Don't miss more on pages TWO, THREE and FOUR!
Three New Designs from Plum Street Samplers
New Arrivals from With Thy Needle due in the shop the Week of July 22nd!
Holiday Hoop-la CS259 Halloween - The third in this series... cute, cute, cute!
3 New Designs from The Drawn Thread!
Hand-Embroidered Dish Towels from Bareroots
Oh my gosh, this is the MOST CHARMING collection of dish towels that you have ever embroidered! By Bareroots... each cotton 19 x 26 towel features a band of cute, seasonal stitching. We have 10, including Patriotic, Christmas, Halloween, Canning Jars, Hearts, Easter Bunnies, Happy Campers (which would be so cute in an RV!)... all sorts of cute themes.
You get the towel, the line pattern to draw onto the towel, the color pic of the stitching, DMC floss, and some rik-rak trim for each end of the towel.
Kind of a retro look... and super fun to give as a gift to anyone who'd like something cute and handmade in their kitchen.. we love these! Click through to see the full set.
Papillon d' Or II and Le Temps des Roses from Reflets de Soie
Isabelle has two new beaded pieces that we just love around here! Charted florals, you are stitching these with one strand of floss that matches your background linen (35ct) and sewing on one petite glass bead instead of doing an X.
The beads look so elegant, and the finish on the fabric is so smooth - everybody loves to hold our stitched shop models! The beads feel smooth and fluid, and slightly heavy in your hand, so elegant! These come as kits with pre-sorted and labeled beads, and the chart. 35ct Linens need to be cut separately for each.
Caroline Colmont 1845 from Reflets de Soie
Reflets de Soie has sent the most gorgeous French Darning Sampler chart... an antique reproduction of one stitched by Caroline Colmont in 1845. The sampler measures 348 x 359 in stitch count - so even on 40ct, it'll turn out to be HUGE at 17-1/2 inches in size! Absolutely stunning, each of the four outer borders feature different florals for the four seasons. Then, you get two more in the sampler... a couple of alphabet fonts... and then the treat -- the Darning Sections!
18 different sections in all, each of those measures about 30 stitches square, and each showcases its own unique pattern-darning design. And, there is even a little Bargello tossed in below that! The darning sections all have such texture and charm, your eye is drawn right to them.
Presented as a chart, this is coded for DMC floss or Soie d' Alger Silk. We have the silks available with the chart purchase - they are all pre-sorted, tied and numbered by Isabelle on her pretty Reflets de Soie thread cards. (And since this is big, there are a TON of threads in here!)
Christmassy Evergreens... Our July, 2019 Secret Needle Night Kit
THIS MONTH'S DESIGN IS SOLD OUT... THANKS! Click through to learn more about our monthly Secret Needle Night kits.
It's Christmas in July! Christmassy Evergreens, Our July Secret Needle Night design, is ready to stitch! We liked our July Firecrackers so much, we decided to do a row of Christmas Trees in the same fashion! 18ct Linen, yummy, frizzy, fuzzy and sparkly Rainbow Gallery threads and a couple of beads... your row of Evergreens finishes approx 5 x 7.
You can assemble it flat, or roll it into a little drum-shaped stand-up. Mona's finishing kit offers instructions for both options, along with templates, fabrics and trims to finish it one way or the other! (Finishing Kit is optional and available separately - unless you are on the auto for those too!)
Summer Angel Fob and matching Summer Angel Bag
from Fern Ridge Collections
Pat and Peggy have a summer mermaid set that is FULL of gorgeous aqua glass and crystal, scrumptious hand-dyed seafoam ribbons, linens, finishing fabrics and silks... and the CUTEST little under-the-sea critter charms! Whew!
Celebrate Summer the Shepherd's Bush Way
Tina and Teri have sent three new things!
Five New Miniature Knotwork Pieces by Teresa Layman
Presenting an enchanting collection of 2, 3 and 4-inch 'rugs.' Each of these are ONLY one strand of DMC floss wrapped ONE time around your needle to make a bitty French Knot. Worked from a line drawing on the fabric - like Punch Needle Embroidery - you are simply 'painting by number' with your tiny knots - tucking them in there next to each other! It sounds awful(!), but these are actually fun to do!
