Be sure to check the What's New page to see if any new things went directly onto our interior pages!
Be sure to visit the previous Just Arrived pages!
Just Arrived, page 2, Just Arrived, page 3, Just Arrived, page 4
Sneak Peeks at the Incoming Lizzie Kate -- Due in the shop September 25th-ish!
As we eagerly await our November arrival of Lizzie Kate's Things Unseen Mystery Sampler... she is busy preparing our next shipment of new things!!!
Gingerbread Haunted House from The Victoria Sampler
Victoria Sampler has released Part 6 of her Gingerbread Village Series. Technically, that is a Christmas Village, and this is Halloween... so don't get hung up on the 'part 6' thing! If you like it STITCH IT! If you don't want a Haunted House with your Christmas Things... that's OK too! Stitched on the NEW hand-dyed Gingerbread fabric by Picture This Plus, we are so excited to FINALLY get another option for pretty fabric for this set of designs besides the discontinued and elusive Antique Almond!
The house features a purple roof... not tons of stitching... but LOTS (I counted 53!!!) of whimsical plastic button embellishments. I THINK in reading though the cool charts and the beautifully presented assembly pictures and steps that this uses 18 different little pieces of fabric. You'll need a fat quarter of both the Gingerbread and the Lilac in 28ct.. (Because there are so many little pieces... I think its easiest to cut them out of paper first and they lay them out on the main piece of fabric BEFORE cutting everything out!)
But back to business -- the silks are gorgeous bright oranges, yellows, and deep purples. The buttons -- especially the little Trick-or-Treaters and the Skeletons are over-the-top! I THINK this must finish about 6 x 8. It'll definitely be a stitched labor-of-love for all the Halloween-lovers in the household!! Offered as the book with button and silk pack offered separately.
NOTE: The 28ct Gingerbread Linen has been commissioned by VS... Picture This Plus has done a WONDERFUL job re-creating the awesome color Thea uses in all her Gingerbread House buildings! So.. if your stash has been waiting for 'just the right fabric' for those houses... here it is!!!
Gingerbread Mini Stockings
from The Victoria Sampler
Here's a trio of 2-1/2 x 3 inch stocking ornaments to garnish your tree. Stitched on the new 28ct Gingerbread Linen, I think the puppy is waiting for dinner... but she's just told him 'just one more row!'
Regular Cross Stitch with a few Satins tossed into the top treatment, these are quick to stitch. Might be kind of fun to make them for everyone in the Stitch Group! Offered as the leaflet with accessory pack of the silks and buttons offered separately.
Presenting Gingerbread and Storm Fabrics by Picture This Plus!
Long-awaited replacements for fabrics we have been unable to get this past year are here!!! Joining our hundreds of other fabric options, we are thrilled to announce the 'birth' of Gingerbread, and Storm!
Snap-Together Mini Trays
We found some cute little travel-trays made of heavy oil cloth -- kind of a laminated fabric. They are flat. Simply pinch the corners snapping them together to make a mini-tray to hold your small things like needles, scissors, stray threads, candy... anything small and important! These are awesome for travel, fun and very handy!
Our assorted colors are a strawberry print, a bright yellow hibiscus print and overall black and white floral. We'll choose pretty options for you. Three sizes offered -- small makes a 3-inch tray with 1-inch high sides, medium snaps into a 4-inch tray with 1-1/2 inch sides, and the large snaps into a 5-inch tray with 1-1/2 inch high sides.
Basket of Acorns from Fern RidgeCollections
Fern Ridge has released SIX new needlecase and beaded fob sets this Summer... 3 Halloween themed, 2 Autumn, and 1 Christmas... I couldn't show everything here, so make sure you click through the pic to see everything else, too!
Basket of Acorns is amazing. Pat and Peggy have so many cute things in this set of designs. The acorn case opens to reveal acorn scissors and all sorts of pockets and sleeves that are embellished with acorn beads and buttons. You make a waxer case, a place to store a wooden ruler and acorn thread winder... there is a matching tuffet ... and everything fits inside of this GORGEOUS 4-inch Nantucket basket with a removable dark wood lid!
The COMPLETE, COMPLETE kit contains EVERYTHING you need for this set! Charts, photos and finishing instructions, 28ct Tan Linen, cotton lining fabric, Weeks wool for the needlepage, Hannah Silk Ribbon, fusible interfacing, Wonder Under, Warm and Natural, needles, overdyed cottons and silks, the waxer, wooden 2-inch ruler and winder, even the scissors, AND the basket! It is reflected in the price, however... but what a neat surprise when you open the lid of that charming basket!!! I made the matching beaded fob in a class at the recent trade show!!!
Basket of Acorns Beaded Fob from Fern RidgeCollections
Two-Needle Peyote Stitch -- it's not hard, and after several repeat Market classes -- I can DO this on my own! The flat part is woven first from the bottom to the top -- you add the string and clam-shell finding. Then... all that lavish trim at the bottom... it's just stringing Fern Ridge's fabulous beads in a certain order. The hardest part of the fringe is to keep your thread from tangling in the other fringes you have already finished!
My scissors are now very happy! Fern Ridge's Peyote Stitch fobs all come as complete kits with instructions printed in both numbers, and colored pictures -- depending on how you like to follow them. ALL the awesome beads and charms are included -- they have exquisite taste in all their beads and things!!!
Spooky Night Sewing Case and Beaded Fob
from Fern RidgeCollections
This is a study in black and grays. The sewing case is stitched on 28ct Thunderstorm linen with Treenway Silks, there are spider, and little 3-D skull charms in here -- just *charming!* Complete kit contains the fabric, linings, silks, beads, ribbons... everything to make this faux-elegant case! Can you see the crystal chandelier on the cover??? It has tiny black beads dangling from it!!!
The Spooky Night Fob is all gray and purple! The Peyote beaded part is a grave stone but the fringe is the exciting part! It has that open casket dangling... and more of those 3-D skull beads! Just the funniest thing... this fob is a MUST HAVE even if you get nothing else to match it this time around!
Route 66 from Little House Needleworks
Coming RIGHT THROUGH the city of Tulsa (where we are!) is Route 66! A fun drive with lots of memorabilia all the way along the way, you need to stitch this for your RV! It'd make a darling pillow!!! You could even stitch little dots on the map for other places you love to visit, or to commemorate past trips. What a cool memento for travelers!!!
Offered as a chart, this finishes approx 13 x 8 on 28ct linen, but you could make it larger on 10ct Tula -- 10 x 19 -- if that RV or camper has enough space for a neat pillow like that. Really cute!
2014 Annual Ornaments from Homespun Elegance
Every year Sandra designs three ornaments -- one for her Sampler collection, one for Snowmen and one for the Santa Collection. Always worked on a small bit of hand-dyed linen with DMCs and a few overdyeds each ornament is garnished with a tiny brass charm of some sort. This year's Santa features a bit of Wisper furry thread mixed with the DMC in his beard. If you have some light grey in your stash, you could do the same treatment with his sheep.
The Merry Chrismtas mini Sampler ornament has a tiny wreath charm, and the Snowman design is just plain cute -- they're playing in the yard, and it kind of looks like it's snowing. All are offered as charts with the charm embellishment. We have several of the previous 15or so past year's designs - but not all of them anymore!
New from Amylee Weeks
Bright and Fresh red, pink, white and lip-puckering lime green... the artwork of Amylee Weeks comes to life on bright 14ct Aida cloth with DMC floss and Mill Hill beads! The newest kits by Mill Hill, there are 6 in this set of Christmastime Sentiments -- Silent Night, Holy Night, Merry Christmas, Peace, Believe and Angel. Offered as complete kits, each is worked on THE MOST FUN colors of Tropical Lime or Christmas Red 14ct Aida.
