Don't miss more on pages TWO, THREE and FOUR!
Four New Arrivals from Madame Chantilly
The Cross Stitch Journal
This is a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch spiral-bound notebook that has 50 pages to list and log 50 of your stitching projects! For those record-keepers of you... keep track of pattern name, designer, starting and ending stitching dates and times, fabric, threads used, and whatever else you want to record.
Some people like to log everything they stitch... but maybe you know somebody who is so scatterbrained, she has no idea what's in the bottom of her bag... and she might really need this book! Could be a gem of a gift... could just record projects done one summer... lots of possibilities!
QUEEN * BEE from Rovaris of Italy
By Rovaris, we have two more of their fun words to stitch - Queen and Bee. Presented in two different charts, both have bees and crowns in them... they'd actually make a cute pair of stuffed pillows. Each is worked on 32ct natural linen with DMC... Bee is 132 x 48, Queen is 167 x 53.
Each chart comes with a bit of the cotton lace you see dividing the stitching from the finishing fabric, as well a crown or bee charm. Just black, white, golds and browns... they won't take much time to stitch but will make quite the statement on your windowsill, or nestled in that big ol' basket of seasonal pin cushions (you're working on!)
Mill Hill 2019 Winter Holiday and Button & Bead Kits!
Always fun when these are released... Mill Hill kits are always complete kits of chart, perforated paper (14ct), DMC flosses, needles and of course, Mill Hill Treasures or glass beads! The smaller ones make great ornaments, small and lightweight, they really glisten on your tree if they are near a twinkle light. The larger ones make fun doorknob and kitchen cabinet pull hangers. Frame them and put them on an easel, block them for a door stopper!
Buttons & Beads - Two snowman designs... and Llamas! What's up with Llamas this year? They're super festive and cute, decked out for the Holidays! There is a beautiful winter moon over a sleepy village, a pretty package, and a newspaper printer to add to your stitched Christmas Village. Finishing approx 5 x 5.
The Smaller Winter Holiday 2019 Series from Mill Hill
The smaller kits... these all finish about 3 x 3. These make great ornaments. Small and lightweight, they really glisten on your tree if they are near a twinkle light. Magnets are included with the complete kits... in case your refrigerator door is too empty!
A Sneak Peek at our New FLAX Arrivals!
We are EXPLODING with our FLAX Linen Clothes right now! April, May and June are linen-wearing season - although I wear it all year long. We have 5 new collections of things in the shop - and although you're really here to enjoy the Cross Stitch - you have to be wearing *something!* and FLAX is just the BESTEST!!!!
Our sizes range from Small to Extra-large - everything I order comes in all the sizes. I would say 90% of this is linen fiber content - the Urban Collections feature some cotton knit accents and panels - really comfy and fun. We love our FLAX because it is lightweight, soft and cool. It doesn't bind, cling, stick, creep, or twist! It lays well, it covers the parts you want covered, and it's just plain fun and classy to wear!
We have a huge FLAX page that shows line drawings of each piece and color swatches, and I have some comments about each of the pieces on there. We love it, we wear it, and we can help you over the phone with any of it you want!
We have an Every-Day Flax Special - buy any 3 (or more) pieces at one time, and get 20% off all of it!
Where Liberty Dwells
from Heartstring Samplery
Heartstrings Samplery has a fun little design that speaks Patriotic, but with pretty 'samplery' flowers and vines.
Measuring about 4 x 15, Beth has it finished into a 'Huswife' - a roll that features a lining of pockets to store sewing implements. It'd make a pretty basket band... and a neat long pin cushion as well to perch on a widow sill. Coded for Weeks hand-dyed flosses.
I Love My Dog & A Day at The Beach from The Victoria Sampler
The Victoria Sampler has two new designs - presented in leaflet format with separate thread packs. Thea's charts are always huge and her stitch diagrams are even 'huger!' She has great instructions, and the Beach book features 5 pages of pics and step-by-step assembly instructions for all it's projects.
New Just Nan designs
Presenting Still Queen of the Needle Special Edition 2019
In my little kingdom/ of stitches that cross/ I am queen of the needle/ still boss of the floss!
The Queen returns in a new format, and she is still in charge of all the stitches and all of the floss. This time the verse (stitched in royal purple, of course) wraps around the panels of a cube.
Each panel is a scene in the Queen's garden of beautiful flowers where bluebirds, bunnies, butterflies, ladybugs, bees and tiny mice come to play. There are roses, crowns and pink pearls on the top and a turtle giving a mouse a ride on the bottom.
Stitched on 32 CT Weeks Charlotte's Pink Linen with DMC, Kreinik 3202 #4 Braid and Gentle Art 7035 Tea Rose. Cut size, which includes 2" margins, is 13 3/4"H X 11 1/4" W or 35cm H X 29cm W. Included are white pearl and lavender hex beads, pink pearls, a gold crown charm for the top, 4 pink and white striped beads for "feet," cardboard for the base and complete finishing instructions.
You will need to supply heavyweight fusible interfacing, stuffing and optional pearl pins for the top corners.
Each side of the cube measures 3" X 3".
Queen of the Needle Mouse
Of course, one of the mice pleaded to play the Queen! She is wearing a dress with flowers and butterflies from her garden, dotted with white pearl beads. Her crown is gold and so is her needle. She thinks she looks very regal, especially when sitting on top of her lovely pink garden throne. The octagonal cube is available above
Included are white pearl beads, gold tail, our signature button for the base, crown bead, gold needle and 1 pink pearl to add to the crown.
Stitcher will need to provide stuffing and a straight pin for the crown. Complete finishing instructions for the mouse are included.
Queen of the Needle Mouse is stitched on 32 CT Weeks Charlotte's Pink Linen with DMC.
Design area is 2" X 3 1/2".
Note: This mouse is included in our Tiny Ornaments Auto-Ship.
Berry Bird and In The Berry Beginning from The Scarlett House
Large and Small, The Scarlett House has two new designs - one a pin cushion size, and the other a sampler that rolls into a cute sewing case, complete with a pin cushion closure treatment!
