Sales Galore!

Merry Swissmas from BERNINA!

Nov 16 - Dec 31

Throughout the holiday season, any purchase of a B880 Plus, B790 Plus, or B770 QE Anniversary Edition machine will come with a FREE GIFT worth $3200!!

Koala sewing station for just $499 with purchase of any 5 series machine! 

Come and see our coveted Koala sewing station in store. This table will make the perfect accompaniment to your new machine, designed to fit it like a glove and with ample storage space for all your accessories!

Get your loved one a personalized Bernette Sew&Go1 for $150! Order by December 7th to get it delivered in time for Christmas. This is THE perfect gift for any budding sewist! 

40% OFF Bernette floor models!!

Take advantage of this one-off sale on our Bernette floor models, while they last! Box and standard accessories included. Hurry in to try one out and take one home for the holidays! Don’t forget the Bernette line also includes the B42 Coverstitch machine, B44 Funlock, and the B48 combined Overlocker and Coverstitch machine. Looking to take home a brand new model? All new Bernettes are also 25% OFF!

November 20th–26th

Bernina’s starting at $599!!

$600 OFF a new B 480

Get the new B 480 for just $2,199, down from $2,799!

This excellent all-around machine boasts a color touch screen, BERNINA Hook, jumbo bobbin, automatic thread cutter, 9 mm stitch width, 900 stitches per minute, slide-on table, and Free Hand System. It is also compatible with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator. 

Come and try it out, and see for yourself why you need this machine!

Come to Finch and let us match a machine to you!

Black Friday at Finch!


Don't forget to come and see us this Friday to stock up on holiday projects. We have oodles of soft yarn and beautiful fabric in store right now, as well as scented candles and other perfect gift items. We recommend getting here early! Here's the scoop:

9–10am: you early birds will get 25% OFF your total purchase!!
10am–12pm20% OFF
12–3pm15% OFF

Our Cyber Sale will start on Small Business Saturday (the 24th thru cyber Monday, the 26th). Use code "MerryFinchmas18" at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase.


Get your calendars out & save the dates for all our FUN holiday Finch events!!


Nov. 16–17

We are thrilled to be hosting Valhalla Farm VA for a trunk show at Finch on November 16th and 17th. Come and discover their unique and stunning Farm to Needle yarn. Valhalla Farm is based in central Virginia and is home to heritage breed Shetland, Merino, and Rambouillet sheep, and Angora goats. There will be yarn for sale, samples for inspiration, and....  wait for it...  a NEW CUSTOM FINCH COLOR!!

Valhalla will also be here for our 3rd annual Wine and Yarn Tasting event on the 16th from 7–9pm.  

3rd annual wine + yarn tasting

Nov. 16, 7–9pm

On Friday Nov. 16th, join us for our third annual yarn and wine tasting event! We have a really fun night planned!! 

  • A trunk show from Valhalla Yarns

  • A mini lesson on Cables

  • Santa's Workshop: quick gifts you can get done before Christmas

  • A talk by Nicole called, "DESIGN: how patterns come about and how to pick the right yarn for the job"

  • And of course a wine tasting! Call all your friends, and register now! 

    Registration is just $10 and includes wine tasting. 


Nov. 23, 9am–3pm

Make sure you plan on paying us a visit this Black Friday for discounts too good to miss. We'll be open from 9am–3pm, and we'll make it worth your while to get here early (early bird catches that worm)! Stock up for all your holiday sewing and knitting needs, and get a great discount on your entire purchase!


Nov. 29, 7–9pm

Ladies Night is one of our favorite Finch traditions! We always have lots of special surprises up our sleeves for this event, and this year is no different. There will be a make and take project to work on using a variety of machines, we'll help you fill out your wish lists. Sip cider and enjoy general merriment with your Finch Friends! Bring a friend, and you'll get an extra gift!

Fill out the form below to let us know you’re coming!

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Dec. 20, 7–9pm

Get this date in your guy's calendar! When it comes to your Christmas gift wishes, we are here to help them hit the nail on the head. This evening is always a blast. There will be drinks, nibbles, and the Finch Husbands will be there to hang out too. Start dreaming about that crafting wishlist!


