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January 2012 Newsletter

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

It’s been a while since I wrote a Newsletter so take a look at the fun beaded fobs I’ve stitched since Fall Hideaway.

Tracey of Threaded Needle Designs created these two fun fobs!

Tracey of Threaded Needle Designs created these two fun fobs!

See the kits along with a couple more Tracey has designed here. I had a great time with these, they went quickly so I wasn’t overwhelmed but were enough of a challenge to keep me beading! We will have a class in even count Peyote Stitch on Tuesday, March 20th from 10am to Noon or from 2pm to 4pm. You choose one of the kits from the fobs on the Threaded Needle Designs page. Cost of the kit pays your class fee. You need to sign up by Monday March 12th.

We still have room for a few more stitchers at Needlework Hideaway. See the great classes we’re offering this time here.

February 17 and 18 we will be having our “delayed” Christmas Party. As you know we ran out of time in December so we’ve decided to celebrate our great customers with a Party in February. Lots of items on sale, lots! The following weekend is Nashville Market so we need to move out inventory to make room for the new I’ll bring back. Admission to the Party will be a food item to be donated to the Salvation Army. Watch for more information on what will be on sale and how the website customers can participate!

We have a Fern Ridge trunk show here now with the new items we don’t even have on the website yet! Come see…

Lots of interesting things going on in the needlework world recently so I thought I’d share. Big, big news is the results of the auction at Sotheby’s. Read all about it in the New York Times.

Kreinik has some great free patterns you can download.  See them on Kreinik’s site.

The needlework world lost a icon in December. Read about this larger than life figure, Erica Wilson again in the New York Times.

Stitcher’s Village is hosting a designer chat with Tracy Horner of Ink Circles on Saturday Jan. 28th at 9pm Eastern. Go to sign up on the Stitcher’s Village site.

Until next time, keep stitching!

Pat

August Newsletter

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Lots and lots of things to talk about this month. First, we have the Customer Gallery winners!

First Place Winner

First Place Winner

Second Place Winner

Second Place Winner

Third Place Winner

Third Place Winner

You know, I think we were all winners getting to see the wonderful pieces. If you have a piece here you might want to come pick it up and pick up your winnings and your discount coupons for entering. Thanks to all who entered and to all who voted! Get your pieces in the works for next year’s Customer Gallery.

Don’t forget the Lizzie*Kate Trunk Show is still here through the 20th of August. You can see all the goodies that came with the show by clicking here and you can see all the Lizzie*Kate products in stock by clicking  here. Nothing beats seeing the models in person so if you’re close enough, come take a look! The next automatic is scheduled to ship on Monday so we may well have those new designs here before the end of the show. This shipment will include the long awaited 6 Fat Men series and the 2011 Tiny Tidings! You can keep up with all the Lizzie*Kate doings by following their blog.

Here's a sneak peek!

Here's a sneak peek!

Lots of fun things going on in the next few months. Tracey and I are participating in Celebration of Needlework in St. Charles, Missouri in September. You can see the information about this fun consumer show at Celebration of Needlework. Still plenty of time to register. Do you remember the Spirit of Cross Stitch events? This is the same type of event! Tracey is teaching a class on Peyote Stitch so if you’ve wanted to get started with that technique this is the perfect time to begin. She’s also bringing her Threaded Needle Designs Trunk Show so come participate in this great stitcher’s event.

Of course Needlework Hideaway is just a few months away, we’re counting the days now! The classes are up on the website so visit Needlework Hideaway to see them. We have two new teachers this time and are excited to add them to your choices. Ruby Bailey will teach a beautiful beaded bracelet and Libby Roleson will teach a Kumihimo Bracelet and a Basic Earring class. We’ve set our 2012 schedule and will have contracts with the Red Apple Inn soon.

We are changing the days and hours at the shop beginning the week of August 22nd. I’m off to ANG National Seminar in San Antonio, TX and Mr. D is keeping the shop open for you on Thurs., Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. These hours will be in effect until further notice but remember that we’ll open up for you when you need to come with just a phone call or email to make arrangements for that. Mail order will be handled just as always so your orders will go out as usual.

