Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of Year Sale!

We've just received Amy Butler's newest line of fabric - Soul Blossoms. These new designs are really fabulous and are sure to sell out fast. A few examples are shown below. If you stop in before January 2, you can use the sale card attached to receive 20% off Soul Blossoms and an additional 20% off any of our winter clearance fabrics. You can potentially receive discounts of up to 70% off of selected fabrics (i.e., fabric is marked 50% off and you receive the extra 20% for a total of 70% off!!!). Our holiday hours are as follows:
New Year’s Eve - Friday, December 31: 10 -5
New Year’s Day - Saturday, January 1: 10 - 5
Monday, January 3: Closed for inventory

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Hours

Hello Faithful Readers!
Christmas and New Year's are soon upon us.
Below are our holiday hours:
Christmas Eve - Friday, December 24: 10 – 2
Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25: Closed
New Year’s Eve - Friday, December 31: 10 -5
New Year’s Day - Saturday, January 1: 10 - 5
Monday, January 3: Closed for inventory
A happy and joyous holiday to all!

The Staff at Treadle Yard Goods

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


We are pleased to have Katherine Tilton back to present "THE ARTY T" Seminar. If you could not attend the September event, now is your chance. If you did attend the previous seminar, you won't want to miss this evening as Katherine has recently returned from Paris with all new ideas and inspirations. This event is co-sponsored by the Textile Center of Minnesota

Made from scratch or purchased Ts are a sewers ideal blank canvas. Let Katherine help you see the possibilities in a humble T with a designer’s eye. Straight from her limited production design studio comes a gold mine of information on how to incorporate easy sewing and surface design techniques. In addition to a gallery of Arty T-shirts, you will see up close how-tos including slashing, inset, innovative edges, combining two Ts to make one, along with adding the punch of paint, foil and discharge. Your DIY Arty T will look as if you found it in an expensive little boutique in Florence, Paris, New York or San Francisco. Katherine will also present a trunk show of her newest work: jackets, vests, T-shirts and pants.
Skill Level: All Fee: $25
Instructor: Katherine Tilton Location: Treadle 2
Wednesday, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., December 29

Katherine Tilton brings a light-hearted clarity, simplicity and sense of deep play to all she touches. A woman of many talents, she maintains creative studios in southwestern Oregon and St. Paul. She and her sister, Marcy, conduct studio design tours to Paris and San Francisco, exploring and playing in the creative essence of those magical cities.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Due to the blizzard Treadle will be closed today.
We hope you will be cozy wherever you are.
Happy Sewing!

Friday, December 3, 2010

This is What We Do

We saw the opening day of our inaugural Treadlette Gift and Accessory sale yesterday, and I have to tell you, we have some amazing things for sale!There is much, much more. Come and see how talented my co-workers are!

Also, we have a basket for Toys for Tots in the store.
The deadline to bring in a new, unwrapped toy is December 15th. Let's make everyone's holiday a great one!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

This is What We Do

Coming this Thursday, December 2nd, the Treadlettes are having a little sale.
Come by to see what we all do in our time away from the store.
We all sew, but some of us also knit, weave, make jewelry, bead, embroider, and much more.
Our wares will be available to purchase at Treadle 2 on Hamline Ave, just around the corner from our main entrance.

Thursday 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please come and join us!

Giveaway Winners!

Our giveaway winners, as randomly chosen by the random number generator, are Comment #5 and Comment #18.
So, congratulations Tanya and Nicole!
Tanya wins the copy of Seams to Me, and Nicole wins the copy of Handmade Beginnings.
Thank you all for playing along, I hope you all have lots of fun with your projects, we always love to hear what people are making!
Don't forget to join our flickr group, to get your photos featured here on the Treadle Blog!
Happy sewing,
The Treadlettes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Our fearless leader, Mary, bought many, many gorgeous fabrics at the International Textile Show in September. These wonderful fabrics need to go to good homes now to make room for new fabrics which are arriving daily. Enjoy savings of 20% on all in stock fabrics and an additional 20% on all sale fabrics. Get a head start on your holiday sewing, or treat yourself to that fabric you’ve been lusting after.
The sale runs from Friday, November 26, through Sunday, November 28. We will be open our regular hours - Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Fabrics and a Giveaway

We have just received some of Anna Maria Horner's new line Innocent Crush.
These velveteens are crying out to become a cozy fall skirt, or a couple of soft pillows for you couch, can you hear them?
Also, we have some new colorways of Anna Maria's Square Dance. The past incarnations of this fabric were printed on a textured, dobby fabric, this time around the print is on untextured voile.

To celebrate this great influx of Anna Maria's fabrics, we're giving two lucky readers a copy of one of Anna Maria's Books - Handmade Beginnings or Seams to Me.
This giveaway is open to Twin Cities residents only.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here, and I'll randomly choose the winners next Friday, November 26th.

Tell us what you're sewing, tell us about your stash, let us know how you feel about the recent snowfall.

Happy Sewing, and best of luck!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Best of Treadle Flickr Group

You guys have been coming through big-time with some beautiful sewing on the Treadle Yard Goods flickr group and I have a few to share here.

