We are pleased to announce the arrival of Baird McNutt Irish Linen, made in Ireland.
Fabric: 100% Linen
Weight: 150 gsm (4.4 oz/sq yd)
Width: 152 cm (60″)
Finish: Preshrunk (Regz)
Introductory Retail Price: $20/yard
This blue plaid linen is a beautiful fabric. You can learn more about Irish Linen at Baird McNutt and J. Hanna Ltd.
Baird McNutt linen is often found in fine clothing at companies such as Brooks Brothers and J. Crew.
If you are interested in seeing a swatch of this linen, contact Connie Perry at 507-461-6330 or email@example.com with your mailing address information.
Recently my husband reminded me that my “brand” is “healthy kids”, or really a healthy family. I’m not really promoting fabric, yarn or the needle arts, but a healthy lifestyle. Something that’s important to us is that our clothing allows us to get out and do the things we want to do.
Rachel was able to ice skate without a winter coat in a rather cool ice skating arena on Friday. Her “stout” wool Aran sweater kept her plenty warm. Her mittens were also made with the same yarn.
Something I love is that my girls enjoy making things for others. Rachel’s older sisters decided to create her sweater using purple Aran yarn from Kerry Woollen Mills.
Something fun the girls did prior to skating was “do” Rachel’s hair with the old-fashioned “rag” curls.
Kids are fun.
Here I am again, writing about the weather. It’s a beautiful time of the year in Minnesota. We had a little snow storm yesterday. After the storm settled down, my kids thought it was a great time to build their own igloo.
Ben was a little concerned about his horse.
We were grateful for two of our wonderful neighbors, who decided to use their snowblowing–power–tools to clear our driveway for us.
It’s a perfect time to stay inside and enjoy the needle arts. My daughter, Rachel, started her own Easter dress last week. I’m enjoying her enthusiasm, and doing my best to keep up with her. She is counting the days to April 20.
Cyndy, a member of the Lakes & Prairies Smockers chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America, pointed us to Spring with a lesson on Picture Smocking that included a cheery bluebird and a pretty heart. On Saturday, she lead a very well-organized lesson on back smocking, preparing the pleated piece for picture smocking. Picture smocking is very much like painting with thread. The chapter is planning a Spring weekend session in late-March at the Textile Center in Minneapolis.
Heart and Bluebird – smocked
We know many people have been struggling with the winter weather this year. We hope you stay warm and safe.
Last week I posted my husband’s picture wearing his Irish cap. And then there is Ben, wearing his cap. It’s a little roomy, but he’ll grow into it soon. Thank you to Celtic Clothing for importing these nicely made caps.
This year at Christmas I decided to get my husband an Irish Flat Cap.
Maybe it’s the distinguished look. Or maybe it’s a relaxed air about it. I love the tweed, with it’s beautiful texture. I love the look on him.
In the end, I bought two hats. The first is hand-tailored in Ireland by “Hats of Ireland,” and second is the “Shannon” cap also tailored in Ireland.
Bert said the first cap fits more snugly and is more comfortable, but he seems to like them both.
You can easily purchase them through Amazon, but I found a better price, free shipping, and a guarantee that it was made in Ireland at Celtic Clothing. I was very happy with the customer service at Celtic Clothing.
Celtic Clothing also sells food products from Ireland, and we loved their Graces Irish Shortbread and Flahavan’s Porridge. Somehow calling it Porridge caused the kids to enjoy it more than regular oatmeal. Whatever it takes! The cookies were gone in no time.
Yesterday I shared a little about the “Let the Children Praise” choir that my girls participated in this past weekend. This morning I learned that a friend had taken several pictures. Can you spot my kids?
We had a great time this weekend attending the Deo Cantamus “Let the Children Praise” performance in Plymouth, Minnesota. Quite honestly, I was just glad my husband was driving, because the roads were snowy and slippery, and it was nearly a two-hour drive. This activity has become a favorite tradition for our family. We make a big deal of it and stay at a local hotel, where we can relax and swim in a very warm pool.
It was the first year that all four of my girls “qualified” to participate, and it was the first year that two of my girls were selected as a soloist! (I’m a proud mom!!) I’m also proud of what happens behind the scenes. This year Lydia made herself the black skirt that she needed. My husband stopped by Ginny’s Fine Fabric a few weeks ago to pick up “something black” for her project. I knew that between Ginny and my husband, we’d have something “good” and appropriate for the occasion. Bert bought a lightweight black Italian wool. Lydia made a lovely skirt cut on the bias with a wide waist band. It is beautiful.
I was also able to create a slightly gathered skirt for Rachel. The Italian wool was delightful to work with, and it looked elegant on Rachel. This time I used the information found in Aldrich’s “Metric Pattern Cutting” books.
This weekend I enjoyed reading this column in the Fashion section of our local Rochester paper. I relate to Mitzi Baker on having an appreciation for the hand crafted and well-made, and liking things that are simple and elegant. Thought I’d pass this one along.