Nov. 16 – Dec. 31

We have a full season of BERNINA promotions in store for you, starting on November 16th! We recommend shopping early for the very best deals. The early bird catches the worm! Watch this space for more details, coming soon!

Finch xoxo

April Finch Box

Hello Finch friends! Have you completed your April Finch Box project yet? My name is Catherine, and I'm here to tell you all about my experience sewing up the Noodlehead petal pouch! 

When I received my box here's what was included:

  • Everyday Essentials pattern book by Noodlehead featuring patterns to make a tote bag, wallet, and petal pouch.
  • Flatter spray in Pineapple Grove scent
  • All the materials to make a large petal pouch: two beautiful fat quarters, interfacing, zipper, leather piece

I couldn't wait to get started on the petal pouch! I really loved both of the fabrics I was given, and I never would have thought to put them together. The fabric I used for the exterior of my pouch was pretty busy, so I probably would have gone with a plain block color for the lining, but the Finch Box choice (a gorgeous Carolyn Friedlander print) was soooo much more fun and interesting, and I love the surprise when you open the pouch. It has definitely inspired me to be more experimental with my fabric choices.

I found the instructions for the pouch very clear. There was plenty of detail and there were useful diagrams, making it suitable for beginners. This would also make a satisfying and fast project for experienced sewists, with plenty of room for creativity and personalization. I'd love to see an embroidered version!

I am not a zipper expert, but I followed the instructions for the exposed zipper insertion to the letter and was really delighted with the results! The creation of a little tab for the end of the zipper is very quick and easy, and it added to the polished finish of the pouch. The zipper is first basted to one exterior side of the pouch, then the lining is placed on top, sandwiching the zipper between the two layers of fabric. A line of topstitching on the exterior fabric is optional. I found this to be the most fiddly part of the whole project – I had to unpick my first attempt, but the second time I went more slowly and had more success! The zipper is then sewn to the other side of the pouch in exactly the same way. Then with right sides of the exterior fabric together and right sides of the lining together, the pouch is sewn together all around the edge, leaving just enough of a gap in the lining to pull everything though to the right side and then sew up the gap. All of a sudden there you have it, a fully lined zipper pouch!

This method is so straightforward, but produces such a professional finish. I love that when you open the pouch instead of seeing the rough seam allowance of the exterior fabric and zipper you see a beautiful lining. The application could be used on any bag or pattern featuring an exposed zipper, and makes it as easy as pie to add a lining to a pattern that does not include one. I plan to whip up a couple of pencil cases following the exact same method.

I have also never used leather at all before, so this was a gentle introduction and definitely made it seem less scary. I enjoyed playing around with different ideas for it, and I made a tassel with some of my leftovers. For a future pouch I'd like to try sewing some leather flowers or geometric shapes on to my exterior fabric piece before assembling. I now feel that I can move on to using leather in other projects with more confidence. I love that Finch Box helped me to try something new.

Sometimes I put pressure on myself to get sewing projects finished, so I rush through them and don't take the time to just enjoy the process. I completed the pouch over a couple of evenings at a relaxed pace, and it naturally came together much more quickly than I had expected. There was comfort in being part of a group of makers and knowing that if I had any issues I could reach out to the Finch Box community. It was fun to make something unexpected, and I was excited to see what others had produced with the kit.

The beauty of Finch Box is that the contents can be adapted in limitless ways. All of the materials included in my box could be used in alternative patterns, and creativity is encouraged! Or, on the other hand, if you find you fall in love with the project you can top up on your materials easily to make more. I definitely plan to pick up some more fat quarters and zippers and make more pouches! They will make the perfect gifts, and I'm not sure I can bring myself to part with this one!

Proof that I loved this project? I went right ahead and made the mini pouch in one evening using my leftover materials! The only extra item I needed was another zipper. The mini version came together even more quickly since I was familiar with the instructions. THANK YOU FINCH BOX!!!

12 Days of Finchmas – Gifts for Sewists and Quilters

Whether you're shopping for a quilter or garment sewist, a beginner or a pro, let us help you find the perfect thing!

