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Charming Seaside-Themed Designs from Rovaris of Italy - I love them all!
Direct from the Italian Coastline, these are all presented in chart format and are coded for DMC floss. Each one comes with a special embellishment, and most have a cut of lace or ribbon as well. We have a few other charts we picked up... click through to their page to see the rest! Livia and Paola Rovaris are the designers behind all these. They look ALIKE, and it took me 2 years at the show to discover there were TWO of them! One spoke better English than the other for a couple of years... so I remember going into their room and ordering, but then 'she never seemed to remember' when I came back. (Everything becomes clearer when you're all waiting in the breakfast omlet line at the show!)
Stitch An Inch Garden from By the Bay Needleart
This is a fun collection of 24 different flowers that are all 28 x 28 stitches each. Donna is presenting them in 6 color families - 1 color set of 4 flowers each month. So far we have Ruby 'n Rose, Pink 'n Plum and Orange 'n Apricot, with the yellows, blues and lavender all following these next few months. She has all sorts of borders in the charts, so you can stitch flowers individually or grouped just about anyway you want!
That big box of the 24 shows everything in the set, but you can arrange THAT piece anyway you wish as well! Donna has spent lots of time figuring out how you can combine these, how you can manipulate the designs... just to give you ideas. Your design possibilities are seemingly endless... and all from a tiny 1-inch flower motif! This series began in January of 2019 and will finish in June of 2019.
A Tisket A Tasket - A Small Scissor Basket
from JBW Designs
JBW's Spring 2019 Market kit is here... it's a small scissor 'basket'... an envelope!
Presented as a kit of chart, 32ct antique white linen, floss for the cording and green backing/lining fabric (you can see it in the pic), and pink flower buttons, you add bits of floss from your stash. Finishing instructions are included to make the 3-1/2 inch scissor pocket and tiny matching fob.
The Deventer Duo and Sarah Stewart Hardman Samplers
from Needlework Press
Needlework Press has three samplers recharted and printed into 2 new leaflets. Each piece is full of history and Vicki gives you lots of that enchanting information in the charts. The pieces are so beautiful and there is so much detail and information here about each... I can't begin to describe them as well as they deserve!
Three New Animal Crackers from Stacy Nash Primitives
Stacy Nash has this fun series of stand-up animals - called 'Animal Crackers' - and then some little smaller heads of more animals called 'Cracker Crumbs.' These three are all new 'Crackers'... and we think it's fun to have them all organized on our inside page... so you can SEE her entire collection of them. They all come as individual charts... all stitched on various hand-dyed linens with hand-dyed threads... they look even better if you spray them with a little distressing spray or coffee!
Squirrels of Sumatra (Big) and Out There (Little!) from Ink Circles
Partying with Amy Bruecken and her Besties!
Amy has several new designs... all of them are cute, colorful and fun to stitch. Her 'Liking to Party' set offers two different party options... Stitching or Napping! Those 4 sheep are super-cute - look at the swirls and dots in their wool! Pick a fun fabric, she's coded these for DMC, and tells you to add buttons or whatever else floats your party-barge!
Besties is a cute set of three 40 x 40 designs - frame 'em, cushion 'em, make block stand-ups. If you don't stitch the square outline around them, they'd fit on the Heart in Hand Heartware pieces... and you might need to add some JABCO or Puntini Pins to them!
Keepsakes One, Two and Three from Sue Hillis Designs
Sue Hillis has a 12-piece set of cute stitcher-related ornament and pin cushion designs. Presented in three separate leaflets, you would never guess that EVERY ONE of these is the same stitch count - 50 x 50... she's just shown you 12 different finishing options!
All DMC, no special embellishments... you can check your stash for old buttons and cute embellishments... she shows some Puntini Puntini pins on the beehive model - (now, there's a collection of CUTE pins and buttons to choose from!) Sue has also shown a layout on her back covers to join all 12 designs together in one framed piece. LOTS of possibilities with this set!!
It's All Here!
Presenting Spring Mouse Scissor Roll -- Featuring Dilly Mouse... from Just Nan
Nan's next miniature stitched scissor roll will be here the second week of March. Designed to hold a 3-1/2 or 4 inch pair of embroidery scissors, your 10 x 2 stitched piece features 4 tiny garden scenes that roll to the outside, and a charming verse with tiny mice scurrying towards the trellis pocket that will hold your scissors. Nan talks about a fence with flowers under the wisteria, daffodils under a splashing wall fountain, towering jonquils reaching for the sun, and a large basket of flowers on a garden table - ALL OF THAT is featured in those 4 tiny panels!
Stitched on 32ct Weeks hand-dyed Morris Blue Linen, the case is lined with more Weeks hand-dyed wool... and Ms Dilly Mouse perches on top of the whole thing. Dilly is stitched on Honeysuckle linen - her dress is decorated with daffodils. She has an amber glass daffodil hat, and she is holding a tiny pair of stork scissors. Included with the chart is an 8-page stitch guide, hand-dyed Iris wool, wired string mouse tail, signature button base for mouse, glass flower hat, beads, snap closure for case, and mini stork scissor charm. You'll need the fabric cuts and DMC flosses from your stash.
