Monday, December 15, 2014

Subscriber Perk

Something fun for today.... Subscriber or renew your 6-issue subscription to Ottobre Design magazine and we'll send you a 5/8" standard curved ruler ideally suited to pattern tracing and adding seam allowances. This is not on our website, so just mention it when ordering and we'll send it right out to you - but today only!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fun project

Inspirations just posted this quick, easy project for all of us. Click on the link for all the instructions.... Cell phone cover

Friday, December 5, 2014

More cat caves...

more cat caves just arrived - with more expected any day now.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Newsletter

Our December newsletter is out!

Monday, November 24, 2014

e-Gift Certificates

Someone called yesterday requesting an e-gift certificate, so a new option is born now available! Just let us know the amount you want and I'll send it to you or the recipient of your choice - redeemable on our website, by phone or email.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

News Flash

Price hike coming from Ottobre Design magazine starting January 1st....

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Crunch Time

I'm trying to be better prepared this year by not having to order any supplies after Thanksgiving when the mail crunch - ie. delays and shortages begin, so I'm trying to get very well stocked right now. I have about 6000 skeins of Appleton here with more expected this week, I have 300+ curved rulers, almost two hundred Inspirations #84, and now more Loo-Hoo dryer balls are on their way, as are some more cat caves and our ever-popular Swedish tracing paper that has been unavailable for the past few week. When my supply of rulers, cat caves, magazines (and a few other items) run out, it takes weeks to get more. I'll be away for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so if you want anything before the New Year, PLEASE don't wait until the last minute. I'll do everything possible to get your orders out on time, but please do your part by ordering early enough to get what you want when you want it.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

more curved rulers

Our new shipment of rulers has arrived. We are now fully stocked with both the 5/8" standard and mini curved rulers, as well as, the standard 3/8" curved ruler. Let the fun begin!

Inspirations 84

Inspirations 84 is here! Subscriber and pre-orders will be in the mail tomorrow...

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Newsletter

Our November newsletter is out...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sewing for Charity?

Do you sew individually or with a group that sews for charity? If so, write me a little about it. I have a few issues of Ottobre here that I will give away to be used for individuals or charitable groups sewing clothing for children.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ottobre's Newest Issue

The children's winter issue of Ottobre is being released next week. More good news is that the price is lower since the Euro-US$ exchange rate has improved for those of us on this side of the Atlantic.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ottobre Preview

The preview for the upcoming Ottobre Design children's winter issue is here:

Online Needlework Show

The online Needlework Show is open...... here's the link if you want to peruse the goodies.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ottobre Sewing for Charity

In case you missed this in our newsletter.... If you sew for charity or are in a group that sews for charity, write me a little about it. I have a few issues of Ottobre here that I will give away to be used for individuals or groups sewing clothing for children or women for charitable organizations.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is out....

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lower Ottobre Prices

The exchange rate with the Euro has changed in our (US$) favor, so we've been able to lower the prices of Ottobre magazine a bit. Here's a look at another project in the upcoming issue....

Thursday, September 25, 2014

More Ottobre Pictures

More photographs from the upcoming children's winter issue of Ottobre....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Martha Pullen Dolls

Many of you are Martha Pullen fans - as am I. We go way back to my earliest days in business and have worked together on occasion. In those days I purchased several of her items - among those were her "Three Best Friends" dolls. They have been packed away all these years and now it is time to pass them along to someone else to enjoy. They are listed in my Ebay store if anyone is interested - they've been unavailable for quite a long time. Here's the link to the listing:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ottobre Attire

Ottobre's upcoming winter issue will have some special occasion dresses and suits.....

