Our Winter Comfort Box Mission is to promote and support small businesses and strengthen our community. We thank you for your support of small business.
THE ARTIST & ARTWORK
Each year we choose a local artist and their artwork of Fredericksburg as the inspiration. This year we choose work by Amanda Carter. We were drawn to the technique she used in her acrylic painting of The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. It looked like mosaic tiles, or mosaic color work. We also love all the rich and varied colors found in the sky, trees, church, and cobblestones.
Amanda Carter has a studio in Liberty Town Arts Workshop. A fellow fiber lover and knitter, Amanda also quilts and paints. We thank Amanda for allowing us to use her art as our inspiration. Please visit Amanda and all the other artists at Liberty Town. You are sure to find something you love.
The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg is among the oldest in Fredericksburg built in 1806. If you would like to learn more about the history of the Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg's building CLICK HERE.
We are very excited that Polka Dot Sheep agreed to work with us on curating a three color yarn combination based on the artwork. Drawn to the sky and trees they dyed a custom colorway exclusive to this box - "Callie's Free Spirit." It was paired with "Depths" and "Hot Springs" to create a vibrant, comforting combination. Polka Dot Sheep is owned by Aimee Alexander and located in Whitefish, Montana. When you fall in love with Polka Dot Sheep yarn, you can find more in store at FInnegan's Run or on the Polka Dot Sheep website HERE.
THE PROJECT BAG
The fabric of the 2023 Winter Comfort Box was printed by Carriage House Printery, a family owned company located in Carroll, Ohio. You can create custom fabrics with them - using one of their print designs or one of your own. Learn about the beginnings of Carriage House Printery HERE & more about all Carriage House Printery offers online HERE.
The bag was sewn by the King George Village Quilters Guild. This guild is a local non profit where they share their love of quilting with each other and the community. They do so through sponsoring classes and workshops, making quilts for those in need, and supporting other community organizations with their donations. You can make donations, purchase raffle tickets for quilts, and learn more about the King George Village Quilters Guild online HERE or with their current brochure HERE.
We were honored when two local designers agreed to work with us on shawl patterns. Each designed a new shawl pattern inspired by the artwork and the yarn, one knit and one crochet.
THE CROCHET SHAWL : "Peace by Piece" designed by Kristin Haes.
THE KNIT SHAWL : "The Happy Wander" designed by Halfknit Studios
Of course you are welcome to use your yarn for any project that you would like. Click here for a few suggestions as inspiration.
If you purchased the 2023 Winter Comfort Box and have lost your QRcode to your pattern, or would like a hard copy, please email us at email@example.com
Third Branch Leather accepted the challenge of creating a cuff with a distinct design on it. The design was drawn from the artwork, and William etched into the beautiful brown leather. Located in Staunton, VA, Third Branch Leather specialize "in all things leather," including custom work. You can find Third Branch Leather online HERE.
THE NEEDLE CASE
The Snarky Crafter Designs, owned by Kim in Philadelphia, PA custom engraved these beautiful wooden needle cases. Kim is a stay at home mom of three and full time blogger with a passionate love for crafting and a snarky sense of humor. You can find The Snarky Crafter online HERE
THE YARN BOBBIN
The Sheep Yarn Bobbins from Katrinkles will hold on tight to your yarn tales and keep you from knitting or crocheting with them. Katrinkles is a woman owned small business located in Rhode Island. Katrinkles provide crafters with high quality buttons and tools for their projects, made from durable locally sourced hardwoods. You can find more from Katrinkles online HERE.
Coins for Anything did a beautiful job with this years Winter Comfort Box pin. Coins for Anything is a vetran owned business located here in Fredericksburg, VA. They specialize in customizing almost anything - pins, coins, plaques, badges, displays and more. You can find more from Coins for Anything online HERE.
THE WARM COMFORT
True Honey Tea's most popular tea is this Lavender Lemonade Tea. It brilliantly balances lavender from France, lemon myrtle from Australia, a little bit of hibiscus, with honey granules! True Honey Tea's is located in Lorton, VA. You can learn more about True Honey Teas and their fantastic flavors online HERE.
THE BOX CHARM STITCH MARKER
May this small charm serve as a reminder of our thanks for your support of small businesses and our gratefulness that you are a part of our community. We thank KnittyJax for making these stitch markers.
FOR THE REPEAT BUYER
Thank you for those that continue to trust us to provide a surprise you will love. As a thank you Third Branch created these yarn minders to help keep your yarn organized as you use more than one color in a project. You can find Third Branch Leather online HERE.
THE MAKE ALONG
Our mission is to strengthen our community by supporting small business as well as by encouraging, supporting, and inspiring our fiber friends. Join us for five Mondays, in store or by zoom, as we make new friends, share laughter and encouragement, and create beautiful garments.
Mondays 6pm to 8pm EST
January 8 & 22, February 5 & 19, March 4
If you need the zoom information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE RAFFLES & COUPONS
We are grateful for the support of the above and other small businesses. They have worked to give you a great value at a good price. All of these raffle prizes were donated by each small business as a thank you for supporting small. We encourage you to shop with each of these businesses.
- Inspirational Artwork - Amanda Carter
- Cuffs - Third Branch Leather
- Tin Inserts - Fabrication Factory Co
- Needle Cases - The Snarky Crafter
- Challenge Coin Display - Coins for Anything
- Tea - True Honey Teas
- KGVQ - King George Village Quilters Guild
- Jewlery & coupon - The Card Cellar
Thank you to Wendy for going above and beyond in helping with this 2023 Winter Comfort Box.