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How Old? from X's & Oh's
*How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you were?* I love this! It's appropriate for so many settings and people!!!!!
Offered as a leaflet, it finishes approx 8 x 10 on a 14/28ct and is coded for DMC or anchor floss. The model is worked on a very light blue -- so the whites in the shirts shows up. An uplifting lesson to life -- possibly for someone you know???
Housework is for the Birds from Heartstring Samplery
A cute design by Beth Twist, this has been worked on 28ct Natural linen that has been coffee stained for extra mange! *Housework is for the Birds.* Beth discusses just 'why' something is 'for the birds'... a little bit of history included in this chart -- that accents this charming piece!
Finishing approx 11 x 5-1/2, it is worked in Sampler Threads of Moss, Grecian Gold, Nutmeg, Loganberry, Apple cider, Caramel Corn, Otter Creek and Pecan Pie. What makes it especially enchanting (besides the verse and its history) is that bird itself! It is appliqued fabric and wool! We can supply the wool, you'll need a bit of cute printed fabric. I think it's different, creative and can be quite a familial conversation piece!!!
Redwork Mittens from Rachel's of Greenfield
A new addition to our line of felt and primitive stitched ornaments by Rachel's of Greenfield, this kit brings us 6 old fashioned felt mittens made entirely of red and white. Offered as a complete kit of the red and white felt, floss, gold cord and patterns, each design is an iron-on transfer... you embroider with Straight Stitches and a couple of French Knots... then Blanket Stitch the fronts and cuffs to the backs, and you're finished!
4 x 4-1/2 in size... so darling on an old-fashioned Christmas tree, these are so much fun to make! Perfect projects for beginning stitchers, or something easy to take a 'stitching break' away from something else more involved! We have a delightful collection of these felt ornaments -- take a look!
New Lizzie*Kate is unveiling at the upcoming Market!!!
Due in the shop in less than 3 weeks... here's a Sneak Preview!!!
*Three Special Kits:
Definitely NOT your Grandmother's Lamp!!! Introducing really fun lights for needlework and any other favorite tasks. These super-streamlined lights offer you THREE different COLORS of light -- all in the same lamp... AND the option to DIM those lights as well! LED technology means very low to non-existent heat, only 10 watts of energy used, and NO bulbs to replace.
Your Stella can change the lighting color from Warm White (2800K for reading, accent lighting and general purposes) to Pure White (4000K for arts and crafts, and working with color) to Cool White (5500K for late night projects and tired eyes!) AND... the Floor model and Edge Clamp models even come with a tiny REMOTE CONTROL to change that lighting color!!!!! (It's the cutest thing!) Next... you can dim any of these three colors by 5 levels... a great feature especially wonderful at night!
The lamps themselves come in:
Very streamlined, just lovely! The three different colors of light are amazing -- you'll be shocked at how differently you see colors, and how differently your eyes react to the different colors of the light! No magnifiers in these at this time... the brains at Stella are trying to figure out a way to get those in there without compromising the sleek lines the lamps have now.
There's even more information on our new Stella Lighting page.
Oh.... It's Looking Like Christmas in July!
Foxwood Creations has three new offerings of tiny sled topper designs... and they arrived this past week. If you haven't 'discovered' our miniature wooden sled ornaments yet, they are DARLING!
Small 2 x 3-ish inch brown wooden sleds with twisted wire runners and leads, you stitch the tops of them with a TINY bit of 14ct perforated paper or a bit of fabric. Foxwood has approx 36 different designs to top them, and now Pear Sleds, Snow Folk and Santa Folk join the lot!
You can dress up your sleds with ribbons or even paint them another color... if you are super creative, you could even use them as bases for pom-pom ball snowmen... they are a cute craft item. A sheet of 9 x 12 brown perforated paper (they come two sheets to a pack) will do more than a dozen of these!
Charming new designs from Italy!
from Cuore e Batticuore
We have new designs that are enchanting! Direct from Italy, here are three just to give you an idea of the rest we have!!! Not much English instruction inside of these, the charts are beautifully presented in color... you could almost frame that teacup one!!!! I think they are all worked on Lambswool -- we have several different counts available -- with DMC floss. I think there are a few overdyeds, but then DMC blends are suggested.
I love the teacup sampler -- just stitch one cup if you don't want to do them all! The floral vases and baskets come for all four seasons -- six designs in each chart. And, those ADORABLE little elf/gnomes steal the show! We have this Anniversary piece, a Valentine design and another that is a delightful Christmas Sled scene. All offered as charts, unique designs!!
Days of Liberty from Chessie & Me
Here is a new Chessie & Me design that is very much *Chessie* in personality! Worked on 32ct linen with Weeks overdyed flosses, it'll finish approx 5 x 5. You can get blank wooden shapes at Hobby Lobby like the one shown on the cover -- a little bit of paint -- and presto -- a cute finishing option. Choose a bit of Weeks hand-dyed wool to back the stitching before you mount it, and you get an extra punch of color.
Days of Liberty features a Nun Stitch border, Smyrnas as the flag stars, Satins in the door and on the roof, and of course the kitty -- little Chessie -- is there over one thread! We can send you a Schnigglet cut of Weeks wool to finish this -- flosses featured are Deep Sea, Grasshopper, Grits, Havana, Pea Coat, Red Rocks and Sea Gull -- so any wools in any of the 4 patterns will work on this. (and you have choices of red, blue, cream green or brown wools!!!)
Just Cross Stitch Annual Ornament Issues on DVD!
Here are the past 17 YEARS of the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Christmas ornament issues -- all on one searchable, printable DVD! I think it's like 1275 ornament designs in pdf format(!) Every page of the issues, it's actually pretty overwhelming!
You probably have some of the paper copies, but here is everything together, so beautifully presented. What a fun thing to take along on a stitching trip!
Presenting the 2014 Annual Santa Card! from Praire Schooler|
We think this is the 31st annual old fashioned Santa by Nancy and Pam of Prairie Schooler. He calls for all the same classic colors as every other year... he's the same size... and he joins a very favored and collectable group of designs! This year, Santa is caroling you a Merry Christmas.
Offered as the small card, these Santas have been stitched every way imaginable over the years. Over 4 threads on afghans, over one on 40ct silk gauze... scissor fobs, sweatshirts, tree skirts, package ties, stand-ups, quilts and stockings... here's another one to add to your collection!
The four 2014 Fall Prairie Schooler Releases...
A pair of Halloween and another of Christmas... everything has balance, simple color schemes, and Prairie Schooler personality! Lovely presentations -- as always!
Crazy Quilting in Cross Stitch from Carolyn Manning Designs
Here's a charming chart of 4 different Crazy Quilted squares -- only they are stitched with DMC rather than fabric pieced. Something pretty I came across, each 60 x 60 stitch count square is garnished with backstitches and a few beads. Meant to resemble mini quilts, you can add metallic, buttons, charms or even more beads if you want... anything goes with these. They'd make pretty pin cushions or needlecase fronts.
Worked on just about any fabric you like... everything is covered with stitching... so just choose something easy on your eyes. Very colorful, all 4 squares and some beads are included in the chart.
The Classic Ornaments Collection
from Country Cottage Needleworks
Nikki has announced her next series of designs... a set of 12 ornaments worked in the classic red and green Christmas colors. The first releases mid-August and will continue till all 12 are released. Each is offered as a small chart -- various sizes and 32ct fabrics -- each uses DMC and hand-dyed flosses. JABCO buttons are optional each time. The first offering is *Angels* which measures 63 x 53 and features a bell button and Classic Colorwork's Ladybug floss.
This is tough one to offer on an auto while including all the variables, so we're choosing to include the chart and button each month. Fabric is YOUR call... and you might not need all the flosses... but as this progresses... we'll know a lot more.
