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New From STICKS -- Summer and Christmas!
Four colorful and bold designs worked on 16ct Aida with a ton of DMC floss and a smattering of Mill Hill Beads, these bring our STICKS collection of designs to 20. I just love them and can let the designs themselves enchant you -- without any of my descriptions!
Each finishes approx 7 x 7, and since these are on fabric instead of paper, you can make funky, wild pillows out of them. I know you can't tell from the pics, but the sun rays in both Relax and Play golf are studded with miniature glass seed beads. Presented as complete kits of the chart, fabric, flosses and beads, the frames are offered separately.
A Needlework Enthusiast's 2016 Book of Days
A 'Stitching Log Book' so to speak... Needlework Press has released their 2016 edition of this 9 x 12 softcover stitching journal. Really fun to log your stitching hours each day or what you are working on. It's the perfect place to store (write down -- how old fashioned!) DATES for all your upcoming stitching weekends, shows, and needlework-related events that are important to you. Contact info for friends... DESIGN info, maybe a shopping list or two... pictures of pieces you've seen that will take you years to find, but you don't want to forget about them in the meantime... lots of things.
Each month is displayed over two pages, so there is plenty of room in here for LOTS of info. Antique samplers and artwork inspire the decorations on the pages... pick this up before 2016 is here!!!
Boo Kitty! - Our September Secret Needle Night Kit
Halloween is coming, so this month's Secret Needle Night project is a quick teaser to whip up in time for the Holiday!! 18ct Natural linen, #5 Pearl Cotton, a bit of Fyre Werks ribbon, and Fuzzy Stuff to dress up the greenery, this little guy is super easy to stitch this time around!
Mona's finishing treatment creates a stand-up easel... SUPER quick on the assembly end as well. (We're talking 1/2 an hour for that, as her cording and bow are pre-done for you, and the curvy boards are cut as well!) The complete kit comes with fabric, threads, button embellishments, needle and chart. Mona's finishing kit is separate.
Antique Autumn Sampler
from Elizabeth's Designs
Gosh, this is a beautiful piece stitched on Weeks Dye Work's 36ct Parchment linen. Just 10 shades of DMC along with Weeks Jaybird, Purple Haze and Sweet Potato make up all the color in this.
Ever-changing border colors -- like the Autumn leaves -- it has balance, and I find it charming! It finishes approx 8 inches square, and will be slightly larger on the larger counts of the Parchment fabric. Offered as a leaflet.
Reach - #6 Of The Fold from Shepherd's Bush
Shepherd's Bush has finished their set of 6 kits for their Fold Series. A sewing box to store smalls was the first kit... and we finish with the 5th design of the smalls to tuck inside. *Reach* is a cute wooden 6-inch ruler case -- and you even get the decorated ruler!
Stitched on Teri's hand-dyed 32ct linen they've included DMC, Weeks hand-dyed flosses, Thread Gatherer's Silk 'n Colors, a bit of solid silk and 8 yards of DMC Cordonnet #80 thin thread (used in the Nun Stitch border treatment.) The same pretty plums, berries and creamy colors as the rest in the set, how fun to have a stitched case to store a ruler in your sewing box!
Gathered Moments Stitching Tray from Shepherd's Bush
Here's a fun design that matches some of Tina and Terri's Fold designs -- I recognize that skinny red house!!! Stitched on 32ct natural linen with hand-dyed and solid raspberry and mossy colors of silks, as well as DMC and Week's flosses (you get the whole gamut of thread in this one!!), there are little button embellishments as well.
Finishing approx 3 x 5, it is tucked into the bottom of a wooden tray by Retromantics. T & T have sheep on the ends of their little trays... ours have solid ends. Offered as a complete kit -- the little tray is separate.
Friend from Shepherd's Bush
A fun little 10ct Tula kit, this is worked with brights purples and periwinkle blues. I don't know if Shepherd's Bush specifically markets these as beginner kits... but we recommend them all the time. Cute designs, the pretty Shepherd's Bushy colors, embellishments, and even the charting and instructions... *Friend* finishes a nice 3 x 4 in size.
A lovely presentation for a new or young (we think like 8 years old?) stitcher, this is 'the real thing' and not a dorky, ugly, bulky, tacky beginner kit -- it is a special little 'gift' to them to introduce them to the art of Cross Stitch! Kit includes the chart, 10ct fabric, button embellishment, needle and threads.
La Petit Etui Noel from Praiseworthy Stitches
The Praiseworthy Stitches Gals made another cute seasonal tin kit that delivers a whole bunch of cute smalls! Limited to 200 -- it comes in either a Santa or Snowman 4 x 6 x 2-ish inch decorated tin. Inside, my gosh, you'll find a MILLION little pieces of fabrics, felts and linings, a jingle bell, a couple of thread rings, ric-rak, ribbons, sequins, some metallic red mini-garland, red, gold, white and green seed beads, DMC flosses, along with the charts and assembly instructions.
You'll be making a Santa & Rudolf needlebook, a thimble purse, a bell-shaped magnetic needle minder (trimmed with that jingle bell), snowflake emery, snowman thread winder, and a pincube with all sorts of cute little things on each of the sides. Store it all back in the little tin - or hang them all on your tree for the season!!! (and THEN pack them away in the little tin!)
