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Three New Charts from Madame Chantilly
Gingerbread Quilt Shop from The Victoria Sampler
Part eight of Victoria Sampler's charming stitched Gingerbread Village is here! Joining the church, tree, cottages, bakery (and even a haunted house which kind of snuck in here!), is a new Quilt Shop. Truthfully, we aren't enamored with the shape of this shop, but it might make a nice 'transition piece' in your village arrangement. TONS of stitching and design detail in here, you'll notice that the front door is actually a separate little sticky-out area, and there are the quilters in the window above!!!
Worked on 28ct Gingerbread Linen, there are wonderful finishing instructions included in the leaflet -- 18 pics -- and great stitch diagrams. The thread/accessory packet includes all the silks, metallics, beads, gingerbread men buttons, micro buttons -- and even the little shop dog!!!! With every side stitched differently, you get pretty quilts no matter which side you see! Offered as the leaflet with Accs pack separately. You will need a piece of linen at least 14-ish x 33... we like 1/2 yard cuts better!
***Look in your 2015 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue! You have a tiny quilt ornament chart that GOES WITH this shop!!! We have the accessory packet for that ornament -- so start with it... it's just a bitty little thing!
New Jim Shore Santas and Snowmen from Mill Hill
Getting ready for Christmas -- Mill Hill has released a set of 6 paper ornaments to dress your tree. Artwork by Jim Shore, we already have six Santas -- now here are three more for that set. The snowmen are completely new.
Offered as perforated paper kits, each is full of flosses, some glisteny glass beads for a bit of jazz, and lots of quilted charm. They all finish approx 3 x 5, and because they are lightweight, they display beautifully on any Christmas tree!
Announcing a New Garden Club! from Blackbird Designs
A new 12-part monthly series is beginning -- Barb and Alma's 'Little Sewing Circle Club!' With a name like 'Garden Club,' we will be treated to florals and greenery in this set. They say it 'might be a lovely basket of flowers, bees buzzing from flower to flower, or like the first design, an abundant harvest of cherries. In either case, you won't have to worry about getting your hands dirty working in the garden!!!'
Finish them into pin cushions or frame them... Alma is stitching each one (approx 4 x 4 each) on a different color of Week's Dye Works 32ct hand-dyed linen and then sewing them all together to make one larger piece! If you are a member of The Silver Needle's With A Little Help From Our Friends Stitching Circle -- you'll recognize this finishing treatment -- two different colors of fabric joined in the same piece! We love the idea! Anyway, reserve your space in The Garden Club NOW! We'll be sending the charts and linen cut each month as released!!!
New Rewards of Merit from Blackbird Designs
Alma and Barb have two new mini-designs offered in their small Rewards of merit size... perfect for small framed pieces or pretty pin cushions. Grab a schnibble of Week's hand-dyed linen and some overdyeds from your stash for these!!!
Announcing Country Cottage's Gingerbread Village Series!
Beginning mid-October we're being treated to a new 11-part monthly series by Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks. Beginning with a Gingerbread Train in the center (110 x 60 stitch count), there will be 10 more designs (55 x 60 each) surrounding it. You can stitch it all on one piece of fabric, or make your own stand-up village of buildings. It will feature a few Just Another Button Company buttons, and can be worked on numerous different fabrics -- 32ct Natural Belfast, to Opalescent to the Polka Dot. Total thread usage will be Classic Colorworks Bean Sprout (2), and Ribbon Red (2). Week's Hazelnut (3) and Pecan (5). DMC White (4), 3371 (1), 469 (1), 741 (1). Each of the 11 designs is being released separately in small chart format... so of course we are beginning an auto for this!!! Please communicate to us in our comments box (or call on the toll free line 888-543-7004 -- which options you want! Charts only, charts and buttons, which fabric, floss or no floss... there are too many options here for me to list all the ordering combinations. We'll send flosses and fabrics with the first shipment, charts and buttons monthly thereafter. Charts are expected to run $6.00.
Countdown To Christmas
from Country Cottage Nedleworks
Country Cottage Needleworks presents an Advent Calendar that is bitty in size but big on charm. Finishing a mere 6 x 10 on 32ct, it's coded for DMC and hand-dyeds.
It might really be fun to frame this, and make sure there is a FAT chuck of foam board behind it, so you could stick-pin a piece of peppermint to each of the days-in-waiting!!! Offered as a chart.
Presenting Gingher's 2015 Limited Edition WREN Scissors
Always long-awaited, Gingher has released this year's special scissors. Limited in production... every year these seem to sell out earlier and earlier... so please don't wait too long to get them if they need to join your stash!
A deep purple this year, with a creamy quatrafoil pattern, we have 4-inch Embroidery, 5-inch Sewing and the 8-inch Dressmaker shear options. Each comes in a clear gift box with either a leather or plastic protective sheath.
Two New DOVO Scissor Offerings!!!
You'll recognize these 3-1.2 inch embroidery styles from some of your Gingher and other DOVO scissors... but here they are in polished stainless steel featuring DOVO's precision tips and unsurpassed cutting action! We have not had either of these two shapes in the polished stainless before... so they are two new treats for your stitching basket!!!
By DOVO, these 3-3/4 inch brushed stainless tweezers are razor-sharp and EXACTLY perfect at their petite tips.. The best part of getting a sliver is using these tweezers!!!!!
Wonderful for grabbing stray threads, but don't limit these to your stitching basket!
Counting Pins from La-D-Da
Lori has made 2 styles of elegant counting pins to decorate your special pin cushions and sewing cases... They were special to our class this past summer, and to the recent Needlework Galleria Show we just attended.