A Smidgen of Halloween
from Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand has a new tiny design, and it's really cute! Just a bitty medley of even bittier stuff, it finishes approx 3 x 4 on 32 -- but choose something else to do it on if you want to.
The small card chart comes with an orange button (down there by the 31st) and a few green and white beads you'll use in eyes and that top border. I think that green jack-o-lantern is so funny -- he steals the whole picture! Just a *Smidge* of a thing!
Gobble & Give Thanks
from Heart in Hand
Here's a neat piece -- perch it flat on your table or horizontally on the wall! Absolutely precious, this has a stitch count of 21 high by 269 wide -- so it is approx 1-1/3 inches by almost 17 worked on 32ct Lambswool linen. It would be so cute as a stuffed cushion filled with walnut shells -- decorating the dining room table or perched on a windowsill!!!
Charted for DMC or overdyeds, there is a set of clay buttons embellishing -- it has leaves, birds and pumpkins. Quite a fast piece to work up, the chart is printed very large inside the leaflet, and I'm thinking just an evening or two TOPS to get this stitched! It is CUTE! Offered as the leaflet with buttons separate.
A Trio of New Designs from The Trilogy
The gals from The Trilogy have released the beginnings of a new series of small designs -- Daily Reminders. The first two are here -- *Listen* and *For Keeps.* I can tell from the chart graphics that we will be getting *Smile Big,* *Laugh Often,* *Choose Happiness,* *Give Freely* and *Work hard*... but the rest of the preview list is hidden on the cover by the model images. Offered in small card format and coded for DMC, Anchor, or hand-dyed flosses (all three companies!) they can be worked on anything you want, but finish approx 2 x 4 over two on 32ct. They don't specifically call for any embellishments -- so that is your call -- to embellish or not!! Very nice small designs... offered in small card format.
Don't miss Happy Thankful Thankful Day! A hungry Pilgrim is inviting you to dinner!!! Just a cute little guy, he is stitched with overdyeds or DMC, and his chart does come with a small brass leaf embellishing charm. Finishing approx 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 on 32 Natural, you could add a bit of metallic to the buckle of his hat, grab a few pumpkin buttons, find a small crow bird, even dress up that zig-zag border around him with some turquoise, orange, squash and moss beads! Offered as a small card with leaf charm, cute!
A Market Exclusive SNEAK PEEK! Hannah's Brownstone
from The Scarlett House
Oh my goodness... our Fall Wholesale Needlework Trade Show is a month away... and already, here come the previews! Scarlet House presents "Hannah's Brownstone." A charming 7 x 6 piece worked on 36ct Edinborough Linen with 12 shades of Weeks Dye Works flosses... it has a lot of visual symetry and gorgeous colors of brick, chestnuts and gunmetal greys.
Offered as a limited edition kit of the chart, linen, and flosses, it will come in a eco-friendly fabric zippy bag that can be used later on for more stitching storage! We're taking reservations for late august shipment.
Mes Travaux d'Aiguilles from Cmon Monde
A cute needlework sampler... I love the pic! What a charming seamstress complete with straight pins in her hair!!! Stitched on a natural linen, the tiny quilt is on a separate piece of white and attached after it is stitched. (I think the mini-hoop in her hand is as well... but I don't know where to find that little bitty hoop!) The spools are Satin stitched, and the panel of lace at the bottom needs to be something special off an old handkerchief or something special to you.
Just a cute piece to hang in your stitching room. Maybe a fun padded hanging to drape over the back of rocking chair?? Stitched with Gentle Art's Barn Grey, Heirloom Gold, Summer Shower along with DMC in black and flesh colors. Offered as a chart.
Just Bee from Hands On Design
Hands On Design has a sweet yellow, black and grey design that is finished into a small-ish pyn pillow. *Just Bee* is stitched with only 6 different DMCs on 32ct white Belfast linen (14ct Aida will work beautifully as well.) to finish approx 3 x 3. The chart comes with the cuts of pretty yellow, gray, black and white finishing fabric, as well as the black and white twisted cording you see in the model pic. The bee ornament on there is in the package -- he's a good half-inch in size, and complements the colors so well.
Just a small, summery project... finish it and add it to that magical basket of stuffed pin cushions I'm always talking about!!! Offered as the chart with finishing fabrics, cord and bee.
July & August from Cross Eyed Cricket
Cross Eyed Cricket continues with her creative set of months spelled out with all sorts of fun motifs. July and August are here... and they are especially festive.
Garden Bliss from Silver Creek Samplers
This is a neat piece for someone who likes to Garden. The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer to God's Heart in a garden, than anywhere else on Earth.
Stitched on basically any fabric you like best, the stitch count on this is 109 x 108. It is coded for Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds -- but you can easily sub DMCs from the cover pic if you need to. Just a cute little piece. it is offered as a chart.
Sampler Hill from With Thy Needle and Thread
With Thy Needle & Thread's Brenda Gervais has released three new samplers -- Sampler Hill is just one of them. Worked on Weeks 30ct Cornsilk hand-dyed linen with 21 different shades of hand-dyed flosses, it'll finish approx10 x 13. A pretty overall balance to this, everyone likes the way the trees seem to cradle the house on the hill. The alphabet in the grass is a favorite, and the fact that the beehive interrupts the border at the middle top adds charm.
We love to distress these samplers AFTER we have stitched them. Dilute walnut crystals, or use some leftover coffee grounds to stain your fabric and threads to give them a more aged and relaxed look. Offered as a chart.
Mary Ann Read and the Injured Lion Sampler from Noteworthy Needle
An interesting name for this inspiring little sampler reproduction piece! The verse reads: *Teach me to feel anothers woe, to hide the faults I see. The mercy I show to others show, that mercy show to me. Quite a bit of history about the original piece and verse is included inside the instructions -- just fascinating details! There are Eyelets in here, one/over/one detail, and French Knots.
Along with some pics of the back of the original sampler, Janis, the designer who re-charted this, has added DMC color information about the remaining colors of the threads on the back of this piece!! A neat piece with bits of history, the stitch count is just 175 x 181 -- so not too daunting to tackle!! Offered as a chart.
Join Us for a Christmas Markets Shopping and Stitching Cruise Down the Danube River!
***We're thrilled to announce our next European Cruise -- November 30th thru December 7th, 2015!!!***
Mark your calendar and start gathering friends... we're taking one of those charming River Cruises with Ama Waterways! A few details are up on our Events Page now... (some pricing, cities we'll visit, extensions to Prague, etc.) I'll write more about it after our Annual Stitching Event we're having this coming weekend with Weeks Dye Works and AB Designs. Jeannette Douglas is our Featured Designer -- she is in charge of the lovely projects, and our Mona is even working in a finishing class for some of the projects we'll be doing on board! Call Judy Bradford -- our wonderful Cruise Lady -- to answer questions and get more details. We are so excited to begin a new adventure... Hope you can join us!!!
Presenting This Year's TRAVELER'S and NEUTRALS Collections by FLAX!
Our yummy Fall Fashions have arrived... and we've been re-arranging the shop displays to fit them all in!!!
July's Secret Needle Night Design... Juggling Santa
It's Christmas is July!!! Our Santa is practicing his juggling routine in anticipation of his Busy Season! He's stitched with Very Velvet and a bit of #5 Pearl Cotton, but his beard is worked in 1/2 stitches of Angora thread! Terribly furry... you can brush this up just a bit and his beard with become a mass of fluff!!! His streamer has all sorts of fun clay buttons embellishments on it... you might have more in your stash you want to add.
Offered as a small kit of 18ct linen and specialty threads with embellishments, he finishes approx 5 x 5, and is shown finished into a little easel-backed stand-up, courtesy of the Magic by Mona finishing kit. He's our July Secret Needle Night design!
