I’m a jeweler and obsessive knitter, and I wanted to combine both of my loves. The handcrafted jewelry, stitch markers, shawl pins and notion bowls that I create are inspired by nature and modern forms, and executed in enamel, bronze and precious metals. I work with the fire of the kiln and powdered glass to create unique one of a kind pieces. I spend most of my spring, summer, and fall foraging for plants, leaves, and flowers. Then I create molds to make pins, necklaces, and jewelry with them. It really keeps me grounded to witness the beauty in nature and what the earth can produce with its unique treasures. I’m so humbled by it.
Join 22 of the best and brightest in the fiber industry for this two-day virtual fiber frolic. We will have vendors presenting everything from fiber and yarn to bags and stitch markers. Each vendor will have a 45-minute slot every hour on the hour to present their company to you. Each vender will be sharing with us some “tricks” of the trade. Whether it is introducing you to the animals that provide fiber or a dyeing demonstration, each hour will have something new and unique to share. Come learn how to wind a skein of yarn into a ball without a swift or ball winder! Watch a pottery demonstration. Come see something set on fire! And as an even more special “treat” the vendors have collaborated with a show color palette with special yarns and products available to coordinate your next project!
The date is this weekend, October 31-November 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time and running until 9 p.m. both days. We hope to see you there!
When the weather changes this time of year, the fingers itch to begin a new project — and along with a new project comes a new project bag! Tika Bags has created some new designs with new fabrics to celebrate the beginning of fall and KNITTING SEASON!!!
We will be hosting two Facebook LIVE Events in October to celebrate. Join us October 17 and 18 at 1PM EST to see our new fabrics, new products and a Give-Away! Tune in to find out how to enter the contest!
Shoppers will be able to purchase directly from the LIVE event using Comment Sold, so you can pre-register at tikabags.commentsold.com/account ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss out on the first few goodies.
In addition to our quality crafted project bags, Tika Bags has become known for our unique and cleaver notions. We scour the marketplace to find the bestest and brightest tools that exist. So plan on finding some here during these events. This year we’re offering a Trick or Treat bag with every purchase of $75 or more. Why shouldn’t we adults have some fun and mystery too?
I know, I know. Its only July. It’s about this time every year that my mind starts wandering into images of cool weather with such a chill that makes me happily reach for a bit of knitted comfort. So I am thrilled to announce that my Poseidon Super-Bulky single-ply yarn has been born!
This base is kettle dyed in small batches so no two skeins are alike. The feedback on this yarn has been so positive that I had to make a pattern for it. My Anemone Cowl is now available FREE for a limited time both on my website and on Ravelry. It is the perfect companion to this giant skein of luxurious, squishy yarn! If you want a super fun, quick knit with just a little bling – this pattern is for you!
I incorporated both the Channel Islands Cast On and Bind Off for this cowl and the results are stunning. The overall texture of this cowl is meant to show off the beauty of variegated yarns. You are of course free to use whichever super bulky yarn tickles your fancy, but I would love it if you would tag me on Instagram @maelstromfiberarts when you post pictures of your project!
You can download the pattern for free through the end of July at maelstromfiberarts.com and on Ravelry. Happy Knitting!
Jennifer – Maelstrom Fiber Arts
Bewitched Pigments is proud to sponsor the June Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival being presented on Facebook. We will present 19 other vendors throughout both Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, 2020 with a new vendor starting a 45-minute live video showcasing their fiber related products with a new presenter beginning on the hour each hour from 10 a.m. EDT until 8 p.m. EDT.
Vendors will present a wide array of products including bare and hand-dyed yarns, yarn bowls and boxes, shawl pins, buttons, bags, stitch markers, patterns and fiber tools!
Bewitched Pigments will be the final presenter rounding everything out with a special announcement at the end of their live video. The Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival is an inclusive and welcoming event and we hope you will all join us throughout the weekend.
