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Main Street #3 Gazebo from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more Early Americans #4 Nathan Hale from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more Sampler Stitchers from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more
Main Street Gazebo, #4 Early Americans, and Sampler Stitchers
from Country Cottage Needleworks and littlehouseneedleworks.html
Country Cottage and Little House Needleworks have released their June designs -- more to add to your Main Street and Early American series.
  • Gazebo is a center panel of the 10-part Main Street set... a whole neighborhood of balanced and organized little houses!
  • Nathan Hale is the next famous person in history to be featured in this series -- he is next to his family home (he never lived there though!) which is on the National Register of Historic Places!
  • Sampler Stitchers -- Lots of balance and repetition on this one... at least we've mixed up the dress and hair colors a little! Finishes approx 7 x 8 on 32ct natural, it uses 7 shades of Classic Colorworks flosses -- Eggshell, Barn Door, Black Coffee, Cocoa Bean, Muddy Puddle, Perfect Piecrust and Weeping Willow.


A New Summer Schoolhouse Series from With Thy Needle - click for more A New Summer Schoolhouse Series from With Thy Needle!
Brenda Gervais has announced a new 4-part series -- *Lessons in Abecedarian* (pronounced: ey-bee-see-dair-ee-uh n)
Part 1 has now arrived... we are waiting on fabric... and expect to ship everytihng this week!!!

A total of 4 charts will be releasing in the next few months that feature 6 small designs... it's a mystery series! First chart ships June 20, next is July 20th, then August and September 20th. (will take a few days to reach us and then you!)

A New Summer Schoolhouse Series from With Thy Needle - click for more Each chart will be $12... and the entire series will need only a 9 x 54 cut of 28ct Mushroom Lugana! (You can stitch these on any count you wish, but Brenda likes the Lugana for 'over one work' so this is her recommendation.)
All six of her designs will coordinate, and she promises that you will LOVE them all!!!
We think it's awesome, and are thrilled to be able to share it with you!!!

Floss set will include: Weeks Peach, Oscar, Olive, Sandcastle, Flat Fish. Gentle Art's Old Hickory, Lexington Green, Mountain Mist, Uniform Blue, Woodrose. Classic Colorwirks Pebble Beach, Hazelnut, Cayenne, Used Brick and Shell.


Summer Schoolhouse Stitch Dot from With Thy Needle - click for more Summer Schoolhouse Stitch Dot from With Thy Needle - click for more Just Annnounced! RE: A New Summer Schoolhouse Series
from With Thy Needle!
As a companion to With Thy Needle's Abecedarian Summer Schoolhouse series... we will have a cute Stitch Dot to match! A one-inch magnet, it features a miniature bit of Brenda's stitching on it. Something pretty to hold your needle! Available separately from the series, you can skip it, get one... or get one for everyone of your stitching friends!

Along with that option, Brenda has commissioned Lady Dot to dye a new color of 1/4" rik rak trim: Bird's Nest, for all your smalls! One package will finish all the pieces in the ABC set!

She Sights a Bird from Blackbird Designs - click for more
She Sights a Bird
from Blackbird Designs
Barb and Alma's third design in this year's Loose Feathers series is here. Celebrating the birds of your garden, this one was inspired by one of Emily Dickinson's poems -- 'perfect that this cat is surrounded by three birds!'

In keeping with the denim and straw colorway this time around, this finishes approx 5 x 5 on 36ct Oaken hand-dyed linen.


An Autumn Pin Pillow from Abby Rose Designs - click to see more An Autumn Pin Pillow
from Abby Rose Designs
Autumnal colors for the little house and it's garden vine... this chart stitches into a 4 x 5-1/2 inch cushion.

You could leave off the *autumn* and add a couple more blooms to the upper vine, just a quiet bitty piece! Coded for DMC or hand-dyeds, it is worked on neutral colored fabric.

Stitch Dots - patterns from Country Cottage - click to see more
Little Country Cottage Stitch Dots to take you away to far and happy places!
We have a TON of assorted Stitch Dots in the shop -- all miniatures of stitchery by about a dozen different designers. Each is a super-duper strong rare-earth magnet dressed up with a *DOT* of cross stitch! Use them as minders to hold your needles, the chart on your board, or even to decorate your fridge or filing cabinet at work.

Cute as can be, these six each feature a tiny bit of Country Cottage Needleworks *Afternoon* design series: Afternoon in Paris, New York, London and Rome! The entire charted designs are available... but these little Dots deliver you a bit of the flavor without the doing the stitching!!! Each is regularly $12... but enjoy our every-day-special of 3 for $30!


Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Summer 2017 Issue - click to see more

Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Summer 2017 Issue
The next issue of this beautiful magazine is here! Dedicated to Cross Stitch and Punch Needle Embroidery, it features 5 CS projects, 7 PN and 1 hooked rug design.

NOT full of advertisements, each project is clearly presented on their full and facing pages -- actual-sized templates, great photos -- just a treat to page through!

Design themes are summery this time around -- vs anything Autumn or Christmas -- those follow in later issues this year. 50 Pages of luscious!

With Needle & Thread Needle Book from Samplers Not Forgotten - click to see more With Needle & Thread Needle Book
from Samplers Not Forgotten
Samplers Not Forgotten has a pretty needle book to companion her larger With Needle and Thread Sampler! Choose the same fabric you stitch the main sampler on if you want -- 36ct Weeks Tin Roof Linen. It finishes approx 8 x 9, so when folded in half it'll measure approx 4 x 4.

Picture on the left is the inside of the case, two right pics are the front and back panels. Coded for Weeks flosses of Grits, Honeysuckle, Cappuccino, Charcoal, Jay bird, Bullfrog and Curry, the colors are soft and dusty -- it looks old and charming! Chart format.
Little Blue House from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more There Dwells My Heart from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Land of Liberty from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Liberty Notes from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more
New Summer Arrivals from Shepherd's Bush!
Tina and Terri have sent 4 new designs to celebrate Summer! Kits and leaflets... see what you think!
  • Little Blue House -- Another cute Tin design, here's a Summer Sheep -- can you see that his little body has red and white stripes on it... and he has a little blue butt? He has te weight of the world on his back -- a skinny blue house, and the American Flag... but he's in his garden, so he's GOOD! Complete kit comes with the linen, flosses and the 3-inch tart tin for finishing.
  • There Dwells My Heart -- This is charming! Measuring 6 x 9 on 32ct natural linen, this scene is stitched with hand-dyed silks and cottons -- all the traditional Shepherd's Bushy colors! *Where my home is, there dwells my heart.* Pretty flowers in the border, the cool zig-zaggy flag and that neat zaggy hill on the right... they've stitched the green on the central sheep hill vertically, so you can see how it looks striped! Very cute! Complete kit of linen, threads, chart and mini button embellishments.
  • Land of Liberty -- A 10ct Tula kit... this finishes approx 4 x 3. A super-quick thing to work up... if you have a beginning stitcher -- GET THIS FOR THEM! Small enough for them to finish, cute, neat threads along with an organizer board, cool material, pretty colors... this has a great presentation as a 'real-live' kit... not a dorky-experiment! They will love it and YOU! Complete kit of chart, fabric, flosses, needles and embellishment!
  • Liberty Notes -- The 4th leaflet design in this series of designs -- finishes approx 3 x 4 on 32ct. Coded for hand-dyed flosses, there is a button pack available for embellishment!


Harvest Time - click to see more
Harvest Time from The Prairie Schooler
Prairie Schooler's Book #93 -- Harvest Time -- has been re-printed due to popular demand! This was one of our all-time favorite leaflets for years and years. We had the village and the turkey stitched over one as shop models, and I took them home long ago because I couldn't part with them! Now I have to bring them back to the shop!!!

Originally published in 2001, each piece measures 178 x 75 -- approx 5 x 11 on 32ct. If you do them on 28ct Lugana (which is actually very easy to do) they will measure an enchanting 6 x 2-3/4! Coded for regular DMC floss.


House Rule from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more House Rule
from Little House Needleworks
This is a cute Little House Needleworks chart that came in while we were gone on our French Cruise with Jeannette Douglas! I never had a chance to write my web words for it! I think it needs to hang in your stitching room or area... but it'd be super-fun made into a windowsill pillow, a lumbar support pillow, or even a long little wedgie stand-up!

Basically, you appreciate this advice until you're ripping out, and then it's just useless blather! (It's not like you DIDN'T count... it just didn't come out right, and you don't need the reminder!) Well, cute houses, cute sentiment... this finishes approx 2 x 12 on 32ct -- coded for DMC or hand-dyeds.


Coverlet Berry Scissor Tray - click for more
Coverlet Berry Scissor Tray from The Scarlett House
Scarlett House has released a charming 3-1/2 x 5-ish design that can be finished into a 'tray-setting' or a pin cushion. Stitched over 2 on 40ct is is worked with just 5 shades of hand-dyeds -- Cast Iron Skillet, Caper, Oscar, Sage and Country Redwood. The tray you see in the pic was used for the model -- the chart includes details for preparing that separately purchased (from Hobby Lobby) little tray... but recommends a pin cushion treatment as well.

Tanya has included the templates and instructions for the fun little berries shown on here... they are made from Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed wools of Louisana Hot Sauce and Grasshopper. NOTE: DOVO has discontinued ALL of their matte black scissors like the ones shown in the pic. If you are wanting that gorgeous black finish on a pair of scissors -- do not wait -- DOVO is already sold out and is not shipping these any longer! (I think we have a few left...)


JCS 2017 Annual Ornament Issue - click to see more JCS 2017 Halloween Collector's Edition - click to see more The Just Cross Stitch Magazine Annual Special Issues are coming!!!
Here are the Cover Shots! Previews of this Year's Just Cross Stitch Magazine's Special Editions... enjoy the Peek!

We're taking reservations now for their early releases to shops before the newstands and subscribers get them!!!
  • Halloween features 55 designs... all sizes, easy to intricate detail, whimsical to spooky... lots of variety.
  • The annual Christmas Ornament Issue is something like the 30th... you'll get 75 different designs in that one... always a treat because there are recipes in there too!!!
JCS has compiled DVDs of most of the previous year's releases... printable and searchable PDFs of the hundreds of designs and dozens of issues... and now the new are coming soon. Halloween Collector's is due July 7th... the Ornament Issue is due August 31st. I know these do not automatically come to subscribers of JCS, and we get them almost a month before they hit the news stands!


