April 2017

WeeksApril2017 Weeks Dyeworks has four new colors of overdyed cotton floss:
1265 Garrison Green
1228A Cinnamon Twist
2108A Shepherd's Blue
2204A Paris Green
GAST2017 Gentle Art has three new floss colors:
0980 Lagoon
7101 Sage
7102 Misty Harbor

January - March 2017

Gentle Art has three new colors of overdyed cotton floss

Lagoon 0980
Sage 7101
Misty Harbor 7102

Brown Paper Packages has four new colors of Silk & Ivory:
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  • 241 Maize
  • 242 Lavender
  • 243 Clematis
  • 244 Morning Glory

Threadworx has introduced six new colors of cotton floss:

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    10020 Thistle Mauve
    10422 Rustic Red
    10490 English Ivy
    10602 Wintergreen
    10770 Nutmeg
    10961 Rosy Pink

Trebizond twisted silk comes in eight new colors:

TRA3961and3963 3961 Mamie's Pink, 3963 Pink Party Dress
TRA420142034205 4201 Peignoir Pink, 4203 Bubble Gum, 4205 Showgirl
TRA736173637367 7361 Chartreuse Liqueur, 7363 Lichen Green, 7367 Forest Floor

The Caron Collection has introduced 15 new colors of Watercolours, Wildflowers and Waterlilies:

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New colors as they appear in the Waterlilies line

The new colors are:

326 Rhubarb
327 Bonfire
328 Old Gold
329 Early Fall
330 Lily of the Valley
331 Summer Fields
332 Hazelnut
333 Blue Ridge Mt.
334 Powder Puff
335 Berries and Cream
336 Cool Waters
337 Saltwater Taffy
338 Waterfall
339 Zucchini
340 Brandywine

November 2016

Kreinik Manufacturing has three new colors of metallic that come in most sizes. The new colors are two whites (1232HL Lavender Pearl and 2132HL Copper Pearl) and one purple (5013 Plum Berry).

October 2016

Anchor tapestry wool (and other Anchor products in general) are going to be more difficult for us to get in the future. Recent US distribution changes mean that we are required to place vastly larger orders than in the past. This means we can't just restock a few colors at a time but must wait until we need many colors and products to place an order.

For Anchor tapestry wool in particular, another development is that a substantial number of colors are slated to be discontinued. While we will have a supply of pretty much all colors for a while, as we sell out of discontinued colors and are unable to replace them, consumers will have a dilemma. There are no suggested replacements for discontinued colors; they will just be gone.

Classic Colorworks (formerly Crescent Colors) has two new colors of cotton floss: Hayride and Wagon Wheel. 5 yard skeins are $2.40 each.

September 2016

2016PrairieSchooler The designer of Prairie Schooler has released a 2016 santa chart, after previously announcing she was retiring! It is in stock and $5.00.
2016Christmas 2016 Christmas ornament issue from Just Cross Stitch is also here and costs $9.99.

We will be closed Saturday, October 1, during Issaquah Salmon Days. The city closes the street we are on that weekend and there is no access to our store by car as a result, which makes it a LITTLE difficult to do business!

LuganaGridded   25 count Lugana from Zweigart now comes in a pre-gridded version. Available in white only, every tenth thread (in both directions) is a gray color, to aid in counting when doing extremely complicated cross stitch charts. To test removal of the gray lines, I soaked a piece of this in plain water. It took some time but the lines did disappear. Removal might be even easier and more complete if washed with soap. 25 count pre-gridded Lugana is $60.00 per yard.

August 2016

Our finisher's deadline for guaranteeing items will be finished and returned before Christmas this year is mid-September. To allow for shipping time, we will need items in the store by Monday, September 12. Finishing deadlies seem to get earlier and earlier because the finishers do more and more work and this is the only way for them to manage the workload.

July 2016

Evertite has had a price increase on all of their stretcher bars by $2.00 per pair.

Gloriana Threads has increased prices on their products. 4 yard skeins of regular silk floss are now $5.60 per skein 5 yard skeins of Florimell silk floss are now $7.40 per skein. Their other products have also gone up.

June 2016

There is not a lot of news for June, but the GOOD news is that we do finally have all Needlework System 4 components back in stock.

