Yup, I know, can’t get much more pedestrian than White and Antique White 14 count Aida, but since they arrived in store on Thursday after we have been out since Christmas, it is a big fat thrill. When you toss in the fact that this Pink has been on back order since August you can probably imagine how happy I am to finally have the stuff.
Going to have to change our order triggers to keep up with what can best be described and very ordinary supply. The bill hurt a bit too as there were other fabrics and colours we have been waiting on since September that finally arrived in the same shipment. Ouch!
So much for 13 week turnaround on indent orders!
Don’t ever let it be said we do not listen to you, in the past 8 weeks we have had number of enquiries for black Aida in 16 and 18 count. Prior to that we would have been lucky to have 1 enquiry a year….
I wasn’t going to put in a graphic because it would just be, … as you can see below, … well, … Black.
Hmmm perhaps I could pass myself off as a surrealist ….. Snort! Apologies to all of you who have been looking while we didn’t have what you were after. If you are still looking, we can definitely help you out now.
Nothing that we have introduced since buying Victoria House Needlecraft has been as popular as the Australian hand dyed thread brands, Mogear, Cottage Garden Threads and our increasing range of Gumnut Yarns. We have been slowly introducing them since January 2012. They have grabbed customers attention in store and are being snapped up online too as word of mouth spreads. So thank you all of you innovators for getting out there and telling your friends.
I think their popularity has been due to a combination of many things but the main reason is they are really great products that are a pleasure to stitch with and deep down I think we are all just a little bit proud that our fellow Aussies have created some really beautiful products that compete with the best stitching products available in the world. Just for your information we have also sent these threads to overseas customers who clearly know a damn good thing when they see it.
While these beautiful hand dyed Australian stitching threads are a great addition for enhancing any of your projects, we are finding most people are using them more for embroidery and crewel work rather than cross stitch or tapestry and needlepoint. The only limit you have is your imagination. It is so great for us to have them in store and I find it really gratifying to hear the oooh and aaaah reaction from customers who see them for the very first time.
Not sure what crazy things are happening with the internet. All Beatrix Potter products were removed from our website over 2 years ago but I have had 2 enquiries today. Sadly our stocks of birth samplers are completely gone.
We only 2 copies each left of A Beatrix Potter Christmas and the Beatrix Potter ABC Sampler. Licencing and copyright restrictions prohibit me from listing these online or showing their image.
The really lovely counted cross stitch designs from Green Apple have been unavailable for some time now, my best suggestion is to try a Google Alert or Cross Stitch Forum to see if anyone has a second hand copy they will swap or sell you.
The [make it]® manufacturers have released 9 free Christmas design ideas for their Circle Timber Cross Stitch Kit and Oval Timber Cross Stitch Kit. The colours are probably in your thread box anyway, so all you need is the timber shape and finishing felt. The kits have both of these items. So all you have to do is click on the links below and download the sheet you want.
Or how about using the Heart Timber Cross Stitch Kit to make yourself some earrings. Those helpful [make it]® people have come to the party and have another downloadable sheet for you to follow if it is a little too daunting to tackle it without instructions.
Needlecraft stuff we talk about
- CustomFit by Amy Herzog Designs
- Debi Birkin Designs
- Jane Nicholas
- Liverpool Picture Framing
- Mimosa Embroidery
- Regal Craft Cards
- The Men's Knitting Project
- The Stitchery
- Thread Colour Converter