A Pair of Beaded Fobs - Let it Snow and Steppin Out from Praiseworthy Stitches
Just when you think your fabric scrap isn't large enough for ANYTHING, take inspiration from these two!!! The gals at Praiseworthy Stitches put together all the components to bead and stitch a pair of scissor fobs. (We don't have too many of these -- so we didn't put them on Just Arrived -- just tucked them onto this page!!)
Luscious Cotton Chenille Trims from Lady Dot Creations
Wow... I bet Lady Dot's Lois is in BIG trouble with her mom -- this gorgeous new chenille probably came from the family heirloom bedspread!!! It is a new line of plump, fuzzy, super-soft hand-dyed cotton chenille -- the kind you find on the charming antique bedspreads.
Lady Dot has dyed a wonderful array of colors -- the names are delightful and descriptive -- and you'll love how well it covers the edges of your pin cushions and needlework smalls. Packaged in 3-yard lengths... we just love it ALL!
Wilhelmina and Eat, Drink & Be Scary
from AB Designs
AB Designs has a pair of new charts for Halloween that over-the-top colorful, funky and wild -- just like so many of her other creations!!! Both are presented as the charts with a few button embellishments. Stitch them on Weeks purple, orange, green or yellow hand-dyed linens... there are tons of color choices!
Halloween Royal Family
from Madame Chantilly
Isn't this a ridiculous little piece of Halloween charm??? By Madame Chantilly, this should bring a smile to your face, it does to ours.
Measuring 161 x 123, it is coded for DMC floss but you know, metallics and bead embellishments would be great on this! See what your stash holds in store for you!!! Just think this is darling! Offered as a chart.
The Witch's Inn from Barbara Ana
Oh this is cute!!! Make it a TWO-SIDED pin cushion!!! One side features the Witch's Inn with the welcoming key hanging from the sign. You could garnish this with pumpkin buttons, bats and spiders... all sorts of cute stuff. The other side, however, is too cute to pass up! It has the witch sleeping in bed -- inside the Bed and Breakfast -- her kitties on and under the bed with her! Witch shoes are underneath there too! Since 1692... has she been sleeping that long... or has this place been in business that long?
Front side finishes approx 7-1/2 x 3-1/2. Smaller design is 4-1/2 x 3. I think they'd be really fun finished back to back as a two-sided cushion! Offered as the chart, coded for DMC floss and stitched on 32ct Flax Linen (but you could choose some scary hand-dyed fabrics as well).
SEVEN New releases by Teresa Kogut!!!
Teresa presents a lot of her designs in both Counted Cross Stitch AND Punch Needle... and since we like both of those things... we carry both!!!
New In CROSS STITCH is Moondance -- which I LOVE in punch needle already! That background is stunning!!! Actually, it is a medley of copper DMC flosses and you do NOT stitch the black -- that is the fabtric!!! Also new are Country Santa, Give Thanks, and Sunflower Sheep -- take a peek at them on our inside TK pages.
New in PUNCH NEEDLE are Believe, Harvest Dress and Be Merry. All her punch needle patterns are presented to trace onto the provided weavers cloth, so they are ready to punch. Cute things... enjoy browsing through them all!!
New Arrivals by Foxwood Crossings -- Our Sled Lady!
A fun variety of releases... not just sleds this time around!!!
New Designs from Just Nan Have Arrived!
Here are the details for the cutest things!
Which Witch, And Rudolf from La-D-Da
La D Da has a pair of new designs -- we teased that she is in 'her black phase' with them -- they are both stitched only in black!!! Offered as small charts, you can always add more color if you want...
from SamSarah Design Studio
Double Ups from Heart in Hand
Here are two new small card charts by Heart in Hand that are bitty in size, but pretty big in personality! I think it's the start of a new set of designs... I'll get back to you on that... but these two are perfect to get NOW for October and November decorations. Each design measures only 60 x 43 in size, is stitched on 30ct Weeks hand-dyed linen with a bunch of DMC or hand-dyed threads from your stash. Each comes with an exclusive JABCO button.
What we think is so charming about these are all those little motifs along the top border. Frankenstein is only 12 stitches high, and the Mayflower is only 12 x 18! A few of these would be cute stitched in a long row at some point, but for now, they'd be cute as brick-shaped box stand-ups.
from Blackberry Lane Designs
Blackberry Lane has sent a charming snowman/Christmas design stitched on the 32ct Belfast linen that is a Twilight blue with white dot decoration. Coded for 22 shades of DMC floss, this finishes approx 4 x 4 on the 32ct linen.
You really can't see from the pic, but there are rabbits and squirrels that are stitched over one thread, as well as the bird feeder and the 5 snowflakes that are tucked in the background. Quite a busy little piece, this is offered as a chart.
Halloween and Thanksgiving from With Thy Needle
Brenda Gervais has been busy... and has sent 4 new designs!!! Everything begs to be distressed with coffee or walnut shells when you've finished them, and even though they are shown framed... pillows and door hangings would be cool too. All 4 are presented in chart format.
New Releases from Pine Mountain Designs
New From Bent Creek!
