Vintage Knotty Notions

5 in stock

My previous ‘Notions boxes’, had a very subtle feel to them. This time I had the bright zingy colours of hand-dyed Designer Silks’ threads as my start point. They screamed out for a 1950’s-style project with some cross stitch, lazy daisy and some pretty knots. Add to that some vintage French linens and other goodies and I had it – and so can you! (In case you are wondering, the ‘knotty’ in the name is in honour of the French knots, so typical of embroidery of the era.)

There are a limited number of this range of Vintage Notions as I have now completely run out of these glorious threads. These one-off boxes are filled with the ingredients for creative adventures… each one is slightly different, but all hold the same value.

All these lovely boxes are unique but contain the same special stuff carefully curated from my stash and from my glorious visit to a Brocante fair last summer, where I found so many treasures.

Here is what you can expect to unwrap:

  • A piece of Zweigart and Sawitski embroidery linen in cream (this is intended for surface or machine embroidery and is not evenweave so not for counted work)
  • Vintage French linen
  • A faux ivory thread winder
  • Scraps of embroidered fabrics
  • A bundle of space-dyed threads in silk, Rayon and fine cotton
  • A mixed hank of stranded cottons
  • A small scrap of a Chinese panel
  • A scrap of Catherine Archer fabric, with a gold-plated needle
  • Inspirational images for you to trace with some stitch instructions
  • A pair of tiny of chatelaine scissors, decorated with a little twisted cord


5 in stock

5 in stock


The story of this little treasure

There I was doing a pile of ironing in what I call my scullery, and I was rather absently looking at my pretty shelf and saw my dear little 1950s pictures, which have stood there for about four years! It came to me all at once that these retro designs could inspire some boxes filled with lovely materials and threads to play with. You’ll find more about my thinking in my Jottings. And my very first video for you!