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Pat's Favorite Needles Pack of 25 Size 24 - click for more Pat's Favorite Needles Pack of 25 Size 26 - click for more Pat's Favorite Needles Pack of 25 Size 28 - click for more
Pat's Favorite Needles
Designed by Pat Carson of Designs by Gloria & Pat... these are great little needles! Offered in envelopes of 25 needles, we have them in Tapestry 24, 26 and 28.

What makes them special is the super-long eye they feature. Coated in gold -- so it's easy to see, something about these makes them dreamy to use! The #28's fit regular Mill Hill glass beads, and the eye is HUGE compared to beading needles. Just very nice to use!

Personal Cell Phone Fans! - click for more
Personal Cell Phone Fans! - click for more Personal Cell Phone Fans!
Really! Have you ever sat through a talk or meeting with NOTHING moving except the speaker's mouth? I found little cell phone fans to help you keep your cool!!!! 3-inch blades -- all different bright colors -- that plug into the charging hole of your cell phone, these little guys MOVE THE AIR!

Something fun and functional to have in your tote bag, desk, purse or even cosmetic bag, they feature a tiny adapter that plugs into the fan, and works in EITHER I-Phones or Androids. It most likely plugs into your Tablet or E-reader, too. They even have a touch on-off switch and come in a little zip-locking clear bag to keep it safe in your bag. You can still use your phone while your personal mini-fan is plugged in, it is silent, weighs nothing, and doesn't use lots of battery strength.

Bead-Charm-Button Storage Box - click for more Bead-Charm-Button Storage Box
Wow, this is a petite and functional storage system for teeny tiny stuff!!!! Our 6 x 3-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch snapping closure box holds 25 different treats. Clear, so you can see what's inside, open to reveal removable dividers that separate 5 towers of screw-top jars. Each mini-jar is approx 1 inch round and 1/2 an inch high. They screw together -- so the lid on one becomes the bottom of the next.

VERY secure, and also clear so you can see what's inside... these even work for wet creams and lotions in your cosmetic travel bag! Everything is safe, organized, and compact! The little box weighs about 8 ounches.

Lighted Needle Threader - click for more
Lighted Needle Threader
Well, if this isn't the funniest little thing! It is a wire needle threader -- with a protective cover over the wire -- that is attached to an LED light. Remove the plastic protective cover, turn on the switch for the light (it stays lit and you don't have to keep holding it at a strange angle to keep the little light on) The light IS AIMED at the wire threader -- so the eye of your needle is illuminated! You actually have a chance to SEE the hole in the needle to thread it!!!!!

This has a little hole so you can stitch it to/attach it to/ tether it to... something! It is 1-1/2 inches long with the cover. The lid snaps on and off -- very secure.
We laughed when we saw this at Market, but I tried it right there in the aisle -- I had my needles and scissors with me... so this was tested before purchasing! Besides, we think this is the ultimate baby-sized gadget!!!! What a fun thing to get all your friends -- and it's affordable, too!

*Tomato* Pin Cushions - click for more
Embroidery Scissors, Paris and London Sewing Sets and *Tomato* Pin Cushions
How cute are these????! We have *The Classic Tomato Pin Cushion* re-dressed with embroidery scissors on its fabric, Pink & Black Paris fabric, Taupe and Creme Parisian Couture hand sketches (I love that one!), or the classic red, navy and black of London's vintage telephone booths, Metro stations, and British flag! Each stuffed tomato cushion measures approx 3 inches in diameter and is two inches high. There is a little green felt loop on top. along with the 'greens.' Tufted into six sections -- each comes packaged in a clear gift box, and is BEGGING to be useful and poked with your pins and needles!

Hand-Crocheted Animal Tape Measures - click for more Hand-Crocheted Animal Tape Measures
These little guys are back in stock again, we think they are just the cutest! Retractable 60-inch and metric tape measures, each is covered with hand crocheting... to look like either a sock monkey, bumble bee or ladybug! The monkey has the sweetest little cap on, complete with tassel trim, and the bee is wearing a beaded crown -- because she's the queen!!!

Great for your stitching bag... I have one in my kitchen drawer because it STAYS there. (I think the household perception is that it is not a 'real, serious, metal 100ft measure! But it works for me!!!)

Made With Love Charms - click for more *Made With Love* Charms
I found some neat little 3/8 inch heart-shaped charms that say *Made With Love* on both sides! Nothing elegant, they are cool, however, because you can attach one to absolutely every thing you stitch... sometimes beside your signature or initials, sometimes... just an added trinket appearing someplace unexpected.

Tiny, shiny dressings to accent the fact that you've hand-made something special -- complete with love -- I thought they were kind of fun! Packed in bags of 12 silver-toned charms, they're only $3.95 a bag... but they look like a million bucks on your finished creations!