The Gingerbread Bakery Cupcakes
from The Victoria Sampler
These are the CUTEST ornaments we have seen in so long... you are going to be enchanted by them! Last year's Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue Magazine featured the Gingerbread Man Cupcake included in VS's newest leaflet of THREE stitched cupcakes! Gingerbread Cupcakes features charts for the tops of three cakes, Snowmen, Gingerbread Men and Holly Leaves, along with finishing instructions to assemble them into colorful silicone baking cups.
You'll probably want the corresponding Accessory pack of all the threads, metallics, cute buttons, all the 'candy beads' and those bright red baking cups... everything you'll need except the topping fabric is in the accs pack. We'll be sending you 28ct Linen that is close to the 28ct Antique Almond called for (AA hasn't been available for almost a year!)... so you stitch a trio of cupcakes for your Christmas Tree -- we think these are so creative, cute, colorful, charming, unique and too pretty to eat!
Mystic Christmas Sampler
from The Victoria Sampler
This is beautiful! It is a nautical-flavored Christmas sampler based on the carol 'I Saw Three Ships.' Worked on 28ct Misty blue linen with loads of silks and Pearl cottons, Thea always stuffs lots of specialty stitches and tiny details in her band samplers, and this one is no different.
The tall ships have billowing sails, the rolling waves are worked with Bargello stitches, there are tiny bead touches here and there, bits of small scenes are worked over one thread, and little snowflakes dot the sky everywhere. Finishing approx 4-1/2 x 14, Thea describes this as a 'Historic Seaport Sampler.' Offered as the leaflet with separate accessory pack.
Button Up for Christmas #4
from The Victoria Sampler
Cathy Jean has another pair of cozy Christmas Critters to stitch -- a sheep with earmuffs and hand-knitted striped scarf, and his snowman buddy has a matching hat!
Sweet ornaments for the tree, the accessory pack includes the Sampler Threads and wools, the black wire for the hangers, cardinal button and the cute wooden 'stick' buttons. Offered as a leaflet with separate accs pack.
Ohhh... Lizzie Kate's Newest has Arrived!!!
Here are the model pics to devour!!!
New Arrivals from Little House Needleworks
Pretty Offerings from Samplers Not Forgotten
We have several neat sampler charts in the shop's bookracks. My few words really don't do any of them justice... but generally, you know when you first see a sampler if it is going to 'speak to you'... here are two by Samplers Not Forgotten... we have more when you click the pics!
More cute editions from The Stitching Shed!
Absolutely the happiest palette of thread colors in these designs -- we just LOVE them all! They are Happy, Cheerful, Smiley, Bright and truly unique. Some are fun for a sunny kitchen window, but most need to find a home in the bedroom of some special little person of yours. Personalize them for bedroom signs or make bed pillows out of them... they are just the freshest, sweetest designs!
All are coded for Anchor Floss -- if you don't have it, go on-line and look for a conversion to DMC. The cover pictures are clear enough that you could even just match up DMCs and hand-dyeds from those!
Autumn Garden and Stars and Stripes from Cherished Stitches
Louise Henderson has released a pair of CHARMING pillows --
Autumn Garden is the third in the 2014 series of limited samplers, while Stars and Stripes is another unannounced limited edition treat!!!!! Both offered as complete kits, each is worked on 32ct linen with hand-dyed and regular flosses. Autumn (65 x 90) stitches) features yummy fall color on Amber linen, and you get that luscious chenille trim for the edging, as well as a cut of fabric for the pillow back. I am in love with the colors in this one!
Stars and Stripes -- A Surprise Offering! -- (77 x 87) includes the pretty blue fabric, the cotton lace and cuts of brick red satin ribbon you see on the side trimmings. Finishing instructions included in both of these... this entire set of Louise's Pillows have been very limited to 200 kits of each in production -- and we have only a few of a Summer and last year's Autumn left!! Very nicely done.
Fun New Offerings from Threads That Bind
Shawn does the BEST Punch Needle designs... and here are three of her newest!!! Always very clearly printed on khaki Weaver's cloth, you are provided with a HUGE cut (like 14 x 16) of fabric -- because Shawn likes to use Morgan Stands and wants your entire working design to be visible in the frame. Not too involved or intricate, you are punching with NORMAL DMC floss -- so leave the expensive overdyeds for other projects! You get all the hand-dyed look just by changing DMC colors.
USA Square from The Sweetheart Tree
Well... a little late for THIS year's 4th of July... but here in plenty of time for next year!
A small 4-1/2 inch square of letters, stars and stripes, this comes as a complete kit of 28ct Summer Khaki Linen with al the threads and litlle embellishments. It'll make a cute stand-up cube, too!
Wishes For You from The Sweetheart Tree
Sandy is beginning a new set of 8 designs -- all sweet *Wishes For You.* Happiness and Love are the first two. All will be identical in size -- approx 3 x 4 -- worked on 28ct Platinum Linen with coordinating and complimenting shades of flosses. The Wish in the center, and special stitches in each one to add texture and zip, Sandy has also added her lovely crystal paillettes (pronounced pie-yets, with the accent on yets) and a few beads as embellishments.
Pretty little things, each will be presented in complete kit format -- chart, fabrics, everything. I imagine they'll take approx a year to release... we have 6 more designs in the set, so we're beginning an auto-ship for the remainder of them. We can just automatically send them to you as they release. Very pretty, very 'Sweetheart-Tree-y!'
Sisters Three Pinkeep from Stacy Nash
Here's a sweet piece -- finished into a small pin cushion pillow. Stitch count is 51 x 64, making it finish approx 3 x 4 on 32ct. With the bit of homespun finishing fabric, the overall pillow will be 4 x 6-ish.
Worked in Gentle Art's Brethren Blue, Straw Bonnet and Apple Cider, it will make a nice addition to your basket of stuffed cushions! (Note: the stitch count and finished size is mis-quoted on the instructions... be advised when you cut your fabric. Doesn't hurt the design... just confuses you a bit!)
Grand Old Flag from Rosewood Manor
Rosewood Manor has a cool new piece that she is using as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project! Worked on Weeks Dye Works Cocoa 36ct linen... choose something a little whiter or browner if the yellow in this isn't your favorite look. You'll need 4 skeins of Weeks Linen, 1 Gunmetal, 3 skeins of Bordeaux and 5 skeins of Deep Sea!
Only the 4 colors in this 157 x 213 piece... there are lots of small sections in here that you can divide out into smaller projects. Something neat for a family room... offered as a leaflet, 10% of the sales of the charts go to Wounded Warriors.
The Sweet Temper Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler
An original design by Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler, this is a lovely piece with a summery feel. She wanted something that dealt with emotion, hence the verse; *Let your temper be as sweet as the daisies at your feet, be as gentle be as mild be a modest humble child.*
The neat primitive border is different everywhere, and Theresa mentions that she has stuffed lots of little motifs in here -- just where-ever. There are Spider Web roses in the basket which are stunning! A very pretty piece... this measures 301 x 297 -- so finishes a generous 19 x 19-ish on 32ct. Offered as a chart, coded for silks or DMC, so get out your overdyeds and see what you can customize to your piece!!
from SamSarah Design Studio
SamSarah Designs has announced a 3-part Mystery Sampler with a Halloween Theme! Beginning August 1st, you'll receive part one ($15). (September 1 and October 1 are scheduled dates for the 2nd and 3rd shipments -- $15 EACH.)
Stitched on the new 32ct Natural Belfast Linen with brown polka dots screened onto the fabric... this promises to be real cute. All we have is a darling little owl preview pic... leaves you wanting more!
