Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Embroidered Christmas Cards

Mary Corbet's blog this morning is entitled "When you care enough, embroider your cards". I've received a few embroidered cards over the years and they are very special to me and I've kept them all. Here's a link to the blog post if you are interested in embroidering some cards of your own this season... I may just do some myself this year for very special people.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December newsletter

Our December newsletter has been sent out to subscribers. If you want to read it, it is on the opening page of our website:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

love my job!

Just want to chime in here and let you all know how much I enjoy what I do. Today I'm sitting in my cozy house with 25 degrees and snow outside. I'm connecting with the whole world via The Wooly Thread. I'm sending shipments to Lativa, Israel, France and the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, shipments went to Jordan, South Africa and Japan along with the more usual international destinations of Canada and western Europe. I even had an order from Yemen earlier this year. We have suppliers in Lithuania, Finland, Australia, UK, Canada, and even South Africa. I enjoy geography and used to enjoy international travel, so this is fun for me. Thanks for being a part of my business - I would not be here were it not for you.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Copper Pot Caramels

Well, our first shipment of Copper Pot Caramels have already sold out, but I picked up more today....

Susan O'Connor's Monogram book

I've had several people call and ask where they can get Susan O'Connor's new book "Monograms". I asked the publisher and here is that info: is available from Stitchology . I did see a listing on for them, too.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Inspirations #56

Inspirations newsletter 'Embroidery News' has a nice write up on one of our deeply discounted back issues - #56. Here the gist of it... Not only does issue #56 feature the gorgeous pin cushion ‘Eglantyne’, it just so happens it is also a Christmas issue complete with a beautiful selection of festive projects, perfect for this time of year, including: Deck the Halls - Delightful Christmas table runner Snow Queen - Richly embroidered ornamental swan Spirit of Peace - Superb Christmas tree ornament White Christmas - Beautiful white on white Christmas tree ornament Plus 8 other projects.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Inspirations #88 - Christmas Issue

Look what else just showed up ! Inspirations magazine #88 - the Christmas issue

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ottobre Winter issue for Children

Our shipment of Ottobre's winter issue for children just arrived! Pre-orders will be out the door in a day or two.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Copper Pot Caramels

Every year about this time, I try to find some 'goodie' for all of us. In years past, it has most often been chocolate of some sort, but this year I came upon something I'm really excited about - Copper Pot Caramels! What I especially like is that this company was started about 5 years ago by two young women who make these caramels themselves and... they do it right here in my town. I'm so excited to support local woman-owned businesses .Here's a link to their site and a short video that tells their story.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Newest Curve Runner Tool

Our newest curve ruler tool - the 12" Curve Runner has finally arrived. It joins the 8" Curve Runner and the several different sizes of SA Curve Rulers. They are all on our website and ready to go. Here it is....

Monday, October 12, 2015

Ottobre Video

Here's a cute video showcasing the designs in the soon-to-be-released Ottobre Design magazine - winter issue for children. I especially like the pj's for mom and dad. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

More A-Z Books

After a verrrrry long hiatus.....several of the A-Z books are back! Just today we got our shipment of these 6 A-Z books: Embroidery Stitches 2, Goldwork, Heirloom Sewing, Thread Painting, Ribbon Embroidery, and Smocking. They join the other A-Z titles we already had in stock. The best news is that these highly acclaimed books cost far less than they did previously.

Friday, October 2, 2015

crewel exhibit

I just wanted to let you know about an upcoming exhibit of 50 historic costumes made by one woman. Incredible embroidery and needlework. There is an 18th Century cloak that has a lifetime of crewelwork on it. Check out the website: It will be up for 5 days. Is FREE (sponsored by friends & family). The website has some photos and further information about where and when.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Dryer Balls

Check out this outstanding review of our dryer balls that I just read on a new website called 'All Natural Ideas'.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Inspirations sale

We have an over supply of Inspirations issues 56, 82, and 83, so starting today and running through Sunday, we are offering these magazines for just $5.each. If you don't have these issues, now is the time. They are on the opening page of our website.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Inspirations 87

Here's one last project to show you from issue #87 before I send them out next week.....

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Deep Discounts

I just moved two more Inspirations magazines to the 'Deep Discounts' page on our website. If you haven't been there in a while, check it out. Several back issues are now just $9 each!

more Inspirations projects

Here are a few more pictures from the next Inspirations magazine coming out late next week.....

