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In no particular order, here they are.
***ALL names are linked to their websites***
The catch phrase for this online store is, 'uncommon supplies for the fibre and mixed media artist'. That pretty much sums it up. You can get dyed scrim, fibre paints, art yarn, art batting, and even fish leather just to name a few. I will include a few strange and wonderful items that I have from Meinke Toy in the box. Finding this shop was like landing a gold mine. They are based out of Florida.
Aside from the prettiest teenie faerie shoes I've ever seen, Nell sells beautiful fibre embellishment packs through her Etsy shop. She is woman to go to if you need anything custom made. I got the perfect embellishments for the winter corset (that I never finishes so I cannot show anything off!) from her. Nell is based out of Vancouver, and I will include some of her sparkly and beaded yarns in the box.
I got hooked on Wonderfil Threads many yearas ago at a quilt show. I bought packs and packs of rayon. At the time, I didn't know what rayon was. There began my free machine embroidery art. I have loads and loads of cottons now that I purchased through Creative House in Saskatoon. Wonderfil headquarters are in Calgary, Canada. The threads are strong, long staple Egyptian cotton. The spools are BIG so you really get your money's worth. I really enjoy the variegated threads and the 12 weights. They have 100 wt, hologram, sparkly, metallic... I will include a few spools in the prize box.
Lapel stick is an acid free fabric glue. I use it when making postcards in place of fusibles and hot irons. It applies smooth - not sticky and gunky like school glue. It's used fo many sewing emergencies (taming the lapel or holding a hem in place), but I like it for applique and teeny work so that I don't have to stick my fingers under an iron. I will include a Lapel Stick glue in the prize box too for the winner to try.
This is where I get the bulk of my silk ribbon - any width, any colour including variegated and hand dyes. GEE that stuff is hard to find online! I cannot find them locally. I finally found these on Etsy as well. Her shop has a very big variety. Shipping is cheap as the ribbons weigh nothing, but getting the supplies can be slow from the US. I will put a nice range of her ribbons in the box for you to have as well.
SULKY AMERICA / H A KIDD
I ADORE Sulky stabilizers. Aside from thread, they have the best range and quality of any stabilizer I have tried! You name it: sew in, tear away, soluble, thick, thin... they have it. My favorite stabilizer EVER is Sulky Sticky Plus. This is what I use exclusively behind my threapaintings. It comes on a roll with a peel away paper grid which is nice for perfect cutting right every time. It has an acid free temporary adhesive so you can stick it to the back. When you are done, you can tear the excess off. No kidding. Even my fragile rayon stitching will hold. The stabilizer just comes apart. Fantastic. I will include a few sheets of this in the box.
Thank you also to Creative House in Saskatoon for hosting all my local classes over the past couple of year. You've been so generous. Speaking of Creative House - they are still in business and selling the full line of Wonderfil. They nearly emptied their shelves with the sales earlier in the year and have since re-stocked. (Yay!) I will include a bit of their fabric in the box and also a pack of needles.
CINDY MOLESKI PHOTOGRAPHY / CUSTOM FRAMING
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Cindy Moleski Photography's Framing in Saskatoon for taking such good care of my embroideries and making them gorgeous with custom mats and frames. Your support has taken my work up a notch in ways I could not have. *** I don't have anything to include in the box here, but want to ensure they are given recognition.
FRIENDS AND MENTORS
I do also have some incredible silk and cotton embroidery supplies gifted to me by very generous local women. I will top up the box with goodies from them as well. (J. & M. - big thank you's for all your support!) Maybe I will include some magazines and fabric too? SURE! Why not?
A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD MAGAZINE
I also have to thank ANPT. They have been great at offering subscriptions to my readers for various draws since I started blogging. One of my embroidered quilts was on their cover way back when, and soon after they did an artist's profile on me (which was one of the most exciting things in my life!). lol I love that magazine. It covers all sorts of fibre crafts from Canadian designers and has stunning photography to boot. I will include one of my own back issues in this birthday box.
HOW TO ENTER
Enter only once please by leaving a comment below. In the comment, tell me what your favorite, most hard-to-find item is for your craft. If I chose your name and i happen to have some of that item in my studio, I will include it in the box. OOOOOH! This sound fun. This box is going to be awesome!!! And yes - I will pay for shipping.
I will randomly chose a winner Friday night and announce it Saturday morning here on the blog. In the mean time, I will be hiding away in my studio getting art made for the next show. If you don't see me for the whole week, you know where I went! : )