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Cardinal Points by Long Dog Samplers for The Gentle Art
Long Dog Samplers created this piece using Gentle Art Sampler Threads -- kind of as a promo piece for Nancy at The Gentle Art. The verse reads: The Gentle Art of a Needlewoman lies embodied in her work.
Super colorful and very pretty, I like all the small repeating motifs everywhere -- and all the balance in the border. Coded for 24 different colors of Sampler Threads over-dyed floss, this finishes approx 12-1/2 inches square and the pic on the front of the chart was worked on good old 18ct AIDA! So choose any fabric you like and stitch away!!!
Get Kraken from Ink Circles
Mmm... at first, you see a Norwegian-flavored design with that cool little band sampler running down the right side. Lots of motifs, pretty teal, brown and mustard colors. Then... you notice the sailing ships and all the deckhands up in the riggings. Then... you notice all the sea serpent tails and realize that this is *one busy scene!* There is a battle going on... there is a mermaid and a stray anchor, crowns and a date!!!
And thus began the epic battle and no man escaped his watery grave. It might say that... but if all lives were lost in this epic battle attempting to conquer The Great Greenland Sea Monster... and it happened over 300 years ago... I bet the story is embellished a little! Tracy of Ink Circles isn't saying.....! Her sampler (oh excuse me, it SAYS this MIGHT be a reproduction!... right above the line that says it's an original design) measures approx 11 x 12 on 32ct and is stitched with either Gloriana Silk or DMC floss. It is so full of personality, cool motifs, neat borders and the 'flavor of authenticity' that it BEGS to belong to someone who loves the sea. Offered as a chart.
Sampler Wooden Needlecasses
Oh, these are beautiful little 2-1/4 inch wooden needlecases that have been milkpainted and decorated with miniature papers of antique samplers.
Presented on a small card (so they look really nice as a small gift) we have at least 6 different soft colors of denim, moss green, honey, lt brown, a grey... but each has a stitched needlework image wrapped around it that coordinates with its background color. EVERY cool sewing case needs one of these... if you get a bunch of them, we'll mix up the color selection. By Kim's Needle Needfuls.
12 MORE Colors of Mini Ball Trim
Elizabeth has such fun colors of her mini-ball fringe trim... some of these are new to her line, and they join all of our others!!! I've listed some DMC shades with the names -- none are exact matches, but they are 'close!'
TexArkana Sage is close to DMD #935, Peep's Meadow is #934, Federal Gold is #730, Sea Glass is 991, Spruce is 699, Sea Cap Green is 924, Newt's Eye is 470, Faded Colonial Blue is 3022, Purple Haze is a super dark black-purple, Vam Purple is a bright fucsia, Dark plum is a super dark brown-purple, and Ruddie's Nose is 666 red. All are offered in 1-yard packages, and they are not colorfast.
Glass Flower Pins by The Glasshopper
These are gorgeous little glass flowers and leaves, beautifully hand-made into straight pins. Use them to poke into a special pin cushion or sewing case... definitely some place you will see and enjoy them.
Each set includes 3 flowers and 2 leaves lovingly created by glass artist Jennifer Rakosnik, and all are one-of-a-kind. They measure approx 1/2 in size atop their 1-1/2 inch straight pins. So special... each of our sets are different... but I choose pink, coral, blue, yellow and white flowers for our garden of glass!
Here are some new jeweled magnet minders by Accoutrements!
Just something fun to have for your chart holder, refrigerator front -- or some other magnetic place -- Accoutrements jazzes up everything!!! This time around, we have a darling toad all in greens and gold, an elegant owl of black crystals, a brown hedgehog, firey red lobster, a yellow ducky, and even a 1 x 1-1/2 bar of leopard print! E
ach magnet is around an inch, studded with colorful crystals, and features a super-strong rare earth magnet. We even have a pair of styles -- round and square that feature a sticky area in the empty middle. Peel off the paper and attach some needlework, a small photo to personalize your magnet, or use it to hold a few beads while you attach them to your latest project!
I LOVE Cross Stitch
This is basically a metal business card case that has been fitted with Stitcher Stuff!!!!! Featured on the outside is our Mantra for a Good Life: We LOVE Cross Stitch!
Open your case to reveal magnetic material on one side to hold all your needles and threaders in one place. The other side has the NEATEST material to hold beads -- clingy but NOT sticky! It's the strangest material... it is soft and tacky... and your beads will stick to it... but it isn't sticky! (Kind of like wet chicken... only it isn't wet!!!) You can touch it, and you think you'll leave a fingerprint behind, but when you lift your fingers, they are dry and no print is left behind. So how's that for a description!!!?
Anyway, a 2-ish x 3-1/2-ish inch very flat case... very functional! (Looking for something a little special? We have some of these in colors that feature one of Accoutrements jeweled magnets on top. All one-of-a-kinds... ask when you're in the shop next!)
A Trio of Colored Scissors
Here are some pretty new 3 1/2-inch scissors -- super colorful to dress up your fobs and sewing cases. Not too sharp on the points, they are nice and tight, the handles have the enameled color treatment on them... these are perfect for a starter pair of scissors or even better -- misc fobs that match their colors!
Spring is Here From The Drawn Thread!
Ricardo's Roses -- a petite rose garden scene; The Pastoral -- a really cool sewing case OR a lovely full-sized sampler; and Free & Brave -- something so geometrically balanced and decorated with stunning Spratts Head Stitched flowers. Cynthia has three new charts that are all very pretty! I couldn't choose my favorite to highlight here, and leave out two of them...so you get a sneak peek of all three here.
Cynthia's design style is to incorporate special stitches everywhere in her flowers, so that texture pops out from all of them. Info on the three designs are on our inside Drawn Thread pages!
Limited Editions from The Sweetheart Tree
Sandie has released two small designs this Spring -- limited in production. Offered as the chart with embellishments, you choose your own fabric, and bits of DMC from your stash.
An Apple For The Teacher features a sterling apple inlaid with red. Stitch count is 39 x 67, but if you do ONLY the schoolhouse, it's just 30-ish stitches square -- and that would make a really cute ornament or fob. Change out the word SCHOOL for a teacher name if you want to as well.
Tiny Spring Violet Sampler is only 44 stitches square -- so choosing your own bitty count fabric could make this a teeny-weeny fob or ornament as well. Bits of DMC 520, and 522 greens 822 cream, and 3042 and 3740 lavenders make it pretty -- and garnishes of crystal paillettes --included -- along with a glass violet flower make it glisten.
Words of Wisdom from Pine Mountain Designs
Pine Mountain continues her set (these are #2 and #3 so far) of inspirational pillow designs with these two offerings. They are presented as complete kits -- the chart with necessary flosses, and the pretty pre-sewn Pine Mountain Pillow Wrap. This series all features gigantic rik-rak trim and such a pretty color palette of corals, aquas, golds... Sandy introduced 4 Quatrafoil pillow forms for these -- (coral, aqua, navy and gray) and they, along with last year's cream polka-dot form all coordinate with every design in this set! So... now, you have FIVE different pillow stuffer options!
March & April Snapshots
from Pine Mountain Designs
Cute, seasonal medleys of smaller designs, Pine Mountain has a new series of designs that come as charts. Finishing approx 4 x 6 on 32ct, you can split them apart and make pin cushions out of the individual sections, or stitch them together as shown.
They are meant to look like photographs all on a page -- notice the little white photo-corners on them all? Real cute, we're auto-shipping them; the series began with February.
Florist and Christmas Rose from Little House Needleworks
Little House Needleworks has two more additions to some of her series designs.
Florist is Chart #8 in the Holiday Hometown Series. A stand-alone set of businesses decorated for Christmas, each of these small charts has featured a church, train depot, carolers... all sorts of very charming designs. Diane's concept for these is to allow you display them as individually finished stand-ups arranged as a stitch village! Finishing instructions are available on her website... and now, she is offering another assembly idea, too. No embellishments called for, each is presented as a chart, The Florist finishes approx 5-3/4 x 3 on 30ct. This is a real cute series of designs -- the other seven are grouped on our Auto-Ship Page... you can see them all there, and pick up the ones you are missing!
Christmas Rose is #4 in the Sampler Tree Ornament Collection. Just a 3-1/3 inch ornament on 32ct... Classic Colorworks flosses or DMC are called for. The model pic features Dames of the Needle's hand-dyed mini-ball fringe trim... there are several good colors that will trim this... it is just the right size to trim smallish pieces!
Holly Jolly and Afternoon in Paris from Country Cottage Needleworks
Little House Needleworks has two more additions to some of her series designs.
