September/October Class Schedule!

Make your own hand-bound notebooks!

After a short break for summer, our classes are back!  All classes are small, so register early!  To register, please call Flock Boutique (where all classes will be held) at 613-695-0834.  Payment is required to hold your space.  Happy crafting!


Sew Your Own Tote Bag – for beginners! $50+hst

Saturday, Sept 17th, 1-3pm

In this class Heidi will take you through the basics of sewing while you make your own wonderfully functional (and cute!) tote bag with french seams, hems and super sturdy handles! All materials provided. Please let us know if you would like to bring your own machine.

 

Knitting for Beginners $59+hst

Tuesday Sept 20th,27th and Oct 4th, 6:15-7:45pm

Flock’s fabulous Caddy Ledbetter (co-author of Mother-Daughter Knits) can teach anyone to knit!  She has created a casual, informal beginner class where you can learn the basics of knitting. Students have the option of knitting a pair of arm warmers or a scarf, so go ahead, sign up and make your own winter accessories! Yarn and needles are included.

 

Intermediate Knitting $59+hst

Tuesday Sept 20th,27th and Oct 4th, 7:45-9:15pm

Caddy has made this fun intermediate project-based knitting class for those who have knit before but want to learn new skills like knitting in the round, purling, increasing and decreasing while making their own fabulous legwarmers or a hat! Yarn and needles included.

 

Make your own Hand-Bound Note Books! $48+hst

Thursday Sept 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm

Use your own printed papers or recycled papers to make unique hand bound books.  In this workshop you will learn how to make a simple saddle-stitched book and a japaneese stitched notebook, great for recording your thoughts and fantastic as gifts! Bring in your own unique materials for the cover. Blank pages and tools will be provided.

 

Sew Your Own Fabric Storage Box – for beginners! $50+hst

Saturday, September 24th, 1-3pm

Get organized with a lovely fabric box. Learn to sew by making a simple box, then go home and make more in whatever size your clutter demands. All materials provided. Please let us know if you would like to bring your own machine.

 

Make your own Gift Wrap and Cards! $48+hst

Thursday Oct 6th, 6-9pm

This is the season to put your own stamp (literally!) on the gifts you give! The lovely and talented Anne will teach you the basics of block printing: you will carve out your own unique design and then print it onto paper and note cards.  All tools, inks and paper provided.  You will leave with 10 sheets of your own unique wrapping paper and a variety of cards.

 

Knitting for Beginners $59+hst

Tuesday Oct 11th,18th, 25th, 6:15-7:45pm

Caddy can teach anyone to knit!  She has created a casual, informal beginner class where you can learn the basics of knitting. Students have the option of knitting a pair of arm warmers or a scarf, so go ahead, sign up and make your own winter accessories! Yarn and needles are included. 59$

 

Intermediate Knitting $59+hst

Tuesday Oct 11th,18th,25th, 7:45-9:15pm

Caddy has made this fun intermediate project-based knitting class for those who have knit before but want to learn new skills like knitting in the round, purling, increasing and decreasing while making their own fabulous legwarmers or a hat! Yarn and needles included.

 

Sew your Own Skirt – intermediate! $85+hst

Saturday, Oct 15th, 1-4pm

In this class, Heidi will assist you in making your own classic A-line skirt with a fitted waist and zipper…what could be better than a wardrobe full of clothes made by little old you? Students must bring their own fabric, thread and a matching 7-9″ zipper.

All classes will take place at Flock Boutique, 1275 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON, info@flockboutique.ca

Guest Post: Feather Your Nest

Julie, the design blogger behind www.jubalife.com, talks about birds!

Birds seem to be everywhere these days – in both fashion and home décor. I’ve swooned over bird necklaces and earrings at Workshop and Flock, not to mention those adorable stuffed owls by Tracy Lam and Hilary Cosgrove.

Stuffed Owls by Hilary Cosgrove

 

My husband and I recently bought our first house after three years of condo living and my nesting instinct has kicked in – literally.  I have twice as much space as I used to and I’ve been looking to add some feathered creatures to the mix.

