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SARAHjane Swaddle and Sommer Fabric is at Harmony!

Our very own Provo local SARAHjane will be in our shop tomorrow afternoon from 4-6p to introduce her beautiful new line of fabrics! We are carrying several colors of her Swaddle Fabric and Sommer Fabric and she will be on hand to give you all the details!

Come into the shop at 315 E. Center Street in Provo, UT from 4-6p on Saturday January 30 (tomorrow!) to meet Sarah Jane and to see and feel the fabrics that we’re carrying.

And, there might be a few fun, free surprises waiting for you! *wink*wink*

SARAHjane swaddle fabric sommer fabric

 

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Sewing Classes

We have a darling new sewing instructor here at Harmony and we’re so excited to introduce her to you! Ashley Asay will teach Friday afternoon Beginning Sewing classes beginning September 5th.

We asked her to introduce herself…

Hi!  My name is Ashley Asay and I am so excited to be teaching sewing lessons this year at Harmony!  

Ashley Asay homemade skirt

I grew up in Sandy, Utah.  During high school, my summer job was to teach sewing lessons in my parents basement.  I moved down to Provo to attend school at BYU.  I graduated in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (the new name for Home Ec) and since then have been teaching at a local middle school.  Teaching sewing has always been my dream job!  I’m so lucky!  
Ashley Asay homemade quilt
I began sewing at the age of 8.  One of my friend’s moms taught sewing lessons each Friday after school.  We walked to their house and sewed the afternoon away.  I have very fond memories of those days!  Except for the time I wore the pajama pants I made to school for “Pajama Day” and they split right down the middle.  I’ve learned a few sewing skills since then!
Ashley Asay homemade sweatshirt
 
From a young age, I knew I wanted to teach.  I would gather all my stuffed animals and teach them “school”.  I love working with children and teens (Adults too!).   It is so fun to see the excitement of a finished project.  Some of my favorite projects include quilts, skirts with pockets, and swimsuits.  I can’t wait to inspire each other with our creativity and love for sewing! 
Ashley Asay homemade shirt
We’re excited to have Ashley here at the shop on Fridays to share her love of sewing too! Classes will be held on Friday afternoons from 2:30 – 3:30 pm and 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Monthly cost is $50.
315 E. Center Street, Provo
801.615.0268


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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

 

 


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Scrappy Trip-Around-the-World Quilt Class

Harmony - Holly LeSue Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt Sample

The darling and talented Holly LeSue (@holly_inez) is teaching another fantastic quilt class here at the shop! Learn the techniques you need to use up your stash of fabric to make a gorgeous scrappy patchwork quilt!

Bonus! You’ll learn what a “quilt sandwich” is and then be able to use it with impunity!

Holly’s class will meet Saturday March 8, 15, & 22 from 2-4pm. Class fee is $45 and any supplies purchased at the shop are 20% off! Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Holly's Scrappy Trip Around The World Quilt

Holly’s Scrappy Trip Around The World Quilt


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Ralli Quilt Recap 2: What I Learned From Ralli Quilts

afterlight (3)On Thursday night, the brilliant Dr. Tricia Stoddard came to Harmony to share her research on ralli quilts from Pakistan. I have quilted, but not intensely, and I knew basically nothing about Pakistani culture. But I felt like this was an evening I wanted to be a part of, and it did not disappoint.

One of my last college classes I ever took was on folklore. I remember the magic I felt during the lectures, as cheesy as that sounds. Whether it was a telling of an urban legend or a scratchy audio recording of a mountain man singing a song his grandmother used to sing to him, I was always filled with an awe and reverence at these pieces of everyday lives.

Stoddard told of the white shell bracelets that some Pakistani women wear on their arms. Married women wore these bracelets up their entire arm, while unmarried women only wore them on their forearms. Skeletons have been found in the region– thousands of years old– with the remnants of these shell bracelets. They are an important part of the culture, a tradition that has been handed down from mother to daughter for hundreds of generations.

The handmaking techniques of ralli quilts have likewise been handed down through generations of Pakistani women. But the patterns on these quilts go back much farther than the quilts themselves: pottery fragments from 4,000 years ago reveal patterns identical to those found in modern day ralli quilts. What significance these patterns must have had to these people to have been passed down through so many generations! Stoddard has found over three dozen examples of this.

The women use basic tools to create these quilts: needle, thread, and whatever fabric they have on hand (the backs of quilts are usually old shawls that have been worn out). Oftentimes four women will work on a single quilt together, each beginning at one of the four sides of the quilt and working inward. (Stoddard said she has seen quilts where one side is perfectly stitched, and another is a little less steady, perhaps a skilled mother and her student daughter working on a quilt together). The quilts represent families, communities, and an enduring and vibrant culture. There is no written pattern. The women simply work from memory, from the things their own mothers had once taught them.

So I ask, what are we remembering from our mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers? What are we saving, savoring, treasuring, and gifting to our children and future children? Are we learning, are we teaching? How are we preserving the work of our people, and how are you preserving the work of yours?

Allison Barnes