Country Cottage Needlework's next 2015 Classic Ornament release is here... the 8th in the set of 12, this one has Santa and The Mrs entertaining with a tray of cookies! Offered as the small chart, the small gold star button embellishment is available separately. Finishing approx 3-1/2 x 4 on 32ct -- just like all the rest, this calls for DMC floss and some Baby Spinach Sampler Thread.
Afternoon in Paris
This is a charming Paris street scene by Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks. It is worked on 32ct Star Sapphire linen (which is a yummy, pretty and light seafoamy color) and uses a combination of 12 colors of DMC and hand-dyeds. Finishing approx 13 x 4, it has so many separate design elements that you could pull out of here and stitch individually... or choose just the restaurant table and Eiffel Tower for instance... I love those balloons... and the Arch is pretty cool too! Offered as a chart.
Midnight in the Strawberry Garden from Stacy Nash Primitives
Stacy Nash has several new designs -- 6 of them deal with animals -- so I've collected them all together on her inside page! Meanwhile, I really liked this Thread Board idea, and LOVE the colors she used. A 5 x 7 board with charming stitching on one side, along with a scissor pouch and ruler pocket on the other... it features mother-of-pearl thread rings along the bottom to organize your working threads.
Strawberry Garden is worked on Week's 35ct Dolphin Linen with Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Choose 2 more Schnigglet cuts of Week's woolens for the inside and pocket pieces (we have a million choices with that)... you can recognize the Kelmscott pearl rings and ruler as well. (A neat finishing idea, you know... what's to stop you from taking a small motif from a favorite piece you are working on now... stitch and assemble it like this -- add some of the left-over threads from that piece, and display this right next to that finished piece???) This is offered as a chart.
Fanny Covell 1790 Sampler from Queenstown Samplers
Queenstown Samplers has released several stunning samplers this Spring... Barbara writes about this one... "Fanny Covell worked her exquisite sampler in her 8th year. Everything about it is appealing. It has gorgeous colors (charted for 24 DMC or Needlepoint Inc Silks) dazzling gardens, birds and butterflies. It in enclosed by a strawberry vine border with scooped corners that have nestling potted flowers and fruit baskets. In the 18th century a definition for 'mean' was humble. Fanny's little misspellings simple endear her further to me. In the center cartouche Fanny wrought All you my friends who now expect to see a piece of work thus performed by me, Cast but a smile on this my mean indeavour ill strive to mend and Bee obedient ever."
With a stitch count of 267 x 318, it finishes approx 13 x 16 on 40ct. I love the colors, the delicate, lacy look of this - those flower urns are stunning, and I especially am drawn to the stripes! Offered as a chart.
Life is a Beach from Queenstown Samplers
Watch out for the Crabs! This is an oldie-but-goodie design that we used to carry, and then it kind of faded away. Re-discovered, I think it's great!
Offered as a chart, I am sure some of you have the perfect spot to hang it... it just makes me smile!!! Charted for silk or DMC, on 36ct it finishes approx 6 x 8. Choose any fabric you like, and think about some black beads for the eyes!
We're Sledding Again!!!!!!
We're Sledding Again!!!!!! (Your backorders ship this week.)
Foxwood Crossings mini sleds are back in stock!!! (We think they spent the Holidays in those delayed containers on the west coast...) Oh, we've missed these little guys!!!
Darling miniature wooden sleds, each measures less than 2 x 3, they have wire runners and a little handle, cute to paint, they make darling Christmas Ornaments. They are all decorated with your stitching -- the entire bed area is only 17 x 31 stitches. Foxwood's designs all use 14ct perforated paper for them -- which makes them even easier and quicker to finish!
Elf Folk is the newest bitty sled design... it features a trio of woodsy guys who'll look cute with all the rest of Foxwood's growing collection of 55-ish bitty sleds!!! It is offered as a small chart.
Alice in Wonderland from Brooke's Books
This is a nice start to what hopefully will be a cute set of Alice in Wonderland characters. Just three available right now (? on any more?)... we have Alice, The White Rabbit and The Mad Hatter.
All offered in chart format, they measure 70 stitches high and approx 100-ish stitches wide, and are suggested on a denim blue or medium gray fabric. All three can be joined together because of that cool black, white and purple checkerboard bottom with the green grass! Just cute as can be, these are full of Brooke's charm -- and each one uses a TON of different DMC colors!
Just a Few Shells Case & Fob
from Fern Ridge Collections
The gals at Fern Ridge have presented us with the most CHARMING Deep Blue Sea Silk Sewing Bag and Beaded Fob Set!!! I don't even know where to begin describing this beautiful set of artwork... it truly IS beaded and textile ART! The silk bag is made of Aquamarine Silk Dupioni fabric. It is garnished with your stitching on 28ct Tempest hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus.
The COMPLETE kit (which is absolutely intoxicating!) includes Treenway Silks in Mermaid Tears, Sea Spray and St Thomas hand-dyed colors. There are starfish, seahorse, scallop and fish charms in here... beautiful tiny shells and glass beads... teeny buttons... Delica beads, Hannah silk ribbon -- Sea Goddess color! -- abalone buttons, a wooden ruler and wooden shell needle keeper (by Doodlin Around Design), a starfish waxer, and a real starfish that you'll use as a threadwinder! The verse by Anne Lindbergh reads: Patience, Faith, Openess -- is what the sea has to teach. A Gift From the Sea. You can see my hands in our pictures... this finishes approx 4 x 5. Absolutely GORGEOUS!
Just a Few Shells Case & Fob
A small matching beaded fob to go with your awesome Shell Purse, the beaded part of this is really very easy to stitch... just hard to teach someone else to do! The fringe looks like the hard part... but it is the easiest! You are stringing together a multitude of exquisite little shells and charms and findings. Luscious aqua blue and deep sea green colors in here! Offered as the complete kit!
Make SURE to see the rest of Pat and Peggy's Things... Just the coolest!!!
Stitch Every Day
from Hands On Design
Hands On has the cutest sign that needs to hang above your stitching chair... or adorning the door to your stitching room -- if you are lucky enough to have one! OR... you could finish it into a drum pin cushion... and poke that fun Stitch Lolly in the top.
Stitched over two on 30ct Weeks Chickpea hand-dyed linen with over-dyed flosses, it finishes approx 5 x 11, so if you roll it into the drum, it'll be about 5 inches high by 3-ish inches wide. A fun, bold design, it is offered as the chart with great finishing instructions included. The Stitch Lolly from Just Another Button Company is available separately.
Pin Keeps and Scissor Weights from The Scarlett House
We have a pair of new charts by Tanya Brockmeyer that are pin cushions with coordinating smaller scissor fob designs. The charts are beautifully presented and the front covers are LOVELY! She does PERFECT photography for you... you could probably stitch off the cover pics!
A Few Favorite Things has the most interesting color palette -- It is so different, but I absolutely LOVE it! I don't know if it's the punch of the acid green against the soft red-pear, or the golden inside of that pear -- I want to cut up green apples and ripe pears and sit down right now and eat them! Stitched on 40ct Aztec Red by Weeks, the main cushion finishes approx 4 inches in size.
Strawberry House is much softer -- all Gentle Art Sampler Threads in dusty grays and raspberries. Again 4 x 4-ish, we're into *bowl-fillers* these days... (a ridiculous new buzz-word on HGTV!) A Soft Tin-Roof-color with a chalk-y house... the berries are growing in the wild garden.
Niky has published several new designs -- I am highlighting just two here -- click through the pic to see the rest!
Amish Girls - For Every Month |
Niky has a cute series started -- 40 x 70 in stitch count -- this is a set of 'calendar girls' done Amish-style -- with plain dresses and aprons. Presented two to a chart, January and February feature mending and Valenties Day. March and April deal with gardening and rain.
Each design would make a cute cushion -- then moosh them all into a basket for display -- notice the penny rug top and bottom idea? Get out your wool scraps and DO THAT instead of the stitching! You'll see all that gorgeous wool at one time when all of them are perched in your basket! Offered as charts, we'll auto-ship the other 4 for you as they are released later this year -- we have Jan through April now!
Sweetheart Sewing Tin
from Milady's Needle
Milady's Needle presents her Spring 2015 Limited Edition box kit -- a metal tin decorated with your stitching on the top and filled with matching doo-dads!
The 3 x 4-1/4 inch metal tin features your stitching of a tiny sampler (less than 3 x 4) on Picture This Plus's 40ct Heritage Linen (a soft grey-ed green hand-dyed) worked with GAST, Weeks and Classic overdyeds.
Inside the little box, you get to store a thread organizer with the same stitched image decorating it... AND a 2-1/4 inch wooden needlecase that has been 'pickled' with whitewash, and decorated with another image of that topper sampler. All the flosses are pre-sorted onto that organizer, everything is soft and faded in color -- just a charming little box!
Lizzie Kate has sent some cute new things!