184 Red White and Beach from Lizzie Kate - click to see more Be Still Inspiration Boxer from Lizzie Kate Boo from Lizzie Kate
New Lizzie Kate Designs are Here!
  • Red White and Beach -- 4 Nautical and beachy projects, not strictly patriotic -- just summery! The little framed design ready *Whatever floats your boat!* Chart of the 4 designs, no special embellishments, everything is coded for DMC or hand-dyeds and uses neutral fabric.
  • Be Still Inspiration Boxer -- *Be still and know that I am God.* Boxer kit includes the chart, fabric, antique gold cross charm and a cute bonus pattern that reads *be a nice human!* Main design finishes about 3 x 5.
  • Boo -- The Halloween addition to this year's little Celebrate with Charm Holiday set... Thanksgiving and Christmas follow in a few months. Small card format with moon charm. Finishes approx 3 x 4 -- would be a super-cute little pin cushion! Hand-dyeds or DMC.
Christmas Mystery Sampler -- COMING IN SEPTEMBER! (continuing in Oct and finishing in Nov.) Picture This Plus fabrics, New color of Weeks floss will be featured, and cute JABCO embellishments. No other details at this point... so PATIENCE is a virtue you will need to have until we do! We'll start taking reservations when we have more details for you.


The 12 Berries of Christmas from Erica Michaels - click for more Mermaid Berry from Erica Michaels - click for more Mary Havens' Smalls from Erica Michaels - click for more
New Arrivals from Erica Michaels
WOW... the last of the 12 Berries series, a darling mermaid and some new stitching smalls!
  • The 12 Berries of Christmas -- The final part of this set is here... each of the 12 Days of Christmas is celebrated on a linen ornament!!!
  • Mermaid Berry -- You'll want this darling berry and medallion as companion pieces to your By the Sea sewing set! The berry's mermaid is surrounded by her fishy friends, and is relaxing on the beach in the medallion design -- a perfect topper for an ort jar! Presented in chart format WITH the two cuts of silk gauze for the round piece and the berry, everything is worked with various hand-dyed flosses. Such a pretty design!
  • Mary Havens' Smalls -- It's always fun to spot motifs in larger samplers that can be used for lovely little smalls -- this set is comprised of a silk gauze pin cushion, needle book, pin keep, scissor fob and berry! Stitched on 40ct white linen... everything is over two threads... but LOOK at that velvet pillow cushion, that is the one on the gauze. Everything is presented in chart format, fabrics available separately -- in case you need to adjust your counts!

Tulip House from Hands-On Design Rose Cottage from Hands-On Design Chalk for the Home Series from Hands-On Design
Hands On Design is continuing her charming 4-Seasons set of Chalk for the Home chalk-art houses -- each one a gorgeous burst of color and white stitched on gunmetal shaded fabric. Rose Cottage -- the Summer design, is the second, joining Tulip House -- the Spring edition. Finishing approx 8 x 10 on 32ct, you get the main house, and a separate chart for the season, so you can sub the whole bottom part that says HOME for the season if you want.

Pretty pinks and whites, this is coded for hand-dyed flosses. There are quite a few fabric options in this dark gray family now -- you can get Aida in 14 and 18ct, as well as solid and hand-dyed linens in all sorts of counts. Since it is dark, it is harder to see to stitch on this color. Don't get hung up on fabric count... just get that awesome gunmetal color. Autumn and Winter's house charts will be following in the next few months!

TAG by Sara Guermani - click for more
TAG from Sara Guermani
Not a very exciting name for this set of designs -- BUT they ARE cool! This is a set of charts that says 'I love Stitching, Crocheting, Quilting, and/or Knitting. One chart for each thing. Measuring approx 70 x 140 in size -- 4 x 9-ish on 32ct... they are coded for DMC floss. Each has the wording, a lady doing her craft, and then a window scene.

I am not sure what the window scene has to do with what you are doing (other than the fact that you are taking a break and looking out the window!) but those scenes are charming... and you can interchange them, leave them totally off, or stitch THOSE and forget the other half! Kind of odd... and a bit on the pricey side...but hey, you'll figure out something!


We are in the Vienne region of France.  Click for a larger view We are in the Nimes region of France. Click for a larger view
We're Baaaaack!
Click through to see our trip travelogue!

Louisa Barny 1892 by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more!
Louisa Barny 1892
from Reflets de Soie
A lovely reproduction of an old sampler, this has been charted by Reflets de Soie. Measuring 424 x 348 in size... it'll be 23-1/2 x 19 on 36ct! Huge! Charted for 41 different shades of silks or DMC, the original is pictured on the front cover of the leaflet and the backside of the original is shown on the inside of that front cover!

Glorious, brilliant colors, the houses are charming, the floral borders are stunning, the birds are elegant... and then you get a COW! I think this is celebrates the quiet, country life and blessings of nature. I especially love those enchanting little cottages down in the lower right corner... wouldn't they make awesome solidly-stitched pin cushions?


All the Pretty Flowers from Heartstring Samplery - click for more
All the Pretty Flowers
by Heartstring Samplery
*... live forever in my heart.* This is a lovely pin cushion design that finishes approx 5-1/2 inches square on 32ct.

A few soft shades of hand-dyed flosses... it's simple, but very pretty!
The Apostle's Creed from Heartstring Samplery - click for more
The Apostle's Creed
by Heartstring Samplery
This is the entire Apostle's Creed charted with some traditional sampler motifs and dividing bands tossed in for color! Beth has charted the original words from 1662. The stitch count is 131 x 425, so it'll finish approx 8 x 26-1/2 on 32ct.

Charted for DMC or hand-dyeds of Poblano Pepper, Calico Kitty, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Brandy, Wood Smoke, Harvest Basket, Shaker White, Loden and Red Rocks, there are no special stitches on this, although you could add some if you felt like it!

Prairie Schooler's Santas Revisited II - click to see more
Our 2017 Annual Prairie Schooler Santa is Here!!!!
Nancy and Pam (even though they have retired from the industry) are still treating us to our Santa every year -- and here he is! Same size, counts, colors as the rest since 1984... this year Santa has a polar bear friend.

Thanks Girls, for continuing to bring us your annual design. Always anticipated and treasured! Presented in their classic 4 x 5 card chart format.
Mill Hill's Fall 2017 Button & bead Kits - click for more
The New Mighty Oak Quartet from Mill Hill
Enjoy the Mill Hill series, Mighty Oak! You'll enjoy seeing the Mighty Oak go through the change of seasons.
  • Children enjoy making a snowman under the Winter Oak.
  • As the weather warms, the kids enjoy flying their kite under the Spring Oak.
  • Reading under the shade of the Summer Oak is a welcome treat from the summer heat.
  • Lastly, the beautiful leaves on the Fall Oak finds a trick or treater and her dog waiting for the rest of her friends to show up and play.
These finish approx 5 inches square. Each complete kit comes with 14 Aida , DMC floss, mill hill beads and the chart. Pretty to choose just one season if it's your favorite but fun to switch out the seasons and keep that little nail on the wall the full year round!

Mill Hill's Caribbean Santas Kits for 2017 - click for more Mill Hill's Caribbean Santas
The 2017 Annual Santas are from the Caribbean this year! Showing Santas from Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica, these need to join your collection!

Always 4-ish inches in size, always 14 Ct perforated paper. We have these from all over the world and they make great trip moments! Every other santa from every other year, collection and country is pictured on our pages!


Mill Hill 2017 Sleigh Ride Kits - click for more
Sleigh Ride... Miniatures of Santas Sleighs from Mill Hill
Mill hills newest collection of small kits has come-- they are all 3-inch sleighs! Complete kits on 14ct perforated paper these are so festive on your tree because the lights make the beads glisten. I just love that the little Westie in the Evergreen one!!!
  • Fly through the sky in Celestial Sleigh.
  • Go back in time in Vintage Sleigh.
  • Fulfill your inner child wishes in Toyland Sleigh.
  • Travel with Buddy the West Highland White Terrier in Evergreen Sleigh.
  • Bunnies and birds will keep you company in Woodland Sleigh.
  • Enjoy all the presents in Traditional Sleigh.

Summer House Pinkeep -- click to see more
Summer House Pinkeep
from Stacy Nash Primitives
This finishes into a generous 5-1/2 x 7-/12 inch pin cushion! Stitched on 36ct Natural linen with Gentle Art Sampler Threads of Apple Cider, Freedom, Straw Bonnet, Carriage Black, Chives and Cranberry.

I like the uneven border all around. It adds to the primitive feel of this. Instructions included for age-staining when you are finished.

Clear Magnetic Needle Keeper Boxes -- click to see a moreClear Magnetic Needle Keeper Boxes
These are super-simple but SUPER needle organizers! 1-1/4 x 3 long x 3/8 of an inch high, these are plastic boxes with white magnetic material lining the bottom. You can see through the lid to know what's inside. The magnetic bottom holds your needles in place along with any metal needle threaders you put in them. Here's the cool part... you can LABEL these as to size of needle!!!!!

They're small and only $2.95 each... so get a box for each needle size and you CAN TELL WHAT YOU HAVE!!!! Small enough for sewing cases, lightweight for stitching totes, I like that I can SEE what's inside and I can LABEL it if I want!


Eiffel Tower Thread Organizer from Kelmscott Eiffel Tower Thread Organizer
from Kelmscott Designs
Kelmscott Designs has a new Vintage Postcard Thread Organizer -- featuring a picture of the Eiffel Tower! Joining her small collection of other charming 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 mini boards, these all have a few holes to organize working threads for one of your projects. Kind of special to tuck inside a sewing case, pretty on a shelf... just a small something!

***Note:
Kelmscott is discontinuing her line of exquisite Mother-Of-Pearl accessories. Prices on MOP are through the ceiling... and she has stopped importing. We LOVE her buttons, thread organizers, thread winders... but will not have them much longer. THIS IS YOUR NOTICE!!! GET WHAT YOU WANT NOW... SUPPLY IS DWINDLING! I don't know how long things will last -- the rulers are already sold out... check out our Kelmscott page to see the treasures still available!


