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Patchwork de la Plage from Jardin Prive - click for more Jump Into Spring from Jeannette Douglas Love Whirligig from Heart in Hand - click for more More Chocolate Bunnies from Hands On Design - click to see more Presenting The Spring 2021 Button & Bead Summer Cottage from Mill Hill - click for more Love Coffee from Susanamm - click for more

Sunday Next Be Mine Biscornu from Heartstring Samplery
Sunday Stitches - Amazing Grace, Next Door & Be Mine Biscornu from Heartstring Samplery
Heartstring Samplery has new releases that are fun. One begins a new monthly series!
  • Sunday Stitches - Amazing Grace - This is the first of a series of 12 designs that feature lyrics from classic church hymns. Amazing Grace is our first. It measures 149 x 70, and is worked on Picture this Plus's 32ct Oaken Linen with Classic Colorworks Campfire, and Weeks Gunmetal and Loden hand-dyed flosses to finish approx 9 x 4-ish. Promises to be a neat set of designs... so we are beginning an auto-ship for the monthly chart releases.
  • Next Door is something you HAVE to stitch for every friend that has moved away... or never lived close in the first place! The model is stitched on 32 Oaken using Weeks hand-dyed flosses. It measures 107 x 69 in stitch count... fun colors of Banana Pudding, Boysenberry, Charcoal, Clockwork, Grasshopper and Islamorada.
  • Be Mine Biscornu features bluebirds and love letters. Choose a neutral linen, this is stitched with Weeks Baked Apple, Beige, Deep Sea, Dove, Hibiscus, Molasses, Moss and Whiskey. 107 stitches square, you can stitch just the top piece and make a little square cushion if you want!

Fragments 2021 Tales from the Sea No 2 from Summer House Stitch Workes - click for more Fragments 2021 Tales from the Sea No 1 from Summer House Stitch Workes - click for more
Fragments in Time for 2021: Tales From The Sea
from Summer House Stitche Workes
Another delightful set of 8 matching pin cushions is coming our way from Beth Ann for 2021! This year, we are headed to the sea for VACATION! Beth Ann's inspiration was antique sailor art, valentines and scrimshaw. Presented in 8 small cards - two release in January, 2 in March, 2 in May and we finish in July.

The first design features a brilliant sun lighting up a stylized ocean... perfect for frolicking whales.
Next is a Schooner - a 'pink' - a cargo ship.
Stitched on 32ct Platinum Linen, (but lots of other great neutrals will work - check your stash) each measures 51 x 51 (3 x 3) and is trimmed with Lady Dot's Caribe Chenille trim. (One pack will trim all 8 cushions.) Beth Ann is offering a freebie border chart as a stitching and finishing alternative as well. You're going to need a boat-load of floss to do this little set - get it all at once so dye-lots match! (Weeks color is listed first then DMC alternative numbers.) Gunmetal or 3799 - 5 skeins, Blue Jeans or 931 - 2 skeins, Turquoise or 943 - 2 skeins, Curry or 3820 - 3 or 4 skeins respectively, Red Rocks or 400 - 3 skeins, Sanguine or 3064 - 2 skeins, and Blue Beadboard (Classic Colorworks) or 3811 - 2 or 4 skeins respectively. LOVE love her annual sets of these Fragments!

First Frost from Hands On Design - click to see more With This Needle from Hands On Design - click to see more Hop on Inn from Hands On Design - click to see more
First Frost, With This Needle, & Hop on Inn from Hands On Design
Hands On Design is sending three new designs our way - due in the shop the final week of January.
  • First Frost features a pair of wintery village scenes stitched on plain white or antique white fabric with good old DMC floss of 07, 21, 168, 422, 598 and 611! Depending on your fabric choice - they'll be about 3 x 7 each.
  • With This Needle - I Thee thread! What a cute needle case and matching scissor fob! Cathy insists your stitching accessories should be fun - so this chart comes with those cool miniature needles and the spool charm. Stitched on 32ct Platinum Linen, you'll use only Weeks Aztec Red, Blackboard, Capri and Pepperocini!
  • Hop On Inn - Serious Spring Cuteness coming your way... this is worked on any chalkboard-colored fabric you like to work on. The chart is coded for DMC as well as Sulky 12-weight thread - if you bought the thread for More Chocolate Bunnies - you already have it, and you have enough to stitch this too! Finishing 5 x 5 on a 14/28... we'll have those HOP buttons as well!

It's Snow Time from Cottage Garden Samplings - click to see more
It's Snow Time
from Cottage Garden Samplings
This little guy is precious! He measures 100 x 130 in stitch count, is worked regular DMC, and needs to be stitched on a fabric that accents all his white.

DMCs called for are 310, 315, 815, 832, 838, 869, 976, 3032, 3051, 3363, 3830, the white can be blanc, 3865, or Gentle Art's Chalk color. He'd also be fun finished as a stuffed door stop.

Little Deeds Sampler from Scarlett House - click for more Ceesie Smitt from Scarlett House - click for more No Place Like Home from Scarlett House - click for more
Little Deeds Sampler, Ceesie Sampler & No Place Like Home from The Scarlett House
Tanya Brockmeyer has three new things coming anyday... all charts... I love her color palette. Not many details yet - more when the charts arrive (this week?)
  • Little Deeds Sampler - 129 x 157 on Week's 36ct Confederate Gray linen. Weeks Garrison Green, Chestnut. Classic's Blackbird, Polliwog, Sunkissed, Cherry Cobbler and Snowball.
  • Ceesie Smitt - 185 x 45 - Stitched on Picture This Plus's 40ct Heartland. I absolutely love all those different floral urns. Frame it or make a stitching mat!
  • No Place Like Home - 103 x 61 - This says it all! Choose any fabric you want... even change some colors... add a dog or two... it's very timely!

Winter Mouse Scissor Roll featuring Freezia Mouse by Just Nan -- click to see more! Presenting Just Nan's Winter Mouse Scissor Roll - featuring Freezia Mouse!
Nan's Winter Roll is due in the shop January 25th, 2021. The 4th in her seasonal set of these charming scissor cases... each has been the same size - perfect to store a 3-1/2 or 4-inch pair of embroidery scissors. They each feature one of Nan's signature mice perched atop as well! She writes: each of the mouse garden scenes on the outside features a mouse and a moment in a winter garden. Look for a cardinal at a feeder with icicles overhead, a mouse in an evergreen tree behind a wooly sheep (but he's not wearing his boots!), a very happy snowman welcoming snowflakes and a mouse peeking out of a green wreath on the blue front door. Snowflakes separate the scenes - which are grounded with snowy patterns of blue and white. The scenes are embellished with icy blue beads... and a single pearl marks the roll closure.

Next, three little helper mice push their way through the snow to a little warm house - which is the padded pocket for the scissors! Find a 4th mouse inspecting a pincushion and spools of thread in the sewing room window! The verse inside, It's cold outside, scissors stay inside! I don't know how Nan gets all that detail on her things, but all that is happening in this charming piece. You stitch this as one long piece on 32ct natural Belfast Linen with DMC floss. You form the scissor pocket with the overdyed wool included in the design, sew on a snap - and you're finished. The four mouse scenes will show on the outside of the roll... and the path to the little warm cottage will be rolled up inside. Then, top it all with Freezia! She's on 32ct white, is wearing a dress of beaded snowflakes, and a matching set of mittens and scarf. Chart includes the 8-page stitch guide, overdyed Snow Creme wool, wired string tail, signature mouse button base, mini pom pom, beads, pearl, snap and snowflake sequins.

