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Newsletter January 2021 (copy 01)

February 16, 2021

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
As life and routines were starting to get back to some kind of normal after an interesting summer, I sincerely hope the latest move to Level 3 in Auckland is a short term issue. Today we have put the hand sanitiser out on the tables again, and encourage you to sign in to record your visits to our store, if you’re not using the scanner app on your phone. Our classes are in full swing for 2021, and we feel confident that social distancing is being practiced in store and in classes, so we will continue the term as normal bearing this in mind. We still have a couple of vacancies in some classes – in particular Tuesday morning’s Beginner Patchwork class with Carol, and Wednesday afternoon’s class which runs from 1:30-4pm.

For some people, being able to commit to a whole term is a bit of a challenge, so we have now created an option to book in as a drop in sew-ist if there is enough room around the table. This will only apply to Tuesday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons. The cost will be $10 per class – bookings are essential.

Our website is LIVE and we have been getting more requests through this forum. The online shop is still being tweaked and will require constant ongoing maintenance. As new fabric starts coming in I will start to load it to the online shop – at this stage it will only be our most popular fabric ranges that will be listed, but as we are becoming more well known physically and online, we are noticing an increased interest in online shopping, and so we need to run with this trend.

Carol and Caroline are settling in well to their new job roles; Caroline has made some lovely displays with more kits and bundles being put together as new fabric collections pour in. Carol is getting her head around entering new products on our system…as we get busier I don’t know how I ever managed to do all this by myself! These girls have been such a Godsend to me!

Remember we also have one whole shelf of discounted fabrics down to $15 metre with a minimum cut of 1 metre for the month of February. This will make way for lots more fabric due shortly, so we just want to move out some of the old stuff!
We have recently received new shipments of fabric from Riley Blake – Rose & Violet’s Garden – a vintage floral & stripes collection in pastel pinks, creams and mint.

‘Solana’ by Robin Pickens has arrived in a whole range of bright and cheerful colours to match lovely big sunflowers in teal blues, mangos, yellows and apple greens. It’s a stunning collection!
Yesterday we received a delivery of 5 boxes – one is a new stand that has been filled with the Sue Spargo Eleganza Primitive range of threads – some lovely soft and subtle colours are in this range. These threads will retail at $9.00 for plain and $9.90 for variegated spools.

We also have 3 boxes to unpack today of a new shipment of SIRDAR Country Classic 4 ply yarn! This is the first of the yarn ranges to arrive prior to some cooler days ahead, so once its all loaded in our system and on the shelves I will post the colour selection on our Facebook page. SIRDAR is a well known brand but hasn’t been widely available in New Zealand for some time, so we are delighted to be able to sell this 4 ply and we will also have knitting patterns available to go with the range. We plan to add a 3-ply and another exciting new brand of yarn to the shelves over the next couple of months.
Our latest Advanced Kid’s Programme in January was fantastic – we had a couple of Beginner’s from the previous week ascending to the Advanced class making the ByAnnie ‘Over the Shoulder’ bag to hold their phone and/or wallet in. Some of the girls also made their own pin cushion.

With the success of these Kid’s Holiday Programmes we have set the following dates for the year, so that families are able to plan their holidays around sewing classes.
April 20th/22nd – Kid’s Advanced Class
April 27th/29th – Kid’s Beginners Class
July 13th/15th – Kid’s Beginners Class
July 20th/22nd – Kid’s Advanced Class
October 12th/14th – Kid’s Advanced Class
THE SANTA, THE TREE, THE TURKEY & ME
We are a step closer towards releasing this BOM – it seems like I have been waiting MONTHS for our background fabric and kits to arrive. The good news is that I have the first 4 months of kits now tucked away, and all I’m waiting on now is the Essex Linen for the background blocks. Hopefully this will arrive before the end of February, so we can get this block on the go and if you’ve signed up for it, you will have everything finished for Christmas 2021!
QUILT-AS-YOU-GO CLASSES
As we come to the end of My Redwork Garden’s BOM, we expect the dates for our Quilt-As-You-Go classes to fill fast. The first class will be with the My Redwork Garden ladies in mind on Saturday 13th March.
There will be two more classes on Saturday 17th April and Saturday 8th May. Please in the first instance register your interest in store and mark the dates in your diary. This class will be especially useful if you own a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) that comes with some Bernina sewing machines – but you may not know what to do with it.
We now have the amazing Bernina Q16 in store which will also be available to try in these classes. My homework this week is to get my Driver’s Licence on the Q16. Carol is busting to have a turn as well, so we have this week to get practicing before Julie from Bernina Head Office comes to put us through our paces next week.
Hopefully Moda’s Maryland’ panels by Kathy Schmitz will be in store by April so you can practice some free motion quilting and sign up for these Quilt-As-You-Go classes.
BERNINA CLUB WORKSHOP
WITH OR WITHOUT DEBORAH LOUIE
Unfortunately our classes booked with Deborah Louie in April have been postponed until August 2021. Obviously we are all really disappointed about this, but I had an email from Deborah yesterdayday and she is hopeful she will be able to travel by then.
This has meant that the alternative project needs to come in to play now for those dates we had set aside on 12th and 13th April. Deborah has recently launched a new workbook on how to create projects using your walking foot. I have just ordered this so once it arrives I will then re-think my plan for this class.

