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Halloween Resurrection from Lone Elm Lane - click for more Halloween Resurrection from Lone Elm Lane
Well, this is an eye-catching box-top! By Lone Elm's Stephanie, we have a very haunted house, complete with crumbling roof and overgrown landscaping. Choose any mangy darker 32 or 36ct linen to make this fit into the top of one of Lone Elm's Black Shaker Boxes. There is an invasive vine traveling everywhere, and even an empty grave!!! I personally love the little skeleton dog!!!

Anyway, charted for Weeks and DMC flosses, it's just a really fun design with some unique elements! Offered as the leaflet, we also have these luscious boxes -- which are a design favorite of Blackbird and Shepherd's Bush!

Harvest of Plenty from Shepherd's Bush - click for a larger view
Harvest of Plenty from Shepherd's Bush
Tina Richard's newest releases include this 5 x 8 sampler dedicated to the cool and sweet feel of Autumn! Stitched on 32ct hand-dyed Bee's Wax linen with gorgeous shades of Gloriana and Thread Gatherer silks, there are always a few buttons scattered here and there, some Rices and Satins.

Lovely shades of butterscotch and lavender, olives and creamy whites. It companions her 4 smaller pieces! Offered as the complete kit of chart, linen, silks and buttons.

Fall Ewe All from Shepherd's Bush - click for a larger view Autumn Sheep from Shepherd's Bush - click for a larger view Safely Gathered from Shepherd's Bush - click for a larger view Autumn Box from Shepherd's Bush - click for a larger view
Fall Ewe All, Autumn Sheep, Safely Gathered and Autumn Box from Shepherd's Bush
Four small kits by Shepherd's Bush... kind of hard to choose one favorite!!! All of them include pretty linens and hand-dyed threads, along with Tina and Teri's charm!!!
  • Fall Ewe All -- THE 2014 LIMITED MARKET KIT -- A 4 x 5 design worked on 18ct Natural Linen with Week's Dye Works flosses, it INCLUDES the hand-made polka-dot pumpkin button! We'll have this available as the chart with button after our special kits are sold out, but only till November of 2015.
  • Autumn Sheep -- A tiny kit of 32ct Antique Ivory linen, Weeks and DMC flosses and a button -- *here is the sheep who watches for Fall and rests in the dusk as the first crickets call.* Pretty colors, we love making tiny cushions out of these -- fill them with crushed walnut shells to feel just the best!
  • Safely Gathered Pin Cushion -- We think this is an Autumn version of the current FOLD series! It has the same round stylized flowers and charm! 32Ct linen Sandstone linen and Week's flosses stitch the cushion. The prettiest miniature rick-rak trim along with big lavender beads are provided for the edge finishing treatment.
  • Autumn Box -- the 4th seasonal bitty kit, this finishes a mere 2-inches square! An Autumn garden full of pumpkins and birds that are all just ablut 4 x 5 stitches each, this is PETITE!!!

Garden Maiden Limited Edition Kit from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Garden Maiden Limited Edition Kit from La-D-Da
La-D-Da has 4 new releases that we have carried home from the recent Market -- Garden Maiden is the 'Star-of-the-Show' because she was Lori's Limited Edition offered to attending shops only! A beautiful sewing case, it is a tri-fold, as you can see from our pics. The maiden and her alphabet are on the fronts, while all of Lori's charming fabrics and lining detail are on the inside. Do you see that little sampler tucked in there? It is a cardboard sampler floss tag that can clip to threads or just look pretty in there.

Stitched on Week's 30ct Confederate Gray Linen in varied hand-dyed flosses, the finished size is approx 4-3/4 x 9-1/4. Along with the chart and finishing instructions, the complete kit includes the linen, steel grey printed lining fabric, Warm 'n Natural for the case lining, cardboard base pieces, wool for your needles, the silk ribbons and beads used to attach and embellish that wool panel, the floss tag and all your necessary hand-dyeds. Just a really pretty piece and enticing little kit! Click the pic to see the rest of the new.

To Thine Own Self Be True from Abby Rose Designs - click to see more To Thine Own Self Be True from Abby Rose Designs
Abby Rose Designs released a charming design at the recent Market -- I think it is lovely! Stitch the relaxed floral urn (it's NOT symetrical -- so some of you Type A personalities might have a problem with that! I LOVE that part!!!) on her hand-dyed 30ct linen with deep rich shades of Gentle Art hand-dyed flosses. She includes finishing instructions to make the little 5-inch pillow, and more tips on coffee-staining and distressing the finished piece.

Next, the pink polka dot finishing fabric -- that has also been slightly relaxed and distressed for you -- goes on the back, the exquisite silk ribbon trims the edge, and her special hand-made glass beaded pin pokes in for a romantic finish! Very well done, this was a nice Limited Edition Market Surprise (that sold out at the show!)

Liberty Starlet from Summer House Stitche Workes - click to see more Liberty Starlet - A Limited Edition Kit from Summer House Stitche Workes
Wow... this is really cute! Beth Ann Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes has stitched her creation with Gentle Art's Freedom and Country Redwood hand-dyed flosses on Week's 30ct Confederate Gray linen. She's designed a pretty quaker-inspired patriotic star -- which finishes approx 2-1/2 inches in size.

Next, it is mounted onto an antique tin Ball Mason Jar lid -- there is even a piece of porcelain inside that lid! (She said she found the lids through an antique dealer and had to wash and scrub them all in vinegar to get the icky grunge off of them!) Finally, you get to cover your edges with Dames of the Needle's Wonka's Blueberry mini ball hand-dyed trim!!! The whole cushion feels very heavy and substantial in your hand, and is just the COOLEST thing!!! She's done a wonderful job with her limited kit -- special to the shops that attended this past Market!


Lizzie Kate's K71 Snow Dudes Lizzie Kate's K72 Spooky Eyes Lizzie Kate's K73 Dear Rudolph - click for more
New Lizzie*Kate is here!
  • K71 Snow Dudes -- Two ornaments -- one is a Holiday Owl perched on a festive branch, and the other a Santa Gnome -- complete with red spotted mushroom button! 28Ct Lugana in the kit.
  • K72 Spooky Eyes -- Lizzie Kate's Market Surprise Kit this season, she brings us a cute monochromatic medley of tiny keys, ravens, and even a witch's cauldron that looks rather friendly -- and not scary at all! Spelling out *Halloween* she has her famous 'Spooky Eyes' peeking out at you -- tiny button pairs stacked! Stitched on a cut of Picture This Plus EEK 28ct Linen, it's a mangy hand-dyed orange fabric with black ash highlights. The complete kit to make your 1-3/4 x 6 inch cushion includes the chart, neat fabric, Spooky Eye buttons, a complete skein of Week's Dye Works Kohl hand-dyed floss, and From the Cauldron's (Dames of the Needle) delightful hand-dyed black mini-ball fringe trim!!! A fun quickie!
  • Lizzie Kate's Mystery Sampler Things Unseen - click for more
  • K73 Dear Rudolph -- is the most precious reindeer finished into a small pillow -- you get fabrics, beads and buttons, trims and the darling chart!

  • AND... a New Lizzie*Kate Mystery Sampler -- *Things Unseen!* Unfolding in November, December and January, this is NOT a seasonal design... just a pretty piece, Linda promises. We'll have both the Aida and linen choices of Picture This Plus fabric for this... a new Weeks Dye Works floss color in the thread pack... the whole bit! If you register for the Auto-ship we'll contact you about fabric choices once we know them... and all your floss options. The reservation below insures we have you on our list to get the rest of the info!!!
We're taking reservations for The Mystery Sampler now -- sorry we don't have more details than these!

Eleanor Rigby from Blackbird Designs - click for more Strawberry Fields Forever from Blackbird Designs - click for more Blackbird (Beatles) from Blackbird Designs - click for more Octopus Garden from Blackbird Designs - click for more Yellow Submarine from Blackbird Designs - click for more
The Magical Mystery Tour Series, To The Beatles, With Love From Barb!
Blackbird's Barb is a die-hard Beatles fan -- she saw them debut on Ed Sullivan in 1964, and evidently manages to get to as many Paul McCartney concerts as possible!!! She has designed 6 *Very Black-Birdy-Flavored* pieces to commemorate 6 of her favorite songs and the anniversary of that television broadcast. All offered as leaflets, they tell us you won't need a ticket to ride this tour bus!!! The Long and Winding Road from Blackbird Designs - click for more
  • #1: Eleanor Rigby -- Greys and Blues for the subdued piece, and pretty pinks and greens for the birth sampler shown on the back, Eleanor finishes approx 6 x 6 on 32ct.
  • #2: Strawberry Fields Forever - The 'Woolton Children's Home' (which could be your house instead!) surrounded by the strawberry gardens and the neat iron entry gate... 6 x 9 on 32ct Cedar Plank by Lakeside Linens.
  • #3: Blackbird Pincushion -- Worked in only Espresso Bean Sampler Threads -- this little guy measures a generous 6 x 6 on 30ct! Singing in the dead of night... can you see the moon in there?
  • #4: Octopus's Garden -- The second song Ringo Starr wrote, this sampler is so whimsical and charming! Hang it in your guest powder room!!! 6 x 8-1/2 on 32ct.
  • #5: Yellow Submarine -- How can this NOT make you smile??? Here's another cute bathroom piece -- or even a nursery baby announcement -- or a housewarming!!!!!! 6 x 8 on 32ct Cedar Plank Lakeside Linen.
  • #6: The Long and Winding Road -- Also the THIRD Sewing Box Topper Design, this is sweet. Lazy Daisies on the trees, this fits into your 6-inch Lone Elm Lane Sewing Box on 36ct Lakeside Butter Pecan Linen.