Cute lettering, fun borders and little smatterings of stars and whatnots all over the backgrounds, these are SO different, contemporary and cheerful! Kits include the chart, 14ct, beads flosses and the needles. This artist has a darling set of colorful owls as well... check those out too!
Goodness and Grace Pin Cushion -- The Fold, Part 3!
from Shepherd's Bush
Tina and Teri have sent their third piece in the six-part FOLD series of a sewing box and coordinating smalls. Goodness and Grace is a 3-inch pin cushion that features Teri's very own hand-dyed silk ribbon as the edge trim! A lovely grape silk checkered basket offers a lavish bouquet of flowers and a pretty flower-shell button as trim. The 'Goodness and Grace' of the backyard garden... a tiny house is there, as well as the sheep grazing in the yard!
Offered as a complete kit, the 32ct hand-dyed linen was worth waiting for -- and lovely! Threads include hand-dyed silks and cottons, of course there is Teri's ribbon, and lots of beads and buttons to garnish both the cushion and the edge trim. Also included is a cut of deep green flannel fabric to back the cushion! Aged Plums, Dried Pink Roses, Olive Branch and Whiskey greens and golds... the colors are gorgeous, and the few special stitches tossed in here are an added treat. A sweet cushion, luscious kit ingredients... and something charming to add to your Shepherd's Plum Sewing Box!
Notice the JABCO Just Pins poking from the pillow? A set of 5 pins -- they include a white sheep, black sheep, heart, purple flower and little black bird -- all clay-topped pins. They are an optional set that is available separately!
We have an on-going auto-ship to help you collect all six parts to Tina and Teri's Shepherd's Fold series. You can 'BOX TOP' your first design or mat it... and then stitch all the matching needlework smalls!
The Village and A Hallowe'en Birthday
from Carriage House Samplings
Carriage House's Kathy Barrick has a pair of recent releases that are kind of neat.
Celebrate Diversity from Ink Circles
Diversity in Beer! Ink Circles has a new design... it'd be fun to hang in a bar area, or make as a rec room decoration. European-styled lettering... this is just a cute suggestion of many of the different glasses beer is served in. Worked on 32ct, this'll finish approx 8 x 10-1/2, and is stitched with Weeks hand-dyed flosses or DMC.
Then... did you know that your 'glass' of beer may actually be a snifter, tumbler, nonic, chalice, boot, pilsner, tulip, tub, thistle, goblet... oh she lists 8 more!!!!! They'd be fun to somehow work into a lettered border! Offered as a chart.
Miss Witchy Mouse from Just Nan
Back for a Very Short Visit, as she is Nan's Fall 2014 Limited Edition Ornament.
Watch out! After graduating from flight school with honors, Miss Witchy Mouse is flying high this Halloween riding her trusty broom and wearing her highly fashionable silver hat with painted purple bead and orange crystal embellishment.
Her kit includes the witch hat, silver tail hanger, black and orange beads, brass button base and felt for the broom, along with her chart and finishing instructions. (You'll need a bit of puff to stuff her, and a toothpick for her broom handle!) Stitched on 32ct Raw Belfast Linen with DMC, Miss Witchy is a bitty thing... standing just 2 inches tall!
You know... she might like to live in Scream House!!!
Pomegranate Pocket and Pincushion from Hands On Design
Hands On Design has lots of new things... Pomegranate P & P is REAL CUTE... and is her Show Special from our Fall Trade Show! You'll need 30ct Aztec Red Weeks hand-dyed linen and a pretty finishing fabric to make this case... it uses just 4 colors of hand-dyed floss. The main case features a band of rick rack -- do you see it? It's garnished with cute Lazy Daisies, French Knots and Straight Stitches -- it reminds me of a caterpillar!!!
The matching pin cushion is a SQUARE cube shape. When you see the shape of the chart, you'll instantly see how it fits together. Unusual colors, this is just a lovely set of pieces!! Offered as a chart. MAKE SURE to see the rest of Cathy's new things -- the acorns are darling and there is a cute Halloween piece!
Wreath House * Twice Blessed * Blissfully Unaware from Hands On Design
Here's a trio of Hands On's new things! Each one is so darn cute!!!
Super Bright Portable LED Lamp
Well here's a little thing to grab for traveling!!! It is NEAT! 21 LED bulbs, it is powered by 4 AA Batteries OR a USB cable so you can plug it into your computer or car adapter! It has a touch on/off switch, and you can choose between the three levels of brightness for your light!!!!!
It unfolds like a zig-zag to about a 12-inch reach -- good for your lap or a close table. It folds closed and fits into its box which is 3 x 5-1/2 x 2! It includes the 3-1/2 foot USB Cable as well! (You supply the batteries.)
New from Puffin & Co!
All sorts of pretty new gadgets... Puffin's things look great poked in pin cushions, tucked into neat sewing cases or just hanging around on your magnetic board or filing cabinet!!! All handmade from nickel, copper and brass as part of a village re-vitalization work program in Thailand.
Presenting Eve -- Gingher's 2014 Limited Edition Designer Scissors & Shears
This year's decorated Gingher scissors have finally arrived! Named EVE this year... I think they kind of suggest *Hallows EVE!* -- as in Halloween!!! Offered in the classic 4 inch embroidery, 5-inch sewing (shown here with a nifty Halloween fob from Fern Ridge, available separately), or 8-inch shear... they are sturdy, durable, and super sharp. They'll cut many, many good things like fabrics and threads... and hopefully not too many bad things like cords, paper or hair!!!
Presenting Lizzie Kate's Things Unseen Mystery Sampler!
We finally have a few more details to share about Linda's upcoming Mystery Sampler that will ship in three parts, beginning this November and continuing through December and January. Things Unseen is a year-round design with beautiful "heart" felt words to live by... any day... all seasons. Thread and fabric details follow -- lots of choices!!!!!
Ebenezer's Christmas from Erica Michaels
*I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all year*
Erica Michaels has a new sampler that is LOVELY! Work it on 28ct linen -- or any count you like best -- it finishes approx 6-1/2 x 14-1/2. Linda's piece has three separate areas -- can your eye capture them? Ebenezer's famous promise at the top, the horse pulling a sleigh in the center, and the holiday couple with God Bless Us Everyone at the bottom.
When you open your chart, you'll find each of those three parts stitched individually and finished differently. LOTS of different options with this piece! Tiny framed samplers, pillows, she has even found a 'Memory Tray' at Hobby Lobby and filled in the different sections with the needlework and matching decorations. Each of the projects is coded for flosses or silks, all in deep, classic red and greens... this has such a pretty, classic flavor! Offered as the chart.
A Pair of Wooden Hornbook Ornaments -- Silk Gauze TRY-ME Pieces!!!
from Erica Michaels
Dear Santa and Christmas Day debut as Erica Michaels' show specials this past Fall! Dear Santa, We have cookies and December 25th are both stitched on a tiny bit of 40ct silk gauze with either DMC or hand-dyed flosses, and then applied to the INCLUDED 2-1/2 inch wooden hornbook piece that makes a perfect tree ornament! Linda suggests a pretty ribbon at the top, and even ideas to embellish the backs of these for a little extra charm.
Your stitching is a mere 1-1/2 x 2, and since the gauze is cut out and not hemmed or anything, your finishing work is minimal. Aren't these cute??? Little bitty wooden ornaments garnished with your exquisite little stitches!! Each is offered in chart format with the cut of 40ct gauze along with the finished wooden hornbook piece.
The Good Earth and Over the Fence from Teresa Layman
Ok all you miniature Knotwork Fans... Teresa Layman has two new designs to tempt you! NOT Cross Stitch... these are line drawings on special weaver's-like cloth that you fill in with solid French Knots of one strand of DMC floss! Not for the weak-of-knotter... if you've mastered her technique, these are actually very fun to work! You can be a nimble-knotter and do lots of knots per square inch... or not-so-neurotic, and just fill in the areas till they look full to your eye. Kind of like painting-by-number, Teresa's designs are CHARMIMG!