Spring Flowers... Our January 2021 Secret Needle Night Kit - click to see more
Spring Flowers... Our January 2021 Secret Needle Night Kit
Our first Secret Needle Night for 2021 is finished! I'm trying to stay ahead of the seasons, so what could be better than all the pretty flowers that will eventually bloom? Our design this month is stitched on 18ct antique white linen with #5 Perle Cottons and Petite Very Velvet threads. We made you a chart 'bare' without all the backstitch... and then actually put my needlework in our color copier to make each kit a full-sized close-up for the backstitching placement. You don't even have to think... just follow the picture! Zip Zap!

Mona finished our flowers into a flat to hang by the organza ribbon topping. Our kits contain the chart, fabric, linen and threads. Mona's optional finishing kit is available separately, and it has the mounting boards, puffy, trims, green fabric and backing - as well as instructions for her cute finish! Another Zip-Zap! I procrastinated designing this... but I think the result is OK - whew!

You can subscribe to Secret Needle Nights each month - a teeny surprise in your mailbox every few weeks.
We are about to retire our annual pre-pay special... you can prepay Jan thru Nov of 2021 and get next December's FREE!

Stitching With The Housewives Bee Mine - click to see more Stitching With The Housewives presents Be My Valentine - click to see more Stitching With The Housewives March Truckin Along - click to see more
Bee Mine & Be My Valentine & Truckin Along for March from Stitching With The Housewives
Happy Valentine's Day from The Housewives!
Priscilla and Chelsea's February designs have arrived, with cheerful big pink roses everywhere!
  • Bee Mine - 3-1/2 x 7 - uses a white or cream background fabric that YOU dye that pretty blue color, and Be My Valentine - 5 x 5 - features black or a chalkboard/gunmetal fabric of your choosing. Follow their colorful finishing, or do something like a little block stand-up or wedge... all that fun stitching will be noticed either way!
  • The March Truckin Along continues a year-long set of chickens and that cute little farm truck. Each design has had a panel spelling the month. Those make fun little sill-sit-abouts, and they dress up a monthly bulletin board of family chores and fun things going on.

The 2021 Spring Bouquet Kits from Mill Hill - click for more
Presenting The 2021 Mill Hill Spring Button & Bead Kits from Mill Hill - click for more
Mill Hill's Spring 2021 Bead Kits!
OK... no time for Winter-Blues... Mill Hill always releases before the seasons so we have time to get all this finished to display! All are presented as complete kits - 14ct perforated paper - they use lots of different colors of that, DMC flosses, Mill Hill Beads and the necessary needles. The Larger Buttons & Beads line finishes 5 x 5-ish, while the smaller Spring Bouquet kits are the ornament size - 3 x 3-ish.

Can't wait to get them stitched - I bet the fish and the citrus pieces glisten with awesome bright colors. And.. we love that little pink elephant! All are ready to ship and really fun to stitch. We even have small beading needle threaders that fit those tiny beading needles in the kits.

2021 Collector's Heart from Heart in Hand - click for more
2021 Collector's Heart from Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand is releasing this year's Collector heart kit - and it's real cute!

The complete kit contains 32ct Faun hand-dyed linen from Picture This Plus, along with a smaller cut of 32ct Vintage Country Mocha for the bonus design included. The included hand-dyed flosses by Classic Colorworks will do both designs - there are 11 different shades on these. Look for the Good!

Cecelia is retiring all the rest of her previous Collector Heart kits. She's designed them for years, but fabrics come and go, and continually kitting over the years gets complicated! So.... 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 are in VERY LIMITED supply right now. We're OK with 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 for the time being. Any year not listed here is already sold out and retired. Clicking the link above will take you to a grouping of all of the Collector's Hearts.
To All a Good Night from Shepherd's Bush -- click to see lots more To All a Good Night
from Shepherd's Bush
Tina and Teri have a darling new pin cushion out... and now we have lots of time before next Christmas to get it stitched to enjoy! Stitched on 32ct Natural Linen, the cushion finishes 5 x 5. Santa - complete with billowing striped hat - is flying across the sky. There are reindeer and sheep on here... an ornament and candy cane garland, even little snowman wearing a striped sweater!

Very cute, the complete kit comes with the linen, hand-dyed flosses, a few button and bead embellishments, as well as bright green fabric for your backing treatment and the most gorgeous shade of pretty red hand-dyed chenille from Lady Dot Creates. It'll be fun to have and stitch!

CS292 Winter Gatherings from With Thy Needle -- click to see lots more CS293 Love Notes from With Thy Needle -- click to see lots more CS294 Say You Have from With Thy Needle -- click to see lots more
Winter Gatherings, Love Notes and Say You Have by Brenda Gervais
Brenda Gervais is releasing three new designs due in the shop the second week of January!
  • Winter Gatherings is the 2nd in her seasonal Gatherings series - she tells us the floss colors in this piece capture the feel and ambiance of a cold and wintery day. Stitched on 36ct Legacy Linen, it uses 647, 611, 355, 3776, Tarragon, Whitewash, Caper, Teal Frost and Mountain Mist. Autumn Gatherings is the first in this set... see it on our Auto-ship page. If you aren't into the basket portion of these... just capture that cute topping scene and make a small cushion!
  • Love Notes - This chart includes the charts for all 5 small pin cushions - Lovebirds, Hugs & Kisses, Cupid's Cup, Key to My Heart and Love Stamp. Worked on just about any fabric you like - a fat quarter of something will do all of these to match. Mix and match trims? Find a cute metal tray to display? They are stitched with regular DMC of 351, 352, 610, 732, 733, 758, 760, 817, 838, 3712, 3828 and 3865... and I bet you could get them finished in time for Valentine's Day!
  • Say You Have - This is a Cross-Stitcher's Confession! A play on words taken from *Keep Calm and Carry On.* The original poster was printed in 1939, and intended to raise the British people's morale in preparation for WWII. Brenda says the poster was rarely displayed in public and little was known about it until a copy was discovered in 2000 tucked within the pages of a book in a used bookshop... and as they say, the rest is history. She continues to explain that there was a crown above the wording on that poster from 1939, so she thought it would be fun to design this little 'Rippit Frog' guy, and give him that royal crown! So, her advice for 2021... The next time the Frog visits... no need to 'rippit' ... just fudge it and carry on! His little crown is silver metallic - Petite Treasure Braid PB04, check your stash, most any thin silver thread will be perfect to help carry on!

Santa Season from AB Designs - click for more Best Presents from AB Designs - click for more Best Presents and Santa Season from AB Designs
Amy Bruecken has two new designs - always cute and colorful. Both are presented as single card charts.
  • Best Presents is meant to be something you can stitch for your best buds. Change colors if you want, jazz up the fabric, mis-spell something if you want, add more snow-people if you want... she's always telling us to do 'whatever-with-whatever!'

