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Mini Stash 'n Store Trays - click for more     Mini Stash 'n Store Trays - click for more
Mini Stash 'n Store Trays - More Colors!
You may have seen the gigantic version of these in fabric stores... but these are HALF that size and measure in at a petite 2 x 4 x 1-1/4 inches in size! White plastic 'tubs' with a colored silicone lining... the little 'flower petal openings' in the silicone waves hold your 3-1/2 embroidery scissors, pens, larger needles, laying tools, even your glasses!!!

The soft silicone just nestles around anything you stick into these, but it pulls right out of the tub so you can wash it, (if you spill your Diet Coke in there by accident!) Just the most handy little table-top caddy, keeps everything right in one place, ready to grab!
Note: navy and gray are no longer color options.

Mini Stash 'n Store Aqua $9.50
Mini Stash 'n Store Mint $9.50
Mini Stash 'n Store Lime $9.50
Mini Stash 'n Store Purple $9.50
Mini Stash 'n Store Pink $9.50
Mini Stash 'n Store Red $9.50

The Gypsy Sit Upon - click for more The Gypsy Sit Upon
We think these are the COOLEST things! We haven't had them in stock for a few years, but found them again at Market! They are soft plastic pillows - 12 inches in diameter and 2-1/2 inches thick - designed to make you more comfortable when sitting for long periods (or short, for that matter!). Place one *behind your back* - upper or lower - which ever feels best for you. Then sit comfortably while stitching, quilting, reading, driving, surfing the net... whatever!

Softly inflated flexible disc (deep purple) prevents fatigue and reduces pressure on the tailbone. Helps relieve lower back pain, strengthens core muscles, and improves blood circulation. Nubby texture (see the little nibs all over one side???) allows cooling air flow and promotes improved blood circulation. Durable purple rubberized material remains soft and pliable... 'One Size Fits All!' Comes already inflated, will not deflate.


Needle Beetles - click for more Needle Beetles
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.

Needle Beetles - click for moreBecause 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!

Ornate Mother-of-Pearl Thread Winder - click for more
Ornate Mother-of-Pearl Thread Winder from Guilia Punti Antichi
What an intricate and exquisite thread winder to tuck into one of your special sewing cases!!!

Gently curved, a mere 2 x 2 of fillagreed detail, isn't it pretty?



Wooly Sheep Needle Minders - click to see more 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!!!


Glass Flower Counting Pins - click for more Glass Flower Pins by The Glasshopper - click for more
Glass Flower Counting Pins
The Glasshopper has made lovely sets of hand-made Lampwork Glass flowers and leaves - on pins. Poke them into your favorite pin cushions, and dress up sewing cases -- these are too pretty to hide away in a drawer. You'll recognize these from your Blackbird Circle of Friends Kit we sent you -- if you are in our Circle of Friends Club! Each flower or leaf is individually made of molten glass on a metal rod -- being warmed and shaped right in the flames of a blow torch!!!

Glass Acorns and Pumpkins! from The Glasshopper
The Glasshopper -- glass artist Jennifer Rakosnik has made us some tiny glass acorns with metal tops to adorn our sewing cases and pin cushions. Gorgeous little things.... I chose *earthy-acorn* colors of glass that are tucked into an antiqued bronze topper.
  • The single nuts measure 1/2 an inch wide and 1 inch long.
  • The double acorns measure about 3/4 an inch long and reach almost an inch and a half in width. Just beautiful! They each have a pair of green glass tendrils on them, and that metal hanging hook. So unique, so pretty... something lovely for your needlework or scissors!!!

Wayne's Book Stand - click for more
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 from Doodlin' Around - click for more 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 MINI-MINI is approx 6 inches high, and 11 inches wide. It features one set of 7-inch dowels, so your stitching area is approx 4 inches long x 6-1/2 inches across. Perfect for smaller things... or skinny band samplers... you can scroll your finished stitching up around the top or bottom dowels.
  • Lap Stitching Frames from Doodlin' Around - click for more
  • Next is The MINI (***NOT to be confused with the MINI MINI!) Just a bit larger, you get two dowel sets 9 and 12 inch, and since the sides are a little larger (they stand approx 7 inches high) your stitching area is approx 7 inches long, and either 9 or 12 inches wide -- depending on which dowels you use.
  • The largest is the Dutch Treat size! These side pieces are approx 9 inches high, and since there are 4 holes in them and three different dowel sets -- 12, 15 and 18 inch -- it's way too confusing for me to describe the options! (I didn't do well in Geometry class -- how's that for honesty?!)
  • Wonderful frames, very curvy and smooth!

    Doodler from Doodlin' Around Stitching Frames! - click for more LITTLE Doodler from Doodlin' Around - click for more 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!!!
    • The Lap Stitch LITTLE Doodler stands about 7 inches high and comes with 9 and 12 inch dowels, one set of knobs and one set of oak sidebars.
    • The Lap Stitch Doodler Frame is about 9 or 10 inches high and comes with 12, 15, and 18-inch dowels, along with the one set of knobs and one set of sidebars.

    Miniature Sampler Needle Minders from Kim's Needle Needfuls - click for more Miniature Sampler Needle Minders
    These are sweet bits of antique sampler images shrunk down and down and down... and mounted into 1-1/4 inch 'bottle-cap-type' miniature pie plates!!! Really neat, each features a pair of rare earth magnets on the back, so you can stick them to your metal chart board, the fridge (if yours will still do that!) the filing cabinet -- just anywhere magnets like to be. It'll hold your needle at the same time, and simply make you happy!
    Lovely images of the samplers -- we have at least 20 different pics on these, so we'll mix up the designs!


    Olde Fashioned Safety Pins Antique Gold - click for more Olde Fashioned Safety Pins Black - click for more Olde Fashioned Safety Pins - click for more
    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!


    Baby Floral Needlecases - click to see more 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!


    Glorious clay-covered needlecases - click to see more Floral Needlecases
    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!


    Victorian Mourning Pins - click to see more 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.


    Serious Scrap Bags! - click for more Serious Scrap Bags! - click for more 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!


    Telescoping Magnet
    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!


    Telescoping Magnet -- click to see a larger view

    Lighted Magnetic Pin Picker-Uppers - click for more 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!


    Mini Drill

    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!



    Mini Drill -- click here to see a larger view
    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!!!


    Flying Needles Thread Straightener Set

    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.


    Nap Brush -- click here to see a larger view

    Uncle Bills Tweezers -- click to see a larger view. Uncle Bill's Tweezers
    We love these tweezers! We've carried them for 30+ years. I thought I couldn't get them again, found a source, ordered 18, and received 18 UNITS of them - which was way more than I planned! SO... I mention them, because stock is 'really good' on them right now! These are very heavy-duty, compact, super-precise tweezers, with a super-sharp pointed tip.

    Because they are less than 2 inches long you have really good control of them. They are wonderful for picking out threads, so every stitching bag needs a pair. Every cosmetic bag, kitchen drawer and bathroom cabinet would love a pair too! Perennial Favorites! $11 each, for this year's Superbowl Weekend Sale... they are 3 for $30... and the 20% Off treat will still apply! How cool is that?


    Crushed Walnut Shells - click for more 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*


    The Calendar Series from Buttermilk BasinWhite Emery
    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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