A Little Wedding
A 3 x 3-ish bitty design that celebrates any wedding special to you, this is offered as the chart with cut of 32ct Lambswool linen and a tiny key charm embellishment. You add bits of flosses from your stash.
The featured couples these days don't want *too much stuff!* They don't need a big family sampler to begin with... just this little token... just this little beginning. Save the big stuff for birth samplers!
3 Little Words -- TODAY CHOOSE JOY & NEVER GIVE UP
Designs #4 and 5 in this series of 7... each card presents two 3-word phrases of really good advice. Stitch them as they are, or join the whole thing together for a really stunning huge piece. THAT would be neat in a waiting room, a counceling room, a classroom, even a nursery!
Look over the set so far... cards #6 and 7 are due in a few months to finish up this cool piece. (This is a good time to join the auto-ship so you don't miss them) Stitch it any anything you wish... individual and group stitch counts are available, as well as the freebie border chart and info on the LK website.
Not things! (But we do want you to collect this card, and stitch this *thing!* ... so maybe get it just for that tiny fob design down there on the right? Offered as a small card Snippet, this finishes approx 3 x 3... the fob just 1-1/2 x 2-ish.
THIS is why we stitchers save every last teeny bit of fabric we have -- it works for this!!!
How to be a Mean Mother
This is an old saying Linda had when her kids were young, and she's always thought it was super-fun.
Lots of great motherly (or grandmotherly) wisdom in her light-hearted design... Linda reminds that good parenting never goes out of style!
Offered as a chart.
Seasonal Villages from Sara Guermani
Get out your DMC and get ready to stitch a set of the most endearing villages by Italian designer Sara Guermani. Each of these -- we have 5 different ones right now -- is offered in chart format with some sort of laser-cut wooden buttons to garnish them included. Stuffed full of color and tiny details -- these will require heavy-duty DMC thread-stash hunting!!!
Stitch counts on all of them are 278 x 263 -- so over two on 28 they'll be about 19 x 20! Over one on something like 36, they'll be only 7-1/2 inches!!! (You'll just have to save your buttons for another project.) Charts are beautifully done... a good stitching hint is to keep several needles threaded with the colors you use alot. That way, you aren't constantly threading and unthreading.
Just a Note: These might seem *Pricey!* They are $38 each. If you put that in perspective and compare it to a small set of monthly designs that run $6-ish each... these are a bargain! Just wanted to address that $$ figure, so you would know it is not a misprint.
Vintage Turtle Needle Minder from Just Nan
We have these beautiful little hand painted turtles by Just Nan that I want to show off a little! Her turtles -- vintage brass stampings -- measure 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches long (to the tippy tip on that tiny tail!)
Nan has painted each with transparent pale lavender and antique-y gold paint and added a sparkly lavender crystal. She's added a magnet to the back... and now the little guy is a Needle Minder -- AND -- he's bringing you a gold #28 Needle as well!!!!!! Very pretty... he'll look great inside the perfect sewing case!
A Trio of Quaker House Pin Cushions - Buttons & Wool from The Workbasket
These are neat little Quaker-inspired motifs decorating houses... complete with their complimentary portion as the garden! Workbasket is presenting three small kits to make these 3 x 5-ish cushions.
Each house is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 36ct hand-dyed Straw linen with Needlepoint Inc silk -- either red, blue or green. Each cushion kit includes the chart, hand-dyed linen, the entire skein of the matching silk, (enough to do the buttonholes around the edge as well) a cut a Week's hand-dyed wool to match, the necessary mother-of-pearl buttons to further garnish, along a cut of mini-gingham in the matching shade for backing.
Notice the cut of wool sewn on each one? I think that is a cool touch. Very pretty -- remember the new word in decorating is *Bowl Filler*... so here are three more bowl fillers for you!
Presenting Spooks of the Month by Val's Stuff!
We have a new on-going set of fun designs by Val Danish -- they are Halloween-inspired monsters and what-nots -- one being released each month for the rest of the year! We have January, February, March and April NOW... so you have lots to work up already! Offered as sort-of-kits... you get the chart, the JABCO clay button embellishments, a cut of 14ct perforated paper, and a cut of black sparkly felt to back them.
Have you discovered yet, that each has special eyes, along with another button to dress them up? They call for either Weeks or DMC floss, and since they are done on brown 14ct perforated paper, they are super-easy and fun to do.
Cute as can be, Jan's Said the Spider to the Fly is 51 x 28 in stitch count, Feb's Whoo Dat? is 53 x 45, March's Boo Who? is 36 x 62, and April's Frankly My Dear is 64 x 35. We'll have an auto-ship for these... Val showed them all hanging from a twig tree at Market, they'd be cute mounted to the front of stand-up cubes, or even just finished as flat paper/felt magnets! You decide.
Now We Have Everything Birth Sampler
from Cherry Hill Stitchery
Oh my gosh, this is the NEATEST birth announcement/nursery decoration!!!!!
*First we had each other, Then we had you, Now we have everything!* Choose your favorite fabric, maybe even adapt the DMC color palette to match the nursery and stitch this delightful piece!
Offered as a chart, it finishes approx 5 x 9 on 32ct. It can be adapted to any count fabric, but you might be changing some of the pinks in here to blues!
For This Child
from Cherry Hill Stitchery
*For this child I have prayed...* A smaller birth announcement option with a cute finishing suggestion, this is also offered as a small chart and coded for DMC floss.
Finishing approx 4-1/2 inches square on any 14/28 count fabric, it is just sweet and simple with a very powerful message!
from Kathy Barrick
*I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions*
Is that too cool, or what?
Stitched in silks or DMC, this will finish approx 8 x 8 on 28ct. BUTTT... change it up and do it on whatever you want... because you have good intentions!
Kathy has several other new releases... check them out - click the pic to go to her pages.
Mini-Shaker Pin Cushion Rounds from Lone Elm Lane|
Lone Elm Lane has introduced empty rounds to house pin-cushions! Measuring 4 inches in diameter and approx 1-1/4 inches high, they are ready to house your puffy little 'hill' of needlework!
Offered in 6 colors so far (My pic accidentally has two of the red in it, and not Bittersweet, which is a bit more on the golden rust side.) They are the same finish and quality as Stephanie's larger boxes.
Also brand new are three leaflets with designs for her shaker boxes... take a peek!
New Designs by Thistles
We have at least a dozen new charts by Liezbeth... I chose to highlight the Cat and Mouse Biscornu here because I think it's just the cutest! Well... we've had a lot of calls for Sheep Herd as well... it features little sheepies in all different weather and all different seasons! Back to the Cat and Mouse... the little mice adorn the bottom cushion, then you stitch the cats on the separate piece, and construct the tiny cushion to set atop the mice. The verse is the FUNNIEST! It discusses WHO gets the cheese!
Sheep Herd has a winter/mitten sheep, Valentines, an Easter Egg with sheep on it, sheeps getting sheared in the summer, apple picking, fall rains, one being taunted by a Halloween spider and one wearing a stocking cap grazing in an evergreen forest!
This company has a lot of creativity in their designs... make sure you click through the pics to see all of them!
Craftlight has a new lamp that is slightly larger than their little Dorset!!!!! A new updated style, this little guy is awesome! It is a table-top lamp and weighs 6 pounds. It features a 16w fluorescent daylight-balanced light bulb surrounding a 5-inch glass, 3-diopter lens. The bulb is completely covered on the bottom side for safety.
The lamp plugs into the wall... It has a little flip-cover to protect the lens when not in use... a toggle on/off switch, and 8 x 9 base with lots of tiny storage areas for needles, scissors, pencils, just whatever. The main part of the arm is 12 inches in height, so it has a really nice table-reach. The 5-inch lens is wonderful -- so much more to see than the 3-1/2-inch of the Dorset! No assembly required... pull it out of the box and plug it in! Offered in white, this is a LOVELY lamp!!!
Mill Hill Autumn 2015 Button & Bead Kits
Our new bead kits are here!!!!!! Always oh-so-darn-cute... Mill Hill has been delivering us these awesome kits for almost 25 years, I think! Offered as complete kits, you get the 14ct perforated paper, all the DMC flosses, Mill Hill ceramic buttons, tons of MH glass seed beads, and the necessary needles. We LOVE them! You can stitch on the provided 14ct paper, or choose 14ct Aida fabric or 28ct Linen instead -- frame the paper and pillow the fabrics! ALWAYS colorful and fun to work up!
The Hocus Pocus Trilogy of Witches from Mill Hill
Mill Hill's next installment in this series of three-sies... we get cute witches for Halloween this year! Offered as complete kits of the 14ct paper, flosses, chart, needles, flosses and a few beads, each finishes approx 4 inches tall -- just like all the paper Santas we have.
