EVENTS: A LOOK AHEAD

ALABAMA CHANIN – TWO-HOUR WORKSHOP @ LF8, NYC

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TWO-HOUR SEWING @ LF8, NYC (+ A BOOK SIGNING WITH NATALIE)
Join Natalie for a Two-Hour Sewing Workshop at lf8 in New York’s East Village.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Choose your session:
10:00am – 12:00pm or
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $185
Learn more and register here.
There is limited availability—so be sure to sign-up soon. Contact workshops@alabamachanin.com for more information and a selection of projects. 

Natalie will also be on hand to sign her newest book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns.
4:00pm – 6:00pm
This event is free and open to the general public.
Buy a copy in store or bring by your already purchased copy.

SUNDAY BRUNCHES

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MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS @ BLACKBERRY FARM

ALABAMA CHANIN – MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS @ BLACKBERRY FARM

I have extolled the virtues of Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, many times. It’s a place of calm, and deliciousness, and of fellowship. The land and the people create a singular sense of place that is joyous and memorable. There really is no place in the world that feels quite like the Smoky Mountains—as artists and musicians have tried to express for hundreds of years.

After the very first Weekend Workshop at Blackberry Farm, I promised myself that I would continue the event for years to come. I am honored that the farm will be hosting our second (now annual) Classic Sewing Weekend, June 26 – 28.

As part of that event, we are also offering our first workshop specially tailored for mothers (or any special mentor) and daughters: Alabama Chanin’s Mother/Daughter One-Day Sewing Retreat. Over the years, we have delighted in watching mothers and daughters and families work together around sewing tables at our workshops. We have been lucky to see multiple generations of women collaborate on a simple swatch or a custom wedding gown.

ALABAMA CHANIN – MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS @ BLACKBERRY FARM

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.4.2015 – 5.9.2015

ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.4.2015 – 5.9.2015

“The future will either be green or not at all.” – Bob Brown

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, May 4 – Sunday, May 10:

STORE
Join us at The Factory to work on your latest sewing projects in the company of friends and coffee on Monday, May 4 for First Mondays. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship. Coffee, tea, and a light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Come and celebrate the special mothers in your life on Sunday, May 10 at our first ever Sunday brunch. Our Mother’s Day Brunch will feature buffet of sweet and savory selections. Reserve your seat and purchase your tickets here.

While reserving tickets for our Mother’s Day Brunch, go ahead and get your tickets for our Celebration of the Southern Oven. This Sunday brunch, a fundraiser for the Jones Valley Teaching Farm, will feature acclaimed pastry chefs Lisa Donovan and Angie Mosier. Join us for a sweet and savory, family-style spread on May 17, reserve your tickets here.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our chocolate pots de crème.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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NEW: FABRICS, NOTIONS, + MORE

ALABAMA CHANIN – NEW: FABRIC, NOTIONS, + MORE

Since the launch of The School of Making, our team has been inspired to create new resources, to design more beautiful DIY kits (that complement our newest book), and to give our online store a new look.

Shop our updated Fabric + Sewing section here and find tools and materials to inspire your next project. And use those tools with our newly updated PDF stencils: Abbie’s Flower, Angie’s Fall, and June’s Spring.

#theschoolofmaking

ALABAMA CHANIN – NEW: FABRIC, NOTIONS, + MORE

Photos by Abraham Rowe

THE MARGARITA: A PLEA FOR TEQUILA

ALABAMA CHANIN  – THE MARGARITA: A PLEA FOR TEQUILA

In this month’s cocktail post, contributor Jesse Goldstein goes deep into the margarita well (or pitcher, as it were). Everyone loves a good margarita on Cinco de Mayo—but here are a few options that will carry you through the rest of the summer in high style. From Jesse:

I catch myself feeling sorry for inanimate things every now and then. You know, the chair in the living room you never sit in, the vegetables people love to hate, and tequila. My sorrow for the latter really comes from how it’s been vilified by memories of college parties gone wrong and bright green, sickly-sweet margaritas served in many restaurants and bars.

I set out on a personal mission to make up for all that disdain and rediscover how good a margarita really can be when made with simple, fresh ingredients and good-quality tequila. In the process, I discovered a variety of ways to punch up this spirited concoction into new drinks. They don’t have to be the color of kryptonite. They can be light, bright, and delicious.

Better yet, these tequila cocktails are the perfect warm weather cocktails. Coupled with bright citrus flavors, they’re barely sweet and easy to make even more refreshing with a splash of seltzer on top.

ALABAMA CHANIN  – THE MARGARITA: A PLEA FOR TEQUILA

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JONES VALLEY TEACHING FARM

ALABAMA CHANIN – JONES VALLEY TEACHING FARM

I first heard of Jones Valley Teaching Farm around 2003. The farm was still a small plot of land located close to The Garage, in Birmingham, Alabama. I drove down one cold winter day to have lunch with (then director) Edwin Marty. There was one hoop house, and running water, and not much else—yet. It was ambitious, and it felt like the beginning of something special.

Later, I heard much more from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q co-founder Nick Pihakis and chef Drew Robinson. Those two so fully believe in the farm’s mission and methods that they back up their beliefs with fundraisers and hands-on support. I am also convinced that the organization can make real difference in the community.

Since my first visit in 2003, Jones Valley Teaching Farm has grown and moved to downtown Birmingham. Since 2007, the organization has expanded their farm and their scope with a focus on educating students, visitors, and community gardeners on how to grow real, healthy food. Today, the farm is a hub of downtown green. The farmers on site use both established sustainable and experimental practices, with the goal of developing a flourishing ecosystem in the heart of a bustling city. They currently grow over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers and offer their produce for sale on-site and at local farmers’ markets—generating over $45,000 in sales in 2014 alone.

ALABAMA CHANIN – JONES VALLEY TEACHING FARM

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NEWSLETTER #28: ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

NEWSLETTER-#28With the launch of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns at the beginning of the month, many of our Journal posts have focused on the book’s features, printing options, and our new Resource downloads page—now with printable patterns and tiled stencil artwork.

We’ve combined all of these new choices into Newsletter #28 as an easy-to-reference resource for questions you may have surrounding the new book.

Join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and to receive special mailers about the collection, The School of Making, Events @ The Factory, and stories featured on our Journal.

Update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.27.2015 – 5.2.2015

The Factory This Week

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 27 – Saturday, May 2:

STORE
Join Alabama Chanin in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 2–3 for our Pop-up Shop at Southern Makers. The Alabama Chanin Team will also be hosting a two-hour sewing workshop from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on May 2. This workshop is suited for beginners and experienced sewers alike, reserve your spot here.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching so don’t forget to reserve your spot at our first-ever Sunday Brunch, in celebration of all moms out there. Price includes a buffet of sweet and savory offerings, made from fresh and organic ingredients, beverages, tax, and a tip.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day

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