Friday, December 11, 2009

Paris Sale!

My sister-in-law helped throw an amazing Parisian sale of The Grateful Thread goodies. Just in time for Christmas! Here's some pics of the fab display. Many thanks to all those that came despite the rain! It was a success!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lena Rockin' Out

This little girl can ROCK! She's so adorable!

The Grateful Thread in Paris!

This is the window to La Sardine a Lire, a fabulous kids shop in the heart of Paris! . We are delighted they chose The Monsters to be part of their window display! (Johnny Fandango must be off chasing the ladies).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Grateful Thread On Tour With Motley Crue

Check it out! Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars all checking out The Grateful Thread goodies at the Backstage Artist Lounge on the Cruefest tour. We were so bummed we couldn't go, but with the bambino fresh out of the oven it was too difficult to get to New York. Hey, and Big Tone has become the official mascot of the tour! Check out his facebook page and add him as a friend if you want to follow him on tour

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mae Lilian Worth - Welcome to the world!

Our gorgeous baby girl was born Sunday August 23rd at 10:58 pm.

We are all doing well and at home getting to know each other. I am so in love with her, and excited about this new phase in our lives!

Evie Munchin'

Just thought this was a cute photo.

Evie doesn't quite get it yet, but she will no doubt soon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

PlushYou! Interview on Bluebottles Art Craft and Design Blog

Bluebottle Art Gallery in Seattle have kindly posted an interview with The Grateful Thread on their blog in part of promotion for the PlushYou! exhibition in October. Please take a wander over to check it out, as well as all the other interviews, and interesting tidbits from the creative minds over at Bluebottle.


Many thanks to Hemmingway Design and other sponsors of KiosKiosk, a project designed to help up and coming new businesses by providing them a place to vend their goods for free. We spent 2 days at the Kiosk to vend our wares. Its located on the boardwalk of the Thames just near the mayor's office. We had lovely weather and were happy to promote our brand and products. We made a few sales and overall had a good experience. The Kiosk itself is remarkably well designed and adaptable. For more information regarding the Kiosk go to

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Motown Martians

This is my contribution to the "Plush You" exhibition this year. Its not perfect, but turned out alright considering I have been 8 plus months pregnant nad been working full time until last week! Anyways, its a fun piece! Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Nice Window Display

Our friends over at Carry Me Home, a shop in Kingly Court just off Carnaby street in central London have created this fab window rock and roll themed window display showcasing some of our guitars and some other great items. I love the "Glastonbaby" theme. NICE!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another Happy Crazy Guitarist

Thanks Melissa of for sending these great pics of her superstar in action. Rock star quality!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The Grateful Thread will be participating in KiosKiosk this summer. The concept behind KiosKiosk is to provide a venue for creative makers/designers to sell their wares. The Kiosk
is located next to the Mayor's office and the Design Museum on Queen's Walk (closest tube London Bridge or Tower Hill). We will be selling Saturday July 25th, and Saturday August 8th. Stop by and say hello if you have a chance! For more information on KiosKiosk, a list of the various exhibitors, or how you can get involved check out the website,

Sunday, June 14, 2009

PULSE tradeshow 2009

So after much anticipation and preparation, we finally took part in our first big trade show. Pulse is primarily for gifts and design led products and was a good one to choose because it specializes in new product launches. We were pretty nervous at first, but we got a great reaction to our products and the look of our stand which made us feel pretty good. We had several orders for small boutiques around the UK and met some really interesting people. Overall it was a really great experience for us, and has really helped to give The Grateful Thread that extra push into the public eye. For a list of retail shops now selling our goods, please visit our website.

Baby Blocks!

I have a lot of friends having babies lately, and I'm always stuck for ideas of what I can get for them. It's nice to do something a little personal if I can squeeze in the time. I made these little baby stacking blocks for my friend's beautiful little girl Lena. Hopefully the different textures and the bells I put inside will help entertain her. This is a really easy project and took only a little time, but I really enjoyed it.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Guitar baby rattles!

If your bambino likes rattles, why not let them shake in style?! You can start the little one on a road to rockstardom with these stylish rattles. Our latest invention. They are made from fabric remnants and come in 3 sizes and whatever fabric happens to be leftover. They will be available for purchase very soon from our online shop!

Monday, April 27, 2009

More Spectacular Photos!

Some more wonderful style/action photos from my brother-in-law Akim. Aren't these fab? These little rock stars have been caught in some sweet rock n' roll poses. Watch out, I think a new Elvis is in the making! And how about that pooch? Please check out Akim's other fantastic photos and his short filmwork at

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Great Photos!

My brother in law is a fantastic photographer. Check out this great style shot! He took a bunch of photos for us to use in our new upcoming catalogue. I can't thank him, or the bunch of crazy kid posers enough :)!
It was a very exciting weekend indeed! We went to Siaulai, Lithuania over the weekend to meet with Gintas and the fine folks they have over at our manufacturing plant. We wanted the chance to visit the factory first hand so we could get an idea what its like, how the working environment is, and learn some of the in and outs of the toy making pipeline before placing an order. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, and the quality of the toys was excellent. We had a terrific experience overall and Gintas kindly showed us around not only the manufacturing plant, but also the entire lovely city of Siaulai!

Here are some photos to give an idea of what it was like:

After our initial meeting in the offices, we were taken on a tour. This a photo of Nicolas and Gintas next to the amazing embroidery machines. Check out all the different colours of thread. These machines can do any embroidery task.

Next we have the main working area where the toys are sewn together with high quality industrial sewing machines.

Here we have the cutting room where patterns are cut out using an electric blade. The worker wears a sort of chainmail glove for protection and feeds the material through the cutter.

