Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ottobre Design Summer Issue

Here's a picture of the cover for the newest magazine. It will be released mid-April. Details of the projects in this issue are in the March 17th blog post below.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Updates: new inventory.... lower prices....etc

It's time to update some of our previous blog posts. Here's what's new......

- We've been able to lower the price of Ottobre subscriptions due to the decline in the value of the Euro. Our website is in the process of being updated.

- Ottobre is re-printing the most popular issue ever - issue 1/2008 (children's spring issue from 2008). This will be a "limited edition issue" and not available as a free issue for new subscribers. It will be released in the next two weeks. We are already taking orders. Let us know if you want one.

- Our new order of Bohin needles has arrived. We have several 6-packs of chenille #22 needles for $3 a pack with free shipping. We have found chenille #22 best for embroidering with Appleton wools - both crewel and tapestry.
- Our wool blanketing dilemma has been resolved. We have found a new source for our 90" wool blanketing fabric and it's organic! Our first shipment should be arriving early in April.

- The next issue of Inspirations magazine will be released in early April. It will be issue #66. Here are some pictures of the projects you'll find in this issue.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ottobre's 2010 Summer Issue

We have just received word that the next Ottobre Design magazine will be released in mid-April. We'll post a picture as soon as we get it. In the meantime, here's what you'll find in this upcoming issue:

Relaxed holiday wear for toddlers and preschoolers: shorts, T-shirts, dresses and headwear for sunny summer days.

Celebrate with us! Beautiful special-occasions outfits for children of all ages.

Cool and trendy summer clothes for teenagers. Shorts, T-shirts and shirts, also for older boys!

A practical yet beautiful summer collection for babies and toddlers, including newborn basics.

More good news from Ottobre:

You may remember this issue from early 2008. It has been the most popular Ottobre issue ever - the children's spring issue of 2008 (1/2008). Consequently, it sold out in all language editions fairly quickly. Now, the good news is......

The folks at Ottobre will be re-printing that issue and will have it available once again in mid-April. It'll be back on our website and our ebay store as soon as it is ready.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bohin Needles

Bohin brand needles are new to me. I'd not heard of them until my Appleton supplier touted them so much, she offered to send me some free of charge if I would try them. She was convinced that once I tried them, I'd be sold on them and wouldn't want to use any other needle. Could this be true? I started researching these highly acclaimed hand embroidery/sewing needles and found lots of accolades, such as the following:

"I was totally amazed at how wonderful they are. I never thought you would notice the difference in needles but you do with these. They simply glide through your canvas.They are the only needles that I have been using. I totally recommend them."

The needles are here and they are unusually nice - very smooth and sharp.

We have #9 milliners/straw needles which are excellent for making bullion stitches and we also have #10 crewel needles - for crewel work - of course.

We'd like your feedback, so if you send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you a single needle to try - then we'd appreciate your feedback. This may just be the next addition to our regular inventory.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wool Blanketing - no more?

I cannot tell you how shocked I was yesterday when I called to re-order our beautiful wool blanketing fabric and found out that the mill had shut down after 144 years in business! It took me years to find this gorgeous fabric and I've been ordering for years. After our hugely successful cyber expo, I was all but sold out and so it was time to order again. I was given no hint at all that there were any problems when I last ordered or I'd have ordered a lot more.

So, what do we do now? Wool blanketing was the first item we stocked in our inventory and has been the backbone ever since. Wooly Thread actually started stocking supplies because I had the blanketing for the wool teddy bears I was making and others were looking for it, too. I began importing it from Australia, but that had all sorts of problems associated with it, so I was always looking for a US source which I finally found in Minnesota at Faribault Woolen Mills. They were a real quality operation and we are saddened to see them go the way of so many other fine businesses in this recession.

I am on the hunt for another source and have found one that may work out, but I'm in the earliest stages and haven't had a reply yet or gotten to see and feel their blanketing. I'll keep you posted.......

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cyber Expo - Closed

Our Cyber Expo is now over. It was a huge success .... much more than I expected. Thanks to all who participated - now I need a week to recover and get caught up!