Seedy Pumpkin Cottage from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has released their 8th annual haunted house scene and this year's is SO AWESOME! Seedy Pumpkin Cottage is full of wispy ghosts, shiny spider webs, black cats and carved pumpkins... and all of it is underneath the glowing Jack-O-Lantern Moon. Stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Echo Linen (an awesome grey/teal midnight-sky color), there is so much going on in here that it has enchanted us in the shop!
The model arrived today -- patterns should be here soon -- clay button embellishments and fabric follows later this week. Finishing approx 21 x 15... it is HUGE and quite the eye-catcher! Coded for DMC or Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds you'll need multiple skeins of 12 of the 41 colors called for, along with silver metallic for the spider webs, petite Mill Hill glass beads and a FULL clay button pack of spiders, ghosts, bats and even a little owl.
The white fence around the porch is really neat because it is done with long stitches of white thread but they have added three teeny orange beads to each railing post -- it glistens! Yes... this might take all year to stitch... but WOW, what a fun and creative seasonal decoration that everyone can enjoy year after year!!! Seedy Pumpkin Cottage is the place to be on The Big Night!!!!!
Holly Berries on Silk or Linen! from Erica Michaels
Erica Michaels has a pair of stitched Christmas Strawberries to go with her new Yikesberries for Halloween! Absolutely the most charming little things... you have two fabric and stitching options with these. Holly Berry for LINEN is worked on 32ct -- we like Waterlily (softer) or Star Sapphire (stiffer) such a pretty soft green color to highlight the cute little reindeer and holly leaves... that is the linen showing, you do not stitch the background. That berry option finishes approx 4 inches in length.
The SILK Berry is worked over the 40ct silk gauze that is included with its chart. It IS solid stitching, and the chart varies a little from the linen version. The little SILK guy finishes about 2 inches in length!
The Yikesberries from Erica Michaels
OH THESE ARE SO COOL!!! Erica Michaels has outdone herself with this pair of Halloween Strawberry Pincushions! Presented in chart format -- one is stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Jewel Belfast hand-dyed linen and the other on bitty 40ct silk gauze -- they each use Weeks or DMC floss. These are the first in Linda's new set of DARLING berries (I talk to her all the time, and I know a Christmas berry is coming!)
Anyway, your LINEN Yikesberry measures approx 2-1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long, features a stacked button stem and a bit of black felt for it's leaves. The GAUZE Yikesberry is only 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches long -- a miniature version of the larger. Each of the two charts are slightly different -- can you see the design differences in my pics? I have a pair of 4-inch scissors in there as well, so you can see the scale of these. Absolutely the CUTEST little things EVER... they finish in a similar fashion to Just Nan's little mice -- a stitched 'half-circle' area that is folded together --sort of like an ice-cream cone. You need these!
Pumpkin Row from Erica Michaels
Pumpkins at morning, Pumpkins at noon, If it weren't for pumpkins, we should be undoon. This is very cute -- lots of brilliant and bold color in the rows of pumpkins -- this is offered as a chart, and offers three different stitching and finishing options.
from Erica Michaels
What a neat ornament!!! Santa and The Mrs are stitched on 40ct silk gauze (included with the chart) with hand-dyed or DMC flosses. They finish a mere 1-1/2 x 2 inches -- and even have a few Smyrna Crosses on them.
They fit into the most charming little 2 x 2-1/2 filigree frame THAT IS INCLUDED! Tiny half-cross stitches, this is precious! Offered as the chart with the gauze and frame.
Sampler Lesson Three of the Serial Bowl Series from Plum Street Samplers
Paulette continues her Serial Bowl Series of BYOF designs. *Bring Your Own Fabric!* with this next pin cushion design. 'The daily labors of the bee awake my soul to industry.'
Stitched on just about anything you want, your 4 x 8-ish (on 36/18ct) cushion is worked with 8 different shades of Classic Colorworks floss and trimmed with a yummy 28-inch cut (make sure you have enough to go around your design when you choose your fabric) of R & R hand-dyed chenille trim. If your fabric is darker than the trim, you can coffee-stain it a little.
Presented as a chart with pre-sorted flosses and the chenille trim, these are all limited in edition in the kit format... in fact, Parts 1 and 2 sold out very quickly.
Whitewashed & Distressed Tool Tray from Retromantics
Oh this is the sweetest little work-tray by Retromantics -- 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 3 inches high -- it has a 3 x 5 flat-tray bottom with 1-1/4 inch high sides. Lots of delicate lazer-cutting on the two ends, they have etched scrolling designs on all the sides and the inside-tray bottom, and then whitewashed the whole thing.
Kind of distressed and antique in flavor, it'll hold a few stitched essentials like scissors, threads and needles... maybe a small remote... definitely a snack... or maybe a stitched pin cushion or two as a pretty display piece! The bottom features felt discs so it won't scratch any surfaces.
Flag and Flowers from Dames of the Needle
Oh, this is a delightful little design by Elizabeth Talledo -- you get two parts -- one fits a 3-1/4 x 4-3/4 inch hornbook, the other is a matching scissor fob or ornament. Offered as a small chart, you'll need bits (around 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 -- just bits -- we're going to find you bits in our bolt of fabric, so both will be less than $5) of Week's 35ct Straw Linen and 12 shades of Sampler Threads for these, and a package of Elizabeth's hand-dyed black mini Pom-Pom trim.
