Friday, February 10, 2017

Plan a new project and plan a weekend of stitching!

Are you in need of some mid-winter inspiration?  We have it for you on our What’s New page:  If you like to stitch for the current season, be sure to see Cold Hands, Warm Heart from Annie Beez, No Place Like Home from Little House Needleworks, Winter in the Meadow from Just Nan and Winter Thyme from Hands on Design.   I think I am ready to move on to spring stitching with Cherry Blossom Cottage from Victoria Sampler, Spring Butterflies from Imaginating and A Sunshine Garden from Bobbie G.   For the fisherman in your life we have Arranging Lures from Ink Circles.  Stoney Creek has six new charts with inspirational words and stitched quilt designs…no piecing necessary!
We are planning a fun weekend for you in April!  On Friday afternoon, April 21, Sue Hillis is going to teach a class on finishing your needlework into an easel.  On Saturday the 22nd we will have a Biscornu Finishing class.  Both of these classes will involve some pre-stitching but nothing too labor intensive.  Classes will be held at the Blue Heron Inn here in LaPorte.  I’ll have more details soon!  It’s going to be a great year celebrating 30 years of business!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Lizzie Kate designs!

The much anticipated new Lizzie Kate designs have arrived!  You can see them along with our other new arrivals at  Heart in Hand is beginning a three part design called Snowscapes and Snow Squalls and we have the first two designs in the Lizzie Kate Celebrate With Charm Flip-Its.  The Workbasket Quaker of the Month Bands are nearing completion with the eleventh band: June.  Have you been stitching the little sled ornaments?  Shepherd’s Bush has a new Santa design that can be used on a sled or on a gift tag.
We hope you are finding plenty of time to stitch.  It is the perfect cure for the winter doldrums!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter stitching weather!

We are in the midst of icy winter weather here in northern Indiana.  I hope the weather is better where you are!  It is the perfect time to plan some spring stitching.  We have all the new Mill Hill spring kits!  And Imaginating has a new chart called Love the Lake which will take you into a summer frame of mind.  Anything warm and sunny sounds good to us right now!  Here is the link to our latest What’s New page:

Even though it is still winter with the threat of bad weather, we are going to plan some classes.  If the weather gets bad we will reschedule.  We will not be held hostage by the possibility of snow and ice!  LOL   Here is our list at this point:
February 4   9:00-11:00 AM Ornament Finishing (flat padded ornaments)- bring a pre-stitched ornament to assemble in class. 
February 25  9:00-11:00 AM Punchneedle
Call for details and to sign up: 219-326-0544, 800-455-8517.

Enjoy the new things!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year!

Here we are at the close of another year! Did you meet your stitching goals for the year? Several people have given me the total number of projects that they have stitched this year. I have never thought to count how many I complete. I do more small projects so it hardly seems fair to compare them to the masterpieces that many of you complete! Maybe I can count my completed projects in 2017.

Our What’s New Page has been updated for the final time this year. You can see the latest at There are fun new designs from Abby Rose, Country Cottage Needleworks, Sue Hillis, My Big Toe, Little House Needleworks, Mirabilia and more! Several of the designs have winter themes that are perfect for stitching on long, cold evenings.

The week before Christmas my daughter and I went to the Dressing Downton Afternoon Tea and exhibit of Downton Abbey costumes at the History Museum in South Bend. (Special thanks go to her husband Erik for the tickets!) The tea was lovely and the costumes were unbelievable. The exhibit runs through January 8 if you have a chance to get to South Bend. The embroidery and bead work are amazing! When we reached the end of the costume exhibit we saw a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Upon closer examination we realized that it was covered with hand stitched ornaments! The South Bend chapter of the EGA (Embroiderers’ Guild of America) made all of the beautiful ornaments. Here is the photo  so you can admire it, too!

Make your stitching plans for 2017 and let us know what supplies you need. We know how you like to organize and plan at the beginning of a new year! Thank you for your continued patronage; we look forward to serving your cross stitch needs in 2017.  Let's see how many projects we can finish!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Merry Christmas!

