A Blank Canvas – Literally

I totally missed the boat on this one! I looked at these totes and aprons by Kimberbell and thought they were great for machine embroidery – but didn’t consider all of the other possibilities!

These canvas totes come in natural and denim and are totally finished except for the side seams which are serged! When you are done decorating, just stitch up the sides with a straight seam!

My grandchildren are coming down for “grandma camp” in a few weeks. My idea? We are going to cut pockets from old jeans, pinking the fabric beyond the pocket so we can attach them to the tote easily. They can embellish them any way they want and then we will stitch multiple pockets on each side. We may even add a few to the inside!

Kimberbell has those assortments of adorable trims as well. Adding ribbon to the tops of some of the pockets might be fun too! Who says they have to be just for machine embroidery???

And then I saw these blank aprons in adult and children’s sizes! Craft aprons with multiple pockets? What do you think???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are all affordably priced and in stock! I just placed my order!

The Witches are Baking at Kimberbell

I ran into Kim from Kimberbell while we were setting up the booth and she told me that Broomhilda was visiting.

The description for this is so darn cute – you can’t improve on perfection so I am not even going to try:

Come sit for a spell in Broomhilda’s Bakery where every ghoul-friend is welcome! Hang your hat and rest your witchy toes, while sampling the spooky sweets like Boo-Berry Pie and Rice-Creepy Treats. Kimberbell’s vinyl and glitter sheets conjure the cutest applique with charming frogs under glass, plus diva witch hats and high heels. All the extraordinary embellishments like Mylar candy corns and flowers, fuzzy fringed spiders, and Broomhilda’s collection of eyeballs will have you screaming in a good way.

Kimberbell’s spook-tacular new quilt features: 26 embroidered blocks, Flying Geese (pieced in the hoop) and three more traditionally pieced blocks include Pinwheel, Four-patch, and Broomhilda’s twist on a Sawtooth block, which she calls the Sweet-tooth Star. Plus 4 pieced picture blocks, where the sections are embroidered separately, then applique images are aligned before piecing the blocks together to make a complete picture. The quilt can be made with the 4×4 and 5×7 hoop sizes.

Broomhilda’s Bonus projects include:
Smell my Feet Tea Towel
Face First Frosted Cupcake Hot Pad (4 sizes)
Suspiciously Sweet Table Runner (2 sizes)
Apothecary Jar Wall Hanging (2 sizes)
Under Your Spell Bench Buddy

And, in typical Kimberbell style, she has included an embellishment kit that includes everything to make this sing!

Don’t have an embroidery machine? It’s okay. there is a version for you as well!

And, of course there is a fabric line to make it all oh so easy!

Everything will be in stock by next month so plan your classes now!

Backpacks for Dinosaur Lovers

These backpacks by Embroider Buddy are sure to be the hit at any school. The hidden zippers can hold all kinds of treasures – including homework – and the “belly” can be embroidered in a hoop in your choice of designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These newest additions to the Embroidery Buddy line are sweet gifts for your favorite pre-schooler. Some are in stock – others are due to arrive this month!

Portable Cuddles

I just love these new additions to the Embroider Buddy line. These cuddle buddies are the perfect portable blankies – with lots of room to embroider your favorite saying or design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are due to arrive next month – in plenty of time for holiday gifts. The price is so affordable, you can give them to everyone on your list!

They have also added Santa to their line of stuffed toys – again due to arrive next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been naughty or nice????

Bench Pillow Exclusive

The bench pillows by Kimberbell are one of my favorite seasonal projects because just one can transform a room – or a deck.  At 16″ x 38″ they make an impact in any decor.  An added bonus?  A twin bed is 39″ wide so one across a child’s bed is a great way to spruce up a bedroom in an instant!

Now these patterns are available three different ways – in a traditional pattern; a machine embroidery CD; and a laser cut version so there is no reason not to start your collection today!

KBBPJAN - Copy  KBBPFEB - Copy

KBBPMAR  KBBPAPR

KBBPMAY  KBBPJUN

KBBPJUL  KBBPAUG

KBBPSEP  KBBPOCT

KBBPNOV  KBBPDEC

Did you know we actually have the pillow forms – and it is a Checker exclusive???

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Why not make this the gift that keeps on giving?  Give them the form and December pillow – and then send them the new cover each month!

Cork Fabric is Hot – and we are getting it!

Many of you “winers” have heard, most wineries are going to screw top lids instead of corks.  What are they going to do with all of that cork?  Turn it into fabric of course – and it is arriving in September!

It comes in approximately 5 1/2 yard rolls that are 54″ wide.  At around $60 to $80 a yard retail, this is definitely a statement piece – but oh what a statement it makes!

Laurie is the buyer for this and is also a machine embroiderer.  She LOVED it so I can’t wait to see what the machine shops do with it!

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We already have designers working on samples using your favorite patterns so we will keep you posted.  But for now, I just wanted you to know it was coming – and start dreaming of possibilities.  We would love to hear YOUR ideas!  And look at these colors and textures!

