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Well we made it to the newspaper, one last time.  😦

Just thought I would pass it on…

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Well we finally got the blankets delivered yesterday to the Fairbanks Alzheimer’s Resource Agency.  What a gratifying experience to be part of such an event.

Altogether we, The Stash (artists, Stashettes, & customers combined), were able to donate 17 sensory quilts to our local recipients.  We are grateful to the MANY artists & patrons who helped in the process.  There were many donations of fabric, sewing, cutting time, ironing and so MUCH more!   We could NOT have done it without you…

Blanket/Quilt Donation

Blanket/Quilt Donation

Here is our first blog by one of our WONDERFUL artist!

The Importance of Knowing Things and The Utilitarianism of Craft

by:  Caitlin Montague-W.

Long-gone are the days of saving scraps, mending, and reworking; so much so that the entire idea of crafting or perhaps the idea of being a craftsman is no longer looked upon with a sense of utilitarian, homemaking longing. Long winter evenings are rarely spent on handiworks, and a rainy day is more often an excuse to watch television than start and finish a project. I often wonder if the ability to create, fix and make-do even a treasured value in this day of Blackberries and Wal-Mart.

It is part of the human condition to create, it has been a matter of necessity to make things for a household, and it is a luxury to take time to craft a beautiful thing for a gift. What we make as craftsmen is an extension of our soul, it is part of our heart, passed through our hands and into a garment, onto canvas, or through a tool to a turning lathe. As craftsmen, we call upon a long line of talent before us, and as we use modern conveniences to make our crafting lives easier, one wonders if the crafter is allowing the technology to take over the technique.

We live in a world where baskets and blankets can be made in factories, in a fully automated way devoid of human hands, human hearts, and stories. The stitches and weavings and carvings passed down and developed through generations have been infringed upon by mechanisms. This not only degrades the crafts, but the craftsmen themselves. We should not be ashamed if we can only create simple, plain things, we should not be ashamed if we are able create beautiful things, what we should be ashamed of is the lack of want to learn, and the impulse to buy something crafted by machine.

Perhaps we are too busy in this life to craft, especially to craft simple things for the home, or to mend. Where have all the homemakers gone? For those with no time, I hope they find comfort in a quilt stitched without a human touch. For me, I hope to be surrounded by things with a story, made by a craftsman who takes pride in their work.

It is strange to think that the same mechanisms that provided the western world with the luxuries of free time, would then devoid us of the wont of crafting expression. As a society we must relearn and take back those skills that help make a home a home. Crafting should not become obsolete, it is important to know how to make things, and it is equally important to make them, allow others to see you making them, and to teach those others to make their own. It is in this way that we connect with each other, enriching our own lives and the lives of others with things that you cannot get on the Internet, and making bonds that go beyond the TV.

If you would like to see more of Caitlin’s work, come by the shop!


Golden Days Grande Parade: 10:00am – Noon

The pinnacle of Golden Days activities and the largest parade in Alaska ! Hosting more than 100 entries including marching bands, clowns, jugglers, antique cars, unicycle riders and floats, the parade winds from the Carlson Center through downtown, where it ends at Noble and Airport Way . The parade will be broadcast immediately following the parade by KTVF Channel 11

Golden Days Rubber Duckie Race:  2:30pm at Downtown Fairbanks – Golden Heart Plaza

And they’re off! All 6,000 rubber duckies race for the chance to win cash and prizes totaling over $20,000. On race day the Golden Days Committee drop the yellow ducks from the Wendell Street Bridge into the Chena River. The numbered ducks float downstream to the finish line at the Cushman Street Bridge.

Golden Days Street Fair:  9:00am – 6:00pm; 1st & 2nd Avenues

Visit a wide variety of unique vendors and enjoy a fun-filled day in the heart of our great city. This street fair includes something for everyone – enjoy great food for sale by a variety of vendors. Don’t miss music to suit all tastes, entertainment on the Northern Schools Federal Credit Union Stage. There will also be demonstrations, arts and crafts, dunk tank, games for the kids and much, much more!

Hi…  Just wanted to let you know about the upcoming items that we have going on here in the shop for this week and next.  Classes are happening, so now that school is almost out there are a few things that you can do with your kids or sign them up and have some time for yourself!

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Punch Cards are now in!

The punch cards are completed & have arrived!  These make the perfect gifts for classes, yoga sessions, sewing lounge hours.  So be sure to ask the next time you are in for yours…

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May Sale!