Finch Kits

Eversewn Sewing starter kit

This kit is a perfect gift for beginner sewists! It includes 14 pieces: a magnetic pincushion with 60 pins, 100 glass head pins, 60" tape measure, seam ripper, titanium black tailor scissors, thread snips, 10 craft clips, 20 safety pins, a sewing gauge, water erasable pen, iron vanishing pen, 45mm rotary cutter, 12" x 18" cutting mat, and 12" x 16" ruler. These tools will set any new sewist up for success!

Matchbox quilt kits

These compact matchbox quilt kits from Moda each contain a preprinted panel with instructions on how to construct your mini quilt, fabric for quilt top, backing, and binding, as well as batting and floss. Finished quilts are 6" by 6". Adorable gifts either finished or unfinished! They are great for quilting beginners to learn different techniques before embarking on a larger project. We have a variety of colors and pattern options available now!

We have SO many fun things to get your sewist this year! There are tempting gifts of all sizes and for all budgets in the shop, and we would love to help you find that something special. If you can't make it in, we have lots of great gifts available online, or you can feel free to give us a call and we'll do our very best to hook you up! 


For a memorable and interactive gift, consider booking a class! Give somebody an experience to look forward to in the New Year. Students will get to take home their creations and some valuable new skills!

Scout Tee... Hack it!

Take this classic tee and turn it into a sleeve-featuring wonder! In this class, you will learn how to make sleeve variations using the basic sleeve that comes in this pattern. Suitable for anyone with basic sewing experience, this class is a great introduction into patternmaking and alterations! Students will learn techniques they can apply to many different patterns.

The dates for this class will be February 10th and 17th, from 10am to 12 noon.

The Moneta Dress Class

This class is designed for those sewists ready to begin sewing with knits! Your teacher, Alicia, will take you through this Colette pattern step by step. You will learn the differences between sewing with knits vs wovens, and be able to use knit-specific tools. At the end of the class you will leave with a beautiful new dress, and you'll be ready to tackle other projects involving knit fabric.

This class will take place on Saturdays, January 6th and 13th, 9am until 12 noon. Click on the link below to view materials and to sign up!

Chanel Jacket... Hack it!

This class was so popular the last time we held it, we've decided to list it again! Suitable for anyone with basic sewing experience, students will gain lots of new skills: working with new tools and couture finishing techniques, applying trims and embellishments, tailoring a jacket fit for your body, critical analysis and personal interpretation of a design.

We're certain that any sewist would be thrilled to receive this class as a gift! The jacket is so open to customization with different fabric and trim choices, and it will make a fabulous addition to any Spring wardrobe. 

Held over 4 sessions, the new dates are January 14th and 28th, February 11th and 25th, 1–4pm.

Free motion quilting with bernina rulers

Quilters will love our new free motion quilting class, which will focus on using the Bernina Ruler Kit. This is the ideal next step for those who have tried free motion and would like to explore a new tool.  No need to own the ruler kit to take the course – this is a great way to test it out! If you know an enthusiastic quilter, why not treat them to this fun class?!

Tuesday, December 19th, 6–8.30pm or Saturday, February 10th, 1–3.30pm

Paper Piecing: Mini Quilt Workshop

In this mini quilt workshop students will learn how to paper piece, opening up a whole new world of quilt patterns. Students will learn the technique on a single block and make an adorable mini quilt. They will leave with the skills to move on to larger paper piecing projects. This class is the perfect gift for any sewist keen to enter into the world of quilting or learn a useful new technique.

This workshop will take place on March 17th, 9am–4pm


We have some truly fantastic deals on Bernina machines in the weeks leading up to Christmas, so it's the ideal time to treat your loved one to a machine they will adore forever.

Here are a few of our special holiday offers, available until January 2nd:

  • Purchase a B770 QE and receive your choice of a free B330, Embroidery Module, or L450!! These gifts are valued up to $2,000!
  • Purchase a new 5 series machine with embroidery module to receive the Toolbox Bundle free.
  • Any purchase of a B880 Plus of B790 Plus will come with your choice of a free sewing table or B700 without embroidery module. 

In addition, from December 5th–11th all Bernette machines will be 25% off

Call in to the store any time or make an appointment to discuss the options available and make sure you go home with the perfect gift!

Finch Box!

