You Crafty Bitch Pouch and Crazy Socks!
OK... this might upset of few of you (we don't mean to do that at all!), but the rest of you might LOVE these and actually have a friend or two that 'fits the bill!' By Blue-Q, 1% of the sales of these items supports the humanitarian work of Doctors Without Borders, and environmental initiatives around the globe.
Well, these are the COOLEST little lighted needle threaders! A little 1-3/4 x 1/2 inch Needle Beetle fits right into your hand... it features a retractable wire needle threader that lights up!
See the colored dot? Push it forward... out comes the wire, on comes the light for easy threading. There is even a tiny slit on the right side with a recessed blade to cut thread! There is a lanyard hole to attach your beetle to something.
Because the threader retracts, it is protected from damage. There are finger grips on that little button and the bottom of the beetle... and the battery lasts for up to 3000 threadings!!!!! Absolutely the cutest things... and super-functional!!! Available in yellow, green or red... because beetles come in all those colors!
Le Needle Bird
This is a fun little gadget... it's a needle threader with a thread cutter. Just the sweetest little wisp of a thing, it measures only 2 inches and only about 1/8 an inch thick, so it'll fit into bitty sewing cases and our Needle Safes.
Flip up the plastic guard over the beak -- there is a threader there! It features a notch that will grab your thread before you pull it back out. Then, you even have a recessed blade there to cut your thread if you need it. Just small and fun, they come in assorted pastel colors. Get 6 and we'll toss in a 7th for FREE!
Pretty Fillagree Needle Minders and Beaded Threaders by My Big Toe Designs
This is a nice collection of small implements to help make your stitching more fun! Small and hand-made, they'd make nice stitcher gifts this season.
The Glasshopper is artist Jennifer Rakosnick! She is a glass lampwork artist, and brings us this delightful collection of hand-turned glass. Each Acorn, pumpkin, flower -- whatever! -- begins with a tiny blob of molten glass. She sculpts each at the end of a metal rod -- at a blow torch!!!
In the heat, she turns, pinches, sculpts and layers the soft glass to make all her charming little mushrooms, ghosts, strawberries & carrots. Everything is hand-made, everything is made ONE AT A TIME. Everything is lovingly made by just Jennifer, and they are all one-of-a-kind pieces of tiny glass art.
ENJOY! Talk about special pins for your sewing cases and cushions!
Hand-painted Majolica Pins from Italy
We have just a few of these exquisite hand-made stick-pins from Italy! I fell in love with them... just because they are small and beautifully decorated, and I personally cannot pass up Italian pottery of ANY kind!!! Each is different, each features a 1/2 inch pottery bead along with pearl and silver bead accents. DEFINITES for a special pin cushion or sewing case.
You know, you come across all these gorgeous pins here and there... don't hide them in a jewelry box or drawer. Paint a cool base from the big box store... and get out all your pins that belong to un-stitched projects and POKE IN YOUR CUSHION to enjoy till the stitching is finished!!! We have LOVELY pins from Just Nan, La D Da, The Glasshopper, JABCO, Puffin, and all these Italian we've brought home from Market -- USE THEM and ENJOY THEM!!
Giulia's Stunning Pins from Giulia Punti Antichi
I couldn't resist these one-of-a-kind GORGEOUS pins that traveled all the way from Italy in Giulia's suitcase! There are awfully difficult to take back to the shop after they are sitting here beside me! I bought only 6 sets of each!
VERY detailed... PuntiniPuntini offers matching sets of pins and buttons. Directly from Italy, these super-intricate polymer clay buttons and pins are incredible! Actual piece counts vary on each set, but ALL ARE SPECTACULAR. Pin tops average 1/4 to less than 1/2 an inch in size, buttons are slightly larger --- but not much, most are about 1/2 an inch.
We have Christmas, Vegetables, Sewing, Deserts, Farm Animals -- 17 different sets in all so far! I don't know how you can choose a favorite... I couldn't... so I bought them ALL! I've chosen three sets to highlight here; MAKE SURE to see the rest! (We can't believe the prices in these either... even if I COULD make these... mine would be twice the price!)
Wooly Sheep Needle Minders
Oh, we've carried these forever and ever in the shop... they are wooden sheep painted and wrapped with nubby wool yarn... and each has a magnet on his backside so he's a needle minder!