Topped with a pearl and dressed with silver squares or rings, how lovely to decorate something special!
Christmas Memories from Blackberry Lane Designs
Blackberry Lane has a lovely new pair of Christmas Tree designs -- kind of a feather tree idea -- featuring branches filled with antique Christmas toys and trinkets. Two different designs -- both feature the trees cross stitched over two threads with long stitches to mimic the pine needles. THEN, the ornaments are all stitched over one thread. Absolutely incredible design detail -- Marie Driskell excels at this sort of thing! -- you won't believe how beautiful all the little toys are! Snowmen, angels, dolls, sheep, a nutcracker, caboose, gingerbread man, Santa a horn, just a million little things!
The smaller version is worked on 32ct lambswool and measures 43 x 67 stitches -- 2-1/2 x 4-ish. The larger tree is done on the 32ct natural linen with the white spots painted on it. It's a little more challenging because of the paint kind of clogging the fabric holes (but the finished effect is SO COOL) That one measures 52 x 69 and finishes approx 3 x 5. Honestly, this is a CHARMING set of designs!!!!! Get it for the Stash!... and maybe stitch JUST the bitty ornaments that are only 10 threads high!!!!!
Over The River from Jeannette Douglas
Oh, this is a super-gorgeous, super-textured piece full of Autumn flavor... do Grandma's House for Thanksgiving instead of Christmas! Choose a neutral 32ct linen, your silk threads are all cinnamons, browns, brick reds, ambers, teals, mossy greens, a bit of cream and even some aqua metallic to make the little river glisten! Jeannette has packed this full of special stitches -- the border is Saw Tooth, then that gorgeous section of small star motifs on the upper left -- they are all Milanese and Scotch. The water is all Satin, the turkey is over one... and lots more Milanese in the bottom row of leaves.
I think by the pic you can tell the variety of pretty colors in here -- in person, the model is just stunning! It finishes approx 9 x 12-1/2, and is offered as a leaflet with threads (Gloriana, Silk 'n Colors, Splendor, Needlepoint Inc and Accentuate metallic) separately. (This is not, however, coded for DMC.)
Pumpkin and Bargello Pin Cushions
from Jeannette Douglas
Oh, these are so pretty!!!!! Pin Cushions offered in chart format (we have threads in *some of them for a limited time*), they are tucked into the Lone Elm Lane Shaker Pin Cushion Bases. You can choose the Bittersweet, Brown, Brick Red, Black, Pewter... most of her base colors will work for these. They'll be pretty stuffed with lizard litter too, if you simply want to stuff them without the wooden base option.
A trio of awesome new Plum Street Samplers... all are offered as charts!
Lots of Fun New Things for Fall from Shepherd's Bush!
Map of Hawk Run Hollow
from Kathy Barrick
Wow... What a show-stopper! Everyone is in love this with new piece by Marty Barrick. 260 x 247 Stitches in size, choose floss or silks to stitch this charming map of the imaginary Hawk Run Hollow Settlement.
The river, bridges, the town square, cemetary... the fields and even the compass star, the design is bold and the elements are charming! It's a 'gotta have' and would even make a really neat couch pillow!!! Offered as the chart.
from Kathy Barrick
Wow... what a fun, bold, contemporary and fresh design! Great colors, I love the straight lines of the apartment buildings against the curves of the yellow cat. The big white pumpkin down at the bottom is fun -- it accents the trim around the windows in the buildings. The moon mimics the cat, and the roof kitty mimics the black windows(!) and that little spider....everything belongs in this piece!
Offered as a single chart, it finishes approx 3 x 6-1/2 on any neutral 32ct, and is worked with either Needlepoint Silk or DMC.
Halloweenie Limited Edition Kit
Lizzie Kate's newest mini-kit, stitch this little 2 x 4 guy in a jiffy on the provided 28ct Amber Linen using 8 Weeks or DMC flosses from your stash. You get to embellish the little owl with two micro-buttons that turn into HUGE owl eyes on the little guy, and then add two more micro buttons to spiders on the matching 1 x 1 mini-fob!
Linda's kit includes the chart, linen, buttons AND the black and orange finishing fabric AND cool green and orange rik-rak trim! You can see the little broom on the model pic -- they have instructions for making that online.
Grateful Thankful Blessed
A new Snippet design by Lizzie Kate, this just about says it all... and needs no more description!!! Offered as a single small card, the design is worked on 30ct Lambswool and finishes about 4 inches square.
Grab some hand-dyeds or DMC from your stash, spend a couple of blessed hours being grateful and thankful for the stitching time. and enjoy!
"A Little Mystery" Part Three
This concludes our 3 part "A Little Mystery" Sampler. Part Three includes the BONUS pattern "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today". This sweet project coordinates with all of the other mystery projects. Part Three also reveals the finished mystery design, so for those of you who want to "see it first," now it's here!
Each part of "A Little Mystery" includes a BONUS pattern. There's also "A Little Mystery" Embellishment Pack available, which includes goodies for the big design, as well as all 3 BONUS designs. Thanks for stitching along with us on "A LIttle Mystery". We love mysteries and it's so fun to share them. We had a great "little" time together!
September's Spook of the Month
from Val's Stuff
*Ding Dong* continues this fun set of 12 little 3 x 4 stitched Spook Cards, bright colors and clay button googly-eyes, they are turning into cute magnets and paper ornaments.
Included with the chart are the buttons, perf paper and wool backing - you'll need the outrageous floss colors from your stash. Just very fun.