For the ultimate element of surprise, give somebody special a subscription to Finch Box! We are offering a special edition 3 box gift subscription, and if you order by December 18th we will deliver an extra-special mini box for FREE! It will arrive in time to go under the tree, and it will include a sweet mini project and a message to let your loved one know they are signed up for Finch Box!

Visit the store or check out the website for many, many more ideas! We have so many cute stocking fillers and festive fabrics in stock right now, and we would be happy to help you find the ideal thing!

Finch xoxo

12 Days of Christmas – Gifts for Kids

If you are in search of the perfect gift for a crafty kid or teen, we have some great ideas for you. Keep reading for gift inspiration!

Bernette Sewing Machines

Gift a kid their dream machine to get them started on their sewing adventure! From December 5th–11th all Bernette machines will be 25% off! These machines are fantastic value and high quality – ideal for budding sewists! If you order your Bernette by December 10th and let us know who it's for, we will even personalize it for them. 

You can order your Bernette machine online from us here, or in store, and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Kids classes

Kids Holiday Sewing + Baking Mini Camp

Don't let cabin fever set in. Instead, get your children signed up for our Holiday Sewing and Baking Mini Camp! The camp is for ages 8–13 and will take place on December 27th and 28th, 9am–12 noon. Click on the link below for more details and to sign up!

PJ Pants Workshop

On December 27th and 28th, 2–4.30pm, your kids can join us for our PJ Pants Workshop! The class is suitable for ages 6–13, and there is no need to have any sewing experience!

Kits and Crafting Materials

These sweet DIY sewing kits have been getting lots of attention. Each kit includes everything you need to create a standalone felt quiet play page, or you can collect a set to produce a book! Gift a kit to a sewist, or make up some pages for the babies and toddlers in your life. They are great for developing fine motor skills and perfect for long holiday journeys with little ones. Find them in store now!

If your kid is eager to get sewing, and you already have the machine covered, set them on their merry way with a starter kit! The Eversewn sewing kit includes 14 pieces: a magnetic pincushion with 60 pins, 100 glass head pins, 60" tape measure, seam ripper, titanium black tailor scissors, thread snips, 10 craft clips, 20 safety pins, a sewing gauge, water erasable pen, iron vanishing pen, 45mm rotary cutter, 12" x 18" cutting mat, and 12" x 16" ruler.

This is a perfect beginners kit – one that will be used time and time again. It's sure to delight any young sewist on Christmas morning!

We have some super cute kids crafting books in store right now. Gift a book with the fabric and notions needed to get started on one of the fun projects inside! 

If you are seeking stocking fillers there are plenty of fun options! A boxed selection of Cotton + Steel thread for a pop of color, a pair of cute stork snips, or one of our embroidery kits to keep small hands busy on Christmas Day. And if in doubt, gift cards make a great stocking filler! Then your creative kid can choose at leisure the fabric or yarn that most inspires them!

12 Days of Christmas – kick off!

Our annual Twelve Days of Christmas blog series always gets a great initial kick off with amazing deals from Bernina, and this year is no different! A little finch told us the best deals are early on, so don't delay!

  • From November 21st–27th only get 0% interest for 60 months on any machine purchase $3,000+

B330 and B350 PE on sale!

  • November 21st to December 4th get the B330 for just $799, or the B350 PE for $1,199! This is such an incredible deal! The B330 includes a permanent memory function for you to store and return easily to favorite stitches, an automatic buttonhole function, built-in needle threader, and a bright LED sewing light. The B350 PE offers a permanent memory function, extension table, automatic buttonhole function, and extensive stitch library.

Between November 21st and January 2nd:



Amazing free gift of your choice with the B770 QE

  • Purchase a B770 QE and receive your choice of a free B330, Embroidery Module, or L450!! These gifts are valued up to $2,000!

The B770 QE comes with a Bernina Hook with 9mm stitch width, Bernina stitch regulator, patchwork foot included, and dual feed. 



Free Toolbox Bundle with 5 Series machine

  • Purchase a new 5 series machine with embroidery module to receive the Toolbox Bundle free.

The 5 series are fantastic all-rounder machines for sewing, quilting, and embroidery. No matter where your interest lies we've got you covered! The free toolbox bundle on offer is worth $799. It includes 600 designs and modules for Editing, Lettering, and Monogramming. 



