Friday, April 11, 2014

Studio Meetups scheduled

For those local to Portland, Oregon folks:

I'll be hosting an open studio / meetup on Monday evenings from 7:30 until 9:00 pm and again on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.  Starting next week (April 14th and April 16th).  You are welcome to come and bring whatever project you are working on.

The building is on the SE corner of 18th and Ash.  There is parking at the side of the building off of 18th and to get to the studio you enter from the parking lot side and go downstairs and to the right. (You may have to knock on the window if the door is locked).

I'll be there, hope to see you!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reflective Yarn Closeup

I've been asked to provide a close up photo of the Retroglo® yarns to help a customer decide whether or not to buy it and so thought that likely more of you folks might be interested in seeing a closeup of this fun, somewhat 'magical' yarn

Retroglo without Flash (no retro-reflective light)
This first photo shows the three widths that we carry.  From left to right, the 1/69", the 1/32", and the 1/23".   It's funny how its a bit hard to mentally picture the sizes, even though its spelled out for us in the name.

I've placed them over a wooden ruler to help illustrate the actual sizes.  If you look closely you can see that these just look like a grey strip of fabric-- and that's true. These are cut from a 3M product called  Scotchlite. It is a reflective material that is laminated to a polyester film for strength and then cut into thin strips by Metlon corporation which manufactures this yarn (made in the USA!)

You may be familiar with this, but Retroglo® has 50,000 minute glass beads to the square inch.  This is what give it the 'magical' quality of retro-reflectivity.  The glass beads work to shine the light directly back to the source and is why it provides that all important safety quality to your hand crafted outer-wear.

My second photo is with the flash on. This illustrates the retro-reflectivity we just spoke of.
Retroglo with Flash (retro-reflective light)

If you are interested in trying out these yarns, we suggest that you carry them along with another yarn as even though they are flexible, they are not as flexible or strong as most yarns you might use.

I've used them in hats and scarves with good success.  

I have more projects in the works and will be coming out with an ePub later this year with multiple craft projects using this great yarn.  The working title is "Be Seen! Craft Projects with Reflective yarn"

If you would like to hear more about the ePub and be notified when it comes out, please subscribe to our email list to be kept up to date!

Monday, March 10, 2014


I'm working on developing a course and have a few questions for you.
Please take a moment and let me know (via comments) what your answers are to the following questions:

  1. What is something I can do that you wish you could do?
  2. What would you love to see me teach a class on?
  3. What is the one thing you wish you could do or would love to learn more about?
You don't have to answer all 3-- maybe you only know the answer to number 3. That's fine!