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AB Designs has a ton of cute new things!
Black Cat from AB Designs - click for more Boo Kitty from AB Designs - click for more Kitty Witch from AB Designs - click for more
Halloween Scaredy Cats -- This is a trio of individual charts that are stitched over two on Picture this Plus's 28ct Kermit linen. It is just the brightest, yummy color of fabric -- we have the same color with opalescent in it as well -- Crystal Kermit it is called. Cats are stitched with good 'ol DMC and there are no embellishments featured (so you can add anything you want!)

Witch The Early Bird from AB Designs - click for more Adultish from AB Designs - click for more
  • Witch Hat Wine Cover -- YOU NEED THIS for Stitch Group! Stitch either 'Boo' or 'Forget candy, bring wine!' on Weeks 30ct Chartreuse with DMC. Then whip stitch together two pieces of black felt (templates and instructions included with chart) to make a bottle cover witch hat. my has included brightly colored buttons for embellishment -- we do have bright Weeks hand-dyed wools in case you want your buttons spots of be extra-festive. Just let us know, and we can add them. Chart with buttons.
  • The Early Bird -- *The early bird can have the worm because worms are gross, and mornings are stupid!* Choose a pretty yellow shade of fabric... Amy has a few buttons on here.
  • Adultish -- *kinda care... kinda don't*... *Just another day of not being rich and famous*... each design (all three are in the leaflet) is stitched on 30ct Beige -- just choose a neutral, and dig through your floss for some cute colors! No embellishments for these... just do WHATEVER you want!


Heritage Sampler from Plum Street Samplers - click for more Blackbird Fraktur from Plum Street Samplers - click for more Hello Fall from Plum Street Samplers - click for more
Six New Designs Have Arrived from Plum Street Samplers
  • Heritage Sampler -- Honoring the American flag and it's history from the colonies to today, it features a stanza from America The Beautiful as the sampler verse. There are a lot of charming design elements in here... Pilgrims, Soldiers, mountains, waves and prairie corn... and a pristine White House. Pretty border, pretty colors! Measuring approx 9 x 10 on 36ct, choose the hand-dyeds or DMC it's charted for.
  • Blackbird Fraktur -- Something for Autumn -- that big harvest moon, the sunflowers and that green pumpkin... and all the acorns scattered everywhere, the gorgeous blackbirds are striking against all the colorful background. Measuring a generous 13 x 6-ish in size on 36ct, the moon and birds will really highlight the color variations of your hand-dyed flosses. I love that little wrought iron fence down at the bottom!
  • Hello Fall -- The third of Paulette's 4-season set, this if a generous vine of pumpkins and leaves, with a plain blackbird (as compared to those Fraktur birds!) and a quilt-motif moon! Pretty colors, this finishes rather large -- like the Spring and Summer already released -- at 8-1/2 x 4-1/2.
Merry Two from Plum Street Samplers - click for more Merry Three from Plum Street Samplers - click for more Friends of the Hart from Plum Street Samplers - click for more
  • Merry Two and Merry Three -- Two Serial Bowl Offerings... these are both in chart format -- Serials will no longer come as kits. Merry Two -- a busy scene of snowman, reindeer, Santa and lots of holly -- HAS ALREADY BEEN RELEASED months ago (in kit format) -- so watch your stash and don't duplicate. Merry Three features Santa on a rooftop waving a wreath to a COW below! (He's a Christmas Cow -- he's wearing a wreath!) Finishes approx 5 x 4... you probably cannot see the polka dot snowflakes stitched in the background, they're kid of cute!
  • Friends of the Hart -- This is gorgeous! It features a Hart (a red deer that Paulette made decided to do in grey instead!) leaping among lavish Fall foliage. There are forest animals all over in here -- squirrels, birds and a little fox -- and lots of stunning florals like those pomegranites. Love it, Love it... it finishes approx 13 x 8-1/2. Lots of movement, lots of details!

Scissor Fobs Fall 2017 from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Gather Joy Pin Cushion from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Thankful Be from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Little Black House Tin Kit from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Boo to Ewe from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Halloween Tags from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Spooky Notes from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Teri's Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon Fall 2017 from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more

Tina and Teri have a LOT OF NEW THINGS... and they're all Here!
  • Scissor Fobs - They make these - they shrink down their design images and mount them in resin, add a clam-shell to attach to scissors and a few beads - super cute! This batch features some art work from the new designs!
  • Gather Joy Pin Cushion Kit -- Darling design is a companion to Thankful Be -- the new biggie sampler. Kit.
  • Thankful Be -- The biggie sampler, 32 Teri-hand-dyed linen, cute buttons, silks and cottons; it'll be cute!
  • Little Black House Tin Kit -- Companions the other two they have... 3-inch cushion design... you get the tin in the kit.
  • Boo to Ewe -- Is a BLACK SHEEP! New concept for these gals! The pumpkin button is cool. Chart w/button or limited ed complete kit.
  • Halloween Tags -- DARLING, these actually fit on those Foxwood Crossing mini-sleds, but you can make anything out of them 2 Different tags... they come with perf paper.
  • Spooky Notes -- The new mini-sampler of backstitch words -- leaflet format.
  • Teri's Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon Fall 2017 -- We can't get enough of this... GORGEOUS one-of-a-kind 4-yard lengths of Teri's ribbon... use it to trim something special!


Sprightly Snowman from Artful Offerings - click for more SHHH... Counting Sheep from Artful Offerings - click for more Regal Rabbit from Artful Offerings - click for more
New Arrivals from Artful Offerings
Here is a trio of new charted designs that just make me smile!
  • Sprightly Snowman -- How cute is this little guy!? Stitched on Weeks Guacamole Linen he measures about 4-1/2 inches square and uses just 6 colors of Weeks flosses. Might be cute to add metallics or a sticky-outey carrot nose!
  • SHHH... Counting Sheep -- Real cute for a new nursery! I'd try the Gentle Art Simply wool to stitch him -- he's just charted for regular flosses right now. It is a hand-dyed wool thread that has soft variations in it, and it would make him so fuzzy looking! Fabric color is Smokey Pearl -- to look like a soft evening... but you could change that to match the room if need be... and make the numbers coordinate. SHHH finishes approx 6 x 4 on 28ct.
  • Regal Rabbit -- Another charming design -- I picture this as a pillow on a guest bedroom bed! Stitched on Weeks Avocado linen, she finishes approx 7 x 5, and is worked with hand-dyed flosses. The 'dots' in the background are a mixture of Lilac and Periwinkle... just as sweet as can be!


Sister's Farm Fresh Eggs from Pineberry Lane - click for more Sister's Farm Fresh Eggs
from Pineberry Lane
Pineberry Lane has a new chart that finishes approx 4 x 5-1/2 in size on 36ct. Coded for regular 'ol DMC floss (and nothing else!) we especially like the chicken, basket of eggs, the greenery and pair of chick around the basket.

Not so crazy about 'Sister' - she's pulled out all her hair taking care of her chickens! Stitch the whole thing, or leave Sister off... that basket, hen and chicks is pretty neat all by itself!


Giving Thanks from The Workbasket - click to see more Giving Thanks
from The Workbasket
The Workbasket has a pair of designs sharing some of the same motifs with a Thanksgiving flavor. Squirrels and squash accompany acorns and corn on the cob. Charted for Classic Colorworks silks or DMC floss... the silks are almost $8 each... pull the DMC and convert those to hand-dyed cottons!

Then, see about doing some contour stitching on here. See the squirrel? See the horizontal lines on him? If you stitch him following the outside curve of his tail, he will look much better. The basket is OK with horizontal lines, but the pumpkin needs vertical lines as well. The hand-dyed colors on the corn and leaves are spaced well... see what you can do with threads on that squirrel and pumpkin to give this your own special touch! Both designs are presented in this chart.


Travelers 2017 - click for a larger view
Travelers Fall of 2017 -- Our New FLAX Arrivals!
We haven't even begun to wear all our fun Summer things yet... and here comes FALL!!!!! Well, they were shipping and I couldn't say *NO*... so we have two more racks of gorgeous new linens!!! I concentrated on the Rainforest Green and Ocean Blue -- trying to get away from black a little.

See what you think... it's been well received in the shop so far! Details and pics on our FLAX Pages!!! We're getting pretty good at helping you over the phone with sizing and just 'what really goes with what'... so don't hesitate to call!!!

***Remember our 1*2*3 Pricing for our FLAX!
Purchase THREE or MORE regularly priced pieces... and they are ALL 25% Off! Wow!!!
Purchase TWO pieces... and they are BOTH 15% Off...
Purchase ONE piece at regular price...


Once Upon a Summer Huswife from Heartstring Samplery - click for more A Little Quaker from Heartstring Samplery - click for more
Once Upon a Summer Huswife and A Little Quaker
by Heartstring Samplery
Heartstring Samplery has two new designs that look kind of fun to stitch and finish. Both present in chart format.
  • Once Upon a Summer Huswife is a sewing case design -- Huswife in an old term for such a case. Stitch count measures 71 x 247, so on 32ct, this would finish approx 4-1/2 x 15-1/2. Adjust the fabric count, it'll change the finished size a little. The inside is simple, finishing instructions are included, and the outside is covered with charming trees, urns and florals. Asst hand-dyed flosses called for, you could even repeat some of the designs to decorate the inside of your case!
  • A Little Quaker measures 101 x 93 in stitched size -- or 6 x 6-ish on 32ct. Frame it, make a stand-up cube, or put it on something smaller -- like 28 over one and get a 3-1/2 inch pin cushion! Hand-dyed flosses by Weeks, Gentle Art and Classic... just a pretty little thing!


