Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Trading Hours

Christmas Hours Dec 2010- Jan 2011
The shop will be closed from December 23rd and reopening January 4th. I'm hoping to give myself some time to catch up by having some time off over Christmas and the New Year.
We always suggest that if traveling, you ensure we are open before you come, but if the dates above are your only window of opportunity,  please try to contact me on my mobile no. 0424 452 024.
We seem to be in a bit of a black hole for mobiles, but if I am in Bendigo and receive your call ( texts are better), I am happy to come and open up for you. Also if I am in the shop working at all, my business card ( with mobile number) will be attached to the door, ring me and "hey presto".
                                I wish you all a 
very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2011
I thank you most sincerely for supporting my business in 2010
Li’l Bloke’s 163 View St Bendigo 3550
Hours: Monday- by appointment, Tues- Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2, Sunday- closed
Contact: Ph/fax 03 5443 9195  For overseas customers 61 3 5443 9195
email: - check it out:-
November - December 2010 Newsletter
another slightly late newsletter. I don’t know where the months disappear to. It’s been a very busy month with quilt market (which helped me gain some new shops to wholesale to), and getting all those orders out as well as being out of town for a few days.
New New New.
New fabrics:- Sweet Broderie by Rosalie Quinlan- these fabrics are quite a departure from my usual stock. Very fresh and will suit the young ones.
I now stock patterns by Jennifer Knol...delightful appliqué patterns and some superb bag patterns. Hopefully they are on my blog by the time you receive this newsletter.
Cosmo stranded threads
I have the full range of 80 colors, beautiful variegated shades, but be quick as limited quantities of each color. I have ordered more today of many of the colors which should be in soon. 
Delightful new doll patterns by Annie Smith. I hope to have these kitted up soon.
The new BOM by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched is just gorgeous.
Woollen felts Fabulous range of colors. Patterns include  new pincushions, small quilts and sewing bits’n’ pieces to make from these delicious felts.
Workshops I currently hold local workshops on Wednesday evening which are suited mostly to locals. It’s “an anything goes” type workshop with the 6 participants most likely doing 6 different things. I am prepared to take workshops elsewhere. Please contact me if your group would like me to take one.
New Mystery: “Picnic Time For Bears”  You are still able to join in this mystery, but the later you leave it the more the fabrics may change. At this stage the only change is the arch fabric. Stage 1 “Pattern only” is available @ $23.10. The following stages will be cheaper, with the whole pattern being $66.00. Of course being a mystery it is not possible to buy the whole pattern set yet. If you wish to pay the full amount, pattern stages will eb sent to you when the kit stages are sent out to others. Kit price reminder:- Australian price:-There will be 5 stages each priced at $68.95 (No charge for p&h) = $344.75 overall. Overseas price:- $62.70 per stage + p&h ($313.50 overall +p&h) Stage 2 will begin to to be processed the week I return to the shop after Christmas.
Tips for this newsletter: 1. When making a design that has repeat blocks or motifs, just make one to ensure you have not made a mistake or that your pattern doesn’t contain an error. It’s not much use repeating the same mistake multiple times.
2. Making your own quilt labels: I like to use freezer paper ( if needle turning my label) or fusible web when writing my quilt label (with e.g. a micron pigma pen) as it gives stability to the fabric. Sometimes I print out the text from my computer, place it under the label fabric  but over a light box, then the print is more "respectable". If you want your "own hand",  perhaps rule lines on the backing paper before adhering to the fabric, to keep your text level. If time permits I like to include an applique or sketch of a figure that is featured on the quilt top...generally a scaled down version.
Future emails: 1. Should you have a friend who you think might like to be on my mailing list, please feel free to forward this on, then if they  email me I will have their email address.
         2. If you do not wish to receive further emails please contact me also.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

November newsletter progress

 I am more than a little behind with the November newsletter as I have not been 100% since coming back from Quilt Market. It is basically done but I had wanted to include some new things on my blog ( not quite happening yet !!!)Will  combine November and December, and hope to  get some blog things posted next week. Glad some hints have been helpful....thanks Raewyn for your feedback re the October newsletter.