Lurker here Is this thread still current? I'm in Leeds and would love to meet up with any other Leeds craftsters (sorry rest of North East England, but I don't have a car). Anyone interested lemme know!
Definitely feel your pain with the canvas. My fingertips on my right hand are so callused from stitching on canvas you'd think I was some crazy badass guitar player! The sublime stitching totes are softer than the ones found at Hobby Lobby and Michaels but alas, they do tend to wear out a litter faster. What to do, what to do?