I don't know if you can see it all in the picture, but you'll Nun-stitch the edging and add those little balls around the edges. A very pretty floral urn surrounded with a lovely, dusty-shaded American Flag. Very pretty!
August's Spook of the Month -- Scare-A-Crow!
Val's Stuff is in the middle of a real cute 12-part monthly set of Halloween Spook ornaments. The newest really isn't a spook at all -- he's just a ragged scarecrow that joins the ranks of all her other monsters.
Actually kind of cute, they are worked on 14ct perforated paper with overdyed flosses, and garnished with Just Another Button Company clay buttons. We have January through August now... take a peek and see if there are some you need!!! Offered as the charts with paper and clay.
New From Curly Girl and Mill Hill
Here is the next set of 4 designs by Curly Girl -- these four bring our collection to 20! Presented in full kit format, you get the chart, linen, flosses and beads to finish these 7-1/2 x 7-1/2 inch designs.
I think my favorite this time is the Old Friends one... Old Friends cannot be made... they must be grown! Cute, colorful and whimsical, make sure you see the rest of Leigh's collection!
The Brighton from Craftlite
We have a new lamp!!! Long awaited from Craftlite... it has Tons of features!!!!!
Presenting the 2015 Annual Ornaments from Homespun Elegance
Every year, we get a Snowman, Sampler and Santa Annual Ornament by Sandra Sullivan -- and here they are for 2015. All worked on Week's 32ct Putty hand-dyed linen in shades of DMC and a few hand-dyeds, they are all approx 40 x 50 in stitch count.
Offered as small charts, each features a tiny brass embellishing charm as well. We have 'a million' of these from past years... not all of them... but they are a fun collection for your tree, and they make cute pin cushions as well.
Flower Power Scissors!
Kelmscott has some delightfully cute new scissors out... *Bloomin' Cute Miniatures!* Little Flower Power scissors! So darn cute... they actually measure about 2-1/4 inches SQUARE!
The finger holes are good, the blades are only 1/2 an inch in length, and these little babies are SHARP! They will be charming attached to the right fob, and really fun inside a wild sewing case. You're going to want them! Right now, we have 10 different colors, with shiny gold, silver and matte black possibly coming soon.
The Pet Store * Hello Phone Case * Potted Poinsettias
from Little House Needleworks
Little House Needleworks has been busy! Three new arrivals that we really like!
Beach Rules from The Sweetheart Tree
The Sweetheart Tree has seven new releases -- this one is my favorite -- so I chose it to show off on *Just Arrived!!!* Wear sunscreen, go barefoot, count the waves (instead of stitches?), Take a nap (but then you CAN'T stitch!) and make memories -- ALL WHILE you stitch at the beach!!!!!
Poor Sandie and me... she's in Arizona, and I'm in Oklahoma -- both of us are just about as far away from the beach as one can get -- so this is such a teaser!!!!!! About 3 x 5-1/2 in size... the small card chart comes with the pearl for the clam and three buttons to adorn the fob, if you finish it that way!
Lizzie Kate Designs Have Arrived!!!
Wow... there is more new Lizzie Kate this week. Offered as cards and charts, we're filling all those reservations you placed -- at the same time we fill the Part Two orders for 'A Little Mystery.'
Baby Floral Needlecases
Joining our regular Floral Needlecases are these smaller versions that are equally enchanting! Glass vials with a screw-off cap, these are lovingly covered with polymer clay and decorated with colorful flowers and tiny ladybugs.
ALL THE COLORS of the rainbow -- absolutely no two cases are alike -- and it's IMPOSSIBLE to choose your favorite! (This I know -- because I keep trying to find my favorite to take home and add to my stash -- and I can't!) Measuring a mere 2 inches in overall length, use these for beading and petite needles or precious stones and beads. Delightful!
Red Polka Dot Tweezers with Matching Sheath
What a fun set of *Stitching Needfuls!* SUPER sharp stainless steel tips on these charming little 3-1/2 inch tweezers -- eeally, be careful with these!! Use them to grab stubborn threads, help anchor loose ends, tease holes in canvas, or just pull slivers!
Pretty red with white polka dots -- they match the 2-1/2 inch sheath that comes with them! THEY can fit in that cover... or a favorite pair of small scissors can. Cute and functional.
from Abby Rose Designs
*Peace be to this house and to all who dwell in it.* A nice 'guest room' verse, inside an organized border with a very swirly alphabet... the garden is beautifully manicured, the stars in the sky are neat... and the house looks formidable!
With a stitch count of 230 x 194, this finishes approx 15 x 13 on 30ct, the chart includes instructions for coffee-distressing your linen to give everything an aged look. Offered as a chart.
Eliza Anne Scott 1847 from Dames of the Needle
Here's a sweet little piece -- Elizabeth has the original sampler in her private collection at home. She's adapted it a little and 'floated the alphabet and numbers' to give it more of a whimsical and relaxed feel.
Stitched on 32ct Peep's Lost Sheep Linen, it uses 19 different Weeks and Gentle Arts over-dyed flosses in its 6-1/2 x 10 inch size. A neat house, the small dogs and a few floral urns... typical sampler 'stuff and charm!'
