If you follow this blog, you know that I have been having a hard time finding certain items. I am so used to the complete needlework shops that have all the necessary items, plus spoiled by stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby where you can find everything you need for embellishments. Here in Finland, we used have a small chain called Tiimari. We even had one in our small town. I can get basics like jump rings and eye pins but it is a VERY limited selection and well, expensive. For example the magnets I use for my witty little message magnets. I found 6 of them for 2 euros, or about 60 cents EACH. I used to get my magnets at Wal-Mart for about 8 cents each. Tiimari closed and it left me looking for my findings. Many smaller shops started carrying supplies which helps tremendouslyI am still looking for sources on this before I resort to mail order. As I told my husband, at least I know where to get them.
But, I needed some other items to complete my tiny stitching. There is this place called HelmiQ near Tampere (the next large town to our east) that has a lovely website. So, I decided to try them. I put an order in on Saturday the 23rd for findings and beads. We got the payment request on Monday and sent it back. My package arrived today, complete!! I didn’t request any special handling or pay for rush postage. From the time we sent the payment information in to the package arriving was less than 48 hours!!! GREAT selection, outstanding service too. I will definitely be back to shop there and will make a road trip soon too.
They do ship international, folks… and they do have an English version of their website.