Without a Mouse Rewards of Merit from Blackbird Designs - click for more Spell of the Moon Rewards of Merit from Blackbird Designs - click for more Peace Rose Rewards of Merit from Blackbird Designs - click for more Le Poulet Rewards of Merit from Blackbird Designs - click for more
Presenting 4 New Small Rewards of Merit Charts from Blackbird Designs
Without a Mouse, Spell of the Moon, Peace Rose and Le Poulet Pin Cushion... these are always fun little designs to have! Barb and Alma's Rewards of Merit series -- these are simply charts with a small colored pic.
  • *No House Without a Mouse* -- Stitched only in 3 skeins of hand-dyed black floss -- on 28ct count this does finish 6 x 8! I rather like that pumpkin house!!!
  • *Spell of the Moon* -- On Week's Tin Roof Linen, this is steely grey ...accented with that yellow moon. Just the cutest little thing at 4-1/2 x 6.
  • *Peace Rose* -- A traditional floral sampler motif, pretty raspberry colors and a delicate border -- this finishes approx 4 x 5 on 36ct, will work on lots of fabric colors.
  • *Le Poulet* A French Pin Cushion design, lots of colored checkerboard at the bottom -- a perfect place to tie a pretty button or charm or something!


Patterned Pretties #8 by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Patterned Pretties #9 by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more9 Patterned Pretties #10 by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more
Patterned Pretties #8, 9 and 10 from Jeannette Douglas
Wow... we are collecting a stunning array of these gorgeous Bargello, Satin and Darned pin cushions! Jeannette is charting a fun stitch, supplying you luscious lengths of hand-dyed silks -- she uses all the major brands -- and matches that silk to a piece of Weeks Dye Works Hand-dyed wool.

Stitch your repeat pattern all over the 3 x 4 design area (you choose your fav fabric), and back with that matching wool. She shows a trinket or button embellishment on them, but that is up to your stash! Very well done, each comes with the chart, silks and wools!

Be Merry and Bright by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Be Merry and Bright from Jeannette Douglas
Oh, this is very soft and wooly... it finishes approx 3-1/2 x 14... and is full of lofty threads in pretty stitches. Bits of Bargello, Long Arms, Trellis, Herringbone, Queens, Florentines and Satins, the wool threads add so much texture and depth to this -- you know at once that it was stitched with something other than flosses. The smaller Be Jolly Needle Roll and Stocking Bag pieces are companions worked with the same yummy threads!

If you aren't able to do the big sampler -- get one of these smaller pieces to savour the flavor of Merry & Bright for just as much stitching enjoyment. Offered as the leaflet with threads separately.. Be Jolly comes as the chart with threads and charm, Stocking Bag includes the chart, threads, embellishments and the red organza bag.

Happy Acorn Fall Accessories by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Happy Acorn Harvest by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Happy Acorn Harvest and Fall Accessories from Jeannette Douglas
Oh wow... is THIS a gorgeous set of designs! Make a framed sampler or finish it into an E-Thing cover!!! Jeannette has charted rows and rows of acorns worked with specialty stitches on 32ct linen. Her thread selection is all hand-dyed silks -- 4 different brands, and some metallics. Teals, coppers, tans and chestnuts... I'm just happy looking at the thread packet!!!

The Accessory set features all those same threads, along with some buttons and acorns charms. There is a piece of Weeks wool in here -- for the inside of the needlecase you can see in the pic, AND the 1/2 inch wide bit of linen banding that you see just to the right of center on the pincushion!
Do you see all those wooden acorns and the needlecase and tape measure in that pic?? WE HAVE THEM ALL!!!!!! De-lish!!! Loaded with fun stitches and lots of finishing instructions and pictures. Offered as leaflets with thread packs and pin sets separately -- and all those gorgeous wood pieces separately, as well!

Exquisite Wooden Acorns and a Needle Case! by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Exquisite Wooden Acorns and a Needle Case! from Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette's *Wood Guy* makes the most wonderful teeny bits of wooden needlework tools! Pictured on the cover of her newest Happy Acorn Fall Accessories, we have a charming Acorn Tape Measure, a matching Thimble Holder, a teeny-weeny coordinating acorn charm, and sleek Needle Cases! Made from assorted different woods, each one is different because of the different wood combinations.

The tape measures feature a 24-inch satin fabric ribbon that pulls out -- the acorn stem turns to crank the ribbon back inside the acorn. The thimble case has a pull-off cap! Both measure approx 1-1/2 inches long and about an inch in diameter. The miniature acorn charm doesn't open or crank -- it's just cute doing nothing at all! It measures only 1/2 an inch -- do anything cute with it that you want!!! Finally, the needle case is about 3/4 an inch wide, about 2-1/2 inches long, the top coming off to reveal a slender needle pocket inside! All TOO DELICIOUS for words!!!!!


4 of us wearing the Flax Bold collection -  click for more
Ohhhhh... Summer is nearing it's end! Our delicious, bright, colorful, breezy and totally fun BOLD 2014 Collection of FLAX is now 30% OFF!!!

We're still wearing it every day -- and loving it, too... but the Fall Limited, Travelers and Neutrals are here... and something has to go! I bet we have something pretty that would LOVE to be seen on YOU!

Call the shop for the best selection info. (888) 543-7004


Pine Mountain A Bunch of Hocus Pocuss Kit -- click to see more
A Bunch of Hocus Pocus
from Pine Mountain
A spooky skyline, little ghosts and bones scattered throughout the Halloween verse, this is a very eye-catching seasonal decoration! Your needlework is done on the 14ct Khaki Aida inset of the orange, black and white pre-sewn fabric sham... stuff it with your pre-sewn stuffer, and you are READY TO SCARE!

10 x 16... It's a decent size for a chair. Offered as the complete kit of pillow sham, chart and threads. The stuffers are offered separately.
Pine Mountain Words of Wisdom Good in the World Kit -- click to see more Pine Mountain Words of Wisdom Happiness is Kit -- click to see more
Words of Wisdom: Good in the World & Happiness is a Way of Travel
from Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain has an ongoing series of vibrant pillow designs that offer good words for a better life! Sandy just has the BEST color sense, and she mixes her fabrics and trims together so beautifully -- each of these shams has 4 coordinating fabrics to set off you stitching!

Offered as complete kits of the already-sewn pillow wrappers, your stitching goes on the 16ct Aida panel, and then you wrap your band around her new Polka-Dot Pillow form. A super-cute set of designs, each finishes approx 10 x 14. Siper easy to stitch, perfect to grab as a car project, or something to work on in a waiting room.

Choose Joy from The Trilogy - click to see more Just Laugh from The Trilogy - click to see more Happy Whoo Whoo Day from The Trilogy - click to see more
A Trio of New Designs from The Trilogy
*Choose Joy* & *Just Laugh* are the two newest Daily Reminder designs that are simply small designs void of any fussy embellishments or details. You can stitch them as is... or jazz 'em up a little with threads, stitches or those 'fusses' you have in your stash! These are cute as bitty cube stand-ups!

Happy Who Who Day features a boxy owl in pretty Fall colors. He's got the alphabet above him, but what about leaving that off and doing him over one as a scissor fob? He'd be 30 x 40 -- just over an inch or two in size!!!!!!! His card comes with a brass star charm and a few gold glass beads. All three designs are presented in small card format.

Distinctive Presentations in Needle Art by The Binding Stitch - click to see more Distinctive Presentations in Needle Art by The Binding Stitch
Premier needlework finisher Marcia Brown has published a luscious 195 page, full color, softcover finishing BIBLE! Hot off the press, it is stuffed full of pictures and step-by-step instructions to finish canvas, embroidery and cross stitch into a million different things. Beginning with blocking and sizing, you'll learn about pillows of every different type, doorstops, frames, standing figures, weights, stockings... and then all about trims, cordings, zippers, linings... EVERYTHING!