These might be fun personalized as well! They are actually pretty cute to perch on a windowsill, and make fun plant pokes and decorations among your pumpkins.
Mill Hill Autumn Harvest Kits
Here are the miniature bead kits for the Fall Season of 2015. Always fun to work up -- the complete little kits contain all the necessary beads, flosses, everything.
These are perfect on a small ornament tree, as small magnets, in the olden-days when they first came out... they used to include a pin backing so you could wear them as a pin. (They go through the laundry beautifully -- I have accidentally washed several!!) Always fun!!!
April 2015 Secret Needle Night: Flower Power!
Into color this month... we hope SOMETHING is beginning to sprout up through the soil at your house!!! On our 18ct linen fabric... we stitched with #5 Pearl Cotton and Fyre Werks metallic ribbon.
You'll notice the huge beads on there... those are the Mill Hill size 6 and 8 beads -- they felt like sewer pipes when I attached them -- but they added lots of color splash! DMC Memory Thread makes up the butterfly antenna. This month's Secret Needle Night, the complete kit contains the fabric, specialty threads and beads. Mona's optional finishing kit provides you the bright purple fabric, and rick-rak trim.
Plant Wisdom Sampler
from Brenda Keyes of The Sampler Company
Brenda Keyes has a pair of new samplers -- both offered in chart format. Plant Wisdom's verse reads: If happiness be your pursuit, Plant wisdom and enjoy the fruit.
Measuring 235 stitches square, this finishes approx 13 x 13 on 36ct, it could be almost 18 x 18 on 28ct... or even 9 x 9 if you go over one! So much the pretty color palette of Brenda's other samplers we love, this is charted for regular DMC flosses of brick, buttermilk, teal and olive greens. Very pretty and balanced!!
SN19B Back in Stock!
DOVO has finally sent our long-awaited shipment of our favorite Thin-Tipped Embroidery Scissors! Just the most wonderful little 3-1/2 inch brushed stainless scissor -- these feature a tapered tip for precision cutting.
They had run out of these last fall, and had to re-organize their forging and production schedule, because these are one of the top-selling pieces in their line. So... just a heads-up... all is good in Scissor-Land!
A Stitcher's Heart - The Beautiful Finishing Series from The Victoria Sampler
The Victoria Sampler has released a stitched needlework case that can be displayed fully opened -- as on the leaflet cover -- or folded in half like a book. A Stitcher's Heart features matching patterns for a scissor pouch, a tiny fob, a sampler which is made into a thread pocket in this model, and a folded pin and needle case.
Stitched on 28ct Clay Linen with blues, tans and golds, Thea's thread pack contains Pearl Cottons, three different brands of silks, thin metallic braids, little pearls and silver beads. Opened, like in the pic, it will finish approx 10 x 14 -- there is a wooden tray display option to hold the opened piece -- if you like that.
Tray measures 10 x 14 inside... straight sides.
To give you size ideas, the main sampler on the right measures about 3-1/2 x 6-1/2. The scissor sheath measures about 2-1/2 x 4-1/4. Everything is beautifully stitched with lots of fun stitches and some Hardanger. You can follow the 4 pages of step-by-step finishing instructions (with 29 photos) to make them all individually, or finish them onto the fabric board. Very different as far as finishing, you could even stitch measurement graduations on that signature band in the center! Offered as the leaflet with threads separately, this is another of Victoria Sampler's Beautiful Finishing Projects.
Cute Pirates, Princesses and Vikings
from Tiny Modernist
Oh my gosh, these are the cutest patterns for a little one's bedroom walls... or pillows on their bed!!! Charts by Tiny Modernist, each of the three measures about 100 x 115 stitches each, so they'll finish approx 7-1/2 x 8-1/2 on 14/28 count fabrics. Charted for regular DMC or Anchor floss, they don't call for special stitches or any embellishments -- but you could always add any of them you want!
I just thought they were a fun set of designs for someone who loves your needlework!!!! (actually, we were laughing in the shop -- remembering that these Vikings were actually NOT nice guys! ... and probably most pirates weren't either... and there are dragons and serpents... but we liked these anyway!!!)
Round Tool Towers By Greg's Turn
Kind of like a Scissor Block -- only round! We have a new gadget that is designed to carefully hold your scissors, some needles, maybe a laying tool or seam ripper, and even a small ruler or chart. Wayne-The-Wood-Guy has a son, Greg. This is by *Greg's Turn.* It's Greg's turn to turn wood into cool gadgets for us like Wayne has for years!
This little guy measures approx 2-1/4 inches in diameter and stands 3-1/4 inches high. It features a felted bottom and 4 compartments, Two that are lined with felt in the bottoms that are about 2-1/4 inches deep. Store your scissors or rippers or laying tools in those holes. The bottom is soft and padded so tips are protected. The third, smaller hole has a magnet in the bottom -- that's for needles. The magnet keeps them in place in case your tower tips over. It is about 1-3/4 inches deep.
The slit is there for a small ruler or chart -- it is 3/4 of an inch deep. (I was absolutely NOT going to tell you that my mind sees a little face here! I see two eyes, a little nose and a mouth! But the little mouth is crooked because Greg has to make the slit in the direction of the wood grains so that they don't split! So I have all these little people looking at me, and they are so cute! Isn't that dumb?!) So, you have this little friend... all of them are different colors because they are made of different woods, and their little mouths are just every-which-way... and they are so FUNCTIONAL and HANDY! I wonder what they are saying....
Fun Things from Teresa Kogut
This gal specializes in cool primitive-style artwork presented to us in Cross Stitch and Punch Needle. (She's in the gift industry as well... I have some of her designs on hooked rugs!) Everything beautifully charted, I chose three of my favorites to tantalize you into clicking those pics to see the other 12 things I picked up at Market!!!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that Moondance Punch Needle piece! You have to be *gutsy* when you punch and blend that thread... bit wow... what a presentation! Click through to see everything else.
Just Cross Stitch CD Collection -- 1983 - 1990
Just Cross Stitch Magazine has finally finished presenting their ENTIRE HISTORY of printed magazines in PDF format on CDs... with this final disc. The ORIGINAL 46 issues... you can see a vintage Margaret and Margaret stocking on the promo cover! The first 8 years of the magazine... this is definitely a trip down memory lane!!! Browse all content issue by issue, search by word or phrase across the issues (like designer name or subject.)
All in PDF format, printer-friendly charts, even the old advertisements! Something totally fun to peruse... it's just like reading a novel. You don't have to STITCH any of it... just enjoy the adventures each page brings! This now finishes the JCS Library -- 3 CD's of past issues and 1 of all the Annual Ornament Issues.
A House for Wax
Noteworthy Needle has cool little beeswax waxers for your threads. Pure beeswax, use them to strengthen and smooth threads and reduce tangles. I remember my mom waxing her sewing thread when she was mending jeans and doing buttons. I wanted Janis to make something to store your waxers in... and she came up with this cute *House for Wax* Pocket! Since her waxers are various sizes... the chart can be worked on different count fabrics to accomedate the specific waxer sizes. Stitch the house and tree, or just the house, make it into a pouch and bead the edges if you feel adventuresome.
I think Janis's future plans are to design specific pockets for specific waxer shapes...but for now, we have this cute house to store our assortment of her waxers. Chart includes a waxer.
Rabbit Hill from Classic Colorworks
A sweet exclusive chart by Little House Needleworks for Classic Colorworks, Rabbit Hill is worked with 5 CC hand-dyed flosses on your choice of fabrics.
Presented as the chart with the flosses... Mom-Diane... is doing lovely things for her son -- Ronnie, who owns Classic Colorworks! Offered for a short time!
A Sampler Grows from The Scarlett House
*Inch by inch, row by row, X's make my sampler grow* Scarlet House has a charming pin cushion design that features a tiny companion 'fob' for the cushion. It's shown on scissors, but I think it'd be cute attached to the cushion itself. Generous in size, it measures 119 x 64, so finishes approx 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 on 36ct.
Charted for Needlepoint Silk, it's an easy one to convert to cotton hand-dyeds if you'd rather use them. Offered as a chart... isn't the pink rik-rak finishing striking on there?
Scarlet House has several other new releases... click the pic to see them!
Plum Street Samplers has festive new things!
Paulette has several cute new designs... she is beginning a new *Serial Bowl Collection of Sampler Lessons* series; there is a pretty topper for one of Lone Elm Lane's shaker boxes... and more of her silly dachshund doggy designs.
Chart formats -- except for that cute Serial Bowl Kit!
NEW Threads by The Gentle Art, Weeks Dye Works and Classic Colorworks!
Each of the three thread companies have released new colors this season... and for a short time, we have them all bundled together for you, as the new offerings. All are offered in our regular *clicky boxes* on their individual pages through the shopping cart, but if you want to stay current with your collection, this is the easiest way to pick up the new colors!
from Priscilla's Pocket
This is a tiny pattern that was a limited edition kit at Market. From Priscilla's Pocket it mimics her two Stoneware Pin cushion patterns -- only it's a little kitty, and it is a complete kit!
Stitched on Week's 36ct hand-dyed linen with Black Raspberry Jam thread, it includes the cut of the Wonka's Blueberry mini-ball-fringe from Dames of the Needle. All you are going to need is a bit of crushed walnut shell stuffing for this cute bitty 2-1/2 inch cushion. Just so sweet!
Stoneware Pillows II
from Priscilla's Pocket
Gosh, this is a beautiful little collection of pin cushion designs all inspired by Salt Glazed Stoneware motifs. Offered in a chart format, they are all smaller than 64 x 51, are worked on Weeks 35ct Tin Roof with Gentle Art's Black Raspberry Jam hand-dyed floss. The finishing trim is Wonka's Blueberry hand-dyed mini-ball fringe by Dames of the Needle -- and we have included the 3-yards you will need to finish all of these! The first set is charming -- we have them all stitched and perched in a basket -- so now, we'll have 6 more to add to them!
*Here's a nice display idea: Find a TALL GLASS VASE or JAR. Toss your cushions into it -- arranging them so that your stitching shows. Let them nestle and 'overlap' each other a bit... get them mooshed in there... they look lovely from every direction and take up less display space!
Let Freedom Ring
from Priscilla's Pocket
This is a TINY design stitched over one thread on 40ct linen and mounted to one of Priscilla's Pockets mini hornbook thread pallettes. ABSOLUTELY CHARMING...
From Every Mountainside (also shown at right) was their first design... and now, here is the companion. You'll need to choose some hand-dyed cottons, and a pale blue linen color. This is offered as a chart, with that small wooden hornbook separately.
Dancing in the Moonlight from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has a new Halloween Scene... a little smaller than their annual haunted houses... this will make a grand companion to frame and display with all your others! *There's an unusual party in the pale moonlight. Pumpkins are glowing, crows are singing and even the cat is yowling along. Everyone is rocking to the beat. See how the ghosts are swirling? But look, the skeletons have pulled out their top hats and canes They have started a sensational all-bone review! Don't miss your chance to join in the celebration!*
Stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct Haunted Linen (a gorgeous teal hand-dyed) with Weeks, Gentle Art and DMC flosses, it features Mill Hill beads and lots of handmade clay buttons by Just Another Button Company. 156 x 201 stitches, it'll finish approx 9-3/4 x 12-1/2 on the 32ct. Full of Susan and Pam's silliness, you could even personalize your grave stones! Offered as the chart, with fabrics and embellishments offered separately.
Going to Grandma's from Praiseworthy Stitches
Susan and Pam have released another charming winter scene -- this year's features Grandma's House decked out to the MAX for the Holiday! *Christmas is here and everyone is arriving at Grandma's house! The snow is falling, the kids are making a snowman and the rest of the family is finally here. Can't you hear the squeels and delight as everyone greets each other? See Grandma on the walkway waving to them? Look, even Santa and Rudolph have arrived! It is a time for love, delight and laughter.*
Stitched on 32ct Nocturne by Picture This Plus (a luscious greyed-blue fabric), this finishes approx 11 x 9 -- MUCH more compact than some of the other annual scenes! Worked with Sampler Threads and Weeks hand-dyeds, (several multiple skeins of the same colors), along with a few blending filaments and Mill Hill beads, it is full of charming details just like all the rest of Praiseworthy's houses! Offered as the chart with fabric and threads separately. Get the chart, and check your stash for needed thread.
from JABCO and Hands On Design
You've probably seen lots of advertising for this new series of small patterns... Basically, they are 4-card sets of coordinating designs -- each offered with a small embellishment packet. What makes them a bit different is the chart presentation. Each design is presented as ONE-FOURTH of the total charted design. (except one! So try to keep that straight!!!) You stitch the design, and then rotate the chart to continue stitching the other 3 corners of the piece. Don't get lost in all those directions... you'll see when you get these that they are fun and very easy.
Each chart comes individually with a beautiful picture of the finished piece on the front, along with its cute embellishments. We are promised a new set of 4 designs every other month! Since there are 4 in here... and embellishments... we are not putting everything on auto-ship -- we are leaving chart choices up to you!!!!
Divided Shaker Carriers
Oh what a charming carrier for your needlework treasures!!! Handmade by Suffolk Shaker Shop, this little guy measures approx 10-1/2 x 7 inches in an oval shape and features 2-inch high sides. It is divided inside -- you can see the carrying handle, and then the smaller divider in one of the two sides. Beautifully made -- smooth wood -- all the neat little copper nails -- just lovely!
Offered in natural wood, or several Antique Milkpaint colors! I've included a DMC number after the paint name to give you a pretty good idea of general color. (NOTE: The Milkpainted carriers have an uneven-dusty matte finish to them. If you want them a little more antiqued.... you'll need to rub with a colored furniture wax. If you simply want a more glossy finish, we suggest clear furniture wax -- Briwax is my favorite brand.)
Polish Pottery Tinket Bowl
from Olde Colonial
Oh... I don't know if you are a collector or lover of this beautiful Polish Handpainted Pottery... but if you are... you'll not be able to pass this by! This is a LOVELY pottery bowl lovingly hand-painted both on the inside and outside with traditional designs and colors. Your little bowl is approx 5-1/2 inches wide and 2-1/2 inches high.
Olde Colonial has designed a cross-stitch padded lid to cover the little bowl. Stitched on 32ct antique white Belfast linen with bits of DMC floss, Pam has included the blue lining fabric, the finishing lid disk and a finished wooden handle for the center of the topper.
Just cool... Olde Colonial has done three other Polish Pottery releases... we've had them... but this is the first time we have enough to finally show them on the website! Our first shipment is almost sold out... we have more coming this April and will reserve yours now if need be!
from Olde Colonial
Oh this is really cute! It is a miniature sampler stitched over one and two on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast Linen. Presented as a complete kit, the threads included are Gentle Art Sampler Threads, Weeks and DMC. Packed with special stitches, there are Long Arm, Queen, Alternating Scotch, Elongated Cross, and Smyrnas all over, in the little bands.
The entire thing finishes approx 2-1/2 x 5-1/2... you get the finishing fabric for backing and wooden dowel with spool decorated ends.
Erica Michaels in Cross Stitch!
Linda has introduced three of her silk gauze *Petites* designs stitched on linen instead!!! Originally published as charts for miniature stitching and now in this larger chart format... these don't need backgrounds worked... and each will turn out larger than their Petite counterparts. Linda has 'tweaked' her original designs a bit adding borders here and there or changing backgrounds... subtle changes just for fun. The charts are beautifully presented, the pictures are huge and clear, GREAT additions to our Erica Michaels collection!
The Three Wise Men from AB Designs
Amy Breucken is getting ready for NEXT Christmas with this Out-of-The-Box group pic!!! Stitched on 30ct Natural/Straw gingham Linen in regular DMC flosses... the 'normal' ends there!
It finishes approx 7 x 9-1/2 and is garnished with some white pearls and silver bugle beads. And yes, we know that gingerbread man has a bow in his hair... she says 'Just deal with it!!!' Offered as the chart with embellishments it is *A Whole Bunch of Cute!*
More Fridge Art from AB Designs
#'s 17 Lucky, #18 I Love You, #19 Flower Power and #20 Love join Any's set of 4-inch designs that she presents a refrigerator magnets. Coming with the chart and a 4-inch cut of flexible magnetic backing material, you can stitch these on several different counts of fabric and they will still fit the magnet sticky stuff. Just cute and colorful and really fun -- your filing cabinet or locker might need some of these if your fridge door is too full already!
Little Mean Green Fabric Clips
Just a little package of 10 -- 1-inch transparent slime-lime super-duper strong mini-clips... use these to help keep lots of fabric rolled up or multiple sheets of a chart clipped together.
Teeny weeny, easy to see, and SUPER strong... Wonder Clips by Clover! Just handy little things!
They're All Here!
Strawberry Bunny from Just Nan
Nan is TRYING to help along the arrival of Spring with the charming little bunny ornament -- Strawberry Bunny. Stitched on 32ct Vintage White Belfast linen (not white, not cream, not antique white... just a softer shade!), it finishes a mere 2-3/4 x 1-3/4 and is stitched with only 8 shades of DMC floss.
She's shown on the package front perched atop a spool of complementary thread, but she'll be a cute ornament on a Spring Tree, you could finish her like your Needle Tweets and make her a needle case, or save her to tuck among your Easter Eggs!
