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

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

LIMITED in EDITION... Frightmare House is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 32ct Peoria Purple Linen with DMC floss. It assembles easily (hand-whip-stitched edges together), and finishes approx 3 x 4-ish. The Pumpkin Mouse is stitched on 32ct Weeks Pumpkin Linen -- and she finishes the same size as all the rest of Nan's darling little stitched mice. There is a magnet in the bottom of the house to cling to the Mummy's Crypt Needle Slide in the basement... and all 6 sides of Frightmare House feature your stitching!

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


The Gardener - #9 of The Garden Club Series from Blackbird Designs - click for more The Gardener - #9 of The Garden Club Series
from Blackbird Designs
The ninth panel in this charming sampler collection is here. Presented in a small leaflet format, we have been treated to 9 (12 will finish the set) 4 x 4 gardeny-motif mini-samplers so far. All are stitched with coordinating threads on all different colors of Weeks 32ct hand-dyed linens. You can do them individually and frame them, or make pin cushions... but Barb and Alma have shown you the patchworked sampler model (in progress) on the back covers of the patterns.

Such a beautiful, colorful, unique presentation -- you HAVE to do it! They profess that this is one Garden Club you can belong to and skip the meetings, along with digging in the dirt!
All the previous Garden Club charts are still available... so even if you can't finish them right now, join the auto-ship for them and you'll be set for a rainy day (when it's not so nice to work in your outside garden!)

Bead-Charm-Button Storage Box - click for more Bead-Charm-Button Storage Box
Wow, this is a petite and functional storage system for teeny tiny stuff!!!! Our 6 x 3-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch snapping closure box holds 25 different treats. Clear, so you can see what's inside, open to reveal removable dividers that separate 5 towers of screw-top jars. Each mini-jar is approx 1 inch round and 1/2 an inch high. They screw together -- so the lid on one becomes the bottom of the next.

VERY secure, and also clear so you can see what's inside... these even work for wet creams and lotions in your cosmetic travel bag! Everything is safe, organized, and compact! The little box weighs about 8 ounches.

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

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

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

Boxed Serpentine Gold Plated Set Boxed Serpentine Gold Plated Set
Oh my gosh... just leave me with some wine, cheese, a little stitching and these scissors... throw in a tropical island, or the South of France, and I'm good to go! WASA has paired their 3-1/2 inch elegant Serpentine design embroidery scissor with it's matching 5-1/2 inch pair and added a gold thimble.

The set is presented in a hinged gray plastic box lined with black fleecy lining. Great feel. Dreamy, smooth cutting action, such pretty design detail on the delicately curved handles, this is a gorgeous set that is top quality!!!

Spooked! Mystery Sampler - click for more Spooked! Mystery Sampler from Lizzie*Kate
Lizzie Kate' *Spooked* Mystery Sampler Part One is Here!
STILL NO PICTURE.. because this a *mystery!* The first section of Spooked is here -- along with the embellishment packet, Picture This Plus fabric and Weeks Dye Works flosses.
  • Spooked comes as three charts $9.00 each WITH bonus designs in each AND embellishments ($17, all ship with the first chart) for the main design as well as ALL THREE bonus designs. (Parts two and three will be charged when they are shipped... so first shipment will be only $26.)
  • Spooked! is worked on Picture This Plus Ale. Finished size will be 14 x 6. Choose from 14 or 16ct Aida ($12.50) or 28 or 32 Linen (16.75.) PTP always pre-surges your edges for you!
  • 13 Skeins of Weeks flosses called for -- multiples of a couple and a NEW unreleased EXCLUSIVE color in here!!! ($32.50 until August shipment, then $35 afterwards)
BONUS chart info: You'll get a two sided scissor fob 26 x 29, Winnie the Witch Stand-Up -- she's 43 x 79, and 'For the Birds' which is a huge chart as far as bonuses go... it's 121 x 29!!! You get to use your own fabrics for these... and you *might* need to supplement floss... depending on your thread usage. So... register now... and we'll ship to you Mid-June when Part One Releases!

Lighted Magnetic Pin Picker-Uppers - click for more Lighted Magnetic Pin Picker-Uppers
Well, this is the ultimate in handy gadgets! We already have telescoping magnets, but this little guy has a LIGHT at the end, so you can SEE underneath dressers, into dark corners, and way into the scary bottom depths of a tote bag! Shortened it is 8-inches long. Pull out to a 33-inch length. There is a switch on that magnetic end to let you turn on the little light (and because it is on a switch, you don't have to hold it wierd to keep it on -- it'll stay on till you turn it off.)

It will pick up my Gingher 8-inch cutting shears -- a VERY heavy-duty little magnet on there... so will definitely grab your scissors and pins. Super-handy to keep in that kitchen drawer... but fabulous to have in your stitching and sewing areas too!

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

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

Small Wooden Cranking Tape Measure - click for more
Small Wooden Cranking Tape Measure
Here is a fun little antique-inspired little doo-dad! This is a wooden 'spool' with a rotating top to retrieve the 32-inch tape measure that pulls out from it! Pull your measure out, then twist the knob on top, and the tiny tape rolls back up into the cylinder!

A fun little curiousity, neat for a sewing tool collection, pretty in a sewing basket, cool on a shelf beside other tools... it'd even be neat framed in a shadow box of needlework 'stuff!'

Ash the Octopus from Freddie's Friends Finn the Fish from Freddie's Friends
Meet Finn the Fish, and Ash the Octopus from Freddie's Friends
Just for the seamstresses of you out there, we have a few darling patterns of stuffed fabric animals. For the little ones in your life, they are sewn of bright fabrics (your choices) and bring smiles to their hearts!

What makes them cute is the fact that the seams are NOT turned in -- they are sticking out -- so they kind of have a more 3-dimensional attitude to them. Finn is about 15 inches long, 6 inches fat and 11 inches long. Ash is at least 15 inches... and he has 8 legs. These are not Cross Stitch patterns -- they are sewing patterns -- and match the rest of our Freddie's Friends Stuffed Zoo!

Teri's Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon from Shepherd's Bush
Teri's Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon from Shepherd's Bush
Oh, a fresh shipment of Teri's gorgeous hand-dyed silk ribbon has arrived... and we have a lovely, varied selection this time around! Packaged in 4-yard lengths each piece is different and unique. Colors vary so much from the Sheherd's Bushy mauves, greens and lavenders to creams, taupes, and this time some oranges and turquoises!

We get whatever we get... so we'll send you lots of fun colors... we never know just what! Teri can dye only when the weather in UT cooperates, so we ARE out of this from time to time.

Embroidery Scissors, Paris and London Sewing Sets and *Tomato* Pin Cushions - click for more
Embroidery Scissors, Paris and London Sewing Sets and *Tomato* Pin Cushions
How cute are these????! We have *The Classic Tomato Pin Cushion* re-dressed with embroidery scissors on its fabric, Pink & Black Paris fabric, Taupe and Creme Parisian Couture hand sketches (I love that one!), or the classic red, navy and black of London's vintage telephone booths, Metro stations, and British flag! Each stuffed tomato cushion measures approx 3 inches in diameter and is two inches high. There is a little green felt loop on top. along with the 'greens.' Tufted into six sections -- each comes packaged in a clear gift box, and is BEGGING to be useful and poked with your pins and needles!

We have a few matching sewing cases, too. Measuring approx 4 x 5-1/2 x 1, they are zippered cases out of the same fabrics as the cushions. Unzip to reveal the standard (super-cheapie, sorry about that!) sewing kit stuff inside... it's functional, but not-great quality. I'd toss the guts and replace with nice scissors and a few spools of decent thread. (Keep the ripper, buttons, tape measure and safety pins in there... and the plastic needle case in there is kind of cool too!) I ordered them because they matched the tomatoes, and if you needed the case, THEY ARE a beautiful presentation!!! All four fabric choices are really pretty!!!

The Heart of a Friend by Moira Blackburn -- click to see moreThe Heart of a Friend from Moira Blackburn
Inspired by 'The Arrow and The Song' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -- you'll be touched by this sampler!!! it's a long verse...but wow! *I shot an arrow into the air, it fell to the earth, I knew not where; for so swiftly it flew, the sight could not follow in it's flight. I breathed a song into the air, it fell to the earth, I knew not where; for who has sight so keen and strong, that it can follow the flight of a song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroke; and the song from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.*

Presented as a chart, the stitch count of this is 305 x 247 -- approx 19 x 15 on 32ct. Coded for just 9 colors of DMC, I am sure you can change any of those to hand-dyeds if you'd prefer. What a LOVELY piece -- it needs to be stitched for a very special friend!!!!!

Long May She Wave from Classic Colorworks - click for more
Long May She Wave
Little House Needleworks has another annual patriotic design for Classic Colorworks!

Presented as the chart with 5 skeins of Classic Colorworks floss... it joins Home of the Brave and Land of the Free. Cute and Quick!

Colorful and Cheerful Scissors - Ladybugs Colorful and Cheerful Scissors - Safety Pins Colorful and Cheerful Scissors - Flowers
Colorful and Cheerful Scissors - To Make Your Fobs Smile!
We have NINE new 3-3/4 inch embroidery scissors with colored handles to decorate all your stitched fobs. Good-sized finger holes, 1-inch blades, not a razor-sharp tip... these will cut your threads just fine, but their *main claim-to-fame* is the cute artwork decorating their handles. (Not DOVO or WASA quality.) BUT, BUT, BUT they are super cute, and need homes in your cute sewing cases and on your fun stitched fobs. ALL of them look good -- not a bad choice with any of these!!!
  • Ladybugs -- Red bugs on white, red bugs on yellow, and red bugs on green
  • Safety Pins -- Multi-colored pins on white, multi-pins on bright blue, or multi pins on black
  • Flowers -- Multi flowers on white, multi flowers on medium blue, or multi flowers on black


Absolutely GORGEOUS File Folders Absolutely GORGEOUS File Folders
Absolutely GORGEOUS File Folders!
Well... nothing to do with Cross Stitch or Needlework at all! You COULD use these to store your current project's loose charts, your stitching wish lists, the trip details of your next Road Trip Stitching Adventure... or just any regular thing you would store in a boring, plain, drab paper file folder!!!

Each one of these standard 9 x 12 inch file folders is prettier than the last... and we are offering them as a half dozen or dozen assortments. Colors are gorgeous, some are embossed with gold, some have shiny finish over the printing... all are so pretty and fun to use! Little Treats to YOU! (We do have an assortment special!)

June -- Part of the 2016 Chalk-Squared Series from Just Another Button Company and Hands-On Design - click to see more June's Chalk Squared
from Just Another Button Company and Hands-On Design
Little bluebells decorate the 4-inch round design that you can incorporate into a larger main design -- or just enjoy all by itself!!! Stitched on Weeks 32ct Gunmetal handyed linen, finish this into the slim white enameled candle pan to hang on a wall, or cling to your refrigerator or filing cabinet. June is the 6th installment in the Moment in Chalk design series... you can see all the rest and read details about finishing options on our inside pages. All of these small florals are so striking on the dark fabric -- something challenging to your eyes -- but worth the extra effort! June is presented as a small chart with button embellishments.

