Posts Tagged ‘Stitching’

I’m Stitching Again!

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

I’ve been busy stitching the past couple of months and it feels good to get back at it. Mr. D and I have spent lots of time in doctor’s offices and hospital rooms and let me tell you there isn’t much else to do there! Thought you would enjoy seeing the new Collector’s Club frame I’ve just finished. Those of you in the club should be seeing the August frame real soon and this one in July. I’ve started on the October and the scare crow on it is adorable, you’ll love this one.

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September Collector’s Club Frame


One of our collectors of the Lizzie Kate Needlepoint Blocks stitched the February Block for us and did an awesome job. Take a look!


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And I finally finished the Lizzie Kate Block I was doing. These really are a fun project!

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Let me know what you’ve been working on. It’s fun to hear about other stitcher’s projects and to join in the happy dance when one is finished.


Stitcher’s Workshop June, 2010 Newsletter

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

A change in schedule you need to know about. We will NOT be closed in June after all. A medical issue with Mr. D changed our plans so we’ll be here all month. Come see us! June’s 15th Anniversary Celebration special is one thread of your choice (limit $3.75 in stock thread) with every $25 thread order you place this month. Use this opportunity to try a new thread or fill in your collection.


Get your pieces together for our annual Christmas in July Customer Gallery. You remember all the beautiful pieces we had here last year. Many of you have completed lovely pieces that will be perfect for this show. Please have your pieces here by June 30. We’ll get them on the site by end of day, July 6 for the voting to begin! Remember there are great prizes for everyone who enters and for those who receive the most customer votes. First, Second, and Third Place prizes will be awarded.


We will be closed for the 4th of July holiday July 1 thru July 5 as we have two new great-grandsons to visit over the holiday. Can’t wait!


We’ve completed a couple more of the Lizzie Kate Painted Canvases. You can see them here or on the blog. Also finished another of the Collector Club canvases. These are both fun clubs to offer and to collect. Sign up today and you’ll receive a new kit each month (or every other month if you prefer) and unlike those who signed up early you shouldn’t have to wait for me to catch up!


New to the site this month, the Soie ‘d alger Thread of the Month Club is a great way to get this beautiful thread coming your way. This silk floss has a wide range of colors and three or more shades in each c! olor so creating beautifully shaded projects is easy. I’m wanting to add to the blue and white theme in my guest room and a lovely pattern for a vase that I’m converting to Soie ‘d Alger will be the perfect addition. Give this great thread a try, sign up here.  While you’re there check out the other great threads in our Thread of the Month Club.


Create your own charts using alphabets at this site. Enjoy!


Rhonda is going back to school this fall and her time to work will be limited so if you think you’d enjoy playing with the threads, seeing all the new charts as they arrive, working with people who love needlework as much as you do, and just being out of the house, give me a call. We’re looking for someone who’s interested in part time work so if you’d like a few hours a week, this job’s for you.


Thanks to a customer for a link to this site where you’ll find color listings for lots of the more common threads. Use the lists to help organize your stash. Click on the link to “Creating Order Out of Chaos” for great hints to get organized.


I know many of you enjoy surface embroidery as much as I do. Here you will find some awesome inspiration and great information. Even if you’re not crazy about crazy quilts and surface embroidery the site has a great stitch dictionary so check it out! You know we have all the threads you’ll need to create your special design.





Stitcher’s Workshop April, 2010 Newsletter

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Ok, tomorrow is tax day, can’t get out of it so you might as well do something to release the stress of preparing all that information, filling out the forms and writing the check. April 15 is the opening day of the Online Needlework Show so Thursday morning click here and take a look at all the new stitching goodies. Shop the many designers and the tools and toys vendors, send us a list of your must have items and we’ll get them ordered for you while the show is still open. If you haven’t shopped this show before, go to the website and click on General Viewing. Be sure to write down the items you want along with the item numbers and vendor names because there are so many it’s easy to forget where you saw that special something. The show closes on Sunday night so get your information to us no later than Monday morning. Call or email if you have questions, we’ll be checking email frequently during the show to help you out.

