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Newsletter May 2022

May 9, 2022

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Hello Lovely Ladies
I am getting in early this month to tell you about a few changes at the Eye Of A Needle. From time to time it’s important to reassess what is selling well and where we could do better, so this month we are looking at a few items that we need to move on.
Life in retail always has its challenges, and with that come some necessary changes to stock supplies that we will carry in the future. I know what sells well in our store, and I also know what doesn’t move so quickly! In light of this, we will be creating an area for discontinued items over the next few days. There will be some GREAT bargains in store for you!

KNITTING NEWS

I don’t pride myself as a great knitter although I can knit a basic pattern. I am however a colour nut which is why the vibrant colours in the Malabrigo range appeal to me, and obviously to many of you as well!
Malabrigos Rios is one of the products everyone is loving and I would like to stock more of. The Rios yarn is a 100% merino superwash; this soft, strong and washable worsted yarn is one of the most popular in the range. The plies help resist pilling, and its washability makes it ideal for frequently-worn garments. Spun from premium superwash merino, it comes in an array of watercolour-multi, semi-solid, and variegated colourways.

Rios is kettle-dyed in small batches by artisan dyers and is full of subtle variation. It’s important to get enough yarn to complete each project since each bag is a different dye lot, and hanks may even vary within the same bag due to the dying process. To ensure random colour distribution, work from two hanks of yarn at once, alternating a few rows from each.

The DMC Hollie Range is also a popular yarn for the little ones in a cashmere, merino & silk mix. It is slightly more expensive at $17 ball but most baby patterns only require 2 or 3 x 50g balls of this super soft yarn. I plan to stock the full set of colours in this range as well as the gorgeous baby patterns provided by DMC. Kiwi Stitch Knitting patterns sell really well here as well, and will continue to be available in store and online.

As new winter stock starts arriving in May I will build up both the Malabrigo and Hollie DMC ranges, and also more of the CHIAOGOO knitting products. We are the only supplier of ChiaoGoo in the central North Island, and many knitters are switching from other brands to build up their interchangeable sets in the ChiaoGoo range.

Unfortunately for some of you, this will mean that regular Broadway Yarns in DK and 4 ply, and Sirdar 4 ply will gradually move off the shelves at The Eye Of A Needle to be replaced by good supplies of Malabrigo and DMC Hollie. Please be assured that you can still buy these other yarns in Taupo! The Woolshed has a much wider range of yarns available and I will be sending customers around to support their shop if we are unable to supply your needs here in our store.

DID YOU KNOW???!!!
We recently upgraded our cute MINI to a Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vehicle, and David spent the weekend removing all the sign writing off the side and back. When I next drove in to town I felt NAKED as the only way my car could be identified was by my registration plate – which would make NO SENSE to anyone trying to figure it out without the clues on our sign writing!

For your information … we are officially

THE EYE OF A NEEDLE – TEOAN for short!

Not to be confused with eye of THE needle, Eye of Needle or any other derivative. This may explain why some of you are unable to find us online – it’s all in the spelling and you need to remember the THE!!! Our personalised plate is the clue! TEOAN1
WEBSITE UPDATE
By the time you read this, I am hopeful that our website is fully functioning, and you will be able to shop online. The fabric side of things is STILL coming!!!
It has ended up being such a huge, time consuming job, and I am dependent on other people to get this all running smoothly; we are nearly there!!

As BERNINA is still in SALE mode until May 22nd, you will find all BERNINA items on sale discounted on the website – pop over and have a look at www.theeyeofaneedle.co.nz

I still have two Bernina Accessory cases available for $157.40. These cases have a place for EVERYTHING! If you want to keep all your feet in one case, then this is the way to go, including a special compartment for your BSR, and your walking foot!

WANDERER’S WIFE SEW ALONG
Last Friday saw the end of our Wanderer’s Wife Sew Along. I am so proud of some of the wonderful efforts of some of our participants in this project. Attached are a couple of samples completed by Viv and Maggie.
It has been amazing to see how different fabrics can pull together a completely different look, and these photos speak for themselves. It will be great to see a few more of these quilts finished and ready for the exhibition in June.

THE EYE OF A NEEDLE ‘MYSTERY QUILT’
Following on from the success of the Wanderer’s Wife Sew Along, popular demand would suggest there is interest in another collective monthly Sew Along. We will now focus on our in-house Mystery Quilt.
Some of you have mentioned that you don’t really like the idea of a MYSTERY – this is no different to putting together any kind of sampler – the ‘mystery’ is simply that we don’t know what pattern is coming next!
We gained inspiration from Bernina’s blog ‘The Old Block Sampler Quilt Along’ which has been posted and added to over the last 12 months.
You can follow a link here:
https://blog.bernina.com/en/2021/03/sewing-old-patchwork-blocks
There are some really unusual but highly effective blocks in this sampler quilt top, made up of traditional blocks all measuring different sizes. At the end of the project you get given a choice of at least 6 different layouts for your blocks, so no two quilts will look the same.
The challenge will be in learning some new techniques, including how to stitch Y-Seams, and some foundation paper piecing. and you get to choose the fabrics you want to use for your quilt top!

This is how it will work – you sign up for the Mystery Quilt, and each month for the next 12 months, we will supply you with TWO block patterns, which you will need to complete before you get your next TWO patterns the following month. This means you will need to complete your blocks to show us before you receive the next pattern (either in person or by screen shot). You will need 18-20 Fat Quarters to make the quilt top, which ideally we would like you to buy from us at The Eye Of A Needle. The finishing will be up to you.

We will launch the first pattern for our MYSTERY QUILT on Friday 3rd June. The cost will be $10 month. We are happy to send the patterns to you each month, or you can pick up in store – but we will need EVIDENCE that you have completed your homework each month!
The Sew Along class will be held on the FIRST FRIDAY of the month, starting on 3rd June.
TAUPO QUILTMAKERS have their bi-annual Quilt Exhibition at the Great Lake Centre from 24th – 26th June. This was a huge event 2 years ago, and we look forward to being a merchant again at the Exhibition as well as having the shop open all weekend. We expect many quilters will travel to Taupo for this long Matariki themed weekend, and there is certainly enough talent amongst the Taupo Quiltmaking ladies to warrant a great display of beautiful quilts. Mark it in your diary now!
The NZ Quilt Symposium registry of classes was released late last week. If you have already registered for this event from October 4-9th October in Lower Hutt, you will have received all the relevant information via email.
If you would like to go in the draw to win a brand new Bernina B475QE sewing machine, we have raffle tickets available in store for $2 ticket, or $10 for a book of 5.
There are plenty of exciting classes on offer with tutors from NZ and Australia. The earlier you registered for the symposium, the more likely you are to get your first choice for classes – I’m finding it very hard to choose which class I would like to do the most!
In the mean time, there is plenty to do around the shop, and we have some beautiful new fabrics arriving weekly at the moment. As part of my culling process, there are quite a few 1/2 metre bundles on sale now, so get in early for the best bargain!
There are several spaces still available for our Wednesday and Thursday afternoon classes – $80 for the term. Please ask in store if you are interested in sewing your way through Term 2 on a regular basis.

Happy Stitching

Kay

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Newsletter April 2022

April 18, 2022

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Hello Lovely Ladies
Easter weekend is almost done and dusted for another year – it has been heartening to have Taupo buzzing with visitors over the weekend, and we have been blessed with pretty amazing weather for most of it. As I look out my living room window on a rare day at home, it’s so lovely to see all the boaties, jet skis and the odd yacht out on the water enjoying these beautiful Autumn days.
I have chosen to continue my regular Monday/Admin day with this newsletter – with 2 Mondays being Public holidays this month I still need to fit my Admin in somewhere!
You may have noticed if you have been in store recently on a Monday that Donna Johansen is now my Permanent Part Time Monday lady (or Thursday if Mondays are a holiday). Donna moved to Taupo from Taumarunui late last year and is very gifted with her sewing, in particular with doll making. I hope to be able to twist her arm at some stage to take a doll making class- the ladies we have met so far who Donna has created are exceptional works of art with personalities to match. Something I have always wanted to make, so watch this space…we will try and lock in a class sometime later in the year.

Having Donna and Carol in the shop on Mondays has released me to spend Mondays in my office. Our newly revamped website is now LIVE, and we have several hundred products loaded and available for you to now buy online. I am expecting a huge shipment of Grunge to arrive this week and I’m halfway through loading all the colours and codes on to the shopping platform. Once I have this perfected, fabric will also be available to purchase online as it comes in.
KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – 2nd week of School Holidays
Tuesday 26^th April/ Thursday 28^th April 2022
With two short weeks over the School Holidays this month, we can only offer an Advanced Class next week, for those girls who have previously attended a Beginner Class with us.

Even kids need UFO days, as sometimes projects don’t quite get completed in class – there is nothing worse than trying to rush to get a job done – but also to then throw it in the cupboard because it didn’t get completed in the time frame available is a bit rough. We’re all about encouraging the kids to finish what they started, so will be offering a UFO option as an aside to our usual Kid’s Holiday Programme, which means instead of starting another new project, any unfinished objects can be completed!
Alternatively we have a couple of other projects which may be of interest…

1. A lunch bag made from Laminate fabric – the girls can choose their own fabric, and we will laminate it, before they make their lunch bag. This is quite a simple pattern, so should be completed in one day.
The class fee is $70 and includes fabric required for the bag.

2. A patchwork cushion. We did a class a couple of years ago which was really successful – the girls made a simple cushion with hearts sewn into each square. A great way to use scraps and also to perfect a ¼’’ seam as all the squares are sewn together. I have some precut squares if this appeals or the girls can bring their own fabric.
The class fee is $70 and includes a fabric pack – or $50 if you bring your own fabric

Please let me know this week if any of these options appeal, and when you register, let me know which option you would like to choose. Hopefully if we can complete some of these small things, then in the July holidays, we will be all caught up and ready for a brand new project!

A DAY AT THE ZOO PLAYMAT
We have now released the first kit for ‘ A Day at the Zoo’ playmat and have ended up with 2 extra full kits.
If you thought you might like to give this project a go, now is your chance to grab a left over kit!
The construction of this interactive playmat will be a great way to master your applique and quilting skills.
The BOM will cost $45 month which includes the pattern and kit. Postage outside of Taupo will be extra.
WANDERER’S WIFE SEW ALONG
For those of you doing the Wanderer’s Wife Sew Along … our FINAL Sew Along will be on Friday 6th May.
This will be a perfect opportunity for you to get your quilt top completed and ready to enter in the Taupo Quiltmaker’s Exhibition at the end of June.
BY ANNIE CATCH ALL CADDY
Friday/Saturday 29th/30th April

Places are filling up fast for this 2 day class at the end of this month. The Catch All Caddy is one of the easier By Annie projects I have made, and after completing one caddy to store all my shop bits and pieces in, I now want to make another one to bring my homework in each night. It’s such a lovely light bag to carry and also a nice way to showcase some of your favourite fabric.

You will love this sturdy over-sized caddy with lots of easy-to-access slip pockets and dividers to hold and organize all your supplies.

Six slip pockets on the exterior provide easy access to tools and supplies and a zippered pocket on one end keeps personal items safe and secure.

Expanding dividers on the inside open to organize a multitude of supplies or collapse to fall flat against the interior of the caddy affording a wide-open interior for plenty of storage possibilities.

