Tuesday, 7 December 2010

A chilly December update

Candy Cane

Decembers Ltd edition fabrics are up on the website.  I did two this month, a fun gradient style piece called candy cane which is peppermint and red striped and a green and white one called peppermint cream.  I've also mailed the newsletter out.

Peppermint Cream
Post has been quite slow in the last week due to the snow and cold weather in the UK, it's taking a day or two longer for things to get where they're headed.  All orders have been mailed as normal so please bear with the post office...

Monday, 22 November 2010

32 count opalescent Belfast Linen and Tips Section on Blog

It's been a couple of quiet weeks news wise as normal for the middle of the month.  I've added one new fabric type to the website, 32 count opalescent Belfast Linen, it's available in all of the hand dyed colours.  Check out the opalescent fabric section on the site to find it. 

Just a quick reminder, if you're looking for a specific fabric type in one of our hand dyed colours and it isn't on the website drop me an email at info@craftykitten.co.uk and I will see what I can do about it.  I am adding new fabrics to the site when someone requests them.  It's the small company thing, much as I'd love to have every fabric in stock and on the website I don't have the storage space so I'm only buying new fabric types when I need them.

I've added a tips and explanations section to the blog (follow the link in this post and it's also in the menu on the right hand side).  I've started it off with a few notes on washing hand dyed fabrics (something I don't recommend but I appreciate it might sometimes be necessary).  I'll be adding other tutorial and Q&A based items there over time so if there's anything you'd like to know drop me a message and I'll see what I can do.

Other things to keep an eye out for on the site in the run up to the end of the year, obviously a new LTD Ed colour for December, at least one more new release colourwise.  There will also be a small number of grab bags available next month, the details of what will be in them and the cost I'm still working out.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

November new colours

I've just added Novembers LTD colour to the website, it's a blend of soft pinks.  The colour variation is more subtle than strawberry sorbet.  This colour came about as I was trying to get a soft pink/grey blend.  It didn't work out quite the way I'd planned but I really like the colour so I decided to release it as this month LTD.

The other new colour is Icicle, this is a very soft pale blend of blue and aqua, it should give a nice subtle icy background.  It doesn't scan that well as it is quite pale but it's a very delicate and pretty wintery shade.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Spoiler alert!

In case anyone is having trouble finding the Halloween code I'm going to post it here (and on the FB page).  The code is TRICKORTREAT it's not usable in conjunction with other offers or on FOTM packages, but other than those it is for 20% off orders.  The code is valid until midnight tonight UK time.

Friday, 29 October 2010

By the time I post this the Halloween treasure hunt should be live!

I'm killing time for a few minutes before I activate the treasure hunt on the site, so I thought I'd share a picture of Passione Ricamos The Morning Fae.  It's another of my WiPs, she's stitched on 28 count cashel linen in Dawnblush.  The photo could be better, it's lousy weather today so it was taken in artificial light.

There are still a couple of days left if you want to get hold of Octobers ltd edition fabric.  Novembers should be up on the site on Monday.  Also I need to put in a HAED chart order so if there are any charts you'd like a hard copy of let me know and I'll add them to my order.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Trick or Treat!

It's Halloween (well very nearly!) to celebrate starting at 12 noon tomorrow (Friday 29 October 2010), there will be a treasure hunt on the shop website (www.craftykitten.co.uk not that you needed a reminder!).  Hidden in one product there will be something Halloween themed, with this will be an email link to send a message that you've found it to and a 20% off  discount code valid until midnight onthe 31st October.  The first person to find it and send an email to the email address that is with it will get a 9x12" cut of their choice of fabric and colour.

Happy hunting and stitching!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Daybreak Moon (Melissa Dawn) update

I thought it was time for a quick update of my Daybreak Moon WiP (stitched on daybreak gradients).  The kitten now has a set of ears and I've started to fill in her eyes.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Another Floss Toss

I've got a couple of floss toss pictures to share today, these are from Lisa Buck (thanks Lisa for sending them to me for the blog).  They are for Charelaines Hummingbird Mandala Garden.  The first is on Dawnblush, which Lisa is planning on using, the second is on Septembers LTD Edition Fabric.  I'm really looking forward to WiP pictures of this.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Colour gradients as a new section on the site