Microfiber Glasses Cleaning Cloths - click for more
Microfiber Glasses Cleaning Cloths
Back in Stock with a fresh, new, cute scissor design! We LOVE these! Every needlework tote bag needs one, and so does your purse. 5-1/2 x 6 Microfiber cleans magnifying and eyeglass lenses beautifully -- even your phone and e-screens!

They now come in a 2-1/2 x 4 clear plastic storage envelope -- perfect to keep it protected. The scissor and pin cushion design is a stitched image in deep red shades; it's functional and fun!

Cute Spool Ends As Needle Minders - click for more
Cute Spool Ends -- As Needle Minders!
Ok... if you're handy, and you have cool old spools laying around, a saw and strong cement and magnets... you can make these yourself. If you're short on saws and time... just get a few of these!!! Fun 1-inch spool ends -- with cool retro-labels on them -- these are Minders to keep track of stray pins, needles and scissors!

Small *token* gifts, something cute for the inside of a sewing case, good refrigerator magnets, these are very *needle-worky* related!!!!!! Asst labels, we will try not to duplicate if your order contains multiples.

Vintage Needle Collections K L M - click for more Vintage Needle Collections
What EXQUISITE Needlework Treats!!!!! We have found ACTUAL Vintage Needles, in their ORIGINAL packages... and each comes with a tiny bit of history about the needle company who produced them. Needle companies through the past 200 years have been buying each other out and consolidating, saving trademarks, re-naming, merging, re-building factories, you name it! Colonial Needle has lots of tiny old treasures that they have acquired over the years -- and here they are!

Colonial Needle has *new sets* of vintage needles packed together in their small collections. These are brand new ACTUAL VINTAGE NEEDLES in their ORIGINAL packages. Four different companies featured in each set, you get a bit of history about the manufacturer and dates of productions. I haven't got the faintest idea what some of these needles were *supposed to be* used for... just the fact that they have survived in their lovely packages is enough for me!
  • Set K Features W Prickle Lo Lo Eyes, John James Harness, Abel Morrall Milliners, and Double Century Sharps.
  • Set L Features Abel Morrall Sharps, Milward Tapestry, T Hemming Crewel, and Leo Lammertz Betweens.
  • Set M Features Abel Morrall Crewel, H Milward Chenille, S Thomas Cotton Darners and T Hemming Milliners.

Needle ID Cards - click for more Needle ID Cards - click for more
Needle ID Cards
Wow... this is a neat new 'gadget-y' Stitching Aid! Super-functional, this is a set of 6 cards approx 2 x 3-1/2 inches in size that help you identify your needles! Presented in a frosted plastic envelope (stays clean and organized and unbent in your stitching bag) each of the 6 heavy-card stock cards features a bit of needle history on one side, as well as the specific properties of its featured needle. On the reverse, you'll find images of actual-sized needles, along with their particular size. Now you can identify all those stray needles you have poked into your cushions.

BUT, BUT, BUT, what is also really cool about this set of cards, is simple information. If you have a pattern that calls for a particular needle -- like a Milliners in a size 5 -- here is a picture of one -- its exact size. You can tell what it's supposed to look like, and if you have another needle in your stash that will work for the task. Very cool little cards to ID Betweens, Chenille, Sharps, Milliners, English Crewel Embroidery and Tapestry! Every Stitcher would love a set of these!!!!

Needle-Safe -- click to see a moreNeedle-Safe
These have been around 'since the beginning of time!' 2-1/4 x 4-1/2 x 5/8 an inch in size... they are pretty plain looking, but SUPER handy! Opening it up, you'll find both sides are lined with magnets to hold needles. I have my scissors with a little fob on them in there... needles, threaders, a little highlighter sheet, a small crystal nail can get a lot of stuff on one of these! Now, the hinge is plastic. The minute you drop this for the first time, it will break.

There isn't a shopowner in sight at a class at Market that isn't carrying around one of these that broke in their shop! We all have 'em... complete with rubber band around them... 'cause they're still good -- even with a broken hinge! Kind of like a 'rite of passage!' I whip mine out of my stitching bag going thru the metal detectors at the airport, and it ALWAYS goes thru with no problems! Definitely an 'Old Faithful!'

Clear Magnetic Needle Keeper Boxes -- click to see a moreClear Magnetic Needle Keeper Boxes
These are super-simple but SUPER needle organizers! 1-1/4 x 3 long x 3/8 of an inch high, these are plastic boxes with white magnetic material lining the bottom. You can see through the lid to know what's inside. The magnetic bottom holds your needles in place along with any metal needle threaders you put in them. Here's the cool part... you can LABEL these as to size of needle!!!!!