They are presented as the line drawing on the special fabric, and small needles. You'll need DMC floss from your stash. (We had Teresa to Oklahoma years ago for a class on this... and maybe with our new classroom space... it's time for another visit!) Anyway, most frame these... but if you are a doll house lover, you might want them as rugs in one of your houses. (Butttt..... if you start one, and never finish it... make the part you did into a teeny scissor fob. You'll love it for life!)
Did you know Teresa has SOME of her designs charted for Cross Stitch? We've re-organized her page a little and highlighted the Cross Stitch offerings much better than before. She has delightful designs, charts are huge and clear... super cute! When you visit her page, we now have boxes to click ont to take you to either the Knotwork or Cross Stitch!
Blooming Bouquets - #1 Thankful
from Jeannette Douglas Designs
Jeannette has released her second design (but it says Bouquet #1 on the cover... she released #2 first!) in this trio of lavish floral urns; this one features a verse with sentiments of Thankfulness.
Stitched on a 36 to 40ct neutral linen, her silk pack includes gorgeous shades of hand-dyed silks - just an assortment of rich, deep, strong colors. (Chart is coded for DMC as well.)
Finishing about 7 x 8-1/2, the verse is over one, and there are some special stitches right inside that exquisite floral border. Think about just the urn and flowers from this - wouldn't that be pretty too? Presented as a leaflet with silks separately... there will be a third bouquet in this set - coming in Fall of 2019 (we think!)
Sew Together #3 Scissors & Threads and #4 Flax & Linen
from Jeannette Douglas Designs
Jeannette is finishing out this cute little set of small designs all dealing with needlework! If you stitch it on 40ct, each 67 x 71 section will finish about 3-3/4 inches each, making the entire piece only about 8 x 8 in total size.
Charted for Gentle Art, Weeks, and Classic hand-dyed flosses and a few regular DMC's, no special stitches in these... just pretty colors and subjects very dear to us stitchers! Each section is presented in its own small chart.
Nothing to Fear
from My Big Toe
*There is nothing to fear but fear itself and spiders.* Good advice for life!
This is just a silly, simple chart from My Big Toe that is probably perfect for someone you know! Stitch count of 68 x 68 - that's 4 inches on 32ct - it uses 7 shades of Week's hand-dyed flosses. There is a clay flower button featured, but you could always add a black bead or two for those spider bodies!
Rose of Sharon and The Farmer's Wife #2
from Carolyn Manning
By Carolyn Manning, we have two new quilt-y charts to cross stitch. Both large pieces (all of hers are) Rose of Sharon measures 164 stitches square, while Farmer's Wife is 205. Both use DMC floss, and because these are digital charts, the software program tells us how many stitches of each color you are going to do, and extimates floss usage. (I love reading that info -- it's CRAZY!)
I don't really want to know that I'm going to be doing 42,025 stitches one way, then have to CROSS them again! But the pictures ARE pretty! So... I am back to reminding you that you can have a stunning, gorgeous, eye-catching big piece...or you can break out your favorite parts and make some smaller cushions or something! Don't get stuck on those 84,050 stitches (that I KNOW you CAN do...!)
Teresa Kogut has Five New Designs
Ms Teresa does things in both Cross Stitch and Punch Needle... here are my favorites of her new ones... looks like she's in a Holiday Mood!
from Tiny Modernist
What a fun piece to stitch for your RV? Even though it shows a tent? Who knows?
Tiny Modernist's 7 x 8 design could be perfect for a cabin too... and you can always change the wording in the center to NAME your campsite or cabin or RV! A fun subject, it just makes you smile! Presented as a small chart, coded for 15 shades of DMC floss.
Snowy 9 Patch #6 from Annie Beez Folk Art
This cute little set of 9 snowman-smalls is continuing with the 6th in the series - A happy snowman! Releasing once a month... each design finishes about 3 or 4 inches depending on your fabric count choice.
Coded for DMC, you could always add a little opalescent or bead touches if you want! Cheerful and an easy-stitch... you'll be ready for next Winter before you know it!
Holly Jolly Christmas and Gingerbread Cottage from Little Dove Designs
Holly Jolly Christmas and Gingerbread Cottage are two new charts that I think have a lot of promise! The chart covers show only a computerized image of the colored chart, so you need to train your eye to imagine hand-dyed threads in them, beads, buttons, metallics, maybe even some specialty stitches for texture.