Little Lady Liberty from Little House Needleworks -- click to see lots more Little Lady Liberty
from Little House Needleworks
Little House Needleworks has a cute new design -- just 4 x 4 in size on 30ct linen. I think I like the finishing on this the most. Look at the simple dark-colored border on this... it coordinates with and sets off the same coordinating Weeks Dungarees colored Wool panel on the side of the small pillow.

Add a few buttons for color, the twine edge trim and those fun little red x's decorating over the seam... it's a charming and super easy presentation! (Remember this finishing theme for so many of Diane's smaller designs!) Little Lady Liberty is presented as a chart.

Gingerbread Village #8 GV8 House #5 from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more More for your Gingerbread Village from Country Cottage Needleworks
Here is Gingerbread Cottage #5 -- which is actually chart #8 -- of Nikki's ongoing village set. Presented as a small chart -- you can stitch each of these as their own design, or join them -- like we show in the composite shot on the Auto-ship page. A darling set of designs... we are slowly gathering a charming village scene.

The hardest part of this little set is keeping all the chart names straight -- she's numbering the houses -- but they don't coordinate to that charts number in the series (which will be clear as mud two years from now)! Cute, cute, each small chart comes with it's button by JABCO.

A Needle's Work from Erica Michaels - click for more
A Needle's Work from Erica Michaels
Erica Michaels has 3 new designs -- both for 40ct silk gauze, and regular cross stitch on linen. A Needle's Work is a charming *hand-work* piece -- it features all the words and tasks that needles DO! Quilt, knit, tat, spin, stitch, crochet, and weave... I guess they DO do all of that!!!

Linda has finished her piece into fun, long and skinny pin cushion... very cute, it NEEDS to go into that basket of stitched smalls you are collecting... because it'll make great conversation! Presented as the chart with small cut of 40ct silk gauze.

Made With Love Fabric Labels
Made With Love Fabric Labels
These are the funniest little bits of fabric! Best to attach to a quilt or pillow or something fabric you have made... they are 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch labels that say: This took me FOREVER! You're Welcome, Made With Love By:...

Printed in a black & gray or yellow & aqua colorway... 5 labels in the package... just for FUN!

This Land from Shepherd's Bush True Heart from Shepherd's Bush Sweet Honey Bee from Shepherd's Bush
New Things from Shepherd's Bush!
Already ordered & on the way to us, Tina and Teri have three new designs to add to your stitching stash!!! Everything is due by this weekend -- if the wind blows right!!!
  • This Land -- Teri's hand-dyed 32ct Belfast linen in featured in this kit -- *This Land is our Land.* Finishing approx 6 x 8, the kit includes a combination of hand-dyed silks and cotton flosses... and tiny hand-dyed buttons to match the threads. Jill Rensel's mat will be coming... but that'll be a few weeks still.
  • True Heart -- Another charming pin cushion design -- this is presented in a kit. You get 32ct Belfast linen, hand-dyed flosses, yummy deep blue silk ribbon and creamy beads to do that fun rouched ribbon edging treatment, and some special bitty hand-dyed buttons for your flower centers as well. (and the star on the flag, too!)
  • Sweet Honey Bee -- This one is a leaflet.
    Gather in my garden, sweet honey bee. You'll need to work this 5 X 5-ish inch piece on a 10 or 20ct fabric (18 aida or 36 linen might be good too)... it needs to be on that size to accomodate the cool set of wooden pieces by The Bee Company (of Italy!) The center hive, the bee in the sky, left-hand purple flower and butterfly in the lower right corner are all the wooden pieces -- so you'll want that set,too.

Hand-Crocheted Animal Tape Measures - click for more
Hand-Crocheted Animal Tape Measures
These little guys are back in stock again, we think they are just the cutest! Retractable 60-inch and metric tape measures, each is covered with hand crocheting... to look like either a sock monkey, bumble bee or ladybug! The monkey has the sweetest little cap on, complete with tassel trim, and the bee is wearing a beaded crown -- because she's the queen!!!

Great for your stitching bag... I have one in my kitchen drawer because it STAYS there. (I think the household perception is that it is not a 'real, serious, metal 100ft measure! But it works for me!!!)


Mary Pilgrim's Sampler Pillow from Abby Rose - click for more
Spring and Summer Pin Pillows from Abby Rose
Charts by Abby Rose, a pair of pin cushion designs stitched on 32ct linen with a smattering of hand-dyed flosses.

Instead of stitching the season... what about your house numbers from residences past?? Might be kind of a fun way to remember your old houses!!

Each finishes approx 4 x 5-1/2. Maybe old buttons for some of the flowers, a little chenille trim that matches your threads??

Block Party VINO from Hands-On Design Block Party #5 - Vino from Hands-On Design
Hands On Design continues her cute set of square, block-shaped pin cushions -- each is stitched on 5 sides and is dressed on top with a cut of Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed wool, (included in the chart) and poked with a coordinating set of Just Another Button Company pins! Vino is stitched on 28ct white linen and uses pretty hand-dyed flosses of soft greens and lavenders. The matching pin set says VINO and includes a little green bottle!

All the Block Party cushions finish about 4 x 4 x 3... you can see all of them on our Hands On or Auto-ship pages!

Little Friends Chickadee from Valerie Pfeiffer - click to see more Little Friends Sparrow from Valerie Pfeiffer - click to see more Little Friends Hedgehog from Valerie Pfeiffer - click to see more Little Friends Pig from Valerie Pfeiffer - click to see more
Oh my Gosh - Little Friends from Valerie Pfeiffer
If these aren't the cutest little people... they are each only 2 x 3 inches in size!!! Presented as small charts, they are coded for DMC floss, and each pattern has two charts -- one that highlights the cross stitches, the other that highlights any backstitching.

Absolutely precious, the birds are also offered in other larger designs by Valerie -- pictured on our inside pages. They are 'kind of pricey' -- we are aware of that -- but I guess it's less expensive than planning a trip to the UK just to bring a few home!

Fisherman Chick from Valerie Pfeiffer - click to see more Golfing Chick from Valerie Pfeiffer - click to see more Tennis Chick from Valerie Pfeiffer - click to see more
Fisherman, Golfing and Tennis Chicks from Valerie Pfeiffer
From the artwork of Valerie Pfeiffer -- aren't these a riot??? Finishing only 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 -- these are not large... but they make up for that in personality! Stitch one for the enthusiast in your life!!! Presented as small charts -- each has one for the crosses and another to highlight the backstitching. Coded for DMC., and yes... a little on the pricey side of charts, but that's life!


Mill Hill Buttons & Beads Winter Series 2016 - click for more
Mill Hill for Winter of 2016 is here!
Buttons & Beads -- Winter Series 2016

This year's annual 5 x 5 designs have arrived -- lots of different looks this year. Offered as complete kits of the 14ct paper,all the beads and tons of flosses... stitch these on the provided paper, or switch to linen like we do in the shop. Make small hanging pillows, or go for more drama - these custom frame beautifully -- they can really look elegant with a little tender loving framing care!!!
  • Town Hardware -- The millionth house in the charming Christmas Village series -- we still have all the others available -- they are *warm and fuzzies*
  • North Pole -- Lots of movement in the snowdrifts and the chilly evening winter sky -- quiet and cold!
  • Holiday Sampler -- Here's one of the different looks this year -- a coverlet-inspired sampler... add your family initials... maybe do something with that year -- like change it!
  • Festive Pines -- Very pretty -- the background of this is stitched in deep navy and greens. It matches our French Horn from a couple of years ago.
  • Crystal Snowflake -- Crisp white and winter blues -- very elegant!
  • Winter Stag -- Another of the very different looks this season, I like all the swirls in the background.

Small Winter Holiday Collection from Mill Hill - click for more
Small Winter Holiday Collection from Mill Hill
The Six little-er kits... These are the ornament sizes... complete kits of all the paper, beads and flosses... these look really good on your tree because they are 2 x 3-ish and perch perfectly on the end of the branches.
Lightweight, they don't drag down the branches and the lights catch them so well.

Renaissance Santas from Mill Hill - click for more Renaissance Santas from Mill Hill
For the millionth year in a row -- we have our trio of Olde Worlde Santas! Always stitched on 14ct natural perforated paper, each Santa comes from a different country or features a different hobby or interest. Offered in complete kits of the paper, floss and beads, each finishes approx 3 x 4 in size.

This might be our 25th set... and every other one is still available and still offered on our Mill Hill pages. A CHARMING set of paper Santas... choose the places you've traveled, the music you love... something special to you about them... your tree will love all your tiny Santas-of-the-World!

Chalkboard Quartet from Mill Hill - click for more
Chalkboard Quartet from Mill Hill
These are different for Mill Hill - and promise to be really fun to stitch! Their classic kits -- these are worked in 28ct Gumnetal linen with DMC flosses. I don't think there are too many beads in any of them... just the backstitches and straight stitches that make up the charm of the hand-drawn chalk-art look.

Finishing approx 5 x 5 or 5 x 7... give them a try!

Wee One: Magic from Heart in Hand - click for more
Wee One: Magic
from Heart in Hand
Here's a sweet little design -- only 48 x 56 stitches in size -- that is just too cute. Presented in a small Wee Ones card format with star button and a few glass bead embellishments, this'll finish just 3 x 4-ish.

The simple border is cute, those mesmerizing eyes, and that silly little skinny neck just add a bit of design interest. Stitch this for a cushion, or a cube stand-up -- it won't take any time at all to do!

What Do You Fancy?  Trick or Treat! from Heart in Hand - click for more What Do You Fancy? Trick or Treat!
from Heart in Hand
Choose any count fabric for this that you want... the stitch count is 60 x 60... so it's not very big. Good colors, cute sentiment... it'd be darling on the front of the Trick or Treat Candy Container -- or the front of the all-important gathering bag!!!!!

Coded for hand-dyeds and DMC's, add a few buttons of you have something in your stash. Presented as a full-sized leaflet... the cover is bright orange and so cute!

Sweet Home - Our June 2016 Secret Needle Night Kit - click to see more
Sweet Home - Our June 2016 Secret Needle Night Kit
Oh... time for a road trip!!! This month's Secret Needle Night would be just the perfect Tiny Home for a summer trip... don't you think??? Stitched on 18ct linen (9ct) over two, we've chosen Weeks Dye Works #5 Pearl Cotton and a couple of Just Another Button Company buttons for garnish!

A perfect project to stitch on that summer road trip!!! Kit includes the chart, fabric, threads and buttons.

