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Nora Corbett's 2008 Annual Christmas Tree! from Mirabilia Designs - click to see more Nora Corbett's 2008 Annual Christmas Tree!
from Mirabilia Designs
We are treated to our third extra-specially festive Christmas Tree this week... designed by Nora Corbett of Mirabilia Designs. A lovely confection of rose, aqua, apple green, and teals, all the flosses, metallics and beads coordinate in this awesome piece! VERY fresh, unique, new and young Christmas colors... the tree is still very traditional in flavor. I love all the elongated 'glass' ornaments on there... that graceful, long shape that my mom's tree had so much of... ( I have only a few of her ornaments left, that are tarnished and partially broken... but I love them anyway!)

Offered as a kit, this includes 12 complete skeins of Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses, various sizes of Mill Hill beads(size 8 and 14), 3 spools of Kreinik #4 Braid metallics, a rainbow crystal heart for the topper, and 28 rainbow crystal rondele embellishments to scatter amidst the tree branches. All you add is the fabric, and your stitching fingers! VERY well done... the colors are dreamy!!!

Christmas Kisses from Dimples Designs - click to see more Christmas Kisses from Dimples Designs
Terrence Nolan of Dimples Designs has treated The Silver Needle to a *LOVELY* vintage Christmas design -- his adaptation of a turn-of-the-century Christmas card! My words can't describe how beautiful this piece is 'in person.' It is stitched in DMC flosses -- 90 different colors -- with gold metallic blending filament and #4 braid accenting the border and 'A Joyful Christmas' lettering. The piece is solid stitching, so fabric choice is really personal preference.

Offered in chart form -- the 358 x 212 piece finishes 22 x 13 if you stitch it on 32ct linen. There is a full kit available, which includes 22ct Antique White Hardanger... making the finished piece approx 16 x 10. All the flosses are pre-sorted and beautifully tied onto numbered palettes in the kit -- almost too pretty to open and use!!! (actually, a very good value, too!) I just love the 'flavor' of this design. The shading is exquisite, there is so much depth, it's such a timeless classic! Thank-You, Terrence for our Christmas Kisses Exclusive Premier!!!

Gifts to You from Homespun Elegance - click to see more Gifts to You
from Homespun EleganceHomespun Elegance has a new Cinnamon Stick Design, and this year, it's Santa, stitched in tons of pretty threads on 10ct Tula! Calling for Weeks #5 Perle Cottons, Rainbow Gallery's Wisper for the fur and beard, and lots of flosses, he finishes an impressive 10 x 13... so he makes a generously-sized pillow! Santa's gift list is for a lucky stitcher. It reads, Samplers to Stitch, Sweaters to Knit, Rugs to Hook, and Quilts to Piece.

Offered as a chart, we have all the cute embellishments (a wooden spool on here, some tiny scissors, brass buttons, etc) included, as well. Very cute, this one BELONGS in the home of every stitcher!!!!

Roses for St Nicholas Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view Yuletide Ivy Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view Sugarplum Violets Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view Cranberry Plaid Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view Christmas Soldiers Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view
Burgundy Bouquet Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view Victor's Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view Angel Stocking from Just Nan - click for a larger view The Just Nan Stocking Collection

I just want to highlight -- in one place on our site -- Nan's lovely collection of Christmas Stockings. Each have been annual releases, and cover 8 years! Timeless designs, each is prettier than the last. Lots of horizontal bands, pretty stitches, beads and crystals, you'll notice that the top bands do not feature names. If you like, you can add that to the top of each... but I like that small tag that can hang off the side... a really classy way to announce the owner!

The Angel Stocking features a center area that will fit ANY of Nan's 15 Annual Angels... so you have LOTS of choices for this one! (You could stitch the whole family angels, using the same main stocking design. This leaflet includes one angel design.)

Little Victor -- Nan's first grandson -- arrived almost 5 years ago, and his stocking does differ from the rest. He has that darling teddy bear, and lots of tiny motifs from Nan's other Christmas designs! More color for Victor -- he IS kind of a bold little personality -- so he deserves to be different from the rest!

Anyway, quite an eye-catching collection of elegant stockings, totally different from the usual whimsical stockings available... stunning hanging from an elegant, traditional mantle! Each is offered as the leaflet with embellishments.

By The Chimney from Prairie Schooler -- click to see more By The Chimney from Prairie SchoolerThe Prairie Schooler presents their 4th annual Santa kit! (no... the small annual card #25 for 2008 is NOT here yet... we'll let you know when it comes!) Designed for Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses... each year, these are stitched on 28ct Natural Linen, and finish approx 5 x 8. This year's limited edition design is stitched with Cupid, 3 skeins of Blackbird, 2 skeins of Spinach, and one each of Magnolia Blossom and Rosy Glow.

I love the scene... I think this is the best of the 4 designs so far!!! Offered as the chart, linen and flosses, we do still have 2005, 06 and 07 available. They are limited in production, so I don't know how long the previous designs will be offered to us. THIS ONE IS CUTE!!!


The Christmas Needlework Shop and Holiday Carols! from Mill Hill - click to see more

The Christmas Needlework Shop and Holiday Carols! from Mill HillMill Hill has released the 2008 set of Christmas Button & Bead kits... we've been treated to these for years and years, and this set is one of the BEST! We have two new additions to the 12-pc Christmas Village Series -- Carolers and the Needlework Shop! The four new Carols are stunning!!! Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Silent Night and Joy to the World are very eye-catching, and so full of bold design element.