A & E and an Apple Pynpillow Kit
from Needlemade Designs
Here's a small kit I was saving to put up until Needlework Press's ABC Spool Kits finally arrived -- they look good together -- but I lost it in my little basket of *things-in-waiting!* Adam and Eve are stitched on 28ct natural linen with just Gentle Art's Cranberry hand-dyed floss. They measure about 4 x 6 when finished.
What makes this so fun, however, is the finishing. The bottom panel of the front, and the entire back is a cut of natural linen that has cranberry-red lines woven every half-inch through-out. The kit includes both linens, the chart, floss and the cut of matching silk ribbon you see in the pic. Just super-simple, this really caught my eye, and I LOVE that unique fabric!
Fall Exclusives From Norden Crafts
Norden Crafts, one of our industry distributors, is coordinating an *On-Line Needlework Show* taking place this August 10th through the 19th. They have commissioned some designers to present limited edition exclusive kits that we can offer as 'Sneak Peeks' NOW! We're taking reservations now for August shipment!
This is a pattern we've been enjoying in the shop for some time. I've just never highlighted it for you, and need to, because it's so cute! It is definitely a tribute to one who raises sheep, shears them, spins wool, knits with it, wears the mittens and scarves, or even counts sheep in their sleep!
Offered as a chart, it finishes approx 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 32ct and is stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC.
We are sad to announce that Pam and Nancy of Prairie Schooler are retiring from our industry. They announced mid-July that they will be taking down their website the beginning of 2016.
We will miss them terribly... THEIR first Market was my second in January of 1984. (The Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta!) They started with their famous Santa and 4 leaflets. People were upset because they thought they were copying Cross-Eyed Cricket (-- whose first Market was also MY first Market -- in September of 1983.) I think it was because they were the only two companies doing clean white-covered leaflets! Anyway, since then -- everyone has become great colleagues -- and we wish our long-time friends many happy stitching hours ahead!!!
REPRINTS from The Prairie Schooler
Here, to ruin the astronomical prices on the Secondary Chart Market - are three Prairie Schooler past favorites that have been out-of-print! I guess with Pam and Nancy announcing their retirement... they knew they wouldn't get a moment of peace unless they reprised these favorites!
from Notforgotten Farm
This is a neat little piece... a very primitive bird perched in a vine surrounded by a simple border.
Finishing approx 5-1/2 x 8 on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Parchment Linen, it is stitched with only DMC of 830, 611, 3021, 640 and 869.
Meant to be a drab and monochromatic color scheme... it now looks elegant!!! Presented as a chart.
Presenting the Prairie Schooler 2015 Annual Santa
Our 30th+ Annual Santa chart has arrived -- all the same colors as the rest, the same size, and ALL the charm of Prairie Schooler's other annuals... he needs no other explanation!
We love him! Offered as a small card chart.
Witching Hour * Bump in the Night * Evergreen from The Prairie Schooler
Prairie Schooler has three new leaflets -- ALL of them are really cool... and are packed with fun design elements.
from The Prairie Schooler
Another of Prairie Schooler's Halloween Card designs, I love this one! It seems to go with Witching Hour... but not exactly the same. Notice the 13 and 31s in the corners?
I like the repeating lines in the shadows of the sky and the lines of the fences. Just a fun little thing!
Set F of Small Card Designs
from The Prairie Schooler
This is the 6th and final set of Nancy and Pam's small motif designs -- they've always released these bitty designs as promotional cards for their leaflet releases.
Celebrating leaflets numbered 172 to now... like all the rest of PS's things, they are awesome worked over one thread and made into tiny fobs and ornaments. We still have the rest of the 5 sets of 10 mini-cards each.
Our Fall FLAX is HERE!
We are barely finished hanging up all the new Fall FLAX here... we have two new collections for Fall... and we can't wait for you to see it all! Luscious Linen apparel, our sizes range from Petite to Generous-One... pants, dresses, tees, tops, tunics and jackets... we love our linens!
We always take shop gal pics of the new... but my pics are going to have to wait for a few days... we're knee-deep getting ready for our Summer Event with Drawn Thread and La-D-Da... and we just can't get everything done in a day!
RIGHT NOW... we have everything in all the sizes. Murphy's Law says that *your size* (whatever it is) will set out first!!! CALL US and we can *custom- dress-you* over the phone!!!!!
A New Pair of Charts
The Queen's Garden & Life on Sampler Hill
from The Scarlett House
A pair of new designs by The Scarlet House, both are offered as small charts.
Deer Friends, Remember Me & Liberty Inn from Plum Street Samplers
Plum Street Samplings has a trio of new designs... all offered in small chart format. Americana-Quaker-inspired, one is a little patriotic piece and the third is Autumn in theme.
(I'm writing these words on July 4th -- managing to get a little work in while the rest of the house is still sleeping this morning -- and I haven't wrapped my head around summer ending yet and Autumn coming!) Always pretty pieces, something to tuck into your stitching basket and add to the *to stitch list!*
from The Victoria Sampler
Here's a colorful Autumnal Sampler that features little witches all stitching!!! Worked on 28ct Summer Khaki Cashel Linen with loads of oranges, greens, purples and black silk threads, it finishes approx 5 x 18. (You'll need a ball of #12 black perle for all the lace.)
