Your Personal Stitchy Shopper
Deals & Steals
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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.
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.
All the bags from the class stitch up quickly, look great, and make fun gifts. Add embroidery to make them super special!
Something new for this holiday season: Photos of your embroidery on cards, mugs, gift wrap, and more!
Ready to give it a go? TinyPrints is having a Thanksgiving sale!
Create and Craft
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.
Interweave and Keepsake NeedleArts
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.
‘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? 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.
Start holiday crafting with yarn–or thread?–crafts.
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.
Or just see what’s new at 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.