We’ve added a new Thread of the Month Club that came to us as a suggestion from a customer. Each month I’ll chose an overdyed thread and add a variety of threads to complement it to create a collection that can go directly into a project! We’ll choose from across the lines of threads we carry so you may get a collection based on Waterlilies or on ThreadworX or on Overture that may include Kreinik, Rainbow Gallery, Caron Collection, DMC, Bella Lusso, Accentuate, Trebizond, Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art… you get the idea, if the threads work together you’ll get them! We’re looking forward to this Collection so sign up today! Here’s where you can see them.

I can hardly wait until we actually get to Seminar as I’ve been stitching the ANG Stitch of the Month a little ahead at the request of the Board and am all finished but can’t show you until they are shown at Seminar. All the Area Representatives are working on these so the excitement is building to see them finished. Mr. D is framing mine next week and I’m going to take a photo so that I can post it here as soon as we get the go ahead!!

Keep cool and keep stitching,

Pat

Customer Gallery 2011

Friday, July 15th, 2011

It’s that time of the year again. The Customer Gallery is on display through July 31st in the shop and here on the site. Be sure to vote for your favorite! You can vote as many times as you want so come back often.

The entries this year are really varied which I think makes it much more interesting! They are listed in the order they arrived in the shop so #1 was the first in. Click on “Comments” to vote for your choice.

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Entry #1 Rocky Mountain Christmas

Entry #1 Rocky Mountain Christmas

You’ll find this piece by Pegasus Originals here.

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Entry #2 The Great American Passenger Train

Entry #2 The Great American Passenger Train

This piece is by Patricia Gaskin Designs. I’m attempting to locate charts for it so leave a note if you’re interested.

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Entry #3 Cross Stitch Photo Wedding Sampler

Entry #3 Cross Stitch Photo Wedding Sampler

This piece was created by the stitcher by scanning a photo into PC Stitch and printing out the chart.

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Entry #4 Catch the Wind

Entry #4 Catch the Wind

You will find this design by Butternut Road here.

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Entry #5 Boys are Back in Town

Entry #5 Boys are Back in Town

You will find this charming design by Just Another Button Company here.

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Entry #6 My Husband

Entry #6 My Husband

You’ll find this design by Linda Myers here.

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Entry #7 Hardanger Box

Entry #7 Hardanger Box

The needleworker who created this piece got the pattern from a needlework online list.

UPDATE: This design is by Summer Louise Truswell and is called Peaches and Cream. It was a limited edition design and has been retired. Too bad because it is lovely and right up my alley!

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Entry #8 Cover

Entry #8 Cover

Entry #8 First Pages

Entry #8 First Pages

Entry #8 Back Pages

Entry #8 Back Pages

This entry was created from multiple kits by Rowandean mounted in a book designed and stitched by this needleworker.

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Entry #9 Halloween Rules

Entry #9 Halloween Rules

You’ll find this Lizzie Kate design here.

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Note: I have one more piece that I’m trying to finish now that should be added to this Customer Gallery. If I get it done by the first of the week I’ll put it up and send out a note that it’s here.

A special thanks to all the great stitchers who allow me to share these works with you. We have some of the most talented stitchers around and this is just a sampling of their work. The Customer Gallery is presented to you every July so plan to put one of your pieces in the 2012 Customer Gallery.

Don’t forget to come back and vote often!

Pat

June, 2011 Newsletter

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Ok, the heat is on! We’ve been above 100° for the last couple of days! Glad to be inside with my stitching…

I found this site with lovely stitched covers of Vogue Magazine and thought you might enjoy a look.

Vogue Covers

New colors of Gentle Art threads are in. Take a look here. Did you realize that any thread we carry is eligible for the Thread of the Month Club. Have a thread you’d like to collect? Just send me an email or give us a call at the shop and we’ll put together a TOMC for that thread. See the TOMC here.

