Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year - New Product

heat pack without wool flannel sleeve
heat pack with removable wool flannel sleeve

Tomorrow the new year begins and our newsletter goes out introducing our newest product. There will be more details in the newsletter, but for you blog readers, you get an early peek.

Our newest inventory item is a heat pack.
It is about 16" long and 4" wide with a handle on each end. The covering is cotton, but we've added a removable wool flannel sleeve to help keep the warmth in the pack and give it a softer feel. It can used either way - with or without the wool flannel sleeve. Just put it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and it's ready to use.

As an added bonus, these packs can also be used as a cold compress - just put it in the freezer or refrigerator rather than the microwave.

We offer it as shown or as a kit.
Price: $25
as a kit: $12
If you don't see it on our website yet, just contact us and we'll get one to you.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shop Closing

I just got word that Southern Heirlooms in Rhode Island is liquidating and closing shop. The owner Dora Walters has health problems that prohibit her from continuing the business. She has some good deals on heirloom sewing supplies. Check out her site at:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Twelfth and Final Day

This is the 12th and last day of our "Deal of the Day" event. Today we are closing out with our Appleton Club. Sign up for our Appleton Crewel Club, in which you get all the 421 colors over the course of a year, and get the last month free. In the Appleton Club you already get a 20% discount over the regular price and that includes free shipping to US and Canadian addresses. With this Deal of the Day you get another 8.5% discount by getting the last month free.
If you use Appleton crewel, this is the deal for you. We've been running the club for almost 5 years now and will keep it going for years to come. There is also an option to get all the colors at once, which gives you $100 off the total price of buying the skeins individually and again there is free shipping. If you want that option, today only, we'll also give you an additional 10% off as our alternate Deal of the Day. Check our website for more details, but the promotion is not there, you must mention it to get it.

In closing out our Deal of the Day promotion, I want to thank all of you who participated and due to the response we've had, we're planning on doing it again next year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day Eleven

We're almost to the end of our deal marathon. This is day 11 with just one more to go. Today we are offering a fourth yard of our 4" wide satin ribbon from Switzerland free when you buy 3 yards. It is by far the nicest double-sided, satin ribbon we've found anywhere. It makes a great blanket binding. We have several colors and you can mix and match or get all 4 yards of one color. Here are the colors we have. Red didn't get in the initial photograph, but we do have it.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day Ten

It's Day Ten and today we are offering a free 3 oz bottle of our Eucalan wool and fine fabric wash for every large 16 oz bottle you buy. It comes in natural, lavendar, eucalyptus, and grapefruit. It's the only product we use to wash our wool fabrics and sweaters. Check our website for more details for this ever popular product from Canada.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Deal Number Nine

Today we are offering you three skeins of Appleton crewel for every ten you buy. You select the colors you want. We try to keep all 421 colors in stock, but if we are out of a color you want, we'll order it for you and generally get it here within a week. Happy Stitching!
Also check out Mary Corbet's Needle'n Thread website today - she is giving away books. Here the link:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Deal of the Day - #8

Our deal for today only is.............purchase 3 rolls of our Swedish tracing paper and we'll send you a 4th roll for free. This is the best deal we've ever offered on this item. It's been one of our best sellers and most popular inventory items since we first started stocking it several years ago.

We just got a new shipment in a couple of days ago, so we are well stocked and can send your order immediately.
You can trace your patterns on this paper, write on it and then even sew your pattern pieces together to make sure it fits before cutting your fabric.

Each roll is 30 feet long and 29" wide. It's on our website.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Deal of the Day Number Seven

So now we are more than half way through out 12 days of deals. Our deal for day seven one 'My Stitch and Needlekeeper Book" and get a free pack of Bohin chenille needles #22.

Our Stitch and Needlekeeper book is an 8-page wool flannel book in which you can practice your stitiches and store your needles.
Pages measure 8" x 7" and are entirely blank ready for you to stitch.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Deal of the Day #6

Today we are offering those who subscribe or renew their subscriptions to Inspirations and/or AS&E magazine an extra issue - you can select from the back issues we have in stock or just add an extra issue on at the end of your subscription.

