Wednesday, December 19, 2012


And yet the designers are still hard at work with more beautiful Christmas designs. The final ornament from Little House Needlework is SALTBOX VILLAGE, scheduled to arrive before the big day.

WINTER SNOW, from Country Cottage, will make you feel a part of the winterscape without the freezing. What a fun project.

For those of us who enjoy Little House Needleworks projects, there is a biggie for 2013. LITTLE SHEEP VIRTUE is a 12-part series to begin in early 2013. These darling lamb designs will have an optional JAB button adornment. We will certainly be participating in this fun project, so watch for more details. Here is a preview photo.

Have you tried stitching on the hand-dyed gingham. If not, here is a beautiful sampler to use as a beginning project. MARY ANN MYERS REPRODUCTION SAMPLER would make a wonderful heirloom.
For all you Lizzie Kate followers, there will be a collection of 2013 Christmas Ornaments coming soon. We will let you know as soon as we receive pictures.


We will be closed December 24, 25, and 26 - returning on Thursday, December 27.
Saturday, December 29, we will be open from 10am until 5pm offering our 13% OFF EVERYTHING SALE to welcome 2013. See you there.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Thanks to all who shared our Holiday Open House last weekend. It was fun to take some time to catch up and see what everyone is stitching.

We are excited to see that designers continue to come up with beautiful holiday designs that can be completed before December 25th. The WONDROUS JOY pillow from Homespun Elegance could be completed before the big day or stitched for next year. Bent Creek’s HOLLY + WHITE is a simple, but elegant  “quick to stitch” project.

Wondrous Joy
Holly + White
Two beautiful projects to work on after the holiday might be FARMSTEAD CHRISTMAS designed by Plum Street Samplers or CHRISTMAS AT HOLLYBERRY FARM done by Stacy Nash. These samplers could make any dark January day a touch brighter.
Farmstead Christmas
Christmas at Hollyberry Farm
We have a number of cute and clever designs from Barbara Ana Designs, a new designer to us. Our favorite, MY WOOL, would be another great mid-winter project. Come take a look at Barbara Ana’s other cuties.
My Wool
We still have some great stocking stuffers on hand:  scissors, needles, project bags, magnifiers with lights and, of course, gift certificates.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Time is passing so rapidly and shopping at my house is not keeping up, so we thought we would pass along some stocking stuffer and gift ideas for your stitching pleasure.  Here are some things to add to your Wish List.

Lavishea Lotion Bars – 4 different fragrances – Lavender; Pear; White Lily & Amber; Ginger Blossom.  These lotion bars can be used to soften your hands like regular lotion but you can stitch immediately after using it because it’s not greasy.

Platinum Needles - Great for those of you with metal allergies or those who love special needles.

Don’t forget the new Shepherd’s Bush kits – Wish Stocking, Jolly Stocking and Merry Christmas.

We have several new scissor styles as you can see pictured here.  While the candy cane are season appropriate, I think the ladybugs are too cute.  To add to a more formal stitching collection, you may choose the pineapple or acorn.  You can never have too many scissors.

Gift Certificates are always available in the denomination of your choice.  Almost nothing beats a gift certificate!

Either new to us or new to the market this week, we have SILENT NIGHT from Country Cottage.  Just stitching this design might provide a calming effect.

Elizabeth Designs has  ANTIQUE EVERGREEN SAMPLER, beautifully done sampler featuring many animals in addition to the highlighted evergreens.

WINTER WONDERLAND,  a Country Stitches – With thy Needle & Thread design, gives you two darling snow angels in addition to the primary Merry Christmas design.  What a treat!

Just a reminder about our Christmas Open House Saturday, December 8, from 10 until 2 and Sunday, December 9, from 1 until 4.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Open House


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012  10-2pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012 – 1-4pm


THIS has been a quiet week for receiving new designs, but here’s a look at what will be arriving soon.

FIVE new kits from Shepherd’s Bush: SAY THANKS, GRATEFUL HEART, 2 STOCKING KITS (WISH AND JOLLY), AND MERRY CHRISTMAS. If you need a quick Christmas gift, the stocking kits could take care of that as they can be stitched very quickly. All these new designs are pictured below.

Say Thanks
Grateful Heart

Merry Christmas


TWO new small Christmas pillow kits from Pine Mountain Designs: BETTER NOT POUT and JINGLE ALL THE WAY. These cute little pillows can be finished in an evening or so.

FROM Little House Needleworks comes BEAR TREE FOREST on 30 ct. Tin Roof fabric, darling design for winter season stitching. SEASON OF LOVE is the latest cute ornament from the house of ornaments. Come see our tree decorated with Little House ornaments A beautiful Christmas design by Nora Corbett – “SANTA” - a legendary holiday spirit stitched in the merriest shades of red and gold.

