Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sew Happy Together

In a marriage made in needleworker heaven, the Colonial Needle Company is happy to announce that it has bought the Presencia Thread Company USA. Be still my heart! Less than four weeks ago while teaching in the Denver, Colorado area I went to Presencia in Evergreen with my friend Cindy Brick. It was a courtesy call to see my friend Karlin Allen who has been my designer liaison whenever I needed #8 perle cotton for Big Stitch kits or to do sashiko. Somehow, Karlin didn't let the cat out of the bag when I was there although she knew the sale was imminent.

The Presencia warehouse holds thousands of skeins and spools of thread. Envision the ironic last scene from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark where the guy's trundling the Ark off to storage and you get the picture--thread, as far as the eye could see.

While I didn't give in to my animal instincts--to run in circles and whoop for joy--you'll have to believe when I say that's truly how I feel about this sale. Needle-plus-thread. Wonderful. Both companies will get better but most of all, needleworkers will benefit since their beloved supplies and notions will be available from one source.

The timeline's still in play but if all goes right, Presencia Threads USA will move to the Colonial Needle Company's home address in White Plains, New York by the end of June and hopefully be up and integrated into the Colonial family system in July. It's a big job--storage units in, dropped ceilings out, offices moving to the second floor as the first floor fills up with thread.

FYI: Presencia USA is the American office of Presencia Threads from Valencia, Spain. The company has been in business since 1949 and is acknowledged as the supplier of superior embroidery and sewing threads. You know their products even if you've never bought a spool of their thread. Presencia Threads are used in many high-quality clothing lines.

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