Shown are the two current issues of each of these magazines. AS&E 92 and Inspirations 68
Subscribe or renew on our website and be sure to mention the special 5th issue.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day Five - Deal of the Day

Today only we are offering some of Ottobre's Creative Workshop packs to anyone renewing or starting a subscription to Ottobre Design magazine. You don't need to be up for renewal - you can renew at any time.

The CW packs from which you may select are 101, 201, 301, and 303 - quantities are limited to what we have in stock here, so get your order in early.
If you renew for the women's issues (2 per year) only you may select 1 CW pack
If you renew for the children's issues (4 or 6 per year) you may select 2 packs.
Renew via email, on our website, or telephone, but be sure to mention the deal of the day to get it.
As with all the 'deals' this one expires at the end of the day.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day Four

Our Deal of the Day is............ if you buy all 4 of our Appleton Seasonal Packs, you'll get two of our Appleton Color Packs for free - and you can select which two colors you want.

If you need more details on these packs, go to our website

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Deal of the Day - 3 of 12

Day Three - Our deal of the day 3 pieces (12" x 15") of our 100% wool felt and get a free felt pack, which is five pieces ( 5" x 8") of the same wool felt in a variety of colors.

This is really high quality felt - it's 100% wool and not at all like the craft felt found in most stores. Here's our color selection.

If you decide you want to take advantage of this offer, just order the 3 pieces of felt in the colors you want and mention in the space provided that you want the free felt pack included.

Again this is only for today. Tomorrow we'll post another 'deal of the day'.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Deal of the Day - 2 of 12

Today's Deal of the Day is........
buy one of our new Dryer Ball kits and we'll send you a small Eucalan wool wash for free.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Twelve Days of Deals

Starting today we are going to have 12 days of deals. Each day we will be offering a new deal that is only good for that one day. It will be posted in the morning and be valid only until the end of the day (midnight). The next day we'll post another Deal of the Day.

You can order via email, telephone, or on our website, but be sure to mention the Deal of the Day or you won't get the deal since there is no mention of it on our website - this is a bonus for those who read our blog and facebook pages.

So, to get us started, today's 'Deal of the Day' is...........

Buy any two of our Wool & Hoop kits and get a free copy of The New Crewel book

Both are by Katherine Shaughnessy. The kits are $19.95 each. The book sells for $15.

Details about the Wool & Hoops kits and The New Crewel book are on our website.

Here's a link to our kit page:
and a link to our book page:
Mention this button and we'll send you one with your order as long as supplies last.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

AS&E 93

We just got word that the next issue of AS&E (Australian Smocking and Embroidery) will be here the second week of January - this will be issue 93.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Crewel Ornaments

Here's a new idea for something you can do with the Wool and Hoop kits we carry. The finished designs are about 3" x 3" - just the perfect size for an ornament. Any of the designs can be made into an ornament. Here's just one.
There are several more designs from which to choose and lots more creative ideas for other projects in Wool and Hoop's The New Crewel book by Katherine Shaughnessy

Felted Wool Dryer Balls

This is another of our newest 'finds'. Felt wool dryer balls are a replacement for commercial dryer sheets and/or fabric softeners. They are a great all natural alternative to these two additivies. They reduce static, lessen drying time, and fluff your clothing. Simply toss them into your dryer with your damp laundry and turn it on.

We have them in kit form so you can make them yourself or in 'ready to go' packs. Both options are on our website. Just so you know........... I make them myself right here at The Wooly Thread.

They can also be embellished with embroidery or needle felting. They are about the size of a tennis ball.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


We recently discovered the best product for transfering designs to your sewing/embroidery project. It works on heavy wool fabrics and dark colored fabrics. It's always been tough transfering designs, but this really works great. What I like best is that you can run this paper right through you printer, so anything on your computer can be printed right on to the transfer paper and then placed on your project. You then sew/embroider right through the paper. When finished soak it in color water and the paper 'melts' away. We've only had this a short time, and already had to re-order. Our packet of 10 sheets (8" x 11") is $15.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Our December newsletter was just sent out - here's the link if you want to read it.

