Thursday, March 22, 2012

Designer Focus - Barri Sue Gaudet of Bareroots and Giveaway!

Introducing our next featured designer: Barri Sue Gaudet of Bareroots!  Barri is well-known for her stunning embroidery projects which have a vintage flair.  Here's a bit more about her, as well as lots of photos!


Barri Sue Gaudet started Bareroots designs in 1998. She has always loved  drawing simple little designs and quilting.

A project from the Favorite Embroidery Stitches book.

Her designs translated well into stitchery designs worked into pieced quilts, pillows, totes, and other embellished items.

I love how her studio is set up to enjoy the view!
Darling wool applique!

Barri has added wool felt applique into her patterns. This is seen in abundance in the Bareroots line of candle mat patterns & kits.
Barri has two grown sons and lives in a tiny little town called June Lake in the Eastern Sierra range of California. She lives there with her husband Ron, two old cats and dog. In addition to stitchery and quilting, Barri enjoys knitting and hiking.

Barri recently opened a little shop that features stitchery, sewing, and knitting in Bishop, California called Sierra Cottons & Wools.

We have many of Barri's designs available here.  For a project that is small in size but big on cuteness, take a look at the candle mat kits.  Just a few are shown below....

Enter our GIVEAWAY!!

Leave a comment below telling us your favorite pattern or kit of Barri's (see them here).

Three lucky winners will receive autographed copies of the Favorite Embroidery Stitches & Project Book.  One grand prize winner will receive an autographed copy of the book as well as a kit to make one of the darling pincushions it includes!

Remember to include your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shabby Fabrics Employee of the Year

We've just awarded our very first Employee of the Year here at Shabby Fabrics.  We'll give you some trivia about this employee and maybe you can figure out who it is.

Favorite foods:  Steak (medium rare) and biscuits.

Biggest fear:  Poodles (seriously!)

Hobbies:  Running, swimming, napping, and helping people.

Biggest benefit to the company:  Has never asked for a raise or used the employee discount.

Strengths: The best listener in the shop and has a great sense of style.

Weaknesses:  Self-admittedly has poor dental hygiene.

Job Description:  Assisting Dave with shipping, keeping an eye on the front door, being a listening ear, and making sure everyone else smells okay. 

Any guesses? 

Click here to see if you're right!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Introducing Our Heirloom Christmas Ornaments!

If you've been looking for simple projects that will make great Christmas gifts, look no further than the Heirloom Christmas Ornament Club - a Shabby Fabrics Exclusive! 

Designed by Jennifer Bosworth, these beautiful keepsake ornaments are made of the highest quality wool, and embellished with gold metallic-trimmed ribbon, metallic embroidery floss, hand-dyed buttons, and glass & metal beads.  So timeless, these ornaments are certainly worthy of being passed down through generations!

Sign up for $5, and then each month is just $18 - shipping included worldwide!

This Club runs May 2012 - October 2012, giving you plenty of time to finish these before the holiday season. The six ornaments included are: bell, Christmas tree, ornament, star, candy cane, and stocking. Each ornament measures approximately 5" tall. 


Candy Cane


Christmas Tree



Which ornament is your favorite?  Who will you make these for?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

National Craft Month!

Did you know March is National Craft Month? With 56 percent of households crafting at least one project a year, the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) is celebrating the 18th annual National Craft Month. Running the entire month of March, National Craft Month was started in 1994 as a way to help people discover the joy of crafting and all its many benefits. National Craft Month has grown from a handful of retailers and manufacturers into an international celebration of creativity with millions of participants.

We asked the girls in the shop what their favorite types of crafts were and here's what they had to say:

Lynn: Embroidery and making picture books for her children
Julie: Making homemade cards, paper collages, and cross stitch
Tiffany: Making homemade cards, just starting to knit
Holly: Scrapbooking
Brittany: Jewelry making and making accessories to wear with her outfits
Heather: Photography, and photo collage making
Dominique: Painting with shaving cream using different colors, and scrapbooking
Tanya: Drawing and stenciling
Dave: Model making

In celebration of National Craft Month, Shabby Fabrics will be offering 20% off all trims and ric rac for the entire month! You can check out our selection here!

Now it's your turn to tell us about your favorite craft. What is something crafty you love to do besides quilting?

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Country Cottages Block Three!

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, this block features shamrocks and the color green! 

Are you enjoying this pattern?  Which block (or part of a block) has been your favorite?  Have you learned new skills in making these blocks?  What has been the most difficult part?

Be sure to also check out our Flickr page to see what others have done and upload photos of your own blocks!