Comfy padded fabric handles make carrying easy. They attach with rectangle rings which allow them to fall flat against the front or back of the caddy. The finished caddy measures 7″H x 13½”W x 6½”D.

Our workshop will run on Friday/Saturday 29th/30th April from 9:30am – 4pm. The class fee will be $50.
I highly recommend choosing your fabric and having all your pieces cut out and quilted before starting the class. It saves so much time and means you should manage to complete your bag by the end of Day 2.
if you have registered already, but haven’t yet chosen the colour of your hardware, this will need to be done this week so I can order more if necessary please.
THE EYE OF A NEEDLE ‘MYSTERY QUILT’
Carol has been beavering away for the past 2-3 months on a quilt top that is a little bit different. We gained inspiration from Bernina’s blog ‘The Old Block Sampler Quilt Along’ which has been posted and added to over the last 12 months. There are some really unusual but highly effective blocks in this sampler quilt top, made up of traditional blocks all measuring different sizes. At the end of the project you get given a choice of at least 6 different layouts for your blocks, so no two quilts will look the same.
The challenge will be in learning some new techniques, including how to stitch Y-Seams, and some foundation paper piecing.

This is how it will work – you sign up for the Mystery Quilt, and each month for the next 12 months, we will supply you with TWO block patterns, which you will need to complete before you get your next TWO patterns the following month. This means you will need to complete your blocks to show us before you receive the next pattern (either in person or by screen shot). You get to choose your own fabrics. You will need 18-20 Fat Quarters, which ideally we would like you to buy from us at The Eye Of A Needle.

We will launch the first pattern for our MYSTERY QUILT on Friday 3rd June. The cost will be $10 month. We are happy to send the patterns to you each month, or you can pick up in store – but we will need EVIDENCE that you have completed your homework each month!

BERNINA SALE STARTS TUESDAY 19TH APRIL
It’s that time of year again when Bernina have their annual Mother’s Day Sale. The sale starts TOMORROW and continues until 22nd May. It’s a great opportunity to buy those extra feet and accessories for your Bernina sewing machine, with a 20% discount.
There are also some very good deals on some Bernina sewing machines which are in stock in the warehouse at present and on all Bernette sewing machines which are more readily available right now.
Check out this latest Bernina release – a brand new B735 reduced by $1000 in this sale – now $5499!
TERM TWO EVENTS
We have several big events on our calendar over the next couple of months.

The weekend of 13th – 15th May, David and I will travel to New Plymouth and I will be teaching a class with some of the ladies from the Hine St Quiltmaker’s group. The class will be based around a Bernina project, and while the ladies are sewing, David will hopefully be able to do some quick sewing machine servicing. It’s also a lovely chance to catch up with family who live there.

TAUPO QUILTMAKERS have their bi-annual Quilt Exhibition at the Great Lake Centre from 24th – 26th June. This was a huge event 2 years ago, and we look forward to being a merchant at the Exhibition as well as having the shop open all weekend as many quilters will travel to Taupo for this long Matariki themed weekend.
It has been lovely to have a nice relaxing Easter weekend, even if today has been a ‘work’ day writing this newsletter. Last weekend we celebrated the wedding of my second son Willie, who married Amelia, his love of 12 years at The Olive Grove by Black Barn in Havelock North. We had a splendid Hawkes Bay autumn day! I’m hanging out to see some decent photos – the happy couple have just returned from their honeymoon in Tasmania and will be back to work tomorrow in Sydney after a month away in NZ. I am so looking forward to their permanent return to New Zealand at the end of this year!
I hope there is something in this newsletter that has inspired you to start a new project, or finish an existing one

Happy Stitching!
Kay

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Newsletter February 2022

February 22, 2022

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
I always aim to get the newsletter out at the beginning of each month – well this month has only one week left in it, so I’m a bit behind this round – even if there are only 28 days in February.
All our term classes have now started, and we have good numbers in all of them – there are still a couple of spots in the Wednesday and Thursday afternoon classes; if you would like to sign up on a weekly basis rather than for the whole term, while we have gaps it’s ok with me to do it that way, especially if you need help with a certain project.

The Foundation Paper piecing class being taught by Maryann Paterson at the Acacia Bay Hall, was launched 2 Fridays ago and from what I gather, everyone behaved themselves and can’t wait for the March class!

We also launched ‘Stonefield’ last Friday, which is a BOM project designed by Susan Smith from ‘notjuzahuswife’ – it’s a big hand-stitching project which will take ALL year, but lots of fun and some challenging 6-1/2” blocks to churn out each month.
Now that we have the two biggies underway for the year, we have time to focus on some smaller projects which we can slot in to the calendar on the odd Friday or spare Saturday.
BERNINA/ BERNETTE OVERLOCKER CLASS
Our Bernette/Bernina Overlocker class is scheduled for this Friday 25th February, and a second class on Saturday 26th February,
For any of you who have purchased a Bernina or bernette Overlocker from us at The Eye Of A Needle over the past 4 years, I will be taking a class to teach you all about the functions you didn’t know your overlocker can be used for.
In this class you will make samples using a variety of different fabrics, which you can label and add to your manual. You will learn how to change needles and knobs to create new stitches, and how to thread your machine the easy way. I’m sorry but the class is only available for owners of Bernina or bernette overlockers, and your machine needs to be in good working order to attend.
We will cover the cost of fabric and labels; you come to the class with your coloured threads and manual and I will teach you some new tricks.
There are still a couple of spots available on Saturday so if you want to join in, let me know as soon as you can if you would like to come along.
The class fee will be $40 for the day, from 10am – 2.30pm. Bring your lunch. Morning tea will be provided.

A DAY AT THE ZOO PLAYMAT
We will start putting the kits together for the playmat this week, so if you have signed up for this BOM, you will most likely receive an email separately from me about this in the next few days.

The construction of this interactive playmat will be a great way to master your applique and quilting skills!
We will be running this as a Block of the Month, starting in March and running for 10 months. We will put together the kit for you each month and you can either pick up in store, or we can post to you. If you have little ones in your life that need something super cute to lie or play on, this is a practical way to do both – and it is such fun to make!
The BOM will cost $40 month which includes the pattern and kit. Postage outside of Taupo will be extra.
I originally set the cut off date for mid February, but we’ve been a bit busy launching the other projects this month, so you still have time to sign up if you have been contemplating doing this project. The FINAL cut off date will be TOMORROW – Wednesday 23rd February as I have now ordered the patterns from Australia and once they are gone they’re gone!
WANDERER’S WIFE SEW ALONG
For those of you doing the Wanderer’s Wife Sew Along … our next Sew Along will be next Friday 4th March, when we will be focusing on Section 9.
I have completed my quilt and it is hanging up in the shop, so its much easier to identify the sections now.
BY ANNIE CATCH ALL CADDY

Carol made the ‘Catch All Caddy’ during lock down last year – and I have been coveting it ever since as I would like to have my own caddy on the workbench to keep everything nice and tidy. You can check out our sample in the shop, in gorgeous Kaffe Fassett bright pink and red florals with black & white trim.
It has been much admired in store, so we have decided to run a class on making your own Catch All Caddy, and it’s a good excuse for me to make one too.

You will love this sturdy over-sized caddy with lots of easy-to-access slip pockets and dividers to hold and organize all your supplies.

Six slip pockets on the exterior provide easy access to tools and supplies and a zippered pocket on one end keeps personal items safe and secure.

Expanding dividers on the inside open to organize a multitude of supplies or collapse to fall flat against the interior of the caddy affording a wide-open interior for plenty of storage possibilities.

Comfy padded fabric handles make carrying easy. They attach with rectangle rings which allow them to fall flat against the front or back of the caddy.

The finished caddy measures 7″H x 13½”W x 6½”D.
We will run a 2-day workshop on Friday/Saturday 29th/30th April
from 9:30am – 4pm. The class fee will be $50.
We recommend choosing your fabrics and quilting your quilt sandwich before starting the class as it saves so much time in the class if this is already done.
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WEBSITE UPDATE

For those of you who have visited the shop recently, you will notice that my Office has now become the batting/storeroom. My ‘new’ office has moved out the back of the shop into the old batting/ storeroom, and David has given it a bit of a spruce up with fresh paint and better lighting. I won’t be putting a ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign on the door, but have to confess I get very distracted when I hear all the chatter out in the shop and I want to join in…this is NOT a good distraction when I have a website to create!
I have started to make Mondays my Admin day, so that I can focus on loading fabric on to our website. It’s a big job! If you go on to our website at the moment, the online shop tab will say it is ‘under maintenance’. I want the online shop to be easy to navigate, so there is plenty of tweaking and perfecting going on behind the scenes, and hopefully by the end of March, we will have everything loaded with photos and descriptions and a billion ways to pay online.
Once the 50 bolts of MODA Grunge fabric are loaded and we know the system is working and flowing well, I will add more fabric online as it comes in to the store. Other items will also be available to purchase once I have uploaded all the descriptions and prices. It WILL be worth waiting for!

I am still on the lookout for a Monday lady to relieve things during busy times – an opportunity to increase hours as we get busier with the website is probable. Please let me know if you might be interested in this position.
It’s been an exciting last 6 months on the family front with little Lucy now over 4 months old and growing like a wee mushroom. I am taking a couple of days off early April as my son Willie and his fiancé Amelia, are finally able to return home from Sydney to get married in Havelock North.
Getting all the family together these days is a bit of a mission, so I am very much looking forward to the wedding on April 8th and having some time with all my kiddos.

It’s another busy month ahead as the mornings get darker and the evenings get longer – it feels like there is more sewing time somehow. Carol and I are putting a few samples together at the moment so next month we will have a couple of nice surprises for you and some exciting new projects to tempt you with.

Happy Stitching
Kay

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Newsletter January 2022

January 10, 2022

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
Happy New Year to you all! What a great start to 2022 with such stunning weather in Taupo. I’m so glad I invested in a little portable fan before Christmas – it has been working overtime the past 2 weeks!
It’s been so lovely to have had some stunning sunsets looking out over the lake with hand stitching on my lap in the evenings since Christmas. I’m working on a couple of hand stitching samples in preparation for classes starting in February – so even though its relaxing, the pressure is still on to be 2 steps ahead of the class!

We still have the odd spot available in our Term classes listed below. If you have been looking to join a sewing group, there are one or 2 spaces left in these ones; I suggest you sign up quick as there is usually a bit of action once the newsletter goes out!
Here is a summary of our 2022 classes with places still available:

Patchwork & Quilting Class
Tuesday 10am -12.30pm – start date Tuesday 1st February
This is a class for those who love patchwork and like a challenge making new blocks, so there will be some teaching on technique. You are welcome to bring along your own patchwork project if you would like to join a class for both fellowship and needlecraft challenges. This class will cost $100 term.

Tuesday NIGHT CLASS – 7pm – 9pm
(starting Tuesday 1st February)
This class is suitable for those people who have busy day lives. You are welcome to come along and make a project of your own choice or pick one of our on-trend projects.
Class fees for the term are $80.00. Maximum class size is 8 people.

