Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Better Know A Crafter: Sheryl Lemon

Sheryl is an excellent knitter and a craft night regular. We are loving the felt bag she just finished. This wooly owl applique was her first needle felting project--nice job Sheryl!

Sheryl Lemon

1) What makes you want to be crafty?
I've been a knitter for 40 years, but now is the most exciting time to be knitting: new yarns, great needles, etc. This is my only creative outlet and we all need that.

2) Tell us about your felted bag.
This messenger bag just kept evolving: added stripes and needle felting embellishment. The strap was the biggest challenge.

3) How did you learn how to do what you do?
My mother taught me to knit as a little girl and she still has the first out-of-shape scarf I ever made her! Hey, I still make scarves.

4) What is your favorite animal?
I'm pretty certain my spirit animal is an elk.

Thanks Sheryl! Happy knitting!

Monday, July 27, 2009

New! Fancy Tiger Project Bags!

We are excited to introduce our new Fancy Tiger project bags! Made from some of the fabrics we carry in the store, these super-functional bags will keep your knitting, embroidery and crochet projects tidy and protected.

Now you can blow peoples minds with cuteness and craftiness while you are on the go!

The bags are completely reversible with a fancy print on one side and a solid on the other, so you can pick a side to suit your mood. Sweet!

These cute bags are handmade right here at Fancy Tiger and each is a one of a kind fabric combination.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Craft Talk with Leslie Hall

We already love Leslie Hall for her Gem Sweater project and her band, Leslie and the Lys, but now she's made a place for us in our crafty little hearts with this video. "Craft Talk" will make you laugh and it will give you some encouragement to "work through the pain." Thank you Leslie - we love you!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Better Know A Crafter: Julia Slejko

Julia is a crafting wonder woman! She does it all--knitting, sewing, quilting--and with super cute results.

Julia Slejko

1) What makes you want to be crafty?
I am working on a PhD, so knitting and sewing helps me get creative for my dissertation! I love knitting, sewing bags and am just starting to quilt.

2) Tell us about all your cute projects.
Knit Twinkle Pilot Hat and Flying Gloves. Using Twinkle yarn is the trick!

Taxi Tote
bag by Anna Maria Horner with Echino fabric

Lotta Jansdotter yoga bag with Kokka fabric

3) How did you learn how to do what you do?
My grandmother taught me everything I know! Continental-style knitting, crochet, sewing, even some pattern making. She just turned 88 on the 11th. Originally from Italy, she was a seamstress, pattern maker, and is amazingly talented. Now she supervises!

4) What is your favorite animal?

Thanks Julia! Happy crafting!

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Japanese Craft Book Mania!

We have tons of cute, new Japanese craft books in!

Naomi Ito's new Nani Iro sewing book has simple and pretty sewing patterns for women and girls using some of her beautiful fabrics.

Two new books of adorable felt sweet treats are here--make handsewn pastries from wool felt (left) or needlefelt sweet pastries from dyed wool(right).

We have three new Japanese felting books,

and a lovely new Sashiko embroidery book.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

3 Years of Crafting Awesomeness!

Our 3 year anniversary party was a success! Thanks everyone who came out for the celebration! We had delicious treats from Gaia, herb infused wine, and free gifts for all thanks to our wonderful vendors.

We were super excited that everyone came out wearing their handmade outfits - here are some of the inspiring projects people were sporting:

Thanks Denver for 3 awesome years! xo - jaime and amber

Friday, July 17, 2009

Fancy Tiger 3 Year Anniversary Party Tonight!

Join us this Friday, July 17th at 7pm as well celebrate 3 fantastic years in business! We will be giving away tons of goods at both stores from our craft and clothing companies. Treats will be provided by Gaia and libations from Great Divide brewery. Parties will be going on at both stores. Thanks Denver for your support!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Better Know A Crafter: Allison Freeman

Allison is a brand new embroidery whiz! She took our Embroidered Sampler class and came back a few days later with this totally awesome masterpiece of a tea towel.

Allison Freeman

1) What types of crafty things do you like to do?
Well, I'm a hairstylist, photographer and painter.