We had a month long Yard Sale here in May but there are still a number of items left.  If you go to the home page and search Yard Sale you’ll see what’s here. I’ll be continuing to add to the list over the next few months as we have some threads we’re closing out and some other great products we just don’t have room for. Come back often to see what’s been added to the Yard Sale list.

It’s time to start planning for Christmas in July, we’ll have some kind of fun going on each week in July.  Also, each year we host the Customer Gallery in July and that will continue this year. The rule is you can show any project you’ve stitched that hasn’t already been shown in one of our prior Customer Gallery events. We need the pieces here by June 28th to give us time to check them in and get them hung by July 1. Each piece will be photographed and displayed on the website as well as in the shop so that online customers and in the shop customers get a chance to vote on the piece they like best. Gift Certificates will be given for First, Second, and Third place winners. Get your pieces in so you can have a chance to win!

Check out the Home Page for June’s monthly special and watch the Blog in the next couple of weeks. We have a customer who’s doing some really interesting work with specialty threads you’ll enjoy seeing and the Outside the Box group that meets here the 3rd Saturday of the month is doing some really fun things and I’ll take photos and share real soon.

New Classes are in the works, watch for an announcement when they are on the site!

See you soon,

Pat

April, 2011 Newsletter

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Another great Needlework Hideaway added wonderful memories of stitching and learning and sharing with incredible people in an incredible environment! The Red Apple was again fantastic, the food great, and the attention we got very satisfying. Thanks to everyone in this awesome group of stitchers for the fun surprise party! I’m delighted that I got to spend my birthday with all of you.

The online Needlework Show is upon us. See what’s new at the Needlework Show and mark your calendar for 2pm April 14th, the first day of the show and remember that the General Viewing pages are closed at midnight on Sunday, April 17th. Get your orders to me by Monday noon so I have time to get them together and posted to the designers. More information will be sent next week!

Are you watching the excitement building for the Royal Wedding? Take a look at what Gay Ann Rogers has designed for those who really want to celebrate this event:

Royal Monogram Geometric in a Custom Box

Royal Monogram Geometric in a Custom Box

Along with the box top you’ll find a selection of stitchers’ toys to fill the box when you visit Gay Ann’s site. Sign up for Gay Ann’s stitching group at the Shinning Needle Society Yahoo Group.

You’ll find the box here along with some of Mr D’s other boxes. Enjoy!

I’ve signed up for a service from Google that alerts me when new items about embroidery are posted online. I’ve been amazed at the incredible pieces posted recently.  Seems as though the fashion industry has again found embroidery and many of the lines are featuring it on their designs. Of course, we know that it’s not much of a stretch to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces with a needle and thread. I’m considering offering a clothing embellishment class. Please drop me a line if your interested!

The beading trunk show from Threaded Needle Designs is back here for a few weeks. Watch for the new designs I’ll get posted as Tracey kits them up. Designers in this trunk show are Deb Moffett-Hall, Chris Manes, Ann Paxton-Winebrenner, Amy Loh-Kupser, and of course Tracey Shultz of Threaded Needle Designs.  Don’t miss these while they’re here.

In the meantime watch for the Online Show and take some time from gardening to stitch!

Pat

March, 2011 Newsletter

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Luck ‘o the Irish is back! This year we’ll celebrate the 17th, 18th and 19th so make your list, place your order and we’ll have a customer in the shop pull your coin to discover the discount. Remember that discounts range from 15% to 50%  and last year an in-store customer pulled a 15% for herself and a 35% for the online order so come play with us, you may win big!

For those of you close enough to come visit, tea and scones, Celtic music and lots of great merchandise await you.  Everyone wins on this special weekend!

Even better, we have the Threaded Needle Designs trunk show here now. Tracey puts together kits for Ann Paxton, Deb Moffet-Hall, Chris Manes, and of course for Threaded Needle Designs. Lots of goodies in this show and several new kits and patterns. You’ll have to come see as I’ll be busy making scones and can’t be sure I’ll get all the new items on the website in time for the Luck ‘o the Irish! See what we already have online here.

