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come see us this saturday 9/18/2010!


High-quality rubber featuring appropriately esoteric images can be difficult to find.  Well, seek no more!  From talons to tea, we’ve got what you never knew you needed.  Add some surrealism to your correspondence or collage to your heart’s content with this carefully curated collection of stamps.  Straight to you from Ohio and the fine folks at 100 Proof Press.

Don’t see what you want?  Let us know what you’re looking for and we will do our best to find it for you!

we’ve been felted!

We will be offering a rainbow selection of wool felt in 25 shades.  Sold in 12″ x18″ pieces.  Oh, the places you’ll go with this super soft and sturdy felt!  Manufactured in the USA by National Nonwovens.

Soon…from 100 Proof Press.

making and mind-over-matter

Most makers inherently understand the therapeutic effects of making.  Stitchlinks and Cardiff University are working on a series of studies to document the therapeutic effects of knitting, crochet and cross stitch.

When we first began researching the therapeutic benefits of knitting and cross stitching, our initial thoughts were that they could provide an effective way of ‘occupying’ people from the arm chair or hospital bed which could be deliverable in kit form.

As our investigation of narratives progressed, however, the benefits appeared to go a lot deeper with possible physiological, neurological, psychological, behavioural and social changes.

Current studies include investigating the connections between knitting and memory and using knitting in the management of chronic pain.  You can contribute your own experiences by completing this survey from Cardiff University:

Celebrate knitting and crochet this month with Get Your Knits in Virginia 2010.  Get 15% off regularly-priced items at any participating LYS in July when you purchase a special “Knit Kit.”

notes and letters

Not sure what this will become, but here is a current work-in-progress:

Who wouldn’t love a handwritten letter in their non-virtual mailbox?

These envelopes are made from ephemera I’ve mostly picked up from the “discard” shelf at the Library.  Because it’s summer and I’ve got vacations and travel on the brain, I’m thinking of making up some note cards with a “wish you were here” theme to go with these.  Cards and envelopes will be mix-and-match.

new threads

New threads arrived in the post today.  Metallic and holographic embroidery thread is sure to add some real glittery glam to your projects.

many metallic hues

holographic thread

And speaking of sparkling threads…LilyPond is a new site from the MIT Media Lab that will feature soft circuit projects, resources, and tutorials.  It’s still in development but promises to be a rich reference site to inspire your own soft circuit projects. Looking forward to sourcing LilyPad Arduino components, conducive thread, LEDs, etc. for Richmond makers.  For more amazing soft circuitry, see: Fashioning Technology.

first merch

The first batch of merchandise for RVA Rag & Bone arrived today!

From Sublime Stitching…Lots of embroidery patterns, pink scissors, and glow-in-the-dark thread.  Looking forward to stitching up some samples.  There’s a cute little hedgehog that’s really speaking to me!

Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn

Smithsonian Libraries’ new exhibit, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn opened yesterday at the National Museum of American History.

Check out the blog here: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn

Why not make your own book today?

(Images from: Smithsonian Libraries’ Pop-Ups and Movables photostream on Flickr)