A good show and a disappointment

I had hoped to have some photographs of the show at Farnham Maltings, but as it happened it was just too busy and I didn’t even take one! I did find that someone had snapped this, though, including one of our younger visitors in the background.


II really enjoyed the show – lots of lovely people, lots of interest, and a chance to meet up with friends – both old and new. I didn’t get much chance to look around, but did chat briefly with my friend Iona and also Arleen. There were other people with whom I wanted to catch up, but that will have to wait.

Apart from the fact that the show was only 6 miles away, (we can no longer stay away from home) the best bit was the’interest’. Everyone wanted to know more about everything! It was full of positive vibes, and as far as I know a good time was had by all. The Maltings is an excellent venue, especially as they are used to dealing with ‘arty’ types, and to managing a large number of people, so everything was dealt with efficiently and quickly. There was even a ‘tea trolley’ that visited the halls so that thirsty and dehydrated stand holders could refresh themselves. One of the best things about a show is the interaction with the customers. I’m always interested to hear how something has been used, and we have a lot of repeat custom – with people wanting to show and tell us about their creations.

We were in a smallish gallery with four other shops. One had some lovely clothes, another was selling buttons and jewellery made with interesting combinations of the same. There was some vintage haberdashery too, and a ‘booth’ selling bags and bits staffed by a lovely little girl whose name I never knew.

And that brings me right to my disappointment…….

I had been under the impression that the goods being sold at the show were British made. Please note the word ‘impression’! No-one had actually said that to me – but I also think that several other people thought the same. I only bought one item, from this shop (and this link will show you the pattern I had chosen, too). I didn’t have time for anything else, and that one item was intended as a gift, although, once I saw it I realised that I could make a very good use of it too. I only gave it a cursory look over – in fact I discovered that it could be even more useful when I investigated it this morning – and that was my ‘downfall’, I suppose. I picked it up and paid for it in haste – I was working, after all.

However, when I studied it this morning I actually found that it is quite shodily made. There are unsightly joins in the stitching and in truth it might look pretty from the outside but it doesn’t warrant the price paid for it. I also discovered late on that the stand was manned by paid helpers – the ‘designer‘ didn’t put in much of an appearance at all, and maybe it was fear of full inspection of the goods without supervision, or lack of trust in the employed persons, that caused the stand to be emptied (early) overnight from Friday to Saturday. Oh yes! And the best bit is still to come. There – emblazoned on the tag, ‘Made in China’!

It obviously slipped past quality control…….

Well, more than a lesson learned! I won’t be giving it as a gift, and I probably won’t use it. It will, however, be used as a sample in one of my new talks! It will be worth its weight in gold………

Will you be there? A reminder

Added in large size so that you can see all the information!

thread 2014 flyer

Hope to see some of you here tomorrow and Saturday. NOTE THE TIMES! They may not quite be what you expect.

We will be there and hopefully set up and ready in time…… and I’ll be demonstrating. No idea what, although I have several ideas.  …….. Is there anything specific that you would like to see? There might still be time to arrange one to order, but you will need to be quick with your request!

See you soon

A bit of this…. and a bit of that.

The offers mentioned in the following post are no longer available.


So, are you coming to Canford? Do you know about Canford? If you are in the south of England it’s a show that’s worth visiting for supplies and more.  Details are in the Flyer below. If you can’t get there, though, don’t go away. Read on – it will be worth your while.

Canford Needlework Festival Flyer

I’ve spent the last few days packaging bits of this and that for the show – and for the Maltings show which is the following weekend. We will have a few special reduced prices etc on the stand at Canford, but I suddenly thought of all those that are too far to come along! I thought it was about time I did a special offer for you too, so here are a few things to chew over.

Firstly, our hand dyed viscose. You hardly need any to create a lovely effect. Sandwich it between two chiffon scarves as a surface for hand or machine stitching – add delicate slithers into embellished surfaces, use it for Nuvo Felt (my favourite use, but not the only way I use it by any means). You can also use it with a matte or other medium to make a ‘paper’ similar to silk paper – and that makes a really sumptuous surface for stitching. Why not incorporate some threads or clippings of fabric at the same time – sheer luxury. You will find the offer here.

Secondly I have put together a bundle of our hand dyed Silk Carrier Rods. Of course you could use them with the viscose – or dampen them to make a silky paper, make beads, 3d surfaces, etc. Break them down into finer layers or use them as the are….. the choice is yours. The offer is in the same place.

Silk Carrier Rods
Silk Carrier Rods

Thirdly, our very popular fine scrim is packaged in two ways.Five pieces of co-ordinating colours are included in each pack. It is really fine – and ideal for layering, or adding texture to surfaces. I love to use it on the embellisher – it makes a very interesting fabric when embellished with the viscose – the matte and shiny finishes contrast well, and stitching with appropriate threads just makes the surface even better. Take a look here for more information. The following picture was taken before packaging – it looks even better when that is done

Fine Scrim
Fine Scrim

(We also sell it in larger pieces – but this isn’t on offer today. If you are interested either comment below or send me a message)

Lastly, I thought that maybe you would prefer a mixed pack, so there is also a Value Bundle! A little bit of this…… and a little bit of that! Something of all of the above – and a little extra surprise, too. No photograph, though, because that would spoil the surprise…. Take a look here for more details.

There is also a comment about postage on the linked page. You will only pay one lot of postage if you buy more than one pack – I can easily arrange that via an invoice.

REMEMBER – these offers WON’T be at Canford – and they are only available here until tomorrow (Thursday) evening. That will give us time to take them out of stock before I go for the day.

I’ll be demonstrating at some point – and may have some other information for you too, so do come and see us on the Winifred Cottage Stand. It will be worth the visit. And who knows what we might be offering on Sunday……..?

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