Friday, December 23, 2016

Ottobre Gift Certificate

Ottobre just sent us this link in case you want to give a gift subscription to Ottobre. If you are interested, subscribe through us here at the Wooly Thread or directly from Ottobre Design and then print this out to give to the recipient.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hand Embroidery Story of Yore

This delightful story about embroidery and its impact was written by a local writer and published in our town's newspaper today. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mary Corbet's Calendar Give-Away

When orders started flooding in this morning, I knew something was up and, as I suspected, Mary Corbet had written about one of our products. This time it is the beautiful calendar by Inspirations. We are sponsoring her calendar give-away, so if you want one, check it out....…/inspirations-calendar-2017.html

Trish Burr Video Tutorial

Look what Trish Burr is giving us all.... a video tutorial on "long and short stitch shading" for needlepainting embroidery. Thank you, Trish Burr. Here it is:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Newsletter

Newsletter subscribers have already received their email copy, but if you'd like to read our monthly newsletter sent out only on the first of the month, here is the link:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Shop Small Saturday is Here

More items just discounted on our website for today's "Shop Small" promotion. It includes the most current issue of Ottobre Design magazine and Inspirations calendar along with several other items. See them right on our homepage.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Shop Small Saturday

Here it is.... We are celebrating Shop Small Saturday in our Etsy shop. Enter Code SHOPSMALL to get 50% discount at check out in our Etsy shop. Also many items on our website are also greatly reduced.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ottobre's Black Friday Offer

Ottobre Design in Finland just sent this to me so I'm passing it along to you. Order any back issues from the Ottobre website and get free shipping! Check it out... By the way...start time is shown in Finland's time zone which is 10 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Time. Make adjustments.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Free Desgn from Trish Burr

Trish Burr is also offering us all a free design to it is:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Home Sweet Home books - back again!

I was able to get some more copies of "Home Sweet Home" - they are on my website. We've had lots of inquiries since selling out, so don't miss out again if you want this book.

A-Z books

Have you seen Mary Corbet's post about the A-Z series of books we have stocked since Day One? Great review and we have several already at 50% off. Here is a link to her post:

Monday, October 31, 2016


Looking for a project that is small and quick? Mary Corbet of Needle'n'Thread is offering a free whitework ornament pattern we can print out from her website. Also.... coming tomorrow is our monthly newsletter with this and LOTS more news, offers, updates, half-price sales, and even another freebie. If you would like to receive it in your inbox, just message me your email address and I'll be sure you get. You will not be inundated - our newsletter only goes out once a month. Hope to hear from you.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ottobre's Winter issue for Children

Here are just a few photographs of the outfits you will find in the current issue of Ottobre Design magazine. This children's winter issue has underwear and quite a variety of outer wear. The issue already out and ready to go with about 40 designs for children of all sizes.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Inspirations 92

Here is how Inspirations describes their newest issue: "Inspirations issue #92 is our 2016 Christmas Spectacular edition aptly named Rejoice!" Here are some pictures of what is in this newest issue of Inspirations - issue #92. Hard to resist, isn't it?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Exciting News from Ottobre

Here is the news we have been waiting for concerning the changes at Ottobre. First of all, they are no longer adding shipping charges into their prices, so costs are now less than before. However, the biggest news is that there will be a Family issue added to the women's and children's issues. The Family issue will have about 10 designs for men and also some designs for teens who fall between the kids' and women's sizes, as well as, some plus-sizes and even maternity designs. Lots going on at Ottobre, as you can see. Our shipment of the children's winter issue is due this week. The first ever Family issue will be out next month. Here is a link to our Ottobre subscription listing with options for the the women's and family issue, too. I'll post more about the Family issue as I get it.

"Home Sweet Home" book is back!

Look what is back! Carolyn Pearce's "Home Sweet Home" sold out a couple of years ago, but has been re-printed and is once again available. Here's the link:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ottobre's winter issue for children

Here's our first look at the next issue of Ottobre - the children's winter issue. Also some more exciting news will be coming from Ottobre soon. Hopefully, I'll be able to share it with you by the time our next newsletter comes out.... In the meantime, here's a short video showing all the designs in this upcoming issue

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Passion for Needlework book

I've been remiss lately in posting, but just got word that the shipment of Inspirations 92 and the new Inspirations book "A Passion for Needlework" will be here this week, so I'll be processing all the orders and should be able to get them out early in the coming week. More details about both these publications in our newsletter which was just sent out today. If you'd like to read it - here's the link:

Friday, August 26, 2016

WOW ! Look what I woke up to this morning! A review of our Kashan project by Mary Corbet - Needle 'n' Thread. If you don't follow her blog - sign up. She writes several times a week on various topics pertaining to needlework. Here's a link to the review on her site. There is also a chance to get this kit free - read the blog for details.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ottobre Woman's fall/winter issue #5/2016 has arrived! I ordered several, so magazines going to US addresses can ship directly from here. Photos show front and back cover.... Here's a direct link to our listing:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Here's a fun read about why sewing is good for your health.....