On The Border Embroidery Designs Book - click to see more

On The Border from Cathie Richardson
This is a awesome softcover book featuring 70-ish pages, but with 54 full-sized pages of line drawings suitable for embroidery or punch needle. Cathie Richardson's charming artwork is featured -- everything is surrounded by borders, and the inside designs are seasonal, inspired by gardens and nature.

Christmas, Pumpkins, cute little scotties and hearts, months of the year spelled out with floral accents, more floral borders, and the CUTEST little row of pigs peeking over the farm fence! It is delightful. Use it as a coloring book, or trace patterns to embellish tea towels, pillow cases... all that 'retro-stuff!'

Daisy Rabbit from Country Garden Stitchery - click to see more Pansies in Shades of Red from Country Garden Stitchery - click to see more Chablis Hearts from Country Garden Stitchery - click to see more
Daisy Rabbit, Pansies in Shades of Red & Chablis Hearts from Country Garden Stitchery
Country Garden Stitchery has pretty designs that have stood the test of time... here are three... all presented as charts!
  • Daisy Rabbit -- Isn't she sweet? Gentle Art threads -- use Simply Wools or the cottons of Red Grape, Harvest Basket, Cidermill Brown, Tea Rose, Honey Dew and Faded Rose. She measures a mere 41 x 58 stitches -- on Week's 30ct Honeysuckle linen, she finishes a little under 3 x 4. Lazy Daisy flower blossoms.
  • Pansies in Shades of Red -- OH... DMCs and Gentle Art threads in this one... 'all the way from the lightest pink to the darkest burgundy -- just like the variation on the soft petals we see in the garden!' On 32ct Lambswool, this finishes approx 7 x 2-1/2, and it features glass seed beads scattered around the background! Petite and so pretty!
  • Chablis Hearts -- Very soft, very contemporary, these are stitched on 30ct Week's Putty Linen with Cherub, Linen and Chablis hand-dyed flosses. Finishing just under 6 x 3, it is so subtle and pretty. You could embellish with some antique pearl buttons, maybe from a wedding dress???????? Choose a smaller count linen to make a pin cushion!


With Needle & Thread Needle Book from Samplers Not Forgotten - click to see more With Needle & Thread Needle Book
from Samplers Not Forgotten
Samplers Not Forgotten has a pretty needle book to companion her larger With Needle and Thread Sampler! Choose the same fabric you stitch the main sampler on if you want -- 36ct Weeks Tin Roof Linen. It finishes approx 8 x 9, so when folded in half it'll measure approx 4 x 4.

Picture on the left is the inside of the case, two right pics are the front and back panels. Coded for Weeks flosses of Grits, Honeysuckle, Cappuccino, Charcoal, Jay bird, Bullfrog and Curry, the colors are soft and dusty -- it looks old and charming! Chart format.


Little Blue House from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more There Dwells My Heart from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Land of Liberty from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more Liberty Notes from Shepherd's Bush - click to see more
New Summer Arrivals from Shepherd's Bush!
Tina and Terri have sent 4 new designs to celebrate Summer! Kits and leaflets... see what you think!
  • Little Blue House -- Another cute Tin design, here's a Summer Sheep -- can you see that his little body has red and white stripes on it... and he has a little blue butt? He has te weight of the world on his back -- a skinny blue house, and the American Flag... but he's in his garden, so he's GOOD! Complete kit comes with the linen, flosses and the 3-inch tart tin for finishing.
  • There Dwells My Heart -- This is charming! Measuring 6 x 9 on 32ct natural linen, this scene is stitched with hand-dyed silks and cottons -- all the traditional Shepherd's Bushy colors! *Where my home is, there dwells my heart.* Pretty flowers in the border, the cool zig-zaggy flag and that neat zaggy hill on the right... they've stitched the green on the central sheep hill vertically, so you can see how it looks striped! Very cute! Complete kit of linen, threads, chart and mini button embellishments.
  • Land of Liberty -- A 10ct Tula kit... this finishes approx 4 x 3. A super-quick thing to work up... if you have a beginning stitcher -- GET THIS FOR THEM! Small enough for them to finish, cute, neat threads along with an organizer board, cool material, pretty colors... this has a great presentation as a 'real-live' kit... not a dorky-experiment! They will love it and YOU! Complete kit of chart, fabric, flosses, needles and embellishment!
  • Liberty Notes -- The 4th leaflet design in this series of designs -- finishes approx 3 x 4 on 32ct. Coded for hand-dyed flosses, there is a button pack available for embellishment!

Clear Magnetic Needle Keeper Boxes -- click to see a moreClear Magnetic Needle Keeper Boxes
These are super-simple but SUPER needle organizers! 1-1/4 x 3 long x 3/8 of an inch high, these are plastic boxes with white magnetic material lining the bottom. You can see through the lid to know what's inside. The magnetic bottom holds your needles in place along with any metal needle threaders you put in them. Here's the cool part... you can LABEL these as to size of needle!!!!!

They're small and only $2.95 each... so get a box for each needle size and you CAN TELL WHAT YOU HAVE!!!! Small enough for sewing cases, lightweight for stitching totes, I like that I can SEE what's inside and I can LABEL it if I want!


Eiffel Tower Thread Organizer from Kelmscott Eiffel Tower Thread Organizer
from Kelmscott Designs
Kelmscott Designs has a new Vintage Postcard Thread Organizer -- featuring a picture of the Eiffel Tower! Joining her small collection of other charming 2-1/4 x 3-3/4 mini boards, these all have a few holes to organize working threads for one of your projects. Kind of special to tuck inside a sewing case, pretty on a shelf... just a small something!

***Note:
Kelmscott is discontinuing her line of exquisite Mother-Of-Pearl accessories. Prices on MOP are through the ceiling... and she has stopped importing. We LOVE her buttons, thread organizers, thread winders... but will not have them much longer. THIS IS YOUR NOTICE!!! GET WHAT YOU WANT NOW... SUPPLY IS DWINDLING! I don't know how long things will last -- the rulers are already sold out... check out our Kelmscott page to see the treasures still available!


184 Red White and Beach from Lizzie Kate - click to see more Be Still Inspiration Boxer from Lizzie Kate Boo from Lizzie Kate
New Lizzie Kate Designs are Here!
  • Red White and Beach -- 4 Nautical and beachy projects, not strictly patriotic -- just summery! The little framed design ready *Whatever floats your boat!* Chart of the 4 designs, no special embellishments, everything is coded for DMC or hand-dyeds and uses neutral fabric.
  • Be Still Inspiration Boxer -- *Be still and know that I am God.* Boxer kit includes the chart, fabric, antique gold cross charm and a cute bonus pattern that reads *be a nice human!* Main design finishes about 3 x 5.
  • Boo -- The Halloween addition to this year's little Celebrate with Charm Holiday set... Thanksgiving and Christmas follow in a few months. Small card format with moon charm. Finishes approx 3 x 4 -- would be a super-cute little pin cushion! Hand-dyeds or DMC.
Christmas Mystery Sampler -- COMING IN SEPTEMBER! (continuing in Oct and finishing in Nov.) Picture This Plus fabrics, New color of Weeks floss will be featured, and cute JABCO embellishments. No other details at this point... so PATIENCE is a virtue you will need to have until we do! We'll start taking reservations when we have more details for you.


Ghosts by The Glasshopper - click for more Mushroom by The Glasshopper - click for more Mushrooms and Ghosts!
from The Glasshopper
Jennifer the Glasshopper Gal has a pair of cute new pins -- topped with her lampwork glass! Beautifully hand-made, each pin needs to poke out of a pretty pin cushion or sewing case.

The little mushroom reminds me of the dancing ones in Fantasia! Substantial 2-1/2 inch pins, the red and white glass mushroom measures about 3/4 of an inch. The little ghost is white glass with black eyes, and he measures about 2cm long -- about 3/4 of an inch. These are darling... one of a kind. Full of personality, you'll never find others like them!


Roses Melody Sewing Casket from Mani di Donna - click for more Mini Sunflower Pin Cushion
from Mani di Donna
Mani Di Donna had the cutest bitty design at Market... a tiny sunflower cushion with matching needlecase. Just a simple chart, it comes with the set of three handmade clay sunflower pins and the three metal thread rings you see on there. (Rings actually go inside the thread case... we put them on the cushion instead, because we didn't think we'd do both pieces!)

You'll need scraps of linen, and bits of three Weeks flosses... SUPER tiny and quick!
Simona has some other cool new things... on our inside pages!


Kesiah Campbell 1796 Sampler from Needlemade Designs - click to see more Kesiah Campbell 1796 Sampler
from Needlemade Designs
A neat sampler... especially when you know what the verse really means!!!! Tucked above the charming farmhouse and yard scene, the Gaelic words translate to *driving the ewes to the hills, where the heather grows... and to the small stream! By Needlemade Designs, you could stitch JUST the bottom part -- leaving off the alphabets and initials -- you CAN change the biblical name Kesiah to your own!