The class will be best suited for those of you 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.
If you previously indicated interest in Deborah’s class, your name will automatically roll over to the August date. I will send out a separate email regarding the April class once I receive the workbook and make a plan.
BERNINA NZ Quilt Challenge 2021

Following the success of the BERNINA NZ 12 x 12 Quilt Challenge over the last couple of years, they’re doing it again!
The theme for 2021 is ‘My Favourite Decade’.
Lived it or just love it? Are you inspired by the architecture and design of the 1930’s, mid century modernism of the 1950s, the fashion and colour of the 1960s or an icon of a particular decade? They would love to see it transformed into fabric!

All entry details, including terms and conditions, are on the entry form, entries need to be in to your local BERNINA Sewing Centre by the 11th April 2021. Click on the link below to download the entry form.

The ‘My Favourite Decade’ Exhibition will travel with the BERNINA NZ Roadshow and other events in 2021. Roadshow dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.

The winner of the challenge will be determined by a Viewer’s Choice vote, the quilt maker with the most votes will win a fabulous new bernette 77 Sewing Machine. Visit us on the Roadshow, place your vote and you too will be in the draw to win a bernette 77 Sewing Machine for yourself, just for voting!
Have fun! We look forward to seeing your creations!

The entry form contains all the information you need to know to enter the ‘My Favourite Decade’ 12 x 12 Challenge. Download it here.
* Entry Form (https://www.bernina.com/en-NZ/Learn-Create-NZ/Classes-Events/Challenges/New-Zealand/My-Favourite-Decade/MyFaveDecade_EntryForm.pdf)

Yesterday my Bernina B770 had its first major service and firmware update since we opened the shop 3 years ago. I have always been proud of how well I look after my sewing machine, regularly cleaning out the lint and fluff that builds up, and often oiling my machine more than what my machine tells me to. David showed me the build up of lint that you don’t see until all the covers come off. I was rather horrified at how much the lint can clog up your machine under the covers, even if you think you’ve cleaned it well.

So here’s a plug for any sewing machines that have been well used but not recently serviced. If you have bought a sewing machine from us in the past 3 years, but haven’t had it serviçed at all in that time, then you should probably book it in soon. Some of the bigger machines are eligible for 2 free services in the first 2 years after purchase – and we would usually notify you if that is the case. However, if you feel your machine is a bit clunky or not sewing as well as it used to, then a standard service ($95 for most models) might be a good idea.
March always seems to be a busy month for us, and this year is no exception, with the Taumarunui Quilter’s Exhibition on the weekend of Friday 5th – 7th March. We have been invited to be a merchant at this exhibition once again, so we are very much looking forward to that.

Wine Country Quilts have also asked us to advertise their next exhibition on 26-28th March at the Hawkes Bay Showgrounds in Hastings. The exhibition was postponed in 2020 because of lock down, so here’s hoping this year it will be twice as good!

For us that will be the start of a long weekend as we will then head to Wellington to Bernina’s Regional dealer meeting. We understand there are a couple of AMAZING new overlockers about to be launched in NZ, so this is when that will all happen. Watch this space for more exciting announcements from Bernina!
Happy Stitching!

Kay

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Newsletter January 2021

January 14, 2021

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
Happy New Year! I hope you have all settled in to 2021 without too many dramas, and that this year will be full of lovely surprises.
We seem to have hit the ground running… Caroline has been busy collating all sorts of Fat Quarter 5 packs and is putting together some fabulous displays of fabric in the shop.
Carol started work @ The Eye Of A Needle on Tuesday, so her brain is working overtime this week as she gets used to how things roll around here.
We have had our first delivery of sewing machines for the year today, so at long last we are able to fill some of our 3 month back-order waiting lists. We have another delivery of our Bernina Q16 Quilt machine due to arrive before the end of this week, so we have had to rearrange the furniture yet again to accommodate new staff and new storage facilities. There’s never a dull moment around this place!

Our other HOT-OFF-THE-PRESS news is that our website finally went LIVE yesterday! We were hoping to be live before Christmas but didn’t quite make the deadline…BUT we were first on the list on Monday morning and the LIVE button got pushed on Monday afternoon. Please be mindful that this is a work in progress and there is still a lot of refining to do with the website and with the online shop.. with more staff, and hopefully for me a bit more time available to spend on admin, I will be slowly loading more products and fabric to the website as it comes in. This can be a very time consuming and laborious task, so as the girls become more proficient with the running of the shop, I may be more likely found in my office or at my sewing machine whipping up a few more samples for future classes.

I am repeating the class schedule from December’s newsletter to refresh your memory. Now is the time to book in for classes for Term 1. Most classes have a maximum class number of 8 people, so please don’t leave it too long to register as I would hate for you to miss out on your first class choice.
Our regular weekly Class Calendar will look like this:

Tuesday 10am -12.30pm – starting Tuesday 2nd February
Beginner’s Patchwork Class
Carol will teach you the basics of Patchwork. You will make a new block each week over 10 weeks and then learn how to assemble your blocks to make a quilt. This is a class for those who have had little or no experience with patchwork – or perhaps you need to unlearn some bad habits and start from scratch again.
The class will cost $100 for the term. You will need to bring your own sewing machine. Fabrics and items needed for this class must be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle.

Tuesday NIGHT CLASS – 7pm – 9pm
(starting Tuesday 2nd February)
This class is suitable for those people who have busy day lives. The regular girls like a set project occasionally, so in Term 1 we will start with making a By Annie ‘Under Cover’ sewing machine cover. You are welcome to come along and make a project of your own choice if you prefer.
Class fees for the term are $80.00. Maximum class size is 8 people.

Wednesday 10am – 12:30pm
(starting Wednesday 3rd February)
Our Wednesday morning class has some real talent and most of the women in this group have been with us since we opened the shop. Unfortunately the class is currently full, and I don’t think any one in this lot will give up their weekly spot in a hurry.

