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Attention Needle ‘n Thread Subscribers – and Everyone Else, too!


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This is particularly addressed to those of you who subscribe to Needle ‘n Thread’s daily newsletter, which allows you to get my posts in your e-mail on the day after they are posted. Of course, all of you are welcome to read and comment on the topic!

I’m considering changing services for the delivery of my daily newsletter, to a paid service, in order to better ensure reliable delivery and to give the option of sending out special newsletters to subscribers – advanced notice of give-aways and contests, occasional special lessons, etc. This would give me a bit more control over subscriptions and would hopefully eliminate some of the glitches I (and probably you) have experienced with the current e-mail subscriptions.

This in no way changes your privacy or anything in that regard. Your e-mails are solely used for my newsletter and nothing else, and I guard that trust very carefully! Also, never fear! I would not be flooding your inbox with ridiculous amounts of embroidery-related mail… but occasionally, I would like to be able to send special news to my subscribers, or to give you the opportunity to receive special newsletters on specific topics.

If I go this route, it will require a little behind-the-scenes work on my part (and hopefully with the help of my dear darling brother, the Knower of All Things Internetish), and it may involve a few glitches at first, but overall, I think it will be a smooth transition. I’ll certainly be going with the best provider of this service, so, with their support, my brother’s help, and your patience, it would not be too traumatic a transition!

Before firmly investing in this, though, I’d like your feedback! What do you like about the e-mail newsletter? What would you like to see different about it? If you have any ideas, input, or suggestions, will you please share them with me?

I’m eager to make your experience with Needle ‘n Thread as pleasant, trouble-free, informative, entertaining, and (when possible!) inspirational as I can. I can do this best if I receive feedback from you, with your impressions or suggestions. So – comment away! I’m all ears! (Alternately, you can send me an e-mail via my contact form, if you would rather.)

Thanks for helping me in my constant quest to improve Needle ‘n Thread!


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  1. I love your blog, Mary, and have been reading it daily (through Google Reader) for quite a while now. I didn't realize that you had a newsletter that was different/had more. I am running to subscribe now. Sorry I cannot give you the feedback that you need, though. I guess you should do whatever it takes to keep things moving as smoothly as possible for yourself. To give you more time for stitching! Good luck.

  2. Personally, I have not a single problem with receiving your emails. Everything seems to work properly, and I just love getting them. It's always such a pleasure to read them first thing in the morning. You have a genius for including just what I enjoy reading (especially your recent critiques of retail stores on your trip. I will never go to some of these stores, but how often can one find such honesty?) So, maybe I'm not much help in your decision, but just wanted you to know that You are perfect the way you are!
    Carol Ryan

  3. Hi, Carol & Debbie!

    Thanks for your comments – glad to hear the e-mail hasn't been a problem, Carol!

    Whhooops, Debbie – sorry to give a false impression – Right Now, my newsletter is simply the daily blog post. Should I change to a different newsletter service, I would have the opportunity to include extras (I don't have that option right now…)

    Thanks again for your feedback!


  4. je n'ai jamais eu de problème pour recevoir la newsletter et quoiqu'il arrive, je continuerai d'en apprécier la valeur
    Merci de nous faire partager toutes ces belles techniques et ces magnifiques réalisation !
    je reste fidèle !

  5. I enjoy reading your blog and follow it through bloglines. I'm sad to say I wouldn't pay for a subscription though because money is tight for us

  6. Hi Mary,
    I have to agree, I love your emails just the way they are! Its so nice not to have annoying pop-ups and advertising and I can just sit down and enjoy YOU! I have no problems using the links you provide which is awesome! Whatever you decide to do is fine with me as long as I keep getting your mail!

  7. I have not experienced any glitches in recieving your posts…I love it, it`s my morning read with coffee. I would love a newsletter format…how could I say 'no' to more wonderful needlework content? It`s a great idea!

  8. I have not experienced any glitches in recieving your posts…I love it, it`s my morning read with coffee. I would love a newsletter format…how could I say 'no' to more wonderful needlework content? It`s a great idea!

  9. Hi Mary

    I love your blog and get thru my email. I've had not trouble at all with anything. You are the only blog I read daily and I thoroughly enjoy everything you write. Your projects are wonderful.

    I look forward to participating in your SAL, if you still plan to do that.

    Whatever you decide is fine with me. Whatever makes things easier for you is what you should go with. I just hope it won't cost you a lot of money to switch.

    Shari M in Canada

  10. Mary,

    I go to your blog everyday and I go back to ones I missed if I happen to miss a day. Right now I am making it through the videos. I would sign up fo rht enewsletter if there were extras or if there was maybe different content now and then. Kind of like a members only thing.

    Thanks for asking us.

  11. Mary,
    I have no problem receiving your e-mails and really enjoy reading them. Do whatever changes you see fit and just want to say that I really appreciate the time and effort you put in the blog.

  12. I love the emails just as they are and yet to have any problems…what kind of glitches are you having?

    Annie in Michigan

  13. It has been a wonderful experience as the first mail that i read every morning is from you.
    Though i have not had any problems in receiving emails personally, I do agree that you should do what suits you the best.
    I would like to know what is the amount that you will be charging as it would be including the conversion rate for me. That would decide whether it would be affordable to subscribe or not.

  14. Hi Mary
    I love getting your email every morning, the only thing I would wish for since I save some of your emails, especially if they contain a form of needlework that I am unfamiliar with. I would like the subject heading to read, ie Biscornu, rather than Needle n Thread, since my PC won't let me change the heading.

    I fully agree with the sentiments that your other subscribers have mentioned.

    Keep up the fantastic work.

  15. Hi Mary, I don't have any problems receiving or being able to read your daily blog posts that come into my email box. Sometimes I read them in my email browser and sometimes I click onto the topic and come into the website itself to see what else is going on, or to see other people's comments, it all depends on how much time I have.

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