Measuring about 1-1/2 inches long and 1-1/4 inches tall, each sheepie is painted black and wound with either a creamy white or black yarn. They feature rare earth magnets on the back to grab onto your chart board, the refrigerator, your file cabinet... anywhere you want them to cling. Just cute as can be... choose between the white and black!!!
Wayne's Book Stand
Our Wood-Guy, Wayne, just lives to invent stuff!!! Here's his latest creation -- a little stand for your pattern, scissors, needles and threads! Made of oak, he's got the whole thing smooth and well balanced, I'd say it weighs about 12 ounces... maybe a pound. Measuring 8 inches long, 4 inches deep and 7 inches high... it has that back bar to hold up your pattern, and an angled slit in the base in which you can perch it.
If you have a small Snippet by Lizzie Kate or similar pattern, that slit will hold it open for you. The pegs are there for you to lasso your scissors over and loop threads. See the little micro-super-magnet embedded in base? That's for needles! Only thing it's missing is a recessed area for those M&Ms!!! (I bet we can get him to add that later on!!!) VERY handy little caddy!!!!!!!!
Lap Stitching Frames
Doodlin' Around has the coolest lap/table frames, very easy to use and gentle on the tabletop or the clothes on your lap! Offered in three different sizes, you have lots of options. Basically, they consist of two rounded end pieces, 4 round knobs, and sets of dowel rods with fabric belting on them -- ready for you to attach your stitching fabric. (There IS enough room on there to get that belting strip under the presser foot of a sewing machine.) See how it stands? There is nothing encumbering your hands on the back side. Great ergonomic shape, everything about these is smooth and very heavy-duty.
The Lap Stitch Doodler Frames
These are the same idea... but see how the side bars curve opposite those on the other frames? Some people like them one way, some like them the other!!!
Sparkly Magnets and Needle Minders from Accoutrement Designs
This is a constantly changing collection of glitzy and sparkly magnets and needle minders. Some are enameled, some only rhinestones, some have a combination of both. Each features a pair of super-strong rare earth magnets.
You can simply display each where-ever you would a magnet, or separate the two magnetic pieces and attach your 'little pretty' to something that is not magentic -- like your needlework fabric! All different in size, some are an inch, some are two. Very heavy-duty, too. Designs and subjects come and go... most are limited in production... that part is a surprise!
Olde Fashioned Safety Pins
These are the coolest little safety pins -- they look antique to me! A 'Pear Shape' to them... they are a 'curiosity' to add to pin cushions and something unique to add to the inside of sewing cases.
Just 3/4 of an inch, each our assortments feature 2 each of 14 different colors and 4 each of black and bronze for a total of 36 little pins.
They're colorful, fun, different, and just plain NEAT! Loop a bit of ribbon or an old button on them, pin to a cushion... charming!
I LOVE Quilting
This is basically a metal business card case that has been fitted with Stitcher Stuff!!!!! Featured on the outside is our Mantra for a Good Life: We LOVE Cross Stitch! (We also now have one for quilters!)
Open your case to reveal magnetic material on one side to hold all your needles and threaders in one place. The other side has the NEATEST material to hold beads -- clingy but NOT sticky! It's the strangest material... it is soft and tacky... and your beads will stick to it... but it isn't sticky! (Kind of like wet chicken... only it isn't wet!!!) You can touch it, and you think you'll leave a fingerprint behind, but when you lift your fingers, they are dry and no print is left behind. So how's that for a description!!!?
Anyway, a 2-ish x 3-1/2-ish inch very flat case... very functional! (Looking for something a little special? We have some of these in colors that feature one of Accoutrements jeweled magnets on top. All one-of-a-kinds... ask when you're in the shop next!)
Baby Floral Needlecases
Joining our regular Floral Needlecases are these smaller versions that are equally enchanting! Glass vials with a screw-off cap, these are lovingly covered with polymer clay and decorated with colorful flowers and tiny ladybugs.
ALL THE COLORS of the rainbow -- absolutely no two cases are alike -- and it's IMPOSSIBLE to choose your favorite! (This I know -- because I keep trying to find my favorite to take home and add to my stash -- and I can't!) Measuring a mere 2 inches in overall length, use these for beading and petite needles or precious stones and beads. Delightful!
