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21st Century Yarns
Art Van Go
Beadworkers Guild
Beads for Beauty
Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta
Crafty Retreats
d4daisy books

Distant Stitch
Double Trouble Enterprises
Margaret Beal Embroidery
Mulberry Silks
Oliver Twists


We dye silk, cotton, rayon, wool and paper in a wonderful palette of subtly variegated 'Hand Dyed' colours, for the discerning embroiderer, quilter and textile artist.

Our extensive range of products from threads, felts, fibres, fine scrims, luscious velvets are ideal for mixed media work and surface design as they tone beautifully across the whole range.

We dye an extensive range of silk fibres which are perfect for the embellisher, silk paper making or for spinning. You can even buy them undyed if you prefer to work in neutrals.

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Our unique hand-dyed Silks, Cottons and Wools are available in an exciting array of colourways and textures which are suitable for all creative textile art

As well as Threads, Yarns, Fabrics, Felts and Rovings we also supply exclusive Designs and Designer Packs

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We sell by Mail Order and at various events throughout the year


Art Van Go

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Art Van Go

Fusing Fabric

Mail Order only
TEL: 01264 365102 (UK)
TEL: 0044 1264 365102 (from outside UK)

FINE TIPPED SOLDERING This is the soldering iron I use for all the techniques described in my books. It is the best one for the technique because the tip is so fine. Not only does it allow for perfect cutting, fusing and mark-making, the tip is fine enough to fit into the most intricately patterned metal stencils or templates.
UK SOLDERING IRONS                                      23.50 plus £3.30 postage

Wired to the correct voltage, ready for use             23.50 plus £8.00 postage

BOOKS by Margaret Beal
FUSING FABRIC                                                 14.99 plus £3.30 postage
NEW IDEAS IN FUSING FABRIC                         19.99 plus £3.30 postage

The fabrics listed here are ideal starter packs for cutting, fusing and mark-making techniques described in my books.

Pack of 15 assorted colours (9x9inches/23x23cm)                              £9.00

Pack of 10 assorted colours (9x9inches/23x23cm)                              £6.00
Pack of 10 black squares (9x9inches/23x23cm)                                  £6.00
Pack of 10 assorted patterned synthetic fabrics (9x9inches/23x23cm)  £8.00

This is a non woven quite stiff semi-transparent fabric made with long strands of bonded synthetic fibres
Pack of 7 colours (9x11inches/23x28cm)                                           £7.00

Pack of metal templates, 6 flower shapes and 3 square shapes           £4.50

Pack of 2 rulers to use as templates
1 x wavy edge, 1 x zigzagged edge                                                   £8.00

Beads for Beauty

Beads for Beauty

We are based in Torquay, Devon. Our classes include Textile, Mixed Media and Beadwork.

Textile and Mixed Media tutors for 2017 include Alice Fox, Jan Beaney, Jean Littlejohn and Frances Pickering.

Beading tutors include Jean Power, Alison Wray-McCann and Laura McCabe. We also have Bead Group meetings on a Tuesday and a Wednesday each month. These are suitable for all abilities from beginner to the more experienced beader.

On our webpages you will find full details of our classes.

Beads for Beauty

Beading Kits and Patterns, designed by Alison Wray-McCann, can be found in the shopping section of our website. If you would like a different colour combination, we can make up individual kits for you. We also sell all of the beads required for these designs. We do not have a shop.

Alison has been designing and teaching beadwork for about 15 years.

We visit groups to teach or for sales events within England's West Country.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sylvia and Alison

01803 328902

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Free Motion Quilting  Sheena Norquay  11-18 May

Felting & Embroidery  Jackie Cardy  25 May-1 June

Take a Simple Shape  Gillian Travis  8-15 June

Architecture in Stitch  Wendy Dolan  22-29 June

Painting the Town  Anne Hellyer (Moore)  6-13 July

Paint! Quilt! Stitch!   Deborah O'Hare  28 July-4 August

Unfolding Landscapes   Cas Holmes  7-14 September

Designing & Making a Modern Quilt   
Lynne Goldsworthy  21-28 September

Topsy Turvey Felting   Val Holmes  5-12 October

Lino Printing & Embroidery   Louise Nichols 
 20-27 October

Crafty Retreats disc
For further details, call Philippa on 01566 776932

See also our Courses page
Long Diaries & Tall Tales
ISBN: 978-0-9574413-3-0

Long Diaries & Tall Tales
Maggie Grey
Published by d4daisy books (softback)

