Well Crafted Threats with Tamara Maynes – Use It Or Lose It

by Jenny Butler
Monday 16th May 2011

A big welcome and hello to this week’s Guest Blogger, Tamara Maynes!  Tamara is a creative wonder woman and this week has launched a new range of cross-stitch kits titled ‘Well Crafted Threats‘. Not only will she be inspiring us all week, she is also offering a Starter Kit giveaway EVERY DAY – comment by 10pm tonight to be in the draw! – Jenny x

Hello lovely Design Files readers, I’m so excited to be contributing to my fave Australian blog! Big love to Lucy and Jenny for being super supportive as always. To coincide I’m launching a new kit Well Crafted Threats Starter Kit – Cross Stitch To Inspire & Motivate. One kit is also up for grabs each day so get your comments in fast!

As a craft designer focusing on decorative arts, I have many different projects on the go at once. When I’m not designing for my online store The Six Week Boutique, I’m crafting custom pieces for individuals, interiors, events and publications. I can also be found holding workshops or producing project pages as the craft editor of SoHi Magazine.

Although naturally driven and a big believer in consequence, my perfectionistic tendencies sometimes leave me needing a slight push in the project department. Not exclusive to wicked behaviour, I find a good old fashioned constructive threat works a treat! Check in each day to see the recent warnings I’ve crafted and pinned to my wall, holding my actions to ransom for all causes creative. They work… not to mention looking pretty fab in the process!

The personal warning that inspired me to design Well Crafted Threats!

Developing this new offering has been a long time coming. Being in fear of letting my loyal craft loving comrades down I found the menacing term USE IT OR LOSE IT got this project done!

Stitch your very own threats using the Well Crafted Threats Starter Kit available at The Six Week Boutique and you can subscribe to be informed about more new pieces on the way! Big thanks to my lovely Mum – #1 cross stitch chart maker and walking craft library who worked behind the scenes on this project.

* UPDATE – thanks so much for all your entries!  Congratulations to comment #52 – Wendy!  Don’t forget, Tamara is giving away a kit each day so you still have 4 more chances to win!

A sense of things coming soon to The Six Week Boutique! My #1 assistant and designer for Little Elki Georgina Kaveney is painstakingly unravelling hundreds of metres of freshly dyed cord for new macrame owls as we speak! Don’t forget to  Subscribe to our mailout so we can keep you in the loop with all out new projects!

Tamara x

A sneak peek of things coming soon to The Six Week Boutique

by Jenny Butler
Monday 16th May 2011


  • Connie 5 years ago

    WOW! I love that kit!

  • Sophie 5 years ago

    That is cool!

  • Jennifer Kate 5 years ago

    Typography+sewing=my idea of heaven! Lovely stuff xx

  • Michael 5 years ago

    Great looking stuff.

  • Mary Anne pangilinan 5 years ago

    I’m not sure if Lucy is a mind reader but I was looking at your cross stitch letters for my daughter’s room, April just a few days ago! Just gorgeous!

  • di 5 years ago

    never disappoints… di

  • Sian 5 years ago

    have been a fan of Tamara maynes for a long time, lovely to see her on TDF :)

  • hannah 5 years ago

    I LOVE you craft style, always inspiring.

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    I’m working on an ‘F’ and an ‘O’ at the moment…. if I only they looked like tamara’s!!

  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago

    Bring it on! Cold nights stitching…the macrame owl, OMG, form 3 craft circa 1980

  • Monique 5 years ago

    The Darling of Australian Craft Design!

  • Natalie Townsend 5 years ago

    I have always wanted to learn! What a great starter kit that joins my passion for type and craft!

  • handmaderomance 5 years ago

    love your work tamara. i look forward to seeing whats to come!!

  • Rochelle pepper 5 years ago

    Just what I need to get me going. Love it

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    A great way to spend forthcoming wintery nights….. that! and an open fire, with a glass of red.

  • Lizzy 5 years ago

    oh! so lovely! i havent spent much time cross stitching, but i am very inspired to have a go after seeing your lovely letters! looking forward to more posts about your work.