Finally there is a photo of the fabric storage area where rolls upon rolls of fur, felt, linen and and cotton made up a ceiling high array of colors and textures.

There were many more cool things to see as well such as the storeroom filled with fun toys and a child's dream come true, the detail area where workers did little extras to ensure each piece was top quality, and the giant machine that took fabric scraps and whipped it into a fiber filling like cotton candy. It was truely a fantastic adventure for us and great to see everything behind the scenes. We are looking forward to getting our first batch of softies created here!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

PLUSH YOU exhibition!

The Grateful Thread is very happy to announce that we have been selected to exhibit at the Plush You! exhibition that will take place in Seattle later this year. I'm really excited about this. We will be submitting 3 new handmade softies of our own designs. All sorts of ideas racing through my head for projects, and I've already brought out the sketchbook to jot them down. I think I'm going to try something really different this time and explore with some new methods and materials. Now that we've bought a brand new embroidery sewing machine I feel a boost in confidence too!
Luckily I have a few months to get them designed and created. Congratulations to all the other wonderful fellow softie makers that will also be exhibiting. We are looking forward to seeing all the amazing and inspiring pieces! For updates on the show and cool softie related news follow the Plush You! blog at

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

On The Stage and Ready to Rock!

Here's a little preview of the stage we have designed for our exhibition stand at the Pulse tradeshow. The picture here is slightly misleading as it will be approximately a full 2 meters in length! We will be showcasing our "The Monsters of Rock" softie series to thousands of prospective buyers for the first time. Yikes, we sure hope they are well received! I think they look monstrously cool myself, but I am a little biased :)!

I'm the New Bambino Goodies Contributor!

So, I've started to do some part time contribution to the The Bambino Goodies web blog ( It's a great resource for finding some really unique things geared in particular for families with or/and expecting little ones. So far it's been pretty fun poking around the internet and finding things that really catch my interest, getting recommendations from friends on products they like, and generally helping to promote like minded small businesses.

New Clocks Hands in Stainless Steel

We have received our new clock hands from the laser cutter. I definately think they are a step up from the plastic ones. We also got them enlarged for the larger clocks. I've been doing lots of clock making in preparation for the PULSE tradeshow which is rapidly approaching and takes place the first weekend of June at Earl's Court in London. Check out more about the show here:

Monday, March 23, 2009

Crammed Organisms Book finally arrived!

So after a very long wait, and some worry about whether we would receive our promised and much anticipated book "Crammed Organisms", it has finally arrived and we are happy we were a part of it. There is a 2 page spread of our "The Monsters of Rock" series, and a multitude of images from fantastic artists and softie makers from across the globe. Perusing through the images has given me so much inspiration, and reminded me how silly, quirky and fun making softies can be. Thank you all the fantastic designers who contributed!

Shops shops shops!

Well, we are excited to say that The Grateful Thread is finally getting our products into stores. We are now stocked in several London boutiques, a couple of shops in North America and are soon to be stocked in very cool shop called Nieuws Innoventions in Amsterdam as well. Things are moving moving moving, and shipping shipping shipping all the time it seems.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Special softie for baby Lux!

I just received these photos from a happy customer in The Netherlands. We customized a Rock Star softie with her new baby's name. I just love the way its hanging with the rest of the guitars. How incredibly cool is that?! Wow, this baby is already a star in the making . . . . Lux, when you get rich and famous, please remember the little people like those at The Grateful Thread :)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Last Call for entries

Someone's junk really is someones else's treasure. Especially when it is reused or made into something new and totally original. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse is almost ready to shut the doors on entries. We just snuck in there with some of our repurposed vinyl record gear. A book is being published with the best selections and I think its going to be fabulous to see all the wonderful and clever ways people are reusing, recycling and repurposing everyday things.

check it out here Entries are still accepted through March 13th

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Beautiful Fabric

I love a gorgeous piece of fabric what can I say.

Check out the designs at
and try to find inspiration for ideas. I'm already thinking about
what to make for baby bumps arrival . . . . . . .

Thursday, February 19, 2009

From sad to rad!

I found this nice but somewhat sad little commode at a thrift store awhile back and finally got around to giving it a little makeover. I covered it with this fab wallpaper I found on ebay and am really happy with the results. I would highly recommend doing this project. Its easy with quick and fabulous results. Shamon!

How do I love you? . . . Let me count the ways

I think this is the most thoughtful and sweetest gift I have ever received.
From my sweet hubby, a special Valentine's day book. Take a tip boys, she'll be putty in your hands after this one.

Monday, February 16, 2009

custom orders for clocks!

Know someone's fav band of all time? We try to source what we can so if you have a special request don't hesitate to ask and we'll see what we can do! (unless its something truly obscure!)Here's a special Blondie request we did for a custom order.

Have a favorite photo of your boyfriend rocking out his guitar? We can do custom labels with your photos and/or text too!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New GT website up and running

I have been working very hard on integrating e-commerce functionality to our website. You can now buy products direct from the site!
Check it out!

Pulse Spring 2009

We are officially signed on to the PULSE tradeshow here in London at Earls Court.
We are both slightly terrified since this will be our first major show. At least we have 3 months to prepare our booth and get everything in order. So much to do!
We will be showcasing our new vinyl jewelry range as well our signature clocks, and softies. Hope to see you there!

Things are starting to move!

So I have now finished the film I was working on "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus". It was an interesting project and gave me the opportunity to meet and work with Terry Gilliam, an inspiring man. But alas, now I have time to work on The Grateful thread full time!

We have taken a brave and scary step and got some of the guitars manufactured!
these are the 3 designs -