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Last week I took part in the online 2021 Needlework Expo. Although attending booths via video was not quite the same as attending the booths in person in Nashville, it was still a fun event and great to see the new designs that have been released. We have loads of new cross stitch designs making their way across the Pacific to us, and I hope tha...
We will be attending the Nashville Cross Stitch Market on the 7th and 8th of MARCH 2020. As we receive "teaser" information on product availability, sizes, prices, etc, we will list it here. PRE-ORDERS will be taken before and during the market. A $20.00 non refundable deposit is required for all pre-orders which will go towards the final purcha...
These are our tips for stitching with variegated or hand dyed threads: Variegated threads can be used as a substitute for solid colours in most forms of embroidery and give you a very personal result. They look fantastic when doing a cross stitch that requires only one colour - (eg) Long Dog Samplers!  Look carefully at the skein, the varia...
Have you tried the Caron Collection Watercolours threads? They are a 3 ply cotton thread that are handpainted in various colours and with a silky sheen. They are made in the USA, and each skein contains 9metres (10yards). When you see a skein of Watercolours on the rack, they appear very chunky and are therefore often overlooked. Don't be decei...
We are thrilled to advise that there is now accommodation for visitors to Allthreads right across the road!  We regularly get visitors to workshops from other parts of Queensland, interstate or overseas and are often asked about accommodation near the shop. We are pleased to be able to provide some assistance. Megan Holloway is the owner of an O...
Cottage Garden Threads -  an Australian range of hand dyed threads. We carry the full range of stranded cotton threads (222 colours), and a large range of the more popular colours in the perle 8 and 12 threads. If you require a perle thread that we don't ordinarily carry we are happy to order it in for you. An Allthreads exclusive - the co...
Gumnut Yarns are an Australian range of beautiful embroidery threads. Gumnut Yarns threads are hand-dyed using natural silk wool and mohair. As with all ranges of hand dyed threads, each dye lot is unique and some variations can occur. We strongly recommend that quantities required for each project are calculated carefully and that you allow a l...
Late last year I was asked to participate in the Barocco project, which is a decade-long embroidery project by UK textile artist Kirstie Macleod. The project is centered around a single red dress which has been contributed to by embroiderers all over the world. Since 2009 parts of the dress have traveled around the world and been embroidered on...
Recently we had a call from a lady who had stitched a project with hand dyed threads and which required washing as she had used Solvy. When washing the solvy out, some of the dye in the darker threads ran into her fabric. As the threads were stranded silks from Cascade House I called Robyn to see if she could offer a solution to this problem. I ...
One of the morning tea favourites at Allthreads is a White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Slice. It is one of my very easy but delicious slices and always very popular. I had many requests for the recipe so I thought it best to post it on my blog. Ingredients: 125g melted butter 1 packet butter cake mix 1 cup coconut 150g (approx) of white chocoal...
The book Home Sweet Home by Carolyn Pearce has been has been incredibly popular since it was first published. We have copies still available as well as all the requirements that you will need to complete this project. The items can be found separately on our website or if it is easier, just email us and we can prepare a kit with all that you req...
Here are a range of free cross stitch and embroidery patterns, all of which use DMC threads, which I suggest you have a look through. They might be of particular interest if you are looking to make an inexpensive gift for someone, a fete or stall item, or a quick and easy project.  All of the threads, Aida and linen can be ordered from us. These...