Each chapter deals with a different finishing technique and it's particular challenges, and the hints and tips to make YOUR finishing come out perfectly. You'll be able to adapt the steps you've learned to anything else you want to transform into something lovely. A wonderful reference book, too!

Halloween Fun from ScissorTail Designs - click to see more Halloween Fun
from Scissortail Designs
Yikes! Scissortail has a cute new piece with 4 smaller panels of Halloween-y things... all stitched with DMC and overdyeds on Week's 30ct Peoria Purple Linen.

Add some bat buttons and the ghost... and the 5 x 6 ziggy-zaggy border... and you're ready to scare a crowd! Offered as the chart, buttons separately.

Jim Shore Christmas 2014... click for more
Jim Shore Christmas 2014
Four Christmas kits bursting with personality and color have arrived!!! By artist Jim Shore, each is stitched on 18ct Navy Blue Aida with DMC floss and Mill Hill glass beads embellishments. Just gorgeous in color, each has a different border, and a different picture in the round center section.

So swirly and old-worldy! Choose between Santa, Rudolph, Mr Snowman or the tree -- or get 'em all! Offered as kits of the chart, fabric, threads and beads.

Miss Witchy Mouse from Just Nan -- click to see more! Brand New from Just Nan --
Due in the Shop August 18th-ish!

Miss Witchy Mouse from Just Nan
Watch out! After graduating from flight school with honors, Miss Witchy Mouse is flying high this Halloween riding her trusty broom and wearing her highly fashionable silver hat with painted purple bead and orange crystal embellishment.

Her kit includes the witch hat, silver tail hanger, black and orange beads, brass button base and felt for the broom, along with her chart and finishing instructions. (You'll need a bit of puff to stuff her, and a toothpick for her broom handle!) Stitched on 32ct Raw Belfast Linen with DMC, Miss Witchy is a bitty thing... standing just 2 inches tall!
You know... she might like to live in Scream House!!!

Flight School by Just Nan -- click to see more! Flight School
Nan's third design in her Just Dropping Series... here are 5 witches at their first day of flight school and it's not going well! The ghostly instructors have their pale hands full trying to help, get out of the way, and balance a perfect little pumpkin bead all at once!

Flight School is stitched on 32ct Stormy Night Vintage Belfast Linen with DMC, and finishes approx 6 x 4. Offered as the leaflet with embellishments of pumpkin beads and black cat sequins... the tiny brooms are worked with specialty stitches!

If I Only had a Brain.. - Our August 2014 Secret Needle Night - click to see more
August's Secret Needle Night Design: If I Only had a Brain...
Our first Autumn-flavored Secret Needle Night is here! This little farmer's friend will be a cute 5 x 5 seasonal decoration for several weeks -- we love his warm Autumn-y colors! Worked on 18ct Natural Linen (9ct)... he's done with Gentle Art's Simply Wool, Weeks Dye Works #5 hand-dyed pearl cotton, and Rainbow Gallery's Petite Very Velvet. Then, we've added all those cute Just Another Company buttons and presto! He's finished!

Mona's stand-up board and corded finishing treatment is available in the optional finishing kit. Mr Brain's kit includes the chart, threads and buttons. Mona's kit contains the board, bow, twisted cord and mounting boards and even pretty fabric for the board back!!


The Old Red Barn from Little House Needleworks -- click to see more The Old Red Barn from Little House Needleworks
Diane Williams has a new chart -- definitely a *Home Sweet Home* piece for a farm! Stitch the family name on it instead of the Old Red Barn words.

Finishing approx 6 x 9 on 32ct, the different borders, scattered pumpkins in the yard and different leaves on the tree are a pleasant break of 'randomness' for Little House! Good color and design appeal in this one!

Sampler Days from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more

Sampler Days
from Country Cottage
Stitching for every day of the week!
Finished size is approx 4 x 9 on 32ct Lambswool; threads used are DMC as well as overdyeds.

Something Wicked from SamSarah Design Studio Something Wicked from SamSarah Design Studio Something Wicked!
from SamSarah Design Studio
SamSarah's Mystery Sampler part 1 is HERE!
And it is so cute it's scary!!!

Something Wicked is a three-part piece -- presenting in three separate charts with button embellishments. Part One came today along with the specialty 32ct Brown Polka Dot/Natural Belfast Linen, and Week's Dye Works flosses.
The first part is super-fun -- but Patti doesn't even GIVE you a picture of the finished stitching -- YOU have to stitch it to see it! (So we can't show you a stitched pic either!!)

She has included a set of 6 miniature star buttons in the chart, along with her line drawing of the picture. Something Wicked from SamSarah Design Studio It's a fluffy night owl perched on a tree branch, with a BIG 'OL Harvest Moon in the sky. The main piece finishes approx 7-1/2 x 11-1/2.

There is a bonus set of charts each time as well... it spells 'something'... and THAT finishes approx 3 x 10 on Week's 30ct Peoria Purple Linen. The floss set -- 29 skeins -- contains several duplicates of colors... so either check your stash for what you have, choose DMC instead... or have us send the yummy set of threads! Such a fun treat to grace our doors today!!!

How Old? from X's & Oh's - click for more
How Old? from X's & Oh's
*How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you were?* I love this! It's appropriate for so many settings and people!!!!!

Offered as a leaflet, it finishes approx 8 x 10 on a 14/28ct and is coded for DMC or anchor floss. The model is worked on a very light blue -- so the whites in the shirts shows up. An uplifting lesson to life -- possibly for someone you know???

Housework is for the Birds from Heartstring Samplery - click for more Housework is for the Birds from Heartstring Samplery
A cute design by Beth Twist, this has been worked on 28ct Natural linen that has been coffee stained for extra mange! *Housework is for the Birds.* Beth discusses just 'why' something is 'for the birds'... a little bit of history included in this chart -- that accents this charming piece!

Finishing approx 11 x 5-1/2, it is worked in Sampler Threads of Moss, Grecian Gold, Nutmeg, Loganberry, Apple cider, Caramel Corn, Otter Creek and Pecan Pie. What makes it especially enchanting (besides the verse and its history) is that bird itself! It is appliqued fabric and wool! We can supply the wool, you'll need a bit of cute printed fabric. I think it's different, creative and can be quite a familial conversation piece!!!

Snow Folk Felt Ornament Kit from Rachels of Greenfield - click to see more Redwork Mittens from Rachel's of Greenfield
A new addition to our line of felt and primitive stitched ornaments by Rachel's of Greenfield, this kit brings us 6 old fashioned felt mittens made entirely of red and white. Offered as a complete kit of the red and white felt, floss, gold cord and patterns, each design is an iron-on transfer... you embroider with Straight Stitches and a couple of French Knots... then Blanket Stitch the fronts and cuffs to the backs, and you're finished!

4 x 4-1/2 in size... so darling on an old-fashioned Christmas tree, these are so much fun to make! Perfect projects for beginning stitchers, or something easy to take a 'stitching break' away from something else more involved! We have a delightful collection of these felt ornaments -- take a look!

Stella Desk Lamps - click for more Stella Edge Clamp Lamp from AB Designs - click for more

Stella Sky Floor Lamp - click for more Stella Lighting
Definitely NOT your Grandmother's Lamp!!! Introducing really fun lights for needlework and any other favorite tasks. These super-streamlined lights offer you THREE different COLORS of light -- all in the same lamp... AND the option to DIM those lights as well! LED technology means very low to non-existent heat, only 10 watts of energy used, and NO bulbs to replace.

Your Stella can change the lighting color from Warm White (2800K for reading, accent lighting and general purposes) to Pure White (4000K for arts and crafts, and working with color) to Cool White (5500K for late night projects and tired eyes!) AND... the Floor model and Edge Clamp models even come with a tiny REMOTE CONTROL to change that lighting color!!!!! (It's the cutest thing!) Next... you can dim any of these three colors by 5 levels... a great feature especially wonderful at night!

The lamps themselves come in:
  • black or white, table standing
    (There is a pretty pink color now -- for Breast Cancer fundraising!),
  • table clamping
  • or a floor standing style.
Each has a flexible arm and the lighting is directed down -- not into your eyes. The industry standard for LED technology is that after 50,000+ hours of use, LED's will still produce 70% of their original light output. (That means you can leave this baby on for 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, you will still have 70% of the light you started with after 11 years! Pretty good track record!)

Very streamlined, just lovely! The three different colors of light are amazing -- you'll be shocked at how differently you see colors, and how differently your eyes react to the different colors of the light! No magnifiers in these at this time... the brains at Stella are trying to figure out a way to get those in there without compromising the sleek lines the lamps have now.
There's even more information on our new Stella Lighting page.


