Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wool Soap??

You may remember our wool rocks (see post on Dec 16th) that we introduced last year. Well now we have found some wool soap. This is actually soap that has felted wool surrounding it. Here is what our information says about it:

These handmade bars are wrapped in wool to create a soap and washcloth all in one. Wool has natural antifungal properties and will retain its freshness. The wool acts as a wicking agent, soaking in the lather of the soap, making the encased soap last longer. The wool felt shrinks along with the soap as you use it.
The wool used in this product is locally sourced from friendly farm sheep. The cold process soap is made in small batches from 100% natural vegetable oil base with real essential oils and botanical ingredients. No synthetics, chemicals or animal ingredients are used in our soap. These make great travel gifts and may also be used to add wonderful fragrances to your car or linen closet.
Made in California, USA

This soap sounded intriguing, so I had to give it a try and sure enough, it really does work. Once the bar is thoroughly soaked, the lather from the soap emerges from the wool. It dries out just as nicely as it was originally.

As it says above, it can also be used in a closet or drawer to add a subtle fragrance. We have several of these wool soap bars in either lavender or verbena. The picture shows only one, but they come in various colors. If you want one, let us know. - Price: $14/each

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A-Z of Sewing Has Arrived!

The long awaited and much anticipated 19th book in the highly acclaimed A-Z series of books from Country Bumpkin has arrived. It is entitled: A-Z of Sewing. It is a hard-cover, spiral bound book which is 156 pages long and full of color photographs. Pre-ordered books will be sent out tomorrow. We have extras, so let us know if you want one. Price $3o.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine #87

AS&E magazine issue 87 has just arrived this afternoon. Subscriber copies will go out tomorrow.
Here is what you will find in this issue:

Hearts and Roses - floral dress smocked from shoulder to waist (sizes: 3, 4, 5)
Little Wonder -bishop dress with ribbon embellishment (sizes: 6, 12, 18 months)
Eloise - classic Sunday dress with lace collar (sizes: 4, 6, 8)
Poppy - poppy print dress with black smocking (sizes: 4, 6, 8)
Luminesce - bewitching silk party dress for little girls (sizes: 2, 3, 4)
Summer Blooms - daisy print dress with embroidery (size: 3, 4, 5, 6)
High Five - smocked denim jacket (sizes: 2, 4, 6)
Serious Fun - sleeveless wrap front dress with matching cardigan (sizes:12, 18, 24 months)