Adjust the border length... but do keep the little sheep stitched with French Knots! The entire green lawn is stitched with Satins - but they are displaced in semi rows, so there is a lovely texture to all that green, which makes this all the more charming! (Can you tell, I'm not personally crazy about the dominant alphabet up there? It's OK to think outside the 'chart' a little!) Entire sampler finishes approx 9 x 11 on 32ct.
Charted for DMC or Gentle Art Sampler Threads -- gorgeous colors of Cast Iron Skillet, Country Redwood, Endive, Garden Gate, Grape Arbor, Red Plum, Moss, Oatmeal, Picnic Basket, and Woodrose.


Land That I Love - click to see more Land That I Love
This is a neat book, and you should buy it! (There it is in a nutshell!) It is a 120-ish page book full of line drawings of the 50 US states, and all sorts of lettering and motifs special to each state. By Indigo Junction's Amy Barickman, it begs for your creativity! Ready to be traced onto fabrics for embroidery... possibilities are endless.

A *Retro* personality to this... how neat would it be to teach a young stitcher basic embroidery with this? If you are traveling this summer... and you are going out-of-state... do pillow cases with motifs of the states you are visiting! If you go camping... it's a perfect momento! If you take a summer vacations somewhere... make kitchen dish towels with embroidery on them to celebrate your trip! If you have a camper -- maybe you have room for a cute stitched pillow in there? This book is your helping hand!


Clay Garden Pin Set from Nikyscreations - click for more Alphabet Garden from Nikyscreations - click for more Nikyscreations has several charming new releases... charts and the ultra-sweet set of miniature clay counting pins!
Alphabet Garden features a flowing alphabet scattered all about the 100 x 131 stitch count design (finishes approx 6 x 8 on 32ct). Charted for regular DMC floss, it's a very pretty piece. You can mange up the fabric of you want, and changing DMC to hand-dyed flosses is a breeze! The chart comes with a delightful hand-painted wooden bunny button that measures about an inch in size -- you can see it beside the W in the sampler.

Clay Garden Pin Set -- These are lovely! PETITE, these are 2-inch long pins topped with a flower, bunny and carrot of polymer clay -- they are only 1/4 an inch in size! So stinkin cute, you can poke these into just about any garden, or floral, or bunny pin cushion, and they'd be a charming surprise inside a sewing case! Soft muted colors... this set I am describing never made it back to The Silver Needle! They found a new home in the pin cushion on my desk!

Make sure to see the rest of Nikys cute things on our interior Niky Pages!


Modern Folk Embroidery - click to see more   Modern Folk Embroidery - click to see more
Modern Folk Embroidery
I stumbled across this book that features 30 contemporary projects for Folk Art inspired designs -- all done in traditional embroidery stitches! It is fresh, colorful, young and just fun! It's crewel embroidery -- stitched with embroidery floss on just about any fabric you want.

The book has 125 pages of stitch diagrams, patterns and pictures of 30 different projects that are so NOW and CUTE! Bags, dolls, pillows, ornaments... you can finish everything in here any way you want! Browse through it, choose a project, the instructions are very good. Bright colors, very *Retro* on personality!


A Stitcher's Pin Spool from Milady's Needle - click for more A Stitcher's Pin Spool from Milady's Needle
Milady's Needle has a cute new Stitcher's Spool design... it shows two stitchers on it, big 'ol nasty scissors (in comparison to the tiny little stitchers!) and the words *Sampler Sisters* along with the date. You can spell put anything you want to on there! Presented as a complete kit, it contains the chart (but there are TWO -- one is for 36ct as an option), a cut of 40ct Vintage Homespun Linen by Lakeside, and Gentle Art and Weeks hand-dyed flosses all beautifully tied onto a cardboard thread palette with the stitched artwork on it.

There is coordinating topping fabric to match the flosses and Milady's chunky 2 x 3 inch wooden spool as well. THEN, to dress up your cushion, you'll see a pair of silver-flower pins by Kim's Needle Needfuls -- you get those TOO! Very cute, this is like the Rabbit Run and Garden Visit Spool Keepers and Cushions we were treated to last year (which are back in stock for a limited time!)


Spots of Paris and Ateliers of Paris
from Fireside Originals
Ateliers of Paris from Fireside Originals - click to see more Spots of Paris from Fireside Originals - click to see more Oh my gosh... our Silver Needle/Jeannette Douglas Cruise leaving from Paris is coming the end of May! There are 140 of us taking the ENTIRE Ama Waterways boat down the Rhone for a week.. but we meet in Paris first! I couldn't resist these two charts I found at Market!
  • Spots of Paris is worked on 32ct Ocean Kiss linen with GAST or DMC flosses. Do the 100 x 100 entire design, or make the little scooter and the Metro sign!
  • Ateliers of Paris is a charming shop window scene... I love walking down a narrow street and EVERY shop window is more charming than the last! (wouldn't it be fun to stumble across a mini Silver Needle in some 400 yr old village with stone streets and tiny mosaic door entries, and wooden windows that have 1/2 an inch of paint layers on them?) This design measures 279 x 120 -- good sized. Hand-dyed flosses, a few beads and even some Mill Hill Treasures... the middle shop is a needlework shop... it has a bottle of wine in the window, and a glass FROG Treasure over a gold needle... meaning NO FROGGING... which translates to NO Rip-It Stitching!


Happy Halloween in punch needle from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Beeutiful Garden in punch needle from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more Halloween Duos in punch needle from Teresa Kogut -- click to see more
A Trio of New Punch Needle Designs from Teresa Kogut!!!
Super-Cute designs presented as line drawings to transfer onto provided weaver's cloth, each of these is punched with hand-dyed or DMC flosses.
  • Happy Halloween -- Wow, talk about eye-catching! Finishes approx 5-1/2 x 7, punching around the circle gives you all that color variation!
  • Beeutiful Garden -- Charming floral border surrounding a beehive -- everything is muted in color on this... just gorgeous! Finishes 5-1/4 x 7.
  • Halloween Duos -- Cats and Jacks, and crows! I love the white outline she's added around everything in this! Finishes approx 8 x 6.


Herman The Hedgehog: His Sewing Case and Fob from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view Herman The Hedgehog: His Sewing Case and Fob from Fern Ridge - click for a larger view
Herman The Hedgehog: His Sewing Case and Fob!
from Fern Ridge Collections
This is SO DARN CUTE... you are going to fall in love with Herman! Fern Ridge's Pat and Peggy have created such a fun sewing set... presented in full kits... you get EVERYTHING neat and cool to finish this little guy in style!
  • Herman - The Sewing Case This measures about 3 x 4 when closed. Beaded edge treatment, check out the little hand-made red and white spotted glass mushroom button holding it closed! Stitched on 32ct Flax linen with Sullivans floss, Herman is on the front cover, his little forest on the back. Lots of special stitches in the tree. Open his case to find a stitched pocket for a hedgehog thread winder -- it's garnished with a silver mushroom charm.Next, there is a ruler band -- yes, you get the wooden ruler etched with another baby hedgehog. then linen pages to hold needles, another pocket to hold the hedgehog waxer that is included, and another pocket to help hold one of your small scissors. Great colors, and super cute, the kit includes the chart, linen, lining fabrics and interfacing. Beads, buttons, glass mushroom, ribbon, waxer wooden winder and ruler, silvery mushroom charm... I hope I haven't left anything out!
  • Herman - The Beaded Fob This little guy is so much fun to do! He is Peyote Stitch (which is a beading technique, not Cross Stitch) with lavish fringe at the bottom and sticky-outey 'quills' from his back. Presented in a complete kit, the Peyote part takes about 3 hours to do... quills another hour, and fringe another one or two -- I'm always getting my thread accidentally wrapped around the rest I have already done! Pretty browns and greens, you get everything in the kit. Herman finishes approx 4 inches long from head to fringe!
  • Herman - The Stick Pin WOW... Glasshopper made Herman come to life for Fern Ridge... he's even hand-painted!!!!! About 1/2 an inch in size, he is ceramic, and features a glass 'polka dot blanket' on his back handmade just for him! THE CUTEST little pin... get him for anywhere you need a tiny hedgehog! He's available separately from the case and fob!

Skep of Bees by Bent Creek -- click to see more Shake It Up Globe by Bent Creek -- click to see more Five New Offerings by Bent Creek... We brought them all home from Market! Here are two.. the rest are on our Bent Creek interior pages.
New Kits from Bent Creek
  • Shake It Up Globe -- BC's annual Snow Globe release we have 15 others in this series -- so this is year #16! Presented as a complete kit of easy-breezy-to-see 18ct Natural Lite linen with #5 pearl cottons and a few button and bead embellishments, this is perfect for travel because it's easy to see. Cute snowmen are floating around in the snowstorm inside your 5 x 5 globe... the flakes in the background are the little glass seed beads with a matte white color.
  • Skep of Bees -- Another fun design worked on 18ct linen... this one companions the heart of hearts, pumpkin of leaves.. that series. Golds, black and white of #5 pearl cotton, this finishes approx 5 x 5 - like all the rest in it's series. The little hive is full of dedicated bees, and you can identify the Queen -- she has a crown on! Presented as the kit of chart, linen and threads.
Be sure to click through to our other Bent Creek page to see the other new designs!


