In spite of the cold weather and the 5 inches of snow we got at home last week, my poor jonquils were sticking their blooms above the snow. Although I resisted, I was tempted to pick the little fellows and bring them into the warm house….Pretty silly I know, but it sure made me ready for spring.
We have another packed issue for your reading pleasure. First of all, many of you have for years enjoyed the beautiful embroidery that the Australians produce. They are a very creative and talented nation of sewers. Bear Threads, Ltd. has had a distributor ‘down under’ for nearly 30 years, the last 22 of which has been owned by Meg and Alan Linklater. Their company is called Cotton On Creations, and you have undoubtedly seen their ads in the Australian needlework publications. They are sharing their story with our readers this month and I am sure you will find their approach to ‘heirloom sewing’ interesting and unique.
As an aside, you may have noticed over the years that in their magazines, they use a lot more Swiss Voile where we generally prefer Swiss batiste. Our Swiss Voile is their preferred fabric due to it’s’ tendency not to wrinkle as much as batiste. They claim their children are more active than ours – I don’t know about that!!!!!
I am also introducing you to a technique called trapunto which is used quilting, embroidery and especially the gorgeous French ribbons. I hope you enjoy learning about a method of embellishment that is perhaps new to you.
Our liquidation sale continues and you should be receiving the E-blasts every few weeks as new items are added or further reduced. IF you are not receiving the sales E-blasts (3 have been sent to date), we do not have your e-mail address. Please contact us to be added to the list and, as well, we can forward the 3 past mailings to you. Check your stock and stashes carefully so you are not disappointed! We continue to look for a buyer so that these embroidery designs and beautiful fabrics may continue.
Dreaming of spring, and Happy Stitching….