Reels Christmas Tree, Reels and Buttons & Knitting Christmas Tree
Filigram has a trio of fun needlework designs... one just a 'sewing sampler' and the other two -- fantasy Christmas Trees! Stitched on Vintage Country Mocha fabric (we have that color in several different counts -- aida and linen) with DMC shades of 3865, 355, 535, 840 and 931 or 924. Cream, cranberry, denim and soft brown... each pattern has a needlework theme and is filled with tiny motifs. The Stitching/Sewing Christmas Tree has a tiny tomato pin cushion on it, buttons all over the place, tiny spools and of course thread that trails over allthe tree branches. Reels & Buttons would make such a fun sign for your sewing room or corner... replace the alphabet with info about YOU! The Knitting Tree is decorated with hanks of yarn, and the tree's base is a knitting box! Socks, mittens and hats decorate as well. Each of the three pics finishes 115 stitches square -- on 32ct, that's only 7 x 7 in size. Presented as charts -- super cute!
from Elizabeth's Designs
Here's a cute design by Elizabeth's... it's kind of a band sampler... without the borders! Stitched on 32ct Country Mocha Linen with 14 different shades of Weeks hand-dyed flosses, no special stitches or anything, it just has fun design elements. I think my eye is drawn to all the different tree branches and the fence.
Stitch count is 99 x 173, so this measures 6 x 11. Get some smaller fabric and stitch the 4 sections separately... stuff them and fill a bowl!
Poinsettia Place Sampler
from The Victoria Sampler
The Victoria Sampler has a new piece that celebrates Poinsettia plants we love during the holidays. The quiet cottage scene at the bottom is charming by itself... and actually, so are the top bands of flowers -- you could split this into two pieces! Worked on Smokey Pearl 28ct, it finishes approx 5 x 7 -- just a BITTY thing!
Some of the flowers are stitched with silk ribbon -- not threads, and tiny glass beads are featured in the centers of all of them. Lots of special stitches in this, and those pretty Lazy Daisies with the silk ribbon.
Tonight is Halloween
from Kathy Barrick
Kathy Barrick has a trio of new designs... Tonight is Halloween is just one -- an is quite full of creepy personality... just like a strange friend! An organized grave yard with cute little owls, there are some cute verses on some of the stones. You could add other fun stuff -- like *I M Gone* or something to the others... add some opalescent to the ghosts, or make the Jacks eyes glass beads.
Presented as a chart, it finishes approx 8 x 15 on 32ct. Choose something mangy or distress it when you are finished... make it look like it got buried alive!
Spooky Halloween from Abby Rose
A sweet Halloween piece -- if one can call Halloween *sweet!* -- this makes a 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 cushion over two on 32ct.
Stitched with hand-dyed flosses which you probably already have in your stash, it has the scary witch, the bubbling brew and all the necessary cats, bats, jacks, and the midnight moon. Just a cute seasonal decoration to stitch in a jiff! Presented as the chart.
Hands Across The Sea Samplers
Here are antique samplers -- all beautifully re-charted -- so we can enjoy them again, for years to come! Presented in full color leaflet format, these publications are ABSOLUTELY LOVELY! The paper is glossed and heavy, the charts are printed in full color, and there is a bit of history included in each about its particular sampler. After you read the descriptions, you gain a new appreciation for the content of each piece and it's historic significance. If you can get one finished -- what a gorgeous heirloom you will have! Choose any fabrics you want -- they'll be YOUR samplers!
Miss Mary Ann Bournes 1791 -- Centers around bees, skeps and gardening. Look at that pretty border, there are some Satins and Eyelets in here, 333 x 386 -- gorgeous!
Even if you don't stitch a single one of these -- the leaflets themselves are so beautifully done!
A Smattering of Designs by Stitches Through Time -- More on our inside pages!
from Blackbird Designs
An Autumn Quilt of 9 applique designs, this is Barb and Alma's latest Quilting book! Just released at the recent Quilt market, it is 64-page book with patterns, directions and actual-sized templates for all nine of these charming raven blocks.
