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The Crewel Gobelin Newsletter - November 2012

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The Crewel Gobelin Newsletter - November 2012

Hello everyone,
It's hard to believe that we're getting ready for the festive season already. We have lots of new stock to inspire you.

New charts

We continue to search for fresh new charts to offer you. One of our new favourites is Reflets de Soie from France. Their use of colour and different stitches in new interpretations of traditional samplers is inspiring.

We've had lots of requests for some new charts to stitch for children and we are thrilled with what we have found. Willow Hill Samplings – new to The Crewel Gobelin – have created a gorgeous range of samplers based on childhood fairy tales including Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty, Rapunzel and Snow White. Their use of subtle colour is very clever. If you are looking for something more modern, Mischievous Monster and Curious Owl from the girls at Just Another Button Company (JABCO) are fabulous. 

The last Blackbird Designs vintage samplers' booklet for 2012, Summer's Last Rose, is now available. As with the previous designs in this series, Summer's Last Rose was inspired by an antique sampler and as you would expect from these talented designers, there are more beautiful designs with lovely use of colour.

The latest Shepherd's Bush stocking design Charland is also ready to be stitched.

Old Favourites Return

Many of you have been requesting Elizabeth Bradley English Tapestry Kits, so we are delighted to welcome these quality kits back to The Crewel Gobelin. 
We were also lucky to come across a limited range of old favourite sampler charts from Carriage House Samplings and Barrick Samplers.  Once these charts are sold, we may not be able to source them again, so have a look now if you are interested in some well-priced historical sampler charts to add to your collection.  

New Windflower Blanket Kit

Jan Kerton at Windflower Embroidery has released a new pattern for a baby blanket: Birds on a Wire.  Who could resist fluffy pink, yellow and blue baby birds as they perch happily on a wire?

Mill Hill Christmas Ornaments

Mill Hill Beaded Christmas Ornaments are always a favourite and the latest releases won't disappoint. Ranging from a cheeky elf to a colourful paisley Christmas tree and more traditional nativity scenes there is something for everyone in this extensive range. 

Gingher Designer Series 2012 Scissors – Emily

This year's Gingher Scissors release is now available. As always, these scissors are extremely high quality and a pleasure to use. Emily is available in 4” embroidery and the larger 8” dressmaker scissor; they would make a great Christmas gift.


Micheal and Elizabeth Feller's The Needlework Collection II arrived in October and it was well worth the wait – it's a truly magnificent book and a great companion to The Needlework Collection I.  If you missed out on The Needlework Collection I when it was released we have a few copies available now, but they won't last long.

The Danish Handcrafts Guild 2013 Calendar has also just arrived. Once again the calendar features watercolours that have been charted, stitched and photographed once stitched for your enjoyment.

Coming Soon

Christmas Market Day Saturday 1 December 2012.
To make your Christmas shopping easier we have organised a festive market day. We will be open a little longer (9.00am – 4.00pm) and have sourced lots of special items just for Christmas….and of course there will be complimentary mince pies, so do come in and visit us!

Namaste Better Buddy Casse

We are always looking for things to help organise your stitching accessories and we are excited by the Namaste, Better Buddy Case which will be available very soon. These cases come in a range of mouth-watering colours and their clever magnetic design makes them perfect for carrying scissors, needles and small bits and pieces in safety. A great gift idea.

Zippit Bags

The Zippit storage bags from New Zealand are well known for their quality and practicality for storing portable projects. We will have a range of sizes and designs in store later this month.

Historical Sampler Co. Charts

We are expecting a delivery of some exciting charts from the Historical Sampler Company – it's been a long time since these have been at The Crewel Gobelin, but by popular request they will be back in stock soon.

Classes 2013

Thank you all for your wonderful feedback on classes for 2013. We have been working very hard to finalise our class list and we are nearly there. In the meantime though, we are able to tell you that our first workshop for 2013 will be with Alison Snepp. The recent Ottoman Scarf workshop was very popular and we know that there were many people who were disappointed to miss out, so Alison will be running the workshop again in March. 

All the details are on our Classes page.
Santa's Village 2013 

Country Cottage Needleworks is launching a new monthly series for 2013 – Santa's Village Houses. Stitched on 32 count Lambswool linen, a new design will be released each month. You can stitch and mount each month's chart separately, or they can be stitched on one piece to create what we expect will be a charming North Pole village scene. The first design in the series, Santa's House, will be available in early December 2012 and if you are interested in taking part each month please let us know.

The Shop

Thank you for all your support over recent months and your lovely feedback. It's been lovely hearing from and seeing so many familiar faces and lots of new ones too.
Christmas and January hours:

Over the holiday period the shop will be open as usual, although we will be closed on all public holidays.

As the shop is due for a much needed makeover, we will close from Monday 7 January 2013 for two weeks to allow the painters and decorators (family & friends!) to make the shop sparkle for the year ahead. We will reopen on Monday 21 January 2013.  
While the shop is undergoing its transformation, the online shop will remain open and orders will be processed daily as usual.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon.

Happy stitching,
Julie .

The Crewel Gobelin
PHONE: 02 9498 6831
FAX:  02 9499 5001

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