  • Santa Season features her Polka-dot Santa wearing his striped stockings with matching hat. His snowman buddy is up there happy as can be. Choose any sort of sky-blue fabric - opalescent would be fun too - he finishes approx 4-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 32ct. Amy says the bottom area makes a cute ornament... just the box, or add the house and tree... or just do Santa, skip the legs and bottom star... lots of options here.

A Christmas Rose from Blackbird Designs - click for more
A Christmas Rose
from Blackbird Designs
#4 In their Christmas Series of samplers, it is stitched on Picture This Plus's 36ct Wren and uses Weeks threads of Dirt Road, Havana, Oscar, Parchment, Pelican Gray, Red Rocks, Sandcastle, and Tarragon.

It finishes a petite 6 x 8-ish... perfect to perch on a table or bookshelf. (I THINK the other three in this series have been Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Bringing Good Cheer.)

Rocking Horse Holiday from Artful Offerings - click for more Rocking Horse Holiday
from Artful Offerings
Harkening back to holidays-gone-by with a sweet rocking horse nestled in the holiday greens. Softly falling snow, adjustable bottle-brush trees, a lovely alphabet and numerals complete this festive miniature sampler.

Worked on Picture This Plus's 36ct Ale hand-dyed linen, you'll use a whopping 3 skeins of Gentle Art's Tarnished Gold and 2 skeins of Baby Spinach, and the piece will measure approx 8 x 15! Not so miniature, but very charming!

2020 Snow Joyful from Homespun Elegance -- click to see more 2020 Santa Love Stitchers Ornament from Homespun Elegance -- click to see more Santaville from Homespun Elegance -- click to see more
Homespun Elegance 2020 Releases: Snow Joyful, Santa Loves Stitchers and Santaville
A couple of cute designs have arrived in plenty of time for next Christmas! All are charts, with embellishments suggested, but not included.
Snow Joyful and Santa Loves Stitchers are two ornament-sized designs that finish about 3 x 4 on 30ct fabric. Mixtures of DMC and hand-dyed floss, the Santa features some different colors of Wisper thread - a very thin furry thread.

Santaville is cute! It measures about 3 x 15 on 18ct linen over two, and can be stitched with #5 Pearl cottons or flosses. Sandra suggests you to finish it into a drum or windowsill tuck... it is embellished with buttons on both ends... the tiny sheep are only 3 stitches high and the snowman is only 7!

Christmas Stamps from Madame Chantilly
Christmas Stamps
from Madame Chantilly
Madame Chantilly has a cute Advent Calender design made to resemble postage stamps. 25 Cute-as-can-be 27 x 35 little patches, each containing a Christmassy motif and daily number - kind of like the amount of postage on a stamp.

Coded for DMC - 11 shades - get out some of your hand-dyeds if you want, and add some charms or buttons if you want those too. Complete design area is 125 x 263 which finishes approx 8 x 16 on 32ct. Individually the stamps could be cute ornaments or pin cushions - bitty 2 x 2's!

Santa's Flight by Satsuma Street - click for more Sky-High Santa by Satsuma Street - click for more Sky-High Santa and Santa's Flight from Satsuma Street
Satsuma Street's Jodi Rice has sent two new Santa patterns both featuring hot air balloons - which is one of Santa's Sleigh alternatives!
  • Sky High Santa is glorious in his delightful balloon! Worked on a deep blue fabric - choose your count - it is coded for regular DMC floss, and will finish approx 11 x 17 on 14/28ct. Gorgeous, bright colors.... throw on some beads or add some metallics if you feel like it! (Our Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braids come in about 100 colors so there are lots of possibilities!) The chart is huge, and printed in color, the leaflet includes complete stocking finishing instructions as well.
  • Santa's Flight features Santa in a pastel-colored balloon high over the sleeping village. He finishes about 6 x 11 on 14/28 - a little smaller than the Sky High Santa - but he'd make a nice stocking companion anyway. This pattern has a few silver glass seed beads called for, and some silver and gold metallic... just absolutely charming! Use the finishing instructions supplied in Sky High, use the beaded idea from this one for that one, and you can have a matching pair of hot-air balloon stockings!

Cozy into Winter from Jeannette Douglas

The 4 Seasons of Florals
from Jeannette Douglas
Our set of 4 cushions is all finished - all 4 designs are here. Jeannette Douglas has designed 4 charming floral pin cushions - each full of seasonal foliage in a sweet little basket. Cozy into Winter is the final one in the set. If you were a member of our Little Help From Our Friends Stitching Circle this year... you should remember this as our first design last January. (So you already have it.)

The other three - Soar into Summer, Jump Into Spring and Fall into Autumn are the companions. Finishing about 3 x 4, each features several bands of special stitches along the bottom rows. Very pretty, a classy set of cushions - those specialty stitches really add a punch!

Martha's Stocking from Shepherd's Bush -- click to see lots more

Martha's Stocking from Shepherd's Bush
This Year's Stocking is on the way!

Same format as the other 27 in the set... she's darling, and will make someone special VERY happy when Santa fills her stocking!

The A-Frame Lodge Globe by Bent Creek -- click to see more The A-Frame Lodge Globe
from Bent Creek
Bent Creek's annual snow globe design is HERE! Don't know if you collect these or not, but this is about number 20 in this delightful set of glass globes - all full of something Christmassy or Wintery. Always stitched on 18ct natural Linen over two using #5 Pearl Cottons, they stitch up in just a couple of hours and make fun little block stand-ups for a windowsill.

All the previous designs are available on our Bent Creek kit page... so take a peek. Complete kit includes the chart, fabric, pearls, needle and a few glass beads for those floating snowflakes!

Merry Christmas from Bent Creek - click for more NOEL from Bent Creek - click for more Retro-Re-Prints: NOEL & Merry Christmas from Bent Creek
Oh, we had shop models of these back in the 'olden days!'
  • NOEL is the classic BC cabin in the snow scene... we had this stitched on 10ct Natural Betsy Ross Linen with specialty threads - and Mona had made it into a half-circle box stand-up! Measures 87 x 76 in stitch count... add some flake embellishments between the letters, some opalescent for the snow, there are already pretty hand-dyeds used for the trees and cabin. Coded for DMC and Weeks threads, the original published date for this was 2000!
  • Merry Christmas - Just a cute tree, this is coded for both Weeks and DMC, and measures 76 x 111. This one was originally published in 1995! How many things in your house can still look good 25 years later (besides you?) Still really cute, they did some larger X's and Rice stitches in the tree greenery for texture - you'll see when you get the chart.

XS260 Jesus is the Reason from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more XS261 Star Santa Ornament from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more XS262 Dec 25 Star Ornament from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more
New Stars from Teresa Kogut
Three new charts are coming our way this week... each finishes about 4 inches on 30 or 32ct fabric. Not many other details yet, just cute little cushions and ornaments!
Vonna Pfieffer is releasing a video finishing tutorial on these today, too!

Let Freedom Ring from Lila's Studio
Let Freedom Ring from Lila's Studio
This is a beautiful piece that will finish an impressive 15 x 19 on 32ct. Released in 2017... we've had it, but I didn't pay attention to it until recently. Just lovely, Independence Hall is so pretty with the trees in the background. All the windows, the arches, the hand-dyed threads making the bricks look real... the billowing flag and cracked Liberty Bell... this piece makes quite a statement!