Glad & Sincere Hearts Pt 1 from Heart in Hand - click for more Glad & Sincere Hearts Pt 2 from Heart in Hand - click for more Glad & Sincere Hearts Pt 3 from Heart in Hand - click for more
Glad & Sincere Hearts from Heart in Hand - click for more
Glad & Sincere Hearts from Heart in Hand
This is a 3-leaflet set of designs that makes a central piece, as well as offering a trio of smaller pin cushion designs. *They broke bread in their homes and ate together with Glad & Sincere Heart.*

Finishing approx 3-1/2 x 13 on 28ct Lambswool,, everything is stitched with 20 different shades of Weeks, Gentle Art and Classic hand-dyed flosses, and each part features a small button embellishment or two. The bonus pin cushion designs say *blessed beyond measure* and *thankful everyday.*

Click to see more of our new Flax linen clothing! Click to see more of our new Flax linen clothing! Click to see more of our new Flax linen clothing!
Our Luscious Summer FLAX has Arrived!
We have to get busy trying on everything for shop pics... but May Daily Treats are keeping us pretty busy around here! I want to get all this lovely linen up on the Just Arrived page so you know it is here! The Sunshine and Socials Collections... We LOVE IT ALL!
  • Sunshine is the Rose, Grass and Cornflower Blue collection -- lightweight solid linens, an awesome checkered weave, and a seersucker fabrication -- you can see from my quick shop shots that they all mix and match and GO together! I have everything described on our FLAX pages... pay attention to the Cover Story top... just delicious!!!!! (We ordered it in every color!)
  • Socials -- We have the most STUNNING Lipstick Red, Caramel and Black plaid 'dress/tunic/jacket' piece -- The Soiree Shirt. You can wear it open over a skirt and tank, or a tunic, or closed over leggings or nothing!!! It has a bias-back cut, so it has a really nice feminine drape to it.
***Remember our 1*2*3 Pricing for our FLAX!
Purchase THREE or MORE regularly priced pieces... and they are ALL 25% Off! Wow!!!
Purchase TWO pieces... and they are BOTH 15% Off...
Purchase ONE piece at regular price...
We're pretty good at helping you over the phone with all of this. We get to pull form the racks while you're on the phone -- you can stay on the website and click on stuff while we're shopping!!!


Mill Hill's Fall 2017 Button & bead Kits - click for more
Presenting the 2017 Mill Hill Winter Button & Bead Kits
Christmas is just around the corner -- Start Stitching!!!! The annual Mill Hill B & B kits are here. Always 5 x 5 when finished, always worked on 14ct perforated paper (we sub aida and linen for OUR models), and always full of lots of glass bead decorations and colorful DMC flosses, they are perennial favorites! The Police Station is the addition to their Christmas Village series... and that snow glove is pretty darn CUTE! Offered as complete kits of chart, paper, beads and threads -- a great value!


Mill Hill Autumn 2017 Small Ornament Kits - click for more
Winter Holiday Mini-Bead-Kits from Mill Hill
Here is the collection of this year's small magnet/ornament designs! Presented as complete kits -- chart, 14ct perforated paper, loads of DMC floss and glass Mill Hill beads... they are ALWAYS super fun to stitch.

Really cute -- those beads catch the lights on your Christmas tree and just glisten! Each finishes in the neighborhood of 3 inches in size.


Hello Summer from Plum Street Samplers Mariner's Drum from Plum Street Samplers Sampler House I from Plum Street Samplers Sampler House II from Plum Street Samplers
New Releases
from Plum Street Samplers
Expected this week are four charts by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers.
  • Hello Summer is the second of the seasons -- Spring was released this March. Very delicate and flowing, really a pretty presentation, this measures 150 x 83 in stitch count, so would be 4-1/2 x 8 on 36ct -- a generous size! Would make a nice wedge-shaped stand-up for your bookshelves.
  • Mariner's Drum -- Goes with the new Cape Cod Keeps, this features a pirate who has dropped anchor to search for sunken treasure. Around the sides of the little drum, you see a swimming mermaid, and you can follow that anchor chain all the way over the edge to the bottom of the sea. Finishes about 3 inches in diameter -- super cute!
  • Sampler Houses I & II -- Neat sampler houses both with urns of lavish florals... add a border and some *Family Established* dates, and you have small samplers! Each measures approx 6 x 6 on 32ct... and are coded for Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses.


Cool Beans 122 Brew It from Hands-On Design Cool Beans HD128 7am Somewhere from Hands-On Design Cool Beans HD129 Coffee & Friends from Hands-On Design
Cool Beans! from Hands-On Design
Here's a trio of coffee-inspired designs by Cathy Haberman... each finishes approx 4 inches square on 32ct. Part of a *9-part caffeinated series*... Coffee & Friends, My Cups Runneth Over and 7am Somewhere are offered as three individual charts. You can choose any of the set, or collect all nine (these are #4, 5 and 6 so far) and stitch them all together as one 12 x 12 piece. Choices, choices!

Everything is stitched with DMC floss on 32ct Oaken by Picture This Plus. Cute set, our auto-ship to collect the rest is going on in case you're interested.

12 Days Swans & Maids from Hands-On Design
Swans and Maids
from Hands-On Design
Hands On continues her 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments with #'s 7 x 8 of the famous poem. Stitched on Week's Dye Works 28ct Aztec Red hand-dyed Gingham linen, that red insures these will show well against the green branches of your Christmas tree! Same color palette on all of these... #1 through 6 are here... #9 through 12 still to come.

Presented as a chart of two designs with the numeral button tags by JABCO, our auto-ship can help you collect the parts you still need!


Long May She Wave from AB Designs - click for more Loud & Proud from AB Designs - click for more
Loud & Proud and Long May She Wave
from AB Designs
AB Designs is in a patriotic mood... she's sent two designs to celebrate!!! Loud and Proud (67 x 100) would be cute on a light blue or even crisp white -- he is stitched with DMC or hand-dyed flosses and is garnished with a smattering of small buttons.

Long May She Wave MIGHT be referring to the cute little animals, besides the flags! Stitch them all together or make a set of 4 little cushions to nestle together in a summer basket. Individually, they measure about 40 stitches in size -- so they're cute and bitty! Chart comes with stars and a heart button.


Hometown Holiday #14 Grandma's House from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more Hometown Holiday: Grandma's House
from Little House Needleworks
The 14th chart in this delightful series has arrived! Over the past couple of years, Little House has been adding to this collection of businesses and buildings, creating an entire little village! You can finish them however you want... she generally shows flat ornaments, but little stand-up cubes are cute as well. Depends how much space you have and how much you want to fuss!

Anyway, Grandma's House has the same coloring as the rest -- DMC and Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses on natural linen. (You can choose just about anything neutral for these.) Just sweet and simple, this one finishes approx 3-1/2 x 4-1/2. We have all the of the designs in the set available... fun to peruse! (We do have an on-going auto... and we can begin you now, or even catch you up with the oldies!)



Announcing Silver Needle's Next
*A Little Help From Our Friends Stitching Circle!*
The designers for our new 2017 Circle
We are so excited to announce our third series of FIVE EXCLUSIVE KITS by five of our Favorite Silver Needle Designer Friends! Beginning in August of 2017... we will be bringing you our collection of 5 designs we have commissioned from Hands On Design, Scarlett House, Heartstrings Samplery, Sam Sarah Designs and Blackberry Lane! Each edition will be presented in a pretty kit format of THEIR charming designs... along with a little something extra and fun from US at the Silver Needle.

Our plans are for smaller designs -- like pin cushions or slightly larger. Projects that you can finish!!! The goal is to try for $40-$45-ish pricing each time. We want this to be FUN to stitch and not break your piggy bank. Your A Little Help From Our Friends Stitching Circle reservation entitles you to ALL FIVE of the exclusive kits and our extra treats.

Limited in production and membership, we are taking reservations now (for only a few weeks) to get you into The Circle. Kits are targeted to ship mid-August, mid-October and Mid-December 2017, continuing through mid-February and finishing in mid-April of 2018.

Details and pics of our previous two years of Circles are on our Exclusives Page.
PREVIOUS SETS ARE ALL SOLD OUT... THIS is your next chance to join!!!!



Summer Mouse in a House by Just Nan -- click to see more! Summer Mouse in a House from Just Nan...
We will begin shipping April 27th-ish.
Introducing Miss Pansy Mouse's next door neighbor -- Miss Strawberry Mouse! She lives in her pyramid-shaped linen house tied together at the top with a pink polka dot ribbon closure. 'Vines dotted with blueberry beads climb the walls of the house and gardens bloom on all sides. A trellis of roses surrounds the front door.
On one side of the house, you will find a fenced lavender garden with butterflies and bluebirds stitched over 1.
On the other side, a strawberry patch is humming with bees. In the backyard flowers spill from a 'very large' urn being inspected by two little visitors! Both the wreath over the front door and the large urn are embellished with tiny Swarovski dewdrop beads.

Inside, the pink walls surround a fancy floral rug, and beneath that rug another little mouse scurries about.' The pink felt walls can hold needles and pins. Summer House is stitched on Week's Dye Works 32ct Platinum Linen and Miss S Mouse is worked on 32 Blush. She is wearing a strawberry frock and sporting a lovely white hat! The house is approx 2-3/4 inches in size, Mouse is approx 1-3/4 inches. Presented as the 12-page stitch and finishing guide with chart, ribbon,felt, bases, crystals, string tail, mouse button base, flowers, and beads. There is an optional Little lady Mouse Mini Slide available as well!
This is part two of a 4-Season Mouse House Series... you can still get the Spring Mouse House... and we are offering an auto-ship for this charming set!