Dog/Cat Owner's Welcome
from Waxing Moon Designs
By Waxing Moon... These tell you who the Boss-of-the-Household is!!! Cute finished as flat hangings so they can be displayed right inside the door somewhere, each finishes approx 6 x 6 on 14/28ct. *All Guests Must Be Approved by the Cats or Dogs... singular or plural... all families are covered! Cats are one chart, dogs the other.
Coded for Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed flosses or regular DMCs, you have some button and pin options for these. The dog chart shows JABCO brand dog bone buttons and Cats has two red hearts for the kitty collars - they are available separately. ADDITIONALLY, Just Another Button Company has two new sets of pins for cats and dogs. Look to those as well.
New Cat and Dog Pins|
from Just Another Button Company
Waxing Moon, Hands On Design and Scarlett House are three companies that come to mind right now that have just introduced new cat and dog lover designs. None of them specifically call for these pins... but we think they deserve a look and consideration anyway!
The Dog set has a little brown dog with a bone as big as he is (which is the secret wish of every dog!), and a little checkerboard heart.
The kitty set has a gray cat, red heart and a little red bird on the third pin.
Big, long, sturdy pins... all decorated on top with a cute piece of handmade clay.. by the talented gals of JABCO.
Lucy Navier 1818 - Hands Across The Sea's 2019 Queen of the May Sampler
A very special and limited edition release from Hands Across the Sea, Nicola has done an amazing job on this - as always! 35 heavy and glossy pages of history, beautiful charts and diagrams, there are nine pages of huge pictures of the actual stitch detail in the sampler. Truly a treasure to just even own the chart!!!!!
If you aren't planning on adding this to this year's stitching schedule... how about enjoying Lucy's sampler on some stationery cards? Nicola has produced lovely 6" x 8 1/2" heavy-card-stock cards with Lucy's sampler on the front and the chart of the right-hand floral urn on the back. So, not only can you write a stitching friend a note... you can share the chart as well! Sampler cards come in packs of 10 for 24.00... or individual cards are $3 each.
Salute from Fern Ridge Collections
Fern Ridge has a new Humbug-shaped Needle Minder. This little thing is done with Peyote Stitching bead work. Actually very easy to execute... the instructions, however, drive me nuts! Pat and Peggy provide both numerical steps as well as a colored 'chart' for you to follow. You are beading all of this flat in your hand... and then joining top and bottom together opposite each other... to create that humbug shape.
It has a bit of poly-fil inside, as well as a rare-earth magnet to hold your needle. The cool crystal and beaded fringe is added afterward. When we do these in classes at Market... they take 3-4 hours to make. Fern Ridge's complete kit contains the red, white and blue beads and crystals, thread, charts and needle. You add those 4 hours and a little patience!
Peace on Earth
from Cottage Garden Samplings
Another Songbird design by Cottage Garden Samplings! We actually thought it was #9 of her Garden Songbird Series... and even sent it to our Auto-Stitchers by accident! (#9 is still on the way!) However, the other birds in this series of designs are really very classic, and they are a little larger.
Peace on Earth is stitched on Weeks Dye Works Dove hand-dyed linen and measures only 125 in stitch count. We love it, and know you have time to finish it before next Christmas!
Three recent releases by Nikyscreations... all finished into pin cushions
Just Saying from Abby Rose Designs
*Just Saying - This is a trio of great little designs - *enjoy the little things, today is a Gift & life is beautiful* are the first three - there are 4 charts of 3 patterns each planned so far.
Stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Wren linen, they are coded for Gentle Art and Weeks flosses and feature Lady Dot trims. Each measures 67 x 67 in size... what a pretty set it's going to become! We're going to begin an auto-ship to collect the other three charts coming in the next three months!
Christian Geissinger 1839
from Victorian Rose Needleart
This is an interesting sampler by Victorian Rose Needlearts. Christian was a male stitcher. They don't know much about him, but he did a beautiful job on this 180 years ago! It is charted for and stitched with Gentle Art's Simply Wool thread - which makes your piece look AWESOME! I don't remember the actual colors being this red and pink... so after pulling them, you might be able to choose something to tone down the red or pink if they bother you, but those are the colors on the original piece. The lavish floral border is lovely, and that central urn is stunning... there's an opportunity for a 90 x 90-ish piece by itself.
Coded for the Gentle Art Wools, which follow the same color names as their cottons... this is stitched on Picture This Plus's 32ct Earthen linen. Colors used are: Schoolhouse Red (3), Faded Rose (3), Avocado (4), Cinnamon (3), Walnut, Piney Woods, Oatmeal, Old Red paint, Forest Glade, Summer Shower, Soot and Barn Grey. There are always debates about whether or not you are *supposed to* or *allowed to* change colors on an old sampler... I guess it all depends on how often The Cross Stitch Police visit your house!
New from Market: The Chicken Coop
Liezbeth's Market exclusive... *What happens in the chicken coop stays in the chicken coop.*
A fun little barn full of noisy chickens, we'll never know what's really going on here!!! Coded for DMC, this finishes approx 11 x 12 on 32ct... might be kind of fun to fit that verse on the back of a pin cushion and stitch a chicken or two on the front side!
NOTE: This is a one-day Pop-Up Special! Your cart will not reflect the 20% discount... and it applies only to the Thistles charts we have in stock!
from Jardin Prive
Here's another fun patchwork design by Nathalie Cichon of Jardin Prive. (We have several other patchworks on her page.) Measuring 117 stitches square, this will be a little over 8 inches in size on 14/28ct. Coded for DMCs of 3820, 922, 730, 733, 839, 310 and 3865, the colors are simple, but they make a busy and cute little design.
Can you see the small squares? They all measure just 13 x 13 stitches. Lots of room for specialty metallics or beads in here... did you get the Vintage Halloween Kreinik braids for your Hands On Scary Apothecary Series? Those would be GREAT in here! Presented as a chart.
Carrot Market from Jardin Prive|
Well, there's the whole Hare Family on the way to Market on Saturday Morning! OK... stitch the left-hand side of the design - just the littlest bunny with the wagon and bee... or add the sign and daffodils to it. OR... stitch the bunny in overalls with the bigger cart... they'd both be cute block stand-ups. OR... do the whole line and wrap it around a bucket, planter or basket. (In that vein, you could make a stuffed drum shape with a topping tuft of Week's hand-dyed wool!(and JABCO has CARROT pins... so many choices for this!)
