Last Posting Dates for Christmas
Please note that if you want to receive your items before Christmas we will need your order at least one working day before the last recommended posting date. We send all our parcels by 1st Class Mail (UK) and Airmail (overseas). The UK Post Office publishes last posting dates for parcels to reach various destinations by Christmas: Christmas last posting dates. This isn't a guarantee, just guidance that if we send out parcels by that date they should reach the recipient before Christmas. We also need time to turn orders around.
So please could you make sure any Christmas orders reach us by:
Please order earlier than this if you can. We will get orders received after these dates out as quickly as we can, but if items are out of stock we may not be able to make more in time to catch the last recommended post.
Hochanda Craft TV
Meg launched some new designs on Hochanda Craft TV on Tuesday 24 September. The show went out live at 3pm on Freeview channel 85, Sky channel 673 and Freesat channel 817, but you can also view it on Hochanda.com.
The designs include a new Lapis Lazuli design desk or dressing table set (shown right), two new tree designs, two cottages and two new Christmas cards plus some more bookmarks. As usual the designs were available first through Hochanda, and went on general release on the website at the end of October - see the New designs section below.
Our show page has been updated with the shows we have already booked in 2019. One or two show companies have yet to get back to us, so we expect to add one or two more dates in the Summer and Autumn as confirmations arrive.
Free Show Tickets: Some of the larger show companies we work with sometimes let us have small numbers of complementary tickets for their shows. If you haven't already signed up for our e-mail newsletter, subscribe here. We only send the newsletter out 4 times a year so if you sign up you won't be inundated.
Details for all our upcoming shows can be found on the Shows page.
In September Meg launched the first two of a new series of winter village cottage designs: Christmas Tree Cottage (left) and Mistletoe Cottage (right). These have a clear winter theme with snow on the roof and could come out with the change in the seasons.
The new Lapis Lazuli design desk or dressing table set includes a Caddy to hold dried flowers, pencils or make-up brushes, a Box to hold small items, a Trinket Tray and a Frame to hold a picture or mirror.
There are also two new small Christmas cards: these are Christmas Wishes, featuring a lovely snow scene with pastel painted houses and trees, and Christmas Dreams, featuring a fantasy Christmas castle.
We have two new tree designs for Christmas. We have called these Advent Trees, as they represent little advent gift trees which can be brought out as ornaments as soon as the season of advent begins. They are on 14-count fabric, which makes them a little easier to stitch than our original Christmas Tree designs, which were on 18-count fabric.
Sadly, the old small, medium and large Christmas tree kits are now having to be withdrawn from normal production because we are running out of that fabric. It is always a difficult decision to stop production of a design that has been so popular. But to keep them going we would have had to have more fabric especially dyed for us and after over 12 years we have decided the time has probably come to say goodbye. But if you were hoping to complete the set, you can contact us and we may be able to help.
We now have two postcard designs. In addition to the Whitby postcard we launched in June, we have added a Swaledale postcard (shown right). Profits from the sale of this postcard are going to the North Yorkshire Flood Recovery fund set up by the Two Ridings Community Foundation Trust to help victims of the July Flash Flooding in the Yorkshire Dales.
We also have a new Christmas card, Christmas Mischief, featuring a tortoiseshell cat, and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Santa House, we've added a new Planning the route Santa House to the range.
We've two very stylish additions to our keepsake range called the Snowdrop Box (shown right) and Snowdrop Tray. The box is our first hexagonal design and would make a wonderful container for a small gift, or as a ring box on a dressing table. The snowdrop theme makes it an ideal project for the New Year.
All the new designs for the past year are shown on our New Designs page.
During 2018 we stocked a new thread conditioner in our showroom called Thread Magic. It has proved very popular and so we are adding it to our website. You draw your thread over the conditioner and it adds a small amount of residue-free lubricant which helps stop fraying and breaking. We recommend it for working with metallic thread which is particularly prone to these problems. Acid-free and hypoallergenic, it comes in a small, easily portable pot with notches to help guide your thread, and should last for many projects.
Winter in Swaledale
If you are anywhere near Swaledale this winter, do come and see us. The new lambs will be appearing from late February onwards so it's a lovely time to visit. But do drive carefully as some of the lambs can get quite adventurous and stray onto the road. And if you stay locally there is usually a lot going on. .
If you have a non-stitcher in tow you can sit them on our comfy sofa while you look round our showroom, or send them out to look at one of the other craft workshops on site. We also have Tennants, one of the UK's premier auction houses, in the next dale with large permanent displays of art and collectibles, and The Bowes Museum, one of the best museums outside London, a short drive North. Various stately homes, castles and the famous Wensleydale cheese factory are also within easy reach. So it is a good area to break a journey North or South.
We're normally open from 10.00 to 5.00 Monday to Friday and 2.00 till 5.00 on Saturday, although we do have to close when we take the models to the shows.
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The Nutmeg Company
Unit 14, Reeth Dales Centre, Reeth, Nr. Richmond, Yorkshire DL11 6SP
Telephone: 01748 884926 Email: email@example.com
The Nutmeg Gallery is normally open from 10am to 4:30pm (5pm in summer) Monday to Friday and 2pm to 5pm on Saturday