Eleanor's Home Ec. Favorites

Val’s Chocolate Mocha Cookies
These cookies are heaven on earth. They are so rich, chocolaty and moist without being too overwhelmingly sweet. The cookies are just fantastic from beginning to end; they smell delicious when I take them out of the oven, they look delicious while sitting in the cute little display, and they taste delicious when I am stuffing them in my mouth. All in all, pretty much the best cookie ever!

Molly Makes Embroidery
Usually, I embroider really classic things, such as dish towels with flowers and days of the week on them, which can get slightly boring. I got the Molly Makes Embroidery Book for my birthday and it has been one of my favorite books since-it brings embroidery into the 21st century. It has the most adorable patterns and ideas, not to mention a fantastic photo glossary of all the stitches used in the projects. I have learned so many new techniques and stitches, which has made this book a new staple in my library!

Washi Dress Pattern
Before this summer, whenever I would want something sewn, I would bribe my sister to do it, with the promises of remaining fabric and a free pattern. However, I decided that this past summer I was going become at least an independent sewer. The Washi Dress pattern was one of the first things that I sewed mostly by myself. I cannot express how much I love this pattern! It is so versatile, and so easy to make, and gave me the confidence to sew even more!

Cascade 220
Cascade is my go-to yarn for nearly any project for many reasons. First, it is super affordable-you can make a hat for 9 dollars! Second, it is 100% wool-it will actually keep you warm during the long Iowa winters! Third, you can pretty much order any color you could possibly imagine-so the possibilities are endless! Finally, Cascade 220 is really easy to knit with; it doesn’t split, it’s not too slick and it makes a really beautiful final project.

Topsy Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys
This book is literally the cutest thing ever! You make an adorable little toy that flips inside out into another adorable toy; it is twice the adorableness in a single toy! The patterns are super easy to follow and knit up really fast. The reactions you get to the toy are also amazing. Crafters and Non-Crafters alike will think the toy is really cute, but when you flip the toy inside out, their minds will be blown! Nothing else will ever be as cute and they will forever be completely impressed by your amazing knitting skills.


Anna's Home Ec. Favorites

Addi Clicks - Interchangeable needles are a great investment for knitters!  Addi needs are a pleasure to knit with, and the Clicks set include 10 different tips, 3 different lengths of cord, and one connector piece all in a neat leather case. 


Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 - Cascade 220 is an outstanding all-purpose 100% wool yarn. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is moderately priced.

Oliver + S patterns - Oliver + S kids' patterns are the cutest!  The directions are clearly written with straightforward instructions and explanations.  I especially like the Carousel Dress and Lullaby Layette Set patterns.     

Diamond Textile flannels - These fabrics would make perfect pajamas pants or a cozy sleep shirt! 

Swan's Island All-American Collection - Swan's Island is a 75% USA Rambouillet and 25% USA Alpaca wool blend, and it's beautiful!  This yarn is scoured, de-haired and carded, and spun at a historic New England mill then hand-dyed in Maine. 

Classic Elite Liberty Wool - Liberty Wool is so fun and bright with lots and lots of different colors in a single skein, and it's a 100% washable wool. 

Zen Serenity Glitter Sock - Glitter Sock is a merino wool, cashmere (!), and nylon blend with the perfect amount of sparkle.  It's soft, luxurious, and sparkly - what's not to love?! 


Uppercase Magazine - Uppercase magazine perfectly blends the worlds of paper and fiber art.  It features beautiful and inspiring images, projects, and featured artists. 



Linzee's Home Ec Favorites

Aurifil thread: It took a lot of convincing to get me to buy my first spool of Aurifil thread. It seemed so expensive! But I've never bought any other kind since. Aurifil produces so much less lint than other threads, keeping my sewing machine's innards cleaner. I rarely, if ever, have issues with tangling. And a spool lasts forever. I use it for sewing, piecing quilts, and for machine quilting. 

Clover Desk Needle Threader: For "eyes of a certain age," this is indispensable! I keep mine in a box with needles and thread for binding, embroidery, and other handsewing projects.

