Monday, December 22, 2008

Ottobre's Spring Issue

We just got a picture of Ottobre Design magazine's spring issue cover. Looks like another great issue. Here is what I have received about the contents:

This issue includes thirtynine (39) patterns for kids in sizes 62-170 cm.

Clothes suitable for layering for very young children. Delightful details, lovely appliqués and embroidery. Organic fabrics are also featured. Rompers, knit pants, a tunic, a raglan-sleeve tunic top, a pinafore dress, various tops, a wraparound jacket and slippers.Sizes 50–92 cm

Straight forward clothes in delicious colors for toddlers and preschoolers. Cheery details, pockets and appliqués. These patterns are also perfect for novice sewers. Tops, the easiest pants on earth, a tunic, a pinafore dress and a skirt.Sizes 92–140 cm

Practical outfits for garden playtime. Lots of nice details: plenty of pockets in various shapes and sizes, garden-themed embroidery motifs and appliqués. Tops, a sweatshirt, pants, a skirt and a pinafore dress.Sizes 92–128 cm

A special collection for schoolgirls and schoolboys. Comfortable materials pepped up with large appliqués and prints. Tunics, tops, hooded sweat jackets, pants, leggings and a skirt.Sizes 128–170 cm

This issue will be released January 16th. Let us know if you want this issue or a subscription - there are plenty for everyone!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hand Stitched Christmas Card

One of our long time Wooly Thread friends in Germany, hand-stitched a Christmas card using Schwalm embroidery. It is on linen and set over red paper so the needlework shows better.

Thanks so much, Christel. what a lovely gesture! I appreciate it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Wool Rocks

We just got our newest shipment of wool rocks and some pictures and information about the women in South Africa who make them.

These women are members of the Xhosa tribe and live in Cape Town, Johannesburg and the Eastern Cape. They are part of a job creation program that gives them as artisans the confidence and means to support themselves and their family in otherwise economically depresssed areas. They earn a fair wage and learn new skills. This benefits not only the individual women, but also their communities. The company that imports these rocks for us has a mission to bring socially and enviornmentally friendly products to its customers and, at the same time, to help suppport community development around the world.

We stock the smaller rocks/pebbles, but can special order rocks as large as 36 inches in diameter.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ottobre Pricing

This is just a 'heads up' that the Ottobre prices will be increasing significantly in the next few days.
The reasons........
The ever flucuating exchange rate has increased by about 5% - 8% this month.
Also Ottobre announced a price increase effective January 1st not only for the magazines but for the postage, too.

If you want a magazine, a subscription, or a renewal to an existing subscription, right now is the time. Prices on our website will reflect the change shortly.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Ten Years on Ebay

Today, December 6th, marks exactly 10 years since we first signed up on ebay. Back then it was in its infancy and sold mostly beeny babies - remember those? We sold one of Mark's beeny babies for over $300 and we were hooked. Now, thousands of transactions later, we have more than 100 items listed in our ebay store at any given time. It is a huge part of our business and attracts customers from all over the world.
If you haven't visited our ebay store.....check it out:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wool Rocks - Boulders

We stock some wool rocks as part of our regular inventory. These 'rocks' are hand made in South Africa as part of a job creation program for women there. They are needle felted wool made to look like real rocks. They come in variety of colors and sizes. We stock the smaller ones which range from 2" to about 13" in diameter. They are shown and described on our regular website -
However, recently a woman contacted me about wanting to purchase some of our wool rocks, but she wanted them to be really big - boulder size. She is using them for display, as well as, for extra seating and as ottomans. We got them for her and she graciously sent me pictures of them in her home, so I could share them with you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Look what we just found for kids - and kids at heart.

This is delightful new book for young children. It is a hard cover book with book jacket published in 2008. It is written by Leslie Helakoski and illustrated by Lee Harper.
It tells the story of Woolbur the little sheep who likes to do things his own way - like carding his own wool, playing on the spinning wheel, and not following the flock. Woolbur's escapades entertain, as well as, educate as they take the reader through the steps involved in processing wool. It is about 30 pages and each one is full of beautiful illustrations to delight any child - or adult.
Price: $16.00

One More Ribbon Color

We have added yet another color to our ribbon inventory. It is called 'Coffee Bean'. It is a dark brown and is ready to ship out right now along with the other 7 colors - shown below.

Monday, November 10, 2008

AS&E Issue 85 Is Here !

