Wednesday, November 30, 2011

First News About Ottobre Spring 2012 Issue

Here's the little bit we know so far about the next issue of Ottobre due to be released January 13th.........

*Bright outerwear
*Comfortable clothes for school and daily wear
*Much-requested baby basics in delightful print fabrics

We'll post more info about this new issue as we get it, but there will be other Ottobre news released tomorrow in our newsletter.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crewel in Dallas

Crewel 101 at Oil and Cotton in Dallas Dec. 3
For those of you in the Dallas, Texas area you may be interested in this upcoming event. As you may know, we have stocked Wool & Hoop embroidery kits for several years now. This is a chance for you to get some hands-on instruction from the designer of the Wool & Hoop projects. Here is the information that has been released about this event..............

Hey, crewel friends! I'm doing a crewel embroidery workshop on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11am - 1pm at Oil and Cotton in Dallas. All skill levels are welcome to attend. I'll go over crewel embroidery basics and teach eight crewel stitches and finishing techniques. Participants will receive all the supplies needed to get started -- including my book, The New Crewel, which offers 30 of my original designs, 15 fun projects, and 16 classic embroidery stitches. Additional crewel kits and supplies will be available for sale at the workshop. Just in time for your holiday gift-making plans! Click (or copy and paste)this URL for details.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mohair Embroidery Thread

We now have some mohair embroidery thread in our inventory. Our current supply is limited, but we plan to add more as the demand for it increases. It is made in Australia by Kacoonda.
It feels sooooo soft to the touch as you embroider with it. If you have never used mohair embroidery thread, please send a self-addressed envelope and I'll send you a sample.
Here are the colors in stock - they should be on our website by the first of the month. In the meantime, if you want some, just let us know. Price: $3.50/skein (11 yards).
The identifying color numbers are (left to right)
001, 008, 033, 036, 049, 056, 059, 067, 068, 071, 073


Kacoonda's "Floppy Feet" Pincushion Kit

We have decided to branch out a little more and are now the only North American stockist for Australia's "Kacoonda" products. You may be familiar with them via some Inspirations magazine projects.

Kacoonda produces hand-dyed variegated embroidery threads (wool and mohair) and ribbons, as well as, wool felt using only the best of natural fibers. Their threads and ribbons are hand-dyed in their own unique color range to produce exquisite embroidery products that will inspire and delight.
We are starting with their mohair threads and a pincushion kit "Floppy Feet" that will introduce you to a wide range of their product line, ie. their hand-dyed wool felt, ribbons, and threads.
Go to this link to see more details and pictures of this kit....

We have the kits and some mohair threads in stock. They will soon be on our website, but if you want one now (since we only ordered a few to start), contact us via email and we'll get it to you right away. Kit price: $59.

I'll post shortly the colors of mohair threads we currently have in stock.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'Warm Wishes' Scarf in Inspirations 72

Someone called here yesterday wanting to make the embroidered scarf on page 60 of the current (#72) issue of Inspirations. The pattern calls for navy blue linen, but she wanted to use wool. We don't normally have wool flannel in navy, but we do now. We only have a small amount left (about 2 yards) and it works really well for this pattern. If you are interested in making this design in wool rather than linen, let us know. It only requires about three-quarters of a yard.

Inspirations Readers

For those of you who read Inspirations magazine, you've probably noticed the amazing project shown right inside the front cover - it's the "Home Sweet Home Embroidered Stitch Box" project book. We had several of you express an interest in getting this book, so we are having some sent over with our next shipment in December. Here's a little youtube presentation for you to see in case you want a little more information about this project. If you decide you want a copy for yourself, please let us know so we can be sure to get enough. There's no committment, we just need to know approximately how many to order. As far as I know, we're the only ones offering this new book on this side of the Pacific. Here's the link: you'll probably have to copy and paste to see it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Inspirations 72

Subscriber copies, as well as, pre-ordered copies of the newest Inspirations magazine - issue #72 - are in the mail. Scroll down to posting of October 28th for details on this issue.

Friday, November 4, 2011

November Newsletter

Our November newsletter is out. Here's the link.
It is always sent out on the first of every month and sent via email to our newsletter subscribers, but you can also read it here and on our website.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ottobre Gift Certificate

Ottobre offered another gift certificate which we posted about in today's newsletter - just to let you's taken. Thanks for reading our newsletter. Congratulations to Chelsea A. !