Presented as a chart, this is coded for DMC - cute, bright, happy colors. It measures 178 x 46... so 3 x 12 on 16/32ct. You have some length there to do a nice wrap... and you could always add a kid or two... or make the little back wagon a double-trailer!!! So cute!
Walkin' On Sunshine
from Luhu Stitches
Isn't this a fun design? It breezed through our doors this week, and just makes me smile! By Cyndy Young of Luhu Stitches, it is worked on a light blue (any pretty blue or yellow would be good...) and finishes just 4 x 6 on 14/28ct. Finish it as a flat hanging or a fun block-shape stand-up.
I am dating myself, but when I was in something like 3rd grade, I had a *Thing Maker*... it was a little cooker thing, and you poured the 'Plasti-Goop' into little metal trays and cooked *Fun Flowers.* That sun reminds me SO MUCH of the flowers that I made in my Thing Maker! (I was so cool when I was 10!) Anyway, cute design, coded for Weeks and DMC... enjoy!
Birds Sampler from Brenda Keyes of The Sampler Company
*The Bird which soars on highest wing builds on the ground her lowly nest, and she that doth most sweetly sing, sings in the shade when all things rest.*
mmm... I'm writing my words for this, but I'm really not sure what that verse is supposed to be telling me! I just like the shapes, the border, and the colors in this!
Measuring 159 x 209, this is charted for DMC floss. That verse is over one... so if by chance you want to change it and write something else in that place... make it go over two if it fits! Colors are 310, 738, 951, 356, 730, 3041, 3371, 680, 924, 3042, 355, 733 and 502. Pretty colors.
The Kitchen and The Florist from Lilli Violette
I think these two scenes are enchanting!
from Crossed Wing Collection
Crossed Wing has designed another charming pin cushion - it companions Chipping Sparrow. The leaflet features a GORGEOUS (like cut IT out and frame it!!) picture of a biscornu shape... covered with cross stitches over one and two threads. Paula has made a birds nest... (stitched over two), and added cardinal eggs - stitched over one - and then added long stitches of *grass* to really make this little nest stand out as spectacular! The matching scissor fob measures just 40 x 47. Coded for DMC and stitched on 28ct linen.
Paula says, "You might be asking just what is a biscornest? Well, birds being our business, it's our version of the increasingly popular biscornu, a small, palm of the hand sized, embroidered pillow used as a pin pillow or simply as an ornament. Its history isn't well known. The word biscornu is a French adjective meaning skewed, quirky or irregular, and at some point, somebody applied that adjective to someone's needlework creation, and the word biscornu because a noun - a thing." So... we present Crossed wing's *thing* - her representation of a cardinal's nest with eggs! Lots of clear charting and great instructions for assembling both the nest and fob with tassles!
from The Prairie Schooler
Holiday Hoopla #2 - 4th of July
from With Thy Needle & Thread
Brenda Gervais' second design in this new series of small holiday designs is on the way! Offered as a chart, the design finishes 3-inches in size. You can do the *hoop thing!*... or pin cushions, or flower pot toppers... little square block stand-ups... stitch them all together in one main piece - WHAT EVER you want to do!
Cute and quick, the Easter Hoopla was the first edition in this set... and it is in stock as well. Join our auto-ship if you want to collect the whole series as it releases. Easy Breezy!
A Bunny in the Garden... Our April, 2019 Secret Needle Night Kit
Thanks! April's SNN has sold out!
Visit our SNN page to try out our program with the May kit, or to enroll in the SNN auto-ship.
Our April Secret Needle Night design is ready!!! She's a sweet Angora Rabbit hiding amidst some Spring greenery and little blossoms - made of Just Another Button Company's Sprinkles buttons. The complete kit contains the 18ct white linen, Angora and hand-dyed #5 Pearl Cotton threads, and all the teeny hand-dyed buttons.
Remember GROW from last year? These are more of the same buttons... so these two designs kind of match! A pretty little Springtime piece, this finishes a petite 3 x 5.
from Chessie & Me
Chessie & Me's newest semi-annual kit is here. We brought it home from market last month, but needed to wait till a thread shortage was corrected to share it! Linda's charming flag waving from the skinny white house on the edge of the shore... gotta love that little whale out there!
Her complete kit comes with Silk Weaver's 36ct Cider Linen and luscious hand-dyed silks by Gloriana. Denim and Navy blues, an olive green, cream and a gorgeous, brilliant, true red, this finishes approx 3-1/2 x 4 inches in size. This joins Linda's serious set of small cushion kits... I think we have 15 so far!
New Arrivals from Chessie & Me
Linda has 5 new charts... I think we have three of them across the page here...
A Collaboration of Tiny Modernist & Stitchy Box
This is the beginning of the 26 letters of the alphabet ... each letter is presented in its own chart. Each is shown finished as a three to four-inch 'mattress-shaped' pin cushion - there are two sides to them - so different stitching on both sides. You'll also notice a 'small' in there... each chart has one or two small 'take-outs' from the larger design as well. You have another option of stitching this entire set in one piece, too!
Anyway, we've seen all the way through *R,* and it's real cute. (Not allowed to share the pic yet... I'll sneak that J is for Juggler, K is for Knight and L is for Llama.) Since the letters release monthly, we're not going to do 26 different auto shipments... we're going to save up three months and ship at once to save shipping costs. So, A, B and C are here now. D, E and F will ship in July. GHI will ship in Oct... you get the idea. I'll post the little charts on the Auto-Page as they are released, and we will ship individually if you want that option.
A Fresh Shipment of LeHay's Shaker Boxes, Carriers and Pin Cushions!
Wow... today is a great day... we are BURSTING with a fresh shipment of Robert LeHay's handmade Shaker Sewing Boxes, Shaker Carrier Storage Trays, Oval and Round Sewing Boxes and tiny Shaker Baskets and Rounds! We use the little guys for pin cushions - actually that little Mini Size 0 Shaker Carrier makes a darling Christmas ornament as well!
