Access Commodities has announced two enticing new needlework goodies that I thought I’d point out to you. One is especially suited to fans of historical needlework and the other is perfect for those of us who like pretty accessories!
First up, if you’ve been a follower of the Plimoth Plantation Jacket project which was unveiled last week, you may be particularly inclined towards this beautiful set of threads now available. It’s a Plimoth Plantation Thread Pack, and it includes the various colors of silks used on the jacket, as well as a wee jar of spangles.
You can read all about the Plimoth Plantation thread collection on the Access Commodities Blog, where you’ll also find the contact information for ordering these beautiful threads!
The other new item just out is Germaine, the third needlebook in the series of French Maid Needlebooks designed by Roberta Chase and packaged and distributed by Access Commodities. The needlebook I’m currently working on (called “Nichole”) is from this same series. These kits have some Major Points that make them desirable, in my mind: 1. The designs are charming; 2. the instructions for creating the needlebooks are wonderfully clear; 3. the supplies are The Best – fabric, threads, ribbons, needles are all top quality – the kit is complete with everything you need to make the needlebook; 4. the reproduction fabrics used as the lining and inside pocket are pretty and unique!
I’ve never actually been a ‘collector’ of series items, but I love this series of needlebooks, and I’m pretty… uh… certain at this point that I’m going to be avidly waiting for each kit. I don’t know how many are projected, but I do believe there is at least a fourth planned.
You can read about Germaine on the Access Commodities blog. If you want to order the kit, I suggest ordering through The Mad Samplar – they are apparently carrying the kit in stock, and their whole ordering process on their website is very easy. In my experience, they have have excellent customer service, too – and who knows? You might even be able to get it before Christmas, if the shipping gods are on your side!
The more I learn about Access Commodities (which is a company not directly accessible to us retail shoppers, but is a wholesale distributor and manufacturer of fine needlework supplies), the more I’m impressed with what they do. The availability of some very fine needlework supplies here in the US is thanks to Access Commodities. From Au Ver a Soie products, Trebizond, Appleton wool, goldwork threads, Legacy linen, Hardwicke Manor hoops, slate frames, and so forth, we have access to them (no pun intended) because this company has a vision of supplying the best in needlework products. If you shop at your local needlework store and find that they carry Access Commodities products (such as Trebizond or Au Ver a Soie threads), and you are interested in other products (like Hardwicke Manor hoops and so forth), you can probably ask for a special order. I think it would be worth it to ask – it would benefit you, your local needlework shop, and the stitching public in general, because it would demonstrate customer interest in other fine products. I’m all for supporting the industry, especially when it means keeping quality needlework supplies available for all of us!
Ok, I’m off my soap box!
Christmas vacation officially begins for me tomorrow morning! I’m working on two Very Exciting Projects during the break, but I can’t share them with you until all the kinks are worked out and I’m positive that they will happen. But once I’m positive they’ll happen, I will be jumping up and down and shouting about them from the rooftops. (I’ll give you a hint: it’s about time – I’m going to produce something!) (I suppose that wasn’t much of a hint!) Anyway, you all will be the FIRST to know.
Besides those Big Looming Scary Projects, I’ve got a bunch of small things I must work on for sanity’s sake, plus a few tutorial ideas that I want to develop for you.
Can I have your input? I’m open to ANY ideas of things YOU want to see, that I can feasibly manage to do for you here on Needle ‘n Thread. Do you have any ideas? Any topics or techniques you’d like to see discussed? Hearing from you will help me shape content to your interests, so don’t be shy! It will also help me set a direction for 2010. I want your input! I need your input! I appreciate your input! So please – input!
Have a terrific day with your needle and thread!