2/27


 
Happy fibering!
ande & the gang @ Craftworks
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1/15/2024 — Old Favorites Restocked, New Classes, Workshops and Events in the Pipeline

What are your thoughts on the redo? We trust you'll appreciate the outcome as much as we do—it's been a labor of love from my fantastic team!

We're equally thrilled about the upcoming array of classes, workshops, and events in the pipeline for the coming months, including our 'Olympic Challenge' which will be making a comeback. Any wishlist skills you'd like us to consider? Feel free to share your ideas/ requests with us!

More than an apparel brand, solMate Socks folks like to think of themselves as a destination for cultivating creativity and embracing individuality. Their whimsically mismatched socks and accessories are designed to accentuate style and natural beauty - meant to be worn with confidence and pride. They are full of love, warmth and character.
Each product they make is hand-designed by an amazing team using the most perfectly-curated palette of recycled yarns. Every collection they produce is a reflection of who they are and what they love. And nothing gives them greater joy than to share that love with you.
 

Ruby and Roses Yarn has been causing quite a stir, capturing the admiration of many with its mesmerizing colors. Addy, renowned for her talent, skillfully curates vibrant and eye-catching color palettes suitable for every style or enduring design. Her passion lies in infusing each colorway collection with a distinct ambiance that mirrors the inspiration behind the themes. Without a doubt, she has successfully realized this vision. If you haven't had the chance yet, make sure to drop by and explore the sumptuous yarns on our table!

Is 2024 the year for you to expand your skills? 
Check out our Calendar
Our classes are curated to help you 1) have fun, 2) improve your skills & 3) expand your repertoire by trying new techniques, oh and did we mention to meet new fellow fiber enthusiasts.
With many new offerings starting this month we have something for every level. Check them all out!

Teresa is hosting an exciting Stampin' Workshop centered around delightful Valentine creations! Everything you need is provided, complete with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Perfect for beginners who may not consider themselves creative – you're in for a pleasant surprise!

Woo hoo - we have found a VERY creative Crochet instructor and hope you will all get a chance to meet Rachel. Embark on your crochet journey with a Beginner & Beyond Crochet Class on Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30. Join the latest trend in fiber arts and discover the art of crocheting! Secure your spot by registering now, as this class is filling up fast. Learn the fundamentals and progress to exciting projects of your own choice.

Our Book Club will be meeting on Friday evening Jan 19th. 
The read  this month is The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The instant #1 New York Times bestselling mystery and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick that’s captivated more than a million readers about a woman searching for the truth about her husband’s disappearance…at any cost.
Join Sharon and a fun group of fellow readers while discussing this book and knitting/ crocheting.

UP NEXT ON FIBERSIDE CHATS:

Carson Demers will be joining us on Sunday Jan 21st. 
Do you have a plan for growth and knitting sustainability in the New Year? One thing Carson Demers is fairly sure of, is that none of us is resolved to stop knitting. Let’s chat about setting achievable goals for this to be a year of growth toward improving our technique, and personal sustainability.
Our guests for Feb include Helen Robertson and Carol Feller, who will be sharing their fascinating stories! Be sure to check these out.
Have a conflict in your schedule? Don't worry we've got you covered. Many of our guests are allowing Zoom recordings of their Chat. Recordings will be available for 1 week after the chat, only to registered attendees.

LATER THIS MONTH
==> Maer has created some bags for you to embellish in her next Needle Felting workshop; 
==> Tuesday Jan 23 Anne's painting class will feature a lovely winter barn scene.
==> Sunday Jan 28th, Janet will be offering Cocoknits newest cabled cardigan (not for the faint of heart) the Kiki; 
==> and are you finally determined to learn to fix your own mistakes? Register now for our next Fix-it workshop.
We will continue to offer a number of services including Blocking & Finishingyour projects for you.

YARN INSIGHTS HUB
Chainette yarns, also known as chained yarns, have brought a delightful innovation to the contemporary knitting scene. Upon inspecting these yarns, their distinctive appearance immediately sets them apart from traditionally plied yarns—they resemble miniature pre-knitted cords and braids.

The braids and cords are essentially hollow tubes, rendering chainette yarns exceptionally lightweight. This construction method proves advantageous for heavy and non-elastic plant fibers and is particularly effective for short staple fibers that pose challenges in being spun into usable yarns; they are characterized by their lightness, elasticity, and strength.