These are TOTALLY and LOVINGLY hand-made in Maine. We have a lot here, but not enough to add to our shopping cart. If you see one you like, CALL US ASAP! Every time we get a shipment of these, they are gone in a flash!
Colors are: Natural, and Milkpaint colors of: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Seagreen, Pumpkin, and Yellow. Pieces this time around include:
The Duo Lights from Daylight Company
Oh wow... this is a neat little light! It is LED and dims for 4 different light levels. It is SUPER lightweight, and comes as a table clamp, or stable standing light. (The floor version is due in at the end of May.) It has a cord... so not battery chargeable.
What makes it really neat is the light design itself... it is two little 10-inch long 1-inch round sticks that spread apart in the middle, so you can direct your light where-ever you want! (My first thought is having it on your table at a class - and both you and your friend get a light!) The design is such that the light is directed down... not right in your face. The on/off switches are just touch buttons at the ends of the light sticks.
The table version weighs just 1-3/4 lbs... (28 ounces) while the clamping one LESS THAN A POUND! The goose neck is covered in soft white plastic sheath, it looks so nice and smooth and clean. The clamp for that model is a SCREW clamp. It is not a pinch-grip thing... you don't have to squeeze it to death to get it to work. Right above the clamp base, you see a cylinder that is about 2 inches high... that is a 'screw'... so simply turn it to release the clamp, which can open as much as 2 inches!
I really like this light... no magnifier, though. Lightweight, VERY packable, clean, white, daylight balanced light... really, really nice!
Our Spring FLAX Linen Apparel is here!
I know clothes hanging among Cross Stitch seems wierd... but you 'gotta wear something' and we love our soft, lightweight, comfy linens! 5 New racks full of 3 different 'collections' of styles... our sizes range from small to generous #2. We have a FLAX FRENZY treat as well... when you choose three or more pieces... you get them all for 20% OFF! No harsh dyes, great relaxed fit in the pieces... you can layer all this and it packs beautifully for travel (especially in that under 50lb suitcase!). No ironing is the rule, but sometimes I 'steam' mine in the bathroom when I'm in the shower. Linen has a wonderful 'bouncy' manor to it... always a fresh, trendy thing to wear!
Family Fun - Part Three of Jack Frost's Tree Farm
from Little House Needleworks
Our third installment of this fun series has arrived. Stitched by itself, it measures a little under 4 inches square.
Orrrrrr... do the entire set together - we think it's darling! Rest of the charts are following, so join our auto-ship to help collect them as they are released.
More Cats & Quilts from Kitty & Me Designs
Here is the year in 12 separate leaflets (so you can pick and choose your favorites)... all darling little black kitty silouettes against pretty stitched quilt blocks. Each month (doesn't REALLY need to be a 'month' - just one you like!) comes as a separate leaflet, each measures 70 to 90 stitches in size... and all are shown against a white fabric.
Coded for DMC floss... it might be kind of fun to stitch the cat in Wisper thread from Rainbow Galley - a furry thread. Fun to think about Satin Stitches or beads or buttons, as well!
Snowy 9 Patch #3 from Annie Beez Folk Art
This cutie has no name other than that he is #3 in a nine-part snowman series! Give him a HOME, and then, name him! Annie Beez is working on a really cute medley of nine snowmen. We're not into Winter this time of year... but that's OK... if you keep up with it, you'll be ready in November!!!
Each monthly small chart measures about 35 x 35 in stitch count.. about 3 x 3. The joined-together piece measures 139 square, so 10 x 10 on 14/28. Stitch them individually on bitty fabric - WHATEVER YOU like to do best! These are cute... the first three parts are here now... we have an auto-ship for the rest still to come in this set.
Garden Party Warm & Garden Party Cool
from Satsuma Street
By Satsuma Street... these are the same design... but stitched in different colors! How on earth can you choose a favorite??? Such a fun, fresh design, it measures 109 x 127 in stitch count - finishing about 8 x 9 on 28ct Flax Cashel Linen.
Coded for regular 'ol DMC floss... I just love, love, love the happy colors in both of them!!! Maybe stitch them both and finish back to back so you can flip it around when ever you want a change? Presented as a full color leaflet, nice heavy cardboard and a huge, colored chart.
Verano, Primavera, Otono & Invierno - The 4 Seasons from Satsuma Street
Oh my gosh, this set of 4 designs is finally finished, and it is a show-stopper! Each season is presented in a full color, heavy cardboard, clear-chart format... and they are just beautiful. We joke in the shop that you could cut out the pics on the front cover and frame THEM, they are no pretty! Each season measures 113 x 113 - finishing 8 x 8 on 14/28ct. Choose whatever fabric you like best for them... they are coded for regular DMC floss.
Put them all together, or make the set of 4 individuals to hang in a grouping. You could stitch each on 18ct linen with #5 Pearl Cotton and make huge couch pillows that would be 13 inches of stitching - so like 18-inch mega-pillows! So fresh, clean, contemporary and colorful - we love them! Verano and Primavera have been available; Otono and Invierno are the new ones.
Mill Hill Presents Their Autumn 2019 Bead Kits!!!
We love getting these this time of year... you have plenty of time to stitch them before next Fall... all of 'em!
The Autumn 2019 Button & Bead Kits from Mill Hill
These are the 5-inch designs that all come with 14ct perforated paper, DMC flosses and a ceramic Mill Hill button embellishment. We always switch out the paper for linen and make little hanging pillows out of them... but however you finish them... they are enchanting! Fairy Garden is full of polka-dot mushrooms and little fairies floating about - a VERY different subject than most of these kits, but it's darling! Midnight Owl is intense - great background on him. Ghost Town looks like an interesting place to visit - but not alone! The sunflowers and pomegranates are bold and eyecatching... and the Foot Bridge is a companion piece to the farmhouses and covered bridges set of designs.
The Smaller Autumn Harvest 2019 Series from Mill Hill
These are the smaller 3-inch ornament-sized designs - same 14ct perforated paper, glass seed beads, DMC floss - these all come with a small Hill Hill glass Treasure embellishment. They make cute magnets, and you can always stitch these on fabric as well, and make pin cushions out of them! Complete kits contain the chart, paper, beads, needles, flosses and Treasure.