Main project measures 119 x 186 in stitch count. The Bonus designs stitch up to 50 x 153 and work up on Week's 30ct Peoria Purple linen. (Both linens are offered together -- $18.50 for the two pieces.) The required threads include 29 skeins of Weeks hand-dyed flosses ($72.50... tight on the budget, so order after first shipment???) -- and there are some embellishments hinted at as well.
That's all we know at the moment! You can register to join the Mystery Club... get just the charts with hinted accoutrements, charts/emb and linen, or toss in the threads -- whatever you want to do. Pricing is a nightmare here... but we'll take care of you! Here we go!!!
Back in Stock: DOVO Stork Scissors in a 4-1/2 inch size!
The classic Stork design... you always see a 3-1/2 inch size... but these are an inch longer overall. Great finger holes, 1-5/16 blades, these are wonderfully sharp and a delight to cut with. Because of that extra inch of length, you have so much more room between your hand and the cutting -- it just feels less crowded!
DOVO brand scissors are made in Solingen, Germany and are our top-quality scissor brand. You will never go wrong with a pair of DOVOs... and hopefully, will treasure them forever!!!
Its Back to Campus With Your New Vera Bradley!
Backpacks, Lunch Bags, Student Agendas, Pens, Pencils and Notebooks... we have a lovely new shipment of FUN STUFF for Back-To-School!!!
Ziggy Zinnia, African Violet and Pink Swirls are the newest colors... all of the cotton pieces will be in the shop shortly. School Things came early!!!
Shepherd's Bush Americana Trifles
Here's a cute trio of small pin cushions by Teri Richards. Calling for only 7 different overdyeds, each is stitched on a 32ct fabric -- but you are welcome to choose any colors or counts you like. Since they are so small, just a scrap will do.
Garnished with a few clay star buttons, they finish only 2 x 2-ish to 2 x 6 for that darling floral 'flag.' Very cute and quick, clay embellishments are offered separately from the chart.
Less Bitching, More Stitching!
from AB Designs
Doesn't need much more explanation than that!!!!! Grab a cute fabric and your bright colors of regular DMC floss and stitch this as the traveling banner for your stitch group meetings!!!!!
It'd make a cute personal stitching case as well... (in case you'd rather have a more private reminder!) Just a fun design, this is offered as a chart with optional button pack. On 28ct it finishes approx 7-1/2 x 8-1/2.
from AB Designs
This is SO CUTE! Ms Amy has outdone herself with this fun pagent of Trick-or-Treat hopefuls! Worked on the delicious 30ct Weeks Peoria Purple Linen in both Weeks and Gentle Art overdyeds, it finishes a petite 6 x 9. You can do the whole thing, or split everyone up and make smaller individual stand-ups.
Colors are fun, subject matter is over-the-top creative... you could even do those stars in metallic, and put beads in the witch's dress. Offered as the chart with packet of mini metal brads and rubber band embellishments!
The New June Arrivals from Pine Mountain are here!
Three different pillow kit styles this month... we're all about blue!
Summer Harvest from Blackbird Designs
Blackbird's 11th Loose Feather's Sampler for the Abecedarian Series is here. A lush and flowing basket of summer fruits, vegetables and their vines, it features a simple border and an alphabet in it's 4-1/2 x 11-1/2 finished area.
Worked on 30ct R & R linen, the colors -- all Gentle Art -- are gorgeous! Avocado, Brandy, Caramel Corn, Endive, Grape Arbor, Grasshopper, Maple Syrup, Mountain Mist, Old red paint, Piney Woods, Pumpkin Patch, Raspberry Frost, and Woodrose. Dedicated to the richness of our Summer Gardens! Offered as a leaflet.
Telling The Bees
from Island Cottage Needle Arts
Another cute Penny Rug design... but this one features a pretty scary looking bee! Maybe you could leave him off and stitch some smaller ones there???
Offered as a chart.
Back in Stock! Last Stitch Cemetery and Dark Shadows!
Two of our favorite Hinzeit patterns have floated through the shop doors again! Cute charms and even cuter motifs to put them onto... that Last Stitch Cemetery features graves for *Started & Forgotten*, *1/2 Stitched*, *Too Old* and *Lost Interest!*
Both are Hinzeit's classic 3 x 13 finsihed size, offered as charts, and include the set of charms.
ABC: Simplify and Love Life
Here are two new designs that are meant to remind you of typewriter keys and that old font. You are supposed to make up your own words -- like the Simplify and Love in the pics -- but you can do the whole alphabet (97 x 201 stitch count) if you have the time and patience!
Simplify mimics Penny Rugs with those pretty colors of wool pennies, and the letters in Love Life are kind of filled in like they used to get when the ribbon was getting gunky! Really imaginative, you can do a lot with either of these. Offered as charts, each comes with a set of 4 swirly wire embellishments that you can see in the corners of the main designs.
Patterned Pretties #7
from Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette Douglas has a new small pin cushion design that is a Bargello Stitch pattern worked on 32ct Flax Linen. Offered as a small kit of pattern, Weeks hand-dyed wool for the backing and a luscious set of hand-dyed silk threads, really just choose a light neutral fabric as your base, and you'll be happy.
A 3-1/2 x 4 inch panel of beautiful stitching... the threads are really the show-offs here... they are a mixture of soft lilac, olive greens and buttermilks. Bargello is simply a pattern of Satin Stitches, repeating and very organized. This whole set of small pin cushion designs is just amazingly pretty!
Monthly Animals... April Bunny, May Sheep and June Hen
Nikyscreations is working on a set of 12 animal pin cushions for the year... and here are the three newest. Quiet and simple with dusty colors of regular DMC floss, each finishes approx 4 x 4 on 30ct.
This is a set that is perfectly displayed in a big basket -- just moosh them all on top of each other -- finish them and let them nestle against each other. Whoever gets to browse the basket will discover all the hidden cushion underneath -- and no matter which ones are on top -- they'll all coordinate and look awesome together. Offered as charts each month... We have Jan, Feb and March as well, so far.
The Charming House of Lindy Mouse!
Silver Needle's 30th Birthday Gift From Just Nan!!!
Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter... Little Lindy Mouse stitches in her pretty attic sewing room. Each side of her stitching house is decorated for the seasons, little birds and critters in the yard everywhere.
*For every stitch, There is a season...* Nan has designed this 2-1/2 inch cube Etui to celebrate The Silver Needle's 30th Anniversary!
A limited edition kit, there is so much charm in here... the little mouse hides under the roof pieces when you don't need your stored needles. Offered as the chart with necessary finishing items... we are taking reservations for late July delivery. Click the pic to read more fun details about our charming Birthday Gift!
En route pour Noel from Tra La La
Oh my gosh... is this a little train of friends going to visit Santa? The reindeer and his bird-buddy are leading the wagon-train of snowman and snowbunny -- and presents!
With a stitch count of 57 x 137, this will finish approx 3-1/2 x 9 on a 32ct. Coded for DMC, it's just the cutest design idea, and offered as a chart. Designed by Tra La La's Corinne Rigadeau.
Le Linge de Blanche from Zaza Picque
Oh my gosh... I think this is laundry day!!! By Za Za Picque,(these come from France) this measures 110 x 79 stitches, is worked on an antique white linen, and coded for DMC or Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.
I just love this piece! Wouldn't it be pretty in a laundry room... or even better... sewn onto the front of a lingerie traveler bag? If you are an *organic gal* -- stitch it for the front of your wooden clothespin basket! Offered as a chart.
A Quaker Banana Fob
from Primitive Jewel
We're having quite the debate among the shop gals... some say this is NOT what they would spend their stitching time on... but ohhhh... I bet someone out there has a banana fetish, banana tree, pet monkey or SOME reason why this is a definite to stitch!! (We don't know if the Quakers ate bananas... even that entered the debate!)