Square-ology -- The Gather Series
from JABCO and Hands On Design
Just Another Button Company and Hands On Design have released their next set of 4 small designs that are meant to be turned in every direction and stitched again... so each is multi-directional. Confusing... but that's OK! This is a really nice group -- all Autumn-y in flavor. Each is presented in a small card format with a smattering of clay button embellishments.
O Christmas Tree
from Samplers Not Forgotten
Oh.. the English words to "O Christmas Tree" are the verse for this!!! A twiggy little border, and that awesome special stitch and verse area, this would be a pretty decoration to bring out every year to display on a table easel.
Finishing approx 10 x 11 on 36ct, it calls for only Gentle Art's Forest Glade, Onyx, Garden Gate, Picnic Basket, Picket Fence and Cranberry flosses. SNF has several other recent new releases, too!
New Arrivals from Madame La Fee
Absolutely charming French designs by Madame La Fee, we have EIGHT in all! I love the Bistro de Paris piece -- wouldn't that be pretty in a kitchen??? The P'tit Pecheur is delightfully nautical... did you see the floating bottle with the note in it??? The shrimp, crab, compass and anchor -- this is a neat medley of watery stuff!
All offered in chart format, instructions are in French, but all coded for DMC floss. Each measures approx 180 or 190 stitches square, so on 32ct, each finishes approx 12 x 12! WE LOVE the designs... enjoy all them all!
Spring Snow from Ink Circles
Pretty colors in this -- grab a 11 x 13 cut of Week's 30ct Dove Linen and Sampler Threads of Maple Syrup, Slate, Straw Bonnet, Deep Forest and Endive. I see Spring's fawns and rabbits scattered among the falling snowflakes... and lots of foresty evergreens.
I love the colors and the balance in this. What a pretty piece to hang during the transitions of the seasons, it finishes just 5 x 7, and is offered as a chart.
Pumpkins Farm from Cuore e Batticuore
This is a fun design by Cuore d Batticuore -- an Italian company. A busy pumpkin farm, it's stitched on 32ct Vintage Country Mocha Belfast Linen with DMC flosses and finishes approx 15-1/2 x 9-1/2 in size. Cute little house, fun pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns everywhere, what I think are the most charming elements are the translations.
*Pumpkins* is plural, and the big fat ones up at the top left are only 2 CENTS each!!! Presented in chart format -- very clear -- they offer colored charts, so this is supereasy to stitch from.
Autumn Bird PinCushion
from From The Heart
Here's a sweet pin cushion design that fits the small 4-inch Shaker Lone Elm Lane cushion rounds. By From the Heart, it is worked on 35ct Country Mocha Linen, so will finish 3-1/2 inches round.
Worked with Sampler Threads of Copper, Green Tea Leaf, Brown Bear, Pumpkin Patch and Endive... if you need to change the bird colors, it is an easy thing to do! Presented as a small chart.
Postcards From The Heart Set 3 from Summer House Stitche Workes
Summer House Stitche Workes is presenting a pretty set of small designs and finishing them in super-cool ways on little burlap canvases. Each Postcard From The Heart features a pair of tiny designs that are all stitched on various colors of Weeks Dye Works 32ct hand-dyed linens -- in one color of floss, of your choice.
Next, get our bitty burlap-covered canvases -- you see them in the model pics... and then hit your button box for buttons and laces, your scrapbooking bins for cool papers and little trinkets, and your travel memoirs for ticket stubs and maps. Glue your stitching onto the burlap board and embellish with your *found objects!* Each card is offered separately, and the burlap boards are available as well!
A Fall Gathering & A Winter Gathering from Cherished Stitches
Louise Henderson of Cherished Stitches has released her next two Seasons of Gatherings... small pin-cushion designs.
A Happy Halloween from Lila's Studio
Choose a semi-darkish, mangy fabric as the backdrop to this bustling Halloween piece and stitch it all in a row -- like the picture -- or as individual ornaments. They'd even be cute as individual pin cushions tucked into a scary bowl of T or T candy! Calling for DMC 208 and 907, you'll also need Sampler Threads of Slate, Ohio Lemon Pie, Fragrant Cloves, Raven, Chalk and Garden Gate.
The entire piece measures about 14 x 4 on 32ct... add some cute buttons from your stash if you have some. I love that little craggly tree in here... doesn't it look like it has feet and a curving back and multiple branch-arms coming out to grab you??? (And that little spider -- he looks more rattled than I would be if we met face to face!!!)
The Olde Salem Stitcher's Boxe from Liberty Hill
Liberty Hill has sent a CHARMING hand-painted sewing box -- all decorated for the Fall. A quiet Halloween-ish evening street scene is painted on the top of this 8-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2-1/4 inch box that opens like a book. Flip open the lid to reveal a two-compartment storage area inside.
Along with Mercy Goodheart - she's the Thread Keeper and is painted on the thread board - you get a small house fob that would be fun tied to a pair of scissors. Extremely pretty colors this time around, this will make a pretty Fall decoration, and a neat place to store a few threads or a secret stash of candy!!!
I'm On Pins & Needles and The "Eyes" Have It!
Val's Stuff has two new releases that compliment her Monsters-of-the-Month series... five cute new designs that are too much fun to pass by! Stitch them on perforated paper and hang them on a crooked tree branch for decoration.
Fall 2015 #5 Pearl Cottons Weeks Dye Works 4 New Colors!
We have 4 new overdyed flosses to add to our thread rack in the shop -- and your stitching stash will eventually need them as well! Islamorada is a brilliant aqua blue, Persimmon is a bold, burnt orange, Sockeye looks like a yummy slab of fresh salmon, and Wasabi is a pale green.