2) Tell us about your cute embroidery project.
It's just embroidery floss and a tea towel.

3) How did you learn to embroider?
I learned to embroider about a week ago--here at Fancy Tiger!

4) What is your favorite animal?

Thanks Allison! Happy crafting!

Monday, July 13, 2009

New! Colette Sewing Patterns!

We are so excited about these new sewing patterns by Sarai Mitnick! Her new line of Colette Sewing Patterns include four adorable vintage inspired dresses and one sexy high-waisted skirt. Her classic designs flatter ladies of all sizes--the pattern size range is 0 to 18--and her detailed instruction booklets will make sewing them a breeze. Dress them up for a fancy occasion with a silk fabric, or make them fun for summertime with a cotton print!






Jaime and I are already working on our Parfait and Chantilly, we'll be sure to update you with our cute finished dresses!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Better Know A Crafter: Lizbeth Barnett

We first knew Lizbeth from her awesome crewel work, but lately she has been sewing like mad. She is a prolific crafter--the kind of lady who buys a new sewing pattern and comes into the store a few days later wearing a super cute new skirt. And, boy howdy, this is a cute one!

Lizbeth Barnett

1) Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a music teacher by trade, crafter for fun and general bonvivant. I was told my hands should never be idle, so I sew and crewel and sew old t-shirts together.

2) Tell us about the your lovely skirt.
My skirt was made from the Anna Maria Horner Study Hall Skirt pattern using Jane Sasseman's Prairie Gothic and Sanae's Arcadia fabrics. Props to Jaime for helping me coordinate!

3) How did you learn to sew?
My mother taught me to sew, bless her heart. She's a very patient woman. After taking a two decade hiatus I started sewing again because of the darling fabrics and patterns here at the store. I came for the crewel and stayed for the sewing!

4) What is your favorite animal?
My favorite animal that I know is my cat, Little Kitty. I've always found giraffes pretty cool, too, though.

Thanks Lizbeth! Happy crafting!

Monday, July 06, 2009

New! The Outdoorsy Type!

After many requests and much anticipation, we are proud to bring this long awaited fabric into the shop. Let me introduce you to The Outdoorsy Type. When you need a fabric to keep you warm at night, The Outdoorsy Type knows how to start a campfire. (You might need to click on the picture below to see all the outdoorsy action.)

Perhaps you need some new bedroom curtains, a kitchen apron or a canteen cozy - whatever it is, The Outdoorsy Type just may be the fabric you've been looking for.

This fabric is selling quick! Come by and see us soon if you need some for your very own!

Friday, July 03, 2009

The Weekend of Craft Fairs!

There are two craft fairs happening in Denver this weekend. This is the weekend to support your local handcrafters!

Saturday, July 4th is the 1st Annual DIY Market on Colfax. This event is free and has over 40 local vendors selling their wares! It runs from at 3015 E. Colfax. More info and a vendor list can be found here.

Sunday, July 5th is the Denver Handmade craft fair at the City Park from 9am - 3pm. This craft fair is also free to attend and is in conjunction with the Farmers Market.

No excuses folks - you've got a lot of crafts to check out and its all free!!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Better Know A Crafter: Emily Kimberling & Lucy Kemmeries

Emily was one of our very first customers three years ago when Fancy Tiger was just a baby. She is super crafty and one of our original craft nighters. We were so excited to see Emily and her niece, Lucy, come by for a visit wearing their one-of-a-kind cute outfits. So adorable!

Emily Kimberling & Lucy Kemmeries

1) What types of crafty things do you like to do?
Sewing, coloring and making necklaces.

2) Tell us about the cute dresses you've made.
We didn't use a pattern, just tracing. All the fabric is from the Fanciest Tiger!

3) How did you learn to sew?
Some lady at the Sewing 101 - 2 years ago? The lesson was invaluable!

4) What is your favorite animal?
Birds, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, cats dogs, camels, unicorns
(unicorns aren't real) <--per Lucy

Thanks Emily and Lucy! Happy crafting to both of you cuties!