Foxwood Crossings Snow Folk Sleds - click to see more Foxwood Crossings Santa Folk Sleds - click to see more Foxwood Crossings Pear Sleds - click to see more
Oh.... It's Looking Like Christmas in July!
Foxwood Creations has three new offerings of tiny sled topper designs... and they arrived this past week. If you haven't 'discovered' our miniature wooden sled ornaments yet, they are DARLING!
Small 2 x 3-ish inch brown wooden sleds with twisted wire runners and leads, you stitch the tops of them with a TINY bit of 14ct perforated paper or a bit of fabric. Foxwood has approx 36 different designs to top them, and now Pear Sleds, Snow Folk and Santa Folk join the lot!

You can dress up your sleds with ribbons or even paint them another color... if you are super creative, you could even use them as bases for pom-pom ball snowmen... they are a cute craft item. A sheet of 9 x 12 brown perforated paper (they come two sheets to a pack) will do more than a dozen of these!

Spring in Cups from Cuore e Batticuore - click for more Happy Anniversary from Cuore e Batticuore - click for more  Giardino D'Estate from Cuore e Batticuore - click for more
Charming new designs from Italy!
from Cuore e Batticuore
We have new designs that are enchanting! Direct from Italy, here are three just to give you an idea of the rest we have!!! Not much English instruction inside of these, the charts are beautifully presented in color... you could almost frame that teacup one!!!! I think they are all worked on Lambswool -- we have several different counts available -- with DMC floss. I think there are a few overdyeds, but then DMC blends are suggested.

I love the teacup sampler -- just stitch one cup if you don't want to do them all! The floral vases and baskets come for all four seasons -- six designs in each chart. And, those ADORABLE little elf/gnomes steal the show! We have this Anniversary piece, a Valentine design and another that is a delightful Christmas Sled scene. All offered as charts, unique designs!!

Chessie & Me 1776 Harbor -- click to see more Days of Liberty from Chessie & Me
Here is a new Chessie & Me design that is very much *Chessie* in personality! Worked on 32ct linen with Weeks overdyed flosses, it'll finish approx 5 x 5. You can get blank wooden shapes at Hobby Lobby like the one shown on the cover -- a little bit of paint -- and presto -- a cute finishing option. Choose a bit of Weeks hand-dyed wool to back the stitching before you mount it, and you get an extra punch of color.

Days of Liberty features a Nun Stitch border, Smyrnas as the flag stars, Satins in the door and on the roof, and of course the kitty -- little Chessie -- is there over one thread! We can send you a Schnigglet cut of Weeks wool to finish this -- flosses featured are Deep Sea, Grasshopper, Grits, Havana, Pea Coat, Red Rocks and Sea Gull -- so any wools in any of the 4 patterns will work on this. (and you have choices of red, blue, cream green or brown wools!!!)

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!
Prairie Schooler's 2014 Annual Santa Card -- click to see more Presenting the 2014 Annual Santa Card! from Praire Schooler
We think this is the 31st annual old fashioned Santa by Nancy and Pam of Prairie Schooler. He calls for all the same classic colors as every other year... he's the same size... and he joins a very favored and collectable group of designs! This year, Santa is caroling you a Merry Christmas.

Offered as the small card, these Santas have been stitched every way imaginable over the years. Over 4 threads on afghans, over one on 40ct silk gauze... scissor fobs, sweatshirts, tree skirts, package ties, stand-ups, quilts and stockings... here's another one to add to your collection!

The four 2014 Fall Prairie Schooler Releases...
A pair of Halloween and another of Christmas... everything has balance, simple color schemes, and Prairie Schooler personality! Lovely presentations -- as always!

Prairie Schooler's #196 Nevermore -- click to see more Prairie Schooler's #197 Hocus Pocus -- click to see more Prairie Schooler's #198 Christmas Tree Farm -- click to see more Prairie Schooler's #199 The Night Before Christmas -- click to see more
  • #196 Nevermore -- A very spooky-flavored haunted mansion and graveyard scene. The relatives are buried in the front yard, the Ouija Board hands down there at the bottom can't wait to deal your fate... and the moons and bat at the top are just standing by to haunt and swoop down to get you!!!
  • #197 Hocus Pocus -- Ooohhh, here are 11 ornaments to join the other two from #196 to make a set of 13 creepy pieces! All 47 x 31 in size... arrange them any way you like... very intense!
  • #198 Christmas Tree Farm -- A very organized, sleepy winter village... it finishes approx 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 worked on 32ct Lambswool. Simple colors and lines, the road seems to divide the sides -- one into greens and the other -- reds! While your eye says everything is the same... no two tree or houses are the same!
  • #199 The Night Before Christmas -- This is a neat coverlet-inspired Quaker-feeling piece. I love how the reindeer seem to follow the angle of the medallions right up into the sky! Each of the side medallions is cut off in the main piece, but you'll be treated to their entire charts on the back cover of the leaflet. They each measure approx 50 x 50 stitches.

Crazy Quilting in Cross Stitch from Carolyn Manning Designs - click to see more Crazy Quilting in Cross Stitch from Carolyn Manning Designs
Here's a charming chart of 4 different Crazy Quilted squares -- only they are stitched with DMC rather than fabric pieced. Something pretty I came across, each 60 x 60 stitch count square is garnished with backstitches and a few beads. Meant to resemble mini quilts, you can add metallic, buttons, charms or even more beads if you want... anything goes with these. They'd make pretty pin cushions or needlecase fronts.

Worked on just about any fabric you like... everything is covered with stitching... so just choose something easy on your eyes. Very colorful, all 4 squares and some beads are included in the chart.


Spring Violets from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see lots more The Classic Ornaments Collection
from Country Cottage Needleworks
Nikki has announced her next series of designs... a set of 12 ornaments worked in the classic red and green Christmas colors. The first releases mid-August and will continue till all 12 are released. Each is offered as a small chart -- various sizes and 32ct fabrics -- each uses DMC and hand-dyed flosses. JABCO buttons are optional each time. The first offering is *Angels* which measures 63 x 53 and features a bell button and Classic Colorwork's Ladybug floss.

This is tough one to offer on an auto while including all the variables, so we're choosing to include the chart and button each month. Fabric is YOUR call... and you might not need all the flosses... but as this progresses... we'll know a lot more.

A Smidgen of Halloween from Heart in Hand - click for more A Smidgen of Halloween
from Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand has a new tiny design, and it's really cute! Just a bitty medley of even bittier stuff, it finishes approx 3 x 4 on 32 -- but choose something else to do it on if you want to.

The small card chart comes with an orange button (down there by the 31st) and a few green and white beads you'll use in eyes and that top border. I think that green jack-o-lantern is so funny -- he steals the whole picture! Just a *Smidge* of a thing!

Gobble & Give Thanks from Heart in Hand - click for more Gobble & Give Thanks
from Heart in Hand
Here's a neat piece -- perch it flat on your table or horizontally on the wall! Absolutely precious, this has a stitch count of 21 high by 269 wide -- so it is approx 1-1/3 inches by almost 17 worked on 32ct Lambswool linen. It would be so cute as a stuffed cushion filled with walnut shells -- decorating the dining room table or perched on a windowsill!!!

Charted for DMC or overdyeds, there is a set of clay buttons embellishing -- it has leaves, birds and pumpkins. Quite a fast piece to work up, the chart is printed very large inside the leaflet, and I'm thinking just an evening or two TOPS to get this stitched! It is CUTE! Offered as the leaflet with buttons separate.

Hannah's Brownstone from Scarlett House - click for more Hannah's Brownstone
from The Scarlett House
Scarlet House presents "Hannah's Brownstone." A charming 7 x 6 piece worked on 36ct Edinborough Linen with 12 shades of Weeks Dye Works flosses... it has a lot of visual symetry and gorgeous colors of brick, chestnuts and gunmetal greys.

Offered as a limited edition kit of the chart, linen, and flosses, it will come in a eco-friendly fabric zippy bag that can be used later on for more stitching storage! We're taking reservations for late august shipment.

Mes Travaux d'Aiguilles from Cmon Monde -- click to see more
Mes Travaux d'Aiguilles from Cmon Monde
A cute needlework sampler... I love the pic! What a charming seamstress complete with straight pins in her hair!!! Stitched on a natural linen, the tiny quilt is on a separate piece of white and attached after it is stitched. (I think the mini-hoop in her hand is as well... but I don't know where to find that little bitty hoop!) The spools are Satin stitched, and the panel of lace at the bottom needs to be something special off an old handkerchief or something special to you.

Just a cute piece to hang in your stitching room. Maybe a fun padded hanging to drape over the back of rocking chair?? Stitched with Gentle Art's Barn Grey, Heirloom Gold, Summer Shower along with DMC in black and flesh colors. Offered as a chart.

