Monday, July 25, 2016

Eucalan Review

All Natural Ideas wrote a review of our Eucalan products which we have carried for several years now. If you are looking for a natural wash for your delicate fabrics - including wool - check it out.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Inspirations Calendar

Have you seen these beautiful calendars from Inspirations magazine? We got a shipment of them today. They are 16-month calendars and on our website already.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ottobre Fall Issue for Children

Ottobre's fall issue for children has arrived! There is even a design for the men in your life. It is on our website and ready to go - with free shipping always.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

New curve runner

We just got a new shipment of 12" curve runners. They now have a red handle - same tool, just a new color.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Inspirations 91

Inspirations #91 is scheduled to arrive here Friday. All orders will be in the mail Monday.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Newsletter

Our July newsletter has been sent out to all subscribers. If you missed it, here it is... This is the newest Talliaferro design...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Curve Runner

The Curve Runners we stock are featured in the Notions department of Threads magazine this month - issue #185 (June/July 2016). The Curve Runner from SACurve is an innovative solution for measuring curves or any line. It's a rolling ruler made from clear acrylic, so you can see through its measuring wheel for accuracy. The handle is 1/8 inch thick, making it easy to grip and comfortable to use. The wheel is 1/16-inch thick for precision measuring. Just place the wheel's 0 marking at the beginning of the line or curve you wish to measure and roll it along the line. The Curve Runner has measurements marked to the sixteenth of an inch or to the millimeter, and it comes in four circumferences: 8-inch, 20-centimeter, 12-inch, and 30-centimeter. Check them out....

Friday, June 10, 2016

Crewel Twists by Hazel Blomkamp

We have just received a few copies of Hazel Blomkamp's book "Crewel Twists - Fresh ideas for Jacobean embroidery". It has 6 different designs with the patterns, instructions and lots of color photographs. Also included is a stitch guide and conversion chart. We have a very limited number of copies, so if you want one, check it out on our website. Price $25 (MSRP $29.95) and free shipping to US addresses.

Newsletter and Teddy Bears

Our June newsletter is out! For those of you who go way back with us, you may remember our wool embroidered teddy bear that was our signature piece for several years. Well, the original prototype is now moving on to make space for our newer inventory. Check out details in the newsletter, or go right to our Etsy store to see this bear and others dating back to our beginnings. Some have already sold since the newsletter went out yesterday, but there are still several listed. Etsy: newsletter:

Ottobre Binder Give Away

I have a loose leaf 2-ring binder from Ottobre Design that I'll like to give anyone who wants it. It's quite nice for storing your traced patterns. IT measures about 10" by 12" by 1.75". The first one who responds gets it. I just ask that you send $6 for shipping to get it to you. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ottobre Design Magazine

Ottobre Design magazine issue 3/2016 - the children's summer issue - has arrived. It is available on our website now. Domestic orders sent directly from here for faster delivery. Here's the link:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May newsletter

I've been away for the past couple of weeks, but back in full production now. Our newsletter was sent out this morning - always on the first of every month and ONLY on the first of every month, so you don't get inundated with too much. If you didn't get it sent to your inbox, here is a link:

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April newsletter

Our April newsletter was sent out yesterday to everyone on our email list. If you didn't get it, you can still read it here or on the opening page of our website. I'm sorry to say, but we have sold out of Inspirations 89, however, issue 90 (shown) will be here very soon.....along with Ottobre's summer issue for children - also shown. Here's also a peak at the newest cat bed to offer an option to our cat caves.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


I have several copies of each of these posters and want to give them away rather than just toss them. Each one measures 11.5" x 16.5". They were intended for shop displays, but could also be used to decorate a sewing room or even be used as a book cover - do kids still cover their books?? Let me know how many you want and which issues - 85, 86, 87, and/or 88. Off good while supplies last.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Talliaferro's newest

Here is a great reviewby Mary Corbet of Talliaferro's newest design - La Serenissima. We profiled this project in our most recent newsletter, but this is a very detailed review you might enjoy if you are on the fence about purchasing this pattern.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Curve Runners

Even the folks at Ottobre are using and enjoying the new curve runners....

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

La Serenissima by Talliferro

La Serenissima by Talliaferro - is finally here! It's taken literally years to complete this newest design. We've stocked several Talliaferro designs in the past and all have been big successes. Now have been waiting (somewhat) patiently for this newest design to arrive and today it is here! It is available with the original Heathway merino crewel wool or we also offer it with comparable Appleton colors. It's on our website and ready to ship....

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Embroidered Christmas Cards

Mary Corbet's blog this morning is entitled "When you care enough, embroider your cards". I've received a few embroidered cards over the years and they are very special to me and I've kept them all. Here's a link to the blog post if you are interested in embroidering some cards of your own this season... I may just do some myself this year for very special people.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December newsletter

Our December newsletter has been sent out to subscribers. If you want to read it, it is on the opening page of our website:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

love my job!

Just want to chime in here and let you all know how much I enjoy what I do. Today I'm sitting in my cozy house with 25 degrees and snow outside. I'm connecting with the whole world via The Wooly Thread. I'm sending shipments to Lativa, Israel, France and the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, shipments went to Jordan, South Africa and Japan along with the more usual international destinations of Canada and western Europe. I even had an order from Yemen earlier this year. We have suppliers in Lithuania, Finland, Australia, UK, Canada, and even South Africa. I enjoy geography and used to enjoy international travel, so this is fun for me. Thanks for being a part of my business - I would not be here were it not for you.