Subtle Neutrals and more

Introducing new colours in my favourite machine thread!

If you have spoken to me about machine embroidery threads at a show, or been to one of my machine embroidery workshops, you will know that my favourite thread is Polyneon by Madeira. It has a strength and sheen that makes it perfect for all techniques, and is especially good for beginners. This week we received our first delivery of a new range of multicolours. Pictured above you will see that they are all beautiful combinations and I can already see many uses for them in my own work. One of the best things about this thread is that it is also ideal for DECORATIVE SEAMS. In other words – it is strong enough to hold a garment together AND to decorate it too, so once again it will be perfect for a project that I have in mind. They were viewed by the public this week for the first time, and the concensus of opinion was that they are BEAUTIFUL! The photographs don’t fully show the subtelties of the colourways – but if you click them you will start a slideshow that will better illustrate the variation.

I have photographed them in no particular order, but the colour numbers are underneath. They retail at £5.50 each for 1000m.

Next weekend, 28th, 29th and 30th of March, will be the third Be Creative Weekend. Initial details are here, and if you subscribe to that blog you will receive each prompt as it is published. The community on Facebook has grown and we have seen some lovely creations both as a result of the prompts (which are optional) and also of ongoing work. The emphasis is on doing SOMETHING each day. On many days I can manage no more than 15 minutes – but it is surprising what you can achieve if you just get on with it. No excuses – just DO IT!

Finally, the next online workshop is due to begin on 1st April. Details are here, but I can assure you that it will cover far more than just the basics outlined in the description. It even contains more than I have been able to share over a week’s residential course, so as you can see, £75 is actually very good value.

Special Offer



Offer valid until midnight on Sunday 16th March

2 packs of our delicious fine scrim for £6.00 including UK postage. You can have as many multiples as you like. Give me an idea of the types of colour you would like – no guarantees that they are still available when you order, but at the moment I have many combinations available. Below are some pictures of both packaged and unpackaged to give you an idea. Packs contain the same overall quantity but are either in one piece or 5 smaller.

The packets show some reflection, sorry, it’s the best I can do.

Still time to sign up for the Paper Fun online Workshop. Amongst other things I will be sharing my ‘Non-Gelli’ Printing technique – no gelli plate needed and effects that you just can’t get with one of those. I know – I’ve tried! Ridiculously simple, and you’ve probably already got most of what you need……… The workshops start on 1st April.

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