Many of our artists have made a point to mark some of their goodies down!  Just in time for Mothers Day, Graduations, Weddings and all that comes along this time of year.  So don’t delay in checking these items out as they won’t be around for long I am sure.

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Facebook!
The Stash now has a Facebook page!  If you are on FB, search for The Stash Alaska & join the group.  It is a great place where YOU can interact with the artists, write messages, etc.  Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Classes you DON’T want to miss out on!

Class Name:  Crocheted Jewelry

Description: Come to make creative jewelry using yarn, beads and buttons. Learn many important tips to make a beautiful crocheted necklace and bracelet. Participants should have a basic understanding of crochet.

Date: Thursday, May 21st

Time: 6-8 pm

Cost: $40 per person

Age Appropriateness: 13 & up

Class size: 5 person limit

Teacher:          Hannelore Grosser

Supplies: All supplies provide

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Class Name:  Jewelry Design for Girls

Description:     Come to design creative jewelry using clay, acrylics and different beads.  Make and paint your beads with wonderful colors. Learn a basic understanding of color, texture and many important tips to make a beautiful set: necklace and earrings.

Dates:    Monday, June 1st

Time:   3-5 pm (2 hrs)

Cost:    $40 per person

Age Appropriateness: 8 years to adult

Class size:        5 person limit

Teacher:          Hannelore Grosser

Supplies:          All supplies provide

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Class Name:  Beginner’s Bookmaking/ Intro to Relief Printing

Description:     Students will learn basic book forms including accordion books and other folded forms, and variations on Japanese stab bindings.  We will also consider the concept of “book” and try our hand at less conventional forms like boxes and folded “binders” with loose pages.  During the second session students come prepared with a story, poem, or piece of writing for which they will make and print (using Styrofoam plates) a cover illustration for their favorite “book” form!
Date:

  • May 21 & 22 (two separate one-hour sessions)
  • June 9 & 11 (two separate one-hour sessions)

Time:   5-6pm
Cost:    $45 all supplies included
Ages:               8 years to adult
Class Size:        5-8

Teacher:          Erinn Hatter
Supplies:          All supplies provide

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Class Name: Bookbinding- exploring sewn forms, Intro to Relief Printing

Description:     Students will learn basic sewn book forms from pamphlet stitch to more complicated sewn bindings.  During the second session students come prepared with a story, poem, or piece of writing for which they will make and print a cover illustration (using Styrofoam plates) for their favorite “book” form!
Date:

  • May 21 & 22 (two separate one-hour sessions)
  • June 9 & 11 (two separate one-hour sessions)

Time 6-7pm
Cost:    $45 all supplies included
Age:                 11 years to adult
Class Size:        5-8

Teacher:          Erinn Hatter
Supplies:          All supplies provide

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Class Name: Yoga for kids!

Description: A beginning level yoga class for little ones.  We will stretch, strengthen and play

Date: June 1, 3, 8 and 10th

Time: 9-10 a.m. for 5-8 yr olds

10:30-11:30 a.m. for 9-12 yr olds

Cost: $40 (for all 4 sessions)

Class size: 6

Teacher:          Rachael Brechan

Supplies:          All supplies provide

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Class Name: Yoga for teens!

Description: Teens will be lead through a basic, well rounded yoga class while learning about alignment and breath.

Date: June 1, 3, 8 and 10th

Time: 12-1 p.m.

Cost: $40 (for all 4 sessions)

Age Appropriateness:              13-19 years old

Class size: 6

Teacher:          Rachael Brechan

Supplies:          Bring your own yoga mat!

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Hello out there…  Just wanted to let you know about the upcoming items that we have going on here in the shop for this week and next.

Thanks so much for being a part of The Stash!  Remember to shop local & buy handmade!

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The First Friday Of Every Month 5– 8 p.m. Come on in, and enjoy refreshments and local art with the Stashettes! Featured artists: Jen Otey will be here doing Henna Tattoos and Kay Sampler will be here doing Tarot Card Readings! This is also the start of our big May Sale too! So come by and see what all our artists have picked out just for YOU and put on sale…

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Stitch Out! We wanted to thank you all for those who donated fabric, time, sewing skills, energy and positive thoughts for our latest non-profit venture. There are blankets coming back in the door, that are simply amazing! Watch the website for updates on those, I am trying to take pictures as they come in… Also we still have some blankets left here in the store that are looking for someone to put them together. They are pre-cut, just need sewn and some love! Due to the amount of time this process has taken, we are extending the deadline out until May 31st in order to get all the blankets made up nicely. Please give us a call or come by if you want to help!