However, due to popular demand we have created a NEW class on Wednesday afternoon (starting Wednesday 3rd February)

This class will run from 1:30-4pm every Wednesday during term time and will cost $80.00 for the term.
This class will focus on learning new skills and a specific project will be taught. We will start with the By Annie ‘Under Cover’ sewing machine cover. New projects will be added to the calendar along the way. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and fabrics and patterns for projects will need to be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle. Come along and become a PIONEER of our Wednesday afternoon class!
BEGINNER’S SEWING CLASS
Thursday 10am – 12:30pm
Jenny and I have been running this class for several years now and it is so satisfying to see the progress some of our ladies have made. This class is for the real Beginner Sewist. You will learn how to ‘drive’ your sewing machine and will make simple projects to reinforce these skills.
The class will cost $80.00 per term. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and fabrics and patterns will 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, and Saturdays are a good day to hold all day workshops, especially for a big project or with a guest tutor (see below)
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We currently have 2 Block of the Month projects running –
* ‘My Redwork Garden’ by Bunny Hill Design (Block 11 of 12 blocks released in January)
* ‘Urban Owls’ by Wendy Williams (Block 3 of 10 blocks released in January)

Our ByAnnie classes are always very popular and spaces fill fast. The ‘Under Cover’ project will be our feature class in Term 1 so you will see it pop up in several places in this newsletter.
This quilted cover comes in 3 different sizes with a variety of pockets to store manuals, pedal, cords and more. It also has 2 options for a back pocket opening either on top or at the side.
Please note that all fabric and notions need to be purchased prior to class from The Eye Of A Needle. We have a lovely panel in store to use if you want to copy my sample. Some quilting and cutting preparation before attending the class is also necessary if you want complete your project in class.
The class fee will be $50 for the day + your pattern requirements.
We have ByAnnie zips, mesh, foldover elastic and By Annie hardware in stock, so everything you need to complete your project can be found in store.
The will be a second 2 day workshop to make the ‘Under Cover’ pattern on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February if you can’t make it on any other date.
KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES
The Bernette Sew & Go sewing machines have now all arrived, which means it is full steam ahead for our Kids Holiday Programmes starting next week.
The Kid’s Beginner’s Programme will be held next Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st January. 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.

The Advanced Kid’s Programme will take place the following week on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th January. This time the kids will make a ByAnnie Over the Shoulder’ bag to hold their phone and/or wallet in. A perfect project for this age group. If time allows we will also teach the girls how to make their own pin cushion. (We get a bit tired of them dropping their pins on the floor in class!)
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 DROP-IN CLASSES
Because we don’t have our regular classes until February, and also because not everyone gets to go on holiday in January, we have started some ‘Drop In’ days on Wednesdays and Fridays over the summer. You can drop in any time after 10am, and 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 are:
Friday 15th January, Wednesday 20th January, Friday 22nd January,
Wednesday 27th January, Friday 29th January

You will need to register for these days as there will be limited room around the table. Bring your lunch and $10 for each ‘Drop In’ day you attend. You can register for as many of these as you wish over January.

PROJECT BAG
The first time I made this project bag it was as a sample for the Kid’s Holiday Programme, and the kids all mastered it very well. Since then, the Night Class girls have made a Project Bag and now all the girls in that class turn up with their work in their Project bag each week.
So now it’s time to have another class to teach you how to make your own as this is a really handy little bag to use – either for sewing projects, book club, or any type of storage.
The dates programmed to make this Project Bag are Friday 5th February, Friday 12th February and Saturday 13th February.
The classes will run from 10am -2pm, and will cost $30.
You will need to purchase your pattern and class requirements from The Eye Of A Needle.

QUILT-AS-YOU-GO CLASSES
‘My Redwork Garden’ BOM is in full swing and those who are completing their blocks each month are doing so well! The last block for this BOM will be in February. Once the 12 blocks are completed, we realise there may be a need to hold some Quilt-As-You-Go classes, so that all those gorgeous pieces of work can be quilted and stitched to their full potential. Julie Brunton is primed and ready to help me with this.
We plan to hold a Quilt-As-You-Go class once a month starting in March. The first class will be with the My Redwork Garden ladies in mind, but with the anticipated arrival of some beautiful fabric from Moda ‘Maryland’ by Kathy Schmitz around April, this Quilt-As-You-Go’ technique could also be applied to any quilt block or panel.
The dates for these classes will be Saturday 13th March, Saturday 17th April and Saturday 8th May. Please in the first instance register your interest in store and mark the dates in your diary. This class will be especially useful if you own a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) that comes with some Bernina sewing machines – but you may not know what to do with it. We also hope to have our own Bernina Q16 in store by then, which is a slightly larger version of a BSR, so I may need lots of practice myself!
This is the Moda ‘Maryland’ panel by Kathy Schmitz due to arrive in store in April in 2 colourways – black on cream ‘Linen’ (pictured) & wheat on black ”Nightfall’. This would be the perfect block to practice some free motion quilting and to then Quilt-As-You-Go.
BERNINA SEWING MACHINE WORKSHOP – WITH DEBORAH LOUIE
I am still waiting for confirmation regarding our classes booked with Deborah Louie in April. A decision on this will be made in conjunction with Tauranga Bernina shortly. Deborah is pencilled in for classes in NZ in April 2021 and was going to tutor her ‘Hearts & Lollipops’ Quilt in Taupo. With border controls and quarantine regulations from Australia still being rather strict, it may be out of our control whether this class can proceed.
However, I will still run a class for all those folk who have bought Bernina sewing machines from us in the past year. If Deborah is unable to come, we will continue with an alternative project. This will be a great opportunity for you to get to know your sewing machine better. The project will be based on a Crazy Patchwork kind of theme using all of the stitches on your machine that you don’t know what to do with, and will end up as a bag.
This class is best suited for those of you 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.
If you are interested in either of these options, then please let me know and pencil in April 12-13 as potential dates for a class.
WALKING FOOT SERVICE – JANUARY SPECIAL
Did you know that if your walking foot is clunky, squeaky or not sewing smoothly, it might need a service?
David can take a look at your walking foot this month and give it a specialised touch up for just $20.
I hope to see many of you in store over the next week or two, signing up for classes on offer this term. I am working on a couple of new projects which I plan to release soon. I’m so thankful for extra daylight hours so my days feel longer in a sense – does that mean I get more done? That remains to be seen!
See you soon

