Data Protection

Data Protection, Privacy and Cookie Policy: 

When you shop at ‘A Thread & A Thought Ltd’ via our web site ( you trust us with the information you provide us with.

This Cookie and Privacy Policy explains what information we collect and how we use it.

We are committed to protecting your privacy and to complying with the (GDPR) General Protection Data Regulations.

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register and place an order on our web site or when you contact us by email or telephone.

When ordering or registering an account online, we may ask you for your name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, credit card information or other information.

We also collect information about gift vouchers so that we can fulfil the gift purchase.

Like many websites, we use “cookies” to enhance your experience and gather information about visitors and visits to our website. Please refer to the “Do we use ‘cookies’?” section below for information about cookies and how we use them.

Lawful Basis for Collecting Information

We collect customer data for the following reasons:

– For the purpose of fulfilling an order or enquiry and for providing services that customers have requested.
– For traceability and in case we need to contact a customer regarding a product or product recall.

– To comply with legislation where we are required to keep records for 7 years.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information provided by you in a variety of ways, including:

– To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.

– To quickly process your transactions.
– To answer your questions or provide you with information you have requested.
– To process your order or manage your account.
– Supplying your address, email and/or telephone number to delivery companies as required to effectively deliver your order.
– To assist with any queries if you have begun to process an online order but have experienced issues completing it.
– To provide a more personalised online experience by showing you the most relevant products and offers.
– To keep track of sales and enquiries.
– To contact you for your views on our products and services.

Mailing list:

We use Mail Chimp as our mailing list provider. They have their own ‘code of practice’, which strictly adheres to GDPR. – You can join our mailing list using the link boxes provided on our website.

– You will not be sent mailshots unless you sign up to the mailing list in this way or have signed up previously via a hand-written form or by email request.

– If you do sign up for the mailing list, we will retain your data to allow us to send updates on any aspect of our business which we feel may be of interest to you such as new products, classes, exhibitions etc.

– You can opt out of the mailing list at any time.

– Under no circumstances are customers added to our mailing list without their explicit consent requesting to do so.

How do we protect visitor information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information. Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems and are required to keep the information confidential. When you place orders or access your personal information online, we offer the use of a secure server. All sensitive/credit information you supply is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our databases to be only accessed as stated above.

Do we use “cookies”?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow), that enables the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to assist to remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We contract with third-party service providers such as ‘Google Analytics’ and ‘Add This’, both offering statistical data services to better help us run our business by understanding our site visitors. These cookies collect IP addresses, operating system and browser information. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf, except to help us conduct and improve our business. These third-party services have separate and independent privacy policies.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You can do this through your browser’s (such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser ‘Help’ menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you decide turn cookies off, you won’t have access to many features that make your site experience with us more efficient and some of our services will not function properly. However, you may still place orders over the telephone or by contacting us via email or letter.

Do we disclose the information we collect to outside parties?

We DO NOT sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information, with the exception of where this process is required to service your requirements. Exceptions include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you (such us delivery companies), so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe it is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.

How can you opt-out, remove or modify information you have provided to us?

Our customers who have set up online accounts, can log-in to the ‘My Account’ of the online shop to amend their personal information.

Our customers are able to ‘opt-out’ of our mailing list in several ways:

– On every marketing email that is sent, there is an unsubscribe option at the bottom of the page.

– Alternatively, customers may reply to these emails with the words ‘REMOVE FROM MAILING LIST’ in the subject line. In these instances, customers names will be removed manually within 3 days.
– Customers may also write to us directly asking to have them names removed from the mailing list. In these instances, customers names will be removed manually within 3 days.

Your Rights

You may request details of the personal information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of it, please write to us by letter. We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. Therefore, if you think any information we hold about you is incorrect or incomplete, please email or write to us as soon as possible so we can update our records. If you have set up an online account you can always update your details in the account settings.

Changes to our policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page. Policy changes will apply only to information collected after the date of the change. This policy was last modified on 30th September 2019.

Questions and feedback

We welcome your questions, comments, and concerns about privacy. Please send us any and all feedback pertaining to privacy, or any other issue to

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website.

Your consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.