May 2016

In THIS week's installment of do they have it, do they not (a new game show?) we now have frame clamps again from Needlework System; but now we are back to a shortage once again of lap frames. It will be mid-June at the earliest before we could have lap stands but it could take a bit longer.

It's really hard to keep on top of which needlework fabrics are current and which are discontinued, particular those made by Zweigart in Germany. In the now you see it, now you don't, now you DO category seems to be 32 count Silvery Moon Belfast linen (a light silver gray). We now have this again, but who knows for how long?

Also new from Zweigart (and probably also in the here-now-but-perhaps-not-later category) are two new colors in 40 count Newcastle linen, Rue Green and Soft Ivory.

DMCColoris DMC has 24 new colors of cotton floss called "Coloris". They are not that different in concept than the existing Color Variations floss, except that none of the Coloris colors are monochromatic variegated; all will have more than one type of color in a skein (supposedly there are 4 colors per skein but some do have fewer than four distinct colors, unless you count lighter and darker shades of a color as separate colors). In general color combinations are very different than what you typically would find in hand-dyed threads and even other non-hand-dyed "variegated" threads.

DMC Coloris cotton floss is $1.45 per 8.7 yard skein. Available colors are:

4500 Columbine Gardens 4501 Wildflowers 4502 Camellia
4503 Wisteria 4504 Hydrangea 4505 Heather
4506 Spring 4507 Bougainvillea 4508 Frosted Countryside
4509 Granite Coast 4510 Maple 4511 Indian Summer
4512 States 4513 London 4514 Venice
4515 Paris 4516 Black Forest 4517 Elves
4518 Cottage 4519 Jingle Bells 4520 Christmas Story
4521 Wide Open Spaces 4522 Canadian Night 4523 North Wind

April 2016

As of Friday, April 29 we have officially closed our toll-free telephone number, mostly because not a lot of people use it any more since their phone plans include long distance, but also because of abuse on that line by telemarketers. Our regular store phone number of (425) 391-0528 is not affected.

Needlework System 4 is still experiencing some parts shortages (this has been a problem for several weeks now). We DO finally have most items in stock except for frame clamps. The earliest we will have frame clamps is approximately May 24. As we sell so many of these products, we will probably be in the unfortunate situation again of having to backorder some Needlework System 4 orders, due to circumstances beyond our control.

March 2016

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New from Classic Colorworks are three colors of overdyed cotton floss:

    Gingerbread
    Holly Berry
    Mistletoe

GentleArtMarch2016

New from Gentle Art are three colors of overdyed cotton floss:

    196 Green with Envy
    893 French Lilac
    1192 Rag Doll

We will soon be discontinuing our toll-free telephone number. Due to the nature of people now having "free" [okay, in reality it isn't free at all but part of an overall telephone plan] long distance, so few people call the toll-free number that the monthly fees to offer it are more than the usage. Once it is terminated, I suppose people calling it may be given a "this number is disconnected" message and assume that means the business is closed, which of course it isn't, but that's not sufficient reason to keep this number active.

February 2016

MORE of those pesky price increases. In January 2016 K's Creations had price increases on some of their products. In March Rainbow Gallery thread prices will go up. In February Kreinik Manufacturing thread prices went up. Our website/in store prices have not gone up yet on most of these but as products start arriving in the store at the higher prices, this will be reflected both on our website and in the store.

Parts shortages needed to make Needlework System 4 products have existed for a few weeks now. Although parts are expected to be available soon, time needed to build products and ship them mean we will probably be unable to fill some orders immediately until some time in March. Many different products are affected by the part shortage including Q snap holders, scroll frames (all sizes), lap stands and extension pieces. If we are out of a part you would like to order, we would be glad to hold the order and fill it as soon as possible; but if you need something urgently please check with us to see if we have it in stock before you order.