Just Saying #2 and Liberty Lane from Abby Rose Designs
A pair of new charts by Abby Rose; both come as chart.
Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Summer 2019 Issue
Always a delight for the eyes, and super tempting to your stitching fingers, our latest issue of PN & PS is finally here!
78 Pages of gorgeous pictures and fun projects - 10 for cross stitch and 9 for punch needle embroidery. Cute things, the back-issues do sell out... we no longer have several of them available.
Ultra Punch Needles are BACK!|
After a stressful discontinuation of these in the Punch Needle Industry... the right people did the right things to get these made again... and back into the market place! Ultra-Punch needles have been around for something like 50 years... definitely a longtime favorite needle. The complete set is presented with the small, medium (installed in the needle), and large tips and two threaders, and very comprehensive 6-page instruction book.
I read through that little booklet - it tells you everything you ever wanted to know (or possibly not!) about the needle, changing tips, threading, fabrics to use and how to transfer designs, the hoops you need, setting the loop length, holding the needle, then... into the actual punching, sculpting, cutting, brushing... whew! It's all there! We also have the three-tip EXTRA sets available, just the three tips - no main needle shaft, no booklet, no threaders.
Set F Ding Ding Mini Cards from The Prairie Schooler
Do you know about these little cards by Prairie Schooler? The teeny little 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 cards they always did promo-charts on when they released new books? Here is Set F - new to us! (Sets A, B, C, & E are still available and pictured on our PS pages. NO Set D anymore!) Little Set F went with books #172 through #199... and it includes three small 37 x 37 stitch count Christmas Ornaments that never were associated with any of their books!
ALWAYS cute things... ANY of these are perfect for pin-cushion exchange projects, fobs, ornaments, nametags, whatever you want!!! Each set consists of 10 small cards with pretty pic on the front, chart on the back.
Mini Mesh Zipper Bags
This seems to be the 'year of pouches!' I found another size and style of zippered pouch to help organize your smaller needlework projects and tools. These little guys measure 5 x 8. They feature TWO pocketed compartments, and TWO zippered closures. I've taken a pic of my hand in each of the pockets... don't know if you can see the difference or not.
The front pocket is clear vinyl on the front. The middle 'wall' and back of the pouch is colored fine mesh. A really nice size for a small project, or just for scissors, candy and tissues! They're lightweight and super-handy to keep little things safe and 'locate-able' in your bigger bags!
Two New colors of our See Your Stuff Pouches
These are super-strong, heavy-duty, very nicely-sized see-through plastic pouches. We carry them in Royal Blue, Brilliant Red, Bright Yellow, Eye-Popping Lime Green, Bright Orange, Deep Purple and now a really pretty Light Blue and a Deep Teal.
Remember, I showed you a pic of the big one holding 6 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies a few months ago... well. cookies are long gone, but the awesome pouches remain!
The New 2019 Patriotic Quartet Series from Mill Hill
This will be a favorite series of bead kits! Mill Hill describes their new designs; America is *The Land of the Free,* and *Home of the Brave,* where we are entitled to *Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness* and all these truths are represented with the *Stars and Stripes* of our flag, which we proudly fly.
Kits of 14ct Aida (you can sub 28ct linen or Lugana if you like), DMC floss, Mill Hill beads (not as many as the regular Button and Beaded kits), needles and chart -- each finishes approx 5 x 5 in size. The black frames are available separately. Just really CLASSIC!
The Chalk Full Series from Hands On Design
Hands On Announces a NEW Chalk art series based on Priscilla Blain's Chart Art! The Chalk Full Series will have 7 charts - beginning in June of 2019, releasing every-other-month - of Mason Jars full of seasonal 'goodies.' Stitched on any charcoal-colored fabric (there are several count options available on the market) these will all finish approx 4 x 6. Cute in a little chalkboard frame!
The second design in each chart is smaller - HARVEST is finished into a pin cushion and this time around, features Lady Dot ribbon trim and Just Another Button Co Pins - both trim and pins are available from us separately. (more details to follow about those when the charts arrive.) We think we're getting Christmas, Halloween and possibly Easter in this set, based on the sneak-peek artwork pics we are seeing. So, chart one - Harvest - features a jar full of autumn-gold sunflowers that 'pop' against that gunmetal background!