There are a couple of new inventory items in this issue.....Enjoy!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Felted Wool Ornaments

Here are a couple of felted wool ornaments I recently made. The smaller ones are wet felted wool dipped in a food coloring and water solution. This a great projects to do with children since no needles are used.

The larger ornament is also wet felted but then some our wool felt and Appleton crewel wool has been needle felted to the wet felted ball. The decorative possibilities are endless.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Country Bumpkin Magazines Updates

Country Bumpkin just sent out their newsletter stating:
"Just a reminder that the magazines are no longer available from newstands."
That means you must get a subscription in order to get the magazine.
We offer subscriptions and also a 'drop ship' option, which means you sign up to get the magazines sent to you as they are released. You pay only for one magazine at a time and only when it is released.
They also note in their newsletter that they haven't sent out Inspirations 68 to their subscribers yet. If you normally like to pick up your magazine at a retailer, that option is now gone according to what they've posted, so don't be disappointed - sign up to get yours. You can do that on our website or via email.
Here's a link to the Country Bumpkin webletter for more details:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fun Project - Wool Ball Ornaments

We recently found another way to use the very versatile wool roving. Not only can it be needle felted into a myriad at shapes, but it can also we wet felted. I'm including a couple of links to felting projects you might find of interest. The first is a link to the instructions on how to make these needle felted ornaments shown above.
by Joann's Fabrics:

The other project is for wet felting balls. These wet felted balls can be used as toys, beads, ornaments or even dryer balls. This can be a fun project to do with children, too, since the wet felting process does not use any needles.
This link is courtesy of Martha Stewart:
Note: I've used both these techniques and my personal favorite is to wet felt the initial ball and then needle felt a design on the ball using a different color roving, some wool felt and/or some wool yarn.
One ounce of our wool roving makes one wet felted ball about the size of a tennis ball. An ounce can also make 8-10 smaller wet felted balls measuring approximately 1+ inch in diameter.
We'll have more information and other new projects using wet felting in our December newsletter.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Ottobre Information

This is a two-part posting, so be sure to read all the way down to the bottom for all the latest information.

Here's a little info on what the children's spring issue will bring:

1/2011 Kids' spring will be published on January 14, featuring themes like

CHARMING LIGHTNESS: The light and airy fabrics of the spring season give inspiration to designs with lots of gathering, soft pleats, bows... Tunics, dresses and pants for girls of various ages.

DRESS UP WITH ATTITUDE: Boys' own collection that oozes attitude. Denim jackets, canvas pants, T-shirts and sweatshirts.

BUTTON SHOP KIDS: A fun and colorful collection for toddlers and preschoolers. Denim and beautiful printed cotton outfits.

BOHO BABIES: Clothes with a difference for bohemian babies. Layered, practical outfits.

Also with the new year will come a slight price increase for the children's issues. The women's issues prices will not change.

The exchange rate fluctuates daily, so we'll post the new prices in US$ as the time draws closer.
Since this blog is read around the world, I'll tell you that people living in the following countries do not pay any postage at all for the children's magazines and that makes a substantial difference:
Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, The Netherlands,Belgium

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ottobre's New Calendar / Day Planner

I just got mine in the mail this morning. I like the cover they's designed for this year. I've had one of these calendars/day planners for several years now. They are more available, so if you want one, just let us know.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Inspirations 68 is here!

Inspirations 68 has arrived! All pre-ordered and subscriber copies will be in the mail tomorrow.

We have extras - let us know if you want one.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Wooly Thread Facebook Page

We just started a Facebook page for The Wooly Thread. If you are on Facebook check out our page. It's open, so anyone can read and post with out joining or 'liking'. Here's the link:!/pages/Yakima-WA/The-Wooly-Thread/172472482766589


I just got word that the postal system in Finland in on strike - it seems it isn't totally shut down, just slower. For us that means our Ottobre magazines may take a little longer to arrive.