Chainette yarns are less prone to pilling, as the fibers are interlocked in plies and then braided or knitted into a compact tube, so there is limited 'flat' space for friction. Keep in mind if your yarn is going to pil, stockinette stitched garments will pil more than those created in garter or other unique stitches.
Chainette yarns excel in transforming challenging fibers, into more enjoyable knitting experiences. Despite their versatility, it's worth noting that if stitch definition is important, these yarns do not match that of a standard worsted plied yarn. If exceptional stitch definition is a priority, this is not the yarn to use.
However it is good to note that chainette yarns an excellent choice for summer garments, as the inherent coolness and draping qualities of plant fibers are complemented by the added lightness and elasti introduced by the chainette construction.




 1/4/2024 — 2024 is here
The re-do is almost done and we can't wait to re-open our doors. Inventory of favorites have been restocked.
New products have been added. We are looking forward to continuing to weave a close-knit community of supporters of local artisans. Your support has been our coziest yarn ball, and we're sending heaps of gratitude your way. Each one of you is a fantastic star! Get ready for an exciting 2024!

Is 2024 the year for you to learn a new craft
Check out our Calendar

Our classes are curated to help you 1) have fun, 2) improve your skills & 3) expand your repertoire by trying new techniques. With many new offerings starting this month we have something for every level. Check them all out! 
While we continue to look for a crochet instructor to join our team, Marla is going to offer a 2 day Intro to Crochet Class. This will set you up with basic skills, single crochet, double crochet, counting your stitches and more! 

LATER THIS MONTH:
 Teresa will continue to offer Stamping workshopfeaturing Valentine fun;
Our Book Group will be meeting on Friday Jan 19th to discuss "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave. 
Maer has created some bags for you to embellish in her next Needle Felting workshop;
Anne is going to be teaching a painting class, a Winter Scene.
T
hese classes/ workshops are all geared for beginners as well as those who just want to try create a new project. 
Time for you to give one of these a try? 

Recipe Corner:
Although the weather is not overly cold, soups are great for this time of year...  and we have restocked our favorite Frontier Soups. 
Have you worked with the frozen puff pastry? It is so versatile and easy to use to create elegant appetizers, or a good addition to your soup.
You can cut small squares and bake it in a muffin tin, roll it in pinwheels, or just cut it in small squares. Bake it and fill with your favorite prepared Wildwood dip and/or cheesecake mixes.



12/24/2023 — Season's Greetings from Craftworks



As the year starts to come to a close, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks for your support and business in 2023. May the holidays bring you joy, and the coming year be filled with prosperity.


Cheers to a festive season and a successful New Year! 

10/23/2023 — Shop Small for Fall
Welcome fall with new products for you and your family at Craftworks!! 

Even though the temperatures and leaves may be falling, don't forget to stop into your favorite small businesses to gear up for the season & your holiday gift giving needs with great handmade, Made in the US gifts!

NEW Sergio Lub bracelets are in! What is the scoop you ask and what makes these so popular??  well let me tell you: Copper is an essential trace mineral that helps in making energy, connective tissues, and blood vessels. Copper also helps maintain the nervous and immune systems and activates genes. These trace elements (copper & zinc) are unfortunately steadily being depleted from our soil.
Fortunately when in contact with the skin, copper is absorbed by the body - so you can still enjoy the benefits of this element, especially when wearing these lovely pieces! Check out the designs here.

Flamin' Hot bird seed has been restocked. For birds ONLY!  What makes this product special is the formula; sunflower hearts, peanuts, golden safflower, mealworms and it is extra spicy hot! as well as their new blend Hearts on fire!
There’s lot to love about this new product! The sunflower hearts loved by a wide variety of birds, while the HOT pepper will repel squirrels. no hulls mean no mess around your feeder.
Please remember to wash your hands after handling this product.

Do you watch Steal's 'N Deals on the Morning Show? If you did then you saw these great yummy caramels from
 McCrea's Candies on a recent edition.
We have them in stock - great stocking stuffers, Advent box selections & Secret Santa gifts (I can hardly believe I am typing this!) and just a gift for you ... you know what we call that don't you? A DIDI ......  (d**mit I deserve it!) 
So stop in soon and pick a few goodies up!
Green Toys' commitment to creating sustainable and environmentally friendly toys is admirable. They transform recycled milk jugs into imaginative playthings.

