5 January 2013

Charity Shopping

I got an awesome charity shop haul yesterday. I went into a shop I haven't been in before, because there was a Philippa Gregory book in the window which enticed me in. I ended up buying some embroidery thread, including some variegated threads; an embroidery frame thing; some cream fabric (two pieces, each one is about 3m by 50cm) and some patterned ribbon, for the grand total of £2:

In the charity shop near my house I found a (not quite complete) collection of Cross Stitch Magic magazines. In amongst the magazines were various knitting patterns, from the seventies I think, and a little book of embroidery stitches that originally cost threepence. I also got 2 crochet hooks and some small scraps of yarn as well as a huge ball of yellow yarn - no idea what I'll do with it yet!! All of these were £3. So quite good for a fiver I think!

I am planning on having a go at embroidery in the near future, so nearly all of these finds will come in handy for that! Every month Mollie Makes magazine has lovely embroidery patterns but as I didn't have an embroidery hoop I haven't had a go yet. I have also ordered some Aida off eBay so that I can have a go at cross stitch. I love black work (I have a black work owl in my bedroom) so might try that first - there is a pattern for a black work tapestry in one of the cross stitch magazines. Unfortunately none of the magazines have the little cover kits with them.

Thanks for reading



  1. Wow, amazing finds! It's rare that I find such great things in the charity shops in Cambridge, sadly, but I probably don't go in as often as I'd like either... Bargains are the best!

    1. I thought I'd replied to you on my mobile - sorry! I don't usually get this much good stuff. It's usually books a-plenty when we go shopping, and if I am looking for something in particular - well - I never find it. But Friday must have been a lucky day :)


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