Wednesday Afternoon Class 1:30pm – 4pm
(starting Wednesday 2nd February)
You can bring your own sewing project, or choose from one of ours in this class. The fee will be $80.00 per term. We ask that the majority of your fabrics be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle.
BEGINNER’S SEWING CLASS
Thursday 10am – 12:30pm
This class is for a Beginning Sewist. We will teach you how to ‘drive’ your sewing machine and you can make simple projects to reinforce these skills.
The class will cost $100.00 per term. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and fabrics and patterns need to be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle.
KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
Our next Kid’s Beginner’s Programme will be held on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th January 2022. Each student will receive their own brand new Bernette ‘Sew & Go 3’ sewing machine that they get to use in class and then take home. We will teach students the basics of how to use their new machine and then work with them to make their own tote bag.
Class Fee: $300 (includes a brand new sewing machine)
$150 deposit is required to secure a place in this class – maximum class size is 6 students – aged 10+.
Kids will need to bring their lunch. A sewing kit is also available for purchase for $40 and is highly recommended so all the kids are using the same tools in class.

Our Advanced Kid’s Programme will take place the following week on Tuesday 25th January from 10am – 4pm. This will be a ONE DAY ONLY class. The kids will learn how to make their own zippy bag – useful as a make up bag, pencil case, hair ties bag, or numerous other options bag!
The class size will be limited to 8. The girls must have completed a Beginner Class with us before they are eligible to enrol in an Advanced Class. Class fee will be $30 + fabric supplies.
JANUARY CALENDAR
Because we don’t have our regular classes until February, and also because not everyone gets to go on holiday in January, we will have some ‘Drop In’ days on Wednesdays & Fridays over the summer holidays. You can drop in at 10am, and you can stay and sew until 3pm if you want. Bring whatever UFO project you want to sew or finish and enjoy the company of others around the sewing table.

You MUST register for these days as there will be limited room around the table. Bring your lunch and $5 for each ‘Drop In’ day you attend. You can register for as many of these as you wish over January.

Dates for these ‘Drop In’ days will be:
Wednesday 12th January, Friday 14th January, Wednesday 19th January,
Friday 21st January, Wednesday 26th January

A DAY AT THE ZOO PLAYMAT
The construction of this interactive playmat will be a great way to master your applique and quilting skills!
We will be running this as a Block of the Month, starting in March and running for 10 months. We will put together the kit for you each month and you can either pick up in store, or we can post to you. If you have little ones in your life that need something super cute to lie or play on, this is a practical way to do both – and it is such fun to make!
The BOM will cost $40 month which includes the pattern and kit. Postage outside of Taupo will be extra.
The close off date to sign up for this project is 11th February
THE EYE OF A NEEDLE – WEEKEND RETREAT
Registrations are now being taken for our weekend retreat – dates are yet to be locked in but hopefully the weekend of 2/3 July will be the go.
We will make a weekend of it from Friday afternoon until after lunch Sunday. If you are at all interested, please let me know before the end of January. You have plenty of time so lock this in your diary and plan ahead! Meals will be a shared affair to keep costs down, and all you will need to pay for is your accommodation. We hope for some delicious gourmet recipes to be shared, as well as lots of creative juices to flow over this weekend.
BY ANNIE.COM – Switchback Convertible Backpack/Shoulder Bag

There has always got to be a new ByAnnie bag to make! The Switchback bag is a sturdy and versatile satchel, just the right size for running around town or taking on a trip. Adjustable straps make it easy to carry the bag in a variety of ways: over the shoulder, cross body, or as a backpack.

Switchback is designed to be made with a variety of fabrics, alternating them for a fun colour-block style. The colour-block design shows on both the front pocket and flap AND on the bag back.
A recessed zipper at the top keeps everything safe and secure and the flap may be secured to the front of the bag using attached hardware. Accessory straps on each side of the bag may be used to secure a ring of keys or a carabiner, or they may be used to help shape and close the bag. Exterior and interior pockets in a variety of styles carry and organize all of the day’s essentials. Switchback’s shape and design make it perfect for men or women of any age!
The bag measures 11″H x 11″W x 3½” D at top, 11″H x 11″W x 4½”D at bottom.

A workshop to make the Switchback bag on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th January – just before school and our regular classes start again. As is normal for these bags, cutting out and quilting your pieces before class will ensure that you will get your bag finished in class.
The cut off date for this class is17th January, so we can ensure we have the necessary hardware in for you in time for the class.

PLEASE NOTE: I am waiting for a big order to come from By Annie, which was due mid December. If for any reason the Soft & Stable batting is delayed in this shipment, we will need to postpone the class until later in the term. The joys of overseas freight and ongoing shipping dramas!
BERNINA/BERNETTE OVERLOCKER CLASS

We have sold a lot of overlockers over the past 12 months. I know when I purchased my first overlocker at least 30 years ago, I only ever really used it as a 4 thread serger to neaten my seams when dressmaking. Overlockers are designed to do SO MUCH MORE!

For any of you who have purchased a Bernina or bernette Overlocker from us at The Eye Of A Needle over the past 4 years, we will be holding a class to teach you all about the other functions your overlocker can be used for. In this class you will make samples using a variety of different fabrics, which you can label and add to your manual. Unfortunately this class is only available for owners of Bernina or bernette overlockers; your machine needs to be in good working order to attend this class.
We will cover the cost of fabric and labels; you come to the class with your threads and manual and we will teach you some new tricks. The class fee will be $40.
Dates for this class are Friday 25th February OR Saturday 26th Feb from 10am – 2pm

FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING WITH MARYANN
We have been busy organising and cutting chosen fabrics for those ladies doing the Foundation Paper Piecing ‘Coral Reef’ Quilt with Maryann Paterson, starting on February 11th.

This class has filled fast; there is ONE place left, so if you have been thinking about it, now is the time to commit. Your $280 deposit will cover the cost of papers needed for the class, and we will require this ASAP if you want to start the class in February with everyone else.
The full course fee for this class for 10 months will be $930. This includes Maryann’s tuition fee, the pattern, and hall hire each month. Once you have paid your deposit, the monthly class fee will be $65 each time you come to class. We will need to collect your payment monthly, even if you do not attend, as this covers the cost of having Maryann Paterson’s professional teaching. Your fabric is additional to this fee.
I will need your commitment this week if you want to make this your 2022 project. I know the cost has put a lot of people off – but remember, you get what you pay for. This is the ONLY class of this kind in NZ this year, and we are very privileged to have someone of Maryann’s calibre available in our neighborhood to tutor this class.
It’s always good to get the newsletter written as it helps me to get my head around the coming month, and its a great start to my week.
This year I am planning to have Mondays out of the shop, so that I can focus on loading fabric on to our website. It’s a big job, and one that I have been talking about for a while now. Next Monday will be my first training day, and we will be trialing loading MODA Grunge fabric on to the website first. Once the system is streamlined and flowing well, we will be able to add more fabric online as it comes in to the store.
I will be looking at hiring extra help on Mondays, with an opportunity to increase hours as we get busier with the website. If you think you might have some skills which I could use, please come and talk to me.
In the meantime, I need to get some samples sewn up in the quieter end of the afternoon.
I hope you are all staying cool and have your stitching projects for 2022 in the planning stages

Happy stitching
Kay

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December 6, 2021

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
This will be the last email newsletter for 2021 – what an interesting year we have had! With the imminent break out of Aucklanders next week, we expect things could get quite busy, so I thought I had better get cracking with this last newsletter, while there is still a bit of time!
As we move to the new Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Light System) at the Red Setting in Taupo, we will continue to trade as we have been at Level 2. At this stage we do NOT need to see your vaccine pass. However we do ask you to follow the guidelines when you visit us in store:
* Wear a mask
* Sign in
* Sanitise
* Socially distance by at least 1 metre – Patchwork and Quilting ladies aren’t so good at this!!
* We can have a maximum of 10 visitors in store at one time

There has been a lot of interest in classes for next year so I hope we have something for everyone – the calendar is looking quite full already as I have had to book venues well in advance for some classes.

We will be closing the doors for a few days over the festive season – with Christmas day falling on a Saturday it means we can get a couple of extra days to enjoy family & friends – and then repeat it all again a week later.

Our opening hours over the festive season will be:
Friday 24 December – OPEN 10am – 2pm
Saturday 25th December – Monday 27th December CLOSED
Tuesday 28th December OPEN 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st December OPEN 9am – 5pm
2022
Saturday 1st January – Sunday 2nd January CLOSED
Monday 3rd/Tuesday 4th January Open 10am – 4pm
Back to our usual shop hours from Wednesday 5th January 9am – 5pm
and Saturday 10am – 3pm
When we have new visitors to the shop we are often asked if we run classes, so here is a run down of the regular classes we have on offer. Most of these classes run during the school term in 10 week blocks with breaks during the school holidays. We require you to make a 10 week commitment by signing up a term at a time. Most classes cost $80 per term – those requiring extra tutoring will be slightly more.
Here is our regular weekly Class Calendar for 2022:

Patchwork & Quilting Class
Tuesday 10am -12.30pm – start date Tuesday 1st February
This is a class for those who love patchwork and like a challenge making new blocks, so there will be some teaching on technique. You are welcome to bring along your own patchwork project if you would like to join a class for both fellowship and needlecraft challenges. This class will cost $100 term.

Tuesday NIGHT CLASS – 7pm – 9pm
(starting Tuesday 1st February)
This class is suitable for those people who have busy day lives. You are welcome to come along and make a project of your own choice or pick one of our ‘en trend’ projects.
Class fees for the term are $80.00. Maximum class size is 8 people.

Wednesday Morning Class 10am – 12:30pm
(starting Wednesday 2nd February)
Our Wednesday morning class has some real talent and most of the women in the group have been with us since we opened the shop. This class is currently full.

Wednesday Afternoon Class 1:30pm – 4pm
(starting Wednesday 2nd February)
You can bring your own sewing project, or choose from one of ours in this class. The fee will be $80.00 per term. We ask that the majority of your fabrics be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle.
BEGINNER’S SEWING CLASS
Thursday 10am – 12:30pm
This class is for a Beginning Sewist. We will teach you how to ‘drive’ your sewing machine and you can make simple projects to reinforce these skills.
The class will cost $100.00 per term. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and fabrics and patterns need to be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle.

We also run occasional workshops on Fridays – which are usually pick up days for Block of the Month projects or specific monthly class workshops. Saturdays are often a good day to hold all day workshops, especially for a big project or when we have a guest tutor.
KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
Our next Kid’s Beginner’s Programme will be held on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th January 2022. Each student will receive their own brand new Bernette ‘Sew & Go 3’ sewing machine that they get to use in class and then take home. We will teach students the basics of how to use their new machine and then work with them to make their own tote bag.
Class Fee: $300 (includes full kit and a brand new sewing machine)
$150 deposit is required to secure a place in this class – maximum class size is 6 students age 10+.
Kids will need to bring their lunch. A sewing kit is also available for purchase for $40 and is highly recommended so all the kids are using the same tools in class.

Our Advanced Kid’s Programme will take place the following week on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th January from 10am – 2.30pm. This time the kids will learn how to make their own zippy bag.
The class size will be limited to 8. The girls must have completed a Beginner Class with us before they are eligible to enrol in an Advanced Class.
JANUARY CALENDAR
Because we don’t have our regular classes until February, and also because not everyone gets to go on holiday in January, we will have some ‘Drop In’ days on Wednesdays & Fridays over the summer holidays. You can drop in at 10am, and you can stay and sew until 3pm if you want. Bring whatever UFO project you want to sew or finish and enjoy the company of others around the sewing table.
Dates for these ‘Drop In’ days will be:
Wednesday 12th January, Friday 14th January
Wednesday 19th January, Friday 21st January
Wednesday 26th January, Friday 28th January

You will need to register for these days as there will be limited room around the table. Bring your lunch and $5 for each ‘Drop In’ day you attend. You can register for as many of these as you wish over January.