Offered as a chart by Primitive Jewel, this little guy is stitched over one on Week's 30ct Gold linen with Mocha, Whiskey, Olive and Pecan overdyeds... and the favored fruit measures a mere 1-1/2 x 3 in size!!!! He's a little mini-banana!!!!
Cute Minis from Dames of the Needle
This is a cute set of smalls that all fit on miniature Nantucket Baskets we have! First choose your basket -- tall or small. Then choose your topper! Each small chart is worked on 35ct linen -- you'll need a 6 x 6 ish cut and comes with a bit of Elizabeth's hand-dyed rik-rak trim that you can see in the pics. She has a new line of hand-dyed trims *From the Cauldron!*
Anyway, Flower Pin includes a cut of Mild Chili 1/2 inch rik rak trim. Bird Pin Topper comes with a generous cut (my package has a full yard in it!) of Italian Custard. (Isn't that a luscious name?) The ABC HB Pin Cushion Topper and Basket Band Companion set are cute by themselves... but the HB in the name refers to a HORNBOOK design they match that was published in the January/February Issue if Just Cross Stitch Magazine. They each feature Watermelon Juice Rik Rak! Pretty darn cute... easy to stitch and finish on the precious miniature baskets... I'm sure you have threads already in your stash for these, too!
From the Cauldron... Hand-Dyed Trims from Dames of the Needle
Pretty offerings to trim your ornaments and pin cushions... these are presented in one-yard cuts.
Wabbits!!! from Sheepish Designs
We've had these little guys over the years... and recently I discovered so many more of them that we had run out of! So, I did a nice big fat order of them... and here they all are back together again!!! Absolutely the cutest little Wabbits, they are doing all sorts of things for the Holidays, and are finished with a pretty silk ribbon rouching technique.
Wabbit's Garden was originally published in 1999 -- it is one of the only ones that incudes the small scissor fob carrot. Uncle Sam -- the newest one is from 2002. They all call for hand-dyed linen and threads -- but since these are over 10 years old, those floss offerings were much slimmer than they are now. You may want to tweak your colors a bit. Just the cutest little things, they are all the same size -- 54 x 98 stitches.
Tiny Cottage Tins
These are the cutest little tin cottages! Just for nothing but a few needles, M & M's, a little pin cushion, glasses cleaning cloth -- anything bitty that you might want in your stitching bag, these are just fun. Six different cottages on the outside, open each 2 x 2-1/2 x 1-1/2 cottage to reveal six different inside pictures -- just like tiny dollhouses!
A bakery, florist, pub, general store, and a pair of houses... they are charming. We'll choose mixed styles for you.
Home Sweet Motor Home from Needlework Press
Hitting the road this summer??? Stitch something for that Home Away From Home!
With a stitch count of 114 x 42... it's a bitty thing, and can we worked on any fabric in any colors to match your moving decor! Offered as a small chart.
New Freddie's Friends
We have a line of stuffed 'people' in the shop -- I found the fabric patterns at Quilt Market one year -- and we keep selling them! Absolutely darling... they are regular sewing patterns to make these 12-ish inch turkeys, robots, penguins and turtles. Choose bright fabrics... what makes these so attractive to the seamstress is that there are no turned seams in them.
They are pieced together (wrong sides together) with no turning inside out! No Cross Stitch involved... we have our shop models perched together... and they keep drawing comments!!! New are Penny Penguin, Eliza Chickie, Becky's Flower and Issac's Star patterns.
Three GORGEOUS Samplers from Reflects de Soie
Thank Goodness I speak *Symbols and DMC!* Here are three stunning sampler reproductions that I couldn't resist! The images here just don't do them justice.
All offered in chart format -- no English in the instructions (but really no wording at all). All three are charted for various silks or DMC floss. We have nothing else like these, so don't pass them by... ENJOY!!!
Pink House Sampler from Plum Street Samplers
The loss of a father is much, the loss of a mother is more. The loss of Christ is such No other can restore.
A very stately sampler with that beautiful house and gardens... can you see the shepherdess in the bottom border?? An original sampler design by Plum Street, this has a stitch count of 247 x 215, and is worked with the trio of hand-dyed floss brands -- Weeks, Gentle Art and Classic Colorworks.
I especially like the borders, because they are different from each other. Everything about this piece is traditional and balanced -- VERY pretty! Offered as a chart, it'll finish approx 13-1/2 x 15-1/2 on 32ct.
New Arrivals from Madame Chantilly
Printemps and Ete -- We have two more seasons of snowglobes to join our others!!! Companioning Winter, Autumn and Christmas, each 50 x 60-ish globe is full of something for its season.
Coded for DMC, they would all be cute stitched individually, but I like the idea of the trio. Stitch them on something teeny for a neat set of ornaments. Offered in chart format.
Flag of Stars from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has a new kit -- a red, white and blue confection of stars that make up a flag. It finishes approx 6 x 6 over two on 18ct Natural Linen, and is worked with DMC #5 Pearl Cottons.
SUPER easy to see and stitch, make sure you have a large #18 or #20 needle... I don't see one in my package! Something fun to finish in a jiff!
Love You to the Moon and Back from Bent Creek
Here's a perfect birth announcement that can be stitched on any count fabric, and personalized any way you wish. Offered as a chart, the main stitch count is 60 x 58. The pattern includes a star button as garnishment, and an alphabet and set of numerals for those important details.
Cute - not boy or girl - just a timeless, sweet sentiment. Offered as the chart with button.
Patriotic Sampler from Jeannette Douglas
Wow... my buddy Jeannette Douglas has released a trio of patriotic designs that are stunning! (This is cool because she is a Canadian... but she 'gets us' so well!!) Patriotic Sampler is so "Ding Dang Cute" in Jeannette's words... it finishes 6 x 12-3/8 on 32ct Lambswool Linen.
Stitched in elegant cranberries, greys, blues and creme silks this piece is LOADED with gorgeous medallions and special stitches. The stars at the top and bottom are over 12 threads. Bargello waves and those cute stars and stripes hearts in there -- the colors are rich and yummy. That whole star motif area is 60 stitches square... so you have to count correctly! The bonus, however, is to watch the shading in your threads play out in the stitch patterns. The silk thread packet includes a set of 12 buttons and eagle and flag charms. Just lovely, this is offered as the leaflet with thread pack separate.
Stars Pin and Scissor Roll from Jeannette Douglas
This is a delicious little creation... worked on 32ct Natural Linen in Gentle Art Simply Wools, it is a cushion that measures approx 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 when finished. Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow, gorgeous, rich colors, they all make the Scotch, Rice and Milanese Stars pop! The big white star at the top goes over 44-ish threads.
No Cross Stitch in this at all -- just those beautiful Long Stitch Variations. This is offered with the chart, Simply Wool threads, a smattering of 6 mini-buttons, and the cuts of Weeks hand-dyed wool -- the deep blue and red Glen Plaid -- for the finishing. You'll need stuffing. As for the little fob pictured there... it is a FREE chart... details inside!
Flag Needlekeep from Jeannette Douglas
A companion piece to the Stars Roll, this features the same color palette of Simply Wools -- Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow -- just a gorgeous selection. Worked on 32ct Natural Linen, this finishes approx 3-1/4 x 4-3/4. Stuffed with cool stitches again, the entire red and white striped part is done with small Satin Stitches. Your two reds give you that color play on there.
Offered as a small kit, you get the chart, Simply Wools, buttons and the blue wool for the little heart, and red for the case lining. Jeannette added her own decorative brass button to the front of the case -- that is not included -- but she suggests something special from your stash that you like better! A lovely small project with lots of stitching and color impact!
