The weather is cooling and many of us are feeling the need to create. Be it for something to do in the darkening evening hours, upcoming holidays, or just to feel little bit more cozy. We are happy to help you find just the right project to keep you busy!
Current COVID-19 Updates and Procedures
New Hours Starting October 1st:
10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday!
We are maintaining our store customer limit at 3 customers at a time to allow for freedom of movement throughout the shop for ourselves and our shoppers. We have the utmost appreciation for everyone waiting for their turn to shop; we know it can be frustrating being asked to wait so often. If you know you will be in a rush, please call ahead and ask us to put items aside for you so you can get in and out quickly!
We are still offering free delivery on the Coast on an as needed basis.
We understand that many people are still feeling uncomfortable being in public places, and that is perfectly okay. We are still happy to make a contactless delivery of your supplies to you! Please call us (604-885-2725) or email us (email@example.com) to place an order and we will deliver it to you as soon as we are able.
All of our suppliers are open and operating right now. However, some are still having troubles getting certain products, (some yarn mills are still closed or they aren’t receiving enough stock, for example).
We are working hard to keep the shop stocked, but some items are beyond our control and we have no alternatre supplier. We are happy to make a special order for things we may be out of; however, please understand that sometimes this process will take longer than we expect (but we will keep trying until we can get it for you).
We feel that now is more important than ever to express how thankful we are for all of you. Normally in April we’d be telling you about our six year anniversary sale, but unfortunately that will have to wait for a while. Instead we want to make sure you know how lucky we feel to be able to keep you crafting for the last six years and particularly over the last few weeks and thank you for your patience while we adapt to new ways to communicating.
Thank you for your business and your support, now and always, we wouldn’t be here without you.
Open hours for Sew Easy are 10am – 3pm Monday through Saturday (with the exception of Saturday April 25th, we’re closed today)
You are welcome to come in and shop, however please note we are only allowing a maximum of 3 customers at a time and you must enter the mall by Clayton’s Market as the other outside entrances are closed.
We are happy to be offering free delivery so you can stay home.
Right now we are happy to offer you free delivery of whatever crafting supplies you need. You can order a variety of ways, by phone (604-885-2725), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (facebook.com/seweasysechelt) or Instagram (@seweasysechelt). There are albums of photos on Facebook, and soon there will be links to photos on our website as well, or we can send you photos of a custom selection based on what you’re looking for. We can accommodate flexible payment methods, including credit card over the phone, e-transfer or cash or cheque at the door. We’re offering delivery services Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
If you call during our open hours (10am-3pm Monday to Saturday) and we do not answer, please leave a message! It’s difficult to get to the phone every time when there’s only one of us in store but we do want to talk to you and we will call you back.
I hope you are doing well and keeping your spirits up, I know it’s difficult right now.
I apologize for the short notice in the change of open hours but everything is in flux on a daily basis and we’re doing our best. Thank you for your understanding.
Hours for the coming week (until further notice):
Monday March 23rd – Saturday March 28th – 10am – 3pm
If you need something urgently or want something delivered during non-open hours the best way to get in touch is by emailing us (email@example.com) or sending us a message on Facebook (www.facebook.com/seweasysechelt) as we can monitor these from home. We will do our best to keep you crafting!
Jenny, Alton, Lisa, Sue and Jan
To Our Dear Customers,
You’ve likely received multiple emails regarding COVID-19. We hope you are keeping up with the latest public health recommendations and we want you to know that we are too. We plan to keep the shop open regular hours at this time, and we are cleaning and sanitizing common surfaces daily. Our staff has been vigilant about hand washing and sanitizing and no one has shown any signs of illness.
Going forward we are implementing the following measures to keep ourselves and our customers as healthy and safe as possible.
– We are offering a free delivery service to our on Coast customers. Orders can be placed over the phone or by email, and payment can be made by cheque upon delivery, credit card over the phone, or e-transfer. We cannot guarantee immediate or same day delivery, as this is out of the ordinary for us, we will need to prioritize based on our availability, distance and number of deliveries. We want to do our best to help those who cannot leave their home, but we also have to be practical about it. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.
– We are postponing our regular Thursday Stitch’n’Bitch until further notice.