We have some BIG projects in the calendar for 2022!

The Acacia Bay Community Hall is booked for one Friday a month for the WHOLE of 2022. This is for the Coral Reef Quilt using the Foundation Paper Piecing technique with Maryann Paterson.
Maryann is giving us exclusive teaching using her expertise in 2022 and we feel very privileged that she has agreed to come and take classes through our store. She is currently the only fully qualified Quiltworks instructor in NZ.
This class has filled fast; there are only 2 places left so if you have been thinking about it, now is the time to commit. Your $280 deposit will cover the cost of papers needed for the class, and we will require this before we close for Christmas please.
The full course fee for this class for 10 months will be $930. This includes Maryann’s tuition fee, the pattern, and hall hire each month. Once you have paid your deposit, the monthly class fee will be $65 each time you come to class. We will need to collect your payment monthly, even if you do not attend, as this covers the cost of having Maryann Paterson’s professional teaching. Your fabric is additional to this fee; Maryann has been helping some students to sort their fabric colours in store – there is so much to choose from!
Dates set for this class are: 11th February, 11th March, 8th April, 13th May, 10th June, 8th July, 19th August, 9th September, 21st October & 11th November.
STONELEIGH BLOCK OF THE MONTH
There has been a lot of interest in the Stoneleigh BOM. The first block will be released on 18th February 2022. All the patterns have now arrived and the costings have been set. A deposit of $120 will secure your patterns for the year, and the monthly fee will be $50 which will include the cost of your background fabric.
‘Stoneleigh’ by Australian designer Susan Smith (Instagram- notjuzahuswife) has a combination of needle turn, flying geese, English paper pieced hexagons, and several other techniques. There are several options for the background colour which I have ordered bolts of, and I am currently going through all the shop ‘scraps’ that will be useful for many of the 6” blocks. You will need to start gathering scraps or extra fabric for your blocks too.

We will be holding this class in store, usually on the 3rd Friday of each month, starting on Friday 18th February from 10am – 12.30pm. The dates set will be 18 February, 18 March, 22nd April, 20 May, 17 June,
15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 14 October, 18 November & 16 December – please mark your diaries now to avoid any clashes!
A DAY AT THE ZOO PLAYMAT
The construction of this interactive playmat will be a great way to master your applique and quilting skills!
We will be running this as a Block of the Month, starting in March and running for 10 months. We will put together the kit for you each month and you can either pick up in store, or we can post to you. If you have little ones in your life that need something super cute to lie or play on, this is a practical way to do both – and it is such fun to make!
The BOM will cost $40 month which includes the pattern and kit. Postage outside of Taupo will be extra.
THE EYE OF A NEEDLE WEEKEND RETREAT

There have been a few people whose ears have pricked up when I have mentioned that we might look at a weekend retreat next year. At this stage I am just gauging how many people might be interested. We have several locations of interest that might work for a retreat, depending on the number attending, and how far you are prepared to travel.
I’m also throwing ideas around as to whether we do a specific weekend project, or whether we just make a weekend of it from Friday afternoon until after lunch Sunday. if you are at all interested, please let me know and I will keep you posted early in the New Year. At this stage it will most likely be May/June, so you have plenty of time to book it in your diary and plan ahead! Meals will be a shared affair to keep costs down, but we hope for some delicious gourmet recipes to be shared, as well as lots of creative juices to flow over the weekend.
BY ANNIE.COM – Switchback Convertible Backpack/Shoulder Bag

There has always got to be a new ByAnnie bag to make! The Switchback bag was another of my lockdown projects, but I couldn’t quite complete it during lockdown because I didn’t have all the hardware!
The bag has now been finished and is on display in the shop.
It is a sturdy and versatile satchel, just the right size for running around town or taking on a trip. Adjustable straps make it easy to carry the bag in a variety of ways: over the shoulder, cross body, or as a backpack.

Switchback is designed to be made with a variety of fabrics, alternating them for a fun colour-block style. The colour-block design shows on both the front pocket and flap AND on the bag back.
A recessed zipper at the top keeps everything safe and secure and the flap may be secured to the front of the bag using attached hardware. Accessory straps on each side of the bag may be used to secure a ring of keys or a carabiner, or they may be used to help shape and close the bag. Exterior and interior pockets in a variety of styles carry and organize all of the day’s essentials. Switchback’s shape and design make it perfect for men or women of any age!
The bag measures 11″H x 11″W x 3½” D at top, 11″H x 11″W x 4½”D at bottom.

We will run a workshop to make the Switchback bag on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th January – just before school and our regular classes start again. As is normal for these bags, cutting out and quilting your pieces before class will ensure that you will get your bag finished in class.
That’s all from me this month. I hope that there is some project to attract your interest in this newsletter!

Thank you all for your continued support this year – it’s hard to believe we are coming up to our 4TH BIRTHDAY on December 22nd! If you pop in to the shop the week before Christmas, come and share in our birthday celebrations with a piece of BIRTHDAY CAKE!

We look forward to sharing in a solid, stable 2022 – with lots more creative projects on the go…
Blessings to you all from the team at The Eye Of A Needle – and Merry Christmas!

Kay, David & Carol

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October 30, 2021

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Hello Lovely Ladies

This is a very overdue newsletter, hence the reason why I am covering October and November in the same publication. I have been waiting for several parcels to arrive from Australia before putting this newsletter together and tell you all about them…to cut a long story short, I’m still waiting on said parcels, but I can’t wait any longer to tell you of several upcoming classes – Christmas will be upon us before we know it, and it’s always nice to throw in a couple of Christmassy projects in November to get you in to the spirit of all things Christmas.

What an interesting few weeks we have had!
A fantastic workshop with Maryann Paterson at the Acacia Bay Hall early in October was a highlight for those who attended, to learn Foundation Paper Piecing techniques and to put together the Bear Paw pattern. It was certainly challenging, but well worth it…I suspect we have some new converts to Foundation Piecing – more on this at the bottom of the page about future classes!
A personal highlight for me was the rather late arrival of my first grandchild – Lucy Rose arrived in New Plymouth on October 6th, so as soon as I was able, I had to hot foot it over the Paraparas, to get my first cuddles. She’s a dear wee girl, and after having 4 boys of my own, a feminine version is a very welcome addition to our family. This may affect some of my fabric choices going forward, as I have always tended to be a blue girl – but I rather enjoyed sewing up some pink fabric last weekend for a change.
A DAY AT THE ZOO – INTERACTIVE PLAYMAT
Having said that, I have finally completed this interactive playmat (which is neither pink nor blue) but which became my Lockdown challenge. It was a great way to master my applique and quilting skills, and I know this mat will be well used when family come to stay; I have decided not to churn out one for each family member – it can stay at my house instead and be used by all my future granchildren.
If you would like to make this playmat next year, we will be running it as a Block of the Month. I still need to order the patterns, so please in the first instance register your interest in store, and we will go from there regarding settling dates for classes in 2022.
We will put together a kit for each page of the quilt (cost still to be determined) and this will also include the cost of the $40 pattern.
We will start this BOM in early March and it will run for 9 months, but we will not have a set class time for this project.
STOCK SUPPLIES
Stock and supplies coming from Australia have slowed almost to a halt, so anything I have ordered from across the ditch seems to be taking forever to get here. There has been a lot of interest in the Stoneleigh BOM due to start in February next year – I have been waiting at least 6 weeks for the patterns to arrive and I’m unable to provide more details until they do. ‘Stoneleigh’ by Australian designer Susan Smith (Instagram- notjuzahuswife) has a combination of needle turn, flying geese, English paper pieced hexagons, and several other techniques, in soft taupes and creamy backgrounds – although you will be able to choose your own fabrics for a lot of the blocks.
If you haven’t already, please let me know if you want to commit to this BOM. We will be holding this class in store on the 3rd Friday of each month, starting on Friday 18th February.
Final costings will be done once the patterns eventually arrive.
MAXWELL BAG CLASS
This bag has been much admired in the shop and I’m delighted to say lots of these patterns have arrived from the US! The Maxwell bag could be a great present to gift at Christmas – think home made & original!
We will run a 2 day workshop to make this bag in store on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th November, from 10am – 3pm both days.
You will need to buy your fabric and pattern from The Eye Of A Needle. We have a couple of samples in store, and will have some kits made up with the fabrics we have used, or alternatively you can choose your own fabrics.
The class fee will be $90 (which includes the pattern). You will need to purchase your fabric/kit and bag supplies on top of this fee.

CHRISTMAS STOCKING
These little Christmas stockings have a cute Christmas design and involve doing some simple hand stitching before making up the stocking. We will run a 2 day class to make one stocking – the first day you will be taught basic embroidery techniques that you will stitch on to your stocking template, and your homework will involve completing the hand stitching before the second class a week later.
We will have 3 different kits made up so you can choose which fabrics & colours you would like to use; the background stocking fabric will be a basic natural linen and will be the same in each kit.
This class will be held on Friday 19th November with the second class a week later on Friday 26th November. Both classes will run from 10am – 2pm. The class fee will be $40 + your kit.

STOP PRESS!!! STOP PRESS!!! STOP PRESS!!!
Yesterday I was delighted to have a lovely conversation with Maryann Paterson regarding her teaching classes through The Eye Of A Needle next year.
We have locked in dates and booked the Acacia Bay Community Hall for one Friday a month for the WHOLE of 2022 so that Maryann can teach you how to construct the Coral Reef Quilt using the Foundation Paper Piecing method.
Maryann is giving us exclusive teaching using her expertise in 2022 and we feel very privileged that she has agreed to come and take classes through our store. She is the only fully qualified Quiltworks instructor in NZ.
I anticipate that once the word gets out that this class is going ahead, it will book up very quickly so if you are keen, I need you to register in store with a $280 deposit as soon as possible please. Your deposit will cover the cost of papers needed for the class, which need to be ordered now to start the first class on Friday 11th February.
The full course fee for this class for 10 months will be $930. This includes Maryann’s tuition fee, the pattern, and hall hire each month. Once you have paid your deposit, the monthly class fee will be $65 each time you come to class. We will need to collect your payment monthly, even if you do not attend, as this covers the cost of having Maryann Paterson’s professional teaching. Your fabric requirements will be additional to this fee – I already have my eye on some very nice new batiks coming through soon.
Please in the first instance front up with your deposit. The maximum number for this class is 15 people, so it will be a matter of first in to claim your spot.
FACE MASKS & SEWING MACHINES
With all the shipping issues world wide these days, it’s always a bit exciting when parcels arrive with the courier. We have recently had several drops of Moda Grunge with more to come next week, and Christmas fabric has also arrived, better late than never! Some gorgeous collections from French General, Suzy Bee, Flea Market and Betsy Chutchian have filled some of our previously rather empty shelves.
Creative Grids rulers have started to come in and we are slowly building up a selection of these lovely rulers, which are very popular with quilters everywhere.
Several products from The Gypsy Quilter are hitting the shelves too; bobbin holders, bobbin clips, and thread peels to name a few. These are always interesting products to add to our collections, but also make great gifts for those hard-to-buy-for quilting friends.