Happy Stitching

Kay

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Newsletter December 2020

December 15, 2020

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Hello Lovely Ladies!
It feels like we are fair flying into Christmas and 2021 after such an interesting year! We are delighted to be celebrating our 3rd birthday! It’s hard to believe we opened the doors on 22nd December 2017 and we have almost had 3 years in our shop. Come on in and celebrate with some birthday cake this week!

Shop Hours during the holiday season:

Thursday 24 December – 10am- 2pm
Friday 25th December – Monday 28th December CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 30th December 9am – 5pm
Thursday 31st December 9am – 5pm

2021
Friday 1st January – Sunday 3rd January CLOSED
Monday 4th January 10am – 3pm
Back to our usual shop hours on Tuesday 5th January 9am – 5pm
then Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm weekly
and Saturdays 10am – 3pm

It is the last week of our term classes this week. As we start to wind down, I am also in a sense winding up for 2021 as we will have a few changes in the shop next year which I would like to tell you about.

Many of you will have by now met the lovely Caroline, who is an expert when it comes to cutting fabric and putting together some fabulous displays in the shop. Caroline will be working at The Eye Of A Needle on Mondays and Wednesdays and some other days when she is required to.

In January we also welcome Carol to join our staff. Carol has a real gift with using a sewing machine and has put together some lovely quilts and bags since she first started shopping here at The Eye Of A Needle. She will be working 4 days a week and will be taking the odd class once she settles in to shop life.

These changes will allow me to spend more time making samples for workshops as well as adding products to our online shop which we really hope will be active this side of Christmas. It will be nice for me to share the load, and for David to have more shed time as we also launch the Jolie paint range in 2021.
Changes in shop dynamics also mean there need to be some changes to our weekly calendar in 2021. We will be focusing more on teaching new skills, and so a lot of our classes will be tailor made for you to learn something new.

Most of our regular classes run during the school term and we ask that you commit by signing up for a whole 10 week term at a time – usually at a cost of $80 for the term.
Our regular weekly Class Calendar will look like this:

Tuesday 10am -12.30pm – starting Tuesday 2nd February
Beginner’s Patchwork Class
Carol will teach you the basics of Patchwork. You will make a new block each week over 10 weeks and then learn how to assemble your blocks to make a quilt. This is a class for those who have had little or no experience with patchwork – or perhaps you need to unlearn some bad habits and start from scratch again.
The class will cost $100 for the term. You will need to bring your own sewing machine. Fabrics and items needed for this class must be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle.

Tuesday NIGHT CLASS – 7pm – 9pm
(starting Tuesday 2nd February)
This class is suitable for those people who have busy day lives. The regular girls like a set project occasionally, so in Term 1 we will start with making a By Annie ‘Under Cover’ sewing machine cover. You are welcome to come along and make a project of your own choice if you prefer.
Class fees for the term are $80.00. Maximum class size is 8 people.

Wednesday 10am – 12:30pm
(starting Wednesday 3rd February)
Our Wednesday morning class has some real talent and most of the women in this group have been with us since we opened the shop. Unfortunately the class is currently full, and I don’t think any one in this lot will give up their weekly spot in a hurry.

However, due to popular demand we will be creating a NEW class:
Wednesday afternoon
(starting Wednesday 3rd February)
This class will run from 1:30-4pm every Wednesday during term time.
$80.00 for the term. This class will focus on learning new skills and a specific project will be taught. We will start with the By Annie ‘Under Cover’ sewing machine cover. New projects will be added to the calendar along the way. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and fabrics and patterns for projects will need to be purchased from The Eye Of A Needle.
BEGINNER’S SEWING CLASS
Thursday 10am – 12:30pm
Jenny and I have been running this class for several years now and it is so satisfying to see the progress some of our ladies have made. This class is for the real Beginner Sewist. You will learn how to ‘drive’ your sewing machine and will make simple projects to reinforce these skills.
The class will cost $80.00 per term. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and fabrics and patterns will 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, and Saturdays are a good day to hold all day workshops, especially for a big project or with a guest tutor (see below)
.
We currently have 2 Block of the Month projects running –
* ‘My Redwork Garden’ by Bunny Hill Design (Block 10 of 12 blocks released in December)
* ‘Urban Owls’ by Wendy Williams (Block 2 of 10 blocks released in December)

Our ByAnnie classes are always very popular and spaces fill fast. The ‘Under Cover’ project will be our feature class in Term 1 so you will see it pop up in several places in this newsletter. We will also hold two workshops during the summer break on Tuesday 12th January and Thursday 14th January. If you’ve got an urge to attend a summer school, then come and join us between 9:30am and 4pm to make this sewing machine cover in a day.
This quilted cover comes in 3 different sizes with a variety of pockets to store manuals, pedal, cords and more. It also has 2 options for a back pocket opening either on top or at the side.
Please note that all fabric and notions need to be purchased prior to class from The Eye Of A Needle. We have a lovely panel in store to use if you want to copy my sample. Some quilting and cutting preparation before attending the class is also necessary if you want complete your project on the day.
The class fee will be $50 for the day + your pattern requirements.
We had a huge order of new ByAnnie zips, mesh and foldover elastic arrive last week, so we have almost every colour available in stock at the moment.

KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES
It looks like our Bernette Sew & Go sewing machines that we use in the Kid’s Holiday Programme are due to arrive next week thankfully, which means we can put them aside for the Beginner’s Class in January.
The Kid’s Beginner’s Programme will be held on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st January 2021. 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.

The Advanced Kid’s Programme will take place the following week on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th January. This time the kids will make a ByAnnie Over the Shoulder’ bag to hold their phone and/or wallet in. A perfect project for this age group. If time allows we will also teach the girls how to make their own pin cushion. (We get a bit tired of them dropping their pins on the floor in class!)
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 have decided to have some ‘Drop In’ days on Wednesdays 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 13th January, Friday 15th January
Wednesday 20th January, Friday 22nd January
Wednesday 27th January, Friday 29th January

You will need to register for these days as there will be limited room around the table. Bring your lunch and $10 for each ‘Drop In’ day you attend. You can register for as many of these as you wish over January.

PROJECT BAG
The first time I made this project bag it was as a sample for the Kid’s Holiday Programme, and the kids all mastered it very well. Since then, the Night Class girls have made a Project Bag and now all the girls in that class turn up with their work in their Project bag each week.
So now it’s time to have another class to teach you how to make your own as this is a really handy little bag to use – either for sewing projects, book club, or any type of storage.
We will hold several classes to make this Project Bag on Friday 5th February, Friday 12th February and Saturday 13th February.
The classes will run from 10am -2pm, and will cost $30.
You will need to purchase your pattern and class requirements from The Eye Of A Needle.

QUILT-AS-YOU-GO CLASSES
‘My Redwork Garden’ BOM is in full swing and those who are completing their blocks each month are doing so well! The last block for this BOM will be in February. Once the 12 blocks are completed, we realise there may be a need to hold some Quilt-As-You-Go classes, so that all those gorgeous pieces of work can be quilted and stitched to their full potential. Julie Brunton is primed and ready to help me with this.
We plan to hold a Quilt-As-You-Go class once a month starting in March. The first class will be with the My Redwork Garden ladies in mind, but with the anticipated arrival of some beautiful fabric from Moda ‘Maryland’ by Kathy Schmitz around April, this Quilt-As-You-Go’ technique could also be applied to any quilt block or panel.
The dates for these classes will be Saturday 13th March, Saturday 17th April and Saturday 8th May. Please in the first instance register your interest in store and mark the dates in your diary. This class will be especially useful if you own a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) that comes with some Bernina sewing machines – but you may not know what to do with it. We also hope to have our own Bernina Q16 in store by then, which is a slightly larger version of a BSR, so I may need lots of practice myself!
This is the Moda ‘Maryland’ panel by Kathy Schmitz due to arrive in store in April in 2 colourways – black on cream ‘Linen’ (pictured) & wheat on black ”Nightfall’. This would be the perfect block to practice some free motion quilting and to then Quilt-As-You-Go.
CLASS WITH DEBORAH LOUIE
With talk of borders opening with Australia we are still very hopeful that our classes booked with Deborah Louie can proceed. A decision on this will be made in conjunction with Tauranga Bernina in January. We have Deborah pencilled in for April 2021 to tutor her ‘Hearts & Lollipops’ Quilt.
However, I would still like to run a class for all those folk who have bought Bernina sewing machines from us in the past year. If Deborah is unable to come, we will have an alternative project which I will be working on over the summer. This will be a great opportunity for you to get to know your sewing machine better. The project will be based on a Crazy Patchwork kind of theme using all of the stitches on your machine that you don’t know what to do with, and will end up as a bag… more details once my sample is finished!
This class is best suited for those of you 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.
If you are interested in either of these options, then please let me know and pencil in April 12-13 as potential dates for a class.
The last box of stock that is expected this year (besides a few sewing machines next week) has arrived this afternoon. It’s interesting to see what shortages there are in the world. At the moment it seems to be scissors! Most fabric that I have ordered has been delayed by at least 2 months, so its quite exciting when a box turns up these days…we’re just never quite sure what it might (or may not) contain.
The majority of sewing machine sales need to go on to a long Back Order list with Bernina, and although some of these are expected in early January, there are no guarantees with the present port issues that they will arrive on time. Frustrating to say the least.
However, I think we have all learned the gift of patience this year, and have to accept that not everything is going to go the way we have always just expected it to.
I sincerely want to thank you for your continued support of our business, during a somewhat trying year for many. I am thankful that the craft industry has prospered well in such uncertain times, where many other industries have not fared so well.