Liberty & Justice For All and Sister Suffragette from Summer House Stitche Workes
Summer House Stitche Workes has a pair of fun patriotic charts celebrating our Women's right to vote! The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 26th, 1920... and here we are 100 years later!
Serrated Utility Scissors
These are pretty nice 4-1/4-inch all-purpose scissors. They feel a little 'heavy' in my hand - very sturdy. The blades feature tiny serrations - like the little ripples on a steak, grapefruit or tomato knife. Those are there to help keep your threads from slipping along the blades when you are cutting... so a smoother, cleaner cut results. You can feel them when you flex the blades! Nice large finger holes, too!
Released at our recent trade show, they named these *Classic Nashville* scissors, for lack of a better name, I guess! So... they have nothing do DO with Nashville, and everything to do with some nice cutting!
Tis a Melody, Grateful Hands and Little Brown Sparrows from Lone Elm Lane
Lots of New Designs from Une Croix, le temps d' un The'
Oh golly, I didn't take French in school... I can't pronounce this designer's company name... but I LOVE their designs! Over the years, we have had this little tree in the shop, and while I was in France last year... I personally bought that little squirrel pattern in a local needlework shop. So... I asked our distributor to find her... and look what we now have!!! 10 beautiful charming charts by Jennifer Lentini... I still can't read them, but they are coded in the *UNIVERSAL STITCHING LANGUAGE OF DMC!!!* (Life is good!) Choose any fabrics you like - you'll be able to tell color from the chart covers... maybe add some beads or fuzzy threads from your stash... you decide! I just LOVE them all!!! Each is presented in chart format, super-clear charting with red markings on the charts for any backstitches or stitch detailing. Click the pics to see the rest!
New *Road Trips* from Open Road Abode Needleworks
Melody Gilmore has a delightful collection of retro-flavored designs that feature Campers, RV's, the State Parks, all the things that just make you want to pack your bags and gas up the car! Summertime, here we come! Cute for the camper... or fun to remind you of all your favorite summer, fall and weekend adventures, make sure to see all her cute, super-simple fun designs on her page. Here are a couple of new ones we've added...
Join the AB Designs Lucky 13 Club!
Amy Breucken is doing a cute set of 13 charts - everybody is pictured here, so you know what scary things are coming your way! Beginning in June of 2019, you'll get two charts every other month (so I guess this will finish sometime in Spring of 2020.)
Stitched on Weeks Pumpkin or Carrot Linen, in all the bright colors Amy loves, that first shipment will have the words with design placement and the witch cauldron chart. Each of the little people can be stitched alone... and I believe they WILL BE individual charts... so maybe you'll want only 3 or 4 of them? Individual charts will be $10 each and include the buttons.
Erica Michaels has three new Petites designs... all are offered in chart format, and include a bitty cut of silk gauze - for super-gorgeous, petite results! Of course, Aida and linen work well too... so you decide what works best for you.
Good Night, Sleep Tight
from Fairy Wool in the Wood
Isn't this the cutest design? Stitch this on whatever you want... it's coded for 9 colors of DMC floss. Finishing approx 4 x 5 on 14/28ct... I think that is a little moose on the right. Check out the wise little owl on the left... just checking him out with his eyes wide open!
I remember that last part of this verse - *don't let the bed bugs bite!* If I had known at age 6 that bed bugs were REAL, I'd have never slept again! So, forget that part, and just enjoy the pair of forest friends having a sleep-over! Chart.
Four New Charts from Madame La Fee
Always 180-ish square in stitch count - that makes them turn out 10 x 10 on 18/36ct fabric. Classy and colorful, these are always cute! Coded for regular DMC floss, each is kind of segmented off, and features beautiful individual design elements. You don't HAVE to stitch them in their entirety, spend a minute and really study them to find your favorite parts!
Coming from France, there are some English instructions inside and lovely, clear, colored charts. Each does include a charm embellishment of some sort, but I don't want to open packages; I can feel that they are in there!
Oh my gosh, we LOVE Paola's darling bitty hand-made polymer clay pins and buttons! We carry her entire line - every one of the sets is cuter than the last. Beautiful shading and design details... The Wool, Sweet Spring and Bees & flowers are all new design sets this Spring.
Remember these for special pin cushions or sewing cases and smalls. They make fun Stitcher Gifts for your friends, too! Trust me!
The Summer Night, Part 1 of the House on a Hill Series
from Hands On Design
Cathy is beginning another small series of seasonal *mattresses!* The Summer Night is the first, and is here now. It comes as a chart of the small (2 x 2-ish) fob that matches the DARLING little 4 x 1 inch squared pin cushion! *The Summer Night has a smile of light and she sits on the sapphire throne* is the stitched verse that goes around the square.
Stitched on 28ct linen with Weeks hand-dyed flosses, the patch of Weeks hand-dyed green Houndstooth wool for the little Cape Cod cottage's lawn is included in the chart.
There is a JABCO pin set featured as well... a little whale, heart and flower... we've included those in our auto-ships, but you can get them separately. Super-cute finishing on this!
The New Thread Releases from The Gentle Art, Weeks Dye Works and Classic Colorworks!
Here are all the new floss and wool color releases for this year... all are here now, and all have been released to the designers. They'll start showing up in your patterns before you know it. The Classic Colorworks threads are offered by Little House Needleworks in their new Home of a Needleworker Squared pattern... another way to collect the new thread colors.
My advice is to get any of these now... so you aren't caught off-guard at 10:30 at night on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend, when you have two solid stitching days ahead of you - and NOT the color you need! We have the 4 new sets bundled together for you for a short while, as well as that Little House kit. The threads are now all in their respective clicky boxes on each brand's page as well... so you can collect them individually if you want.
The Spooks in Val's Pumpkin Patch! from Val's Stuff
This is a set of 4 little 'people' that just might haunt your patch of pumpkins this coming Halloween... or maybe just your candy bowl! Each (they are limited in production, hence the LE down there in the product description!) is a celebrity that can simply stand on his/her own clothing... but are much cuter with a stick (I used an INK PEN under the witch!) tucked under that fabric, and stuck into a (fake craft or real) pumpkin! Val has ALL THE FIX'INS in her little kits - JABCO pins, felts and felt balls, gauze, hats, noses, eyes, brooms, pipe cleaners, ribbons, stuffings and sticks (for some of them) - everything but the cross stitch fabric, and the minute bits of floss. Grab your Glue Gun!