With creative stitchers making their own, and with the perfecting of the ideal facemask for friends and family, whether you wear glasses or hearing aids has meant that ‘one size facemask’ does NOT fit everyone after all.
Sewing machines long forgotten have been dragged out of the cupboard so that people can make their own individual masks. With this happening, we have seen a huge increase in sewing machines coming in for a service, and in some cases have needed to be replaced with a more ‘modern’ model.
Due to increased demand, we have had to reassess our sewing machine service charges. A standard service on a Bernina Sewing Machine (outside of 2 years since purchase), will now cost $110, with a $50 deposit required at drop off in store.
Sewing machine repairs will now cost $90 an hour + parts needed for the repair.

David is happy to pick up/deliver your sewing machine within a 10km radius of the shop if you are unable to bring it in to the shop yourself. If you have a Gold card this will be a complimentary pick up service – you will still need to pay for the service of your sewing machine, but we would like to make it easy for you if you are unable to lift your machine in and out of the car. If you don’t yet qualify for a Gold card, a minimal $10 delivery fee will be added to the normal service charge.
Please call the shop to book in your machine if you would like to take advantage of this.

AWKWARD CONVERSATION
I was very disappointed today to hear that at least one particular customer has decided not to come into our store any more because they ‘heard’ that I haven’t had the vaccine.
I find this kind of gossip very upsetting – firstly because it is actually no one else’s business whether I have or haven’t had the vaccine, and also because it is untrue.
Unfortunately we seem to be experiencing a lot more manipulation and hate speech these days, and some of what is going on in our nation is causing increasing levels of division across many sectors of our society.

So, for the record, here are the policies we have at The Eye Of A Needle regarding the recommended COVID guidelines:

* Please scan in at the door or on the register just inside the door.
* Please wear your face mask in store unless you have an exemption
* Please respect 2 metre social distancing while you are in the store
* If there are no customers in store, we (Carol, David & I) may at times remove our facemasks so we can take a natural breath or two.
* When we have classes in store, it is at our discretion whether masks need to be worn or not – but if a customer comes in to the shop while a class is on, mask wearing is mandatory.
* We welcome both vaxxed and non-vaxxed customers in our store. I will not enter into ANY discussion about whether you have or have not had your vaccination. Quite frankly it is none of my business; neither is it your business regarding my/our vaccination status.
* If any of the above points offend you, then I am terribly sorry but perhaps you are better to shop online or shop elsewhere.
* We endeavour to keep the peace at all times in our store, and we like to keep the atmosphere friendly and as virus free as much as we are able to. Please respect this – we are all human after all and would like to maintain peace & good will in our store to the best of our ability.
Happy Stitching

Kay

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September 13, 2021

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Hello Lovely Ladies
Well who would have thought when I wrote the August newsletter that we would be in lockdown the following week? I hope that you have all had plenty of projects to do!
I must admit I was secretly quite happy to have a couple of weeks at home, as I always struggle to find uninterrupted time to make samples during work time, so I have managed to make myself a new dress as well as work every day on a stunning interactive playmat. It’s almost complete, but has taken a lot longer than I originally thought it would.
With the imminent arrival of the grandchild next week, it’s not likely this playmat will be in use before Christmas – so I am going to hold on to it for now and use it as a sample. I plan to introduce this playmat as a monthly class next year. It has heaps of applique and quirky hiding places for little things, and it’s been lots of fun to make – so if you’re keen, please come and have a look in store. It should be finished by the end of this week!
CLASSES AT LEVEL 2 RESUME THIS WEEK
We have been waiting until today’s announcement from the government before we could make a decision on how to proceed with classes at Level 2.
Obviously this is not an ideal situation for us. As much as we love having you all in store, and we love full classes, firstly I have a duty to protect my staff. Because we are required to wear face masks whenever a customer is in the store, having classes means Carol, David and I need to keep our face masks on all day – and so will you for the duration of the class should you choose to attend. I think we are all realizing how uncomfortable this can be, especially if you wear glasses!
I know there will be some of you who will simply decide to flag classes for the remainder of Level 2, and I completely respect your decision.
There are others of you who enjoy the weekly socialization of classes, and can’t wait to come back. We will resume classes tomorrow (Tuesday morning, and night class Tuesday night) and we will continue with our normal classes during the week BUT I must insist that we practice 2 metre social distancing rules AND face masks will be compulsory for the duration of all classes (except while you are drinking coffee).
The shop has been very busy since we moved to Level 2, so I also need to consider the safety and well being of other customers. Sometimes as women, we simply forget the ‘rules’ when we are pleased to see someone, and this is where it becomes a little bit difficult to police social distancing. I am asking you – if you wish to return to class this week to be very considerate of other people who come in to the shop.
For those who choose not to return this term, the weeks you miss from THIS WEEK until the end of term will be credited to Term 4 fees (3 weeks). This does NOT include the weeks we were in compulsory lock down. If you wish to take this option, could you please just let me know, so that I can adjust my records accordingly.
If by some miracle we go to Level 1 before the end of term, then I will reassess the face mask rules and let you know as we go along.

STOCK SUPPLIES
With Auckland still being at Level 4, it is very difficult for us to get stock as most of our supplier’s warehouses are north of the Bombay Hills and unless it is an essential item (i.e. face mask materials), they cannot be sent until Auckland moves to Level 3.
I still have a small supply of elastic and have plenty more coming when it can be shipped, and we have a good supply of ready made face masks in store.
Unfortunately fabric supplies are even slower to come through so until Auckland moves down a level, there won’t be much NEW to show you. I know there are two huge Moda shipments sitting outside the warehouse, and can’t be touched this week, which is so frustrating for our suppliers. I’m sure it will be worth waiting for as there is a new range of French General and some Grunge in that container that I am looking forward to getting my hands on!!
2022 BOM – ‘STONELEIGH’ by Susan Smith
There has been quite a bit of interest in the Stoneleigh BOM due to start early next year. ‘Stoneleigh’ by Australian designer Susan Smith (Instagram- notjuzahuswife) has a combination of needle turn, flying geese, English paper pieced hexagons, and several other techniques, in soft taupes and creamy backgrounds – although you will be able to choose your own fabrics for a lot of the blocks.
I am taking expressions of interest to do this quilt as a BOM next year, and I will be ordering patterns shortly.
If you are keen to undertake this BOM, please let me know in the first instance by replying to this newsletter. I still need to do costings; once I have a better idea of what is involved I will come back to you with a firm date and price for what will be a year- long project
LAURA HEINE FABRIC COLLAGE CLASS
Because our Fabric Collage Class was postponed during lock down, we have been able to secure the hall for the class to resume this coming Friday and Saturday. The alternative was to wait until next year to get the hall, so I had to move fast! The patterns have all arrived, and I do have a couple of spare ones, so if the dates didn’t suit you last time, but this weekend does, I will take some late comers if you let me know by end of the day on Wednesday.

I am still looking for an ANGEL (OR 2) to man the kitchen! Constable’s Catering are providing morning & afternoon teas and lunch both days, so there is no cooking involved; I just need someone to put out the food, do a few dishes, pour tea and clean up after breaks. If you would like to volunteer for one or both days between 10am and 3pm, and be my ‘gopher’, then I would LOVE to hear from you ASAP please!
This is just a short newsletter tonight to keep you all in the loop. I will be in touch again as soon as circumstances change, so watch this space and check our Facebook page for opening hours and new fabric arriving.
Please take care out there and stay safe everyone!
Happy Stitching

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Hello Lovely Ladies
The weeks seem to fly by when life is busy! It feels like I just sent out the July newsletter and here we are half way through August already with another instalment. It’s so nice to have a bit more daylight at each end of the day now, and to see the trees and flowers starting to bud up.
I know many of you have been making the most of the cold days, working on various projects. It’s been great to see some Urban Owl quilt tops nearing completion. Each one is quite unique as every kit had different fabrics supplied; the way the colours have all been put together by each person can be a reflection of their personality. If we put all the completed quilts in an exhibition there would certainly be a riot of colour along the wall! Well done to all of you who accepted the challenge…I think we have all learned some things along the way!
My Urban Owls is now up on a wall in the shop, and I have a few workbooks left over for sale, if you think you would like to give this quilt a go!
2022 BOM – ‘STONELEIGH’ by Susan Smith
This of course will now make way for a new BOM which I am anticipating will start early in 2022. At this stage I am considering the lovely quilt pictured below. ‘Stoneleigh’ by Australian designer Susan Smith,(Instagram- notjuzahuswife) has a combination of needle turn, flying geese, English paper pieced hexagons, and several other techniques. it is certainly a much quieter quilt than Urban Owls – in soft taupes and creamy backgrounds, although you will be able to choose your own fabrics for most of the blocks.
I am taking expressions of interest to do this quilt as a BOM next year, and I don’t have the actual pattern yet, although a lady from out of town dropped in to show us the quilt she made for her daughter recently and I have been dreaming ever since about making a similar one.
If you are keen to undertake this BOM, please let me know in the first instance by replying to this newsletter. I still need to do costings, and order patterns – once I have a better idea of what is involved I will come back to you with a firm date and price for what will be a year- long project
LAURA HEINE FABRIC COLLAGE CLASS
Our Fabric Collage Class is taking place this coming Friday and Saturday. Everything is booked and ready to go…we are just willing those patterns to arrive in time – but I do have a back up plan if they don’t!
There is only one more thing I need for this class, and that is an ANGEL (OR 2) to man the kitchen! Constable’s Catering are providing morning & afternoon teas and lunch both days, so there is no cooking involved; I just need someone to put out the food, do a few dishes, pour tea and clean up after breaks. If you would like to volunteer for one or both days between 10am and 3pm, and be my ‘gopher’, then I would LOVE to hear from you ASAP please!
JEN KINGWELL’S GYPSY WIFE – SEW ALONG
Our Gypsy/Wanderer’s Wife Sew-Along is gaining momentum as new people join in. We have a few workbooks left ($36) so it’s not too late to participate as you can still get additional notes for this project even if you can’t attend the Sew Along in person.
Our next Sew Along is on Friday 3rd September. Please let me know ahead of time if you are coming to this, so we can make sure we have enough table space for everyone (it got a bit crowded last time).
Each time you come to the Sew Along we ask you to pay $5 to cover expenses please.
FOUNDATION PIECING CLASS WITH MARYANN PATERSON
Just a reminder about Maryann’s Foundation Piecing class on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October. The class will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Maryann is a Qualified Quiltworx Instructor and has taught a lot of foundation piecing classes at Grandmother’s Garden.
The cost of the class will be $60 per day (so $120 for 2 days). Maryann will teach techniques to make the Bear Claw Cushion as shown in the photo above. There are some other samples of Maryann’s work in store to inspire and challenge you. This will be the perfect opportunity to try some of the lovely new batiks that we have in store now.
OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH HUMANITY NZ
The Eye Of A Needle is delighted to be partnering with our good friend Owen Pomana from Humanity NZ. Humanity NZ is a non profit charity that purely relies on community giving towards specific projects.
3 months ago they were gifted their first house. With the help of many volunteers, this house was renovated and furnished within 7 weeks and then dedicated as a Women and Childrens’ refuge. They have since opened a 2nd house for women and children and just recently have been given a Men’s refuge on the North Shore.