Wonderful color, the words are plain, each design is full of pretty stitch and bead detail... and I think you could even stitch the middles of each design as individual ornaments! Always offered as complete kits of 14ct perforated paper, the chart, flosses, lots of beads and a Mill Hill hand-made button, each finishes approx 5 x 5. Our shop models will be presented on 28ct linen, like always, so we've chosen fabric colors that match the original paper background colors. You're going to need all of these!!!

Nutcracker Ballet from Mill Hill - click to see more

Presenting the Nutcracker Ballet! from Mill HillMill Hill has released a wonderful set of 6 small ornament-sized beaded and stitched decorations for Christmas! Celebrating the Nutcracker Ballet... each 3 x 4-1/2 ornament is stitched on 14ct perforated paper with DMC flosses and Mill Hill beads. Offered as individual kits, we have Uncle Drosselmayer, Clara, The Mouse King, The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Fairy and The Prince.

Stitch just one or two, or all six for your tree.. they'd be kind of fun hanging in the same general area. They don't use any metallic threads, and I personally think there are lots of places that you could add some -- just for fun. See what threads you have in your stash, and get to work! Think about stitching a whole army of Nutcrackers -- you could change uniform colors. Think about stitching the Sugar Plum Fairy for all the little girls in a dance class! This is a timeless set of great little ornaments! Offered as complete kits of chart, perforated paper, flosses, beads and glass Treasure embellishment!

Christmas Eve Couriers Rudolph from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers Prancer from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers Comet from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers Donner from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers Dancer from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers Blitzen from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers Vixen from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers Cupid from Mirabilia -- click to see more
Christmas Eve Couriers Santa's Sleigh from Mirabilia -- click to see moreChristmas Eve Couriers Dasher from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Eve Couriers from MirabiliaMay we present a most charming set of Santa's Reindeer??? By Mirabilia's Nora Corbett, this is an exquisite set of 8 charts -- each of one of Santa's devoted reindeer -- dressed and ready for Christmas Eve's Special Deliveries!!! 'On Dasher, On Dancer, On Prancer and Vixen... On Comet, On Cupid, On Donner and Blitzen...' Comet, Prancer finish the set!

Nora has designed this lovely set of reindeer, that each share the same stitch count, so therefore, the same finished size of approx 5 x 6-1/4 on 32ct. Beautiful DMC colors, each features some Rainbow Gallery Wisper thread -- for deer tails, bits of metallic, and Mill Hill glass beads and treasure embellishments for some extra sparkle! Choose Twilight Blue as your fabric... we have it in several counts.

The little reindeer are colorful and charming... very festive! In my minds eye, I see Dasher and Donner as a set, Dancer and Blitzen as a pair -- because of their trees, and Vixen and Cupid together. Of course, you can choose any that you want, and certainly all 8! They are elegant... wouldn't they be pretty pillows on your chairs this year? Offered as charts with embellishments (intact packages of the beads, treasures and whole spools of the metallics) offered separately. Just put your cursor over each image to see its name.

A Quaker Christmas Offered by ByGone Stitches -- click to see moreA Quaker Christmas from ByGone Stitches
Offered by ByGone Stitches, we are treated to this decidedly intricate Quaker-inspired spot motif sampler... with a bit of Christmas tossed in! Available in chart format, the whole piece measures approx 20 x 13 on 32ct, and is worked in only three colors of overdyed threads.

Now... study this a bit. The chart is very clearly done... you'll probably want to highlight the three different colors with highlighters. Next... realize that this has potential to be a family sampler... by simply changing the JOY, PEACE, and NOEL words and various scattered letters to those that have significance in your family. It doesn't have to be 'Christmas' if that's not a goal in your decorating scheme, or stitching schedule!

The design is awesome -- such great balance and symmetry -- especially for a spot-motif piece -- it's just elegant! As is, it calls for 20 skeins of Crescent's Balsam Fir, 2 skeins of Cupid and 1 of Ye Old Gold. Look at your decor, choosing your favorite green, a touch of red and gold... and order enough thread at the onset to finish this! All crosses, offered as the chart... this is stunning!

Big Mama Claus from Amy Bruecken Designs - click to see more Big Mama Claus from Amy Bruecken Designs
Here's Big Nick's Main Squeeze -- Big Mama!!! This is a darling companion to Big Nick -- published by Sisters & Best Friends. AB Designs is half of 'Sisters'... who are still *sisters* and *best friends*... just not a team of designers anymore. They each have their own company... so now its kind of fun to look back at the Sisters Page, and guess who really was behind which design!!!

Anyway, here's Big Mama... waiting for her man with a big 'ole Christmas Pudding on her lap! Check out the reindeer slippers! There are more snowmen you can see through the window in the background, and even though the wallpaper is the same... the friends in the room have changed. Offered as the chart with lots of fun bead embellishments, she measures approx 12 x 12 on 28ct. Pretty colors... lots of visual impact!!!