Just Bee from Hands On Design - click to see more Just Bee from Hands On Design
Hands On Design has a sweet yellow, black and grey design that is finished into a small-ish pyn pillow. *Just Bee* is stitched with only 6 different DMCs on 32ct white Belfast linen (14ct Aida will work beautifully as well.) to finish approx 3 x 3. The chart comes with the cuts of pretty yellow, gray, black and white finishing fabric, as well as the black and white twisted cording you see in the model pic. The bee ornament on there is in the package -- he's a good half-inch in size, and complements the colors so well.

Just a small, summery project... finish it and add it to that magical basket of stuffed pin cushions I'm always talking about!!! Offered as the chart with finishing fabrics, cord and bee.

July by Cross Eyed Cricket -- click to see more August by Cross Eyed Cricket -- click to see more
July & August from Cross Eyed Cricket
Cross Eyed Cricket continues with her creative set of months spelled out with all sorts of fun motifs. July and August are here... and they are especially festive.
  • July has a little bit of patriotic but a strawberry ice cream sundae, as well, so it's good for the entire month.
  • August is so charming because of all the beach, seaside and nautical things on it. Great colors, nothing is covered up by a letter, so you can actually make use of the designs individually on other projects. That little lobster is just as cute as can be!
This is turning out to be a really fun set of leaflets -- each is worked on a different color of linen and features a few Just Another Button Company clay embellishments.

Sampler Hill from With Thy Needle & Thread - click for more Sampler Hill from With Thy Needle and Thread
With Thy Needle & Thread's Brenda Gervais has released three new samplers -- Sampler Hill is just one of them. Worked on Weeks 30ct Cornsilk hand-dyed linen with 21 different shades of hand-dyed flosses, it'll finish approx10 x 13. A pretty overall balance to this, everyone likes the way the trees seem to cradle the house on the hill. The alphabet in the grass is a favorite, and the fact that the beehive interrupts the border at the middle top adds charm.

We love to distress these samplers AFTER we have stitched them. Dilute walnut crystals, or use some leftover coffee grounds to stain your fabric and threads to give them a more aged and relaxed look. Offered as a chart.

Our Next Silver Needle Stitching Cruise - click for preliminary details Join Us for a Christmas Markets Shopping and Stitching Cruise Down the Danube River!
***We're thrilled to announce our next European Cruise -- November 30th thru December 7th, 2015!!!***
Mark your calendar and start gathering friends... we're taking one of those charming River Cruises with Ama Waterways! A few details are up on our Events Page now... (some pricing, cities we'll visit, extensions to Prague, etc.) I'll write more about it after our Annual Stitching Event we're having this coming weekend with Weeks Dye Works and AB Designs. Jeannette Douglas is our Featured Designer -- she is in charge of the lovely projects, and our Mona is even working in a finishing class for some of the projects we'll be doing on board! Call Judy Bradford -- our wonderful Cruise Lady -- to answer questions and get more details. We are so excited to begin a new adventure... Hope you can join us!!!


With the Natural Stripe Scarf We are wearing lots of different things!  Jan has the Dame Blouse in Stripe, I have on a Speakeasy Top in Check and Susan and Liz both have on Soft Tunics under the Vested Tunics We're wearing Bias Back Shirts and Ankle Pants
Presenting This Year's TRAVELER'S and NEUTRALS Collections by FLAX!
Our yummy Fall Fashions have arrived... and we've been re-arranging the shop displays to fit them all in!!!
  • TRAVELERS is all Graphite and Coal in gauze, heavyweight, checkered and striped weights and finishes. Such a classy blend of fabrics and cool grays... everything goes together perfectly!
  • NEUTRALS features Paprika, Curry, Army and Nine Iron (that goes with the Travelers!) along with Black and Natural solids. Classic smooth linen... wait till you see all the fun pieces!
Our sizes range from Small to Generous-2... and wow... the selection is GREAT, because it's just come in!!

The Gingerbread Bakery Cupcakes from The Victoria Sampler - click for more The Gingerbread Bakery Cupcakes
from The Victoria Sampler
These are the CUTEST ornaments we have seen in so long... you are going to be enchanted by them! Last year's Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue Magazine featured the Gingerbread Man Cupcake included in VS's newest leaflet of THREE stitched cupcakes! Gingerbread Cupcakes features charts for the tops of three cakes, Snowmen, Gingerbread Men and Holly Leaves, along with finishing instructions to assemble them into colorful silicone baking cups.

You'll probably want the corresponding Accessory pack of all the threads, metallics, cute buttons, all the 'candy beads' and those bright red baking cups... everything you'll need except the topping fabric is in the accs pack. We'll be sending you 28ct Linen that is close to the 28ct Antique Almond called for (AA hasn't been available for almost a year!)... so you stitch a trio of cupcakes for your Christmas Tree -- we think these are so creative, cute, colorful, charming, unique and too pretty to eat!
Mystic Christmas Sampler from The Victoria Sampler - click for more

Mystic Christmas Sampler
from The Victoria Sampler
This is beautiful! It is a nautical-flavored Christmas sampler based on the carol 'I Saw Three Ships.' Worked on 28ct Misty blue linen with loads of silks and Pearl cottons, Thea always stuffs lots of specialty stitches and tiny details in her band samplers, and this one is no different.

The tall ships have billowing sails, the rolling waves are worked with Bargello stitches, there are tiny bead touches here and there, bits of small scenes are worked over one thread, and little snowflakes dot the sky everywhere. Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 14, Thea describes this as a 'Historic Seaport Sampler.' Offered as the leaflet with separate accessory pack.
Elizabeth Lamb 1837 from Samplers Not Forgotten - click to see more Mary Shepherd from Samplers Not Forgotten - click to see more
Pretty Offerings from Samplers Not Forgotten
We have several neat sampler charts in the shop's bookracks. My few words really don't do any of them justice... but generally, you know when you first see a sampler if it is going to 'speak to you'... here are two by Samplers Not Forgotten... we have more when you click the pics!
  • Elizabeth Lamb 1837 -- Stitch count of 316 x 341, the design elements and colors in this are bold and stunningly organized! Sometimes the verses on old samplers are hard to read because the punctuation is strange... here goes with this one! *On the alone my Hope relies Beneath thy cross I fall thou art my life my sacrifice My Savior and My All don.* I think this would also make a gorgeous family tree piece!
  • Mary Shepherd -- This is so cool because the border is Cross Stitched and the basket is worked over two...and then again over four OVER the first stitches! THEN the florals are worked with Stem Stitch -- totally freehanded (there is an outline guide) by you!!!!! Talk about unique and gorgeous!!! This one is a petite 105 x 138 in stitch count,and features only 4 colors.

Three Owls from The Stitching Shed -- click to see a larger view Lift Off from The Stitching Shed -- click to see a larger view Pretty Garden Sampler from The Stitching Shed -- click to see a larger view
More cute editions from The Stitching Shed!
Absolutely the happiest palette of thread colors in these designs -- we just LOVE them all! They are Happy, Cheerful, Smiley, Bright and truly unique. Some are fun for a sunny kitchen window, but most need to find a home in the bedroom of some special little person of yours. Personalize them for bedroom signs or make bed pillows out of them... they are just the freshest, sweetest designs!

All are coded for Anchor Floss -- if you don't have it, go on-line and look for a conversion to DMC. The cover pictures are clear enough that you could even just match up DMCs and hand-dyeds from those!


Glory Bee from Threads That Bind -- click to see lots more Spring Break Out from Threads That Bind -- click to see lots more American Roots from Threads That Bind -- click to see lots more
Fun New Offerings from Threads That Bind
Shawn does the BEST Punch Needle designs... and here are three of her newest!!! Always very clearly printed on khaki Weaver's cloth, you are provided with a HUGE cut (like 14 x 16) of fabric -- because Shawn likes to use Morgan Stands and wants your entire working design to be visible in the frame. Not too involved or intricate, you are punching with NORMAL DMC floss -- so leave the expensive overdyeds for other projects! You get all the hand-dyed look just by changing DMC colors.
  • Glory Bee finishes approx 5 x 5-3/4, and is worked with 3 strands. I love the golden colors in the hive -- 3828 and outlines of 869.
  • Next comes Spring Break Out -- I love this one! Finishing into a 5-1/2 x 8-12 oval, this one is done with 6 strands. You'd think it was too coarse, but this one is STUNNING!
  • Finally, American Roots -- a cute house-on-the-hill scene, I love the Penny Rug detail down in the yard. Punched with three strands, you can see lots of color movement in this one -- that is simply alternating colors of DMC in your needle as you change threads! This one finishes 5 x 5-3/4.
Beautifully presented patterns of line drawing printed on fabric... if you like Punch Needle, or thinking about trying it... Threads That Bind continues to be our best selling line of designs!

