I know when a book is in the top 50 at Checker – and isn’t due to arrive until March, we have a winner. And, in this case, the reputation of the author and designer speaks volumes!
Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet has created fourteen of the most adorable projects that really can be completed in a lunch hour or two. Look at these charming examples:
We all need that little something throughout the year to let people know we care. Why not teach a wool class – and kit these projects for a register display. These are the type of projects that everyone will make in quantities. After all, who could resist making journals for everyone in their book club? You get the idea! The book arrives in March – just when customers are looking for handwork for vacation travels. Stock up on wool now!
Think about it! Every seam you sew will be pressed. So why are we willing to spend several thousand dollars on sewing machines and settle for inferior ironing surfaces? Not anymore! I saw these Wooly Felted Wonders ironing mats when I was teaching this Fall and begged our buyers to carry them.
Why do I love them??? Let me count the ways:
- They are 100% felted wool and made in the USA.
- The mat absorbs the heat and steam so it is like pressing from both sides.
- But since the mat is 1/2″ thick, the heat does not transfer to the surface below the mat.
- The fabrics don’t shift as you press them.
- The cushioned surface absorbs the seams so there is no shadow through.
- The rounded corners reduce wear and tear – simply put, they are quality through and through.
They come in three different sizes:
Wooly Felted Wonders also have dryer balls in three different colors: gray, brown, and white.
Simply place four to six balls in your dryer – depending on the size of the load – to reduce static and naturally fluff your laundry. This can reduce drying time up to 20%. Add a few drops of essential oils to add that awe factor. Save money as well since no fabric softeners or dryer sheets are needed. These balls last for over 1,000 loads. Who doesn’t want to save time and money! All of these products are due to arrive soon so visit our website to see all of the possibilities and place your order.
Just in time for the holidays, Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet is releasing several new patterns that can be made in a day or two. What sets these apart from other designs? The clever and unusual ways she chooses to display them! Check out this Halloween scene displayed on a dust pan!
God Bless the Ewe S A is displayed on a grater – and can be created with wool or needle punch – either version will add that awe factor to any decor.
Apple Cider is a penny rug that is made with two different sizes of pennies and measures eight inches across – the perfect size to display your favorite battery operated candle. Autumn Mist is stitched on a gorgeous plaid background that adds a subtle depth to the piece.
These patterns are so reasonably priced that your customers will want ALL of them so order accordingly! They are all due to arrive later this month so you still have time to make samples.
“You Lucky Dog” is the latest Block of the Month by Bonnie Sullivan that features her top quality Woolie Flannels.
The individual blocks are simply darling and each could be stand alone projects. And once again, there is a thread set to match!
There are eleven blocks in the series – which leaves the twelfth month to put it all together. The demand for these patterns is so great that we can not keep them in stock – Bonnie can not print them fast enough! Who says you have to start with #1? Blocks five through eleven are in stock now, so why not buck the trend and reverse the order?
Want to get your sample done quickly? The entire quilt with pre-cut appliques is due to ship next month!
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is releasing a line of “snow” patterns next month – just in time for your Christmas in July events!
The vintage cars remind me of Christmases past.
And who could resist these guys! They are just full of personality!
Most of the patterns take only a few evenings so there is plenty of time for your customers to make them for everyone on their Christmas list! Check out all of the Primitive Gatherings patterns and set up a display. Don’t forget the pearl cottons and wools!
For those of you who are not familiar with the Jane A. Stickle quilt, it was originally made during the Civil War – 1863 and is signed by the maker. Not only is it signed, she also stated that the quilt contains 5,602 pieces! The center is pieced from 169 – four and a half inch finished blocks. The border is created from 56 pieced triangles for a total of 225 different blocks.
Brenda Papadakis has drawn the blocks and included them all in her Dear Jane book – a quilt which is on the bucket list for many experienced quilters! Now, Jackie Apessos of Lake View Primitives is creating beautiful kits out of hand-dyed wool. There are individual kits for each row, the borders, corners, and even a completer kit. Each kit includes an ample supply of wool and floss needed to complete the blocks or triangles.
Why not start creating your heirloom quality quilt today?
Stacy West is introducing several new patterns this month. And based on past performance, these designs will fly off the shelves! Her vintage truck went to pick up the Christmas tree and became a top selling pattern. Now it is at the pumpkin patch!
Don’t you love the scalloped trim on these towels? Whether you display them as towels or add the appliques on both ends to make a table runner, they will become the focal point of your kitchen! The Fall versions of her successful Joy and Wool are due in this month.
Look at these vintage campers celebrating Halloween:
Get your samples ready now so you will be ready for your next shop event .
Tracy West of Buttermilk Basin has definitely struck a chord with her latest patterns that feature vintage trucks! SIX of them are now in the top 100 patterns after this Market.
These patterns are the first in a series of block of the month designs. Visit our website to see the entire series.
Bottom line? These wool and embellished designs are sure to make everyone smile so why not kit them today?
These wool characters by Cottonwood Creations are perfect little gifts – and although they can be used as pin cushions, they make darling ornaments or add a touch of whimsy to a wreath or windowsill.
What great favors for a holiday get together! Or add them as a package tag. The hardest part is going to be deciding which one to make first!
Many of you have a tradition of buying a new ornament each year. Why not start a new tradition and MAKE one each year? These would be great mini projects to create after that incredible Thanksgiving dinner!