Free gift with the B880 Plus or B790 Plus

  • Any purchase of a B880 Plus of B790 Plus will come with your choice of a free sewing studio or B700 without embroidery module. The B880 Plus and B790 Plus come with with exciting new embroidery features, the opportunity to create your own stitch patterns, large space for sewing and embroidery, and extra large bobbins to enable you to sew for longer. Stop by the store to talk to a Finchette and find out which is the right machine for you!
  • All Suitcase Systems are 50% off!!

Stay posted for more deals to come in December on Bernettes, Bernina Software, presser feet and hoops! If you are not sure which machine is the best fit for your sewing needs, or you just want to take a closer look and test one out, call or visit us any time or make an appointment here:

Finch xoxo

Finch Festivities!

Here at Finch we're getting excited about the holiday season. We have lots of treats lined up and can't wait to share them with you! Follow our 12 Days of Christmas blog posts (coming soon) to keep up-to-date with the latest festive classes, events, sales, and special surprises!


Come and get into the Christmas spirit with us at one of our special events. Here is a little preview of what we have coming up:

Kick off the holiday season with us at our Yarn and Wine Tasting event tonight at 7pm! We will be hosting the event here at Finch with Stone Tower Winery and The Fibre Company. For $15 you will receive a yarn tasting kit and all wine will be included. The event is suitable for beginners and more experienced knitters. Everyone is welcome!


Get Hygge at Ladies Night!

November 30th, bring a friend and get a little something extra!

Join us for Ladies Night on November 30th from 7-10pm where everyone gets to make and take home a few projects... for FREE! Browse the store with likeminded makers and make up your Christmas Wish List! We'll keep those wish lists and help your friends and family to choose the things you really want. There will be games to play and making stations. This is always such a fun evening. Whether you're a familiar face or you've never set foot inside the store before, we can't wait to have you here!!  Let us know you're coming (below).

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We're super excited about our 3rd annual Guys Night on Dec. 21st from 7-10!! Once you have that wish list all ready you can start dropping some heavy hints to the men in your life to come along to Finch for Guys Night! Don't worry, there will be Beer and as always, the Finchette Hubbies will be here too!


We have some truly amazing Bernina offers coming up, with new promotions every week until the new year. The best financing and deals start on November 21st... the early bird catches the worm! We have most lines in stock now, so if your loved one has a new machine on their Christmas list, this is a perfect opportunity to snap it up! You can look forward to outstanding deals on the B330 and B350 PE, huge free gifts with the 770 and 790, great deals on the brand new 5 series, all Bernina Suitcase Systems 50% off, and more! Phew!! Stay posted to the blog for more details and to make sure you get the holiday deal you are after!


Sign up for one of our exciting seasonal classes for adults and kids!

Quilt as you go stockings

Learn this quick quilting technique and leave with a beautiful finished stocking ready for Santa's arrival! This fun class is perfect for new quilters. It's a great way to use up any fat quarters in your stash, or you can find all the supplies you need here in the shop. We have two dates to choose from: join us on Saturday November 18th or on December 2nd, 1–4pm. All are welcome! Click on the button below to sign up and reserve your place.

If you are looking for some fun holiday activities to get your creative kids out of the house, look no further! 

Kids sewing + baking mini camp

On December 27th and 28th, 9am–noon, we will be collaborating with Leesburg's Knead and Know to offer a very special sewing and baking mini camp. On the first morning campers will learn to sew a basic adjustable apron, and on the second morning they will wear their new aprons to bake a special holiday sweet bread. The camp is suitable for ages 8–13.

kids PJ Pants Workshop

We are also offering a PJ Pants workshop for ages 6–13 – all are welcome, no experience necessary! This class will take place on December 27th and 28th, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Kids will learn how to cut out a pattern, pick out fabric, and use a sewing machine. And they will leave with a cute pair of cotton pyjama pants!

Finch xoxo

October Finch Box!

The October Finch Box is out! We hope you will all love, love, love what you find inside!

This month's sewists received the frame to make a unique clutch metal purse. We know many of you have been interested in these purses for a while! So we thought they would be just perfect for a Finch Box!

