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Newsletter October/November 2021

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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Newsletter September 2021

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

Kay

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Newsletter August 2021

August 16, 2021

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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

Kay

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Newsletter July 2021

July 16, 2021

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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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!Hello Lovely Ladies
We have had a very busy few weeks as classes have cranked up and new opportunities have arisen to try some new projects. Several weeks ago we had Julie Veck from Bernina with us training Caroline and Carol on sewing machines, and also teaching me some new skills on the Bernina Q16. It’s always good to get some Professional Development and to learn some new skills. We have some new projects in this newsletter designed to do exactly that, so I hope I can tempt you to try something different
We had our first successful Quilt-As-You-Go class on Saturday with Julie Brunton, and this went very well.
We have Julie booked for 2 more Saturday classes on 10th April and 8th May. Now that I know what Julie can teach I’m telling you that you won’t want to miss out on these workshops! Places are filling fast, given that most of the ‘My Redwork Garden’ blocks have now been completed and the girls are wanting to get their quilts on beds for the winter. The next 2 classes are open to anyone wanting to learn Quilt-As-You-Go techniques.

When I originally advertised these classes last year I was expecting the gorgeous Maryland fabric to be in store by now. Unfortunately with shipping delays this fabric won’t be in the country until 5th April at the earliest, so I can’t guarantee it will be in store for the next workshop, but hopefully it will be here before May.
I feel for some of our main fabric warehouses at the moment. The March Moda fabric shipment and ByAnnie products have all been delayed by at least 6 weeks which means the warehouses can’t distribute to shops and therefore shops can’t sell fabric to customers – so we have to just take what fabric we can get when it arrives.

BERNINA eBOOK SERIES – TABLERUNNER USING RULERWORK SKILLS
If Quilting-As-You-Go is a bit big for you, but you still like the idea of being able to quilt a small project yourself and learn some ruler techniques in the process, then this table runner might be just the thing for you to make.
Bernina have released a Table Runner pattern in their eBook series called Ruler Work for Quilters. You get to make up a Table Runner in fabrics of your choice purchased from The Eye Of A Needle and then Carol will teach you 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. You will need to purchase the Bernina Ruler kit for this class. The kit comes with 10 different rulers. Carol is passionate about ruler work, so we will be looking at having a lot more workshops teaching various rulerwork techniques, which makes the ruler kit a good investment at $335. We will need to order these kits, so if you are keen, please let us know as soon as possible, so we will have plenty of kits available before we start classes.
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.

UPCOMING KID’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES
A reminder about the Kid’s Holiday Programmes coming up after Easter and for the rest of the year. Places fill fast for these classes. The Advanced Class in the first week of the April School Holidays will involve making our very popular Project bag. I have several of these bags and could do with one for each project I have on the go. The kids can use them for storage of books, sewing projects or school assignments, or what a great gift to start making for Christmas now!
This class will cost $50 for 2 days + fabric requirements and will be held on Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd April from 10am-2.30pm.
Students must have completed a Beginner Class to be able to attend the Advanced Class.

We have created another Beginner Class originally advertised as April 27th & 29th. I have had to change the days for this class which will now be held on Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th April.

Further dates to put in your diary for Kid’s Classes will be:
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
I’m delighted to finally be able to dispatch Block 1 for this very popular BOM after our background bolt of fabric arrived last Friday. All those folk who signed up will receive their first block this week and everyone can get stitching to have this project completed by Christmas 2021.
BERNINA CLUB WORKSHOP ALTERNATIVE
DAISY PATHS CUSHION & TABLE RUNNER

In the last newsletter I mentioned an alternative Bernina project since Deborah Louie is unable to get to NZ before August. Last week I received booklets from Deborah for a project called ‘Daisy Paths Cushion & Tablerunner’. I am currently putting together a sample for the Daisy Path Cushion and we will offer this as a 2 day class on Friday 23rd April and Saturday 24th April. (These dates are different to what was previously advertised.)
Several people have witnessed me cutting out fabric for the project and have told me they made the cushion in Deborah’s class at Symposium last year, and how much they enjoyed learning new skills on their sewing machine. 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 and I would strongly recommend this class to you.
I have 8 workbooks available so the class will be limited to 8 people. If you have previously expressed interest in Deborah’s class your name will automatically be rolled over for this new one.

The class will cost $100 for 2 days and will include Deborah’s Workbook. You will need to buy fabric from The Eye Of A Needle to make this cushion – we will have kits available if you wish to copy our sample.
Because there is also a tablerunner tutorial in the workbook, there will be an opportunity to continue with a follow on workshop once a month on a Friday morning.
JEN KINGWELL’S GYPSY WIFE – SEW ALONG
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
I have been asked if I would consider running a monthly class (either on a Friday morning or Saturday) to make Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife quilt.
This would be like a Block of the Month, but you would choose your own fabrics. The whole idea is to create an opportunity to just get together once a month to stitch the same blocks together in class.
You would purchase the workbook from The Eye Of A Needle initially and gather the fabrics you need to make a selected block each month – the idea of this is that everyone would be making their own quilt block but with the company of others on a regular basis.
At this stage I am taking expressions of interest, and I would look to start this probably around June, which will give you time to start gathering your fabrics now.
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”.
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 below.
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!
Please register your interest in the class in store or online, and we will get more information to you a bit closer to the time
The cut off date for entries to My Favourite Decade Quilt Challenge is 11th April.
If you’ve been considering entering this challenge, you have just over 3 more weeks to come up with your own design!

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)

I have a few projects on the go at the moment trying to get samples for classes finished. I always like to throw a ‘By Annie’ pattern in to the mix for good measure, as I love making these bags and there are plenty of patterns to choose from.
This latest one is called ‘Grab Some Grub’. The beauty of this little satchel is that the lining fabric is a laminate, better known as oil cloth, which means you can wipe out the lunchbag as often as you like as it’s waterproof. I have used one of our Kiwiana laminate fabrics and teamed it with a NZ fern batik fabric. We will look at holding a class to make these bags just as soon as our shipment of ByAnnie products and patterns arrive. Something for you to think about in the mean time – and please register your interest in store in the first instance.

The last but not least news is that today I received a big box containing 8 dozen handkerchiefs! I know a lot of people use tissues these days, but I still quite like to carry a nice handkerchief in my bag. Hankies also make great gifts! When I was choosing some of the designs last week I have to admit to wanting to use several of the samples for sewing projects…so we might have to come up with an idea of how to use a hankie in another way!
We are in the process of setting up a display for these and should have everything out by this time tomorrow. We have some lovely tartan men’s hankies as well as checks, white, embroidered and plain colours for women. They will be priced from $2.50 to $7.00
I know this has been an extra long newsletter; it’s taken a while to tell you everything that’s going on in store this month!
Take care out there…and GO New Zealand!!
Happy Stitching!

Kay

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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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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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