To the Beach 79 Oh Whale from Hands-On Design To the Beach 80 A Little Cottage from Hands-On Design To the Beach 87 Adjust Your Sails from Hands-On Design To the Beach 88 Flock Together from Hands-On Design
To The Beach! from Hands-On Design
Hands On has 4 designs out so far in a cute 12-part series of *Beachy Thoughts!* Presented in 5-1/2 x 8 inch card format, each design finishes approx 4 x 6 on 32ct, and uses a dusty color palette of Gentle Art Sampler Threads. (Coded for DMC as well.)

Cute as can be, choose just one or two, or collect the entire set. Fun to finish as little stand-up door-stop bricks, maybe 4 together in a pillow... a lonnnggg skinny picture to hang above a doorway???


Summer by the Sea from Jeannette Douglas Summer by the Sea from Jeannette Douglas Designs
Jeannette's second installment in her stunning sea-side sampler. Stitch it (6 x 6) by itself, or join it with the other three seasons (12 x 12)... I'm just not sure if I've ever seen a prettier seaside-themed piece that is so full of color, specialty threads and stitches, texture and endearing little motifs!!! Stitched on Silkweaver's 32ct hand-dyed Meadow Mist Linen -- we have the 18 x 18 cuts to do the entire piece as one -- each of the 4 seasons comes as it's own chart with the silk and embellishment packet.

Summer features a sand dollar, scallop, lobster, trailing seaweed, more of the central sand dunes and rolling waves -- in stitches of course! -- and a sterling conch shell. Corals, aquas, sands and seaweed greens -- the colors, threads, and stitches in this are breathtaking! We've started an auto-ship for this piece - in case you want to collect/sttich them all. Spring and now summer are here. Autumn and Winter will follow later this year -- the auto-ship can start you with or without the linen, send you Spring and Summer -- with threads. Autumn and Winter follow later.

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


Grand Old Flag Pin Drum from Heartstring Samplery - click for more Grand Old Flag Pin Drum from Heartstring Samplery
Grab a bit of 32ct linen, Sampler Threads of Brethren Blue, Parchment, Old Hickory, Endive, Piney Woods and Ruby Slipper, and two yards of Lady Dot Vintage Rick Rack... and you can make this charming patriotic-flavored little drum cushion! Pretty dusty colors of the thread, that softly dyed trim and the gentle variations from your fabric -- this is sweet.

Presented as a chart, the drum finishes approx 3 x 4. Choose some wools for the top and bottom if you like, and even add a scissor pocket -- if you are an over-achiever! OR... finish this into a square cushion to add to that fabulous basket of cushions you are growing project-by-project!!!!

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

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


Fourth of July Picnic from Samplers Not Forgotten - click to see more Fourth of July Picnic
from Samplers Not Forgotten
Here's a fun piece -- it sports a lot of different little borders and a flower urn that features buttons or stitched flowers -- or both! Just 130 x 100 -- approx 7 x 6 on 36/18ct, this is worked with Sampler Threads of Onyx, Picket Fence, Wheat Fields, Endive, Freedom, dungarees, Cranberry, Linen, heirloom gold and Picnic Basket.

I like the borders and those buttons -- there is a house in the background -- maybe your fabric choice will let that show up a little better. Cute as a door-stop block!!!

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

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

14th Edition of the Quilter's Travel Companion and Crafter's Guide - click to see more Presenting the 14th Edition of the Quilter's Travel Companion and Crafter's Guide
*Quilting, Yarn, Needlepoint and Cross Stitch in The USA and Canada
This directory always blows me away with the sheer amount of information compiled inside. It is a full 9 x 11 in size -- an inch thick -- and it weighs 2 lbs and 4 ounces. It has 512 glossy pages of Quilt, Sewing and Stitchery Shop listings for both the US and Canada. Maps, info about retreats, shop hops, shows, quilds, special events... it is absolutely OVERWHELMING! Organized by state, there are over 200 facilities listed in here that can host your retreat - some with pictures! Also organized by state are ALL the shop listings they know about in each state -- IN ADDITION to the 1400 shops that have purchased ads!

When you receive your book, there are directions for sending in an e-mail address (if you would like) for updates for the next two years. Certainly worth every penny paid! The 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!

Memorial Park from Praiseworthy Stitches - click for more Memorial Park from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has a new Summertime design -- an old fashioned ball game in the park! Stitched on 32ct light green linen with DMC and Weeks flosses, this finishes approx 12-1/2 x 6 on 28ct.
It's Spring and the whole town has turned out to cheer for their teams at the first baseball game of the season. The wooden stands are packed and there are children in wagons and on the fences -- even the dog is in the outfield ready to catch one of the balls on the fly! Can't you just smell the peanuts, popcorn and the hot dogs? Yummmm! It's time to play ball!

The Just Another Button Company buttons that garnish are everywhere in here... striped stars, the baseball, and all those little triangle flags -- those are buttons!


Bandana Ranch from The Needle's Notion Bandana Ranch coming from The Needle's Notion
Oh my gosh, this is the CUTEST thing for your hacienda! We don't have those awesome mountains in Oklahoma, and not too many cactus, but we have the hats and the boots, the windmills and prairie dogs, and those paisley bandannas!

This chart features the main piece (5 x 8-ish on 32ct Lambswool) -- add your ranch's name or family name on there -- along with the boy and girl individual 3 x 4 stand-up designs. Charted for DMC and Sampler Threads, add beads if and where you want. We don't get many cute designs with this theme... so don't pass this by -- it is really cute!


Serial Bowl Sampler Lessons #5 from Plum Street Samplers Serial Bowl Sampler Lessons #5 coming from Plum Street Samplers
Love is but a moving shade, Valued friendship 'ner will fade.
Paulette's latest in her Serial Bowl series is here... a pretty pin cushion stitched in Merlot, Driftwood, Adobe, Havana, Kudzu, Collards and Bark Weeks Dye Work's flosses.

Presented as a kitlet of chart, flosses and cream chenille trim, this joins her other limited edition Serial Bowl kits. Choose a fabric YOU like.. and you're good to go!

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

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


Heartland Sampler from Scarlett House - click for more Heartland Sampler from The Scarlett House
You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl! This 256 x 143 stitch count sampler finishes approx 16 x 9 on 32ct... and is stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Tanya says this piece features several of her childhood memories of growing up in The Heartland of America. The corn, the cool barn, check out the cute chicken, too. The willow tree is neat, the house is organized and so is the garden... everything in here has it's place and purpose on the family farm.

A pretty piece, you could personalize it with the family name and a *date established* especially if it was a long time ago! Chart format -- choose virtually any fabric you want to stitch on -- just something that will allow the light 'Picket Fence' color of floss in the house an fence to show up.

Family Tree from Thistles - click for a larger view Family Tree from Thistles
Liezbeth from Thistles has darling new things!!! Family Tree is the largest of them... it is really neat, too! *The roots of a family begin with the love of two hearts.* There are 10 houses surrounding that tree... and each is personalized with initials and dates of people in your family!

It looks like births, but you could start with marriages and sets of initials... if you have lots of siblings, you could choose a house for each family... skip the tree all together and just arrange the houses! I don't know, but the houses are all really cute! Coded for Sampler Threads or DMC, there are a whopping 29 different colors in here, and it finishes a commanding 25 x 13 on 32ct! Presented as a chart.

Gingher's 2016 Collector Scissors - Sawyer Pattern - click for more A Sneak Peek of Gingher's 2016 Collector Scissors - Sawyer Pattern
Every year for the last 8 or so, Gingher has released a trio of scissors with some sort of floral or colorful pattern enameled on the handles. This year -- releasing in September -- the featured design is named *Sawyer* and is a pretty red-leafy pattern on a white background. We will have the classic 4-Inch Embroidery, the 5-Inch Knife Edge Sewing and the 8-Inch Dressmaker Shear.

Reserve them sooner vs later, as I believe Gingher bases their production number on these early orders. FREQUENTLY they sell out by Christmas -- we only have the 4" and 5" left from of the previous year's patterns available! Wonderful quality, each comes in a gift box with a protective leather sheath -- or a heavy-duty cover (on the 8-inch.)

Many Flakes a Family Makes from AB Designs - click for more I'd Rather Bee Stitching from AB Designs - click for more Bee Happy or Bee Quiet from AB Designs - click for more
Many Flakes a Family Makes from AB Designs
We're a little out-of-season with snowmen right now... but Flakey Families are 'in season' all year round! This cute design can be stitched on just about any fabric you want, and is coded for DMC floss. AB makes the cutest sticky-out-y clay carrot noses for her snowmen... you might want to get a few of those for various members of your family! (They run $1.25 each, and come in all sizes, because they are hand-made -- just like the real thing!)

I'd Rather Bee Stitching & Bee Happy or Bee Quiet
This is kind of a fun pair of designs... they don't really GO together... but they follow the same color scheme. Weeks 30ct Straw Linen and the same colors of hand-dyed flosses used... they are just simple, cheerful and make you smile. Presented as single charts, Stitching measures 77 x 55 -- it'd be cute on the front of a sewing case or something. Bee Happy measures 89 x 44 -- 3 x 6... very petite!


Whooo Gives a Hoot? from Val's Stuff Whooo Gives a Hoot? from Val's Stuff
Val's Stuff has sent this darling design -- just a curious owl asking an age-old question! Two different versions on the theme, the one stitched on the deep purple fabric has the golden moon behind the owl, the other version is slightly smaller, worked on 14ct perforated paper and features clay button eye embellishments.

So along with both charts, you get the felt backing, perf paper and eyes for the ornament version, which matches all of Val's other Spooks of the Month and most of her other recent releases.

Peacock Garden Scissor Roll from Just Nan Presenting Just Nan's Peacock Garden Scissor Roll -
Due at The Silver Needle the week of May 16th!
In celebration of her 25 years of designing, Nan is treating us to a darling 2-1/2 x 10-1/2 inch stitched roll to store a favorite pair of scissors! When stitches are done, scissors can rest. A fun needlework accessory, the design features peacocks and tulips on the outside with more peacocks and garden flowers plus that charming verse and padded scissor pocket -- all rolled up on the inside. The roll closure is a snap with fancy gold cube bead, and there are beads and pink pearls that embellish both the inside and outside!

The finished roll stand 2 inches tall and will hold a 3-1/2 inch pair of embroidery scissors. Top it all of with the included matching Peacock Rose Pin. Stitched on 32ct Flax Belfast Linen with DMC flosses, there is a touch of gold metallic as well. The chart includes the beads, pearls, snap, gold cube bead, over-dyed violet wool for the lining, the Peacock Rose Pin and complete finishing instructions. Use your own DMCs and metallic from your stash.

Romeo the Groom Mouse from Just Nan Romeo The Groom Mouse from Just Nan
Romeo is joining Juliet the Bride for their march down the aisle! He is looking very dapper in his striped tailcoat and black top hat. His pink rosebud boutonniere matches Juliet's bouquet, and they make such a lovely couple!!!

Romeo is packaged with a gold tail, Nan's signature Fairy button for his base, a pink rosebud, black top hat charm and black pin to hold the tiny hat in place. You supply the bits of floss and thumbful of stuffing! Romeo is stitched on 32ct Silvery Moon linen... his total stitched area is a mere 3-1/2 x 2. Presented as the chart with embellishments.


Let It Bee from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more The Annual Border from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more Simply Summer from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more Sampler Sack from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more
Four New Designs from The Drawn Thread
A few tiny pics to tempt your stitching fingers... click through to see descriptions of everything! Cynthia has been busy -- we have the companion to her Perennial Borders -- a chart that was published years ago -- and the final Simply Season -- Summer! Along with a fun needlework pouch and matching scissor fob set, there is a 5 x 7 bee design full of special stitches!

Miniature Sampler Scissor Fobs from Kim's Needle Needfuls - click for more Miniature Sampler Scissor Fobs
Kim's Needle Needfuls has beautiful new miniature sampler scissor fobs! She has taken images of antique samplers, shrunk them down into bitty 1-inch miniatures, and mounted them into lovely antiqued brass findings (they are even pretty on the back). Then she's chosen glass, shell and brass beads, and strung them together to complement the tiny featured sampler! Each Sampler Scissor Fob is unique... every one is different... but we chose ALL vintage colors to complement the brass and the sampler.

Each fob from clam-shell end to sampler finial bead measures about 5 inches. These are LOVELY! Very nicely done, classy, and I'm having a really hard time choosing my favorite!!! Some are deep blue, soft green, antiqued reads and roses... golds... if you have a color preference, just ask. If you order an assortment -- we'll mix the colors and samplers for you.

With Needle and Thread from Samplers Not Forgotten - click to see more With Needle and Thread from Samplers Not Forgotten
What a CHARMING sampler design by Samplers Not Forgotten! *My Soul is fed with Needle and Thread.* I love everything about this piece!!!!! Presented as a chart, it is for anyone who loves to stitch! Worked on 36ct, it'll finish approx 11-1/2 x 8-1/2. Stitched with Sampler Threads and Classic Colorworks of Lexington Green, Roasted Marshmallow, Garden Gate, Endive, Wheat Fields, Brown Hen, Deep Fennel and Eggshell, the border is different all the way around.

Pretty white flowers, the scissors adorn the right edge while the spools of thread adorn the opposite. Your initials are on here nice and big -- because you are important! The flower urn is pretty just by itself, but so is the little yellow house with the band sampler below! Can you see the special stitches between the rows? There is a thimble on there... and the bottom band is a tape measure!!!!! Then, for a special touch -- choose some pretty antique buttons to embellish here and there... just so pretty!


FLAX Socials Collection 2016 - click for more


2016 FLAX Socials Tunic in 2 colors - click for more - click for more Presenting SOCIALS - Another fun collection of our luscious FLAX!
Spring is FLAX SEASON at The Silver Needle!!! We even have a 3*2*1 Special to Sweeten the Pot! More elegant linens to love... our bit of FLAX's Socials Collection arrived this last week! We LOVE the Polka Dot pieces... and you might recognize the Windowpane Gauze fabrication -- as it is the same as our Transitions we have. (The Grape and Shark pieces farther down our FLAX page...)

Both the Tunic and Frock pieces are long enough to be dresses -- with or without leggings!!!!! Click the pic to read about our choices and what we like best about each piece! That 3*2*1 Special treats you to 25% OFF everything if you choose three or more pieces, 15% off two...!

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

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


New York from Tiny Modernist - click to see more Denver from Tiny Modernist - click to see more Chicago from Tiny Modernist - click to see more Miami from Tiny Modernist - click to see more
Tiny Modernist helps you travel EVERYWHERE!
Cheryl's cute set of cities and countries to visit keeps growing -- we've added 15 MORE to our collection! Presented as small cards, they all follow the same color scheme -- 7 basic DMC colors -- they are all the same size, Choose the cities and countries you have been to -- stitch them up -- and add a trip photo on the matting!

Use them for the fronts of small photo books, or stitch a bunch of them in a long string, and put trip photos beneath each one! Choose any white fabric, on 14/28ct they finish 3 x 5 each. (makes we want to dig out my suitcase and PACK!!!)

Yearbook Double Flip F158 J/F - click for more Yearbook Double Flip F158 J/F - click for more Yearbook Double Flip F159 M/A - click for more Yearbook Double Flip F159 M/A - click for more Yearbook Double Flip F160 M/J - click for more Yearbook Double Flip F160 M/J - click for more
Yearbook Double Flips from Lizzie*Kate
Celebrating 20 years in the Needlework Business, LK is doing another monthly Flip-It series! She says we have the same 12 months every year, so these never go out of style!
  • Each Yearbook Double Flip contains 2 monthly designs -- Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/June will release first, final three in next shipment -- $9.00 each card.
  • Same set of brass charms featured this time as the FIRST year!
  • Individual stitch counts are 69 x 41, stitched on 28ct Light Mocha (or anything else you like!)
  • Entire project together is 69 x 546 -- do it on 32ct -- it's 34 inches long!!!
  • Weeks Begonia, Bright Leaf (2), Capri, Carrot, Chablis, Deep Sea, Grapevine (2), Honeysuckle,Merlot, Moss, Whitewash (2) and DMC 368.
  • Linda has 'borrowed' motifs from previous LK designs -- kind of a *Hide & Seek* thing... she had fun finding little treasures from assorted projects to incorporate into these... and she said it was kind of fun to cut and paste from 'herself!!!'

B53 Accept What Is Boxer - click for more B53 - Accept What Is Inspiration Boxer from Lizzie*Kate
*Accept what is...let go of what was... and have faith in what will be.*
The next Inspirational Boxer, Linda always has a small bonus design in these -- many times kind of forgotten because they aren't the main verse design -- but alot of them are REALLY GOOD designs.

This time, you are getting a HUGE alphabet that is the same size as the main design!!! The Boxer package contains the 32ct Lambswool linen and a few mini-button embellishments. You add your bits of floss.
Yearbook Double Flip F158 J/F - click for more
S-125 For We Walk by Faith Snippet
from Lizzie*Kate
Linda says: "Amen!" This verse from II Corinthians 5.7 jumped out at me recently and landed in my cross stitch design program. The Snippet includes a little heart/cross charm. I've had a lot of requests over the years to graph some scripture, so I'm trying it with this Snippet. More to come. I hope.

Mani Di Donna Mermaid's Song Sewing Box - click to see more Mermaid's Song Sewing Box from Mani di Donna
Mermaid's Song Sewing Box Mani Di Donna of Italy has several new sewing box designs -- we brought them home from Market. There are two more on her inside pages -- make sure to click the pic to see those as well! Mermaid's Song is delightful!!! Worked on Week's 32ct Beige Linen with Weeks flosses, you stitch the 100 x 140 stitch count top (approx 6-1/2 x 9) the design is the CUTEST! a spouting whale, cute lighthouse rolling waves and little crabs... then construct the paper board box she diagrams in her instructions.

We have her pretty blue striped lining fabric, the charming set of hand-painted wooden mermaid thread winders, and the lighthouse pins. You add the fabric, weeks flosses and the Weeks Snow Cream wool for lining. Colors are so pretty in this, the patterns are all here for the box, cushion and little needle book!

A Smattering of Designs by Stitches Through Time -- More on our inside pages!
A Game of Cards from Stitches Through Time Paw Prints On My Heart from Stitches Through Time
  • Paw Prints On My Heart -- Oh dear, not a happy subject, but here's a chart that might make all the difference for someone. Finishing approx 7 x 9 on 14/28ct, you have color options in here and a place to add a photo of that special little 'person!'
  • A Game of Cards -- A bit of advice about life presented with playing cards! (Forget the box of chocolates!) Might appeal to the gamer in your family -- or something fun to hang in the family room... just a fun chart stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads. It finishes approx 9-1/2 x 12.
Letters to Santa from Praiseworthy Stitches - click for more Letters to Santa from Praiseworthy Stitches
Open your 5 x 3 x 4 decorated mailbox tin to find all the pieces and parts to make this fun set of stitching smalls! There is a 12 x 15 cut of 32ct cream linen in here... 4 different and coordinating finishing fabric cuts, all the DMC flosses you need, a little painted paper snowman, and a bag full of ribbons, ball fringe trim, a darling Santa Claus bell, and lots of varied little beads.

All of it makes a Santa Letter Pin Cushion, a Sleigh Scissor Sheath, a Snowman Pyn Disk, a Peppermint Scissor Fob, a Santa Needle book and a Santa Envelope! 2 Pages of charts along with 2 pages of finishing instructions -- this little mailbox really delivers!!!!!! There's even the little red flag on the side of the tin that raises... so you can store your treats inside, and invite all to open your box and check for the mail inside!
Greek Islands Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more Flower Meadow from Michael Powell - click for more The Garden Labyrinth Summer from Michael Powell - click for more
New Arrivals from Michael Powell
We have Scissor Fob kits, bookmarks, and small charts all featuring Michaels charming signature artwork. Brilliant colors, everything is worked in regular WHOLE Cross Stitch, he just likes to add all the backstitching that goes 'herky-jerky'/hither-and-thither' everywhere! How can these NOT make you smile???

Click the pic to see the bookmarks and small designs -- both pictures and those awesome fob sets! (And DO NOT hide your bookmark in a book -- frame it, for heaven's sake!) and... watch for matching design across the offerings -- fobs that match bookmarks, that sort of thing.


Scissor and Key Keep Kit X100 CUPCAKES from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X101 DAISIES from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X102 HEARTS from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X103 TUSCAN CHURCH from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X104 CHAPEL from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X105 FLOWERS from Michael Powell - click for more
Miniature Scissor and Key Fobs from Michael Powell
Presenting a delightful set of miniature key and scissor fobs -- all featuring the artwork of Michael Powell! I have always loved his things... and since he showed at market this Spring we were able to treat ourselves to lots of fun things!!! This is a collection of 6 different PAIRS of designs -- each is TWO-SIDED -- so each kit has essentially 4 designs in it! All are worked on 18ct canvas -- don't panic -- (it just makes a stronger and more durable fob when finished.) All Cross Stitch, the larger piece is the scissor fob -- 36 x 36 stitches -- finishing 2 x 2, while the key fob is a smaller companion version of the same design -- 27 x 27, finishing 1-1/2 inches square. Different on the fronts and backs, Michael has each of the 4 designs charted twice -- crosses on one chart, backstitch on another for clarity. All the flosses are included for everything... these are DARLING!!!!!

Sweet Land of Liberty from Blackbird Designs Sweet Land of Liberty
from Blackbird Designs
Blackbird's latest book has arrived -- it contains 5 patriotic designs in all. Lots of Alma's pretty photography... both large and small designs, everything is beautifully presented. Liberty Rose is on the brown-side of color, Salute to Abigail is on the brighter side of color.

