cross stitch / knitting /sewing

coolcats Posts: 295 Forumite
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What are the best places for buying cross stitch fabric, etc. also for knitting needles, wool and sewing etc. Total beginer so need to build up the kit. Ideally online. For a teenager if it makes a difference.



  • Sewsosew
    Sewsosew Posts: 94 Forumite
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    I use two companies online which are both good in different ways. Sewandso ( stock cross stitch, tapestry, knitting and lots more. Cross Stitch Heaven ( stock fabric, threads, needles and accessories but no kits or charts apart from a few clearance items.

    CSH have the cheapest DMC threads I've found and offer some smaller fabric pieces in variety packs. Donna at CSH is very helpful and could probably advise on what is needed to start cross stitch.

    Both have fairly swift service, I've ordered from Sewandso sometimes and had the items delivered the next day.
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  • BlueBell47
    BlueBell47 Posts: 8 Forumite
    I purchase my cross stitch kits from Amazon and they sell quite a lot. I also use sew and sew which was mentioned by the previous person.
    I use them because the postage is not to expensive.:j
  • Katiehound
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    It's always worth looking at car boot sales for craft items - you just never know what you will find. Last week I saw someone buying knitting needles @ 10 pence per pair! Needless to say at that price they bought them all!
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  • coolcats
    coolcats Posts: 295 Forumite
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Both the sites mention look good. She is spending pocket money so being able to buy a little at a time will help there. Not sure she will do kits, but has been looking in books to get ideas.
    Also looking at fabric etc, although I did suggest charity shops for that.
  • rosie51
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    Ebay can be a good sauce for stuff, had a few bargains over the years. You have to add postage which can be high to the costs but i always look for low postage or free postage.
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  • apple_muncher
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    Have you thought of asking on your local freegle/freecycle site for items? It might be worth a punt...
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  • Margaret54
    Margaret54 Posts: 842 Forumite
    Hi *mazon have different sellers on it and I have bought lovely fabric from some of them, and also different types of crafting stuff. Sometimes you can come across some thing in a charity shop which is made from a lovely fabric and you could maybe buy it and then use the fabric it is made from, for something else. Lovely to hear someone is dipping their toe in the water for the first time:) I am only learning but am enjoying making things.
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  • teddysmum
    teddysmum Posts: 9,471 Forumite
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    I got lots of cross stitch magazines from Freegle (our local virtually useless now, due to people being put off by greed), took the type of charts I needed (pet designs) then recycled them to someone who wanted other content.
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