Each scene it cute just by itself in this -- the stitcher at the top working her quilt -- the middle panel features a crow trying to steal her silk -- and the bottom scene might just be stitch group with someone working on the snack!!!
Pretty textured specialty stitches throughout, everything is charted very clearly and LARGE -- especially on the lace borders -- so you can see where your needle goes next. Offered as the leaflet with accs thread and button pack separately.
from The Victoria Sampler
We LOVE this little piece!!!!! What a tiny little sunny-yellow cottage nestled on the seashore... can you see the family all sitting outside, and the little kitty by the front door??
This finishes a mere 6 x 6-ish on a pretty light blue linen, and it really doesn't have much in the way of specialty stitching. There are Lazy Daisy floral vines, but that is about it. The colors are deliciously aqua, pink and that gorgeous yellow... and the accessory thread pack is FULL of hand-dyed silks and even has a pair of starfish charms. Just so charming, this is offered as the leaflet with accs pack separately.
Scare-ology -- NeverMore and Scary Bit
from JABCO and Hands On Design
This is the 4th release in this set of repeating designs. Offered as small card designs... you get 1/4 of the design charted. As you pivot the chart white you're stitching... you'll repeat it all the way around. We've had a bumble-bee set, a seashore collection, and a pair of Scary birds... so this red, white and blue set is our fourth so far. Sailboats, summer flowers, a bluebird and more summer flowers tucked into mason jars... each is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Morris Blue Linen using both Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyed flosses. Cute 4-inch designs, each comes with it's own assortment of button embellishments.
A Little Mystery Sampler Club from Lizzie Kate!
There is a new Mystery Sampler coming from Lizzie Kate -- shipping mid July, August and September of this summer!!! Smaller in packaging, pricing and overall project size, Linda says *it's a lovely mishmash of sampler motifs, cheerful florals and colors and a sweet saying that's perfect for a Mystery Sampler!*
Bonus designs are included in each part. Along with the main sampler, (65w x 161h stitch count), we're going to get a darling set of stitching accoutrements -- a two-sided (35 x 39) scissor fob, pin pillow (49 x 59) and mini-sampler (46 x 79) as well! Stitched on 30ct Sandstone Linen -- Lambswool Aida is also a good choice, Linda says.
And... she's even released the colors you need -- so check your stash! GAST Avocado, Holly Berry; Weeks Chickpea, Carrot, Grits, Oscar, Purple Haze, Terrapin, Verdigris, and DMC of 437, 3042, 3354, and 3768.
ANDDDDD... there is a cute little embellishment packet for this little baby too!!! Enough for all of it -- all the pieces -- you get several handmade buttons, some bitty micros, a Made With Love charm and a couple of colors of beads! LOTS of ordering options.
(Scroll down just a bit to see the the new L*K designs that have now arrived.)
We have ONE OPEN CABIN on our Christmas Markets Cruise down the Danube River with Jeannette Douglas this November!!! We've had a cancellation, and Judy-The-Trip-Lady wants to hear from YOU!
Silver Needle and Jeannette Douglas and quite a few of you are cruising from Nuremburg to Budapest along the Danube River -- visiting the Christmas Markets along the way. We have some details about it on our Weekends and Adventures Page... Please call Judy if you are interested!!!!!
A Summer Gathering from Cherished Stitches
Louise Henderson has a cute new mini-pillow pin cushion design to coordinate with her Spring Gathering design. Limited to 200-ish in production, the delicate summer berry bush is stitched on 32ct Linen with Sampler Threads and garnished with a bit of burlap banding and some shell buttons.
All of Louise's cushions are charming -- she always trims them with pretty fabrics and unique ribbon/band/button/lace trimmings. There are still a few past releases that are still available pictured on her pages. Summer Gathering includes the chart, linen, finishing fabric, overdyed flosses, coconut shell buttons, burlap and silk ribbons. The stitcihng is approx 3 x 4, the entire cushion approx 3 x 6.
Where Liberty Dwells & My Treasures from Threadwork Primitives
A pair of endearing designs by Threadwork Primitives, each is offered in chart format. Where LIberty Dwells is worked on 32ct with Gentle Art and DMC flosses and finishes a petite 7 x 8. It might be kind of fun to stitch the house with some Satin Stitches, and you could sub in some special stitches for the dividing bands between the letters...
My Treasures is a sweet tribute to friendship. Finishing a mere 4 x 7 on 32ct, the verse reads *My treasures were. I had such friends.* There are spaces for initials and dates... you could even add an entire row to this with nothing but initials in it. Stitched with DMC or hand-dyeds, just a small and quiet tribute.
Patriotic Hearts from AuryTM
Wow, this is a neat collection of Quaker-inspired motifs all organized into heart shapes! They are all stitched with ONLY DMC of 815 red, 311 blue and white, and are meant to resemble the US flag -- the blue in the upper left corner and then all the red and white stripes. That extra design elements really adds charm!!! You could choose virtually any fabric you like, and actually find some neat hand-dyeds in reds, whites and blues that you have waiting in your stash, and go to town with these. Stitch counts on them all run about 50 x 60 in size. What a unique set of coordinating pieces!!! All are offered in the chart pack.