USA Square from The Sweetheart Tree - click to see more
USA Square from The Sweetheart Tree
Well... a little late for THIS year's 4th of July... but here in plenty of time for next year!

A small 4-1/2 inch square of letters, stars and stripes, this comes as a complete kit of 28ct Summer Khaki Linen with al the threads and litlle embellishments. It'll make a cute stand-up cube, too!


Stacy Nash Sisters Three Pinkeep -- click to see more Sisters Three Pinkeep from Stacy Nash
Here's a sweet piece -- finished into a small pin cushion pillow. Stitch count is 51 x 64, making it finish approx 3 x 4 on 32ct. With the bit of homespun finishing fabric, the overall pillow will be 4 x 6-ish.

Worked in Gentle Art's Brethren Blue, Straw Bonnet and Apple Cider, it will make a nice addition to your basket of stuffed cushions! (Note: the stitch count and finished size is mis-quoted on the instructions... be advised when you cut your fabric. Doesn't hurt the design... just confuses you a bit!)

Grand Old Flag from Rosewood Manor - click for more
Grand Old Flag from Rosewood Manor
Rosewood Manor has a cool new piece that she is using as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project! Worked on Weeks Dye Works Cocoa 36ct linen... choose something a little whiter or browner if the yellow in this isn't your favorite look. You'll need 4 skeins of Weeks Linen, 1 Gunmetal, 3 skeins of Bordeaux and 5 skeins of Deep Sea!

Only the 4 colors in this 157 x 213 piece... there are lots of small sections in here that you can divide out into smaller projects. Something neat for a family room... offered as a leaflet, 10% of the sales of the charts go to Wounded Warriors.

The Sweet Temper Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler and Little House Needleworks - click to see more The Sweet Temper Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler
An original design by Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler, this is a lovely piece with a summery feel. She wanted something that dealt with emotion, hence the verse; *Let your temper be as sweet as the daisies at your feet, be as gentle be as mild be a modest humble child.*

The neat primitive border is different everywhere, and Theresa mentions that she has stuffed lots of little motifs in here -- just where-ever. There are Spider Web roses in the basket which are stunning! A very pretty piece... this measures 301 x 297 -- so finishes a generous 19 x 19-ish on 32ct. Offered as a chart, coded for silks or DMC, so get out your overdyeds and see what you can customize to your piece!!

our New Vera Bradley -- click to see lots more
Its Back to Campus With Your New Vera Bradley!
Backpacks, Lunch Bags, Student Agendas, Pens, Pencils and Notebooks... we have a lovely new shipment of FUN STUFF for Back-To-School!!!
Ziggy Zinnia, African Violet and Pink Swirls are the newest colors... all of the cotton pieces will be in the shop shortly. School Things came early!!!

Less Bitching More Stitching! from AB Designs - click for more Less Bitching, More Stitching!
from AB Designs
Doesn't need much more explanation than that!!!!! Grab a cute fabric and your bright colors of regular DMC floss and stitch this as the traveling banner for your stitch group meetings!!!!!

It'd make a cute personal stitching case as well... (in case you'd rather have a more private reminder!) Just a fun design, this is offered as a chart with optional button pack. On 28ct it finishes approx 7-1/2 x 8-1/2.

Halloween Parade from AB Designs - click for more Halloween Parade
from AB Designs
This is SO CUTE! Ms Amy has outdone herself with this fun pagent of Trick-or-Treat hopefuls! Worked on the delicious 30ct Weeks Peoria Purple Linen in both Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, it finishes a petite 6 x 9. You can do the whole thing, or split everyone up and make smaller individual stand-ups.

Colors are fun, subject matter is over-the-top creative... you could even do those stars in metallic, and put beads in the witch's dress. Offered as the chart with packet of mini metal brads and rubber band embellishments!


Last Stitch Cemetery and Dark Shadows by Hinzeit -- click to see more new designs Back in Stock! Last Stitch Cemetery and Dark Shadows!
from Hinzeit
Two of our favorite Hinzeit patterns have floated through the shop doors again! Cute charms and even cuter motifs to put them onto... that Last Stitch Cemetery features graves for *Started & Forgotten*, *1/2 Stitched*, *Too Old* and *Lost Interest!*

Both are Hinzeit's classic 3 x 13 finsihed size, offered as charts, and include the set of charms.


Patterned Pretties #7 from Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Patterned Pretties #7
from Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette Douglas has a new small pin cushion design that is a Bargello Stitch pattern worked on 32ct Flax Linen. Offered as a small kit of pattern, Weeks hand-dyed wool for the backing and a luscious set of hand-dyed silk threads, really just choose a light neutral fabric as your base, and you'll be happy.

A 3-1/2 x 4 inch panel of beautiful stitching... the threads are really the show-offs here... they are a mixture of soft lilac, olive greens and buttermilks. Bargello is simply a pattern of Satin Stitches, repeating and very organized. This whole set of small pin cushion designs is just amazingly pretty!


En route pour Noel from The Tralala Collection -- click to see more En route pour Noel from Tra La La
Oh my gosh... is this a little train of friends going to visit Santa? The reindeer and his bird-buddy are leading the wagon-train of snowman and snowbunny -- and presents!

With a stitch count of 57 x 137, this will finish approx 3-1/2 x 9 on a 32ct. Coded for DMC, it's just the cutest design idea, and offered as a chart. Designed by Tra La La's Corinne Rigadeau.

Le Linge de Blanche from Zaza Picque - click to see more
Le Linge de Blanche from Zaza Picque
Oh my gosh... I think this is laundry day!!! By Za Za Picque,(these come from France) this measures 110 x 79 stitches, is worked on an antique white linen, and coded for DMC or Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.

I just love this piece! Wouldn't it be pretty in a laundry room... or even better... sewn onto the front of a lingerie traveler bag? If you are an *organic gal* -- stitch it for the front of your wooden clothespin basket! Offered as a chart.


A Quaker Banana Fob from Primitive Jewel - click to see more A Quaker Banana Fob
from Primitive Jewel
We're having quite the debate among the shop gals... some say this is NOT what they would spend their stitching time on... but ohhhh... I bet someone out there has a banana fetish, banana tree, pet monkey or SOME reason why this is a definite to stitch!! (We don't know if the Quakers ate bananas... even that entered the debate!)

Offered as a chart by Primitive Jewel, this little guy is stitched over one on Week's 30ct Gold linen with Mocha, Whiskey, Olive and Pecan overdyeds... and the favored fruit measures a mere 1-1/2 x 3 in size!!!! He's a little mini-banana!!!!

Bird Pin Cushion Topper andFlower Pin Cushion Topper from Dames of the Needle - click for more ABC HB Pincushion Topper and ABC HB Basket Band Companion from Dames of the Needle - click for more
Cute Minis from Dames of the Needle
This is a cute set of smalls that all fit on miniature Nantucket Baskets we have! First choose your basket -- tall or small. Then choose your topper! Each small chart is worked on 35ct linen -- you'll need a 6 x 6 ish cut and comes with a bit of Elizabeth's hand-dyed rik-rak trim that you can see in the pics. She has a new line of hand-dyed trims *From the Cauldron!*

Anyway, Flower Pin includes a cut of Mild Chili 1/2 inch rik rak trim. Bird Pin Topper comes with a generous cut (my package has a full yard in it!) of Italian Custard. (Isn't that a luscious name?) The ABC HB Pin Cushion Topper and Basket Band Companion set are cute by themselves... but the HB in the name refers to a HORNBOOK design they match that was published in the January/February Issue if Just Cross Stitch Magazine. They each feature Watermelon Juice Rik Rak! Pretty darn cute... easy to stitch and finish on the precious miniature baskets... I'm sure you have threads already in your stash for these, too!

Uncle Sam Wabbit from Sheepish Designs Wabbit's Garden from Sheepish Designs Bee Mine Wabbit from Sheepish Designs Scare Crow Wabbit from Sheepish Designs
Wabbits!!! from Sheepish Designs
We've had these little guys over the years... and recently I discovered so many more of them that we had run out of! So, I did a nice big fat order of them... and here they all are back together again!!! Absolutely the cutest little Wabbits, they are doing all sorts of things for the Holidays, and are finished with a pretty silk ribbon rouching technique.

Wabbit's Garden was originally published in 1999 -- it is one of the only ones that incudes the small scissor fob carrot. Uncle Sam -- the newest one is from 2002. They all call for hand-dyed linen and threads -- but since these are over 10 years old, those floss offerings were much slimmer than they are now. You may want to tweak your colors a bit. Just the cutest little things, they are all the same size -- 54 x 98 stitches.