Pumpkins, acorns, the raven, the moon and house that is lit to keep away the spirits... this is NOT cross stitch... but a book full of gorgeous pictures and tantalizing patterns!
Colorful Replacement Clamps for Q-Snaps
Well, WHY go for white, when you can have COLOR??? Q-Snap frames just got a whole lot more interesting with the release of these colorful replacement clamps! Use these to replace the 'relaxing' fabric holding clamps on your snap frames.
Two sizes -- 8-1/2 inch is for the 11-inch sides, the 5-3/4 inch is for the smaller 8-inch frames.
Bittersweet October from Threadwork Primitives
Two black crows perched atop a harvested pumpkin -- they are tangled in a web of acorn-loaded oak branches! Presented as a chart, this finishes approx 3 x 5 on 32ct, and is stitched with hand-dyeds or DMC flosses. I
t is shown in a shaker box as a bottom liner; it'd be cute as a pin cushion as well -- because of its petite size. Just a little quickie to get you in the *Autumn Mood!*
Mr Owl and Penny Penguin
from Artful Offerings
Artful Offerings has a pair of new charts that caught my eye! Two wintery-souls, each is surrounded by a bit of greenery -- like a little wreath.
Stitched on neutral fabrics, they call for either Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC floss, and finish into generous-sized 4 x 5 ornaments. No special stitches or anything... just super-cute designs!
Death By Cross Stitch from Long Dog Samplers
Well... YEAH! Grab this chart, cut some fabric, and get busy! Stitch count is 363 x 447, and since it is charted for only color, it should be a breeze to stitch! Actually, the chart is quite clear and easy to read, and if you choose an over-dyed thread with a little color variation in it, this will be stunning!
I don't have the patience to execute this, but maybe YOU do? Presented in a chart by Long Dog Samplers -- in honor of her 20th year designing Cross Stitch!
Four New Designs from Marie Suarez of The Pink Needle
We have some new charts by Marie Suarez that can be stitched on just about whatever fabric you choose, using good 'ol DMC floss! A French designer, these are presented in 6 x 9 chartpacks, the charts inside are very large and clear.
A Gift From Heaven
from With My Needle
With My Needle's Ellen Chester has new twin grand-daughters -- Norah and Kathryn -- so of course here is matching pair of birth samplers!!!!! A central panel of grazing sheep surrounded by the pretty borders of urns and vines... the samplers look the same, but in studying them, you'll find they go together, but are different - just like the girls!
You don't need a twin to enjoy these, however! Both samplers are in the same chart pack --- they finish approx 5 x 8 on 36ct and they are charted for Needlepoint Inc Silk or DMC floss.
Storybook Designs from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
We have two new leaflets that follow the months with Fairy Tales and Storybook motifs! Each pattern features smaller panels, so you could break these apart and stitch just your favorites -- or those that enchant a special little person in your life! Coded for DMC.
The Brighton from Craftlite
We have a new lamp!!! Long awaited from Craftlite... it has Tons of features!!!!!
Craftlight has a new lamp that is slightly larger than their little Dorset!!!!! A new updated style, this little guy is awesome! It is a table-top lamp and weighs 6 pounds. It features a 16w fluorescent daylight-balanced light bulb surrounding a 5-inch glass, 3-diopter lens. The bulb is completely covered on the bottom side for safety.
The lamp plugs into the wall... It has a little flip-cover to protect the lens when not in use... a toggle on/off switch, and 8 x 9 base with lots of tiny storage areas for needles, scissors, pencils, just whatever. The main part of the arm is 12 inches in height, so it has a really nice table-reach. The 5-inch lens is wonderful -- so much more to see than the 3-1/2-inch of the Dorset! No assembly required... pull it out of the box and plug it in! Offered in white, this is a LOVELY lamp!!!
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!
Printed Novelty Scissors by Dinky Dyes
We have a trio of new 3-1/2 inch embroidery scissors -- each features a coated decoration on their handles.
They'll cut, but mostly meant for decoration... we have dog and cat silhouettes! Just for fun!
