Friday, September 10, 2021

Ottobre Woman pattern magazine

Ottobre Woman's fall issue is now available. If you'd like to look through the magazine and see every page -here it is: If you are ready to order - here is the link for a single issue or subscription :

Monday, September 6, 2021

New Appletons Wool Colors

Appletons has more than 420 colors of their wool threads for embroidery. Now these new colors have arrived! They are shown here as tapestry skeins, but are available in hanks, as well as, crewel skeins and hanks. There are four new color ranges: Hot Neon (top left) #651-656 Cool Neon (top right) #661-666 Bubble Gum (lower left) #671-676 Fizzy Sherbet (lower right) #681-687

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

New project

I have something new in the works that I'm really excited about, so here is a sneak peek at what I'm working on...... It all came about when a young woman recently showed me a needle art project her sister had made for her. It shows the back of the three sisters' heads. One of the girls is a redhead, one a brunette and the other is blonde. I just fell in love with this idea. The hair is actually tangible and free flowing. I found the designer and have ordered the patterns. Now I'm working on making this project into kits for you. The photo with the two girls is the original pattern. The other two show you what you can do with this design in order to make it more personal. I hope to have these ready by the time our newsletter comes out on the first. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Appleton embroidery wool

OK - we finally did it! We have been working diligently for the past couple of years to get our inventory of Appleton wool for embroidery to this level. We now stock all 423 colors in both crewel and tapestry, as well as, in skeins and hanks for a total for more than 7000 units on hand ready to send out the day after ordering in most cases. It can also be used for knitting, but is primarily intended for hand embroidery. Here is a look at our various Appleton offerings -

Ottobre Design sewing magazine

Arrived! The brand new Ottobre spring issue for children has arrived! Here is a look at all the designs in this issue. If you'd like a copy - here is a link to our listing. The magazines are here and ready to send out tomorrow.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Ottobre Design Family

Just got word from Ottobre Design that this current Family issue is the last one they'll publish. They will continue with the children's and women's issues, but no more Family issues. Sad to see them go. There were a total of 3 - one for each of the last three years. Even though no more will be published, you can still get each of these. We have them ready to ship - and as always.... no shipping charge.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ottobre Comments

It's a bit sluggish here on this blog, so the first one to post a comment about Ottobre Design magazine will receive a free copy of the current Family issue. I only have one free copy to send out, so don't delay.

Monday, December 2, 2019

December news

If you missed our newsletter, here is a link. Note: it's quite international this time...showcasing our inventory from around the world.

New Christmas Embroidery Designs

Last year we showed you Mary Corbet's Christmas Tree embroidery designs. They were my favorite designs for last year. Well, this year, Mary has Snowflake designs for you to hand embroider. Check them out here.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ottobre Family

Ottobre Design's Family issue has arrived! Photos show the front and back covers. This issue is full of designs for men and women. Here is a short video showing you ALL the designs in this issue. Note that all the patterns are included in the magazine. If you'd like a copy, just let us know and we'll send it out right away.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Locked out

Somehow I got locked out of this blog and couldn't post for quite a while, but I'm back and will try to keep it updated much more frequently. As for our news.... We sent our November newsletter out on the first with info about Christmas embroidery kits, Inspirations calendar, Ottobre Design, as well as, one of our newer inventory items: SnapPap and more. If you didn't get the newsletter via email and would to have a look, here it is:

Monday, July 22, 2019

Ottobre Design fall issue for children

Here is a video link to see all the designs in this newest issue from Ottobre Design: As always all patterns are included in the magazine: Magazines are here and ready to send out immediately.

Inspirations - issue #103

PRODUCT INFORMATION - INSPIRATIONS ISSUE 103 DESCRIPTION: From an Italian drawn thread technique to metal thread, from gorgeous threadpainting to stunning 3D embroidery, and for something completely different, learn how to make a selection of fascinating Italian tassels with a combination of knotted threads. PROJECTS: * Maria Katarin’s Reticule by Betsy Morgan Counted work pouch with matching scissor fob, thread winder and ruler stitched with gorgeous colours and motifs. *An Apple a Day - by Julie Kniedl Irresistible red apple in three-dimensional embroidery. *Prism - by Natalie Dupuis Sparkling brooch with a burst of coloured silks worked in Italian shading over silver passing thread. *Perfect Love - by Carolyn Pearce Stunning artist book cover featuring threadpainted tulips. *Tuscan Lace - by Maria Elide Melani Cushion cover worked with Deruta Sfilato embroidery, perfect for a contemporary setting. *Little Bird - by Chloe Redfern A delightful superb fairy wren to frame in a hoop. *Tied in Knots - by Maria Rita Faleri Highly-textured Italian tassels made with linen threads. *The Starling - by Nicola Jarvis Splendid starling from Nicola Jarvis’s Couture Birds series.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

May 'Deals'

It's almost that time again.... our monthly newsletter is coming out on the 1st of the month. We rarely have sales and 'deals', but we have been doing some spring cleaning and clearing out of excess inventory. If you'd a copy of our newsletter with all the 'deals' sent to your email inbox on Wednesday, May 1st, please let us know.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sewing and Stitchery Expo

I'm headed to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo! I had a booth there for many years, but haven't been in quite a while. This year I'll just be one of the 22,000+ attendees, but looking forward to it. If you are in the area, you might want to drop by, too. It starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Who knows.... maybe I'll see you there.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Inspirations #101

Inspirations magazine newest publication is now available on our website:

Ottobre Woman

Here is a look at all the designs you will find in the new Ottobre Woman magazine. It will be available for sale on our website this Friday.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

New Books from Inspirations

Inspirations magazines has two new books. 'Botanica' and 'More Beautiful Embroidered Blankets' We are stocking them and will be ready to send them out Monday. They are on our website:

Monday, February 4, 2019

February already

I've certainly been remiss about keeping this blog updated.... I'll try to do better in this new year. Our February newsletter was sent out to subscribers on the 1st. Here is a link if you'd like to see it, but take note that the felt pieces and 'La Serenissima' kit mentioned in the newsletter are already sold out.

Saturday, November 3, 2018


Lots going on in November. Our newest newsletter was just sent out and the new Ottobre Family issue will be available on our website this time next week. More info about it is in our newsletter available here: