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Winter Wonderland - Our December 2016 Secret Needle Night Kit - click to see more Winter Wonderland, our Secret Needle Night Kit for December
A sleepy wintery scene... all the Holiday Buzz is over... it's just peace, quiet and SNOW! This month's Secret Needle Night design is stitched with #5 Pearl Cottons making up the sky, and overdyeds in the greenery. Lots of sparkly white Fuzzy Stuff thread makes the snow glisten and look freshly-fallen-fluffy! We smattered assorted glass beads in the background because no two flakes are alike!

Your little kit contains the chart, fabric, threads and beads. Mona has an optional finishing kit that provides you the painted wooded snowflake, trim and ribbon... let us know if we should send one with your kit! (The Secret Needle Night PrePaid Stitchers get this kit and finishing kit for FREE!


Time for our Secret Needle night Pre-pay Special for 2017!

Once a year, we put our little kits on special -- pre-pay for next year's subscription of 11 kits, and get next December's kit FREE!!!!! 12 For the price of 11! Mona's finishing kits count, too... so if you'd like those, too... let us know! (Only 6 months at a time charged at a time for that option... see below.)

Our Secret Needle Night kits are small designs that we stitch on 18ct linen using specialty threads and embellishments here and there. We keep them seasonal or holiday in theme, always around 5 x 5-ish in design size -- always kitted with everything you need.
Magic By Mona offers an optional Finishing Kit -- uses the same things we made our model with -- so yours will turn out like ours. Pre-tied bows, twisted cord, cardboard mounting pieces, and pretty backing fabrics included!
To Summarize:
Prepay for 11 SNN Kits ($15.50 plus $2.00 shipping each) and receive December 2014's Kit for FREE
or
Prepay for Jan thru June SNN Kits with Finishing Kits now... we'll charge the last 5 months to you ($239) in July... and you'll receive December 2014's set of kits FREE!

All is Calm  Kit from Shepherd's Bush Santa Tag Kit from Shepherd's Bush Up on the Housetop from Shepherd's Bush
Newest Releases from Shepherd's Bush!
Coming later this week, Tina and Teri have a few little Christmas Treats for us! Our 'info flier' didn't have ANY 'info' on it... but we can guess about some of this!
  • All is Calm -- A Kit, finishes aprox 5 x 5 on 32ct.
  • Santa Tag Kit -- Darling, this companions Noel Sheep Sled. A small kit to make a gift tag, or a topper for one of the Foxwood Crossings mini-sleds, this comes with the chart, cut of 14ct perforated paper, the cute printed holly paper (in case you are making the tag), floss, and hanging ribbon. If you want to make the sled -- those are offered separately.
  • Up on the Housetop -- Another of T & T's 3 x 3 fob designs, this is the same size as all of their ornaments appearing in past JCS Ornament Issues. Presented in a leaflet format including embellishment pack.

Squareology December from Just Another Button Company - click to see more A Moment in Chalk Square-ology
from Just Another Button Company and Hands-On Design
We have received our final chart -- our December issue -- of this gorgeous design collection. TONS of different ways you could have stitched this... we began with the pretty square design in the center that promised that each moment of the year has it's own beauty. Next came each of the months -- delivered with a colorful 4-inch floral design. Small white enameled candle pans accent each of the individual months... but you could have been putting all these on one gigantic cut of material as well!

Many, many choices with this set... just know that all 12 months have now been released, we still have the central design... and all the fixings to make this beautiful piece!


The Bookstore from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more Gingerbread Street from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more Gingerbread Street & The Bookstore from Little House Needleworks
Little House Needleworks has two new small patterns..
  • Gingerbread Street is a 4-1/2 inch square design when worked on 32ct. Cute little row of houses... might be kind of fun to add real lace instead of stitches to the top and bottom borders! Two predominant colors are Classic Colorworks Brandied Pears and Weeping Willow.
  • Hometown Holiday #13 - The Bookstore - don't know if you've been collecting this set of patterns or not, but they are super cute and look great all stitched and displayed together. The idea is to finish them into block stand-ups so you can arrange and display your stitched buildings anyway you want! If you aren't a "block-head"... they look cute as finished on the pattern cover as well!

Snow Place Like Home #2 from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more Merry and Bright from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more Merry and Bright & Snow Place Like Home from Country Cottage Needleworks
Here is a pair of new releases by Country Cottage Needleworks...
  • Merry and Bright measures 6 x 8 on 32ct. It doesn't call for any beads or metallics... but wow... you could really get creative with this! Lots of pretty metallics or buttons for the stars... Mill Hill snowflakes (either the glass or metal ones would be fun) then opalescents for shine or Wisper thread for fluff in the snow... definitely beads for those cute little trees... this is presented as a chart.
  • Snow Place Like Home #2... Second in its series... this finishes just about 3-1/2 x 4. It looks cute all by itself, but if you join it with the other 4 in the series, you'll end up with a wintery scene of 5 little houses all neatly in a row.

The World of Color Violet by Bent Creek -- click to see more The World of Color from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has sent the 6th and final design in their World of Color Snapper Series... Violet is the featured color for the tiny 3 x 3 design. They have featured red, orange, yellow, green, blue and finally violet surrounding all the tiny designs with a border design that reads: *There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.*

You can get each of the small designs individually (they contain the chart, along with snap and button embellishments)... and the border chart contains another button pack with more colorful buttons to adorn!


Holiday Hang-Ups JOY by Bent Creek -- click to see more The World of Color from Bent Creek
Need a quick ornament for a gift exchange??? Whip up this little guy, and FINISH in a jiffy! Presented as the full kit WITH a 3-1/2 inch metal finishing form included, it is stitched with Weeks hand-dyed flosses on 32ct natural linen.

Embellished with three gold star buttons, you even get the red felt and ribbon used in the finishing. Everything is here... except the needle! Stitch count is 48... so this finishes 3 inches in size.

Prairie Schooler's Book #25 - Up On The Housetop -- click to see more Prairie Schooler's Book #20 - St Nicholas -- click to see more More Reprints from Prairie Schooler!
Oh what a treat these two new re-prints are!!!!!
  • Book #20 - St Nicholas This was originally published in 1988!!! Available again, we LOVED this book the first time around! We used to stitch these little guys over ONE thread for teeny-tiny ornaments and fobs. With stitch counts of 45 x 54, they are like 1-1/2 x 2 over one of 28ct. They are also fun to work on larger fabrics. Try the 18ct linen Shepherd's Bush uses on their stockings -- choose #5 Pearl cottons or the fun Rainbow Gallery specialty threads -- they finish 9 x 7 -- and make fantastic block stand-ups! All eight coordinating Santas are featured in this leaflet!
  • Book #25 - Up On The Housetop Another past favorite... I had taken the shop model home years ago to use in my personal Christmas decorating... and now I have to bring it back to the shop! SUPER popular years ago, this first appeared for Christmas in 1989. Love Santa in the sleigh -- 4 x 8 on 18/36ct -- (our model is over one thread -- super cute.) and you can stitch the three houses and make stand-up cubes out of them!


Cute Cowboys from Tiny Modernist - click to see more Cute Cowboys
from Tiny Modernist
This is a whimsical chart that companions our other Tiny Modernist designs for Pirates, Vikings and Princesses!!! (we don't see too many designs with Vikings and Pirates on them!)

Just a fun thing for a special little person's bedroom -- what a cute bed pillow or door sign! Presented as a chart, it is coded for DMC or Anchor floss and finishes approx 8 x 9. Nothing too involved... just makes you smile, and hopefully someone else too!!!

Merry Christmouse from Val's Stuff and JABCO Under the Mistletoad from Val's Stuff and JABCO Under the Mistletoad and Have a Merry Christmouse!
from Val's Stuff
Val's Stuff has the cutest collection of Christmas (and Halloween) paper ornaments... here are two from her Christmas collection that came in a few weeks ago that we missed putting on the website!

Presented as the charts with cuts of perforated paper, black sparkly felt, and clay googly eyes, they finish approx 2 x 3, and are super bright and cute!

NOEL K93 Kit from Lizzie Kate O Christmas Tree K94 Kit from Lizzie Kate Prayer of St Francis #178 Chart from Lizzie Kate
WOW... Cute New Designs From Lizzie Kate Have Arrived!
  • NOEL -- A new limited edition kit, vintage in flavor, you get a bonus Stitch Dot! Linda's 3 x 4-ish holiday message is stitched on the included 30ct linen. The kit includes 2 beautiful finishing fabrics with gold highlights, ivory rick-rack, an antique gold heart charm, tiny gold beads, a bit of twine and complete instructions for a 5 x 7-ish pin pillow, bowl filler...whatever! All you need are bits of floss from your stash. SPECIAL though, is a LIMITED EDITION Stitch Dot featuring Santa himself! Stitch Dots are a new magnetic needle minder item -- complete with Lizzie Kate's artwork on them. Olde School Santa is available ONLY in this little NOEL kit!
  • O Christmas Tree -- A cute mini-kit, this one sports 10 bright little stitched trees and darling finishing fabric with more trees and sparkly gold accents on it. LK's kit includes the 30ct linen (you supply the bits of floss), 2 finishing fabrics, red rick rak, 4 white snowflake buttons, red and white beads and great finishing instructions. Stitching measures approx 2 x 5-1/2, so your little pillow will finish approx 6 x 6.
  • Prayer of St Francis -- Linda has had lots of prayer requests over the years... she loved stitching these lovely words one cross at a time! Presented as a chart, everything is worked with Weeks hand-dyed floss, or DMC. You could replace the stitched motifs with assorted buttons you might have in your stash, or you can even split up the prayer and stitch this as two companion pieces. Finished size of the complete prayer is approx 13 x 6 on 32ct. Just lovely.
  • I Am Only One B55 Boxer Kit from Lizzie Kate I Am Only One -- I Am Only One -- Lizzie Kate's newest Inspirational Boxer kit -- she is donating the chart proceeds to charity! The kit comes with 30ct lambswool linen fabric for the main piece *I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something!* There are embellishments in the package, and a darling bonus design as well. Stove Builders of Guatemala is the charity (read about it --she has an awesome little write-up in here, complete with a photograph-- via the insert in the kit), that provides cooking stoves to families in Guatemala. Linda says: she "was fortunate to visit Guatemala several years ago and hopes to go back to build more stoves -- and practice her poor Spanish! She is excited to partner with stitchers around the world to bring joy (and safe cooking!) to the indigenous families of Guatemala." I Am Only One finishes approx 9 x 3, and uses weeks or DMC flosses. The little bonus design, Love One Another measures just 2 x 3 -- a perfect pin cushion size!
  • Lizzie Kate Stitch Dots -- Be sure to check them out!



All Dressed Up for Winter from Blackberry Lane
All Dressed Up for Winter
from Blackberry Lane Designs
Blackberry Lane's Marie Driskill has a companion design to her new Jolly Olde St Nick! Introducing a festive snowman with quite the scarf and hat set!!!

Presented in a chart -- just like Nick, he is stitched on the same fabric with loads of DMC flosses. Everything is over two threads except his little cardinal friend, and since that is small, it's not too much of a challenge to work up. Marie has a great design sense and her shading is always amazing... hard to believe there are that many different floss colors to use! Anyway, Mr Dressed Up is cute... and finished approx 3 x 5 -- and will be STUNNING on your tree, or framed!

A Little Snow from Classic Colorworks - click for more A Little Snow from Little House Needleworks and Classic Colorworks
Little House Needleworks has another exclusive little chart for Classic Colorworks -- A Little Snow. Choose your favorite fabric to stitch this 3-color design.

The chart is presented with three skeins of Classic Colorworks floss of Cupid, Roasted Chestnut and Toasted Marshmallow. Make sure you haven't missed the other exclusives by Diane... I think we have them all pictured on the Classic Colorworks page!
  • Apple Pickin'
  • Long May She Wave
  • Roses are Red
  • Rabbit Hill
  • North Woods Express and North Pole Express
  • Land of the Free
  • Home of the Brave

Halloween on the Farm from Carriage House Samplings - click to see more
Halloween on the Farm
from Carriage House
What a fun stack of farm animals... and WOW, what a fun stack of pumpkins too!!!!! Stitch everything as is -- it finishes approx 3 x 9 on 18/36 ct... or do an animal and pumpkin by themselves.

Or even fill a bowl with a dozen of the stitched pumpkins, and make them with some different shades of your threads!!!!!! Cute chart, just a last minute release before Halloween... it's really just Fall and I'd enjoy those pumpkins all year long!

DOVO Blued-Blade Scissors - click for more DOVO Blued-Blade Scissors
The DOVO factory has cleaned out their warehouse for me... (I bent their elbows a LOT) and they have found me several pair of the long-ago discontinued BLUED BLADED Embroidery Scissors we LOVE! We've been mourning the loss of these scissors for years. WE HAVE SOME AGAIN for probably only a few weeks! (If they last, they will NOT be discounted at our New Years Eve Day Sale or during the Superbowl Sale in February.)

Blued Blades are gorgeous. The handles of the scissors are sterling silver plated or gold plated -- just like our regular scissors, but the base metal of the scissor is carbon steel. DOVO's "Bluing" process is a chemical rust preventative treatment that tints that steel to a blue coloring! Similar to the bluing process on gun barrels, the metal of the scissors has to be smooth as silk, otherwise flaws in the metal would show up during this process. (That blue color LOVES a drop of sewing machine oil and a soft cloth rubbing once in a while.) All of our lovely scissors come WITH a total-coverage leather protective storage sheath... and a lot of them are wrapped in their original DOVO waxed tissue paper as well!

We still have the 5 1/4-inch with Gold Plated handles.

*Anniversary Scissors. A note... nobody knows what year *THE* anniversary was... this just seems to be a style name that connects to this particular scissor design. We know we had these for the 100th anniversary years ago, but don't know if THAT was the 'first' anniversary release or not! Probably not... I imagine it's an old design that remains an elegant favorite.


Stitch Dots - patterns from Lizzie*Kate and Blackbird Designs - click to see more Stitch Dots - patterns from Lizzie*Kate and Blackbird Designs - click to see more
Stitch Dots - patterns from Lizzie*Kate and Blackbird Designs
We have a collection of 3/4 inch round 'dots' featuring artwork from Lizzie Kate and Blackbird Designs! Super-duper magnets on the back... they are needle nannies or simple 'fridge magnets... or something cute to use on your file cabinet at work.

From the gals at Quilt Dots Inc... we have 6 different 'official' Blackbird designs, and 12 different Lizzie Kate designs! We are offering them 'assorted styles.' If there is a particular one you want... let us know. (No promises we have that one right then and there.) We'll try to do our best to send the ones you like best!

Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine's Christmas/Winter 2016 Mega Issue - click to see more
Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine's Christmas/Winter 2016 Mega Issue
This relatively new magazine to our marketplace continues to delight and enchant everyone!!! Beautifully done on heavy, glossy paper, each page turns to reveal a new punch needle or cross stitch project clearly and colorfully presented.

Large photographs of the finished pieces, big charts, actual-sized cutting templates and punch needle patterns, this issue features 30 festive, seasonal designs. You canot go wrong!

Kringle & Woolard from Plum Street Samplers 1831 Christmas from Plum Street Samplers Jacks's Sweet Shoppe Merry Friends from Plum Street Samplers Pomegranate Santa from Plum Street Samplers
Four Sneak Peeks from Plum Street Samplers -- due in the shop November 15th-ish!
Paulette has 4 new things... all Christmassy in theme... and Cute! Chart packs of all of them.
  • Kringle & Woolard -- Santa and his little sheepy, 79 x 114 stitch count, various hand-dyed or DMC flosses... lots of angles everywhere on this one!
  • 1831 Christmas -- This is sweet -- dusty poinsettias, that cute swirly sheep, this makes a nice 3 x 4-ish pin cushion, and is trimmed with Lady Dot Mini Ball fringe.
  • Jacks's Sweet Shoppe Merry Friends -- Another of Paulette's tart tin designs, I think Santa is skating with a bitty snowman in his mittens, and the little guy is trimming the tree!
  • Pomegranate Santa -- An Olde Worlde Santa with an elaborate bag and walking stick! The eight reindeer have Rudolph in the lead -- this finishes approx 8-1/2 x 7!

12 Days of Christmas Berries 1-2-3 from Erica Michaels - click for more The 12 Berries of Christmas from Erica Michaels
This is the beginning of a 12-berry set of the 12 Days of Christmas -- little berry ornaments or pin cushions to toss into a festive bowl during the holidays. Available now -- in the first chart pack are The Partridge, Turtle Doves and French Hens. They are all stitched on 9 x 12 cuts of Weeks 35ct Cocoa Linen with various Weeks hand-dyed flosses. They all have wool tops of Weeks Juniper and Lancaster Red, and finish into little 2-1/2 inch stuffed cushions.

Parts 4-5-6 come in January, then March and we finish with 10-11-12 next June. You'll have the entire set by next summer. All will be on the cocoa linen, and Linda has no plans to offer a silk gauze version of these -- just linen. (We're wanting to send fabric for all three in each pack at once so it matches...) We're beginning an auto-ship on these, because we have planned release dates for the rest in the series. Presented as charts of 3 berries each, she has beautiful pictures inside the package of the different 'sides' of the berries as well as the topping treatments.

Kitty Doodles by Amy Lee Weeks For Mill Hill! - click for more
Kitty Doodles by Amy Lee Weeks for Mill Hill
What a delightful collection of simple black-line doodles from Amy Lee Weeks! The people at Mill Hill have converted them to Cross Stitch on 18ct white Aida, and embellished with a few glass beads here and there. Design sizes finishing approx 5 x 7, each is stitched with 99% DMC black floss and accented with simple striking colors in the design borders.

SO DARN CUTE... they are presented as complete kits of the chart, fabric, beads and flosses. Frames are offered separately. These ARE done on aida -- don't get hung up on that -- if you have a swatch of something else white in your stash, use it. The designs are darling, and will WAY overshadow the fabric you stitch them on! I LOVE the one that says *Don't stress me out!*

Scared Crow Beaded Fob and Sewing Case from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view
Scared Crow Beaded Fob and Sewing Case
from Fern Ridge Collections
Fern Ridge always does the cutest stuff... those girls are HUGE into little details and fun extras in their designs... and since they fully kit everything -- you GET all the neat beads and trinkets! Scared Crow is one of three of their newest sets. The Peyote Stitched fob is done with matte finish glass beads in denims, and grays, with a creamy background and shiny little pumpkin oranges. His head is actually a wooden bead, and his hat is a glass bead! All that lavish fringe along the bottom matches off the colors in the fob design.

The matching sewing case is stitched on Weeks 30ct Parchment linen with Dinky Dyes hand-dyed silks and silk ribbon. You get that little pumpkin waxer in the pic, and all the beads and buttons for the edging, you get the pretty lining fabric, a black raven charm... everything but the small pair of black scissors. The fob measures approx 1 x 2 with an additional 2 inches of fringe, the sewing case is about 2 x 3 when closed -- TOO CUTE!!! GREAT colors!
Check out the neat matching biscornu on the inside page!

Gingerbread Santa Mouse by Just Nan -- click to see more! Introducing Gingerbread Santa Mouse!
from Just Nan
Just Nan's new little mouse for Christmas 2016 -- we finally have SANTA! Stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct hand-dyed Gingerbread Linen with bits of DMC floss. He's only 2 x 3-1/2 but rolls into a teeny-weeny little cone-shaped mouse. His chart comes with his hat charm, felt for his bag, and candy cane charm, along with assorted beads, his tail hanger and weighted bottom button.

If you are on our Just Nan Ornament Auto-ship -- he'll appear in your mailbox the week of November 7th. (He will not be coming down your chimney!) Otherwise, reserve this important little guy NOW... so we ship yours the day the autos ship out!

Tiny Reindeer Cube with Gingerbread Santa Mouse perched on top by Just Nan -- click to see more! Tiny Reindeer Cube and Embellishments
from Just Nan
Another of Nan's precious cube designs -- this one companions her gingerbread cube... so darn cute! Tiny Reindeer Cube would make a lovely perch for Santa Mouse... he'd be up on the rooftop with the 8 stitched tiny reindeer.

Cardinals and robins (over one) fir trees, peppermint sticks, snowflakes and holly, Nan packs a LOT of charming detail onto EACH of these 1-3/4 inch sides. Worked on Weeks Dye Works 32ct Sky Blue hand-dyed linen, the chart comes with necessary embellishments -- you supply the DMC flosses.

Nutcracker Slide Pocket by Just Nan -- click to see more! Nutcracker Slide Pocket
from Just Nan
Here's a fun ornament -- you can even hide a small pair of scissors or money in the pocket!
Here are the details: The new mini-needle-slide featured in this design measures just 1 x 2. Decorated with a nutcracker that matches the antique brass nutcracker embellishment charm on the pocket, the slide fits into the 2 x 3 pocket (also perfect for scissors).

The chart comes with all the embellishments and is stitched with your DMC floss on Picture This Plus's 32ct Gingerbread Linen (it matches the mice and Tiny Reindeer Cube), Beads and finishing felts. Total stitched area is 8 x 2-1/4, so you don't need a huge cut of linen. (6 x 12 is good) How fun to hide spare needles and scissors on your Christmas Tree -- you'll always know were to find them! (maybe even get a threader into that pocket!)

ABC Samplers #5 - LMN from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more Merry Christmas Pillow from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more 2016 Christmas Ornament from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more
A Trio of New Designs from Little House Needleworks for Christmas 2016
  • LMN is the next piece in Diane's ABC Sampler Series... houses, trees, a bit of landscape and the continuing alphabet... this one has a wintery flavor. Approx 4 inches square each, you can see the rest in the set so far... stitch just one or two... put them together -- or not... change the lettering -- or not... you decide! All in the series are being released as single charts.
  • Merry Christmas Pillow -- A coverlet-inspired design stitched with only three shades of red, white and green hand-dyed floss, finish it with our without the button and wool garnish off to the side as shown in the picture. The featured wool color is Louisana Hot Sauce by Weeks. We have it in 4 'finishes', and sell it in Schnigglet cuts that are approx 8 x 8 in size -- solid, houndstooth, herringbone and glen plaid patterns. ALL of them would be gorgeous on here... along with the cute JABCO buttons!
  • 2016 Christmas Ornament -- Not a very creative name for this stately, wintery, 'olde worlde' house! Just a 61 x 61 stitch count, this look good on lots of different fabric colors, you could add bird embellishments, a little opal in the snow, maybe even a rabbit charm down on that snow! Presented as a small chart.

Pumpkin Delight from Cherished Stitches - click to see more Pumpkin Delight
from Cherished Stitches
Make this darling stitched pumpkin! Stitch a rectangular design of simply black DMC (but hand-dyed would be cool too) on Weeks Tiger Eye Linen. Gather the top and bottom, wrap with black floss and top with Weeks Kohl wool for the leaves and a wine cork painted black... and you're good to go! Too Cute!

Cherished Stitches is offering this as a chart, so you can choose your linens and threads... and make a WHOLE patch of different little stitched pumpkins!!!!


Jolly Olde St Nick from Blackberry Lane
Jolly Olde St Nick
from Blackberry Lane Designs
This little guy is certainly cute! He measures a mere 2 x 6 -- 36 x 95 stitches on 32ct. His hair can be stitched, but Marie shows you how to couch on FEATHERS instead to make it look more fluffy and real!

Worked with DMC floss, YOU make his glasses out of DMC Gold Memory thread -- a thread coated twistable wire -- and simply tack them onto his face! Very creative, presented as a chart.

Sophie's Stocking from Shepherd's Bush -- click to see lots more

Roma's Stocking - The Shepherd's Bush Annual Christmas Stocking!
She's here for 2016... not much time to stitch her for this year... but that's OK! Roma has lovely robe of flowers over a dress with sheep along it's hem. Her flag reads REJOICE above her head, and she has on the cutest little raspberry boots!

Along with DMC #5 Pearl Cottons, this year's uses 8 different shades of Weeks # as well... we have them all gathered and ready to go! Official charm packs too! Presented as a leaflet, Roma is the 25th Annual Stocking design!
CS199 Wool & Flax from With Thy Needle & Thread - click for more CS197 Oktober Feast from With Thy Needle & Thread - click for more
New Designs from With Thy Needle
With Thy Needle has 5 new designs! (Click through to her page to see the other three.)
  • Wool & Flax -- *She seeketh wool and flax and willingly worketh with her hands.* This 5 x 7-inch piece is worked on 36ct over two with hand-dyed flosses. Our woolgatherer is in her garden with her sheep, shears are handy, but her sheep don't look too fat and furry! But the blue flowers are pretty, and the design elements are charming!
  • Oktober Feast -- This is a cutie! Just a 55 x 55 stitch count piece, it finishes about 3 inches round. Worked with hand-dyeds on 36ct, it'll fit the most CHARMING miniature "wooden table' cushion base! Little 1-1/2 inch legs, give it a spray of paint, distress with some shoe polish or wax, add your stitching and trim with Lady Dot's Vintage mini-ball fringe. Mini-tables are offered separately from the small chart.
Leaves from Nikyscreations Quilt of the Season - Halloween from Nikyscreations Animal Farm from Nikyscreations
A trio of cute new designs from Nikyscreations
  • Leaves - A 7 x 8 piece stitched with DMC floss, the house in the center has a filled-in background -- making it a little picture in the center of the busy birds and vines surrounding it. What makes it fun are the wool acorn cut-outs Niky has added to the left side as part of her finishing treatment. Super-simple, yet they add texture and an additional focal point. Leaves is shown finished as a pocket... but it'd be cute as a pin cushion too -- and you could do more acorns on the back if you wanted to.
  • Quilt of the Season - Halloween - A pair of witchy friends boiling something in the pic -- maybe they are getting ready to tea dye the kitty quilt hanging above! Tiny kitties walking around their feet -- I think they are looking for the mice hidden on her dress! 6 x 7 On 32ct, DMC floss, just a fun little thing -- the model pic has rayon ribbon scrunched all around the edges for a disheveled look!
  • Animal Farm - Cats, rabbits, a sheep, pig and chicken... this is actually quite a cute medley of animals. Everyone has something else in their square -- bunny with carrots, sheep with bees, pig with bird, and the spotted cat with the run-away mouse! Measuring a generous 7 x 10 on 28ct, the chart calls for regular DMC... soft colors of 422, 355, 3790, 844, 842, 301, 420, 522, 840, 613, and 3859.

Christmas Baskets from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more Good Tidings from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more
New Arrivals from The Drawn Thread
Cynthia has sent a couple of Christmas patterns that look like they'll be fairly quick to work up. Presented in chart format, she uses Needlepoint Inc and Dinky Dyes Silks. Our first order always comes with the silk packs... when those run out, then we can offer the charts by themselves, but you are on your own for the threads.
  • Christmas Baskets -- Here are 4 small 30 x 30 stitch count designs -- choose just about any fabric you like to work on for them -- they are all stitched with the same palette of red, green golden browns and cream. Cynthia has loaded them with special stitches -- even the chart GRAPHIC ARTWORK looks fun!!!! She's done all kinds of fun stitches on these, so each will look lovely by themselves, or stitched into the 4-patch. Presented as the chart with silks.
  • Good Tidings -- This is delicious! It is worked on 32ct linen -- choose something dark so the snowflakes show up. Stitching is done with Dinky Dyes hand-dyed silks -- you can see the color variation on the letters -- that is all one shade of thread. The birds and lettering are all crosses but al the greenery is done as Ray Stitches -- lots of long stitches. Lots of drama! I think the stocking caps on the birds are kind of cute, too! Finishes approx 6 x 11. Presented as the chart with silks and embellishments that are mother-of-pearl stars and bitty black glass seed beads.

Yummy New Velveteen Finishing Fabric from Dames of the Needle Yummy New Velveteen Finishing Fabric from Dames of the Needle
We have 5 new colors of this dreamy backing fabric for your stitching projects. By Dames of the Needle, it is hand-dyed velveteen -- beautifully and softly dyed -- the overall feel of the fabric is heavy compared to cotton finishing materials. We have torn it into fat 1/8 yard cuts -- approx 10 x 17 in size -- so enough for a larger pillow or plenty for lots of smaller sewing case linings, pin cushion backings, box and tray liners, even the bottoms of pretty wooden bases and boxes.

VERY pretty, the new colors (shown from left to right) are Red Begonia, Dried Acorn, Dried Wine, Smashing Jack and Puff's Magic. Get 'em and even split these cuts with friends in your stitch group -- little pin cushions don't need much!

December 25th Merry Christmas PinKeep -- click to see more Be Kind & True Thread Keep -- click to see more
Dec 25th & Be Kind & True Thread Keep from Stacy Nash Primitives
Stacy Nash has 5 new designs -- two are pictured here, the other three are on our inside pages (so click the pic to see them!).
  • December 25th Merry Christmas PinKeep -- Super-simple in motif content, you've got the important date, the cute snowman, and delightful little spindle tree! Finishes approx 4-1/2 x 7 on 32 Dirty Belfast linen.
  • Be Kind & True Thread Keep -- On 30ct Ivory, this finishes approx 7 x 5, and is worked with only Apple Cider, Garden Gate, Barn Grey and Mulberry flosses! I like how she's cut off the house -- you don't see that very often, and I guess it really DOES cut down the stitching time! So pretty, the model in the pic has been coffee-distressed.

Do More of What Makes You Happy! from Abby Rose Designs - click to see more Do More of What Makes You Happy!
from Abby Rose Designs
Just a sweet pattern that is meant to relieve stress in your life and remind you that it's OK to DO IT!

The small 5 x 5 design is worked on 32ct Lambswool Linen in 10 different shades of hand-dyed flosses. Cute finishing in the pic... even a fun doo-dad trim embellishment... it should make you smile! Presented as a small chart.

Ornament Trio from Barbara-Ana Designs - click to see more Ornament Trio from Barbara Ana
Barbara Ana has a new chart of three small designs -- they are only 39 stitches square -- that are charted for DMC. Cute and simple, finish them flat or stuffed, leave off the border or not.

Add embellishments, change the threads and fabric counts... the basic designs are real cute! All three are included in the chart.

Une touche de luxe by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Tresor d Isaline by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! More Gorgeous Pin Cushions Stitched Entirely in Glass!
Reflets de Soie has two new pin cushion designs that have arrived in the shop. Stitched on 35ct linen with one strand of DMC, you are working over two threads of linen and stitching on petite glass beads INSTEAD of X's! Everything is charted just like always, but instead of different floss colors, you sew on different glass beads!

Each packet includes the chart, English instructions and all the pre-sorted and labeled beads. When they are finished, they feel 'heavy' to your hand, and super-slinky and sleek. Just a dream to hold and run your fingers over the solid beaded surface. We have lots of other designs in this collection -- they are so unique and special -- I love being able to offer them in the shop! New is:
  • Tresor d Isaline -- She measures 110 x 110 -- so 6-1/4 inches square. An opalescent white background, this is a wreath of lavender roses.
  • Une touche de luxe -- This one features a background of gold metallic beads to set off the rose in the center. It finishes only 48 x 67 -- so just 2-3/4 x 3-3/4! Those gold beads make this one super-elegant and expensive-looking!
Full Moon Halloween from Imaginating - click to see more Full Moon Halloween from Imaginating
Here's a festive design with lots of visual impact! Presented as a leaflet, this design measures 134 x 160 -- or approx 10 x 11-1/2 on 28ct. The Moon is UNSTITCHED. You are working the blue background of the evening sky, and leaving that moon empty!

Then, the spooky little house and graveyard scene dresses the bottom of the piece -- so darn CUTE! Just 6 colors of DMC floss, it caught my eye, because it is so different from everything else we have!


Block Party MEND from Hands-On Design Block Party #6 - MEND from Hands-On Design
Cathy Haberman's newest square pin cushion is here -- it features another 4-letter word for its theme -- MEND! Kind of 'retro' colors... your 5 x 5 x 3-ish cube is decorated with a tomato pin cushion, sewing machine, buttons and patterns... and a stitched yellow tape measure all around its base.

Each of these has a square 'napkin' of coordinating Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed wool garnishing its top... and all feature their 4-letter word poking out the top -- in Just Another Button Company letter pins! The set of these is so cute... she's really done nice themes... JAVA, HOME, BUZZ, VINO, & WOOL. Ours are presented as the chart with wool topping cut and the set of pins.

Seasons by the Sea from Jeannette Douglas Winter By The Sea from Jeannette Douglas Winter By The Sea
from Jeannette Douglas Designs
Jeannette Douglas is finishing up her 4-part set of Seasons by the Sea... with Winter. This 12 x 12 4-cornered piece has been stunning... stitched entirely in silks and metallics, Jeannette has added tons of specialty stitches and the cutest charm embellishments. Each of the seasons can stand on its own... but together, they fit with a middle of blowing sands and rolling waves -- all executed in special, textured stitches.

Neat borders, cute little sea creatures everywhere, EVERYTHING about this 4-part piece is enchanting. It is stitched on 32ct Meadow Mist hand-dyed linen, which has been a challenge to get into the shop... but worth waiting for, Each of the seasons comes with its own exquisite thread packet of hand-dyeds, beads, metallics and charms... as luscious as all those seaside colors and sounds!

Pumpkin Patch Box from Jeannette Douglas Pumpkin Patch Box
from Jeannette Douglas Designs
Oh my gosh, this is another of Jeannette's neat medley of smaller designs that can all be displayed together in a 6-1/2 inch square divided wooden shadow box/tray/frame! Pumpkin Patch Box features the Pumpkin Patch Sampler, a Corn Needlekeep, Pumpkin Pincushion and Pumpkin Field Scissorkeep. Stitched on 32ct, your main sampler measures only 4 x 6.. while each additional little cushion, fob and needlecase are another1-1/2 inches square each.

Gorgeous pumpkin-y orange shades of Gloriana hand-dyed silks, you've got some metallic in here, as well as a smattering of glass seed beads. Our leaflets are being offered WITH that thread packet AS WELL AS Jeanette's packet of Weeks Dye Works wools she has used for linings and backings of everything, and even a cut of ruler-ribbon that is featured on the backside of the main sampler! Everything fits into the same tray used in THE BIRD BOX design. The little box is an inch deep, so everything is just perched inside the compartments -- easy to switch them all out! (But who can pack them away and hide them?) So, so pretty, great colors, fun stitches, fig-ity little fun pieces... everything is CHARMING!!!


Bird Bouquet from Lone Elm Lane - click for more Bird Bouquet from Lone Elm Lane
This is a fun design -- all red, aged green and black -- in that yummy 'ceramic' bowl! On 28ct linen, this finishes approx 6 x 8-1/2, and calls for Dried Thyme, Tin Bucket, Onyx, Ruby Slipper, Aged Pewter and Hickory Sticks hand-dyed flosses.

Presented in a leaflet, it is featured in one of Lone Elm Lane's newest box styles -- The Cabin Box -- which features a divided tray inside.

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

EVERY PAGE of every issue from 1991 to 2105... fully searchable PDF's and printer-friendly charts you can sort and browse by issue, designer, words or phrases... it's intoxicating!!!!! Nothing else needs to be said! You NEED this!
Mini Pickle Crock Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more
Back in Stock for probably only a few weeks...
Sweet Birds - Polish Pin Pottery #5
from Olde Colonial Designs!
This charming 2-inch wide and 2-1/2 inch tall little coddler vase is the perfect vessel to display a tiny bit of your needlework. Handpainted Polish Pottery, this time in greens... Pam Reed has designed a small bird stitched with DMC on 32ct white linen. Form a little puff-ball and tuck into the bowl... trim with the included navy blue cord, and you have a sweet pin cushion!

Presented as a kit, you get the pottery piece, chart, linen, threads and needle, template board and even the stuffing and trim! VERY LIMITED in edition -- Pam's painter just can't do too many!


Emmanuel from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Briar Rabbit from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Briar Rabbit and Emmanuel
from La-D-Da
Something old and something newer by La D Da... one for Spring and one for Christmas... both are presented as charts.
  • Briar Rabbit is from 2007! He came in our Trunk Show last week, and we were enchanted with him! How I missed him 9 years ago, I don't know... but he's lovely! Mangy hand-dyed linen, DMC or silks of 3858, 730, 833, 612, 3866 and 613 -- you might have hand-dyed cottons you can use instead. He finishes an impressive 6 x 7 on 35ct!
  • Emmanuel is a newer design -- stitched on mangy hand-dyed linen... Lori chose Dirt Road, Onyx, Bark and Old Red Paint flosses, and made her model into a hanging pouch. Such a cute little primitive feather tree... it's a little too big to be just a pin cushion, but you could stuff it and nestle it in that ever-filling bowl of stitchery anyway!

Olga's Autumn Stocking from Plum Street Samplers
Olga's Autumn Stocking
from Plum Street Samplers
Here's a neat shape for needlework finishing ... WHO SAYS stockings are just for Christmas time??? Stitched on 36ct linen, this little guy (stitch count of 152 x 333!) finishes a whopping 18 inches in length... lots of room in there if it gets filled with Autumn twigs and berry garlands.

Gorgeous Autumnal colors, Miss Olga is guarding her pumpkin garden from those pesky crows overhead. Just charming... and a refreshing shape to something for Autumn!


Christmas Time from Needlework Press - click for more Tim Holtz Fake Alarm Clock Display Frame - click for more Christmas Time! from Needlework Press
Needlework Press has a third clock design -- this is a fun piece stitched with Weeks Dye Works flosses or DMC on Weeks 30ct Aztec Red Linen.

It fits that fake alarm clock frame it's shown here -- the little clock is actually a few inches deep and sits on the shelf like a real clock!
So... get the clock frame, and then stitch *Time to Stitch* and *Halloween Time!*... and change them out in the frame.

Flora McSample's 2016 Treats from Lizzie Kate Peppermint and Snowy Sleds from Lizzie Kate Wise Men Still Seek Him from Lizzie Kate
New Lizzie*Kate
Linda has been busy working on Thanksgiving and Christmas designs for us, and I think you'll really enjoy her new things!
  • Peppermint and Snowy Sleds -- MORE little sled designs!!! So darn cute, these fit our little 4-inch Foxwood Crossings wooden sled ornaments. The sleds come ready made ($4.50 each) -- paint them if you want, but they don't need that. Then, add your bit of stitching to the sled bed... using 14/28ct fabric or 14ct perforated paper. Just like Sled Dudes and Night Before Christmas Sleds, these 6 designs all follow the same color scheme -- so now they are a set of 12! Presented in Snippet small card format, there are tiny embellishments for each included! (check out our baker's dozen on the sleds!)
  • Wise Men Still Seek Him -- The neat verse, the royal crowns for a king, angels and Baby Jesus -- this is a sweet reminder of the Reason for the Season! Offered as the small card.

  • A Little Thankful from Lizzie Kate Come Let Us Adore Him from Lizzie Kate November & December from Lizzie Kate
  • A Little Thankful -- Here's Linda's *Little* kit for Thanksgiving... she has included the three ships with pal 'Chris C' on board!!! Kit includes the amber linen, and antiqued gold acorn charm and a few gold beads. Finishes about 4 x 4 -- like all the other *Little* kits in her series.
  • Come Let Us Adore Him -- A new Inspirational design... Come Let Us adore Him, Christ the Lord. Presented as the chart with 30ct natural linen and three snowflake buttons... you get a bonus chart to stitch as well!
  • November & December -- These little guys fill out the year of Calendar Double flips -- we have all the rest on the set as well. Linda does remind us that we have the same 12 months every year, so if you didn't get these done this year, there's always NEXT! Nov and Dec also includes antique squirrel and heart charms. Instructions to combine all 12 together can be found on LK's website, too.

2016 Santa Ornament Forget Me Not from Homepsun Elegance - click to see more 2016 Sampler Ornament Merry Deery from Homepsun Elegance - click to see more 2016 Snowman Ornament Snow Merry II from Homepsun Elegance - click to see more Merry Noel Avery's Toy Express Chart from Homepsun Elegance - click to see more
Homespun Elegance's Annual Snowman, Sampler and Santa 2016 Ornaments! And... Avery's Toy Express!
Sandra Sullivan continues her decades-long collection of small stitched ornaments... all are offered as charts and stitched with assorted hand-dyed flosses and DMC cottons. Generally 3 x 3 and worked on 30ct linens... these look good on most any neutral color -- just not white!

Avery is her grandson... his mom is collecting vintage airplanes to decorate his room... so Grandma made him an ornament with a vintage Santa in an old plane! Always cute... and nice on your tree.


Halloween in the Rain from Cuore e Batticuore - click for more Halloween in Quilt from Cuore e Batticuore - click for more Halloween in Quilt & Halloween in the Rain
from Cuore e Batticuore
Here are two whimsical designs to celebrate Halloween! Presented in chart format, each is coded for DMC floss and can be stitched on just about any fabric you want!
  • Halloween in Quilt -- Seven different small panels make up this charming medley -- there is a haunted layer cake, and a bouquet of ghost balloons, and lots of neat dividing borders, all stitched in oranges, black, greens and purple. It finishes approx 12 x 15 on 32ct... but remember, each section can be stitched alone too!
  • Halloween in the Rain -- Besides the cute umbrella in here, the little bat has heart wings, the moon is holding a jack-o-lantern, the clouds are polka dotted, and I think the Trick or Treat candy bag has the poison symbol on it! Finishes large at 12 inches square, you could leave off the words and the little border if you needed to.

Scary Two -- #2 in the Bowl Full of Scaries Serial Bowl Series from Plum Street Samplers
Scary Two -- #2 in the Bowl Full of Scaries Serial Bowl Series
from Plum Street Samplers
Everything Autumn in here -- the black squirrel has his crow friend, and he's surrounded by lots of pumpkins and acorns -- so he won't go hungry. The second of the Scary Serial Bowls, this is presented as the chart with hand-dyed flosses all pre-sorted and tied on a little card for you.

The Vintage Chenille trim by Lady Dot is also included, so all you'll need for this is a bit of fabric you like with the floss colors. Stitch count is 90 x 66, so this makes a 3 x 5-ish cushion when finished.

All in a Row - #12 of The Garden Club Series from Blackbird Designs - click for more All in a Row - #12 of The Garden Club Series
from Blackbird Designs
Barb & Alma are finishing this charming set of 4 x 4 designs -- all houses and flowers growing in the garden. All in a Row is the final design of the 12... and you'll notice it is stitched on 2 different colors of fabric! This has been a fun series, because they have used 6 or 8 different colors of Week's Dye Works Linen throughout and even SPLIT 3 of the designs onto two different fabrics (like this one is.) Then, they have sewn all the panels together to make one large piece -- 12 x 16 in size.

Pretty colors, everything about this set has been neat. We have EVERYTHING right now... you can get all the pieces and parts RIGHT NOW. Please don't wait a year or so to collect the patterns, as eventually some will go out of print! Some have finished each design into pin cushions -- a super-eyecatching bowl-filler display of your gorgeous stitching talents!!!

Wee Ones: Wally from Heart in Hand - click for more Peace and Joy Kit from Heart in Hand - click for more Christmas Cheer 2 Leaflet from Heart in Hand - click for more
Three New Designs from Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand has sent three new patterns.
  • Wee Ones: Wally Heart in Hand has released a few new things... here are her two small card charts. Finishing only 3-inches-ish each, Wally appears to be wearing his favorite sweater to bring you his wishes. Presented as small card with a few embellishments... quickie to stitch as an ornament for the tree. (Don't miss this year's Christmas Santa, when you go look at this one!)
  • Peace and Joy Kit Just a small thing, this finishes approx 4 x 4 on 32ct Sand Belfast linen. Offered as a kit, you get the linen, threads and star button and a few beads to adorn the tree.
  • Christmas Cheer 2 Leaflet Five bitty designs in here... make ornaments, fobs, pin cushions... whatever! Very simple designs, you can probably even choose colors of threads from your stash based on the cover pic of the leaflet. Check out the finishing ideas for the pillows... all five charts are clearly presented ... see how you can dress them up for the season!


Thankful from Lone Elm Lane - click for more Thankful from Lone Elm Lane
Lone Elm Lane has a cute new pin cushion pattern that finishes just under 3-1/2 inches in size. Just 6 colors of hand-dyeds on a bit of neutral 16 aida or 32ct linen...it's just a nice seasonal something to have in your growing bowl of stitched lovelys.

NOW... check out her new Sewing Clamp Box in the pic! That is a new finishing piece, patterned after antique clamp boxes. The top has a 1-inch deep recessed area to frame your needlework. It's really a petite 4 x 4 x 4 box -- complete with a little pulling out drawer (can you see the knob down there in the pic?) THEN, the whole thing clamps to the edge of a table with a cool screwing pole on the bottom -- SUPER CHARMING!

Our first shipment of the boxes came in Stephanie's antiqued white finish. NOW, to muddy the waters... she'll make that awesome box in ANY of her 12 colors! (So those will be special order, 'cause I can't keep some of them all -- all the time! The 8-ish week wait will be worth it for you though, and you'll have to type your color choice into the comments box as you finish up your order if you want something other than the white!)

Presenting the 2016 Prairie Schooler Santa -- click to see more Presenting the 2016 Annual Santa
from The Prairie Schooler

What a SURPRISE! We had no idea we are being treated to a new Santa!!!

Get him fast before he heads up to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas!!!
Sing a Song of Christmas 1-2-3 from JBW Designs Deck the Halls from JBW Designs
Six New Releases from JBW
Judy's Christmas 2016 creations are here... her little cards and one limited edition kit. Take a look... we have the rest on our JBW pages, so click the pic!!
Sing a Song of Christmas -- This is a three-card series celebrating Christmas Carols! Finished into 3 x 4 inch mini stockings, they are coded for DMC or hand-dyed flosses -- your choice.
  • #1 is Over the River and Through the Woods
  • #2 is Here Comes Santa Claus
  • #3 is Frosty the Snowman.
You can see the red trim along the outside edges -- that is Lady Dot's Sizzle Red Chenille trim -- which we carry.

Deck the Halls -- This is JBW's annual limited edition kit for 2016. A front yard scene, this finishes approx 3 x 3-1/2 on the provided 28ct Natural Linen. Coded for DMC (not included) you do get the red seed beads, a bit of gold metallic thread, the brass star and bells, 10-inches of polka dot ribbon, and the matching Sizzle Red chenille by Lady Dot! (all you supply are bits of your DMC)

Autumn Blessings from Chessie & Me Keep Home in Your Heart from Chessie & Me Floral Basket Tray with Fob from Chessie & Me Piney Woods Tray & Pyn Keep from Chessie & Me
Chessie & Me has sent AWESOME new designs!
Four new charts, along with her annual *house kit*... everything is here, and we love it all! Linda always adds specialty stitches in her designs -- Rhodes, Eyelets, Satins, Smyrnas, Rice... always lots of cute details to make her designs POP! All of these feature those extra design and stitch detail.
  • Autumn Blessings -- Look -- this is finished on a half-sized clip board!!! Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 32ct Confederate Gray Linen with Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyed cottons, it finishes approx 4-1/2 x 6-3/4. Eight little squares -- they'd make cute scissor fobs and name tags if you did them separately -- do whatever you want! You'll need one Schnigglet cut of Weeks Wool for your backing -- you can see Chestnut in the model pic, but we have pumpkins, grays, golds and charcoal blacks as other color options -- and you can use any of the 4 finishes -- herringbone, houndstooth, solid or glen plaid! If you decide to make a set of pin cushions... get a couple of different wool cuts so your backs coordinate!
  • Keep Home in Your Heart -- Oh this is so sweet!!! Worked on 32ct, it finishes approx 4 x 6, and is stitched with Weeks of Aztec Red, Baked Apple, Bullfrog, Flatfish, Grasshopper, Onyx, Pink Sand, and Schneckley. HUGE on Chessie charm!!!
  • Floral Basket Tray with Fob -- Rich colors of Weeks hand-dyed cottons are set against 32ct Weeks Dolphin hand-dyed linen to give you this subtle basket of flowers. Nestled in a sewing tray add a pair of special scissors -- because you can stitch a matching fob for them! Eyelets and Smyrnas in the flowers, the basket features short Satin stitches. The tray is the same one Linda featured in her Friendship Garden pattern from this past Spring. Not a tray-person? That little basket will finish a mere 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 and it would be lovely as a cushion of measurable size!!!!
  • Piney Woods Tray & Pyn Keep -- This is a medium-sized pin cushion piece - it finishes approx 4 x 6 on Weeks 32ct Confederate Gray linen. Weeks flosses of Cadet, Grasshopper, Hazelnut, Oscar, Schneckley, Sea Foam and Swamp Water -- it has restful, 'Northwoodsy' kind of colors! The chart includes the tiny band design that wraps around the baby felt needleroll, instructions for IT included as well!

Pumpkin House from Chessie & Me Pumpkin House from Chessie & Me
Chessie's annual house kit... this is charming!!! Stitched on 36ct Vintage Pear Linen by Lakeside, you are working with Gloriana silks of black, rust, mosses and golds, with touch of olive and champagne! (It might be closer to cream, but champagne could work as a description!!!)

Chessie is always over one thread, the whole thing finishes just under 3 x 4... Linda has about a dozen of these small kits, and we have, and love them ALL!

Just Cross Stitch's JCS 2016 ANNUAL Ornament Issue - click to see more
The 2016 Just Cross Stitch Annual Ornament Issue is HERE!
Always long-awaited for... this year's collectable magazine is here... and features 70 different tree ornaments. PRAIRIE SCHOOLER put a new one in here -- he's a Santa waving Good Night! Real cute Santas, as always, some a little basic, some over-the-top involved, fun snowmen -- lots of different subjects throughout.