Quaker Halloween from AuryTM
I think this is the funniest little piece! To me, it's an evening graveyard scene... the Halloween witch is just doing a fly-over on The Big Night. The gray quaker motifs in the background of the sky (Classic Colorworks Lunar Eclipse floss) are the clouds, and the black motifs along the bottom -- with the pumpkin -- are the gravestones. My favorite part is the engraving on the stones -- *I told you I was sick!!!* Offered as a leaflet, the stitch count is 142 x 96, so find a mangy-colored fabric and get this little baby stitched in time for Halloween!
Wave Forever Stitch Book and Lady Liberty Needlebook & Fob
from Chessie & Me
Chessie & Me has released one of her cute *Book Box* designs this week, with a matching sewing case and fobs that could store inside the little box! We love these small paper mache book boxes Linda uses -- she paints and waxes them, and stitches for the top, sometimes the inside of the lid, and sometimes the box bottom. Always bits of Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed wools to line or compliment the needlework, Wave Forever is stitched on 36ct Lakeside Vintage Cedar Plank Linen with one strand of hand-dyed floss. All of Linda's Rice and Smyrna Stitches, the billowing flag appears on the 2-1/2 x 4-inch box top and on the inside.
The Lady Liberty set is worked on Weeks 32 Beige Linen, so it technically doesn't MATCH the other... but we do like them together. The needlebook finishes approx 3 x 6, the fob is just 2 x 2, and Weeks Deep Sea wool lines the little case. TOO CUTE! Each is offered as a chart, wools and linens separately.
More Elegant Beaded Cushions and Cases
from Reflets de Soie
We are enchanted with these gorgeous stitched pieces! Presented as charts, each is worked ONLY in beads on 35ct linen with half a stitch and one strand of floss! No thread changing, only half the stitch... each 'stitch' is a tiny Japanese glass bead that glistens and reflects the light. The patterns come with all the beads numbered and sorted in individual bags.
Sunflower's Cottage Sewing Box from Mani Di Donna
This is a delightful set of designs to grace the top of a wooden box, a round pin cushion, needle book, scissor fob and treasure tray lid. You might recognize Lone Elm Lane's 8 x 8 Queen's Crown Box. Offered as the chart -- I bought ALL THE WOODEN PIECES AND FLOWER PINS that you need for all of this.
Simona has charts for all the sunflower designs that scatter all over each piece and she includes 29 actual photos of her finishing and assembly for you in her instructions. Everything is worked on Weeks Dye Work's 32ct Beige hand-dyed linen with 8 shades of Weeks hand-dyed flosses in Ivy, Grits, Whiskey, Sea Foam, Charcoal, Pelican Grey, Baked Apple and Pink Sand. Along with the 7 x 7 main sampler piece, the pin cushion is a little drum topped with a bit of Week's Lancaster Red hand-dyed wool.
Can you see the yellow clay sunflower pins stuck in it? You get those in here. The needlebook features a wooden sunflower button closure and wooden bee buttons that embellish. (you get those wood buttons.) There is a wooden sunflower needle minder inside -- that you cannot see in the pic, and you get those two wooden thread winder bobbins -- the sunflower and little red cottage.
The wooden tray you see with the bobbin winders perched in it comes inside the Queen's Crown Box. (Note... the box is pricey. We'd love to sell you one, but I imagine you might be able to find something good for this at a big box store and save a little money! That is totally up to you!) The chart comes with the pins, wood buttons, sunflower needle minder and pair of wooden thread bobbins.
#1 Hornbook -- Flowers from Mani Di Donna
Oh, here is a charming Spring-Green painted wooden hornbook that measures 4 x 6, is pierced with 5 tulip flower designs, that displays a pretty band sampler of garden flowers! Offered as the chart with painted hornbook, and two sets of three hand-made clay flower pins each, you'll need bits of DMC floss and a 9 x 9 cut of 32ct Petit Point Natural Line -- with little white polka dots on it.
Stitch the cute little garden with 6 colors of floss. make the mattress, glue it to the painted paddle, and add your pins to each side... SO CUTE!!! Simona lists this as *Hornbook Series #1* so I assume there will be more that go with this -- but we have no information on that. Just enjoy this one for now!
This Little Gift
from Kathy Barrick
Here's a bitty thing by Kathy Barrick -- Accept this little gift from me and may you ever happy be. Isn't that kind of cool?
With a stitch count of 83 x 65, choose any fabric you like, and find some threads in your stash -- this calls for just three. Stitch it up and frame it or make a little cube -- it'd make a 4 x 5 pin cushion on 32ct... It is offered as a single chart.
For Spacious Skies from Heartstring Samplery
Heartstrings Samplery has a new design -- For Spacious Skies -- that 'pops' with patriotic red colors. Work it on anything you like -- stitch count is 110 x 100.
Weeks flosses of Grits, Schneckley, Palomino, Grape Vine and Collards along with Sampler Threads of Brethren Blue, Pomegranate, Endive and Ruby Slipper -- I just love the red color and the green leaves against the light fabric. The pattern of the leaves is small and repeating -- just like the bricks on the house -- it all has a neat balance to it. Offered as the chart.