A Little Stitch from Lizzie Kate - click to see more Summer Smalls from Lizzie Kate Coffee Time from Lizzie Kate Liberty from Lizzie Kate - click to see more
Lizzie Kate's New Things are Here!
  • A Little Stitch -- *Stitch Every Day* -- The 'bestest' advice!!! This is a 53 x 53 stitch count design which will finish less than 3 x 3 on 28ct. You can choose any fabric to make it larger or smaller (darling pin cushion!) but the chart comes with a cut of 28 Lambswool that is just perfect. There is also a fun little heart charm in here that says *Made with Love.* You'll need bits of floss from your stash -- not much -- DMCs or hand-dyeds. Then, if we need to send you some mini-ball fringe or chenille trim... just let us know... we can match something pretty! A Little Stitch is just one of LK's tiny LITTLE designs -- we have a ton of other ones! Chart includes linen and embellishment.
  • Summer Smalls -- More cute pin cushion designs, each of these finishes less than 3 inches in size... SUMMER is longer at 6... but you get the idea. Real cute grouped together as a collection of cushions in a basket... I bet we're going to get all 4 seasons. So by the time you are finished with this, you could have a neat bowl with all the seasons together in it... and everybody who comes by can re-arrange them!!! Chart with embellishments.
  • Coffee Time -- A trio of super-easy coffee-themed designs, That little sack is a cool idea. Mount one of these designs on something like that to hold some K-Cups on the counter! Presented as the charts with no special embellishments, charted for DMC or hand-dyeds.
  • Liberty -- The next in LK's Celebrate with Charm 2017 monthly set. Just a 3 x 4 cutie, make a cushion, door hanger, stand-up box... or frame it for a tiny space on the wall... there is a freebie border chart on the LK website to join all SEVEN designs in this series together, and another one with a Canadian conversion for the design... so you have TONS of design options here. Small card with charm.

Horses and Mares by Laurel Burch For Mill Hill! - click for more
Horses and Mares by Laurel Burch for Mill Hill
Mill Hill has adapted the artwork of Laurel Burch into Cross Stitch. Joining her charming collection of Cats and Dogs, we now have Horses and Mares!

Same awesome, bold and bright coloring, same signature artwork flavor... we have five designs to stitch on either 28ct linen or 14ct Aida. All five of these feature great colors, and Mill Hill glass seed beads as design accents. Moroccan Mares is stunning -- all browns, creams, grays and blacks... so pretty!


Ocean Boulevard from The Victoria Sampler - click for more Ocean Boulevard from The Victoria Sampler
The Victoria Sampler has sent a charming design -- kind of a miniature version of their 4 seasonal Cottages by the Sea. *Happiness is a walk on the beach.* A trio of happy beach houses are nestled on the sand, with a path running across the front yards. I imagine there is more sand behind them before the water... ?

Thea's charming set of seasonal cottages is finished, and this one just seems to coordinate so beautifully with them. Stitched on any light blue linen you want, the model is on 28ct and finishes approx 8-1/2 x 5 inches in size. Presented in leaflet format, the accessory pack contains all the three different brands of silk threads needed and black bead embellishments. Very colorful and pretty!


Vintage Needle Collections K L M - click for more Vintage Needle Collections
What EXQUISITE Needlework Treats!!!!! We have found ACTUAL Vintage Needles, in their ORIGINAL packages... and each comes with a tiny bit of history about the needle company who produced them. Needle companies through the past 200 years have been buying each other out and consolidating, saving trademarks, re-naming, merging, re-building factories, you name it! Colonial Needle has lots of tiny old treasures that they have acquired over the years -- and here they are!

Colonial Needle has *new sets* of vintage needles packed together in their small collections. These are brand new ACTUAL VINTAGE NEEDLES in their ORIGINAL packages. Four different companies featured in each set, you get a bit of history about the manufacturer and dates of productions. I haven't got the faintest idea what some of these needles were *supposed to be* used for... just the fact that they have survived in their lovely packages is enough for me!
  • Set K Features W Prickle Lo Lo Eyes, John James Harness, Abel Morrall Milliners, and Double Century Sharps.
  • Set L Features Abel Morrall Sharps, Milward Tapestry, T Hemming Crewel, and Leo Lammertz Betweens.
  • Set M Features Abel Morrall Crewel, H Milward Chenille, S Thomas Cotton Darners and T Hemming Milliners.


The Garden Gate from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more Welcome Spring from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more
The Garden Gate & Welcome Spring from The Drawn Thread
Cynthia Zittel has a pair of lovely designs on the way to us -- they are full of her stitching personality -- and are just delightful! Presented as the charts WITH her exclusive silk packets.
  • The Garden Gate 'Those who enter through this gate come never too early no stay too late.' Stitched on 32ct Beachwalk Linen in silks, this finishes approx 12 x 3-1/2 inches in size. It is PACKED with all sorts of fun specialty stitch bits -- TEXTURE EVERYWHERE -- and just about as many little garden critters!!! Birds, bees, squirrels and a kitty, the fence is pretty, the bird bath looks pretty popular, and the flowers are bursting with all those fun stitch details. Clear, large stitch diagrams -- nothing is too hard to execute. Every single motif is a bitty work of art just by itself... and you won't get bored stitching any of them!
  • Welcome Spring -- We have a few of these now...Winter and Autumn... so this is the third in the set. You can barely see the letters that spell WELCOME in here.. what you see are the charming motifs for the season -- all done with more of Cynthia's fun stitches. (she must lay awake at night making them all up... 'cause they are always different!) Several different silk companies featured for the threads, the stitch count on this is 216 x 30 -- so it finishes approx 14-1/2 x 2 on 30ct Antique Lambswool Linen.
(Just a funny tidbit here... our Stitching Circle kit we JUST mailed out to you guys was Cynthia's design... it called for that 30ct Antique Lambswool... and we bought it all for your Circle Kits. The supplier ran out... so we're going to have to improvise for a few months!!!)

December Crazy Quilting Chart from Carolyn Manning Designs - click to see more November Crazy Quilting Chart from Carolyn Manning Designs - click to see more

November & December Quilt Blocks
from Carolyn Manning
We are finally finishing off Carolyn Manning's 12-part series of crazy quilts in cross stitch. She has 12 blocks -- all 5-1/2 inches in size (on 14/28) that feature colors and motifs for their season or holiday.

Kind of cute, each is a chart with an embellishment or two! They would be pretty joined together, but they'd make cool pin cushions too!

THE SECRET PIN CUSHION from MTV Designs - click for more Dancing Dragonflies Sewing Set from MTV Designs - click for more Elegance in Bloom Sewing Box from MTV Designs - click for more
MTV is gifted Italian designer with neat stuff!
  • The Secret Pincushion Maria Teresa Vitali has some new designs -- we brought home three different sewing set designs -- all kitted up with her special wooden items and hand-made pins. The Secret Pincushion is especially cute, because it uses a Lone Elm Lane Shaker Pin Cushion Base that you make a cover for, and turn it into a little box! Presented as a chart WITH a handpainted majolica Italian bead sewing pin, you stitch this design on 32ct linen using only 4 colors of Weeks flosses. Mount it on a puffed board, add some rik rak... and Presto... you have a miniature covered box! A real cute idea...
  • Dancing Dragonflies Sewing Set This set makes a sewing case with interior pocket to hold scissors and a special hand-painted wooden thread board, a pin cushion biscornu, and scissor fob. Everything is stitched on Weeks 32ct Gold Linen in DMCs or silks. The main case measures about 4-1/2 x 5 when closed... cushion is smaller at 3 inches and fob at 2. Along with the chart, we included the special painted wooden thread board, the matching magnetic needle minder, the sparkling pins you see poking out from the cushion, and the little scissors! Linen and threads are available separately -- you probably have them in your stash. A little pricey -- it does come all the way from Italy.. and $88 IS cheaper than an airline ticket... so it's not really that bad! And it comes with all of those extra goodies!
  • Elegance in Bloom Sewing Box This is a 4 x 6 x 1-1/2 inch cardboard box that you cover and construct! Stitched on Weeks 32ct Linen with silks or DMC, all your tiny box pieces are included in with the chart, along with MTV's cute little hand-painted needleminder. What I LOVE is the pin roll! It consists of two decorated wooden rounds pierced with heart openings... and there is a matching threadkeep, too! They are the ends of a rolled piece of stitching. THEN, see the gorgeous porcelain pins poking from the ends? Lots of Rhodes stitches in here... you get the chart, boards, three decorated wooden pieces, the scissors and the gorgeous Capodimonte porcelain pins!!!!!


Little Lambie Pie Needle Minder from Puffin & Company - click to see more Puffin & Company has three new designs in her assortments of miniature tools!
  • Regular Needle Threaders -- The cupcake in the pic features a threading hook at the bottom.
  • Mini Needle Nanny -- The Birdhouse style... these have a rare-earth magnet set behind them to cling everywhere!
  • Micro Needle Threader -- That is the Ladybug in the pic -- its threader hook is much smaller to fit through beading and small needles.
These three designs come in all three tools... and as you know, Puffin has a TON of other cute offerings! Make sure to 'absorb' them all on our Puffin Page!


Little French Pin Keep from JBW - click for more Alphabetique from JBW - click for more
Alphabetique & Little French Pin Keep from JBW
JBW has seven new designs... I'm into Paris these days, so these two are my favorites!
  • Alphabetique is presented as a small chart, it is stitched in one color of hand-dyed (Cherry Wine in this one) and finishes approx 5 x 9 on 32ct Platinum Belfast Linen. Lots of bitty French-flavored motifs in here, the letters are all swirly and pretty, everything is charming! Think about stitching some bits separately for small cushions... you could turn this into a whole set of small cushions! Judy suggests antique button embellishments here and there... none come with the chart... but find some old white ones to dot your needlework!
  • Little French Pin Keep -- This is companion to Judy's Oh La La Eiffel Tower Scissor Case from last year. (That is now offered in chart format, #333, so you can still get the design!) Presented as a kit, you get the chart, pink finishing fabric for front and back. the rik rak, heart buttons and the cut of 32ct Baby Pink Linen to stitch on. All you'll need is a bit of DMC 601, 602 and 605 from your stash! A sweet little thing, the pins featured in the pic are a fun set by JABCO, and are available separately!


Lady on the Moors from Thistles - click for a larger view My Sister is the Bester from Thistles - click for a larger view My Sister is the Bester... Than the Bestest! & Lady on the Moors from Thistles
Thistles has a couple of cute charted designs that we brought home from Market last month.
  • My Sister is the Bester -- You could switch out that Sister reference to a friend... this is stitched with DMC or Sampler Threads and finishes 10-ish inches on 32ct.
  • Lady on the Moors -- (Do we have Moors in the US?) Pretty lavenders and greens in this -- DMC or Sampler Threads, it finishes approx 12 x 10 on 35ct.