Come from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Come
from Shepherd's BushA little angel-shepherd on her Christmas Journey... Tina's tiny design for Christmas 2007 is stitched on 32ct Medieval Green in 9 shades of solid and hand-dyed silks. A deep grape, and lots of softer mauves, moss and buttermilk, the 3 x 4-ish design features a few easy stitches and a small yellow star embellishment.

Actually quite finish-able in time for Christmas... the complete kit contains the chart, linen, silks, needle and star. Three other designs have been released along with 'Come'... so check 'em out, too!

Better Homes & Gardens Heirloom Christmas Stockings

Snowy Friends Trio by Lorri Birmingham Designs.  Click to see all 9 stockings -- a big file!Holy Cow... This wonderful softcover compilation of nine of the most favored Christmas Stocking patterns EVER published... is available again!!! Originally appearing annually in Cross Stitch and Country Crafts Magazines beginning in the late 1980's... we were treated to a new stocking every year... for 10-12ish, years, I think... until the Magazine and publishing rights ceased. For a few years following, leaflets of the stockings were available... then they stopped. Then this particular book came out... and it went out of print shortly thereafter.

So, to make a long story short, this collection has been very hard to get -- all at one time -- for quite some time!!! Beautiful pictures, nice charts, all in 64 pages! Even if your stash already has some of these charts, get this book!!! You'll never be sorry you did! Each stocking is stitched on 25ct Lugana and measures approx 11 x 17, stitched in DMC flosses. Definitely family heirlooms, the nine featured are the Workshop, North Woods, Music Room, Kitchen, Home, Sugar and Spice, Stitcher's Studio, Toys & Games, and Study!!!

Michael Powell counted cross stitch -- click for a larger view European Villages

Artist Michael Powell has been charting his delightfully whimsical houses and village scenes for a few years now.. but is finally offering his creativity in chart form, rather than full kits... and we are THRILLED!

So many charming design elements in each piece... I love the snowcapped roofs of the Winter Village set, the cobblestones in the Summer Set, and the heart-shaped street lamps of the Venice Set!

Offered as charts, each finishes the same size, approx 7 x 8 on a 28ct. Stitched in whole crosses, what gives these so much flavor are the bright colors, and the displaced backstitch. You get lots of crooked little lines and shapes, lots of fun interest, lots of 'relaxing' buildings... I just love all of these!!! They fit my idea of the perfect little bustling European Village -- right out of a picture book!
Heirloom Nativity Sampler from The Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view
Heirloom Nativity Sampler
from The Victoria Sampler
An intricate Christmas sampler... this features lacy Whitework and a bit of Hardanger all tucked between bands of the Angels on High, the Shepherds Watching their Sheep, the Three Wise Men, and Jesus in the Manger. The story of Christmas is told band by band, stitched in silks and metallics on 28ct Smokey Pearl Cashel Linen.

Finishing approx 5 x 23... study the bands a bit... there are so many small border designs in this... each of the special scenes could be stitched by itself for a neat little stand-up... connect it all horizontally... it fits! Victoria Sampler is delivering another exquisite piece.

The *huge* Accessory Thread Pack is a 'Who's-Who' of silks, metallics and embellishments! Lovely charts, diagrams and stitches, it promises to spark lots of Christmas memories!

Christmas Tree 2007 from Mirabilia -- click to see more Christmas Tree 2007 from MirabiliaMirabilia has designed their second annual Christmas Tree... and it's truly lovely! An exquisite study in greens and whites, the beads are pretty, and the Crescent Colours look like a crispy, fresh caeser salad!!! 12 Doves decorate your 28ct Dirty Linen (sounds so nasty!) confection that finishes approx 8 x 12.

She describes this as a Blue Frasier Fir decorated with swirling snow, icy crystal forest branches and fluttery birds. The colors are so unexpected and restful -- so many shades of green. We think of nature as one color... till you study it for a minute! Yes... my caeser salad's lettuce has ALL these colors!!! Kit contains the chart, 6 packages of seed beads and 15 complete skeins of Crescent Colours overdyed flosses!

Donna Kooler's Ultimate Stocking Collection -- click to see a more Donna Kooler's Ultimate Stocking Collection
This is a 96-page softcover book with charts for 15 different Christmas Stockings by Linda Gillum, Barbara Baatz Hillman, Sandy Orton, and Nancy Rossi. You may not recognize the designer's names, but you'll know their work when you look at these cute designs! Darling and traditional, these are the kinds of designs that are timeless!

You get a variety of designs from religious, to snowglobes, The Night Before Christmas House, a Santa of the Forest, a Fisherman Santa, a Noah's Ark design, a Cat Stocking and a Dog one! There's an old fashioned piece of a girl sledding, a jolly snowman and Santa in his workshop, there's even a needleworker's stocking! All are beautifully photographed and clearly charted using DMC flosses. This book is a DEFINITE!!!

Holiday Harmony Kits from Mill Hill - click for more
Holiday Harmony Kits from Mill HillMill Hill has just released an AWESOME set of small bead kits -- all musical instruments -- perfect for your tree or small gifts! Each instrument measures approx 2-1/2 x 3, is stitched in floss and beads on perforated paper, and is trimmed with a brass embellishment. Choose between a Violin, French Horn, Mandolin, Harp, Drum and Trumpet. Stunning for tree ornaments, these would be perfect to give to so many people as small Christmas gifts, too! (Think of the choir director, and everyone else in your group!...and the music teacher... or the musician!)

