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 may upgrade parcels to first class (UK only). UK shipping is based on the Small Parcel rate.
International SHIPPING IS BACK!
Royal Mail's international shipping rates increased on 1st January, reflecting the heavy increases in costs this year.
International flat rate shipping is based on an average weight of 750g Small Parcel, Tracked (and Signed For, where both options are available) - click on the region link to view Royal Mail's lists of countries.
Europe - £13.15
World Zone 1 - £19.00
World Zone 2 - £21.60 (includes Australia and New Zealand)
World Zone 3 - £22.85 (USA)
All overseas parcels are based on a 750g weight Small Parcel size, which is equal to the weight of one book and some materials. NB - This is a flat rate.
Customers continue to be responsible for payment of any Customs Duties and/or import taxes that may be due before parcels can be delivered in their country.
NB - from 1st January 2021, customers in the EU will have to pay VAT plus customs duties as follows - please read this link -
Under €22 – no duties or VAT
€22 – €150 – charge of 21% VAT
€150+ – duties and VAT (duties dependent on WTO categories)
Brexit has changed the amount of information I will need to supply for Customs, and Customs forms have to be attached to all EU mail as well as other overseas mail. At the moment it is not clear whether there will be Customs duties and VAT payable by customers on orders to the EU, including Northern Ireland, or not, although excessive trade tariffs seem to have been avoided.
'Flat Rate' shipping stays the same no matter how much you buy!
Please remember, 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.
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.