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

January News From The Nest

All the hustle and bustle is over from the December holidays, but we've still got a lot going on at Finch! Don't get in that post holiday slump, start your 2017 off with all the fun things we have planned below:

 First, we've got an incredible Arranmore trunk show by the Fibre Company in the shop until next Tuesday. These sweaters are dreamy and I want to live in them all winter. Come by and get inspired and pick up some Arranmore before it runs out!

SPRING CLASSES are SPROUTING UP!

If you still want to make something cozy but you're more of a sewist, you definitely need to take a look at our toaster sweater class. You'll come away with an adorable sweater to wear in winter and transition into spring and also get some hands on experience learning to use our sergers. This is one of our first serger classes and we are so excited! 

FOOT of the MONTH

All this month you can get Bernina's embroidery foot with a clear sole #39/39C for 25% off.

EVERSEWN MACHINES 20% OFF

In addition to that we are also offering 20% off all Bernette and Eversewn machines! Stop by the shop and you can take a little test drive!

SIP + SEW at STONE TOWER WINERY!

Last, but not least, we have a fun little sip and sew event on January 16th! For $45 you can come hang out, drink wine, and make this sweet little clutch using Rifle Paper Co. fabric. This is the perfect girls night and to sign up for the event right here!  Hurry!  These events sell out so quickly!

Twelve Days of Finchmas: Day Eleven

YOU MADE IT! THE GIFTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN, AND YOUR MACHINE IS ALL YOURS AGAIN.... WHAT WILL YOU SEW NOW??

WE THINK THE MERCHANT AND MILLS PATTERNS AND WORKBOOK ARE A GREAT PLACE TO START...  COME AND SEE WHAT THE FINCHETTES HAVE ALL SEWN.... SIMPLE SILHOUETTES, WITH FLATTERING FITTING ELEMENTS, MERCHANT AND MILLS' PATTERNS MAKE THE PERFECT POST HOLIDAY LAYERING PIECES.

ANGELA IN HER CAMBER DRESS IN ROBERT KAUFMANN PLAID FLANNEL

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NANCY IN HER SALTMARSH SKIRT IN ROBERT KAUFMANN ESSEX LINEN

RANDI IN HER CAMBER DRESS IN ANDOVER METALLIC CHAMBRAY

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ALEX IN HER HERON TOP (FROM THE WORKBOOK) IN KAUFMANN FLANNEL

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ME IN MY SHIRT DRESS IN MERCHANT AND MILLS WASHED LINEN

ME IN MY CURLEW TOP IN INDIGO COTTON FROM JAIPUR... AND BELOW: STEFANIE IN HER TOP 64 IN ESSEX PRINTED LINEN BY CAROLYN FRIEDLANDER.

Time to treat yourself to your own handmade item. Maybe you've had your eye on a new pattern, you got a fun new fabric to add to your stash, or you just want to start the new year inspired and refreshed with a modern look. If that describes you, look no further! You've got to try one of these Merchant and Mills garments! We promise you'll be hooked.  STAY TUNED FOR OUR LAST DAY OF FINCHMAS THIS NEW YEARS' DAY! XOXO, THE FINCH

Time to treat yourself to your own handmade item. Maybe you've had your eye on a new pattern, you got a fun new fabric to add to your stash, or you just want to start the new year inspired and refreshed with a modern look. If that describes you, look no further! You've got to try one of these Merchant and Mills garments! We promise you'll be hooked. 

STAY TUNED FOR OUR LAST DAY OF FINCHMAS THIS NEW YEARS' DAY!

XOXO,

THE FINCH

Twelve Days of Finchmas: Day Ten and Holiday Hours

A favorite tradition of our shop each year is picking out a some amazing stocking stuffers for all you makers. Remember, good things come in small packages (stocking size packages in this case!) and all of these will definitely fit! You have a couple more days to find the best little gifts. With everything from snips and embroidery projects, to yarns and felted critter kits we know you'll find something personal to let your loved one (or yourself!) be thrilled on Christmas morning. 

Merchant and Mills Bow Scissors

Felted Critters

Stitch Markers

Twig & Horn Enamel Pins

Rotary Cutter

Twig & Horn Zipper Pouches

The Loome Pom Pom Maker

Iron Erasable Fabric Pens and Highlighters

Jul Buttons

Bernina Feet

Merchant and Mills Scissors

Sun Print Jelly Role

Button Hole Cutter

Fat Quarter

Shepherd's Balm

Knitter's Keep

 

Don't forget to check out our Holiday hours for all your last minute shopping!

Dec 24, open 10-2pm

Dec 25, Merry Christmas!!  We're closed.

Dec. 26, open 12-4pm

Dec. 27, open for regular business hours

 

Twelve Days of Finchmas: Day Nine

On the 9th day of Finchmas we will give to you...   a very Finchy Gift Guide!  Take quick look at this personalized list for every little Finchette in your life. We've paired the perfect class and present together just for you:

for the Garment Sewist:

for the Beginner Sewist:

for the Advanced Knitter:

for the Beginner Knitter:

for the Quilter:

for the Crafty Kid: 

a Very Finchy Christmas to you all!!
xoxo,

the Finch

Weekend Garment Workshop with Lladybird! (AKA Lauren Taylor)

We are sooo exited to have Lauren Taylor, author of the blog Lladybird, at Finch from Feb 24th to 26th for a special workshop! Lauren has been sewing and teaching Garment Sewing for years, she super talented, and so fun to be around!

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