Goodies from the postman – and a digital snag

Both the digital postman and the real-life postwoman came up with the goods today – more about Treenway’s email later, but I thought I’d show you some of the pretty threads I got to play with. The two on the left are DMC Variations; Sam D used them in her January and I thought they looked so nice I’d treat myself to them. In the middle are my new Tamar Embroideries threads, together with two that I got before (on the bobbins) which go with these new ones. I haven’t decided whether to use the blue/sage or the fuchsia for the SAL – perhaps I’ll use both! The threads on the right are Weeks Dye Works perle #8; the Little Thread Shop, who are very helpful and offer many hand-dyed threads at very good prices, unfortunately only stock WDW’s perle #5, so I got the #8 from Sew & So with the Variations perles. As usual, they got the threads to me in double quick time – I like supporting local shops and small businesses, but of the big online suppliers, Sew & So definitely get my vote!

Various threads for the SAL

Not quite stash, but very welcome nonetheless, was a parcel from PhotoBox. They had a special offer of 60 prints for p&p only, so I got some cover pictures for the Mini Kits. I usually print them out myself as part of the chart packs, but I thought it would look rather better with a professionally printed picture on the front.

Cover pictures for the mini kits

And the digital snag? It’s my camera playing up in a most annoying way. I’m working on March at the moment for the SAL, and it is stitched on coloured fabric – and my camera simply will not focus properly to photograph it, especially when I try to get a close-up view of particular stitches. The fabric is, admittedly, a touch on the bright side, but even so it really shouldn’t be so fussy. As it is, it looks like I’ll have to stitch March a third time, in colours that won’t confuse my poor camera!