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In Which the Changes Begin

Happy Saturday! Today I’m rolling out the first of several changes – Thread Club. I’ve received lots of feedback regarding the Handspun Thread Sampler of the Month, and the biggest compliant was that, while everyone loves the threads, 12 skeins is a lot to commit to each month. So, I’ve decided to go back to basics. The new and improved Thread Club retains the essence of the Sampler – 2 exclusive handspun threads each month, available in 3 skein sizes. I’ve also got some great plans for “extra fun” for subscribers in the coming months that I can’t reveal quite yet – can’t ruin all my suprises at once, can I??)

I hope you will check out Thread Club, and remember: The First Rule of Thread Club is Tell Everyone About Thread Club!

Just a short note to say that both my Artfire and Zibbet shops will be on hiatus for next week or two while I retool. I think you will really like what I have in store for you 🙂

Have you heard of The Little Black Box? It’s a monthly handmade craft sampler package that I am happy to contribute to. Milly does a fabulous job supporting handmade craftspeople (like myself 🙂 ). This month, I’m sending in samples of my newest Chromatic Thread, #004.

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After all the crazy wind and snow and rain we’ve had this winter, I thought it was time for a little spring-y green. This thread is a blend of multiple wools (merino, targhee), alpaca, silk noil and flax. Give it a try in your Spring-time projects!

First off – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Silk Heart

Whether or not you have someone special to celebrate with this year, make sure you do something awesome for yourself today – take a hot bubble bath, go out and have a nice meal, stock up on craft supplies – whatever floats your boat!

Speaking of doing something awesome, I have a new friend to introduce you to:

Silk For Your Needle Test Thread

Silk! I ordered silk hankies from Spunky Eclectic (one of my favorite fiber suppliers) early last week, and when they arrived, I couldn’t wait to start spinning – in honor of Valentine’s Day, I grabbed a pink, purple and silver one. After spinning and plying, I ended up the fabulous 3-ply thread above. I try to not make a habit of gushing about things, but I LOVE THIS THREAD! Since I decided on a 3-ply, it’s round, rather than flat like a 2-ply thread, and the little noil bumps give it so much texture and life!

Even though this is a 3-ply thread, it’s much thinner than my other threads. It looks wonderful 1 over 2 on 40 count fabric (see my cute little Valentine heart), and also looked great when I spot-tested 1 over 1 on 28 count linen.

Silk Heart and Thread

Since this thread was such a success, I’ve decided to introduce a new thread line, Silk For Your Needle – all spun from handpainted silk hankies. The first colorway is all spun up and resting – I hope to share it with you sometime next week. I think you will love stitching with it as much as I do – it’s dreamy! 🙂

I know Valentine’s is just around the corner, but if you are anything like me, that means it’s time to start thinking about your St. Patrick’s Day crafts! I created a collection on Artfire that I hope will help you with your thread selection 🙂

So what are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day crafts? Doing them, not doing them? Leave a comment and let us know!

Square 002 is done! What have I learned? I do not like stitching with off-white thread on flax-colored linen! But, I think the end result is worth it:

Square 002 - Snow Drift

Square 002 - Snow Drift

Square Details:

  • Fabric: 28 count linen in Flax
  • Threads: Snow Drift for the square’s interior, DMC 3033 Perle 8 thread for the outline
  • Chart: Square 3B on first page of Red Threads by Rosewood Manor

Snow Drift has quite a bit of mohair in it, making it a stiffer thread than I’m used to – I like the result!

After the off-white on flax action, however, I decided I deserved a treat, so I skipped ahead to a February Sampler Exclusive thread for block 003. Here’s a Sneak Peek:

Square 003 Sneak Peek: Wine Dahlia

Square 003 Sneak Peek: Wine Dahlia

Don’t forget to check out the whole project at the 2011 Handspun Thread Sampler Project page!

I think I should not look at recipes this close to dinner time – it looks so yummy!

sprouts salad Look, I made green things! Now, don’t be alarmed. Although this seems wildly out of character, this salad is in fact a perfect match for me because of two important characteristics: firstly, it is delicious; and secondly, it is highly fattening. I went to a potluck recently where I was specifically requested to bring a salad-y thing, in an effort to avoid those standard potluck situations where everyone brings cookies and no one brings vegetables … Read More

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