As we celebrate the end of 3 years of business in Taupo, I feel confident that we will be around for a while yet, and we look forward to more growth and prosperity in 2021 and beyond.
Wishing you all and your families a safe and happy Festive Season and all the best for the year ahead

Kindest Regards
Kay

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Newsletter November 2020

November 10, 2020

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Hello Ladies
It seems like only yesterday that I sent out my last newsletter and its amazing to be counting down the weeks now until our weekly classes finish for the year.
I’m in the process of putting together class options for 2021, so if anything grabs your attention in this newsletter it’s best to get your name down early to avoid disappointment.
We were delighted to be associated with the Taupo Quilt-Maker’s Exhibition in October – what a feast of inspiration there was, and a fantastic turnout for the organisers. Thank you to all of our new subscribers who visited us in the shop – we had an awesome team of ladies working hard on our behalf that weekend, and it was certainly a worthwhile event for everyone involved.
URBAN OWLS BLOCK OF THE MONTH
Our Urban Owls Block of the Month will be launched on Friday this week. It’s not too late to sign up as I still have a few patterns and kits left to dispatch.
The pattern for each month will cost $5. The (optional) kit is $15 per month for 12 months. If you have plenty of scraps in your stash you could use these instead of buying our kit… the resourceful me would say use your scraps – but as I was choosing fabrics off the shelf (not from my stash!) I had such fun coordinating some of the gorgeous brights colours that we have in store.
There are lots of new skills to learn with this BOM, including how to sew embroidery stitches on to felt, how to make Flying Geese, Medallions, Ohio Stars and more…We will have an introductory class to get everyone started on the first centre block which has lots of felt flowers and fabulous stitchery. As each block is released around the 10th of each month, we will have a Friday morning class to go over the next lot of skills required for the next block.
THE SANTA, THE TREE, THE TURKEY & ME
I am still waiting on some background fabric to arrive so I can start Block 1 of my sample.Those of you who have signed up for this BOM won’t need to wait much longer. I anticipate getting this BOM underway before the end of this month and will be in touch with all those of you who have signed up in a separate email.

CHRISTMAS FELT DECORATIONS
Caroline has been busy creating some very simple, funky Christmas decorations using a combination of felt, hessian, buttons and assorted scraps and threads. We thought you might like to create your own decorations too!
All you need to do is book your spot – $20 to attend the class and $30 to use the supplies that we put out on the table. You will have the chance to make up to 6 different decorations – patterns and inspiration supplied, or make up your own – all with simple stitching and embellishments designed to adorn your tree or Christmas space.
Classes will be held from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 21st November, Saturday 28th November and Friday 4th December.

If you would prefer to make your own Christmas presents, then here’s a cool gift idea… make a By Annie ‘Under Cover’ sewing machine cover for that special sewist in your life.
This sturdy quilted cover comes in 3 different sizes with a variety of pockets to store manuals, pedal, cords and more. It also has 2 options for a back pocket opening either on top or at the side.
Our ByAnnie classes are always very popular and spaces fill fast. If you want to get this made for a Christmas gift then get in quick to book your spot. The class will be held from 9:30am – 4pm on Friday 11th December and Saturday 12th December (2 separate classes). We will repeat the class on Tuesday 12th January and Thursday 14th January.
Please note that all fabric and notions need to be purchased prior to class from The Eye Of A Needle. Some quilting and cutting preparation before attending the class is also necessary if you want complete your project on the day.
Class fee for this class will be $50 + your pattern and fabric requirements.
We had a huge order of new ByAnnie zips, mesh and foldover elastic arrive last week, so we have almost every colour in stock at the moment.

KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
I am hopeful we will be able to hold another Beginner’s Kids Holiday Programme on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st January. This will be dependent on whether we are able to supply the Bernette Sew & Go 3 Sewing machines which are an integral part of this course for the Kids. Unfortunately sewing machines supplies are one of the victims of COVID-19. Most of our sewing machine sales are on a 2-3 month back order system with the majority of machines unlikely to arrive in the country before January. However we have 6 x Sew & Go 3’s on back order due to arrive mid December – so here’s hoping!

We will also hold an Advanced Kids Holiday Programme the following week on Tuesday 26th January and Thursday 28th January. This Programme will be open to any of the Kids who have previously attended a Beginner’s Class. Details on this still to come but the usual details will apply.
QUILT-AS-YOU-GO CLASSES
‘My Redwork Garden’ BOM is in full swing and those who are completing their blocks each month are doing so well! The last block for this BOM will be in February. Once the 12 blocks are completed, we realise there may be a need to hold some Quilt-As-You-Go classes, so that all those gorgeous pieces of work can be quilted and stitched to their full potential. I have asked the very talented Julie Brunton to help me with this.
We plan to hold a Quilt-As-You-Go class once a month starting in March. The first class will be with the My Redwork Garden ladies in mind, but with the anticipated arrival of some beautiful fabric from Moda ‘Maryland’ by Kathy Schmitz around April, this Quilt-As-You-Go’ technique could also be applied to any quilt block or panel.
The dates for these classes will be Saturday 13th March, Saturday 17th April and Saturday 8th May. Please in the first instance register your interest in store and mark the dates in your diary. This class will be especially useful if you own a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) that comes with some Bernina sewing machines – but you may not know what to do with it. We also hope to have our own Bernina Q16 in store by then, which is a slightly larger version of a BSR, so I may need lots of practice myself!
This is the Moda ‘Maryland’ panel by Kathy Schmitz due to arrive in store in April in 2 colourways – black on cream ‘Linen’ (pictured) & wheat on black ”Nightfall’. This would be the perfect block to practice some free motion quilting and to then Quilt-As-You-Go.
Just before lockdown I had the opportunity to do a class with Deborah Louie – one of Bernina’s fabulous tutors in Australia. We talked about Deborah coming to Taupo to do a couple of classes with us, and had pencilled her in for April 2021 to tutor her ‘Hearts & Lollipops’ Quilt. Obviously with border controls at present this may not happening in April. However, I would still like to run a class for all those folk who have bought Bernina sewing machines from us in the past year. If Deborah is unable to come, we need an alternative project which I am working on at the moment. This will be a great opportunity for you to get to know your sewing machine better. The project will be based on a Crazy Patchwork kind of theme using all of the stitches on your machine that you don’t know what to do with, and will end up as a bag… more details in December once I’ve finished my sample! This class is best suited for those of you 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.
If, in the meantime the border opens and Deborah is still able to come, then her class will take priority over mine.
If you are interested in either of these options, then please let me know and pencil in April 12-13 as potential dates for this class.
‘SUGARIDOO’ BEGINNERS PATCHWORK BLOCKS