The new tea sets, car carriers, and train sets are sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike. These toys not only provide hours of imaginative play but also contribute to a greener planet. 


Happy Gifting!
ande & staff

Don't forget to check into Facebook, Instagram or website for updates.


4/4/23 — NEWSLETTER: Date correction & other great news

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PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!!  
 
Our Trunk show, tasting & give-aways
This month will be 
FRIDAY APRIL 14th  6-8PM

(not the 7th as previously announced!)
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Up next we are bringing back an old favorite Ella Rae's Cozy Alpaca.
The cozy Alpaca is a soft, cuddly, easy-care acrylic/alpaca blend provides great stitch definition for all your worsted-weight knitting and crocheting requirements, and best of all it is machine washable! So think baby garments/ blankets as well as EAZZZY care garments - no felting with this yarn! 

Also launching this month, is Ella Rae's Eco-Tweed. This has to 
be the softest tweed in the world and a dream to work with - it is a DK weight yarn - check it out! I made the Seeking Solace bandana out of the DK paired with Junction Fiber yarn.

As I just mentioned, Junction Fiber Mill yarn will also be on the table, fun fun colorways! Made with 100% American Falkland wool, hand-dyed in small batches and spun in their mill in White River Junction, VT. Each skein is unique.


From Laine du Nord, we have a linen cotton blend for all those summer tees and scarves - a beautiful hand on this yarn as well!
So be sure to join us on Friday April 7th as we launch these fun yarns @ our Trunk Show/ Social knit. 
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Windchill shawl, Seeking Solace, Junction Fiber Mill & Upcoming Trunk show of Ella Rae & Laines du Nord yarns.
 
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Time to try something new!  Our new space has allowed us to add a number of new classes. Check out all the non-fiber related workshops: flower arranging, needle felting, painting, embroidery and coming soon, stamping. We also have a wonderful line-up of guests in upcoming Fiberside Chats - names you might not know, but techniques you will recognize! 

There are still openings in several of our  daytime knitting & crochet classes, the April calendar is just as full as it can get. Check it all out.
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Combining Yarns, Painting Still Life, Tunisian Crochet & Fiberside Chat w/ Justyna
Wednesday, April 5th is Charity Knit - stop in and join us! 
Reminder Trunk Show/ Social Knit will be the 2nd Friday the 14th not the first, the 7th this month.
Sunday April 9th we will be closed for Easter celebrations. 
Monday April 10th - Makers Clinic - bring in the projects that have you stumped and we will help you get back on track
Tuesday April 11th - Needle Felting bags - really cute make the bag and embellish it! 
Wednesday April 12th - Charity Crochet Group meets ....  join them! 10AM
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Here is the Quandry of the week ....  what do you do with leftovers??  I am working on the Striations Shawl (sample for LYS Day) - this version calls for minis ...  and when I follor the pattern I have this little bit (5grms) left before switching to the next color ... so should I:
1) finish with an extra couple of rows and use up the 5 grams or
2) switch colors now as the pattern reads & find something to do such a scrap scarf with the leftover ....  knowing that 5 grams equals about 20 yards.... so my project will be a bit longer or I could drop off a color..... or option 
3) make tassels .....  hmmm - your thoughts?? 
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Dates you don't want to miss!!!

Thursdy, April 6th, National Caramel Popcorn Day - Unfortunately, the popcorn has not arrived so we won't have samples for you,  
and of course don't forget LYS Day Saturday, April 29th. A fun swag bag while supplies last and lots of kits & more! 
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We wanted to thank you all again!! 
Our life experiences are all different, but our desire to make a positive contribution through our love of making brought us together in the most extraordinary way. Huge appreciation to each and every one of you who supported Team Craftworks in the Knit-athon - together with over 600 knitters around the country, we raised $340,000 to combat hunger and food insecurity and create awareness. Y'all are CHANGE MAKERS!
That equates to 3,400,000 meals to those that are hungry! We raised over $1600 for the team and an additional $650 for the Northborough Food Pantry!! Way to go ladies! & Kudos to Andrea R-W who lasted the FULL 12 hours with us! Thank you all!! 
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Yes folks, planning is just about done for our 2nd year of Kraft Club for kids! If you are looking for something creative for your 8-12 year olds this summer you definitely want to check out the schedule! 
Club runs Tues-Thus 8:30-11:30 with all types of creative crafts to keep them busy! 
Week 1: June 27-29
Week 2: July 11-13
Week 3: July 25-27 and
Week 4: Aug 1-3
Note: Although some crafts might vary from week to week, generally the plans are the same
Janet will also be offering a Weaving Workshop for Middle Schoolers, 9AM-noon, Tues-Thurs July 18-20. Seating is limited, so don't wait too long to register! 
Register now for Kid's Club
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Tidbits: 
Do you do some guessing when you block a sweater? One of my tricks: I have the outline of one of my favorite sweaters on a beach towel. Then align my blocking to that shape... no guessing needed, just make adjustments for the shape of your new sweater. 