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One Finger Guitar Class for Anyone Who Just Wants to Play Songs without Learning Regular Guitar Chords (or How to Play in Open Tuning)

Saturday, May 2nd, 10– 12 p.m.

Class Description: Don’t have time or the inclination to learn complex guitar chords? Ken will show you how to use an open tuning and one finger on your left hand to play simple chords to accompany yourself (and others) on the guitar (or other string instruments with frets).

Open to Kids and Adults of All Ages (8-80)

Supplies: Beg, borrow, and bring any old acoustic guitar, nylon OR steel string (or a banjo, ukulele, mandolin, anything with frets AND strings—which doesn’t apply to fiddles, unfortunately)

Price: $10 per person Teacher: Ken Brown

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Hat-Attack!

(A day dedicated to crocheting/knitting hats for cancer patients)

Saturday May 9th from 12-4 p.m.

Who: Anyone interested in joining who can knit or crochet! Bring your self, a friend, a relative and enjoy a day of hat making. Can’t knit or crochet? Come and hang out, eat snacks and LEARN how! Or take a class before May 9th from one of our great teachers at the shop.

Details: The shop, couches, chairs will be open for all warm bodies! Please come and bring a snack if you want… Should be a fun day!

Extras: Can’t make it to the Hat-Attack but still want to help? Feel free to drop off handmade hats at The Stash no later than May 31st.

Helpful hints:

  • An excellent source for patterns is http://www.headhuggers.org
  • Hats knit with brown fun fur are in demand.
  • For summer, any color fun fur is good.
  • Cotton hats for sleeping are desirable.
  • Make sure the yarn you use is SOFT!

For more information, please call The Stash at 457-8274.

Last summer, after we first opened our doors here at The Stash, we hosted our first Non-Profit here in Fairbanks! This was the beginning of our monthly service projects called The Stash Lends a Hand! The Stashettes hosted a Knit-a-thon for the Interior Alaska Cancer Association with Soroptimist. Soroptimist International of Fairbanks is a group of professional women who work to improve the lives of women and children. The local group has an on-going project to knit/crochet hats for women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

Hello out there…  Just wanted to let you know about the upcoming items that we have going on here in the shop for this week and next.
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Stitch Out! We will be preparing lap blankets for The Fairbanks Alzheimer’s Association.  There will be 2 events coming up:

  • Wed. April 15th from 5-8 p.m.  (Cutting of blocks & sorting stacks)
  • Sat. April 18th from 12-4 p.m.  (Sewing blocks together)

We have not had a lot of material turned in, so this may go faster than we anticipated.  If you have a chance to go through your fabric stash, we would GREATLY appreciate it.  We seriously need a lot more material, any material that has a great texture, color, pattern and can hold up to many washings would be perfect!  There is a use for material in larger quantities to that we can use for the backing of the blankets too.
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One Finger Guitar Class for Anyone Who Just Wants to Play Songs without Learning Regular Guitar Chords (or How to Play in Open Tuning)

Saturday, April 11th, 10– 12 p.m.

Class Description: Don’t have time or the inclination to learn complex guitar chords? Ken will show you how to use an open tuning and one finger on your left hand to play simple chords to accompany yourself (and others) on the guitar (or other string instruments with frets). Open to Kids and Adults of All Ages (8-80)

Supplies:    Beg, borrow, and bring any old acoustic guitar, nylon OR steel string (or a banjo, ukulele, mandolin, anything with frets AND strings—which doesn’t apply to fiddles, unfortunately)

Price: $10 per person

Teacher:    Ken Brown
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Intuitive Drawings (These are the last Intuitive Drawings available for about 6 months!!!!  So book now)
Saturday, April 25
th, 12 – 6 p.m.

Class Description: Jen will be coming to the shop to do personal drawings for you!  There are ½ hour slots available, so call now to reserve your space.

Supplies: All supplies provided!

Price: $40 per person

Artist:  Jen Otey

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Make a Creative Map for 2009
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aka A Vision Board
April
25th 6-8pm
Class Description
:    This board is a colorful collage of images/words regarding health, relationship, career, travel, finances, etc. that pertains to your idea of what your best life would look like.  Like a goal board that is so much fun to make!  By putting your completed board in a space where you will see it everyday – spending a few minutes looking at it and feeling excited about “your best life” — you literally begin to attract the situations, events, people into your life that will transform your current reality into your idea of a dream life!

Price: $40 per person

Supplies: All supplies included!  (Although I would encourage individuals who participate to bring in any images/words they feel represent what they want in their life.)

