PDF Feature: Blueprints for Sewing
Taylor, style icon!

We are so excited to be carrying PDF patterns in our online shop- so you can sign up for classes and buy your pattern at the same time! We will continue to carry indie paper patterns, but for those who prefer to print up  their patterns again and again, PDFs are a great option!

I want to take some time to recognize and thank the designers who share their beautiful work with us, and are making their work available on our site. Today: Taylor McVay of Blueprints for Sewing. Taylor has the.best.style. I'm always inspired by her instagram posts, and her generally autumny-attire. She likes the same palette as I do, so of course I always covet her clothes.

I've loved her work for a long time, the casually elegant aesthetic and the clever premise of Architecture inspired clothing. There are so many parallels in architecture and garments, when we think of structure, design lines, details. What a great idea to blend them and celebrate those parallels.

Taylor teaches all around the Boston area, and that experience really come through in her patterns, they are clear and wonderfully written. 

"Teaching sewing was what really got to the source of it all. Helping people sew, to make and design their own clothing, has been and continues to be a rewarding and liberating experience."

The Geodesic Top has been a really popular class for us, especially for those who like to upcycle old fabrics. It's the most versatile pattern I can think of- it's been made with knits, wovens, a combination, and it always looks great! Some people will pick one fabric to showcase, and then surround it with neutrals to make it pop. One student truly turned her top into a work of art, with detailed stitching on every panel, reusing pockets from old shirts that belonged to a loved one.


The Next Geodesic class is coming in October- we'll pull out a bin of linen remnants, and you'll create a work of art! 

Nicole Bertram
What We're Making- August

It's been a quiet summer for classes, but a busy time behind the scenes! Lots of fun planning, and little bits of sewing.

Today Kiyoko and I got together for a quick catch up and some stitching.  I'm working on a quilt with some fabric from The Makehouse, and spent some time planning the layout, while Kiyoko finished up her bathing suit from the weekend workshop. This weekend was a lot of fun, and we both made our first bathing suits! 

Schedule Excitement!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! I am so excited about the schedule that's coming up! The last week and a half has been a virtual marathon of behind the scenes work: planning, editing, rearranging etc. Then actually getting the classes up where you can find them- here on the (newly reorganized) website, facebook and google calendars.

I'm so proud that The Spool is at the point that we can plan September to June, and know that we will be here for the community, that people can plan around us, and that I have created a space for guest teachers from near and far to share their skills and knowledge.

A few new exciting things: You will see that Kiyoko is teaching many more classes! We've been sewing together almost daily for a year and a half, and she's been amazing to work with and as a teacher. Every review I've gotten is glowing and I'm so glad to share her enthusiasm with the world- though I selfishly want to keep her as my private cheerleader/muse.

We have Danni of Island Sewing Campbell River coming up to teach you to use your serger, Jody of Penguin and Owl Acres for felting adorable critters (coming online soon), Kiyoko for knitting in addition to her workload of sewing classes, and Lana of Sunrise Stitchery teaching us about slow stitching and Sashiko embroidery. We have Punch Needle rug hooking nights, where you can "try it before you buy it", by taking a one night class before investing in the beautiful handmade tool you need for Punch needle- you'll be hooked (get it?) . We are introducing some more intermediate classes for all those folks who've taken almost EVERY. SINGLE. CLASS (THANK YOU! The Spool exists because of every one of you who support us!!!)

But we're not done yet! We've got some fun classes for 2019 that we are keeping under wraps for now, and we are still up for requests and private group classes!

Now, this is an old picture, because I've been too busy getting all this work together to take a dance-party picture, so just trust that I am feeling like this: (minus the flannel and jeans, it's way too hot)


Spool News

Happy Summer! We are pleased to be starting up a Spool Blog, featuring Spool News (new classes, fabrics, patterns or tools in store), What We Are Making (sharing our favourite new makes), Featured Students (featuring inspiring students), and Tutorials on some of our favourite techniques. We are doing a slow release as we start up this summer, but hope for weekly posts by Kiyoko and Nicole by fall. 

If you've got a request for a tutorial, a student to nominate for interview, or any ideas we should write about, let us know with a quick email! I've been off the blog-o-sphere for a few years, since starting the brick and mortar shop, so it'll be great to flex that part of my brain again. 

In current news, you may notice we now have a sign up for a newsletter! I'm not a huge fan of the regular newsletters, but we've had many people request one to announce new classes when they come out, so from now one we will release a newsletter every 3 months or so, or whenever we are launching new classes. This year we are launching our core classes from September to June ALL at the same time, and then smaller classes or modifications every three months. So sign up to get dibs on those!

Kiyoko and I spent a lovely day with a photographer getting sweet west coast shots of some linen sample garments, and our linen is back in stock after selling out!