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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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Happy Sunday! This past week saw three new colorways make their way into the shops. First up is the new Blissful Threads stock colorway in my Artfire studio, Rom:

Rom Blissful ThreadsI love the jewel tones in this one!

Next up is the first new  limited edition Painted Threads in my Zibbet shop, Lakeside:

Lakeside Painted ThreadsI think this one would be fabulous in a “monochrome” chart, especially an autumn-themed chart!

And, lastly, we have my new Lotus Threads limited edition, Lucinda:

Lucinda Lotus ThreadsThe blend of soft merino, silk, sparkle and sari silk in this one is my kryptonite – I do love me some sparkle!

That’s it for this week – I hope love these threads as much as I do. Happy Stitching everyone! 🙂

In Which an Ego is Boosted

It’s always nice to be included in an Artfire collection, but when that collection makes its way to the front page, it’s extra special! Freshwater Pearls was featured in the “Cloudy Day Collection“, which is now on the Front Page 🙂

The speaker in this video is a designer, but as I watched the whole thing, I couldn’t help but be inspired for my own life and business. I hope you find it inspiring as well!