The newest issue of Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine has arrived. Subscriber issues will be sent out tomorrow. Extra copies are available. Contact us for details or go to our website - it should be updated shortly.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ottobre Price Increases Coming

We just got word from Ottobre that the prices will go up approximately 6% on the first day of the new year. As the time gets closer, we'll post exact prices in US dollars. Of course, as always, the exchange rate will impact what the actual dollar amount will be on January 1, 2009.
We've had record sales these past few weeks, due primarily to being able to offer the lowest prices we've had in more than 2 years. If you've been thinking about getting a subscription or renewing a current subscription, now would be a good time - before the prices increase.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Ribbon Colors

After numerous requests, we have finally added several new colors to our selection of this exquisite satin ribbon from Switzerland. It is 4 inches wide and double-sided. It is ideal for binding your blankets. You won't find a finer blanket binding anywhere.

The colors are from left to right:
butter cream, orchid, light pink, apple green, ivory, light blue, and beige.

They should all be available on our website shortly or you can contact us directly.

Price Reductions Once Again

I'm thrilled to once again announce that the prices for Ottobre Design magazine have been lowered again due entirely to the increase in the value of the US Dollar to the Euro. How great, too, that this this price decrease comes the same week as the newest issue (children's winter issue) is released. For more info on the new issue, scroll down to the October 8th post.

Here are the new prices for Ottobre subscriptions. They aren't on our regular website yet, but just mention our blog price announcement and you'll get the lower price.
6 issue subscription (women's and kids' magazines) - $65
4 issue subscription (kids only) - $50
2 issue subscription (women only) - $20

These are the lowest prices we've been able to offer in more than 2 years. Note: you can renew even if you are not yet due to renew.

These prices are valid until the exchanges rate changes - whether it be up or down.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Inspirations #60 - Surprise Early Arrival

I could hardly believe it when our newest order of Inspirations magazine arrived so-o-o early. I wasn't expecting it for another couple of weeks. We'll get them out to subscribers tomorrow. I ordered lots of extras, so let us know if you want one and we'll get it right out to you.

Here's a glimpse of what's in this issue:

Pocket Projects - mail art (something new to me) and Tetouan sachet
Infinity - elegant cushion
For Love of Knitting - stunning needle case
Hungarian Bouquet - Kalocsa style doily
Gone Fishing - amazing thread painted blanket
Nature's Larder - stumpwork brooch and pot
Jingle Bells - Christmas stocking
A Bush Christmas - koala Christmas decorations
Bundles of Joy - baby bags

As an added bonus to those of you who read our blog......

The first 3 people who sign up with us for a new subscription to Inspirations will get a copy of issue 59 for free. That means, you start your subscription with this new issue #60 and get the most recent back issue free - so you get 5 issues for the price of 4. A subscription costs $65 and that includes free shipping. Again, this offer applies only to the first 3 people who sign up.

These offers are only for blog readers and must mention that you saw it here to get the free back issue.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More Pictures from the Winter Issue

We just got some more pictures to show you from the soon-to-be-released winter issue of Ottobre magazine. So, without further, ado.......

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ottobre Design Magazine - Children's Winter Issue

We just got the front cover picture of the newest Ottobre Design magazine - the children's winter issue.
Looks like another great issue and isn't it great that the prices are lower than they have been in over a year - thanks to the improved exchange rate with the Euro.
Our website has been updated with all the new (lower) pricing, but here it is again:

6-issue subscription (children's and women's issues)- $70
4-issue subscription (children's issues only) - $53
2-issue subscription (women's issues only) $21
single issues $15

As always, shipping is included in these prices.

This issue will be released October 24th - you can expect yours late the following week - and here's what you can expect....

This issue includes forty (40) patterns for kids in sizes 62-170 cm.

A collection for adventure-spirited moonwalkers: canvas pants, a
quilted vest, a trendy tweed jacket and a much-requested slim-fit shirt
for boys.
Sizes 92–170 cm

A lovely baby collection from soft materials: a romper and a T-shirt
from organic cotton and bamboo knit, tweed pants, wool-knit dresses and
soft faux fur jackets.
Sizes 62–92 cm

Little gnome girls and other forest inhabitants in their new winter
outfits: pretty tweed skirts, soft tops, a velour jacket,
a cape, a poncho, scarves and thick winter coats.
Sizes 92–128 cm

Beautifully cut clothes from luxurious fabrics with a lovely drape. A
viscose jersey top, a bolero jacket, a wool knit dress, a double-layer
skirt and a sporty quilted jacket. Corduroy pants, a T-shirt and a
sweater-knit jacket in plus sizes.
Sizes 128–170 cm

Friday, October 3, 2008

More Price Reductions for Ottobre.....