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CORK-0041     CORK-0045

Let the creativity begin!!!

Another Successful Row by Row

The Row by Row Experience will go into hibernation on September 8.  Quilters have until October 31 to finish a quilt – that means quilted, bound, and labeled – and bring it to a participating store that has not yet had a winning quilt.

At the end of the day on September 8th, NO patterns or kits are to be sold or given away until November 1st!  After that date, stores can do whatever they like – including mailing kits.  Contact each participating store to see what they are doing.

ALL of these patterns that support the Row by Row Experience are in the top 100!  After your customers are done collecting them, they will want to USE them so why not host a class?

Wristlets by Sealed with a Stitch

SWAS-P18

Item #SWAS-P18  Retail $12.00

SWAS-T41

Item #SWAS-T41 (In the Hoop)  Retail $15.00

Sealed with a Stitch Tote Bag

SWAS-P19

Item #SWAS-P19  Retail $12.00

Bobbin the Robin – the “mascot”

ZP30004

Item #ZP30004  Retail $9.00

“License To Sew” by Carolyn Griffin

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Item ## CLPCGR006

Fabric License Tote by Cathey Laird

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Item #CLPCLA023

Ackfeld has two special holders that highlight this program as well.

10″ Bobbin Along Holder

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Item #32152  Retail $14.82

7 1/2″ Jalopy

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Item #31082  Retail $11.98

Why not offer classes and finish this year’s record breaking experience on a high note???

 

And so it begins…Row by Row Experience

When five out of the top 16 patterns support the Row by Row Experience, you know the biggest event on the quilting calendar is about to begin!  This phenomenon has taken the continent by storm with over 2,600 shops participating.  Janet Lutz is the brainchild behind this program and deserves a place in the Quilter’s Hall of Fame – what a creative genius!

Bobbin the Robin

ZP30004

Item #ZP30004  Retail $9.00

This darling pin cushion has become the mascot for the program – and provides the perfect opportunity for a photo op.  Add your own touch of whimsy to showcase the personality of your store.  Sell wool? Feature embroidery? Love beading? Show it off!

Sealed with a Stitch has created hree different patterns that showcase the license plates that can be collected at participating shops.  This bag features four license plates – or cut favorite fabrics to that size to make this bag your own.

SWAS-P19

Item #SWAS-P19  Retail $12.00

This wristlet pattern is available as a “hoop” project or make it with traditional methods.  Whichever you choose, the results are irresistible!

SWAS-P18

Item #SWAS-P18  Retail $12.00

Or make this version completely in the hoop – a perfect demo for a sewing machine shop.

SWAS-T41

Item #SWAS-T41  Retail $15.00

Display your license plate collection in this Cut Loose Press pattern that may also feature your favorite rows.

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Item #CLPCGR006

Due to the incredible demand, not all of these patterns are in stock – but huge orders are due in again this week!  Please do our buyers a favor and order now so they can predict the demand.  Your customers will thank you for it.

 

Plan for Christmas in July

Many of you are planning for summer shop hops – which are scheduled right after the Christmas lines are due to arrive.  Why not plan ahead?  If you have samples done and hanging in your shop, your sales will reflect it!

We now carry “Claudia’s Creations”.  There are a wide variety of patterns – many are wonderful holiday projects – and not just Christmas (but that is another post!)

Why not have the embroidery portion of these projects done – and kitted – so you can complete them when the Christmas lines arrive?  In many cases, you may already have fabrics in stock.

The Stockings Were Hung is a sophisticated wall hanging.  Why not make your version different by attaching tags to the stockings so your customers can personalize it?  Add as many stockings as needed…

TS60989

Item #TS60989  Retail $48.00

Peppermint Candy is a darling table runner.  Ornaments don’t have to just hang on a tree.

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Item #PC60982  Retail $48.00

Candy Cane Christmas and Deck the Halls are available as hand and machine embroidery projects.

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Item #DH60984  Retail $60.00 (machine)

Item #HD60988  Retail $25.00 (hand)

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Item #CC60986  Retail $50.00 (machine)

Item #HC60995  Retail $20.00 (hand)

Or have a display of these Pillow Talk wraps displayed with the pillow fabric kitted.  Who could resist and buy just one????

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Item #PT60987  Retail $44.00

To see the entire line of Claudia’s Creations visit our website.

Hemstitched Napkins – the Perfect Demo Foundation

These high quality hemstitched napkins come in 10 different colors and are the perfect foundation for machine embroidery demonstrations!

 

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Item #K810-CRE  Retail $3.67

These 18″ square napkins come in packs of 12.  Why not demonstrate monogramming the customers initials in the corner to show them just what these machines are capable of.  If you don’t sell machines, hand embroider a classic design.

These napkins will be in stock by the end of the month.  Check out our website to see the entire line:  Dunroven Napkins