Humanity NZ has been operating a street outreach for the last 5 years in Auckland and have recently been operating out of the Ellen Melville Centre in the CBD. They feed 100+ people every Wednesday.
This ministry allows opportunities to meet people in their brokenness – they offer wrap around advocacy services to help with many needs. Humanity NZ has self funded a rebuild of the Grace International Indoor Skate Park and basketball court in Glenn Innes. They raised thousands of dollars to support this community incentive.
They are currently in negotiations to get a double decker bus and fit it out, so it can accommodate some of the rough sleepers off the streets of Auckland.
You may have seen a recent post on Facebook where we gave 3 quilts to Owen to take back to the refuge. We hope to donate all our sample quilts to this worthy cause, and our aim is to gift each woman who goes through the refuge a quilt that they can take away with them.
You can follow Owen John Pomana on Facebook – or like the community page called Humanity NZ. Owen has some amazing stories to tell. You are able to donate to his Ministry or to a specific project if you wish – all the details are on his FB page – or his account is with the Westpac Bank 030698-0564018-00. Owen lives by faith, but is one of the most generous people I know – he would give you the shirt off his back if it meant you could stay warm and dry.
These are the kind of people we like to support, and we hope to provide many more quilts for beds in the future for this awesome ministry.

BERNINA NEWS
For those of you with the Bernina 770QE, there is an upgrade coming shortly which you may like to purchase. This will upgrade your machine to a Bernina 770PLUS! The link on the brochure will tell you all about this upgrade, which will include more stitches, embroidery designs and alphabets. We are expecting to have this upgrade available to sell to you in the next few weeks.
I am counting down the weeks now, until my new Granddaughter arrives mid September. We will get a great opportunity to check out the baby bump on 28th August as we have been invited to be the Merchant at the Hine Street Quilters’ Regional Day in New Plymouth that day. We will be loading the truck with bolts of fabric, kits, patterns and a few jelly rolls which we hope to sell to all the lovely Taranaki Patchwork & Quilting ladies.
I’m also gathering things up that I have been making for the baby, so I’m expecting to have a faster trip home once all the goods have been off loaded – either in the baby room or with the New Plymouth ladies! We are so looking forward to this trip in a couple of weeks time – we get great support from the Taranaki-ites; this has been on the calendar for about 2-1/2 years! Last year it was cancelled as Auckland went into lock down the week before we were due to go. It will be hard to keep me away this time!
There is always a lot of preparation involved with a Merchant stall, and the shop might look like it’s been cleaned out for a few days, but with the impending arrival of 2 Moda shipments in September, hopefully it won’t take too long to replenish supplies!
Happy Stitching

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Hello Lovely Ladies
This week we received our long awaited delivery of batiks from Indonesia. There are a lovely mixture of colours, all quite plain at this stage, but I will order more once I know what the demand is like for this kind of fabric.
Because Taupo is quite a junction for shoppers, we need to stock a little bit of everything, and I find that a lot of our customers are looking for blenders to match up with their existing projects. That being said, our Fat Quarter packs rock out the door and we sell more of these than anything else in store, so we do try to keep the packs colourful and enticing!
With recent price hikes in freight and postage, the cost of all our new Fat Quarters will rise to $9.00 each; we will continue to offer our deal of Buy 6 FQ and get your 7th FQ free – so you will always get a lovely selection of Fat Quarters for $54! If we don’t have the fabric you are looking for precut in a FQ but have the fabric on the shelf, we are happy to cut a FQ for you for an extra 50 cents.
I drop parcels off at the Post Office frequently, and this week there are new post bags. The cheapest bag you can buy now is $4.50 and prices go up from there. The good news is that this now includes tracking, so we don’t have to pay extra for that. The sad news for rural customers is that any rural delivery address will now incur an extra $4.30 fee. This does make quite a difference to the cost of what we are posting and reluctantly we must pass this cost on to our customers.
We do so enjoy all the visitors we get to our store and it’s always so interesting to hear where you’ve come from and how you have found us! Thank God for Google Maps!
I have recently had talks with www.taupo.info so soon we will be even easier to find when you search online for us.

We were thrilled with the turnout to the BERNINA Road Show a couple of weeks ago and we were delighted that some of our customers were able to purchase lovely new sewing & quilting machines.
We had several orders for the new Air Overlockers which unfortunately won’t be here until October – but most delivery dates are improving slowly, so it’s still wise to get a machine on Back Order – especially if you would like it before Christmas!
Thank you all so much for your support during that very busy week – I had been at a most successful Rainbow Quilters’ Exhibition the weekend before, so enjoyed a day off the following weekend!
Our next focus will be the Night Shop with Taupo Quilt-makers on Thursday 29th July from 7-9pm in store. There will be 10% off all new fabric purchases that night, and 15% off all batting, so we plan to have good supplies of all your favourites in anticipation!
URBAN OWLS NEARING COMPLETION!
My Urban Owls Quilt has arrived back from being quilted by Dot from Stitchworks in Taumarunui this week. What a lot of work has gone in to the quilting on this! I have one more side of binding to sew up this weekend, and a little bit more embellishing to do before it goes up on the wall next week. With 3 more months to go before we finish this BOM, we are now considering our next project…this one has been lots of fun, with a few challenges in between. We quite like these challenges, and its been a great way to retire some of our older fabrics.
LAURA HEINE FABRIC COLLAGE CLASS
There has been a lot of interest in the Fiberworks – Laura Heine fabric collage class and we will close off numbers at the end of July to give us time to order the patterns. If you have been thinking about registering for the workshop I only have a couple of places left, so don’t leave it much longer! The full registration fee of $150 will secure your place in this class.
The Acacia Bay Hall is booked for Friday 20th and Saturday 21st August. The class will start at 9am and run until 4pm. Lunch, morning & afternoon teas will be provided both days and this is included in the class fee. The maximum class size is 20. You choose which pattern you would like to do in the class when you register so the choices will be between a rooster, flamingo, pink pumps, caravan, fish, sewing machine or several other samples that I can show you in store.
The only preparation you need before the class is to sort out your fabric – anything with a medium size flower is ideal. There isn’t a lot of sewing involved until the end of Day 2 but there will be lots of cutting and ironing during the first half of the class. We will bring extra supplies of fabric if you need to add to your stash, and the only other requirements will be lots of Steam-a-Seam and good sharp applique scissors – which we can sell to you on the day if you don’t have.
If you have special dietary requirements could you please let me know this in advance.
JEN KINGWELL’S GYPSY WIFE – SEW ALONG
Our Gypsy/Wanderer’s Wife Sew-Along is gaining momentum as new people join in. We have a few workbooks left so its not too late to participate as you can still get additional notes for this project even if you can’t attend the Sew Along in person. We meet on the 1st Friday of each month and stitch a feature block in class, and then give you instructions for what you will need to churn out at home before you come back the following month with a completed section of your quilt.
This concept is similar to a Block of the Month, but you choose your own fabrics (from The Eye Of A Needle), or you can use your own scraps or stash in colours of your choice.
The quilt is a sampler, with many one-off blocks, a smattering of square-in-square small blocks and vertical stripes. It finishes throw-sized at 59” x 68”. It’s been great to see so many variations of colours chosen – this quilt can be as formal or as scrappy as you like.
The Wanderer’s Wife workbook costs $36. Each time you come to the Sew Along we ask you to pay $5 to cover expenses.
KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – JULY HOLIDAYS.
This week we had 8 kids enrolled in our Kid’s Beginner Class. It was a pretty full on couple of days but the results speak for themselves, with some cute scrunchies being made on Day 1 and then a Tote Bag completed on Day 2.

Next week we will have another Kid’s Advanced Class on Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd July. There are 2 spots left! Anyone who has completed our Beginner’s class is eligible to enrol for this one. The girls will be making a Rainbow Bag using 2-1/2″ jelly roll strips so they can practice sewing straight seams. The strips will be sewn together, then quilted and made in to a bag.
The Advanced class will cost $50 for the 2 days + the fabric fee @ $35.
FOUNDATION PIECING CLASS WITH MARYANN PATERSON
Just a reminder about Maryann’s Foundation Piecing class on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October. The class will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Maryann is a Qualified Quiltworx Instructor and has taught a lot of foundation piecing classes at Grandmother’s Garden.
The cost of the class will be $60 per day. Maryann will teach techniques to make the Bear Claw Cushion as shown in the photo above. There are some other samples of Maryann’s work in store to inspire and I challenge you to sign up for this workshop to learn new techniques.
The weather forecast for the weekend isn’t looking great for the weekend, so tonight I’m taking my sewing machine home and I hope to churn out a couple of samples while Carol mans the shop tomorrow.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend doing what you enjoy the most too!
The weather forecast for the weekend isn’t looking great for outdoor pursuits, so tonight I’m taking my sewing machine home and I hope to churn out a couple of samples while Carol mans the shop tomorrow.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend doing what you enjoy the most too!
Happy Stitching

Kay

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
Winter seems to be taking its time to get here this year, but isn’t it lovely to have a bit of rain this week – the perfect atmosphere for pulling out sewing and knitting projects! We have had a couple of quieter weeks in the shop traffic -wise, but this has given us some time to complete several projects and prepare kits for upcoming BOMs. Carol has quite a stash of fabric hiding in her cupboard and she has been giving me the odd bit to play with to complete my Urban Owls quilt. I started assembling all the blocks yesterday and it’s amazing how the fabrics we have pulled off the shelves are starting to come together to make a stunning quilt. There are still 4 months left for this project and I have seen some pretty cool blocks being made, sometimes with our kit fabric, but often with participants choice, to pull this quilt together.
Here’s a snippet of the first block assembly – this is about one third the size of the finished project!
During this ‘quieter’ time, David & I have moved in to a new house, just around the corner from our last one – as a result of a mention in the last newsletter that we needed to find a new house to rent, it was amazing when we found our new home the next day and were able to move in the following week. Things can move pretty fast around here when they have to!
I’m still in the process of unpacking as I haven’t had much home time in the past couple of weeks, but hopefully this weekend everything will be sorted. This is the perfect testimony of ‘putting it out there’ and seeing what comes back. We are so thankful that our house hunting process went so seamlessly.
We are also busy preparing for the Rainbow Quilter’s Exhibition in Rotorua at the end of this month (Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th June) where we have been invited to be merchants for the weekend.
I hope some of our very delayed Moda and ByAnnie products arrive in time! Unfortunately a shipment was sent to Norway instead of New Zealand so had to be recalled and resent in the right direction, adding an extra 6 weeks to the expected delivery time. This doesn’t help with the existing shipping issues and makes it quite difficult to plan for a project with particular fabrics.
I was delighted though, when the Moda Maryland panels and matching fabrics arrived at the end of May, and we will have a lovely sampler that I have made, up on the wall next week once it’s back from being quilted.
We have a great selection of these fabrics from Moda Maryland and plenty of panels available for your next project.

