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Supporting Your Local Yarn Store - LYS

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We've been in business over 10 years and know some wonderful people in the business.  I don't know how I would have ever come to develop my products if it weren't for my LYS, Fine Points in Cleveland, OH.  Owned and operated by Liz Tekus, this store has a bevy of great yarns, accessories, and tools, but best of all, it has Liz and her staff.  There are great yarn stores around the world and what always makes them great are the people who are there to help and advise you.  Buying yarn online is easy, fun and for some people who live far from a store, a great convenience.  

And your LYS is even more of a resource!  They bring in guest designers, trunk shows, and teachers who have great skills. 

We appreciate our online customers but know that your local yarn shop is essential to your success in the craft and to the yarn industry as a whole. 

Improvising with a Felt Pelt

I've made a few shawls from our new Felt Pelts but last week I really started playing around.  We received the Ecru Pelts which really got me thinking about embellishing them.  So, I cut one in half and overlapped two of the raw edges.  I needle felted along the raw edge on each side and [...]

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Baby Lily's Swirl Rug

Know a new mom?  Here's a rug that can serve many purposes as a child grows.  Our Swirl Rug can line a Boppy Lounger or swing chair and then move onto the floor where you curl up together and read books.  Make one out of a single alpaca or merino bump.  It's washable in cold [...]

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Now that it's May my thought have turned to Mother's Day.  Many of you know my Mom, Jean, and have had a chance to sit at her elbow at shows.  She's shared her knowledge and techniques for knitting and Tunisian crochet with thousands of people over the years.  We have received personal notes to her [...]

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Hand Embroidery - Learning Something New

I am so excited about the new Sajou Sewing Book.  It is written in English and has clear written and visual instructions for basic embroidery stitches.  I have always wanted to learn how to embroider and now with the help of this book, my Sajou threads, needles, scissors and fabrics and a whole lot of [...]

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New Sajou Scissors

Our friends in Versailles, have just introduced new Eiffel Tower scissors with gold handles.  They are handmade in small French workshops where each pair of blades are matched perfectly and then are put through 20 steps before they are finished.  Scissor making is really an art, and these scissors are an excellent example of that [...]

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Tunisian Crochet - Fun for knitters and crocheters!

We have been working with Tunsian Crochet at BagSmith for many years.  It's a wonderful technique using a long crochet hook, and we have taught many people how to work with the hook at shows across the country.  I am so pleased to offer our Big Stitch Tunisian hooks once more to our customers.  These [...]

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Good enough to eat? Knitting with Madame Tricot

On a recent trip to Germany I met an incredible knitter who calls herself Madame Tricot.  Her real name is Dr. Dominique Kaehler Schweizer, M.D.  She was born in Paris and has lived most of her professional life in Switzerland where she is now a retired psychiatrist and researcher.  I know her as a larger [...]

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Celebrating the Eiffel Tower

A few weeks ago I visited with friends at Maison Sajou.  We are very excited about many new products you will soon see on the BagSmith site and in your favorite retail partner store from Sajou.  New to our site is the Eiffel Tower case that you can embroider and use for your phone or [...]

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New Big Stitch Tools

We are so pleased to be working with two talented Ohio craftsmen.  Jon and Mike are now making our Big Stitch Tools.  Our needles are made from poplar and the hooks are crafted out of maple.  Check them out on the website.  You will find size 50 needles (25mm) in 20" and 24", crochet hooks [...]

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