The Good Earth measures a mere 4 x 3, while Over the Fence is approx 3 x 4-1/2. Beautiful doll house rugs.. but stunning in a frame! Offered as the lines on fabric, you supply the DMC. Teresa DOES have several of her favorite designs charted for Counted Cross Stitch. Everything is pictured and labeled on her inside pages. We LOVE her things... and she's kind of cool too! :) (Did you know that HER gingerbread houses were THE HOUSES featured on last year's US Christmas Postage Stamps???)
Fridge Art from AB Designs
Amy is beginning a new set of fun designs that are *suggested* as Fridge Art... but could be finished other ways as well. Releasing 4 new designs every other month (that means the next 4 will be here in October)... these little guys are designed to be stitched on either 14, 18, 22, 28, 32 or 36ct -- because all those sizes fit the 3 x 3 magnet boards included with each.
Very *Plucky and Perky*, each of these comes as its own chart with sticky magnetic board and sticky mounting board. You add the flosses and fab of choice. No major finishing or measuring... these are simple, colorful and fun!
Our Auto-ship will send the 4 new small charts with magnetic material each time.
Frank and Sally Skull and I Am The Witch!
from AB Designs
Two more pairs of small designs -- the same size (just 40 x 40 stitches) as the Fridge Arts. You can get that plain magnet material -- option below -- and finish these into MORE Fridge Arts... or the little pillows and frames as shown. These 4 are offered in chart format. The black frames are from Olde Colonial, and the black and white polka dot pillows (you'll need to stuff them, but they come with the orange covered buttons and are fully sewn for you.) are from Adam Original. We have 'em all!!!
For fabrics, look into Weeks bright yellows, oranges, chartreuse and purple hand-dyeds... or the Zweigart bright tropical Aidas... we have all those, too! Frank and Sally come on one chart... I Am The Witch comes on the other chart. They are not part of the Fridge Art Auto... but you can add them to your collection anytime!!
September's Secret Needle Night Design: Flashy Haberdashery!
This month's Secret Needle Night is Here!!! We did a cute witch's hat... and perched it on a stick! (It's State Fair time, you know, and everything comes on a stick!) 18ct Linen, Velvets and Fyre Werks... Mona's finishing kit is optional!!
Offered as our kit of 18ct linen, threads, chart, and spider button. Mona's kit includes the Mona-painted base and decorated stick... her tied bow, twisted cord, backing fabric and mounting boards with fluff!
Stacy Nash Primitives has 6 New Releases!
Wow... a really pretty selection this time around, we have 6 new designs by Stacy in the shop! The run-away favorites by far are the chickens in Miss Baxter's Yard! We have pillows, pinkeeps, pouches, a tray and a sampler -- all full of Stacy's relaxed personality and charm!
Everything is worked on Week's hand-dyed linen with Gentle Art hand-dyed flosses... and lots of distressing... just for fun! And... all are offered as charts!
Country Stitches' Brenda Gervais has new Autumn and Christmas designs... you can see how cute they are... even without any descriptions from me!
New Lizzie*Kate is here!
His Eye is on the Sparrow from Heartstring Samplery
Wow... is sampler is a KILLER! It is so large and eyecatching... you'll fall in LOVE with it! It's a Garden of Eden sampler -- with a bit of real estate in there -- but that's artistic license! *His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me*.
The stitch count of this is 435 x 363, so it finishes approx 31 x 26 on 28ct linen. It's stitched with Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds and is just brimming with charming sampler motifs everywhere.
If you are an over-achiever... you could always take your favorite motifs out of here and make coordinating pin cushions out of them to display next to your finished sampler... or arrange some of them down the sides of a runner, or scatter misc things onto larger pillows... this piece is so charming, it can be the central decorating theme of a room! Offered as a chart... hey -- there I am, right beside it!!!
New What-Nots from The Purple Thread
Wow... what a fun group of needlework smalls by The Purple Thread! Everything is cute, small, and full of personality! Drums, cushions, a spool scissor holder and that darling Penny Bag... everything is offered in small kit format -- with all the finishing fabrics and everything! Click through for all the fun descriptions....
from SamSarah Design Studio
Patti from SamSarah has a fun new design that is worked on the new Polka Dot Belfast Linen. Mr Snow Magical is stitched with Weeks Dye Works or DMC flosses... the white dots are already on that 32ct dusty blue linen... just ignore them!! (Their job is to look cute at the end!) He has a few Rhodes stitches in his belly - I think they kind of accent those polka dots!
After he is finished, garnish with the 4 stars, hem him, and hang him on the 6-inch metal hanger that is INCLUDED in the chart! Snow Magical finishes 6-inches square, very, very cute!
Home for Christmas
from SamSarah Design Studio
Here's a delighfully cheerful banner that should welcome everyone home for Christmas!! Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Red Pear Linen in only 8 shades of Weeks (Aztec Red, Goldenrod, Grits, Havana, Island Breeze, Meadow, Morris Blue and Periwinkle) or DMC flosses, there are a few button garnishes on here, but you could always come up with more!
I love the curvy house and the tree, everything looks so happy and whimsical... it just makes you smile. Stitched size is approx 7 x 9, the snowflake hanger-topper is available separately if you choose that finishing option. Offered as a leaflet.
Don't miss Patti's other new things... including two new Christmas stockings.
from Country Cottage
Something to hang in your house at the lake! You may have to change the color of the house or add a canoe or something, and it'd be fun to incorporate your family name in to the alphabet and words in the bottom half.
Finishes approx 6 x 6 on 28ct, it is charted for DMC and Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses.
Sampler Enthusiast's 2015 Book of Days
The annual 9 x 12 softcover agenda by Needlework Press, this is a VISUAL calendar you can keep in your stitching bag. Record every stitch-in, shopping trip, retreat, sale, weekend event... WHATEVER great things are happening in your needlework-life!
Some record their daily stitching hours, some use it as a inventory.shopping list, some a wish list, it's a great place to record e-mails and phone numbers, too, until you can get them into your phone. (Sometimes stitching takes us out of cell phone range!!! Oh darn!) It just has a homey-needlework-loving feel to it!
Tiny Twilight Santa Sled from Foxwood Crossings
Here's a TRY-ME Sled!!!!! If you aren't into our little sleds... TRY JUST ONE!!! Foxwood Crossings has a neat miniature Santa design that fits one of her little sleds. Just ONE design with ONE sled, enough perforated paper to stitch the ONE sled, and even a length of brown wool to make Santa's hair and fur trim fuzzy!!
You'll need a few DMC flosses from your stash, but nothing major. Just a TRY-ME type of thing... if you like it, we have plenty more where this came from!!! Click the pic to see the rest of the new!
Winter Garden, Halloween Chronicles and The Shepherd's Love
from Cherished Stitches
Cherished Stitches has several new designs that are charming!!!!! Here are three that are packaged as complete kits to make precious pin cushion-sized pillows. Get a neat basket, line the bottom with fabric, felt balls or neat knitting yarns you haven't used yet, and use that to display all these small pillows you are slowly amassing! You don't need separate places scattered everywhere to display your collection of little pillows... put them all together in a huge basket so they make a statement together! They don't have to be the same seasons either... just a stunning display of your *tiny trophies!*
Darkwing Manor from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches' Annual Haunted House is Here!!! Every year, these get more and more involved with cute design details and tiny hidden surprises everywhere. Darkwing Manor is stuffed full of creepy monsters, ghosts and goblins, and spiders, cats and bats. Everyone is waiting to scare the darling little Trick-or-Treaters -- all dressed in their favorite outfits to scare -- out there in the front yard!
