We are an Australian owned on-line business supplying a range of hand dyed fabrics for cross-stitch and needlework enthusiasts. Our aim is to provide you with quality fabric to make your special projects unique works of art. We pride ourselves in offering friendly and efficient service at a price that makes something special affordable whether for a specific project or just stash enhancement!
Our product range is constantly expanding, so be sure to visit regularly for new colour and fabric releases.
I hope you enjoy your visit here at Stitches and Spice.
SITE NAVIGATION: Most designs we offer are shown under the Designer Collections section - they are listed by designer. Please contact us if you need any assistance finding a design.
We have now upgraded our website software, there should no longer be any issues with add to cart functionality. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties.
FINAL RELOCATION & CLOSING DOWN NOTICE
During March 2016, we had to move from our property at Jilliby, and leave the great workshop we had for Stitches and Spice stock and dyelots. We are now in a much smaller property and there is just no room to run the business as it should be run. Combined with my poor health, and other factors which are small, but combined make continuing the business just too difficult, we have had to make the decision to close the business as at the end of June 2016.
The land line & fax line have been disconnected - my mobile is the only contact number to call.
We will be placing limited orders with suppliers in the next few months, please wait to hear from me personally before submitting any payments after ordering. I am only able to work limited hours, so it may take up to a week for me to get back to you.
We will host 2 final Open Day events - 20 & 21 May and 17 & 18 June, 2016.
The address and hours are posted on the Show Dates page.
We will also be having clearance specials exclusive to our Stitches and Spice Facebook group.
FINCA THREAD CLEARANCE
Starting January 1, the first is a clearance sale of our Presencia (Finca) Cotton range. Quantities available are listed with each colour, please take this into account when ordering, as we will not be ordering any more of this thread. Covers Stranded Cotton, Metallic & Perle 8, 12 & 16 balls. Please note that there is a minimum postage charge of $7 for any Perle thread order, as these items are very light, but bulky, they must ship at a parcel rate. We will confirm your shipping charge in a separate email, after we have received your order.
All Finca thread is reduced by 50% - this is below cost! While stocks last!
FABRIC ORDERING - We are in the process of changing how you order fabric on our website. There is a lot of detail work underneath the surface, so it will take me a bit of time to work the transfer.
In the meantime, I have left the pictures and scans of the fabric in Spice Blends & Spice Sensations, but please use the Fabric by Size to order. Once the new system is up, we will update this page & send out a notice on our Facebook Group & our newsletter email list.
CHATELAINE DESIGNS NOTICE:
Please note that we will no longer be holding these designs in stock. Due to the increasing difficulties involved with the low exchange rate, availability of threads for some older designs and lower volumes, we are no longer able to offer these designs on a regular basis.
We have noted the items still in stock under the 2 categories in Designer Collections. These will not be discounted, as our margins on these are so low anyway, but we have removed the add to cart function for items no longer in stock & will update the remaining items as they are sold.
We will still be offering pre-orders and Stitch Along groups on our facebook page for new designs, and will take inquiries on pricing and availability for other designs as required.
We now have our remnant pieces on the website! More items are being added each week.
These are one of a kind & are non refundable, non exchangeable, but they are bargains! Each piece is at least 50% off standard retail value. They are located in the Clearance section (scroll down on the left).
Please note, Prairie Moon have announced their retirement. It is with some sadness we see them go, Barb & Suzanne have provided many fun & quirky designs over the years & have been great supporters of our Stitches and Spice range of fabrics as well.
We have made a note of the charts we have in stock, we will be unable to get more in, we will update stock as it clears.
Dyelot delays: Please note that due to illness, we are unable to create new dyelots at the present time. In the meantime, we still have plenty of fabric in stock & are ordering new designs in on a regular basis & shipping out orders every week. If you order a fabric that is not currently in stock, we will contact you to discuss alternative fabric choices.
