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Sew, Knit, LEARN!

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^ appropriately modeling the pillows I sewed this winter
(floral fabric from Harmony)

By Allison Barnes

I once met a woman whose home shone with creativity, light, and wellness. Chickens plucked away around the green Tennessee hills surrounding her home; old wooden frames graced her walls, filled with the scenes she had painted herself over the years; and in the adjoining sun room was her studio, piled with projects and scattered with potentials. There was the loom, the spinning wheel, the sewing machines, and blank canvases (or re-purposed canvases). When she grew too weak to work in the studio (for her health and strength were not always consistent) she curled up in bed with her knitting projects. And, as God had given her these talents, she willingly gave her creations away to the people she loved (myself included, and I am so grateful).

Her creative spirit is one I’ve tried to emulate in my own life. When life feels like it’s dragging, I begin projects (and finish most of them) and life feels a little bit lighter again. When someone else feels like their life is dragging, I head to the kitchen and bake, because cookies tend to make days just a little bit easier to bare. Creativity fills my soul in the loveliest of ways, and those are skills worth developing and pursuing.

Last week I practiced calligraphy. This week I’m trying out a recipe for Honey-Roasted Veggies + Gnocchi. Next week I’m planning on attending a crocheting class here at Harmony, because I haven’t crocheted since I was a little girl and I want to pick it up again. And next month I’m signed up for a paddleboard-yoga class, so we’ll see how that goes!

Harmony’s motto is sew, knit, learn, and I’m trying to do just that! 

What have you learned lately? What new skill or hobby have you tried your hand at?

There are still a few more spring classes left before our summer classes begin! Sign up today by coming into the shop or calling (801) 615-0268. For more information, visit harmonyprovo.com.

 

Scrappy Trip-Around-the-World Quilt – Students will learn how to pick fabrics, assemble blocks, make a quilt sandwich to machine quilt, and attach a binding by machine. A small quilt sandwich to practice machine quilting and binding will be provided. Sewing experience is required.

Saturday, May 31, 1-3pm

$35

Holly LeSue


Seamless Knit Baby Booties – Learn to knit an heirloom without having to sew seams! Techniques for seamless cast on (great technique to know if you want to knit seamless socks!) as well as the magic loop method of circular knitting will be covered. Please bring 1 skein DK Weight yarn, a size 5 US 36” to 40” circular knitting needle, and (2) Size 5 US DPN (optional), tapestry needle and scissors. Teacher will supply bootie pattern. Basic knitting skills required.

Saturday, May 31, 3:30-5:30pm

$15

Allison Baker


Beginning Crochet – Learn the basics of crochet while making a lovely flower pin. Basic stitches such as chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet will be taught. Bring one skein worsted weight yarn in desired flower color, & 1 size H/8 5.0mm crochet hook. Each participant will receive a muslin drawstring bag and course folder with illustrated instructions. Green yarn will be provided for the leaves, if desired.

Saturday, June 7, 3-5pm

$20

Allison Baker


Crochet Market and Beach Bags – Learn to use spiral crochet techniques to create sturdy and useful bags. Basic crochet skills required.  Required supplies: 5 skeins of SMC Sun City Cotton (530 yards), F/4 3.75mm crochet hook, coordinating fabric for liner (if desired), tapestry needle and scissors.  This class includes pattern instruction for several styles of bags.

Saturday, June 14 & June 21, 1-2:30pm

$18

Allison Baker


Traditional Granny Square Class – Learn to crochet a timeless classic. Class will cover methods of circular crochet motifs, changing colors, weaving in ends as you go, and joining techniques. Basic crochet skills required. Bring several different colors of DK or worsted weight yarn, size F/5 3.75 mm crochet hook (DK) or size H/8 5.0 mm hook (worsted weight), scissors, and a tapestry needle.

Saturday, June 21, 3-5pm

$15

Allison Baker


Knitting 101 – Come learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off; all the basics needed to really start your foray into knitting in this one-session workshop!  Bring worsted to aran weight yarn and US size 8-10 needles to make some fingerless mitts.  Supplies available at Harmony for 20% off with class registration.

Saturday, June 28, 2-4pm

$20

Kirstin Robertson


Kids’ Sewing – Kids learn to sew basic seams and interesting projects like a skirt, purse, and dress.  Sewing machines provided.  Fabric is 20% off @ Harmony!

Saturdays, 11am-12pm

$60/mo.

Melissa Houston


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Springtime Soiree: Mums For A Cause

Mums for a Cause 2014 flier2Flier designed and used with permission by: Brenda Bird Designs

We’re having a party!

Together with The Mumsy Blog, Harmony in Provo is hosting a Springtime Soiree to benefit our local Center for Women and Children in Crisis. This Saturday May 24, from 12 – 3 pm, there will be food and fun, music and prizes, all with the intent to gather much needed items and funds for women and children in need!

This event is free, but with each donated item from the list below, you’ll receive 1 Raffle Ticket For Every Item You Bring!

Donate multiple items to receive multiple raffle tickets!

What to donate

New Swimming Suits
New Socks
New Underwear
New Makeup
New Conditioner
Canned Foods
Baking Mixes
Cold Cereal

 Prized donated by The Allison Show, Light and Ink, Alisha Stamper Photography, Tulip Painter (Sarah Samuelson), Fairy Birds, Freshly Picked, Sweet Tooth Fairy, Waffle Love, and more!

Entertainment provided by Cotton Bones, The Fellows, Ashley Hess, and Sarah Sample.

Food by Waffle Love and Fiore Pizza.

You seriously do not want to miss this.

Please come!

 

 


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In Honor Of Our Glorious Grandmas

In honor of all our glorious grandmas, great aunts, and grand mentors – why not learn a new skill? Or take out and dust off a skill that has lain hidden under all the other important things that demand our attention and time? Skills that you probably learned at their knees? Obviously, there are times and seasons for all things. Yet, because necessity does not demand it, we are allowing the time honored skills of our ancestor women to slip from prominence to oblivion.

 Skills that elevate and beautify our surroundings, teach us empathy and patience, and allow us productive meditation.

Skills that allow for creative expression and artistic license.

Skills that demanded time together, side by side, in order to teach a beautiful tradition. But that are no longer being passed down from mothers to children.

 Skills like dress-making & quilting, crochet & knitting, embroidery, penmanship and calligraphy, gardening, baking and cooking, sketching & painting, letter writing and journal keeping.

In honor of our grandmas, this Mother’s Day, why not resolve to learn yourself or teach these skills to your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, students, or friends? These skills are worth preserving.

Show us how you and your children are preserving these skills on Instagram (@harmonyprovo and @darlybird) and Twitter