Stitched on Picture This Plus Dawn (a lovely deep teal blue/gray) with TONS of DMC (34 different colors) or Gentle Art Sampler Threads -- there are 22 colors in here that require multiple skeins of the same colors, there is also lots of silver metallic for all the spider webs. The Just Another Button Company button embellishment pack offers 3 grave stones, three jack-o-lanterns, a tiny Frankenstein face, 4 clay spiders and 11 bats!!!! Pam and Susan have added citron green petite seed beads to lots of the eyes of the more seedy characters in this as well.
Just a really fun, bustling scene... there is a lot of stitching in here... but since there are so many different parts, you see your picture developing FAST before your eyes! Very entertaining to work on! Pam and Susan have done an EXCELLENT job charting this. The backstitches, spider webs, button and bead placements -- all that -- is printed in color on the chart, and the chart itself is CLEAR with good symbols and printed 10 squares to the inch. Darkwing Manor will command attention on your wall... it finishes 21-1/2 x 15! Offered as the chart with fabric and clay offered separately.
Turkey Sausage from Plum Street Samplers
Once again, Plum Street has a really cute weenie dog piece the Fall Seasons! Joining Halloweenies, and Winter Wienerland, we now have Turkey Sausage!!!!! Just the cutest little guys dressed for the Holiday, they measure approx 4 x 12-1/2 on 32ct.
Worked in Gentle Art Sampler Threads, this would be a pretty piece to convert to the Simply Wools if you'd like a soft, coverlet-feel to it. Offered as a chart, Paulette has 5 other new releases... click the pic to see them all!
Seymour the Otter from Just Another Button Company
The girls at Just Another Button Company have a new 3-dimensional felted wool pin cushion... he's a baby otter swimming on his back, and he's carrying his tiny sea urchin friend!
Some of the most fun you'll have with tacking together a small seam, sewing on a couple of pre-formed felt balls and adding some Pearl Cotton straight stitches here and there, these always start out with non-descript raw materials and quickly transform into personalities!!! Seymour is made of Week's Chestnut Herringbone wool and is holding his buddy. All the felts, roving stuffing, buttons, beads and instructions are included... you add a bit of glue, and his new home!
We have some new Spoolkeeps as well... click the pic to see those as well!
The Drawn Thread is in a Halloween Mood!!!!!
*Haunting Halloween* -- *Chillin'* -- *Full Moon*
Cynthia has sent some really cute new designs -- mostly on the smaller end of size -- so you can enjoy something new for the season -- and FINISH it in time!
All offered as charts, we have optional silk and embellishments packets available for a short time -- because we think that's an awesome extra option for you! We even sell the scissors she has pictured on her covers!!! Click the pics for design details...
New Threads by The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works
Oh, we love new thread colors -- except when it's time to find space for them on the racks in the shop! One of these days, there is going to be a huge *CRASH* and 20,000 skeins of thread everywhere!!!! Both companies were on the same wavelength this summer -- all the new are red, greens and browns.
Such a pretty piece, Bonnie Rose is presented by The Gentle Art to introduce their 4 new Simply Wool threads! Ruby Slippers, Bayberry, Wood Trail and Endive are all featured in this delightful cushion. If you have never stitched with the wools before, you are in for a treat. They are so whisper-soft in your hands, and they offer a rich, aged look on your linen... you'll love them!
Bonnie Rose was designed by Cherished Stitches for The Gentle Art. It is complimentary chart with the purchase of the wools!
Chessie & Me has new charts that are just begging to be stitched!!!
Patriotic Stitch Book is her fourth paper book box design, she has a pair of hornbook pieces that can be finished really any way you want, and 2 framed samplers. Christmas, Autumn, Halloween, and Patriotic, it's quite a nice collection this time. Always full of textured stitches and pretty design details, I'll describe each on our Chessie inside pages, so click the pics!!
Ghost Inn from Chessie & Me
Linda's annual small kit, this year's is a haunted hotel with a graveyard on the property instead of a swimming pool! The Boo sign outside welcomes the preferred guests... I guess it means 'vacancy??' Offered as a complete kit, Linda has 36ct Cedar Plank Lakeside linen in here along with 7 lengths of hand-dyed Gloriana silks!
Luscious mossy greens, a hint of gold, some brilliant orange and of course, a kohl black, there is a bit of one-over-one and some Smyrna Crosses tossed in. Finishes approx 3 x 4 -- we still have all of Chessie's other small kits available -- cute seasonal houses, a ship scene, and some primitive pumpkins and birds from years past.
Halloween Resurrection from Lone Elm Lane
Well, this is an eye-catching box-top! By Lone Elm's Stephanie, we have a very haunted house, complete with crumbling roof and overgrown landscaping. Choose any mangy darker 32 or 36ct linen to make this fit into the top of one of Lone Elm's Black Shaker Boxes. There is an invasive vine traveling everywhere, and even an empty grave!!! I personally love the little skeleton dog!!!
Anyway, charted for Weeks and DMC flosses, it's just a really fun design with some unique elements! Offered as the leaflet, we also have these luscious boxes -- which are a design favorite of Blackbird and Shepherd's Bush!
Harvest of Plenty from Shepherd's Bush
Tina Richard's newest releases include this 5 x 8 sampler dedicated to the cool and sweet feel of Autumn! Stitched on 32ct hand-dyed Bee's Wax linen with gorgeous shades of Gloriana and Thread Gatherer silks, there are always a few buttons scattered here and there, some Rices and Satins.
Lovely shades of butterscotch and lavender, olives and creamy whites. It companions her 4 smaller pieces! Offered as the complete kit of chart, linen, silks and buttons.
Fall Ewe All, Autumn Sheep, Safely Gathered and Autumn Box from Shepherd's Bush
Four small kits by Shepherd's Bush... kind of hard to choose one favorite!!! All of them include pretty linens and hand-dyed threads, along with Tina and Teri's charm!!!
Soul Birds from La-D-Da
This is a cool pattern... it is meant to be a tribute to those near and dear to you. Choose the different birds from the six offered in the chart, along with your friend or relative's initial and stitch a small pillow. Lori has used 28, 30 and 32ct linens in her assortment -- so it's OK to use any counts you want to, as well! She's coordinated her fabric scraps with the hand-dyed flosses she calls for so this is just a lovely medley of mis-matched but coordinating fabrics and colors!!!
She put a false bottom into her basket, so you can see the little cushions are standing up high in there -- nobody is lost in there! Add buttons or lace or charms to anything -- buttons off a wedding dress or a baby dress...! Offered as the chart of six pillows with alphabet for more personalization.
The Magical Mystery Tour Series, To The Beatles, With Love From Barb!
Blackbird's Barb is a die-hard Beatles fan -- she saw them debut on Ed Sullivan in 1964, and evidently manages to get to as many Paul McCartney concerts as possible!!! She has designed 6 *Very Black-Birdy-Flavored* pieces to commemorate 6 of her favorite songs and the anniversary of that television broadcast. All offered as leaflets, they tell us you won't need a ticket to ride this tour bus!!!
Presenting 4 New Small Rewards of Merit Charts from Blackbird Designs
Without a Mouse, Spell of the Moon, Peace Rose and Le Poulet Pin Cushion... these are always fun little designs to have! Barb and Alma's Rewards of Merit series -- these are simply charts with a small colored pic.
Patterned Pretties #8, 9 and 10 from Jeannette Douglas
Wow... we are collecting a stunning array of these gorgeous Bargello, Satin and Darned pin cushions! Jeannette is charting a fun stitch, supplying you luscious lengths of hand-dyed silks -- she uses all the major brands -- and matches that silk to a piece of Weeks Dye Works Hand-dyed wool.