More adventures on You Tube! Take a look at the incredible designs on this video at  YouTube  then enter FZKer8EQPsc  in the search window. This company has a website as well so enjoy!

I found this stitcher on the ANG list and thought you would enjoy seeing her work. You can follow her blog as she posts frequently and stitches super speed! I’ve been watching her for awhile and am blown away by how much she gets done…

The ThreadWorx Journal came in this morning. Wow! These people know how to do a newsletter… If you’re not subscribed you’ll want to go to ThreadWorx and click on the Join button in the upper right hand corner. This month they have included a pattern for a Hummingbird with an extensive stitch guide and a cute suggestion for mounting the finished piece. You d! on’t wan t to miss these freebies!

 If you haven’t seen this article yet you might find it interesting. As a shop owner I see this as another market so you might well see me at the local truck stop!

Until then, keep stitching!

New pictures of the finished Plimoth Jacket

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

vest-6-5Someone on the EGA list posted an update on the Plimoth Jacket. Stitching and assembly is completed and it’s on display at Winterthur! See the photos of the completed project and read about the process  here.  This is a link to the blog that has recorded the progress of the project from the very beginning, if you haven’t read it, take a few minutes to discover how this incredible project came about and how it brought stitchers from all over the US and several other countries together to share their talents. This is an awe inspiring story.



Meet a new Stitcher!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

We just got back from the EGA South Central Region mid-Year meeting in Dallas. Had a great time and saw many of you there. It’s always so much fun to catch up and to see people who love what you love, even if it’s only a couple of times a year.

Just before we left for the meeting a new customer came into the shop, a young mom, new to our community who loves to stitch! She was on a mission to create a gift for a special little guy and knew exactly what she wanted to accomplish, just wanted some ideas on how to go about it. Don’t you know I was delighted to work with her!

Here are a couple of photos of the completed projects she brought in the day after she was in for materials. She drew the cute sea creatures, embroidered them on muslin and using Blanket Stitch, appliqued them to the hoodie towels she had purchased at WalMart. Not only is her drawing and stitching incredible but her imagination and creativity left me in awe. How wonderful to know that young stitchers are coming up and will exhibit this kind of talent.

The model is her adorable young son who totally enjoyed the picture taking.

Aren't the octupus and whale cute?

Aren't the octopus and whale cute?


Of course not as cute as this little guy!

Of course not as cute as this little guy!

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,


You found him, can you find me?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This is a photo of Rhonda’s early work on this lovely piece. Find the design and send me the url from the page on the website.  The first one to find it will win a copy of the chart. Good luck!

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Customer Christmas Spirit

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Here’s a photo to get you totally in the Christmas spirit! A customer recently brought some of her creations to the shop to share what it is she does with all the beautiful threads she buys. These are Temari balls, an ancient Japanese craft, originally a child’s toy.  Aren’t these lovely? I can tell you this child wants one!

Aren't these beautiful?

Aren't these beautiful?

The threads she uses include DMC perle #5, Kreinik Braids and Rainbow Gallery Braids. You could also decorate with beads and treasures or choose some of the other wonderful decorative threads.

To learn more about Temari, visit where you’ll find background information and instructions for creating your own Temari!

The Plimoth Jacket

Friday, December 11th, 2009

An incredible journey in embroidery started 3 years ago has come to a conclusion. See the results and read about the effort at this blog

I’ve been watching this from afar for some time now and am so delighted that this reproduction happened in my lifetime. We all need to remember how important our needlework is to the history of mankind. It takes many people participating in many projects to create a cultural event and we are all a part of that. This jacket is a shining example of the dedication of the current generation of needleworkers and will stand as a testimony to our love for the rich heritage of our craft.

Please, please, each time you say “oh, I do a little cross stitch” remember that your enjoyment and creativity are part of a much larger mosaic of our times and show your accomplishments with pride in your contribution. Each stitched piece is important in the grand scheme of things!