Happy Celebration! from SamSarah Design Studio
Here's a cute set of cupcakes to celebrate whatever you need them to! The final installment in Sam Sarah's 10 X The Fun Series... these have all featured the perpetual calendar frame and finishing cards that Patti used this earlier this past year. You can use all your calendar pieces, and attach some of your 10X pieces to those backs -- for even more choices for that calendar!
Anyway, the 10X Series has been fun as well... if you didn't do the stand and cards -- individual stand-up cubes for these would present a nice finishing option. Offered as a leaflet -- all the other 9 in this set are on our Sam Sarah Pages.
Little Love Scissors
from Kelmscott Designs
Kelmscott has taken their heart-handled scissors, made them smaller -- 2-5/8 in size -- added color to them -- and here we are with a delightful array of colorful scissors!
All follow the same color shades as Paula's Baby Storklettes and Lil Gems, and are perfect for small fobs and teeny sewing cases!
Baby Sheep Buttons |
from Kelmscott Designs
Oh, these are beautiful! A set of 5 mother-of-pearl sheep buttons, each measures 7/8 x 9-16 of an inch -- about 1 x 1/2. They'd be pretty inside a sewing case, and darling lined up on a sampler!
I hope someone designs something special for these -- they are too cute to be buried in a drawer!
Farmyard Stack and Pineapple Needle Minders
from Kelmscott Designs
Two new magnetic minder styles, these are always fun to use. The design detail in the white 'cameo-inspired' decorations are involved with these two.
Use these to hold stray needles, or even as regular magnets on your file cabinet! (My fridge and microwave doors aren't magnetic anymore... I'm having to get creative!)
Presenting the 13th Edition 2014-2016 Quilter's Travel Companion Book
This directory always blows me away with the sheer amount of information compiled inside. It is a full 9 x 11 -- an inch thick -- and it weighs 2 pounds and 3 ounces. It has 591 pages of Quilt and Sewing Shop listings for both the US and Canada, maps, info about retreats, shop hops, shows, quilt guilds, special events... it is absolutely OVERWHELMING! Organized by state, there are 44 Retreat facilities featured in here -- with pics. There is a listing of ALL the shops they know about in each state -- in addition to the 1800 featured shops that have purchased bitty listings.
When you receive your book, there are instructions for sending in an e-mail address (if you would like) for free updates for the next two years. Definitely worth every penny paid! Silver Needle has a bitty ad in here... because even though we don't sell quilt fabric, we DO sell all the yummy scissors, buttons, bags and threads that every needleworker loves!!!
My Home Fob -- Part Two of The Fold
from Shepherd's Bush's
Tina and Teri have sent Part Two in their 6-piece Sewing Box Set! My Home Fob features a fat little blackbird in his backyard garden of violets -- which you can see on the reverse. Raspberry, violet and olive greens, the kit includes a length of hand-dyed silk ribbon for the edge finishing treatment. It matches all the pretty hand-dyed silk flosses.
Offered as a small kit -- each of the six pieces in this set can be purchased and stitched individually of the others -- so if you are not 'into' collecting the entire series, you don't have to! If you are on our Auto-Ship -- your kit is already in the mail to you! If you want to join... we can begin with Kit #1... and even that gorgeous lavender box!
from Country Cottage Needleworks
Snowgirl's Cottage -- the next in the Frosty Forest series, this is part of the cutest wintery scene!
Offered in small chart format like the rest, with a white bird button... only two more panels to go!
Barbara Ana's Crows
We have two new designs by Barbara Ana -- a Patriotic Crow and a Halloween one!
Back in Stock!!! Pere Noel Unjour
Back by popular demand, this fun little scene! Oh My Gosh, this is the CUTEST little guy! He measures 58 x 158 stitches and is worked in Sampler Threads or DMC flosses. On 28ct, he measures 4 x 11... wide because of those words... otherwise, Santa himself averages 15 stitches wide! I absolutely LOVE him... I have several long and skinny ornaments on my Christmas Tree -- one is a Santa painted on a cinnamon stick, another is Santa on a clothes pin. This little guy -- just himself -- needs to join my ornaments!!! (The chart did not go back to the shop after I wrote my words at my desk tonight!!)
Offered as a chart -- direct from France, I think there are special stitches in here, but since I can't read French... I'll have to figure that out from the chart!
from The Drawn Thread!
Cynthia's 6th Garden Scene Sampler -- we now have all four seasons as well has the Herb and Butterfly Gardens. Always the charming house in the center... she surrounds it with a LAVISH blooming garden of all the things quintessential to its season! With a stitch count of 289 x 63, this finishes (like the rest) at approx 4 x 18, and is worked on 32ct Summer Khaki Linen.
It is coded for Needlepoint Inc and Dinky Dyes silks... and **for a limited time**, we have the thread packs available as well! (sorry, no open-stock thread packs) We LOVE, LOVE these gardens, because Cynthia loads them full of special stitches that look neat even on the CHART, not to mention stitched in person!
The Little Birds Sampler
from The Drawn Thread!
Oh my gosh, this is a charming piece! A long, skinny alphabet -- that is stuffed full of garden treasures and a ton of birds. Cats, squirrels, mice, birds, birdhouses and birdbaths, and LOTS of silks and special stitches... this measures 54 x 336 stitches in size.
Worked on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast Linen -- it'll turn out approx 3 x 21. Again, we have silk packs of Needlepoint Inc and Dinky Dyes silks available for this for a limited time... at least 24 different colors in here! (not available open-stock) Of special note to the industry -- Cynthia has special watermarked paper in this pattern. If it is copied illegally... the chart has eyes in the back of its head and will tattle!!!!!
Wild Rose Needlebook and Scissor Case Set
from Faby Reilly Designs
Faby Reilly does the most elegant florals -- so light and delicate -- we have a new set presented as a scissor case and fob with matching needlebook. Some of the most beautiful charting by Creative Poppy on these, everything is worked in DMC floss on 32ct White Belfast Linen, and features a few gold seed beads in the rose center. The case finishes approx 3-1/2 x 5 -- and is stitched on both the outside sides and a little on the inside.
The scissor case is decorated with the same gorgeous pink roses and darker pink buds, and is the prefect size for a 3-1/2 or 4-inch embroidery scissor. Offered in two different charts -- the needlebook in one, the scissor case and fob in the other. Just lovely!
Sonny The Snowman Pendant
from Faby Reilly
Isn't his little guy CUTE????? He is a THREE-SIDED pendant stitched on 32ct Antique White Belfast Linen with regular DMC flosses. Each of the three sides is an individual design -- Sonny, his mittens, and that charming top hat and bird perched atop. Each side measures approx 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. So if you construct this into the pendant, it'll make a generously sized tree ornament.
So cute and different, you can trim up the edges a little and make a neat beaded hanger if you like. Offered as a chart.
Mill Hill Presents Christmas 2014!
24 New designs to dazzle -- you'll have plenty of time to work on these since Summer isn't even here yet!!!!
New Pieces by Puffin & Co!
We have several new pieces to add to your Puffin & Co collection of copper, nickel and brass stitching tools! Check out these delightful little needle threaders!!! A kitty and puppy... they aren't even an inch high, but do measure 1-1/4 inches with their attached threader.
So DARN cute, they feature a magnet on their backs so they'll cling to your stitching lamp or chart holder... or even the refrigerator or a filing cabinet! I keep this kind of thing in my Needle Safe -- it's a little plastic box that features a magnetic lining.
Anyway, always fun gadgets... Puffin has new Needle Nannies and Counting Pins as well!
Presenting Miss Kitty's Pin Embellished Pin Cube!
Just Nan has announced a very Limited Edition bitty Pin Cube that is darling!!!! Miss Kitty's Cube measures a mere 1-1/2 inches in size, and is stitched on 32ct Ash Rose Belfast Linen in DMC flosses. Covered in Summer Blossoms there is a mixed bouquet on the top and a different floral motif with matching Bargello border on each side.