As part of the Trunk Show we’ll be hosting an in-and-out class in beading. Just buy one of the kits, find a spot at the table, and we’ll help you get started learning the basics of beading! Price of the kit is cost of the class so you’ll never have a chance to learn that’s any less expensive than that! If you’ve looked at the beading things here in the shop and wished you knew how, take advantage of this great offer.

Needlework Hideaway is the 31st of March thru the 3rd of April so the shop will be closed March 31, April 1 and 2. I’ll be shipping all orders that come in during that time on April 4th.

A local customer is interested in setting up a Round Robin stitching group here in Union County area. If you want more information just call the shop or drop in and we’ll talk about it. A Round Robin is a fun way to meet new stitchers and receive a piece of needlework stitched by other stitchers to your specifications. You choose the theme and set the parameters, send off the piece and when you see it again it’s all stitched. You get to stitch on the pieces chosen by the others in your group so you have stitching opportunities different from what you might choose. I’ve participated in a couple of Round Robins in the past and had a great time with it. Call!

See you soon!

February, 2011 Newsletter

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Busy, busy month! For the first time in quite a while we have a needlepoint Trunk Show in the shop. CanvasWorks/Traditions has sent in some adorable Christmas Stockings and some lovely floral canvases. I’ll be taking photos and posting them to the site a few each day. The show goes home on Friday, February 25 so be sure to check it out while it’s here. We’re offering 15% off the canvases while they’re here. The shopping cart will not show the discount but we will apply it. Of course, best is to just come see!

By the way, the shop will be closed Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 as I need to be in Texas for a SCR meeting.

Just in are the Lizzie Kate and Sweetheart Tree automatics. Click on Cross Stitch and then on each designer to see them. Lizzie Kate has a new Double Flip series called Halloween Rules that is really cute and of course, we’ve set up an automatic for that so you know you’ll not miss a thing. Take a look.

Sweetheart Tree has begun a new series called Quadrielle and I think these are awesome! She has kitted the designs so you get everything you need to complete it except the stuffing and any decorative trims you might want to use to dress yours up. The series will include special occasions and holidays so start your collection now!

M'Lady's Quadrielle

M'Lady's Quadrielle

New colors of ThreadworX and Gentle Art are on the way and new colors of Rainbow Gallery, Caron Collection and Weeks Dye Works will be in soon. Watch for the updates. While you’re on the Thread page check out the Thread of the Month Club. We’ve had a surge of new subscribers to these clubs and all are enjoying the excitement of receiving a packet of new threads the first of each month.

Blogs are the thing this year. Here are a couple of new blogs you might want to follow. Most have a Facebook page and are on Twitter as well. Get connected!

Just Another Button Company Blog

Lizzie Kate

Here’s a link to an interesting antique needlework book. I understand this can just be downloaded but check it out first. I haven’t looked any further than just this page so I don’t want to lead you astray!

Ladies Worktable Book with stitch diagrams, etc.., enjoy!

Until next time, keep stitching and keep warm.

Pat

January, 2011 Newsletter

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We had so much fun last year with the 15th Anniversary Celebration I thought we would try another monthly theme. For January all in stock Just Nan products are on sale 20% off. Purchase the materials you need to complete the designs at the same time and you’ll get 20% off that as well! Just let us know in the notes section of the shopping cart that you want us to kit the pieces you choose and we’ll let you know the cost before shipping. I’ve just gone through the shop, pulled all the Just Nan so it’s right up front for the local shoppers and made sure that everything on the website is in stock. We do have a limited number of most of the designs so shop early because we’ll be pulling them off the site as they sell out. Here’s a hint, type Just Nan in the search window as she has some beautiful charms as well as the leaflets, you won’t want to miss those.

If you enjoy seeing unusual applications of needlework you’re going to enjoy looking at the Crochet Coral Reef Be sure to click on the video to hear all about how this amazing project came into being.

I am hoping to post more often to this blog this year and to share what I’m working on with all of you. Please feel free to comment on any posts you see here. I finished this piece on January 1, 2011. Sure would like to finish something every month this year!

Tracey designed this for the Fall, 2010 Needlework Hideaway!

Tracey designed this for the Fall, 2010 Needlework Hideaway!