Stitch your repeat pattern all over the 3 x 4 design area (you choose your fav fabric), and back with that matching wool. She shows a trinket or button embellishment on them, but that is up to your stash! Very well done, each comes with the chart, silks and wools!
Be Merry and Bright from Jeannette Douglas
Oh, this is very soft and wooly... it finishes approx 3-1/2 x 14... and is full of lofty threads in pretty stitches. Bits of Bargello, Long Arms, Trellis, Herringbone, Queens, Florentines and Satins, the wool threads add so much texture and depth to this -- you know at once that it was stitched with something other than flosses. The smaller Be Jolly Needle Roll and Stocking Bag pieces are companions worked with the same yummy threads!
If you aren't able to do the big sampler -- get one of these smaller pieces to savour the flavor of Merry & Bright for just as much stitching enjoyment. Offered as the leaflet with threads separately.. Be Jolly comes as the chart with threads and charm, Stocking Bag includes the chart, threads, embellishments and the red organza bag.
Happy Acorn Harvest and Fall Accessories from Jeannette Douglas
Oh wow... is THIS a gorgeous set of designs! Make a framed sampler or finish it into an E-Thing cover!!! Jeannette has charted rows and rows of acorns worked with specialty stitches on 32ct linen. Her thread selection is all hand-dyed silks -- 4 different brands, and some metallics. Teals, coppers, tans and chestnuts... I'm just happy looking at the thread packet!!!
The Accessory set features all those same threads, along with some buttons and acorns charms. There is a piece of Weeks wool in here -- for the inside of the needlecase you can see in the pic, AND the 1/2 inch wide bit of linen banding that you see just to the right of center on the pincushion!
Do you see all those wooden acorns and the needlecase and tape measure in that pic?? WE HAVE THEM ALL!!!!!! De-lish!!! Loaded with fun stitches and lots of finishing instructions and pictures. Offered as leaflets with thread packs and pin sets separately -- and all those gorgeous wood pieces separately, as well!
Exquisite Wooden Acorns and a Needle Case! from Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette's *Wood Guy* makes the most wonderful teeny bits of wooden needlework tools! Pictured on the cover of her newest Happy Acorn Fall Accessories, we have a charming Acorn Tape Measure, a matching Thimble Holder, a teeny-weeny coordinating acorn charm, and sleek Needle Cases! Made from assorted different woods, each one is different because of the different wood combinations.
The tape measures feature a 24-inch satin fabric ribbon that pulls out -- the acorn stem turns to crank the ribbon back inside the acorn. The thimble case has a pull-off cap! Both measure approx 1-1/2 inches long and about an inch in diameter. The miniature acorn charm doesn't open or crank -- it's just cute doing nothing at all! It measures only 1/2 an inch -- do anything cute with it that you want!!! Finally, the needle case is about 3/4 an inch wide, about 2-1/2 inches long, the top coming off to reveal a slender needle pocket inside! All TOO DELICIOUS for words!!!!!
A Bunch of Hocus Pocus
from Pine Mountain
A spooky skyline, little ghosts and bones scattered throughout the Halloween verse, this is a very eye-catching seasonal decoration! Your needlework is done on the 14ct Khaki Aida inset of the orange, black and white pre-sewn fabric sham... stuff it with your pre-sewn stuffer, and you are READY TO SCARE!
10 x 16... It's a decent size for a chair. Offered as the complete kit of pillow sham, chart and threads. The stuffers are offered separately.
Words of Wisdom: Good in the World & Happiness is a Way of Travel
from Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain has an ongoing series of vibrant pillow designs that offer good words for a better life! Sandy just has the BEST color sense, and she mixes her fabrics and trims together so beautifully -- each of these shams has 4 coordinating fabrics to set off you stitching!
Offered as complete kits of the already-sewn pillow wrappers, your stitching goes on the 16ct Aida panel, and then you wrap your band around her new Polka-Dot Pillow form. A super-cute set of designs, each finishes approx 10 x 14. Siper easy to stitch, perfect to grab as a car project, or something to work on in a waiting room.
A Trio of New Designs from The Trilogy
*Choose Joy* & *Just Laugh* are the two newest Daily Reminder designs that are simply small designs void of any fussy embellishments or details. You can stitch them as is... or jazz 'em up a little with threads, stitches or those 'fusses' you have in your stash! These are cute as bitty cube stand-ups!
Happy Who Who Day features a boxy owl in pretty Fall colors. He's got the alphabet above him, but what about leaving that off and doing him over one as a scissor fob? He'd be 30 x 40 -- just over an inch or two in size!!!!!!! His card comes with a brass star charm and a few gold glass beads. All three designs are presented in small card format.
Distinctive Presentations in Needle Art by The Binding Stitch
Premier needlework finisher Marcia Brown has published a luscious 195 page, full color, softcover finishing BIBLE! Hot off the press, it is stuffed full of pictures and step-by-step instructions to finish canvas, embroidery and cross stitch into a million different things. Beginning with blocking and sizing, you'll learn about pillows of every different type, doorstops, frames, standing figures, weights, stockings... and then all about trims, cordings, zippers, linings... EVERYTHING!
Each chapter deals with a different finishing technique and it's particular challenges, and the hints and tips to make YOUR finishing come out perfectly. You'll be able to adapt the steps you've learned to anything else you want to transform into something lovely. A wonderful reference book, too!
from Scissortail Designs
Yikes! Scissortail has a cute new piece with 4 smaller panels of Halloween-y things... all stitched with DMC and overdyeds on Week's 30ct Peoria Purple Linen.
Add some bat buttons and the ghost... and the 5 x 6 ziggy-zaggy border... and you're ready to scare a crowd! Offered as the chart, buttons separately.
Jim Shore Christmas 2014
Four Christmas kits bursting with personality and color have arrived!!! By artist Jim Shore, each is stitched on 18ct Navy Blue Aida with DMC floss and Mill Hill glass beads embellishments. Just gorgeous in color, each has a different border, and a different picture in the round center section.
So swirly and old-worldy! Choose between Santa, Rudolph, Mr Snowman or the tree -- or get 'em all! Offered as kits of the chart, fabric, threads and beads.
Nan's third design in her Just Dropping Series... here are 5 witches at their first day of flight school and it's not going well! The ghostly instructors have their pale hands full trying to help, get out of the way, and balance a perfect little pumpkin bead all at once!
Flight School is stitched on 32ct Stormy Night Vintage Belfast Linen with DMC, and finishes approx 6 x 4. Offered as the leaflet with embellishments of pumpkin beads and black cat sequins... the tiny brooms are worked with specialty stitches!
from SamSarah Design Studio
SamSarah's Mystery Sampler part 1 is HERE!
And it is so cute it's scary!!!
Something Wicked is a three-part piece -- presenting in three separate charts with button embellishments. Part One came today along with the specialty 32ct Brown Polka Dot/Natural Belfast Linen, and Week's Dye Works flosses.
The first part is super-fun -- but Patti doesn't even GIVE you a picture of the finished stitching -- YOU have to stitch it to see it! (So we can't show you a stitched pic either!!)
She has included a set of 6 miniature star buttons in the chart, along with her line drawing of the picture. It's a fluffy night owl perched on a tree branch, with a BIG 'OL Harvest Moon in the sky. The main piece finishes approx 7-1/2 x 11-1/2.
There is a bonus set of charts each time as well... it spells 'something'... and THAT finishes approx 3 x 10 on Week's 30ct Peoria Purple Linen. The floss set -- 29 skeins -- contains several duplicates of colors... so either check your stash for what you have, choose DMC instead... or have us send the yummy set of threads! Such a fun treat to grace our doors today!!!
How Old? from X's & Oh's
*How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you were?* I love this! It's appropriate for so many settings and people!!!!!