Glitzy Rooster Needle Minder Magnets by Accoutrement Designs - click for more
Roosters! from Accoutrement Designs
Accoutrements has two gorgeous jeweled magnetic rooster needle minders that I just had to have!!! 2 x 2 inches in size, one is blue, teal and red in color, the other is black, gold and crystal.

I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I got them both! Now it's your turn! You choose, or have us choose for you!


Ghosts by The Glasshopper - click for more Mushroom by The Glasshopper - click for more Mushrooms and Ghosts!
from The Glasshopper
Jennifer the Glasshopper Gal has a pair of cute new pins -- topped with her lampwork glass! Beautifully hand-made, each pin needs to poke out of a pretty pin cushion or sewing case.

The little mushroom reminds me of the dancing ones in Fantasia! Substantial 2-1/2 inch pins, the red and white glass mushroom measures about 3/4 of an inch. The little ghost is white glass with black eyes, and he measures about 2cm long -- about 3/4 of an inch. These are darling... one of a kind. Full of personality, you'll never find others like them!


Red Shaker Tray and Hornbook - click for more American Homestead Sewing Set from Scarlett House - click for more Red Shaker Tray and Hornbook
We have a beautifully handmade Shaker-style wooden tray with matching mini-hornbook by master-woods-craftsman Robert LeHay. Measuring approx 7 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/2, it is completely hand-made and exquisitely finished. Brick Red on the outside, black on the inside, there is a 4-x 6-ish black hornbook paddle that goes with it.

Scarlet House has featured this set on her new American Homestead Sewing Set chart, and both are stunning!!! Tanya's designs are charming, and wow, they look great stashed into this awesome little tray! Attach a small cushion to the hornbook, and nestle everything else in the beautiful tray!


6-1/2 Inch Storks by Dovo - click for lots more 6-1/2 Inch Storks
By Dovo of Solingen, Germany, here are gigantic Stork Scissors! Same classic design as our smaller versions, these make quite the statement! They have a nice balance to them, so they actually are good for cutting!

Even though they are large, they are NOT heavy-duty such as a sewing shear. The 'eye' is just one small, precision screw... so treat these with LOVE, just like your smaller embroidery scissors. (That means no paper and no electrical cords!... we hear all those stories!) Super-pretty in a sewing case or neat needlework shadow box display as well.


New Spring 2017 Floss Sets - click to see more
OHHHHH... New Threads!!!
Our threads hang in alphabetical order on the racks.. we LOVE new colors, but wow... adding to the ABC order on the racks is killer!!! We have 4 new sets... get them all now, before you find out you need one of them at 2am on a Sunday morning of a 4-day weekend!!! (and you're on vacation and have no internet access!)


Riley Harbor from Kathy Barrick - click to see more Bowlful of Bunnies from Kathy Barrick - click to see more Riley Harbor & Bowlful of Bunnies
from Kathy Barrick
Kathy Barrick has a few new releases... I loved these tiny rabbit cushions when I saw them, and of course, that harbor scene is delightful!
  • Bowlful of Bunnies -- Frame them, or cushion them, these finish around 2 x 2 -- depending on fabric counts. Regular DMC flosses, too!
  • Riley Harbor -- The houses are neat, but Iove what's going on in the water! The lobster, crabs, octopus, whale and even the SHARK! Lots of balance, lots of geometric shapes and movement in this... on 32ct, it's 11-1/2 x 8!


Stars & Stripes - Lucy Moore 1865 from Needlework Press - click for more Stars & Stripes - Lucy Moore - 1865
from Needlework Press
Oh, wow... this is an awesome sampler that has survived from 1865. Re-charted by Needlework Press, there is LOTS of history in here about the stitcher, her life and family, and the times she lived in. It finishes approx 25 inches wide by 8 inches high on Week's 30ct Straw Linen. It features alphabets of Algerian Eyelets, one-over-one and Four-Sided stitches.

All the names you see are real ones... but, for heavens sake... DON'T FEEL BAD CHANGING THEM TO YOUR OWN FAMILY NAMES! It's great to feature other people on your walls... very noble and historic... but nobody in your family knew them... and it's OK to make it your own!!! So... think about adding *Family Established* and names and dates or something like that. The sampler is neat.. cool shape, awesome story behind it... presented as a leaflet with great pic of the finished piece!


Spring Time from Needlework Press - click for more
Spring Time
from Needlework Press
The fifth little clock design in NP's Time to Stitch Series! We have the 6-inch plastic fake alarm clock frames for these... Spring joins Christmas, Halloween, Sampler and Stitch Time designs!

Each finishes approx 3 x 3... so if you don't want a faux clock, make them into little pin cushions! We even have clock hands to attach if you want!

Arranging Sewing from Ink Circles - click to see more Arranging It!
from Ink Circles
Ink Circles is getting organized with everything under the sun. Kind of a fun series of designs, each of these is offered in it's separate chart. They all measure the same size -- approx 6 x 4 on 30-ish count, and are coded for Sampler Threads or DMC flosses.

Tools, Fishing Lures, Orchestra, Sewing, Birdhouses, Vegetables... each one appeals to its particular hobby... These are a cute something to stitch for someone... unless their sewing room or tackle box is a mess!


Roses Melody Sewing Casket from Mani di Donna - click for more Mini Sunflower Pin Cushion
from Mani di Donna
Mani Di Donna had the cutest bitty design at Market... a tiny sunflower cushion with matching needlecase. Just a simple chart, it comes with the set of three handmade clay sunflower pins and the three metal thread rings you see on there. (Rings actually go inside the thread case... we put them on the cushion instead, because we didn't think we'd do both pieces!)

You'll need scraps of linen, and bits of three Weeks flosses... SUPER tiny and quick!
Simona has some other cool new things... on our inside pages!


Kesiah Campbell 1796 Sampler from Needlemade Designs - click to see more Kesiah Campbell 1796 Sampler
from Needlemade Designs
A neat sampler... especially when you know what the verse really means!!!! Tucked above the charming farmhouse and yard scene, the Gaelic words translate to *driving the ewes to the hills, where the heather grows... and to the small stream! By Needlemade Designs, you could stitch JUST the bottom part -- leaving off the alphabets and initials -- you CAN change the biblical name Kesiah to your own!

Adjust the border length... but do keep the little sheep stitched with French Knots! The entire green lawn is stitched with Satins - but they are displaced in semi rows, so there is a lovely texture to all that green, which makes this all the more charming! (Can you tell, I'm not personally crazy about the dominant alphabet up there? It's OK to think outside the 'chart' a little!) Entire sampler finishes approx 9 x 11 on 32ct.
Charted for DMC or Gentle Art Sampler Threads -- gorgeous colors of Cast Iron Skillet, Country Redwood, Endive, Garden Gate, Grape Arbor, Red Plum, Moss, Oatmeal, Picnic Basket, and Woodrose.


Land That I Love - click to see more Land That I Love
This is a neat book, and you should buy it! (There it is in a nutshell!) It is a 120-ish page book full of line drawings of the 50 US states, and all sorts of lettering and motifs special to each state. By Indigo Junction's Amy Barickman, it begs for your creativity! Ready to be traced onto fabrics for embroidery... possibilities are endless.

A *Retro* personality to this... how neat would it be to teach a young stitcher basic embroidery with this? If you are traveling this summer... and you are going out-of-state... do pillow cases with motifs of the states you are visiting! If you go camping... it's a perfect momento! If you take a summer vacations somewhere... make kitchen dish towels with embroidery on them to celebrate your trip! If you have a camper -- maybe you have room for a cute stitched pillow in there? This book is your helping hand!


Mill Hill's Fall 2017 Button & bead Kits - click for more
NEW Fall Mill Hill is HERE!
Oh, it's that time of year... SPRING... which means it's also time for Mill Hill's Fall and Halloween line to debut! (You need a little time to work on these before this Fall!)

The New Button & Beaded Kits -- These are the 5 x 5 ones stitched on perforated paper with DMC and beads. We like that paper, but we also use 28ct linen or 14ct Aida as alternatives. Each kit comes with all the threads, beads and a ceramic button for garnish.

ALWAYS Cute: Harvest Corn can stay out for several months, Country Store is another in MH's Village series (there is a whole Christmas City, and another that are shops through all the seasons.) Spooky Scary features dancing skeletons -- very different and cute! Moonlit Treaters features that awesome moon that several of the previous designs have as well, Count Your Blessings sports the most gorgeous Autumn trees in their colorful glory, and finally Old Time Harvest has that cool old truck perusing he pumpkin patch!

Mill Hill Autumn 2017 Small Ornament Kits - click for more
Autumn 2017 Small Ornament Kits from Mill Hill
This year's 3 x3 ornament-sized designs are here too! Sometimes, they companion the larger kits, sometimes not. All are presented with their bit of 14ct perforated paper, all the necessary DMC flosses and beads and usually a Mill Hill Treasure as a garnishment. They work well for magnets, and small ornaments... in the olden days, the kits came with pin backs, so you could wear them. They do make stunning pins, and I am here to tell you that they launder well! (Over the years I have accidentally washed dozens of them! You'd think that paper would disintegrate, but with all your stitching on there, they hold up like iron!)

Happy Camper is just plain DARLING!!! Boo reminds me of the early designs -- very cute. Sally Scarecrow is fun and colorful -- not scary fall. Let Go refers to trees letting go of their leaves... but it might be good advice for someone you know! Be Scary IS a scary Halloween design... and we think that Autumn Gold is KILLER! It is stunning!


Mill Hill EERIE, ELLIS & ESSENCE - click for more EERIE, ELLIS & ESSENCE from Mill Hill
This year's trio of Halloween designs that finish approx 4 inches in size, we have trio of happy ghosts! What makes them kind of fun are the 'textures' on their 'gowns.' (I don't know that ghosts actually 'wear anything at all!')

Anyway, stitched on 14ct perforated paper with DMC and garnished with Mill Hill seed beads, they've simply added some long stitches in here instead of all X's. Very fun! Complete kits of paper, floss, beads, needle... time to get busy!


