It Starts With a Running Stitch
You may have noticed, the two of us are more in love than ever with all things Alabama Chanin.
To know Alabama Chanin is to love this way of sewing—it’s soothing, it’s zen, it’s a moment of uplift to start your day off right. It’s slow fashion at its finest, with an ethically sourced supply chain of beautiful materials that last.
We’ve been honored to collaborate with Natalie on workshops at MDK World Headquarters in Nashville, and we hope for more events and projects to come, in person and online.
And now we’re thrilled to offer you a free shipping code when you order from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making.
It’s simple: use the code MDKFREESHIPPING at checkout on the AlabamaChanin.com School of Making website.
When you shop with The School of Making, you’ll be supporting two small businesses at the same time; MDK will receive a commission on orders using the free shipping code.
Where to Start?
If you want to dip your toe into Natalie’s mesmerizing world, you can do so with the most minimal investment: a sewing needle, a spool of Button & Craft thread (that’s important for strength), and a few old t-shirts or cotton jersey yardage.
The fastest road to the most beautiful result is a kit. You can start with a scarf, a journal kit, or a simple square top. But we recommend beginning boldly, with a Swing Skirt Kit. With just four panels, it comes together quickly, and it’s a garment you will wear, and wear, and wear.
Between the two of us, we’ve made at least half a dozen skirts. The Swing Skirt is the universal donor of handmade garments. It looks good on everyone.
A Trio of Books
We have spent countless hours with Natalie’s books.
In a series of beautiful books, she generously shares every bit of technique that goes into her distinctive designs. It’s all there—the keys to a beautiful handmade wardrobe, or maybe just a top, skirt, or accessory to pair with your handknits. They’re available individually, links below—and there’s a bundle of all three books, which will really set your imagination afire.
Offering an encyclopedic overview that includes stitches, appliqué techniques, pattern-making, stenciling, garments, and projects for the home, this series is ideal for both beginners and experienced sewers alike.
If you love to knit, you will love the same mesmerizing thing that happens when you work with Alabama Chanin.
Thanks as ever for sticking with us on our adventures in handmade.
PS If you’re in Nashville tomorrow, Friday, August 11, we’re having an open house starring special guest Natalie Chanin, and we’d love to see you there.
PSS Remember that code when you check out at AlabamaChanin.com, MDKFREESHIPPING. : )