Three new colors of soie d'alger silk from Au Ver a Soie are now here, colors 4933, 4934 and 4935:
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January 2016

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Threadworx has six new colors of overdyed cotton floss:

    10090 Caribbean Surf
    10140 Polar Blue Ice
    10151 Royal Blue
    10950 Coral Renaissance
    11000 Hawaiian Hot Pink
    11214 Green Iron

January 17 2016 the post office increased prices for items we send by mail. For small packages we send by first class mail in the US, the new price will start at $3.35. The good news is that the $3.35 will cover packages from 1 to 8 ounces that don't need to be insured, so it doesn't matter if your package weighs 1 ounce or 8 ounces, the shipping cost will be the same. This means a slight price increase for some packages but a decrease for others.

For INTERNATIONAL packages similar pricing increases have taken place, but unfortunately this means that the lightest-weight international packages are going up substantially. It will now be a minimum of $14.00 (could be more if the order needs to be insured) for us to send anything internationally that weighs from 1 to 8 ounces. This means that it could be to your advantage to add other items to small orders as until a package reaches a weight of 8 ounces there is no additional shipping cost (except for insurance which will be added to all but small orders).

Needlepoint Inc. will have a price increase February 1. The 5 meter skeins will be $5.00 each and 45 meter hanks (normally a special-order item) will be $30.00 each.

Kreinik Manufacturing will introduce 5 new colors in size 12 braid, with the new colors to come in other sizes soon. The new colors are (not shown in any particular order):

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Kreinik Manufacturing is also adding 5 new colors in Japan size 5 (not shown in any particular order):

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Kreinik Manufacturing will also raise prices on all their products on February 1.

Friday, January 8 we will open about two hours late (at approximately 12:00 noon).

Due to attendance at a trade show, we will be unable to fill mail/phone orders placed January 8 through 11, and have temporarily disabled online ordering during those days. The store will remain open for walk-in customers.

December 2015

As of the end of December, 2015 we can finally announce that we have EVERY single color of Paternayan persian yarn back in stock in the 8 yard skeins. It has been a difficult three years waiting for production issues to be worked out but things are much better now than in the past.

Gloriana has seven new colors of silk floss:

November 2015

Prices up, prices down...just realized that back in August the Caron Collection raised all of their thread prices. They have just now (November 14) been changed on our website. On another note, SOME of our fabric prices will be going down, but it will take a while to sort through all the changes because the fabric pricing is very complicated (and sometimes not very logical). Probably just in time for prices to go up again in 2016, just because (not because we want to, just because our suppliers decide it's time or they need to do so).

September 2015

We will be closed Saturday, October 3 because the annual Issaquah Salmon Days festival closes off downtown Issaquah and there is no access to our store.

The supply of Paternayan Persian Yarn has improved considerably in the last month or so. They aren't quite back to having everything in stock, but our number of empty Paternayan drawers has dwindled quite a bit from what it used to be.

The deadline for Christmas finishing has come and gone - yes, it was earlier than ever this year (September 15), due to the volume of finishing and impossibility of guaranteeing work would be done enough before Christmas to enjoy if it were accepted later. We may still be sending items to our finisher before now and the end of the year so it will be higher up on the priority list in the new year, but please don't beg/plead/whine/wheedle for exceptions to the cutoff date; it's not fair to those who got their work in earlier and not fair to the finishers who are under a lot of pressure to get things done. Remember, there's always next Christmas.

New from Weeks Dyeworks are 4 floss colors: Islamorda #2142, Persimmon #2230A, Sockeye #2249 and Wasabi #1120. They have also introduced 2 new colors in size 5 pearl (Bullfrog and River Rock) for use in the new Shepherd's Bush Christmas stocking.

August 2015

The 16 new Watercolours/Wildflowers/Waterlilies colors are now here. Pictured below are the Waterlilies but of course no picture on the internet can adequately picture thread colors (one more reason to shop at a brick-and-mortar store when you can...)

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The new Stardust colors are also now here:

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With the latest price increase of Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Simply Shaker Threads, the time has come for us to switch from the 10 yard to 5 yard skeins. We still have a really big inventory of the 10 yard skeins but from now on will be ordering the 5 yard skeins, unless requested by someone to get the 10 yard skeins. It will be a little confusing until all our inventory has switched over but we will have the option to divide an existing 10 yard skein into two 5-yard skeins on request (but only 1 of the 2 skeins will have the "official" manufacturer label, we will have to put our own string-tag label on the second of the 2 skeins that we make up.