Handmade Miniature Wooden Thread Keeps
from Priscilla's Pocket
Presenting a trio of exquisite miniature thread winders -- all made from different woods. Measuring less than 1-3/4 x 1-1/2 inches in size, they are cross cut from blocks of different woods.
Stunning little pieces, don't hide them away in a sewing case! Maybe wrap with one or two winds of a coordinating silk... and frame in a needlework shadowbox??? We've always had the American Flag, but the other two patterns are new releases by 'Priscilla's wood guy!'
New Charts by Foxwood Crossings for your Mini Sleds and Sleighs!
Wow... more charming designs to decorate Foxwood Crossings unique miniature wooden sleds and sleighs! Three new chart designs in all -- they are stitched on 14ct perforated paper (fabric will work too) and then simply glued to the larger 7-inch sleighs and medium 4-inch sleds. Framing is an option as well... really changes their appearance!!!!!! Cindy has charted each of these 4 ways -- for the wooden pieces, pin cushions, ornaments or framing.
Glass Flower Counting Pins
The Glasshopper has made lovely sets of hand-made Lampwork Glass flowers and leaves -- on pins. Poke them into your favorite pin cushions, and dress up sewing cases -- these are too pretty to hide away in a drawer. You'll recognize these from your Blackbird Circle of Friends Kit we sent you -- if you are in our Circle of Friends Club! Each flower or leaf is individually made of molten glass on a metal rod -- being warmed and shaped right in the flames of a blow torch!!!
Jennifer has made us several colorways to match your stitching! They DO NOT MATCH THESE DMC NUMBERS I AM REFERENCING... but are close, in my opinion. All have a tiny yellow center, except the red. We have red with a tiny black center 816, lavender-- 3041, lt yellow -- 746, blue -- 322, slightly iridescent light blue -- 3325, white, and a light pink -- 224. I'd get the pins first, then match hand-dyed flosses to them!!!!
Hand-painted Majolica Pins from Italy
We have just a few of these exquisite hand-made stick-pins from Italy! I fell in love with them... just because they are small and beautifully decorated, and I personally cannot pass up Italian pottery of ANY kind!!! Each is different, each features a 1/2 inch pottery bead along with pearl and silver bead accents. DEFINITES for a special pin cushion or sewing case.
You know, you come across all these gorgeous pins here and there... don't hide them in a jewelry box or drawer. Paint a cool base from the big box store... and get out all your pins that belong to un-stitched projects and POKE IN YOUR CUSHION to enjoy till the stitching is finished!!! We have LOVELY pins from Just Nan, La D Da, The Glasshopper, JABCO, Puffin, and all these Italian we've brought home from Market -- USE THEM and ENJOY THEM!!
Amy Lee Weeks Florals from Mill Hill
We have four new designs by artist Amy Lee Weeks that have been adapted to cross stitch by Mill Hill.
So simple, yet so full of bold color and quiet advice, each is stitched on 14ct Aida with DMC and almost NO beads!!!!! Framed in black 8 x 8's, these are so clean, fresh, young and new... stitch them for someone young-at-heart in your life! Complete kits contain the chart, fabric, flosses, needle and beads. The colors are bright, young, fresh and contemporary -- these are cute!
Baby Floral Needlecases
Joining our regular Floral Needlecases are these smaller versions that are equally enchanting! Glass vials with a screw-off cap, these are lovingly covered with polymer clay and decorated with colorful flowers and tiny ladybugs.
ALL THE COLORS of the rainbow -- absolutely no two cases are alike -- and it's IMPOSSIBLE to choose your favorite! (This I know -- because I keep trying to find my favorite to take home and add to my stash -- and I can't!) Measuring a mere 2 inches in overall length, use these for beading and petite needles or precious stones and beads. Delightful!
Isn't this THE CUTEST little camper???? Talk about fun Tiny Houses -- wouldn't you love to stitch in this -- even if it was parked in your driveway??? You could pull it to all your stitching events during the year, and save on hotel fees! Imaginating published this leaflet and I think it is just charming.