25 Shades of DMC along with 6 hand-dyeds... the building is Classic Colorworks Calico Kitty, and the trees are Endive, both of which require 4 skeins of thread. Lila has done an excellent job with the chart - it's huge, full of contrast and has symbols next to each other that are EASY to tell apart. Just whip this right up - it'd look great in the Family room or an office!

Sunflowers & Crows Pin Cushion and Sunflowers & Crows Beaded Fob from Fern Ridge - click to see more Sunflowers and Crows from Fern Ridge Collections
Seems like we're just getting past the sunflower and crow season... so technically you have a year to get ready for them again with these! Fern Ridge's matching beaded scissor fob and pin cushion set is FULL of lip-puckering late fall color. The linen for the 3-1/2 x 5 cushion is 28ct Riviera Olive - a strong olive green, and the flosses are bright golden yellow, deep burgundy, along with crisp green and cinnamon. The complete kit contains that fabric and thread, along with the Chianti Lady Dot Ball edging trim, the hand-dyed silk ribbon to hold a pair of your scissors, coordinating batik backing fabric, the JABCO clay sunflower button and 4 burgundy corner buttons, and the little glass black crow pin by The Glasshopper.

The matching Peyote Stitched beaded fob is stunning! Those beads and crystals in the fringed decoration really pick up the light... I can't stop playing with all that beaded fringe! This kit comes with everything you need to make that piece - which should take you 4 to 6 hours to complete.
Candy Claus Kit by Satsuma Street - click for more Partridge & Pear Kit by Satsuma Street - click for more Snow Buddy Kit by Satsuma Street - click for more Deer Santa Kit by Satsuma Street - click for more
Colorful Paper Ornaments from Satsuma Street
New this first week of December, Jodi Rice has 4 new designs to grace your Christmas Tree! Each is stitched with DMC floss and garnished with old fashioned sequins. Bright, fun colors, they are presented as complete kits of the 14ct perforated paper, the threads and sequins, with a few glass beads tossed in for glitz. They finish about 3-1/2 inches high... and need a home by Christmas!

Satsuma has an entire set of The Nutcracker Ballet ornaments, as well as almost 15 scary Halloween ornament designs - they are all pictured on our Satsuma Street page - click the pic to see them all.

Time for our Secret Needle Night Pre-pay Special for 2021!

Once a year, we put our little kits on special - pre-pay for next year's subscription of 11 kits, and get next December's kit FREE! 12 For the price of 11! Mona's finishing kits count, too... so if you'd like those, too... let us know! (Only 6 months at a time charged at a time for that option... see our SNN page.)

Our Secret Needle Night kits are small designs that we stitch on 18ct linen using specialty threads and embellishments here and there. We keep them seasonal or holiday in theme, always around 5 x 5-ish in design size - always kitted with everything you need.
Magic By Mona offers an optional Finishing Kit - uses the same things we made our model with - so yours will turn out like ours. Pre-tied bows, twisted cord, cardboard mounting pieces, and pretty backing fabrics included!
Click through to our SNN page for more details!

Something Blue from Rosewood Manor - click for more Red Rhapsody from Rosewood Manor - click for more
Something Blue & Red Rhapsody from Rosewood Manor
Hope you're into alphabets these days, as Rosewood Manor has two new releases of just that!
  • Something Blue is very pretty - very lacy with the darker background fabric and lighter thread. It measures 288 x 177 - 20 x 12 on 28ct. Karen has used Picture This Plus Alchemy hand0dyed fabric - you'll need to choose your background color before thread color, and then she's used a whopping 15 skeins of Weeks Dye Works Parchment to stitch this on the 28ct! (Boy, remember in the olden days of cross stitch when it seemed like a skein of DMC lasted forever?)
  • Red Rhapsody measures 188 x 213 - 12 x 13-ish on 32ct. Stitched with DMC 816 on the cover, you can choose any color you want, any fabric you want, stitch this whole thing, or just pieces and parts. Like Something Blue, it's really a study of colors... and kind of a treat to stitch something with just one color and not have to mess with watching the symbols!

Geppetto's from Little House Needleworks - click to see more

Geppetto's from Little House Needleworks
*In the land of toys, every day except Sunday is Saturday.* Here is where Pinocchio came from! Little House Needleworks has released this fun piece that finishes approx 12-1/2 x 14-1/2 on 30ct, or 10 x 12 on 36.

Stitched with Classic Colorworks or DMC floss, what a cute Wintery decoration. The verse comes from the original story book, we just love it all! You'll need multiple skeins (20 total) of the hand-dyed flosses, so get it all at once so dye lots match.

Santa's Trips from Barbara-Ana Designs - click to see more
Santa's Trips
from Barbara Ana
This is cute... you have to look at the tiny scenes a little! The pretty border of plump berries surrounds 9 smaller ornament-sized pieces - the WHOLE THING finishes only 9-1/2 inches square on 32ct.

Each of the small scenes measures 39 x 39 stitches and features Santa delivering gifts on a reindeer, rabbit, cat, pig and even in his sleigh. All the sleepy city buildings are below... and one panel even offers a KEY because there aren't enough chimneys! A very attractive piece, it is coded for just 11 shades of regular DMC floss. Wouldn't it look great as small cushions all nestled in a wooden bowl?

Moo-dolf from Petal Pusher - click to see more Heavenly Hog Chart from Petal Pusher - click to see more Oh Chickmas Tree from Petal Pusher - click to see more Frosty the Snow Ram from Petal Pusher - click to see more Whinny the Elf from Petal Pusher - click to see more
The Holiday Hoedown from Petal Pusher - click to see more The Holiday Hoedown from Petal Pusher
Remember Halloween Hoedown, our little set of barnyard animals all dressed up for Trick or Treat? Petal Pusher's Barbie Tingley has released her Barnyard Party for Christmas - here they are! Moo-dolf is a cow, Heavenly Hog is an angel-pig! The tree in the center has a little chicken there... it's O Chickmas Tree. Frosty the Snow Ram is the sheep that comes next, and finally Whinny the Elf is the little horse.

Each animal is available separately to stitch as individual ornaments - they measure about 4 x 5 with all the background and picket fence borders, but smaller just by themselves. You can join the barnyard together into the main hoedown piece - it finishes about 5 x 16. The Holiday Hoedown border is presented across the 5 charts. Coded for DMC, they are just darling!

Gnome for Christmas from Peacock and Fig - click to see more
Gnome for Christmas
from Shannon Christine Designs
Here's a quick little design that finishes only 6 x 6-ish on 32ct... full of cute Christmas gnomes. Actually, that smallest one is only 30 stitches high, so he makes a perfect ornament just by himself.

Charted for just a few DMC colors, nothing involved... the shades are easy to change so you can stitch them in grays and greens too. Just cute and quick.

The Autumn 2020 Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine - click to see more
The Winter/Christmas Mega Issue of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine is HERE!
118 Pages of glorious pictures, charts, drawings, patterns, and instructions - you get 31 Holiday projects in here! Stitching with The housewives has a fun Christmas igloo barn... Heart in Hand has an elegant cardinal nestled between the birch trees... Teresa Kogut has a cute reindeer and snowman piece... everything is presented beautifully.

Did you know how to *age* garland trim? You get a whole page of blow-by-blow pictoral instructions on how to do that! REALLY a treat to page through - the paper is THICK and GLOSSY (and it even smells heavenly!) Love every minute of paging through these because you get so many ideas, and such a visual overload - like Disneyland for stitchers!