'Long Diaries and Tall Tales' is a new book by Maggie Grey with a theme of visual diaries and story-telling. In some cases, there are travellers' tales to be told in the form of stitched, mixed-media panels that form a diary of a journey. These are busy, bustling pieces designed to bring back memories. Myths and legends also feature in the book, telling tall tales. Ideas are shared on the construction of pieces and step-by-step sequences cover many of the techniques used.

Photographs and inkjet prints give a very personal aspect and Maggie has lots of ideas for new methods for presenting them. These are augmented by small areas of stitching and this is a great way to use up the samples that we all have tucked away in the cupboard. Put together with the photographs, these provide texture and contrast for some interesting and rewarding pieces. .

£14.00 plus £2.00 p&p per book in the UK. If outside Great Britain, add a further £5.00 per book airmail. Order online from d4daisy books through their secure site.

Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta 2017

22nd-23rd April 2017
Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
SO42 7RY

A popular event for all textile enthusiasts, situated in the wonderful setting of the New Forest National Park,
just 2 minutes from the railway station.

Many well-known traders covering all aspects of sewing, beading, hand and machine embroidery, knitting, patchwork, and much more.

Textile Art Exhibitions and on-going demonstrations.

Tickets £3.00 at the door

Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 3:30pm

Free Car Parking

Light Refreshments by the W.I.

Blue Lace Wing (detail) Alison Hulme

Alison will be giving demonstrations of her techniques at the Fiesta

Dissolvable Delights
ISBN: 978-0-9555371-9-6

Dissolvable Delights
by Maggie Grey
Published by d4daisy books (softback)

Another book continues the d4daisy Workshop series - books with loads of ideas that are based on one particular concept. The books are very well priced, especially when they all include a series of free on-line classes to take the techniques in the book even further. The books and lessons consider the fact that we can't afford to buy lots of expensive materials and suggest ways of making a little go a long way.

Maggie Grey's book, 'Dissolvable Delights' majors on water-soluble materials. These are amazingly versatile and her book aims to show how they can be used alone, employed as a support for other materials or layered over exciting surfaces to make a very rich composition. You'll find innovative mixed media ideas which include the use of metal, embossing powders and rusting techniques. If you are seeking three-dimensional effects, a special 'super weight' film is suggested but very little is needed, and all scrap pieces can be recycled.

Other materials that Maggie includes in these techniques can often be replaced by the recycled variety: metal shim makes a great surface but purée tubes or soft drinks cans can be substituted. Embossing powders combine with materials found in the stash. Black plastic rubbish bags make great backgrounds for panels - and cut down on spending.

£12.00 plus £2.00 p&p per book in the UK. If outside Great Britain, add a further £5.00 per book airmail. Order online from d4daisy books through their secure site.
Cut, Shape, Stitch
ISBN: 978-0-9574413-2-3

Cut, Shape, Stitch
Maggie Grey, Samantha Packer & Paula Watkins
Published by d4daisy books (softback)

This book aims to bring together cutters of all descriptions. At first glance your options seem limited but the dies for the cutters can be used for intricate layered shapes, in stitched quilts or combined into mixed media work. Metal shim can be cut and manipulated. Wired motifs set into gesso-painted backgrounds resemble fabulous carved surfaces.

The book progresses through simple shapes and techniques to more complex structures. Each section begins with a description of the tools used and the materials required. In many cases step-by-step photographs show exactly how it is done. So come with us on a journey that will explore the full potential of the cutting edge.There are ideas for all manner of cutting devices, from simple hole punches to easy scan or computer controlled cutters that enable you to import your own designs. Some of them can even be used as printing presses.

£14.00 plus £2.00 p&p per book in the UK. If outside Great Britain, add a further £5.00 per book airmail. Order online from d4daisy books through their secure site.

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