We've carried these charming glass needle vials over the years, and have a fresh new shipment to enchant you! Glass bottles -- 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches in size, each is covered with a wrap of exquisite handmade clay -- all in different colorful floral designs. Exquisitely done, each case is unique and full of brilliant color. The black caps twist off. The details on the flowers covering the case are minute... the color vibrant and puckering... there are even tiny lady-bugs scattered throughout the florals.
We've chosen a few to highlight in the pic -- as you can see, they are all different... and not 'red' or 'blue'.. but citrus, melon, violet, aquamarine... all the exotic colors of the rainbow. So... asst colors... we'll choose a pretty one for you, and if you want more than one... we'll make sure they are all different!
Just Pins from Just Another Button Company
Pins with Personality by Just Another Button Company! Fun sets of 5 stick pins garnished with hand-made clay toppers, Just Another Button Company has taken some of their buttons, and turned them into pin-cushion garnishes and marking pins!!! 9 Different assortments available so far, they're just as cute as can be!
Poke them in your favorite cushions or sewing cases... or wherever you desire your pins to be!!! Each pin measures approx 1-1/2 inches -- quite generous in length -- before it's special topper. CUTE!
Victorian Mourning Pins
AKA Little black stick pins! I'd never seen these before, till they appeared in Netty Nightshade's Pumpkin Furniture!!! (Any good stitcher or seamstress has pins and needles stuck in her furniture!)
Presented in a clear dish with a screw-top lid, 150 black straight pins measuring 1 inch x .85mm are nestled inside. Perfect for Halloween pin cushions and sewing cases, or something very 'antiquy'... they have a flat, matte black finish that matches our black scissors.
Tacky BOB from Flying Needles
Have you gotten your *TACKY BOB* yet? The newest, super-handy beading gadget is here!!! Tacky B.O.B. (which stands for Box for Beads) is a miniature CD box that has been lined on the outside bottom with a layer of colored foam, to help keep your BOB in one place, and the inside top, with various coordinating colored papers. Inside, the box features a magnetic strip for needles, and two large areas of acid-free 'tacky!'
Simply spill your beads into either side of the box... the different colored sides help you see the different bead colors. Since they're 'stuck' on there... you just pick up each bead with your needle as you need it. TOTALLY SPILLPROOF, these are perfect for car or air travel... stitching outside where your beads could blow away, or just around lots of commotion, where your bead dish could be easily and accidentally dumped! What a handy little invention!!! (Every stitcher you know needs at least one or two of these! They come in all sorts of colors, so let us know if you have a favorite in mind. We'll try to do our best!)
Serious Scrap Bags!
We've found a gal who is making generous-sized scrap bags for us!!! Assorted fabrics -- never the same ones twice. These feature an emery filling (8-ish ounces?) in the 4 x 6 top pillow, and a thread/chocolate holder bag that measures 6 inches in diameter, 6 inches deep, with a 4 x 4 inch bottom.
The little bag does not detach from the fabric tabs, but you won't lose precious needles and pins when you dump your trash. Perfect to hang off the edge of your stitching table or chair, we're glad to have these in a larger size again!
Here's a handy little gadget we've sold for years! It's a very powerful magnet mounted onto the end of a telescoping wand. Closed, it's only 5 1/2" long -- the size of an ink pen. When fully extended, it's a fabulous 25 inches long... and perfect for picking up your needles and even scissors when they fall on the floor!!! The extra 2 feet of reach lets you stay in your chair, and lets the surprisingly powerful magnet do the work! Very handy!
Lighted Magnetic Pin Picker-Uppers
Well, this is the ultimate in handy gadgets! We already have telescoping magnets, but this little guy has a LIGHT at the end, so you can SEE underneath dressers, into dark corners, and way into the scary bottom depths of a tote bag! Shortened it is 8-inches long. Pull out to a 33-inch length. There is a switch on that magnetic end to let you turn on the little light (and because it is on a switch, you don't have to hold it wierd to keep it on -- it'll stay on till you turn it off.)
It will pick up my Gingher 8-inch cutting shears -- a VERY heavy-duty little magnet on there... so will definitely grab your scissors and pins. Super-handy to keep in that kitchen drawer... but fabulous to have in your stitching and sewing areas too!