Safe Harbour and Give With My Heart from Hands On Design
Safe Harbour - A Quick little 65 x 68 design, *Follow the stars and find your safe harbour.* Stitched on Platinum linen, a light blue would be pretty too!
Give With My Heart - *What I make with my hands I give with my heart.* Cathy's 7 x 9 design can be completely stitched (model is on white) or you can create the pretty felt floral flourish at the bottom instead! 'Give' is presented as a chart pack which includes all the fixin's for the wool felt finish - precut leaves and flowers, along with hand-dyed buttons and a charm etched with the word 'handmade.' This is charted for DMC, but Cathy chose Sulky Threads for HER model... and that packet of threads is available as an option to you. So cheerful!
Patriotic Merry Making Minis: Land of the Free & Home of the Brave
from Heart in Hand
A pair of 40 x 40 charts to make small cushions or ornaments, each is stitched with bits of Classic Colorworks hand-dyed floss.
Both charts come with embellishments - Land has cream beads, Home as a brass star charm. Simple and quick.
Sew She Did!
from It's Sew Emma Stitching
*She believed she could... SEW she did!* What a fun design that NEEDS to be stitched and hung by the sewing machine. Choose any white fabric you like... this is coded for DMCs of 817, 335, 776, 743, 703, 702, 964, 958 and 169 - all very happy colors!
Next, find some cute buttons for garnish. This finishes approx 7 x 10 on 14/28ct. Presented as a leaflet with a huge, colored chart.
The Choose Your Own Motto Sampler
from Heartstring Samplery
What a cool idea Beth had with this design... she's done a pretty floral border, and given YOU the option of filling in ANYTHING you want to say... instead of one of her verses. Of course, we can all do this with ANY pattern we have... but you never think of that. You're going to need some graph paper, and charted alphabets to use, but think of something fun and see what you can create! Stitch count of overall border is 205 x 171.
*On a side note... Rosewood Manor has a book of 101 charted SMALL alphabet fonts... which is just incredible. A wonderful reference book - regardless of whether or not you stitch her main sampler - it's the kind of thing that comes in really handy with a project like designing your own motto!
Needful Wool Bundles from In the Patch Designs
OHHHH... are these the most luscious and luxurious little bits of gorgeous mill-dyed felted wools! Lovingly dyed in Ohio, USA, we found these awesome little packs of coordinating wools to back your pin cushions and ornaments. But what about lining your sewing cases or needle books? Accenting the fronts of your stitched cushions, or your punch needle pieces? You can even line little boxes and trays with bits of these before you perch a cushion in there... or even cut them into strips and use them like ribbon to garnish! (and of course... good 'ol wool applique works too!!!) Strawberry tops for the Erica Michaels stitched berries?
Anyway... each LIMITED-Edition-for-the-season packet contains 8 different 6 x 13-inch cuts of INTOXICATING textures, weaves, colors, patterns and sometime weights of GORGEOUS wools that all seem to 'play well in the same sandbox together!' Then, to top that off... they've given the little collective bundles cute names... so you gotta have them ALL! I've tried to take pics for you - close up - so you can see the gorgeous 'fabrics' in each bundle. I have absolutely no idea how you will choose your favorites - I bought 'em all, so I didn't have to decide!
The Gypsy Sit Upon
We think these are the COOLEST things! We haven't had them in stock for a few years, but found them again at Market! They are soft plastic pillows - 12 inches in diameter and 2-1/2 inches thick - designed to make you more comfortable when sitting for long periods (or short, for that matter!). Place one *behind your back* - upper or lower - which ever feels best for you. Then sit comfortably while stitching, quilting, reading, driving, surfing the net... whatever!
Softly inflated flexible disc (deep purple) prevents fatigue and reduces pressure on the tailbone. Helps relieve lower back pain, strengthens core muscles, and improves blood circulation. Nubby texture (see the little nibs all over one side???) allows cooling air flow and promotes improved blood circulation. Durable purple rubberized material remains soft and pliable... 'One Size Fits All!' Comes already inflated, will not deflate.