Very traditional and elegant in feel, the colors feature rich browns, deep reds and greens, along with lots of glistening gold beads and metallics! Offered as complete kits of chart, needle, paper, flosses and metallics, beads and charms, these are really a bargain because of all the colors of threads and beads included! Lovely!

The Christmas Village in Buttons & Beads from Mill Hill - click for more
The Christmas Village in Buttons & Beads from Mill HillOh gosh... Mill Hill has designed 6 new houses to join last year's Village series of Button & Bead kits! These are DARLING!!! Offered as complete kit on 14ct brown perforated paper, loaded with beads, flosses and a ceramic button or two, last year's set was so popular... that I know this year's will be too! Stitch them all individually (we love to use 28ct Natural Linen) or stitch them together in a long strip... they are elegant!
  • Queen Anne has frosty blue colors and candles burning in all the windows.
  • Skating Pond is a 'break' in your village... it's part of the activity happening outside!
  • General Store has peppermint posts!
  • Apothecary is lit up -- might be a 24-hr pharmacy!
  • St Nicholas Cathedral is white and glisteny. Lots of white and ice beads in this one!
  • Village Bakery is closed... but it's sign is a delicious gingerbread man cookie!
  • Very well done... pick a few from last year, and add some from this year... and watch your tiny village grow and grow!

    2007 Appalachian Santas
    from Mill Hill2007 Appalachian Santa Kits from Mill Hill - click for moreEvery year, Mill Hill does 3 old-time Santa ornaments in simple cross stitch with a little bead embellishment. This is the 9th year to add to the set of Musical, Mountaineer, Polar... all of the previous 24 are pictured on our MH Kits pages. Stitched on 14ct Perforated Paper, each finishes approx 3 x 4-1/2, and makes a charming hand-made addition to any Christmas tree!

    Allegheny has a teddy bead in his sack, Blue Ridge is holding a racoon and Smoky Mountain features a cat.
    Simple, with Olde World appeal... we keep selling the first year's set just as much as the newer ones!!! They are an awfully good value, as well... maybe that's why!

    Christmas Tree 2006 from Mirabilia -- click to see lots more Christmas Tree 2006 from MirabiliaMirabilia has begun an annual set of Christmas Trees... this is the first! 'It sparkles red, green, and gold with boughs gloriously laden with ornaments and draped with strands of sparkling beads.' Offered as the Limited Edition chart with packages of 7 different Mill Hill glass beads, 2 different crystal rondele Treasures packages, two reels of Kreinik Blending Filament, and a Mill Hill glass star Treasure for the tree top, you add the linen -- a 13-1/2 x 17 Cut -- of 32ct Natural Belfast, and the DMC flosses.

    There are only nine colors of floss in this... it's just so full of glitz and charm... that it looks as though you've used 35 or 40!!! Finishing approx 7-1/2 x 11, this looks like it would be a lot of fun to stitch and 'decorate!'
    Christmas Village from Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view Christmas Village from Victoria Sampler
    I heard the bells on Christmas Day begins the verse of this charming piece... a bustling Christmas Village scene, full of white lace and snowy winter flavor! By The Victoria Sampler, this is so, so pretty... it's stitched mainly in cross stitches... and features snowflakes stitched in all sorts of permutations of Star and Eyelet Stitches. (That's because no snowflake is exactly like another, you know!)

    Stitched on 28ct Smokey Pearl Cashel Linen, the accessory pack features 22 different colors of silks, overdyed flosses, #4 metallic braid, and, more silks! The embellishments include seed beads, tiny pearls and star sequins, as well. Offered as the leaflet with accessory packs, our colors of silks have arrived!!! (So when you order, we'll have to send that pack in a few weeks. Don't know the price -- you'll have to be a bit brave with that!) Your busy Christmas Village finishes approx 16 x 10, and most surely will become a treasured Holiday Heirloom.

    Big Nick from Sisters & Best Friends -- click to see more Big Nick from Sisters & Best FriendsSisters & Best Friends' newest Big Santa... he goes with the other 4 they already have published! Packed FULL of bright, cheerful color, this year's Santa features beaded trim on his package and a beaded rope -- with Swarovski crystals -- that closes his bag. Check out the tiny mouse perched atop the kitty... all in front of the window!

    Offered as a leaflet with embellishment pack of beads, crystals, clay peppermint and holly, some stars and buttons, Big Nick measures approx 12 x 12 on 28ct, and is stitched in regular DMC flosses. I just love the colors and the shading... such a big puffy chair, such cute trees and that sack... and such a teeny little face on Nick! Charming!

    Punch Needle Embroidery -- 40 Folk Art Designs -- click to see lots more! Along For The Ride
    from Homespun EleganceHomespun Elegance's 2006 Snowman Ornament is actually pretty darn cute! Always a snowman, always offered as the chart with tiny embellishment of some sort... this year's features the snowman flying across the sky in a sleigh that looks remarkably like a reindeer!!! The cows (they always have square rear-ends!) in the front yard are really sheep... I read the directions!

    Finishing approx 3 x 4 on 28ct linen, you'll need the bits of overdyed and DMC flosses from your stash.