Some of you who follow the Bernina Blog, may have come across the ‘Sugaridoo’ project which was launched last November online.

Here is the link: https://blog.bernina.com/en/2019/09/sugaridoo-bernina-qal-kickoff/

It is a row-along-quilt-along project, where you sew a new row of your quilt in each class. The rows have different heights, so the elements in the rows also vary in size, with mostly geometric shapes in different colours. Some of the rows are made out of blocks, some of them are more like a continuous pattern.
The finished size of the quilt will be 70 x 90 inches. If you want to go bigger you can add a border around the quilt when it’s finished.

At this stage I am taking expressions of interest to do this class on a monthly basis. The 2021 calendar is starting to fill up fast. I have had a lot of requests recently for a new Beginner’s Patchwork class and I think this would be a great project for Beginners (but not limited to Beginners) to try. Each month we will make one of the twelve rows for the quilt. I don’t have a firm date at this stage, but if there is enough interest, then we will look at starting this early in February.
DMC NOVA VITA RECYCLED COTTON

Last week we received our first shipment of DMC Nova Vita Recycled cotton. I am often asked if we stock macrame supplies – up until now the answer has been NO! This range of cotton yarn is perfect for macrame projects and comes in a gorgeous range of colours – also suitable for knitting and crochet. The 250gram balls retail at $19.00. Macrame especially is one of those crafts having a real resurgence at the moment – I’m pleased to say the colour options are a lot nicer than what was available in the 1980’s when it was last on trend! It’s great to see so many ‘crafty’ people coming out of the woodwork’, so keep those great creative ideas flowing and dont leave it too long if you want to sign up for a class or two!

Happy Stitching
Kay

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Newsletter October 2020

September 30, 2020

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Hello everyone!
As we head out of September and in to October it’s so lovely to wake up and hear the dawn chorus. I always get very motivated in the Spring and I have lots to tell you today, so make yourself a cuppa and prepare for a wee read!

We are excited that the Taupo Patchworker’s Quilt Exhibition is going ahead this weekend from Friday 2nd October through until Sunday 4th October at the Great Lake Centre here in Taupo. We are anticipating a huge weekend, as the majority of exhibitions of this type have not been able to proceed this year. This one is actually happening! We have been busy for the past month collecting wares to sell at our merchant table at the exhibition, including a lot of new product and prepacked kits not seen before in the shop.

The exhibition will be open from 10am – 4pm for the 3 days; we will also be open our usual trading hours as well as Sunday from 11am -3pm – just in case there are out-of-towners who need to shop with us over the weekend.
If you go to the exhibition you will receive a voucher offering you 10% discount off fabric on the bolt from our store for this weekend only. You will need to present your voucher to get the discount. This doesn’t apply to Fat Quarters, or fabric already on special – but you may find something in store that you simply must have!
We are pretty well stocked at the moment (still waiting for a new elastic shipment however!) so I hope we can meet all your quilting needs.

We are also very privileged to have Barrie Ashton form Wonderfil Threads in store over the weekend. Barrie missed out on stall space at the exhibition, so I invited her to set up a stall with us in the shop instead. There haven’t been many opportunities for Barrie to set up shop this year due to so many cancellations, so this will be a good opportunity to stock up on all the threads that we don’t stock in the shop. We will have the Sue Spargo Eleganza and Ellana stand at the exhibition, and Barrie will bring everything else to the shop.That’s TWO good reasons to come to the Exhibition AND visit the shop as well!

This morning I have put the finishing touches on my ‘Lord-a-Leaping’ and ádded some extra hearts as the last chapter in our 12 Days Of Christmas story. We have been creating this lovely family for the past 12 months and now its complete. David is making the trees to display the characters and can make one for you for this Christmas for $100 if you order during October.
This now makes way for some new hand stitching projects which have been advertised in the last 2 newsletters so we can set some new dates now to start those.
THE SANTA, THE TREE, THE TURKEY AND ME

This BOM designed by Anni Downs from Hatched & Patched will start at the end of October. I ordered 10 kits and one is waiting for me to assemble after the Exhibition is over. There has been huge interest in this wall hanging both in NZ and internationally, so those who got their name down early will receive information about starting this in the next couple of weeks. Sourcing the background fabric has been a bit of a mission, but I have enough to at least start the first sample, so I’m looking forward to that being my new evening hand stitching project.

URBAN OWLS by Wendy Williams

We will start Block One of Urban Owls after Labour Weekend on Friday 30th October.
For this BOM you can collect your own fabrics and I will supply the pattern to you each month for $5.00.
If you would prefer me to make up a kit each month for you, that will be an additional $15.00 and may take the pressure off choosing your own felt & fabrics. You will pay $15 for a kit each month, taking the total to $20 per month over 10 months.
We will meet once a month on a Friday when you can collect your Block and receive tuition on how to make it up – or I can post to you if you’re from out of town.
This is a lovely way to use up your scraps and our lovely selection of merino wool felt colours are perfect to make your own unique Urban Owls quilt. I am also waiting on some new woven felt to arrive from Moda, which will also be suitable for this project. I still have a few booklets available if you want to sign up for this 12 month BOM.