December is rolling on and most of us still have plenty to accomplish before the big day.  I have decided that Lizzie Kate’s new Inspiration Boxer kit sums it up: “I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.”  Now the trick is deciding which things to do and which things to delegate or just let go!   One of the things I hope you will do is visit our newly updated What’s New page at .  It will give you a breather from the hustle and bustle and maybe provide a few gift ideas for your stitching friends or yourself!  All kinds of needleworkers can use a new pair of scissors.  The new limited edition Sawyer scissors from Gingher will add a bright touch to a sewing basket with their pretty red and white design.   Kelmscott Designs new needle minders will do the same.  Holiday Hang-Ups - Joy from Bent Creek is a complete kit (just add a needle) that will fit nicely in a stocking.  The long-awaited designs from Lizzie Kate are in stock.  You should probably have one of each because it will be too hard to choose only one or two!  We continue to receive classic Prairie Schooler designs that are being reprinted by Hoffman Distributing.  You can have them without paying unrealistic prices on eBay!  I have brought a couple of stitched models back to the shop so you can see how timeless the designs really are.  There are many other great new charts-check them out and tell us which ones need to be added to your collection!
I will not keep you from your appointed tasks too long!  I hope you can find time for a few stitches now and then; we all know it helps improve our grip on sanity.  I probably will not write to you again until after Christmas so this comes with all of our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and happy, healthy, stitching New Year!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Here we are at the last month of the year!  Already!!  Only a few weeks and we will have more daylight hours.  We have been hearing rumors of above average snow and below average temperatures.  So, we should consider ourselves warned and stock up on stitching supplies now!   We have the perfect place for you to begin your search for new projects!  Visit our What’s New page at .  There are even projects there that could be completed before the big day!   You can choose from Plum Street Designs, Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks, Joan Elliott, Stoney Creek and more!   If you need a project with a warmer theme, see the two new To the Beach charts from Hands on Design. They complete the twelve part series.
If you are constantly getting the question about what you want for Christmas, we would like to suggest asking for a House of Stitches gift certificate.  They are available in any amount and we do not charge postage to mail the gift certificate.

We are in the process of lining up classes for next year.  If you have any suggestions let us know.  We want to provide help in the areas that you want!

Have fun with your holiday preparations!  We hope to put up our tree this weekend.  I am amazed at how many homes are already beautifully decorated.  My theory is that if I decorate later I can leave the decorations up later.  That is my plan and I am sticking to it!  In gloomy January the lights will brighten things considerably.
We are so grateful for your continued interest and support.  You make it all possible!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wonderful new projects await you at .  As I scrolled through the new things I wanted to stop typing and start stitching!  We have added six fun biscornus from Barbara Ana Designs.  If you have always wanted to try one, now is the time!  These are fun little projects that bring a smile.  We are planning a biscornu class after the first of the year so start stitching and we will show you how easy it is to put them together.  Prairie Schooler fans will be happy to know that some of the out of print charts have been reprinted!  And it is our understanding that more will be reprinted as time goes on.  This update also has a good selection of Christmas designs.  Two of my favorites are from Drawn Thread.  I think the four designs in Christmas Baskets would make beautiful ornaments.  The Christmas-Winter Mega Issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher has arrived.  It has 30 projects to delight your inner prim stitcher.  Just Nan has three new Christmas designs including a darling little Santa Mouse.   We are also highlighting an older design because it is a biscornu and we have this class planned and we know you  want to try stitching one!
Thanksgiving is upon us here in the US.  Our weather has been unusually warm so it is making it hard to grasp just how late in the year it is!  But, having said that, I am putting warm fall weather on my list of things to be things for which I am thankful.  And, you, stitching friends are on that list, too!  Thank you for your continued support and patronage.  And thank you for being understanding as I have had to be away from the shop much more than usual.  Nancy, Cherry, Joy and Sharon are on my thankful list, too, as they have shouldered much of the day to day business of keeping the shop going.

Happy stitching and Happy Thanksgiving!