Memories by Just Nan -- click to see more!
***Just Nan Announces MORE LAST CALLS for Retiring Designs!***

13 more of Just Nan's pieces are retiring NOW... and will be available ONLY till the end of June (unless they sell out sooner!) Pictured here is Memories.

We are *SPECIAL ORDERING* these designs for you, as we have not carried many of them in stock for several years. Orders will arrive to us weekly, so you won't have to wait very long for your treasures to arrive!

We have tiny pics of the rest of the featured retirees on our Just Nan Page -- Don't Miss Them!!!


Out of the Woods: Raccoon from SamSarah Design Studio
Sam Sarah has begun two 3-part designs that are so cute and colorful... just small, simple, not a ton of parts to them, or tons of embellishments, these are MANAGEABLE!

Out of the Woods from SamSarah Design Studio Out of the Woods: Raccoon
from SamSarah Design Studio
Stitched on 32ct Charlotte's Pink by Weeks Dye Works, the raccoon is first chart, cute little owl is second, and that awesome fox is the third chart! Together, they finish about 11 x 5, and they are KILLER!

Colorful, full of personality, they are so creative and different from anything else out there. Super-cute for a nursery! Maybe decide on fabric after you have all three charts?

Blue would be good, apple green... we'll do an auto-ship for the other two charts coming to help you collect the set.


Clay Garden Pin Set from Nikyscreations - click for more Alphabet Garden from Nikyscreations - click for more Nikyscreations has several charming new releases... charts and the ultra-sweet set of miniature clay counting pins!
Alphabet Garden features a flowing alphabet scattered all about the 100 x 131 stitch count design (finishes approx 6 x 8 on 32ct). Charted for regular DMC floss, it's a very pretty piece. You can mange up the fabric of you want, and changing DMC to hand-dyed flosses is a breeze! The chart comes with a delightful hand-painted wooden bunny button that measures about an inch in size -- you can see it beside the W in the sampler.

Clay Garden Pin Set -- These are lovely! PETITE, these are 2-inch long pins topped with a flower, bunny and carrot of polymer clay -- they are only 1/4 an inch in size! So stinkin cute, you can poke these into just about any garden, or floral, or bunny pin cushion, and they'd be a charming surprise inside a sewing case! Soft muted colors... this set I am describing never made it back to The Silver Needle! They found a new home in the pin cushion on my desk!

Make sure to see the rest of Nikys cute things on our interior Niky Pages!


Modern Folk Embroidery - click to see more   Modern Folk Embroidery - click to see more
Modern Folk Embroidery
I stumbled across this book that features 30 contemporary projects for Folk Art inspired designs -- all done in traditional embroidery stitches! It is fresh, colorful, young and just fun! It's crewel embroidery -- stitched with embroidery floss on just about any fabric you want.

The book has 125 pages of stitch diagrams, patterns and pictures of 30 different projects that are so NOW and CUTE! Bags, dolls, pillows, ornaments... you can finish everything in here any way you want! Browse through it, choose a project, the instructions are very good. Bright colors, very *Retro* on personality!


The Cross Stitch Garden - click to see more   The Cross Stitch Garden - click to see more
The Cross Stitch Garden
Another enchanting book I have stumbled across recently, this one features over 70 cross stitch floral motifs mixed into 20 different samplings and projects. Fresh, clean, contemporary, and elegant, the author, Kazuko Aoki, is a popular Japanese embroidery artist who now lives in Sweden and writes embroidery books! Her style is clean, petite, colorful, and realistic.

This is a very pretty book filled with luscious close-up photographs of the stitching, and very clear, inviting charts! Reminds me of the Danish Handcraft Guild look and Gerda Bengstrom, as well! 109 pages of sheer Cross Stitch delight!


A Stitcher's Pin Spool from Milady's Needle - click for more A Stitcher's Pin Spool from Milady's Needle
Milady's Needle has a cute new Stitcher's Spool design... it shows two stitchers on it, big 'ol nasty scissors (in comparison to the tiny little stitchers!) and the words *Sampler Sisters* along with the date. You can spell put anything you want to on there! Presented as a complete kit, it contains the chart (but there are TWO -- one is for 36ct as an option), a cut of 40ct Vintage Homespun Linen by Lakeside, and Gentle Art and Weeks hand-dyed flosses all beautifully tied onto a cardboard thread palette with the stitched artwork on it.

There is coordinating topping fabric to match the flosses and Milady's chunky 2 x 3 inch wooden spool as well. THEN, to dress up your cushion, you'll see a pair of silver-flower pins by Kim's Needle Needfuls -- you get those TOO! Very cute, this is like the Rabbit Run and Garden Visit Spool Keepers and Cushions we were treated to last year (which are back in stock for a limited time!)


Spots of Paris and Ateliers of Paris
from Fireside Originals
Ateliers of Paris from Fireside Originals - click to see more Spots of Paris from Fireside Originals - click to see more Oh my gosh... our Silver Needle/Jeannette Douglas Cruise leaving from Paris is coming the end of May! There are 140 of us taking the ENTIRE Ama Waterways boat down the Rhone for a week.. but we meet in Paris first! I couldn't resist these two charts I found at Market!
  • Spots of Paris is worked on 32ct Ocean Kiss linen with GAST or DMC flosses. Do the 100 x 100 entire design, or make the little scooter and the Metro sign!
  • Ateliers of Paris is a charming shop window scene... I love walking down a narrow street and EVERY shop window is more charming than the last! (wouldn't it be fun to stumble across a mini Silver Needle in some 400 yr old village with stone streets and tiny mosaic door entries, and wooden windows that have 1/2 an inch of paint layers on them?) This design measures 279 x 120 -- good sized. Hand-dyed flosses, a few beads and even some Mill Hill Treasures... the middle shop is a needlework shop... it has a bottle of wine in the window, and a glass FROG Treasure over a gold needle... meaning NO FROGGING... which translates to NO Rip-It Stitching!


Happy Halloween in punch needle from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Beeutiful Garden in punch needle from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Halloween Duos in punch needle from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more
A Trio of New Punch Needle Designs from Teresa Kogut!!!
Super-Cute designs presented as line drawings to transfer onto provided weaver's cloth, each of these is punched with hand-dyed or DMC flosses.
  • Happy Halloween -- Wow, talk about eye-catching! Finishes approx 5-1/2 x 7, punching around the circle gives you all that color variation!
  • Beeutiful Garden -- Charming floral border surrounding a beehive -- everything is muted in color on this... just gorgeous! Finishes 5-1/4 x 7.
  • Halloween Duos -- Cats and Jacks, and crows! I love the white outline she's added around everything in this! Finishes approx 8 x 6.

Angelic Vision from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Pray from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Pray & Angelic Vision
from Teresa Kogut!!!
This is a pair of beautiful angels charted from Teresa's original watercolor art. Stitched on Week's Cocoa 30ct Linen, these are coded for regular 'ol DMC floss! Such pretty colors and such a neat look...

Pray finishes approx 6-1/2 inches in size, while Angelic Vision measures 5-1/2 x 7-1/2. Lovely!

Bat Kit Crazy from Val's Stuff Buttons in Bloom -- Yellow & Purple Colorways -- on Perforated Paper.
A profusion of bright colors, this just makes you smile! Val's Stuff's cute chart comes with a 3 x 4 cut of 14ct brown perforated paper, and is coded for two different color combinations using DMC and hand-dyed flosses -- either a yellow or purple background variation.

Included with her chart is the set of buttons to stitch this BOTH ways! (We thought it was so cute, we converted it to a Secret Needle Night kit as well!!! THAT kit contains *our* color changes, the alternative threads and necessary linen cut... and is available separately.)


Christmas Friends from Sue Hillis -- click to see more Christmas in Red from Sue Hillis -- click to see more
Sue Hillis has lots of cute new arrivals -- Halloween, Christmas, Sports and even a fun leaflet for Dad's Father's Day gift!

Christmas in Red & Christmas Friends
from Sue Hillis Designs
A pair of new sled leaflets by Sue Hillis. NO... the sleds don't come in white -- if you want them white, you have to paint them! These are, however, two fun collections of more designs to dress those cute little wooden ornaments.

Sue shows lots of rik rak and trims around her designs... you can do that, but keep in mind that perforated paper is good too, and you just cut that out and glue it on! These samples are a bit more involved on the finishing end... and they'll be just as cute if you don't fuss as much. Sleds are offered separately.


Bat Kit Crazy from Val's Stuff Lots of Fun New Things from Val's Stuff are here!!! An explosion of color and personality!
Val does cute things for Halloween and Christmas -- she has quite a collection of ornaments stitched on perforated paper, and there are more!

Bat Kit Crazy -- These are the CUTEST! Make this flying bat with wings stitched on perforated paper. You add his felt ball body and ball eyes... stitch on black eyes and some little clay fangs and he's finished! Choose between GREEN or PURPLE balls... both charts for *Bite Me* and *Just Batty* are included in the kit.

All you'll add are bits of floss from your stash. Kit contains the charts, paper, green or purple felt ball, matching green or purple week's felt to back your bat, his white eye balls, black button eyes, and fang buttons. He finishes approx 1-1/2 x 6 inches in size!


