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Hands On Designs

New Designs for 2021!

(from her website)

Professionally, I’ve been involved in the needlework industry since the late 90’s, but I’ve been stitching since I was a young girl. At the age of 9, I was wandering the craft aisle of the local fabric store – my sisters were picking out patterns & fabric, I found the section with the stamped cross stitch kits. The pretty colors were mesmerizing. With permission from my mother to spend my birthday money on my very first kit and the promise to finish what I started … my career began.

What I’ve learned about designing: the thought & inspiration can come from almost anywhere. Sometimes it’s a combination of colors, many times its the words, and more than likely, it’s the finishing that drives the design process. I like to collaborate with other women in this industry and learn from them in the process. There is always a story behind what I design and there always will be. I want my designs to be an extension of who I am and how I live my life.

Enjoy the Stitch,
Cathy

New Discoveries - Spring 2021

Use the Drop down menu at the top of the page to discover all my new Spring Collection

Threadworx Metallic Braids

Next up ...

Look for these products coming soon ... well as soon as I can load them onto my website

* Threadworx Colour Samples - Silks & Wools

* Rainbow Gallery Colour Samples

* Valdani Perle Cotton Colour Samples

* Picture This Plus Linen Fabrics

* More 16 Count Aida Choices

Customer Suggestions are always welcome as I want to build the store to what you are looking for!

Updating Items

I am always looking to make my website better with every suggestion! I have been reviewing items I added awhile ago and when I find mistakes or missing items I get it corrected.

Please let me know if you find an error ... its nice to have a large group of "Proof readers" even if it is after the fact!!!!

2021 updates

Special Order Picture This Plus Fabric

Picture This Plus fabrics are a beautiful selection of hand dyed fabrics.  They have 150 colours in 9 different thread counts and styles.  It will take a while to load them all onto my website but if you see a colour you like it is available in all stitch counts for you to request.

Due to Covid19 there are delays in the dyeing process as they dye to order so some orders can take upwards of 20 weeks (4-5 months) to arrive ... but well worth the wait!!!

Email if you would like to know what colours are currently on order!!

Currently the Colour Calypso is shown with every stitch count variation that can be ordered.

New Discoveries - Picture This Plus Fabric

Always in Stock

There are some items that everyone needs to be in stock when you want it ... for me DMC floss is one of those items.  It always frustrates me when you go into a store (who will remain nameless) and they are out of stock on most of the thread.  You are all excited to start a new pattern and you are pulled down to Earth, your bubble bursts, your dreams are shattered .... well a little over the top but you all know the feeling.

I am going to create a core group of items that will always be in stock (barring unforeseen disasters ... like the zombie apocalypse or something)

Also I am in the middle of uploading photos and prices of many different thread companies, so you can shop by colour … if you don't see the thread you need, please email me!

DMC 6 Strand Floss

Calgary and Area Delivery

FaceTime Consults

Designers - Favorites and Newly Discovered

Designers are the heart of embroidery.  Everyone has their favorites but its also nice to branch out and discover new styles and ideas!

I personally love moderns cross stitch with bright colours and fun designs!  You will see my taste in designs reflected in the patterns I will carry but let me know if your favorite isn't here and I'll get one for you (if I can).  I love sassy designs and sparkly jewel tone threads and beads.

And as we all have different stitching moods I'm planning to carry as many styles as I can.  From Cross stitch and Canvaswork to Whitework, Stumpwork and Goldwork (oh my)

I will also carry patterns for any stage of embroidery, from newbie stitchers young and old to experienced stitchers looking for a challenge.  I have licensing agreements with some great Etsy Designers to sell their patterns in Kit form at Market across Alberta.

I want to carry "Adult Only" patterns that will make you laugh, curse and proclaim your political opinion! (look for them coming soon)

*Still adding all my patterns to the site ... check back over the next few weeks to find more product.

Designer Curated Collections

Want to start a new style but don't know where to start?  Well I am going to reach out to Designers in many different styles to pick their brains ... what do they recommend for threads, tools and beginner patterns you can try on your own.  I am also planning to organize classes throughout the year.

*Hard Hat Area - Product being loaded on to website

 There are so many products that have been suggested to me, and as I have only so many hours in the day, many items are "under construction"

If you see the Hard Hat Area note, then I am in the process of loading options for you to order.  If you need it right away, then just email me with the item you need and I can let you know the price and get it ordered for you.

As with all construction projects there will be a little disruption to your daily routine but the results will be great!  And please excuse the odd traffic cone left behind.