Heloise Cornu 1896 from Reflects de Soie - click to see more Anais Curveur 1896 from Reflects de Soie - click to see more Alberine Guiraud 1887 from Reflects de Soie - click to see more
Three GORGEOUS Samplers from Reflects de Soie
Thank Goodness I speak *Symbols and DMC!* Here are three stunning sampler reproductions that I couldn't resist! The images here just don't do them justice.

All offered in chart format -- no English in the instructions (but really no wording at all). All three are charted for various silks or DMC floss. We have nothing else like these, so don't pass them by... ENJOY!!!


Pink House Sampler from Plum Street Samplers - click for more Pink House Sampler from Plum Street Samplers
The loss of a father is much, the loss of a mother is more. The loss of Christ is such No other can restore.
A very stately sampler with that beautiful house and gardens... can you see the shepherdess in the bottom border?? An original sampler design by Plum Street, this has a stitch count of 247 x 215, and is worked with the trio of hand-dyed floss brands -- Weeks, Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks.

I especially like the borders, because they are different from each other. Everything about this piece is traditional and balanced -- VERY pretty! Offered as a chart, it'll finish approx 13-1/2 x 15-1/2 on 32ct.


Flag of Stars from Bent Creek - click for more Flag of Stars from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has a new kit -- a red, white and blue confection of stars that make up a flag. It finishes approx 6 x 6 over two on 18ct Natural Linen, and is worked with DMC #5 Pearl Cottons.

SUPER easy to see and stitch, make sure you have a large #18 or #20 needle... I don't see one in my package! Something fun to finish in a jiff!


Patriotic Sampler by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Patriotic Sampler from Jeannette Douglas
Wow... my buddy Jeannette Douglas has released a trio of patriotic designs that are stunning! (This is cool because she is a Canadian... but she 'gets us' so well!!) Patriotic Sampler is so "Ding Dang Cute" in Jeannette's words... it finishes 6 x 12-3/8 on 32ct Lambswool Linen.

Stitched in elegant cranberries, greys, blues and creme silks this piece is LOADED with gorgeous medallions and special stitches. The stars at the top and bottom are over 12 threads. Bargello waves and those cute stars and stripes hearts in there -- the colors are rich and yummy. That whole star motif area is 60 stitches square... so you have to count correctly! The bonus, however, is to watch the shading in your threads play out in the stitch patterns. The silk thread packet includes a set of 12 buttons and eagle and flag charms. Just lovely, this is offered as the leaflet with thread pack separate.

Stars Pin and Scissor Roll by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Stars Pin and Scissor Roll from Jeannette Douglas
This is a delicious little creation... worked on 32ct Natural Linen in Gentle Art Simply Wools, it is a cushion that measures approx 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 when finished. Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow, gorgeous, rich colors, they all make the Scotch, Rice and Milanese Stars pop! The big white star at the top goes over 44-ish threads.

No Cross Stitch in this at all -- just those beautiful Long Stitch Variations. This is offered with the chart, Simply Wool threads, a smattering of 6 mini-buttons, and the cuts of Weeks hand-dyed wool -- the deep blue and red Glen Plaid -- for the finishing. You'll need stuffing. As for the little fob pictured there... it is a FREE chart... details inside!

Flag Needlekeep by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Flag Needlekeep from Jeannette Douglas
A companion piece to the Stars Roll, this features the same color palette of Simply Wools -- Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow -- just a gorgeous selection. Worked on 32ct Natural Linen, this finishes approx 3-1/4 x 4-3/4. Stuffed with cool stitches again, the entire red and white striped part is done with small Satin Stitches. Your two reds give you that color play on there.

Offered as a small kit, you get the chart, Simply Wools, buttons and the blue wool for the little heart, and red for the case lining. Jeannette added her own decorative brass button to the front of the case -- that is not included -- but she suggests something special from your stash that you like better! A lovely small project with lots of stitching and color impact!


The Witch, Crow and Pumpkin from Barbara-Ana Designs - click to see more Long May She Wave from Barbara-Ana Designs - click to see more Barbara Ana's Crows
We have two new designs by Barbara Ana -- a Patriotic Crow and a Halloween one!
  • Long May She Wave features a great big blue sky with an eagle, Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross (with her needle!!) Just a real different design arrangement, something about this is charming! It might be the framing the sky offers, or the wavy flag or even the banners along the bottom. Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 8-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 32ct.
  • The Witch, Crow and Pumpkin is really neat because the pennies around the edge are actually pieces of wool -- cut and blanket stitched on there! The actual stitched center is approx 5-1/2 x 7... and notice the small coordinating scissor fob -- that is 2 x 3-1/2. For the Penny edge treatment, you'll need a set of 6 Schnigglet Cuts of our Week's Dye Work's wools to match the DMC threads used. Mix the colors of wool for the pennies, you'll be cutting 36 circles -- then Blanket stitching them onto the linen. Using #8 Black Pearl Cotton is easiest for this part -- it really stands out against the wool. So darn cute, this is also offered as a chart and is worked on 32ct Natural linen that has been distressed with walnut crystals. (or dark coffee grounds if those are on hand!)

  • Summer Garden from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more Summer Garden
    from The Drawn Thread!

    Cynthia's 6th Garden Scene Sampler -- we now have all four seasons as well has the Herb and Butterfly Gardens. Always the charming house in the center... she surrounds it with a LAVISH blooming garden of all the things quintessential to its season! With a stitch count of 289 x 63, this finishes (like the rest) at approx 4 x 18, and is worked on 32ct Summer Khaki Linen.

    It is coded for Needlepoint Inc and Dinky Dyes silks... and **for a limited time**, we have the thread packs available as well! (sorry, no open-stock thread packs) We LOVE, LOVE these gardens, because Cynthia loads them full of special stitches that look neat even on the CHART, not to mention stitched in person!
    The Little Birds Sampler from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more

    The Little Birds Sampler
    from The Drawn Thread!

    Oh my gosh, this is a charming piece! A long, skinny alphabet -- that is stuffed full of garden treasures and a ton of birds. Cats, squirrels, mice, birds, birdhouses and birdbaths, and LOTS of silks and special stitches... this measures 54 x 336 stitches in size.

    Worked on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast Linen -- it'll turn out approx 3 x 21. Again, we have silk packs of Needlepoint Inc and Dinky Dyes silks available for this for a limited time... at least 24 different colors in here! (not available open-stock) Of special note to the industry -- Cynthia has special watermarked paper in this pattern. If it is copied illegally... the chart has eyes in the back of its head and will tattle!!!!!

    Faby Reilly Designs Sonny The Snowman Pendant - click to see more Sonny The Snowman Pendant
    from Faby Reilly
    Isn't his little guy CUTE????? He is a THREE-SIDED pendant stitched on 32ct Antique White Belfast Linen with regular DMC flosses. Each of the three sides is an individual design -- Sonny, his mittens, and that charming top hat and bird perched atop. Each side measures approx 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. So if you construct this into the pendant, it'll make a generously sized tree ornament.

    So cute and different, you can trim up the edges a little and make a neat beaded hanger if you like. Offered as a chart.

    Mill Hill Angel Trilogy - Mini Kits for 2014 - click for more    Mill Hill Celebration Santas - Mini Kits for 2014 - click for more
    Mill Hill Presents Christmas 2014!
    24 New designs to dazzle -- you'll have plenty of time to work on these since Summer isn't even here yet!!!!
  • Angel Trilogy -- Three perforated paper ornaments, these go with the Nativity Series of Mill Hill's. Finishing approx 4 x 5, they are designs 10, 11 and 12 in this set and join the Holy Family, Shepherds, and The Magi.
  • Celebration Santas -- Our 16th Annual Set of three perforated paper Santa ornaments, this year's finish approx 3 x 5 like the rest, and represent our Classic American Santa, along with a French and Mexican Santa. This is such an anticipated set every year... we've organized them all on their own page for you!
  • Mill Hill Winter Series of 2014 Button & Bead Kits - click for more
  • Winter Series of 2014 Button & Bead Kits -- The classics that finish approx 5 x 5... our shop models are always stitched on linen rather than the provided perf paper. Gorgeous wintery decorations, you can frame these, make them into small hanging pillows, stand-up cubes or even banners and quilts. I love the Ginger Friends, Palace Theatre is this year's addition to the Christmas Village. (Awesome finished into those stand-up cubes!) But that Nuthatch matches last year's Chickadees... and that was the Best Seller last year, so you'll want this one to match!
  • Mill Hill Winter Holiday for 2014 - click for more
  • Winter Holiday -- The annual smaller kits are here... most match other ornaments from previous years... all are worked on 14ct perf paper with beaded embellishment. The Drummer Boy goes with previous smaller Nativity pieces, and I love that little Scottie!!!! We have a million of these smaller designs, that look great on your tree.
  • Mill Hill Autumn 2014 Christmas Jewels - click for more
  • Christmas Jewels -- A second set of baubles to match those that released a few years ago... these look like old-fashioned glass ornaments! Perforated Paper, with lots of deep royal colors and glisteny beads... everyone loves the first set. Each finishes approx 2-1/2 x 3-1/2.