Vintage Birds and Mighty Acorn
from Jeannette Douglas Designs
The Mighty Acorn from Jeannette Douglas Vintage Birds by Jeannette Douglas -- click to see more Jeannette Douglas's new things released at Market are all here! Nine new designs in all... large samplers all the way down to bitty 1-inch pin cushions, everything is quite detailed with thread and fabric offerings. Lets see how well I can describe it all! Pics and my notes are all on Jeannette's pages... so enjoy the browse! Info about these pics first!
  • Vintage Birds -- A leaflet, the third in this set -- Vintage Stars and Vintage Flowers -- this is a pretty 8 x 8 piece that is stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks hand-dyed flosses. You could change some of them to the Simply Wools - a soft look Jeannette used in Flowers and Stars, as an option. Anyway, the peacock tail in here happens to be Algerian Eyelet - each over six threads! SUPER soft in shading and color, gorgeous!
  • The Mighty Acorn -- Well, this little guy is solid silks and solid specialty stitches -- not a Cross Stitch in here! Finishing approx 4-1/2 inches square on 40ct, the Bargello border is over an inch wide, full of dramatic movement! The acorn itself is all Milanese Stitch... the chart is intoxicating! It's only 40 by 50 stitches in size, too! Lovely brown, greens and creme silks, this is not for a beginner stitcher! Presented as the chart with Gloriana, Classic, Access Commodities, Thread Gatherer and Rainbow Gallery silks and metallics. Mighty Acorn is only PART of Roses and Acorns -- a larger sampler!


Quaker House Token from Chessie & Me - click for more Garden House from Chessie & Me - click for more Home Safe to Me from Chessie & Me - click for more
Chessie & Me! has several new things. Here are pics of a few, the rest are tucked onto our Chessie & Me pages.
  • Quaker House Token -- This is Linda's small kit for this season, stitched on Zweigart's 36ct Cedar Linen. She has motifs stitched over one and two worked with Gloriana hand-dyed silks of Antique Black, Chocolate, Mocha and Old Gold. A charming little cushion, it finishes just 3 x 4-1/2 inches in size. Presented as the complete kit of chart, linen and silks.
  • Garden House -- This companions Linda's Garden House Stitch Book --same pretty colors, motifs, etc. This time, you can make a fob and a cushion, but she shows it wrapped around a scissor block! (blocks are all different sizes, you might lose a tree or two on the sides! The one pictures has 9 holes.) Stitched with Weeks flosses on 32ct Weeks Beige Linen the wool featured in the finishing is Week's Cinnabar Houndstooth pattern. Any of the 4 wool finishes -- herringbone, houndstooth, glen plaid or solid will look good on the finished pieces -- you don't see enough of the pattern to matter... and if you aren't a pink gal... go green! (we can help choose wools for you.) Anyway, main sampler finishes approx 2-1/2 x 7 (a long skinny cushion size), the initial square measures 2 x 2-1/2 and the fib is under 2 inches in size! A charming set, with a neat finishing idea!
  • Home Safe to Me -- A bitty seaside-inspired needlebook and fob set, you are making a Pyn Keep to match as well. Everything is stitched on 36ct (you can choose anything you want), and each piece is stitched on both sides. The Needlebook finishes about 4-1/2 x 9, -- wool pages inside -- it features Linda's trademark design of Satin Stitches mixed in everywhere, Smyrnas as well, and some motifs over one. Her things always have lots of pretty texture because of the stitches mixed in. So... if you don't want the set of smalls, this could simply be a 4-1/2 inch square cushion. The matching scissor fob is under 2 inches -- whale on one side, tall ship on the other. The Pyn Keep measures just 2 x 2 -- mermaid on one side, anchors on the other. Stitched with a combo of Weeks and Gentle Art flosses -- gorgeous colors!

Stoneware Cat & Kitten from Priscilla's Pocket Stoneware Cat & Kitten from Priscilla's Pocket Stoneware Bunny, A Pin Pillow Kit
from Priscilla's Pocket
Priscilla's Pocket has a new mini-cushion kit to accompany her cat and kitten. She has some cushion designs that are inspired by old stoneware patterns -- the dark blue on tan pottery. Cat and Kitten have been past Market exclusives that she is still making for us, and now Bunny is this years'! Stitched on Weeks Dye Works Tin Roof Linen, you get the chart, linen AND the 'Wonka's Blueberry' colored mini ball trim by Dames of the Needle for your finishing. You will need Gentle Art's Black Raspberry Jam floss to stitch this.

When we were at the show, They had this little bunny stitched in EASTER colors!!! It was darling! Just choose your trim first, as there are the fewest color choices of that, then match a pastel fabric and hand-dyed floss! Stoneware Bunny finishes less than 3 x 3... the entire collection of these stoneware cushions is SO COOL together! Let us know if you want us to choose an additional color combo for you... we can do that too!


Fraktur Flowers from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Samplar Hare from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view La D Da has 6 new things... these two are my favorites!!! (and they came home with me!!!)
  • Samplar HareMr Samplar Hare is here in chart format!!! Finishing a petite 5-ish inches... isn't he darling! GET this little guy! He was a hit at Market this year, and I didn't buy nearly enough! I expect him to be around for about 2 weeks! He's a bitty thing.. we took a picture of him in my hand! Stitched on 32ct Parchment by Weeks, he measures about 5 x 5 but is smaller because he's stuffed.

    Complete assembly instructions are included -- Lori showed me that she added lots of random stitches over the top seam -- so he would look very hand-made by a young seamstress. His tail is made of your linen threads. Absolutely charming!!!!
    Wow! Presented as a chart.

  • Fraktur Flowers -- This is stunning! Bayberry Sampler Thread and 6 DMC flosses... it's burgundy brick red, teal, golden and taupe. Finishes approx 10 x 10 on 32ct, it would make a beautiful pillow or a framed piece! Presented as a chart.

Papillon d' Or by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Tendresse by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more!
Papillon d' Or & Tendresse from Reflets de Soie
Reflets de Soie of France has sent two beautiful beaded designs -- these are charted just normally -- but instead of stitching them with floss, you are stitching on ONLY BITTY GLASS BEADS! Linen called for is 35ct -- the perfect size for the beads. When you are finished, you have a stunning little piece of needlework that feels heavy and elegant in your hand. Finish them into pin cushions, frame them, make little scissor cases and fobs, small sewing bags and cases... you name it! Presented as charts with both English and French instructions, needle and the pre-sorted beads. You add the linen and DMC floss to match your fabric.
  • Papillon 'd Or finishes almost 7 x 4... uses 15 different colors of beads, and does not feature a fully beaded background.
  • Tendresse is a pretty champagne/rose/burgandy cushion -- it finishes just 3 inches square!!! The picture shows a little biscornu shape. Only 7 shades of beads -- all of them range from light rose silver-lined to the real gold bead accent color you see in the design. Elegant!


Out of the Woods: Raccoon from SamSarah Design Studio
Sam Sarah has begun two 3-part designs that are so cute and colorful... just small, simple, not a ton of parts to them, or tons of embellishments, these are MANAGEABLE!

Out of the Woods from SamSarah Design Studio Out of the Woods: Raccoon
from SamSarah Design Studio
Stitched on 32ct Charlotte's Pink by Weeks Dye Works, the raccoon is first chart, cute little owl is second, and that awesome fox is the third chart! Together, they finish about 11 x 5, and they are KILLER!

Colorful, full of personality, they are so creative and different from anything else out there. Super-cute for a nursery! Maybe decide on fabric after you have all three charts?

Blue would be good, apple green... we'll do an auto-ship for the other two charts coming to help you collect the set.


Tresor d'Octavie by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Vitrail by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Myosotis by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Tresor d' Apolline by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more! Le bal d' Iseult by Reflets de Soie -- click to see more!
New Glass Beaded Pin Cushions from Reflets de Soie
Oh my gosh, these are some of my very, very favorite things in the shop right now... GORGEOUS floral pin cushions (or sewing bag fronts) stitched on 35ct that are ONLY tiny glass beads and NO Cross Stitches! Everything you see are the minute French glass beads!!!! Stitched right from a regular chart, you use only a strand of white floss and stitch a half stitch over two on 35ct... putting on a bead instead of using a color of floss. Kind of like miniature oriental rugs... you are creating these beautiful patterns from a chart simply with glistening glass beads. Really 18ct in size, I suppose you could stitch these in floss... but you'd have to make your own color conversions from the beads.