They're small and only $2.95 each... so get a box for each needle size and you CAN TELL WHAT YOU HAVE!!!! Small enough for sewing cases, lightweight for stitching totes, I like that I can SEE what's inside and I can LABEL it if I want!

Do You Have A Clover Yet?
This is the coolest little gadget by the Clover Company! Choose from an antiqued gold or antiqued silver thread cutter that feels heavy for its teeny size! Look closely, there is a recessed, protected razor blade -- circular -- inside, and lots of slits around the edges to insert your thread and cut! No scissors!!!!! It's decorated with flowers on both sides and there is even a loop at the top to attach to a chain or to tie onto something. Just perfect for travelling! Every stitcher's Christmas stocking needs one, as well as every stitching bag in America!!!

Antique Brass Clover Thread Cutter -- click to see a better view

The Star De-Tailor
This is handy gadget, that helps you anchor short threads. Simply insert the long wire through the back of stitches, catch the too-short ends and pull them through! Great as a small needle threader, too! The star on the end is opalescent plastic, and has a tiny loop so you can attach it to something for safe keeping.

Star De-Tailor -- click to see a larger view

Acrylic Display Stand -- click to see one in actions! Acrylic Display Stands
Hey, these are cool little things!!! A wonderful way to display finished needlework... these are clear, acrylic stands that simply insert up into the bottom of your flat piece of stitchery, and hold it in place for display!!! Two sizes available, each an inch wide, the smaller one measures 2-1/4 inches high, and the larger is 4-1/4 inches.

Designed to hold up small, lighter-weight pieces... our pics show the Lizzie Kate Spring Basket Snippet, finished into a flat, square piece -- complete with pretty fabric back, a little padded batting inside, and a twisted cord edge treatment. If your piece is larger, you may want to try two stands for extra stability! Seemingly a little pricy... these are really a great alternative to bulky or expensive framing finishing... and they're re-useable!!! So... actually a great value, after all!!!

Super Strong Mini-Magnets - click for more
Super Strong Mini-Magnets
What a cute little set of turbo-magnets! Decorated with a pewter button design on one side, and a flower on the other, you can use them to hold needles onto your fabric, or the chart onto your magnetic board... or even to decorate your kitchen refrigerator! They measure a petite 1/2 in diameter, and come as a pair. They match all our pewter Tail Catchers and Laying tools, as well.

Pewter Tail Catcher - click for more Pewter Tail Catcher
This is a very cool little gadget... it helps you grab at short ends to tuck them safely away, and features a pretty needle threader. Joined by a detachable chain, notice the threader end... tuck it under threads. Then, use the hook to grab errant threads to tuck into that threader... and pull the thread to safety! Don't know if my description makes sense... but I bet you can tell from the pic the features of this pretty accessory! It matches our Stitch Removers and Laying Tools... and those new little magnets!

Floral and Elizabethan Stitch RemoversFloral Stitch Removers
These are pretty pewter tools that features a floral design on its handle, and a seam-ripper head. Measuring a mere 3-inches (or 4 1/2" for the Elizabethan one) in overall length, they offer an easy way to tear out errant stitches, and look quite classy in the process!

They come with a protective metal tip-cover for that little ripper, so they're protected for years and years... of hopefully occasional use!!! These look like all laying tools we carry (see below)... very nice!

Pewter Laying Tools
Additional styles of pewter laying tools, designed to help make your threads lay smoother when you stitch, each has a pretty pewter handle, and a stainless 'blade' to slip under your stitches. The top tool in the pic features a very pointed end, along with a tiny cover for protection. The bottom tool features a blunt end, for larger needlework and threads. So pretty and functional, but probably not something for an airline trip!!!

Pewter Laying Tools -- click here to see a larger view

Static Highlighters
These are the handiest things! Colored, clear plastic 1 x 6-inch strips cling to your chart paper using static electricity. Perfect for keeping your place, yet being able to see what's coming in the next few rows... they weigh nothing, and take no space in your totebag. They work great when you're doing data entry in your computer, a help when you're reading, just so many things! I've even trimmed some of mine smaller, and tucked them into my Needlesafe! Available in yellow, orange or green -- three strips per package, there is an assortment package of one sheet in all three colors, if you can't decide which you'll like the best. Just the handiest little gizmo!

Static Highlighters

Needle ID Cards - click for more Favorite Needle Threaders
Back in stock after many years... this threader has been the favorite for 'just-forever!' Formerly known as a *Muriel*... (named after the lady that designed then, I believe) you just found a new best friend! Muriel passed away several years ago, I remember something about the family not continuing with her product... we 'lost track' of them for several years... and found them again!