  • Just Cross Stitch Special Halloween Collector's Issue - click to see more Just Cross Stitch Magazine October Issue - click to see more Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Ornament Issue - click to see more
    Just Cross Stitch Magazine Announces Annual Halloween and Ornament Issue Details!
    Every year, we are treated to collections of Halloween and Christmas designs in various issues of Just Cross Stitch Magazine. The Christmas Ornament Issues have been around since the 90's, and the Halloween ones began several years ago. Let me organize all four issues that everyone loves to collect each year. We can send them to you as they are released... or hold them all for shipment when they finally arrive. (My quoted prices are from memory... I know they aren't all the same price... but these are pretty close. And... watch the release dates... see if you can wait that long.)

    Before we list everything... this is a great time to remind you of all the past issues of JCS Magazines... 1991 through 2000, and then 2001 through 2010... 20 years of magazines are now all in PDF format on CDs! EVERYTHING is beautifully organized and presented... absolutely and totally wonderful! (The premier Ornament Issue is on the 91-00 collection) Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly has a CD too!

  • Special Halloween Collector's Issue Ships to us July 10-ish. It contains 52 Spooky and Festive designs this year!!! Usually runs $9.99-ish, and is NOT a regular monthly issue. Much larger.
  • October Issue Ships to us August 12-ish. This one has a focus on Autumn, with a little bit of Halloween tossed in. Orange, brown, yellow and teal color themes in designs this year.
  • Annual Christmas Ornament Issue Ships to us September -- right after Labor Day September 5th-ish. The favorite -- 75 or so exclusive ornament designs, so for $8-ish... it's a great value!

  • Holy Family, Little Drummer Boy and A Long Winter's Nap Stockings
    from Heaven & Earth Designs
    Holy Family, Little Drummer Boy and A Long Winter's Nap Stockings from Heaven and Earth Designs - click to see more Heaven & Earth delivers the most stunning charts of famous works of art for Cross Stitch... I definitely cannot do any of Michelle's things justice with just a few words. This is a trio of designs -- each offered in it's own chart format -- that promise heirloom stockings to treasure forever. NOT for the faint-of-stitcher, or one who catches *a few hours here and there for relaxation* -- you need to be serious about stitching to commit to making even just one of these.
  • Holy Family by Dona Gelsinger uses 89 DMC colors in its 218 x 313 size.
  • Little Drummer Boy by Dona Gelsinger has 90 colors in his 180 x 275 stitches
  • and
  • Long Winter's Nap also by Dona Gelsinger is larger at 253 x 378 - again with 90 colors.
  • Just exquiste!

    Exquisite Ornaments!
    from Heaven & Earth Designs
    Four Exquisite Ornaments! from Heaven and Earth Designs - click to see more Here is a set of 4 *Ornament* designs -- they each measure 175 stitches in diameter -- so over ONE on 25ct, they finish 6 inches in size! Pretty generous for ornaments!!!!!! SOOOO.... what about gorgeous framed pieces worked over two on something reasonable like 32? That'd make them 11 x 11! Scott Gustafson's work is showcased in the Decorating The Wreath piece, while Donna Gelsinger's work appears on the other three.

    89 and 90 Colors of DMC floss in each, as you can see the shading and design details are incredible. The charts are very involved... clearly printed... but challenging to follow because of all the design detail and color changes. Blow up the charts, and get a highlighter to mark areas you've already stitched. Just amazing charts and designs to look at... some of you can stitch these, and you are just as amazing!!!

    Elephants Walk from Fern RidgeCollections
    ***The Fern Ridge Gals have been busy again... we have 10 new things...!!!
    Elephants Walk from Fern Ridge - click to see more Elephants Walk from Fern Ridge - click to see more Elephants Walk is just one pair and makes me want to go to Africa!!! A matching 10-ish x 2-ish sewing case and scissor fob the colors in these are stunning -- cinnabar, cucumber green, golds and black. The COMPLETE kit for the little case is amazing! You get the 28ct Cashel Linen, the cinnabar printed lining fabric, chart for the little parade of elephants tramping across the outside your case, and small panels inside.

    Lovely beads for the edge trim are here, beads and a magnet for the closure loop, and a tiny crystal butterfly for one of the palm trees. Three different brands of floss are in here, along with Gloriana silk. Because the little case has interior pockets, you even get the tiny wooden elephant thread winder -- it is 1-1/8 inches, and a 2-inch ruler... along WITH the black 3-inch scissors AND a 1-1/2 inch elephant thread waxer!!! (They tell us that shape is made using an antique candy mold!)

    THEN... you'll need the matching Elephants Walk Peyote Stitch scissor fob -- remember, you have the scissors in the sewing roll kit! It is a small piece that features lavish beaded fringe and a neat elephant charm. Same awesome colors, and another crystal butterfly! The fob is offered as a complete kit as well.
    Make sure you click to see the other 5 charming sets of fobs, boxes and matching cases!

    JBW's 293 Seaside Alphabet - click to see more JBW's 289 A Friend So Dear - click to see more JBW's 290 Now I Know My ABCs - click to see more
    A Friend So Dear, Seaside Alphabet and Now I Know My ABC's from JBW Designs
    JBW has 7 new designs... all presented in small card format charts. Here are just 3 of them...
  • Seaside Alphabet is a companion to Great Pumpkin, Christmas, Reindeer and Hearts! It's a scattered alphabet that meanders through lots of individual motifs to set its theme. Stitched in dusty nautical blues and reds, there are tiny lighthouses, sailboats, flags, fish and even a little sand-colored seagull. Finished size is approx 2 x 16!
  • A Friend So Dear is a BEAUTIFUL piece!!! (Actually, I can't believe it's offered in this petite card format!) Finishing approx 6-1/2 x 12, the verse is lovely, and the motifs are charming. Everything is divided up by very pretty borders. *How sweet it is to have a friend so near and dear.* 28ct Confederate Grey linen, this is stitched in a medley of hand-dyed flosses or DMC. Nothing called for embellishment-wise... but you could always add some heart charms or a few buttons or beads if you have just the right thing!
  • Now I Know My ABCs -- Stitched completely in red and white, this piece measures 62 x 166 in stitch count. It features all the letters of the alphabet with corresponding itty bitty motifs -- and everything is divided up by the lacy white borders. There is a button set available -- just the right sizes to fit everywhere on here!


  • Wooden Flag Threadkeep from Priscilla's Pocket Lots of Patriotic from Priscilla's Pocket!!!
    A TERRIFIC Miniature Wooden Thread Keep -- along with a pair of great charts -- these are beautiful, timeless designs.
  • First, that little flag! It is a hand-made piece of wood -- different varieties layered together like a cane of JABCO button clay -- then it is SAWED (sliced) to make this lovely 1-1/2 x 2 inch miniature flag!!! Beautifully rounded and finished, I'm not sure you actually want to cover it up by winding thread around it! STUNNING inside of any patriotic sewing case! It's a pricey little thing, and we don't have many... but it's a gorgeous piece of art!
  • Patriot's Trio from Priscilla's Pocket Spacious Skies from Priscilla's Pocket
  • Spacious Skies -- A sophisticated, monochromatic piece, the stitch count is 85 x 84, and it is worked in only one color. Choose a pretty hand-dyed for interest -- black, dark navy, rich deep red... whatever you like. If you want to mount it on Priscilla's little hornbook... get it first to match your thread and fabric colors -- you'll just need any 36ct.
  • Patriot's Trio -- Here's another set of designs that can be framed or stitched to fit on those fun little Miniature Hornbook Paddles. Worked on 35ct Weeks Tin Roof linen with hand-dyeds of Dried Thyme, Garden Gate, Grecian Gold, Old Red Paint, Parchment, Shaker White, Uniform Blue and Lancaster Red... these are absolutely enchanting pieces! All three are offered in the same chart.


  • SNOWBELLES By Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill - click for more
    Presenting SNOWBELLES By Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill
    Well... Mill Hill pegged the weather correctly when they packed our box of these TOO CUTE new little guys!!! Who knew the entire country would be dealing with snow and snow, and snow....? Debbie Mumm has designed a set of 5 Bells -- Snowbelles - to be exact. Darling little snowmen with bell-bottoms!!!

    All offered as complete kits, they are worked on 14ct white perforated paper with DMC floss and smatterings of Mill Hill glass beads. Each finishes approx 4 x 5-1/4... much smaller than the actual things in your front yard!!! So... we introduce: Jingle, Jangle, Freezy, Flurry and Frank!

    There's even MORE!     
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