You'll recognize In Full Glory -- the recent Reward of Merit that had already been out if print, and tow new Very-Blackbird-y designs -- American Eagle and Sweet Land of Liberty. Change the colors of the first two a little to follow the palette of the last three if you like! 24 Pages of Blackbird!
***Announcing our River Cruise through Provence in Summer of 2017!!!***

*May 29th through June 11th, 2017*

Join The Silver Needle along with Jeannette Douglas and Judy, our Cruise Lady as we spend 3 days in Paris, France, and take a high-speed train to Lyon to board the Amacello for a lovely cruise down the Rhone River!

We spend 7 days floating, exploring and stitching through the French countryside -- Avignon and Arles -- to Barcelona for 3 more days!

Just like the cruises they used to advertise during Downton Abbey, we spend less time getting there and more time STITCHING and sightseeing!!!!! The Silver Needle has chartered the entire ship -- The Ama Waterways Ama Cello -- ALL 140 passengers will be OUR group!

Here is the link to the Ama Waterways BASIC information about our itinerary.
***Our prices are NOT those listed. We are a private group, so Judy, and Assistant Ronnie, will have better details for you.***

Here are some details for you!
Judy Bradford: Expedia Cruiseship Centers Toll Free: 866-559 4449.
jbradford@cruiseshipcenters.com
Ronnie is Judy's Right-Hand-Gal, so Ronnie-Rocks-As-Well!!!

Calavera Sugar Skulls from Mill Hill - click for more
Calavera Sugar Skulls from Mill Hill
This is a set of small bead kits -- just like all of Mill Hill's other smaller kits -- a set of 6 Sugar Skulls! Super bright in color, each finishes approx 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inch in size... complete kits, you get the 14ct perforated paper, all the flosses and beads, and a tiny charm embellishment.

Add a magnet to the back if you want and they can stick to our file cabinet or fridge! Note: these are shown in the dropdowns in the same order they are shown in the pic -- left to right.

Little Monsters from Mill Hill - click for more
Little Monsters! from Mill Hill
Oh my gosh, these are the CUTEST!!!!! The next set of paper kits in the Mill Hill Trilogy series, these are complete kits to make these cuties! Finishing approx 3 x 4 inches each, they're worked on 14ct perforated paper and adorned with glass beads here and there.

So darn cute -- you need to stitch them for the colorful little monsters in your life! Even though the kits come with the paper, consider switching that out for fabric -- you'll have room to add something like *Lindy's Scary Room!* -- which would make a darling bedroom door sign!

Glitzy Needle Minder Magnets by Accoutrement Designs - click for more
Glitzy Needle Minder Magnets from Accoutrement Designs
These are always fun. and everyone always loves getting, giving, receiving and using these!!! Filled with colorful glass crystals, or enameled each is backed with one of those super-duper strong rare earth metal magnets.

Clings to your needlework frame to hold your needles and scissors, but just as useful on the fridge to hold notes - or your filing cabinet at work - or even medicine cabinet in the bathroom!! Think outside the box a little! All of them are about 1-1/2 inches in size.


Black and Gold Elegance, A Stunning Crab Pin and Bees Galore from Fern Ridge Collections
Glitzy Stitches Fob Kit from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view Clifford the Crab Kit from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view The Buzz Fob Kit from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view Pat and Peggy from Fern Ridge have the most delightfully exotic beaded treasures for us to make and enjoy! We get the MOST LUSCIOUS beaded fobs and matching sewing cases -- all kitted up with tons of specialty threads, fabrics and beads....always matching sets.

Mr Clifford The Crab, however, is his *own man!* He is a Peyote-stitched piece that features wired legs -- so you can pose him, and either wear him, perch him on a shelf, frame him in a shadow box, or tuck him into a very special nautical box or sewing case. (He's too cool to hide away though! I'd stick a magnet on him and cling him to my fridge or some place I'll see everyday -- because he's THAT cool!)

We brought home 19 **NINETEEN** kits that we had never had in the shop before -- some old, most new. (If you like Fern Ridge... you are in big trouble!)

Lila's Rose by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Lila's Rose from Reflets de Soie
Reflets de Soie from France has a new beaded pin cushion design that is STUNNING! This petite 3 x 4-1/2 inch cushion is worked all in lavender, rose, white and gold beads -- some are crystal, some are metallic. You are simply stitching on one petite glass bead with 1/2 a stitch over two linen threads of 35 or 36ct linen. It's charted like regular cross stitch -- but no crosses -- just half the stitch!

Your linen will be covered completely with the design... and it'll feel dreamy, soft and heavy to your hand. The beads just glisten... and the finished product is an elegant heirloom! We have several other designs like this one... all are presented with the chart, needle and all the beads pre-sorted and labeled for you. All you'll need is a bit of linen. Some like the stiff Lambswool or Cream, some like the softer fabrics -- either one works!


Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #5 - Spring - click to see more
Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine Issue #5 - Spring
The newest issue of this awesome magazine arrived in the shop today. Along with the 10 fun punch needle patterns in here, the 2 rug hooking projects and 6 Cross Stitch pieces... WE are the featured shop!!!!! My little Silver Needle has a 3-page spread!!!!! This magazine is brand new -- this is the 5th issue -- and each one has been filled with gorgeous pictures and original, exclusive projects by various designers in the industry.

Heavy paper on the pages, brilliant, clear pictures, full-sized patterns for everything... you will LOVE paging through it. (And... especially reading all about US!!! We're on page 33!)

Marie Flavin 1872 by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Marie Flavin 1872 from Reflets de Soie
Here's another stunning antique sampler by Reflets de Soie. Just like some of her others -- this is presented in chart format. The border is different on three of the sides, color everywhere, lush alphabets and the motifs at the bottom are incredible.

This particular sampler has some religious-looking motfis... may be hard to see in the pic... but some of the others that seem to companion this piece have other florals you could sub. A reproduction of a sampler stitched in 1872... I hope some of my needlework stays gorgeous for 150 years, like this one has!

FLAX Sunshine Collection 2016 - click for more

Our Next Shipment of FLAX is here!
Our wonderful spring 2016 FLAX - click for more - click for more Our wonderful spring 2016 FLAX - click for more - click for more The *Sunshine* Collection -- we have lightweight linens and gauzes in Whitecap, Marina and Caviar Grey! Predominently jackets and tops -- there are dress and pant options, too.

Just three different shades, we concentrated on light blue and gray to complement white. We have lots of pics on our FLAX pages, product descriptions, fabric swatches -- see what you think!!!

Mill Hill Buttons & Beads for Autumn 2016 - click for more
Mill Hill Buttons & Beads for Autumn 2016
Our annual set of Autumn designs from Mill Hill is here... I think they have been doing these for us for 25 years now -- but maybe even more than that!!! We LOVE 'em, and so do you guys! Always presented as complete kits, they are loaded with DMC floss and glass beads and a Mill Hill hand-made (we've seen the sheets of clay they cut out, and the kilns they bake them in!!!) ceramic button embellishment.

Always finishing the same size -- 5 x 5 on 14/28ct -- we do our models on fabric rather than the provided perf paper, because that's the way we started 25+ years ago... and we're not changing!!!! Our favorite this time is that Moonstruck Cat -- look at those awesome sky colors! And the Haunted Laboratory -- Frank is at the front door -- only he's KNOCKING BEFORE HE COMES IN! (what's up with that??!) Cute and colorful, the complete kits contain the chart, 14ct paper, flosses, beads and buttons.

The Autumn Mini-Kits for 2106 from Mill Hill - click for more
The Autumn Mini-Kits for 2106 from Mill Hill
Joining the other million of these little kits produced by Mill Hill... we have this year's collection of Fall. Always fun to stitch, these little kits contain the pattern, 14ct perforated paper, all the necessary floss and Mill glass beads and Treasures. They are one of the best stitching bargains around because of all the stuff you get in them, and the fact that they are CUTE when they're finished! They even have a little magnet in there... so you can cling them to your fridge or filing cabinet.

Pumpkin Jack is TWO SIDED! -- Very Retro or very geometric. And, the elephant and donkey are very timely this year!!! We'll assume that if you order the 'wrong party,' it's really not for you, and rather a gift for a 'friend at work!' Isn't that little American Pie CUTE?

Alphabet Art from Just Another Button Company - click to see more Alphabet Art from Just Another Button Company
Just Another Button Company has the most delightful set of alphabet letters and the ampersand to spell out words and names! These are perfect to use to teach a beginning stitcher!

They are actually white 5-1/2 inch squares of 14ct perforated paper that JABCO has printed with stripes, spots or hearts of beige, pinks and greens. Each letter, also printed in black on the paper, features its own background... meaning all the M's have the pink stripes, but other letters have different colored stripes! Stitch a little or a lot -- they have charted only a small floral design for each, and provided buttons for garnish.

You supply the bits of floss from your stash. SO cute, colorful, fresh, bright, clean and cheerful... you can stitch just one initial or spell out a huge long greeting! Just depends on your budget! Frame or finish on scrapbook papers -- you decide.

Garden Visit Scissors Keep Kit from Milady's Needle - click for more Rabbit Run Pin Cushion Kit from Milady's Needle - click for more Spool Pin Cushions and Scissor Keepers from Milady's Needle
Aren't these the cutest??? Milady's Needle has a pair of kits for these delightful accessories. Both are presented as kits including 40ct Vintage Examplar Linen by Lakeside Linens, 10 or 11 colors of Needlepoint Inc Silk, one wooden spool standing 3 inches high and almost 2 inches in diameter, and the chart with finishing instructions -- all in a re-useable clear plastic zippered pouch.

After your stitching, each is finished with Nun's Stitch, cut out and wrapped around the spool. Rabbit Run includes the light tan and green leafed bunny fabric for the cushion tuft, (Gloria made sure you have a bunny in the fabric pattern appearing on the top of your cushion) and the two butterfly-topped pins in the pic -- so you have something pretty to poke in to your cushion! Deep summer-greens in this one. Garden Visit includes that beaded scissor fob (not the scissors) with the little deer charm on the end. Gorgeous roses and greens in this one.

Mum's the Autumn Word - A Floss Keeper by The Purple Thread - click to see more
Mum's the Autumn Word - A Floss Keeper from The Purple Thread
The Purple Thread has designed a cute little thread keeper -- it's presented as a small and complete kit. It makes a 3 x 4-ish piece that stores threads by its 8 numbers. Reference THOSE numbers on your pattern so you can re-use THIS palette. On your pattern label THOSE colors as one through eight -- they'll correspond to these loops -- making this board re-useable!

Your pumpkin, lavender, soft mossy green and butterscotch flosses stitch the geometric-inspired designs... and those colors mimic the ones in the pretty backing fabric that is included. You are basically covering two boards, attaching the wrong sides together, and adding rings to hold threads. Just a fun little thing, it'd make a fun stitch group gift!

