Hawthorne Threads

>> Thursday, November 5, 2009

Looking through Google Reader can be dangerous. Terri over at Sew-Fantastic posted about the new Hawthorne Threads (head to her blog for a giveaway). I've had good online fabric shopping experiences through a variety of vendors and, as a general rule, have found the ones from whom I purchase equal in terms of website, shipping, and selection, with the availability of the fabrics I need determining the place I spend money (too much money, usually). Sales and free shipping do lure me in.

Nevertheless, I think Hawthorne Threads (an evolution of Fabric Supplies on etsy) has made a large leap in terms of online fabric shopping. The site lured me into plunking down more money than I should have; however, I justified my decision to myself because I bought fabric that I've been lusting after for a while and plan on using it to make 2 quilts for myself over winter break, and that falls into the promise I made this summer to make something for myself. So, be forewarned about its power. Some of the things I really like about it:

*It's clean, well-designed, uncluttered, and yet chock full of information.
*You can buy in all sorts of different increments starting at a 1/2 yard.
*If you look at a collection, designer, or their picks, you see all of the fabrics on one page rather than needing to scroll through multiple pages.
*Your shopping cart updates the shipping price as you had fabric (and tells you it for the US, Canada, and the rest of the world).
*When you look at fabric already in your cart, the site tells you it's already in your cart.
*Tiered pricing and return-customer incentives: the more you buy, the more you save -- starting at 3 yards and determined by the total yardage, so 6 half-yard increments counts the same as 3 yards of one fabric. The discounts are additive, so you can get all discounts available to you.


Unknown November 5, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

you should get a promotional discount!

And, go you for finally making something for yourself.

two hippos November 5, 2009 at 4:43 PM  

I certainly wouldn't complain about a discount! I rarely endorse items or companies here, but I was *that* impressed...

Anonymous November 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM  

thanks for the heads up. What a neat site. ...and in my first giveaway entrance I won! woo hoo!


Anonymous November 20, 2009 at 6:15 PM  

I agree with all that you posted about !!!
Just ordered from them !!! (after telling myself that I was not going to spend more $ on fabric until next year since I just bought fabric from dif. places not long ago).

Anonymous January 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

I discovered Hawthorne threads by accident while looking for some fabrics that were out of stock at other sites. There prices were competitive, their selection and availability fantastic, and the customer service is refreshing. I got a personalized thank you email. The shipping was also reasonable, esp considering they are shipping it from New York to Northwest Alaska!I spent WAY to much money but after I recover from blowing my budget, I'll be shopping there again!

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