New Mini Needle Nannies, Micro-Beading Threaders, and Regular Mini-Threaders
from Puffin & Company
OK... Keep THAT straight! We have hens and bee hives! Each is only 1/2 an inch in size... can you see the differences in them? The Nanny (minder) has no hook hanging down from it. Just a magnet. The MICRO-Threader has the teeniest hook at the end - it fits a tiny beading needle eye. The REGULAR Mini-Threaders has the larger hook for regular needles.
New Regular-Sized Needle Nannies
from Puffin & Company
Joining our set of magnetic needle minders we now have a thimble and sunflower. The Thimble measures 1-inch tall, while the Sunflower measures in at 1-1/2 inches. Made of recycled copper, brass and nickel metals, we have dozens of little pieces in minders and matching threaders... check out the rest!
Pepperberry Bunnies & Chicks for Springtime!
The Easter Lollipop Collection!
This is a delightful set of cross-stitched rabbits, bunnies and a sheep, all finished *on-a-stick* to poke into your Easter Basket, but could hang as ornaments as well. By Pepperberry Designs, they started out as painted needlepoint canvases, but they are stitched on all the bright Tropical Linens or Aida from Wichelt Imports - and they use regular, ordinary DMC floss!
Super cute, each finishes approx 4-1/2 x 5... they are all slightly different. I see metallics on these, some furry threads from Rainbow Gallery, some buttons and beads... lots of potential for cute embellishing. Choose between Tropical Blue, Green or Pink... we have 14 Aida or 28ct Linen... and the colors are CHEERFUL! Each of these is presented as it's own chart.
Kathy Barrick's New Stockings!
DO NOT use these for Christmas decorations... rather... make them and hang them on doors or on skinny little strange walls or tuck them into narrow nook areas. Pick an cool area that is as quirky as these are! They are neat pieces of artwork... don't hide them away till Christmas!
Spring 2019's Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine
The freshest issue of this beautiful quarterly magazine has just come, and since we are all waiting for Spring... it is full of tempting bunny designs! 78 Glossy color pages of pictures and descriptions of 10 Punch Needle projects and 9 Cross Stitch charts, it is always a treat to page through.
95% Content - not filled with annoying ads - the charts, templates, featured articles and shop reviews are all really well done! *Some* back issues are still available, but not all!
Pumpkinheads - Boris and Natasha! from Val's Stuff
A pair of Pumpkin Pincushions! Boris stands 5-inches tall with his leaves and stem, and Natasha stands almost 6 inches because of her spool. A fun way to use all sorts of Halloween-colored fabrics - make a stitched pumpkin patch! Val's Stuff has a kit to make these little guys. You do MINIMAL stitching with black and white floss on 30ct Weeks dye Works Pumpkin Linen (or something cute you like and have!)
She provides the finishing instructions to gather your fabric at the top and bottom... roll the felt for stems, cut out felt leaves, glue or stitch on the eyes, stuff, and perch Natasha on the black painted spool stand! You can add plastic pellets inside these if you want a little weight to them. The kit comes with charts, painted spool, clay and button eyes, sunflower pin, pipe cleaner, twine, and felts for the stems and leaves. You'll need a little wad of polyfil, maybe the plastic pellets for weight, and some glue. TOO CUTE!
Stitch Always and Big Chicken from Lucy Beam
Here are a pair of charts we picked up at Market a couple of weeks ago that caught our eye!
Heartstring Samplery has 6 new charted designs -- and some super-cute miniatures of her things in stickers!
Happiness is Homemade
This is the little cookbook the Market Organizers compiled for us this year. A 6 x 9 softcover with 63 pages of recipes, cross-stitch charts, a few stories, some pics of the food, original recipes or finishing steps, 86 shops and designers contributed FAVORITE recipes to this book. (The rules said it HAD to be a *Tried and True* favorite recipes -- and we came through!)
Totally yummy sounding things - some of the Italian designers have metric measurements - you can Google the equivalents! Doug Kreinik put in a recipe that he used to win a Chili Cook-off... but it makes almost THREE gallons! (Ok, who has a pot that big!) Glendon Place has a huge bean recipe that took the entire page. There are so many neat recipes in here, and you'll probably recognize most of the contributors! From super-easy things to super-old family favorites... just fun!
Like a Butterfly Music Sewing Set
from Mani Di Donna
This is a charming stitched music box BOX by Simona! Your scissor case and fob match the tiny round box - which has a music box mechanism inside! Want to see it work? Lift off the tufted (Weeks Dye Works Houndstooth Wool) top, to find a stitched inside base - about an inch down. The rest of the box is holding a hidden music box... but the little crank is poking through a hole you left on the backside of the round!
So unique! We're getting all the pieces and parts she is offering - pins, music box movement, fob beads and case handle... $60.00. 30ct Weeks Linen, flosses, wool and ball trims are all offered separately.
Bee Our Guest from Noteworthy Needle
Oh My Gosh, this is the ULTIMATE in being welcomed into a *HOME OF A STITCHER!* Noteworthy Needle has a cute little room sign - an information token - to let your guests know your Wi-fi password!
I love her network name in her promo pic - HIVE. The, the password - 14ct Aida! Only Janice could imagine this... and it's pretty cute! This is a must!
Four New Samplers from Rosewood Manor
Karen never does anything little! Here are 4 other new samplers available in 10 and 20-page booklets.
