Wednesday, 23 April 2014

We're feeling all #yarnshopday warm, fluffy and generous...

Yep - we've come over all warm and fluffy and generous, and have decided to give away a whopping £166.70 worth of Gilliangladrag knitting, crochet and felting goodies - in conjunction with Yarn Shop Day on Saturday May 3rd.

All you need to do to win this plethora of fluffy goodness is to either buy something from us either online or in store between now and Saturday 3rd May, OR like our FaceBook page and share the post on there, OR retweet our post from Twitter.
Winner to be drawn Monday 5th May.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Cross Stitch gets a Makeover - with Sophie Simpson

Until not that long ago, Cross Stitch had a dated name for itself. Although remaining popular over the passages of time, and often perched on many a G'ma's knee - it's image was not a modern one. Until recently that is...

Sophie Simpson - aka the creative talent behind the modern embroidery business "What Delilah Did" and author of the fabulous "Storyland Cross Stitch" has changed our jaded memories of what cross stitch used to be about.

Move over memories of granny's old fashioned landscapes and cartoon animals, - this is the new modern side to Cross Stitch, full of Sophie's fairytale designs and cute projects to make.

So we wouldn't believe our luck when Sophie agreed to come and teach a brand new special workshop just for us: The "Learn Counted Cross Stitch" workshop - the first of which is on Saturday 28th June at The Fluff-a-torium in Dorking from 10am - 4pm (booking essential!)

Sophie will introduce you to a variety of counted embroidery stitches, from basic straight and cross stitches to more elaborate herringbone and Smyrna stitches. You will learn how to follow a counted embroidery chart and gain an insight into how the various techniques can be applied to a number of different projects and materials. All whilst making this cute little coin purse below!

Beginners are welcome and no experience is required.

Maximum students per course is 10 and the cost is £75. For a 10% off code, visit our Facebook page!

The fee includes all course materials,drinks, biscuits and terribly British afternoon tea and cake. Plus you will also be entitled to 10% discount in our shop "The Fluff-a-torium" on the day of your counted embroidery course! Click here to making a booking online or call us on 01306 898144

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Monogram your life with our new Jennie Maizels iron on alphabet patches...

 iron on Alphabet Patches

This isn't just ANY old alphabet.... This is a highly sophisticated designer iron on alphabet designed by none other than talented Jennie Maizels (of Pop up book fame). THIS alphabet will add a serious splash of colour and fun to just about anything you could possible personalise. All you need is an iron!(or some glue.)

I immediately grabbed my letters - (each letter comes in two colour ways) and of course my name looks resplendent in glorious colours and fonts that are totally up my font alley. But then so does everyone's name - ALL good!

 Alphabet iron on patches by Jennie Maizels

Plus when you purchase even just one letter - it gets popped into a stripy candy bag - complete with sticker and instructions. Each letter costs just £1.49 and is online right now here. Go crazy and monogram your life!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Yarn Shop Day update : Sachiyo Ishii free mini penguin masterclass at The Fluff-a-torium

Pop your name down for a free mini masterclass with knitting expert Sachiyo Ishii - she's going to be at The Fluff-a-torium on Yarn Shop Day - Saturday 3rd May from 10am - 1pm

Sachiyo's mini penguin masterclass will last for about an hour and it's first come first served! Pop you name down for a session by calling us on 01306 898144. Sessions will start at 10am; 11am and noon. All materials provided - but you MUST be able to knit and pearl to attend the workshop.

Sachiyo's new book "Mini Knitted Safari" is published this November and looks fabulous - I can't wait to meet her and to have it in the shop!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

"PompomLoveFest" workshop : Wednesday 30th July 10am - 12 noon

Pompom Love Fest
We've spent the morning making, squishing and fondling woolly balls. aka pompoms! Not many people can say that. (Especially when they are at work)... have you guys signed up for the brand new "PompomLoveFest" Pompom making workshop at The Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium on Wednesday 30th July 10am - 12 noon?? Anyone can make them - suitable for either: Adults; Unaccompanied kids over 11+; or Parents with kids over 7+ - and it costs just £20 each for the session...

...Easily made with one of our super duper easy peasy whizzy pompom makers - you can make as many as you like! And then just when you thought things couldn't possibly get any better - we'll give you a FREE tissue paper pompom to complete your workshop and take home with you too! :-)

To book - call us on 01306 898144 or email

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The Yellow Pompom Day

Watch this space for the most exciting Pompom Extravaganza - you can sign up soon for the new workshop taking place at The Fluff-a-torium on Wednesday 30th July from 10am - 12pm to make as many woolly pompoms as you can carry home! Most excitingly there will be a free tissue paper pompom for all course attendees! I made three yellow paper pompoms on Monday, - one for the shop window, one for the shop, and one for the studio. Tissue pompoms and wool pompom maker sets are for sale at the shop and online.
Yellow pompoms - they are, unquestionably the way forward...