Monday, July 6, 2015

New Christmas Fabrics and Projects at The Stitchin' Post in Little Rock

Christmas in July at The Stitchin' Post

     The Stitchin' Post will hold Christmas in July starting Saturday, July 25 at 1501 Macon Drive in west Little Rock. The annual event, which features the latest holiday fabrics and projects, will continue through Saturday, August 1.
   There will be refreshments on that first Saturday, and staff will bring in their favorite holiday cookie recipes, Jane Bell said.  Linda Bowlby and Jane own the shop, a Little Rock institution that has offered heirloom quality fabrics and classes in sewing, smocking and embroidery for 41 years.
    "There will be a recipe swap, and we will be showcasing new Christmas projects.  And there will be special pricing on our new Christmas fabrics," Jane said.
  "Christmas projects include quilts, table runners, a really really really cute Christmas stocking and mug rugs."
    Mug rugs are extra large coasters or smaller versions of placemats that hold a cup of tea or coffee with room for a pastry or treat. 
     The Stitchin' Post is also participating in the Row by Row Experience, Jane said.
"It is a program that started four years ago in New York in a quilt shop.  There are now 2,500 quilt shops participating." 
     Lots of quilters travel across the country visiting the shops where they receive a free pattern for a row of a quilt.
      The Stitchin' Post's original quilt design follows this year's theme of water.  "We have designed our row featuring The Old Mill in North Little Rock," Jane said.  

The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is popular with visitors to Arkansas in part because it was featured in the opening scenes of "Gone with the Wind." 
     "We are kind of excited about it. (Visitors) can get the free pattern, and they can purchase a kit if they like."  The event ends September 8. 
     The Stitchin' Post is a great place to learn how to sew, quilt or embroider.
   The 7,000-square-foot space is filled with well-made and beautifully displayed clothing from heirloom fabrics, smocked dresses and whimsical sewn items.  The heirloom fabrics are made of natural, finely woven, often imported materials.  Clothing made from them is typically handed down through generations.
     "Jane teaches heirloom and embroidery," Linda said.  "Carolyn Hartstein teaches our smocking class.
    "We have teachers for quilting and for kids.  That's my favorite part, that we teach children.  I think it's really important.  In our Mom and Me classes, kids can start at (age) 8.  We have classes for high schoolers.  Jane has taught embroidery for children."
      To check out the latest classes, visit the shop's website
    If you see one you like, you'd better sign up right away.  "They fill up pretty fast," Linda said.
   The shop has two rooms for classes and design walls in place, which allow women to take pieces of fabrics and lay out quilt blocks.  They can see how they want to position colors and move them around.
      The Stitchin' Post sells quality Husqvarna Viking sewing machines, from basic models that cost about $200 to the most deluxe models for almost $10,000.

      It has an extensive selection of threads and an entire notions wall.  
     There's a Cafe Room where folks can nosh and a sitting area in the entry where women are welcome to come in a bring a handwork project and sit, relax and work.
      Linda said the camaraderie of women learning and working together helps make for the pleasant atmosphere of the shop.
    "Everybody is real happy here.  It's a fun place to be, a fun place to work."
    Customers say it's a great place to socialize with friends and to meet new ones.
     The shop offers batiste, voile, linen, cotton, Swiss flannel and some silks.

     "We have 100 percent cotton fabrics," Linda said.  "You can tell the difference in good quality cotton. It's the tightness of the weave.  Heirloom cottons are going to last.  It's the same with quilting fabrics.  They expect them to last for generations.  People here appreciate nice fabrics."

Friday, July 3, 2015

Jonda White's Spaology Expands

Larger Space, More Services 
 At Spaology in Hillcrest 

     Jonda White has doubled the space of her Spaology Nail Spa and More in Hillcrest.
     Mrs. White has expanded Spaology into the space next door to her shop at 3000 Kavanaugh Boulevard.
    The new area includes salon space and a makeup corner.
     "I will be doing makeup, and Chauna Anderson, our esthetician, will be doing makeup.  And she will be doing facials and waxing also.  We will be making our own scrubs.  Her facial products will be all natural and organic."
    The original space is getting a makeover itself, with four new pedicure chairs and four new manicure tables.
    "And we are setting ourselves apart from other salons by using disposable pumice stones, files and buffers, as well as disposable bags for pedicure chairs. We're doing this for sanitary reasons, as well as helping people feel more comfortable." 
     The shop will also be offering body waxing and eyelash extensions.
     Jonda has been in business for 20 years in Little Rock, and many of her customers have followed her from place to place during those moves.
     Her clients include some of the most influential women in the state.  They have said that in their travels to some of the finest resorts where they have paid top dollar they have never gotten better manicures and pedicures than they receive from Jonda  at Spalogy. 
    And it's not just her talent that they admire.
    Barbara Pryor, former First Lady of Arkansas and wife of former U.S. Senator David Pryor, said in a 2012 interview, "She is not only a great nailologist, … she is such a good person.  I love her and think of her as a good friend."
     Mrs. Pryor said she'd been with Jonda through some trials over the years, including breast cancer.
    "She is a breast cancer survivor.  All through everything, she just keeps working.  She is a hard worker.  I admire her so.  She is one of the most deserving people I know.  She deserves every success, every happiness,"
Barbara said. 
     Others in the that March 2012 Shoppe Talk story talked about her calming spirit, strong 
work ethic, determined nature, upbeat manner and attention to detail.  
    "Jonda is not a complainer.  Things are right in her world, not wrong.  And what is wrong, she confronts with equanimity. …  She is just a really neat lady," said Dr. Roslyn L. Knutson, professor emerita in the Department of English a the University of Arkansas.
     "I am so excited, and I am proud of myself," Jonda said in June.  "Over the years, clients and family members have bragged on me, but I didn't know.  Now I can say finally I am here.  I am thoroughly where I wanted to be 13 years ago."


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pinot's Palette

At the end of the evening, 
you will have a finished canvas  
    Pinot's Palette in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center has lots of fun art sessions lined up for July and August. 
      Bring your favorite snacks and enjoy a bottle of wine with friends, family and colleagues at the studio while your create your own work of art.
     Art sessions during July include Pray, Yellow Umbrellas, Whimsical Tree, Shore Days, Hot Hog, Japanese Moon Garden, Opposites Attract, City That Never Sleeps and Balcon a Paris.
    The studio's website,, has the class schedule, images of the paintings, class times and prices.
  Whether it's date night, girls' night out, a birthday party or a corporate shindig, owner Lisa Montgomery just wants you to have fun and be happy.
    At the end of the evening, you will have a finished canvas. No painting experience is required - none at all, Ms. Montgomery said.
    Wine and beer are available for purchase at the wine bar at quite reasonable prices. Or you can bring your own bottle and pay a $5 corkage fee.  There is a granite counter serving area for your food or catering needs.
      The Pleasant Ridge Town Center is located at 11525 Cantrell Road. You may call Lisa at 588-1661 and then: "Paint. Drink. Have fun."