Approx 7 x 9 on 14/28ct, all DMC floss and just plain X's... it's super busy in color and design, and just makes me smile. *Home is Where We Park It!* I'm thinking every RV in existance needs this as decor!!!
Desert Island Stitches Vol I & II
OK... sure, you can use these stitches to stitch something *Island-y*... but actually these titles are mis-leading. These little books are meant to suggest stitches that you couldn't be without if you were stranded on a Desert Island!!! (honest!) Needlepoint Gurus Carole Lake and Michael Boren have compiled this pair of handbooks that feature TONS of different stitch ideas and suggestions for different areas of your canvases.
Volume ONE deals with stitches that are good for filling into small spaces in your design. Volume TWO presents 'serving suggestions' for creative borders. All sorts of ideas for all sorts of projects, these two offer advice all the way through the pages along with clear diagram repeats of the stitches. Handy little references to have... even if you are NOT stuck on some Desert Island!!
from Pine Mountain Designs
Pine Mountain is beginning a REALLY CUTE series -- small bits of stitched pieces that tuck into an envelope pillow! Vintage Valentines is Sandy's first release. Remember the little paper valentines we used to exchange in school?
Your chart pack includes two charts for these awesome little 3 x 4 retro designs, along with the 28ct Baby Pink Linen they are stitched on, the blue wool felt backing for finishing, and full instructions.
Finish them flat... OR get the really cool 9 x 11 *Sending My Love Envelope Pillow* -- this one is red polka dot. The white envelope on the front is actually a fabric pocket to tuck your valentines into!!!!! Sandy has ideas and plans for more -- Birthday Cards, Christmas Cards... Get Well cards... you get the idea... and will probably introduce a few more colors of envelope pillows in the coming year. So... you can get the valentine charts and fabrics by themselves or add that fun display pillow as well.
Secret Snowy Village
from The Trilogy
The Trilogy has a new small design in their *Secret* series... it's a tiny wintery village scene with falling snow and frosted branches everywhere. All the designs in this set of 4 x 4 inch pieces feature small motifs that are rotated to fit each edge. If you turn this 90 degrees... you'll find a different part of the design is right-side up. Rotate it again... and ANOTHER part is right-side up!
Offered as the chart with 32ct natural linen cut and moon button, there have been a whopping 15 different designs in this series available... and we still have them all pictured on the Trilogy page! (Quite a few are special orders since they are 'aging'... but worth a look!)
from Pine Mountain Designs
Pine Mountain has finished her really cute set of Snapshot designs -- smaller monthly medleys of seasonal motifs -- we have really enjoyed this whole series. Each design -- offered in chart format -- finishes about 4 x 6. They all feature 3 or 4 small 'snapshots' of things... you can see the 'little paper attachment tabs' on the corners of the 'snapshots' -- so they remind you of an old fashioned photo album page. (not that such a thing is old fashioned!!!)
Anyway, January finishes out the series -- love those red long-johns! Featured fabric is the 32ct natural/white polka dot Belfast which is offered separately.
2016 Collector's Heart from Heart in Hand
Don't just 'collect' these... stitch them for someone you love! Heart in Hand's annual LOVE Heart design is here... we have them on her page going back to 2008 -- so there are lots more to see. Always young, contemporary and fresh, they make REALLY GOOD wedding gifts -- because they aren't out-dated. They all have the look of NOW, and match today's decor. You could stitch more than one, frame them all the same, and hang them together up a stairway... you could add personalization... just whatever.
Offered as the chart with linen and button embellishment, this year's finishes approx 2-1/2 x 4 inches. Use flosses from your stash. Note: Heart in Hand has a lot of small designs that are really nice for wedding, shower and anniversary gifts. You don't always have to do the biggest, most involved sampler to show someone you care...especially if they thank you for your *needlepoint!* I especially like the Mr & Mrs piece!
(Don't miss the new Wee One design, shown on a separate page!)
4 Seasons from Jeannette Douglas
Finishing out Jeannette's 4-Seasons series are The Autumn Acorn and The Winter Deer. This has been such a pretty set of 3-1/2 inch square designs -- all have been stitched on 36ct Flax Linen with Jeannette's stunning array of hand-dyed silks and accented with just a few glass seed beads.
