Your Personal Stitchy Shopper

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In the US



Craftsy’s Black Friday–Cyber Monday sale is on and all classes are $17.99 or less! In addition, supplies are on sale for up to 70% off.


Craftsy Black Friday 2016 sale


I am a Craftsy fan. I love learning, experimenting, and playing. And I love classes: The structure propels me into action while introducing me to new materials and techniques.

Craftsy classes are professionally made videos, available any time of day or night, so that I can watch whenever it’s convenient, and as many times as I’d like. There are class forums for asking questions, sharing project photos, and interacting with the teacher and other students.

But don’t take my word for how fun, informative, and inspiring these classes are, you can try before you buy: Watch free online classes, and see for yourself.

Craftsy offers classes in all sorts of delightful crafty genres, but if you want, you can jump right to the hand-embroidery classes.

I am currently enrolled in seven classes, one of which is Joan Hawley’s Zip It Up! class. I have a vision of embroidering fabric to make these Runaround Bags from the class.

Runaroud Bags from Zip It Up! class

All the bags from the class stitch up quickly, look great, and make fun gifts. Add embroidery to make them super special!


Tiny Prints

Something new for this holiday season: Photos of your embroidery on cards, mugs, gift wrap, and more!

Cross Stitch holiday cards

Ready to give it a go? TinyPrints is having a Thanksgiving sale!

Tiny Prints Thanksgiving Sale


Create and Craft


DIY crafts, supplies, and 24/7 Craft TV.

Something new! Double your crafting output, double the fun by watching Craft TV while stitching. You can watch on your TV, PC/Mac, tablet, or phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. How’s that for inspiration?

In addition to crafty programming, Create and Craft has popular large-company embroidery kits and patterns. Dimensions, Janlynn, Bucilla . . . stockings, ornaments, quilt tops . . . yanno.

They also carry basic embroidery supplies: DMC threads (floss and pearl), mostly-white fabrics, needles, lights and magnifiers, etc.

If cross stitch is your thing, you can head right there.


Interweave and Keepsake NeedleArts


Beading, Crochet, Jewelry, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing and Craft


You’ll find a wide variety of craft magazines and books here, as well as digital media. These are the publishers of Piecework magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors—to name two of my favorites! You can find back issues and collections of magazines on cd. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, there’s tons here for you. Embroiderers, yes, there are patterns and books for you, too.

Jim Shore holiday ornaments

‘Tis the season for ornament stitching!

Remember how we were talking about filet embroidery recently? It’s generally stitched on a handmade net. Want to try your hand at netting?icon Here are simple bookmarks that use the technique—and you know we’re still collecting bookmarks for Stitching for Literacy, right?



I’ve taken several classes here and have been pleased. If your schedule is super flexible, you can catch classes live and for free. If you aren’t free to watch while they’re running for free, or if you want the freedom of watching at your convenience or over and over, then buying the classes is the way to go.

The free option can be useful for checking out a class and deciding whether you’d like to own it or not.

Want to take better photographs of your embroidery? Check out the craft photography classes. Also of interest might be the craft & maker classes. See these and more offerings in the class catalog.



Annie’s offers patterns and supplies for crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, beading, card making, and more. They also offer online classes. If you’ve taken any, please let us know what you think.

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Leisure Arts


Start holiday crafting with yarn–or thread?–crafts.

Yarn Whimsies

Leisure Arts has a Warehouse Clearance Sale with up to 75% off patterns, supplies, and kits.

For non-clearance items, seniors, teachers, and military folks can get 15% off with the following coupon codes:






In the UK


Sew and So

For our friends in Europe—though they’ll ship anywhere in the world, too.

Sew and So also has an exclusive DMC Cross Stitch Ideas Collector’s Box and cross stitch kits, among other things.

Or check out Modern Cross Stitch: Over 30 Fresh and New Counted Cross-Stitch Patterns.

Or just see what’s new at Sew and So

Sew and So


Stitch, Craft, Create

Another source in Europe, primarily for sewing, knitting, and crocheting, but check out their daylight lamps and magnifiers.

Check out the Brand New Craft Books.

Free Standard UK Delivery On Orders Over £30!

Free Worldwide Delivery On Orders Over £100!

Stitch Craft Create


2 Responses to “Your Personal Stitchy Shopper”

  1. Harriet, Norway

    Ooooo, wowzy, I felt in love with all the classes. Even drawing classes are in there! But I got 3 about sewing. Zip it up, travel bag, better bags. Because I like bags and things with zipper. I am planning to make my own embroidery / x-stitch “grab and go bag” / ” project bag” with special system for threads… Hm, dream on. Good idea for January – March 2016.

    November 30, 2015 @ 11:56 am
  2. Jen

    YES, Harriet! Grab-and-go stitching bags is what I’m thinking, too! I look forward to your ideas for thread systems. Dog knows I need help with organization!

    Yep, Craftsy has all kinds of classes. In fact, there are relatively few hand-embroidery classes. I’ll be away from my sewing machine for most of December, so I won’t start sewing for the Zip It Up class until holiday time or January. I’ll probably watch the lessons sooner, though.

    Let me know when you plan to do it, and I’ll see if I can coordinate my schedule with yours. FUN!

    November 30, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

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