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Trish Burr's "Moonlit Owl" kit

Yesterday was a big mail day for us. Inspirations #83 issues were mailed out and when I returned home from the post office, Trish Burr's "Moonlit Owl" kits had arrived. Some of these kits are already spoken for, but we do have a few more available is you want one.These kits are complete with threads, fabric, and instructions. They are on our website and ready to ship.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Inspirations #83

Inspirations #83 is here. Subscriptions and pre-orders will go out tomorrow.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Inspirations magazine news

Have you all seen this? We have been selling subscriptions and single issues to Inspirations for years. If you want to help this world class magazine, subscribe either through them directly or through us - Inspirations needs your support. Let's not lose another great magazine.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trish Burr's New "Moonlit Owl" kit

These adorable owl kits from Trish Burr are on their way from South Africa! The "Moonlight Owl" kit includes all the threads plus Irish cambric linen, needles and booklet. Price will be $65. They won't be on my website until they arrive, but you can reserve one via email if you'd like. Since they've been so popular, I couldn't get as many as I wanted, so my stock will be limited.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Newsletter

Our September newsletter is out.... You can also opt to have it sent directly to your inbox on the first of every month - just let us know.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

News Flash!

News Flash! In all the years (20+) that I've been working with Appleton, I've never known them to introduce any new colors, but now they have. Colors 887 and 888 (on the far right) have been added to the 'pastel shades' group. Here's a look at the new line up - note that the colors are not exactly as they appear on your screen - they are much prettier. I only have a single skein of each, but have ordered a quantity and hope to have them by the time the next newsletter comes out. The first picture shows the entire line up in crewel. The second one shows just the two new colors in tapestry weight.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ottobre Woman magazine

OTTOBRE design® autumn/winter magazine for women is now available! Go to the link below to see what's in this newest issue. To purchase - go to

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More New Cat Caves

It's hard keeping these cat caves in stock because I have to order them from Europe and each one is hand made. The shipping also takes time, but we are now re-stocked! Here's what we have in stock and available on our website right now.....

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Newsletter

It's here! Our August newsletter is now available via the link below or on the opening page of our website -

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More Pictures....

Here are more pictures from the upcoming Ottobre Woman issue...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Next Ottobre Issue

The next issue of Ottobre will be the women's fall issue. Here's a look......more photos coming soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Swedish tracing paper

Our Swedish tracing paper has been out of stock from the past few weeks, but IT'S BACK!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ottobre Design new magazine is here!

Our shipment of Ottobre Design magazine just arrived. If you want this current issue, it will be sent directly from here. I even have a few Spanish language editions. Everything is on our site and ready to go. Scroll down a few postings to see the front cover. Here is a look at the back cover...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Trish Burr Kit

I forgot to mention in our newsletter that I ordered some of Trish Burr's newest kits. They just arrived and are ready to go. This is her 'Shades of Whitework' kit which is actually two projects in one. More details are on our

Friday, July 4, 2014

your opinion

I'm thinking of giving up this blog and just using our Wooly Thread Facebook page in its place. Any opinions out there - for or against?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Newsletter

Our July newsletter is out....

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ottobre Video

Copy and paste this link to see a preview of the soon-to-be-released Ottobre issue 4/2014 - the children's fall issue.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Inspirations #82

Just got tracking information for the next Inspirations magazine - issue #82 - it will be here tomorrow! Subscriber and drop ship orders will be in the mail Thursday.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

More Ottobre pix....

More cute pix from the next Ottobre issue.... don't you love the aviator hat? This issue is not on my site yet, since it isn't quite available, just check back at the end of the month or drop me an email and pre-order.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June newsletter

Our June newsletter is out....

Friday, May 30, 2014

Inspirations #81 - 1-Day SALE

We just posted another 1-day sale on our website. This time we are offering the current issue of Inspirations magazine #81 at more than 40% off - and still free shipping. It's right on the opening home page under 'specials'. One per person. Check it out...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Ottobre Design in Spanish!