I've just added a new category to the site under hand dyed fabrics for 'colour gradients'.  at the moment the only colour in there is Daybreak gradients, the fabric originally dyed for Daybreak Moon.  This is what it looks like with some stitching on (28 count Jazlyn, Daybreak Moon, (c) HAED and Melissa Dawn tent stitched over 1):

Friday, 1 October 2010

October releases and our new competition winner

It's the first of October and that means a change in the Limted Edition colour!
Octobers Ltd Ed
I had fun yesterday playing with autumnal colours, and came up with 2 possibilities for this months limited edition.  I have released both colours today, one as the limited edition and the other as a standard colour called Fall Foliage.  I chose to make Fall a standard colour as it's very usable it should work well for any slightly Autumnal fairy it's soft enough in shade it won't over power a design. I don't always release the colours that don't make it as monthly limiteds.

Fall Foliage
Moss Rose

I had been tempted to go down the pumpkin orange route for this month, but looking out of the window to where the trees are beginning to change yesterday made me reconsider.  My pear tree is going a beautiful shade of orangy red, so that was the inspiration for the limited colour.  I haven't forgotten Halloween, I have something planned for the end of the month, but I'm not telling you what yet! 

Also released today is Raspberry Parfait, a blend of raspberry pinks, and finally and by no means least Moss Rose, the September newsletter competition winner, named by Ilke Cochrane.  Thank you for all your entries, I had trouble picking a winner.

Raspberry Parfait

Monday, 6 September 2010

I forgot to mention

All fabrics are now available dyed onto 22 count Oslo evenweave.  The fabric takes dye similarly to the other evenweaves (Aida is lighter and Linen darker as a rule of thumb).

Septembers Ltd Edition fabric

Septembers fabric is up on the site, its a brown and green blend inspired by the trees beginning to change and misty autumn mornings, so it's  quite a soft colour which blends nicely.  It would look gorgeous as a background for a Ravenscroft, e.g. Autumn Leaf Fairy, Contemplation (though I still prefer forest canopy for her), and I'm going to stop there before I end up buying myself more charts (HEADs websites a dangerous place to go!).  The newsletter also went out this morning, let me know if you didn't get yours and I'll send it again.  It's another name that fabric competition this month.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

A little more eye candy

Tonights picture is courtesy of Georgina, this is her floss toss for Mirabilia's Fairy Moon.  The fabric is 28 count Cashel Linen in Evening Magic, I think it's going to look great when stitched.  I am loving seeing these floss tosses. 

Friday, 20 August 2010

New large one off available on the website

I was playing about with a few different colours yesterday and came up with this larger cut one off colour.  It's dyed onto 28 count Cashel Linen, it's come out really well.  The fabric size is 29.5" x 24.5".

I can be found in the oddment section of the site or from clicking here.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Some eye candy

I just had to share this, Judy sent me a picture of her floss toss for HAEDs QS Garnet (Racheal Anderson).  I love the vididness of the colours.  The fabric is Opalescent Dragons Evening Sky

Monday, 2 August 2010

August Limited edition fabric available now

The updates for the beginning of August are all done, I've added 7 new colours to the site including the new limited colour.  I've also added a few more HAED charts. 

Congratulations to Judy Besore for winning the July newsletter name that fabric competition, with Berry Smoothie.

I hope you're all having a great summer.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Heaven and Earth Charts are also available now

I've just added some of the HAED charts I ordered to the website.  There are a few more to go up once I've custom dyed new colours to go with them.  So expect a few new fabric colours to appear in the next week on the site.  You can find them here, and yes I did manage to put the Nene Thomas designs up!

Passione Ricamo Charts are now Available

I've just finished uploading the Passione Ricamo charts that I've got in stock to the website.  There are fabric colour suggestions for each one, the majority of which were suggested by Laura at Passione Ricamo, so a big thank you to her for that :)  You can find them here if I don't have what you want in stock please contact me and I'll order it in.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Coming soon...

A selection of HAED charts that have had their backgrounds removed, and I will be matching to fabric, both the charts and fabric will be available as separate items (and yes that does mean more new fabric colours this month!).  I have also just ordered some Passione Ricamo charts, and again I will be suggesting a matching fabric for those.

I did also order a couple of Nene Thomas designs from HAED, they should be available on the website when I've got them in stock.  These are the full designs with background.  The only issue might be I ordered my two favourite ones and I can't 100% gaurentee that I'll be able to part with them!

Friday, 2 July 2010

There are new colours on the website!

