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CHA Summer 2011 | Woolbuddy

A new company that caught our eye at this year’s CHA was Woolbuddy – Handmade Cuties.IMG_0029Woolbuddy features the CUTEST handmade toys, all created from wool felt.  The designs are really cute!IMG_0026
The WoolBuddy collection consists of all kinds of colorful animals, sea creatures, friendly looking monsters.  And sheep.  You can’t be a “Wool” company without sheep, right?IMG_0028
The kits come packaged with everything you need to create your creature (felt, needles and instructions).image
We’re really excited about Woolbuddy, and can’t wait to try it out.  Have you ever needle felted before?  What kind of creature would you like to create?

CHA Summer 2011: Trend Spotting Embroidery and Needlework

We spotted lots of stitching at CHA!

Dimensions by EK Success has cool new embroidery kits designed by Claudine Hellmuth:

These are transfer pattern packs that include 19 charming themed designs. A selection of embroidery floss is included.

Each design can be transferred multiple times.

I was pretty excited to see crewelwork kits by Dimensions at EK Success.

Crewel is a tapestry embroidery worked in wool yarn on a sturdy fabric. These kits include needles, wool, and background fabric. These patterns are modern and fun.

Dimensions also has fun projects for the holidays using felt applique and embroidery stitches.

And for traditional stitchers, Dimensions has detailed cross stitch and needlepoint kits:

Such detailed stitching!

Look at the embroidery on the very appealing felt supplies from Handbehg Felts:

Handbehg has kits for fiber enthusiasts too:

They have lovely hand felted balls in a variety of sizes.

They even sell little natural acorn tops in case you forgot to collect them yourself last fall and can’t wait to have your own pot of colorful acorns:

Panchakanya Nepal Enterprises also has thick natural felted wool in appealing colors for your projects.

I like these beaded applique squares:

and these embroidered felt beads:

Bucilla Craft, by Plaid Enterprises, has offered seasonal needlecraft kits and patterns for more than a century.

Traditional cross stitch is very meditative!

We R Memory Keepers offers innovative tools to make it easy to embroider on your paper and card projects.

They have the Sew Easy in this nice kit with a colorful variety of threads:

Now they have the new Sew Stamper. You can get the look of stitching with a simple rolling stamp.

We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon tool really makes an impression:

With this tool, magnets allow for placement anywhere on the page. Use the piercing tool and the guides to punch through even extra thick cardstock.

They have a nifty plastic sticky needle that makes sewing paper with ribbon or twine super easy:

Ready to get stitching? I am!

CHA: Hard-to-Find Tools for Needle Arts

Have you been searching for various tools and not been able to find them?  We can completely understand that type of frustration!

Bobbin Lace Kit
Well, at the Craft and Hobby Show we came across the “Lacis” company. 
Boning & Costuming Supplies

Lacis is a company in Berkley, California that carries hard to find tools, books and materials.  They have an entire selection devoted to minor needle arts including lace making, knitting, tatting, braiding, costume embroidery, rug making, and weaving.

Lace Bobbins, Finger Prickers and Punches
Below is just a sampling of some of the items that they carry.  
Lucet, etc.
Tatting, felting and sewing supplies
Bead Looms
If you like making period costumes, they are a good source for supplies and materials.  They also have the “Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles” where they offer a great selection of classes.  The museum website has a great slide show of some the interesting tools that they have in their museum collection.
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