As you are enjoying your Memorial Day and thinking back about those who served, take a look ahead at the adorable outfits we can look forward to in the next Ottobre issue - children's fall issue #4/2014. I am so excited about this next issue of Ottobre Design - not only because of the cute designs, but for the first time it will be published in SPANISH !! I've ordered some Spanish editions, so let me know if you are interested. Here are some new pictures and information about the next issue coming out the first week of July. Practical outerwear clothes and comfortable under layers for outdoor activities and playgrounds: pants, coveralls, beanies, fleece jackets and hoodies. An aviator hat and jacket for a little pilot. The season's most wanted outdoor clothes which also look great! Cute and comfy organic-cotton baby clothes: a bodysuit, a jersey hoodie, denim-look jersey pants, leggings and a pinafore dress. A lightweight, super-soft organic-cotton coverall for cooler days and evenings. Casual yet neat autumn clothing for preschoolers and schoolchildren. Pants, long-sleeve tees, tunics, skirts and dresses for girls. Cord pants, sweatpants, hoodies, tees and a biker jacket for boys. The cover picture will be revealed in our June 1st newsletter.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ottobre Freebies

While we are waiting around for the next issue to come out, take a look at the dozens of free designs Ottobre offers on their site. there are neckties, purses, diapers, toys, hats, shirts, designs, belts, and more.....

Saturday, May 10, 2014


"Pairing" seems to be very trendy right now. I hear a lot about the pairing of wine and chocolate. There are lots of other pairings, as well. In our May newsletter, we "paired" our curved rulers and Swedish tracing paper since they work together to make patterns in Ottobre magazine. This worked out so well, I've added a new category on our website called "Pairings". The items are paired (linked) with another item and when purchased together there is about a 15% savings. If you are interested.....check them out on our website: pairing of our standard curved ruler and our Swedish tracing paper

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dryer Balls

Here's some information and background on our dryer balls.....

May Newsletter

Our May newsletter is out.....

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ottobre's Newest Issue Video

OK - Here it is..... a video look at the newest edition coming out next week....

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More cat caves

This time we went with bright colors for our cat caves....

Curved Rulers

We are super excited to announce that we are the distributors for these amazing curved rulers. They are ideally suited for pattern drafting and adding seam allowances. The ones shown are 5/8" width, but 3/8" inch ones are due in the next few days. Also available are these rulers in metric measurements.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Our April newsletter is out!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Inspirations magazine

We posted several new back issues of Inspirations on our 'deep discount' page. Also....arriving any day now is the newest Inspirations magazine - issue 81. Here is a look at the cover.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ottobre Woman

The cover of the newly arrived Ottobre Woman magazine is on our website and newsletter, but here's a look at the back cover....

Saturday, March 1, 2014


March has arrived and with it some new inventory items and updates... Check out our newsletter for updates...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Newsletter

Our February newsletter is out....

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ottobre Woman

Ottobre Woman will be out soon... here's a little more of what you'll find in this upcoming issue in addition to the trenchcoat we posted recently. Although it isn't on our website yet, it is never too early to pre-order. Just send us an email at EASY-WEAR ESSENTIALS Give yourself a pleasant surprise and add a few beautiful, bright day-to-day items to your wardrobe! A bohemian maxi dress, a bolero, classic linen clothes, narrow pants, culottes, jersey dresses and tops, and a casual woven top. A much-requested blazer from sweatshirt knit. CONTEMPORARY ELEGANCE Step into spring in a new, fabulous trenchcoat, ultra-narrow pants and a silk top! Sew lovely summer dresses for every occasion from modern printed fabrics, including flamboyant jersey, painterly viscose fabric and exquisite silk. Sizes 34-52

Friday, January 24, 2014

Inspirations #81 preview

Here's a look at what you will find in the next issue of Inspirations due out next month....

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ottobre Woman

The next issue of Ottobre will be the women's spring/summer issue. It will be out next month, so here is a look at one outfit in this upcoming issue....

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ottobre Design Magazine has arrived!

My shipment of Ottobre's newest issue - the children's spring issue - just arrived. If you pre-ordered a single issue, it will be in the mail tomorrow. Photos show both the front cover (girl) and back covers (baby).

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Inspirations issue #51

Well, I managed to get another great deal on a back issue of Inspirations magazine. This is issue #51 with an extra removeable booklet attached to the front called "World's Most Beautiful Needlework Shops". Lots of great projects in this issue. It is on our 'deep discount' page if you want to take a look.