We just got some samples of the various wool blanketing fabrics from the mill in Australia we mentioned in our March 3rd posting. We won't be ordering for re-sale, since the exchange rate, shipping charges, and profit margin just don't make it feasible, but we have arranged with the mill in Australia to connect you directly to them so you can get the best price if you want to buy wool blanketing fabric. They sent us samples to show you if you are interested. If you'd like a sample of wool blanketing in off-white, black, or green, or if you'd like a sample of off- white cashmere velour (on the top in the picture), send us a self-addressed envelope and we'll get it out to you along with contact information on where to order. Our mailing address is: The Wooly Thread, 8850 Coolidge Rd, Yakima, WA 98903. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Remember these back issues from 2002 and 2003? Issue 34 has the little mice eating the apple core on a wool blanket and the little girl with the 'dalmation' coat. Issue 39 has the 10-page embroidered book about the little mouse entitled: "Des Fleurs pour Grandmere". Of course, both issues have lots of other projects, but these are the ones I remember best from when these magazines were first released. We managed to get just a few copies of both. They sell for $14 each which includes the postage. They won't be on our website, but if they aren't taken in the next few days, I'll post them on Ebay. Be sure to let us know if you want one.
Here's some information about the next Ottobre Design issue coming out next month:
OTTOBRE design® Kids 3/2011 Summer will be published on April 15th, 2011.
The issue includes themes
PIRATES AND MERMAIDS: Summer rompers, bodysuits and dresses. Also a cute little baby collection from jersey. *** NAUTICALLY INSPIRED: The special-occasion apparel for the summer is inspired by maritime themes. Dresses, skirts, tops, pants and shirts for children of various ages *** COLOUR SPLASH: We'll publish some of the entries and winning design from our 10th anniversary contest. The youngest entry was submitted by a four-year-old designer. Great ideas for appliqués and embroidery, lots of cheerful colors.
We've been working with a woolen mill in Australia trying to work out some sort of arrangement so we could import the Australian wool blanketing in order to make it available to you. Unfortunately, it just isn't going to work out for us to do that, primarily due to the very high shipping rates. For the quantity we were ordering it would have been more than $25 a yard just for postage.
However..........there is some good news here. Although this is a wholesale company, we've arranged for you to be able to order from them directly, since we couldn't make this deal work out any other way. You can now order wool blanket fabrics from this mill directly. They are the ones who make most of the wool fabrics for Inspirations magazine. They have the cashmere velour, the colored blanketing so often seen in the magazine and a variety of other wool fabrics.
If you are intestested in ordering, let us know and we'll pass along the contact information for you.
For those of you who do silk ribbon embroidery, here's a deal for you. Creative Smocking in Oregon is selling off their entire inventory of YLI silk ribbon and offering 30% off while supplies last. It's no coincidence that the cover of the current Inspirations magazine shows a silk ribbon project with 3 more projects inside. Here's the link:
Hi, I'm Jan, founder and owner of The Wooly Thread.
We specialize in wool and wool related products. We stock hard-to-find and unusual items related to sewing and embroidery which are not readily found anywhere else.
Our inventory hails from all over the world - first and foremost the USA, but also Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Finland, South Africa and wherever else we find products that are unique and related to our world of sewing and embroidery with wool.
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