Considering all the economic turmoil, what a treat it is to see some prices actually going down. Due the the rise in the value of the US dollar again the Euro, we have once again been able to lower our prices of Ottobre Design magazine subscriptions.
The website has not yet been updated, but any orders placed will get the reduced price. So, for now a one-year subscription for both the children's and women's issues is $71. A subscription for just the children's issues is $54. Please keep in mind that if the exchange rate changes, our prices will, too. If you've been considering a subscription or a renewal, this might be a good time to get it.
As this information changes, we'll post about it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Favorite Fabrics

Our favorite fabric website is by far Bunte Fabrics. They import European fabrics ideally suited to children's clothing. Many of them are used in the Ottobre Design magazine. I bring this up now, because they are celebrating their first anniversary of being in business and are offering a free yard of fabric with a purchase of $50. There's more to the sale, so if you are interested, check out the details on their blog and tell them we sent you.

Blog Sale Ends

Our special blog sale is now over. Thanks to those who participated.
We'll be back with more news soon.......

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Blog Reader Special - 3 Days Only!

In an effort to encourage regular blog reading and blog subscriptions, we have a special offer just for those of you who read our blog, we are offering 35% off on any ONE item in our inventory for the next 3 days only - the only exception is the magazine subscriptions. The offer does include magazines, just not the subscriptions.

This offer is not listed anywhere else, so if you order from our website, you must mention this offer in the space provided to get the discount. Of course, you can also contact us via email and I'll take care of it for you.

To reiterate... this is for ONE ITEM only - not your complete order.

Go to our website - - to see our complete inventory. Our wool blanketing, Eucalan, AZ books, Ottobre magazines, appleton, kits, etc, etc -it's all there. Or scroll down to see some of our newest listings.

The 3-day time period starts now.......

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More Price Reductions ...

The US Dollar has continued its uphill climb against the Euro, so we are thrilled to once again be able to reduce the prices of Ottobre Design magazines. The prices are in the process of being updated on our website. In the meantime here are the new prices....

a 6-issue subscription is now $72
a 4-issue subscription is now $54
a 2-issue woman's only sub is $22
any single issue is $17

As always, these prices include shipping. If you want to purchase something before the prices get changed on our website, just mention the blog announcement and we'll make the adjustment.

No telling what the next weeks will bring. The prices could continue to drop or they may go up again. It is all based on the current Euro/US Dollar exchange rate. We change our prices as the exchange rate changes. Stayed tuned for any changes.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Long Lost Rare Issue Found - Inspirations #33

Just this morning we received an email from Country Bumpkin in Australia saying they had found some 'long lost issues'. One of the lost ones was Inspirations issue #33. They tout it as a very rare issue and are selling theirs for $60 each. with some other rare issues, we have several on hand and can offer them to you for just $8 + $2 shipping. If you combine this with one of our other special book/magazine offers listed on this blog June 11th, entitled "Deep Discounts" (scroll down), we'll offer free shipping.
Included in this issue:
The highly acclaimed Camel Rug - real winner!
a lingerie bag with roses
a hand towel
an embroidered woolen tea cosy
embroidered wool blanket
Swiss voile gown
designs for little boys
a tote bag
two embroidered garland boxes

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Inspirations issue #59 is here!

The long awaited issue 59 of Inspirations magazine arrived yesterday and will be out the door in just a few hours. It took a while to get here, but is well worth the wait. In this issue you will find....
a biscornu pincushion
a small Marker mouse to wear on your finger
the sewing bag pictured on the cover
an embroidered tray insert
a floral quilt
a goldwork hummingbird
an embroidered wool and cashmere blanket
jacobean bloom on a lidded pot
some baby clothes designs
a cushion embroidered with chickens
a Hardanger doily with hearts

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"A-Z of Goldwork" Book Just Arrived!

The newest A-Z book from Country Bumpkin in Australia - A-Z of Goldwork with Silk Embroidery just arrived! Pre-orders will be in the mail tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

German Blog Viewers - Herzlich Willkommen!

Over the past few weeks we have noticed numerous blog views by people in various parts of Germany - more than in the US sometimes. We are pleasantly surprised and want to welcome you to our blog. How and where did so many of you find out about us? We'd appreciate hearing from you.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

AS&E # 84 Has Arrived!

This issue sneaked up on us sooner than expected, but it's here. All pre-orders and subscriptions will be sent out tomorrow morning. There are extras, so if you want one, just let us know.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Great News - Lower Prices!!