You can't see enough detail on these bitty pics... they are just teasers, aren't they? By The Numbers is NOT alphabets - it's NUMBERS! Float your mouse over each image so you know its name and then click them to see larger pics.
New Designs from Samplers Not Forgotten
from Long Dog Samplers
By Long Dog Samplers, the shop girls found this in our book racks and we realized that it missed the Long Dog web page! *Home is where your story begins.*
This little baby measures 205 x 277 - so approx 13 x 17 on 32ct. Coded for DMC or Gentle Art Sampler Threads, it has quite a prominent border of stars and angles. Colors featured are Raven, Moonlight Path, Wood Rose, Sable, Pink Azalea, Cherry Bark, Barn Grey, Sugar Plum, Cidermill Brown, Antique Rose, Cornhusk, Tropical Ocean and Buttermilk.
Miss Lucy Calcutt 1826
from Just Stitching Along
By Just Stitching Along, Lucy did a sampler in 1825 at age 8 (shown on our Samplers page) and this one the next year at age 9!
12-Page full color chart format, coded for silks or DMC cotton, it has 28 colors and measures 281 x 380 in stitch count.
Bunny Lace Trio
from Lindy Stitches
A chart of these three designs that feature a way to highlight all your crazy overdyed threads.
Vintage County Mocha linen... get some trim and them dig through all your beloved random threads!
This design highlights three of Classic Colorworks flosses that have multiple color variations in them -- so no DMC conversions. Cobbled Peach, Goldfish and Meadow Green are featured. Three sweet cushions for the season!
Cats & Hearts - July Through December from Kitty & Me Designs
Here are the final 6 designs in this fun set of 12... each is a chunky heart filled with cool graphics and geometric borders. BUTTT if you are a cat lover - that little black kitty steals the show for you! By Kitty & Me Designs, choose just one or two of your favorites, or do them all and make a quilt... each is presented separately in a leaflet format.
Stitched on any white fabric you like, they are all coded for DMC floss and measure 101 x 77 (approx 5-1/2 x 7 on 14/28ct.) The little black cats are CHARMING! (If you like one silouette more than another, switch them out on your hearts!) The background designs for all 12 are different, their colors remind you of that season, and wow... what an opportunity to add some hand-dyeds, beads or metallics! You could even stitch your kitty in Black Simply Wool to make him furry! All 12 designs in the set are here.
Presenting the Summer House Stitche Workes 2019 Fragments in Time Collection
The 2019 set of smalls is beginning to appear... this year inspired by Shaker ideals of simplicity, industry, harmony and economy. Beth's set of 8 small card charts releases mid-January and a pair of them will follow every other month to finish this July. Stitch each individually for pin cushions or join them all together - she has a freebie border chart available here.
Stitched on 32ct, the whole set needs 2 skeins each of Mulberry, Cornhusk, Heirloom Gold, Carriage Black, Dublin Bay and Lemon Grass, and one package of Lady Dot's hand-dyed chenille in Thundercloud will be enough to trim all your cushions! Our Auto covers the little charts... advise us if you want linen, trim or threads! The auto begins late January 2019 and finishes in mid July 2019.
A Study in Blue from Sue Hillis Designs
This little pattern set is quite the favorite everywhere it seems! Sue Hillis has covered a 7-inch paper mache box (she has source/ordering info in here) with cross stitch on the outside and lined it with coordinating fabric on the inside. There's even a pin cushion to store inside your box! Complete instructions are provided in here (with lots of actual photos of her finishing processes) to line the box and cover the top and sides.
You stitch everything on a 1/4yd cut of 32ct Country Vintage Mocha Belfast Linen with only Gentle Art's Sampler Thread of Dungarees - we are guessing 3 skeins. (if you find another lining fabric you like better, change your stitching thread color to compliment that! Nothing says this has to be blue, you make it your color!) Everything is adorned with vintage pearl buttons - way more fun to sew on a button HERE than on one of your clothes!!!
Santas Revisited VII - Reprint of book #209
from The Prairie Schooler
Here are Santas from 1985, 2002 and 2014!
We're slowly getting all of the annual Santas back in print... check your stash to see if you've been wanting any of these!
from Ink Circles
By Ink Circles... at first, this looks like a nice reverent piece about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness... but WAIT... it's the pursuit of SQUIRRELS! Every dog's goal in life is to get those little monsters that taunt! They chirp and twitch their tails while that eye is looking right at you... they do it on purpose!
So here is a lovely piece that measures 243 x 315 - finishing approx 13-1/2 x 17-1/2 on 36ct! (Pretty big, but you'll have time to stitch it, because your dog will be outside chasing squirrels the whole time!)
Tracy has coded this for Valdani hand-dyed floss or DMC, and it is presented as a chart.
Three Cute Patterns from our Italian and French Designers!
Wildflower Woodland Quaker and Swans and Shears Quaker from Tempting Tangles
This is a pair of designs - not really companions - but a lot alike. Finishing approx 9-1/2 inches square, each is coded for regular DMC floss to be stitched on 35ct Natural Linen. You can get crazy with other threads and fancy stitches if you want to, but the original colors are deep blues, greens, browns and terra cotta.