505 Spray: I learned about this early in my quilting days and have never looked back. Use it to adhere batting and backing to quilt tops in preparation for quilting—no need for safety pins! Because I wash my quilts—I love the puckery look they get when the batting and fabric shrink a bit—I never worry about chemical residue. And if I don't finish quilting right away, the 505 continues to stick. A big time-saver.

Madeline Tosh yarn: I love all Madeline Tosh yarn. The subtle variations in color add so much to the right project and the yarn has a resiliency that makes it a pleasure to knit with.

Valdani Embroidery Threads: I consider these the Madeline Tosh of embroidery threads—the threads have the same subtle, yet rich variations in color. A little ball goes a long way, and I love that unlike traditional skeins of embroidery floss, it's not necessary to split the thread into sections. Less tangling, prettier results. 


Karen's Home Ec. Favorites

Crystal Palace Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles

These are my go-to needles. They provide just enough resistance so the yarn doesn’t slip off my needles and the polished bamboo is joy in the hands. Also, the rotating, smooth join means there’s no trouble transferring from cable to needle. Knit on! And on and on and on!

Valdani Embroidery Thread
Take your embroidery to the next level with this high quality, hand-dyed 100% pearl cotton floss. These convenient balls don’t need to be un-plied for use. They are easy to store, and create less waste! I love mixing and matching the variegated colorways with the single colors to create rich hues and enhance texture on my embroidery canvases! Also great for stitching on quilts…or anywhere else you’d like a little color!

Habu Stainless Steel Yarn
I know—this looks like a thread! But it allows you to create the most wonderful accessories—and it helps to stop curling. I just knit a sophisticated, lacy, autumn scarf holding a strand of Habu Stainless Steel with a fingering-weight yarn. The little glints from the Habu really make this beauty shine!

Some of my very favorite things in the shop are a pink including:

The beautiful Swan’s Island Fingering yarn. A generous skein at 525 yards that knits up in soft, tonal saturated deep rose-y glory.

Heather Ross’s Far Far Away fabric collection lets unicorns leap for joy on a background of raspberry pink & flowers.

Our new fabric from Windham presents many tiered cakes on a light pink background—this would make such a cute apron, or party napkins!

Don’t like pink? Are you sure? Take a look at our shot cotton—there’s a glimmer of red in there! Still not 


December 2014
December is almost here and we couldn't be more excited!  The shop is full of the most beautiful yarns including a new shipment of Shibui Alpaca and Cima, and Malabrigo Worsted.  We have lovely new fabrics including wovens from Diamond textiles and some fun novelty prints perfect for cozy holiday pajama pants.  

We are loving all the preparations of handmade holiday gifts. There are just so many fun projects to be made.  Be sure to check out our upcoming classes including the knit Winter Hedgehog class.  It would make the perfect gift for a favorite little one on your holiday list.  Spruce up your holiday decor by making new placemats or Christmas stockings.

Be sure not to miss our holiday craft fair, Craft and Fancy on Saturday, December 6th from 10-5.  You will surely find the perfect handmade gifts.  

We are wishing you a warm, cozy and creative holiday season! 

December Classes
Classes are small and can fill up fast.  We ask that you pay upon registration to reserve your spot. 

Call us at (319) 337 - 4775 and pay by credit card or stop in to register.  

Participants receive a 15% discount on supplies purchased for class.

*Please bring a basic sewing kit to sewing classes that includes pins, marking pen and scissors.  If you don't have these supplies we are happy to help you find them at Home Ec.

Cancellation Policy:  If you register for a class and can't come, you must call us 48 hours in advance in order to get a refund; otherwise we are unable to offer refunds, credit or exchanges.  We do not offer make up dates/times/classes if you are unable to come to a class you have signed up for.
Students must be 16 years or older to register for classes unless otherwise stated in the class description or special permission is given by the instructor.