An Invasion of Pin Cushions!
Oh my gosh, we are overwhelmed with CHARM around here! It's hard not to fall in love with all these little hand-made cuties! Our Primitive Girls are wearing a ribbon that says PINS (even though some look like PMS! - which might be appropriate too!). The cupcakes are topped with beaded and pearl sprinkles... the owls have the cutest little wooly feathers, the penguins have nice fat little behinds, and the piglets --with their pointed ears and curly little tails - are just the best peeking out from everywhere!
Each cushion is hand-made of various fabrics and embellishments. All (except the cupcakes) are filled with sand so they are 'heavy' to your hand. They nestle perfectly where-ever you set them. The cupcakes are in actual silicone baking cups and are a little lighter in weight, as they are filled with poly-fil. Asst fabrics and colors, we'll try not to choose duplicates in any style for you!
NOTE! When you click through to Gadgets page 2, you can click on each pinccushion image and see a much larger one that will show you the color and pattern variations on them.
Circles & Stitches Hand-Made Pin Cushion Kits
Oh wow... these are so colorful and fun!!!!! By Local Farm Girl, these are complete kits to construct these darling donut-sized felted wool pin cushions.
Packaged in a little cardboard berry box, you get the wools for the cushion top, base, and circles, needles of various sizes, hand-dyed wool threads for the stitching, two wool covered buttons (with a coordinating/contrasting button on the bottom side), even the printed freezer paper with templates on it, and iron-on stabilizer for those topping circles... AND 3/4 C of crushed walnut shells for filler! (whew!)
Four different colorways, choose between a restful red and gray combo, the vibrant gold and pumpkin with mossy green, the deep purple eggplant with aqua accents, or that yummy lime one with bright pink and a little soft gray!
Classic Button & Needle Necklace
Oh... I saw these and HAD to HAVE them... this is a 2-1/2 inch round Mexican Pewter round button, and that needle tied on top (it can slide out if you want it to) is 3-1/4 inches long! Featuring a leather necklace cord, which can be adjusted for length... this is a charming piece of jewelry for anyone who does sewing or needlework of any kind!
Extremely limited in availability, I brought some home from a show I attended, and am not sure I will be able to get more. So bright, smooth, pretty and CLASSY, such clean lines, it's a real statement piece!
Sleepy Hollow by Tiny Modernist
Tiny Modernist will be beginning a new Halloween Stitch-Along this coming July 1st. I have pics of the first two 4 x 16 bands and they are SUPER CUTE... but Cheryl doesn't want the pics 'shared' early. :( I'm putting this up now though, because they are truly darling... and you probably will want to watch for updates on this. Sleepy Hollow will be worked on a mangy hand-dyed linen (count is your choice), and focuses on 4 bands of skeletons, ghosts, vampires, witches, bats and cats.
Each band has a Halloween rhyme as its verse... and you actually have the option of stitching them all together into a picture, or stitching them individually and making all 4 into matching drum-shaped pin cushions! (She's even done 4 bonus designs to use at stitched toppers for those little drums!) Part one releases July 1st, #2 - August. #3 - Sept and #4 October of 2019. Each chart runs $8.00. So, we'll begin shipping this in July... you are welcome to wait till then to start collecting, or reserve early for the auto-ship!
Presenting Christmas 2019 - The Mill Hill Way!
Look at the new things coming for this season - Super cute and fun!
Snow Globes from Mill Hill
These are the small 3 x 3-ish inch kits that make perfect tree ornaments. This season we're getting a set of mini snow-globes! I'm not sure which one is the cutest!
Presented as the complete kits of 14ct perforated paper, chart, needles, floss, Mill Hill beads and a little charm. They will be awesome on your tree!!!
The Annual Santa Collection for 2019 - South American Santas from Mill Hill
This is our 21st Annual Set of these!!!!! (That means we now have 63 different International and Sporting Santas!) Every year, we are treated to these paper ornaments that finish approx 3 x 4 inches each. Santa-all-during-the-year! Each kit comes with the 14ct perforated paper, DMC floss and a few Mill Hill beads. If you notice... they all have loopy or fringey beards!
