Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 Prairie Schooler Santa

I know you want to stay up to date on the latest arrivals!  We have recently received some very tempting designs! You can see them at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. I have my eye on several but it is going to be very hard to resist Sacre Coeur from Long Dog Samplers. (That translates to Sacred Heart).  I guess that confirms that I am still in a one color phase!  But, like everyone, I just need to find more time to stitch.  In the meantime I will be building my collection!

We have received the 2015 Santa from Prairie Schooler as well as a small Halloween design and three full size charts.  With them came the sad news that the designers at Prairie Schooler are retiring.  After 32 years of bringing us wonderful projects, they have surely earned a rest.  But! There is no question that we will miss them!

I hope you can join us on August 15 for the Midwest Stash Exchange!  There is more information here: http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html and remember-there is no admission fee to come and shop.  Some of the people who have reserved booth space have told me about really great stuff that they are bringing: floor stands, complete kits, books, magazines and more! We have lovely weather ordered but don’t forget your sunscreen!  We can still use more volunteers for our booth of donated items.  Call (800-455-8517) or email (mail@houseofstitches.com) soon to get the time slot you desire.

Thanks for your continued interest!  Keep on stitching!   We rely on you to stay in business.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lizzie Kate Little Mystery Sampler

The first installment if the Lizzie Kate "A Little Mystery Sampler Club" is here! Let us know if you would like to be a part of the club. (mail@houseofstitches.com or 1-800-455-8517)

Our Midwest Stash Exchange is fast approaching!  There is still space if you would like to have a booth.   (For complete information go to http://houseofstitches.com/events.html .  We will also have a booth of donated items that will be benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation with 100% of its sales.  We are looking for volunteers to man the booth.  You may sign up for as little as one hour to help a very worthwhile cause.  Just email or phone us (info. above) and we will put you on our schedule.  The sooner you sign up; the more choices you will have for your time slot.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wow!  We have a ton of new charts and kits for you!  Some of you have already placed your orders; thank you very much!  We enjoy seeing what you like and want to make part of your stash.  If you want to see all of the great new things for yourself just go to: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  There are plenty of spring and summer things to stitch but we were surprised to receive the Mill Hill CHRISTMAS kits.  Yikes!  I thought I was used to year-round Christmas stitching but this really caught me by surprise.  I know many of you are working on Christmas gifts so this will give you a few more options.  For the first time in a long time, we have new charts from Leisure Arts!  And, at least five designers (Cherry Hill, Country Cottage Needleworks, Little House Needleworks, Plum Street Samplers and With Thy Needle) have patriotic offerings!  I love to stitch designs that are in season even if they will not be finished for this year.  (I am not the fastest stitcher in the world!)  If you like Juliet, the Bride Mouse from Just Nan, be sure to get yours soon.  It is a limited edition and we never know just how long they will be available.

Remember to reserve you space for the Stash Exchange on August 12 and sign up for our class with Lori Markovic on September 12.  For details see our Events Page at http://houseofstitches.com/events.html.

Monday, May 25, 2015

More new designs!

Once again we have an updated What’s New page with many new things to tempt you!  You can see them at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  There are a couple of patriotic designs that will make great summer projects.  Blackbird Designs has finished their Abecedarian Loose Feathers series with design number twelve: Garden Borders.  We have the Sweet Summer 2015 Summer Limited Edition Kit from Lizzie Kate.  If you missed the summer kit from last year; you are in luck!  We still have a few left!  Nora Corbett (aka Mirabilia Designs) has a new leaflet with six teacups.  Each has a different floral design and can be stitched individually or together.  After a slight delay we have Serial Bowl Collection-2 from Plum Street Sampler.  We have two more new charts from Drawn Thread.  One was here in time for the last update; be sure to see all three!

Be sure to go to our events page to get more information about our August 15 Stash Exchange and September 12 class with Lori Markovic of La-D-Da Designs.  We hope to see you at both events!

Thank you for your ongoing support!  We appreciate you!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Arrivals & Upcoming Events

We have an updated What’s New page for you: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.   It is filled with charts, kits and new scissors!  The Heart’s Content has 5 new kits, Dinky Dyes brings us 3 new scissors and Crossed Wing Collection’s 2015 Hummingbird is here! (And, the hand-dyed fabric is on the way.)  Patriot’s Row and Americana Sampling are the latest from Little House Needleworks.  Just Nan has a new ball called Perpetual Pentagon and both Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks have new ornaments in their continuing series.  Heritage Stitchcraft brings us two sweet designs of children enjoying summer at the beach and a girl in a field of poppies.