We have the four of them bundled together for a few weeks -- as the new collection -- and they will join our little clicky-boxes on the Weeks thread page as well.
Over The River
from Chessie & Me
*Over the river and through the woods, we gather our loved ones together.* (it's Ok if you need to skip Grandma's house this year!!!) A fun North-woods inspired scene, Linda has chosen two different colors of 32ct linen and joined them together on the left-side of this design. (Do the stitching first, then join the pieces.)
Her stitch details are in here everywhere -- Satins in the border, evergreens, roof and grassy areas, and the stones in the river.
Colorful and really unique with that two-color fabric thing going on, this finishes approx 5 x 9 and is coded for Gloriana silk or DMC floss. You could always convert those solids to cotton hand-dyeds too. Offered as a chart.
from Chessie & Me
Chessie's Semi-Annual Little Kit, this one is quiet, simple and respectful of the Season! Stitched on a mangy green-grayed 32ct hand-dyed linen by Lakeside -- Vintage Wood Smoke -- it is stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads of Mustard Seed, Piney Woods, Raven, Shaker White and Tin Bucket.
A few Smyrnas and Satins, it's just a bitty thing finishing at 3 x 4. Offered as a complete kit, it contains the chart, linen and threads.
We've been enjoying a wonderful Trunk Show by Heartstrings Samplery in the shop for the past few weeks... so I've added quite a few of her charts to our pages! Gorgeous things, she likes to use creams and neutral linens and coffee-stain them to gain a distressed look, and likes to *Thrift* old frames and re-finish them!!!. Get out your hand-dyed flosses... everything is offered in chart format! Highlighted here are:
The Mariner and the Moon & Reticella - New Knotwork from Teresa Layman
Our Queen-of-Knots, Teresa Layman has a pair of new miniatures -- finishing 2 x 5 and 5 x 5 -- each of these is made up of tiny one-strand and one-wrap FRENCH KNOTS! *Yuck, you say???* Oh no... just a small exercise in a little patience... it's kind of like painting by number!!!
Teresa has been in the miniatures field for years, and has a lovely collection of Knotwork designs -- some of which she has converted to Cross Stitch! Take a peek on her page!
Presenting Just Cross Stitch Magazine's 2015 Annual Ornament Issue
Always the kick-off to the Fall Stitching Season, Just Cross Stitch magazine is again presenting 75 exclusive ornaments by 75 different designers in the Cross Stitch industry.
Along with all the charts, you get stitch diagrams -- if necessary -- Holiday memories from each designer, AND a recipe. Prairie Schooler's last ornament is in here before their retirement, and there are several new designers represented as well!
ALL the previous Ornament Issues are now collected together in PDFformat, searchable CDs... the actual pages... along with all those recipes!!!
The Drawn Thread's 2015 Fall Releases are Here!
Cynthia has been busy, and has sent REAL CUTE new things for Autumn and Halloween. Everything is offered in chart format and for a short while, we have silk thread packs for most of it! Special stitches here and there -- nothing is too involved so you'll have fun stitching all of them. Do you remember seeing her working on these models while she was here for our Event this past summer??????
Olga's Tart from Plum Street Samplers
What a peculiar personality to this kitty -- perched atop her festive pumpkin!!! That gorgeous moon in the background, and the delicate autumn berries on the vines,she's just the cutest thing!
Finished inside a metal baking tin (details about purchasing included in the chart), she measures almost 4 inches round on 18/36 ct. Coded for 11 Sampler Threads or DMC, offered as a chart.
Plenty & Grace
from Abby Rose Designs
A super-traditional little sentiment to this piece, it would be so pretty in a guest bedroom or family room setting. Offered as a chart, it is stitched on 30ct linen -- anything neutral is good -- and calls for over-dyed or DMC flosses.
Finishing approx 7 x 9, the model in the picture is finished into a pillow -- that's why I think it'd be pretty perched atop a guest bedroom bed. You can see a few letters and numbers scattered about -- change those to your family's initials and possibly some 'home established' dates.
Halloween Hornbook from Mani Di Donna
Grab a cut of Weeks Dye Works 32ct Confederate Gray Linen and DMC 301, 310 and white -- or some pretty hand-dyeds from your stash that will match -- and stitch this 45 x 55-ish little Halloween greeting. Then fold under the edges -- instructions are given to make a 'miniature mattress' -- and attach to the charming 4 x 6 painted black hornbook -- complete with little bat cut-outs on it.
The chart comes with that hornbook, and two sets of handmade clay pins -- pumpkins, bats and ghosts poke into the sides of the mattress to decorate the whole thing! Real cute, it is on the pricey end of things, but when you consider that it DOES come all the way from Italy... it makes it kind of special!
Growing Love & Halloween Menagerie from Threadwork Primitives
A pair of charts by Threadwork Primitives -- each offers a different finishing treatment to spice up life a little!
Peacock in the Pumpkin Patch PinKeep from Stacy Nash Primitives
A cute little Stacy Nash design, grab an 11 x 19 cut of Week's Dye Works 32ct Parchment Linen and Gentle Art Sampler Threads of Apple Cider, Gingersnap, Woodrose, Straw Bonnet, Garden Gate and Lexington Green to make this actually-rather-large 5-1/2 x 13-1/2 inch pin keep.
The penny rug border treatment along the bottom is kind of fun because it is very irregular. Something to nestle into your basket of cushions!! Offered as a chart.
New From STICKS -- Summer and Christmas!
Four colorful and bold designs worked on 16ct Aida with a ton of DMC floss and a smattering of Mill Hill Beads, these bring our STICKS collection of designs to 20. I just love them and can let the designs themselves enchant you -- without any of my descriptions!