Just a flat, thin, lightweight metal needle threader, perfect for thick and thin threads, the hole in the center allows you to teather your *Muriel* to anything else to keep track of her! Measuring just 3/4 x 1-3/4 of an inch... paper thin... this little baby fits anywhere and is a great help. Don't know if it is because it is solid and the holes to thread your thread through are so much easier to see than wire threaders, or the fact that there is NOTHING to break on these that make them so good, they have just always been the *Go To* Threader!

Ultra-Fine Threader and Beading Needles Ultra-Fine (Beading) Threader
A super-duper thin wire in melted into this plastic threader, securely attached to thread teeny needles, perfectly! Used in quilting, beadwork, heirloom sewing and fine needlework, the super-fine, diamond-shaped wire is designed for threading 'Betweens #12,' 'Sharps #11 and 12,' Milliners #11, and Beading #10 & 12. Absolutely wonderful... you'll want these to keep in every needlecase you own! Ours are packaged 2 to a pack, in a clear, protective plastic case, which includes an outer sleeve. Really cool!

#10 Ball Point Bead Embroidery Needles

Your bead kits come with needles, but how about a few more???  These are our favorites... they feature a point, but supposedly have a ball point tip (like an ink pen.)  I say supposedly, because I cannot SEE that small to verify that tip!  But they work beautifully and fit the beads!  Package of 6 by John James.

All-Purpose Threader
A great all-around needle threader... these will thread Tapestry needles as well as many others. The durable design features a wire that is fused into the plastic housing, along with a recessed cutting blade on the opposite end! There is even a small hole provided in case you want to attach it to a favorite chatelaine or project! Ours are packaged in pairs in a protective plastic sleeve and case. Very handy!

All-Purpose Threader

Needlework Threader
The heavy-duty version of our other two threaders, this one is perfect for Tapestry and Chenille needles. Used for needlepoint, cross-stitch, hardanger and embroidery, it's perfect for perle cottons, yarn, ribbons and specialty threads (like some of the heavier Rainbow Gallery ones!). The square design of the threader allows the thread to 'spread out' as it passes through the eye of the needle, so there is much less stress, (and less breakage later on!) It features a recessed cutting blade, as well as a hole for attachment to a chatelaine or sewing case. Packaged by the pair in a wonderful clear plastic protective sleeve... they slip into a clear case for extra protection.

Needlework Threader

The Threader Collection
A trio of needle threaders, each with a specific use. Specially packaged for The Silver Needle in a handy, clear storage sleeve. $6.75 pkg.

  • Ultra-Fine: for quilting and beading needles.
  • All Purpose: a good general use threader with a built-in cutter.
  • Heavy-Duty Threader: for larger threads and delicate fibers, too. Also has a built-in cutter.

  • The Threader Collection

    Super-Duper Mini Magnets
    Super-Duper Mini Magnets - click to see moreThese are teeny-weeny, super-duper-powerful magnets that Stitchers can use for so many things! These are steel discs that have been super-magnetized to help hold anything in place. Use them to hold needles, keep your charts in place, or simply on your refrigerator to hold nifty notes and pictures! Perfect, because you have matching pairs, you can place one magnet under something , and the other on top... to clamp something in between -- and it's temporary! The Duo pack contains 2 pair of 1/4" magnets. Package warns to keep these AWAY from pacemakers, cell phones, computers and credit cards! (Magnetic poles fight with each other and erase!)

    Cross Stitch Gauge - click to see more
    Cross Stitch Gauge
    Here's something that's incredibly handy no matter what fabric you're stitching on... it helps you figure finished design sizes and lets you compare that finished size on various counts of fabrics -- before you begin the project! Remember the old Cross Stitch Rulers from 15 years ago??? This is the same thing, with 'rabies!' Instead of fabric count gauges for only 4 fabric counts...this little gizmo features 12 counts!!! 11, 14, 16, 18, 22, 25, 26, 28 30, 32, 36 and 40! You take that stitch count from your chart... and look it up on the various rulers... and immediately SEE how big the project will finish on whatever sizes of linen or aida you care about! People are always asking well... how big will it be on 32 or how big will it be on 18... this SHOWS you! A very good value (cheap!), and functional.. every totebag needs one of these!!!

    Cameo Angel Needle Minders from Kelmscott -- click to see more
    Needle Minders
    from Kelmscott Designs
    A very classy way to keep track of stray needles, these elegant, Victorian Cameos feature a pair of magnets on their back, to cling to fabrics, or rest on the table... just wherever you'd like. The magnets will attract your needles, so you won't lose them.

    Each Cameo is made from a resin material, but they look just like porcelain! 1-1/8 x 1-1/2 inch ovals, we have 7 designs available, and each is just as lovely as the other. Soft colors, beautiful relief, these are very well done, and what a great price, too!

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