Jodyri Birthday ClubThe first one was the Birthday Club from Jodyri Designs. You sign up for it and pay £10 and then on your birthday (or as near to it as the post will allow) Michelle from Jodyri Designs will send you a surprise package with a retail value of approximately £15. Here's what I got for my birthday:-
I received three pieces of fabric, one in a bookmark size, one in a card size and the other piece was a piece 14x17 of 25 count Silvered Lugana in Jade Dragon. I also received five silks in some of my favourite colours and two perle threads in Tropical Bay.
It was a lovely "gift" and although I know I paid for it, the contents were a surprise and this made it feel very special.
If you are interested in signing up either for yourself or for a stitchy friend you can do so here - you need to let Michelle know your date of birth and any colour, fabric preferences you have so she can tailor the package to you.
Peakside Needleworks - Needleworker SALI recently found a new online store for purchasing patterns and speciality threads - Peakside Needleworks. They sell DMC, Classic Colorworks, Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works all at a very reasonable price. They also have a variety of charts for sale. Something I haven't seen before from any UK supplier is a finishing service for stitched pieces into ornaments - pillow, flat fold, tag style and other finishes. This is a service I hope to use in the future as although I love to cross stitch I have no finishing skills at all.
Upon receiving my first package from them I was delighted to discover they were in Glossop which is very close to where I live - I hoped beyond hope that they had a brick and mortar store that I could visit and could become my local needlework store but unfotunately at the time being they are only an online store but hope to expand to a brick and mortar store in the future.
I had a lovely "chat" with Sue on Facebook and after signing up to there Facebook page discovered they were about to have a SAL for there 1 year anniversary. The chart for the SAL was Needleworker from Little House Needleworks. As this is a chart I have contemplated buying for a long time I felt it was serendipitous that I had found them just as they were about to have their SAL. I therefore signed up and received everything for the project literally the day after I paid for it. The service they provide is excellent and I am sure that if they don't have a chart available that you are interested in they will do everything they can to get it for you.
This is the materials for the Needleworker from Little House Needleworks.
The third piece of happy mail I received was very exciting. I recently received an e-mail from Riolis asking if I had heard of their cross stitching kits and whether I would be happy to receive one gratis from them. I of course was delighted to be offered such an opportunity and spent a long time browsing through their catalogue which you can see here.
There were so many beautiful kits I couldn't decide on one so I sent them a shortlist of four kits and asked them to choose one and send it to me so it would be a nice surprise!
I was delighted to receive Watercolour Gerberas in the mail within 3 days of them telling me it had been sent out. Here's a picture of the kit. I will do a more in depth review in due course.
Keep stitching and smiling