Each finishes approx 7 x 7, and since these are on fabric instead of paper, you can make funky, wild pillows out of them. I know you can't tell from the pics, but the sun rays in both Relax and Play golf are studded with miniature glass seed beads. Presented as complete kits of the chart, fabric, flosses and beads, the frames are offered separately.
A Needlework Enthusiast's 2016 Book of Days
A 'Stitching Log Book' so to speak... Needlework Press has released their 2016 edition of this 9 x 12 softcover stitching journal. Really fun to log your stitching hours each day or what you are working on. It's the perfect place to store (write down -- how old fashioned!) DATES for all your upcoming stitching weekends, shows, and needlework-related events that are important to you. Contact info for friends... DESIGN info, maybe a shopping list or two... pictures of pieces you've seen that will take you years to find, but you don't want to forget about them in the meantime... lots of things.
Each month is displayed over two pages, so there is plenty of room in here for LOTS of info. Antique samplers and artwork inspire the decorations on the pages... pick this up before 2016 is here!!!
Merry Merry, Fa La La & Be Merry
from Country Cottage Needleworks
Here are three of Country Cottage Needlework's Classic Ornament Charts that round out her first set! Now, all 12 are here -- all small charts with JABCO button embellishment.
They are stitched with classic Christmas reds and greens, and it's a cute set for your tree. The finishing on Merry Merry and Dear Santa look like pin cushions... extra-cute for a stitcher's tree!
Afternoon in London
from Country Cottage Needleworks
A cute companion to An Afternoon in Paris, this is another street scene with a few of the favorite landmarks of London. The double decker bus... Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace... I wish they still had those cool red telephone booths!!!
Stitched on 32ct Waterlily linen with hand-dyeds or D
Antique Autumn Sampler
from Elizabeth's Designs
Gosh, this is a beautiful piece stitched on Weeks Dye Work's 36ct Parchment linen. Just 10 shades of DMC along with Weeks Jaybird, Purple Haze and Sweet Potato make up all the color in this.
Ever-changing border colors -- like the Autumn leaves -- it has balance, and I find it charming! It finishes approx 8 inches square, and will be slightly larger on the larger counts of the Parchment fabric. Offered as a leaflet.
La Petit Etui Noel from Praiseworthy Stitches
The Praiseworthy Stitches Gals made another cute seasonal tin kit that delivers a whole bunch of cute smalls! Limited to 200 -- it comes in either a Santa or Snowman 4 x 6 x 2-ish inch decorated tin. Inside, my gosh, you'll find a MILLION little pieces of fabrics, felts and linings, a jingle bell, a couple of thread rings, ric-rak, ribbons, sequins, some metallic red mini-garland, red, gold, white and green seed beads, DMC flosses, along with the charts and assembly instructions.
You'll be making a Santa & Rudolf needlebook, a thimble purse, a bell-shaped magnetic needle minder (trimmed with that jingle bell), snowflake emery, snowman thread winder, and a pincube with all sorts of cute little things on each of the sides. Store it all back in the little tin - or hang them all on your tree for the season!!! (and THEN pack them away in the little tin!)
Luscious Cotton Chenille Trims from Lady Dot Creations
Wow... I bet Lady Dot's Lois is in BIG trouble with her mom -- this gorgeous new chenille probably came from the family heirloom bedspread!!! It is a new line of plump, fuzzy, super-soft hand-dyed cotton chenille -- the kind you find on the charming antique bedspreads.
Lady Dot has dyed a wonderful array of colors -- the names are delightful and descriptive -- and you'll love how well it covers the edges of your pin cushions and needlework smalls. Packaged in 3-yard lengths... we just love it ALL!
Wilhelmina and Eat, Drink & Be Scary
from AB Designs
AB Designs has a pair of new charts for Halloween that over-the-top colorful, funky and wild -- just like so many of her other creations!!! Both are presented as the charts with a few button embellishments. Stitch them on Weeks purple, orange, green or yellow hand-dyed linens... there are tons of color choices!
The Witch's Inn from Barbara Ana
Oh this is cute!!! Make it a TWO-SIDED pin cushion!!! One side features the Witch's Inn with the welcoming key hanging from the sign. You could garnish this with pumpkin buttons, bats and spiders... all sorts of cute stuff. The other side, however, is too cute to pass up! It has the witch sleeping in bed -- inside the Bed and Breakfast -- her kitties on and under the bed with her! Witch shoes are underneath there too! Since 1692... has she been sleeping that long... or has this place been in business that long?
Front side finishes approx 7-1/2 x 3-1/2. Smaller design is 4-1/2 x 3. I think they'd be really fun finished back to back as a two-sided cushion! Offered as the chart, coded for DMC floss and stitched on 32ct Flax Linen (but you could choose some scary hand-dyed fabrics as well).
SEVEN New releases by Teresa Kogut!!!
Teresa presents a lot of her designs in both Counted Cross Stitch AND Punch Needle... and since we like both of those things... we carry both!!!
New In CROSS STITCH is Moondance -- which I LOVE in punch needle already! That background is stunning!!! Actually, it is a medley of copper DMC flosses and you do NOT stitch the black -- that is the fabtric!!! Also new are Country Santa, Give Thanks, and Sunflower Sheep -- take a peek at them on our inside TK pages.
New in PUNCH NEEDLE are Believe, Harvest Dress and Be Merry. All her punch needle patterns are presented to trace onto the provided weavers cloth, so they are ready to punch. Cute things... enjoy browsing through them all!!
New Arrivals by Foxwood Crossings -- Our Sled Lady!