Herman The Hedgehog: His Sewing Case and Fob from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view Herman The Hedgehog: His Sewing Case and Fob from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view
Herman The Hedgehog: His Sewing Case, Fob and Glasshopper Pin!
from Fern Ridge Collections
This is SO DARN CUTE... you are going to fall in love with Herman! Fern Ridge's Pat and Peggy have created such a fun sewing set... presented in full kits... you get EVERYTHING neat and cool to finish this little guy in style!
  • Herman - The Sewing Case This measures about 3 x 4 when closed. Beaded edge treatment, check out the little hand-made red and white spotted glass mushroom button holding it closed! Stitched on 32ct Flax linen with Sullivans floss, Herman is on the front cover, his little forest on the back. Lots of special stitches in the tree. Open his case to find a stitched pocket for a hedgehog thread winder -- it's garnished with a silver mushroom charm. Herman The Hedgehog: His Sewing Case and Fob from Fern Ridge - click for a larger viewNext, there is a ruler band -- yes, you get the wooden ruler etched with another baby hedgehog. then linen pages to hold needles, another pocket to hold the hedgehog waxer that is included, and another pocket to help hold one of your small scissors. Great colors, and super cute, the kit includes the chart, linen, lining fabrics and interfacing. Beads, buttons, glass mushroom, ribbon, waxer wooden winder and ruler, silvery mushroom charm... I hope I haven't left anything out!
  • Herman - The Beaded Fob This little guy is so much fun to do! He is Peyote Stitch (which is a beading technique, not Cross Stitch) with lavish fringe at the bottom and sticky-outey 'quills' from his back. Presented in a complete kit, the Peyote part takes about 3 hours to do... quills another hour, and fringe another one or two -- I'm always getting my thread accidentally wrapped around the rest I have already done! Pretty browns and greens, you get everything in the kit. Herman finishes approx 4 inches long from head to fringe!
  • Herman - The Stick Pin WOW... Glasshopper made Herman come to life for Fern Ridge... he's even hand-painted!!!!! About 1/2 an inch in size, he is ceramic, and features a glass 'polka dot blanket' on his back handmade just for him! THE CUTEST little pin... get him for anywhere you need a tiny hedgehog! He's available separately from the case and fob!


Pink & Green Glass-Topped Pins from Giulia Punti Antichi - click to see more Blue Majolica Pin Set from Giulia Punti Antichi - click to see more Raffaellesco Bead Set from Giulia Punti Antichi - click to see more Giulia's Stunning Pins from Giulia Punti Antichi
I couldn't resist these one-of-a-kind GORGEOUS pins that traveled all the way from Italy in Giulia's suitcase! There are awfully difficult to take back to the shop after they are sitting here beside me! I bought only 6 sets of each!
  • Raffaellesco Deruta Bead -- This is a pair of beads designed to dress up a tassel or cording. Use it as a finishing dressing on a fob or pin cushion. The main pottery bead measures approx 1-1/4 inches x 1. It is LOVELY and hand-painted with the famous Raffaellesco pattern There is a matching 1/2 inch soft green bead to compliment. You'll need to find something special for this!
  • Blue Majolica Pin set -- Light blues... one is painted pottery, the other glass and silver. Pins measure about 2-1/2 inches long.
  • Pink & Green Glass-Topped Pins -- set of three beautiful floral glass beads -- the green one has gold metallic inside the glass, the rose one has the flower fired into the porcelain (?) ... neat accent beads... the rose one is patterned glass... difficult to describe, but absolutely gorgeous! Approx 2-1/2 inches long.


Vintage Thread Cards from Stacy Nash -- click to see more
New Arrivals from Stacy Nash Primitives
Vintage Thread Cards... also The Animal Crackers Series and Rose Garden Sewing Basket... all new this month!
Aren't these fun? Heavy cardboards covered with vintage prints, they measure approx 3 x 4-1/2 and feature 8 holes to loop your stitching threads. Use them to organize works in progress, or to decorate the insides of your stitched cases. They'd even be pretty tucked with stitched pin cushions in a basket or bowl... and the rabbits and lambs could perch beside some Easter Eggs! Assorted Vintage Halloween, Christmas and Animals... if you have a preference, let us know!

Skep of Bees by Bent Creek -- click to see more Shake It Up Globe by Bent Creek -- click to see more Five New Offerings by Bent Creek... We brought them all home from Market! Here are two.. the rest are on our Bent Creek interior pages.
New Kits from Bent Creek
  • Shake It Up Globe -- BC's annual Snow Globe release we have 15 others in this series -- so this is year #16! Presented as a complete kit of easy-breezy-to-see 18ct Natural Lite linen with #5 pearl cottons and a few button and bead embellishments, this is perfect for travel because it's easy to see. Cute snowmen are floating around in the snowstorm inside your 5 x 5 globe... the flakes in the background are the little glass seed beads with a matte white color.
  • Skep of Bees -- Another fun design worked on 18ct linen... this one companions the heart of hearts, pumpkin of leaves.. that series. Golds, black and white of #5 pearl cotton, this finishes approx 5 x 5 - like all the rest in it's series. The little hive is full of dedicated bees, and you can identify the Queen -- she has a crown on! Presented as the kit of chart, linen and threads.
Be sure to click through to our other Bent Creek page to see the other new designs!


Vintage Birds and Mighty Acorn
from Jeannette Douglas Designs
The Mighty Acorn from Jeannette Douglas Vintage Birds by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Jeannette Douglas's new things released at Market are all here! Nine new designs in all... large samplers all the way down to bitty 1-inch pin cushions, everything is quite detailed with thread and fabric offerings. Lets see how well I can describe it all! Pics and my notes are all on Jeannette's pages... so enjoy the browse! Info about these pics first!
  • Vintage Birds -- A leaflet, the third in this set -- Vintage Stars and Vintage Flowers -- this is a pretty 8 x 8 piece that is stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks hand-dyed flosses. You could change some of them to the Simply Wools - a soft look Jeannette used in Flowers and Stars, as an option. Anyway, the peacock tail in here happens to be Algerian Eyelet - each over six threads! SUPER soft in shading and color, gorgeous!
  • The Mighty Acorn -- Well, this little guy is solid silks and solid specialty stitches -- not a Cross Stitch in here! Finishing approx 4-1/2 inches square on 40ct, the Bargello border is over an inch wide, full of dramatic movement! The acorn itself is all Milanese Stitch... the chart is intoxicating! It's only 40 by 50 stitches in size, too! Lovely brown, greens and creme silks, this is not for a beginner stitcher! Presented as the chart with Gloriana, Classic, Access Commodities, Thread Gatherer and Rainbow Gallery silks and metallics. Mighty Acorn is only PART of Roses and Acorns -- a larger sampler!


Taking it E-Sea from Silver Creek Samplers - click for more Through The Storms from Silver Creek Samplers - click for more Through The Storms and Taking it E-Sea
from Silver Creek Samplers
Silver Creek Samplers has exhibited at Market and now we have 6 new designs!!! All presented as charts, we've had Eye on the Sparrow for years and years, and are now thrilled to offer more of Diane's designs!
  • Through The Storms -- Finishing approx 7 x 7 on any 32ct you choose... Diane says this might make a really nice wedding or shower gift -- along with an umbrella!! Charted for DMC or hand-dyed flosses.
  • Taking it E-Sea -- *At the beach is where I find a place to let my soul unwind.* Finishes approx 5 x 5 on a 32ct antique ivory color ... hand-dyeds or DMC!


Quaker House Token from Chessie & Me - click for more Garden House from Chessie & Me - click for more Home Safe to Me from Chessie & Me - click for more
Chessie & Me! has several new things. Here are pics of a few, the rest are tucked onto our Chessie & Me pages.
  • Quaker House Token -- This is Linda's small kit for this season, stitched on Zweigart's 36ct Cedar Linen. She has motifs stitched over one and two worked with Gloriana hand-dyed silks of Antique Black, Chocolate, Mocha and Old Gold. A charming little cushion, it finishes just 3 x 4-1/2 inches in size. Presented as the complete kit of chart, linen and silks.
  • Garden House -- This companions Linda's Garden House Stitch Book --same pretty colors, motifs, etc. This time, you can make a fob and a cushion, but she shows it wrapped around a scissor block! (blocks are all different sizes, you might lose a tree or two on the sides! The one pictures has 9 holes.) Stitched with Weeks flosses on 32ct Weeks Beige Linen the wool featured in the finishing is Week's Cinnabar Houndstooth pattern. Any of the 4 wool finishes -- herringbone, houndstooth, glen plaid or solid will look good on the finished pieces -- you don't see enough of the pattern to matter... and if you aren't a pink gal... go green! (we can help choose wools for you.) Anyway, main sampler finishes approx 2-1/2 x 7 (a long skinny cushion size), the initial square measures 2 x 2-1/2 and the fib is under 2 inches in size! A charming set, with a neat finishing idea!
  • Home Safe to Me -- A bitty seaside-inspired needlebook and fob set, you are making a Pyn Keep to match as well. Everything is stitched on 36ct (you can choose anything you want), and each piece is stitched on both sides. The Needlebook finishes about 4-1/2 x 9, -- wool pages inside -- it features Linda's trademark design of Satin Stitches mixed in everywhere, Smyrnas as well, and some motifs over one. Her things always have lots of pretty texture because of the stitches mixed in. So... if you don't want the set of smalls, this could simply be a 4-1/2 inch square cushion. The matching scissor fob is under 2 inches -- whale on one side, tall ship on the other. The Pyn Keep measures just 2 x 2 -- mermaid on one side, anchors on the other. Stitched with a combo of Weeks and Gentle Art flosses -- gorgeous colors!



December Snow from Praiseworthy Stitches - click for more December Snow
from Praiseworthy Stitches
The 2017 Annual Christmas Scene by Praiseworthy Stitches, this is the 5th, and companions Churchyard Christmas, Going to Grandmas, Carols on the Square, and Santa's Moonlight Flight. There is a snowball fight going on in the center of town, it erupted over a snowman building contest... and Santa is flying overhead, seeing who's being naughty or nice!!!!

YOU are the nice one...stitching this darling piece on 32ct Nocturne Linen from Picture This Plus. Finishing approx 19 x 12, it's full of details and lots of color. The houses are especially pretty this year. Kind of big... but super fun to work up and pull out every year to delight all!

Sale at the Bubbling Cauldron from Praiseworthy Stitches - click for more Sale at The Bubbling Cauldron
from Praiseworthy Stitches
This year, Pam and Susan have a half-sized Halloween Spooky House scene. The Bubbling Cauldron (The Silver Needle of Halloween Supplies) is having a Midnight Madness Sale on October 31st!!! Imagine that! All the customers have come in costume! Tonight's specials include flying brooms, snake eggs, love potions and cauldrons to make them, along with croaking toads (maybe to cook in that cauldron?)

Stitched on 32ct Haunted by Picture This Plus, this has ALL THE CHARM of their larger annual houses... but it's half the size... so faster to work up. Stitched with hand-dyed flosses, there is a button pack of embellishments available as well. GREAT colors... we have the model in the shop .. THIS IS CUTE.. and worth your time! Such a lively and fun Halloween decoration!