Wooden Flag Thread Board
Retromantic has send the coolest wooden thread board -- approx 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches in size. They have computer equipment that can etch designs into wood, so they made a distressed wooden flag. It has 15 holes for 15 different threads you might be using on a project... just tie them onto this instead of leaving them in a heap!
Very pretty inside a sewing case as well, this would be really neat in a framed collection of needlework tools or old needle packages and hoops. A pretty way to display some used bits of old thread...
Info About the 2015 Just Cross Stitch Magazine Annual Ornament and Halloween Issues
It's that time of year again... Magazine Reservation Time! Just Cross Stitch Magazine is finalizing covers for their upcoming issues -- the ones the Collectors look for. The 15th-ish annual Christmas Ornament Issue, along with its preview of 10 ornaments, and the Special Halloween Issue (Not automatically sent to subscribers). We don't have cover images of all of them yet, but will fill those in as released. Choose any of the 4 issues you wish... we can send them as released, or hold all you order and ship at one time. (They are kind of heavy... take that into consideration... they will go Priority Mail.)
Remember the DVD collections of all the previous Just Cross Stitch Magazines are now available. A total trip down memory lane of EVERY magazine published -- we have them!!!!
Santa's Cabinet - The Elves
from SamSarah Design Studio
Here is a delightful row of little Christmas Elves delivering toys to decorate the tree and delight the still-sleeping little ones!!! Offered in leaflet format with a small collection of bitty button embellishments, it finishes approx 3-1/2 x 12 and is worked on Weeks 30ct Blue Jeans Linen.
You CAN do this piece alone... it happens to be the top section of a 5-part design .. so be aware of that when purchasing your fabric. You'll need either a 9 x 18 for JUST this design, or an 18 x 18 cut for the whole thing -- that hasn't been fully published yet. I just LOVE this topper design... I'm not sure you need a whole 4 more parts below!!!!!
Hands On's Newest Releases... July & August's Chalk Art and Stitching by the Sea
Presenting the NEW Mill Hill for Christmas 2015 Buttons & Beads
Just in time for hot summer stitching... we hope the subject matter will keep you cool! Mill Hill's annual release of 5 x 5 designs for the Christmas season have arrived. Offered as complete kits of the pattern, 14ct perforated paper, tons of DMC floss and all the necessary beads... this is like the milliionth year for these... and everyone still looks forward to them! Use the paper in the kits, or substitute 14ct aida or 28ct linen... the beads really glisten against your stitching.
Winter Holiday Kits from Mill Hill
Here are the mini-ornament kits for this season! Always offered as small kits of the 14ct paper, all the flosses and beads, each has a tiny bit of magnet material inside the kit -- so if you don't want more ornaments -- they'll look cute on your filing cabinet or fridge!
As Christmas Tree ornaments, these do look GREAT on your tree because the lights glisten off the beads, and since they weigh next to nothing, you can hang them on outside branches and they SHOW UP! The Pinecone is really cool -- lots of texture on this one, and the Gingerbread Cottage is SO CUTE!!! We have a larger version of it from a few years ago -- but this one is 3-inches in size!!!
Mill Hill Celtic Santas
Here is a new set of Paper Santas!!! Joining the 17-ish OTHER Annual sets... these little guys are popular to stitch to commemorate trips you've taken, stories you've read, and places you still want to go see! Offered as complete kits, they are stitched on 14ct paper with DMC floss and *some beads* (not nearly as many as the bead kits.)
Finishing approx 4 inches in size, they really present well on the Christmas tree! This year's releases would bring your Paper Santa Collection to 50-ish!!!!!
Presenting the Premier Issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine
Wow... we've been waiting for this neat new magazine to debut, and it was worth the wait! Beautifully presented on super glossy pages with a nice heavy cover -- it feels like a book -- rather than a magazine. There are 51 pages in here of lovely projects -- 7 Punch Needle (Threads That Bind and Notforgotten Farm are two of the contributing designers); 1 Rug Hooking piece; and 8 Cross Stitch charts (Hands On and Nikyscreations are two of the designers.)
Beautifully done, everything is in full color, huge photos, everything has at least a 2-page spread with the chart/design opposite the model pictures... it is really fun to page through! Stitches 'n Things is the featured shop in here... and Deb's petite 800 sq ft shop looks great!!! (It is no small feat to have all those threads hanging perfectly for a picture!!!) The design theme is PRIMITIVE rather than samplers or general stitchery... they have done a beautiful with it! You can purchase issues from us, but I think after one or two, you're going to want to subscribe directly!
The Summer Flower from Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette Douglas is working on a 4-part set of small seasonal designs -- her first was The Spring Bird, this one is the The Summer Flower. Finishing a mere 3-1/2 inches square on 36ct Flax Linen, like Spring, this is packed full of soft silk shades of grass green, along with dusty shades of light coral, buttermilk and browns -- all young-in-the-season colors. Jeannette has made the creamy flower in the pot (you can't really see it in the pic, sorry) all Satin Stitches, and the coral flower on the left is worked all in Shaded Brick Stitch.
Small enough for a nice pin cushion, the special stitches add lots of texture and interest to these little things! A neat display idea is simply a glass bowl or vase... she's done this with her Patterned Pretties -- just toss them all in there -- stitching side out -- and you get to see all of them at one time -- and they stay clean in their glass environment!
There's even MORE!
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