– We have decided to postpone the Needle Felted Chick class that was supposed to run this Saturday and we will wait a little longer to make decisions about the other upcoming classes. There is so much uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and we feel it is better to over prepare than under prepare. If anyone is signed up for a class with us and has already paid and wishes to withdraw at this time they will be given a full refund for their class fees and any purchased supplies.
– All toys have been removed from the children’s play area until further notice.
We want to thank you so much for your understanding and for doing all you can to keep our community healthy.
Jenny, Alton, Lisa, Sue and Jan
We hope everyone can take some time to relax and enjoy company with friends and loved ones.
And if those friends and loved ones happen to also love to craft, we’re here for you!
Dec 20th : 9:30am – 8:00pm (YES! 8pm)
Dec 21st : 9:30am – 6:00pm
Dec 22nd : 11:00am – 5:00pm
Dec 23rd : 9:30am – 5:30pm
Dec 24th : 9:30am – 4:00pm
Dec 25th : CLOSED
Dec 26th : 10:00am – 3:00pm
Dec 27th – Dec 30th : Regular Hours
Dec 31st : 9:30am – 4:00pm
Jan 1st : CLOSED
Hearts & Hands Donations Are Away!
We also want to take this time to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated items to the Hearts and Hands Project! We received so many wonderful items and we’ve sent them off to be sorted out into shipping containers bound for the northern communities. It is such a joy to be part of such a generous and giving community of crafters. We want to acknowledge the work of everyone who has donated so far, Val, Fran, Mary, Pauline, Garnette, Linda, Jody, Joanne, Julie and the lovely crafter’s from the Sechelt Senior’s Activity Centre. Thank you everyone!
We are so pleased to be announcing our latest class list! We have wonderful instructors ready to get you going sewing, knitting and needle felting.
Sydney More, a local needle felter specializes in pet themed felting art works and she is sharing her skills in two classes to make an ornament or a broach. Karen Gaze has been teaching knitting here on the Coast for a number of years and she is hosting some beginner friendly classes to help you take up this cozy art. Deb Gowling, who has taught a number of classes with us, is here to get you better acquainted with your sewing machine and show you how to make her very popular secret pocket scarf. Finally we’re very happy to be able to partner with Janna Maria Vallee of Everlea Yarn and host her drop-in tapesty weaving help session.
Please read below to get all the details or you can find the full class schedule on our website under the Classroom tab, or posted individually on Facebook.
Saturday, October 19th
Felting: Animal Face Ornament with Sydney More – $35
Supplies are provided as part of the class fee
In this beginner friendly needle felting class you’ll learn the basics of needle felting by creating a pet or animal face into a pre-felted sphere to make a hanging ornament. You’ll learn about blending and layering colours to achieve the likeness of a favourite furry friend. If you have a pet you’d like to depict, please bring a photo for reference.
Sunday October 20th and 27th
Beginner Machine Sewing with Deb Gowling – $50
Supplies: your sewing machine, a basic sewing kit with scissors, a measuring tape, marking tool and stitch ripper, a pillow that you would like to cover
This two session class is designed for anyone who has never sewn on a machine before or needs to get reacquainted with theirs. You will cover the different functions and stitches that your machine has and learn basic sewing practises to sew a pillow cover for the pillow of your choice. You can bring a fabric you would like to use or you can get help picking your fabric as part of the class.
Saturday, November 2nd
Felting: Intermediate Pet Face Broaches with Sydney More – $35
Supplies are provided as part of the class fee
This class is suitable for the needle felter who has had some experience or taken Sydney’s first class. You will learn how to build up a 3D felted shape to create a pet head, blending and layering fibre to mimic fur, and adding pre-made animal eyes. The finished product can be worn as a broach or perhaps stitched onto a key chain. If you have a pet you’d like to depict please bring a photo for reference.
Saturday, November 2nd OR Sunday, November 3rd
Sewn Secret Pocket Scarf with Deb Gowling – $30
Time: 2pm-5pm (on the 2nd) OR 12:30-3:30 (on the 3rd)
Supplies: 0.3mt of 150cm wide fabric OR 0.6mt of 110cm wide fabric (we recommend something cuddly like minkie, polar fleece or flannelette), 8″ invisible zipper to match fabric
This class is suitable for a sewist with some sewing experience or who has taken Deb’s Beginner Sewing Class. You will sew a cozy infinity scarf with a secret pocket that can hold keys or a phone or wallet while you wear it. This class is great if you want to learn or practice putting in an invisible zipper.