Offered in chart format, the beads are pre-sorted for you. choose 35 or 36ct linen, frame them or make them into small cushions! We have stiff linens or softer ones... if you have a preference, let us know... we have shop models stitched on both and looks are not affected by fabric softness. It would only be that stiffer might be easier for you to work on.
  • Tresor d'Octavie -- 61 x 89 Stitches (approx 3 x 5), this kit comes with the blue silk ribbon for finishing!!! Roses, green and golds.
  • Vitrail -- 83 x 83 Stitches (less than 5 x 5) Stunning aquas and roses, with gold accents. There is a butterfly charm on there.. it is NOT included in the kit... just a design temptation!
  • Myosotis -- ONLY 49 x 33 -- A BEGINNER SIZE -- this finishes under 3 x 2! Gorgeous deep blues, lavenders and golds... this is just a bitty one that you can TRY THESE with!
  • Tresor d' Apolline -- 53 x 99 Stitches (approx 3 x 5) this one has a white beaded background and features a rose swirl among greenery.
  • Le bal d' Iseult -- 102 x 103 -- This is bouquet of roses! A very classic, antique design, again a creamy white background with the antique roses and leaves all beaded. Exquisite for a sewing case cover or scissor case!


American Homestead Sewing Set from Scarlett House - click for more Samplers from Scarlett House - click for more
The Scarlett House has beautiful new things!
Pin cushions and an awesome new line of handmade and painted Shaker boxes, Tanya has done a great job!
  • American Homestead Sewing Set is a multi-piece design including a cushion, scissor holder and fob, a mini hornbook. It is shown tucked into a Shaker tray - brick red on the outside and black in the inside. (our shipment is on the way) The farmyard scene is the focal point on that darling cushion!
  • Samplers -- Kind of an 'advertising sign' for a stitcher! Stitched on 40ct (you can choose anything you want), this finishes approx 11 x 4. Just spot motifs and pretty colors, it'd be fun on your sewing room door!!!
We have a total of 5 designs that are new... take a peek on our Scarlett House Page!


Coffee Quaker from Heartstring Samplery - click for more Lots of new by Heartstring Samplery... everything is on our interior pages, but here is one of my favorites!

Coffee Quaker
from Heartstring Samplery
*First I drink the coffee, then I do the things...* What a fun thing to hang on your kitchen wall near the coffee pot! Grab a smattering of different hand-dyed brown flosses... this finishes approx 9-1/2 x 11 on 36ct.

Great Quaker motifs, it just speaks for itself! Presented as a chart.


Eyelash Sizzle from Lady Dot Eyelash Snow from Lady Dot Eyelash Trim from Lady Dot Creates
We have a new style of hand-dyed trim by Lady Dot Creates -- it's 100% cotton, and looks like a fern frond! It's Eyelash -- a thin strand with little 1/4 inch long 'frizzies' coming out from it.
I think because it's thin, it'll be best on smaller cushions, it'd be cute as 'grass' beneath stitched bunnies and in little flower gardens. (Imagine a sewing case... you open the inside to see a tiny stitched garden, and here is that trim -- right in the needlework!)
I think you could make darling rabbit tails -- use several strands like a tassel fringe.

Dyed to match Lady Dot's existing colors, we have six of her most popular colors so far. Algae is a soft green, Licorice - a dark gray to soft black, Sizzle - that gorgeous rich red, Snow - white. Then we have Vanilla which is a cream and finally Vintage which is ivory and taupe and simply goes with everything!!!!!!!! Packaged in 9 yard lengths.
English Village I from Michael Powell - click for more English Village II from Michael Powell - click for more
English Village I & II from Michael Powell
Oh my gosh, I LOVE this guy's artwork! Used to be -- only kits were available -- now, we are beginning to get charts of lots of Michael's designs. Just stick me inside one of these charming Olde English Village houses... I could either be Cinderella or the Gracious Lady of the House... either way would be good!

Two parts to this charming scene, each finishes approx 8 x 12-1/2 inches in size. TONS of stitches in these, and TONS of color changes (coded for DMC, Madeira and Anchor) they call for 49 colors and then he blends 10 more together! You HAVE to LOVE backstitching to do these... there are NOT quarter stitches in them, you just backstitch hither and thither to create the charming, crooked, antiquey charm of these.

Each chart contains TWO charts -- one for the regular Cross Stitches, the second is JUST the backstitching. We have tons of other designs by Michael on his interior pages... some are cute and small, I have one started...............!

Flowers With Check Border from Michael Powell - click for more
Flowers With Check Border
from Michael Powell
Not into Olde English? What about contemporary, fresh, cheerful flowers? This 5 x 5 design is worked on any white fabric you like best, and finishes that 5 inches in size on a 14/28 ct size.

TWO charts in here... one is just the Cross Stitches, the other is the backstitch detail. Coded for DMC floss... it uses 18 colors. The charts are HUGE and clear, and have great pics of HOW to do those crooked backstitches on fabrics that are over one or two.

The Frog Motto from Annie Beez Folk Art - click to see more The Frog Motto
from Annie Beez Folk Art
*As Ye Sew, So Shall Ye Rip!*
It's just one of those things when you're a stitcher! By Annie Beez, this is a one-page chart for this silly but sobering design that measures approx 6 x 5 when stitched on 18/36ct.

Coded for DMC floss, it'd be fun to add buttons to the flowers and do Padded Satins on the spools. Hopefully, you can finish this without too much ripping!!!!

Heard it Through The Grapevine, part 1 from SamSarah Design Studio

Heard it Through The Grapevine
from SamSarah Design Studio
This is a cheerful hearts and dots thing all swirled together -- stitched on 32ct Charlotte's Pink Linen by Weeks. (don't get hung up on pink... you can change that if you need to!)

Presented in only 3 parts with no embellishments, you can always add as you want to, but this is fine just the way it is. Stitch the alphabet letters or make up a message of your own to spell in here! Heard it Through The Grapevine from SamSarah Design StudioThe entire design finishes approx 18 x 7.

Be aware that each portion CAN stand alone if you aren't doing the whole alphabet... so don't feel like you have to buy all three of these to get the full charm and impact of the design! We're doing an auto-ship for charts two and three -- in case you want them all.

A Scissor Sampler by Rovaris of Italy! - click to see more

A Scissor Sampler
from Rovaris of Italy!
Rovaris of Italy has a cool piece -- it's the alphabet done in white against a natural background, then garnished with all sorts of scissors stitched in DMC 815 red.

Actually quite large, the stitch count is 130 x 430 -- finishing approx 8 X 27 on 32ct! You could change up the colors a little, stitch just your name and add the scissors you like the best to that and make a sewing room sign. Make a pin cushion with just one initial and one scissor motif.

Nobody says you have to stitch the entire thing if you don't have that much energy! It's just a pretty chart, we thought it was cool.
In The Beginning with Adam and Eve from Blackberry Lane

In The Beginning with Adam and Eve
from Blackberry Lane Designs
This was Marie Driskill's first design released in 2008! She brings the model to Market every year, and dismisses it (oh yes, that... it as an early design), but this year... she brought CHARTS!

No, the clock is not available. BUTTTTT, the design measures 130 x 320, and is worked over one thread on 32. You can go over two, and choose any count you wish, over one on 32 this finishes only 4 x 10. Only 98 different colors of DMC in here and 3 hand-dyes, it's pretty amazing.

The chart is intense -- like the Heaven and Earth patterns -- and they do take patience and concentration to work -- two attributes that others have more of than me! Just gorgeous!


Boleyn Linen from Primitive Hare - click for more Colonial Hare from Primitive Hare - click for more Colonial Hare Pins from Primitive Hare - click for more
Colonial Hare & Her Pin Set from The Primitive Hare
This is a new design that has caught the eye of many! By Primitive Hare, it is a very old-style rabbit portrait that is charted in two different colorways -- blue and brown. Blue uses DMC 646, 844, 648, 3072 413 and 415. Brown uses 840, 838 and 3371 instead of the 413, 415 and 3072. You can use any hand-dyed linen, or Primitvie Hare's special 40ct Boleyn Linen -- it is hand-dyed, but she's put words on it... semi-readable... very muted in the background... for a super-aged look. Very interesting... some really like it, some not so much.

The Primitive Hare is quite large, she measures 155 x 249 -- so finishes approx 8 x 12-1/2 on that 40ct... or 9-1/2 x 15-1/2 on 32ct. The hand-made pin set matches the Blue Hare... not featured in the main design... they're just kind of neat to poke in a pretty pin cushion nearby! Colonial Hare is a leaflet, pins and linen offered separately.


A Walk to the Sea By Madame Chantilly from Madame Chantilly A Walk in the Garden By Madame Chantilly from Madame Chantilly
Presenting Little Miss Strawberry and Watermelon Butts
from Madame Chantilly
Oh my gosh, these are DARLING! Madame Chantilly has two new designs -- A Walk in the Garden, and A Walk to the Sea. Just simple, seasonal pieces, each measures about 7 x 8 on 32ct... so if you want them smaller, leave off the border.

We think they are charming, and have re-named them BECAUSE of their little rumps! 'Garden' is a spring strawberry, and 'Sea' is a summer watermelon! Presented as charts.