Everything is garnished with glass beads as well... and can you see little Miss Kitty -- the Charm Garden Pin sticking out from the top? She's protecting her garden!!! Easy finishing instructions are included... the small chart includes the beads and a butterfly charm embellishment. OUR Miss Kitty's Cubes come with the Charm Garden Pin... as they are Limited -- to the same number as the charts! Due to arrive in the shop May 14th -ish!!!
Just Cross Stitch Magazine Announces Annual Halloween and Ornament Issue Details!
Every year, we are treated to collections of Halloween and Christmas designs in various issues of Just Cross Stitch Magazine. The Christmas Ornament Issues have been around since the 90's, and the Halloween ones began several years ago. Let me organize all four issues that everyone loves to collect each year. We can send them to you as they are released... or hold them all for shipment when they finally arrive. (My quoted prices are from memory... I know they aren't all the same price... but these are pretty close. And... watch the release dates... see if you can wait that long.)
Before we list everything... this is a great time to remind you of all the past issues of JCS Magazines... 1991 through 2000, and then 2001 through 2010... 20 years of magazines are now all in PDF format on CDs! EVERYTHING is beautifully organized and presented... absolutely and totally wonderful! (The premier Ornament Issue is on the 91-00 collection) Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly has a CD too!
In Full Glory
from Blackbird Designs
Blackbird Designs has a couple of new releases... Barb and Alma's next Loose Feathers -- #10 Mother's Day, as well as this festive colonial house!
A new Reward of Merit design, this is offered in small chart format, and finishes the size of a generous pin cushion. The wavy flag is really neat, the bald eagle seems to be holding it! The urn of flowers beside the house is pretty just by itself, as well.
Bees Hum from Just Another Button Company!
Art to Heart has a plump FLORAL beehive that Just Another Button Company has charted into Cross Stitch. Can you see the flower design in the hive? Stitched on Week's Dye Works 30ct Honeysuckle hand-dyed linen with 11 different hand-dyed or DMC flosses, the chart comes with the collection of button embellishments -- three bees and a smattering of deep purple buttons for the flower stems.
Art to Heart has a Garden Song Quilt design... this is the second panel of it that JABCO has charted for us. Finishes approx 7-1/2 inches square... I just LOVE that floral pattern in the hive, and the pretty collection of warm buttermilk and butterscotch colors against the Forest Glade and Tomato greens and reds!
Blossom & Bloom from Erica Michaels
Erica Michaels has three new releases... Blossom & Bloom needs to be stitched and perched atop your kitchen sink windowsill! Measuring 75 x 74 stitches, it finishes out at only 1.9 inches square -- tuck it into one of our bitty frames -- and surely you'll find an empty 2-inch space for it!
Offered as a chart, with small cut of 40ct silk gauze, this is worked with DMC and overdyed flosses in all 1/2 crosses. If you choose a 28ct linen or 14ct Aida as alternative stitching fabrics, this will top out at 5 x 5.
Military Seals from Cody Country Crossstitch
We have a trunk show in the shop right now from Cody Country Cross Stitch -- patriotic and military designs that are all offered in chart format.
Pictured here are 5 Seals -- each measuring approx 10 inches round when worked on 14/28ct. Each has an alphabet for personalization if you'd like to add that. Charted for DMC floss, there are no quarter or half stitches, and no backstitches -- just regular crosses!
from Cody Country Crossstitch
Quite a dynamic statement! The American Flag is super-imposed on the head of a bald eagle! Offered as a chart, this measures 230 x 188 in stitch count and is worked on black fabric.
Choose that count carefully, as black can be a challenge to see when stitching. Navy blue can help!
Rebecca from Carriage House Samplings
Kathy Barrick has a new piece -- a charming bunny -- just sitting here! I think part of the charm of the piece is all the design repetition of all the small motifs and shapes in here. The leaves in the vine, alphabet letters and butterflies in the background, and the negative patterns in Rebecca are all basically the same size -- and they dazzle your eye and brain! Then, you get the play of the diagonals from the date block, the ground and again-- the leaves -- lots of balanced repetition in here!
Offered as a chart, Rebecca measures 106 x 153 stitches and is worked in silks or DMC flosses. Very cute piece, I think she'd make a stunning pillow (finished with some lavish silk fabrics!) perched on a guest bedroom bed.
Holy Family, Little Drummer Boy and A Long Winter's Nap Stockings
from Heaven & Earth Designs
Heaven & Earth delivers the most stunning charts of famous works of art for Cross Stitch... I definitely cannot do any of Michelle's things justice with just a few words. This is a trio of designs -- each offered in it's own chart format -- that promise heirloom stockings to treasure forever. NOT for the faint-of-stitcher, or one who catches *a few hours here and there for relaxation* -- you need to be serious about stitching to commit to making even just one of these.
from Heaven & Earth Designs
Here is a set of 4 *Ornament* designs -- they each measure 175 stitches in diameter -- so over ONE on 25ct, they finish 6 inches in size! Pretty generous for ornaments!!!!!! SOOOO.... what about gorgeous framed pieces worked over two on something reasonable like 32? That'd make them 11 x 11! Scott Gustafson's work is showcased in the Decorating The Wreath piece, while Donna Gelsinger's work appears on the other three.
89 and 90 Colors of DMC floss in each, as you can see the shading and design details are incredible. The charts are very involved... clearly printed... but challenging to follow because of all the design detail and color changes. Blow up the charts, and get a highlighter to mark areas you've already stitched. Just amazing charts and designs to look at... some of you can stitch these, and you are just as amazing!!!
Elephants Walk from Fern RidgeCollections
***The Fern Ridge Gals have been busy again... we have 10 new things...!!!
Elephants Walk is just one pair and makes me want to go to Africa!!! A matching 10-ish x 2-ish sewing case and scissor fob the colors in these are stunning -- cinnabar, cucumber green, golds and black. The COMPLETE kit for the little case is amazing! You get the 28ct Cashel Linen, the cinnabar printed lining fabric, chart for the little parade of elephants tramping across the outside your case, and small panels inside.
Lovely beads for the edge trim are here, beads and a magnet for the closure loop, and a tiny crystal butterfly for one of the palm trees. Three different brands of floss are in here, along with Gloriana silk. Because the little case has interior pockets, you even get the tiny wooden elephant thread winder -- it is 1-1/8 inches, and a 2-inch ruler... along WITH the black 3-inch scissors AND a 1-1/2 inch elephant thread waxer!!! (They tell us that shape is made using an antique candy mold!)
THEN... you'll need the matching Elephants Walk Peyote Stitch scissor fob -- remember, you have the scissors in the sewing roll kit! It is a small piece that features lavish beaded fringe and a neat elephant charm. Same awesome colors, and another crystal butterfly! The fob is offered as a complete kit as well.
Make sure you click to see the other 5 charming sets of fobs, boxes and matching cases!
M Woods 1759 from Milady's Needle
This is a reproduction of a charming antique sampler stitched (most likely) in Norfolk Va. (You can see the pic of the original on the back cover of the chart.) A petite 10-3/4 x 8-1/2 in size, it is so colorful and packed full of balanced motifs. Something about it just speaks to me!
Just a few Eyelets, and several inconsistencies in the charts of the motifs and borders, it's not too big and impossible to stitch. Pretty colors as well... it is charted for silks or DMCs. Offered as a chart.
Colorful Epoxy Scissors from Bohin of France
What fun and pretty pieces!!! These 4-1/2 inch scissors are steel, and covered with a baked on epoxy finish of bold color. Perfect to match a cute fob you have stitched or super bold to tuck in to a colorful sewing case, each one is nice and tight in cutting action. Not too lightweight or flimsy, they are sharp at the tips, and I think a little more heavy-duty than some of our 3-1/2 inch styles. Fun neat additions to our scissor collection!