Stoneware Cat & Kitten from Priscilla's Pocket Stoneware Cat & Kitten from Priscilla's Pocket Stoneware Bunny, A Pin Pillow Kit
from Priscilla's Pocket
Priscilla's Pocket has a new mini-cushion kit to accompany her cat and kitten. She has some cushion designs that are inspired by old stoneware patterns -- the dark blue on tan pottery. Cat and Kitten have been past Market exclusives that she is still making for us, and now Bunny is this years'! Stitched on Weeks Dye Works Tin Roof Linen, you get the chart, linen AND the 'Wonka's Blueberry' colored mini ball trim by Dames of the Needle for your finishing. You will need Gentle Art's Black Raspberry Jam floss to stitch this.

When we were at the show, They had this little bunny stitched in EASTER colors!!! It was darling! Just choose your trim first, as there are the fewest color choices of that, then match a pastel fabric and hand-dyed floss! Stoneware Bunny finishes less than 3 x 3... the entire collection of these stoneware cushions is SO COOL together! Let us know if you want us to choose an additional color combo for you... we can do that too!

Microfiber Glasses Cleaning Cloths - click for more

Microfiber Glasses Cleaning Cloths
Back in Stock with a fresh, new, cute scissor design! We LOVE these! Every needlework tote bag needs one, and so does your purse. 5-1/2 x 6 Microfiber cleans magnifying and eyeglass lenses beautifully -- even your phone and e-screens!

They now come in a 2-1/2 x 4 clear plastic storage envelope -- perfect to keep it protected. The scissor and pin cushion design is a stitched image in deep red shades; it's functional and fun!


Free Range from The Cricket Collection - click to see more Vintage Eggs from The Cricket Collection - click to see more
Free Range & Vintage Eggs from Cross Eyed Cricket
Cross Eyed Cricket is in a Spring Mood... her two newest leaflets are full of carrots, eggs and chickens!
  • Vintage Eggs features five different decorated eggs that finish approx 2-1/4 x 3 when stitched on 14/28ct. A bunny, houses, flowers and a penny rug design... these need to be stitched to fill an Easter Basket. THEN, find foil chocolate decorations to match them... and add to that basket!!!
  • Free Range has two designs -- a decorated carrot that is about 3 x 9 (bee, hive and a tree for the greens!), and Fresh EGGS... decorated with 4 delightful chickens! Oh my gosh, I think you could even stitch these 4 chickens by themselves, make them into cushions and put them (WITH the Vintage Eggs? or not!) in a tin or wire basket! The main design finishes approx 4 x 10.. but if you do individual chickens.. they could be 1 x 1 over one on 28 or 32!!!


Fraktur Flowers from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Samplar Hare from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view La D Da has 6 new things... these two are my favorites!!! (and they came home with me!!!)
  • Samplar HareMr Samplar Hare is here in chart format!!! Finishing a petite 5-ish inches... isn't he darling! GET this little guy! He was a hit at Market this year, and I didn't buy nearly enough! I expect him to be around for about 2 weeks! He's a bitty thing.. we took a picture of him in my hand! Stitched on 32ct Parchment by Weeks, he measures about 5 x 5 but is smaller because he's stuffed.

    Complete assembly instructions are included -- Lori showed me that she added lots of random stitches over the top seam -- so he would look very hand-made by a young seamstress. His tail is made of your linen threads. Absolutely charming!!!!
    Wow! Presented as a chart.

  • Fraktur Flowers -- This is stunning! Bayberry Sampler Thread and 6 DMC flosses... it's burgundy brick red, teal, golden and taupe. Finishes approx 10 x 10 on 32ct, it would make a beautiful pillow or a framed piece! Presented as a chart.
Lady Liberty from Blackbird Designs - click for more My Dear Heart from Blackbird Designs - click for more It's Spring Fever from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Blackbird Designs has 7 New Releases!
Barb and Alma have begun a new 9-part Loose Feathers Series, and published 6 new full sized leaflets... Samplers and Pin Cushions... here are the first 3... click through to our blackbird Designs page to see them all!
  • Lady Liberty -- Such a charming drum, this finishes approx 3 x 3-1/2, stitched on 36 -- a petite thing! YUMMY Weeks hand-dyed flosses of Cayenne, Oak, Pecan, dusty navys, the alphabet and flag twirl around the sides, with Lady Liberty featured on the top. Finishing instructions are included, stuff it with a little weight, and you will have the coolest round stand-up!
  • My Dear Heart -- A pretty reproduction sampler, this finishes approx 8 x 10 on 36ct PTP Ale. Using Weeks hand-dyed flosses, there is a separate pin cushion design using one of the urns... it is worked on RED linen with beige flosses as an alternative look! Who Knew? It wakes you up a little and lets you know that color changing IS possible, and it can look great!
  • It's Spring Fever -- This is the first of the nine-part Loose Feathers that is *For the Birds!* Stitched on 36ct PTP Wren (you can choose any fabric you want -- they are changing colors each month), each measures 91 x 91 in stitch count, they finish approx 5 x 5. Celebrating our fine feathered friends, Spring Fever is stitched with a medley of taupes and soft dusty blues. We are beginning our auto-ship for the charts... let us know if we should count you IN! *AND LINEN EACH TIME OR NOT!*

Rosebud Tweet by Just Nan -- click to see more!
Rosebud Tweet
from Just Nan
The latest of Nan's ornaments, Rosebud is all decked out in roses and tiny pink hearts. Her seams are pink, her tail is a gold heart, she is holding a rosebud in her beak, and has a hair decoration of pearls! Stitched on 32ct White Belfast Linen, she measures only 2 x 3-1/2 BEFORE she is folded over for finishing!

She joins the rest of Nan's charming miniature seasonal ornaments. Owls, bats and hedgehogs, spring birds, all the little mice, ... we have what is available in this set on our Auto-Ship page -- what a varied little stitched family it is!!!!


Lauren, the 2017 Gingher Limited Edition Designer Series - click to see more

The 2017 Gingher Limited Edition Designer Series Scissor!
Releasing in SEPTEMBER of 2017... Gingher has released this year's pattern: Lauren! A pretty geometric repeating pattern of aqua-greens against a white background.

These will be available in the 4-inch Embroidery, 5-inch Sewing and 8-inch Dressmaker style. We're taking reservations for them for release this Fall.



Silver Needle Goes to the Caribbean!!!!!
Join us on our *WIP SHIP TRIP!!!!!!*
February 11-18th, 2018!


We're taking a cruise to the sunny, warm Caribbean next February to help you with your WIPS! Your *WORKS IN PROGRESS!* Over the years, we have taken many lovely cruises with Jeannette Douglas, and loved every one of them. Everyone always keeps asking for one closer to home (like NOT Europe) and a little friendlier to their wallet. SO... Jeannette is staying home from this one to design new stuff for us... while we take you on a totally awesome Stitching Vacation!!!!!!!

We're spending 7 days on Celebrity's Silhouette, stopping in St Thomas, St Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico. We'll have several days at sea for nothing but cruise ship pampering and stitching together! We'll even bring along a Silver-Needle-Pop-Up-Shop! Lots of stitcher festivities... we are dreaming up fun stuff!

Judy-Our-Cruise-Lady and her right-hand Gal, Ronnie, take care of everything for you. Call them for all the details 1-866-559-4449 -- Judy has handled all our previous trips and we know she'll take good care of you. Ask questions, talk to your friends, see what you can come up with... we can't wait to see you on our *Silver Needle WIP SHIP TRIP!!!!!*


Tresor d'Octavie by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Vitrail by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Myosotis by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Tresor d' Apolline by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Le bal d' Iseult by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more!
New Glass Beaded Pin Cushions from Reflets de Soie
Oh my gosh, these are some of my very, very favorite things in the shop right now... GORGEOUS floral pin cushions (or sewing bag fronts) stitched on 35ct that are ONLY tiny glass beads and NO Cross Stitches! Everything you see are the minute French glass beads!!!! Stitched right from a regular chart, you use only a strand of white floss and stitch a half stitch over two on 35ct... putting on a bead instead of using a color of floss. Kind of like miniature oriental rugs... you are creating these beautiful patterns from a chart simply with glistening glass beads. Really 18ct in size, I suppose you could stitch these in floss... but you'd have to make your own color conversions from the beads.

Offered in chart format, the beads are pre-sorted for you. choose 35 or 36ct linen, frame them or make them into small cushions! We have stiff linens or softer ones... if you have a preference, let us know... we have shop models stitched on both and looks are not affected by fabric softness. It would only be that stiffer might be easier for you to work on.
  • Tresor d'Octavie -- 61 x 89 Stitches (approx 3 x 5), this kit comes with the blue silk ribbon for finishing!!! Roses, green and golds.
  • Vitrail -- 83 x 83 Stitches (less than 5 x 5) Stunning aquas and roses, with gold accents. There is a butterfly charm on there.. it is NOT included in the kit... just a design temptation!
  • Myosotis -- ONLY 49 x 33 -- A BEGINNER SIZE -- this finishes under 3 x 2! Gorgeous deep blues, lavenders and golds... this is just a bitty one that you can TRY THESE with!
  • Tresor d' Apolline -- 53 x 99 Stitches (approx 3 x 5) this one has a white beaded background and features a rose swirl among greenery.
  • Le bal d' Iseult -- 102 x 103 -- This is bouquet of roses! A very classic, antique design, again a creamy white background with the antique roses and leaves all beaded. Exquisite for a sewing case cover or scissor case!

Stitch Dots - patterns from Lizzie*Kate, Little House and Blackbird Designs - click to see more
Stitch Dots
These are Needle Nanny magnetic pieces... each features the artwork of either Blackbird Designs, Lizzie Kate or Little House Needleworks... in miniature. Use them as needle minders, refrigerator magnets, or something to mind your notes on the filing cabinet at work. You might even be able to cling them to your stitching lamp and hold a pair of scissors! They're magnets -- you can figure out a million uses for them!

Just the best, because they bring your favorite bits of needlework anywhere you want them to be. Each measures approx 1-inch in diameter and features a pair of strong rare-earth magnets.
Blackbird Designs has 6 different offerings so far.
Lizzie Kate presents 21 designs.
Little House Needleworks has 15 so far.

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!!!

There's even MORE!     
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