Measure Twice from Needlework Press - click for more Measure Twice from Needlework Press
*Measure Twice, Cut Once!* Another stitched tape measure!!!!! By Needlework Press, this is a 36-inch stitched banding that wraps around a wooden spool! Choose a favorite color of thread... you'll be stitching your ruler on the included 27ct linen banding. Vickie & Maegan warn you that the linen isn't PERFECT (they found this out the hard way!) -- so if you want a FUNCTIONING and accurate tape, keep counting and measuring and comparing to make sure your stitched measurements are accurate.

If you want just a cute measure tape around the spool -- you can follow the chart just fine -- but might be a thread or two 'off' at the final 36-inch mark. Then, your tape rolls up on that spool -- how cute is that?!

Time to Stitch from Needlework Press - click for more Time to Stitch from Needlework Press
Oh wow... we ALL need this pattern!!! Choose a favorite color of thread -- and decide how big you want this to be. The chart suggests 28ct to fit into the top of either an 8 x 8 or 6 x 6 Lone Elm Lane Shaker Box. They have used Lady Dot Creates hand-dyed cotton chenille for the edging to trim and cover any edging issues.

NOW... THINK! Choose a bitty fabric, and go over one if you want -- stitch count for this is 90 stitches -- make pin cushions!!! You can either fit this into a Lone Elm smaller cushion base --or just finish this into a round stuffed cushion! It's the sweetest thing! A button box would be neat, but so would a pin cushion! We have TONS of options for you! Presented as a chart.

Cupcake Pincushions from Nikyscreations A Sampler House from Nikyscreations Blooming Scissor Fobs from Nikyscreations
NINE New Things from Nikyscreations
Niky brought such cute patterns with her to Market... we came home with 8 new ones, and her Market Exclusive Limited Edition Kit. All (except the kit) are presented in chart format, all are coded for DMC floss, and each is stitched on neutral hand-dyed linen. Click the pics to see all the new!The Birdcage Kit from Nikyscreations

***The Birdcage Kit is the Market Exclusive.***
It includes a really cute stained wooden birdhouse thread palette -- measuring 3 x 6-1/2 inches, featuring 6 thread holes and 2 more holes to display your stitching.

Along with the cut of Niky's hand-dyed 32ct linen, you get a pretty little paper card (decorated with vintage birdcage artwork) with the DMC flosses all pre-sorted and labeled on it, a cut of brown cord to line the edges of your stitched areas, and the wooden cut-outs made from those two holes!! (Use for backing.) SUPER-Charming, is the included page from on old book -- it's written in Italian!! -- that you'll use as the backing paper for the birdhouse!
Patchwork aux Chats CATS from Jardin Prive - click for more Patchwork aux Chiens DOGS from Jardin Prive - click for more Ciseaux & Bobines from Jardin Prive - click for more
Cute Designs from Jardin Prive'
A trio of charming charts we stumbled across at the recent Spring Wholesale Needlework Market -- all three of these can be stitched on any fabric you like, and are coded for DMC floss. No special embellishments or threads called for -- that's YOUR challenge if you're up to it! Add some beads to borders and eyes, furry Simply Wools to the animals, maybe some bitty bells for the cat collars? Some metallic to those scissors... what about Satin Stitches on the thread spools? French Knots for the sheep and bee buttons???

Each of them is really cute, and full of fun design motifs. Cats and Dogs both measure 117 x 117 -- about 8-1/2 inches square on 14/28ct. The Scissors and Spools measures 143 x 86 -- so about 10 x 6. Cute!


January from Cross Eyed Cricket - click for more    February from Cross Eyed Cricket - click for more
January and February from Cross Eyed Cricket
Vicki has finished her 12-part set of the months of the year! Joining tons of 'seasons' and a few 'words'... every single one of these has been tons fun to look at try to discover the meanings behind the motifs in each letter.

January is full of angels and the passage of time. February is loaded with love!!! Each is presented as a leaflet... and this time around both call for only DMC flosses and no special button embellishments./td>

Patriotic Quilt from Rosewood Manor - click for more Patriotic Quilt from Rosewood Manor
Rosewood Manor has several new designs -- everyone LOVES her patriotic ones -- so I chose this one to feature on Just Arrived! Did you know that Karen donates 10% of her sales of her patriotic designs to Wounded Warriors? Featuring the Preamble to The Constitution in the center, Patriotic Quilt showcases the names of all who signed the Constitution, and the states they represented.

Really a neat piece, it is stitched on Weeks 32ct Parchment linen and finishes approx 13 x 13. It's coded for Valdani hand-dyeds, but you'll have good Weeks or Gentle Art colors in your stash, if Valdani isn't available to you.

Stoneware Pillows III from Priscilla's Pocket Stoneware Pillows III
from Priscilla's Pocket
Priscilla's Pocket continues her charming set of Salt-glazed Stoneware pin cushions... this set of 7 brings the total in the collection to 21!!!! Beautiful and tiny, each cushion is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 35ct Tin Roof Linen in ONE shade of thread -- Gentle Art's Black Raspberry Jam. Our charts all come with the matching 3 yards of mini-ball fringe trim by Dames of the Needle.

PERFECT to finish all seven cushions in the chart pack, these are so petite (2 x 2-ish!) and cute!!!! We have a small basket display that gets played with everyday in the shop!! Purchase a fat quarter 18 x 27 cut for these... if you're careful, you can get a million on there (or at least maybe 24??) Presented as the chart with 3 yards of matching trim.

Stoneware Cat & Kitten from Priscilla's Pocket Stoneware Cat & Kitten
from Priscilla's Pocket
Tiny Market Exclusives by Priscilla's Pocket -- These are a *TRY ME* thing! Bitty kitties -- with that Salt Glaze Stoneware flavor -- each comes as a small kit of chart, 35ct Week's Tin Roof Linen and just enough of that matching mini-ball fringe by Dames of the Needle to make your 2-inch-ish pin cushion!!!

So... in the middle of that glorious dish of pottery motifs, you can hide your matching mini-kitty or mini-cat cushion! 2015's Special kit was the CAT - still available to shops that purchased at the show (that would include The Silver Needle!) and 2-16's Special Kit is the KITTY! So sweet!
The Bee Keepers Needlework Box from Olde Colonial -- click to see more
Olde Colonial has several fun new things... Here is a box to store your thread waxers... then, make sure to click through to her inside pages to see the rest of the new.
The Bee Keepers Needlework Box - A Box to store your Beeswax Waxers!
from Olde Colonial
This is a smoothly finished 6 x 9 x 2 honey-colored stained wooden box with a stitched lid. Choose a neutral cream or lightly yellowed or tanned 32ct linen for the Satin-stitched beehives and floral vine decorating the top. Everything is charted for DMC, Weeks and Gentle Art flosses.

The Bee Keepers Needlework Box from Olde Colonial -- click to see moreAfter your stitching is finished, you are wrapping the provided board with your needlework and attaching the little wooden knob handle. On the underside of the lid, you are lining the lid with gingham fabric, and buttoning down a band to hold threads and scissors. You get a really cool circular beeswax candle in a miniature wooden crate to store in here -- in case you don't have any threading waxers.

The box kit contains the box, lid board, gingham lining fabric, Warm and Natural batting, interfacing, the wooden knob, that darling candle, chart, and finishing instructions. What a fun and different project! If you've been collectiog the beeswax molded pieces, you need something to store them in besides plastic bags!!!


Luscious Hand-dyed Cotton Velveteen for Finishing from Dames of the Needle
Luscious Hand-dyed Cotton Velveteen for Finishing from Dames of the Needle Dames of the Needle has been busy dying wonderful, rich and soft cotton velveteen for you to use on the backs of your pin cushions! Use this where you would use any finishing fabric -- sewing cases, small pillows, it is *just the right weight* to make everything feel substantial. Hand-dyed, I chose Elizabeth's softer colors that go with so many of the hand-dyed flosses everyone uses. Her colors are not blotchy -- they are just dreamy, dusty and rich -- put lizard litter inside your cushion and put this on the back and you will never want to put it down!

Presented in 14 x 17-ish cuts. We have 11 colors. I have given *SORT OF MATCHES* to thread colors for you. THESE ARE NOT EXACT MATCHES... but I wanted to give you some idea of the shades each has
  • Aged Saffron -- Weeks Whiskey or Chickpea
  • Baby Seal -- Weeks River Rock
  • Colonial Tea -- Weeks Sand
  • Dirty Ewe -- Weeks Cattail or Conch
  • Dirty Khaki -- Weeks Tarragon or Pamlico and GAST Lexington Green
  • Faded Bell Bottom Blues -- Weeks Dolphin
  • Lush Meadow -- Weeks Collards
  • Sea Cap -- Weeks Dolphin or Jaybird and GAST Crystal Lake
  • Sweeny Red -- Weeks Merlot
  • Tarnished Halo -- Weeks Gold
  • Texarkana Sage --- Weeks Cornsilk.

Me & You from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Cat & Dog from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Summertime Roll Up from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Summer Scissor Block from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view
Me & You, Cat & Dog, Summertime Roll Up and Summer Scissor Block
from La-D-Da
La D Da has six cute new things... three framed pieces, two needle/sewing books and that fun little scissor block! Charts and kits... I love those bitty Cats and Dogs!!! Click the pics to see all the details.


Medley of Carols from Glendon Place - click to see more Medley of Carols from Glendon Place
Wow... this is gorgeous! Glendon Place has a new piece that should put you in the musical mood at Christmastime! Celebrating vintage Christmas Carols, there are 12 blocks in this 291 x 220 design -- you can stitch them individually or all together. Each is stitched in white and features BITS of metallics, beads or red lettering -- not much -- just accents.

The fabric is the COOLEST! By Picture This Plus, it is a deep green hand-dyed 28ct Cashel Linen that has opalescent running through it. It is just yummy, sparkly, and a DEFINITE for this design. NOTHING else will do, so we are offering the fabric along with this chart. The cut is 24 x 27, so if you want to stitch all 12 of these individually, you'll have *some* between each -- not much so be careful. Plenty, though, if you want to stitch only some of them.

Celebrated Carols include: Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard On High, Let There Be Peace On Earth, O Christmas Tree, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Frosty The Snowman, White Christmas, Silver Bells, First Noel, Jolly Old St Nicholas, Deck The Halls, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Hand-painted Magnetic Ruler Hand-painted Magnetic Ruler
We've always carried this charming little hand-painted ruler... we had another version of this painted for the Shepherd's Bush Stitching Circle Kits we just sent out to our Circle Stitchers... so I thought it was time I put this little thing back up on the website!

Bright yellow on the background, hand-painted correctly as a 6-inch ruler, it's a fun gift, and a perfect cheerful treasure to store in your stitching nest. Because it's magnetic, it'll cling to your lamp, magnetic chart board... or even your file cabinet at work!!

