Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

16 Jan

A while back, on Twitter, I was despairing over DMC’s metallic threads and how difficult they are to use. Fellow cross stitchers agreed with me, and none of us had found a solution to make them easier to work with. The problem was, that some of our patterns, like this Doctor Who Gallifreyan pattern are simply crying out for some shimmery silver thread to lend it that cosmic, timey wimey look. So, imagine my delight when an alternative was suggested – Kreinik Metallics. I had been told that their braids are more flexible and easier to work with, but I hadn’t ever tried the brand before. I figured I may as well give it a go.

Large Doctor Who Gallifreyan badge - £3.00

Large Doctor Who Gallifreyan badge – £3.00

Lo and behold! I stitched the Gallifreyan alphabet inspired badge you see before you using Kreinik Metallics Very Fine #4 braid on 22 count aida (which is the count of aida I least enjoy working with) and I was done within an hour! Colour me impressed. The Kreinik braid didn’t unravel the way DMC had, and it felt more like normal floss and less rough than the other metallic threads I’ve tried. It really was so easy to stitch with and I could even use generous lengths as the thread didn’t insist on tangling itself into knots. I am now officially a convert and if you’re planning on stitching one of our patterns that suggests metallics, I highly recommend you try Kreinik if you can get your hands on it – their fine #8 braid works perfect on 14 count aida. And I’ll be whipping up more of these badges for the store, hopefully some on hand dyed aida as well, so be on the look out for that 🙂

Adventure Time patterns

15 Jan

We’ve been busily working on brand new patterns to usher in the new year, and that includes adding new themes and sources of inspiration. First up is Adventure Time! The littlest capes love it because it’s silly and fun and kid friendly, but we big capes love it too for the irreverent humour. So in honour of the genius of Adventure Time, we have two new patterns!

nightosphere

Adventure Time Nightosphere pattern – £2.30

First up it’s one of many memorable quotes from the show, and one of my favourites. We’ve designed this pattern in gothic purples and reds, but I actually think it would look awesome in pastel or bright candy colours – I’m a huge fan of using unexpected colours combinations in needlework.

Adventure Time BMO pattern - £2.30

Adventure Time BMO pattern – £2.30

Our second pattern features BMO who is probably my favourite character in the show. He’s been designed to fit into an 8 inch embroidery hoop and the best thing about this pattern (apart from how awesomely cute it is, of course) is that it comes with a choice of four facial expressions. Click the link to check them out!

Merry Christmas!!!

21 Dec

Before all the festive madness starts here at C&C towers, I thought I’d wish all our lovely customers and followers a very merry Christmas and happy new year! This year has been massive for us – we opened our Etsy store in April, and as of today, we have reached over 300 sales. So thank you to everyone out there who helped make out little venture a modest success. We hope to build on that in 2013, which holds lots of exciting things, with brand new patterns hitting the store, new badges, some new free patterns and plenty of geekery. If you haven’t learned to cross stitch yet, why not make that your new year’s resolution!?

Have an awesome Christmas, geeky stitchers, and be sure to join us in the new year for all the fun! x

Geeky Gifts and Christmas Deadlines

27 Nov

The ‘sew geeky‘ section of our store, (which is usually filled with bags and purses in various comic book fabrics) has been selling through fast! While I’m holding on to some items for the up-coming pop-up shop we’ll be attending on December 8th, I’ve also relisted a few items in the shop. Everything is ready to ship, so why not have a look and see if anything catches your eye, either for a Christmas gift or as a treat for yourself.

Also, on the evening of December 8th, I will be listing everything that didn’t sell at the fair. Last post days for delivery to the US in time for Christmas is December 10th, for Western Europe, it’s December 12th, and for the UK, it’s the 13th for parcels. So bear that in mind when you’re ordering. We will do our very best to ensure all orders go out before these dates.

Pacman tote bag – £7.00

Batman coin purse – £6.50

Batman zip pouch – £6.00

Superman washbag – £6.50

Comic sound effects card wallet – £6.00

All can be found here

Transformers Patterns

6 Nov

We’ve been a bit quiet on the pattern front recently – we had a few custom patterns to work on and I’ve been busily making tons of wallets, purses etc for the upcoming pop-up shop event. However, we have managed to add two new Transformers themed patterns. The 1980’s animated Transformers movie is watched with worrying regularity here at C&C towers, with the littlest capes being its biggest fans. So it’s only natural that it finally made its way into the store! Check them out 🙂

Transfomers univeral greeting pattern – £2.30

Transformers Megatron quote sampler pattern – £2.30

Also in store, we have a new listing for any three patterns for £5.50, which saves you a little bit of cash. Hand stitched cross stitch samplers make great gifts, and with Christmas coming up, it’s also the perfect way to save a little money on presents while giving your geeky friends and family something they’ll genuinely love!

Christmas Patterns

6 Oct

Christmas has well and truly arrived in our store! We’ve been busily working away on totally awesome and unique Christmas patterns that capture the spirit of the season in true C&C geeky style! So far we’ve got four new patterns in our Christmas section and we are planning on at least a few more. Our focus is on our favourite TV shows at the minute, including the ever popular Big Bang Theory and our very first Peep Show and Blackadder patterns! We’ll have all our Christmas patterns in store by the end of October, so you’ll have plenty of time to get them stitched up for gifts or to add to your own holiday decor.

Doctor Who Christmas pattern – £2.30

In other exciting Christmassy developments, we are heading to our very first craft fair in December! Well, it’s actually being called a Pop-up Shop and is going to be very small (only 10 vendors) with the aim of showcasing local handmade crafts. We were chuffed to bits to be invited to take part! It will be held at Callendar House in Falkirk on December 8th. So if any of you live in Central Scotland, or even as far afield as Edinburgh and Glasgow, we’d love to see you there. Times are yet to be set, but naturally we’ll fill you in on more details as and when we get them, but suffice to say, we’re looking forward to it!

Christmas Orders

11 Sep

Summer is officially over (not that it ever really got started in these parts) and that means it’s time to start looking ahead to Christmas. And I know what you’re thinking, but no, it’s not too early 😉

You may have noticed that we’re currently trying to fill the store with wallets, bags and purses in a variety of geeky fabrics and now’s your chance to get in early and order some handmade Christmas presents for the nerds in your life. At the moment we’re focusing on waterproof wash bags, cotton totes and folding card wallets, and we’ve got a few comic book themed fabrics to choose from. (Unfortunately the dark blue Batman fabric is no more – there will be a few items in this fabric available in store soon, but once they’re gone, that’s it! )

So if any of this sounds like the perfect gift idea for someone you love, drop us a line, either by emailing us at capesandcrafts[at]hotmail.co.uk or through our store. Check out our available fabrics below, and contact us for more information if you’d prefer another colour or pattern. We sometimes have limited quantities of other comic themed fabrics too, but these are our main choices at the minute. But be quick! These fabrics are pretty much unavailable now so it’s first come first served 🙂

Superman logo on royal blue cotton

Batman logo on light blue cotton

Super Friends Green Lantern on white cotton

Super Friends Superman on royal blue cotton

Super Friends Green Lantern on grey cotton

You can also have a look at our custom order tab at the top of the page to see what products we have made in the past. We are happy to make any of those items again in fabric of your choice.