Saturday, December 15, 2012

After I finally got a chance to read through the new Blissful Beginning book, I was surprised to see lots more than just the expected embroidered wool blanket. There is also an adorable wool felt puppy, some embroidered fabric blocks, a couple of blankets made with wool flannel and even one using wool challis. If you pre-ordered..... yours is already in the mail and on its way to you - be looking for them early in the week.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blissful Beginnings book

Our shipment of the new Country Bumpkin book "Blissful Beginnings" is on its way with expected delivery this Friday, the 14th. Those who pre-ordered will have theirs in the mail the day after they arrive. We ordered extras, so let us know if you want one. Price: $35.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Plans

Please keep in mind that I'll be away next week and not returning until after Christmas. If there is anything you want before Christmas, please let me know this week. Thanks. :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Deal of the Day

Deal of the day (Wednesday only) ..... buy ASE Index and get ASE issue #100 sent along free.

Stitching Women

Country Bumpkin posted this picture and it was just too cute not to pass along.....

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Newsletter

Our December newsletter is out.....

Index Sale

Today (Saturday) only we offering 10 copies of the new 'ASE Index' at about half the usual price: $15 + $3 shipping. Limit one per customer. Contact me here or via email: if you are interested.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shop Small Saturday

Today is "Shop Small Saturday" in support small businesses, so today only, for those of you who want to shop our small business, we are offering: - buy 1 item in our inventory and get a second item of equal or lesser value for half price - buy an ASE #100 or ASE Index and get the classic "Learn To Smock" by Margie Bauer free - sign up for our Appleton Club and get your final shipment free - renew your Ottobre children's subscription and get any one of our in-stock back issues free Thanks for your support of our small business! Contact us via email if you are interested in any of these offers - they are not offered on our website: Jan Reed - The Wooly Thread Here's a link to a short utube presentation about Shop Small Saturday.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Inspirations 76

Inspirations 76 is here - all magazine orders will be in the mail tomorrow.

Small Business Saturday

Check back here on Saturday the 24th for some special one-day-only specials in honor of "Small Business Saturday' and 'Shop Small' to support a small independent business. See you then....

Friday, November 16, 2012

Inspirations #76

Inspirations issue 76 is due here Monday!

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Smocking Book

With the demise of Country Bumpkin's Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine, a new smocking book is in the works. It is due to be released early next year. Here's a look at the cover....

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Inspirations cover issue 76

Looks like we posted the cover of 77 instead of 76, so here is the real cover picture for issue 76....

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Inspirations Index

Here's a look at the cover of the new Inspirations Index due early next year. We're already taking names of those interested in this publication.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Inspirations 76

Here's a look at the cover of the upcoming Inspirations magazine issue #76
More pictures and information about this issue are in our recently released newsletter.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Newsletter

Our November newsletter is out!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AS&E #100 + Index

Our copies of ASE issue 100 and the Index finally arrived today. All pre-orders and subscriber copies will be in the mail tomorrow.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is out! Here's the link:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ottobre Design - Winter, 2012

Here's what you will find in the upcoming winter issue of Ottobre Design magazine for children; CHILDHOOD MEMORIES Winter clothes for the little ones with a nostalgic flavor: dresses, skirts, tops and pants. Sweet special-occasion coats for babies and toddlers. IN A FAIRY-TALE MOOD The winter collection for preschoolers captures the spirit of fairy-tales. Tops, pants, dresses and jackets. Duffle coats and girls’ dress coats for the winter. A LITTLE LUXURY The schoolchildren’s winter collection is pepped up with a pinch of glamour. Snazzy special-occasion clothes and lovely knits make up wonderful outfits.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hand Embroidered Sheep Buttons

Look what I found! These adorable little buttons (3/4") are hand embroidered sheep on linen. I only have one set of 4. If you want this set, let me know and I'll send it to you - $20 total. Since they are handmade they vary ever so slightly from the ones in the photograph. Hand made in USA.

New Book from Country Bumpkin

Well, we just got the word that Country Bumpkin is coming out with a new book called Blissful Beginnings: Embroidered Blankets to Cherish. It's due out in December and looks like a winner to me. I'll post more details about it in our October 1st newsletter. In the meantime, here's a look at the cover.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

ASE #100 Update

We were expecting the final issue of ASE magazine and the Index later this month, but just got the following message from Country Bumpkin: "Just to keep you updated we had 2 shipping delays with AS&E # 100 and the Index. Unfortunately delivery to us will now be the end of September so you are looking at a delivery of early October. Sorry about that. Unfortunately vessel delay's are out of our control." So, I'm now planning on early to mid-October for delivery.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Newsletter

Our September newsletter is out.....

