Claire's Threads

  • New Yarns for Spring

    We had a very successful trip to the trade show in Birmingham last week - lots of exciting new yarns :)

    Arriving soon will be Hoooked Zpagetti.  This yarn is perfect for knitting and crochet - especially for beginners as it knits on large needles and hooks.  Made from strips of recycled cotton from the fashion industry this is a really exciting product.  The yarn, pattern book and kits are available to pre-order now

    More yarns from Bergere de France are on there way -25 shades of Coton Fifty, a cotton mix 4 ply, including new shades just £2.85 for 50g and Cabourg - a lovely double knit yarn containing Hemp.  Both yarns are included in Magazine 166

    New from Peter Pan is Merino Baby Double Knit - this is a 100% Superwash wool in pretty baby shades, as well as the yarn there will be patterns and a book - due mid April but available to pre-order now

    There are some lovely new yarns coming up from Rowan - including a silk mix sock yarn, more news soon :-)

    This weeks free pattern is for a tea cosy using 1 ball of Wendy Happy - click here to download your pattern

  • Sewing

    So, when I am not sorting out wool and updating the website I like to sew.  I also teach dressmaking workshops at the Textile Space, a lovely converted barn in the village of Charlton near Chichester in West Sussex.

    Last weekend I was teaching 4 students to make a wrap dress, we had a lovely couple of days and as 3 of the ladies were keen knitters we had lots to talk about.

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    This week it was tailored trousers and jeans - 6 ladies were on this workshop and after a morning of pattern cutting and altering the rest of the two days were spent stitching until 4 pairs of trousers and 2 pairs of jeans were created.

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    Tomorrow I am off to the NEC in Birmingham to the Craft, Hobby & Stitch International show - this is the trade show where I can go and meet new suppliers look at lots of new yarns and come back to tell you all about it :)  Looking forward to seeing whats new.

     

     

     

  • Bergere de France

    Its always exciting when deliveries arrive but this one is particularly good - the new yarns from Bergere de France are here :)

    Eclipse and Boheme are both cotton mix yarns with lovely texture.  Eclipse has a subtle sparkle to give your garments glamor.  Both yarns are 20% off rrp at £3.16 per ball, they knit on 4.5mm needles and designs can be found in the new Magazine 166

    We also now have in stock Magazines 164 which is for beginners - exciting designs to inspire learners or improvers.  And Magazine 165, 38 beautiful designs for babies.

    We love Origin Collection 005.  Beautifully photographed on ballet dancers this book contains garments knitted with yarn from the Origin range.  Cashmere, Silk and Alpaca as well as Soy and Lait.  We will be stocking this yarn very soon - it is available to pre-order now.

    We will be stocking other Bergere de France yarns - let us know what your favorites are and we will get them in first.

    Don't forget you can get an extra 10% off your first order when entering the discount code WELCOME to your shopping cart.

  • Whats New?

    We have had lots of new yarns arrive this week.  Very Exciting :)

    Rico have bought out several new yarns for spring.  Fashion Summer and Summer Print are 100% Cotton tape, it is a really soft yarn and knits on large needles to create lovely garments.  Six shades in the plain and the print means there is lots of choice and at just £3.20 per ball (rrp £3.99) its a great price too.  Looking forward to trying this out

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    Also new from Rico is Superba Cotton Stretch - this is a 4 ply with stretch - perfect for socks.

    I have just unpacked a big box of cotton - Rico Creative Cotton aran - there are 28 shades in this yarn - perfect for knitting and crochet.  The new pattern book for the Patchwork Family is made in this yarn - great fun characters from mice to hippos and only £2.30.

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    Another new book with knitting and crochet ideas is Knitting ideas 03 - 19 patterns for everything from pot holders to cushion covers - where to start!

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    Will unpack the rest of the boxes and let you know what we have :)

     

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