Month: June 2013

Twisty Stitches Cold Pressed Soap Store Now Open!!!

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Twisty Stitches Cold Pressed Soap Store Now Open!!!

http://twistystitches.biz/store/soap-store/

Everyone uses soap!

Soap is refreshing and there are many types of soap. Some have great lather. Others moisturize the skin and make it feel soft and smooth. Our Twisty Stitches Gourmet Soap is made one batch at a time by hand using simple oils such as castor, olive, coconut, palm and almond oil.

Different oils add different qualities to your cold pressed soap. Each of the oils that we use will determine the hardness or softness of your soap, how well it lathers, and even how mild the finished soap will be. For example, palm oil will add hardness to the soap but if used alone the soap will be brittle with little lather. That’s why we add other oils such as coconut oil, olive and castor oil. These oils have good lather and help make a soap that is not too hard and not too soft (soft soap would simply melt away in water).

Curing Time

Twisty Stitches cures each batch of soap for 4-6 weeks. Although using cold pressed soap immediately is okay, curing the soap will allow some of the water in the soap to evaporate which will help harden the soap so it lasts longer when exposed to water in your bath or shower. We will not ship the soap until it has cured for a minimum of 4 weeks. This may delay your shipment if you order more bars than we have available. We will contact you to let you know of the delay and allow you to choose another bar if you wish.

NOTE: If you are ordering more than 3 bars of the same soap, please send us an email (customerservice@twistystitches.biz) so we can make sure we have enough to fill your order.

Bulk Buyers

If you are interested in purchasing our soaps in bulk, please contact us directly at customerservice@twistystitches.biz. Our soaps are perfect for massage therapists looking to add additional products to their services. We also offer votive candles that can be scented to match the soaps and sold together in gift baskets.

Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market

All of our soaps and candles can be purchased from Twisty Stitches at the weekly Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 7am to 1pm. You can also find a number of other vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables also at the farmer’s market.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

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As a teacher there are many reasons to use puppets both inside and outside of the classroom. Some of these include attracting and capturing the attention of children. They help stimulate the imagination. Puppets are an excellent teaching method as they are both visual and interactive.

I decided that it would be fun to create Old MacDonald’s farm out of finger puppets, and in honor of my friend Anna “Hillbilly” VonWart, I decided that a goat would be first.

I started with a sketch.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

I cut out the sketch and traced onto the felt.

I cut out some of the basic shapes that made up the goats face out of contrasting felt. I used dark blue for the stripe down the forehead, the nose area, and the beard.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

Next I cut out the goats horns from a golden color.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

I used some extra colors (maroon) for the nostril area.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

Then I began to stitch around the beard, nose, and stripe on the goats head. Also up along the sides.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

To make the eyes I used 4 ply thickness of embroidery floss, made a knot and then sewed over to the left, over to the right and continued until the eye was as large as wanted it to be. Tied off.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

I continued up and around the goat, inserting the horns, and continued down the other side.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

All in all he turned out quite well.

New Finger Puppet farm animals from Twisty Stitches

My next animals will include sheep, chickens, and cows. Hopefully I will soon have a menagerie of animals (sheep finger puppet, goat finger puppet, chicken finger puppet, cow finger puppet) for my students to enjoy.

$5 off Orders at Twisty Stitches in June

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Twisty Stitches is offering $5 off your entire order in June for all orders of $25+. *

*Use the Coupon Code: JUNE5OFF to get your discount.

Browse our store for that unique hand-crafted gift item or place a Custom Order today. We ran out of the Bears Oh My! because they are very popular at the Dallas Georgia Farmer’s Market. We have just finished sewing 12 new bears (some with button eyes and some with felt eyes). Get them while they are hot!

Cold Pressed Soap Coming Soon!

We have been very busy making batch after batch of handmade soap. We are in the process of labeling the soap and snapping some great pictures for the website. Our soap is made using the cold-pressed method. We have about 10 different soap choices from goat milk + honey, lavender (which is a favorite at the farmer’s market this year for us), lilac, citrus scents, as well as some unscented but equally colorful soaps for people with sensitive skin. Look for our soaps very soon on the website.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the shipping discount in June!

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