Erica Michaels is Adding Berries to her Stitched Collection
Linda has 4 new pin cushion designs - the cutest little berry shapes - stitch them teeny-weeny small on 40ct or larger on larger counts... you have choices! All are worked with hand-dyed flosses... the LINEN berries are featured on linen fabric, the SILK berries are featured on 40ct silk gauze... but you can do them on whatever you like better. This entire collection is just enchanting, and all are presented in chart format.
Cute, Novelty Scissors!
We have 10 new patterns of 3-1/2 inch embroidery scissors that are cute and colorful - fun for little cases and fobs. Not real *high* on the cutting quality end of things, (meaning they are not DOVO quality) they are, however, cute and colorful, and perfect for lots of things! Designs are enameled on the handles so they will not rub off or fade, and will maintain their charm! I had actually never seen pineapple and cactus scissors before... feels like we need a stitched flamingo or something for them!
Pictured from left to right are: Owls, Stars, Lady Bugs, Pumpkins (closer to 4"), Yellow Heart, Anchor, Tiny Green (these are 3" rather than 3-1/2), Pineapple, Cactus, and Holly.
Bring On The Beads Fob and Sewing Case from Fern Ridge Collections
This is a beautifully colored set full metallic frosted beads, and golden/mossy fabrics. Pat and Peggy made a pocket in the sewing case and actually have included a 6-compartment plastic bead case in the kit! Just funky swirls and jagged beads everywhere, I love the frosted teals, purples and brick reds in here... Fob finishes approx 4-inches from top to bottom of fringe, and case is approx 3 x 4 when closed.
Complete kits contain the charts, beads, threads, findings, linings, everything!
Seven New Arrivals To Show Off from Heart in Hand
Teresa Kogut has several new punch needle and cross stitch designs...
My favorites for Cross Stitch are her two new angels - Rejoice (finishes approx 9 x 10) and Oh My Soul (measures approx 12 x 13!) These are challenging to stitch because all those color changes are REGULAR DMC floss -- no overdyeds! You get to change colors a million times to get that awesome, mottled look. Primitive Hen in Basket is a fun punch needle offering!
See all the rest on our Teresa Kogut page, and don't forget to scroll down to the punch needle area of the page!
Folk Art Scissor Block Kit from La-D-Da
This is Lori's second little block kit like this... she did one last year... but it is retired, and now this year's has 20 NEW pics to use! You get a 2-inch square wood block with a hole drilled into one side. Paint it whatever color you like (Or distress it, or sand and stain it, or wax it -- whatever you want!) Then, it comes with 20 beautiful vintage-styled pictures of 'stuff.' This time, we have antique children, animals, houses and quilts. You choose the 5 you want to feature, cut them apart from the rest, and get out a jar of Mod Podge and glue 'em on that little block. Zip Zap -- cute as can be!
Sticky felt is included to line the block bottom, as well as a little ribbon and a charm to make a small scissor fob too. Best of all... there are extra blocks available (in case it stresses you out to decide on only 5 of your pictures and not to be able to use the rest... but maybe you have a 'wood-guy' in the house who can make them, too! Then you have enough pics to make 4 blocks.)
Stitch Box from Jeannette Douglas Designs
This is another set of Jeannette's Smalls - She shows them all displayed in a little 6 x 6 wooden divided tray, but you don't have to do that if you'd rather just have them perched on a shelf or tucked into a bowl. The main 4 x 4 sampler - Love To Stitch - is finished as a flat... but you could add a pocket to the backside to store something. The upper right-hand piece has Bargello stitching on the front, and is a thread bobbin case - or a needle threader pocket - about 1-1/2 inches square. Next, below is a needle case - can you make out the Satin Stitched acorns on that? It is adorned with a pretty double acorn charm. All across the bottom is a 1 x 5 pin cushion - more Bargello to match the other pieces.
This is her 5th or 6th Tray design... they aren't inexpensive to make, but WOW... really enchanting when finished! Charming, full of hand-dyed silks and specialty stitches, the leaflet has great instructions and Jeannette's huge stitch diagrams. Offered as the chart with the silks and embellishments separately, as well as that little tray.
(NOTE: The Trays have come down in price! They are now only $38 each!
And... we have Tray Towers IN STOCK... a spinning tray-tower - so you can display your finished tray projects like a little open dresser! One Tray is displayed on the top... then all the rest pull out to enchant! (Just like the drawers of stitched antique samplers in the Victoria and Albert Museum... WHY DO we stitchers like to store our finished stuff in dresser drawers?) Leaflet, thread pack, felt/wool finishing pack.
Learning Stitches Sampler from Jeannette Douglas Designs
Oh wow... this is gorgeous! The whole thing measures about 11 x 14 on 32ct linen. It features a lavish alphabet across the top section, then it showcases 15 tiny blocks below of your stitching lessons! Worked with a yummy array of hand-dyed silks and garnished with some darling stitch-related charms, each of those 15 blocks features a really cool different stitch that just LOVES to tease the hand-dyed threads you are using for it.
Jeannette has designed this to kind-of-be a class! Each section offers you stitching tips and hints, she's talking to you all the way through her book! Beautiful colored close-up pics of the actual stitches... just the pattern book is a treat by itself... but get the threads too. (Otherwise, it's like having a new kit to stitch with NO NEEDLE!)
We have lots more new designs from Jeannette... don't miss them!
Christmas Eve Nutcracker
from Blackberry Lane
This chart has two different designs - one a 2 x 3 ornament, the other a 5 x 5 stand-up. Marie has done the larger on 36ct Picture This Plus's Gingerbread linen - going over two threads, but the ornament is on 28ct over one!
Each Nutcracker has different details... everything is outlined there for you in her instructions. 33 Shades of DMC are called for along with a little gold metallic. BOTH of these are stunning, as Marie's designs usually are!