Tons of pretty motifs - Woodland has a few animals scattered throughout... and can you find the swans and SCISSORS in the other one??? Simple charts for lots of fun stitching hours... if you don't have time to stitch the entire pieces, just choose a few of your favorite motifs and make some pin cushions and fobs out of them!
Presenting the The 2019 Spring Button & Bead Kits from Mill Hill
It's after January 1st... Spring is on the way!!!!!! (At least that's the Mill Hill business plan!) Our annual set of 5 x 5 beaded scenes are here! Complete kits, we always stitch them on fabric instead and make little hanging pillows, but they are also very nice on the provided perf paper.. Drive In is part of the Main Street Everyday Village series of businesses... I think there are about 15 in this collection so far.
Valentine Heart is something new for February! Hibiscus goes with the Hydrangea and Geranium we already have, and Flamingos goes with the 6 seashells and crab we already have. Complete kits offer chart, perf paper, needles, floss, beads and button embellishments. Frames are offered separately, as well as our 9 x 9 28ct fabric cuts.
The 2019 Spring Bouquet Collection from Mill Hill
Here are the annual bitty ornament designs... always 3 x 3-ish in size, always on 14ct perforated paper, always fun and different little designs... I think the little hedgehog is just the BEST! Not far behind would be that darling crab on the beach ball!!!
You can stitch these to be Christmas ornaments if you want, but most either attach a magnet to the back of them and display on the fridge or file cabinet or where-ever, OR hang them from some wooded branches... like a little tree. They can make a stunning presentation on a grapevine wreath too! Complete kits contain the charts, paper, flosses, beads, tiny glass Mill Hill Treasure embellishment, stick-on magnet and needle.
A Fresh Shipment of Stitch Dots!
We chose some of our favorite Stitch Dots featuring the artwork of With thy Needle's Brenda Gervais for our most recent shipment. Cute little super-duper-strong rare earth magnets make these dots very functional.
Strong enough to hold a pair of scissors nearby or keep track of multiple needles, they work as good old-fashioned refrigerator magnets as well as needlework aids. We carry lots of varied Dot designs... we usually just 'assort' them if you order the '3-For $30 Special.
from All Through the Night
All Through the Night has several new things... I chose 10 of them... simple and cute... all are offered as charts. Sew Happy finishes 8 x 10 on 30ct Weeks Putty linen... he is worked in Gentle Art Sampler Threads.
I think he'd make a cute doorknob hanging for your stitching room! If you aren't lucky enough to have a *Stitching Suite*... maybe you have a thread box that needs a stitched top?
The Double Zippy Pouch
We are in love with this new size of plastic zipper pouch. It measures 9 x 13-1/2 and features two zippered compartments.
The main side fits a standard Cross Stitch leaflet, while the smaller compartment that measures 5 inches high fits the smaller card designs.
Separate spaces for patterns, fabrics, threads or scissors... we think it's a great development!!!!
Harbor Haven - The Complete Village from By the Bay Needleart
Donna Bayliss' 12-part Harbor Haven is FINISHED - and we have all the parts! Stitch just one or two sections - joined or singly for a bitty village - or do the whole thing, it's charming! Finishing 5 x 42 on 32ct, changing fabric size will really give you finished size options. The single scenes are only 3-1/2 x 5. Charted for DMC floss, there are no special stitches in here... but she says you can add anything you want... and sub hand-dyeds if you have something you want to use.
Our *complete sets* also contain Donna's BONUS design Soul Food for the Needlesmith - as a FREEBIE for getting the entire set of charts. It finishes approx 7 x 7 on 32ct, and can be purchased separately from the Harbor Haven Set of charts.
Spooky Boo, Dove Song & Star of Bethlehem from Silver Creek Samplers
Silver Creek Samplers has sent us her trunk show, and in it were three designs we have never featured before! WOW... we love new stuff - especially when it appears ALREADY STITCHED in the UPS boxes! All three were published in 2011 and 2012, and gosh they are cute!!!
Merry Mugs from Rachel's of Greenfield
Rachels of Greenfield - (our little felt ornament kit lady) has a new set of 6 ornaments ready! Presented in complete kit format, each opens at the top for candy-cane or gift-card storage! A mug of steaming coffee, creamy hot chocolate or spicy tea... those treats warm your soul like these little guys can!
Kit includes the wool felt, floss, gold hanging strings, patterns and instructions to make the darling little blue, red, green, gold and white mugs! Easy stitching - no sequins!
New *I Love You* Designs from Heart in Hand
A trio of small designs arrived today... just in time for a Valentine Surprise to someone special!
The Last Ripe Berries
from Blackbird Designs
Blackbird has finished their Loose Feathers Series *For The Birds.* Started 2 years ago, this is pattern #9 in the small-leaflet collection that featured birds in the colors of taupe, denim, dusty golds and soft greens.
Right now, all the charts are available... so make sure you have the ones you need... before they fly away!
Game of Swannes
from Long Dog Samplers
Long Dog Samplers has a new design, this one measures 187 x 251 - so approx 10 x 14 on 18/36ct. Stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC, the colors are really pretty - Antique Rose, Caramel Corn, Endive, Briar Rose, Nutmeg, Gold Leaf... there are 12 in all. Jools has some bits of *Swan History and Trivia* on the chart... I didn't know that swans are the property of the Monarch and can not be privately owned without permission.
