Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Hours

Today we are having our front driveway re-concreted. They dug up all the old concrete yesterday and are busy putting metal down and whacking it flat, then the concrete will be brought in. It will be so good to have a flat driveway rather than the broken bumpy concrete that has been there recently. So until Boxing Day anyone visiting us will have to park on the road and walk down a narrow path on the left side of the driveway. I am open Friday and Saturday but will then close until Friday 27th. We are still around if you need something, so just give us a call and we'll open up.
Thank you for your business over the last year, we appreciate it and seeing what you have done.
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Dianne and Colin

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Cracker Snaps

It is that time of year once again. Why not make your own christmas crackers this year - then you can choose what goes in them. You are sure to make much better ones than you can buy. Have the kids make their own party hats, find some small items to go in (you can even personalise them for the recipient) and then make the crackers. Once again the kids could decorate them or you can go to town and make really fancy ones for little cost. The cracker snaps just add that professional 'bang' you need.
Our cracker snaps are 10 for NZ$3. Call in and get them soon.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Retro Clean and Lite Fusible Alternatives

I have just received in a new shipment of items which included some RetroClean. This product is wonderful for using with vintage fabrics such as doyleys and tables cloths to get them looking brand new again.
Just soak for 48 hours, preferably in the sunlight, and you will be surprised by how clean your fabrics become.Recommended by Cindy Needham when she taught here in Palmerston North back in May 2013. Comes in 1lb package for NZ$30 and 110gram packets for NZ$10. Why not try some?
Also in the parcel were some alternative lite fusibles since we cannot get the Steam-A-Seam Lite at this time due to production problems. Try this replacement for the 1/4" Steam-A-Seam tape - it has the same tacky quality, peel off the paper backing and fuse into place. NZ$11 for 40 yards

In the larger sized pieces we have Pellon Lite EZ Steam 11. These sheets are 12" x 9" for NZ$2.40 each. Peel one side of the paper backing off and press to your fabrics reverse side. Is tacky so will stay until you fuse. Cut out shape and peel off remaining paper backing and lay in place before ironing to fuse in place.
Pellon is a well known brand here. I have made up some samples so you can see what it does and how it feels.
Also available is some Soft Fuse Premium. Available in 8" x 9" sheets NZ$2.20 each
Come in and see the samples and check out what you might like to stitch with.