Posts Tagged ‘Customer’s Work’

Exciting News!

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

It’s been some time since I’ve added to the Blog as things have been really crazy here in the shop. And I’ve been concentrating on an adventure I’ve wanted to begin for some time and the time is NOW!

This new undertaking really is the result of comments many of you made a couple of years ago about a Customer Gallery entry. When you scroll down and see the photo you’ll remember this design and you may well be one of the many stitchers who asked for the chart. It’s taken me a while to get to the point where I feel comfortable making this step but here we go. The photo below is a photo of the first design to be published and distributed by APH~Designs, our new design company! Right now there are a dozen or more on the list to be released so stay tuned!

In the meantime please enjoy Reader’s Paradise  with special pride knowing it was comments by readers of the blog that brought it into being. Of course you can now purchase your copy of the chart! Just click here to place your order.


Cover Photo Web size

Reader's Paradise by Joan Hersherberger

The verse is “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library”

We stitched the model on White 32ct Belfast Linen with DMC Floss and Kreinik #4 Braid and used our family member’s names on the books. You could use your family or perhaps your favorite authors or your favorite titles. This is an easy design to make all your own as we include an alphabet in two sizes and a grid for charting the words you want.  The #4 Braid is color 002. If you have a good collection of DMC you may well have all the threads you need to stitch this as it doesn’t take a lot of each color. If you need a list just let me know and I’ll email it to you. Order a fat eighth of the Belfast or if you prefer Aida, a fat quarter of 16ct.

I hope you enjoy this first offering and watch for more coming soon.

We have Customer Gallery winners!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

This year was amazingly close with only one vote separating the first and second place winners and two votes between the second and third!

Here’s how it went:

First place goes to Altengamme designed by Marina Dey.

First place goes to Altengamme designed by Marina Dey.

Beautifully stitched by Marguerite Rodgers!

Second Place goes to Quaker Quilts designed by Rosewood Manor.

Second Place goes to Quaker Quilts designed by Rosewood Manor.

Can you believe this is Pam Brasher’s first Linen piece?       The stitching is awesome.

Third Place is Little Wings designed by Lavender & Lace

Third Place is Little Wings designed by Lavender & Lace

Kerri Tittle stitched this special piece that has won awards at the Union County Fair as well!

Thanks to all who participated in the 2012 Customer Gallery we are all winners because we got to enjoy your work! For those of you who did not have  a piece here this year, get going on your entry for next year. If we don’t have Christmas in February next year we will probably have the Customer Gallery in July so get ready.

Special thanks to all of you who took the time to vote either in the shop or here on the blog. I know the stitchers appreciate your support!

Pat

2012 Customer Gallery

Monday, September 17th, 2012

We are really late with the Customer Gallery this year but as we head towards the holidays we are determined to get caught up!

Here are the lovely pieces in the Gallery for 2012:

#1 is Quaker Quilts designed by Rosewood Manor.

#1 is Quaker Quilts designed by Rosewood Manor.

#2 is

#2 Altengamme designed by Marina Dey

#3 is Autumn Maples designed by From Nancy's Needle

#3 is Autumn Maples designed by From Nancy's Needle

#3 Baby Wildlife from a kit by Dimensions (we think)

#4 Baby Wildlife from a kit by Dimensions (we think)

#5 Peace, Love and a Cure designed by Lizzie Kate

#5 Peace, Love and a Cure designed by Lizzie Kate

#6 Bear Family from a kit by Dimensions (we think)

#6 Bear Family from a kit by Dimensions (we think)

#7 School Bear from a kit by Dimensions (we think)

#7 School Bear from a kit by Dimensions (we think)

#8 Take Time to Smell the Gingerbread! Designer unknown but we're looking.

#8 Take Time to Smell the Gingerbread! Designer unknown but we're looking.

#9 Little Wings designed by Lavender & Lace

#9 Little Wings designed by Lavender & Lace

Vote for your favorite by leaving a comment below. You can vote as many times as you like and of course every time you’re in the shop!

My apologies to the stitchers for the quality of the photos.  I have a good bit of trouble with the photos of pieces under glass because of our lights here in the shop.