The Bernina Road Show in Taupo is fast approaching and is only 2 weeks away now. The shop will be taken over by Bernina HQ for the day. With the recent arrival of the new Bernette L850 Air Overlocker and the Bernette b64 Air Overlocker this is the perfect time to get a good demo of both these machines as well as others that we may not usually have on the shop floor. It’s also a great opportunity to buy a new machine with some good discounts and spot prizes. It’s all out of my hands and the Bernina team pretty much come in and take over for the day. Come and join us for a coffee and some yummy baking and put your vote in for the Decade Challenge while you’re at it.
Please note our normal Wednesday classes are cancelled this day.
LAURA HEINE FABRIC COLLAGE CLASS

There has been huge interest in the Fiberworks-Laura Heine fabric collage blocks that we have in store and I now have all the details for our very own workshop.
I have booked the Acacia Bay Hall for Friday 20th and Saturday 21st August. The class will start at 9am and run until 4pm. Lunch, morning & afternoon teas will be provided both days and this is included in the class fee. There is a maximum class size of 20 people. When you register you will be required to pay the full class fee of $150, and you can then choose the pattern you want to use in the class. If you are from out of town we will require you to pay your registration by internet banking – you will be given our account number when you enrol. I suggest you register your interest by phoning the shop 07-3765965 rather than emailing me or responding at the end of this newsletter, as it will be first in, first served. There will be at least 6 different patterns for you to choose from – Roosters, Flamingoes, Pink Pump Shoes, Caravans, Fish & Sewing machines to name a few – I will order the patterns when we have a class full of registrations.

If this class proves to be as popular as interest would suggest, a second class is tentatively booked during the week prior – Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th August. The second class will only take place if the first class is completely booked out.
The only preparation for you to do before the class is to sort out the fabrics you will need – big flower fabric is ideal! There won’t be any sewing involved on the first day, but there will be lots of cutting and ironing and you will need lots of Steam-a-Seam and a good sharp pair of scissors – we do stock Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors which will be ‘perfect’ for this class, and we will have a good supply of Steam-a-Seam available as well.
JEN KINGWELL’S GYPSY WIFE – SEW ALONG
The first of our Gypsy/Wanderer’s Wife Sew-Along’s went really well earlier in June. We still have a few workbooks left so its not too late to join in. We will meet on the 1st Friday of each month and stitch a feature block in class, and then give you instructions for what you will need to churn out at home before you come back the following month with a completed section of your quilt.
This concept is similar to a Block of the Month, but you choose your own fabrics (from The Eye Of A Needle), or you can use your own scraps or stash in colours of your choice.
The quilt is a sampler, with many one-off blocks, a smattering of square-in-square small blocks and vertical stripes. It finishes throw-sized at 59” x 68”. It’s been great to see so many variations of colours chosen – this quilt can be as formal or as scrappy as you like.
The Wanderer’s Wife workbook costs $36. Each time you come to the Sew Along we ask you to pay $5 to cover expenses.
KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – JULY HOLIDAYS.
Our next Kid’s Beginner Class on July 13th/15th is already fully booked, which goes to show how popular the class is becoming. These classes fill fast, so it’s always a good idea to put the dates in your diary, especially if you know of family or friends planning holidays who don’t want to miss out on the Holiday Programmes we provide for the girls.

There are still some spots available in the Kid’s Advanced Class in the second week of the July Holidays. Anyone who has completed our Beginner’s class is eligible to enrol for this one. We have decided that the girls need some consistent seam allowance practice, so we will be making a mini quilt using 2-1/2″ strips to get those seams straight! straight! straight!
The Advanced class will cost $50 for the 2 days + fabric requirements.
FOUNDATION PIECING CLASS WITH MARYANN PATERSON
There are still a couple of spots left in this popular Foundation Piecing class with Maryann Paterson on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October. The class will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Maryann is a Qualified Quiltworx Instructor and has taught a lot of foundation piecing classes at Grandmother’s Garden.
The cost of the class will be $60 per day. Maryann will teach techniques to make the Bear Claw Cushion as shown in the photo above. There are some other samples of Maryann’s work in store to inspire and I challenge you to sign up for this workshop to learn new techniques.
I have several ideas on my radar for some gorgeous new Christmas projects, so I hope to be able to get these out in the next few weeks to tempt you, just in time for Christmas. We are almost half way there already!
Happy Stitching

Kay

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
It has been great to have so many groups through the store over the past few days as women have made their way to and from the Aotearoa Quilts Festival in Rotorua in the weekend. Unfortunately I couldn’t get there myself as I had family home from Sydney, but I have heard great reports from many, and it sounds as though quilting has become quite an art form, judging from the photos I’ve seen posted by several people. Sometimes I think how nice it would be to have an exhibition based on fabric bought from The Eye Of A Needle!
I am curious to know what happens to some of our lovely fabric once it leaves the building, and love it when I get sent photos, or people return with their finished projects.
Some of our shelves are looking a bit empty – partly due to the sale of ‘old’ fabric which we have had for over 2 years (1/2 metre cuts for $8.50), but also due to some ranges being late in delivery which is beyond our control. Carol has been busy going through my stash and sorting little bits that are usable for small projects – the Urban Owls BOM has been a great way to use up excess fabrics, and the Gypsy Wife Sew Along starting in June will also be a great way to use up small pieces that aren’t much use for anything but a scrappy quilt project.
With cooler days and a bit of rain on the horizon, what better time to go through your stash and clean out what you no longer love or require in your fabric collection…
LAURA HEINE FABRIC COLLAGE CLASS
I recently spent a couple of days in Havelock North doing a class with Sue Roper from The Pink Possum in Greymouth. The class was based on techniques and patterns from Laura Heine’s fabric collage workshop and it was most enjoyable choosing fabrics according to colours and motifs, and building backgrounds around that. The 2 days at Duart House were spent sorting fabrics which were then ironed on to Steam-a-Seam, and then cut into shapes which were stuck on to the collage template. There was no sewing involved until I got home, but it was lovely to sit and let the creative juices flow.
I chose the Teeny Tiny Rooster for my collage; there were flamingos, trucks, foxes, caravans, sewing machines and dress forms to name a few – of other patterns available.
My rooster has been much admired since I completed it, and interest for a workshop has been strong, so I am now in the process of ordering patterns so we can hold our own classes at The Eye Of A Needle. I anticipate this will be a very popular workshop, and we may need to hire a separate venue as it could get quite messy! The maximum class size will be 20.

At this point I am still in the planning stage, so firm dates will be posted in the June newsletter – most likely a weekend in August and probably a Friday/Saturday in September dependent on a venue being available. If you have a group that would like to come to Taupo for a weekend workshop, this could be a fun place to start! The workshop will run over 2 days, and we will provide lunch and morning/afternoon tea. The cost is still to be finalised. All patterns must be bought from The Eye Of A Needle and will be a part of the overall class fee.
Watch this space for more information coming soon!
JEN KINGWELL’S GYPSY WIFE – SEW ALONG
The first of our Gypsy Wife Sew-Along meetings is fast approaching with the start date Friday 4th June. If you haven’t already registered by ordering your workbook, you have until this Friday as the final deadline to do so. The booklet will cost around $45. The idea is to get together once a month and stitch a feature block in class, and then you have the following month to make the required number of the same block for your Gypsy Wife quilt.
This concept is similar to a Block of the Month, but you choose your own fabrics (preferably from The Eye Of A Needle), or you can use your own scraps or stash in your chosen colours.
The purchase of a Gypsy Wife workbook from The Eye Of A Needle will cement your place in this class. You can start gathering fabrics you need to make your blocks each month now – the idea of this is that everyone will be making their own Gypsy Wife blocks but will be stitching in the company of others on a regular basis.

The quilt is a sampler, with many one-off blocks, a smattering of square-in-square small blocks and vertical stripes. It finishes throw-sized at 59” x 68”.
Future dates for Kid’s Classes in 2021 will be:

July 13th/15th – Kid’s Beginners Class
July 20th/22nd – Kid’s Advanced Class
October 12th/14th – Kid’s Advanced Class
These classes fill fast, so it’s always a good idea to put the dates in your diary, especially if you know of family or friends planning holidays who don’t want to miss out on the Holiday Programmes we provide for the girls.
Each student will receive their own brand new Bernette ‘Sew & Go 3’ sewing machine that they get to use in class and then take home. We will teach students the basics of how to use their new machine and then work with them to make their own tote bag.
Class Fee: $299 (includes full kit and a brand new sewing machine)
$150 deposit is required to secure a place in this class – maximum class size is 6 students age 10+.
Kids will need to bring their lunch. A sewing kit is also available for purchase for $35 and is highly recommended so all the kids are using the same tools in class.
Here is the Bernette Sew & Go 3 Sewing Machine we like the girls to use in our classes
DEBORAH LOUIE – FUTURE WORKSHOPS
We held a very successful Daisy Path cushion class based on Deborah Louie’s workbook, a couple of weeks ago and the girls did so well and made some wonderful daisy creations.
Several of you have indicated interest in any workshop that Deborah will teach in the future. We had her tentatively booked for August, but unfortunately given the unstable border issues with Australia, Deborah has made the decision to leave any classes in New Zealand until 2022. I will keep the expressions of interest open until we get confirmation of Deborah’s travel plans next year.
BY ANNIE
EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY DIAPER BAG- BACKPACK- PURSE

For all you prospective Grannies out there… this is a fantastic bag for new Mums. The Every Day, Every Way bag has abundant pockets to organise diapers, wipes & bottles. It also has a handy changing pad included in the pattern. There are 4 handle options – padded handles, backpack straps, adjustable, detachable straps for over the shoulder or cross- body carrying, AND stroller straps!
There is quite a bit to sew with this bag, and a lot of hardware necessary to purchase if you make all the straps. We will offer a class to make this bag over 8 weeks. Every second Friday morning, you can come along to a class and make the next component, then go away and get up to the next stage of your bag at home.
The dates will be Friday 28th May, Friday 11th June, Friday 25th June and Friday 9th July. The class will start at 10am and go until 2pm, so you should get quite a bit done in that time.
Because bags like this aren’t always the cheapest to make (but they are pretty amazing once they are finished!), I am prepared for you to pay for the bag requirements and class fee in 4 equal installments, so each time you come to the class, you make 1/4 of the full payment. This will include the class fee and all your fabric & hardware. To register for this class you will need to order the pattern and hardware before the end of May, to ensure we will have everything you need to make the bag in plenty of time.

BERNINA NEWS
David and I recently had a weekend in Lower Hutt at the Bernina Dealer’s Meeting. The dealers all got to play on the new Air thread overlockers – both BERNINA and Bernette have new Air Thread Overlockers which will be launched when the Road Show comes to town on Wednesday 30th June.
I have to say this…if you are in the market for a new overlocker, both of these machines should be strong contenders. I have ordered the bernette b64 as the shop demo machine, and eagerly await the arrival of Bernina’s B850 Air Overlocker which will arrive in store in July. It may find it’s way home to my sewing room in the weekends… it truly is a remarkable machine!
Lock in your diary the Bernina RoadShow in store at the end of June!
FOUNDATION PIECING CLASS WITH MARYANN PATERSON
We have been very fortunate to be able to lock in 2 days with Maryann Paterson to teach a small foundation paper piecing class. Maryann is a Qualified Quiltworx Instructor and has taught a lot of foundation piecing classes at Grandmother’s Garden.
The dates for this workshop are Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October. The class will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm.
The cost of the class will be $60 per day. Maryann will teach techniques to make a Bear Claw Cushion as shown in the photo above. I have 2 samples of her fabulous foundation piecing work that you can view in store.

