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Needlework Sales & Stuff!


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Today, just a quick note to let you know about some rare needlework sales and some new kits out there on the market, before the opportunities pass!

These are bits from the small needlework businesses that advertise here on Needle ‘n Thread – supporting them helps support the website, so I like to give a little yelp now and then to bring you attention to the good stuff going on at their businesses.

All of the advertisers here on Needle ‘n Thread are small, quality, needlework-related businesses with good reputations, great products, excellent customer service – so if you haven’t had a chance to become familiar with them, please do! They’re terrific resources for the embroidery enthusiast.

Hedgehog Handworks Shipping Sale

2017 Update: Joady, the owner of Hedgehog Handworks, retired in 2017, and regrettably, the shop is no longer with us!

First up, Hedgehog Handworks is having their yearly shipping sale!

For those of you who live in the boonies (like I do!) and don’t have a local needlework shop nearby, you know what it’s like: we have to rely on the internet for supplies, and, to get them, we have to pay that shipping price tag. It’s always nice to get a break!

The way it works with Hedgehog’s shipping sale is this: free shipping for domestic orders (USA) and half price shipping for international orders. That’s a pretty good deal!

Some things you might like at Hedgehog: threads (they have the full range of floche in small put-ups that are quite affordable; they also have beautiful silks, goldwork threads, coton a broder, wools…); embroidery linen (this is my go-to place for linen – especially Alba Maxima, shadow work linen, linen cambric, and ecclesiastical linen); embroidery tools (tambour hooks, some hoops including sit-on hoops, scissors, and so forth); books, and lots, lots more!

New & Gorgeous Embroidery Kits

The French Needle is stocking some beautiful new embroidery kits!

New Kits at French Needle

The French Needle is stocking some beautiful new embroidery kits!

One of the stars among these new kits is the metalwork feather pictured above. The kit, reasonably priced at $39, contains everything you need to complete the project. I haven’t personally seen the instructions, but it is listed as suitable for all skill levels. I love it! I love the subtle shades!

There are a few Canevase Folies kits listed as well. If you’re not familiar with these pieces, they’re almost like surface embroidery samplers because they incorporate a good variety of stitches. They’re usually a botanical-related image. This Flight of the Butterflies is a new one, and a good example of the style. The kits include the specialty threads called for, but not the standard DMC floss. Also, the instructions are somewhat minimal – a good stitch dictionary (or my how-to videos) would be good to have on hand for reference.

Scandinavian Embroidery Kits on Sale

Nordic Needle has a fun sale going on, for stitchers looking for something folksy and Scandinavian to stitch.

Nordic Needle Anette Eriksson Kits on Sale

They’ve got a whole collection of Anette Eriksson kits on sale, including both (pre-stamped) embroidery kits and cross stitch kits. The kits make up into really cute cushions with a Scandinavian flare. I think they’re adorable! I’ve not tried them myself, but they look like a lot of fun! I think they’re the kind of kits that, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

You can find the Anette Eriksson kits that are on sale here.

They also have a really pretty canvaswork project in “club” form starting up this fall. Cheery design with nice colors! It looks like a fun way to get into canvaswork!

And that, my friends, is your Monday list of Exciting Sales and Stuff!

I know, I know. It’s temptation. But for those of you looking for stuff to stitch, it’s always good to know what’s out there – and it’s even better to know when things are on sale!

Have a terrific Monday!


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  1. I will put in my 2 cents on Hedgehog Handworks. I have ordered from there 3 times this year and each time has been a good experience.
    Joady has a fan out there.

  2. Hi Mary!

    I’ve been kind of busy the last few days, but I wanted to post a thank you for the dragon kit you reviewed! As soon as things stop breaking around my house (it’s been one of those weeks – fixable, but expensive…), I’m going to look into buying one of these kits. It’s gorgeous, and will help me get a lot of practice on newer-to-me stitches. I may change the colorways, though, since I appear to be on a ‘purple and pink’ kick right now…

    Thanks again!


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