Bear Tree Forest
Season of Love

Monday, November 12, 2012

Holiday Stitching Season

What is more rewarding than stitching clever new holiday designs to share with friends and family? Shown this week are three new pillow kits from Pine Mountain Designs.

For November and the Thanksgiving holiday, there is GIVE THANKS – very cute turkey included in this design

A GRATEFUL HEART - a flange pillow kit featuring a very appropriate combination of fabrics to celebrate the season.

We have the pillow form to fit this pillow as well as the correct size pillow form for JINGLE TYPOGRAPHY. Jingle is a Christmas design highlighting a few of the special joys of the season. Quick to stitch – great gifts!

A very special monthly series of small designs from Country Cottage Needleworks will begin mid-November. SANTA’S VILLAGE is a collection of 12 individual designs which may be stitched and used separately or combined to flow together as a village. Each design will use one Just Another Button Company button embellishment. Santa’s House, pictured here, is the first design of the group. We are taking pre-orders for this series and will follow up with each new monthly design as well as fabric, fibers and button embellishment. There are several sign-up options, so give us a call or email to learn the details and/or sign up for this delightful holiday series. We now know the village will include Santa’s House, Poinsettia House, North Pole Post Office, Santa’s Stocking Store, Reindeer Stables – you get the picture. Can’t wait to start this project!

We have been patiently waiting for the three new designs from Country Stitches and, at last, they have arrived. 

LETTERS FOR SANTA is such a cute pillow – a “must have” for any Santa collector.

MERRY YULETIDE features another traditional Santa pulling a snowman in a wagon, a collection of trees and an alphabet. Too cute.

Last is HEAVEN AND NATURE SING highlighting an angel offering a fruit basket surrounded by a deer, a winter bird and other wonders of nature.


If you are in need of a new stocking, CINNAMON STICK STOCKING III, would be a great choice. Check out this new offering from Sandra Sullivan.


ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, from Sue Hillis, can be stitched on a single fabric to be a beautiful wall hanging or divided into 12 darling ornaments. Great choice.

Great week for new holiday designs!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Holiday Rush

How do we know we are rushing toward the Holiday Season? Today we received not one, but six, great Christmas designs.

Shepherd's Bush annual Christmas stocking, CHARLAND'S STOCKING, is sure to be a favorite. Not only is it dedicated to one of the needlework industry favorites, but also embodies the usual simplicity and grace of designs by Tina Richards Herman. Check out the beautiful colors and charms on this stocking. We have the charms and perle cotton - regular and hand-dyed.

ORNAMENTAL JOY is a traditional red and green Christmas combo which will make you smile. The round ornaments remind you of days gone by and the snowflakes finish the feeling of cozy holiday times.

Also from Country Cottage is the latest in the Monthly Cottage Collection. The DECEMBER COTTAGE is decorated for the season and guarded by a very red cardinal.

Blackbird Designs produce gorgeous samplers and MERRY CHRISTMAS is the latest addition. This beautiful sampler could be displayed and enjoyed all year.

GINGERBREAD COOKIE is the newest Little House Needleworks ornament for 2012. This happy little gingerbread cookie would be a great gift for a friend of any age or be a wonderful addition to your own tree.

We also have a Little House BLESSED ornament showing a sweet angel surrounded by flowers. Great ornament gift for granddaughters.

HOLIDAY HOUSE is a lovely colonial house flanked by snow covered topiaries and cardinal birds. The potted Christmas trees across the bottom say welcome to the holidays.

Monday, October 29, 2012

FUN EVERY DAY – for an entire year

What a great idea from SamSarah Designs. There is a new leaflet every month – so far we have January, February and March (shown below) as well as the perforated paper on which it is stitched and the rack to hang it. You could add something personal to any month that is special to you and your family.

Blackbird Designs have a beautiful new sampler (shown right) which uses a collection of hand-dyed Crescent Colours and Gentle Art fibers. We have the fibers and fabric to complete FEAST OF FRIENDSHIP.
Another fabric we just received is the hand-dyed 30 count Straw Gingham for Amy Bruecken’s KITTY 4 SALE. This project is beyond cute and shown here.

Two recent arrivals highlight the autumn season. QUAKER MOON from Bent Creek has a quirky Halloween moon and wise owl. From Country Cottage, BE THANKFUL, presents a row of white pumpkins of every shape and size. Nothing says autumn like pumpkins. Both designs are shown below.

The latest Boxer from Lizzie Kate is fitting for so many situations. DANCE IN THE RAIN is an inspirational message good for a friend or to hang on your own wall.

Have you ever had a day like the one in My Big Toe’s latest offering – I BARELY SURVIVED is such a fun project and soooo true.

More to come