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Meet the Crew – Picked Just for You!

 

Today, I’m going to take some time out from regular blog articles, tutorials, and stitchy talk to introduce you to a very special crew of needlework-related businesses – the advertisers here on Needle ‘n Thread.

The businesses that you see speckling my website are truly “hand picked,” specially selected because they fit. So while the advertisers on Needle ‘n Thread do me a service by off-setting some of the cost of running Needle ‘n Thread, they are also here to serve you – to give you top-notch resources for your hand embroidery and needlework needs.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about their businesses, and what they offer for the needleworker.

Crewelwork Company

The Crewelwork Company

The most recent advertising spot on Needle ‘n Thread is held by Phillipa Turnbull’s Crewelwork Company. The Crewelwork Company, located in England, offers traditional, historical crewel work and needlepoint kits for the discerning needleworker.

Phillipa’s crewel work projects are gorgeous and they are based on her research and explorations of old homes and castles throughout Britain.

If you want to experience real crewel work, this is the place to go! She offers three levels of kits, from Beginner to Advanced. Her instructions are clear and concise, and easy to follow.

Phillipa stocks linen twill as well, which is the traditional fabric for crewel work – and which is hard to come by!

And finally, The Crewelwork Company also offers workshops and retreats. Lady Anne’s Needlework English Retreat and Scottish Tour last year was, by all accounts, highly successful and a dream vacation for those who attended!

Country Bumpkin

Country Bumpkin

Country Bumpkin is one of the world’s foremost embroidery publishers. They produce and distribute exceptional embroidery and needlework books, among them their famous A-Z series, a collection of books that cover specific techniques with clear step-by-step instructions and all the information you need to know to take up the technique for the first time, or to perfect your skills.

Country Bumpkin also publishes Inspirations Magazine. Inspirations has been around since the early 1990’s, and receiving each issue is like receiving a whole book full of beautiful embroidery projects. It’s a lovely magazine!

Recently, CB has gone digital with Inspirations. If you’re an iPad, Android, or tablet user, check out their digital subscription! It’s an affordable way to receive each issue of the magazine. You’ll find my review of the digital version of Inspirations here.

Country Bumpkin is more than a publisher, though. They’re a needlework shop in South Australia, too, and they offer kits and supplies on their website. They also host needlework workshops and stitch-related gatherings in the Adelaide area on a regular basis and they branch out and go abroad now and then. Every other year, they host Beating Around the Bush, a week-long needlework gathering that features instructors from all over the world, and draws stitchers from all over the world. The next one is in 2014. The best way to keep updated on Country Bumpkin’s needlework happenings is to sign up for their newsletter in the link in the header of their webpage.

Wooly Thread

Wooly Thread

Tucked right up there in the left corner of the website, you’ll see a darling little ad for Wooly Thread. Wooly Thread is a shop devoted primarily to … wool (if you didn’t guess)! They offer much for the hand embroiderer!

Speaking of the A-Z books by Country Bumpkin, Wooly Thread carries one of the most complete selections of Country Bumpkin’s books in the US, including my favorite, A-Z of Goldwork. The A-Z books can be somewhat difficult to come by in the States, so it’s great to have a source for them!

In addition to good books, Wooly Thread also carries wool embroidery threads, including Appleton and Kacoonda Mohair.

Finally, Wooly Thread is my go-to source for wool felt for hand embroidery. They carry a nice selection of high quality wool felt that can be purchased by the piece or by the yard. It’s wonderful stuff!

Koala Conventions

Koala Conventions

Moving over the right column of the site, you’ll find Koala Conventions at the top of the column. Koala Conventions is an Australian-based company whose main focus is organizing amazing needlework conventions. These are dreamy needlework workshops (actually, I’d call them a cross between a vacation, a party, and a workshop!) that include an incredible line-up of embroidery teachers from around the world. They take place in exceptional facilities, and by all accounts, they are just fun, fun, fun.

This year, you’ll find Koala Conventions offering workshops in New Zealand and in Brisbane, as well as a few specialty events in Hobart, Victoria, and New South Wales. You can check out their website for details – the workshops look fantastic!

In 2014, Koala Conventions is hoping to come to the US to offer a few of their famous conventions, so keep your fingers crossed on that!

Koala Conventions also runs a needlework shop called Australian Needle Arts, where you’ll find some popular kits available, including Hazel Blomkamp’s gorgeous kits from her book Crewel Twists.

The French Needle

The French Needle

The French Needle is a needlework shop that specializes in all things French for needlework.

From hand embroidery kits featuring sections of the Bayeux Tapestry, to counted cross stitch designs by popular French design houses, to French needlework books, to unbelievably gorgeous hand-crafted French scissors – you’ll find them all here!

The French Needle also carries threads for embroidery, including Laine St. Pierre wool blend threads and (newly added) Japanese Sashiko threads.