Capodimonte Porcelain Pins - click for more Capodimonte Porcelain Pins
Well, these completely top every decorated pin we have... they are hand-made one-of-a-kind porcelain-topped pins from Italy.

Packaged in a gift box, the tiny brochure is translated to read: *This certificate with the signature of the craftsman on each piece (I can't see that small!) ensures that every item is produced in the laboratory of Porcellane Carusio and is entirely made and hand painted by master craftsmen using traditional processing of Capodimonte porcelain and provisions of the Law 188/90 (C.A.T. -- Ceramics Artistic and Traditional) with colors called "third fire" that by cooking to 780 Celsius ensures lasting stability.* Capodimonte Porcelain Pins - click for more
We don't have many sets, and each is some matching shade of pale pink or lavender. Mmmm!

Coffee & Tea & Desert Pins and Buttons From Italy - click for more
Coffee & Tea & Desert Pins and Buttons From Italy
Oh, such DARLING handmade pins and buttons... I don't know how you are going to choose just one favorite set of these!!! Beautifully hand-crafted little works of art, poke or sew these onto the tops of pin cushions, or fronts of sewing cases, they are too exquisite to hide in your stash drawer!!! Pins match their counterpart buttons...
  • Coffee PINS -- A coffee bean, coffee pot, decorated cupcake for desert, red heart, creamer pitcher, and little cup and saucer round out this set. Each pin topping is approx 1/3 an inch in size! 6 Pins in the set.
  • Tea PINS:-- The decorated cupcake, blue heart, tea cup, matching tea pot, another heart, and another yummy desert -- because High Tea is full of delicious treats -- this is charming!
  • Coffee BUTTONS -- This features reds again -- so it matches the pin set.. slightly larger versions of the bean, the pot, and pretty decorative hearts. 8 Pieces in the set.
  • Tea BUTTONS -- You get the I Love Tea sign, a bisquite, tea bag, a pair of tea cups... 7 more charming buttons in this set, along with the tea bag charm.

A Spool of Tape from Cherished Stitches - click to see more A Spool of Tape
from Cherished Stitches
Oh this is a cute little kit by Cherished Stitches! ONLY $10! Just a bitty thing, you get a 1-inch wooden spool in it... (Louise confessed that she used a black sharpie to color it rather than spray paint!!!) and 10 inches of printed cotton twill tape -- it looks like a tape measure! Also a cut of 32ct linen, floss and beads... and the chart to stitch a tiny outside band to help wrap up your miniature spool of tape!

We're talking almost no time at all to make... and TONS of charm remaining for a long time!!!! A fun stitch-group gift... you could personalize that outside band too! Good Job, Louise!

Sweetheart Etui with Needlebook from Cherished Stitches - click to see more Sweetheart Etui with Needlebook
from Cherished Stitches
Oh this is sweet and easy on your budget! It's a kit that contains the CUTEST hinged white miniature heart tin with a perforated top. The tin measures a mere 2-1/2 inches across and about an inch high. Inside, you'll stitch a tiny over-one needle book on 30ct linen with Needlepoint Inc silks.

Louise has included the tin, linen, silks, silk Dupioni linings and ribbons, pink wool flannel and a Bohin tapestry needle to stitch with and then store inside! A very pretty little thing, there are even diagonal Queen stitches on that heart etui!

Platinum Needles - click to see more Platinum Needles
John James has run out of Platinum Needles, and because costs have risen so much, will not be plating more. Yarn Tree, one of our industry distributors, purchased their back-stock that were loose -- just bulk -- and re-packaged them in their cool little screw-top clear plastic needle vials! So, now we have Platinum Tapestry Needles again!!! ('till these are gone, too!)

Some stitchers have allergies to nickel -- the normal plating on needles -- so Platinum is a more comfortable stitching option. (Do your needles get brown-ish (tarnished) and draggy??? If so, you are probably allergic to nickel!) So... for a happy time, we have Tapestry Needles available in #24 for 14/28 counts, #26 for 32-ish counts and #28 for smaller count fabrics.

Dog House of Puppy Dogs by Bent Creek -- click to see more Yarn Ball of Kitty Cats by Bent Creek -- click to see more Yarn Ball of Kitty Cats & Dog House of Puppy Dogs
from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has two new 'somethings of somethings!' -- more additions to their set of these cute designs. Offered in kit format. you are working on 18ct natural linen with #5 Pearl Cottons. Each of these includes a tiny heart button embellishment as well, and they finish approx 6 x 6.

Super-easy stitching, they are fun to grab and go on a trip. I can recognize the dogs on here... and wouldn't it be fun to stitch some of the animals in Simply Wools or Rainbow Gallery's Wispers and Alpaca threads???

Snapper: World of Color by Bent Creek -- click to see more
Snapper: World of Color from Bent Creek
OK... a new 6-part mini set of designs surrounded by a border, I think this is actually going to be very cute! Each of the 'colors' are presented as a small chart -- the first is red -- and they include that color of small button and a snap embellishment. (They can also be stitched alone.)

Snapper: World of Color by Bent Creek -- click to see more The main border chart that surrounds everything is separate -- 335 x 80 in stitch count, it finishes approx 22 x 3 on 30ct Week's Straw Linen, and it comes with more snaps and seven colorful buttons. Available now, is RED and the Border chart. We'll begin an auto-ship for the other small charts as they are released.

Freedom Tree from Blackberry Lane
Freedom Tree
from Blackberry Lane Designs
Marie Driskill has three new things -- all Patriotic in theme -- so click the pic to take you to her inside page to see the others! Freedom Tree is stunning. It is a companion to her Christmas and Halloween trees... they are just amazing little works of stitched art! Presented as a chart, the entire thing is only 3 x 5 on 32ct. The tree branches themselves are worked over two threads, but all the decorations on the tree are over one thread and SUPER, SUPER detailed.

Solders and drums and flags -- all of them are like 5 x 6 stitches in regular size, but because they are charted for one thread... they are really twice that size. A cannon, the Liberty Bell, George is on here, fireworks , an eagle... we get everything!!! 29 Shades of DMC, and either a beaded garland (Mill Hill 40479, 40020 and 42043 Petite seed beads) or cross stitches... I think I see a pair of ANTS down at the bottom holding a flag that is 1 x 1-1/2 stitches!!!!!!!!
Vote from SamSarah Design Studio Indivisible from SamSarah Design Studio I Pledge Allegiance from SamSarah Design Studio
Vote * Indivisible * I Pledge Allegiance from SamSarah Design Studio
Sam Sarah has three designs that are very timely and I thought these would present well together! All offered as charts, each comes with a small button or two. How about a bowl of Political Pin Cushions??? Choose some Lady Dot Creates Union, Sizzle, Vintage, Snow or Vanilla Ball Fringe or chenille to trim these -- get the trim and then match your hand-dyed threads for the set!
  • VOTE -- 30Ct Havana Weeks Linen, this fits into a 4-inch tart tin you can find in a kitchen store -- and will make a cute round cushion as well. Can you see from the pic how Patti stitched the hand-dyeds in the squares in a square rotation -- so that she didn't have horizontal shaded lines in this? She wanted the shading to follow the square shape. Chart comes with a small red heart button.
  • Indivisible -- Weeks 30ct Light Khaki Linen, this one finishes approx 3 x 7. The chart includes three bitty buttons.
  • I Pledge Allegiance -- Stitched on Week's Dye Works 30ct Periwinkle Linen with over-dyed flosses, there are 5 star buttons included with the chart. Finishes approx 6 x 3-1/2.

Elephants and Donkeys: Magnets with Glitz - click for more Elephants and Donkeys: Magnets with Glitz... from Accoutrement Designs
Well, Tis the Season!!!!! Just for fun, we have 'elegant' needle minder elephants and donkeys for all the Republicans and Democrats out there! Perfect to hold your needles, you can stick them on the filing cabinets at work... just where-ever a magnet would cling.

About 1-1/2 inches in size, they sparkle with red, crystal and navy blue. We won't hold it against you if you order the party we don't like... we'll just assume that one is a gift for a 'friend at work!'


Adam and Eve -- click to see more Mary Bovee -- click to see more Spotted Pigs -- click to see more
Adam and Eve, Mary Bovee and Spotted Pigs from Stacy Nash Primitives
Stacy Nash has seven new releases that are really fun!!! 6 New charts and a really cute Adam and Eve Tray kit... you're going to want to see them all. I didn't have room to describe all of them here, so click the pic. Those pigs are the cutest... and the chicken on Adam and Eve is as cute as the one from Miss Baxter's Farm!


A Churchyard Christmas from Praiseworthy Stitches - click for more A Churchyard Christmas from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has released their annual Christmas Scene, and this year, it is the chaos that surrounds the annual Children's Churchyard Nativity. All is not well! Halos are crooked, crowns are bent, and some of the camels have escaped!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teachers Pam and Susan have lots of personal experience with these school events, and decided it was time to share them!!! Their endearing picture measures approx 19 x 12, is stitched on 32ct Picture This Plus Mirage Linen and calls for no less than 39 different hand-dyed or DMC shades!!!!! (you'll need 10 skeins of Snowflake!!!)

Yet another charming scene... it joins Going to Grandma's, Carols on the Square and Santa's Midnight Flight. Presented as a chart, we have the gorgeous deep gray hand-dyed 32ct Mirage linen cut ready -- it gives all this that deepening-wintery-dusky sky feel. Pretty houses and the church, darling little costumes on the children, there are touches of metallic (5760, 009HL and 003HL) and beads (42039, 42013, 40557) here and there to add bits of sparkle. Always something new and cute when you look at this!

#315 through #320 from JBW Designs
New Designs from JBW
Judy Whitman has 6 new releases that we needed to show you!!! All are offered in her small card format, embellishments -- if called for -- are included with the chart.
  • Floral Alphabet #315 -- I LOVE this!!! Measuring 148 x 114 in stitch count (9 x 7 on 32ct), this is a gorgeous flowing alphabet worked in only ONE hand-dyed thread color (which can be any color you want!!!) Frame it, pillow it... very elegant.
  • French Country Bicycle #316 Classic French motifs of flower baskets, lavender, a cafe and bicycle all brim with charm. Stitch it on any cream color with hand-dyeds from your stash. Finishes approx 4 x 5.
  • French Country Snowflake #317 -- Her pattern shows several different fabric and thread options for this... a pin cushion, add the letters or not... without the word, stitch count is 48 x 57... and if you did that over one on 28 Lugana... you'd have a 2 x 2-1/2 in mini ornament!!!
  • Country French Stork #318 -- A New Baby Classic! Stitched on Polka Dot linen... the pastel stripes would be pretty too... or something even solid pastels -- match your thread to your fabric color. A complete alphabet and set of numbers is here for personalization.. stork is approx 65 x 70 stitches by himself.
  • Ready Set Go! #319 TOO CUTE! This is full of bright colors and lots of tiny 'wheel' buttons -- 22 of them!!! Cars, planes, trains and lots of other things to get your little guy from one place to another in his imagination, this would make a really cute bedroom decoration -- especially with a special name on it! Stitch count is 198 x 40 -- finishing approx 2-1/2 x 12!
  • A Visit From The Tooth Fairy #320 -- For quite an important occasion... get this NOW so you are ready for the first *big night!* (Remember it could happen at Grandma's House!!) It is stitched on opalescent fabric -- we have 28 and 32cts as well as some super-pretty pastel opalescent Aidas as well -- lots of options for this 68 x 53 design. The prefinished pillow treatment has a small tooth pocket on the back.
OOh La La from JBW Designs
OOh La La from JBW
Judy describes this as a darling little scissor kit with a pocket on the back for your (Eiffel Tower) scissors.