New colors of linen continue to trickle in. Our latest arrival is 36 count Bark Brown Edinburgh linen (a darkish khaki brown).

July 2015

PrairieSchooler2015 The new Santa chart from Prairie Schooler is now here, but it comes with the bittersweet news that Prairie Schooler designer Pamela Byrd Smith will be retiring from business as a cross stitch designer after 32 years so this will be her last santa ever.

We will soon have six new colors of Stardust from Brown Paper Packages (Silk & Ivory with metallic). New colors will be:
Margarita
Blue Yonder
Pink Lemonade
Petunia
Pink Cow
Regatta

We just received two more new linen colors from Wichelt Imports. Now in stock are 28 count Royal Christmas Blue and 32 count Rain. Both colors are $84.00 per yard. More new colors and counts will be forthcoming.

The Caron Collection expects to add new colors of Watercolours, Wildflowers and Waterlilies this month. The new colors will be:

016 Bark (new in Waterlilies)
099 Cocoa (new in Watercolours and Wildflowers)
295 Mountain Haze
305 Merlot
313 Sedona Sunset
314 Ivy
315 Coal
316 Creme Fraiche
317 Petal
318 Shell
319 Turquoise Trail
320 Arctic Frost
321 Kelsch
322 Rapunzel
323 Prickly Pear
324 Chardonnay
325 Marshmallow

Wichelt Imports has some new linen colors. Now in stock are 28 count Chalk Board Black (very dark gray) and Brandywine (dark reddish-brown). Both colors are $86.00 per yard. More new colors and counts will be forthcoming.

June 2015

We have been given finishing deadlines that are earlier this year than in the past by our wonderful finisher. For finishing to be returned before Halloween, we need items brought to us by August 10. For Christmas finishing, the deadline is earlier than it ever has been (this is the only way the finisher can guarantee you will get your items in time due to the high volume of finishing they are asked to do): we need items turned into us by Wednesday, September 9.

Gentle Art will be raising the price of their Sampler Threads (both Simpy Shaker and Sampler Thread lines) in July to $3.60 per 10 yard skein. Gentle Art also sells 5 yard skeins which will be $2.40 per skein; and we will probably make the difficult switch from 10 yard to 5 yard skeins in the near future, but right now we only have in stock the 10 yard skeins.

Classic Colorworks comes in two new colors: Rose Petal and Strawberry Parfait.

Two new colors of 36 count Edinborough linen from Zweigart are now available; the popular Platinum (also available in 28 and 32 count) and a new color called Smoke Blue (almost more green than blue).

2015Soiedalger

Two new colors of soie d'alger silk from Au Ver a Soie are in stock: 3324 and 3325. These purples mean this color family now has 6 shades instead of 4. Made by a family business that has been around since 1820, this silk comes in over 600 shades, and is a superior quality to a lot of the seemingly more popular "johnny-come-lately" silk threads that a lot of stitchers (and retailers) seem to be embracing while ignoring this wonderful old classic.

Needlework System 4 lap stands are back in stock so we are now fully stocked with all of their wonderful products.

May 2015

Needlework System 4 lap stands are still in very short supply and out of stock (we got a very small shipment in April but all have sold). We expect to have plenty of their lap stands back in stock by approximately May 12.

April 2015

Gentle Art has four new colors of Sampler Threads:

  • 0195 Green Leaf
  • 0970 Verdigris
  • 1070 Creekbed
  • 7100 Ruby Slipper
  • March 2015

    The people who make Paternayan persian yarn are still unable to make colors available to us on a regular basis (some colors have not been produced in 6 months or longer). They HAVE managed to increase the yarn price, however. Quarter-pound hanks are now $14.00 each and 8 yard skeins are now $1.20 each - that is, assuming you can get them.

    Needlework System 4 has Travel Mate floor stands back in stock (as do we), BUT now the lap stands and frame clamps are an issue. We hope to have enough frame clamps to last until we can get more (expected by around March 20). However, the lap stands are not going to be available to us until early April. If you wish to order lap stands, we would be glad to take your order and ship when we can; in fact, the quantities immediately available are probably going to be limited again so it is probably a good idea to get your name on the list if you know you want one soon.