TONS of special stitches in these, the colors are so pretty for each season, so soft for Spring, so warm and carmelly for Fall. Although the models are framed, little pin cushions for these would be stunning... so enjoy your options. Offered as charts, each has a separate thread pack available that is full of gorgeous silks!
Christmas From With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais!
Oh... we have four lovely new patters, so dog-gone cute... I don't really have a favorite! All are offered in chart format, so here we go!
Gingerbread Quilt Shop from The Victoria Sampler
Part eight of Victoria Sampler's charming stitched Gingerbread Village is here! Joining the church, tree, cottages, bakery (and even a haunted house which kind of snuck in here!), is a new Quilt Shop. Truthfully, we aren't enamored with the shape of this shop, but it might make a nice 'transition piece' in your village arrangement. TONS of stitching and design detail in here, you'll notice that the front door is actually a separate little sticky-out area, and there are the quilters in the window above!!!
Worked on 28ct Gingerbread Linen, there are wonderful finishing instructions included in the leaflet -- 18 pics -- and great stitch diagrams. The thread/accessory packet includes all the silks, metallics, beads, gingerbread men buttons, micro buttons -- and even the little shop dog!!!! With every side stitched differently, you get pretty quilts no matter which side you see! Offered as the leaflet with Accs pack separately. You will need a piece of linen at least 14-ish x 33... we like 1/2 yard cuts better!
More Elegant Beaded Cushions and Cases
from Reflets de Soie
We are enchanted with these gorgeous stitched pieces! Presented as charts, each is worked ONLY in beads on 35ct linen with half a stitch and one strand of floss! No thread changing, only half the stitch... each 'stitch' is a tiny Japanese glass bead that glistens and reflects the light. The patterns come with all the beads numbered and sorted in individual bags.
Wooly Sheep Needle Minders
Oh, we've carried these forever and ever in the shop... they are wooden sheep painted and wrapped with nubby wool yarn... and each has a magnet on his backside so he's a needle minder!
Measuring about 1-1/2 inches long and 1-1/4 inches tall, each sheepie is painted black and wound with either a creamy white or black yarn. They feature rare earth magnets on the back to grab onto your chart board, the refrigerator, your file cabinet... anywhere you want them to cling. Just cute as can be... choose between the white and black!!!
Loved You Yesterday & Leave an Imprint from Cherry Hill Stitchery
Cherry Hill Stitchery has a pair of new designs that are really cute, and might make perfect birth announcements.. Good color, simple designs with really good sentiments, they'd be easy to match colors with the new nursery if need be. If you want to personalize, I'd figure another three inches to the height... depending on your alphabet.
La Parisienne & Ma Petite Robe Noir from Tra La La
Charts by Tra La La... some cute designs for you Paris-Lovers! Stitch the Little Black Dress piece to decorate your closet door or inside wall -- if you have a big closet! Might be cute in the Laundry room too!!!
La Parisenne is sweet and would make a cute photo-album cover. Just fun designs about 100 stitches square each... offered in chart format and coded for DMC and Gentle Art Sampler Threads.
Teddy Bear Multiplication Table from Le Lin d'Isabelle
This is a precious multiplication table that might need to hang in the nursery of a budding mathematician! The chart is printed in French, so I can't read a word of it... but it is coded for DMC floss. The stitch count is 170 x 260, so on 36ct, this would finish approx 9-1/2 x 14-1/2... plenty big enough to learn from!!!
The teddy bear is so antique, beautiful and classic. The multiplication table is so 'old school'... wouldn't this be neat in an elegant guest room as well? So unique, I couldn't pass this by! Offered as a chart, beautifully presented in color.
Cardinal Points by Long Dog Samplers for The Gentle Art
Long Dog Samplers created this piece using Gentle Art Sampler Threads -- kind of as a promo piece for Nancy at The Gentle Art. The verse reads: The Gentle Art of a Needlewoman lies embodied in her work.