Offered as a leaflet, it finishes approx 8 x 10 on a 14/28ct and is coded for DMC or anchor floss. The model is worked on a very light blue -- so the whites in the shirts shows up. An uplifting lesson to life -- possibly for someone you know???
Redwork Mittens from Rachel's of Greenfield
A new addition to our line of felt and primitive stitched ornaments by Rachel's of Greenfield, this kit brings us 6 old fashioned felt mittens made entirely of red and white. Offered as a complete kit of the red and white felt, floss, gold cord and patterns, each design is an iron-on transfer... you embroider with Straight Stitches and a couple of French Knots... then Blanket Stitch the fronts and cuffs to the backs, and you're finished!
4 x 4-1/2 in size... so darling on an old-fashioned Christmas tree, these are so much fun to make! Perfect projects for beginning stitchers, or something easy to take a 'stitching break' away from something else more involved! We have a delightful collection of these felt ornaments -- take a look!
Definitely NOT your Grandmother's Lamp!!! Introducing really fun lights for needlework and any other favorite tasks. These super-streamlined lights offer you THREE different COLORS of light -- all in the same lamp... AND the option to DIM those lights as well! LED technology means very low to non-existent heat, only 10 watts of energy used, and NO bulbs to replace.
Your Stella can change the lighting color from Warm White (2800K for reading, accent lighting and general purposes) to Pure White (4000K for arts and crafts, and working with color) to Cool White (5500K for late night projects and tired eyes!) AND... the Floor model and Edge Clamp models even come with a tiny REMOTE CONTROL to change that lighting color!!!!! (It's the cutest thing!) Next... you can dim any of these three colors by 5 levels... a great feature especially wonderful at night!
The lamps themselves come in:
Very streamlined, just lovely! The three different colors of light are amazing -- you'll be shocked at how differently you see colors, and how differently your eyes react to the different colors of the light! No magnifiers in these at this time... the brains at Stella are trying to figure out a way to get those in there without compromising the sleek lines the lamps have now.
There's even more information on our new Stella Lighting page.
Charming new designs from Italy!
from Cuore e Batticuore
We have new designs that are enchanting! Direct from Italy, here are three just to give you an idea of the rest we have!!! Not much English instruction inside of these, the charts are beautifully presented in color... you could almost frame that teacup one!!!! I think they are all worked on Lambswool -- we have several different counts available -- with DMC floss. I think there are a few overdyeds, but then DMC blends are suggested.
I love the teacup sampler -- just stitch one cup if you don't want to do them all! The floral vases and baskets come for all four seasons -- six designs in each chart. And, those ADORABLE little elf/gnomes steal the show! We have this Anniversary piece, a Valentine design and another that is a delightful Christmas Sled scene. All offered as charts, unique designs!!
Just Cross Stitch Annual Ornament Issues on DVD!
Here are the past 17 YEARS of the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Christmas ornament issues -- all on one searchable, printable DVD! I think it's like 1275 ornament designs in pdf format(!) Every page of the issues, it's actually pretty overwhelming!
You probably have some of the paper copies, but here is everything together, so beautifully presented. What a fun thing to take along on a stitching trip!
Presenting the 2014 Annual Santa Card! from Praire Schooler|
We think this is the 31st annual old fashioned Santa by Nancy and Pam of Prairie Schooler. He calls for all the same classic colors as every other year... he's the same size... and he joins a very favored and collectable group of designs! This year, Santa is caroling you a Merry Christmas.
Offered as the small card, these Santas have been stitched every way imaginable over the years. Over 4 threads on afghans, over one on 40ct silk gauze... scissor fobs, sweatshirts, tree skirts, package ties, stand-ups, quilts and stockings... here's another one to add to your collection!
The four 2014 Fall Prairie Schooler Releases...
A pair of Halloween and another of Christmas... everything has balance, simple color schemes, and Prairie Schooler personality! Lovely presentations -- as always!
Crazy Quilting in Cross Stitch from Carolyn Manning Designs
Here's a charming chart of 4 different Crazy Quilted squares -- only they are stitched with DMC rather than fabric pieced. Something pretty I came across, each 60 x 60 stitch count square is garnished with backstitches and a few beads. Meant to resemble mini quilts, you can add metallic, buttons, charms or even more beads if you want... anything goes with these. They'd make pretty pin cushions or needlecase fronts.
Worked on just about any fabric you like... everything is covered with stitching... so just choose something easy on your eyes. Very colorful, all 4 squares and some beads are included in the chart.
The Classic Ornaments Collection
from Country Cottage Needleworks
Nikki has announced her next series of designs... a set of 12 ornaments worked in the classic red and green Christmas colors. The first releases mid-August and will continue till all 12 are released. Each is offered as a small chart -- various sizes and 32ct fabrics -- each uses DMC and hand-dyed flosses. JABCO buttons are optional each time. The first offering is *Angels* which measures 63 x 53 and features a bell button and Classic Colorwork's Ladybug floss.
This is tough one to offer on an auto while including all the variables, so we're choosing to include the chart and button each month. Fabric is YOUR call... and you might not need all the flosses... but as this progresses... we'll know a lot more.
A Smidgen of Halloween
from Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand has a new tiny design, and it's really cute! Just a bitty medley of even bittier stuff, it finishes approx 3 x 4 on 32 -- but choose something else to do it on if you want to.
The small card chart comes with an orange button (down there by the 31st) and a few green and white beads you'll use in eyes and that top border. I think that green jack-o-lantern is so funny -- he steals the whole picture! Just a *Smidge* of a thing!
Gobble & Give Thanks
from Heart in Hand
Here's a neat piece -- perch it flat on your table or horizontally on the wall! Absolutely precious, this has a stitch count of 21 high by 269 wide -- so it is approx 1-1/3 inches by almost 17 worked on 32ct Lambswool linen. It would be so cute as a stuffed cushion filled with walnut shells -- decorating the dining room table or perched on a windowsill!!!
Charted for DMC or overdyeds, there is a set of clay buttons embellishing -- it has leaves, birds and pumpkins. Quite a fast piece to work up, the chart is printed very large inside the leaflet, and I'm thinking just an evening or two TOPS to get this stitched! It is CUTE! Offered as the leaflet with buttons separate.
from The Scarlett House
Scarlet House presents "Hannah's Brownstone." A charming 7 x 6 piece worked on 36ct Edinborough Linen with 12 shades of Weeks Dye Works flosses... it has a lot of visual symetry and gorgeous colors of brick, chestnuts and gunmetal greys.
Offered as a limited edition kit of the chart, linen, and flosses, it will come in a eco-friendly fabric zippy bag that can be used later on for more stitching storage! We're taking reservations for late august shipment.
Mes Travaux d'Aiguilles from Cmon Monde
A cute needlework sampler... I love the pic! What a charming seamstress complete with straight pins in her hair!!! Stitched on a natural linen, the tiny quilt is on a separate piece of white and attached after it is stitched. (I think the mini-hoop in her hand is as well... but I don't know where to find that little bitty hoop!) The spools are Satin stitched, and the panel of lace at the bottom needs to be something special off an old handkerchief or something special to you.
Just a cute piece to hang in your stitching room. Maybe a fun padded hanging to drape over the back of rocking chair?? Stitched with Gentle Art's Barn Grey, Heirloom Gold, Summer Shower along with DMC in black and flesh colors. Offered as a chart.
July & August from Cross Eyed Cricket
Cross Eyed Cricket continues with her creative set of months spelled out with all sorts of fun motifs. July and August are here... and they are especially festive.
Join Us for a Christmas Markets Shopping and Stitching Cruise Down the Danube River!