Also got word this morning that the internet system at Country Bumpkin is not working at all. No one there can receive or send messages. If you are trying to get a response - as am I - please just be patient. I was expecting tracking info for the latest shipment of Inspirations and couldn't get anyone there to respond. Now I know why.

I'll post more details as I get them.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ottobre Design Contest

Ottobre's winter issue - 6/2010 - has arrived! Another great issue!
This is also the 10th anniversary issue and there's a great design contest inside.
Here's the link for more information on the contest:


The Wooly Thread now has a Facebook page - here's the link:!/pages/Yakima-WA/The-Wooly-Thread/172472482766589

Hope to 'see' you there.............

Friday, October 29, 2010

ASE 93

It's still very early, but we did manage to get a cover picture of the next AS&E (Australian Smocking and Embroidery) issue #93. This is all we have so far, but keep checking back and we'll post more info as we get it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Online Needlework Show

The show is now open! It will be open from today - October 21st through midnight Sunday, October 24th.
Here is the link for more details and access to the show -

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ottobre Updates

issue 6/2007

We all thought that the children's winter issue from 2007 was totally sold out, but a few Dutch and Finnish editions were found and we have them. If you missed out on this issue and want a copy, we have them. Just keep in mind that they are not in English. Accomplished Ottobre aficionados don't seem to mind - or so I've been told by several foreign language edition purchasers. They are not on our website, so contact us directly or go to our ebay store.

Also......... we just got word that the newest issue - the children's winter 2010 issue will be in the mail tomorrow! Scroll down to see that one.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspirations 68 - Preview

We just received a newsletter from Country Bumpkin with some pictures of the next Inspirations magazine and a link to a "flippy" as they call it. The link will flip through some of the pages of the magazine to give you a peek at what is coming up in this next issue.

Looks like a great issue to me. I've already got my eye on the elephant blanket shown in the 'flippy'.
We are expecting this issue to be released later this month or possibly early next month. If you want to pre-order a copy, just let us know.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ottobre Cover

Here's the cover picture of the next issue - the children's winter 2010 issue - 6/2010. Scroll down to our previous post to read more about this issue and see other pictures.

It will be released in about 2 weeks.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Inspirations Rare Issues

We just got hold of about 35 of the very oldest, rarest issues of Inspirations magazine. Some of them sell for as much as $60 on the Country Bumpkin website - others are so rare, they are no longer available anywhere.
Just a minute ago, I finished listing them individually in our ebay store at a fixed price. The least expensive is listed at about $14 and the most expensive is just $29.95. You blog readers are the first to know, so if you are looking for an older issue, check out our ebay listings.
Here's the link to our ebay store:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Scandanavian Needlecraft Book

This book is profiled in the current issue and Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine. It looked intriguing, so we ordered a copy to peruse. After finding several projects we thought you'd like, we decided to order several copies to offer you. They won't be on our website, so contact us directly if you are interested in getting a copy for yourself. Price: $20.

Among the 35 projects you'll find in this book are:

tote bags
wall hanging
Christmas decor
pillows, egg cozies
baby booties
adult slippers
winter attire
and lots more.....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Another picture...

Here's yet another picture from the upcoming issue........

Friday, September 17, 2010

More Info.....

Here's what you'll find in the upcoming Ottobre issue due out October 22nd -

The fantastic 10th anniversary winter issue features themes like:

Winter outwear displays the magic of a fairytale forest. Jackets, hats dresses and pants for toddlers and preschoolers. Wait when you see the heart melting penguin- and baby seal overalls!

Attractive print patterns and straightforward, easy designs tempt even novice sewers. Lots of underwear and other items suitable fo small gifts.

A funny yet sweet collection of special-occasion outfits for children of all ages. Dresses, pinafore dresses, pants and shirts. Let's have fun!

