It's time to start thinking about wishlists and presents so Matt and I have been busy adding more sewing tools and stocking stuffers to our store! In celebration of this, we're holding a sale until December 1st so that you can order all your Christmas sewing projects and gifts for your sewing friends at once. Enter the code WISHLIST upon checkout to receive 15% off orders over $100. Now, let me introduce you to some of the newest items in our shop! First up is a small side project that our graphic designer and I started brainstorming during a sailing trip together last summer: Thread Theory drink coasters! My sewing table is the recipient of many wine, coffee and tea stains because I can't seem to sew without having a drink to sip at my side. I hope these will prevent a few water stained rings from developing on your tables! Also, with the Christmas party season coming up coasters will be in high demand. We made these coasters very subtly sewing themed so that they can spread into the rest of your home without causing you to look too sewing-obsessed! The coasters come in packs of six and include two of each design. The first design is The Anatomy of the Goldstream Peacoat. Use it to thoroughly impress non-sewing relatives with your vocabulary over eggnog and rum punch :P. The second design features our Knolled Thread Theory Workstation. Have you heard of knolling? I first heard this term mentioned by Jen on the Grainline Studio blog. I followed her link to the video definition and ended up watching the whole (super funny) video series featuring Tom Sach's rules of conduct that must be learnt before entering his studio. Needless to say, Matt and I have been obsessively knolling ever since! The last design is a geography lesson - this coaster features the locations of the four parks that we were inspired by when designing the Parkland Collection patterns. You can see that Strathcona Park and Goldstream Park are both on Vancouver Island while Jedediah is actually an island between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Newcastle is also an island just off the coast of Nanaimo, Matt's hometown. I had so much fun working on this coaster project - it was a nice change from pattern design and instruction writing! I hope they will be a welcome addition to your home as they have been in mine (they're seriously everywhere...). Head here to check out the dimensions and other specific details about the coasters. Also new in our store are three Merchant & Mills tools! We restocked all of the tools we currently carry and couldn't resist adding a few new ones to our order. Let me introduce you to the most glorious Tailor's Shears you will ever meet! These smoothly operating beauties were created in Sheffield, England, the home of British Steel. They are forged from high carbon tool steel which will retain its sharp edge and includes inner corrosion protection. They feature a very practical 8" blade (not too long, not too short) which is side bent so that the bottom blade rests flat against your cutting surface. In classic Merchant & Mills fashion, these quality scissors are beautifully presented in a style perfect for gift giving. Their blade is stamped with the Merchant & Mills logo and they are packaged in an embossed box complete with stamped tissue, a description of the scissors, and a pretty outer sleeve. We also added to our essential notions. My goal is eventually stock every tool I find to be necessary when working in my sewing studio. With that in mind, we added a metal sewing guage with a red plastic slider to our shop. This is a tool that is never far from my hand when sewing - it is perfect for measuring seam allowances, buttons, buttonholes, topstitching and pretty much every other precise little measurement you might require. Lastly, we now carry two styles of thread snips! The first style has been in our shop for a while and has received enthusiastic reviews. If you haven't checked them out already, you are welcome to go examine my favorite Wide Bow Scissors. While these scissors are my choice for snipping threads, I understand there are two camps when it comes to thread clippers - classic scissors or spring loaded snips. Matt is a spring loaded snip devotee and so he wouldn't let us place another Merchant & Mills order without adding these beauties to our store. These polished stainless steel thread clips are larger and far heavier duty than Matt and I have ever come across in our search for thread clips (which was Matt's main past time while visiting stockists on our U.S. road trip last spring). They are 4.5" long and include a comfortable finger ring that is designed to fit over your 3rd finger so that they can hang from your hand, ready to use, as you sew. These clips were also made in Sheffield, England and have been packaged beautifully by Merchant & Mills. They sit glistening in a black jewelry box on a velvety black pillow. They are wrapped in another pretty sleeve as you can see below: I hope you love these new additions to our store as much as I do! If you are looking to stock up on sewing tools and kits for yourself or to use as gifts, all of our stock has been refreshed. We have received many inquiries ever since our Bag Making Supplies Kit sold out so we have added this back in our store (along with the sold out Chicago Screws!). Good luck with your Christmas shopping!