Please note, we are working to get more information about the designers and will update as that information becomes available. If you recognize a piece be sure to let us know.

Custom Boxes and the Customer Gallery!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

We’ve been busy around here getting a special project ready to ship to the customer but thought you would like to see it before it leaves!

All cherry wood finished natural and ready for the stitched pieces!

All cherry wood finished natural and ready for the stitched pieces!

This is one of the bigger pieces Mr D has built for a stitcher and the first time he’s put a drawer in one of these caskets. The customer is stitching Jeanette Douglas’ “My Stitching Treasures” to go in the top of the box and will stitch her name for the front panel.  Won’t it be lovely when she gets her pieces mounted!

The Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler should be shipped to us this week and I’ll get it on the way to those of you who ordered it just as soon as it arrives.  This will be a fun project stitched on Weeks Dye Works hand dyed linen with Week’s floss. I understand we can add to our orders as soon as this first shipment goes out so don’t despair if you didn’t get this ordered. Let me know and we’ll put you on the second round of orders right after the first of the month!

In the meantime I’ve added some new pieces from Filigram that you might want to take a look at. See them here. These pieces are stitched with the beautiful Dinky Dye threads and ribbons that we all love to stitch with!

We are participating in the Stitcher’s Village sale that will be in the July newsletter. If you are not yet a member take a look and sign up here.

Our Customer Gallery will run from the 15th of July to the 18th of August this year. Try to have your pieces to the shop by Saturday the 14th so I have time to get them displayed. You may enter any project you have not entered in our Customer Gallery before.  If you have questions just give me a call and we’ll talk about it. This is a fun event for the people who participate and a fun way for those who don’t to see what other stitchers are working on.

We will especially miss the pieces from Rose Holly this year. Rose was a consistent participant and a frequent winner in the Customer Gallery but she lost her battle with her health problems this spring. We miss visiting with her and we miss her beautiful work.

More info later in the week about the Christmas in July celebration for 2012, check back often!

A New Beader Shares!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Just a few short months ago a new customer placed a bead kit order with me, then another in a week or so and then another with a note saying how much she was enjoying the process! Take a look at the great pieces she’s created just since the first of the year:

Balmy Beach Fob by Fern Ridge Collections

Balmy Beach Fob by Fern Ridge Collections

The Buzzzzz from Fern Ridge Collections

The Buzzzzz from Fern Ridge Collections

Honeycomb Fob from Fern Ridge Collections

Honeycomb Fob from Fern Ridge Collections

Cattitude from Fern Ridge Collections

Cattitude from Fern Ridge Collections

Cattitude she made for a friend, I think you’ll agree that we all need a friend like her! Thanks for sharing Sandy

You can find all of these great kits and more on the site, just click here.

Christmas in February

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Our generous customers, those who visit the shop and those who shop online, have made it possible for us to donate a big box of food to the Salvation Army! You are awesome…

Thanks to all of you some families in need in south Arkansas will have more to eat!

Thanks to all of you some families in need in south Arkansas will have more to eat!

You also did a great job of shopping. That means we’ll get even more new things at Market. Watch for posts!

Can You Find Me?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Win a copy of this chart if you can identify the piece! You need to submit the url for the page you found it on our website so go take a look. Remember the winner is the first person to submit the url.  Just copy and paste from your browser to the comments window once you find the piece. Good Luck!

Here's a hint, Angie changed the fabric and the thread!

Here's a hint, Angie changed the fabric and the thread!

Look what I found!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Cross stitch enthusiasts often find themselves in the midst of a big project but not often one this big! I thought you would enjoy reading about this awesome project and hope you will tell me about the big project you’ve undertaken in your cross stitch career. Enjoy!

Grunwald

Go here to see the entire project.

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

Look what I found!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I want to introduce you to a Yahoo group that I’ve recently joined. This group is run by a designer of counted thread work and three moderators who keep the conversations moving along. You have to submit an application and be approved to join but these are incredibly nice stitchers who enjoy working specialty stitches and work a Stitch Along project fairly regularly.

The pieces designed by Abi Gurden are absolutely must do pieces – fun, unusual, and interesting. What more can you ask for?

Take a look here.

Pat