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Curve Runner is here!

The long-awaited 'Curve Runner" measuring wheels have arrived. They are on our website under 'notions'. I've also tried to post the promotional video for Curve Runner - hope it works.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Anna Scott Embroidery kits

What a busy month for new products! Both Inspirations and Ottobre magazines will release new issues this month. The new Curve Runner rulers have been mailed and will be here this coming week. Then - just today- the new kits we ordered from Australia's Anna Scott arrived. I just finished posting them to our website, so if you are interested, check them out on our website. We have now these 3 designs in stock and ready to ship.

Inspirations 87

"Inspirations" magazine issue 87 will be sent out in about two weeks. In the meantime, I'll be posting pictures of some of the projects you'll find in this newest issue. The first one is the cover - this project is called "Briar Rose" - it is a 3-D project.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Newsletter

Our August newsletter has just been sent to subscribers, so now here it is for you.....

Anna Scott kits

I've ordered 3 different embroidery kits from Anna Scott of Country Bumpkin and Inspirations fame. They have been shipped and I expect them here in about a week. There will be 3 each of these designs. They'll be on our website once they arrive and are available. I'll post here, too, once they get here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

more cat caves

Our newest shipment of cat caves arrived yesterday. They are on the opening page of our We ordered 3 different styles this time.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

more Ottobre Woman pictures...

Here are some more pictures of what you'll find in the next issue of Ottobre Woman......

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ottobre Woman

Here's a look at the cover of the soon-to-be-released Ottobre Woman magazine.... I'll post some of the designs in the next day or two.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ottobre's Fall Issue

My shipment of Ottobre Design issue 4/2015 (children's fall issue) has arrived. Pre-orders will be sent out tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Our auction to sell off my magazine stash of the past 20 years just ended at midnight. All the Inspirations magazine sold and several years worth of Ottobre. The unsold Ottobre have been re-listed. We have years 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, and 2003 - my favorite. The first issue of 2003 is the only one known to me that has patterns for 18" dolls - including the tote and doll carrier shown - as well as, a matching outfit for child and doll (see photo taken from issue 1/2003) These are all auction style ending this time next week. Here's the link: click on that you only want to see auction style listings and only these magazines will come up.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

back issue sale

If you don't get our newsletter, you may be interested to know that I'm selling off my back issues of both Inspirations (issues 1-79) and Ottobre (issues 1/2000 - 6/2012). They are grouped by issue and/or by year. They are for sale auction style on ebay ending about midnight Monday, the 6th. If you are interested, here's the link:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Newsletter

Our July newsletter was been sent out......

Monday, June 29, 2015

more pix

The last few pictures I have of the upcoming Ottobre issue....

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More Ottobre pictures

more pictures from this soon-to-be released fall issue.... and more to come again in a couple of days.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ottobre's Fall issue

Ottobre's fall issue for children is being sent out next week. You can pre-order via email or on our website once they arrive here. Here's a look at the front and back covers.... I'll post more pictures from this issue in the next day or two....

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Rotary ruler is coming back!

It looks like our rotary ruler is back! It is now called "Curve Runner". We will be stocking them when they are ready next month. Right now they are still in production. You can pre-order and help fund this project on the kickstarter page or just let us know you want one and we'll send you one as soon as they are available in July. Here's a link to the Kickstarter funding page with a video:

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Newsletter

Our June newsletter is here! Here's the direct link, but if you want to get it first, just let us know and we'll add you to our email list. We won't barrage you with numerous mailings - this is it - just once a month on the first.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Inspirations 86

Just want to let you all know that Inspirations #86 just arrived. Subscriber copies and pre-orders will be out the door by Monday.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Inspirations 82 and 83 - SALE

In going through our inventory, I see that we have far too many copies of Inspirations #82 and #83, so through the end of this week-end, we are offering them for $12/each and that includes shipping to US addresses. Contact me about shipping internationally.

Friday, May 1, 2015


Our May newsletter has just been sent out to subscribers, but you can read it on our website or via this link:

Monday, April 13, 2015

more curve rulers

We just got our new order of the 3/8" mini SA curve rulers. We had a lot of requests for that size, so now we have them....