Offered as the small chart with wool for ears, pink silk ribbon for her hanger, white petite seed beads for her flowers, Nan's very own hand-painted strawberry charm, and a pink puff ball for her tail! (We're shipping this on our Just Nan ornament auto, to make it easier on some of you, because we know she will not be available for long!!!)
Feathers & Flowers from Just Nan
Oh gosh, this is a teeny biscornu that is FULL of brilliant lavenders, periwinkles and pretty greens! Stitched in DMCs -- 13 of them -- one side is worked on 32ct Raw (natural) Belfast, while the other side is stitched on Little Boy Blue!
The whole thing finishes 2 x 2, and comes with the shaded lavender ribbon you see for the edging, as well as the pink pearls for that ribbon and petite gold seed beads for the flowers. So beautiful, you can treat yourself to this and stitch it in a couple of evening sittings!
Spring in the Meadow from Just Nan
OHHH... this is the first in a 4-part series by Just Nan. A lovely spring garden full of busy-ness! It stitches to 4-3/4 inches square and can be framed, but Nan has folded the corners in to make a pretty little case! Each of the four corners features a different color scheme and garden flowers and animals - can you see the rabbits and the bird? The Sheep is easier to spot!
Stitched on 32ct Natural linen with DMC flosses, there are lavender and light blue bead embellishments and one of Nan's hand-painted violet charms to dress the center. You can see a gorgeous bouquet of violets inside here... our charts WILL COME WITH THAT while they last!!! (They were very limited -- but I made sure our first shipment had one bouquet charm for every design!!!)
So, framed, this will be 4-3/4 inches in size. Folded into the case it'll be a bit smaller. We are beginning an auto-ship to make sure you get the other three seasons as they are released!!! Charts on auto will ship with fabric, and any extra-special charm that is a limited offering for them!
Bluebird Tweet from Just Nan
Another darling Just Nan ornament... this little Spring Guy is stitched on 32ct Little Boy Blue Belfast in just bits of DMC floss. He comes with wire legs too! *...a swirly tail, twisted wire legs and a berry in his beak. He can hang by his tail but prefers to stand on his cute little legs. We provide the wires and instructions to make the legs, plus the gold tail, beads, felt for the beak and a burgundy pearl 'berry'.*
Finishing a mere 3-1/2 x 2, remember stitching gets folded in half... so he's less than 2 x 2! He IS on our Just Nan Ornament Auto-Ship... so if you are on that program, your's will be in the mail as soon as we receive him -- which should be next week!!
Perpetual Pentagon and Pin Embellishments - They're Here!
from Just Nan
Oh, this is a pretty piece -- any way you turn it, you will be seeing 5 different colors and 5 different sides with different special stitches in the center motifs. *Perpetual Pentagon is a counted thread artwork ball inspired by an antique. Every tun of the ball reveals a pentagon shape. Twenty triangles worked in 5 color ways form the ball. There is a pretty white flower in each triangle and each flower has an intricate rosebud center. Pearls and beads highlight the center of each pentagon.*
Stitched on 32ct Platinum Belfast linen... you'll need a 16-1/2 x 15-1/2 cut which gives you 2 inch margins. All the embellishments are included and Nan's Stitch Guide is a whopping 16 pages containing linen layouts, illustrations, photos, graphs and stitch diagrams!
AND... check out the lovely Charm Garden Pins included!!! One is a frosty white flower, the other a charming bluebird atop a green glass leaf. Both are hand-painted by Miss Nan -- she's always told me she paints 50 of her pins or charms (whatever she needs right then) each evening! Anyway, very elegant and such a pretty touch for this exquisite ball! Offered as the leaflet with stitch guide and pin set. Fabric is separate.
BEGIN Row from Bent Creek
*A Journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.* Good Advice to face the challenges of life! Bent Creek's newest chart features a forest of evergreen trees dotted with cardinals and snowflakes. Their verse is hidden in the alphabet letters... and they have highlighted the word BEGIN in there -- which actually spells that way in alphabetical order!
The model is stitched on Weeks 30ct Confederate Gray linen with various hand-dyed flosses. It finishes approx 18 x 4. You can put this on most anything you want... and I think it'd be an awesome to design to showcase some neat unique green threads from your stash!!! Presented as a chart with 5 small flake/flower buttons.
A Spring Gathering from Cherished Stitches
Cherished Stitches has a new pin cushion kit that is just beautiful! A Limited Release for Spring of 2015, the kit includes a cut of 32ct creamy hand-dyed linen, hand-dyed flosses in pretty pink, lavender, aqua, teal and two greens. Also included is some dreamy-feeling teal hand-dyed bamboo chenille trim, natural French cotton lace, satin ribbon and a cut of backing fabric.
I like everything about this piece... you'll want to stuff it with crushed walnut shells to get that soft, heavy-in-your-hand finishing feel.
Notions Niche Boxes
from Puffin & Co
WOW... this is an awesome collection of three sizes of *Stitching Power Tool* Cases!!! Solid Cherry wood, made in the USA, each is decorated with one of Puffin & Co's cute brass, copper and nickel pieces of artwork.
Magnetic Closures, velvety linings, read all about them -- all the sizes and designs available! They match all your other Puffin threaders, nannies, and gadgets!!! VERY VERY well done!!! The Mini even fits inside the large case!
Blackberry Lane Arrivals!
Marie Driskell has several new things -- we have a trunk show in the shop this month to showcase them! A new Toys in the Attic Teddy Bear, a pair of tiny Witch Shoes finished into miniature scissor fobs, another pair of snowman ornaments with a beaded fringe trim finishing treatment... and Part V of her Tools of the Trade Sewing Set! Here we go...!
Heartstring Samplery has pretty new things!
Church Doll Sampler Roll
from Heartstring Samplery
Heartstring Samplery's Beth Twist has a few new designs... I think this Sampler Roll Pocket is especially charming! With a stitch count of 123 x 210, this is a patchwork sampler that is finished into a rolled pocket to hold a precious fabric doll, and maybe a few miniature dishes!!! Inspired by antiques... Beth even supplies information abut the teeny dishes in here!
Stitched on Weeks linens, there are two different colorway options included in the chart, as well as basic doll instructions. (Olde Colonial's Miss Penny doll might fit in here...) Click the pic to see the rest of her new designs!
Fraktur Friends from Shakespeare's Peddler
This is an AWESOME piece that came out of Theresa Venette's brain in two hours of designing time! She is something else -- in a GREAT WAY!!! Inspired by an antique box she fell in love with, she has charted this for Anchor or DMC floss, and says you can put this on ANYTHING you want! (She did hers on 40ct silk gauze, but knows the world doesn't always see things her way!!!) Stitch count is 172 x 162... so on 32ct, this would finish approx 10 x 11.
She writes about her design -- dedicated to her best friends -- "The friend on the left is very put-together, has a nice big house, and flowers in an urn. The friend on the right has a home-made and patched dress with a simpler house, crazier hair and wildflowers. We're all of us different, but true friends know what counts on the inside!" Solid stitching... this is STUNNING! Offered as a chart.
Fraktur Bird from Shakespeare's Peddler
A sweet little blackbird kit -- this is Theresa's Market Special VERY LIMITED EDITION Kit! Inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur samplers, her little bird is worked with Nina Sass's hand-dyed threads (those come from Hungary!) Theresa is smitten with her threads, she says!
Stitched on 32ct light olive green colored linen, with Nina's threads, the kit comes with some finishing jute and the little stained wooden spool embellishment. Charming!!!! Finishing approx 4 x 4, the kit contains the chart, linen, threads, jute and spool, along with Nina's contact information!!!!
Grouchy and Happy Cat-titudes from Shakespeare's Peddler
Oh wow... here is a pair of delightful kitty-kushions! By Raise the Roof... choose your mood and stitch! Both are offered as small charts with a cut of black 32ct Belfast linen (which might turn MS Happy Kitty into MS Grouchy Kitty!)
Anyway, Grouchy comes with a cut of Taupe, gray and black angry cat finishing material... while Happy comes with a cut of colorful and perky material! Stitch counts on both are 75 x 45... so they finish approx 3 x 4-1/2. Use flosses from your stash.
Jenny Bean: For the Parlour, a New 8-Part Series from Shakespeare's Peddler
Theresa has done it! She set out to design something that was one stitch wider than *And They Sinned* and one stitch longer! Here is the part one of 8 parts of this new design!!!!! Jenny's sampler will be suitable for even the fanciest of parlors... she is taking a trip through common sampler themes -- there will be a Noah's Ark in here, an inspiring verse, and her house... but a lot more as well. Stitch count for each part is 170 wide x 100-ish long.
The entire sampler will measure 170 x 810 -- which is HUGE!!!!!!! The entire piece will fit on a skinny half yard of fabric, each panel will be able to stand 'alone' as its own design, and you can even re-arrange them in the final piece -- or leave some out! Theresa has charted this for DMC or Gentle Art Sampler threads. There will be more colors... but even Jenny hasn't finished stitching her sampler yet... so WE DO NOT KNOW final usage at this time! Get the first chart... join our auto-ship for the other parts... and somewhere along the line, decide on your fabric of choice, and we'll send that along as well!!!
Garden Birds Tool Book Kit from La-D-Da
La D Da has 7 new releases -- The Garden Birds Tool Book Kit is her Limited Edition kit for 2015. Finishing approx 6 x 8, it folds to 6 x 4. Offered as the complete kit of so many yummy things in here, you get the chart and alphabet for personalization along with Week's 30ct
Confederate Gray Linen, Needlepoint Inc Silks, the cotton lining fabric, miniature printed sampler thread card (It's her Eliza Mitchell Sampler!) gold silk ribbon, antique brass jump rings, a few beads, cardboard pieces and batting for finishing. Pretty and organized... the colors are luscious taupes, brick red and deep greens. Kit is LIMITED.
Basket Weave Needle-Keep Kit from La-D-Da
A companion to the Garden Birds Tool Book - this features the same 30ct Confederate Gray linen, the same matching grey and taupe chevron lining fabric, as well as the same antiqued finish on the small Celtic knot closure charm! There is wool in here for the needle page, and a tiny brass brad to attach it.
Finishing approx 3 x 4, it is just simple stitching with one color of Needlepoint Inc silk in that geometric basketweave pattern. A very pretty little piece, understated! Offered as the complete LIMITED kit.
Heirloom Embroidery Accessories Set by Sullivans
Wow... beautifully presented in this 6-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch finished wooden box... you'll find a lovely scissor and sewing tool set! With an antiqued silver finish on everything it is enchanting! All nestled against taupe velveteen, everything is held in place for a beautiful presentation by silver elastic bands, so when you open the box, everything inside is arranged *Just So.* The set includes a needle case with pull off lid -- it measures approx 3-1/2 x 1/2 in size and being hollow inside, it'll hold lots of needles.
Next, the scissors are 4-1/4 inch in length and feel substantial. There is a pretty thimble there hiding those precious tips. Next is a Awl. That is used to tease holes larger in canvas work, and it can help you poke fabrics into corners that you are turning. It's also a great laying tool -- but not meant for airline travel!!! The fifth piece is a Bodkin. Use it to help 'lay' threads. When you are using ribbons or multiple stands of something, this can help you control them and get them to lay next to each other, rather than twisting on top of each other. A really pretty set... and seamstress would love this! She can be a sewer, quilter, stitcher, knitter... everyone loves exquisite tools to work with!
Wayne's Book Stand
Our Wood-Guy, Wayne, just lives to invent stuff!!! Here's his latest creation -- a little stand for your pattern, scissors, needles and threads! Made of oak, he's got the whole thing smooth and well balanced, I'd say it weighs about 12 ounces... maybe a pound. Measuring 8 inches long, 4 inches deep and 7 inches high... it has that back bar to hold up your pattern, and an angled slit in the base in which you can perch it.
If you have a small Snippet by Lizzie Kate or similar pattern, that slit will hold it open for you. The pegs are there for you to lasso your scissors over and loop threads. See the little micro-super-magnet embedded in base? That's for needles! Only thing it's missing is a recessed area for those M&Ms!!! (I bet we can get him to add that later on!!!) VERY handy little caddy!!!!!!!!
Micro-Fibre Glass Cleaning Cloths -- Sampler Style!
Needlework Press has a new printed cleaning cloth -- a photo of her Martha Edes 1745 Boston Band Sampler is featured! We have the original Ann Wheatley 1829 cloth back in stock as well.
Small 6 x 6-ish inch micro-fibre cloths to tuck into your needle or sewing cases... they are so handy to clean your eyeglasses lenses -- or the lens on your magnifier! And... they make a classy small gift or favor for another stitcher! Info about Martha's sampler below!
7 New Designs from Chessie & Me
Chessie & Me has 7 new releases that we just LOVE! Little boxes, framed samplers and another annual house kit... everything is offered in chart format -- except for 1801 House limited edition Kit and that cute American Coast Kit. Click the pics to read about them all!
Laurel Burch for Mill Hill!
Presenting the most colorful and famous designs of Laurel Burch Mill Hill style!!!!! We are getting bead kits that are stitched on YOUR CHOICE of 28ct linen or 14ct Aida... featuring this darling artwork we've all loved for years!
Complete kits contain the charts, fabric and all the colorful glass beads you need! Watch the drop-downs here, to make sure you get your fabric option correctly! Available as separate kits, or get the whole set!
11 New Designs by With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais!
Here are Brenda's 4 small designs -- all offered in small chart format! After you've fallen in love with these... we have 7 MORE full-sized patterns to tantalize you as well!!! I just love her charts, they are beautifully printed in color. Remember our Black Matte Mourning Pins and Old Fashioned Pear Safety Pins... they are novelty pins that look REALLY GOOD on Brenda's things!
from Shepherd's Bush
Shepherd's Bush has released their annual Snowman design! Joining Pink, Red, Black, Purple, Blue, Green and Wisteria, I keep asking Teri for Yellow, but she says Tina is in charge of these... and *might not have motivation* to do one!!! So... I guess Stone will do for now!
Presented as a complete kit of Week's Dye Works 30ct Stone Linen, it uses it uses silks, Weeks hand-dyed flosses AND DMC flosses! Finishes approx 5 x 6... our Jill Rensel Mats will we arriving shortly! Kits contains the chart, linen, threads and bitty button embellishments.
In Friendship's Way
from Blackbird Designs
Barb and Alma have released a gorgeous book -- 40 pages -- featuring 12 small designs with a friendship theme. As always, Alma's stunning photography is throughout the book and just turning the pages like a story book is delicious!!!
They begin with a pin cushion in a wire basket, next a lovely bird perched atop a painted and waxed paper mache box. Next is another topper for a wooden box... then a set of six stitched strawberries dedicated to friends, that are showcased in a 4 x 6-ish inch wooden and glass box. There is a framed sampler, and finally a button box that is actually the SAME box as used in Casting a Spell.
It turns out that ALL THESE FUN FINISHING PIECES ARE AVAILABLE at Hobby Lobby and JoAnns... so they are inexpensive, available, and really easy to transform! (They even give you the stock numbers of the items!) Gorgeous, soft designs, pretty hand-dyed fabrics and flosses... I LOVE, LOVE it!!!
More Patterned Pretties! from Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette brings us #13, 14 and 15 in this delightful set of geometric stitched cushions. Offered as the charts with silks and backing wool by Weeks Dye Works, choose any 32 to 36ct linen you have in your stash and stitch away -- each cushion uses only ONE stitch!
Tooth Fairy Pocket from JBW Designs
This is the CUTEST little Tooth Fairy Pillow EVER! A limited edition, this is ready-made tooth! It measures approx 5 x 5... is sewn out of a multi-colored zig-zag stripe fabric and features a band of 30ct linen for personalization. Softly stuffed, it features a small pocket on the back for that precious tooth, and an alphabet to spell the 'important presenter's' name. DMC color numbers are supplied so you can match the colors in the fabric stripes.
Now... when you get this... A WARNING: put a quarter and a dollar bill with this. You're going to have to stitch a name one night after that 'important presenter' has gone to bed... and Murphy's Law says you will have NO CASH on hand that night!!!!! This leaves you options!! Such a cute pillow... not girl or boy... just CUTE!!!!!!!
Pins & Needles from Abby Rose Designs
This year's Limited Edition kit to match last years... this sweet cushion is stitched on 30ct Coffee-stained linen by designer -- Gayle! Her kit contains Weeks hand-dyed flosses, some beautiful blue and taupe reproduction fabric for the backing, and dreamy-soft gray-blued silk ribbon to do the edging.
It will finish approx 5 x 5, and includes an alphabet for personalization, as well.
ABC's of Faith from Lizzie Kate
A new alphabet of great advice for living... ABC's of Faith is stuffed full of inspirational thoughts and great ideas for a happy life!
Offered as the chart with set of hand-dyed and DMC flosses, choose just about any fabric you like best, to stitch this. On 16/32ct, it finishes approx 14 x 6-1/2. This joins all of Linda's other awesome 'alphabets for living'... as well as Cat and Dog Lessons for People!!
Hand-Turned Wooden Stiletto and Ripper Combo
OH... sleek, smooth, sooooo wonderful feeling in your hands... these are hand-made wooden tools by Suffolk Shaker Shop. With an overall length of just over 5 inches, pull off one end to reveal a SUPER (deadly!) and sharp stiletto. Use it to help tease the holes in your canvas, control corners for finishing... just be careful with that end! The other end reveals a precise seam ripper. That comes in handy so often!