Teacher: Amy Komar

Last summer, after we first opened our doors here at The Stash, we hosted our first Non-Profit here in Fairbanks!  This was the beginning of our monthly service projects called The Stash Lends a Hand!

The Stashettes hosted a Knit-a-thon for the Interior Alaska Cancer Association with Soroptimist.  Soroptimist International of Fairbanks is a group of professional women who work to improve the lives of women and children. The local group has an on-going project to knit/crochet hats for women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

Since the 1 year anniversary is nearing for this event, we thought we should announce our NEXT hat making process!

The Stash will host a Hat-Attack for this same cause again, to see how many hats we can finish by May 31st!

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The Stash would like to cordially invite you to:

What:  Hat-Attack!  (A day dedicated to crocheting/knitting hats for cancer patients)

When:  Saturday May 9th from 12-4 p.m.

Where: The Stash, 535 3rd Avenue

Who:  Anyone interested in joining who can knit or crochet!  Bring your self, a friend, a relative and enjoy a day of hat making. Can’t knit or crochet?  Come and hang out, eat snacks and LEARN how!  Or take a class before May 9th from one of our great teachers at the shop.

Details:  The shop, couches, chairs will be open for all warm bodies!  Please come and bring a snack if you want…  Should be a fun day!

Extras:  Can’t make it to the Hat-Attack but still want to help?  Feel free to drop off handmade hats at The Stash no later than May 31st.

Helpful hints:

  • An excellent source for patterns is www.headhuggers.org
  • Hats knit with brown fun fur are in demand.
  • For summer, any color fun fur is good.
  • Cotton hats for sleeping are desirable.
  • Make sure the yarn you use is SOFT!

For more information, please call The Stash at 457-8274.

We have had some fun classes this week here at the shop!

I taught a 3 day Beginning Sewing class to Maddy & Hailey…  We started them out hand embroidering and they greaduated up and finished with a cute tote bag.  🙂

Then Rebecca came in for Beading 101 yesterday!  There were 5 kids in the class, and they all made several pairs of earrings & bracelets all around!

According to Wikipedia:  A vortex (pl. vortices) is a spinning, often turbulent, flow of fluid. Any spiral motion with closed streamlines is vortex flow. The motion of the fluid swirling rapidly around a center is called a vortex. The speed and rate of rotation of the fluid are greatest at the center, and decrease progressively with distance from the center.

Now THAT is where I think all our time has gone, straight into the vortex otherwise known as life.  🙂 What has been happening?  Well everything, now that you mention it.

  • Janie took off in January to go visit her folks in Oklahoma
  • Robyn had Baby Stash on Monday…  Nikolas Jurek Neilko finally made his arrival!  Monday Feb. 23rd, early in the morning.
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  • Rachael has been the steady-eddy here at the store!
  • Kids have been sick, blah, blah, blah…  🙂

In other news, definitely more artistic…  We have 127 artists in house right now.  And I must say, the Stashettes, think that is totally awesome!  The breadth & depth of creativity never ceases to amaze us.  Here are some examples of what is floating around inside our shop!

First Fridays:

March we will have the music of New Cut Road filling the place, and a shop full of our LOVE for our Alaskan artists that are MEN!  There are 17 in all, and we are searching of a smattering to be present that night.  Yes, guys, we are Mad about our Alaskan Men, I will put some bbq wieners in the crock pot and see if I can find some beer around somewhere!  🙂

In April we will have the band Slim Pickin!  Check out their myspace page and see what you think…  THEN Friday April 3rd they will be live in the shop from 5-8 p.m.  Please swing by and cheer on: Greta Myerchin, Jesse Buckwalter, Jon O’Donnell, Ken Tape, and Mandy Booth.

On the Road Again:

March 20-21-22 we are closing the front door and heading over to A Woman’s Affair!  I hope that you will get the chance to come and see us.  We will have 1 booth this time vs. the 2 we had for Holiday Market Place, but it is a corner booth.  So Rachael & I are feverishly planning the layout.

Spring has Sprung (or will be someday):

Okay well the snow hasn’t melted, and break up isn’t even really that close.  BUT we have spring fever!  With that comes another over-haul inside the shop.  Wintery items will become fewer, spring/summer items will flow in.  I hope you will be invigorated & energized by the breath of fresh air that comes to the store front too.

Whew, did I wear you out?  As I type, my kids are running around me in circles, leaving me the feeling that I have rattled on to long!

I promise to post more soon…

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