There are annual 'swan-uppings'... and the collective name for a gathering of swans is a 'game.' (Like a flock of birds, gaggle of geese, pack of wolves... (Who knew!) Anyway, busy and full of charm like some of her other design we carry... can you see that the rabbits are wearing crowns in here?
Presenting Lois' Stocking - Shepherd's Bush's 26th Annual Stocking
The 26th annual Shepherd's Bush stocking will be here this week!
Lois is the same size as the rest... pretty hand-dyed Pearl Cottons... official charm packet... the whole bit!
Be sure to visit our Christmas Stockings page to see a great variety of other stockings... from Shepherd's Bush as well as other designers. It's holiday creativity at its best!
Presenting Frosty Chillingsworth Mouse... and his little Frosty Snow Cube from Just Nan
Nan's newest Winter Mouse is due in the shop January 24th!
Frosty Chillingsworth Mouse -- the dapper fellow he is -- will lift your spirits this winter! Stitched on 32ct White Belfast linen with DMC flosses and a hint of opalescent metallic, he has a half-carrot nose and wears a black top hat and sporty red and black plaid scarf. His winter sweater features beaded snowflakes and a fir tree with tiny cardinals stitched over one on the back. (We're talking a very teeny-weeny sweater here, so don't stress about those over-one stitches -- there aren't many of them!) White tipped pins serve as his stick arms with mittens, and his hat has caught a snowflake. Included are 2 colors of beads, silver tail, Nan's signature mouse-button-base, snowflake sequin and pin arms. (Nan says you can change the color of those mittens with a marker!) Cute as can be... he finishes a mere 1-1/2-ish of an inch! Presented as a chart with embellishments.
Frosty Snow Cube -- The perch for Mr Chillingsworth Mouse! Each side of this 2-inch stitched cube features a large beaded snowflake surrounded by tiny fir trees topped with red birds. More fir trees and flakes cover the top, too. The cube is wrapped with a cozy red and black scarf -- to match Mr Frosty C, and snowflake sequins garnish the corners. The third Winter cube -- this joins Pink Ice and Pansy Ice Cubes. Stitched on 32ct Raw Belfast, and the same metallic as Frosty C (you used it in Juliet the Bride Mouse as well), the chart comes with silver crystal beads, flake sequins and lots of Nan's great instructions. Perch a mouse on top of your cube, or find a little brush tree at a craft shop -- (Nan doesn't own a tree lot, so could not include a tree with your chart!)
Frosty Chillingsworth Chart and Fabric is included in our Just Nan Ornament Auto-Ship if you are on that program. (The auto-ship comes with the linen cut.) The Frosty Snow Cube is not included on the auto-ship -- so please let us know if you want that added to your shipment.
Presenting Just Nan's Gingerbread Elf Mouse and His Little Stocking!!!
Due in the Shop November 5th!
Just Nan is releasing her annual tiny Gingerbread Mouse... and for the first time, there is an additional chart available to stitch him a cozy little stocking!!!
Gingerbread Elf Mouse has been hard at work helping Santa get ready for the big season ahead. Dressed in candy cane stripes with green holly trim and a red elf collar, he has peppermint cheeks, pointed elf ears, and wears a green glass elf hat. He holds a shiny gold star for the tree.
Chart includes 2 colors of beads, the gold tail, Nan's signature mouse button base, green elf hat and gold star charm. The little guy is stitched on 32ct Picture This Plus hand-dyed linen - just like all of his mouse cousins!
Gingerbread Elf Mouse is on our Just Nan Ornament Auto-Ship. His little Stocking is NOT, so read on... you'll want it, too!
Gingerbread Mouse Elf Stocking
Well, if this isn't the cutest thing... I don't know what is! All the Gingerbread Mice asked for a stocking to snuggle inside while hanging on your tree. Here's the first stocking design!!! Measuring just 2-1/2 inches tall, this features peppermint candy, snowflakes, a decorated tree and a little gingerbread elf posing with a candy cane and holding his tiny elf mouse!!! (The little mouse is even wearing a teenier hat!)
Nan says the stocking is quick to stitch and easy to finish. Backed with red felt and trimmed with a snippet of red silk ribbon, both are included with the chart along with a gold jingle bell, 3 colors of beads, and tiny gold flower bead to crown the tree. Stuff the mini-stocking up to the cuff line, then sit your mouse inside. Add a few pins to secure and Stocking-with-Mouse are ready to hang on the tree (by his little mouse tail!) Stitched on 32ct hand-dyed Picture This Plus linen, the design area is 2-1/2 x 2-1/2.
Merrily, Merrily We Welcome Spring
from Blackbird Designs
(Well... lets work on winter first...!) Blackbird's Barb and Alma have a pretty new sampler that Alma adapted from an antique stitched piece. Worked on Picture This Plus's 36ct (we also have 32ct) Oaken hand-dyed linen, this finishes approx 15 x 15. Lots of pretty hand-dyeds - 16 shades - you'll need 2 skeins of Baked Apple, Palomino and Putty so that'll give you an idea of the predominant colors in this.
Lots of florals and urns, Alma added the border along the bottom as it appears to be cut off of the original. Lots of room to add family initials all over in this... it's actually fairly symmetric - look at the pots and vases, they're the same on each side, just different colors. (and the flowers in the right pot aren't there!) Presented as a leaflet.