This time of year most people decide to work on getting organized. If you’re one who makes that decision, you’ll get help cataloging your stitching books at Library Thing. This site is good for anything in your library, just be sure to save some stitching time as well.

Now some not so great news! New pricing on DMC products beginning February 1. We are 10¢ below suggested retail on floss now but with the increase we’re not going to be able to stay at 49¢ so order now if you need floss.  DMC Perle #3 and #5 will increase from $1.39 to $1.45 which will affect the kits for the From Nancy’s Needle designs as well so take a look at all of those and make your choices while you can get them for the current price.

Just so we don’t end on that note,  I found a beautiful new free chart from Passione Ricamo that I think you’ll like. Click here and download the chart.

Scroll on down to see the winner of the Ornament Design Contest, it’s incredible! And, the kit will be ready soon so you can create one for yourself. You’ll find the Kreinik  Finishing Kit on the Fabric (kit with silk gauze) page or the Finishing (kit without the silk gauze) page.

Until next time, keep stitchin’ and come see us!

Pat

November Newsletter

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The holiday season is upon us and I know you’re all really busy but I hope you’ll take the time to visit the shop the first weekend in December for our annual customer appreciation Christmas Party. This year we’ll be playing two days, Friday December 3rd and Saturday December 4th. Christmas cookies, punch or hot chocolate (depending on the weather) and fun sharing of the holiday cheer! Bring a donation to the Red Cross (we’re looking for personal grooming items such as soap, shampoo, lotions, etc) and exchange it for a bag of goodies (think fabric, threads, patterns, etc).  The fun starts at 2pm and runs until 5pm each day. We’ll miss you if you’re not here so be sure to come, if only for a few minutes.

Take a look at this amazing piece of needlework and especially at the price received when it sold. Crazy Quilting is a favorite of mine and how exciting that someone recognized the quality of the work and valued it this much. My only thought was “You go Girl!”.

Only a few more days left to enter your design in the Kreinik Ornament design contest. We have a couple of great designs in already and your’s is just what we need. A photo of your stitched piece, the chart, of whatever you have that you can get to us via email or snail mail by the December 1st deadline will get you entered! Click here and scroll down to the second entry to see the example I charted out in just a few minutes. This doesn’t have to be hard, just fun. Come on, join in!

Stitcher’s Village has added a message board and chat room to the village. See those and sign up here.

Thanks to all of you who sent ornaments for the Art Center tree! We will decorate today so I’ll try to post a photo of the finished tree on the Blog later this week. When you place an order or visit the shop and spend more than $25 we’ll include a kit for a Christmas Ornament in your package. If you stitch the ornament and return it for the tree next year we’ll give a 10% discount on  purchases that day.

Have a beautiful holiday season filled with family, friends, good food, music, and laughter.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Pat

October 2010 Newsletter

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

A giant Thank You to the fine folks who have supported us all through the 15 years we’ve been selling supplies to the best needleworkers around!

Let’s Party! Come in or visit the website anytime Friday and Saturday for great fun, door prizes, food (well, online customers may not get the food ;-) ), and discounts on most everything in the shop…  Bring a stitched ornament to save even more! We’ve already collected quite a few ornaments so don’t miss out, extra discounts for those who participate in our tree for the Arts Center.

We’ve decided to extend the deadline for the Ornament Design Contest until December 1st to give everyone a chance to participate. We have the new Kreinik product in the shop now and will have it on the website by Friday so take a look and get stitching on your entry. Remember the $100 of Kreinik thread and the gift certificates to the shop and send in your design.

We also have a trunk show of the new designs from Threaded Needle Designs and another of the new designs from Fern Ridge so come take a look! Tracey’s pens are fun and funky, the perfect gift for the hard to buy for on your list and easy enough to finish several before the holidays. You’ll love the beaded Witchy Fob from Fern Ridge and the fun Crab Pin. Come see!

We’re busy scattering sale signs around the shop, you’ll save on almost everything here this weekend. Come see or watch the site on Friday for the items we have on sale and join in the fun…

Pat