Our ChiaoGoo knitting products are selling well. Those who have bought have returned for more.The word on the street is that once you have tried ChiaoGoo products there is no going back to other brands.
DMC Hollie yarn and patterns are proving to be very popular. We have received our first range of knitting patterns by ‘Truly Myrtle’, and plan to expand our range of yarn and patterns next year.

We will continue with the Knitting Club on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm in Term 4. Jenny has helped out several ladies with knitting issues over the past few weeks and I am thankful this is one area that I can delegate to a knitting expert!

‘BY ANNIE’ HOLD EVERYTHING SATCHEL

The class for our ‘Hold Everything’ satchel is filling up but there are still a couple of spots available on Saturday 17th October from 9:30am – 4 pm.
‘Hold Everything’ is like a little fabric lunch box – perfect for storing all your sewing bits and pieces (or other collectable items which need safe storage)
The cost of the class will be $50 for the day plus your fabric and bag making requirements.
Bernina are hosting an ‘Experience the Q16’ workshop in 4 locations around the country in October. The nearest one for us will be in Rotorua on Thursday 15th October. If you have been considering purchasing a Bernina Q20 or a Q16 quilting machine, this is an opportunity to truly experience the Q16 under the tuition of an experienced tutor and Bernina staff. The workshop will be 3 hours in duration and most materials, project, thread, ruler and Q16 machines for use in class will be provided. There is a maximum of 10 people per class. I understand there are still some vacancies on Thursday afternoon. If you are interested, please contact me at the shop in the first instance. The cost to BERNINA NZ will be $50.
KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

We will be holding an Advanced Holiday Programme in the second week of the school holidays. On Tuesday 6th October & Thursday 8th October some of the kids who have done a programme with us before will be making a Wall Hanging with Storage Pockets. It’s always pretty full on when we have kids learning to sew in the shop but it’s so nice to see these girls improving their sewing skills every holidays and they are making some very cool things! The class costs $50 for the 2 days + fabric requirements.
Due to the worldwide shortage of new sewing machines at the moment, we will be unable to hold another Beginner’s Sewing Programme until January next year. We are hopeful that the demand to buy cheap sewing machines will settle soon and that normal production will resume before the end of 2020.
JOLIE PAINT ARRIVING THIS WEEK!!!

FINALLY, we have some very exciting news! Tomorrow are expecting our very first shipment of JOLIE home based paint. The timing of this delivery isn’t great with the exhibition being our main focus this week, so unfortunately all the stock that arrives will need to be stored out the back until after the weekend. As of next week though, we will start to introduce you to our favourite JOLIE paint products for upcycling furniture and more. David and I trained with Jolie in Melbourne this time last year, and we have been keen to bring in some upcycling furniture projects to the shop ever since we opened – but the timing just hasn’t been quite right. With COVID and lockdowns we have had a few delays with our plan, but over the next few months we would like to show you a beautiful paint brand which we absolutely LOVE! We hope to be able to hold some paint workshops and simple upholstery projects in the future, but we will start slowly and do a bit of painting and planning before we bring too much
in to the shop. We will probably start with some small summertime workshops at home.
If you have tired old wooden coffee tables/chairs that need resurrecting, then this paint will work wonders on your old furniture. You can either learn to do it yourself, or we may be able to do it for you.
Here’s a snippet from the Jolie Home crew:
It’s your life – make it beautiful! Jolie Home understands the positive impact a quick home transformation can have on your life. We want you to feel the joy that comes along with creating something beautiful, something personalized, and something you want to share with others. The quality and versatility of Jolie Paint is like no other. You can attain a variety of finishes using just Jolie Paint and Jolie topcoats.
You can learn techniques to create common finishes for furniture, floors, cabinets, accessories and more…* BASIC * SMOOTH * TEXTURED * DISTRESSED * DRY BRUSHED * WASHED *

Watch this space – there will be more to come on this exciting development!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Exhibition over the weekend

Happy Stitching
Kay

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Newsletter August 2020

August 21, 2020

Hello everyone!
I have been trying to get to my laptop for the last week to send out an email to all you lovely customers; We have been inundated with sales of ELASTIC and attempts to write anything at all have been constantly interrupted by another sale at the counter!
The good news is we had our best week EVER last week. The sad news is I have sold out of 3mm and 6mm wide elastic – but I do still have a good supply of hat elastic in both black and white, and plenty of wider elastic 10mm and up.
We have several great free patterns for face masks on the counter and they have been rocking out the door. I must say I’m quite impressed with some people’s creativity when it comes to making such things – I also admire the determination of those who confess to not being a sewist but want to give it a go anyway!
I haven’t got to making a set of masks for myself yet, aside from a quick sample or 2 whipped up in the last lockdown. Any requests from my family will just have to wait until things settle down a bit!

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Newsletter July 2020

August 20, 2020

Greetings to you all!
It is so satisfying for me to see people walking out of the shop with finished projects. It gives everyone such a great sense of accomplishment!
Our Beginner Adult Sewing classes on Thursday mornings have yielded some great results – classy aprons, cushions and Needlecase samplers. The Westalee Ruler class with Barrie was inspiring for those wanting to improve their ruler skills, and this week we’ve had the kids in completing their projects from before lockdown.

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