The wooden casing is beautifully made of either Mulberry (that's the deeper purple and blue-ish one), Raspberry (much pinker with gray wood highlights) and Cocobolo Rosewood (the more regular brown one.) Beautifully done, they feel substantial in your hand.
Bloom in Your Own Time
from SamSarah Design Studio
SamSarah Studio has released a cute new design -- to celebrate uniqueness! Stitched on 30ct Natural linen with 6 shades of hand-dyeds from your stash -- or 11 different solid DMC shades, this little wildflower blooms to approx 5 x 5.
Finished into a simple hanging, the chart comes with the cut of linen, a few teeny buttons, and that twisted wire and wood dowel hanger hardware. The stitch details in the petals are giant Rhodes Stitches that go over 16 threads, so they are 1/2 an inch in finished size!!! Very Cute and uplifting.
Brand-New Hand-Dyed Linens by Dames of the Needle!
Oh my gosh, we've just opened a delicious box of hand-dyed linen by Elizabeth Talledo of Dames of the Needle. Two colors -- Peep's Lost Sheep and Dirty Ewe -- we have both colors in 32 and 35 count. Very softly variegated, it is on the stiffer and smooth side rather than thin and ripply. A very nice feel, pretty neutral colors. I don't know what you're going to choose to stitch on it... but that's half the fun, isn't it?!
Peep's Lost Sheep is the darker one -- greenish/caramel highlights against a natural color. Dirty Ewe has a lambswool look to it... we're trying to describe it... and we keep coming up with a little lambie that got left out in the rain! We're offering fat quarter (18 x 17), fat half (36 x 27) and whole yard (36 x 54)cuts!
Brenda Riddle Florals
We have a pair of lovely pastel florals by Brenda Riddle that are enchanting. Stitched on 32ct Cream Belfast linen in hand-dyeds by Weeks and Gentle Art or DMCs they remind me of the artwork of Cath Kidston -- an English artist that we fell in love with on this past summer's cruise to the British Isles.
Soft pinks, blues and greens, so totally dreamy for silk pillows plumped on a white bedspread in a sunny guest room. Offered as charts, each finishes approx 5 x 5.
We have three new DOVO scissor styles!!!!! |
Solingen Steel from Germany, they are top-quality with smooth handle action and dreamy-sharp blades for precision cutting! We haven't had any new scissors for a while, so these are quite a treat. And... what stitcher can't use another pair of good scissors???
OH... THREE more Puffin & Co Micro Beading Threaders!
A puppy, mini-sheep and little flying butterfly are joining the collection of this brand-new tool by Puffin & Co. TINY hooks at the bottom... can you see them?
They fit beading needles and make your threading tasks SO much easier!!!
2015 Collector's Heart
from Heart in Hand
I belong to you, Sweetheart is the sentiment on this year's annual Valentine from Cecilia. Joining several of the previous year's hearts, this finishes approx 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 on the provided 32ct Cream Belfast Linen.
You'll need bits of hand-dyeds, Anchor or DMC floss from your stash, but the buttons and beads that embellish are also included with the chart and linen. Always cute, fresh and contemporary.
Presenting: A Year in Chalk
from Hands On Design
Cathy Habermann is beginning a new set of 12 charts releasing two-a-month beginning in January. Finishing approx 3 x 4-5/8 each, they are fun monthly designs that look like they are hand-drawn just like the chalk-art that is so popular right now. They are worked with Gentle Art's CHALK color of hand-dyed floss -- along with another pastel color each month -- to accent the artwork a little. (January calls for Tropical Ocean, Feb uses Tea Rose, March calls for Avocado, and April uses Ohio Lemon Pie.)
Weeks Dye Works 30ct Gunmetal Linen is the fabric of choice for this series... it mimics an old blackboard!
Picture This Plus's 14ct Shadow Aida will be the Aida option.
You can opt to receive a small cut of fabric each month... (dye lots will vary) or get one half-yard cut right away with the first shipment -- that will insure that all 12 of your pieces will match.
This promises to be a fun set of designs -- January and February are here!!!!
Mill Hill Owlets!
Mill Hill has some new mini-kits -- presenting six of the cutest owls!!! I think they're in Easter Eggs... but they don't look Easter-y... so we think they'll be fun and colorful to decorate all year long. Offered in the small bead kit format of 14ct perforated paper, flosses and bright glass beads, each finishes approx 2-1/2 x 3.
These would be REAL CUTE stitched on some of the bright Tropical colors of 14ct Aida -- and constructed into pillows with wild trims and fabrics. Might be kind of fun to add some eyelashes too -- wake a couple of them up to match their colorful countenance!
Oh a Little Something for Our FLAX!
We have a local artist in Tulsa that makes pretty aluminum jewelry -- and we love it with our FLAX! You'll see it in a lot of our pics.
Very lightweight rosettes to fit onto a 'collar' and matching earrings... its very fun to wear and looks good with every kind of FLAX we have.
Neither the daisies or roses weigh anything, and do not tarnish. They look like sterling and do not discolor!
Rosettes for your neck are larger -- 1-3/4-ish inches, earrings are 1-1/4-ish inches.
Daisies run 4-ish inches, and earrings 2-inches. That sounds big, but really not because they are so light and airy.
The Needle Travel Fiber and Fabric Mania Travel Guide for 2015
Oh... we love these fat little 'bibles' for needleworkers of every sort! The 2015 Shop directory for quilting, spinning, knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, weaving, embroidery AND Cross Stitch is ready for your next road trip -- or trips via the internet! A 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 book -- an inch thick -- it has 588 pages of maps, addresses and shop information all organized by state.
I like the feature that shows the map of the state, along with the interstate and state highways labeled AND then bullets and reference numbers for the shops. You can tell right away where everyone is! Something fun for a last minute Christmas Gift... something fun to use to organize a gals-road-trip.
Angel Thread Winders - Or Ornaments!!
from Kelmscott Designs
Kelmscott has some new Mother-of-Pearl thread winders in the shape of angels. Approx 2 x 2 in size, they are so pretty both as functional winders... AND elegant Christmas Tree ornaments! How beautiful to have a glisten-y white angel tucked among your branches?!
Each has a single hole so you could get creative attaching a halo if you wanted... they'd tie beautifully to a wreath... so cute along a garland of greenery... or lovely as a package tie for Baby's First Christmas! Offered in a pack of 2... they'll look lovely peeking out of a pocket in a pretty sewing case!
***Kelmscott has several new releases... click the pic to visit our pages of offerings!
from Cuore e Batticuore
This is a pretty set of small florals -- charted for pinks or lavenders -- that finishes into a scissor keeper, pin cushion, scissor fob and needle holder set. Everything is petite -- approx two and three inches in size -- and you can see how charming they all are by the collection in the picture.
Italian and English instructions, I imagine you can use any number of assembly methods to make your set of smalls, as well as any color combinations. Offered as the chart for all the pieces.
Henrietta Goodrich Sampler from Barbara Ana
Barbara Ana has a new sampler -- she's designed it to LOOK very old -- but it is a new creation!! A really pretty piece, it measures 162 x 194 stitches -- approx 8 x 10 on 40ct.
Charted for DMC and overdyed flosses, Barbara has Adam and Eve in here, neat houses, angels, the bold and organized border, and a smattering of design mistakes to add to the charm and flavor of the piece. *Be you to others kind and true, as you'd have others be to you. And never do nor say to men, whatever you would not take again.* Offered as a chart. Two other new designs are shown on our Barbara Ana page.
Wooden Snowman Mini Wooden Thread Palette
This little guy measures approx 2-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches in size, and has 12 holes for threads. We may not always have him in stock... but we'll try! He features our logo and website in teeny letters on his tummy.
Wooden Time to Stitch Watch Wooden Thread Palette
I love this antiqued pocket watch design! 2-1/4 wide by 3-inches high, it again features 12 holes tor a few of your threads. Another treasure that comes in and out of our doors -- enchanting! Our shop logo is featured on that back of this -- very small, engraved just like the design on the front.
Webmaster's Note: We have some of these delightful wooden goodies for you on Accessories, Gifts & Gadgets, page 4 and more on our Exclusives page. Check out both pages to see them all!
Wooden Palette and Minder Sets
These are kind of cool and very different! Both by Retromantics...
Three GORGEOUS Samplers from Reflets de Soie
Thank Goodness I speak *Symbols and DMC!* Here are three stunning sampler reproductions that I couldn't resist! The images here just don't do them justice.
All offered in chart format -- no English in the instructions (but really no wording at all). All three are charted for various silks or DMC floss. We have nothing else like these, so don't pass them by... ENJOY!!!
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