To help you with the scissor colors, here are DMC equivalents for your reference:
Presenting the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Archive DVD of 1991 through 2000!
Ever gone nuts trying to find a design in one of your old magazines??? Just Cross Stitch has just finished archiving its third DVD of 10 YEARS of JCS Magazine! Including every page of every past issue published between 1991 and 2001... the words *Nostalgic, Vintage, Heirloom and Retro* come to mind... along with Oh My Gosh!
This particular DVD even contains the ORIGINAL 1997 Premier Annual Ornament Issue. Lots of designs that have been the property of the magazine, and not the original designers, all three of these DVD's have been done beautifully. The discs feature fully searchable PDFs and printer-friendly charts. WAY COOL!
Summer Memories Silhouettes from Handblessings
Walk with Mom -- Walk with Dad -- Baseball and Soccer Players -- Have Wagon Will Travel...
Aren't these neat designs? Stitched on virtually any fabric you like best... choose a single color of floss... and stitch a memory of childhood. If your little person needs to be a girl -- everything is charted with an optional pony tail!!! Finishing various different sizes -- these are generally 4 x 6-ish in size.
Each chart includes a heart charm embellishment -- always tucked up high in one of the trees. Timeless designs, not cluttered. They'd make neat photo album covers!
New From Curly Girl and Mill Hill
We have four new kits by Curly Girl Designs that are full of personality and inspiration. (#'s 13, 14, 15 and 16 in this collection of designs!) Stitched on either Navy or Star Sapphire 28ct linen in loads of DMC flosses, these feature small bits of beaded embellishment... but much more Cross Stitch than beading. Finishing approx 7 x 7, they are colorful, fresh, young, upbeat, and VERY up-to-date. Stitch these for any young lady in your life -- and she will love you!
Carols on the Square from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has released this year's Christmas Scene -- a companion Santa's Midnight Flight. (We're starting to get a fun collection of these patterns -- just like their series of Halloween Haunted Houses! VERY detailed and full of whimsical design elements.) Back to Christmas! *Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!* Stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct Nocturne hand-dyed linen, a 24 x 27 cut, the linen is a gorgeous greyed-denim blue -- a fantastic darkened winter sky on a cloudy, snowy evening.
The charming houses in the village are lit for the Holidays, and everyone seems to be out tonight caroling. Santa is up there in his sleigh... yes, he is standing... because this is his sleigh -- not a rowboat! The big tree in the foreground is full of stitched texture, it features Smyrnas if you like. Houses feature Satin Stitched planks, while windows are decorated with mini-garlands of petite glass seed beads. You're going to need a few reels of metallic blending filament, those three seed bead colors and LOTS of Weeks and Gentle Art over-dyed flosses -- 53 skeins in all!!!!!! The colors in this are Grand!!! There are even a pair of JABCO buttons up in the top corners -- Rudolph and the sleigh! Very enchanting this year... just break down and get it... it'll be fun to page through and start when it's 100 degrees this summer!!!
A Friend So Dear, Seaside Alphabet and Now I Know My ABC's from JBW Designs
JBW has 7 new designs... all presented in small card format charts. Here are just 3 of them...
Lots of Patriotic from Priscilla's Pocket!!!
A TERRIFIC Miniature Wooden Thread Keep -- along with a pair of great charts -- these are beautiful, timeless designs.
The Garden Fair from Blackbird Designs
Blackbird has a pretty new garden urn piece, surrounded by a floral border that could fit on top of a small box, or finish into a petite pillow. Stitched on 32ct Hoffman's Special Blend by R & R, this uses a palette of Classic Colorworks hand-dyeds that are included in the kit... Wild Berries, Cinnamon Toast, Clay Pot, Hazelnut, Onion Skin, Pea pod, Stepping Stones, Used Brick, and Weeping Willow.
The 32ct linen is a new addition to the hand-dyed fabrics we have had... it is a classic R & R light brown hand-dyed color. The Garden Fair is an exclusive design to Hoffman Distributing Company and is offered as the chart with nine Classic Colorworks complete floss skeins. The R & R linen is offered separately.
A Tisket * A Tasket
from Shepherd's Bush
Such a snappy, stylized Spring basket of flowers, Tina and Terri share childhood memories of making paper baskets and filling them with flowers -- a gift to their mother. This 5 x 6 confection features a lavish array of florals in the oversized basket, with a tiny village beneath.
The basket itself looks like it's full of textured stitches, but it is the play of the threads. Offered as a complete kit of chart, 32ct hand-dyed linen, silks and cottons and button embellishments.
Presenting a Pair of Limited Edition Kits by Lizzie Kate!
Song of Spring: A pretty chocolate brown polka dot pillow accents your stitching. This is a tiny spot motif sampler of everything Spring -- bunnies, birds, flowers and eggs. Stitched with Week's Dye Works flosses it is embellished with small matching beads, buttons and charms. Offered as a complete kit, you get Linda's chart, cut of 32ct Lambswool Linen, all the necessary Weeks and DMC flosses, embellishments, baby rik-rak, lace, AND the chocolate polka dot fabric! The creme bunny fob project is also included -- threads, embellishments -- everything. Complete finishing instructions are included for your 4 x 7-ish pillow... the whole thing is PRECIOUS!!!
Do Your Best: A sweet bit of advice from home... this design has a home-made/stitcher theme to it. The tiny sampler is finished into a pin pillow, and accents the coordinating strawberry emery -- that kind of resembles a carrot!!! Linda's kit contains everything needed for this pair! Chart, the 28ct Natural linen, Weeks Dye Works flosses, beads, buttons and a bitty stork scissor charm, Weeks wool for the berry leaves, two different sizes of rik rak trim, a length of twine, and that darling antique alphabet pillow fabric! Complete finishing instructions in here, as well; this little clear box is full! Just so sweet!
Presenting SNOWBELLES By Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill
Well... Mill Hill pegged the weather correctly when they packed our box of these TOO CUTE new little guys!!! Who knew the entire country would be dealing with snow and snow, and snow....? Debbie Mumm has designed a set of 5 Bells -- Snowbelles - to be exact. Darling little snowmen with bell-bottoms!!!
All offered as complete kits, they are worked on 14ct white perforated paper with DMC floss and smatterings of Mill Hill glass beads. Each finishes approx 4 x 5-1/4... much smaller than the actual things in your front yard!!! So... we introduce: Jingle, Jangle, Freezy, Flurry and Frank!
Owl Birth Sampler
from Cherry Hill Stitchery
OHHHH... this is PRECIOUS!
*Read me a story, tuck me in tight, say a sweet prayer and kiss me goodnight.* How can you NOT fall in love with that??? (or the little person it's asking for!) Cherry Hill Stitchery has a new piece than can double as a birth sampler... or simply be the most charming thing hanging on your child's wall.
Charted for DMC colors of corals and aquas the stitch count is 96 x 163. There is an alphabet and set of numerals included for personalization... so choose your favorite fabric -- it can be anything -- and add this to your stitching schedule for 2014!!!!! Offered as a chart.
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz!
from Brooke's Books
Brooke Nolan has released a set of 8 characters from The Wizard of Oz. Offered in chart format, each is coded for DMC floss and some feature metallics for an extra punch of color. Stitch counts for all are 52 wide... and heights range from 58 stitches (the Flying Monkey) to 104 (The Wicked Witch of the West.)
Cute as can be... even though you are seeing digital images and not the actual stitched pieces... they'll finish approx 4 x 4 to 4 x 7 in size -- on the large side for ornaments, but if you do them on paper, they'd be awfully neat. Anyway... colorful, familiar, and fun!
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