Anyway, these are always fun on your tree because they are lightweight and colorful. Nice to make as gifts for someone who's traveled to the places featured throughout the years or loves the various hobbies of Santa. All the other 20 years of ornaments are still available, and we have them ALL! (We have an Amazon Santa this year... only he isn't holding a shopping box or have a drone flying overhead!)
Presenting this Year's Set of Trilogy Kits from Mill Hill
For 2019 we have a set of 26 mini-ornaments that are perfect to make into an Advent Calendar or use to decorate a wreath. Finishing only 1-1/2 inches square... each of the three kits contains either 8 or 9 mini designs. Based on the size of the designs, we think these would be PERFECT for young or beginning stitchers. Lots of design options in each kit... lots of individual projects... lots of bang for your buck!
Summer Time from Abby Rose Designs
What a pretty pin cushion design stitched on Picture This Plus's hand-dyed Wren linen. Wren comes in several different counts - Aida as well - so on 16/32ct, this finishes about 5-1/2 x 7-1/2.
A cute house and super-billowy and pretty flowers, the design has nice balance, and will look great tucked into that big bowl of your various stitched pin cushions! Get out your Toasted Barley, Rose Garden, Pecan Pie, Shaker White, Dried Thyme, Oscar, Olive, Raspberry Frost, Garden Gate, Straw Bonnet, and Old Covered Bridge!
Presenting a Tantalizing Collection of Samplers from Heart's Ease Examplar Workes!
Needle Artist Theresa Baird has been designing spectacular samplers and sewing baskets sets for a number of years, but finally exhibited at Market this Spring! We have so many lovely things from her - all offered in chart format. She lives in Delaware, so a lot of her designs feature motifs and the history of her area.
I cannot begin to describe these designs in detail to you... they are all exquisite... and I hope you can see that from the pics! Everything is coded for silks, DMC or hand-dyed flosses, so you have quite a few thread choices, and of course fabric choices as well! The instructions are EXTENSIVE - with MULTIPLE pictures of the actual stitched pieces inside, as well at lay-out design. Just gorgeous things...
The Annual Special Editions of Just Cross Stitch Magazine are coming soon!
This year's Halloween issue features 61 different designs -- 27 of them ornament designs, the rest are larger. The teaser pic of the cover has a lot of cute things on it...
Landscape Drums from The Blue Flower
Jeannine has two new designs that are releasing mid June of this 2019. Cute as can be, they are tiny landscape scenes that can be stitched flat and framed or 'pillowed'... or finished into drum shapes as shown in the picture. Presented as charts, the featured wool toppings are a new Lady Dot Creates product... and LD's hand-dyed chenilles are also featured. The wools and trims are available separately.
English Tapestry Needles from Scarlet Today
Another brand option in needles... these are *High Quality English Needles* by Scarlet Today.
If you look at her logo... you'll see Carol Burnett's famous Scarlet O'Hara coming down the stairs with her curtain rod dress - you know - 'the one she saw in the window, and just had to have!'
The 8 needles come packaged in a very unpolitically correct package these days as well - a MATCHBOOK sleeve! Super fun, and of course, functional!!! Offered in sizes 20, 22, 24 and 26, and a mixed set - 2 of each size.
Jolies Fleurs from The Tralala Collection
I love this billowing bouquet of flowers! It has such attitude... so pretty and flowing... and that bitty pot is charming! By Tra La La, this measures 181 x 101 - so it finishes approx 10 x 6 on 18/36ct natural linen.
It's coded for Gentle Art Sampler Threads of Garden Gate, Dried Thyme, Cameo Pink, Pomegranate, Deep Forest. Raspberry, Dungarees, Freedom Cottage Blue and Harvest. Just a lovely piece!
Widow's Walk from Annie Beez Folk Art
*Waves upon the rolling sea, bring my love back to me.* What a charming little 6 x 7 seaside piece this is! Stitched on 32ct Stormy Night hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus, I love that huge whale in the water!!!
Presented as a chart, this calls for some hand-dyeds as well as several regular DMC flosses. If you are lucky enough to have a beach or house... it needs this!
New Arrivals from Sandie at The Sweetheart Tree
Balsam Fir from Little House Needleworks
Part 4 of 7 is here for Little House Needlework's Jack Frost's Tree Farm Series. A super-cute set of charts... stitch each part individually, or join them together to make the whole scene. Each square panel measures about 4 inches in size, to together the entire scene is about 12 x 12.