Find us on Facebook! - We have a Stitches and Spice group on Facebook - click here
CURIOUS QUILTS - Quilt Patterns now available - including the Kate Greenaway Under the Window Quilt Kits
NORA CORBETT CHARTS - SPECIAL CLEARANCE - As we are unable to purchase these at a reasonable price, we are clearing all our remaining stock of this range at only $10 per chart! See under Clearance - Nora Corbett Charts. We are still continuing to stock the Sparkly Bits packs, you can see these under Designer Collections / Nora Corbett.
DINKY-DYES COTTON CLEARANCE: All Dinky-Dyes cotton threads have been discontinued by the manufacturer. We have limited stock left - see the Clearance Section for stock & pricing - minumum 50% off!
We are also clearing Dinky Dyes Charts - See under the Clearance section, as always - limited stock, prices as marked, starting at 30% off retail price!
JUBILEE FABRIC CLEARANCE - Jubilee fabric has been discontinued by Zweigart. We have now exhausted our stock of undyed fabric, so can now only offer the dyed pieces currently in stock. We have removed Jubilee from our general fabric items & have added the remaining Jubilee items to our Clearance section.
INTERNET LOYALTY PROGRAM - See our Loyalty Program page for details
We use only premium quality Zweigart fabrics to ensure the best possible result for your project.
Each piece is overlocked to prevent fraying. Our fabrics are washed and rinsed several times to remove all excess dye. Dimensions are based on the pre-dyed piece, so some shrinkage may occur during the dyeing process.
At present we offer the follow fabrics in our range: 14ct, 16ct & 18ct Aida, 22ct Hardanger, 25ct Dublin Linen, 28ct Cashel Linen, 32ct Belfast Linen, 36ct Edinburgh Linen, 40ct Newcastle Linen and 28ct Evenweaves - Jobelan and Jubilee, as well as 25ct & 32ct Lugana.
Our Opalescents range is comprised of Aida 14ct, Belfast 32ct Linen, Cashel 28ct Linen, Edinburgh 36ct Linen, Lugana 28ct (Brittney) and Lugana 32ct (Murano).
We also stock Quilter's Muslin and Shanghai Linen (approx 34ct, but not an evenweave linen) for stitchery or creative embroidery projects.
If you prefer a different fabric, please let us know as we are constantly reviewing colours and fabrics.
Do not leave hand dyed fabric on q-snaps, frames, hoops or scroll rods when you are not stitching. When you are finished stitching for the day, please remove them, or if using a scroll rod, loosen the tension significantly.
You may wash & iron your hand dyed fabrics the same as standard fabrics.
While we have rinsed to ensure colourfastness, to be on the safe side, we recommend a gentle rinse before any stitching is done, especially with darker colours.
Different fabrics react differently to the dyeing process. This is a combination of fibre content and tightness of weave. Generally speaking, Aida has a softer effect, whereas Linen takes the dye more strongly. We have scanned the colourways by fabric type to show the individual effect, but if requesting a custom or specialty piece, please keep this in mind.
Spice Sensations are our single colour range but still have texture for hand-dyed originality. With less colour movement than the blends, this range offers an alternative to factory produced product and allows a greater variety of unique colour choices and subtle changes in shade.
Spice Blends are a more obvious hand dyed fabric. These will work well for those stitchers looking for an antiqued effect or a subtle blend of colours for creating that unique project. Each piece of fabric in this collection is a one of a kind. Although we use the same colours on different pieces, each fabric has it’s own character and style. Since each piece is individually created, the images shown are representative of that design.
Spice Packs group a range of distinctive products together at a special price.
Please visit our QUILT Section - our Celtic Quilt can be seen here. Purchase a kit for this quilt - instructions are available from Australian Patchwork & Quilting V12 #6- September 2004.
More local needlework stores have been added to our stockist listing, please check here for your LNS!
In addition to being able to pay by cheque, money order or direct deposit, Stitches and Spice accept Visa and Mastercard payments.
Due to International Credit Card Processing regulations - we can no longer accept Credit Card information over the web. International Customers wising to pay via credit card, please select Paypal & you can pay using your credit card once we send you a payment request. Australian Customers - select the type of card your wish to pay with & we will phone you for your card details when your order is ready to ship.
There is no additional charge for credit card payment.
Last Updated: May 4, 2016
All prices quoted include GST