    Advent Calendar - click to see more Advent Calendar & Petite Ornamentals
    from JBW Designs
    JBW has released the neatest set of tiny ornament designs that all fit into one gigantic Advent Calendar design! So, so many options with this great set of designs... the main piece features a huge border surrounding all the tiny 2 x 2-ish ornamental squares that Velcro onto their corresponding date. (You could leave off all those date numbers as one of the options.)
    The main calendar finishes approx 19 x 13 stitched on a cream or white Cashel Linen. Each individual ornament finishes a bit smaller than 2 x 2.There are several other options for everything, as shown in the pictures. Think about the individual cranberry velveteen tie pillows -- they measure 5 x 5. Then, there is a red, green and black flange pillow -- approx 7 x 12 -- that fits three ornament designs with part of that pretty main border.
    What about finishing the ornaments individually any number of ways?
    The sky's the limit with this!

    Offered as the set of all charts and finishing ideas, there is an embellishment package included that features 5 different colors of glass seed beads, and 22 different tiny charms and buttons! It will stitch the entire set of ornaments. Very well done... this'll take a bit of 'studying' to choose your favorite options! (That's why I haven't quoted fabrics here.) (and...I'm happy to say that our Mona did all the ornament finishing... and Celia stitched some of the cover models!)
    JBW has 4 other small designs that are new... visit our pages to get a peek!

    Ariel from Just Nan -- click to see lots more Ariel
    from Just Nan
    Just Nan has released her 15th angel... and this time... we have a border that surrounds Ariel, and all of her predecessors! Offered as a leaflet, Ariel is the same petite and delicate angel Nan has always designed for us.

    Her border is universal to the rest of the angels, and the leaflet supplies color conversions for highlights in that border, so it will compliment the angel of your choice!!! Ariel is also another angel option for the center of Nan's Angel Stocking design!

    Lizzie Kate Love #46 Flip-it Lizzie Kate Friends #47 Flip-it Lizzie Kate Hope #48 Flip-it Lizzie Kate Charity #49 Flip-it Lizzie Kate Song #51 Flip-it Song #51 Flip-it Giving #52 Flip-it Caring F53 from Lizzie Kate Family F54 from Lizzie Kate Faith F55 from Lizzie Kate Home F56 from Lizzie Kate Peace F57 from Lizzie Kate 2006 Christmas Club Flip-Its Lizzie Kate Christmas Blessings Wool Pack
    2006 Christmas Club Flip-Its

    This is a delightfully charming set of 12 small ornaments... all offered in individual charts... all finishing the same size... and all reminding us of the many Blessings of Christmas! Each design finishes a petite 2 x 2, and is shown 'framed' in a 'mat' of Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed wool.

    A no-sew finishing technique, you can hang these on a small tree, your larger Christmas tree, little drawer pulls where-ever... or on the cute old-fashioned white brush tree from Lizzie Kate! Each design is stitched in bits of overdyed threads, and comes with it's own tiny brass embellishment. Notice the micro-buttons on the wool... we have a pack of those available, as well, so your whole set can look just as cute as these!

    Winter Wind -- click to see lots more Winter Wind from Prairie Schooler
    'The birds are gone, the ground is white... the winds are wild.. they chill and bite!' Yikes! Again, Prairie Schooler's 4-1/2 x 9-1/2 inch sampler is offered with a fun companion piece of winter motifs. Check out the groundhog!! His little block is warning us we have 6 more weeks to wait!!! Absolutely charming!
    You might want a deep red for the ornament backs, or green or brown... (The 'reserve list' is for shipment later this year on the yet-unreleased Spring and Summer Companion leaflets!)

    Christmas Day -- click to see lots more Christmas Day from Prairie Schooler
    Five more ornament-sized Holiday motifs are gathered together in the Christmas Sampler version of Prairie Schooler's new set of Foursomes!

    The partridge is cute, the snowmen are, too... I like the way each comes to the very edge of the design. It fills up your ornament... you know if you do those individual squares over one on 32ct, they will measure only a teeny-weeny INCH in size!!! How cool is that?!

    Good Saint Nick -- click to see lots more Good Saint Nick from Prairie Schooler
    'Up on the housetop click-click-click, Down thru the chimney with good Saint Nick.' The 4th in the new Prairie Schooler Foursome set of designs... this features the main sampler the same size as the Autumn, Winter and Christmas designs... but its foursome of Santas finishes slightly larger (5 x 7) than the others.

    Same great PS colors, I really like that portion at the bottom of the main piece... you could taker that out and just stitch IT! ... or the Santa at the top coming out of the chimney!

    The 2006 Prairie Schooler Santa is Here -- click to see lots more The 2006 Santa is Here! from Prairie Schooler
    The 23 Annual little Santa card has arrived... and this year our Man-of-the-Season is sewing stockings! In the same small card format as every other year, same color scheme, this year's is a charming addition to the set! We have all the rest of the previous designs available... STILL!

    Prairie Schooler has re-printed past years in a 9 x 12 format with 4 years of Santas together, as they have run out of the single cards... so you may have to double up on one of two to get the whole 23 year set. Over the years, we've seen these done into Afghans, bell pulls... you name it. Kind of special remembrance for me, personally... Prairie Schooler was a new designer at the second Market I ever attended, in Atlanta, in the Summer of 1984. They created quite a stir... and introduced their first Santa card at that show!