A fun variety of releases... not just sleds this time around!!!
New Designs from Just Nan Have Arrived!
Here are the details for the cutest things!
Which Witch, And Rudolf from La-D-Da
La D Da has a pair of new designs -- we teased that she is in 'her black phase' with them -- they are both stitched only in black!!! Offered as small charts, you can always add more color if you want...
from SamSarah Design Studio
Double Ups from Heart in Hand
Here are two new small card charts by Heart in Hand that are bitty in size, but pretty big in personality! I think it's the start of a new set of designs... I'll get back to you on that... but these two are perfect to get NOW for October and November decorations. Each design measures only 60 x 43 in size, is stitched on 30ct Weeks hand-dyed linen with a bunch of DMC or hand-dyed threads from your stash. Each comes with an exclusive JABCO button.
What we think is so charming about these are all those little motifs along the top border. Frankenstein is only 12 stitches high, and the Mayflower is only 12 x 18! A few of these would be cute stitched in a long row at some point, but for now, they'd be cute as brick-shaped box stand-ups.
Halloween and Thanksgiving from With Thy Needle
Brenda Gervais has been busy... and has sent 4 new designs!!! Everything begs to be distressed with coffee or walnut shells when you've finished them, and even though they are shown framed... pillows and door hangings would be cool too. All 4 are presented in chart format.
New From Bent Creek!
Seedy Pumpkin Cottage from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has released their 8th annual haunted house scene and this year's is SO AWESOME! Seedy Pumpkin Cottage is full of wispy ghosts, shiny spider webs, black cats and carved pumpkins... and all of it is underneath the glowing Jack-O-Lantern Moon. Stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Echo Linen (an awesome grey/teal midnight-sky color), there is so much going on in here that it has enchanted us in the shop!
The model arrived today -- patterns should be here soon -- clay button embellishments and fabric follows later this week. Finishing approx 21 x 15... it is HUGE and quite the eye-catcher! Coded for DMC or Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds you'll need multiple skeins of 12 of the 41 colors called for, along with silver metallic for the spider webs, petite Mill Hill glass beads and a FULL clay button pack of spiders, ghosts, bats and even a little owl.
The white fence around the porch is really neat because it is done with long stitches of white thread but they have added three teeny orange beads to each railing post -- it glistens! Yes... this might take all year to stitch... but WOW, what a fun and creative seasonal decoration that everyone can enjoy year after year!!! Seedy Pumpkin Cottage is the place to be on The Big Night!!!!!
Holly Berries on Silk or Linen! from Erica Michaels
Erica Michaels has a pair of stitched Christmas Strawberries to go with her new Yikesberries for Halloween! Absolutely the most charming little things... you have two fabric and stitching options with these. Holly Berry for LINEN is worked on 32ct -- we like Waterlily (softer) or Star Sapphire (stiffer) such a pretty soft green color to highlight the cute little reindeer and holly leaves... that is the linen showing, you do not stitch the background. That berry option finishes approx 4 inches in length.
The SILK Berry is worked over the 40ct silk gauze that is included with its chart. It IS solid stitching, and the chart varies a little from the linen version. The little SILK guy finishes about 2 inches in length!
The Yikesberries from Erica Michaels
OH THESE ARE SO COOL!!! Erica Michaels has outdone herself with this pair of Halloween Strawberry Pincushions! Presented in chart format -- one is stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Jewel Belfast hand-dyed linen and the other on bitty 40ct silk gauze -- they each use Weeks or DMC floss. These are the first in Linda's new set of DARLING berries (I talk to her all the time, and I know a Christmas berry is coming!)
Anyway, your LINEN Yikesberry measures approx 2-1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long, features a stacked button stem and a bit of black felt for it's leaves. The GAUZE Yikesberry is only 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches long -- a miniature version of the larger. Each of the two charts are slightly different -- can you see the design differences in my pics? I have a pair of 4-inch scissors in there as well, so you can see the scale of these. Absolutely the CUTEST little things EVER... they finish in a similar fashion to Just Nan's little mice -- a stitched 'half-circle' area that is folded together --sort of like an ice-cream cone. You need these!
Pumpkin Row from Erica Michaels
Pumpkins at morning, Pumpkins at noon, If it weren't for pumpkins, we should be undoon. This is very cute -- lots of brilliant and bold color in the rows of pumpkins -- this is offered as a chart, and offers three different stitching and finishing options.
Whitewashed & Distressed Tool Tray from Retromantics
Oh this is the sweetest little work-tray by Retromantics -- 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 3 inches high -- it has a 3 x 5 flat-tray bottom with 1-1/4 inch high sides. Lots of delicate lazer-cutting on the two ends, they have etched scrolling designs on all the sides and the inside-tray bottom, and then whitewashed the whole thing.
Kind of distressed and antique in flavor, it'll hold a few stitched essentials like scissors, threads and needles... maybe a small remote... definitely a snack... or maybe a stitched pin cushion or two as a pretty display piece! The bottom features felt discs so it won't scratch any surfaces.
Flag and Flowers from Dames of the Needle
Oh, this is a delightful little design by Elizabeth Talledo -- you get two parts -- one fits a 3-1/4 x 4-3/4 inch hornbook, the other is a matching scissor fob or ornament. Offered as a small chart, you'll need bits (around 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 -- just bits -- we're going to find you bits in our bolt of fabric, so both will be less than $5) of Week's 35ct Straw Linen and 12 shades of Sampler Threads for these, and a package of Elizabeth's hand-dyed black mini Pom-Pom trim.
