Important - COVID-19 SHIPPING UPDATE!
21st December 2020
Many countries have begun a ban on travel and shipping from the UK due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the south of England. This situation may vary over the next few weeks. It will affect international shipping times, because most Air Mail is carried by passenger services.
If you order from overseas now, including from Northern Ireland, there will be siginificant delays.
I will update this page as soon as I have more information.
My regular shipping rates are shown below. Please allow slightly longer for all shipping at the moment. Royal Mail International prices increased on 1st July 2020.
Shipping (flat rate) will be added at checkout.
UK - £3.20 (Royal Mail Second Class 2 - 3 working days*). If I'm a bit delayed sending things out, I'll upgrade parcels to first class (UK only).
International parcels are based on an approximate shipping weight of 750g. To put this in context, the weight of one of my books is 620g, plus the weight of the cardboard book mailer and outer packaging. Some of the books on my website are thin enough to be classed as a 'Large Letter', but as soon as the parcel is more than 1in (2.5mm) thick, it is classed as a parcel, and rates go up, so my international flat rate postage rates are based between the 'Large Letter' and 'Parcel' rates.
Europe - £13 (Royal Mail Air Mail Tracked and Signed 3 -5 working days*)
World Zone 1 - £16.50 (Royal Mail Air Mail Tracked and Signed 6 - 9 working days*)
World Zone 2 - £17.00 (Royal Mail Air Mail Tracked and Signed 6 - 9 working days*)
World Zone 3 (USA only) - £21.50 (Royal Mail Air Mail Tracked and Signed 6 - 9 working days*)
I send using tracked and/or signed for services (tracked and signed isn't available to all countries e.g. Australia, where it is one or the other, so I'm going for tracked!)
Check your shipping zone here.
You can read the Royal Mail's overseas shipping charges here.
*From date of postage. All international shipping may take longer at present, due to COVID-19 restrictions in various countries, which can change at short notice.
Postage stays the same, for domestic and international shipping, no matter how much you buy!
Shipping costs also cover the costs of packaging, including cardboard book mailers, and driving to the post office.
Unlike some online stores, I don't send any orders out using private delivery services, like Hermes, as these don't have a good reputation (in the UK at least) for taking care of parcels and, if something does go wrong, it can be a nightmare to claim compensation.
I get proof of postage for all parcels.
Please be aware that UK Bank Holidays can delay our postal services! Click here for UK Bank Holiday dates. Also mail will slow down in the approach to Christmas - last posting dates for Christmas 2020 are here.
Some Royal Mail UK deliveries for Saturdays have been cancelled.
KANSAS, USA - If you are a resident of Kansas, USA, please note I can no longer ship direct to your state. Due to the new internet sales tax laws starting in November 2019, all other states have a high threshold ($100,000+) before internet sellers anywhere in the world have to start charging and remitting internet sales tax to individual USA states. However, Kansas has no sales threshold, so even if I sold one itty bitty skein of thread by mail order to someone in Kansas, I'd have to start filling in state tax forms. As I am a very small businesses and cannot do the admin required to start collecting and remitting tax to individual USA states from sales on my website, I am sorry but I will be unable to ship to Kansas in future. Remember the saying 'No taxation without representation?'
All my parcels are packed in distinctive floral mailing bags, which are recyclable at plastic bag recycling stations.
I don't use padded envelopes because they are difficult to recycle.
I don't use extra tissue paper, ribbons etc. or decorative packaging because it just adds to waste.
Books and patterns are packed in cardboard mailing envelopes to keep them flat, then packed in mailing bags.
Where bubblewrap is necessary, I use packaging recycled from my deliveries from Japan.
I also reuse some of the plastic bags the threads arrive in, and the small cardboard boxes used to pack the 80m threads are great for keeping needles flat.
Needles may also be slipped inside the sashiko panel packets, as this helps protect them.
Scotch 'Magic Tape', a fully removeable tape, is used to fasten packets together inside the mailing bags, to stop them sliding around in the post.