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August Newsletter

Our August newsletter has already been sent out to our newsletter subscribers and posted on our website. If you don't get it sent to your inbox, here's the link:

Ottobre Woman

Here is a short video showing all the designs in newest, soon-to-be released Ottobre Woman magazine. Our copies are due here next week.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Eucalan Review

All Natural Ideas wrote a review of our Eucalan products which we have carried for several years now. If you are looking for a natural wash for your delicate fabrics - including wool - check it out.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Inspirations Calendar

Have you seen these beautiful calendars from Inspirations magazine? We got a shipment of them today. They are 16-month calendars and on our website already.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ottobre Fall Issue for Children

Ottobre's fall issue for children has arrived! There is even a design for the men in your life. It is on our website and ready to go - with free shipping always.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

New curve runner

We just got a new shipment of 12" curve runners. They now have a red handle - same tool, just a new color.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Inspirations 91

Inspirations #91 is scheduled to arrive here Friday. All orders will be in the mail Monday.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Newsletter

Our July newsletter has been sent out to all subscribers. If you missed it, here it is... This is the newest Talliaferro design...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Curve Runner

The Curve Runners we stock are featured in the Notions department of Threads magazine this month - issue #185 (June/July 2016). The Curve Runner from SACurve is an innovative solution for measuring curves or any line. It's a rolling ruler made from clear acrylic, so you can see through its measuring wheel for accuracy. The handle is 1/8 inch thick, making it easy to grip and comfortable to use. The wheel is 1/16-inch thick for precision measuring. Just place the wheel's 0 marking at the beginning of the line or curve you wish to measure and roll it along the line. The Curve Runner has measurements marked to the sixteenth of an inch or to the millimeter, and it comes in four circumferences: 8-inch, 20-centimeter, 12-inch, and 30-centimeter. Check them out....

Friday, June 10, 2016

Crewel Twists by Hazel Blomkamp

We have just received a few copies of Hazel Blomkamp's book "Crewel Twists - Fresh ideas for Jacobean embroidery". It has 6 different designs with the patterns, instructions and lots of color photographs. Also included is a stitch guide and conversion chart. We have a very limited number of copies, so if you want one, check it out on our website. Price $25 (MSRP $29.95) and free shipping to US addresses.

Newsletter and Teddy Bears

Our June newsletter is out! For those of you who go way back with us, you may remember our wool embroidered teddy bear that was our signature piece for several years. Well, the original prototype is now moving on to make space for our newer inventory. Check out details in the newsletter, or go right to our Etsy store to see this bear and others dating back to our beginnings. Some have already sold since the newsletter went out yesterday, but there are still several listed. Etsy: newsletter:

Ottobre Binder Give Away

I have a loose leaf 2-ring binder from Ottobre Design that I'll like to give anyone who wants it. It's quite nice for storing your traced patterns. IT measures about 10" by 12" by 1.75". The first one who responds gets it. I just ask that you send $6 for shipping to get it to you. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ottobre Design Magazine

Ottobre Design magazine issue 3/2016 - the children's summer issue - has arrived. It is available on our website now. Domestic orders sent directly from here for faster delivery. Here's the link:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May newsletter

I've been away for the past couple of weeks, but back in full production now. Our newsletter was sent out this morning - always on the first of every month and ONLY on the first of every month, so you don't get inundated with too much. If you didn't get it sent to your inbox, here is a link:

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April newsletter

Our April newsletter was sent out yesterday to everyone on our email list. If you didn't get it, you can still read it here or on the opening page of our website. I'm sorry to say, but we have sold out of Inspirations 89, however, issue 90 (shown) will be here very soon.....along with Ottobre's summer issue for children - also shown. Here's also a peak at the newest cat bed to offer an option to our cat caves.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


I have several copies of each of these posters and want to give them away rather than just toss them. Each one measures 11.5" x 16.5". They were intended for shop displays, but could also be used to decorate a sewing room or even be used as a book cover - do kids still cover their books?? Let me know how many you want and which issues - 85, 86, 87, and/or 88. Off good while supplies last.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Talliaferro's newest

Here is a great reviewby Mary Corbet of Talliaferro's newest design - La Serenissima. We profiled this project in our most recent newsletter, but this is a very detailed review you might enjoy if you are on the fence about purchasing this pattern.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Curve Runners

Even the folks at Ottobre are using and enjoying the new curve runners....

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

La Serenissima by Talliferro

La Serenissima by Talliaferro - is finally here! It's taken literally years to complete this newest design. We've stocked several Talliaferro designs in the past and all have been big successes. Now have been waiting (somewhat) patiently for this newest design to arrive and today it is here! It is available with the original Heathway merino crewel wool or we also offer it with comparable Appleton colors. It's on our website and ready to ship....