Welcome the Snow
from Blackberry Lane
Another darling design - two charts in this pack! Welcome the Snow is stitched on 36ct Picture This Plus's Twilight hand-dyed linen over TWO or ONE threads - you decide.
One of the snowmen has bird feeders with several wrens and cardinals. The other has lots of sizes of snowflakes - over one, no birds. 25 Shades of DMC, they look the same at first glance, but have a lot of subtle design differences. Just the cutest!
EIGHT New Designs from Shepherd's Bush... we had room for only three of there here to show you... so CLICK THE PICS to see all the rest of them and read all their details!
Winter at Sugar Hill
from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches is releasing their annual Christmas or Winter City Scene - this year, it is a Winter Wonderland of snow, maple trees, and bubbling pots of maple syrup! Pam and Susan love doing these scenes... they are enchanting!
Winter at Sugar Hill finishes approx 19 x 12 on 32ct Picture This Plus Mirage hand-dyed linen. Stitched with hand-dyed flosses and garnished with bits of metallic, glass beads and some clay buttons... like all of its companions, this is full of 'busy-ness and winter fun!' Striking colors, cute design details, this joins quite a set of charming Christmas scenes! All the rest are on our Praiseworthy Stitches page... see which ones are your favorites!
from Shakespeare's Peddler
This sampler came totally out of Theresa's head... how that can happen, I just don't know! Measuring approx 19 x 23 on 32ct, you get lots of biblical verses, a GORGEOUS border on three sides that repeats NOWHERE!
All the evergreens are different, there is one little dog facing the wrong way, tiny birds and critters everywhere, the whole thing is enchanting! Coded for Anchor or DMC floss, add some hand-dyeds if you want. I love every bit if this!!!!
Our Lasting Friendship, The Bells on Christmas Day & Ooh La La
from Blackbird Designs
Barb and Alma have been busy with three new books FULL of gorgeous projects and ideas along with all of Alma's exquisite pictures!
#6 Polish Pottery - A Garden Mug
from Olde Colonial Designs
Oh wow... Pam's pottery lady went all out for us! This awesome 'pudgy mug' measures almost 6 inches wide - with the handle, the cup itself is 4-inches 'fat' and a little over 4-inches high, and is very heavy. It is a piece of hand-painted Polish Pottery. Pam has designed some cross stitch for the cup lid... and added a little wooden handle!
Tiny blue flowers to match the pottery artwork, these VERY LIMITED kits include the chart, 32ct linen, hand-dyed Classic Colorworks flosses, backing fabric and round finishing boards for the lid and the little finished wood knob handle. Best part is that you get to enjoy the mug before your stitching is finished... and since the lid lifts off... you can actually use this for soup or coffee, wash it, and trim it with your needlework in between using it!
Laurel Burch's Flying Colors in Cross Stitch from Mill Hill
Wow... don't you love these bright colored fluttery butter and dragon flies? By Artist Laurel Burch - Mill Hill has charted her designs, given us white perforated paper, along with DMC floss and a smattering of Mill Hill glass seed beads to stitch these glorious studies in color!
Finishing approx 6 x 6, each is presented in full kit format. Frames shown are available separately. If fabric is your preference, choose a white in 14 or 28ct - so the beads will fit into the design.
The Blue Flower, her Acorns and Squirrels, and a Bee!
We have lots of gorgeous new designs by a new designer - Jeannine McGowan - these are absolutely stunning, and I do not know how you are going to choose just one or two as favorites. Her Acorn cushions all measure between 80 and 90 stitches square - so not too big.
Hand-dyed silks are featured in Autumn Acorns with DMC conversions, and hand-dyed Gentle Art and Classic C flosses along with DMC conversions are used in the rest. (Some of the silks are not here yet for the Autumn piece... taking reservations for those, price TBA but approx $80. You use the SAME colors in the Autumn Squirrel - we think one set of silks will do both projects.)
Home of a Needleworker, Squared -- Featuring CC's 3 NEW FLOSS Colors
from Little House Needleworks
Diane's small 'Market Release' kit, this measures 93 x 93 in size... stitch it on anything you want... you get complete skeins of her flosses in with the chart, so you have plenty of thread.
Eggshell, CAMPFIRE, Pine Needles, TRAIL DUST and STICKS AND TWIGS... (new are capitalized) are used. Chart comes with the 5 threads... we also have just the three flosses available 'open stock' as well. (a little easier on the stitching stash budget!)
Now Here from Plum Street... all offered in chart format.|
DMC Actual-Swatch Color Cards
Wow, we have these again! There is a very limited opportunity on these... we didn't get many! UPDATED to include the 35 new colors from last Fall... this is a comprehensive listing of DMC threads, the color numbers, and the listing of what color is manufactured in what weights of thread. (floss vs pearls 3, 5, 8 and 12.) It features pretty blocks of actual flosses all lined up in color family, so you can see how all the colors blend with each other. The varigated and metallics are also in here.
Use this to reference colors, help choose colors for your projects, match label-less threads... all sorts of stuff! For years DMC wasn't manufacturing these cards - too labor-intensive I guess. All we were getting were printed cards - not the same as the REAL threads in there - so these are wonderful, and we're happy!
*See Your Stuff* - Clear Plastic Storage Zipper Pouches
WOW, these are awesome-turbo-super-nice heavy-duty plastic zippered pouches! Made from that heavy clear plastic you find on purses and backpacks, each is trimmed with VERY heavy-duty bright and cheerful polyester 'canvas' fabric.
Our sets of three matching pieces measure 16 x 16, 12 x 13, and 6 x 8. The middle-size one holds a full-size Prairie Schooler leaflet! And the big one... wow! See? The big one at right is holding 6 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies!
Each pouch is constructed the same way, except that the largest one features a top carrying strap. We have *6* different colorways to make your life more complicated, but we're happy anyway, because you will LOVE whatever color you choose!
SEE YOUR STUFF in these... each top zipper is heavy-duty black... the sizes are nice and roomy, and because of the way they are sewn, they expand quite a way out. Very Nice for a lot of different uses!
