Our popular club has now been going since February 2009, and we are now heading towards the end of our sixth year. Some members have been with us for this entire time, while others have joined us relatively recently. Overwhelmingly we have received wonderful feedback about the quality of the design, fabrics, and variety of projects. Thank you for this continuing vote of confidence. However, we were also hearing that once a month might be a little too much for many of our members, as it didn't give them enough time to complete one project before the next one arrived. To this end, we changed our format, and this year (2014) we have sent out a project every second month. This has quite a few advantages: firstly it gives you more time to complete projects. Secondly it virtually halves the amount you have been paying, as you are charged every second month.
The club started in February this year, and will continue through until December, with mailouts coming in February, April, June, August, October and December. Members receive six brand new, first release projects throughout the year to make for the special people in your life. Many, but not all, of these projects feature embroidery, but some are designed to be quick to make up so that you have a stash of lovely gifts ready for Christmas or special occasions throughout the year. The nature of the projects is a mystery, so you receive a lovely surprise in the mail, just as in the past. You can opt for basic membership, which includes the pattern and all the fabrics needed to make up each project. If you wish, you can choose deluxe membership, where the threads and embellishments are included as extras, and this is priced at an extra $15 per project, whether you are in Australia or overseas. Postage within Australia and New Zealand is $7 per project, and for other overseas countries, it is $17 per project, in addition to the basic charge of $39 per project.
Month 1 February: "Holidays Forever" Travel Set. This is a lovely French-themed travel tote, with a matching passport wallet.
Month 2 April: Alfresco Picnic Set ~ four pieced placemats wtih cutlery pockets, and a matching thermos cosy (or wine bottle carry). Bright, colourful, and quick to make, this set is made from a lovely range of Lakehouse fabrics.
Month 3 ~ "Love Letters" Stationery Set. This beautiful project consists of a desk pad, letter holder, and pencil holder, all made in and exquisite fabric collection ~ "Rosie's Love Letters". A practical gift for those who still write letters in the old-fashioned way, but, very versatile, as the letter holder can be used for storage of many different items, including those used in sewing ~ rotary cutter, patterns etc while you are working. The desk pad could also double as a base for your laptop while using it on your lap.
Month 4: Antique Chatelaine. Featuring five separate pieces ~ a fan needle case, biscornu (pincushion), glasses case, thimble pouch, and scissors sheath ~ these can be made up and given separately, or together as a complete chatelaine. Optional addition: stitch them on a paited cord and add an antique button and you have the chatelaine complete!
Month 5: Antique Collectibles Box. The premium project for 2014, this beautiful box features embroidered lid, both inside and out, and partitions inside. Crazy patch sides of the box, and ruffled inside lining give a lovely Edwardian style to the finished box. Use it to display a collection of antique needlework implements, or to show off antique jewellery. It can also be used as a practical sewing box for storage of your precious stitching tools. The Threads and Embellishments pack for this project includes threads, antique bronze box hinges and catch, ribbon, lace, Vintage Haberdasher thread holder and set of six thread cards, and, as a special bonus for those who receive automatic threads and embellishments each month, a pair of Tudor Rose embroidery scissors, valued at $17.
Scroll down to see photos of all the projects sent out so far this year (2014). Books have now closed for this year, but you can sign up for 2015, or renew your membership, Go to the section on *Gift of the Month* 2015, and order there.