Look What's Coming from Brenda Keyes of The Sampler Company! Due in the shop November 20-ish!
And All the Blackbirds Singing by Brenda Keyes -- click to see a larger view! The Ultimate Sampler Motifs Source Book by Brenda Keyes -- click to see a larger view!
  • The Ultimate Sampler Motifs Source Book - Brenda Keyes is reprinting her wonderful multi-page book that is CRAMMED FULL of alphabets and different motifs that appear in antique samplers! Out of print for several years, it is just an awesome book, and we are thrilled to be able to have it again. A MUST for your library... you can tell by the cover what treats await inside!

  • And All the Blackbirds Singing - A new sampler - this one features a charming village scene - I think that's a little park/garden beside the houses! Pretty border, neat willow tree... we won't know more about it till it's in our hot little stitching hands!
Sweater Weather from Plum Street Samplers George Decorates for Martha from Plum Street Samplers Raccoon Rabble from Plum Street Samplers Rest A Wile from Plum Street Samplers
New Arrivals from Plum Street Samplers.
Paulette excels at her Autumn-y colors and whimsey this time of year... and we have 6 new releases to prove it!
  • Sweater Weather - Even the little doggies need sweaters this time of year! Blowing leaves, fat crows, hooty owls and a skinny turkey who is hoping to skip Thanksgiving Dinner... everyone is here amidst those swirling leaves. Stitch count is 159 x 71, so they finish about 4 x 9 on 36ct. Coded for DMC and Classic hand-dyed flosses - think about one of the dogs with his buddy on his back, or that glorious central pimpkin... all of this is cute!
  • George Decorates for Martha - Paulette says this depicts George performing his Honey-Do List while Martha tends to the free birds. 178 x 99 - It finishes about 10 x 5. Another one to divide up in case you don't have time to stitch it all... the cool stack of pumpkins, the eagle and flag, all the repeating leaves in the background add a lot of visual charm to this!
  • Raccoon Rabble - Another STACK design, I think this is my favorite so far! The peeking-from-the-pumpkin one is darling... he's hiding in there, and probably not supposed to be there at all. The sly one above on the branch is looking like he's ready to poke the other one - his sibling - (just to get a rise out of him) - but Mom is looking on... and the baby is just up there because he's timid! Great colors, the corn makes a charming border! 3 x 5-ish.
  • Rest A Wile - This is charming! That sly little fox has his eyes closed - like he's sleeping - and that huge, glorious tail is stationary - just waiting to billow and scare the crow out of his berry snack! I LOVE love the busy background of all the vines, acorns, flowers and see the moon? Measures about 9 x 6, this is another one that could break up beautifully into some smaller pin cushions - interrupt the background, and make a set of three!

Jim Shore JS2011-2013 Snowman Set - click for more Jim Shore JS2014-2016 Santa Set - click for more
The 2020 Santas and Snowmen from Jim Shore
Wow! You cleaned us out already! These are already re-ordered and anticipated re-arrival is dec 10.
What a delightful collection of paper ornaments these are! Designed by Jim Shore, each is presented as a complete kit of 14ct perforated paper with all the necessary DMC flosses and a few Mill Hill glass beads tossed in for sparkle. They finish about 3-1/2 to 4 inches high.

Really no finishing required... we put sticky felt on the backs of ours... then cut them out with cheap scissors (cause the felt is a sticky mess on the blades), and that's it. You could attach a little paper easel on the backs to make them stand-up if you like. Quite a collection of these Santas, snowmen, angels and penquins so far from Jim Shore by Mill Hill!

Best Time of the Year! from With Thy Needle -- click to see lots more Best Time of the Year! from With Thy Needle & thread
Here's a little something coming from With Thy Needle's Brenda Gervais... Snow, Snowmen and Santa! Have a Holly Jolly Christmas is coming as a chart, with an optional packet of 7 tiny white flake buttons from Just Another Button Company! (price on that is coming... but shouldn't be too expensive.)

JOLLY is stitched on (your choice of material) 40ct in the pic, and finishes almost 7 x 3-1/2. Grab your DMCs and a few hand-dyeds of Whitewash, Oilcloth, Louisana Hot Sauce and Black Coffee - to get ready for *the Best Time of the Year!

Blackbird's Winds of Autumn - click for more
Winds of Autumn
from Blackbird Designs
Due in the Shop right after Thanksgiving! Barb and Alma are printing a new book containing 12 projects. 4 Are retired, and 8 are new. The retired - and now in this book are: Spell of the Moon, Bittersweet September, Patchwork Pumpkin and Waiting for the Harvest.

The rest of the 30-ish pages are full of gorgeous photos and pretty samplers and cushions - you can see a few of the new on the cover pic! That's all the info we get until our books arrive right after Thanksgiving! Reserve yours now, to get it right away!
Pocket Round Holiday Home from Heart in Hand - click for more Oh By Gosh from Heart in Hand - click for more Dazzlin Deer from Heart in Hand - click for more
Holiday Home, Oh By Gosh & Dazzlin Deer from Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand has sent three new releases for Christmas... all small in stitching size, and all small in chart format.
  • Pocket Round Holiday Home fits on top of Cecelia's Heartware Bowls, or inside her Heartware Tray dish. Fairly simple in design... you could even finish it flat and hang it over the family key rack for a few weeks! On 32ct, it's just 2 x 2.
  • Oh By Gosh finishes into a 2 x 4 ornament stitched on 36ct linen. Make it a 2 x 2 by stitching the dates and words on the backside if you want! I love the little bulb.
  • Dazzlin Deer is a re-do of a previously released kit from 1998! Sold out since then, cecelia re-did her colors a little, and now here he is with a new embellishment - in a small card format. A little less yellow and plaid!

Cold Noses from Lizzie Kate and The Silver Needle Cold Noses from Lizzie Kate and The Silver Needle Presenting Cold Noses by Lizzie Kate!
It's time to enjoy our previously-unreleased exclusive design Cold Noses by Lizzie Kate!
Stitch a row of cute penguins with their snowman buddy. Everyone is ready for a snowstorm - complete with warm neck scarves and shovels in hand!
This is the ORIGINAL design Linda used in her final appearance at The Silver Needle's 2018 Summer Stitching Event. Our chart includes all the original button embellishments to stitch the main trio pic of penquins and snowman AS WELL AS the Casual Friday and Prom Penguins (he is the one wearing the tux!) - both bonus charts that are included in our pack!

Darling, darling... ours is presented on the featured 32ct Crystal Mint linen by Picture This Plus... we have that available separately as well. (Crystal Linen is not longer made... so the fabric will not always be available going forward... so if you think you want it... get it NOW. The cut is large enough to stitch all the designs.) Our packs include the nose and snowflake buttons to stitch each chart, as well as a smattering of glisteny seed beads for the background snow. The design is coded for Weeks hand-dyed flosses and a smattering of DMC. Just a special November treat to help you celebrate the upcoming snowy season!