    Also of note, are the two Limited Edition Santa Kits that Prairie Schooler began last year. Both are currently available -- they are offered as the design along with complete skeins of Crescent Colors hand-dyed flosses, linen and needle. A special thing for PS simply because they have always used a DMC color palette... both the 2005 and 2006 Santas remind me of those in Good Saint Nick!

    Santa's Tree Punch Needle from Teresa Kogut -- click to see a larger view Santa's Tree
    from Teresa Kogut
    Finishing approx 4 x 4, this is stamped onto very dark and distressed Weaver's cloth, so if you leave a bit of border showing... it'll look old and neat. Santa takes 15 skeins of Weeks overdyeds -- lots of deep reds and greens!

    Teresa Kogut is a new addition to our Punch Needle Department! Her designs have such personality... you can just 'hear' what all the characters are saying in her pieces! Be sure to check out the rest!

    Watchful Angel from Homespun Elegance -- click to see more Watchful Angel
    from Homespun Elegance
    Homespun Elegance's 2006 Sampler Ornament, this year's design features the watchful angel above in the sky... a cool big golden star in the background of the house, a Colonial Knotted wreath on the front door, and a little knotted wooly sheep! Offered as the chart with angel charm, this finishes approx 3 x 3-3/4 on 28ct.

    We still have some 2005 and 2004 ornaments on our Homespun Elegance page... and quite a smattered collection of previous year's ornament designs... but you'll need to call with availability on those... too much to list in an e-mail -- and the selection changes all the time!
    Winter Snapperland Banner - click to see more Walking in a Winter Snapperland
    or... as we call it: "Chillville!"

    from Bent CreekThe Chalet is first in Bent Creek's set of 2006 Snappers entitled 'Walking in a Winter Snapperland'... we at the Silver Needle are affectionately (and thus shortening the name) calling this new set "Chillville!" A new set of 4 small card Snapper patterns, The Chalet is the first of the designs. Charming and cozy stitched just by itself... Chalet is the first panel of the main design that's tied together with a freebie border chart supplied to us by Bent Creek. The border is similar to Snapperville, and says 'One kind word can warm the three winter months...'

    The embellishment pack contains the extra snaps, snowflake buttons and a white winter bird. Stitched individually, each card's design will measure approx 3 x 3. Stitched with the surrounding border, the entire piece will measure approx 5 x 17.

    Now... we are beginning a new auto-ship for this set of "Chillville's" 4 patterns. You'll receive The Chalet, the fabric cut, the embellishment pack, (no price as of my words this morning) and border chart with your first shipment. The other three will just contain the cards. Anyhow... join the auto.. this is going to be CUTE!!! The Winter Chillville fabric cut is actually a 1/6 yd piece of linen measuring 12 x 27, slightly larger than 3 inches of allowance of each side... but economical to cut!

    Dear Santa from Prairie Schooler -- click to see more Dear Santa from Prairie Schooler
    The 2006 Limited Edition Santa kit by Prairie Schooler has arrived! Only the second in the set (so you really aren't behind yet!), he is offered as a complete kit of 28ct Natural Linen, the chart and needles, and 6 complete skeins of Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses. Finishing approx 5 x 8... Dear Santa is full of Prairie Schooler's timeless balance and primitive flavor. Deep reds and greens... some brighter cremes and more greens... something about PS's Santa designs defies dates -- they never seem to look 'yucky-old!'... just 'wonderful-old!'

    Check out last year's Here Comes Santa Claus... same colors, same size... we can still get him! (The annual small Prairie Schooler Santa card usually releases July 4th Weekend... THIS is a different guy!)

    Let Us Be Thankful Row from Bent Creek -- click to see more! Happy Christmas Row from Bent Creek
    Happy Christmas to All! Bent Creek's newest holiday greeting is offered in leaflet format, with the darling clay embellishments, as an additional treat! Stitched on 32ct linen in Weeks Brick, Rum Raisin, Bark and Juniper, along with Dried Thyme Sampler Threads, it measures approx 2 x 17. The clay buttons are especially festive this time around, because there are so many new ones included! There are some awesome trees, a 'swirly thing' and ornaments, a cookie and a swirled candle -- real, real cute!

    The Christmas Elf Fairy from Mirabilia -- click to see lots more! The Christmas Elf Fairy from Mirabilia
    This is a special edition kit designed by Mirabilia's Nora Corbett, that depicts a delicate, feminine Holiday fairy! The pattern description reads, "...cute as a snowflake and sweet as a candy cane. She wears a coat of red velvet and snowy fur with pearl studded black patent boots. She is the first of six limited edition designs by Nora Corbett (for Hoffman distributing -- one of our suppliers) and showcases the gorgeous hand-dyed floss by Crescent Colours."

    The complete kit contains the pattern, complete packages of Mill Hill beads, Rainbow Gallery Wisper, 11 5yd skeins of Crescent Colours overdyed floss, an 11 x 14 cut of 32ct Natural Belfast linen, and a bit of Kreinik #4 Braid. She finishes approx 5-1/2 x 8, and is just lovely!

    Homespun Elegance 2005 Oh Holy Night Ornament -- click to see lots more!Homespun Elegance 2005 Jumping Flakes Ornament
    2005 Ornaments
    from Homespun Elegance
    This year's editions to the annual ornament collection, HE is offering two charts as companions to all their previous ornament designs! Jumping Flakes features a juggling snowman, and Oh Holy Night is a small Nativity piece. Stitched over two on 28ct, these measure approx 2-1/2 x 3-1/2... but they look AWESOME over one thread, as well! Simple cross stitches, pretty overdyeds... just really nice, classic additions to your Christmas Tree! Each is offered as the chart, with tiny brass embellishment.
    Mill Hill Polar Santa Ornament MHPS19 Snow Drift Santa Kit Polar Santa Ornaments from Mill Hill
    The seventh annual set of three paper Santa Ornaments has been released! We've had 18 so far... and these three bring the set to 21! Always finishing approx 3 x 5 on perforated paper, and stitched with DMC flosses, these feature very few bead embellishments, and always a 3-D beard treatment! Offered as complete kits of pattern, paper, flosses and beads, they've stood the test of time... and just keep selling all year long! Very good looking on a Santa Christmas tree!!! Browse the the Mill Hill pages to see all the other sets in this series!
    Mill Hill Charmed Mitten MHCM49 Patchwork Holiday Charmed Mittens from Mill Hill
    The 2005 set of miniature mitten ornaments has arrived! This year's set is stitched on red, green and brown perforated paper for a splash of new color! (Look closely at the very edge of each design... you can tell which color of paper each uses.) Cute, cute...lots of teeny beads and a gold charm or white snowflake embellishment, these look really nice on the Christmas tree... because they're a nice size. Finishing approx 2 x 3... check out some of the previous sets from years past, too!

    Mitten Games from Crossed Wing Collection
    What a charming winter scene!!! Reminiscent of Crossed Wing's Frosty Feast design, this is a detailed, shaded snowman, complete with a wooly green scarf and hat set. His faithful companions, the dog and bird, are stitched with just as much detail and color shading as he. Crossed Wing really has a flair for the realistic, and this design is full of that flair and has fantastic winter charm!!! Finishing approx 4 x 5 on Snow Squall Linen, Mitten Games is offered as a chart, with linen separately.

    Mitten Games by Crossed Wing -- click for more

    2000 Years Ago
    from Shepherd's Bush
    2000 Years Ago -- click for more2000 Years ago, the Angels sang, Shepherds watched, and Wise Men came. This leaflet is a compilation of the consecutive set of Shepherd's Bush ornaments that have appeared in previously published Just Cross Stitch Magazine Annual Ornament Issues! Now out of print, the designs have been released back to SB, and are now here as the set... and sooo endearing! Stitch each individually, or stitch the set.

    These are full of Shepherd's Bush charm and color. Each does feature a delicate sterling charm... and you'll probably want all those, too! 2000 Years features the Shepherd's Crook charm. Angels Sang features the horn. Shepherd's Watch has a darling lamb, and Wise Men Came features a tiny Arabian-looking lamp! Each ornament is stitched on 32ct Linen, and has been 'digitally remastered' to include overdyed threads that weren't originally called for !!! Verrrry nice!
    Snowman and Holiday Home Stockings
    from Bent Creek

    These are two of seven new releases by Bent Creek! Snowman Stocking joins Holiday Home as Bent Creek's first two stocking patterns. Stitched on 18ct Natural linen in frosty shades of Oatmeal, Shaker White, Lavender Potpourri, Old Blue Paint, and woodsey tones of Chestnut and Bark along with a few other wintery overdyed flosses, the stockings finish approx 11 x 16-ish inches! Embellished with clay buttons, the leaflets contain an alphabet for personalization. The fabric cut we're offering is large enough for one stocking and enough extra to add a bit of length, if you wish, and you may want more than one skein of some of the threads! Cute and blustery...

    Snowman and Holiday Home Stockings by Bent Creek -- click to see the rest of the new designs!


    12 Days of Christmas & Gingerbread
    from Hinzeit
    Two Holiday designs that have so much flavor!!! Each is available as a chart with all the charm embellishments shown, included in the pack. 12 Days of Christmas features tiny casted charms that follow the verses of the popular song! Both finish approx 3 x 13. Hinzeit has quite a collection of designs like these... make sure you see the rest!

    12 Days of Christmas by Hinzeit -- click to see lots more new designs

    Gingerbread by Hinzeit -- click to see lots more new designs

    Heirloom Christmas Sampler
    from The Victoria Sampler
    In three sentences or less... I was going to try to tell you how breathtaking beautiful this creation is! But it's indescribable!!! Stitched on 28ct Platinum Linen in your choice of a teal, blueberry and mauve color scheme, or cranberry and deep greens, this sampler finishes approx 5 x 23 inches. Available as the leaflet with your choice of thread colors and yummy bead and pearl embellishments, it features a fantastic selection of beautiful stitches. The tree at the top is so elegant... and all the bands below are full of lacy stitches, Holiday greenery, and the verse "Sing the joy of Christmas, Of peace that never ends, share the love within your heart, With family and friends." The bulging accessory packs include all your necessary silks and overdyed flosses, metallic #4 Braid and the silk ribbons. The bead embellishments are tiny Mother-of-Pearl stars, Pearl disk beads and wonderful colors of Mill Hill and SJ glass seed beads. Excellent, clear instructions with enlarged photos, as well! Choose the pattern and one accessory pack for the piece. (unless you can't decide... then get both color packs!!!)

    Heirloom Christmas Sampler by The Victoria Sampler -- click to see a larger view


    Bethlehem Christmas & Santa's Christmas
    from Shepherd's BushTwo charming Merry Christmas greetings, you can stitch both or choose your favorite! Stitched on 28ct linen in shades of Weeks Overdyeds and Gentle Art Sampler Threads, each features a pack of handmade clay buttons from Just Another Button Company! Finishing approx 2 x 14"... Santa's design shows teeny stockings, snowflakes and holly, a candle, snowman, and a few other things, like stars. Colors used include some of the deep holiday shades of Garnet, Cranberry, Blue Spruce and Juniper.

    Bethlehem Christmas -- which features a stitched angel, shepherd and tiny city of Bethlehem -- uses the Shepherd's-Bushy Antique Rose, Highland Heather and Plum color scheme. I love both of them! Available as individual leaflets, with separate embellishment packs... your fabric color choices can vary with these... depending on your personal preferences. Our shop models are being stitched on Lambswool, but if you'd like a pastel mauve or lavender for Bethlehem, or a deeper taupe or mocha for Santa... just let us know!


    Christmas Row -- click to see a larger view Christmas Row
    from Bent Creek
    I love this! Stitch the alphabet, laced with Christmassy greenery, popcorn and even a fat little elf! The sixth in this set of designs, the rest are pictured on our Bent Creek page... and have remained stitcher's favorites! Stitched on 32ct dirty linen, it finishes 2 x 17... long and skinny. Christmas Row, and all the rest are available as single charted leaflets. Christmas Row Embellishment pack -- click for a larger viewThe embellishments are just darling! The gals at Abecedarious in GA have done a great job choosing several new buttons this time around. There are four kernels of popcorn featured as well as two new Christmas Cookies! Lots of teeny holly leaves, pine cones and light bulbs... you'll love the set!

    Secret Santa
    Designed By Lavender & Lace
    Here's a project for the dedicated stitcher! While I personally can't sit still long enough to stitch a pattern like this, so many of you can! When Jeanne, our stitcher, returned this to us, we were breathless with it's beauty! Santa is resting after his big day, in a big plump easy chair, in front of his festive tree. The ribbon border surrounding him has wonderful gold metallics all through it, the tree just glistens, and the shading in his chair gives it such depth. Good-sized, just like all the rest of L & L's charts, this finishes approx 13 x 16 on 28ct. It features several metallics, nine of the Needlepaint flosses, and a few Mill Hill glass beads. It's truly a work of art! Availability of all the extra threads varies -- they're all hard to keep in at one time. Get the chart first, check your stash, and then let us know what you need!


    Lavender & Lace Secret Santa -- click to see a better view

    Silk Gauze Globe Kits
    Let it Snow Globe
    Christmas Tree Globe
    from Kreinik
    These are absolutely exquisite designs, stitched with silk thread and touches of metallics on 40ct silk gauze! Each finishes a mere 1 1/4" square, but is full of teeny details and charm! Bright, cheerful colors... you'll definitely need a good light and magnifier to stitch these! They don't take as long to work as you would think... our stitcher logged 14 hours... you'll love your finished masterpiece!


    Let it Snow Globe -- click to see a larger view!

    Christmas Tree Globe -- click to see a larger view!

    O'Tannenbaum
    designed by Heart's Content
    This has been a customer favorite of ours for years and years! A beautiful deep green Christmas tree stitched over one thread on 36ct linen, the arched wooden frame is included in the kit! The design is very intricate, full of sparkly metallic ornaments of reds, purples, blues and golds and lots of tiny details. It finishes just a little under 3 x 4," and the hand-rubbed walnut frame measures 4 x 5." Complete kit includes the fabric, cotton and metallic flosses, 36ct linen, and the frame.


    O'Tannenbaum by Heart's Content -- click here to see a larger view

    The Santa Series Ornaments
    from Mill Hill
    This is a collection of perforated paper Santa kits, three are released each year. Full of color, detail, and fun bead embellishments, these are charming! Each santa finishes approx 2 x 4" on 14ct perforated paper, and when cut out, look fantastic on your Christmas tree! Complete kits, you'll need them all!
    One of the Santa Series from Mill Hill -- click to see all the rest!
    Hey Everyone... Time to get busy on a new set of Christmas Stockings for the family!
    Sheree's Stocking -- click to see a larger viewsome of the shepherd's bush stocking charmsWe have an awesome selection of all sorts of different Christmas Stocking patterns by various designers in our cross stitch industry. Visit our Christmas Stockings page to see collections by Shepherd's Bush, Just Nan, Sam Sarah Studio, Lizzie Kate, Bent Creek, Birds of a Feather... and more. Just so many cute ones!

    All are offered as leaflets or chart-packs. We carry all the necessary fabric, threads and embellishments... and are happy to gather everything together for you.

    When your stitching is complete... do you need your stocking sewn together??? We suggest our very own Magic By Mona -- mgbost@cox.net -- a talented seamstress who can finish your stocking with a flourish!

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