I don't know if you can see it all in the picture, but you'll Nun-stitch the edging and add those little balls around the edges. A very pretty floral urn surrounded with a lovely, dusty-shaded American Flag. Very pretty!
The Brighton from Craftlite
We have a new lamp!!! Long awaited from Craftlite... it has Tons of features!!!!!
Presenting the 2015 Annual Ornaments from Homespun Elegance
Every year, we get a Snowman, Sampler and Santa Annual Ornament by Sandra Sullivan -- and here they are for 2015. All worked on Week's 32ct Putty hand-dyed linen in shades of DMC and a few hand-dyeds, they are all approx 40 x 50 in stitch count.
Offered as small charts, each features a tiny brass embellishing charm as well. We have 'a million' of these from past years... not all of them... but they are a fun collection for your tree, and they make cute pin cushions as well.
The Pet Store * Hello Phone Case * Potted Poinsettias
from Little House Needleworks
Little House Needleworks has been busy! Three new arrivals that we really like!
Beach Rules from The Sweetheart Tree
The Sweetheart Tree has seven new releases -- this one is my favorite -- so I chose it to show off on *Just Arrived!!!* Wear sunscreen, go barefoot, count the waves (instead of stitches?), Take a nap (but then you CAN'T stitch!) and make memories -- ALL WHILE you stitch at the beach!!!!!
Poor Sandie and me... she's in Arizona, and I'm in Oklahoma -- both of us are just about as far away from the beach as one can get -- so this is such a teaser!!!!!! About 3 x 5-1/2 in size... the small card chart comes with the pearl for the clam and three buttons to adorn the fob, if you finish it that way!
Baby Floral Needlecases
Joining our regular Floral Needlecases are these smaller versions that are equally enchanting! Glass vials with a screw-off cap, these are lovingly covered with polymer clay and decorated with colorful flowers and tiny ladybugs.
ALL THE COLORS of the rainbow -- absolutely no two cases are alike -- and it's IMPOSSIBLE to choose your favorite! (This I know -- because I keep trying to find my favorite to take home and add to my stash -- and I can't!) Measuring a mere 2 inches in overall length, use these for beading and petite needles or precious stones and beads. Delightful!
Red Polka Dot Tweezers with Matching Sheath
What a fun set of *Stitching Needfuls!* SUPER sharp stainless steel tips on these charming little 3-1/2 inch tweezers -- eeally, be careful with these!! Use them to grab stubborn threads, help anchor loose ends, tease holes in canvas, or just pull slivers!
Pretty red with white polka dots -- they match the 2-1/2 inch sheath that comes with them! THEY can fit in that cover... or a favorite pair of small scissors can. Cute and functional.
We are sad to announce that Pam and Nancy of Prairie Schooler are retiring from our industry. They announced mid-July that they will be taking down their website the beginning of 2016.
We will miss them terribly... THEIR first Market was my second in January of 1984. (The Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta!) They started with their famous Santa and 4 leaflets. People were upset because they thought they were copying Cross-Eyed Cricket (-- whose first Market was also MY first Market -- in September of 1983.) I think it was because they were the only two companies doing clean white-covered leaflets! Anyway, since then -- everyone has become great colleagues -- and we wish our long-time friends many happy stitching hours ahead!!!
REPRINTS from The Prairie Schooler
Here, to ruin the astronomical prices on the Secondary Chart Market - are three Prairie Schooler past favorites that have been out-of-print! I guess with Pam and Nancy announcing their retirement... they knew they wouldn't get a moment of peace unless they reprised these favorites!
from Notforgotten Farm
This is a neat little piece... a very primitive bird perched in a vine surrounded by a simple border.
Finishing approx 5-1/2 x 8 on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Parchment Linen, it is stitched with only DMC of 830, 611, 3021, 640 and 869.
Meant to be a drab and monochromatic color scheme... it now looks elegant!!! Presented as a chart.
Presenting the Prairie Schooler 2015 Annual Santa
Our 30th+ Annual Santa chart has arrived -- all the same colors as the rest, the same size, and ALL the charm of Prairie Schooler's other annuals... he needs no other explanation!
We love him! Offered as a small card chart.
Witching Hour * Bump in the Night * Evergreen from The Prairie Schooler
Prairie Schooler has three new leaflets -- ALL of them are really cool... and are packed with fun design elements.
from The Prairie Schooler
Another of Prairie Schooler's Halloween Card designs, I love this one! It seems to go with Witching Hour... but not exactly the same. Notice the 13 and 31s in the corners?
I like the repeating lines in the shadows of the sky and the lines of the fences. Just a fun little thing!
Set F of Small Card Designs
from The Prairie Schooler
This is the 6th and final set of Nancy and Pam's small motif designs -- they've always released these bitty designs as promotional cards for their leaflet releases.
Celebrating leaflets numbered 172 to now... like all the rest of PS's things, they are awesome worked over one thread and made into tiny fobs and ornaments. We still have the rest of the 5 sets of 10 mini-cards each.
Our Fall FLAX is HERE!
We are barely finished hanging up all the new Fall FLAX here... we have two new collections for Fall... and we can't wait for you to see it all! Luscious Linen apparel, our sizes range from Petite to Generous-One... pants, dresses, tees, tops, tunics and jackets... we love our linens!
We always take shop gal pics of the new... but my pics are going to have to wait for a few days... we're knee-deep getting ready for our Summer Event with Drawn Thread and La-D-Da... and we just can't get everything done in a day!