Happy April! As we all get used to this new way of life, we thought sometimes a little snark can help us get through the tough times! And who better to help the medicine go down with a spoon full of sugar than Cynthia Frenette?!
This month we are spotlighting 18 — that’s right, 18 — of Cynthia Frenette’s best fabrics! From Snarky to Sweary there is something to make everyone smile!
You can pick from any items we sew, mix and match, and make your own awesome sets for the year!
Orders go LIVE Friday April 3rd at 9 a.m. PDT. Shop early, because the window for orders closes Monday at midnight! That gives us just enough time to order, sew and ship by the week of May 11th (or earlier).
Preorders give you the chance to get any item in our shop made custom without additional fees! After we ship, there will be extras, but they are not always available in every item. Shopping the preorder allows you to get exactly what you want without having to stalk the shop later or miss out!
I’d like to introduce a few new sock lines, a new base to the SBY lineup for Spring 2020 and hugely discounted Sailing Sweater Kits! All are available in our next shop update April 5th at noon EDT with new additions to colourways — all prices in Canadian dollars which make shopping in USD a real bargain!
Introducing Deconstructed Fade Sock Sets – the idea for these came to me when I kept looking at prized skeins of yarn that were too pretty to knit with. What if I could take my SBY favourite colourways and have them knit into socks as they appear in the skeins — and to further the idea, take my favourite colourways and fade them into each other in perfectly matched socks? And there you have it – each set is 2x50gm (230yds/ each skein) skeins of 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon of perfectly matched fades — all you have to do is pick your favourite pattern and knit knit knit.
Second in the new sock line is Sojourn Self-Striping Socks – from 12-24 stripes these socks are fun with long colour runs and unexpected striping patterns. All sets come with a coordinating-but-not-perfectly-matched mini for cuffs, heels and toes to add further dimension to your socks! Sets come with 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon with 80gm/350yds of stripes and 20gm/90 yds of the mini.
Third in the sock lineup is Sole Mate Self-Striping Socks – these are my favourite pairings of variegated and semi-solids, striping together – all you have to do is knit, no more switching yarns every few rows, darning in ends, or getting your balls all tangled. Soul Mate colourways for our Sole Mate Socks! 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon, 465yds.
A new base and a quick favourite is the Mariner Mohair Merino Single – so soft, gorgeous halo, and all in one perfect fingering weight single. This yarn has drape, but stability for your favourite sock weight sweaters, the softness and halo of mohair and a sheen as if there was silk in it. 56% Superwash Merino/44% Kid mohair, 100gm/437 yards per skein in a sock/fingering weight. Available now on our website!
I’ve had two shows cancelled this season and wholesale orders delayed and cancelled. As a result, I’ve also loaded my show special to the website for order, now with dyed-to-order options to be included in the update this April 5th at noon EDT – the kits, with gorgeously soft 100% SW Merino, are severely discounted (starting at $62 off the regular price!) and include the Sailing Sweater pattern along with the yarn to make it!
Woolfred (our lovable mascot) is having a family reunion — and all are welcome! Join us Friday at 9 a.m. PST for some brand new sheep and alpaca fabrics. Of course, Woolfred Yarn Socks will be back in stock!
The Winchester Boys are back in town! We have the preorder for the Supernatural inspired bags and supplies shipping- and the EXTRAS are here!
Shop early, as we do have a limited amount of these! Also — we have a few “new” accessories that you are sure to enjoy!
Listings go LIVE at 9am PST on Friday!
It’s that time again and something is in he air… is it love? Maybe… but it could also be that garbage truck that just drove by… This year we dedicate V-Day to the lesser obvious; Our Love of Reading, Our Right to say “Nah,” and of course, our love of blunt honesty. SWOON!
All three of these themes are evident in this lovely Valentine’s Collection that your Grandmother might not have expected.
Thank you again to artist Cynthia Frenette for being generally awesome and giving us all something to celebrate honestly on this special day.
Collection is live at 9am pst Friday the 14th!