There are heaps of little treasures at The French Needle – it’s a fun just to browse through the site!

Hedgehog Handworks

Hedgehog Handworks

Finally, at the end of each article, you’ll find Hedgehog Handworks.

Hedgehog Handworks is a needlework shop located in southern California. Hedgehog is My Dream Shop. I love this place! Why? Because they stock – unbelievably all in one place! – all of my favorites, from embroidery linens, to silk threads, to cotton threads, to goldwork threads… All the threads and fibers I like best are there. Waiting. Beckoning.

Hedgeghog carries the full range of Au Ver a Soie silk threads. They also carry these fantastic silk collections, which feature different types of silk threads and metallics collected together by color – a great way to test out various silks.

They also offer an excellent range of cotton fine embroidery threads, from floche, coton a broder in whites and colors, Danish flower thread, and Mountmellick Embroidery threads in three weights.

Finally, you’ll find tools and accessories available there, including Hardwicke Manor hoops, which are the best wooden embroidery hoops on the market.

Advertising with Needle ‘n Thread

If you’re a needlework shop owner, needlework books publisher or author, or you offer services in hand embroidery, needlework, or related textiles, and you’re interested in advertising on Needle ‘n Thread, drop me a line. While I don’t have any space available right now on Needle ‘n Thread, I do keep a waiting list. If you want to be on it, let me know! Be sure to include a thorough description of your business and a link to your work or website.

On Stitchin’ Fingers, there are a couple sponsor spaces available for needlework and textile-related businesses. Stitchin’ Fingers offers a very affordable advertising platform for reaching an audience of over 6,000 needlework and textile enthusiasts. It’s an ideal spot especially for Etsy shops, newly-started businesses, and the like. If you’re interested in space there, drop me a line.

To one and all, thank you for supporting small needlework businesses!

Hedgehog Handworks Needlework Supplies

 
 

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  1. Dear Mary

    Thanks so much for your article on all the different needlework related companies. Because of your site I’ve used and enjoyed most of the companies you write about and I have not been disappointed with their products, so thanks for introducing them to me and us here at Needle ‘n Thread without which I would have found it difficult to obtain the relevant materials needed for my needlework projects. So thanks!!!

    Regards Anita Simmance

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  2. Thank you for the links! I have ordered from a few of these companies after seeing them featured here. Your knowledge and experience gives credence to your recommendations that we all appreciate.
    Deb

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  3. Mary, thank you for this interesting and informative look “behind the scenes.” I have always loved–and utilized–your sponsors. Now even more.
    Warmly, Linda

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  4. G’day Mary, I love advertisements. Besides bringing the shop to the us, they’re a great learning tool for me. I’ve learnt heaps from reading ads as well as follow up visits online. And of course there’s always the main attraction of finding what you need, and what you simply just want, as well as what you didn’t know you always needed. And then there’s being made aware of new products too. Like they say, with the internet you can overspend without even leaving home! But don’t we all love getting parcels in the mail, especially if they’re needlework related ones. Yes, I’ve purchased online from some advertisers here. Have gotten quite used to shopping internationally, especially from the USA.
    We mustn’t overlook the value of our local needlework shopfront businesses though, if we’re lucky enough to have one nearby.
    Cheers, Kath.

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  5. I always enjoy seeing a few advertisers on your blog. It is so nice just to click on an add and see what they have to offer and tuck the information back in memory when you are looking for a particular thread of pattern.

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  6. Hi! I must comment on the Inspirations magazine. A little over a year ago, I was a default winner of a free year subscription to Inspirations from Mary’s giveaway. When I received the first magazine, I was simply amazed – blinded by the beauty! It’s printed on quality heavy paper, beautifully illustrated and gave me alot of ideas for needlework. My imagination was flooded with projects I hadn’t even considered doing beforehand. They’re very informative about every project they present in their pages. The blueprints/instructions are in the back of the magazine on lift out pages, which gives them the ability to list all the info, patterns and details of the project.

    Thank you so much, Mary and Inspirations magazine. Your publication is so rightly named!

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  7. Thanks to Needle ‘n Thread for making it easy for me to place my first-ever embroidery supplies orders – with both Wooly Thread and Hedgehog last week. Since I am new to embroidery and crewel work, I was unsure about some things and Joady at Hedgehog was super helpful in answering my questions. I also got quick confirmation for my orders from both places! Thanks again.

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  8. Recently I subscribed to the online version of Inspirations Magazine. I receive my copy on my PC, and the photographs and instructions are very sharp and clear, even when magnified so I can take a closer look at details. I highly recommend the online version of this magazine.

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  9. Dear Mary,
    Oh they all sound so wonderful and I can’t wait to try one of those Crewel Embroidery kits. I’ve been dying to try it, and I just love Japanese silk thread *sigh*….now I know where to look, lol. Thanks a bunch keep up the good work.

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