Crabtree Remembered & Nora's Garden from The Purple Thread
The Purple Thread has two new small designs that I thought were cute as can be! Nora's Garden by The Purple Thread - click to see more Crabtree Remembered by The Purple Thread - click to see more
  • Crabtree Remembered is a *mattress-shaped* pin cushion -- 3 x 3 x 1-ish in size. Stitched with purple, green, cream and black, she has this backed with black felt. It's very striking! The complete kit contains the linen, flosses, chart, needle, felt, AND three black mourning pins that you see sticking from it!
  • Nora's Garden is super charming! It is a hinged book to hold needles inside. The front design follows a garden theme -- complete with that miniature stitch seed packet on there, and the tiny metal shovel charm. There are micro buttons and lace trims on there too. Inside the case is lined with the MOST BEAUTIFUL rose and cream silk gingham and a soft solid green. The complete kit contains the finishing boards, flosses and silks, buttons, shovel, ribbons, 30ct Weeks Hand-dyed linen, that gorgeous silk lining fabric and even some wool batting to make the front a little soft and puffy.

Sea Flowers Tiny Box Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Friends Are We Mini Sampler Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more The Sparrow Jar Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more Spirit of America Glass Jar Kit from Olde Colonial -- click to see more
New Arrivals
from Olde Colonial
Pam Reed has several cute smalls... everything is presented in kit format and includes the frame, box or jar!
  • Sea Flowers & a Tiny Box -- A very traditional sampler border, alphabet and flower basket, the 4 x 4 x 2 hinged box is included in the kit. Stitched on 32ct with Weeks hand-dyed flosses all pre-tied on to a thread card, your stitching mounts onto the padded top of the box. There is also a bonus fob design in here, along with lovely box lining fabric!
  • Friends Are We -- An itty-bitty piece, this is presented as a complete kit of 32ct linen, flosses, chart, needle and the 3 x 3 mini easel-backed frame! Your stitching is minimal -- there is a little over-one stitching, but since the whole thing is only 2 x 2... you can DO IT!
  • The Sparrow -- This is a 2-1/2 inch round and tall wooden box with 2 charted designs to stitch to garnish it's top. Kit contains the jar, charts, 32ct linen and flosses... would make a cute quick gift!
  • Spirit of America -- Cute little 2 x 2-1/2 inch, 6-sided jar -- you're stitching a small cushion to hang from the felt ball on top of the jar. Almost nothing to this, it's just a quickie!

Miss Christmas Eve by Mirabilia -- click to see a more
Miss Christmas Eve
from Mirabilia
Such a pretty piece to decorate for The Holidays, Miss Christmas Eve is stitched on 32ct Desert Sand linen in DMC cottons and Waterlilies silks. Garnished with 9 different Mill Hill beads and treasures, she finishes approx 10 x 14.

Always that flowing dress, always the elegant color shading... just a really pretty piece! Offered as the chart, we have the various glass embellishments packaged with it.

Kitty Doodles by Amy Lee Weeks For Mill Hill! - click for more
Kitty Doodles by Amy Lee Weeks for Mill Hill
What a delightful collection of simple black-line doodles from Amy Lee Weeks! The people at Mill Hill have converted them to Cross Stitch on 18ct white Aida, and embellished with a few glass beads here and there. Design sizes finishing approx 5 x 7, each is stitched with 99% DMC black floss and accented with simple striking colors in the design borders.

SO DARN CUTE... they are presented as complete kits of the chart, fabric, beads and flosses. Frames are offered separately. These ARE done on aida -- don't get hung up on that -- if you have a swatch of something else white in your stash, use it. The designs are darling, and will WAY overshadow the fabric you stitch them on! I LOVE the one that says *Don't stress me out!*


Mini Bee Needle Minder from Kelmscott Beeskep Vintage Postcard Threadkeep from Kelmscott Mermaid Tail Threadkeep from Kelmscott
New Treats from Kelmscott Designs
A lovely collection of needlework trinkets and gadgets, these all make nice stitcher gifts, they are fun to use, and look wonderful tucked into cases, keeps and shadow box frames.
  • Mini Bee Needle Minder -- Isn't this a pretty thing? Kelmscott's black resin sets off her pretty bumblebee... the whole thing measures just 1-1/4 inches from side to side. Needle Minders aren't just for needles either -- they are pretty magnets for your filing cabinet or even the good old-fashioned refrigerator door!
  • Beeskep Vintage Postcard Threadkeep -- A charming sepia-tone, old fashioned picture on this little board that measures a bit over 2 x 3-1/2, it features 6 holes to attach your working threads.
  • Mermaid Tail Threadkeep -- This is SO CUTE! Another thread keep, just over 4 inches, -- same kind of thing as the vintage beeskep. This one would be incredible stored inside of a nautical sewing case, or cool perched beside a seaside pin cushion!!! The design is not painted or enameled on the wood... I think it's probably a laminated paper image, but like the rest of these, it is absolutely and perfectly transferred onto the wood -- and the colors in this charming tail are gorgeous!

Charcoal Mittens from Rachels of Greenfield - click to see more Charcoal Mittens from Rachel's of Greenfield
Oh we love the felt ornament kits we carry by Rachel's of Greenfield! Primitive stitched felt ornaments... this is the 8th set that contains 6 designs... so there are TONS to choose from! Small 3 x 3-ish old-fashioned felt pieces, all you do is cut the shapes from the included wool, blanket stitch them together, and beautiful little creations are the result.

Remember the wool ornaments that used to hang on your family Christmas Tree? Here they are (minus the plastic sequins!) Gold string to hang them, full-sized cutting templates and all the correct sizes and colors of the wools, and flosses to add the small embroidery touches, these complete kits are good to go!

VERY cute, this new set features a charcoal gray background on mittens with red cuffs. They join *Warm Hands* (more mittens), *Warm Feet* -- which are mini-stockings, *Snow Folks* --which are snowmen (even a snow kitty and a snow puppy!) and the set of gift bag ornaments!

Several Luscious Scissor Arrivals by WASA of Solingen, Germany
Several Luscious Scissor Arrivals by WASA of Solingen, Germany What an exquisite treat we have in the shop!!! From the Solingen Valley of Germany, WASA is world-famous top-quality cutlery manufacturer -- a compliment to and competitor of DOVO! We have some new styles that we used to carry (but haven't been able to get for almost 10 years!) and some pretty new offerings!

Stainless steel, hand-forged, gold plating decoration, razor-sharp blades and tips, smooth and 'buttery' cutting action... just like our DOVO embroidery scissors... WASA delivers the excellence of German artistry you will LOVE! Each has the WASA name and Solingen embossed into the blades. Choose our Regular-sized leather sheaths for these -- not the Preemie/small size... the double-sized are OK... but a little large.
  • SN53 Cross -- 3-1/2 Inches in length, these are from an antique mold. The handles come together to make a little cross shaped opening between them... and the little beading around the scissor edges make them even prettier. Light Gold plating on the handles, they don't appear to be as 'gold' in color as some of the rest. Perfect, precise, sharp little 1-1/8 inch blades.
  • SN52 Serpentine -- 3-1/2 Inches in length, another classic museum design, these are lovely, filigreed, delicate to hold and use -- just a treat! Stainless, with gold plating on the handles, they feel a little lighter in weight than the Cross Scissors -- blades are the same size though.
  • SN50 Victorian Heart -- 3-3/4 Inch in overall length -- you'll recognize this style. Gingher used to have these in their 18th Century Line -- it is a classic embroidery scissor style that is a perennial favorite. (Probably the most recognized after Stork Scissors.) Beautiful gold on the curved handles... always a good choice.
  • SN51 Flattened Victorian Heart -- Another 3-3/4 Inch style -- I think these look like the Victorian pair, just a little flattened! The finger holes turn out to be JUST A TEENY bit larger than the Victorian, so they turn out to be a little more than 1/4 an inch wider, and they feel *really good!* The same pretty gold plating on the graceful handles.
Large Buckingham Large Buckingham
Wow... we have NEVER had this style -- our favorite Buckingham in this 5-5/8 inch style!!!! What a gorgeous pair of scissors!!!!!! The same pretty swirls --gold plated -- in the handles, the blades are razor-sharp and measure approx 2-1/4 inches long.

Very heavy and substantial feeling, they would be spectacular in a special sewing case. WASA and Solingen is embossed into the blades. Choose our Double Leather Sheath to protect this size.

Lighted Needle Threader - click for more
Lighted Needle Threader
Well, if this isn't the coolest little thing! It is a wire needle threader -- with a protective snap-off cover over the wire -- that is attached to an LED light. Remove the plastic protective cover, turn on the switch for the light (it stays lit and you don't have to keep holding it at a strange angle to keep the little light on) The light IS AIMED at the wire threader -- so the eye of your needle is illuminated! You actually have a chance to SEE the hole in the needle to thread it!!!!!

We laughed when we saw this at Market, but I tried it right there in the aisle -- I had my needles and scissors with me... so this was tested before purchasing! It is just about 1-1/2 inches in total lenght, and has a hole so you can attach it to a cord or key ring. We think this is the ultimate baby-sized gadget!!!! What a fun thing to get all your friends -- and it's affordable, too!


Snow Place Like Home #4 from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see more Snow Place Like Home
from Country Cottage Needleworks
Here's chart #4 in this series... a sweet row of houses. Very symmetrical, very organized.

Snow Place Like Home combo from Country Cottage Needleworks -- click to see moreStitch them individually or all together, taking off Christmas in this 4th house will make it last longer into your frosty season. Some of us have still. have MONTHS of snow to go before the Spring!!!