In the spirit of Flock, here are some of my favourite birds in home fashion…

Thomas Paul’s Maize print

Here’s another way to incorporate Thomas Paul’s flock:

steal the style!

Mags & Fags on Elgin Street used to carry three different cards with these motifs and I still regret not buying and framing them.

Bird clothes pins from www.bodieandfou.com

A very creative bride used them to hang her seating plan – love it!

Dwell Studio’s Peacock Citrine Duvet Set

Although based in NY, Dwell’s talented founder and creative director Christiane Lemieux is 100% Canadian.

Just lovely!

In case you can’t get enough peacock, Allem Studio makes a beautiful plumed pillow.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a little DIY, it doesn’t get much cuter than these bird cage lanterns.

Try some birdie DIY!

Perfect to brighten up a room!

The full instructions can be found at: http://www.thebridescafe.com/?postID=663&diy-bird-cage-lanterns

Hope you enjoyed the post! Follow my adventures in design at: www.jubalife.com

Julie

Fall on the doorstep!

the weather outside may be a bit chilly, but things sure are heating up inside our shops! believe it or not, this is the stack of boxes that was delivered to flock this morning – all full of great fall goodies!  i have so many favourites that i couldn’t even begin to think of listing them all here – wordpress just doesn’t give me that much space! (-;

the beginning of the season is a great time to shop!  i know it’s no secret that some of our designers make only one-of-a-kind pieces and others send us only a size run of a particular item, so come in now!  try a bunch of stuff on and you will leave with the perfect dress, jacket or skirt, sure to be your ultimate basic for fall!  i just bought the greatest little annie 50 dress in black and purple lace!  woo hoo!

and…special treat! tomorrow, by popular demand (and the result of a whole lot of good natured badgering by yours truly), Julie Barnes of www.jubalife.com will be our guest blogger!  the word on the street is that she’ll be talking about bird prints (inspired by flock maybe?) in clothes and interior decor…you won’t want to miss it!

Jennifer Glasgow Visits Flock!

at flock, we always love a little old fashioned glitzy star power – so we were super excited when the lovely jennifer, of Jennifer Glasgow Design, made an appearance at flock last saturday (pictured above on the left, with our very own erin molly)!  jennifer came from montreal toting 2 boxes of her brand new, hot off the presses, fall collection as well as her line sheets for next spring…can you believe that?!  this woman is organized!

so…i’m not sure if i’m allowed to put this out there, but i’m no stranger to breaking the rules, so i’m going to! here’s a little sneak peek into her spring 2012 line – everything is sooo cute, i’m going to start saving now!

also…just a reminder that workshop’s fall trunk sale is happening Sept 22nd-25th and jennifer is participating!  it’s going to be a great fall!

Laura’s Closet

the lovely laura hasn’t been back from holiday for 24 hours and she’s already got her eye on this super cute, ultra comfortable jacket! and why not, when it looks so darn great?  welcome back lovely lady!  (-:

Espresso Please!

i  decided to check out Art-Is-In’s great new york style cafe this weekend, so i found myself headed out to City Centre.  City Centre is very close to my house, yet not somewhere i go often.  in fact, in 8 years in ottawa, i think i have been there twice.  or maybe just once… and i can’t even remember was i was there for.

so when i was told that City Centre was home to Ottawa’s hot new bakery-du-jour, i had to see it for myself.  and see it i did!  what a place – super cute right down to the lovely white bistro tables in the parking lot next to the unloading transport trucks (seriously)!

it’s probably no secret to many of you that Art-Is-In makes the most shamelessly fabulous bread around (that’s what those huge line ups at the landsdowne park farmers’ market are all about), but did you know that they also make top shelf croissants? flat breads? duck confit sandwiches?  Go there. Try It. I guarantee love that won’t wear off once the sugar rush has!

bridget

Is she boarding a 1920s steamship?

Christina bought this trunk last week at st. vinny’s.  what do you suppose she is going to do with it?

Back on My Bike Again

I’m not too proud to admit that I made quite a few mistakes last Thursday.  I was biking between the shops around 1 in the afternoon.  The skies started getting dark and a few rain drops fell.  I was almost at the turnoff for Parkdale (I was headed to Flock), so I soldiered along.  I’m not a stranger to showing up at my destination a little soggy, a few raindrops, a bunch, whatever.  I can handle it.

