Duct Tape Dummy Demo (Sep 6 at Dartmouth Yarns)

Dartmouth Yarns is celebrating their second anniversary this weekend of Sep 5 – 7. Among the many activities they have planned shown below, is a Duct Tape Dress Form Demo at 11 AM on Saturday, shown in red below. Lots of activities that might of interest to our members, though!

Dartmouth Yarns is located at 122 Portland Street in Dartmouth.

Thanks to Nancy for content of this post.


Dartmouth Yarn

It’s our 2nd Anniversary

Help us celebrate our special weekend,
Sept. 5-7!

We have lots of fun planned for our Anniversary Celebration.  We start with a pre-weekend reception and yarn tasting on Friday evening and continue all through the weekend with music, treats, debut yarns and mystery products, impromptu demos, presentations by famous local designers, healthy knitting tips, and prizes.  But it won’t be a party without you, so please come join us.

Here is a taste of planned events:

FRIDAY (store hours 10:00-7:00)

  • 5:00-7:00   Reception and Fleece Artist/Handmaiden Fine Yarns Yarn Tasting ! This is a treat we look forward to every year.  Jana is bringing a delicious variety of beautiful yarns for you to explore.  Sip a little, snack a little, and fall in love with these beauties.  Yarn will, of course, be available for purchase.  (Psst!  We will be debuting 4 custom colours created just for us by Jana & her dye artists.  You can’t see them anywhere else!)

SATURDAY (store hours 10:00-4:00)

  • All day:  New products, samples, and door prizes every hour
  • 11:00:   Duct tape dress form demo–we’ll be making a dress (or sweater) form using an old t-shirt & lots & lots of duct tape
  • 2:00-4:00    Ilga Leja presentation and trunk show

SUNDAY (store hours noon-4:00)

  • All day:  Samples and door prizes every hour
  • 1:00:  Cora Sproule, RMT, will be demonstrating hand and arm self-massage techniques to avoid “knitters cramp”.  She will also be giving free mini head and neck massages (donations accepted)
  • 4:00:  Final prize drawings

We’ve had such a wild and rewarding year. We thank you all for making it possible!

Kate, Sam, and the whole DY team of yarniacs–Joy, Kathy, Maria, & of course, Sabrina

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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Announcements, Events



After Minh mentioned Patch in the last blog entry I needed to drop in. It was easy to find parking on a side street. The shop is very nice and the rental machines were busy. Everyone was quite social.

I am a quilter, so all the fabric was attractive. Wonderful prints for sun dresses or shirts! However, the garment sewer in me liked the cotton/linen blends (perfect for shirts). And there were 5 or 6 bolts of knits. 2 were gorgeous thin and silky wool ($37?) and the others were cotton/bamboo ($19?). I bought a meter of the cotton/bamboo and brought it home to wash. Then I hung it out on the line.

And now… this is why you buy quality fabric and don’t mind paying more when quality counts.

That wet fabric is hanging on the line pinned on each end. There is no sag. The sides and bottom edges are hanging perfectly straight. When have you ever seen that in a wet knit? When I sew it up the garment will do the same, and the sewing process will be divine! Occasionally you need to do something nice for yourself. Good fabric will fill the bill!

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Ruffle Necktie T-Shirt Tutorial

ruffletee2I thought this was a delightful idea, especially for you ladies with male significant others who have boring ties they no longer wore. This would be even better if they had interesting ties they no longer wore… or maybe never wore in the first place because they were not conservative enough! :-)

From the McKell’s Closet blog.

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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Fashion, How To, Techniques


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Patch Fabric Store Review

PATCH is a relatively new fabric store in Halifax at the time of writing (Aug 15 2014). This detailed review is from one of our Guild members, Faye M. who visited the store Thursday. Thank you Faye!

I visited Patch this morning. It is located on the east side of Robie St. On street 2 hour parking is found across from the store on the west side of Willow.

Sewing classes will be geared towards beginners and no longer than 3 hours. They will be project based to teach varied skills. However, the objective is to teach how to sew, not to fit.  Class lists are supposed to be ready soon and to start in Sept.

Patterns are intriguing with lots of independents coming. I bought a Liberty pattern myself, which is a British brand.  Sewholic patterns and Oliver (children’s) were displayed. Colette patterns are enroute and will be carried.

Some limited but quality books i.e. Colette Handbook, and some on quilting, and dyeing fabrics, are available in addition to a few basic quilting rulers primarily to be used for classes to be held. I purchased some black twill tape which I had been unable to purchase elsewhere.

Half the store is a classroom setting with Bernina sewing machines and serger ready for rentals.  Want to try out this brand – here’s your chance. Test drive a pattern and see how you like sewing with them.  Have your machine break down or need servicing and need a project completed yesterday – this store will come to the rescue. Lots of possibilities including space constraints in your living quarters or temporary housing, and this store can come to your rescue.

Lovely cotton by Liberty is available as are some pretty chambrays. The selection is limited but that is to be expected with a new fledgling store. I noticed some good quality solid white cotton which is hard to find.

I did mention that I was from the Guild but did not receive a discount upon purchase – Perhaps that may come later when the store is more established and financially sound.

All in all the store has a good start.  The hours are limited as only the owner is there 10 to 5, Tues to Sat, but is open on Sun, 12 to 5 for the worker bees.


As with all individual reviews shared on a group platform,
it needs to be stated that this review represents the opinion
of the reviewing member and not necessarily that of the Guild.


Store info

Patch is owned by Christina Pasquet, who came to visit us at the Guild early this year.

The store is at 2571 Robie Street at Willow.

Their website,, is not yet up at time writing.

They are on Facebook at patchhalifax/info

Phone (902) 423-0303

Email​ ​

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Reviews, Stores


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The Shop Company Dress Forms and Mannequins

Fay W. of the Shop Company in New Jersey recently reached out to us to tell us about dress forms, mannequins, racks, display cases, among other fixtures and supplies they sell for sewing use, trade shows, displays and so on. They are “an online retailer that sells exceedingly competitively priced dress forms and mannequins”. They’ve worked primarily with shops in the past, but wanted to reach out to more sewers of the world and found us!

They also have a blog on topics related to products they sell.

I hope you will visit their site and see if what they have to offer is of interest to you and/or others you know. A link to their site and blog has been put in our site’s Links menu under Other Links.

Please note this is neither an endorsement nor review of The Shop Company and their products, merely an announcement to make our readers aware of a company selling products in which they may be interested.

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Resources


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