Winter Wonderland Farm
from Hands On Design
The final Chalk-on-the-Farm season by Hands On design has arrived! The truck, the barn and the trees... each season has been colorful and fun.
Finishing approx 8 x 10 on anything gunmetal colored, the cross stitch has been adapted from artwork of Priscilla Blain by Cathy Habermann.
A Year of Celebrations
from Hands On Design
This is the ENTIRE set of 12 monthly (50 x 50 in stitch count) small designs that were originally published in 2014's Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine.
Cathy has compiled the collection - updated some color selections - and added two more monthly designs for stitchers in Canada!
Stitch them into individual block stand-ups, or join them... or pin cushion 'em... whatever you want. All are the same size, all are full of cute and colorful motifs... charming! (And the whole set is here NOW... vs shipping on auto every month!)
Sampler d' Olga from Reflets de Soie
Another of Isabelle's gorgeous reproduction samplers... this charted medley of involved floral borders, blocks and motifs measures a total of 402 x 309 in stitch count.
Calling for only 223, 221 and 3721 in DMC... choose silks or a hand-dyed cotton as alternatives... in whatever color you want!
Lovely bits and designs in here, just a bitty pin cushion of a tiny part of that border on the right would be awesome!!! (as in... you don't really have to stitch this ENTIRE thing to enjoy it!!!)
Two Merry Moos
from Val's Stuff
Merry Christmoos And a Happy Moo Year! Another darling set of ornaments by Val's Stuff... she's dedicated these to an old friend and mentor who loved cows!!!
Bright, fun colors of red, green, yellow, black and white, each finishes about 3-1/2 inches square. The kit contains the chart for both designs, 2 cuts of 14ct perforated paper, red backing felt (with a little sparkle on it!) You'll need the DMC flosses from your stash for the stitching.
A Happy Life Sampler from La-D-Da
Lori Markovic has a new design... colorful and very geometric in feel to me. She's incorporated Eyelet and Smryna Crosses into it, and used only 2 hand-dyed flosses and 9 regular DMC colors!
This measures 140 x 164 in stitch count... there are lots of pretty golden or brown fabrics would be pretty for this. It is shown on Vintage Meadow Rue by Lakeside.
Adjust Your Sails
from Little Dove Designs
Life isn't about waiting for the winds to change... it's about learning to adjust your sails. Measuring 117 x 177 - so it finishes approx 7 x 11 on 32ct - this is stitched with 9 regular solid colors of DMC floss, and one hand-dyed for all the water and waves.
The motifs in here are cute - all the little whales and the perky sailboats - it is stitched on any gray fabric so the whites of the sails will show up. (Not enough stitching time to do the whole thing? I see three different sections in here... maybe adjust your sails and choose just one or two? But how can you decide because they're all neat!)
from Little Dove Designs
This is a fun design that measures 53 x 253 in stitch count. (about 3 x 16 on 32ct.) Worked with 16 regular shades of DMC floss, you can split up the different areas of this and do them individually or join the whole piece as shown.
Lots of opportunity to add hand-dyed flosses if you want or some cute clay buttons and what-nots... the chart is super-huge, colored and very easy to read.
Black Cat Hollow - All Three Parts! from Barbara Ana
This is a whole village scene complete with pumpkin vine border, little haunted houses, black cats, and witches with big behinds!!!! (better them, than me!) Cute as can be, it is full of stars and moons, lots of Autumn vegetation and witches and bats everywhere. Originally released in three separate charts, we have all of them together, so you can have the set at one time rather than chasing down all the parts.
*Double double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.* Measuring 151 in stitch count, this will finish approx 11 x 11 on 28ct, and is charted for just 9 shades of regular DMC floss! Go for it, and add hand-dyeds, metallics for the house windows and bats... wool thread for the cats??
New and SMALL-ISH designs from Rosewood Manor
We're always after Karen of Rosewood Manor to design us some smaller designs to complement her many large ones. We have 11 of the results!!!!! 1/2 Sized charts - clear and pretty color pics on the covers, nice and large charts on the inside.
Each of these comes with its hand-dyed floss from South Africa (!) or bunches of little hand-dyed buttons from Just Another Button Company (from IL!). Most are done on Antique White fabric... lots of fabric options with that! Make sure to click the pic to go to the inside Rosewood Manor page to see the other 7 designs!
The Songbird's Garden from Cottage Garden Samplings
Oh gosh, this is lovely set of 12 designs that are being released monthly right now.We have the first 5... you can see that this entire set; it's going to be lovely! Above are the 2 newest ones.
Presented as charts... we have the first 5 so far, and are starting an auto-ship for the other 7 charts as they are released. Each measures 159 x 159 and are worked on various colors of 36ct Weeks Dye Works linens. Very elegant!
New Christmas Releases from JBW Designs
Small card format for each of these, they finish into mini-stockings or the little wooden sled ornaments.
Sledding Santa & Sledding Snowman -- Ready to deliver their packages, stitched areas are only approx 25 x 50 stitches, charted for hand-dyeds or DMC. 16 or 32ct for the sleds.
Merry - Stitched only in white... choose a pretty red or green fabric -- your choice for this! 198 x 70 in stitch count. Finish into a pillow or block stand-up.
