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June 20, 2018

Photo credit:  Brooklyn Haberdashery


We have just returned from the Annual Summer Market Trade Show – TNNA. What’s hot beside the weather?

Yarns, stitching and accessories galore graced every aisle. Thinner weight yarns seem to be trending and mohair is making a comeback, which is good for Barb. It’s always been her hands down favorite but many find it too itchy for their skin (Ann is one of those people!). Mohair, paired with other yarns, alternating every few rows into shawls and scarves is a perfect use giving your garments texture and dimension.

Many handbags and project bags were featured. Our favorite was a newcomer to TNNA, Brooklyn Haberdashery. They are a very eclectic, hip store with a variety of items for all needle work crafts. From knitting needle cases and stitch markers, to scissors, contemporary DIY kits, linen, felted and leather bags, natural dyed ribbons and fabric packs, vintage Japanese fabrics and the cutest little accessories for all stitchers and embroidery enthusiasts. Pictured above is one of the felt bags with a pom pom zipper pull that we bought for our mom.

Look for all of the latest new products at all of your local yarn and fabric stores by the end of summer.


With visible mending, embroidery and artful stitchery gracing jeans, sweaters, hats, dresses and blouses, the 3 books below are sure to be “must haves” for the latest techniques. It’s refreshing to see the mending craze taking hold and it brings back many memories from days gone by.


Elegant Embroidery and Floral Motifs to Embroider, both by celebrated artist Reiko Mori are 2 books that explore way beyond the boundaries of creativity!


The books were originally written in Japanese, Reiko’s native language. Intricate designs are featured with simple easy to follow instructions. The embroidery designs and patterns in the Elegant Embroidery book are relatively simple and self explanatory whereas the Floral Motifs are a little more challenging.

Teeny tiny gift boxes or boxes for your dresser are shown with seasonal designs, a floral selection, ceremonial, alphabet, bridal accessory designs and even some delicate lingerie and clothing patterns. In many cultures, learning from one teacher (master) is a preferred method rather than learning from a book. We’ll be sure to offer some trendy stitching classes next year.


Visible Mending by Jenny Wilding Cardon is the book that shows the latest techniques with over 150 photos and endless possibilities.


This is the book to inspire you to recreate your wardrobe. Jenny is a quilter and has been designing since her high school days. She is the author of The Little Box of Baby Quilts and she spends most of her time writing for Martingale’s Stitch This! blog. Whether it’s a rip in your jeans or a snag in your sweater, don’t toss it, mend it! Hand mending methods include boro, hand embroidery, patches darning and mending by machine. From traditional to hip and contemporary, this book is a great resource for beginners.


You are certain to find a few of your favorite things within the pages of these books. Enter below for a chance to win one!


June Sweepstakes:


Elegant Embroidery by Reiko Mori:  email with the subject title ELEGANT EMBROIDERY


Floral Motifs to Remember by Reiko Mori:  email with the subject title  FLORAL MOTIFS


Visible Mending by Jenny Wilding Cardon: email with the subject title VISIBLE MENDING.


Winners be selected and announced in next newsletter.




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Warm Regards,


Barb and Ann

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