 
Dates of Import:
Saturday, April 22, National Take Back Drug Day, drop off any expired, unused drugs @ the Police Station between 10 - 2. 
Friday April 28Northborough Historical Society will be presenting a program on 18th to Early 20th Century Medicine: Doctors and Their Times. These meetings are open to the public so enjoy! 
Ways to enjoy Spring ....  
  • Go for a walk or hike. The fresh air and sunshine will do you good, and you might even get to see some spring flowers blooming.
  • Go bird-watching. Spring is a great time to see birds returning to their nesting grounds.
  • Visit a local farm or nursery. Many farms and nurseries offer spring-themed activities.
  • Have a potluck dinner with friends or family. Have everyone bring a dish that celebrates spring.
  • Do some gardening. Plant some flowers or vegetables, or start a new compost pile.
  • Learn a new skill. Take a knitting/ crochet class, learn a new language, or take up a new hobby.
  • Volunteer your time. There are many organizations that need volunteers in the spring.
  • Spend time with your loved ones. Take a walk, go for a bike ride, or just sit and talk.
  • Relax and enjoy the moment. Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth, so take some time to appreciate the beauty of the season, above all be good to yourself!

3/23/23 — Knit (Crochet)-a-thon for Food

Just days to go ... won't you help us reach our goal, make a donation and plan to join us on Sunday March 26th - 10-10!! 

The Knit-for-Food Knit-a-thon is a 12 hour knitting marathon to raise funds and awareness for food insecurity.
The money we raise will be equally divided between 
Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, 
No Kid Hungry, & Meals on Wheels.

There will be a schedule of zoom programming throughout the day (music, speakers, yoga, stretching, knitting ergonomics, etc.). We’ll hear from each of the four organizations that we’re fundraising for to learn more about the work they’re doing, & we will enjoy each other’s company!

We will start @ 10AM and go till 10PM - join us for as long (or short) a time that you are able.
We hope you are able to make a donation and join us for this event.

 
Click HERE to make a Donation now

 


3/17/23 — NEWSLETTER: News & some great reading


3/11/23 — NEWSLETTER: Dates & events you REALLY don't want to miss ... including Rhinebeck question


3/5/23 — NEWSLETTER: Insider news just 4 you - new products/ crafters and more!


 3/2/23 — WOW - here we are @ the beginning of March - and so much new has happened! 

We have created a new space for classes and events, added a number of new knitting & crochet classes to help alleviate some of our waitlist....  and are able to add some new different classes.....  painting ceramics, bringing back floral arranging, and working with some other crafters with other fun options. Mark your calendars to join us for National Handmade Day, Sat April 1st. We are working on setting up some mini-workshops so you can try your hand at something new! 
But I am jumping ahead first is March; Sue will be teaching a workshop on painting a yarn bowl - even if you don't knit, this would make a wonderful gift for a fiber friend! Anne has her decorative painting and has added a Thursday for those of you where Tuesday does not work. 
Our 3rd Friday of the month Book Club group have been having fun reading (well yes,) knitting mysteries. Join them won't you? 
1st Friday of the month 6-8PM we are showcasing new yarns. Stop in, enjoy a 10% discount on your purchase and let us know if this is a yarn we should carry or not! This month was KenYarn from Providence - we still have the show for another 2 weeks so come check it out. Next month (April) we will be featuring Ella Rae's Cozy Alpaca and Eco Tweed.... and then May we have lined up Brooklyn Tweed! Have you purchased a Craftworks Anniversary Tote bag yet? Keep it handy for a special event later in the month.   


2/23/23 — NEWSLETTER: New class space & so many offerings!!


1/29/23 — NEWSLETTER: February is RIGHT around the corner - time to take a class?


1/19/23 — NEWSLETTER: Welcome 2023! Check out what we're offering now .....


 

 

 

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