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.
Looking for a fun starter project for cross stitch? These new MAKE IT kits may be just what you are after. Die cut timber shapes, sticky back felt, DMC thread, needle, full colour instructions an alphabet chart, 6 charts plus blank ones for your own designs. Great rainy day holiday projects. Easy.
1 Choose your design
2 Stitch your frame
3 Finish with felt …
It’s that easy.
There are 6 different kits, Circle, Oval, Owl, Hearts, Flower and Babushka, above. Why not make them into a brooch, necklace, wall art, key ring, bag charm, scrapbook embellishment or hanging mobile today? Everything you need all in the one kit for $14.50.
- Bummer, … its gone!
- More yummy yarn from Jo Sharp
- Australian threads take off
- Stonequarry Quilters Quilt Show
- Great new Summer knits from Debbie Bliss