Each kit includes the 32ct linen for the larger design and a cut of 28 for the over-one fob, the print and polka dot fabrics, button, rik rak and complete finishing instructions. There are two different background options offered -- tiny crowns or an alphabeet -- selet your favorite.


CS178 Spring Delivery from With Thy Needle & Thread - click for more CS180 Where Hearts Rest from With Thy Needle & Thread - click for more CS183 Land of Liberty from With Thy Needle & Thread - click for more
With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais has 14 new designs!
Kind of a challenge to fight off that creeping feeling of falling behind with your projects... it's amazing how she can whip up this many new things! We're certainly happy about it though!!!!!!

Everything is presented in chart format, Brenda loves to use everyone's hand-dyed flosses -- they are all mixed up in these. Linens all vary as well, but one common thread throughout is the distressing after stitching with coffee grounds. Lovely designs for Spring, Home, and lots of Patriotic charm... click the pics to see size details for each.


Tender Heart #1 Pledge of Affection from Blackbird Designs - click for more Tender Heart #2 My Heart is Home from Blackbird Designs - click for more bbird-tenderhearts3-stitchbystitch190h.jpg from Blackbird Designs - click for more Tender Heart #4 Sweetheart Pocket from Blackbird Designs - click for more
New From Blackbird Designs!!!
Introducing The Tender Heart Series

Barb and Alma have a new series of small designs -- pin cushioned-sized -- that are all going to finish into hearts. They will be stunning all nestled together in a pretty basket or tray. The first 4 titles in the set have been released... the publishing schedule for the rest is *gentle and relaxed* (meaning probably not monthly!) So, you guessed it, we are beginning an auto-ship for the others so you don't have to worry about getting them on time!

Beautifully presented in small full-colored 1/2-sized leaflets, Alma wants you to KNOW that you can use treasured bits of your leftover linen scraps for these -- so many shades and colors will work for these. Some use one piece, some use two... all of them so far are shown on 32ct... all use a medley of Classic Colorworks, Gentle Art and Week's hand-dyed cottons (mostly browns, but you can change those if you want) ... and they are so charming!
  • Pledge of Affection -- Approx 5 x 6, a pretty sampler bird holding a heart in its beak.
  • My Heart is Home -- Approx 6 x 6 -- two shades of brown hand-dyeds, you could change those to anything pretty you like!!
  • Stitch by Stitch -- Approx 3-/12 x 4-3/4, this features two different fabrics and only 3 hand-dyeds. 'Stitch by Stitch, mending my heart.'
  • Sweetheart Pocket -- Approx 4 x 4 -ish, this features two fabrics as well, and they've finished it with a pocket and tucked in some scissors!

American Stag Kit from Chessie & Me American Stag Kit from Chessie & Me
Linda's semi-annual mini-kit is here... a peaceful cabin with a patriotic summer sky. Just a 3 x 4-ish thing, this is offered as a complete kit of 36ct Vintage Woodsmoke hand-dyed linen by Lakeside, with lengths of Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyed flosses. Linda always incorporates special stitches into her designs -- this one features 4-Sided and Long Arm Crosses all along the border, a cabin roof entirely of Smyrna Crosses, Satin Stitches as the cabin logs, and the Stag, which is worked in tent -- one thread over one thread.

Great flag across the top -- I don't see the little Chessie Kitty! (You might have to dig into your Chessie stash to find that little guy on another chart, in case you want him in here!) Pretty shades of deep greens, brick red, and charcoal grays. (Scroll down to see the other new Chessie & Me designs.)


Hand Dyed Chenile from Lady Dot Creates Caribe Hand Dyed Ball Fringe from Lady Dot Creates New Trim Colors from Lady Dot Creates
Ohhh... Rich new colors of Lady Dot Creates's luscious mini-balls and cotton chenille trims... They are a pin-cushion's best friend!!! Lois's baby-ball fringe is super cool because it can be used as it comes, or you can pull off the edging strip, and it turns into a slender row of little balls that you can tack on with hidden top stitches. If you leave on the edging strip -- that can be sewn into a seam. If you aren't a sewing machine gal... pull off that edging strip, and you can simply tack on your little balls with no extra bulk in the edging.

The cotton chenille Lady Dot uses is about twice the thickness of every other cotton chenille out there... so you can actually SEE it around the edges of your lovely things. LOTS of gorgeous colors now, there are seven to add to the selection!!!

Laurel Burch DOGS from Debbie Mumm - click for more
Announcing Laurel Burch DOGS!
Mill Hill presents the ever-charming and famous artwork of Laurel Burch's dogs in Cross Stitch! Joining their collection of CAT kits, we now have 6 new dogs to stitch as well! The colors in all of these are rich -- everything is accented with either gold metallic thread, or gold glass beads.

Offered in complete kit format, Mill Hill has made them with Aida or Linen as the base fabric -- you decide -- and added all the necessary DMC flosses and metallics as well as a smattering of seed beads to make them glisten. Two are stitched on a Tropical Turquoise, two are on a charcoal gray, and two are on a rich purple background. So darn cute and colorful... I don't know how you can choose a favorite!

A Gathering of Sheep from Chessie & Me Friendship Garden from Chessie & Me Grant House 1865 from Chessie & Me Delaware House from Chessie & Me Flag of Glory from Chessie & Me
New Designs are Here Now! from Chessie & Me
  • A Gathering of Sheep -- Chart. 32ct Weeks Tin Roof. Weeks flosses of Bullfrog, Grasshopper, Havana, Kohl, Putty, and White Lightening, it is presented in a wooden Tool Caddy. The main design features Linda's fun Satin Stitched grassy hills and you COULD stitch those sheep with Gentle Arts Simply Wool and some French Knots if you want to be a show-off! The pattern includes the needlebook, fob and caddy designs. This calls for three small pieces of linen, sizes vary, approx cost for all is $17. You'll need some Kohl Houndstooth Wool to back everything -- a fat quarter should be enough for you and a friend to share.
  • Friendship Garden -- This is lovely! Retromantics mini-tray of brown, Weeks 32ct Parchment Linen... 'Friends are the gardeners who make our souls blossom.' LOVE the colors and the balance in this... and your friend (the one you stitch it for!) will love it too!!!!! Worked in Sampler Threads and Weeks flosses, this finishes approx 5 x 8.
  • Grant House 1865 -- A chart... 32ct Confederate Gray Weeks linen, yummy hand-dyeds by Gentle Art and Weeks, pretty for a hallway or foyer... I like just that Preserve the Union block for a smaller framed piece or pin cushion! Finishes approx 5 x 9.
  • Delaware House -- This is another of Linda's charming BOOK BOXES. Stitch her little house and matching fob on hand-dyed linen -- overdyeds from your stash -- and get one of her paper mache' brown paper boxes that is shaped like a 3 x 4 x 1 miniature book.. It features an opening lid -- like a real book. (Not a Kindle!) Paint your box with acrylic paint from the big box store, polish it with a little shoe polish (honest!) and you have a REALLY COOL vessel to show off this charming set of smalls! Linda has like 6 other designs in this miniature book series -- they are all on our Chessie pages!!! This calls for Chestnut Houndstooth wool for linings. Kind of dark, think about Dolphin, or one of the green shades to brighten the edges a little. Again a fat quarter will serve both you and a friend.
  • Flag of Glory -- chart... 32ct Tin Roof by Weeks, Freedom, Mulberry, Mustard Seed, Shaker White and Tin Bucket Threads... the flag stripes feature different specialty stitches in each one for a little of extra texture, and check out that matching miniature wiener roll in there! What a fun design to stitch and a neat set to have and use! ***Watch the mail order catalogs for shadow boxes and coffee tables that have display areas under glass. GUESS WHERE YOU CAN DISPLAY all these beautiful little sewing sets and pin cushions you love to stitch and collect??? You'll need 4 cuts of linen -- along with a quarter yard cut of Weeks Deep Sea wool -- Solid, Herringbone, Glen Plaid or Houndstooth will all work beautifully, or if you'd rather, we could choose an awesome red that matches the threads. Just let us know!


Little Hedgie by Just Nan -- click to see more! Introducing *Little Hedgie* from Just Nan
Oh my gosh, is this little guy the CUTEST???? Straight from the hedgerow... he fits right into your hand! A bitty little guy, he is stitched on 32ct Natural linen with bits of DMC floss from your stash.. He features a textured coat bristling with black beads and a set of little pins for his quills. Nan is offering him as a small chart with his beads, bristly pins, his brass button base for weight, a green leaf (because he lives in the hedges!)

VERY cute indeed... if you are on our Just Nan Ornament Auto, you will be getting this little guy. If you aren't.... reserve him NOW! (If you can't remember if you get that auto... just reserve him anyway -- we'll look you up in our system.)


Mill Hill's 2016 Spring Bead Kits - click for more
Mill Hill's 2016 Spring Bead Kits!
Always the first release of the new year -- Mill Hill seems to skirt Winter by bringing us SPRING designs even before we've had our bad winter weather! This is the set of 5 x 5's that can be worked on the provided 14ct perforated paper and framed, or worked on 14/28ct fabric and assembled into pillows or hangings. (Actually, we've seen some of these framed with gorgeous mats and expensive mouldings and they are stunning! We just think they are our regular bead kits -- but 'they clean up real well!!!' )

Offered as complete kits of paper, flosses, beads and a button or two, the beads really catch the light, and make these very eye-catching! The Starfish and Sand Dollar match the Nautilus and Conch from a few years ago, and the Joe's Garage is yet another business in the Summertime Village series -- not to be confused with their Christmastime Village! (Haberdashery, Tea, Pet Shoppe, Millinery, Wedding... )

Mini Spring Bouquet Mill Hill Bead Kits - click for more
Mini Spring Bouquet Mill Hill Bead Kits from Mill Hill
Here are the little guys that make such cute plant pokes and ornaments. Complete smaller kits full of everything you need the finished pieces measure approx 2 x 3. The dragonfly and ladybug eggs companion the 4 like them already published -- rabbit, chick, lamb and sheep.

Always cute and colorful, they make pretty magnets and gosh if you stitch them on soft linen you can stuff them for pin cushions as well.

There's even MORE!     
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