The recipes the designers share are always super-good, too! (There's a little one in here by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery that says not a creature was stirring... and it has a little cook mouse and a gingerbread cookie on it!) Definitely a good deal at $9.99 -- especially with that never-seen-and now-retired Prairie Schooler bonus!

The Christmas Chalk Collection, Part 3 from Hands-On Design - click to see more
The Christmas Chalk Collection, Part 3
from Hands-On Design
The final set of three ornaments with a chalkboard-style flavor -- Hands On's collection of nine designs is now complete. Grab some charcoal-colored fabric (there are at least 5 different options out there for these), and a little floss... when you finish these, you'll find those light green felt holly leaves in your chartpack!

Sugar Plums, Silver Bells and Silent Night round out this set of designs. Presented as the chart, with the felt holly leaf cut-outs and red holly berry buttons!

A Year at Hawk Run Hollow from Carriage House Samplings - click to see more A Year at Hawk Run Hollow
from Carriage House
Carriage House's ninth in the Hawk Run Hollow Series -- this joins Houses, Village, Shores, Christmas, Autumn, Farms, Spring and Map of HRH! This design is made up of 12 -- 92 x 92 stitch count blocks -- each a tribute to it's month of the year.

Charted for DMC or silks, you CAN split all of these up and make them into individual pillows to fill that big bowl of yours. We see this one as perkier -- like Spring at HRH... a little more colorful than some of the order offerings. Presented as a chart -- it's a gotta-have -- the blocks are charming!

Mini Sticks Stockings for Christmas! from Mill Hill - click for more
Mini Sticks Stockings for Christmas! from Mill Hill
Mill Hill has 12 new small ornament designs created by artist -- Sticks. Presented as their small kits, each contains TWO mini-stocking designs that can be stitched and attached back-to-back -- so when they twirl on your Christmas tree, you can still see pretty stitching.

Stitched on 14ct perforated paper, each contains the flosses and a few beads for glitz. Whimsical designs... you can see snowmen, trees, hearts and holly, SUPER Colorful and festive... each kit is $8.00 -- but you get everything for TWO designs!

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

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

No Need to be Crabby! from Accoutrement Designs - click to see more No Need to be Crabby!
Accoutrement Designs brings us the cutest little red and blue crab needle minder magnets! Only an inch in size... you could keep these if you caught them... but there's not much meat to enjoy on them -- only little jewels!

Each has a strong rare-earth magnet on the back to help your needles cling in place. Too cute tucked into a seaside sewing case, a shadow box... even on your fridge door at the beach!!!!!


Announcing: Pumpkin Mouse at Frightmare House!
Our Fall 2016 Silver Needle/Just Nan Exclusive Limited Edition Kit!!! It's Here!

Pumpkin Mouse at Frightmare House from Just Nan Get ready for spooky Halloween fun and folly -- Nan has made us another charming house for Lindy Mouse -- and this time she's dressed in her pumpkin costume greeting her Party Guests!

LIMITED IN EDITION... Frightmare House is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 32ct Peoria Purple linen using 16 colors of DMC floss. It assembles easily (hand-whip-stitch edges together) and finishes approx 3 x 3 -- with the roof and basement measuring a mere 2 x 2 each. The Pumpkin Mouse is stitched on Weeks 32ct Pumpkin Linen and she finishes a bit smaller than the rest of Nan's stitched mice. (She is actually the same size as our Charming House of Lindy Mouse mouse!) There is a magnet in the bottom of the house to cling to the 1 x 2 inch Mummy's Crypt Needle Slide in the basement... and all 6 sides of Frightmare House feature your stitching!

Click the pic to read all the fun details -- Lots more details on our Just Nan Page!

Gingher's 2016 Collector Scissors - Sawyer Pattern - click for more Gingher's 2016 Limited Edition Sawyer Scissors have Arrived Early!
This year's very limited set of decorated enameled Gingher scissors is here! *Sawyer* is this year's color... they are a pretty, crisp red and white.

Offered in 4-inch embroidery, 5 -inch sewing and 8-inch shears... if you reserved a pair or two -- yours will ship out ASAP! If not... take a peek... and treat yourself to a lovely new pair of wonderful, sturdy, substantial scissors!

The Candy Corn of Mischief by Bent Creek -- click to see more The Candy Corn of Mischief from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has sent a fun new design -- in plenty of time for Halloween -- which is really an awesome feat for them! It's cute as can be... and we're thrilled we'll actually have tine to get it stitched for the holiday!!!

Presented as a complete kit of 18ct linen, you get pre-sorted and labeled #5 Pearl Cottons that require only 1 strand of thread in your needle for stitching. The corn finishes approx 6 x 6, and sports cute little ghosts in the white part, jack-o-lanterns in the orange, and the moon and stars in the yellow section. Candy Corn of Mischief companions their other kits like Pumpkin of Leaves, Heart of Hearts, Snowman of Snowflakes... and lots more!


New Curly Girl Kits by Mill Hill - click for more
New Curly Girl Kits by Mill Hill
Everybody loves Curly Girl's whimsical artwork and her *wisdoms of life* advice! Mill Hill has a license to produce her designs in Cross Stitch, so six new designs have come our way. Presented in kits of 28ct linen, Mill Hill glass beads (not tons, just enough for a little glitz) and DMC flosses, these are over-the-top cute! Each finishes approx 7 x 7.
  • Believe -- A very low-key Christmas piece -- all you see is a tiny silouette of Santa and his sleigh atop a building! *There comes a moment every year when something whispers in our ears Believe, Believe, Believe.*
  • Let Your Light Shine -- *Just wait until you see what is possible when you shine your little light on the world.*
  • Be There -- *Any given moment can change your life -- you just have to be there.*
  • You Rescued Me -- This is my favorite one (I think!) *Our hearts are forever connected you see, I adopted you, but you rescued me.*
  • Peace -- *Peace is the understanding that though we are each one different, we are all made of the same exquisite stuff.*
  • Time to Pack -- *The world is not going to come to you, the sooner you realize this, the more time you'll have to pack.*


Bump N. D'Knight Farm from Praiseworthy Stitches - click for more Bump N. D'Knight Farm from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has unveiled their annual Haunted House Piece for 2016! Here's a sneak peek! Such a wild collection of these gigantic houses... you need big, empty walls... or lots of holiday excitement (little kids are great at this) to enjoy the full impact of these! Bump N D'Knight Farm companions Witch's B & B, Darkwing, Croaking Toad and Ravenswood Manors as well as Seedy Pumpkin Cottage. 32ct Haunted hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus is this year's fabric choice, and along with bits of bead and metallic (silver spider webs) embellishments, there is a set of clay JABCO buttons as well.

In looking at this... I think you could split the elements up a little if you haven't the space to display the whole piece -- or the discipline to stitch it all. Look at the main house with carriage and tree in front! Anyway, there is definitely something fishy happening in the bard on this busy Trick or Treat night! Approx 15-1/2 x 20 on 32ct... coded for DMC or hand-dyed flosses... you'll use a ton of thread! Ships around August 19.

Julia's Stitching Frame Julia's Stitching Frame Julia's Stitching Frame from Big Island Woods
This is a wonderful new stitching frame hand-made by one of our customers, Julia, along with her brother! It is so simple, so uncluttered, and SO EASY to assemble and use! You get two side bars -- approx 3/4 x 2 x 14 in size. See the three holes? See the screws on them -- and the four little scalloped black finger knobs? You get 2 roller bars.

Don't panic to learn that you use that blue painter's tape (it's low adhesive... and a sample piece is included with the frame) to attach the edge of your fabric to the bars. The bars fit into the holes of the side bars, you use the super-easy-to-grab scalloped knobs to tighten those bars around the rods... roll the bars to tighten... and you are ready to stitch!

You can adjust your stitching area because of the holes on the sides, and you can even bring in your sides a little if you want. Actually very lightweight, the whole things weighs less than 1-1/2 pounds and it breaks down to the four sticks and knobs to fit into a cotton drawstring pouch (made by Julia's Mom!) Nice and smooth, NOT a messy contraption to use... easy to carry, I think you'll be very pleased with this!