We created a full-color instruction booklet on how to make the purse.  With our pattern, the making is super easy and straightforward. We also included 2 fat quarters of Rifle Paper fabrics. Use these fabrics for the project or choose your own! Each project kit included a 7oz SUL Quilt Basting Spray and the tube of glue you will need to complete the project. We are really looking forward to seeing all your stunning creations! Make sure to post using the #finchbox.

The Knit Box this month includes a skein of beautiful Arranmore Light yarn by The Fibre Co, either in Glenveagh Castle (a shade of gray) or St. Claire (a cream shade). Arranmore Light is authentic tweed yarn spun in a mill that traces its roots to the homespun tweed industry of 19th century County Donegal in Ireland. It is a blend of 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, and 10% silk, making it beautifully fine and soft.

Our knitters received our first ever Finch Knit pattern designed by our very own instructor and designer, Liz Siciliano.  Liz designed not one, but two fingerless mitts...  Option one is a simple pattern knit flat, and seamed up the side, perfect for beginners.  Option two is knit in the round and includes a thumb gusset and cable pattern.  Unique to Finch, we tried to take a more instructional approach than is typical of knit patterns. 

We couldn't resist including these precious ceramic flower stitch markers in our knitters' boxes. They are handmade by Melissa Jean, who, by the way, also makes the most exquisite ceramic buttons. As a finishing touch we've also given you a special pin to add to your homemade creations.

If you would love an extra purse kit to send as a gift to someone crafty, or a second skein of Arranmore Light (we have all the colors!!) to make a matching hat, head over to the Finch Box Mercantile.

We hope you enjoy your Finch Boxes as much as we enjoyed putting them together! xo, the Finchettes

Haven't signed up for Finch Box yet?   Get in on the fun, and sign up now!  You'll get the free Mini Box delivered in time for Christmas in addition to your regularly scheduled boxes.  This little box will arrive just before Christmas complete with a mini project, supplies, and tools.  And here's one of our favorite parts: our hand illustrated pattern will be illustrated by Sarah Watts of Cotton + Steel!!  We know! This is the perfect gift for all your crafty friends.... of for yourself!  Current subscribers, don't worry! You can get in on the fun too! We will send out details on how you can get a Mini Box in your December box.  

Haven't signed up for Finch Box yet?  Get in on the fun, and sign up now!  You'll get the free Mini Box delivered in time for Christmas in addition to your regularly scheduled boxes.  This little box will arrive just before Christmas complete with a mini project, supplies, and tools.  And here's one of our favorite parts: our hand illustrated pattern will be illustrated by Sarah Watts of Cotton + Steel!!  We know! This is the perfect gift for all your crafty friends.... of for yourself!  Current subscribers, don't worry! You can get in on the fun too! We will send out details on how you can get a Mini Box in your December box.  

Crafting as an Act of Togetherness

From the very beginning, one of our most important goals here at Finch has been to bring together a community of makers. Whether in our classes, browsing in the store, or even on our Instagram and Facebook pages, we want you to feel welcome and to walk away feeling inspired and encouraged. With this in mind, we started our Finch sip and sews...

What better way to learn a new skill than while winding down with a drink among new friends? Working on a project alongside one another is such a great way to break the ice, and you have plenty of advice on hand if you run into any problems! It is so fun seeing people come together over a shared interest, and our sip and sews have always been so uplifting for that reason. And, unlike most evenings out, attendees get to go home with something special made with their very own hands!

There was just one problem... We always wanted to be able to extend the sip and sews to ALL of our Finch friends, far and wide. And that was the thinking behind Finch Box! We would love for Finch Box to become a catalyst for bringing people together. We want to make it possible for you to initiate your very own maker gatherings!

We will always aim to make Finch Box as inclusive as possible. We will include projects that are bound to keep both beginners and more experienced makers happy. 

We hope that Finch Box will provide you with an opportunity to meet fellow crafters in your community; that for many of you it will become something social as well personal. If you have a friend who has expressed an interest in crafting, but doesn't know where to start, consider gifting them a Finch Box! Not only do they get to learn a new skill, but it's also a perfect excuse to meet and catch up every couple of months!

Please don't forget to join the Finch Box community on Instagram! We'd love to see photos of your maker gatherings and finished projects. Oh, and have I mentioned our Scout Club? Any photo posted with the hashtag #finchbox gets entered into a draw to win a cute pin!