All sorts of different types of trees and greenery are growing at the Farm... this is a charming series. You can see from the composite pic which designs are still to come - all three along the bottom row. (Our Auto-ship can take care of catching you up and collecting the final three releases, as well.)
from Little House Needleworks
New from Little House Needleworks, Diane's verse is from one of the Psalms that deals with plants and growing life. Her farm scene to go with it is charming... full of rows of growing vegetables, farm animals scattered everywhere, even one little black sheep!
Measuring 190 x 129, it finishes approx 12 x 8 on 32ct and uses DMC and Classic Colorworks hand-dyed flosses. It's quite a bustling scene, presented in chart format.
Summer House Stitche Workes Fragments in Time - #5 and 6
Our 2019 set of Fragments in Time is inspired by Shaker maps and illustrations. Beth Ann continues her set of 8 small 3-1/2 inch pin-cushioned-sized designs with # 5 and 6... The Meetinghouse and Herb Garden. Presented as individual small cards, the entire set of 8 designs follows the same color scheme. This year's colors are Mulberry, Cornhusk, Heirloom Gold, Carriage Black, Lemon Grass and Dublin Bay, with the featured trim being Thundercloud by Lady Dot Creates.
Pretty little designs, they've all been very classic and sophisticated. They look KILLER finished as cushions and all nestled together in a pretty wood bowl or neat basket. (We've had the two past years in trunk shows, and they have been enchanting!)
The Star Spangled Swine Farm
from Hands On Design - Scheduled to ship to us May 30th.
Hand's On's Farmhouse Chalk Series continues with its chart #2 - Star Spangled Swine Farm. Companioning Carrots and Cottontails, you get the main farm scene (this one has the little swine in the back of the truck - just smiling away!)
Next, a pin cushion design that features a cow - it says Red, White and Moo!, and finally a cute little 'sign' to add to your display. Such a fun Summery piece... especially those little felt flags you decorate that pin cushion with! Our auto-ship for this set includes just the chart... pins, fabrics all offered separately depending on what you need.
It's time for Cackle Lozenges, Coffin Paint (with a after-lifetime warranty), and Cauldron Cleaner
from Hands On Design
Hands On Design's next three installments for Scary Apothecary are coming... and due to arrive the first week of June! Cute, cute, Cute... they come as single charts, and stitch up into 3-1/2 x 5 ornaments on 32ct.
Cackle lozenges feature a frog and 'shriek well' directions. Coffin Paint comes with that awesome warranty, and Cauldron Cleaner promises an enhanced 'spell checker!' Our vintage metallics from Kreinik are now here... in case you still need that set of thread for these. This has been a fun set so far, with three more designs to follow.
Little Dove's Year from Little Dove Designs
Here is a full set of small monthly designs by Little Dove... all presented in one chart... so, it easy on the stitching stash budget! Each month measures 65 x 60 stitches - so about 4 x 4. Stitch them individually and cushion them, or join them together in a vertical or horizontal shape. Each one has the name of the month in it, but not so integral to the design, so leave them out if you want.
Lots of places to add beads and small embellishing buttons and charms. Metallics in October, opalescent in January, furry threads in March... coded for DMC, it calls for 31 different colors. I love the little ducks in May... swimming in all the water that fell in April!
Presenting Annual 2019 Santa
from The Prairie Schooler
Even though Pam and Nancy have stopped designing their leaflets, they do design our favored Santas every year! This marks the 36th year! Same format, size colors and size... after 36 years, you know the drill.
MOST of the other Santas have been re-printed into leaflets of 4 assorted years... we have everything available that is currently in print... it is all pictured on our PS page and organized for you!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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...
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 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!
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
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.)
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!
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!
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.)
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!
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???
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.)
You Crafty Bitch Pouch and Crazy Socks!|
OK... this might upset of few of you (we don't mean to do that at all!), but the rest of you might LOVE these and actually have a friend or two that 'fits the bill!' By Blue-Q, 1% of the sales of these items supports the humanitarian work of Doctors Without Borders, and environmental initiatives around the globe.
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