Thursday, December 9, 2021

Don't Forget the Stocking Stuffers!

Last week, we wrote about some "big wish" suggestions, but those small things have their place on any wish list, as well! Here are a few things you might want on your lists this holiday season—we have stocking stuffers or the stockings for you to create. And don't forget to decorate!

Stocking Stuffers—A few of our favorite Tools of the Trade

One of our favorite tools, these Martelli tweezers are sharp and easy to use. Perfect for working with wired ribbon, unpicking threads, couching, or picking up beads. They are always in our sewing bags. They come in two styles: ERGO and Pin Point.

Milliners needles have a small eye so that the shaft of the needle is the same from the eye to where the point tapers. This makes it a perfect and necessary needle for making successful wrapped stitches—such as knots, bullions, cast-on stitches, or drizzle stitches. We offer larger sizes, so that you can use them for larger threads and many wraps. The smaller needles (10 & 11) are perfect for hand appliqué. We have six sizes: #1, #3, #5, variety (#3/9), #10, and #11.

Chenille needles have a large, flat eye with a thick shaft, making them perfect for heavier threads or ribbon embroidery. They are easy to thread and prepare a hole thick enough to prepare the background fabric for the thicker threads. Chenille needles are available in sizes 18, 22, 24, and 26.

Note: The smaller the number, the larger the needle.

This handy resource is perfect for carrying in your sewing kit. With visual diagrams for many stitches, you will never need to worry about forgetting how to start or make a stitch. The Embroidery Pocket Guide is accordian-folded and laminated, and at 8.5"x4.5", it is easy to carry with your sewing gear. Tips for needle and thread compatibility and more are included! 

We love these charming needle threaders by Puffin and Company! They are not only durable but pretty as well! We have several choices of designs, but  quantities are limited. These  threaders work well with chenille and some embroidery needles. They are perfect for pulling multiple strands or heavy threads through the eye of your needle. And they are magnetic, so you can keep it right on your scissors. 

These tiny micro-threaders work with most needles up to a size 10 milliners. They are perfect for those stitches requiring a lot of rethreading, like drizzle or cast-on stitches. Unfortunately, the heart is sold out of both sizes. 

We are thrilled to be partnering with The Velvet Hook to share a new fiber we have been enjoying—hand-dyed stretch velvet. This material adds dimension to our appliqué in a whole new way, offering a richness to the color, texture and sheen of the piece. Because of the stretch in the fabric, a little goes a long way, and it doesn't fray or unravel as you are stitching. It is perfect for flower centers, pussy willows, moss, caterpillars, or whatever your imagination comes up with. We have four color offerings of Velvet Varietals from which to choose, each with five 6"x6" pieces of velvet for you to work with in your designs. Each piece is hand-dyed and unique.

Stockings—A few patterns in case you want to make your own stockings, either as gifts or for yourself, to be filled by your "Santa."

We have patterns for the Christmas Cottage Stocking and the Cardinal Stocking.

We have patterns as well as complete kits for our Floral Christmas Stoking and the Poinsettia Stocking, both including everything you need to create the project except the lining fabric. The Poinsettia comes with a bonus pattern as well!

Deck the Halls—We have a few ornament patterns for you, as well as some winter-themed projects that you might want to check out.

Fairy Tale Ornaments
Christmas Potstickers

Crazy Mittens
Gift Card Mitten—bonus
pattern in Poinsettia
Stocking kit

You can easily access each of the items above by going to our web store: Most of the items pictured above will be found under the Tools of the Trade or Christmas tabs, but take a look beyond. You might see some thread or ribbon collections and a pattern or kit that you want to tell Santa about.

Happy Holidays!

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