Monthly Archives: January 2010

  • Wallace Sewell - new pin cushions and sewing pouches.

    Look at these lovely pin cushions and sewing pouches made with fabric by fabulous woven textile designers Wallace Sewell. (Check out their scarves and other products at

    The pouches, either filled or unfilled, make a great present - the lady who makes them says she gives a filled one to all the young men she knows and they are very well received!  They are actually based on old-fashioned 'hussifs' or 'housewifes', a little mending pouch given to soldiers in the First and Second World Wars to mend their uniforms......"OED definition: case for needles, thread etc. standard issue to British servicemen until sometime around the 1950s, after which time economies resulted in them having to provide their own. Roughly sewn from a rectangle of fabric, with one pocket, a needle-rest, and calico tape ties, it was nevertheless obviously ideal for its purpose and very long-lived."

    See the sea urchin pin cushions here and the sewing pouches here.

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  • Its freeeezing outside!....

    There's snow everywhere and we're all - quite appropriately - knitting. There's nothing like it for keeping the knees warm!

    Louisa Harding yarns Willow Tweed and Thistle are now in - as feted below. Find them in the wool section here.


    Also new in are two superchunky Freedom Wool pattern books for some quick cosy knits and a selection of recently added menswear and childrenswear pattern books. Find them here in Knitting Pattern Books.

  • Happy New Year!

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    Hello everybody! I hope you've all had a great Christmas and New Year and are well rested (not sure rested is the right word!) after the festivities.

    Now that's all out of the way, it's a great time of year to get stuck into your knitting and sewing projects and we've got lots of new things lined up for the website over the next couple of weeks.

    Look out for the wonderful Louisa Harding's two latest  yarns, 'Thistle' and 'Willow Tweed'. The beautifully styled pattern book 'Little Cake'  is available now in Books and Patterns, here, and it showcases both yarns in 26 really fabulous projects - traditional with a twist. In her own words: "Taking my lead from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and the beautiful landscape around where I live, I have combined the idea of childhood fantasy and storytelling with introducing beautiful yarns, colours and designs."  The yarns will be on the website in the next few days.

    Also coming soon are a new range of jersey fabrics, some organic cords and velvets and the 5 brand new Colette sewing patterns - so watch this space!