    Classic Colorworks has three new colors of overyded floss:

    Weeks Dyeworks has four new colors of overdyed floss:

    February 2015

    Needlework System 4 has been short of some parts needed to make certain of their products and while waiting for this to be resolved, we have sold out of the Travel Mate floor stands. Currently lap stands and extension pieces are also in short supply but we are pretty well stocked with other items. If you plan to order any Needlework System 4 items, you may wish to check with us and make sure we have them in stock (we're still happy to take your order and ship as soon as we can).

    Paternayan persian yarn is another product that has supply issues, but this one has been ongoing for two years now. Although we are certainly better stocked than we were, too often a color that we order does not come in, even after 5 or more months. Hard to understand why after two years back in business the supply issue isn't getting resolved in a more satisfactory fashion, but rest assured if we do not have Paternayan colors that you are trying to buy, it is not for lack of trying on our part.

    January 2015

    Appleton wool (both crewel and tapestry) comes in two new colors in the pastel shade range. 887 is a light slightly green blue and 887 is a light bluer blue.

    DMC raised prices on their products at the beginning of the year, but it is like pulling teeth to try to get a new price list from them. As DMC threads start to arrive at new prices we will be gradually reflecting those new prices in the store and on our website.

    Silk chenille thread from Au Ver a Soie comes in 6 new colors (and is now $6.00 per 3 yard package). This very wonderful and very old type of thread (its manufacture goes back to at least the 18th century and it is very rare to be able to still get real silk chenille thread made for embroidery) deserves a second look by the 21st century stitcher. New colors of Au Ver a Soie silk chenille are:

    Rainbow Gallery has new colors of Neon Rays Plus:

    More new threads (where do they think we are going to put them all???) from Threadworx - new floss colors are:

    Threadworx products also went up in price. The 20 yard skeins of overdyed floss are now $4.10 each.

    New needlepoint canvases are already arriving in the store from the major trade show a week and a half ago. You can always view the newest canvases we get (okay, AFTER we have had time to scan or photograph them, measure them, price them and post them!) on the New Needlepoint section of our website (click on Needlepoint at the top of the page and look for the left menu item that says "New Needlepoint").

    Major news for January 2015 is to report a BIG increase in shipping rates (by Fed Ex, which we use for heavier ground shipments, but we understand similar rates apply to shipments by UPS). Rates for items sent by mail have not changed (yet!). We have not yet worked out how to estimate for you in advance shipping charges this year so for heavier items or items not best sent by mail, we may need to provide you shipping estimates in advance until we can sort out how best to handle the new rates. In the meantime please use the shipping charges on our website as only an approximation; if ordering heavier items the actual shipping costs may be higher than estimated. We always charge fair amounts when we bill shipping, without trying to profit from shipping charges but also not lose money on them.

    December 2014

    Holiday hours: closed 3:00 pm December 24. Open regular hours Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27. Closed New Year's Day.

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    Inspirations 84
    December is a quiet time for new needlework releases. We do have in stock the newest issue of Inspirations magazine, Issue 84. January 2015 should be a time of new products or at least new product announcements, many of them timed to the upcoming trade show in Phoenix, Arizona. If nothing else, we will be ordering new hand-painted needlepoint canvases there from many of your favorite designers, which will be starting to show up in the store later in the month and continuing for the next several months (instead of getting everything at once we normally ask for our orders to be sent in batches, in order to have new items to offer over time instead of all at once, which can be overwhelming.

    November 2014

    GentleArtOctober2014

    New from Gentle Art are three overdyed floss colors:
    960 Dragonfly
    1060 Cast Iron Skillet
    1191 Brown Bear

    October 2014

    Crescent Colors has two new floss colors: Caramel and Glazed Carrots

    New from Weeks Dyeworks are four new floss colors: Candy Apple, Jay Bird, Flatfish and Porpoise.

    September 2014

    SALMON DAYS CLOSURE: Once a year, on the first Saturday of October, we close because Issaquah Salmon Days (an arts festival) closes our street and access to our store by car is not available that day. This year our Salmon Days closure will be October 4.

    Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue is now here:

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    July 2014

    2014 FINISHING DEADLINE: our deadline for professional needlework finishing this year is going to change from previous years. In the past we have had to have large pieces (pillows, Christmas stockings, etc.) in the finisher's hands by October 1 to guarantee they would be ready before Christmas, but we used to be able to send smaller pieces such as ornaments for another month or so and still get them back in time. This year we have to have EVERYTHING in the finisher's hands BY October 1. Because we send the finishing out of state, what this means is that the last day you can drop off finishing in the store will be September 25.

    JustXStHalloween2014

    The annual special Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine is here. It is $9.99.

    June 2014

    Kreinik Manufacturing raised prices June 1 on all of their threads. Price updates to reflect this will be made on our website soon.

    May 2014

    Weeks Dyeworks has raised their overdyed floss to $2.30 per skein and their overdyed pearl cotton to $3.60 per skein.

    Zweigart has a new color of 32 count linen - Avocado. Zweigart also recently introduced a lovely new color that comes in many of their fabric lines (including 28 count and 32 count linen and 18 mesh mono canvas) called Soft Ivory. Soft Ivory is a little darker than Antique White and a little lighter than Cream. Since many times their white and antique white fabrics are very close to one another, the new Soft Ivory is a nice option when white and antique white are a little too light and cream is a little too dark.

    April 2014

    WhiteEmbroidered;
    New book: White-embroidered Costume Accessoties the 1790s to 1840s by Heather Toomer. 192 pages, $48.00

    Gentle Art has three new colors of overdyed floss:

    194 Moss
    892 Loganberry
    7098 Black Licorice

    March 2014

    Zweigart News - now you see it, now you don't, now you see it...a few years ago Zweigart in Germany said they would no longer make the tan/brown color of mono canvas in most counts, the exception being 13 and 18 mesh. Apparently all counts are now BACK in this color, so it is once again available in 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 AND 18 mesh (at least until they decide to discontinue it again)!

    Gloriana has seven new colors of silk floss:

    163 Evergreen
    212 Black Walnut
    220 Cinnabar
    234 Oatmeal
    235 Cabernet
    257 Coral Red
    264 Wooly Bear

    February 2014

    Weeks Dyeworks floss comes in four new colors:

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    1107 Cattail
    1274 Terrapin
    1280 Verdigris
    2020 Amethyst

    Many fabrics have gone up in price, some late last year and others this year. All threads from the Caron Collection and most from Gloriana also went up in price earlier this year.

    Stardust from Brown Paper Packages comes in four new colors:

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    550 Watermelon
    599 Cucumber
    615 Marigold
    647 Carnation

    Neon Rays and Neon Rays Plus come in one new color:

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    N147 Persimmon (Neon Rays) and NP147 Persimmon (Neon Rays Plus).

    Appleton wool (both tapestry and crewel) has gone up in price (the first price increase since 2009.) Skeins are now $2.00 each; hanks are now $7.00 each, and color cards are now $68.00 each.

    Threadworx has six new colors of overdyed floss. The new colors are:

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    And yes, Threadworx floss will go up in price any day now.

    Kreinik Manufacturing is introducing 6 new colors of metallic braid and ribbons. The new colors are:

    Kreinik Manufacturing has also announced some housecleaning. They are going to make 41 colors of braid/ribbon available in the future by special-order only, and since the special-order must consist of 25 spools per color, we are going to consider them discontinued, even if they are not technically discontinued. Here is a table of the colors in question:
    034 041 042 043
    070 0195 0235 0271
    0308 0393 0664 3240
    3508 3509 3540 4002
    4003 4004 4006 5002
    5004 5007 5008 5525
    5530 9300 2094HL 056F
    057F 003C 005C 007C
    008C 011C 012C 032C
    034C 041C 051C 104C
    208C      

    January 2014

    We will have lots of news to list here but it has been so busy in the store this month not a lot of time is left for website updating. New thread colors from Threadworx and Kreinik are coming, lots of new canvases are starting to arrive (but not yet scanned or photographed or taped or priced), and other price changes still need to be mentioned.

