We’ve had some thrilling news this week! In case you haven’t heard (and we’ve been shouting about it loudly enough!) we’ve been nominated in the British Sewing Awards’ Best Independent Retailer North of England category. The selection comes after sufficient numbers of you, our lovely customers, nominated us and so now we’re asking you to vote for us if you would. The link to the voting page is here:-
If you vote you'll be entered into a draw for some amazing prizes worth over £1700, courtesy of Create & Craft including a day at Create and Craft TV with one of its sewing experts, a Butterick EB6100 computerised machine, a sewing bundle worth more than £500, a Singer One Plus computerised model plus £100 credited to your Create and Craft account. Well worth having a vote for we think. Thank you in advance and keep everything crossed for us!
In the shop we’ve got an end of Summer yarn sale happening with all Bergere de France yarns and pattern books massively reduced. All yarns are either £1 or £1.50 per ball since we need to make space for more lovely Stylecraft and Sirdar yarns this Autumn. The sale will only be on for a couple of weeks so do call in to grab a bargain soon. Stock is changing rapidly so it’s probably best to avoid a web order in case what you want has gone - you can always ring to check and we can post out to you though.
We’ve recently signed up to the DMC Embroidery Partner scheme and have new ranges of embroidery kits arriving regularly over the coming months. The kits are not just cross stitch but also tapestry and freestyle techniques too. The designs are all brand new and many of them come with a wooden embroidery hoop for working the kit and then displaying the finished picture – no framing needed! There are a couple of old favourites included in upcoming collections – The Snowman and Me To You Bears. August’s collection which arrived at the beginning of September has printed aida tropical birds and butterflies and printed freestyle embroideries called Pet’s Party which are ideal for birthday presents or to brighten up a child’s room.
While we’ve all been sweltering this Summer, right on schedule, the Christmas (there’s that word again!) fabrics arrived. We took them with us to the Queen Bees Quilt show in Whitby in July and one of the Makower Advent panels sold out! Fear not, we’ve restocked and now have 4 different new advent panels for you – Scandi Trees (grey and red colourways), Silent Night and Jolly Santa and some gorgeous Lewis and Irene Table runner and place mat panels, which we know are just going to fly out the door in the next few weeks. We have lots of co-ordinating seasonal fabrics to tempt you with too once your thoughts turn to matters festive.
We’re hoping to see you in the coming weeks once the little people are safely back to school and you can get back to your stitchery. Just a heads up for an upcoming event though. We’re taking part in Sew Saturday again this year on Saturday 6th October so pop it in your diary and we’ll be in touch nearer the time to let you know what exciting events we have planned for you. Meanwhile enjoy the rest of the (hopefully) warm weather and we’ll see you soon.
Ruth, Lorna, Sue and the Leven Crafts girls