Holiday Hang-Ups JOY by Bent Creek -- click to see more JOY from Bent Creek
Need a quick ornament for a gift exchange??? Whip up this little guy, and FINISH in a jiffy! Presented as the full kit WITH a 3-1/2 inch metal finishing form included, it is stitched with Weeks hand-dyed flosses on 32ct natural linen.

Embellished with three gold star buttons, you even get the red felt and ribbon used in the finishing. Everything is here... except the needle! Stitch count is 48... so this finishes 3 inches in size.

NOEL K93 Kit from Lizzie Kate O Christmas Tree K94 Kit from Lizzie Kate Prayer of St Francis #178 Chart from Lizzie Kate
WOW... Cute New Designs From Lizzie Kate Have Arrived!
  • NOEL -- A new limited edition kit, vintage in flavor, you get a bonus Stitch Dot! Linda's 3 x 4-ish holiday message is stitched on the included 30ct linen. The kit includes 2 beautiful finishing fabrics with gold highlights, ivory rick-rack, an antique gold heart charm, tiny gold beads, a bit of twine and complete instructions for a 5 x 7-ish pin pillow, bowl filler...whatever! All you need are bits of floss from your stash. SPECIAL though, is a LIMITED EDITION Stitch Dot featuring Santa himself! Stitch Dots are a new magnetic needle minder item -- complete with Lizzie Kate's artwork on them. Olde School Santa is available ONLY in this little NOEL kit!
  • O Christmas Tree -- A cute mini-kit, this one sports 10 bright little stitched trees and darling finishing fabric with more trees and sparkly gold accents on it. LK's kit includes the 30ct linen (you supply the bits of floss), 2 finishing fabrics, red rick rak, 4 white snowflake buttons, red and white beads and great finishing instructions. Stitching measures approx 2 x 5-1/2, so your little pillow will finish approx 6 x 6.
  • Prayer of St Francis -- Linda has had lots of prayer requests over the years... she loved stitching these lovely words one cross at a time! Presented as a chart, everything is worked with Weeks hand-dyed floss, or DMC. You could replace the stitched motifs with assorted buttons you might have in your stash, or you can even split up the prayer and stitch this as two companion pieces. Finished size of the complete prayer is approx 13 x 6 on 32ct. Just lovely.
  • I Am Only One B55 Boxer Kit from Lizzie Kate I Am Only One -- I Am Only One -- Lizzie Kate's newest Inspirational Boxer kit -- she is donating the chart proceeds to charity! The kit comes with 30ct lambswool linen fabric for the main piece *I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something!* There are embellishments in the package, and a darling bonus design as well. Stove Builders of Guatemala is the charity (read about it --she has an awesome little write-up in here, complete with a photograph-- via the insert in the kit), that provides cooking stoves to families in Guatemala. Linda says: she "was fortunate to visit Guatemala several years ago and hopes to go back to build more stoves -- and practice her poor Spanish! She is excited to partner with stitchers around the world to bring joy (and safe cooking!) to the indigenous families of Guatemala." I Am Only One finishes approx 9 x 3, and uses weeks or DMC flosses. The little bonus design, Love One Another measures just 2 x 3 -- a perfect pin cushion size!
  • Lizzie Kate Stitch Dots -- Be sure to check them out!



Jolly Olde St Nick from Blackberry Lane
Jolly Olde St Nick
from Blackberry Lane Designs
This little guy is certainly cute! He measures a mere 2 x 6 -- 36 x 95 stitches on 32ct. His hair can be stitched, but Marie shows you how to couch on FEATHERS instead to make it look more fluffy and real!

Worked with DMC floss, YOU make his glasses out of DMC Gold Memory thread -- a thread coated twistable wire -- and simply tack them onto his face! Very creative, presented as a chart.
Full Moon Halloween from Imaginating - click to see more Full Moon Halloween from Imaginating
Here's a festive design with lots of visual impact! Presented as a leaflet, this design measures 134 x 160 -- or approx 10 x 11-1/2 on 28ct. The Moon is UNSTITCHED. You are working the blue background of the evening sky, and leaving that moon empty!

Then, the spooky little house and graveyard scene dresses the bottom of the piece -- so darn CUTE! Just 6 colors of DMC floss, it caught my eye, because it is so different from everything else we have!
Sing a Song of Christmas 1-2-3 from JBW Designs Deck the Halls from JBW Designs
Six New Releases from JBW
Judy's Christmas 2016 creations are here... her little cards and one limited edition kit. Take a look... we have the rest on our JBW pages, so click the pic!!
Sing a Song of Christmas -- This is a three-card series celebrating Christmas Carols! Finished into 3 x 4 inch mini stockings, they are coded for DMC or hand-dyed flosses -- your choice.
  • #1 is Over the River and Through the Woods
  • #2 is Here Comes Santa Claus
  • #3 is Frosty the Snowman.
You can see the red trim along the outside edges -- that is Lady Dot's Sizzle Red Chenille trim -- which we carry.

Deck the Halls -- This is JBW's annual limited edition kit for 2016. A front yard scene, this finishes approx 3 x 3-1/2 on the provided 28ct Natural Linen. Coded for DMC (not included) you do get the red seed beads, a bit of gold metallic thread, the brass star and bells, 10-inches of polka dot ribbon, and the matching Sizzle Red chenille by Lady Dot! (all you supply are bits of your DMC)

Autumn Blessings from Chessie & Me Keep Home in Your Heart from Chessie & Me Floral Basket Tray with Fob from Chessie & Me Piney Woods Tray & Pyn Keep from Chessie & Me
Chessie & Me has sent AWESOME new designs!
Four new charts, along with her annual *house kit*... everything is here, and we love it all! Linda always adds specialty stitches in her designs -- Rhodes, Eyelets, Satins, Smyrnas, Rice... always lots of cute details to make her designs POP! All of these feature those extra design and stitch detail.
  • Autumn Blessings -- Look -- this is finished on a half-sized clip board!!! Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 32ct Confederate Gray Linen with Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyed cottons, it finishes approx 4-1/2 x 6-3/4. Eight little squares -- they'd make cute scissor fobs and name tags if you did them separately -- do whatever you want! You'll need one Schnigglet cut of Weeks Wool for your backing -- you can see Chestnut in the model pic, but we have pumpkins, grays, golds and charcoal blacks as other color options -- and you can use any of the 4 finishes -- herringbone, houndstooth, solid or glen plaid! If you decide to make a set of pin cushions... get a couple of different wool cuts so your backs coordinate!
  • Keep Home in Your Heart -- Oh this is so sweet!!! Worked on 32ct, it finishes approx 4 x 6, and is stitched with Weeks of Aztec Red, Baked Apple, Bullfrog, Flatfish, Grasshopper, Onyx, Pink Sand, and Schneckley. HUGE on Chessie charm!!!
  • Floral Basket Tray with Fob -- Rich colors of Weeks hand-dyed cottons are set against 32ct Weeks Dolphin hand-dyed linen to give you this subtle basket of flowers. Nestled in a sewing tray add a pair of special scissors -- because you can stitch a matching fob for them! Eyelets and Smyrnas in the flowers, the basket features short Satin stitches. The tray is the same one Linda featured in her Friendship Garden pattern from this past Spring. Not a tray-person? That little basket will finish a mere 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 and it would be lovely as a cushion of measurable size!!!!
  • Piney Woods Tray & Pyn Keep -- This is a medium-sized pin cushion piece - it finishes approx 4 x 6 on Weeks 32ct Confederate Gray linen. Weeks flosses of Cadet, Grasshopper, Hazelnut, Oscar, Schneckley, Sea Foam and Swamp Water -- it has restful, 'Northwoodsy' kind of colors! The chart includes the tiny band design that wraps around the baby felt needleroll, instructions for IT included as well!

Mini Sticks Stockings for Christmas! from Mill Hill - click for more
Mini Sticks Stockings for Christmas! from Mill Hill
Mill Hill has 12 new small ornament designs created by artist -- Sticks. Presented as their small kits, each contains TWO mini-stocking designs that can be stitched and attached back-to-back -- so when they twirl on your Christmas tree, you can still see pretty stitching.

Stitched on 14ct perforated paper, each contains the flosses and a few beads for glitz. Whimsical designs... you can see snowmen, trees, hearts and holly, SUPER Colorful and festive... each kit is $8.00 -- but you get everything for TWO designs!

The Candy Corn of Mischief by Bent Creek -- click to see more The Candy Corn of Mischief from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has sent a fun new design -- in plenty of time for Halloween -- which is really an awesome feat for them! It's cute as can be... and we're thrilled we'll actually have tine to get it stitched for the holiday!!!

Presented as a complete kit of 18ct linen, you get pre-sorted and labeled #5 Pearl Cottons that require only 1 strand of thread in your needle for stitching. The corn finishes approx 6 x 6, and sports cute little ghosts in the white part, jack-o-lanterns in the orange, and the moon and stars in the yellow section. Candy Corn of Mischief companions their other kits like Pumpkin of Leaves, Heart of Hearts, Snowman of Snowflakes... and lots more!

