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The Crewel Gobelin Newsletter - February 2013

 by The Crewel Gobelin on 15 Feb 2013 |
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Website | About Us | What's New | Classes | Contact Us | Help  The Crewel Gobelin Newsletter - February 2013 Hello Everyone We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season. Our thoughts are with all our customers who were impacted by the recent bush fires and floods.  We have been very busy giving the shop a new look and finding some fresh things to tempt you with. New charts We have two new charts from the talented team at Blackbird Designs. The Gift Is Small was inspired by an 1837 sampler. The four new projects are stitched on Weeks Dye Works fabulous 30 count linen in Putty using Gentle Arts threads. We expect Violet’s Blue to arrive in the next week or so. It’s stitched on R&R Reproductions 30 count linen in Iced Cappuccino and it’s so pretty you can almost smell the violets!   If you would like to get a head start on some Christmas stitching the Santa’s Village series from Country Cottage Needleworks is fun. A chart featuring a new house is released each month, which can either be stitched and framed individually or combined to stitch a village scene. The first three charts are available. We have ordered lots of new charts from the Scarlet Letter which we expect to arrive soon. Margaret Lawrence, Boscobel Oak and the Bargello Panel are among our favourites. As always these reproductions of antique needlework pieces are inspiring. We know a number of our customers are participating in ‘The Scarlet Letter Year’. If you have a passion for Scarlet Letter and reproduction samplers why don’t you visit the challenge blog and find out more. Full details of how to participate can be found under the tab top "Challenge Rules".  Birds of a Feather charts have been very popular recently, particularly the series depicting the seasons: Le Printemps, L’Ete, L’Automne and L’Hiver. The clever design, which looks like embroidery, is cross stitched in Weeks Dye Works threads.  Their modern twist makes them an interesting alternative to a traditional birth sampler if you are looking for something for a girl. Permin Beiderwand Historic Kits If you have been into the shop recently you may have seen the finished Permin Beiderwand historic reproduction sampler we have hanging in the window, which is available as a kit. As well as the Garden of Eden Sampler, there is also a Tree of Life Sampler kit available. Both patterns are stitched in fine wool thread on 18 count natural linen in a choice of 4 colours; Antique Blue, Antique Red, Antique Green or Olive Green. Why not create your own future heirloom! Namaste To complement the Namaste Better Buddy cases we introduced before Christmas, we now have Namaste Skinny Mini  cases. The smaller Better Buddy cases are magnetised to help keep your scissors and needles under control, while the longer Skinny Mini offers a stylish way to store larger tools and threads. The expandable zipper opening makes it very easy to use. Both cases come in delicious colours. Natura 4ply cotton As we know that many of you are also interested in crochet, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to stock a limited range of newly released 4 ply cotton from DMC, Natura. The fresh colours are very pretty and the cotton is incredibly soft. Wonderful for baby blankets. Books and magazines Inspirations issue 77 and the new Inspirations Index have just arrived. The Index is priced at $24.95, and includes illustrated, alphabetical listings of all the projects in issues 1 – 75 of the magazine. Selvedge magazine is new to the Crewel Gobelin. This high quality English magazine focuses on all things textile, with lots of inspiring articles and superb photography. Blissful Beginnings  is the latest release from Country Bumpkin. As well as seven new blanket designs and a full stitch glossary there are three bonus projects. If your feeling inspired, we have beautiful cashmere velour blanketing in cream, pink and blue in stock. We have sourced a small range of inspiring embroidery books from Japan. Ranging from elegant monograms through quirky flowers to adorable and lifelike cats and dogs, each book is exquisitely photographed and presented. We have a limited number of these books in store, and are taking pre-orders if you are interested. Classes Our class schedule is slowly coming together, and the first class that we will be holding in-store is a three lesson introductory smocking course, taught by Penny Kingsford-Smith. More details and instructions on how to register are on our Classes page. Alison Snepp’s Ottoman Scarf Master Class Workshop is fast approaching so if you haven’t already registered, the details are on the Classes page. The details of the other three Master Classes that Alison is teaching this year are also there to inspire you. Vale Lyn Menzies Lyn Menzies sadly passed away earlier this year. Lyn was a caring and talented member of The Crewel Gobelin team, working with Margaret and Gill for a number of years. Lyn will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. The Shop Thank you all for your patience while we closed the shop to allow us to refurbish.  We love our freshly painted walls and new carpet, and our new floor plan has given us a much more flexible space. The photos below give you a hint of what was involved and the effort put in by everyone. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon.   Happy stitching, Julie. PS: Don’t forget we have a good range of kits from Elizabeth Bradley, Beth Russell of Designers Forum and The Crewel Work Company in store, and can order any other current designs that you would like.   The Crewel Gobelin PHONE: 02 9498 6831 FAX:  02 9499 5001
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