One Nation Under God - Liberty from Twin Peak Primitives - click to see more

One Nation Under God - Liberty
from Twin Peak Primitives
This is quite the piece by Twin Peaks (all the way from The Netherlands!) Stitched on 36ct (329 x 310), it'll finish approx 18 x 18 - you won't lose THIS on the wall! The pattern refers to Rustico Aida, but also Picture This Plus's Wren color... so those should give you an idea of fabric choices.

It is coded for DMC or Weeks hand-dyed flosses - 18 different shades. It's really very pretty, and I especially like the big floral pots up by the words. (Do one of those if you haven't got time to stitch this whole thing!) And we love those billowing flags too!

A Banner Year Ghosties & Gourds from Hands On Design - click to see more A Banner Year! Snow Much Fun!
from Hands On Design
The second Banner Year design arrives before most of us have enjoyed our first snowfall! Skiing, Skating and Sledding, these are worked on 32ct Antique White Belfast Linen with either DMC or hand-dyeds, and feature Lady Dot's new 'Flakey' shade of Rik Rak trim.

The color & Cotton hand-dyed flosses come in a special assortment packet - and will be the same colors used from previous designs.

Lets Talk Winter from Hands On Design - click to see more
Chalk-Talk - Lets Talk Winter!
from Hands On Design
The second in this set of seasons, all sorts of good words in here... pull out small areas and finish them differently - such as the little hoop or mini-pillow.

Lots of fabric choices in the gunmetal/chalkboard color range... we have something for everyone!

Blackbird's Early Christmas Morning - click for more
Early Christmas Morning
from Blackbird Designs
Blackbird has released a darling round mattress pin cushion! Stitched on 36ct hand-dyed, it measures approx 5-1/2 inches in diameter. The stitched band wrapping all around wishes Merry Christmas and is just 1-1/2 inches high.

Stitched with a medley of hand-dyed flosses, the entire little round mattress will finish approx 6 inches round by about 2 inches high! Just beautiful... You CAN get this done in time for Christmas!

Home for the Holidays from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more
Country Cottage's Home for the Holidays
Here's a little 6-1/2 inch quick-stitch for the Holidays. Worked on 32ct Water Lily linen, which has a lovely mossy green tint to it, you can make individual ornaments out of the houses... or even make a two-sided cushion with the row of houses on the front and the words on the back.

Teeny gingerbread people (only 9 x 13 in stitch count!), and peppermint words, the chart is coded for DMC and/or Classic Colorworks. Stitch the family name in the band of snow along the bottom!

January Sampler of the Month from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more
Country Cottage's Sampler of the Month
Country Cottage has begun the 12 months wit skinny band samplers - January is the first, of course, and is here. They will all be the same size - 45 x 125 - so petite 3 x 8's on 16 Aida/32ct Linen.

Snowmen and greenery above and below the house, all is coded for DMC or Classic Coloroworks hand-dyed floss.

Presented in her small chart format, we'll offer a monthly shipment on these if you'd like to collect them all - the set should finish in November of 2021.
Holiday Home Berries from Erica Michaels - click for more Hearthside Christmas from Erica Michaels - click for more Reindeer Games from Erica Michaels - click for more
A trio of new Arrivals from Erica Michaels
  • Holiday Home Berries - What a cute pair of stitched cushions that you could actually hang on your Christmas Tree! Worked on 32ct Polka Dot Belfast Linen, one says Home for the Holidays and the other features that little gingerbread house. Each is topped with Weeks Dye Works felted wool decoration... and garnished with a set of JABCO hand-made clay pins. Bright and colorful, they are charming! You'll need Snow Cream, Candy Apple, Meadow and Collards wool schnigglets - a set of those will top half a dozen berries!
  • Hearthside Christmas - A simple welcoming sampler to stitch - it won't take a lifetime to complete - even though it's 10 x 12 on 36ct. The smaller pin cushion design is a take-out from the larger - it reads Friends for you fireside, good times, good cheer.
  • Reindeer Games - This one is kind of fun, especially if you are a 'crossword puzzle' family! What I LOVE, though, about the pattern are the two smaller projects pictured on the cover - a tiny reindeer berry and and the little drum stand-up. Just really fun decorations to perch around during the holidays!

Gingerbread Houses from Les Petites Croix De Lucie - click for more An Advent Calendar of Motifs from Les Petites Croix De Lucie - click for more
An Advent Calendar of Motifs and Gingerbread Houses from Les Petites Croix de Lucie
  • You'll need to get a little creative in planning out an Advent Calendar to take advantage of these super-cute little Holiday motifs! I'd choose Gingerbread colored fabric by Picture This Plus... I'm not sure if I'd make these on the fronts of tiny treat pockets or what, but all the designs are around 20 x 20 or 25 each - nice petite little pieces, coded for DMC. Some would be cute ornaments as well.

  • The Gingerbread Houses are shown on a gray background. Each measures about 50 stitches high, and vary in width. Coded for DMC, you could add metallics, opalescents and beads all over on these! Think about a gingerbread village of individual stand-up blocks too!

Presenting our 6th *A Little Help From our Friends Stitching Circle*
Running March 2021 through December, 2021

We are excited to open up our next year of A Little Help From Our Friends Stitching Circle!
Registration is open for just the next few weeks till we are sold out!
Cross stitch from Hands On Designs Samplers Not Forgotten Erica Michaels Designs
Scarlett House Satsuma Heart in Hand
*A Little Help From our Friends Stitching Circle*
Our six featured designers will be making exclusive projects for us... pin-cushion sized or larger.. all through this next year. Your Circle Subscription will include all six kits, along with the *Special Treats* we include with them. Target pricing is between $38 and $50 each time one ships.

Our first Designer will debut - hopefully! - mid March of 2021 and continue every other month till all 6 are presented! We can't wait for 2021! Click through to our Exclusives page to enroll!

Teresa Kogut Presenting our 2021 Annual Summer Stitching Event!
We Welcome Teresa Kogut and The Blue Flower
July 15, 16 and 17th, 2021
Cross Stitch from The Blue Flower -  click for more

This is our big, luscious affair we hold every year! 2-1/2 Days of classes by our guest designers and two additional days of stitching lounges.
Both Teresa Kogut and Blue Flowers' Jeannine McGowan will present lovely class-exclusive projects to us.
You will get all the projects from both ladies - both days - during the weekend.
Registration is open now... we have lots of info linked from our Events Page!

Infant Book #1 from Susanamm - click for more Happy from Susanamm - click for more The Skull from Susanamm - click for more
Cute Variety by Susanamm Cross Stitch!
All of her designs are funky... and generally heavy on the stitch count. They are big, lots of solid worked areas, and they'll use tons of your DMC! Sometimes the charts are intense because they are so much solid stitching... but a lot of needleworkers really like that!
  • Infant Book #1 - This is a set of colorful motifs to arrange however you want. The animals along the top row are larger - 100 x 75-ish in stitch count - so they would make darling single pillows or bedroom door signs - something like that. The little birds and mushrooms are 40 and 60 in count... just cute and fun.
  • Happy is just that! Focus on the chickens - not the blue background - you can stitch these on any color fabric you want! They are 161 x 172.
  • The Skull - Oh my gosh, I think this is so cute! But, but, I think I would skip the pumpkin because the chart makes my head spin! (It's solid and about 80 x 80 stitches of 349, 606, 646, 720, 817 and 922 - it's a whopper!) The skeleton is so darn cute, and the whole thing uses only 9 shades of DMC... just super fun... so get out that floss!

