July Needlework Night, A Thank You Note



I just wanted to quickly thank the lovely ladies who showed up for July’s Needlework Night. While Sarai and I were mostly caught up in their great conversation and our hemming work, we managed to snap a few great photos to share with you all.


There were a lot of embroidery and crosstitch projects in progress, as well as one knitting project. Sarai and I were actually a bit disappointed we had to hem out Hawthorns when we saw all of their beautiful handsewing!


Delicious homemade drinking vinegar brought by one of our guests. So refreshing on a hot day!


Polish pastry brought by another guest. What a treat!

We look forward to meeting more of you at our next Needlework Night!

Rachel Rasmussen   —  

Rachel is a nerdy Oregon native with a philosophy degree and classical dance background. She fancies her personal style to be quirky sophistication, focusing on the importance of fit while adding special touches of handmade embellishments. She is also a connoisseur of whiskey and nap-taker extraordinaire.

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Looks like so much fun! And I’d love that recipe for homemade drinking vinegar, please…it’s HOT & HUMID here in DC & we need all the refreshments we can get our hands on. Thanks!


I wish there was somewhere near me that did this, it looks like so much fun. Also, WHAT is drinking vinegar, it’s definitely not something we have in the UK.


I think the restaurant Pok Pok brought those into Portland fashion:


Thanks so much for the lovely night, Sarai! Looking forward to more!

I brought the drinking vinegar, or ‘shrub,’ and we made it using this guide, with fresh strawberries and apple cider vinegar. We tried the cold press method this time, and it was great!

It’s a delicious way to sip something refreshing and non-alcoholic on a hot afternoon!


Oh, I so want to come next month! And shrub is SO good! We’ve been making boatloads of it this last year….Peaches, rhubrarb, berries…Mmmm

Ingrid Schorr

I had a wonderful time meeting everyone! Thanks for making my first visit to Portland memorable! I also visited Knittin’ Kitten and bought a big bag of trims, and a vintage linen tablecloth that I made into a camisole at Donna and Toots open sew (sweet shop on SE Division). I love Portland!


Hi! Will you be hosting an August needlework night? I didn’t make it to the July night because we were just too new to the Portland area, having moved here in early July! I’m very much a beginner sewist, but it’s your pattern line that inspired me to start learning!

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