August Finch Box is in the Wild!

The August Finch Box is out, and we are so delighted with it! We hope you all love it as much as we do! Here's what you will find inside:

In the sewing kit this month we couldn't resist including these gorgeous Rifle Paper fabrics, and we have given you everything you need – zipper, trim, and color instruction booklet – to create your own canvas travel bag. The kit is worth $25, and the project is really straightforward and fun. The finished bag is so multi-purpose. It could make a lovely home for some of your crafting supplies!

We have also included cotton + steel 50 wt. thread by sulky in a color to compliment the travel bag kit. This is not just any thread! It is made from Egyptian grown, extra-long cotton and is twisted, dyed, and finished in Italy with the final winding in Germany. Every stage is carefully managed, and it shows in this all-purpose thread. It retails at $8.50 (or 3 for $23). See the full range here, and keep an eye on this blog, where we'll be posting a feature about this special new line of threads. 

Our sewing kit this month also includes a pair of cute stork scissors, worth $16. Which color did you get? You can't have too many scissors, and we're sure this will be your prettiest pair! Now that you have them you won't know how you managed without them.

Aren't these Rifle Paper Co. notepads adorable? We have included one, worth $7, in every box, sew or knit. You can use them to plan your next projects! They are just the right size to carry around in your handbag (or new travel bag!), so you'll be ready to make a note whenever inspiration strikes.

Now, on to the knit box! Well, first up we included one of these handy fabric zipper pouches to store all your stitch markers, buttons, etc. Worth $10, they are made with the same beautiful Rifle Paper Co. fabrics featured in the sew box. The pouch fastens with a cute little zipper in a complimentary color, and with a leather zip pull.

We have also included a donut pom pom maker worth $16 in every knit box! Who doesn't need one of these?! They are so sweet (excuse the pun) and easy to use, and the finished pom pom is always a happy surprise. It's such a great way to use up leftover yarn. We hope to have you all adorning your knitted hats and scarves with unique and eye-catching pom poms!

Our knit box this month also includes a Coco Knits stitch holder. Could this be any more gorgeous? This beautiful set is both super functional and beautiful to use and store. The kit contains two interior-threaded needles made of nickel plated steel, three lengths of leather cord (one long – for holding sts of sweater body (59"/150 cm), and two short – for holding sts of sleeves (29.5"/75 cm)), and it also comes in a reusable kraft drawer, lined with 100% wool felt to keep the leather and steel in great condition.

Use the Stitch Holder Kit in lieu of scrap yarn whenever you need to hold live stitches. The threaded needles allow you to knit off of your leather cord. Please just note that you may need to snip the end of your leather cord at an angle to facilitate attaching the needle. The presentation box makes this a lovely gift, but equally it's such a useful thing to have we will totally understand if you want to keep it all to yourself!

Last but not least, in your knit box you will find everything you need to create one of these super-special MAKE necklaces! We partnered with another maker, Jill Foreman of Jill Makes who hand crafted beautiful custom brass pendants that read "Make". The thread we sourced for the necklace is perfectly metallic and exactly the right weight to feel very much like jewelry (and I might add, the most expensive thread I've ever bought!). We have given you approximately 2 1/4 yards – plenty to achieve the perfect length and to create a hand made tassel at each necklace end. The kit includes approximately eighty Japanese glass beads, the quality of which can be found both in their color and functionality, and two beading needles. We have also included a full color instruction booklet to guide you through the project.

The whole kit is worth $30, and we hope that if ever you feel that you have lost your making mojo you will wear your necklace with pride and find inspiration. Keep your eyes on this blog for our interview with Jill Makes, coming soon!

Now, ready, set, get making!

Haven't joined the club yet? You can subscribe here for the October box, which promises to be just as lovely. Are you a sew box subscriber wishing you had one of those donut pom pom makers? A knitter craving a pretty pair of stork scissors? No problem! All products are available for purchase now for subscribers and on Friday for the public right here: Be sure to snap them up before they go!