Two Skinny Dogs: Martha Moulder 1859 from Shakespeare's Peddler - click to see more
Two Skinny Dogs: Martha Moulder 1859
from Shakespeare's Peddler
Teresa has a new sampler... it DOES have skinny dogs in it... and kind of a skinny house too! Stitch it on coffee or tea-stained, it uses Weeks and DMC flosses in it's 263 x 197 stitch count.

The central evergreens are so regular and pretty, the birds on either side are striped real funny - I'm sure Teresa has a story behind those! Juniper, Molasses, Sanguine, Pea Coat, Light Khaki, #3045, Tarragon and Pebble!
Celebrate Punch Needle Book from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Oh My Bird from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Old Friend from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more All The Things from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more
Just SOME of our 8 New Arrivals Due Any Day by Teresa Kogut
  • Celebrate Punch Needle Book This is Teresa's promised HUGE punch needle book - presented just like her 15th Anniversary Cross Stitch book - it has 15 punch needle designs in it. No pics of the inside yet, but at $16 it's a steal for all you get!
  • Oh My Bird is presented on Graham Cracker Linen - so choose a pretty golden brown you like to highlight your colors! DMCs and hand-dyeds, it finishes about 8 x 12 on 32ct.
  • Old Friend - Isn't this little guy the cutest? The background of this is not stitched - so that is the linen color. Dark is harder to see, so maybe think about filling it in if you work on a lighter shade. He finishes just 5 x 6 on 32ct - so really, there's not much background to do if you go that route.
  • All The Things - This is a cool piece... do it all, or just the center Santa section... or make ornaments and cushions out of the border motifs! Stitched on Picture This Plus's Gingerbread, we have that color in several counts. Big, it finishes 8 x 10 on 32ct! DMCs and handyeds.

The 2020 Mill Hill Beaded Holiday Snowflakes - click for more
The 2020 Holiday Snowflakes from Mill Hill
Here are 6 new small snowflakes to stitch for your Christmas Tree! Worked on silver and gold perforated paper, the colors this year are all that silver, gold, and opalescent with touches of icy aqua tossed in.

They're using bugle, seed and petite beads in these for a little variety in the design. Complete kits contain the chart, paper, threads and beads.

Christmas Square Dance part 1 from Heart in Hand - click for more Christmas Square Dance part 2 from Heart in Hand - click for more Christmas Square Dance #3 from Heart in Hand - click for more Christmas Square Dance #4 from Heart in Hand - click for more
Christmas Square Dance - The Whole Set! from Heart in Hand
All four parts are now here for Heart in Hand's delightful Christmas Ornament series - Christmas Square Dance. Presented in 4 separate charts of three designs each, with a few button embellishments in each, this has been a really nice set of 3 x 3 designs because each features a 'feeling of the season' along with really cute and DIFFERENT seasonal motifs.
  • #4 - MAGIC has the Nutcracker Ballet featured, FROLIC has Santa's sleigh - only 13 stitches high!, and WONDER - A tiny nativity!
  • #3 - COZY has tiny knitted mittens, hats and scarves, JOLLY has 5 little elves in it along with Santa, and TOYS features a train, jack-in-a-box, rocking horse drum and skate - ALL in that 3 x 3 area!
  • #2 - JOY - Angels, MERRY - the tree on top of the car coming home from the tree farm, and WISH - all those waiting stockings!
  • #1 - HOME - All the snow-covered neighborhood houses Santa will be visiting, SWEETS - a gingerbread house, candy canes, lollypops and plum pudding, I think there is even a mouse on here! and WRAP - all the pretty presents!
Really a cute set of designs, make pin cushions, individual ornaments or join all together to make a gigantic presentation. Cecelia has a little freebie chart on her website that says *Home for the Holidays* and it features just 3 openings - just a little shorter version!

Wee Santa 2020 Wee One Card from Heart in Hand - click for more
2020 Annual Wee Santa
from Heart in Hand
The jolly 'ol guy is here, dressed in knitted leggings and a gray sweatshirt! He's taking his bitty snowman friend out for a walk... both of them have candy canes to help with the walking and enough to eat too!

Stitched on 32ct Doubloon Linen by Picture This Plus, this calls for either DMC or hand-dyeds. The small chart comes with a trio of tiny brass star charms to dot the sky.

4-Inch Wooden Ruler Thread Organizer -- click here to see more!
Fun Ouija Thread Organizers!
Something cute for your stitching threads... use this 3-3/4 x almost 6-inch mini 'gameboard' to hold your project threads.

The coordinating needle minder - the planchette - is what we used to move around the board to tell our future and fortune! It features two magnets so you can attach it to fabric if you need to.

Just a fun blast from the past! Want to know more about the history of Ouija Boards?

Fantasy Biscornus Koala from Tiny Modernist - click to see more Fantasy Biscornus Skunk from Tiny Modernist - click to see more Fantasy Biscornus Fox from Tiny Modernist - click to see more Fantasy Biscornus Gnome from Tiny Modernist - click to see more
Another new Animal Biscornu
from The Tiny Modernist
This darling little Koala arrived this week... he joins Tiny Modernist's set of whimsical pin cushions - most of which are unusual animals we don't get to stitch much! You can make JUST one of the small corner motifs for an ornament or a fob, or just one side of the two-sided cushons - whatever you have time for.

The whole set so far is pictured on our Tiny modernist page... cute as can be! Each is offered in a single small card chart format, so you can pick and choose favorites.

Gingham on the Go Project Bags -  click for more
Gingham on the Go Project Bags
Hey, these are kind of fun! A set if three nylon/plastic woven mesh pouches; each is gusseted and features a top zipper closure. They're even 14ct - so you can STITCH ON THEM!

The smallest one is 8 x 10 x 2-1/2, medium one is 10-1/2 x 13 x 3-1/2, and the largest is 13 x 15-1/2 x 4. They're soft and lightweight, you can see through them, and they're cute - especially if you over-achieve and add some cute personalization stitching to them.

Gingher Evelyn 8-inch Shears and 4-inch Embroidery Scissors
The 2020 Annual Designer Series Gingher Shears and Scissors

This year's limited edition Gingher 8-inch Shears and 4-inch Embroidery Scissors have arrived! Always a pretty floral design enameled on the handles, this year they are named *Evelyn* and feature florals in the DMC color family of 349 to 352.

Very bright and cheerful, they are substantial in weight, super razor-sharp. and well balanced - everything you love about your Ginghers!

Presented with a plastic protective sheath for the shears or a smaller leather sheath for the 4-inch size.

Halloween Parade from The Blue Flower -  click for more Acorns from The Blue Flower -  click for more
Acorns & Halloween Parade from The Blue Flower
Blue Flower's September Releases!
  • Acorns - Measures 137 x 141, so finishes approx 8 x 8 on 36ct... this features little scurrying squirrels all keeping track of their plentiful acorns! Bright Leaf, Pamlico, Molasses, Juniper, Grasshopper, Sweet Potato, Bee's Knees, St Bernard, Pebble beach, Tea and Biscuits, and Trail Dust make up the delicious autumnal color palette. *The creation of a thousand forests is in a single acorn.*
  • Halloween Parade - *Strange things are seen on Halloween!* Enjoy this scene of all our pets our trick-or-treating! Jeannine says they'd get bones and fish instead of candy, but they'd still dress up! There's a tomato-puppy in here... a bee, a lion, an angel, a dinosaur, a turkey... and of course the big dog with the skeleton outfit on! This measures 183 x 120 - 10 x 7 on 36ct, and the whole thing is stitched with good old regular DMC floss!

