Posts Tagged ‘Fern Ridge’

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.

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!


New Contest!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

We have a number of new Bead kits and patterns on the way.  Below is a photo of one of the new items. The first person who posts a comment here with the correct name of the Designer of this piece and the url of the designer’s page on our site will receive the chart. Check out Stitcher’s Workshop now to see if you can determine which Bead Designer has created this piece. The piece is not there so you’re going to have to figure it out based on the style of the designer.

Important, you need to post the url from the page on our website in the comments section of this Blog to win!

We have a Winner!

Click on Comments to see all the entries and the winner.

Thanks for playing along…

Do you recognize the designer of this piece?

Do you recognize the designer of this piece?

Hurry, post your selection in the Comments section and win this great chart! I will notify the person who wins and then approve all the comments after we have a winner. Good Luck!

Let me tell you about… what’s stitchin’ this week

Friday, January 21st, 2011

I’ve had a busy stitching week! Do you start a new project each time you finish one? I’ve been known to start a new project before I finish the one I’m working on and then pile up a bunch of started projects beside my chair and go through them and stitch a bit on each one. Perhaps a problem staying focused?

This week I’m working on the ornament I designed for the Kreinik Ornament Finishing Frames so I can get the chart ready to sell. I’ve found that I stitched it a bit different from the way I designed it, but I like the way the tree turned out so I’ll rechart the design to match the stitching. I also found that I need some type of base for the piece so I’m adding snow drifts for the tree and packages to sit on.  This is the first time I’ve worked on silk gauze and I’m pleased to discover that it is really easy to see. Surprising since it’s 30ct over one but, other than placing a dark fabric on my lap, it has been a fun stitch with no extra equipment needed. I’ve used specialty stitches and that makes the work go quickly, I think I have about 8 hours stitching time so far and that includes ripping out the candle flames because I found a color I think works better.  Let me know what you think!

Here we are ready to determine where the snow drifts belong.

Here we are ready to determine where the snow drifts belong.

The other piece I’ve spent some time on this week is the EGA Group Correspondence Course I’m stitching along with the Blytheville, Arkansas group. The piece is White Queen, a Pulled and Drawn Thread design. I’m waiting for permission from the designer and will post a photo as soon as I get that. You’ll hear more about this design as time goes along but I’m almost finished with January’s assignment! In the meantime, read about EGA in this article.

Here’s a piece I actually finished this week. As a matter of fact it was finished at 1:30am in one of the nights that sleep eluded me. This was fun! and will become a class in the shop. It’s by Fern Ridge and is on the site here.

I made a few changes in arrangement but really enjoyed this one!

I made a few changes in arrangement but really enjoyed this one!

Needlework Hideaway classes are posted on the website. Take a look and sign up to join us this Spring.  Be sure to let me know what you’re stitching on and what you’ve finished lately!

Until next time, keep stitching…


Online Needlework Show!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The Online Needlework Show starts today! This is a virtual marketplace for shopowners but I always invite my customers to come in, take a look, and let me know what it is they find exciting. You’ll find big names like From Nancy’s Needle, DebBees Designs, Threaded Needle Designs, Fern Ridge, The Sweetheart Tree, Crossed Wing Collection, well over 100 top designers.


You can order anything you see on the show by dropping us an email at and we’ll get the items coming your way.  This is a fun way to experience the excitement of Market without the tired back and sore feet! Take a look…


Call the shop during regular shop hours with any questions you have but don’t delay because the show closes at Midnight on Sunday, Oct 24. Get your orders in by Monday morning.


Come visit the shop soon!

  Come visit the shop soon!

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…


February 2010 Newsletter

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

You know I really enjoy typing the 2010, it’s fun to think of a new decade ahead of us, a clean slate we can use to write our life’s story. I hope yours includes lots of stitching!

Rhonda told me she wants to see the monthly special at the beginning of the newsletter in case she doesn’t have time to read it all so… All the month of February we will be holding the line on the price of our beading kits. Beads took a price increase beginning January 1 but we want you to have the opportunity to get the kits you’ve been wanting so now’s the time to order. Some beads increased as much as 20% so don’t delay, we will be changing the prices on March 1! Now, I hope you’ll take the time to read on because there are more fun things to follow!

How unbelievably terrible that the new decade began with the devastation in Haiti. You probably have already made donations to the relief effort but Stitcher’s Village has another fun way for you to participate. Click here and purchase Janie’s cute new design created to raise funds for one of the agencies working in Haiti, download the design and stitch it up for a reminder of how fortunate we are to not have to face this horror every day.