Katrinkles: an interview

We were so excited to see the first Finch Box fly the nest, and we thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the talented makers whose items we have included. First up, Katy Westcott, otherwise known as Katrinkles, who made our beautiful wooden Finch tags:

First of all, we'd love to know what lead you into this particular craft. Have you always been a wood worker? Did you receive training or teach yourself over time?

By trade I'm a jeweler.  I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor's in jewelry and metalsmithing.  I worked in fine jewelry in NY for a few years and then in the RI costume jewelry industry for about ten years.  Each year I'd take a workshop or two in something creative which is what led me to a laser cutting workshop at a local maker space in Providence.  I'd thought I would make laser cut jewelry but instead discovered a passion for button making.  It's the perfect intersection of knitting and jewelry making.  

What type(s) of wood do you prefer to work with?

Initially I made everything out of bamboo.  At the beginning of 2017 I started using a domestic hardwood called Alder for all of my tools.  I love the natural iridescence in its surface and its rich caramel color.  The best thing about alder is that it's sustainable, renewable and local: it grows in the northeastern US.  Each board is custom milled for me by a local wood shop here in Rhode Island.  I'm still using bamboo for buttons because I love that it can go in the washer and the dryer but I'm really thrilled to be using Alder for everything else.  

Can you describe your process for us? What equipment did you use to produce our wooden tags? Was this an evolving process? Like something you did one way in the beginning and have changed over time?

My designs are digitally created and I have two laser cutting machines that do the etching and the cutting.  I used to draw the illustrations by hand and scan them in but now my computer has a touch screen monitor so it's just as easy to draw it directly into the program.  

Each piece is hand sanded after laser cutting to remove any sharp edges or corners and then washed to remove any residue from laser cutting.  Then the buttons are carded, stitch markers are assembled and each order is shipped.  Every step of the process happens in house in my studio in Pawtucket, RI which allows for quick turnaround times and gives me the ability to make custom pieces.  

Are you a knitter or sewer yourself?

I'm mainly a knitter and crocheter (I'm Katrinkles on ravelry) but I do try to sew. I've made a whole lot of Washi Dresses and a few other garments, but I enjoy cutting fabric a lot more than the sewing itself.  

We would love to know what inspires you, and what you find to be the most satisfying element of your work. 

It's probably pretty obvious that I love things that are cute.  I can spend an unlimited amount of time in an art museum.  I also love the beach and try to get there as often as possible (with my knitting, of course).  One of my biggest inspirations comes from visiting with customers when vending at sheep and wool festivals.  It's so humbling to hear how much people enjoy using the tools that are made in my little studio.  It's also so fun for me to see the unique ways people incorporate the buttons into their projects.  

Last fall I moved the Katrinkles studio to a larger space in the same building, which is an old department store that's been converted into studio spaces.  Having more space gave me room to work more efficiently, to add a second laser cutting machine and to hire helpers.  Doing something I love with a team of friends in a creative space that I adore makes me so thankful that I can do this full time.

Thanks so much to Katrinkles for our Finch tags, and for giving such a great insight into your work! We have other wonderful Katrinkles items available to pick up in store, and if you need more Finch tags, a limited number are available to purchase via the Finch Box Mercantile

Please keep posted for more interviews over the coming months, and enjoy those Finch Boxes! If you missed out on the first box, don't worry! You still have a few days left to sign up for the next one, and we guarantee it will be packed with more special surprises.

Quilt Market Recap + the Finch Spring Sale

Last weekend marked Finch's third year at market, and it never gets any less exciting and inspiring. Just wait until you see the goodies we brought back with us! This year there were just SO many amazing fabrics, from vibrant patterned canvases to luxurious rayons and irresistible collections of quilting cotton. If you get the chance this week, please drop by the store for a preview. We've put all the samples out on display, and the colors need to be seen in person to be believed! Meanwhile, you can get a taste of what's coming our way from the photos below. Many of the fabrics are available for presale online. We can't wait to hear what you're all planning to make with these beauties!

All you knitters out there, don't worry. TNNA is coming up soon, and we'll make sure to keep you up-to-date on all the new yarn we discover.


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Our Annual Spring Sale is June 2nd-4th

Did you think we forgot?  Well, we didn't!  We're a little late, but you know what they say! More details to come, get up to 40% off your entire purchase! The whole entire store is on sale (including machines!). xo, the Finch