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Coronavirus Update 2021

Happy New Year: Hope is on the horizon.

The shop is still closed under the Tier 5 full lockdown measures issued by the Government.

During this time we will be supporting our customers with our on-line e-shop, via our website and also taking orders by phone (Ph: 0207 267 9403.) and your continued support and patronage will be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Your phone or on-line orders will be posted by Royal Mail signed and tracked.

A collection of orders at the shop can also be made by between 9.30am and 2.00pm for those that are able to do so.
Please make your order plus payment by phone or on-line prior to coming in to pick up.

Please Note: We are presently suffering unforseen delays to deliveries from some of our suppliers therefore some of the products showing available on-line may be temporarily out of stock when you place your order.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Please Note: Not all the products in the shop are on our website.

If there is something that you need that is not visible on the site please call 0207 267 9403 so that we can help you.


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Important Hand Dyed Thread Information

Notice has come to us from the supplier Gumnut Yarns that a customer has had a problem with colour bleeding.

They have advised us to make the Gumnut Thread users aware of the following:

  1. Gumnut Yarns are threads of hand-dyed natural silk, wool and mohair.
  2. Each dye lot is unique and some variations may occur.
  3. If this should be a problem in your intended project then it is advisable to ensure that you have enough threads of the same dye lot to complete your work before starting.
  4. If the same dye lot is unavailable then chose the colour that is closest to your original (remembering that the threads are "hand" dyed and this is part of the fun and uniqueness of using this type of embroidery threads).

Although the problem is rare, the threads are not guaranteed to be colourfast and if washing is necessary the following actions limit the risk of damaging the work due to colour bleed:

  • Wash in tepid water using pure soap only.
  • Roll in a towel to remove excess water and dry flat.
  • Press on the wrong side using a dry iron
  • Consider adding a sheet of "Colour Catcher" (found in most supermarkets) to catch any loose dye in the wash or can be used to blot the area if bleeding occurs.
  • The deeper colour shades and especially in silk threads are more likely to run or bleed than the others.
  • If this happens then run cold water over the affected piece until the water runs clear. Do not allow the embroidery to dry out until the dye no longer runs.
  • Hot water, steam or some detergents may reactivate the dyes causing further bleeding to occur.

Please Note: This can also happen with other brands of hand or over dyed threads and with some dark "solid" coloured machine dyed threads.
According to feedback this is a rare occurrence and with care these beautiful pieces of embroidery stay that way and give much pleasure to the viewer.