First, we have this lovely ensemble from Julia at minecreations.
She made the Eclair Dress from Colette Patterns, and it is just beautiful.

As a bonus, she had enough silk left over to make a matching tie for her fiance!

As we are nearly half-way through November, it's also a good time to talk about holiday sewing.
We have a fine example here - Jenna made this advent calendar out of wool felt.
This looks like a great way to use up scraps hanging around the house!
wool felt advent calendar
We do so love to see what you're sewing!
Head over to flickr and share your photos too!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book Review Corner

It's time for Book Review Corner again!
Today, we have two titles from the lovely and talented Anna Maria Horner -
Seams to Me and Handmade Beginnings.
Seams to Me is a manual for beginning sewing, and Anna has some great chapters about choosing the correct fabric, finding the right tools, laying out patterns and beginning sewing techniques.

This book has a nice mix of whimsical and practical projects.
I would love to make this art piece, what fun!
There are clothes for youngsters, clothes for grown-ups, and fun accessories.
Handmade Beginnings is full of more wonderful patterns, many of which are for the pampering of the prospective and new mother.
Anna also has included patterns for clothes and accessories for the new baby and even some projects for elder siblings so they feel included in all of the family excitement!

Both of these books have an envelope of patterns in the back, and they are spiral-bound, so they stay open while you're working, a big plus for me.

If you have used any good, or not so good, sewing or crafting books lately, drop us a note in the comments. We're always looking for more books to highlight in our Book Review Corner!

Happy Sewing,
The Treadlettes

Friday, October 22, 2010

Spooky Sale

Stop in for a look at our selection of Halloween Fabrics, now reduced 40%! We have many fun and spooky patterns, perfect for a trick-or-treat bag, or fun holiday-appropriate napkins and place-mats!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lots to Tell

I have a jam-packed post for you today!
First of all, the last day of our sale is tomorrow, so come on in. You know you want to.

Second, we have these terrific pieces from the new Vogue catalog, all designed by Katherine Tilton.
These patterns are quite versatilePattern #8691 was used for both the gray and brown tops, and #8690 for the v-neck tops.
We have this pattern in a solid and a stripe which really highlights the interesting lines in the top.

Along with these fascinating pieces, we have so much new fabric, I don't quite know where to start!

Yesterday our favorite UPS driver brought the new fabric from Liesl Gibson at Oliver + S.
We have 8 cotton prints, and 9 knits.
These fabrics have the same whimsy that we expect from the Oliver + S line of patterns, and they feel terrific! I may have to make myself a top, they're all so cute!
Add to that a full complement of wools,

and some wonderful fleeces

and we are set up for the fall!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Oliver + S Trunk Show

It's Oliver + S trunk show time!
We have a small selection of their newest patterns, which also show off the new line of Oliver + S fabrics.
I just found out about a wonderful resource on the Oliver + S website.
Learn to Sew with Oliver + S.
Liesl Gibson, the creative force behind Oliver + S, has taken pattern writing to the next level, and really wants to educate new sewers.
Please go and take a look at her syllabus, it's great information and you'll have a wonderful new wardrobe for the youngster in your life at the end of it!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Hi All,
Please come on in and join us for our Annual Fall Sale, September 30-October 10.
We'll have 20-50% off all fabrics in the store.
On top of that great news we'll also be showcasing many of the fine patterns from Oliver + S, as we'll have their trunk show starting soon.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Picturebook Nostalgia

We have some new fabrics in the store that should be of particular interest to children, or people with children, or people who used to be children.
These new fabric lines from Robert Kaufman and Quilting Treasures are sure to inspire a little picturebook nostalgia in us all.
Robert Kaufman brings us a line of delightful Dr. Seuss prints.
From Horton to the Lorax, and the Fox in Sox to Sam I Am,all of your favorite characters are represented here. There are multiple colorways, and a nice variety of patterns.

Quilting Treasures has delivered a line of fabrics inspired by the Little Golden Books.
We have the familiar back-cover pattern, as well as a panel to make a Saggy Baggy Elephant soft book. What better way to introduce a new generation to this classic story?
As well as being awfully fun for quilting, these patterns would be perfect for teacher's gifts, or classroom bulletin boards.

These are going fast, so come on in and take a look!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Oliver + S

I mentioned about a month ago that Oliver + S was coming out with some new patterns.
Well, they're here!
A more delightful collection you will be hard pressed to find.
It really is difficult for me to decide which one to make first.
This company is one of the few that has truly interesting clothes patterns for boys, so I may just jump in with the Nature Walk pants and top
but I am also very drawn to the Hopscotch Skirt.
It is difficult to choose, but I think this dilemma is the best one to have!

Don't forget to stop in for a look at the Decades of Style Trunk Show.
These beautiful garments will be on display until the 19th!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Decades of Style Trunk Show

Treadle is currently displaying the Decades of Style Trunk Show. Stop in to check out these fabulously stylish designs. The Trunk Show will continue through September 19, 2010, during which time all Decades of Style patterns will be discounted 10%.