6 Different colors: I looked through our thread drawers to find close matches: Red matches DMC 321, Blue - 798, Green - (nothing! It's that awesome neon, but close to 906 and 907), Purple - 550, Yellow - 973 and Orange - 608.
Stitch Frame Wraps (They're Here!) from Stitchy Shelly
These are new! One of our friends, Shelly from TX is sewing pretty quilted covers for your WIPs (works-in-progress) that are already mounted on your scroll frame! You pull your needlework in and out of your stitching bag all the time... but it's never really protected from damage. Ms Shelly has the answer! Pretty wraps... each is hand-sewn with quilted fabrics... assorted batiks and cute prints... they feature ties and are large enough to wrap around the bars of your scroll frame to COVER and PROTECT your stitching!
Two sizes available - the small one is 13 inches wide, the large is 20. If your frame is smaller than 13 inches - fold over the edges, if you are working on something larger than 20 inches - at least this will cover most of your stitching area. Shelly is showing at the upcoming Market for the first time. We're so excited for her, and wanted to share her awesome products with you. So... Presenting Shelly and her awesome Wraps! Feb 21 Note: these have arrived!
Needle Rolls from Stitchy Shelly, Too!
More function from Shelly, these are 9-inch-ish square mats to hold threaded needles and beads. Sewn of pretty fabrics (you can't see that side, sorry!) Shelly has lined each with flannel. When not in use, fold this over to close - like a checkbook. You can see her labels in there - thread numbers on them - with the threaded needles. The flannel keeps the threads from falling out of the needles and tangling... and you get all your threaded needles sorted there... all ready for the next stitch!
Great for beads as well... spill a few on here... they'll stay put while you're using them in your project. Such a simple idea that makes stitching life so much easier!!! We are expecting our Stitchy Shelly Stuff right at Market time in a couple of weeks... she's let me introduce her things early, and we're thrilled!
Sunnyside Sampler from The Drawn Thread!
Cynthia Zittel has three new designs - this one is my fav of the three. (Click the pic to see the others on her DT page). Always looking on the Sunny Side of the Street... this is a CHARMING neighborhood of houses, flats, apartments, condos, duplexes, hotels, bed and breakfasts, cottages and townhouses! I just love them all!!!
Presented as a chart, this is stitched on 32ct natural linen and finishes 4 x 20! Charted for Silks... we have those available with the charts for a limited time. Lots of conversion charts out there on the internet, you'll be able to convert to cottons if you need to. You know this is stuffed full of Cynthia's cool and unique specialty stitches... just makes it more fun to stitch!
from Lindy Stitches
This is a cute little pin cushion kit - A Market Exclusive - (meaning that it can only come home with shops that attended the trade show and bought these kits.) by Lindy Stitches. I LOVE the company name - I have to meet this woman - we share a common bond! A new designer, she's being mentored by several in the industry... I think this is darling!
Her Penelope's Posies kit features her chart, Lugana fabric, hand-dyed silk ribbon trim by Lady Dot Creates, a crown charm, cotton backing fabric and those 5 colorful little flower pins you see poking from the top! Super cute... the little kits are limited.
Blooms and Blossoms by Debbie Mumm for Mill Hill
Oh... these are bright and pretty!!! Mill Hill has commissioned 4 new designs by Debbie Mumm that have been converted to Cross Stitch with a smattering of seed beads.
Presented in their kit formats, each is stitched on 28ct linen, and finish approx 7 inches square. Bright, fresh colors... each kit comes with that fun fabric, all the threads and beads and needles. I like them all...not sure which is my favorite... frame them as shown on the kit covers, or maybe make block stand-ups???
Scary Apothecary from Hands On Design
Cathy Haberman is announcing a new set of 9 Halloween ornament designs that are vintage in color and feature fun Halloween-inspired humor. Presented in 6 x 9 card charts, the first 3 charts release in early March 2019.... last six will all be released by June pf 2019. Each piece finishes approx 3-1/2 x 5 on 32ct linen, and the entire set is stitched with Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses and 10 different #4 metallic Braids by Kreinik. The first three are: Bat Balm (*zing for your wing!*), Bitter Brew (for a fowl scowl!) and Broom Stick Fuel (gives your broom some zoom!)
Cathy recommends a 1/2 yard of linen for the set... but if you're careful, we think you can get by with a 1/4 yard piece... you decide. CC flosses are: Bean Sprout (2), Boysenberry Jam (1), Finley Gold (1), Frog Legs (2), Pumpkin Harvest (3), River Rocks (3), Shamrock (2), Sugared Violets (1), Ye Old Gold (1), Zack Black (4). Our Auto-ship gives you the options for charts, fabric, metallics and flosses... again... you decide which way you want to go. (Trust me, you don't have the Kreinik #4s!) Promises to be a super-cute set of designs with some fresh, fun sentiments!
Grown With Love from Hands On Design
Here is the 6th and finishing installment in Hand On Design's series of Flap Jack and Short Stack Pin Cushions! A real cute set of round drum-shaped cushions with matching rectangles... we've followed 6 seasons, without them screaming they belong to a particular holiday.
Very pretty Lady Dot Creates hand-dyed velveteen and chenille trims have been featured along with special hand-made clay pins by Just Another Button Company. Clear and crisp designs with great colors... all six are available as charts with the velvet, chenille and favored pins!
MAGnificent Floor and Table LED Magnifying Lamp
from Daylight Company
This is a pretty nice lamp! It is designed to work as either a floor lamp (with two different height options), or a table style. It can go from 20 inches high to 50. The daylight-balanced LED lights provide accurate color matching - a must for needlework.
The semi-rimless magnifier lens measures almost 6-inches in diameter! Flexible gooseneck arm can reach out to 23 inches. The only cord plugs into the base. There is no cord reaching through the stick of this! Weighs about 6 pounds, white. Very Nice!
Needle travel Guide to Shops - 2019 Edition
The newest travel Guide for shops across the country is here. It is a 6 x 9 format, 596 pages full of maps, shop listings, hours, product selection summaries, phone numbers and website info.
Perfect for a road trip because over 5000 shops are listed and referenced by highways and cities.
An awesome little directory -- you'll love it! (This weighs over a pound, so will definitely ship via Priority Mail.)
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