A design contest for our readers of all ages. Fabulous prizes and various contest categories to suit everybody.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ottobre's Winter Issue

Here's our very first peek at the next Ottobre issue - 6/2010, which will be released next month. It is just one of many outfits you'll find in this issue. We'll post more pictures as we get them.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

AS&E 92 Review

This issue is a little different from many of the other ones in that it has 3 designs for teens and women (adult sizes 8-14) and one for boys (not infant boys). Of course, there are the adorable smocked outfits for infants and little girls, for which the magazine is known. Looks like another great issue!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

AS&E 92

Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine has hit our shores. Our copies are due here on Monday, the 13th. Pre-orders and subscriptions will be in the mail the following day.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Needle Felting

Some of you may remember that we once did a lot with needlefelting. We carried the supplies and some kits. We are no longer stocking needle felting supplies, but we did find this delightful site with instructions on how to needle felt. It includes a u-tube presentation on the process.
If you are intested in needle felting, be sure to check this out.

This is a picture of the needle felted dog shown on the website. This pooch is enough to get me thinking about needle felting again.

We no longer stock all the supplies, but do have some natural (off-white) roving.
Here's the link to the article and u-tube instructional link if you are interested:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More Info....

Here's some more information on the soon-to-be-released Ottobre Woman magazine.

This issue includes twenty (20) patterns for women in sizes 34-52.
The themes are:

The delicious wool fabrics and knits of this season give inspiration to new sewing projects. We designed stylish wool coats, jersey tops, a lovely wool-knit dress and elegant pants for professional women. The fabulous multi-use knit wrap is easy to make and can be used to create a different look for your outfit on every day of the week.
Sizes 34-46, 44-52 and 34-52

Meeting up with a friend for a cup of coffee brightens up the daily routine. Besides practical jersey tops and tunics, you can complement your wardrobe with a luxurious silk blouse, a folklore-style skirt and various pants. For sporty women we designed a softshell hoodie, a double-layer sports top and gym pants.
Sizes 34-46, 40-52 and 34-52

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ottobre Woman

The newest Ottobre issue - the women's fall/winter issue, will be released next week.

Here's what the folks at Ottobre have to say about it.......

The mysterious fabric piece on the front cover is our magic multi-use wrap.... we all love it. It is "SEW" simple; just two seams and two hems and -VOILÁ there you have!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Inspirations 22

We just got hold of an very old - yet unused - copy of Country Bumpkin's Inspirations magazine #22 dating back to 1999. I you want more details or are interested in it, it's in our ebay store. It's the only one we have.

Here's a link.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Inspirations Camel Rug

Remember Inspirations issue 33 from 2002? It is the issue with the highly acclaimed camel rug project called Arabian Nights. Well, I managed to get a few copies of this issue at a great price, so I can offer them to you for just $15 - which includes postage. Let us know if you are interested. Supplies are limited.

Friday, August 6, 2010

It's Gone!

The book mentioned in the previous blog entry has been claimed. Thanks for your interest.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

One Only!

You may know that for the past couple of weeks, the AZ of Embroidery Stitches 2 books have been flying out of here. We've re-ordered stocks of this book several times, just to fill the orders that have come in after Mary Corbet's review. One of the books that was sent out arrived with some slightly bent corners, so the recipient returned it to us. Now, we have one of these highly sought after books with slightly bent corners. I can't sell it as new, so I'm offering this one copy for just $10 and free media mail shipping to the first person who contacts me. Again, there is just one copy at this great price. I think you'll be surprised at how little damage there actually there is. If you want this book, this is your opportunity! I'll post as soon as it is gone.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Newsletter

On the first of every month, I send out a newsletter. Here's the link to our August 1st edition....

If you like it and want it sent to you on the first of the month, let us know.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Inspirations 67

It's here!. The biggest issue ever with 22 projects. Subscriber copies will be in the mail tomorrow. We have extras, so let us know if you want one.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A-Z Book Giveaway

We are not giving this book away, but Mary Corbet is on her website Needle'N Thread.

All the details can be found on her site. Here's a link if you want to try for this book:

There is also an extensive review of this book. If you don't win it in the give away, we have some at a great price of $15.