Saturday, November 16th
Learn To Knit with Karen Gaze – $30
Supplies: 25g of worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles
This class is ideal for the complete beginner or for a knitter who has put their needles aside and needs a refresher. You will learn how to cast on stitches, make the knit stitch and cast off stitches. Focusing on technique rather than a product during class, Karen will have patterns available which would use the skills you have just learned and start you on your knitting adventure.
Saturday November 23rd
Love to Knit with Karen Gaze – $30
Supplies: 25g of worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles
The perfect follow up to our Learn to Knit class students will learn the next steps of knitting, the long tail cast on, the purl stitch, increasing and decreasing, and knitting in the round. This class would give students the skills to knit items like hats in the round, simple socks, mittens and many sweaters.
Saturday November 23rd
Tapestry Support with Janna – Pay-What-Works suggested $10-$30
Instructor: Janna Maria Vallee
If you’ve ever dabbled in the world of weft-faced tapestry weaving and are looking for some guidance on your approach to a design, assistance on a particular part of your current weaving or just a nudge to get you back into weaving tapestry this might be the perfect place for you. Janna is offering a laid back environment to weave alongside herself and other weavers as well as assistance and soft instruction as needed.
This evening would pair great with Janna’s online introductory tapestry weaving workshop with the School of Sweet Georgia which is launching in early October. Learn more about Janna at www.everleayarn.ca
First Three Thursdays of each Month
Knitting & Spinning Drop In Help – Pay-What-Works suggested $5-$10
Andrew Jackson, local fibre artist, hosts a drop-in knitting and spinning (drop spindle or wheel) help class on the first three Thursdays of every month from 3:30-5:30 starting September 12th! Andrew is an avid knitter and spinner and has often dedicated himself to cultivating the love of fibre arts in others. We are going to be offering this session as a pay-what-you-can model with the suggested amount of $5 to $10.
Due to a high number of no shows in the past, class placement is not guaranteed until fees are paid. Fees are 100% refundable up to 72 hours before the start of class.
Want to save or print a copy of the class list? We’ve got you covered.
Oh man, crafters. We have so much to talk about this month, and we know there’s a lot going on this time of year as things start up and routines change but bear with us please! We think it will be worth your time.
First, we need to give a huge THANK YOU to Vivien, one of our fantastic staff members at Sew Easy who is leaving us for a new life adventure! She has been with Sew Easy for 7+ years, sewing samples and solving problems all the while. We hope you’ll join us as we wish her all the best in her new undertakings!
This, in turn, means that Sew Easy is hiring! We’re looking for another enthusiastic person who can give great customer service and has a passion for the fibre arts. This is a part time position of three days a week that will involve a lot of helping customers find the right fabric and yarn, answering customer calls, using point of sale software to process sales, restocking, and creative problem solving, as well as a bit of display making, kit building and sample making. If this sounds like the right job for you please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off in person in store. References are a must and feel free to submit a few photos of your fibre handiwork so we know what you’re into!
We’re also pleased to be letting you know about the first of hopefully a few classroom events going on! Andrew Jackson, local fibre artist, is going to be hosting a drop-in knitting and spinning (drop spindle or wheel) help class on the first three Thursdays of every month from 3:30-5:30 starting September 12th! Andrew is an avid knitter and spinner and has often dedicated himself to cultivating the love of fibre arts in others. We are going to be offering this session as a pay-what-you-can model with the suggested amount of $5 to $10.
We mustn’t forgot to recognize the hours and hours of knitting help that’s been given so graciously by Linda Brooks over the last five years. (and more!) Linda has been an absolute champion to many knitters who’ve been stumped by one conundrum or another. We want to thank Linda for all the time and patience she has given and we look forward to working with her again on new projects!
We’re joining SUBCULTURE Yarn and many other crafty folks to help support True North Aid, a Canadian charity “committed to serving northern Canadian communities with practical humanitarian support”, and we would like your help!