We need final confirmation of numbers by this Friday so the required number of papers can be ordered for this class.
For all the girls who are doing our Urban Owls BOM foundation piecing blocks this month…if you are enjoying foundation piecing using papers, I’m sure you will LOVE the challenge of Maryann’s class. There are limited places available and this class is now filling fast.
LATEST FABRIC ARRIVALS

We have had a bit of a run on some gorgeous panels lately. This one ‘Something to Crow About’ arrived last week with some quite country coordinating fabrics from Benartex. Let your imagination run wild with fresh eggs, red barns and a very rustic feel.
I am looking forward to a huge delivery of Batik from Australia sometime in June, which will fill up the shelves some-what. We still need to wait patiently for some shipments, particularly fabrics which are arriving 6-8 weeks later than ‘normal’, so it is quite difficult to predict deliveries. We simply need to make the most of what we’ve got!

On a personal note…the lovely home that we have been renting for the past 3 years, is going on the market next week, and so in amongst the busy-ness of shop life, we are packing up and preparing to move house. At this stage we don’t know quite where to! If you know of anyone looking for reliable tenants for a long-term rental, I would love to hear from you. We do have plans to build in the next couple of years, but we’re not quite ready for that step yet, so need to find a new house to rent in between! I’m sure something will turn up, but sometimes it’s more about word of mouth than anything else. Ideally we are looking for a 3-4 bedroom home not too far from town. Thanks – in anticipation…!
Happy Stitching!

Kay

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Hello Lovely Ladies
A busy first term is officially over and this week we are taking a bit of a break from our regular classes and focusing on our Kid’s Advanced Class – this time the girls are making project bags which are such a practical item that can be used as a creative storage option. I always look forward to teaching the kids and it’s encouraging to see them improving from one programme to the next. Jenny and I are always a bit exhausted by the end of the week, but I can honestly say it is so worth teaching this next generation sewing skills that they can build on each time they come to a class.

We have loved having Caroline work with us on Mondays and Tuesdays. She has put together some fabulous displays and has always made our new feature fabrics look quite irresistable. Unfortunately Caroline’s other part time job has now evolved in to full time work, and so, reluctantly we have had to let her go. I would like to publicly thank Caroline here for being such a hard and inspiring worker, and we wish her well in her new endeavours at Twentee Supply Company.

Carol is having great success in the Beginner’s Patchwork class on Tuesday mornings. The ladies who are a part of this group are churning out lovely blocks each week, and seem to be pretty addicted to patchwork at the moment. Carol has enough new ideas to keep the class going for at least the next 12 months! You are welcome to join this class if you want to build up a repertoire of new block patterns on a regular basis – but we do need you to to sign up term by term. The fee is $100 term + your fabric requirements.

Here is an example of the quilt blocks Carol will be teaching in Term 2
FINAL QUILT-AS-YOU-GO CLASS
Julie is booked for one more Quilt-As-You-Go class on Saturday 8th May. The class is open to anyone wanting to learn Quilt-As-You-Go techniques.

You will need to have completed at least two 12-1/2 ” patchwork blocks to get the full benefit of this class, and you will also need to have chosen suitable backing fabric and batting for your quilt blocks so that you can complete your quilt top in class.
The fee for this class will be $80 for the day + any other fabric requirements. A non refundable deposit of $40 will be required to save your space. Unfortunately several last minute cancellations have resulted in very small class numbers. We like to make the most of having talented tutors, so a full class is always more fun. Let’s make this last class a hit with a maximum of 8 students. Your Quilt-As-You-Go knowledge will be hugely expanded!
BERNINA eBOOK SERIES – TABLERUNNER USING RULERWORK SKILLS
Carol has put together a table runner released in Bernina’s eBook series called Ruler Work for Quilters. She will teach you how to make up a particular Table Runner in fabrics of your choice purchased from The Eye Of A Needle and then you will learn how to quilt it using simple ruler techniques.
You will need the ruler foot appropriate for your sewing machine. The Bernina Ruler foot is #72, but other brands will have their own number. We had initially asked that you purchase the full Bernina Ruler kit for this class which comes with 10 different rulers, but we are now offering in this class an opportunity to ‘try before you buy’. Carol is passionate about ruler work, so we plan to offer more workshops teaching various rulerwork techniques in the future.
Dates for the first class will be Friday 14th May & Friday 21st May from 10am-2pm. Our regular class fee will be $80 which covers both days tuition.
JEN KINGWELL’S GYPSY WIFE – SEW ALONG
There has been a lot of interest in the Gypsy Wife Sew-Along advertised in the last newsletter, so I have now set the first date for Friday 4th June. The idea is to get together once a month and stitch a feature block in class, and then you have the following month to make the required number of the same block for the Gypsy Wife quilt.
This concept is similar to a Block of the Month, but you choose your own fabrics (preferably from The Eye Of A Needle), or you can use your own scraps or stash in your chosen colourway.
You will need to purchase a Gypsy Wife workbook from The Eye Of A Needle initially and this will cement your place in the class. You can start to gather the fabrics you need to make your blocks each month now – the idea of this is that everyone will be making their own Gypsy Wife blocks but will be stitching in the company of others on a regular basis.

The quilt is a sampler, with many one-off blocks, a smattering of square-in-square small blocks and vertical stripes. It finishes throw-sized at 59” x 68”. If you google Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife, you will see that there have been many sew alongs happening all around the globe, so we have the opportunity to join this network.
The booklets will retail for around $30; I am taking orders now, so if you want me to order you one, the cut off date for orders will be Friday 7th May.
I will set class dates once we have the books in stock; at this stage the class will be once a month on a Friday morning.
Future dates for Kid’s Classes in 2021 will be:

July 13th/15th – Kid’s Beginners Class
July 20th/22nd – Kid’s Advanced Class
October 12th/14th – Kid’s Advanced Class
These classes fill fast, so it’s always a good idea to put the dates in your diary, especially if you know of family or friends planning holidays who don’t want to miss out on the Holiday Programmes we provide for the girls. Girls need to be at least age 10 to enrol for their first Begininner’s class.
BERNINA CLUB WORKSHOP ALTERNATIVE
DAISY PATHS CUSHION & TABLE RUNNER
This 2 day class will take place this coming Friday 23rd April and Saturday 24th April from 10am – 4pm.
A sample of the Daisy Path cushion is in store now; it has been a fun project to put together! I still have 2 workbooks available if anybody would like to fill a spot in this class – some prior preparation is essential, but it would be great to have a full class. I need to close off the class registrations by Thursday morning if you think you might like to come along. Some preparation is required before coming to class so you will need some time to get organised!
The workshop is best suited for those with Bernina machines; it isn’t exclusively for those who have bought machines recently, but if you want to learn more about what your machine can do, then this will be a great opportunity to learn some new techniques and I would strongly recommend this class to you.
The class will cost $100 for 2 days and includes a Workbook for both a cushion (which we will do in this upcoming class) and a table runner you could make in the future, once you have learned the techniques in this week’s workshop. We have put some kits together to make this cushion based on the colours in my sample, or you can choose your own fabrics.

I am hopeful that now the borders are open to Australia, Deborah Louie will be able to resume her original travel itinerary to NZ . At this stage we have some dates in August pencilled in for a cool class. Watch this space!
BY ANNIE
EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY DIAPER BAG- BACKPACK- PURSE
I am so delighted to be able to finally tell the world that I am going to be a Grandmother for the first time in September. My oldest son & daughter-in-law live in New Plymouth, so I can feel a huge pull in that direction a little more often in the next wee while! Of course becoming a new Grandmother has a few other perks – it means I can try out all sorts of lovely patterns to sew for Mum & Baby. This is the first of a few I have on my list.

For all you prospective Grannies out there… this is a fantastic bag for new Mums. The Every Day, Every Way bag has abundant pockets to organise diapers, wipes & bottles. It also has a handy changing pad included in the pattern. There are 4 handle options – padded handles, backpack straps, adjustable, detachable straps for over the shoulder or cross- body carrying, AND stroller straps, so everything is covered.
There is quite a bit to sew with this bag, and there is a lot of hardware necessary to purchase if you make all the straps. We are going to offer a class to make this bag over 8 weeks. Every second Friday morning, you can come along to a class and make the next component, then go away and get up to the next stage of your bag at home.
The dates will be Friday 28th May, Friday 11th June, Friday 25th June and Friday 9th July. The class will start at 10am and go until 2pm, so you should get quite a bit done in that time.
Because bags like this aren’t always the cheapest to make (but they are pretty amazing once they are finished!), I am prepared for you to pay for the bag requirements and class fee in 4 equal installments, so each time you come to the class, you make 1/4 of the full payment. I expect that to be around $80 (x4). This will include the class fee and all your fabric & hardware. To register for this class you will need to order the pattern and hardware before the end of April, to ensure we will have everything you need to make the bag in store in time.

FOUNDATION PIECING CLASS WITH MARYANN PATERSON
We have been very fortunate to be able to lock in 2 days with Maryann Paterson to teach a small foundation paper piecing class. Maryann is a Qualified Quiltworx Instructor and has taught a lot of foundation piecing classes at Grandmother’s Garden.
The dates we have booked are Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October. Maryann will teach techniques to make a Bear Claw Cushion as shown in the photo above.
The class will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm with a half hour break for lunch. The cost of the class will be $60 per day. October might seem a long way away, but to get a qualified tutor of Maryann’s caliber requires booking a long way out!

Maryann has asked for a confirmation of numbers so that she can order the required number of workbooks for the class. Please register your interest in this class in store BEFORE 7th May, so that Maryann can get her order in in plenty of time as the papers required for this class come from overseas. We all know that things can take longer than expected to arrive these days!
With the shop being closed next Monday for Anzac Day, it means a short week but I have an opportunity for some professional development of my own, so I’ll be heading off to Hastings for a couple of days and leaving Carol in charge. David & I head to the Bernina Dealer’s meeting in Wellington at the end of next week, and look forward to the launch of a couple of new Bernina/Bernette air-overlockers while we are there.
Stocks of sewing machines are starting to get back to ‘normal’ with a big delivery this week and another drop due at the end of the month.

We have been patiently waiting on a huge shipment from Moda and ByAnnie products (including Soft & Stable batting which I don’t like being without). This shipment is over 8 weeks late, but has now thankfully arrived in Auckland. I hope to have some new fabric to show off to you next week.

I am working on a couple of hand stitching projects which I plan to finish before posting classes for them. With the ongoing success of Wendy William’s BOM ‘Urban Owls’, and the release of ‘The Santa, The Tree, The Turkey & Me’ from Hatched & Patched, I am coming to realise that hand stitching is my real passion, so I want to offer more projects along those lines in the future.
It is always good to support other talented people when they offer to teach classes, so please help me to support them by signing up for the classes on offer in this newsletter. It is becoming necessary to take non refundable deposits for these classes. As you can imagine, it is extremely frustrating when you are paying a guest tutor a fee for their time and anticipate a full class, to be told 24 hours before the class that something else has cropped up, and one is unable to attend. We do put a lot of time and thought in to the classes we offer, and I don’t wish to start charging a cancellation fee like Doctors Surgeries and Hairsalons do for the ‘no-shows’. I really don’t want to grumble and hope you can hear my heart on this matter.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for those of you who continue to ‘Shop Local’. We really do appreciate your custom, and hope to stay in business for a long time because of you!
Happy Stitching!

Kay

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