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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Aurifil and Stitchery


The most beautiful colors of Aurifil Cotton 12wt. thread arrived at my door the other day. You can't even imagine how excited I was to open the package from Italy and see all the amazingly gorgeous thread inside.

A house guest of ours saw the assortment of thread sitting on my dining table. He was in awe of the colors and asked if they were silk. I told him they were cotton Aurifil thread and he said he had never seen such beautiful colors in his life. I was especially happy when he commented on the quality of the thread, and he isn't even a sewer. He was so right about all the things he said about the thread sitting before him. It did look like silk, it is the best quality on the market, and Aurifil thread does come in the most gorgeous colors I've ever seen.

The arrival of these special threads is the beginning of a new adventure for Woolin Rouge. We are adding Stitchery Designs to our Cabaret of Folk Art Designs. I love to sit and embroidery and Traci's folk art will translate perfectly. Bigfork Bay Cotton Company, the producer of our patterns, is excited about our new direction also. I can't wait to embroider with Aurifil 12wt. thread. It came highly recommended to me by Kelly Ann, owner of Kelly Ann's Quilting. You should check out her blog. It's in my favorites.

All the beautiful colors you see and many many more are available at Bigfork Bay Cotton Company. The Aurifil Cotton thread comes in 12wt, 28wt, 40wt, and 50wt, in 216 mouth watering colors. It is also available in smaller spools and large cones. For all my wool applique I use Aurifil Lana Wool thread.

Feel free to call Bigfork Bay Cotton Company for wholesale prices for your shop, or individual spools for your personal sewing needs at 1-866-245-5718.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cowgirl Needs Our Help

My business partner, and one of my dearest friends, Traci Suzanne Marvel, has the purest heart of anyone I know.  She has always given so much to so many with no expectations in return. Now it's my hope that she gets her turn to get something back for all she has done for others.  Her dog Cowgirl has Cancer. She has taken Cowgirl in for radiation which has helped, but Cowgirl needs more help. 

Some, believe this is only an animal and doing so much is ridiculous. It's okay to believe that way, but there are many others who feel that we are our beloved pets advocates and it is our duty to help them as much as we can. Traci is one of those people.

Cowgirl and Cowboy are brother and sister. They are the sweetest dogs. Cowgirl and Cowboy are not just dogs. They are souls who have found their way deep in the heart of Traci and so many others. They are pets like your pets. They love us, let us cry on their shoulders, wait patiently until we come home, tails always wagging, and doing their dances. They rely on us for food, water, shelter, warmth, and most of all love. We are their caregivers. We are also responsible for their health. Some of us take that farther than others. Traci feels the need to do ALL she can as Cowgirls caregiver and family. However without the funds to do this it makes it hard. Some would just say, "Hey, I can't afford to do any more." but not Traci. She is finding a way to get the money to do what needs done. She is not only planning on helping HER pet but others as well.

With every tragedy, there are lessons to be learned. One of the things we have learned through this process is that sometimes the people who desperately want to do everything possible for their beloved pets can't afford to do so. Because of this we have realized the need to form a way for people to get the money they need. Once Cowgirls needs have been met, the fund raising will continue in different forms to help others.

If you feel in your heart that you want to help you can go to Traci's blog. One of her fund raisers is a coffee and tea company, there is a donate button where you can donate directly using PayPal, and she has an etsy store where she is selling her art. 

Just remember. Everyone makes their own choices. Hers is to help Cowgirl and eventually other pets the best way she knows how. Your choice might be to help too. If so, I thank you.