  • Mel 5 years ago

    Such perfect timing with winter well on its way – very very cute!

  • emma 5 years ago

    So good to see that my cross stitching abilities that started in the red cross rooms in my home town many many years ago is finally cool!

  • Clare 5 years ago

    Love it! I’ve been wanting to cross-stitch a ‘cage sweet cage’ piece to hang above our rescue dog’s crate/ cage. We never encouraged him to use it thinking dog-crates look too creepily cages, but his fierce love of his crate/ nest/ cage cracks us up.

  • Helen 5 years ago

    What a wonderful celebration of women’s traditional craft skills, revitalized in a contemporary context. Beautiful.

  • Marney 5 years ago

    Well . . . I do have a few threats I feel I need to make!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    i feel like i could be quite scarily good at these threats

  • kat white 5 years ago

    Love the cross stitches! It’s been years since I’ve even attempted one :)

  • Meaghan 5 years ago

    Lovely! I’d love to learn.
    Thank you for the lovely photos toO!

  • Emily 5 years ago

    Delicious! I need some inspiration to finish a cross stitch I started a while ago…!

  • Gen 5 years ago

    I remember doing my very first cross stitch, a very sweet christmas card that my mother still has. I’d love to try my hand at this again.

  • Tash 5 years ago

    Such beautiful things! My sister would love it too.

  • Krissy 5 years ago

    My grandma would be so proud!

  • Jasmine 5 years ago

    I heart cross stitch!

  • Bev 5 years ago

    Great, haven’t done cross stitch for a while, and I’m sure my daughter would love it also..

  • Renee 5 years ago

    A new twist on an ancient artform ~ Smart. smart woman!!

  • ruth hickson 5 years ago

    Just lovely

  • Jane 5 years ago

    An oldie but a goodie the art of X stitch.Have been a fan of xstitch for 20 yrs.Keep up the good work!

  • laura 5 years ago

    what a beautiful and modern take> and my mum is such a fan of this saying I would love to stitch it up for her!!

  • Elaine Pendlebury 5 years ago

    How original, makes me want to start stitching

  • Ilka 5 years ago

    absolutely delightful! keep up the good work! :)

  • Paula 5 years ago

    Gorgeous and clever. I love it.

  • Heidi 5 years ago

    …would love to learn to ‘use’ it!!

  • meg 5 years ago

    Inspiring and original work. Looking forward to what’s to come.

  • Gill 5 years ago

    I’m the least-crafty person I know … but I would love to try my hand at this!

  • Judy 5 years ago

    I absolutely love ‘letters’. And cross-stitched into something so beautiful. Unbelievable. I could do that!!

  • Lyn 5 years ago

    Delicious, looking up the kits, can’t wait to send a few ‘threatening letters’

  • Fiona 5 years ago

    I love white on black – I have a project like this on my ‘to do’ list!
    I have even got some glow in the dark thread!

  • jackie 5 years ago

    That’s my motto for 2011! This is the year of Use It or Lose It.

  • Nicole 5 years ago

    Inspiring crafts :-)

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    I’d love to win a kit!

  • Frances 5 years ago

    Ah brilliant. Makes such a nice (and comic) change from those dowdy cross-stitches you see around the place!

  • Fee 5 years ago

    Gorgeous…love a bit of cross stitch especially when it is done as beautifully as this :)

  • Michellan 5 years ago

    They look great.. love the black & white!

  • Jen 5 years ago

    Wonderful craft, wonderful lady.

  • Zenna 5 years ago

    I seriously need a kick up the craft butt and this could be just the thing!

  • Wendy 5 years ago

    WOW … what a great kit … haven’t done cross stitch for years … what a come back that would be to do it again …Thank you for your great free offer …

  • Narelle 5 years ago

    Would be a lovely way to spend one of these wintery nights

  • lucy 5 years ago

    Gorgeous … more crafting please!

  • Little rock 5 years ago

    Cool words, fonts and cross stitch.
    Really nice blend of ideas.

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