Bouquet Ovale from The Tralala Collection -- click to see more Souris Couture from The Tralala Collection -- click to see more Cute Designs from TraLaLa
  • Souris Couture - What a cute little stitching mouse! She's holding her threaded needle, perched atop that spool of thread... all the rest are growing flowers! The tomato pin cushion is super cute on there, too. The whole thing measures 110 x 79 - so not big at all - only 5 x 7 on 32ct. If you do the mouse individually, she's only 45 x 25, and that tomato is just a little over 2 inches square! DARLING pin cushions to stitch individually, and then gather together in a bowl!
  • Bouquet Ovale - This is the third glowing bouquet design we have by Tra la la - you can see the other two that coordinate with it on our inside pages. (Jolies Fleurs and Joli Bouquet) All three of them are so pretty... each is just a little different, but they do go together! Soft Gentle Art hand-dyed flosses of Forest Glade, Garden Gate, Soot, Raspberry Frost, Aged Pewter, Grasshopper, Old Purple Paint, Old Red Paint and Caramel Corn, the overall stitch count is 115 x 69 - or a petite and pretty 7 x 4 on 32ct!

Patchwork de la Plage from Jardin Prive - click for more Sampler aux Fleurs from Jardin Prive - click for more Sampler aux Fleurs and Patchwork de la Plage
from Jardin Prive
We have a pair of new arrivals by Jardin Prive that look like they'd be fun to stitch. Presented as charts, they are both coded for DMC floss.
  • Sampler aux Fleurs measures 254 x 190, and finishes 11 x 14 on 18/36ct fabric. You can stitch it in one color of hand-dyed (cat sampler is stitched that way on her page) if you want - or the 8 DMC's - 152, 223, 733, 931, 932, 3011, 3781 and 3790. Not all the letters are in all the alphabets on here - to save space and to mimic antique samplers! You could have fun with your family - make 'em figure out what's missing - or you could change some of the ABC letter order and stitch words or names instead.
  • Patchwork de la Plage is another patchwork design - we have cats, dogs and Halloween already on her pages - this is another cute design theme. Tiny one-inch squares, they build together to make a charming sampler. Do a bunch of individual squares and make bitty fobs or whatever, stitch 3 or 4 together to make pin cushions - you could make at least a dozen different combinations with this and make a whole bowl of cute smalls! So darn cute, it's coded for DMC's of 310, 321, 437, 597, 733, 783, 839, 922, 3809, 3810 and 3865.

The 2020 STICKS are here from Mill Hill - click for more
New Advice for 2020 from Sticks and Mill Hill!
'Be the person your dog thinks you are.' 'Leave only footprints.' 'Happy Halloween' and 'Wish on a star.' Mill Hill has 4 new designs by the artist Sticks that have been converted to cross stitch.

Presented as complete kits of 14ct perforated paper, all the necessary DMC floss and a few Mill Hill glass beads for a little sparkle, these finish a generous 7 inches square. They do have kind of a lot of stitching on them, but WOW - the color impact is fantastic! Great artwork, cheerful designs and colors... we have 20+ designs in this collection so far, and several stitched shop models too!

Might Mighty Bright Rechargeable Floor Lamp - click for more Might Mighty Bright Rechargeable Floor Lamp - click for more How's Your Stitching Lamp These Days?
Been burning the midnight bulbs... but need a little more UUMPH?
The Mighty Bright Rechargeable Floor Lamp

We have a new magnifying lamp... rechargeable... LED... three light levels... totally adjustable head... covered gooseneck arm! It features 2X magnification with a 5X spot lens inside the main lens. Very sleek design, the whole thing weighs 14 lbs... the cord goes up through the stick, so there is no exposed cord if you don't want one! The battery will run the lamp on high for 2-ish hours and up to 7 hours on the low setting. There is also a AC power adapter included so you CAN plug it in.

The lights adjust from warm white (closer to incandescent) to bright white (daylight balanced). It's a nice lamp. Bulbs are covered, nothing funny sticking out anywhere - very clean and sleek. We'd ordered them before everything shut down in February - sold them, and couldn't get more right away... but they are here now, and we are thrilled! Might be time for a new light in your stitching area!!!

#251 Hugs & Kisses Dish Towel Kit from Bareroots - click to see more A cute New Dishtowel Design
from Bareroots... Because I Said So!
Barri has a new design in her fun set of embroidered dish towels... this one sports 'The Absolute Truth! *Because I said so, Mom.* All of these 100% cotton towels come with the line design drawings (ready to be transferred on with our super-special transfer paper), the flosses and rik rak trim for towel ends.

Grab an old fashioned embroidery hoop and practice up on Lazy Daisy and Long stitches... and you're good to go! Because I Said So is part of the set of 12 other monthly and holiday towels... all are just the cutest!

The Mouse Trilogy Kits from Mill Hill - click for more
The Mouse Trilogy Aren't these little things darling? Three new stitched and beaded designs by Mill HIll, each finishes about 5 x 5. They are stitched on 14ct perforated paper with DMC floss and garnished with Mill Hill glass beads. Super-cute for tree ornaments, they are a bit on the larger side, but because they are worked on the paper, they are flat and lightweight - so PERFECT for tree ornaments! Patsy Pine's feet are poking out from the wreath, and how can you not love that Mac Cheese guy? Complete kits of paper, beads, floss, chart and needles.

Special Delivery from Les Petites Croix De Lucie - click for more

Vintage Sewing Accessories from Les Petites Croix de Lucie
This is a neat pattern. It is a medley of antique sewing accessories and tools, all stitched with 26 various shades of DMC floss. The charts in here are huge, and all in color. You can stitch each 'thing' individually or do the entire medley, which measures 117 x 141 - so only 7 x 9 on 32ct!

It looks a lot bigger than that, so the moral of this story is PIN CUSHIONS AND LITTLE SEWING CASES! That tape measure is about 15 x 60 the button card is only 34 x 34, the safety pin is only 10 x 30... these are enchanting little what-nots! Get the chart, and then figure out what you want to do with all the designs... this is a 'must have!'

Project Quarantine: Stay Home & Stitch! from With Thy Needle -- click to see lots more Project Quarantine: Stay Home & Stitch! from With Thy Needle & thread
What a fun project to tantalize your stitching fingers and keep your heart happy... Let's Stay Home and Stitch! Stitched on anything you like, the area inside the little hoop is worked over one thread - so keep that in mind when choosing fabric, the satin stitches on the spools of thread will be ok no matter what you use. It finishes approx 3 x 7-1/2 on 36ct.

Brenda sent a really lovely letter with the shipment... she is donating $1.00 for each of these patterns sold to Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund. The donations to this fund will support non-profit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those working with the most vulnerable populations. Areas of emphasis include helping health-care workers with purchases of masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment, supporting quarantined and vulnerable individuals, and hygiene promotion campaigns to limit the spread of the virus.
Yes, there's even MORE!     
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