And then, it came out of nowhere – the next thing I knew I was being pummeled on all sides by rain that felt like golf balls, pounding me so hard that I felt like I was being attacked.  I tried to make it the last 80 feet or so to shelter (there was a bridge nearby), but my bike just wouldn’t move.  I got off, tried to walk it, but it still wouldn’t move, the wind keeping it firmly lodged in place.  The rain was hitting my eyes so hard that I had to keep them closed as my white knuckles clung to my bike handles.

Why I didn’t dump the bike, I’m not sure.  It might have had something to do with me promising my 3 year old that we would go biking after daycare.  As the sudden storm continued, the wind was so strong that it was slowly inching me closer and closer to the Ottawa river, and I was starting to panic. The thought briefly entered my mind that there was a chance I may not be going biking after daycare…or ever.  I was stuck crouching, holding tight to my bike, trying to get some kind of reprieve, some kind of shelter from the onslaught.  The Ottawa river was on 3 sides of me and the waves were huge.  I started crying.

After ten minutes that felt like 10 hours, there was a break in the gusting. I grabbed my bike, rain pounding my face, crying but still in some kind of weird shock. I made it to Parkdale and got under the underpass where some kind strangers ran over to me.  They gave me a tshirt to wipe my face on and encouraged me to stay there but all I wanted to do was be off my bike and somewhere safe.

Eight eternal blocks later I made it to Flock.  I am not ashamed to admit that I had a complete meltdown in the doorway.  I’m pretty sure I totally freaked out our staff.  They looked at my red skin (which the following day turned into a dizzying rainbow of bruises), got me a new dress (handy that I own a dress shop) and made me a cup of tea.  I had a friend pick me up and 30 minutes later it was like nothing happened.  The birds were chirping and the sun was out.

I guess I lived through my perfect storm last Thursday and want to spend every minute from this moment forward living and loving my life.

Today, I got back on my bike again.  And as I biked down Gladstone, I saw the most amazing flowers I have ever seen.  I have no idea what they are, but they are huge – the size of a small pizza.  As I stopped to take a picture of them, I remembered why I love riding my bike and how much of the city and of nature I would miss if I didn’t.   Tonight I will pick up my daughter and we will go biking.

The Ultimate Fall Wrap Dress

Our new fall stock has started coming in and so shop tradition has been set: we all sit by the window and anxiously wait for the postman…we’re so old school!  we got 6 boxes on friday and each time the door buzzed we all went running, giggly and excited, grabbed the boxes and the boxknife and madly started pulling things out!  our postman thinks we’re very silly.  maybe he doesn’t get that reception everywhere…

Laura Vo opened the nude box and feel head over heels for this great wrap dress.  we got it in garnet and black, each with the lovely vintagy floral fabric on the shoulders.  so cute.  the fact that fall is on its way has a definite silver lining…

Guest Blogger: Sue Redekop

Sue, owner of www.etsy.com/shop/sweetstitchshop, tells us about how she finds crafty inspiration in everyday things

The color of leaves in fall. The way light falls on water. Traveling and experiencing different tastes and culture…you can find crafty inspiration everywhere!

On a trip to New York City I passed by the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue and was captivated by a window display. When I looked closer at it I discovered the entire display was made from long zippers sewn together at the ends to create a hanging colorful grid! A great example of using something functional in a creative way.

Another example of inspiration was found by this photo my son took. A heart shaped leaf on the street. will become a Valentine’s day card…

If you want some crafty inspiration from the comfort of your home I have compiled a list of awesome websites which I am sure will inspire you;

Whip up <http://whipup.net/> ..lots of great photos

Craft: transforming traditional crafts <http://craftzine.com/>…check out the how-to’s!

Make and takes <http://www.makeandtakes.com/>….kid and family oriented craft blog

Meet me at Mikes <http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/> go to the “learn to make stuff” section

Look around ..maybe see things differently and be inspired!

Sue