I've just done a few updates to the site, there are 4 new colours for July that I've now released.  One more colour will be released in the middle of the month, it's just waiting on a name from the competition in the July newsletter, which was sent out this morning if you signed up and haven't had yours please drop me an email and I'll sort it out.

To try and make things a little easier to find I've added a what's new section to the site, which you can find here.

I have also listed a few oddments.  These are one off colours in a variety of fabric types, once each is sold it's gone.  The initial ones were small 9"x12" cuts that were test dyed for the original launch colours.  These are the ones that never made the colour range.  In the future there will be more listed and they will be available is more sizes than 9"x12".

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

DMC Kits are up

You can find them here.

The kits are priced 10% below the RRP, and the June sale discount of 15% can be used on them as well.  well at least it can for about 9 more hours.  The sale ends at midnight BST tonight.

The July newsletter will go out before the end of the week, with a name the fabric competion so if you want a chance to enter that you need to go and sign up for the newsletter here.

Junes LTD edition - 1 day left

Tomorrow is the first of July, and the limited edition fabric of the month colour will be changing over tomorrow morning.  I hope you like the new one.

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 As well as the new limited edition colour there are 4 colours adding to the standard range.  Additionally the DMC kits that are in stock will be added to the website today.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

A few more products updates

The opalescent fabrics are now available on the website, as are a few more thread colours.

Also going to appear on the site before the end of the week is the gradient range, this is a range of backgrounds with colour changes that graduate into each other.  The first ones to go up will be blue rainbows and yellow rainbows (they need a very good iron first!).  This range will also include some of a new series of fabrics called perfect partners.  These fabrics have been designed to go with particular charts, although they will work with other designs as well.


Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Somethings coming....

These are going to gradually be appearing on the site over the next few weeks.  They're Crafty Kitten Threads, hand dyed to match our fabrics.  the whole range will not be available at once but I'll be adding colours as and when I've dyed them.  The cotton threads take dye differently to the fabrics so the colours are a little richer.  They've been dyed on coats white 6-strand cotton, and will be available in 5m skeins.  Each month there will be a limited edition thread to match the fabric.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

More things coming soon!

I've had a few enquiries and requests for opalescent fabrics this week, so I'm happy to say I've just ordered some 14 count aida and some 28 count Brittney in opalescent.  I'll be listing these on the site as soon as they arrive and they will be available in all of the hand-dyed colour range as well as undyed.  I haven't ordered any linen just yet but I can get that in opalescent in both 28 and 32 count so just drop me an email if you want a piece.  These are all as normal Zweigart fabrics, the opalescent effect is from thread woven into the fabric.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

More items added to the shop site

I have just added a heap of new white fabrics in a range of different counts to the website and also needles.  In addition there are a few new ebay auctions up.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Incoming new goodies to the shop!

I had a very productive afternoon yesteray meeting with my lovely DMC rep.  I have ordered a heap of new kits for the site, I've got a mixture of different ones which I'll start adding when they arrive towards the end of next week.  as Crafty Kitten is now a stockist, if theres any current DMC kit releases that you would like that we don't have in stock or listed on the site just let me know and I can order them for you.  Just as a taster....

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

More auctions listed

I've just listed a few more auctions on ebay for oddments.  This is just a taste of some of the fabrics up there now.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Oddments are now up on ebay

I've just listed a heap of 'oddments' on Ebay.  These are one off colours and seconds in a variety of fabrics and counts.  They can be found by following this link.   I'm hoping to list a few larger cuts later in the week, but remember for standard colours the best prices can be found on the main website.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Thats all the launch colours listed and a special offer!

I've had a busy day, I've listed the rest of the launch colours on the website and set up the fabric of the month club.

There is a special offer giving 15% off all orders between now and the end of June.  Enjoy!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

The first fabric colours are up!

While the shop is still very much a WiP the first 6 colours are up.  I am hoping to get the rest of the launch colours up tomorrow, along with the fabric of the month information.

A new shop and a new blog!

Hello!  Well welcome to the Crafty Kittens shop blog.  This is just a very quick post as I'm in the middle of adding lots of images to the shop so that it can go 'live'.

The Crafty Kitten is a new online needlework store, which specialises in hand dyed fabrics.  I'm really excited about the launch product range and I'll be adding to it and expanding it regularly.  Watch this space for info on when it goes live plus offers :)

Just as a taster, expect to see these colours appear on the site: