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A great collection of soft and hard-cover titles... our book selections cover Sampler History, Stitch Diagram and Intructionals, wonderful needlepoint and cross-stitch projects, Finishing techniques... just so many things! Enjoy some of the titles we carry in the shop!



2017 Calendars to Support Oklahoma Westie Rescue - click to see more 2017 Calendars to Support Oklahoma Westie Rescue
Little Westie doggies are dear to my heart... and I am proud to be involved with this awesome group of people -- and pups! We rescue Westies, Scotties and Cairn Terriers (and yes, are having an awful time saying no to many other small breeds as well.) Anyway, OWR does a calendar every year... and 2017's is ready. It's full of doggie pics of our rescues from this year and in the past.

I'm the *Calendar Girl* -- the one who ships out all the calendars and T-shirts we have... Your $15 donation goes completely to OWR to pay vet, medicine and boarding bills for the dogs. We do NOT use funds for anything else. Please consider making OWR a $15 donation... and I'll send a darling calendar your way!


Fiber & Fabric Mania 2017!  A Needlework Shop Travel Guide - click to see more Fiber & Fabric Mania 2017! A Needlework Shop Travel Guide
OHHH, our new 2017 edition of this fun directory is here! 636 Pages in a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 softcover format, this book (weighs 1.3 lbs) is stuffed FULL of thousands of listing of Quilting, Yarn, Needlepoint, Weaving, Spinning, Cross Stitch and Embroidery shops -- all across the US! Every state has a map with dots locating each shop. Then, listings provide addresses and phones... some shops have extended listings with web info.

This book is a MUST-HAVE if you are doing any kind of Road-Tripping! There are MILLIONS of little shops dotted everywhere... and these maps show you where they are in relation to where YOU are! Use it to map out your trip... call ahead to see if they are open... that sort of thing. EVERY Stitcher's Vehicle needs one of these!!!


Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine's Christmas/Winter 2016 Mega Issue - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #7 - Fall 2016 - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #6 - Summer 2016 - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #5 - Spring 2016 - click to see more
Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine
This is a new magazine that is just NEAT! Just like its name implies, it is full of Punch Needle Embroidery and Primitive Cross Stitch. 64 Pages of gorgeous photographs, full-sized templates and patterns, in-depth instructions, and fun articles about stitching groups and designers, you will enjoy every single page!!!

Printed on heavy paper, each project has its own 2 pages of space... there are no 'noisy' ads interrupting your browsing... and the pictures are just dreamy!!! You can peruse the subscription info inside -- I think it's something that needs to be in your mailbox 5 times a year -- each quarter and Christmas time!!!


Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #4 -- Winter 2016 - click to see more Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue Fall 2015 - click to see more

Needlework Enthusiast's 2017 Book of Days from Needlework Press - click for more Needlework Enthusiast's 2017 Book of Days from Needlework Press
Needlework Press's annual *Sourcebook & Agenda for the thoughtful and Enlighttened Mind* is here! Available till December-ish... this is a softcover 9 x 12 book that features a calendar of 2017 -- with spaces to write in each day. With fun needlework related artwork throughout, and sampler quotes and verses, use this as your stitching diary.

Log your hours, write in your stitch group meeting dates and stitching trips, schedule good shopping road trips, keep track of new stitching friends in here. Use it for your wish lists, use it to mark the beginnings and endings of special projects! By then end of the year, your Book of Days might be tattered and well-loved... and what a wonderful stitching memory it will make!

Vintage Stitching Treasury by Suzanne McNeill - click to see more Vintage Stitching Treasury by Suzanne McNeill
This 224-page book brings you hundreds (over 400) of patterns that have appeared on vintage linens since the late 1880's. After the lessons about which kind of artwork was popular in each of the decades, there is more history about color... then instructions about tea-dying and crayon tinting. I had not really realized the differences in the artwork till I studied this. Evidently the 1920s saw the birth of assigning household tasks to the different days of the week -- laundry, shopping ironing. Art Deco designs appeared in the 30's. Girls fighting the wind to hang laundry was 'the thing' in the 40's! This book is full of absolutely CHARMING artwork you can use for embroidery on towels, tablecloths, aprons... you name it.

The introduction talks about 'everyone who is lucky enough to have a small collection of old linens embroidered by mothers or grandmothers feeling the hands reaching across the years.' The pages feature actual sized patterns. You will have to trace to transfer and so can enlarge or shrink if you need to change sizes. (Unfortunately, these are not iron-on transfers.) We decided today, that these pictures would all make fun COLORING BOOK pictures as well! In keeping with the coloring book craze right now... here is another way to enjoy these antique, retro and utterly charming designs!


14th Edition of the Quilter's Travel Companion and Crafter's Guide - click to see more Presenting the 14th Edition of the Quilter's Travel Companion and Crafter's Guide
*Quilting, Yarn, Needlepoint and Cross Stitch in The USA and Canada
This directory always blows me away with the sheer amount of information compiled inside. It is a full 9 x 11 in size -- an inch thick -- and it weighs 2 lbs and 4 ounces. It has 512 glossy pages of Quilt, Sewing and Stitchery Shop listings for both the US and Canada. Maps, info about retreats, shop hops, shows, quilds, special events... it is absolutely OVERWHELMING! Organized by state, there are over 200 facilities listed in here that can host your retreat - some with pictures! Also organized by state are ALL the shop listings they know about in each state -- IN ADDITION to the 1400 shops that have purchased ads!

When you receive your book, there are directions for sending in an e-mail address (if you would like) for updates for the next two years. Certainly worth every penny paid! The Silver Needle has a bitty ad in here, because even though we don't sell 'quilt' fabric, we DO sell all the yummy scissors, buttons, bags and threads that every needleworker loves!


Desert Island Stitches Vol II - click to see more Desert Island Stitches Vol I - click to see more Desert Island Stitches Vol I & II
OK... sure, you can use these stitches to stitch something *Island-y*... but actually these titles are mis-leading. These little books are meant to suggest stitches that you couldn't be without if you were stranded on a Desert Island!!! (honest!) Needlepoint Gurus Carole Lake and Michael Boren have compiled this pair of handbooks that feature TONS of different stitch ideas and suggestions for different areas of your canvases.

Volume ONE deals with stitches that are good for filling into small spaces in your design. Volume TWO presents 'serving suggestions' for creative borders. All sorts of ideas for all sorts of projects, these two offer advice all the way through the pages along with clear diagram repeats of the stitches. Handy little references to have... even if you are NOT stuck on some Desert Island!!


The Complete Collection of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly on DVD - click to see more
The Complete Collection of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly on DVD
WOW... how can the industry's most treasured periodical get better? You can have them ALL in one place, where you can FIND and enjoy them!!! 16 Years of magazines, 16 years of gorgeous samplers and incredible articles about needlework and its history... they are all here in this tiny box!!!

EVERY PAGE of every issue from 1991 to 2105... fully searchable PDF's and printer-friendly charts you can sort and browse by issue, designer, words or phrases... it's intoxicating!!!!! Nothing else needs to be said! You NEED this!


Just Cross Stitch CD Collection -- 1983 - 1990 - click to see more
Just Cross Stitch CD Collection -- 1983-1990
Just Cross Stitch Magazine has finally finished presenting their ENTIRE HISTORY of printed magazines in PDF format on CDs... with this final disc. The ORIGINAL 46 issues... you can see a vintage Margaret and Margaret stocking on the promo cover! The first 8 years of the magazine... this is definitely a trip down memory lane!!! Browse all content issue by issue, search by word or phrase across the issues (like designer name or subject.)

All in PDF format, printer-friendly charts, even the old advertisements! Something totally fun to peruse... it's just like reading a novel. You don't have to STITCH any of it... just enjoy the adventures each page brings! This now finishes the JCS Library -- 3 CD's of past issues and 1 of all the Annual Ornament Issues.

Now we have The Halloween Collection: The 4 Special Halloween Collector Issues 2011-2014.


Just Cross Stitch Annual Ornament Issues on DVD! - click to see more
Just Cross Stitch Annual Ornament Issues on DVD!
Here are the past 17 YEARS of the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Christmas ornament issues -- all on one searchable, printable DVD! I think it's like 1275 ornament designs in pdf format(!) Every page of the issues, it's actually pretty overwhelming!

You probably have some of the paper copies, but here is everything together, so beautifully presented. What a fun thing to take along on a stitching trip!


Just Cross Stitch Magazine Archive DVD 1991 through 2000 - click to see more Presenting the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Archive DVD of 1991 through 2000!
Ever gone nuts trying to find a design in one of your old magazines??? Just Cross Stitch has just finished archiving its third DVD of 10 YEARS of JCS Magazine! Including every page of every past issue published between 1991 and 2001... the words *Nostalgic, Vintage, Heirloom and Retro* come to mind... along with Oh My Gosh!

This particular DVD even contains the ORIGINAL 1997 Premier Annual Ornament Issue. Lots of designs that have been the property of the magazine, and not the original designers, all three of these DVD's have been done beautifully. The discs feature fully searchable PDFs and printer-friendly charts. WAY COOL!


JCS Magazine 2001-2010 Collection DVD - click to see more Announcing Just Cross Stitch Magazines PAST 10 YEARS ON DVD!
Wow... talk about a great deal!!! Just Cross Stitch Magazine has compiled and organized their PAST 10 YEARS of magazines -- including their annual Ornament Issues -- all into PDF format on one DVD. Including *every page of every issue* of Just Cross Stitch, each magazine is searchable and printer friendly. Browse everything by project, (like a particular sampler series you remember) or by subject (like Cats for instance).

Most of us have some old magazines in boxes somewhere... but now you don't have to go searching through all your stuff... EVERYTHING is here on one new, clean, gorgeous DVD!!!!! Charts, Pictures, even all the old ads -- which at this point might be fun to reminisce about! We figure this includes approx 84 full magazine issues -- so it's a real good value!


Merry Christmas by Rico - click to see more Merry Christmas from Rico
Here is another in our really cool collection of European Christmas book by RICO. Absolutely the most charming sets of designs, this offers ornaments, table cloths, wreaths, runners ... you can finish any of them any way you want. The motifs are mostly small and then put together into larger projects.

The pictures in the little 6 x 9 softcover 112 page book are awesome, beautifully done and full of inspiration. Tiny Santas, reindeer, holly springs, a little fox and lots of pine trees, there are so many cute things in here. DMC color coding, pretty shading of the colors, and lots of things worked into corners and diagonals -- on the bias. It's one thing to chart a cute stocking and quite another to chart it on the diagonal! Anyway, as with all the rest of this series, you will be enchanted!!!!!!!


Painted Canvas Embellishments: An Idea Book By Carole Lake and Michael Boren
Painted Canvas Embellishments: An Idea Book - click to see more Painted Canvas Embellishments: An Idea Book - click to see more Quite the complete book full of stitching information... I love these kind of publications because they are amazing to page through, and you just don't want to stop!

This book explains the techniques of choosing threads and stitches for painted needlepoint canvases -- to bring the designs to life via your needlework. Even though it addresses canvas -- LOTS can be applied to linen stitching as well!!!

Besides the beginning pages of really good design lessons, there are 24 pages of descriptions of threads from 32 different thread companies, and then 55 more pages of stitch diagrams of 275 stitches!!! Just a little bit of info to digest!!! A great book!


Santa Claus from Rico Designs - click for more Santa Claus from Rico Designs
64 Pages of reindeer, olde world Santas, stick pine trees, snowmen, birds and a sled full of presents.

Predominant colors in this book are reds, some green, lots of brown and cremes.


Christkindl from Rico Designs - click for more Christkindl from Rico Designs
64 pages of a full tiered tiny tree, rocking horses and gingerbread cookies, The Three Wisemen, CHARMING angels, , NUTCRACKERS (very hard to find!) and even a Merry-Go-Round!

I have a set of tiny wooden angel ornaments that are all playing musical instruments -- I've had them for almost 40 years... and I'm sure these charts are of THOSE angels -- because they are wooden ornaments from Germany -- where these books are published! Just lovely!!!!!!


Christmassy Messengers from Rico Designs - click for more Christmassy Messengers from Rico Designs
40 Pages. Darling little folk art angel people, snowmen, a trio of really pretty stylized evergreen topiary trees, monochromatic reindeer and checks -- inspired by coverlet designs -- and little Santa-people, as well.

So much red, taupe and cream color -- wait till you see the finishing ideas and the photos on the pages!


Wintermarchen from Rico Designs - click for more Wintermarchen from Rico Designs
A darling skinny Santa in here... lots of taupe reindeer, some little chicks with striped stocking caps, and more taupe-colored skaters... there is a tree pattern in here that is stunning! It is simply small circles and snowflakes all tucked into a curvy tree shape -- very contemporary and sleek -- stunning! 40 Pages.


Frohe Weihnachten from Rico Designs - click for more Frohe Weihnachten from Rico Designs
44 pages of cute stuff!!! This one has tiny ball ornaments and wrapped gifts, pine greenery, a row of solid pines, super-stylized reindeer, gorgeous flowing holly with partridges, even a silhouette of Santa and the reindeer in the sky.

All smalls in this book... you can put together everything in a million different ways.


Donna Kooler's Stocking Collection, Second Edition - click for more Donna Kooler's Stocking Collection, Second Edition
WOW... this 96-page softcover, full color book features 14 different full-sized Christmas Stocking charts! Candy Nutcracker, Jingle Bears, Santa Collage, Nostalgic Christmas, Snowman Sampler, Celestial Angel, Let it Snow, The Best of Christmas, Winter Scene, I Love Santas, Peace on Earth, Nativity, Cozy Christmas, and Gingerbread Mice...

You can see from the titles that contributing designers Linda Gillum, Barbara Baatz Hillman, Sandy Orton and Nancy Rossi have delivered quite a nice selection of GREAT stocking designs! All are basically the same size, all are coded for DMC, all can be stitched on any fabric you like... and all are super-detailed and CLASSIC!


Making Christmas Stocking Selections? Don't miss seeing the entire collections of several different designer's talents! Christmas Stockings are an individual thing! Some want all in the family to match... some want different designs to 'match the person'... Check out our Stocking Page for lots of options!!!

A Rainbow of Stitches - click for more A Rainbow of Stitches
I'm not sure how to describe this book... but it sure is AWESOME!!! I think it's French in flavor, because all the authors and photographer have very French names. Inside... it features cross stitch motifs, and tons of line drawings for embroidery and primitive stitch. Everything in the entire book is stitched in one color -- there is a green section, red, blue, white and pink... 230-ish pages of lovely pictures and clean, fresh, young and some 'Paris-y' designs!!!

Lovely finishing ideas, charming designs... it has over 1000 different motifs inside. Little dogs, lacy borders, florals alphabets, nautical, kitchen, baby, cats and birds... this is one of those books that shows you something different each time you page through it! Enchanting!!!!!!


The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion - click for more The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion
Well... we have this book already for Lefties... I guess it's time we set the Rightys straight with how to stitch things! 160 pages of great stitch diagrams. Some books simply show a stitch layout, but this one shows you HOW to manipulate your needle and thread to actually execute the stitches.

No extra projects... just really clear diagrams and details... the extra tips and hints (like don't pull this tight, or keep your thread out of hte way of the needle) are written in here, too!


The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion - click for more The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion
WOW... AT LAST... a stitch diagram book for us Left-Handed Stitchers!!!!!!!!! This is a beautifully presented, 160 page, softcover book of embroidery stitches. 73 Different stitches are diagrammed with multiple illustrations, and each stitch is photographed as well, so you can see how it really looks. Awesome to me, because as a 'Lefty' we learn to look at things in a different way, and our eye simply has to adapt to the standard right-handed drawings.

This book has the needle in the RIGHT PLACE to my eye! It's going in the *right direction* to me... I GET it! If you are left-handed, or know someone who is... GET THIS BOOK! It is an absolute delight to page through... author Yvette Stanton of Australia is one of us 'Leftys' and she's done a lovely job with this book.


Leisure Arts Spell it Out -- click to see more Spell it Out
Joan Elliott has a new book -- 52 pages full! -- of novelty alphabets! Each features a chart for the Capital (upper case) letter... and the entire alphabet of matching lower case letters. Darn cute... you get Redwork, Gardeners, Christmas Folk Art, Puppies, Kitties, Tumbling Teddy Bears, Harvest, Pirates, Fairies, and Art Nouveau.

Cute alphabets... we suggest 'em to make bedroom door signs to keep TRESPASSERS *out* of 'un-welcoming' OTHER bedrooms!!! Your kids and grandkids will love what their name looks like! Offered as the book.


The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more
The History of Thread from Sajou - click to see more The History of Thread from Sajou
Oh my gosh... this is a LOVELY 6 x 8 softcover book -- 238 thick, glossy pages FULL of incredible, beautiful, vintage photos of EVERYTHING to do with antique 'Haberdashery.' Every page is stuffed with pictures of antique needlework thread cards, winders, spools, bobbins, advertisements, color cards, labels, needle packets... you name it.

The very BEST part of this book, however, is that while it is in French, it is ALSO IN ENGLISH!!! I can read everything!!!!!!!! So... I can now devour the history lessons delivered on each page that match the pictures! Every page has a history lesson about the products and packaging featured. So many shop advertisements and promotional cards and materials... so much information... I had absolutely no idea much of this existed in days gone by!!!

*Absolutely an Over-The-Top, Drop-Dead Gorgeous,* publication, I just want a cold, rainy afternoon, alone at home, a cup of hot tea... and THIS BOOK! Exquisite! A MUST for any needlework library!


Alphabet Books!
Here are 5 *excellent* books that are stuffed FULL of different alphabet fonts. Not at all new... just publications you may not have seen... that are definitely worth a mention!!!

A Big Collection of Alphabets - click for more A Big Collection of Alphabets
This one features 140 Different Alphabet fonts!!! Big, little, seasonal, funky, elegant, apples, beehives, dinosaurs, Halloween, backstitch, block, cursive... YOU NAME IT!

This is one of those books you need strictly for reference, if nothing else!!! Very up-to-date feeling... 61 pages!!!


Alphabets Galore - 136 - click for more Alphabets Galore - 136
OK... if the last book didn't have enough to choose from... here are 136 more! Tools, sewing, Santa, Christmas Cardinals... this one appears to deliver fonts that are more straight up and down... a little 'older looking' to me.

Original publishing date on this one is 1998 -- so that should be an indication. Good stuff tucked into these 49 pages of classic alphabets.


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!!!


Stitches: The CD, Volume Two -- click to see more Stitches: The CD, Volume One and Two
Ok... here are 300 MORE stitches to execute on canvas and linens... for the true-stitcher-at-heart! Ruth Schmuff and Kathy Holicky -- kind of 'big-guns' in the needlepoint industry have compiled a whole new batch of stitches, and diagrammed them for you on their new CD. Searchable by type of stitch or name... you could get carried away with this using your needle and thread... or with simply the clip art images!!!

Think about creating stitch guides for your next sampler! Think about making stitching stationery, by using these stitch diagrams and shrinking them down to put on note cards or place cards, or gift tags, or signature plates to attach to backs of framed pieces! Who says 'ya gotta stitch' everything in your stash!!!??? Perfect, lightweight reference for your laptop and stitch bag! CD number one is available below.


Knots, Fur and Turkey Work
A brand new book by Meredith Bamhill Willett and Beth Robertson, this is a beautiful publication printed on super-glossy paper and stuffed full of awesome, clear, pretty and current pics! The book delves into textured stitches that are used on canvas and linen. 28 Pages of fabulous, creative applications for both threads and stitches... I'd never heard of Faux and Cork-Screw Bullions, Sorbello Stitches, and Detached Woven Picots -- and when you see the up-close pics of what the different threads do for the stitches -- you'll be amazed!

The color pictures of thread and stitch applications are all fresh, 2005-ish projects -- I hate to open stitch books that show projects that look like they're 25 years old. These are fresh, current applications, with current threads. For instance, I know that Flair by Rainbow Gallery ravels like the dickens. This book shows an application for hair that features that raveled fiber!!! You can even shade it! (Who knew!?) Very, very nicely done!



Knots, Fur and Turkey Work -- click for more

Basics & Beyond
By Janice Love
Simply the best hardanger embroidery instruction book on the market, this has continued to sell year after year for us. Janice has written this book starting with the most basic of hardanger information, added great diagrams and photos, given you "Points for Perfection," left-handed instructions as well as right-handed, and an entire section of photos and instructions entitled: "Oh My Gosh... What did I do wrong, now!?"

Simply the best instruction book around, it'll walk you through the entire process, beautifully! 52 Pages.

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Fundamentals Made Fancy
By Janice Love
The sequel to Basics & Beyond, this book goes deeper into the specialty hardanger stitches. It includes lacy edge instructions as well as 22 other hardanger embellishment treatments. The diagrams and photos are very clearly explained, and there is even clip art included, so you can cut and paste your own hardanger designs together to create a masterpiece! An 'absolute to have' if you're a hardanger fan! 60 Pages.

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