This is the coolest gadget! We've used them for years to make the twisted cord embellishments we put on just about everything in the shop! It helps you twist your threads evenly and quickly, and acts as a weight to keep kinks out of your cording. We've done a quick sheet of twisted cord instructions that we've included with the drills... but if you need a phone conversation to help you make sense of them... that's OK! The cord is great fun -- everyone loves making it to dress up their pillows and things!
Thread Straighteners from Flying Needles
OK... how can something so simple be so useful, and just great??? These acrylic rods are fitted with a band of soft, squishy foam, (like pencil holders). To remove the kinks, curls or folds from synthetic threads, twisted silks and monofilament threads, just wrap the thread's cut ends around each pad. Holding them with your fingers, gently, gently pull the rods apart... you'll feel the thread 'give' and relax. When you let go... your thread will be straight and smooth!!! None of those obnoxious kinks and curls that you get when you've taken thread off of a card or spool! Stitches lay smoother and flatter... and you're a calmer stitcher!!! I couldn't believe how well these work! Something else cool for your stitching bag!!!
Metal Finishing Forms
Something SO WONDERFUL for ornament finishing, you'll need a boatload of these!!! We have 11 different sizes of metal disk forms available that make ornament finishing a breeze. Sold in pairs, you wrap your needlework around one of the forms, backing fabric around the other, glue the two sides together, and cover the seam with twisted corded trim! Zip-Zap, you're ready for the Holidays!!! We've shown two Mill Hill bead kits models in our pics, but so, so many different things will do well on these!
Measurements given are the actual diameter of the forms. Each is gently curved up in the center, and a bit of padding as the fabric liners look extra-nice when finishing these. Remember, prices quoted are for a pair of forms. The Assortment package contains one pair each of size, except the 6-inch pair, and saves you a whopping $3.03!!!
Nap Raiser Brush
This little brush is a stitching necessity! It's a wonderful little wire brush, with a leather looped handle. Slip your finger through the loop, and pick at the specialty threads in your needlework, that you want to "Fuzz Up!" Perfect to make fur -- "furrier," frizz -- "frizzier," clouds -- "wispier!" Use it on any wooly threads, and the "Arctic Rays and Charleston-type" threads, too! Perfect to add dimension to snow, animals, glitzy metallic areas, things like that.
Uncle Bill's Tweezers
These have been customer favorites for years! 1 1/2" Silver Grippers, these are wonderful little tweezers. They are perfect for grabbing errant threads on your work, and picking out the cut threads in your Hardanger Embroidery work. The tips are super sharp, and the sides are strong heavy gauge stainless. They are very easy to grip and hold, and just the slightest pinch pressure gets you what you're trying to grab! Great for your first-aid kit, too, if you have a sliver! They come in the coolest little clear plastic tube, with a screw-off cover, too! Every stitching bag should have a pair!
Crushed Walnut Shells
This is what everyone loves to stuff pin cushions with these days... crushed walnut shells... also known as LIZZARD LITTER! 100% Unscented and sanitized crushed walnut shells, they actually do sell this stuff in big bags in pet stores as liner for small animal cages. We have 12 oz bags of it, (approx 2-1/3 C) which will generally fill two or maybe three 4 x 4-ish pin cushions. (depends on how full you want them.)
It makes your fobs and pillows 'heavy to the touch' so they feel really good. It gives them a little relaxed weight. It is ground large enough so that it doesn't 'leak' out of seams. So... visit the pet store for a lifetime supply, or just get a bag or two of this... *enough is as a feast*
99% Pure Aluminum Oxide... this is a super-fine grain emery abrasive powder that is used to stuff pin cushions and scissor fobs. A beautiful, clean white color... it's a cleaner, brighter filler than the traditional grey-black emery previously in our market.
Offered in a 4-oz package... 4 Tablespoons-ish to me... along with the emery material... you are treated to a WONDERFUL history and explanation of emery! (Rubies and Sapphires are made from the same substance... since the middle of the 1500's, there has been a need for this abrasive substance to clean steel needles. An entire page of really interesting info about this historic product is included, and I really, really enjoyed reading it!
Anyway, this powder is super-heavy to your hand, and is generally used as a needle-cleaning agent. It feels really good in your hand... as it weights your tiny fobs and cushions perfectly! Get some for your stash, to use for neat cushions, fobs and special sewing cases!
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