I recently received an email from a designer that included the following information.  It seems to be getting harder and harder for designers to continue their business.  They get very discouraged when they find charts for their designs on Pinterest, being shared in stitching groups, among friends and in online sharing sites.   I hate it when I hear about designers who can no longer afford to pursue the needlework creativity that they love.  It also hurts needlework retailers whether brick and mortar or online shops. Please do your part to help support the needlework industry that we all love.
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We are continuing to register students for our Stitchers’ Day Out on September 12.  If you would like more information, just go to our website www.houseofstitches.com and click on the Events link.  (If it does not come up; try refreshing your screen.)

The date has been set for our 2015 Midwest Stash Exchange!  It will be August 15 from 10:00-2:00.  This is your chance to shop, swap and sell your needlework related stash.  There is no admission fee if you want to come and shop.  For sellers, the booth rental is $20.00 for an approximately 10” x 10” space.  Not only can you divest yourself of your old stash; you can acquire new stash and meet other stitchers who share your love of needlework.  We are predicting lovely weather, not too hot, not too cold!  More information can be found on the events page at our website.

Do you have your summer projects planned?  I cannot imagine taking a trip without at least three projects in my bag!  I like to have a simple one on an easy to see fabric, one that takes more concentration and a bonus project in case the other two hit a snag.  Remember extra needles and a threader!  If you are flying, there are several options for cutting your threads without losing your scissors to airport security.  To see our newest option from the Bohin company; type thread cutter pendant in the search box after you click on Catalog.

I hope you find inspiration in our new offerings!  As always, we look forward to seeing which ones you choose to make your own.  Your continued support is the key to our future!
Happy stitching,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mark Your Calendar!

We have updated our What’s New page for you at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. If you are stitching the Year in Chalk series; we now have May and June.  For some reason, (Am I just too lazy to rethread my needle with a new color?) I seem to be stitching one color designs this year.  The latest from Summer House Stitche Workes fills the bill nicely with three one color projects.  Colonial Band Sampler from Sampler House is a newly released design that was formerly a class project.  Sampler lovers will also want to see the two newest designs from Rosewood Manor.  Mill Hill is continuing to prepare us for fall with the Hocus Pocus Trilogy of cute little witches on perforated paper.  These little kits make great traveling projects!
The fall Stitchers’ Day Out is officially on the calendar: September 12, 2015!  We have a teacher: Lori Markovic from La-D-Da, a project: Havana Needlebook, a place: Blue Heron Inn, LaPorte, Indiana and a cost: $115.00.  That price includes your class kit, instruction by Lori, lunch from the Blue Heron chefs and a day of fun and surprises!  You can see the project and print the registration form here: http://houseofstitches.com/events.html.  The photo really doesn’t show the beautiful shades of the Havana Brown Gloriana Silk.  You will just have to come to the class and see for yourself!  The class size is limited by the space that we have in the classroom so sign up soon!
We are also planning our Midwest Stash Exchange on August 15, 2015!  This is a day when you can rent a booth to sell, trade or even give away your unwanted stitching stash.  All of the proceeds from the booth rental fees will go to Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Stay tuned for further details and put in your request for a beautiful 75 degree day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Designs for all Seasons!

We are feeling more spring-like here in northern Indiana and it is a welcome change.  However, our latest What’s New page http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm  has designs for all FOUR seasons plus Christmas!   We were surprised to receive the Mill Hill kits for fall just as we were getting used to spring weather!  The designs are very cute and if we start now; we can have them ready by fall.  We have received new designs in several ongoing series.  Elizabeth’s Designs has completed her ABC Series and Lizzie Kate has 2 more leaflets in the 3 Little Words series.  Little House Needleworks has two more ornament designs, one in the Hometown Holiday series and one in the Sampler Tree series.  One of my favorite new charts is from Milady’s Needle.  It says My Spirits Lift Whenever I Stitch.  If you need to stitch for a new baby be sure to see the two new charts from Cherry Hill.  Remember that you can see pictures of all of the new things at one time if you go to our catalog http://houseofstitches.com/search.cfm and type apr15a in the key word box.

Some of you may be familiar with the Online Needlework Show but I have not brought it to your attention before.  The show is for retailers (shop owners) but anyone can visit and see all of the things being offered.  You can visit at www.needleworkshow.com from April 16-21 and see designs from many designers and countries. Some of the prices are in euros or British pounds so you need to keep the exchange rate in mind as you browse.  Also, be aware that not all of the things pictured are cross stitch; some are crewel or beading. If you see something that you must have; please let us know no later than April 21.  Merchandise may take a bit longer than usual to arrive if it has to go through customs to get here.

Last week was spring break for our schools so we took a short trip with our kids and grandkids.  We had a great time relaxing, shopping, eating and being entertained.  We all spent an evening at Medieval Times and the girls had lunch at American Girl. We made lots of good memories!  I even found a few minutes to stitch!