Emjay of SUBCULTURE Yarn and the driving force behind this initiative has worked with the amazing people at True North Aid to come up with a project to create baby layette sets to send to new mother’s in northern and remote communities of Canada. Sew Easy has volunteered to be a drop off location for finished layette sets and to help spread the word!
Items in each layette set can be knit, crochet, sewn, purchased or a mixture thereof, but at least two items must be hand made. The list of items that make up a set can be found here or a printed list is available in store. Now the list is not short, but as Emjay says if you don’t feel you have the time or resources to make a complete set yourself you can “leverage the power of community” and make a set with friends, family, fellow guild members, or sit and stitch groups! Individual items will of course be given a home but the more complete sets we can send, the closer we will be to the goal of 50 sets.
These layette sets are to be gifts of love, welcoming and congratulations! Guidelines have been created with True North Aid to ensure the items sent will be practical for the families receiving them so it’s very important that anyone wishing to participate follow the instructions given. That being said, they are also the “minimal” guidelines and if you or your group would like to put in extras, please feel free to do so! The guidelines can be found here or printed out in store.
Here is what Emjay has to say…
“Like many Canadians, conversations surrounding reconciliation and our shared history within and outside of the fibre community have touched my heart and prompted action. I yearn to do something that shows love, support and concern for indigenous people. Beyond letters to representatives and Government bodies, I need to do something tactile and enduring with this energy and momentum.”
“Many indigenous women in remote northern communities must travel long distances to give birth, often doing so without the in-person love and support of their families and loved ones. As well, the financial challenges of providing for a newborn are amplified in these communities where infant clothing and basic needs like diapers are incredibly expensive. Imagine how comforting a baby layette bag of handmade woolens, a few necessary store bought baby goods and a personal note of congratulations and encouragement would matter to a new mom. Love, support and hope matter. There are many ways you can get involved and together with True North Aid, we can make a difference, one stitch at a time.” (source)
This has all been a lot of reading, remind me how do I get involved?
Create a layette set either alone or with friends and drop it off at Sew Easy! If you don’t feel that you can create a whole set alone but you aren’t acquainted with many crafty folks to work with you, you can of course still participate as a solo crafter. (But do read the guidelines first. It’s just really a good idea.)
We will be announcing the date for a social Craft Together at Sew Easy for people participating in making layette items, so look for that soon!
Starting this Friday we’re having a week long sale to make room for all the wonderful new fabrics and yarns we’ve got coming in the next month! This means that starting today you can get 30-50% off on tons of fabric and yarns, including (but certainly not limited to) bamboo spandex knits, beautiful tencel wovens and all our tablecloth vinyls, as well as Berroco Quechua, Millefiori, Patons Astra and Patons Classic Wool Worsted. Please come visit us and take advantage of some great deals!
Long Weekend Hours:
Saturday – Regular Hours 9:30-5:30
Sunday – Regular Hours 11-4
Monday – Shortened Hours 11-4
We’ll also be extending our great deals on two Pfaff sewing machines, the Smarter 140s and one of Pfaff’s best selling machines the Passport 2.0! Both will be available for demo so you can be certain you’re leaving with a machine that will fit your sewing needs.
Did you know that we’ve been busy building a classroom space? It’s true! We’re nearing completion, just the last little details and a few finishing touches to make it a bit more cozy. We aim to use this space as a drop in space for anyone who needs more room for a project, for our own classes, Thursday craft nights and hopefully soon to have a sewing machine station that any crafter can rent time with. We don’t have all the details yet, we’ll be sure to post them when we do, but in the meantime if you have specific questions or suggestions please give us a call or send us an email.
We promise you we haven’t forgotten you! We’ve had some staff illness for the last four weeks, and a vacation before that, and some other things going on in the background, so we’ve gotten a little behind with regards to updating this blog, and sending our email newsletters. Remember when we promised we wouldn’t spam you by email? We mean it!
Anyways, upcoming, we have:
(Not actual classroom. Thankfully)
A new classroom! Alton is still working on it as he can, but it’s almost ready. Once we have the space, we’re going to be announcing the details of our drop in to sew program, as well as starting to take names for class requests.
Canada Day! We’re always open on Canada Day, and this year is no different. We’ll be open 11am-4pm for all your crafting needs.