***We're thrilled to announce our next European Cruise -- November 30th thru December 7th, 2015!!!***
Mark your calendar and start gathering friends... we're taking one of those charming River Cruises with Ama Waterways! A few details are up on our Events Page now... (some pricing, cities we'll visit, extensions to Prague, etc.) I'll write more about it after our Annual Stitching Event we're having this coming weekend with Weeks Dye Works and AB Designs. Jeannette Douglas is our Featured Designer -- she is in charge of the lovely projects, and our Mona is even working in a finishing class for some of the projects we'll be doing on board! Call Judy Bradford -- our wonderful Cruise Lady -- to answer questions and get more details. We are so excited to begin a new adventure... Hope you can join us!!!
Presenting This Year's TRAVELER'S and NEUTRALS Collections by FLAX!
Our yummy Fall Fashions have arrived... and we've been re-arranging the shop displays to fit them all in!!!
Pretty Offerings from Samplers Not Forgotten
We have several neat sampler charts in the shop's bookracks. My few words really don't do any of them justice... but generally, you know when you first see a sampler if it is going to 'speak to you'... here are two by Samplers Not Forgotten... we have more when you click the pics!
More cute editions from The Stitching Shed!
Absolutely the happiest palette of thread colors in these designs -- we just LOVE them all! They are Happy, Cheerful, Smiley, Bright and truly unique. Some are fun for a sunny kitchen window, but most need to find a home in the bedroom of some special little person of yours. Personalize them for bedroom signs or make bed pillows out of them... they are just the freshest, sweetest designs!
All are coded for Anchor Floss -- if you don't have it, go on-line and look for a conversion to DMC. The cover pictures are clear enough that you could even just match up DMCs and hand-dyeds from those!
Fun New Offerings from Threads That Bind
Shawn does the BEST Punch Needle designs... and here are three of her newest!!! Always very clearly printed on khaki Weaver's cloth, you are provided with a HUGE cut (like 14 x 16) of fabric -- because Shawn likes to use Morgan Stands and wants your entire working design to be visible in the frame. Not too involved or intricate, you are punching with NORMAL DMC floss -- so leave the expensive overdyeds for other projects! You get all the hand-dyed look just by changing DMC colors.
USA Square from The Sweetheart Tree
Well... a little late for THIS year's 4th of July... but here in plenty of time for next year!
A small 4-1/2 inch square of letters, stars and stripes, this comes as a complete kit of 28ct Summer Khaki Linen with al the threads and litlle embellishments. It'll make a cute stand-up cube, too!
Grand Old Flag from Rosewood Manor
Rosewood Manor has a cool new piece that she is using as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project! Worked on Weeks Dye Works Cocoa 36ct linen... choose something a little whiter or browner if the yellow in this isn't your favorite look. You'll need 4 skeins of Weeks Linen, 1 Gunmetal, 3 skeins of Bordeaux and 5 skeins of Deep Sea!
Only the 4 colors in this 157 x 213 piece... there are lots of small sections in here that you can divide out into smaller projects. Something neat for a family room... offered as a leaflet, 10% of the sales of the charts go to Wounded Warriors.
The Sweet Temper Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler
An original design by Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler, this is a lovely piece with a summery feel. She wanted something that dealt with emotion, hence the verse; *Let your temper be as sweet as the daisies at your feet, be as gentle be as mild be a modest humble child.*
The neat primitive border is different everywhere, and Theresa mentions that she has stuffed lots of little motifs in here -- just where-ever. There are Spider Web roses in the basket which are stunning! A very pretty piece... this measures 301 x 297 -- so finishes a generous 19 x 19-ish on 32ct. Offered as a chart, coded for silks or DMC, so get out your overdyeds and see what you can customize to your piece!!
Its Back to Campus With Your New Vera Bradley!
Backpacks, Lunch Bags, Student Agendas, Pens, Pencils and Notebooks... we have a lovely new shipment of FUN STUFF for Back-To-School!!!
Ziggy Zinnia, African Violet and Pink Swirls are the newest colors... all of the cotton pieces will be in the shop shortly. School Things came early!!!
Back in Stock! Last Stitch Cemetery and Dark Shadows!
Two of our favorite Hinzeit patterns have floated through the shop doors again! Cute charms and even cuter motifs to put them onto... that Last Stitch Cemetery features graves for *Started & Forgotten*, *1/2 Stitched*, *Too Old* and *Lost Interest!*
Both are Hinzeit's classic 3 x 13 finsihed size, offered as charts, and include the set of charms.
Patterned Pretties #7
from Jeannette Douglas
Jeannette Douglas has a new small pin cushion design that is a Bargello Stitch pattern worked on 32ct Flax Linen. Offered as a small kit of pattern, Weeks hand-dyed wool for the backing and a luscious set of hand-dyed silk threads, really just choose a light neutral fabric as your base, and you'll be happy.
A 3-1/2 x 4 inch panel of beautiful stitching... the threads are really the show-offs here... they are a mixture of soft lilac, olive greens and buttermilks. Bargello is simply a pattern of Satin Stitches, repeating and very organized. This whole set of small pin cushion designs is just amazingly pretty!
En route pour Noel from Tra La La
Oh my gosh... is this a little train of friends going to visit Santa? The reindeer and his bird-buddy are leading the wagon-train of snowman and snowbunny -- and presents!
With a stitch count of 57 x 137, this will finish approx 3-1/2 x 9 on a 32ct. Coded for DMC, it's just the cutest design idea, and offered as a chart. Designed by Tra La La's Corinne Rigadeau.
Le Linge de Blanche from Zaza Picque
Oh my gosh... I think this is laundry day!!! By Za Za Picque,(these come from France) this measures 110 x 79 stitches, is worked on an antique white linen, and coded for DMC or Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.
I just love this piece! Wouldn't it be pretty in a laundry room... or even better... sewn onto the front of a lingerie traveler bag? If you are an *organic gal* -- stitch it for the front of your wooden clothespin basket! Offered as a chart.
A Quaker Banana Fob
from Primitive Jewel
We're having quite the debate among the shop gals... some say this is NOT what they would spend their stitching time on... but ohhhh... I bet someone out there has a banana fetish, banana tree, pet monkey or SOME reason why this is a definite to stitch!! (We don't know if the Quakers ate bananas... even that entered the debate!)
Offered as a chart by Primitive Jewel, this little guy is stitched over one on Week's 30ct Gold linen with Mocha, Whiskey, Olive and Pecan overdyeds... and the favored fruit measures a mere 1-1/2 x 3 in size!!!! He's a little mini-banana!!!!
Cute Minis from Dames of the Needle
This is a cute set of smalls that all fit on miniature Nantucket Baskets we have! First choose your basket -- tall or small. Then choose your topper! Each small chart is worked on 35ct linen -- you'll need a 6 x 6 ish cut and comes with a bit of Elizabeth's hand-dyed rik-rak trim that you can see in the pics. She has a new line of hand-dyed trims *From the Cauldron!*
Anyway, Flower Pin includes a cut of Mild Chili 1/2 inch rik rak trim. Bird Pin Topper comes with a generous cut (my package has a full yard in it!) of Italian Custard. (Isn't that a luscious name?) The ABC HB Pin Cushion Topper and Basket Band Companion set are cute by themselves... but the HB in the name refers to a HORNBOOK design they match that was published in the January/February Issue if Just Cross Stitch Magazine. They each feature Watermelon Juice Rik Rak! Pretty darn cute... easy to stitch and finish on the precious miniature baskets... I'm sure you have threads already in your stash for these, too!
Wabbits!!! from Sheepish Designs
We've had these little guys over the years... and recently I discovered so many more of them that we had run out of! So, I did a nice big fat order of them... and here they all are back together again!!! Absolutely the cutest little Wabbits, they are doing all sorts of things for the Holidays, and are finished with a pretty silk ribbon rouching technique.