Whoo-Dunnit? from Val's Stuff
Val's Stuff in conjunction with Just Another Button Company has done a cute design for The Silver Needle!!! A double-duty thing... you get a bookmark design *It's a Mystery to me!* to tuck into the pages of your in-progress read, AND a super-cute book cover decoration! The JABCO girls are a whiz at printing artwork on perforated paper.
The big owl against the night sky is printed on paper. His 'arms' are more paper, and the little book is even more paper, stitched and backed with felt. Attach the green leaves to his head, add the clay buttons, stitch the 'arms' a little and attach. All of this is shown mounted on the cover of a book... to make a really cute decoration on a bookshelf.
So, a bookmark and a separate bookcase decoration! Val and JABCO did this for us as a Shop Exclusive at the recent St Charles MO Needlework Galleria consumer stitching show. Their kit includes a ton of stuff... the bookmark chart and perf paper, button, ribbon and felt, as well as the book cover printed perf paper and backing sheet, more buttons and felts... you'll just need to add your own floss. The book cover piece fits a 5 x 7 frame... in case you don't have a spare book to decorate!
Pumpkins and Fall, Cardinals and Christmas from The Drawn Thread from The Drawn Thread!
Cynthia has sent 4 new designs -- all offered in chart format. For a limited time, we have the Dinky Dyes/Needlepoint Inc Silk Packs available for each... with the chart purchase. The silk packets are not offered separately from the charts. (There are numerous color chart comparisons available online for DMC and Gentle Art; Cynthia warns that she likes her silk choices the best! :)
Pumpkin Spice Everything
from The Scarlett House
Tanya Brockmeyer has a new pin cushion design... this sends us right into Fall and Thanksgiving Season!!!
Finishing just 3 x 5-1/2 on 36ct Dirty Edinburgh Linen, and stitched with Gentle Art Sampler Threads, it is trimmed with Lady Dot's Jack-colored hand-dyed chenille trim. Makes me want to go downstairs and bake something that smells good!!!!
Push Light Magnifier
Oh this is cool and very handy little thing! This is a LED-lighted personal magnifier. Simply press down on the metal rim, and inside... it lights up... to magnify your viewing field 5 times the size! PERFECT to see needlework stitches, fabric threads, needlepoint stitch details, a stubborn knot... your instructions, a needle's eye, a sliver... ANYTHING you can't see right now! It is designed to sit on top of your project or paper, but you can hold it in your hand as well.
REALLY REALLY NICE! It comes with a very stiff microfibre zip-closure protective carrying case, and a microfibre lens cleaning cloth (because my hubby turned mine off by pressing on the lens instead of the ring and leaving a nice big fingerprint!). It automatically turns off after 10 minutes in case you forgot about it... it's just the most wonderful thing for seeing stitch detail! Weighing less than 8 ounces, it measures 3-1/2 inches in diameter and stands1-3/4 inches tall.
from Teresa Kogut
Teresa Kogut has a delightful new Punch Needle design that is aimed straight at all of us WOOL LOVERS! *Santa knows your heart that's true... so he's bringing wool for you!*
What a fun decoration for a wool applique nut, or a knitter or a spinner. Presented as a line drawing to be transferred onto the provided weaver's cloth, this is punched with a #3 needle using Weeks and DMC flosses. It finishes approx 6-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches. 4 New Cross Stitch charts as well... more fun things to add to your stash! (Remember, please, that the Punch Needle designs are grouped together on the bottom half of her page.)
Santa Claus Lane from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches has done a half-sized Christmas Scene, and finished it into a drum-shape just for fun! Measuring less than half the size of their huge Christmas Scenes, this finishes 14-1/2 x 4-1/2 on 32ct. You can frame it, or roll it into the round shape and make a 4 x 6 giant pin cushion! Stitched with hand-dyed or DMC flosses, it is super-cute! Santa is flying through they sky behind his team of reindeer... so those little ones down below better get home to bed soon!!!! He's on his way!
Presented as the chart, the JABCO button embellishments are offered separately -- HOWEVER -- it is confusing. The button pack contains the snowmen, moon and star for the framed piece as well as the Santa face button you see on top of the drum. THEN, when they sent us the model, they had a set of JABCO Pin Mini's stuck in the top of the drum -- and they are a miniature matching Santa face, peppermint and holly leaf. You'll need the *pins* only if you finish this into the drum shape. For a limited time, we have a few finishing kits that contain their red finishing fabric, cord, finishing buttons and stiffener.
Well, these are the COOLEST little lighted needle threaders! A little 1-3/4 x 1/2 inch Needle Beetle fits right into your hand... it features a retractable wire needle threader that lights up!
See the colored dot? Push it forward... out comes the wire, on comes the light for easy threading. There is even a tiny slit on the right side with
a recessed blade to cut thread! There is a lanyard hole to attach your beetle to something.
Because the threader retracts, it is protected from damage. There are finger grips on that little button and the bottom of the beetle... and the battery lasts for up to 3000 threadings!!!!! Absolutely the cutest things... and super-functional!!! Available in yellow, green or red... because beetles come in all those colors!
