Thread for Spring in Italy Sampler

Today I’m going to talk about the threads I’m using for my Spring in Italy Sampler, why I’ve chosen these particular threads for my sampler and where I buy threads.

I live and work in Berlin, Germany. I order all of my threads from European Union member countries. That way I don’t have to pay import duty on any of the thread I order and the shipping costs within Europe are very similar to shipping costs in the USA between states. I would assume it’s also about the same for shipping within Australia.

What this means for me is that I can get thread from France, Italy and the United Kingdom easily and relatively cheaply.  While many of these threads are available in the USA,  prices are often higher than what I pay here. I know that some of the threads I have used may not be available to embroiderers in other countries. There are threads that I cannot get easily here – Caron threads being one of those. The Impression threads I used for this project I bought while I was home visiting my daughters at Christmas. Finding them here is difficult and VERY expensive.

Below is a list of the suppliers that I use and the thread I get from each supplier. If you are really set on having a particular thread, then remember that duty might be charged and shipping can be expensive.

When I was planning this project, I simply took the threads I had and used those. I did have to order one more cotton thread since I only had three kinds of cotton thread. I wanted to get Danish Flower Thread but could not find it easily. I found one shop in Berlin that carries it, but they are open only during the hours I work. There are NOT open on Saturdays and NO ONE is open on Sunday! Talk about frustration! But the happy result of that dilemma is I found a new kind of thread and I’m really excited to try it – Aurifil Cotton. And I like it already because it has musical names – Allegro, Vivace and Maestoso!

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Easter Bunny cuteness!

Spring has arrived (in England anyway!) It was so lovely there and the daffodils were blooming and everyone had pansies out in their window boxes. I finished the Easter Bunny crewel piece while we were there. We visited Burford Needlecraft Shop and I was overwhelmed to see so much thread and so many different kinds of thread all in one place! There isn’t ANYTHING like it in Germany. It’s where I got the violet colors of Appleton Wool to finish this and all of the colors I need to do another BIG project in the future.
I am proud of the bunny fur – I think it looks quite realistic! – and the way he is looking watchfully at the little bee is so sweet.

Happy Spring!