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+
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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:

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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. 

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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. 

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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: https://thefinchbox-shop.myshopify.com/. 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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Take a Class!

Click Here for a few exciting things that are coming...

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