Wabbit's Garden was originally published in 1999 -- it is one of the only ones that incudes the small scissor fob carrot. Uncle Sam -- the newest one is from 2002. They all call for hand-dyed linen and threads -- but since these are over 10 years old, those floss offerings were much slimmer than they are now. You may want to tweak your colors a bit. Just the cutest little things, they are all the same size -- 54 x 98 stitches.
Three GORGEOUS Samplers from Reflects de Soie
Thank Goodness I speak *Symbols and DMC!* Here are three stunning sampler reproductions that I couldn't resist! The images here just don't do them justice.
All offered in chart format -- no English in the instructions (but really no wording at all). All three are charted for various silks or DMC floss. We have nothing else like these, so don't pass them by... ENJOY!!!
Flag of Stars from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has a new kit -- a red, white and blue confection of stars that make up a flag. It finishes approx 6 x 6 over two on 18ct Natural Linen, and is worked with DMC #5 Pearl Cottons.
SUPER easy to see and stitch, make sure you have a large #18 or #20 needle... I don't see one in my package! Something fun to finish in a jiff!
Patriotic Sampler from Jeannette Douglas
Wow... my buddy Jeannette Douglas has released a trio of patriotic designs that are stunning! (This is cool because she is a Canadian... but she 'gets us' so well!!) Patriotic Sampler is so "Ding Dang Cute" in Jeannette's words... it finishes 6 x 12-3/8 on 32ct Lambswool Linen.
Stitched in elegant cranberries, greys, blues and creme silks this piece is LOADED with gorgeous medallions and special stitches. The stars at the top and bottom are over 12 threads. Bargello waves and those cute stars and stripes hearts in there -- the colors are rich and yummy. That whole star motif area is 60 stitches square... so you have to count correctly! The bonus, however, is to watch the shading in your threads play out in the stitch patterns. The silk thread packet includes a set of 12 buttons and eagle and flag charms. Just lovely, this is offered as the leaflet with thread pack separate.
Stars Pin and Scissor Roll from Jeannette Douglas
This is a delicious little creation... worked on 32ct Natural Linen in Gentle Art Simply Wools, it is a cushion that measures approx 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 when finished. Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow, gorgeous, rich colors, they all make the Scotch, Rice and Milanese Stars pop! The big white star at the top goes over 44-ish threads.
No Cross Stitch in this at all -- just those beautiful Long Stitch Variations. This is offered with the chart, Simply Wool threads, a smattering of 6 mini-buttons, and the cuts of Weeks hand-dyed wool -- the deep blue and red Glen Plaid -- for the finishing. You'll need stuffing. As for the little fob pictured there... it is a FREE chart... details inside!
Flag Needlekeep from Jeannette Douglas
A companion piece to the Stars Roll, this features the same color palette of Simply Wools -- Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow -- just a gorgeous selection. Worked on 32ct Natural Linen, this finishes approx 3-1/4 x 4-3/4. Stuffed with cool stitches again, the entire red and white striped part is done with small Satin Stitches. Your two reds give you that color play on there.
Offered as a small kit, you get the chart, Simply Wools, buttons and the blue wool for the little heart, and red for the case lining. Jeannette added her own decorative brass button to the front of the case -- that is not included -- but she suggests something special from your stash that you like better! A lovely small project with lots of stitching and color impact!
Barbara Ana's Crows
We have two new designs by Barbara Ana -- a Patriotic Crow and a Halloween one!
from The Drawn Thread!
Cynthia's 6th Garden Scene Sampler -- we now have all four seasons as well has the Herb and Butterfly Gardens. Always the charming house in the center... she surrounds it with a LAVISH blooming garden of all the things quintessential to its season! With a stitch count of 289 x 63, this finishes (like the rest) at approx 4 x 18, and is worked on 32ct Summer Khaki Linen.
It is coded for Needlepoint Inc and Dinky Dyes silks... and **for a limited time**, we have the thread packs available as well! (sorry, no open-stock thread packs) We LOVE, LOVE these gardens, because Cynthia loads them full of special stitches that look neat even on the CHART, not to mention stitched in person!
Sonny The Snowman Pendant
from Faby Reilly
Isn't his little guy CUTE????? He is a THREE-SIDED pendant stitched on 32ct Antique White Belfast Linen with regular DMC flosses. Each of the three sides is an individual design -- Sonny, his mittens, and that charming top hat and bird perched atop. Each side measures approx 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. So if you construct this into the pendant, it'll make a generously sized tree ornament.
So cute and different, you can trim up the edges a little and make a neat beaded hanger if you like. Offered as a chart.
Mill Hill Presents Christmas 2014!
24 New designs to dazzle -- you'll have plenty of time to work on these since Summer isn't even here yet!!!!
Just Cross Stitch Magazine Announces Annual Halloween and Ornament Issue Details!
Every year, we are treated to collections of Halloween and Christmas designs in various issues of Just Cross Stitch Magazine. The Christmas Ornament Issues have been around since the 90's, and the Halloween ones began several years ago. Let me organize all the issues that everyone loves to collect each year. We can send them to you as they are released... or hold them all for shipment when they finally arrive. (My quoted prices are from memory... I know they aren't all the same price... but these are pretty close. And... watch the release dates... see if you can wait that long.)
Before we list everything... this is a great time to remind you of all the past issues of JCS Magazines... 1991 through 2000, and then 2001 through 2010... 20 years of magazines are now all in PDF format on CDs! EVERYTHING is beautifully organized and presented... absolutely and totally wonderful! (The premier Ornament Issue is on the 91-00 collection) Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly has a CD too!
Holy Family, Little Drummer Boy and A Long Winter's Nap Stockings
from Heaven & Earth Designs
Heaven & Earth delivers the most stunning charts of famous works of art for Cross Stitch... I definitely cannot do any of Michelle's things justice with just a few words. This is a trio of designs -- each offered in it's own chart format -- that promise heirloom stockings to treasure forever. NOT for the faint-of-stitcher, or one who catches *a few hours here and there for relaxation* -- you need to be serious about stitching to commit to making even just one of these.
from Heaven & Earth Designs
Here is a set of 4 *Ornament* designs -- they each measure 175 stitches in diameter -- so over ONE on 25ct, they finish 6 inches in size! Pretty generous for ornaments!!!!!! SOOOO.... what about gorgeous framed pieces worked over two on something reasonable like 32? That'd make them 11 x 11! Scott Gustafson's work is showcased in the Decorating The Wreath piece, while Donna Gelsinger's work appears on the other three.
89 and 90 Colors of DMC floss in each, as you can see the shading and design details are incredible. The charts are very involved... clearly printed... but challenging to follow because of all the design detail and color changes. Blow up the charts, and get a highlighter to mark areas you've already stitched. Just amazing charts and designs to look at... some of you can stitch these, and you are just as amazing!!!
A Friend So Dear, Seaside Alphabet and Now I Know My ABC's from JBW Designs
JBW has 7 new designs... all presented in small card format charts. Here are just 3 of them...
Lots of Patriotic from Priscilla's Pocket!!!
A TERRIFIC Miniature Wooden Thread Keep -- along with a pair of great charts -- these are beautiful, timeless designs.
Presenting SNOWBELLES By Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill
Well... Mill Hill pegged the weather correctly when they packed our box of these TOO CUTE new little guys!!! Who knew the entire country would be dealing with snow and snow, and snow....? Debbie Mumm has designed a set of 5 Bells -- Snowbelles - to be exact. Darling little snowmen with bell-bottoms!!!
All offered as complete kits, they are worked on 14ct white perforated paper with DMC floss and smatterings of Mill Hill glass beads. Each finishes approx 4 x 5-1/4... much smaller than the actual things in your front yard!!! So... we introduce: Jingle, Jangle, Freezy, Flurry and Frank!
There's even MORE!
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