    Of immediate importance to note, however, is that once again shipping charges have increased. Freight charges (Fed Ex ground) went up a couple of weeks ago, and we are still trying to get a handle on the effect of those rates and how to reflect them on our website. Then, on January 27, 2014, prices also went up for some types of mail. Not that many years ago, we could send small, light packages by mail and only charge $1.00. Those days are long gone. Most people seem not to realize that a few years ago the postal service split first class mail into two main categories. The first is normal mail such as a letter, card, or check, which require just first class postage (.49 as of today). But there is now a different kind of first class mail called a first class package. This is for bulky items or items that are not perfectly flat like a letter, and the cost for this class of mail is not .49, but postage alone now starts at over $2.00. The good news is that it is the same price to send a one, two or three ounce package, and the packages now come with free delivery confirmation, but it also means that by the time we cover actual postage, shipping label, padded envelope, and shipping software that allows your package to sent efficiently, we now have to charge a minimum of $2.75 for items sent by first class mail (for items up to 3 ounces only that do not require insurance, and only if sent to a U.S. address). We do not make money on shipping costs, but would also like to avoid losing money on shipping. Every order we sent is evaluated for the best way to ship and save you money and if we can safely send your order for a lower price, we charge a lower price for shipping at the time your order is processed. In other words, just because our shipping chart shows an estimated price for shipping based on the dollar amount of your order, you won't automatically be charged that amount if we can charge less without losing money on the shipping cost.

    December 2013

    Gloriana has announced a price increase for all their threads effective January 1, 2014. There will probably be other product lines that will increase as well next year.

    DMC Diamant threads are here in six additional colors. They are:

    Crescent Colours is under new ownership and a new name. In the future, Crescent Colours floss will be known as/labeled as Classic Colorworks.

    Paternayan persian wool continues to come in, but slower than we would like. Another 40 colors in 8 yard skeins arrived in November. We are told dyeing to be done in December will bring even more colors soon.

    November 2013

    Open Monday, November 11

    DMC Diamant

    Six colors of DMC Diamant metallic thread are now in stock. Spools contain 35 meters (38.2 yards) and are $3.00 each. An additional six colors are due soon. Currently available colors are:

    D3821 D3821 Light Gold
    D3852; D3852 Dark Gold
    D140; D140 Black Gold
    D168; D168 Light Silver
    D415; D415 Dark Silver
    D301 D301 Dark Copper

    Paternayan persian yarn continues to arrive. Although not all colors are available yet, we are receiving more colors all the time and are assured to expect all colors to be available by the end of the year, with color cards next on the list for production.

    October 2013

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    DMC has 16 new floss colors that we now have in stock. Initially they are only being sold by DMC in gift boxes with one skein of each color (box includes some free charts for designs that use the new colors).

    September 2013

    Needlework System 4 is currently experiencing a shortage of parts needed to make up their products. Although we are well stocked with most items, we may run out of a few before we are able to get more (probably toward the end of September). If you need any of their items urgently, please contact us prior to ordering to verify that we have them in stock for immediate shipment.

    DMC new floss colors are expected in October. Initially they will only be available in gift boxes containing one each of 16 colors. We are told that in 2014 individual colors will most likely be available.

    Paternayan persian yarn is supposed to have a major number of colors available also in October. Although we have received several small shipments since this yarn became available again earlier this year, a large number of colors have yet to be dyed. We have great hopes that we will have most or all colors available again some time in October.

    Weeks Dyeworks has four new colors of overdyed floss:

    Gloriana has come out with 9 colors of regular silk floss:

    Gloriana also has 4 new colors of Florimell (soie d'alger) silk floss:

    Gentle Art has 3 new colors of hand-dyed cotton Sampler Threads. New colors are:

    July 2013

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    August 2013

    Prairie Schooler's annual Santa card is here. This graph is $4.00.

    The Caron Collection has new colors of Snow metallic thread. New colors are:

    On another note, several colors of Impressions thread from the Caron Collection will not be available until the end of July.

    Brown Paper Packages has four new colors of Silk and Ivory. They are:

    Paternayan persian yarn continues to arrive in our store to restock empty drawers. Many colors have yet to be dyed but we are seeing steady progress and getting 25-50 more colors every few weeks.

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