Chevron Quilt

Chevron Quilt
With Olivia Cotton
Tuesdays, December 2 and 16, 5:30-8:30 pm
$60 + supplies (pattern included)

Learn to utilize those half-square triangles in a fun new way with the Chevron quilt. This 50"x60" quilt is fun and easy and will be completed by the end of class (with a little work outside of class).  This is the perfect class for beginning sewists and fabric lovers! (Note: Very easy to modify quilt to make a little bigger)

Supplies needed: fabric, batting, thread (details given when signing up)*basic sewing kit

(two session class) 

Cloth Napkins

Cloth Napkins
with Codi Josephson
Wednesday, December 3, 6-8 pm 
$25 + supplies

Cloth Napkins are the perfect eco-friendly gift. Learn a simple way to miter corners for a less bulky corner and spruce up your holiday table.  We will finish two napkins in class.
supplies needed: fabric, thread *basic sewing kit (details given when signing up) 

Stocking Stuffers

Aromatherapy Stocking Stuffers
With Sarah Lynch
Thursday, December 4, 6 - 7
$35, all supplies included
Spend an hour with Caught Red Threaded in Home Ec's Workshop!  Using essential oils and other ingredients commonly found around the house, you will create two 8 ounce jars of Body Polish.  Give both as gifts, or give one and keep the other.  With the holidays moments away, these make great last-minute stocking stuffers! 

Christmas Ball Ornament

Knitted Christmas Ball Ornament
With Amy Gullen
Sunday, December 7th and 14th, 1 - 3 pm 
$35 + supplies

Make this stranded pattern that's like a knit cozy for a glass ornament.  They're quick to knit and make great presents.  We'll provide you with your first glass ornament and you should finish by the end of the second session.  But be warned- they're like potato chips and you'll have trouble stopping with just one!

Supplies needed:
  • *55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos
  • *US size 1 (2.25mm)dpns (or size that corresponds to your knitting tension)
  • *Approximately 22 yards/5 grams total of fingering yarn in two colors (one pale and one dark)
  • *Tapestry needle
  • *Optional: US sized 1 (2.25mm) circular needle(s) if that is your preferred method of knitting in the round, but you will still want dpns for the last few rounds.
 (two session class) 

Crochet Spa Washcloth

Crochet Spa Washcloth
With Ann Rushton
Tuesday December 9, 6-8pm
$30 + supplies

 Skill Level: Beginner. As in, please help, I need to make holiday gifts and I'm running out of ideas and I need something quick and easy.

  Photo by KATE ALVIS via Ravelry

Listen, I get it. We all run out of time around this time of the year, and start to panic about what to give as a Hostess gift/Secret Santa item/holy crap I forgot something for Great Grandma's cousin's brother-in-law's wife. You can make these sweet little washcloths in a flash, and be the memory they keep in the bathroom/kitchen drawer, thereby creating meaning for everyone. Used as a dishcloth or washcloth, these crochet wonders can be wrapped up with an artisan bar of soap or stuffed in a stocking at the very last minute. Bring a lovely and soft cotton yarn and size G or H hook. 

Pattern: Waffle Crochet Spa Washcloth by Kate Alvis. Available for free HERE. Please print at home and bring to class.  

supplies needed: cotton yarn and size G or H hook, printed pattern 


With Codi Josephson
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6-8:00
$25 + supplies (pattern included)
Spruce up your table for the holidays with these cute pieced or single fabric quilted placemats.  

Winter Hedgehog

Winter Hedgehog
With Karen Carcia
Wednesdays, December 10 and 17, 5:30-7:30 pm 
$40 + supplies

 Photo by Amy Gaines via Ravelry

This cute little friend will make a perfect present. The Winter Hedgehog is warm and cuddly and easy to knit! In this class you'll learn how to seam and stuff a toy and make pompoms to decorate the hedgie's scarf.

Supplies needed: worsted weight yarn, US size 4 straights, tapestry needle.

(two session class) 

Holiday Stocking

Holiday Stocking
With Linzee McCray
Dec. 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
$30 + supplies (pattern included)

The possibilities are endless with this cute, cuffed stocking. Choose any two contrasting fabrics-one for the exterior and one for the inside and cuff-and you'll be ready to stitch up stockings to suit your home and holiday. Home Ec has a great selection of bold, graphic fabrics for a modern look, as well as fabrics for a more traditional feel. 