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Country Bumpkin's Needle Guide

Country Bumpkin's Needle Guide. It's a two-sided 8.5" x 5/5" plastic coated card - picture shows both sides of this single card. Click on the picture to enlarge it. We only have a few, so if you want one just let us know. They are not on our website. They are $7 - free postage.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Inspirations 75 is here - your subscription and pre-ordered copies will be in the mail tomorrow.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ottobre Woman Cover

Here's the cover and a couple of extra pictures from the upcoming fall/winter issue.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Newsletter

Our August newsletter is out. Here's the link:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dryer Balls

A customer who bought our new dryer balls shown below just wrote me about hers. For those of you who are not so sure about these, I'm passing along her comments: "Just wanted to mention, not sure if you've had any feedback on the dryer balls or not, but I am totally amazed at how soft my laundry is coming out by using them. I don't remember reading on what they were for, just liked the idea of them, rather than the noisy hard rubber balls I've used in the past. I even did a load of old towels without softener to see if I was imagining it. Still so soft to the touch. This will save on softeners for sure. Very surprisingly pleased! Welcome to share."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Ottobre Woman Issue

The women's fall/winter issue will be released later next month, but here's a look at what you'll find in this next issue:
Featuring - a charming outfit featuring wool fabrics and knits - a splendid special-occasion outfit for a chamber musician - the most beautiful cardigans, jackets and coats of the season - pattern for lady-fit jeans in sizes 34-52. We designed it to flatter a woman's curvy waist and hips, while smoothing her shape!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wool Wreath

Country Bumpkin posted this picture and I thought you'd enjoy it as much as I do, so here it is.....
If anyone makes one like it, let me know.

Monday, July 23, 2012

AS&E Issue 100 Cover

Here's a look at the cover of the next/final Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine - Issue 100.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Magazine Offer

We have an oversupply of some Inspirations and Ottobre Design magazines, so we are offering you a discount, in order to make room for the new issues arriving soon. Here's what we have: Inspirations #72, Inspirations #73, and Ottobre Design - issue 6/2007 The magazines are $10 each with free shipping while supplies last or until this time next week - July 24th - whichever comes first. The offer is not on our website, so let us know via email if you want one or more of these magazines.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dryer Balls

Our newest dryer balls are here...... These wool dryer balls are a natural, eco-friendly laundry product that helps circulate and separate clothing while tumble drying. The more you use, the less time it takes to dry a load of laundry. Start with using at least 3 and build up to having 6 - 8 to reduce your dry time by 10% -25%. Each one weighs about 2 oz and is about 9.5" around. * Ideal for all laundry especially cloth diapers and baby clothes * Naturally softens fabrics * Reduces static and drying time * Handmade in USA using 100% domestic wool
Price $25 for a bag of 3.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Newsletter

Our July newsletter is here.....

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ottobre Cover and more...

Here's the cover picture plus a couple of other photographs from the upcoming issue - the children's autumn issue 4/2012. It is due to be released the first week of July.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Singer Sewing Machine Manual 1949

Thought you'd enjoying seeing this as much as I did:

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's Here!

Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine issue 99 sneaked up on us and just arrived at the door. Subscriptions and pre-orders will will be in the mail tomorrow.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Royal School of Needlework

CBS Sunday morning new show had a segment of the Royal School of Needlework this morning. Here's a link to the video segment:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

June Newsletter

Here's a direct link to our newsletter:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Next Ottobre Issue

Here are some pictures from the upcoming issue of Ottobre Design magazine..... more details are in our newsletter available on our website....

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Crewel Book

New Crewel - The Motif Collection by K. Shaughnessy. This is a follow-up to the best-selling book, The New Crewel. It has a contemporary collection of motifs and a color palette. You get 30 modern, fun, and colorful designs -- each accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and all the necessary diagrams -- several gorgeous projects that showcase the designs, and a CD so you can size the motifs to your liking. Price $20. If it isn't on our website yet, just contact us and we'll get it to you.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lower Prices for Ottobre Subscriptions

The Euro has been dropping in value against the US$, so prices are DOWN for Ottobre subscriptions. Our website has not yet been updated, but just mention it and we'll give you the new, reduced price of $60 (from $62) for the children's issues and $75 (from $79) for both the kids' and women's issues.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Inspirations magazine issue 74 arrived yesterday. Subscriber copies and pre-orders are in the mail.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine issue #98 is totally sold out - not only here, but also at Country Bumpkin, the publisher. We've greatly increased our order of the next two issues, so we hopefully, won't run out again. Let us know if you want to pre-order and we'll make sure you get a copy of the final two issues.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our May newsletter is out!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ottobre - Summer Issue

Here are another couple of pictures from the summer issue of Ottobre coming out next week.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

ASE issue 99

Here's a look at the cover of the next ASE magazine. This will be issue #99.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

AS&E Index Coming....

Country Bumpkin is publishing an index for all 100 issues of
Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine. Here's what you'll find in this upcoming publication entitled:
"The Complete Australian Smocking and Embroidery Index"
Fully illustrated alphabetical listing of projects from issues 1-100
Listings Include:
Designer, size and style
Alphabetical listing of step-by-steps
All known errata
Price: US $29

Let us know if you are interested and we'll place our order accordingly. We anticipate them in late summer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek at one of the outfits featured in the upcoming summer issue of Ottobre Design magazine due out next month.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

