Sunday, May 21, 2017

How do you work?

 When I start a new task at work I like to knuckle down and finish it in one hit - but when it comes to sewing I find it suits me more to do little bits of sewing as often as I can - I'm currently making a BIG batch of samples - new design ideas, new colour combinations....basically I'm playing with my patterns/designs until I get them just right.  And that takes time.  Mistakes take time (and patience!)
 But I'm slowly turning little piles of felt pieces into little piles of finished work....it's great fun!

Friday, May 05, 2017

2 year time hop

Our Facebook cover photo of our Barn was taken in January 2015 and it doesn't really look the same anymore!
Here's the old photo:
[click to enlarge - there are 3 photos in each strip]
and here's the new photo:
The furniture is all in roughly the same place but the amount of stock had certainly swelled ;-)
I like it more now it's all full up !!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Artisan Fabric Felt update

A great big delivery of the fabric for our Artisan Fabric felt arrived today ...lots of the favourite designs have been restocked..
...and lots are brand new :-)
All our Fabric Felt is made to order and ready for dispatch in 1-2 days
Artisan Fabric Felt is here:  https://www.paper-and-string.net/shop-80
and all our other Fabric Felts are here: https://www.paper-and-string.net/fab-ric-felt

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

new fabric alert

We've had soooo many new fabrics recently - all of them are available as cut fabric (we cut to order) AND felt backed fabric felt too - perfect for bow making and all sorts of crafty endeveaours.
 all new things can be seen here:
 https://www.paper-and-string.net/what-s-new




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Buttons delivery

There's no nicer sight than a stock table full of new buttons ;-)
They will be on the website soon ....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

mirror tapes & paperwork

The end-of-tax-year is a busy old time around here - the stock take marked the end of one year and we are already into the 2nd week of the new year! All my year-end accounts are done and ready to be sent off to our lovely accountant - the final stock take figures will be done by the end of this week and I've *nearly* found all our bank statements to send along with the paperwork...just the VAT return to do and then I can finally be finished

In the meantime some of our long-awaited orders are starting to be delivered, today we got this *new* mirror tape set - I've already snaffled a set to use on our free kit box packaging

Monday, April 10, 2017

Stock taking DONE!

Phew-ee! THAT was a mammoth stock-taking task! Everything is counted and written down, most of it has been entered onto the spreadsheet and we are back to normal today We have a lot of orders to send out that were placed whilst we were closed (thank you!) but we should be all caught up pretty soon  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

a NEW free template

 I am so happy to share my latest sewing project with you :-)
 I've been busy making lots & lots of Easter Eggs using all my favourite craft materials
 I've made four different size templates and they are on the website s a PDF so you can print them off and make your own (the templates are free)
 I've had great fun choosing colours and materials ....
 I've not decorated with an Easter Wreath before but I LOVE this!
 I've sewn my eggs around the edge with a straight stitch but you can use a blanket or slip stitch instead.
Each of my eggs has a felt rectangle on the back so it can be threaded onto twine for garland making or onto wire for attaching to the wreath.
 This is a fun solo project - but it would also be great with friends or family - with each stitcher making and decorating their own egg and then hanging them all together :-)
The templates can be found here:  https://www.paper-and-string.net/free-patterns
if you want to make some too :-)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

M A R C H Madness

 For the entire month of March we are running loads of special offers - they all launched today and will run until stocks last - we've buttons, ribbons, felt, fabric, glitter, stationery ... so it's a great time to try a new material or a new craft project out :-)

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

new glitters

phew-ee! the last couple of days have been manic :-) 
John and I have been working our socks of to get the new glitters (and all your other orders) out as quickly as we can
 We're just about up-to date after two extra long days and lots and lots of parcels - in the words of our collection post man today 'blimey, there's a lot of post today'
  It feels great that all our pre-planning and work behind the scenes made the launch run as smoothly as we could make it .... and it means you get your hands on your new glitter waaay quicker than if we did a pre-order system
 All our glitter can be seen here:  https://www.paper-and-string.net/glitter-material
 We have 116 colours now!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The BEST rainy Sunday

 There's nothing quite as cosy as being in the barn, with rain drumming on the roof , the heating on and a fun task ahead of me....and this morning was all about freebies
 As you know (or maybe you don't?) every time you spend £25 on our website (full priced items, not including p&p) you get a free gift box....the more £25's spent the bigger your free gift box is.
This mornings job was to cut and fold stacks and stacks of fabrics and felts so they are ready for free gift box making :-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Look at these fabrics!

 I love the colour pallets of both these fabric collections. 
They are both Gorgeous (with a capital G!)
All our fabrics are sold as fabric (fat quarters, half metres & longer pieces)  AND as Fabric Felt (fabric and felt bonded together - perfect for bow making, and all sorts of other crafty endeavours)
They are all in the What's New section here:  https://www.paper-and-string.net/what-s-new