The stocking incorporates straight and zigzag machine stitching, as well as sewing and clipping a curve. This project is perfect for advanced beginners and more seasoned sewists. 

Stocking pattern is included in the class fee. 

Each class member must bring a basic sewing kit.

Supplies Needed: 
*1/2 yard lining fabric (non-directional); 3/4 if fabric is directional
*1/3 yard exterior fabric (non-directional); 2/3 if fabric is directional 
*For lightweight fabrics, like quilting cottons, you may want to use interfacing.
*8" trim for hanger
*Thread to match or contrast with your cuff fabric 

Craft Party! Felt Ornament

Wool Felt Ornament Making Party
With Codi Josephson
Friday, December 12, 6-8:30 pm 
$30, all supplies included  
Make two adorable appliquéd ornaments using wool felt, embroidery floss and buttons. Use our library of patterns, or make up your own. These are super FAST and super CUTE decorations and gifts. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while you stitch.

Knitted Bunny

Knitted Bunny
With Karen Carcia
Monday, December 15th, 5-8 pm
$30 + supplies 
Photo by Sara Elizabeth Kellner via Ravelry

 This dear little bunny will make a wonderful gift-and can be made at the last minute, too! In this class you'll learn how to create a seamless, shaped object (bunny!) through short-row shaping.

supplies needed: US size 4 dpns, approximately 90 yards of worsted or aran weight yarn, tapestry needle.

Super Cute Animal Embroidery

Super Cute Animal Embroidery
With Codi Josephson
Wednesday, December 17, 6 - 8 
$38, all supplies included


Learn how to embroider in an evening! Using the super cute kits from Penguin and Fish, you will learn a variety of new techniques while making an adorable animal embroidery that can be incorporated into a pillow or used as a wall hanging framed by the hoop! Although you may not finish the project in one night, you will have all the needed skills to finish on your own.  Kids are welcome to take this class with an adult.

Knit 101

Knitting: Knit 101
with Angie Jordan
Sundays, December 21 OR 28, 1 - 3 pm 
$30 + supplies
skill level: beginner

Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit?  Here is a one session class OFFERED TWO DIFFERENT DATES to help you get started.  This is Knitting 101, the basics.  You will be introduced to knitting and learn how to cast on, knit, and purl.  We will then learn and practice the basic garter stitch and maybe even have time to learn the stockinette stitch too!

Supplies needed:
* Size 8 knitting needles * light colored worsted weight yarn, If you do not have these items, we look forward to helping you find them at Home Ec.

Antler Hat

Knitting: Antler Hat
With Angie Jordan
Sundays, December 21 and 28, 3-5 pm  
$45 + Supplies

Curious about cables, but think they look too hard? Boy are you in for a surprise! They aren't as terrifying as you may think. If you know how to knit and purl and you're new to cables, then this is the class for you. Let's make this cabled hat to keep your head warm, give as a gift during the upcoming holiday season, or just to take the first step in conquering cables.  We think the Antler Hat by Tincan Knits is pretty much perfect.
supplies Needed:
200 yards worsted weight yarn, Size 6 and 8 16" circular needle and finishing needle.

(two session class) 

The Bistro Dress

The Bistro Dress
With Olivia Cotton
Tuesdays, December 30 and January 6, 5:30-8:30 pm
$70 + supplies (pattern included)


This semifitted sheath dress is designed to be flattering while also allowing you to move and to be comfortable. It includes a sash and belt loops for a more fitted look.  We think this peter pan collared frock is the perfect layering piece for your favorite winter sweater.

Fabric, Thread, notions, *Basic Sewing kit (pins, scissors, marking pen) Details given when you sign up.

(2 session class)

Kids Class: Up-cycled Gift Wrap

Kids Class: Up-cycled Gift Wrap
With Olivia and Eleanor Cotton
Thursday, December 18th, 3-5pm
$40, all supplies included 


During this class, kids will learn that you don't need to spend money to make cool gift wrap for holiday presents! Each kid can learn to weave their own basket out of paper bags (perfect holder for smaller gifts), design their own wrapping paper, and make their very own bows out of magazines!