'Crewel 101' Workshop in Santa Monica this Saturday

Our own 'Wool & Hoop' (whose kits and book we stock) will be at The Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica, this Saturday, March 17th to teach a two hour crewel embroidery workshop. They'll be bringing their crewelwork samples including a sneak preview of the new projects from the upcoming book, New Crewel, which comes out in late May. After a brief introduction to the basics and history of crewel embroidery, they'll demonstrate eight different crewel stitches and finishing techniques. Participants will receive all the supplies needed to get started -- linen fabric, wool thread, needles and a hoop. My Wool & Hoop kits and first book, The New Crewel, which offers 30 original designs, 15 fun projects, and 16 classic embroidery stitches, will also be available for sale. The class is $65 and runs from 11am -1pm. All skill levels welcome. Here's a link for more info:
or you can call:310.392.0139 for more information.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

No Kits

We were not able to get the required 20 people to commit to purchasing the Home Sweet Home kits, so we will not be ordering them. You can get them directly from Country Bumpkin and from what I know, they are available and ready to ship. Sorry we couldn't work it out to import them.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Home Sweet Home kit

Well, we now have 8 people committed to this kit mentioned in a recent post. Country Bumpkin has said I must order 20.
Any groups out there that want to do this project? Ask around and if we can get 12 more, I'll place the order and have them sent express - getting them in just a few days. I'll give it until the end of this week, so those who want it can order on their own if we can't get a bulk order.

Friday, March 2, 2012

March Newsletter

Our March newsletter is out - here's the link:

"Home Sweet Home" Kit

Here's the newest information about the "Home Sweet Home" kit:

Country Bumpkin has made gathering
the embroidery supplies for the cottage workbox and nine accessories
really simple and done it for you. This kit includes all the fabrics,
ribbons, embroidery threads and charms you need to complete the
embroidery for the box and the nine accessories (book and construction
supplies not included).

So, if we can get 20 of you to commit to buying this kit, we will be able to import it for you and offer it for the same price as CB sells it - US$400+. The advantage is you not having to pay the high shipping costs from Australia. Right now we have 7 people interested. If you are interested, let us know. We'll post next week if we were able to get 20 commitments, so that if we don't get 20, those interested can purchase it directly. If we do get 20 commitments, we'll require a 50% deposit before ordering. Hope to hear from you.
For information about the Treasure of the Month option, see our March newsletter.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Magazines


Two new magazines are due shortly. Australian Smocking and Embroidery issue 98 is about to be shipped and Ottobre Woman issue 2/2012 will be in the mail this coming week. Here are pictures of both

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

AS&E Magazine - ALERT !

Here's the information we received from Country Bumpkin yesterday:

After careful consideration Country Bumpkin Publications has made the extremely difficult decision to discontinue publishing Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine. The final issue of this publication will be issue 100 which is due for release on the 29th August 2012.

Issue 100 will be a collectors issue with ‘best of’ articles, a history of Country Bumpkin and articles from both Susan O’Connor and Margie Bauer, Country Bumpkin’s original founder.

No on subscribing through us will lose any money paid for her subscription. If you have a current sub and want to renew, so you can get this final issue, it will run through the final issue #100 and the price will be adjusted accordingly. If you already have a subscription which extends past issue 100, you will be refunded for any issues not sent.

If you want this special final issue and don't have a subscription, please let us know as soon as you can, so we try to get one for everyone who wants it.

If you have any questions, just let us know.
We greatly appreciate the 'heads up' from Country Bumpkin with 3 issues still left before ceasing publication.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Home Sweet Home kits

We finally have some information for you about the kits for the new Home Sweet Home project book by Country Bumpkin. Here is what they have to say:

We have finished pricing up the kit. Thank you for your patience.
The kit contains fabric (external fabric not lining fabric), Threads for Embroidery and Beads. It does not include any cardboard or charms etc.
The kits are expensive to put together as a result we have a set a retail price at AU$380.00 ($407 US dollars)per kit.

Available from the 1st March.

We are also offering a 10 month subscription to the kit. When people subscribe to the kit, each month they get one project towards making up the kit. The monthly price is AU$44.95 ($48 US dollars). This is only offered directly through Country Bumpkin, so if your customers don’t want to pay for the kit up front you can direct them to contact us if they are interested in the subscription kit. If there is interest in the subscription kit they have to subscribe before the 1st of March, otherwise they will miss out.

So, that is it - if anyone is interested in purchasing the kit, let us know. If we can get 20 committed to the kit, I'll import them and that will cut down the shipping costs.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pin Bin by Kacoonda

Here's our newest kit from Kacoonda. It is a pin bin. The finished size is approximately 7cms high by 10cms (2.75" x 4"). The kit includes the pattern with detailed instructions and photo, felt, ribbon, silk threads and patchwork fabric for trimming around the top. If it isn't on our website yet, just contact us via email. They sell for $35.
Please excuse the poor color quality in the second photograph. The top one is more accurate.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Inspirations #73

Our magazines are in the air and due here either later this week or early next week.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Talliaferro's "Pomegranate Tree Sampler"

It's here! The beautiful "Pomegranate Tree Sampler" - the third design from TALLIFERRO Classic Needleart has arrived. Price: $30.

We have made up some Appleton packs for the threads needed to complete the project. Price $25.

The finished size of the image is 7.75" x 10".

They should be on our website by next week, but if you want one in the meantime, just let us know.