Mini Bee Needle Minder from Kelmscott Beeskep Vintage Postcard Threadkeep from Kelmscott Mermaid Tail Threadkeep from Kelmscott
New Treats from Kelmscott Designs
A lovely collection of needlework trinkets and gadgets, these all make nice stitcher gifts, they are fun to use, and look wonderful tucked into cases, keeps and shadow box frames.
  • Mini Bee Needle Minder -- Isn't this a pretty thing? Kelmscott's black resin sets off her pretty bumblebee... the whole thing measures just 1-1/4 inches from side to side. Needle Minders aren't just for needles either -- they are pretty magnets for your filing cabinet or even the good old-fashioned refrigerator door!
  • Beeskep Vintage Postcard Threadkeep -- A charming sepia-tone, old fashioned picture on this little board that measures a bit over 2 x 3-1/2, it features 6 holes to attach your working threads.
  • Mermaid Tail Threadkeep -- This is SO CUTE! Another thread keep, just over 4 inches, -- same kind of thing as the vintage beeskep. This one would be incredible stored inside of a nautical sewing case, or cool perched beside a seaside pin cushion!!! The design is not painted or enameled on the wood... I think it's probably a laminated paper image, but like the rest of these, it is absolutely and perfectly transferred onto the wood -- and the colors in this charming tail are gorgeous!

Charcoal Mittens from Rachels of Greenfield - click to see more Charcoal Mittens from Rachel's of Greenfield
Oh we love the felt ornament kits we carry by Rachel's of Greenfield! Primitive stitched felt ornaments... this is the 8th set that contains 6 designs... so there are TONS to choose from! Small 3 x 3-ish old-fashioned felt pieces, all you do is cut the shapes from the included wool, blanket stitch them together, and beautiful little creations are the result.

Remember the wool ornaments that used to hang on your family Christmas Tree? Here they are (minus the plastic sequins!) Gold string to hang them, full-sized cutting templates and all the correct sizes and colors of the wools, and flosses to add the small embroidery touches, these complete kits are good to go!

VERY cute, this new set features a charcoal gray background on mittens with red cuffs. They join *Warm Hands* (more mittens), *Warm Feet* -- which are mini-stockings, *Snow Folks* --which are snowmen (even a snow kitty and a snow puppy!) and the set of gift bag ornaments!

Several Luscious Scissor Arrivals by WASA of Solingen, Germany
Several Luscious Scissor Arrivals by WASA of Solingen, Germany What an exquisite treat we have in the shop!!! From the Solingen Valley of Germany, WASA is world-famous top-quality cutlery manufacturer -- a compliment to and competitor of DOVO! We have some new styles that we used to carry (but haven't been able to get for almost 10 years!) and some pretty new offerings!

Stainless steel, hand-forged, gold plating decoration, razor-sharp blades and tips, smooth and 'buttery' cutting action... just like our DOVO embroidery scissors... WASA delivers the excellence of German artistry you will LOVE! Each has the WASA name and Solingen embossed into the blades. Choose our Regular-sized leather sheaths for these -- not the Preemie/small size... the double-sized are OK... but a little large.
  • SN53 Cross -- 3-1/2 Inches in length, these are from an antique mold. The handles come together to make a little cross shaped opening between them... and the little beading around the scissor edges make them even prettier. Light Gold plating on the handles, they don't appear to be as 'gold' in color as some of the rest. Perfect, precise, sharp little 1-1/8 inch blades.
  • SN52 Serpentine -- 3-1/2 Inches in length, another classic museum design, these are lovely, filigreed, delicate to hold and use -- just a treat! Stainless, with gold plating on the handles, they feel a little lighter in weight than the Cross Scissors -- blades are the same size though.
  • SN50 Victorian Heart -- 3-3/4 Inch in overall length -- you'll recognize this style. Gingher used to have these in their 18th Century Line -- it is a classic embroidery scissor style that is a perennial favorite. (Probably the most recognized after Stork Scissors.) Beautiful gold on the curved handles... always a good choice.
  • SN51 Flattened Victorian Heart -- Another 3-3/4 Inch style -- I think these look like the Victorian pair, just a little flattened! The finger holes turn out to be JUST A TEENY bit larger than the Victorian, so they turn out to be a little more than 1/4 an inch wider, and they feel *really good!* The same pretty gold plating on the graceful handles.
Large Buckingham Large Buckingham
Wow... we have NEVER had this style -- our favorite Buckingham in this 5-5/8 inch style!!!! What a gorgeous pair of scissors!!!!!! The same pretty swirls --gold plated -- in the handles, the blades are razor-sharp and measure approx 2-1/4 inches long.

Very heavy and substantial feeling, they would be spectacular in a special sewing case. WASA and Solingen is embossed into the blades. Choose our Double Leather Sheath to protect this size.

Lighted Needle Threader - click for more
Lighted Needle Threader
Well, if this isn't the coolest little thing! It is a wire needle threader -- with a protective snap-off cover over the wire -- that is attached to an LED light. Remove the plastic protective cover, turn on the switch for the light (it stays lit and you don't have to keep holding it at a strange angle to keep the little light on) The light IS AIMED at the wire threader -- so the eye of your needle is illuminated! You actually have a chance to SEE the hole in the needle to thread it!!!!!

We laughed when we saw this at Market, but I tried it right there in the aisle -- I had my needles and scissors with me... so this was tested before purchasing! It is just about 1-1/2 inches in total lenght, and has a hole so you can attach it to a cord or key ring. We think this is the ultimate baby-sized gadget!!!! What a fun thing to get all your friends -- and it's affordable, too!

Let if Snow by The Glasshopper - click for more Pumpkin Season by The Glasshopper - click for more Halloween and Christmas are Just Around the Corner!!!!!... from The Glasshopper
Well kind of....! The Glasshopper has made you the prettiest petite glass-topped pins that all of your holiday pin cushions and needlework cases NEED! Jennifer is a glass artist and is making the most delightful pins with charming miniature sculptures topping each.
  • Pumpkin Season -- These are 1 cm each!!! Exquisite miniature pumpkins complete with veins, stems and tendrils, each is perched atop a sturdy and SHARP 2-inch pin. You can poke them into straw, use them on place cards, but I think they will be most happy poked into a very special stitched and Spooky Halloween or richly-colored Autumn pin cushion.
  • Let if Snow -- Oh my gosh, these are SO CUTE!!!!!! Gorgeous, deep and rich red glass trimmed with crisp white... these are all less than an inch in size, and are perfectly hand-shaped into the most charming little hat and warm little mittens. Again, on very sharp two-inch straight pins... dress up a pin cushion. They'd be pretty as wreath decorations, even decorations on a cheese tray at a Christmas party!

Rocking Horse Thread Board from The Primitive Hare - click to see more Sea Horse Thread Board from The Primitive Hare - click to see more
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Wooden Thread Boards from The Primitive Hare
We have a delightful selection of 8 different thread boards that have been lovingly handmade in Italy by The Primitive Hare!!! Here are three... but make sure to click the pic to see the rest! Something fun to tuck into a cool sewing case or sewing basket, each of these is a cut-out that has been painted (on both sides) in some way, and then distressed (on both sides).

About 1/8 an inch thick, the whitewashed mermaid measures 3 x 8-ish. The whitewashed Rocking Horse is about 4 x 5, and the whitewashed Sea Horse is about 3 x 5-1/2 Tie a few threads through the holes, and JUST ENJOY having these!!!

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

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

Button Posies from Scarlett House - click for more
Button Posies from The Scarlett House
What a cute bitty set of fob and matching cushion! I love the colors of Gentle Art flosses -- Grasshopper, Country Redwood, Soot, Old Hickory, Chalk, Piney Woods and Black Licorice, the cushion measures 95 x 71, while the baby fob is just 29 x 36!

Garnished with 4 black buttons... this is so simple, but so striking! Offered as the chart.

20 To Make - Mini Cross Stitch from Michael Powell - click for more
20 To Make - Mini Cross Stitch from Michael Powell
Oh.... More of Michael Powell -- in MINIATURE!
Everything you love about Michael Powell's artwork -- only in bitty size! This is a softcover book -- 6 x 8-1/2 inches in size, that features 48 pages of 20 TINY designs of Michael's! We've just received tons of cute scissor fob kits, and some darling well-wishes mini designs -- this little book has MORE -- most of them companion the larger designs. (The largest design in here is 55 stitches!)

Mini florals, cupcakes, landscapes, even a birthday cake... there are also two borders in here that you can stitch and stitch and stitch to go around a basket or something! Possibilities are endless! Coded for Anchor, but easily converted to DMC... you can stitch these on ANY count or weave of fabric -- White is the color of choice!

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