Julia's Stitching Frame Julia's Stitching Frame Julia's Stitching Frame from Big Island Woods
This is a wonderful new stitching frame hand-made by one of our customers, Julia, along with her brother! It is so simple, so uncluttered, and SO EASY to assemble and use! You get two side bars -- approx 3/4 x 2 x 14 in size. See the three holes? See the screws on them -- and the four little scalloped black finger knobs? You get 2 roller bars.

Don't panic to learn that you use that blue painter's tape (it's low adhesive... and a sample piece is included with the frame) to attach the edge of your fabric to the bars. The bars fit into the holes of the side bars, you use the super-easy-to-grab scalloped knobs to tighten those bars around the rods... roll the bars to tighten... and you are ready to stitch!

You can adjust your stitching area because of the holes on the sides, and you can even bring in your sides a little if you want. Actually very lightweight, the whole things weighs less than 1-1/2 pounds and it breaks down to the four sticks and knobs to fit into a cotton drawstring pouch (made by Julia's Mom!) Nice and smooth, NOT a messy contraption to use... easy to carry, I think you'll be very pleased with this!

Let if Snow by The Glasshopper - click for more Pumpkin Season by The Glasshopper - click for more Halloween and Christmas are Just Around the Corner!!!!!... from The Glasshopper
Well kind of....! The Glasshopper has made you the prettiest petite glass-topped pins that all of your holiday pin cushions and needlework cases NEED! Jennifer is a glass artist and is making the most delightful pins with charming miniature sculptures topping each.
  • Pumpkin Season -- These are 1 cm each!!! Exquisite miniature pumpkins complete with veins, stems and tendrils, each is perched atop a sturdy and SHARP 2-inch pin. You can poke them into straw, use them on place cards, but I think they will be most happy poked into a very special stitched and Spooky Halloween or richly-colored Autumn pin cushion.
  • Let if Snow -- Oh my gosh, these are SO CUTE!!!!!! Gorgeous, deep and rich red glass trimmed with crisp white... these are all less than an inch in size, and are perfectly hand-shaped into the most charming little hat and warm little mittens. Again, on very sharp two-inch straight pins... dress up a pin cushion. They'd be pretty as wreath decorations, even decorations on a cheese tray at a Christmas party!

Prairie Schooler's #58 Old St Nick -- click to see more Prairie Schooler's #65 Acorns -- click to see more Prairie Schooler's #74 The 12 Days of Christmas -- click to see more Prairie Schooler's #141 Thanksgiving Comes Again -- click to see more
More Fresh Reprints from the Prairie Schooler Gals are back in stock!
  • #58 Old St Nick -- From 1996, a set of Olde Worlde Santas... these are AWESOME done with specialty threads, too!
  • #65 Acorns -- This one was from 1997! A set of 50 x 50 designs, you even get the actual-sized templates in here for the tops and felt leaves pictured!
  • #74 The 12 Days of Christmas -- From 1998, Individual designs are only 2-1/2 inches square -- these made a cute set of individual ornaments as well as the bigger piece.
  • #141 Thanksgiving Comes Again -- From 2007, a VERY popular design... this is part of a huge set of Pam and Nancy's designs with that 4-patch format and the larger sampler. If you look through your books, you'll find SEVERAL of the different seasons in that 4-patch style, and TONS more samplers to match the main one. Then, notice the urn of flowers in there... it is the same size as all the OTHER corner motifs in all the rest of the matching samplers... so you could make a set of JUST THOSE smaller designs as well! Pam and Nancy always did a really good job continuing matching designs in subsequent publications!

Honey and Nativity Berries on Linen or Silk Gauze! (#'s 13, 14, 15 and 16!)
from Erica Michaels
Both versions of Nativity Berry from Erica Michaels - click for more Both versions of Honey Berry from Erica Michaels - click for more Erica Michaels has four more berries to join her previous 12! Joining Winter, Christmas, Quaker, Samplers, Valentines and Halloween Berries -- these 4 are elegant and charming! Presented in TWO DIFFERENT formats -- one is a cross stitch chart, stitched on 32ct linen. The other is also a cross stitch chart, but the design is different and smaller, and the packet contains a cut of 40ct silk gauze to make a smaller berry.

(YES, you CAN stitch the silk one on linen, and the linen one on silk!) Either way, you'll be stitching a funny shaped design that wraps together like an ice cream cone to make a berry pin cushion! Absolutely enchanting, there is nothing else available in our marketplace like them!!!! I absolutely cannot choose a favorite!
  • Honey LINEN Berry -- *Gather honey all the day* -- 32ct linen stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads, it finishes almost 4 inches in length.
  • Honey SILK Berry -- Solidly stitched, this one features a golden-yellow honey-comb top with Rhodes Stitches here and there for texture -- can you see that in the pic? Honey Silk Berry finishes approx 2 inches in length.
  • Nativity LINEN Berry -- 32ct Nocturne Picture This Plus Linen -- hand-dyed cottons, beautiful miniature Holy Family scene, this finishes approx 4-inches.
  • Nativity SILK Berry -- More cottons, the background on this is solidly stitched (Weeks Deep Sea), it finishes approx 2-inches.

Mr Nutley Owl by Just Nan -- click to see more! Wild Eyed Jack Humbug by Just Nan -- click to see more! Autumn in the Meadow by Just Nan -- click to see more!
NEW Just Nan Autumn and Halloween 2016!
Oh we are in for a treat from Just Nan!!! Due in the ship September 1st... we have three new things that are KILLER CUTE!
  • Mr Nutley Owl -- He has an REAL ACORN CAP HAT! Nan's latest small ornament, Mr Nutley companions Oakley Owlet, and is stitched on County Mocha Vintage Belfast Linen. Limited Edition kit... if you are on our Ornament Auto -- you'll get him right away (along with his fabric.)
  • Wild Eyed Jack Humbug -- This little 2-1/2 inch ornament is worked on Stone Gray Belfast linen... different on all three sides... Jack's eyes are metallic sequins trimmed with beads and buttons! Read more for all the design and package details.
  • Autumn in the Meadow -- The third in this seasonal series -- an (optional -- but ours will all have him!) tiny limited edition squirrel charm bead is hiding inside this folding case of acorns, pumpkins, vibrant leaves and lots of crows. 5-Inch square design, this folds to a smaller case, but can be framed as well!
Everything arrives the first of September. We are taking RESERVATIONS for all of it NOW. Nan has such an eye for Autumn and Halloween things... I just couldn't wait to show it all off to you! She said that she's hand-picked ALL of Nutley's Acorn Hats from her walks with John... on their new property ... by the water in Georgia! Each one is different because that is how Mother Nature makes them!


Welcome Autumn from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more Trick or Treat from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more Simply Scary from The Drawn Thread -- click to see more
Autumn and Halloween *The Drawn Thread Way* are Here!
  • Welcome Autumn -- Cynthia Zittel of The Drawn Thread is beginning a new set of Seasonal Welcome Designs -- This is the first! 30 x 216 Stitch count (2 x 13-1/2!), it is worked on 32ct Antique Lambswool linen and is coded for Dinky Dyes hand-dyed silk. FOR A LIMITED TIME, our charts are coming WITH that silk packet of threads. Very pretty with all it's textured specialty stitches, the colors are gorgeous! Make the individual letters into cushions and dump them all into a basket together, see how long it takes someone to figure out they spell WELCOME!
  • Trick or Treat -- Skeletons, ghosts, crows and spiders... what could be better? Everything ELSE you want to see when you're out Trick or Treating!!! Drawn Thread's Halloween look is all over this charming row of pumpkins and birds. Special stitches everywhere, this stitch count is 50 x 210 and it is worked with Dinky dyes silks on 32ct Dirty Linen. Presented as a chart, there are three black button embellishments in it, and for a limited time, our charts will come with the packet of Dinky Dyes hand-dyed silks. So many cute motifs in here, another one to split up and make into a set of small cushions!
  • Simply Scary -- Another in Cynthia's Simple Sampler series... this is only 53 x 95 in stitch count, so quite petite! It is coded for either Dinky Dyes silks or Gentle Art Sampler Threads, and the chart includes a pair of bitty black buttons to make those little spiders! Very cute... I imagine this will be a 4-part piece -- just like her Simple Samplers for the 4 Seasons -- which have just finished!

Bless Our Home from La-D-Da -- click to see a larger view Bless Our Home
from La-D-Da
La d Da has a pretty new sampler design, Bless our home on every side, bless our door that opens wide. Presented as a chart, it is stitched on a medium brown colored fabric, and calls for a medley of DMC, Sampler Threads and Weeks hand-dyeds.

289 x 233 in stitch count... this will finish approx 18 x 14-1/2 on 32ct... so adjust fabric count to adjust finished size! The alphabet font is lovely on here, the border is very bold and organized, and the tree leaves and flower petals are soft and rounded... very charming!

To the Beach 112 Learn Your ABZs from Hands-On Design To the Beach 113 Row from Hands-On Design
Learn Your ABZs and Row from Hands-On Design
Hands On Design continues her To The Beach series of designs with these two bits of life's advice.

Presented as small cards, the colors in this series are so soft and wind-blown... EVERY ONE of them needs to be stitched and made into little brick blocks to display at your multi-million-dollar beach house on the coast... or maybe even just a sunny, favorite spot you happen to have!

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