Super colorful and very pretty, I like all the small repeating motifs everywhere -- and all the balance in the border. Coded for 24 different colors of Sampler Threads over-dyed floss, this finishes approx 12-1/2 inches square and the pic on the front of the chart was worked on good old 18ct AIDA! So choose any fabric you like and stitch away!!!
Sampler Wooden Needlecases
Oh, these are beautiful little 2-1/4 inch wooden needlecases that have been milkpainted and decorated with miniature papers of antique samplers.
Presented on a small card (so they look really nice as a small gift) we have at least 6 different soft colors of denim, moss green, honey, lt brown, a grey... but each has a stitched needlework image wrapped around it that coordinates with its background color. EVERY cool sewing case needs one of these... if you get a bunch of them, we'll mix up the color selection. By Kim's Needle Needfuls.
Round Tool Towers By Greg's Turn
Kind of like a Scissor Block -- only round! We have a new gadget that is designed to carefully hold your scissors, some needles, maybe a laying tool or seam ripper, and even a small ruler or chart. Wayne-The-Wood-Guy has a son, Greg. This is by *Greg's Turn.* It's Greg's turn to turn wood into cool gadgets for us like Wayne has for years!
This little guy measures approx 2-1/4 inches in diameter and stands 3-1/4 inches high. It features a felted bottom and 4 compartments, Two that are lined with felt in the bottoms that are about 2-1/4 inches deep. Store your scissors or rippers or laying tools in those holes. The bottom is soft and padded so tips are protected. The third, smaller hole has a magnet in the bottom -- that's for needles. The magnet keeps them in place in case your tower tips over. It is about 1-3/4 inches deep.
The slit is there for a small ruler or chart -- it is 3/4 of an inch deep. (I was absolutely NOT going to tell you that my mind sees a little face here! I see two eyes, a little nose and a mouth! But the little mouth is crooked because Greg has to make the slit in the direction of the wood grains so that they don't split! So I have all these little people looking at me, and they are so cute! Isn't that dumb?!) So, you have this little friend... all of them are different colors because they are made of different woods, and their little mouths are just every-which-way... and they are so FUNCTIONAL and HANDY! I wonder what they are saying....
Laurel Burch for Mill Hill!
Presenting the most colorful and famous designs of Laurel Burch Mill Hill style!!!!! We are getting bead kits that are stitched on YOUR CHOICE of 28ct linen or 14ct Aida... featuring this darling artwork we've all loved for years!
Complete kits contain the charts, fabric and all the colorful glass beads you need! Watch the drop-downs here, to make sure you get your fabric option correctly! Available as separate kits, or get the whole set!
Three New Arrivals from Plum Street Samplers
Paulette is full of Patriotic Spirit this time around... here are three smaller designs all offered in chart format, We have only a few weeks till July 4th... but lots of time still before the Presidental elections!!!
Oh a Little Something for Our FLAX!
We have a local artist in Tulsa that makes pretty aluminum jewelry -- and we love it with our FLAX! You'll see it in a lot of our pics.
Very lightweight rosettes to fit onto a 'collar' and matching earrings... its very fun to wear and looks good with every kind of FLAX we have.
Neither the daisies or roses weigh anything, and do not tarnish. They look like sterling and do not discolor!
Rosettes for your neck are larger -- 1-3/4-ish inches, earrings are 1-1/4-ish inches.
Daisies run 4-ish inches, and earrings 2-inches. That sounds big, but really not because they are so light and airy.
Alice in Wonderland from Brooke's Books
This is a nice start to what hopefully will be a cute set of Alice in Wonderland characters. Just three available right now (? on any more?)... we have Alice, The White Rabbit and The Mad Hatter.
All offered in chart format, they measure 70 stitches high and approx 100-ish stitches wide, and are suggested on a denim blue or medium gray fabric. All three can be joined together because of that cool black, white and purple checkerboard bottom with the green grass! Just cute as can be, these are full of Brooke's charm -- and each one uses a TON of different DMC colors!
Yes, there's even MORE!
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