RIGHT NOW... we have everything in all the sizes. Murphy's Law says that *your size* (whatever it is) will set out first!!! CALL US and we can *custom- dress-you* over the phone!!!!!
from The Victoria Sampler
Here's a colorful Autumnal Sampler that features little witches all stitching!!! Worked on 28ct Summer Khaki Cashel Linen with loads of oranges, greens, purples and black silk threads, it finishes approx 5 x 18. (You'll need a ball of #12 black perle for all the lace.)
Each scene it cute just by itself in this -- the stitcher at the top working her quilt -- the middle panel features a crow trying to steal her silk -- and the bottom scene might just be stitch group with someone working on the snack!!!
Pretty textured specialty stitches throughout, everything is charted very clearly and LARGE -- especially on the lace borders -- so you can see where your needle goes next. Offered as the leaflet with accs thread and button pack separately.
More Elegant Beaded Cushions and Cases
from Reflets de Soie
We are enchanted with these gorgeous stitched pieces! Presented as charts, each is worked ONLY in beads on 35ct linen with half a stitch and one strand of floss! No thread changing, only half the stitch... each 'stitch' is a tiny Japanese glass bead that glistens and reflects the light. The patterns come with all the beads numbered and sorted in individual bags.
Sunflower's Cottage Sewing Box from Mani Di Donna
This is a delightful set of designs to grace the top of a wooden box, a round pin cushion, needle book, scissor fob and treasure tray lid. You might recognize Lone Elm Lane's 8 x 8 Queen's Crown Box. Offered as the chart -- I bought ALL THE WOODEN PIECES AND FLOWER PINS that you need for all of this.
Simona has charts for all the sunflower designs that scatter all over each piece and she includes 29 actual photos of her finishing and assembly for you in her instructions. Everything is worked on Weeks Dye Work's 32ct Beige hand-dyed linen with 8 shades of Weeks hand-dyed flosses in Ivy, Grits, Whiskey, Sea Foam, Charcoal, Pelican Grey, Baked Apple and Pink Sand. Along with the 7 x 7 main sampler piece, the pin cushion is a little drum topped with a bit of Week's Lancaster Red hand-dyed wool.
Can you see the yellow clay sunflower pins stuck in it? You get those in here. The needlebook features a wooden sunflower button closure and wooden bee buttons that embellish. (you get those wood buttons.) There is a wooden sunflower needle minder inside -- that you cannot see in the pic, and you get those two wooden thread winder bobbins -- the sunflower and little red cottage.
The wooden tray you see with the bobbin winders perched in it comes inside the Queen's Crown Box. (Note... the box is pricey. We'd love to sell you one, but I imagine you might be able to find something good for this at a big box store and save a little money! That is totally up to you!) The chart comes with the pins, wood buttons, sunflower needle minder and pair of wooden thread bobbins.
Wooden Flag Thread Board
Retromantic has send the coolest wooden thread board -- approx 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches in size. They have computer equipment that can etch designs into wood, so they made a distressed wooden flag. It has 15 holes for 15 different threads you might be using on a project... just tie them onto this instead of leaving them in a heap!
Very pretty inside a sewing case as well, this would be really neat in a framed collection of needlework tools or old needle packages and hoops. A pretty way to display some used bits of old thread...
Presenting the NEW Mill Hill for Christmas 2015 Buttons & Beads
Just in time for hot summer stitching... we hope the subject matter will keep you cool! Mill Hill's annual release of 5 x 5 designs for the Christmas season have arrived. Offered as complete kits of the pattern, 14ct perforated paper, tons of DMC floss and all the necessary beads... this is like the milliionth year for these... and everyone still looks forward to them! Use the paper in the kits, or substitute 14ct aida or 28ct linen... the beads really glisten against your stitching.
Winter Holiday Kits from Mill Hill
Here are the mini-ornament kits for this season! Always offered as small kits of the 14ct paper, all the flosses and beads, each has a tiny bit of magnet material inside the kit -- so if you don't want more ornaments -- they'll look cute on your filing cabinet or fridge!
As Christmas Tree ornaments, these do look GREAT on your tree because the lights glisten off the beads, and since they weigh next to nothing, you can hang them on outside branches and they SHOW UP! The Pinecone is really cool -- lots of texture on this one, and the Gingerbread Cottage is SO CUTE!!! We have a larger version of it from a few years ago -- but this one is 3-inches in size!!!
Mill Hill Celtic Santas
Here is a new set of Paper Santas!!! Joining the 17-ish OTHER Annual sets... these little guys are popular to stitch to commemorate trips you've taken, stories you've read, and places you still want to go see! Offered as complete kits, they are stitched on 14ct paper with DMC floss and *some beads* (not nearly as many as the bead kits.)
Finishing approx 4 inches in size, they really present well on the Christmas tree! This year's releases would bring your Paper Santa Collection to 50-ish!!!!!
Presenting the Premier Issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine
Wow... we've been waiting for this neat new magazine to debut, and it was worth the wait! Beautifully presented on super glossy pages with a nice heavy cover -- it feels like a book -- rather than a magazine. There are 51 pages in here of lovely projects -- 7 Punch Needle (Threads That Bind and Notforgotten Farm are two of the contributing designers); 1 Rug Hooking piece; and 8 Cross Stitch charts (Hands On and Nikyscreations are two of the designers.)
Beautifully done, everything is in full color, huge photos, everything has at least a 2-page spread with the chart/design opposite the model pictures... it is really fun to page through! Stitches 'n Things is the featured shop in here... and Deb's petite 800 sq ft shop looks great!!! (It is no small feat to have all those threads hanging perfectly for a picture!!!) The design theme is PRIMITIVE rather than samplers or general stitchery... they have done a beautiful with it! You can purchase issues from us, but I think after one or two, you're going to want to subscribe directly!
There's even MORE!
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