It's been about 4 years since we started as the representative for Ottobre Design magazine. Ever since then the dollar has been dropping in value against the Euro, which means we have had to raise our prices several times to keep on a par with the actual price of the magazines. We always try to keep our US dollar prices equal to the Euro price. That means we have to watch the exchange rate and make our adjustments as they come along. For the past 4 years that has meant several price hikes and not one price reduction. The exchange rate was so poor last month, we didn't even make the adjustment up, hoping the rate would soon drop back down. Well, it has not only dropped enough for us not to have to institute another hike, but it has dropped enough so we can actually LOWER the prices of the magazines and subscriptions. A subscription for all 6 issues (women's and children's) has now dropped from $79 to $75. It was actually $81 at one point last month according to the actual exchange rate. If this trend continues, we'll be back with another price reduction.
How nice is this considering most everything else is going up right now.
Our website may take a day or two to get updated. If you order before the changes are posted, we'll make the adjustment for you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ottobre Woman Cover

Ottobre Woman - fall/winter '08

I now have a cover picture for you. One of the earlier pictures I posted was chosen as the cover for this newest issue being released on August 29 - barely more than 2 weeks away. It sounds like a great issue. I am especially eager to see the wool items listed. Here's what's included:

This issue includes nineteen (19) patterns for women (European sizes 34-52) - A number of useful tunics, basic pants, dresses, skirts and tops sewn from the most fabulous fabrics and knits of the season in delicious colors.

A girlish viscose tunic, a snazzy button-front denim skirt and an elegant vintage dress sewn from luxurious muslin delaine.

Carefree daily wear at its best: a charming tunic from linen chambray, a plaid skirt in berry shades, a soft double-face knit jacket and casual cargo pants.

A beautiful viscose-jersey tunic, salt & pepper wool-tweed pants and a feminine pencil skirt. A sweet plaid pinafore dress, a raglan-sleeve T-shirt and a knit jacket.

BONJOUR HIVER (Hello Winter):
A romantic wool jacket, a graceful raglan-sleeve top sewn from wool jersey and every-woman’s basic plaid pants. A classic herringbone wool-tweed coat, a cowlneck tunic sweater, a crossover top with a collar and every-woman’s basic pants for curvy figures.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ottobre Woman - Fall/Winter 2008

The cover picture has not yet been determined, but I did manage to get a few pictures of the newest designs. This issue has a lot of tunics, a couple of dresses, three different skirts, four pants, a couple of coats and a turtle neck pullover, etc. It is to be a very feminine yet elegant issue.
This issue will be out late in August.
Contact us if you want to order this issue or get a subscription. Details are on our website.
Here are the pictures....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wool Challis - lavender

This is the first time we have been able to offer our 100% wool challis (made in Switzerland) in a color other than off-white. We now have a lavender color challis in stock and ready to go. It is 55" wide and sells for $35 a yard. Here is a picture of it with our off-white challis.

It is not yet on our website, so contact us via email or phone if you are interested.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Inspirations #29 - A Rare Issue

We just found out that Country Bumpkin (publisher of Inspirations magazine) has Inspirations issue #29 listed on their website as a "rare issue" and they are selling them for $40 each!!
We have as many as you want, and despite the new information, we are still selling them for just $8 an issue. Buy more than one and you get free shipping. Scroll down for a picture of the cover.

It's Here!

The newest edition of Ottobre Design has arrived! Once again, another great issue.
It's never too late to get one.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ottobre Design magazine- Children's Fall Issue

The next issue of Ottobre will be the children's fall issue - 4/2008.

It will be sent out the second week of July.

Here is what is in this issue....

39 patterns for kids in sizes 62-170 cm.

Sweet jackets, a cardigan, tunics, T-shirts, skirts and a kimono‚ jacket for lovely little girls. Velour knit, antique-finish corduroy, wool knit and velveteen in fabulous autumn shades.
Sizes 86-152 cm
Carefree, straightforward outfits for preschoolers. Sweatpants, outdoor pants, T-shirts, hooded sweat jackets, leggings and a tunic.
Sizes 92-152 cm

Beautiful pastel shades, fruity harvest colors and comfortable materials for babies autumn clothes. Jackets, hoodies, pants, rompers and outdoor coveralls.
Sizes 62-98 cm

A diverse collection for urban schoolkids for the start of the term. Shirt dresses, skirts, tunics and tops for girls. Jeans, plaid pants, hooded sweat jackets and raglan T-shirts for boys. Canvas jackets for both boys and girls.
Sizes 104-170 cm

Contact us or go to our website for details on ordering Ottobre.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Deep Discounts!

We just found a source for some very deeply discounted Country Bumpkin publications.
Here is what we have - and we have several of each:

AS&E magazine issue #67 - $8

Inspirations magazine issue #29 - $8

A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 - $15

Buy any 2 or more of the above publications and you get free shipping.

Contact us via email if you are interested:
This offer is not on our website.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Wooly Thread Blog

Welcome to your new blog!
For several years we have sent out a monthly email newsletter and kept a website, but were looking for a more immediate way to get our newest information and updates out to you as they occure. A blog seemed to be the perfect solution, so here it is.