I just wanted to say such a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported my Etsy shop over the last couple of weeks. We are in such confusing, scary and unusual times with no real end date in sight thanks to the Corona Virus sweeping the world, but it's been so lovely to have a really busy and supportive Etsy community.
Here in the UK we have all been asked to stay at home and only go out for essentials (food and medicine), work if we are a key worker, or one round of exercise a day. I am classed as a high risk person due to having asthma so I try not to go out at all if possible and have been furloughed from my part time job. Sadly (although quite correctly) all of my Stitchscape workshops have been cancelled or postponed and I am losing sales through my lovely stockists who have also been forced to close, meaning my only form of income is the percentage of wages I will receive from being furloughed, and my Etsy shop proceeds- which is much more than many other people will be getting!
I have been trying to use this time to work more on Dotty Textiles and keep active (whilst avoiding catching up on my accounts.....) with the various projects and kits. There have been several additions to my Etsy shop as well as offers so I thought it would be helpful to do a quick catch up on everything I've been doing.
❤ First up is Button Mountain (pictured above), which is currently on offer with 30% off. This is a fantastic project to entertain your young stitchers at home whilst they are also all at home and could be something that is incorporated into your home schooling for their art, craft or textiles classes. Or just for fun - and I've had some lovely feedback from adults to say that they have enjoyed working with the felt when they themselves have made the kit so it's not just for children!! Buy your own Button Mountain kit here!
❤ Several of my kits listed on Etsy require a 15cm/6" embroidery hoop and, with a lot of people stuck in lock down, you may not have this size hoop at home. Due to my workshops being cancelled I have a quantity of these hoops in stock so I have added them to my Etsy shop as an additional listing that can be added to your basket along with kit designs such as; Stitchscape Pebbles, Summer Sweet, Summer Sweet II, Fire Flower, Woollydale and Button Mountain, all of which use this size. Find the listing for hoops in my Etsy shop here.
Send as part of a gift package?As long as your recipient has access to needles or general sewing tools - this means that any of these kits plus a hoop would make a fantastic present for a friend or family member to keep them going through this period of uncertainty and I am more than happy to pop your gift message in with the parcel as well. Just add your message to the notes at checkout.
❤ And speaking of Summer Sweet II, this special limited edition Stitchscape kit is now available in Etsy. There will only ever be a short run of 20 packs of this design so once they're gone, they're gone! This is a re-worked version of my original Summer Sweet kit, which itself is now down to its last few packs and which is no longer going to be produced due to fabric unavailability. Buy your Summer Sweet II kit in my Etsy shop here.
❤ Following the success of the Felt Flower Garden embroidery which I designed for a couple of Brownie units to stitch for Mother's Day, I have now released this pattern on Etsy as a digital download. If you purchase this pattern it will ping into your inbox and contain 5 pages of instructions, stitch how-tos, templates and images that can be printed or used. The materials you will have to provide yourself but the majority of it you are likely to already have at home if you have young stitchers, or they can be substituted for other things. If you would like to download this pattern, visit my Etsy shop here.
And finally, just to say, that I will hopefully be able to continue posting orders out as long as the Post Offices are able to stay open. I have noticed that some parcels may be delayed a couple of days longer than usual but other than that everything seems fine. Thank you again for your continued support of my business and I really hope that these Stitchscapes bring you some moments of mindfullness and peace whilst we navigate this tricky time together. Stay safe everyone xxxx