While you’re on the Stitcher’s Village page be sure to click on the Stitcher’s Voice and then on the latest edition to read the article about us. Participate in the contest and win the $100 gift certificate to the shop! Use it online or in the shop, or if you’ll be at either of the Region Seminars we are doing this year you can use it there. Want to know more about those Region Seminars? Call the shop and we’ll fill you in.

Another interesting place to visit is Kreinik’s page on Facebook. There you will find photos of stitched pieces using the Kreinik products, along with photos from TNNA Market in California and lots of great ideas to encourage you to stitch. Take a look and don’t forget to Friend us there. We’re under Patricia Ann Dugan. We are also on Twitter if you keep up with your friends that way. I post updates to the Blog and new products in both places so you can be the first to find out what’s going on if you follow us there.

Needlework Hideaway, Spring 2010 is just around the corner. We still have room for you so click here and sign up today. We have awesome goodies planned for the attendees this Spring and a new teacher, Debbie Gwaltney of  Starlight Designs offering a couple of great classes. As always, you are welcome to just come sit & stitch in the greatroom! This is a totally fun event, perfect for regrounding, and washing away the stresses in your life. I always leave feeling refreshed and ready. Come join us…

New products include The Sweetheart Tree automatic and the Lizzie Kate automatic. Just type New in the Search engine on the site to see all the new products that have arrived in the last couple of months. Just in today are samples of the new Zweigart Congress Cloth colors. I’ve put together a .pdf file of those colors that you can find and print on the Canvas page and I’ve also posted them on the Blog.

We have an upgraded system for composing the Newsletter this month. Our Webmaster warned that some of you may have problems receiving it because of your email provider so if you have problems just email and let me know, I’ll send a .pdf of the newsletter for you.

 Until next time, keep stitching,


Stitcher’s Workshop January Newsletter

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Hi all,

Start the New Year off right. Take a few minutes to play. This link was posted on one of the lists I read and it was so much fun I had to share! Enjoy…

As you know, we are celebrating our 15th year all of 2010 with different “Thank You” promotions every month. January is 15% off on everything in the Tools and Finishing Supplies section of the website and off all the tools in the shop. Need something you don’t see on the website? Call the shop, we may have it and just don’t have it online yet. Stock up this month with the supplies you use every day!

I was introduced to the Women of Hope Project by a fellow EGA member who’s husband had encountered the organization while in Afghanistan. The work this organization is doing makes a real difference in the lives of women who have had very little help or support. Take a look at what is happening at

We just loaded the Deb Moffett-Hall Birthstone Ornaments to the Bead page of the website. This is a great collector’s item so we’ve added a Birthstone Ornament Collector Club. Sign up and save while you collect the entire series. You can see them here .
Nothing is easier than our Collector Clubs. Just place your order and find a surprise package in your mail every month. We have collections in threads, needlepoint, cross stitch, and beading. Just type Collector Club in the search engine to see them all. If you would like to collect a thread we don’t show as a TOMC just let us know, we’ll set one up.

Don’t forget the January special, especially those of you who drive here together. Groups of five or more will receive a grab bag in addition to the “Thank You” special this month!

If you missed the announcement, we have all the Fern Ridge things on the site now. See them here and here and here. This is a really popular line, try a kit and you’ll see why!

A special thanks to those of you who joined us for the Christmas Party! Your generosity allowed us to take two big boxes of food to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. As it turned out we delivered the food the day they had distributed more than 800 food baskets so the extra items were really appreciated. You are all awesome!

I was going to tell you all about the new contest on  the Blog. In fact I said “Visit the Blog for another fun contest. Just click on Blog on the home page of the website to play and win.” However, I had a last minute customer (thank you!) last night and didn’t get this Newsletter sent before my meeting. More people than I realized are following the Blog because when I got back to this this morning I had two correct answers within 5 minutes of each other and in less than an hour after I loaded the contest! Don’t worry, I’ll do another and this time I’ll make sure the announcement goes out before the Blog is posted. But perhaps you need to get set up to get all the posts as soon as they’re loaded by clicking on the RSS Feed button on the right side of the Blog page. A good idea because we’ll be having contests for those who follow the Blog as well as for those who receive the Newsletter. Click on the icon on the right to get that done.

See you soon,