NOTE: These little guys are 1/2 an inch thick so have to be postmarked at 'package rate.' We're happy to send you just one Beetle, but suggest you piggy back her with something else to save on shipping costs.
The Annual Just Cross Stitch Magazine Ornament Issue
For the zillionth year in a row, here is the annual Just Cross Stitch Magazine's Christmas Ornament Issue. Shipping to us August 31st, we're taking reservations now. 65 Charts of ornaments from varied designers, some are exceptional, some are collectable, and some are truthfully not as great as the rest. (But you know, when they're on your tree at Christmas -- they all shine like a bride!)
JCS has a DVD of previous year's magazine editions -- all PDF's -- all searchable -- a totally great deal! Check that out as well.
Three New Punch Needle Designs from Threads That Bind
Punch Needle is totally different than Cross Stitch... it produces pieces that look like miniature hooked rugs. We have an in-shop demo gal, but U-Tube can also offer good instruction for this. Designs are printed as line drawing on Weaver's cloth -- a muslin that has synthetic in it for strength. You need a super-tight-holding hoop (which we have) and the special needles (which we also have), and all you do is poke the needle up and down into your fabric to make the bitty loops of thread.
Threads That Bind has tons of charming designs... these are three of her newest! Stage Fright finishes approx 5-1/2 x 5-1/2, Joyous Offering is 5-1/4 x 5-3/4, and Bee Grateful is 6 x 9.
A Visit From St Nick Kits from Mill Hill
Mill Hill is debuting a quartet of designs all stitched on 16ct Aida and garnished with their beads!
Describing each design --
2-5/8 Preemie Scissors by Bohin
Directly from France, we have these delightful little shiny gold scissors that are a teeny 2-5/8 inch in size. A petite size, these have a fairly sharp point, and I think a very slightly serrated blade. Serration -- that is the texturing on the blades -- like a ripply tomato or steak knife. It holds your thread in place better so when you cut; it's clean. (Your thread hasn't slid on the scissor blade and given you a frayed cut.)
The gold on these looks elegant... they are NOT a 'cheapie looking' pair of scissors!!! Very Nice!
Presenting the Quilter's Travel Companion & Crafters Guide, 15th Edition
The newest Mega-Directory has arrived -- it centers around Quilt shops, but actually encompasses TONS of related shops -- like The Silver Needle! Glossy, colorful pages -- 432 of them -- jammed with 1000's of ads for shops all across the US and Canada, there is also a very comprehensive section on Retreat Facilities!
Everything mapped out for each state, besides the yummy ads, there are listings of every single shop they could find in each state -- whether or not that shop purchased an ad in here -- so it is FULL of glorious information!!!! It is 8-1/2 x 11, and weighs 2-1/2 pounds!!!! It's a Road Trip Bible!
Something Fun to Color With Floss
from Jardin Prive'
Jardin Prive has a pair of new designs that I fell in love with! They are delightful! Only black lines.. you can stitch them just as they are, color the lines, or COLOR between the lines!
Offered as charts, they measure approx 100 stitches each. What do you think? Wouldn't just a PORTION of one be pretty as a pin cushion??? Stitch to your edges... how beautiful can yours be... and different from your friends?!
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
from Sara Guermani
By Sara Guermani... we have two new Christmas designs -- this is just one of them. An endearing Christmas Village -- Downtown -- Christmas Eve ceremony... everything is layered out for the arriving 3 Kings.
Overall stitch count is 354 x 140 - so a whopping 19 x 9 on 32ct. Charming landscape, cute figures coming for the festivities... presented as a chart.
Search the Sky
from Waxing Moon Designs
*May you never be too grown up to search the sky on Christmas Eve* is the verse on this holiday design! Stitched on 28ct Blue Spruce Linen in shades of DMC or Gentle Art hand-dyed flosses, this finishes approx 10-1/2 x 7-1/2.
Since it is on darker fabric, it might be fun to add metallic to the moon, opalescent to the snowflakes or even beads for the reindeer eyes and a little Wisper thread to Santa and his hat pom. I'm picturing this finished as a small pillow just perched somewhere as 'quiet advice!'
New Curly Girl Kits from Mill Hill
We think these *girly* motivational designs are just the best! You see the artwork on napkins, banners, mugs, greeting cards... all kinds of fun places. The folks at Mill Hill have the design rights to bring them to us in Cross Stitch! And because Mill Hill is 'Bead Central'... they are slightly adorned with a few Mill Hill glass seed beads. Each is offered as a complete kit of chart, 28ct linen, DMC flosses and a nice smattering of beads. They finish about 7 x 7... and fit into Mill Hill 8-inch wooden frames (which we can order for you.) NEW HOME, FRIENDSHIPS, LOVING LIFE & WEDDINGS are the themes with this newest set of designs.
from Cottage Garden Samplings
What a cute medley of Halloween-themed words all bunched together into this alphabet piece! Stitched mostly in hand-dyed blacks (There are three different shades in here... Blackboard, Raven and Soot!), you get just a hint of bright coppers and oranges here and there!
Finishing approx 10 x 10 on 32ct, they suggest Weeks Dye Works Havana Linen, which comes in several counts. Maybe add a little black Petite Treasure Metallic Braid to the capital letters???? Offered as a chart.
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter -- 4 New Charts from Teresa Kogut
Yes, there's even MORE!
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