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Weeks Dye Works™ 2018 New Colors

Years ago, Mi­randa Weeks McGa­hey started dye­ing fab­rics in her apart­ment bath­tub for fun. A cross-stitch shop asked her to in­stead try her hand at flosses, and a needle­worker’s dream prod­uct was born. Since their hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1994, Weeks Dye Works has grown to more than 500 color/fiber com­bi­na­tions and count­less fans. Per their web­site, their “[process] baths, which cre­ate the thread colors, have grown from a few 50-yard baths a week to sev­eral 13,000-yard baths a day.” With their ex­ten­sive rain­bow-hued kalei­do­scope of colors, one would think there would be lit­tle room for ex­pan­sion, but the cre­ative minds at Weeks Dye Works (an all-woman–run fa­cil­ity) have proven there is al­ways more room for color in a stitcher’s bas­ket. En­ter their new quar­tet of colors re­leased ear­lier this year at the Nash­ville Needle­work Mar­ket. The colors range from two soft pas­tels to two rich, bold hues. Oyster (1147) is a blend of gray­ish pearl that morphs into a soft laven­der; it’s rem­i­nis­cent of the pearles­cent in­side of an oyster shell, much like its name­sake. Bee’s Knees (1223a) fea­tures subtly shaded hues of golds that will have you dream­ing of spring’s bum­ble­bees and fresh honey. Roasted Fig (#1235) is a rich, red­dish brown that looks like it was dipped from a jam jar made from the fresh sun-kissed figs of sum­mer. And last, but not least, Santa Cruz (2114) show­cases the strik­ingly vi­brant shades of the rolling Pa­cific Ocean and will have stitch­ers long­ing for a day on the wa­ter. To learn more about Mi­randa’s “bath­tub days,” view the full rain­bow of floss colors, or to find a re­tailer, visit www.weeks­dye­works.com.

Rox­anne Glue-Baste-It Dip & Dab

Some­times when stitch­ing or fin­ish­ing, you need some type of ad­he­sive, but as stitch­ers we’re trained to be very cau­tious when us­ing glue on or around our trea­sured stitches. What if there was a glue that was safe to use and wouldn’t have to dry for 24 hours? En­ter Rox­anne Glue-Baste-It Dip & Dab! Use it to glue-baste seams or for fin­ish­ing pro­jects. It’s per­fect for or­na­ments or needle­work smalls when sewing is not an op­tion or when you need a tem­po­rary hold un­til the sewing can take place.

Made in the USA, this ad­he­sive is 100 per­cent wa­ter sol­u­ble and dries within min­utes so you only have to hold it in place for a short time. When dry, the glue is clear and stays flex­i­ble, which is ideal for stitch­ing. The ad­he­sive holds un­til the item is washed or moist­ened, so you can eas­ily re­move the glue if de­sired. The Dip & Dab fea­tures a unique ap­pli­ca­tor that al­lows you pre­cise con­trol of the glue place­ment, which is in­cred­i­bly use­ful. Rox­anne Glue-Baste-It Dip & Dab is avail­able in needle­work or quilt­ing stores and on­line at An­nie’s Craft Store. For more in­for­ma­tion or to or­der, visit An­niesCraftS­tore.com.

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