Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring!

It seems like spring is really here to stay!  The flowers and trees are blooming and we have not had snow in at least two weeks! Hooray!  Our What’s new page at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm has mostly spring designs.  There is one very ambitious Christmas design from My Big Toe.  It is called Hymns of Christmas and if you start now you might have it finished in time for the holidays this year.  It is in my someday stash; would you like to add it to yours?

Today we received the latest charts and kits from Lizzie Kate.  It was too late to add the pictures to this update but you can see them on the Lizzie Kate blog: http://lizziekateblog.blogspot.com/.   The Double Flip charts are in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lizzie Kate Designs!  The years have really flown by!

And speaking of how time flies; in only six months it will be Halloween!  To give you a jump start we are having a 25% off special on Spook of the Month kits from Val's Stuff.  The kits contain everything except the floss and are as cute as can be.  To see them, go to our catalog http://houseofstitches.com/search.cfm and type Spook of the Month in the key word box.  The shopping cart will not show the discount but we will subtract it and let you know the adjusted total.

Does figuring the finished size of a design frustrate you?  It is pretty simple with your handy dandy calculator.  If you have a cell phone there is probably a calculator right there.  All you need to know is the number of stitches in your design and the count of your fabric.  For example, if your design is 148 X 49 stitches and you are using 14 count fabric, you would divide 148 by 14 (10.57”) and then divide 49 by 14 (3.5”).  That tells you the stitched area is 10.57“ by  3.5”.  You will want to add a margin of fabric to all sides for finishing.  We usually recommend 3” on all sides if you are planning to frame your finished piece.  The means you need to add 6” (that is 3” on the left and right and 3” on the top and bottom) to the design area.  In our example you would want a piece of fabric at least 16.57” x 9.5”.  If you know you want a mat and frame, it is a good idea to add 4” on each side instead of just 3”.  The only other thing that might be a tad tricky is if you are working over 2.  Then you need to divide the linen count by 2 before you figure your design size.  28 count linen is figured as 14 count fabric, 32 count linen is figured as 16 count fabric and so on.   I hope this makes starting your next project a little easier.

I will let you get back to stitching or shopping for stitching and say farewell for now.
 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring?!


Have you been stitching spring projects?  Here in northern Indiana we keep saying that it is spring but we have to bundle up in winter coats and gloves to endure the cold, wind and intermittent snow!   Working on a spring projects helps me endure.  How about you?  We have new charts and accessories for you to see at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  Some have a spring theme but in honor of our up and down weather, there is a snowman book from Stoney Creek and a snowman scissor fob!
It has been awhile since I told you about the Merchant Mall at one of our suppliers: Hoffman Distributing.  They have an amazing collection of stitching books and supplies.  The wonderful thing is that you can shop there and place an order and it will go into our shopping cart and will arrive with our next weekly order.  Then we can send it on to you or you may pick it up in the store.  You may also ask us to combine your Hoffman order with other things that you order through our website.  Even though your Hoffman invoice will show shipping charges; we use our own rates which are usually lower.   There is a link on our home page (www.houseofstitches.com) that will take you there.  You may search by title, designer or category.  I must warn you that you may find many things that you did not know you need until you see them!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!


We have an updated What’s New Page for you to enjoy: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  This is a busy weekend for many people so the fact that it is shorter than the last one will help you take time to browse our latest offerings and still have time to enjoy your Easter festivities.   Quite a few of the new arrivals continue to be from the Nashville Needlework Market.   I know several of you have been waiting for the new Plum Street designs to arrive.   I hope you do not try to choose only one! "Dearie and Darling" from Kathy Barrick is a perfect companion to her "And Heaven and Nature Sing" design.  Puffin has new mini Needle Minders that are great for smaller projects.
Keep on stitching and let us know how we can serve your needlework needs.  Thank you for your loyalty and continuing business!  We hope you have a wonderful, blessed Easter!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I think I am finally beginning to catch my breath after the Nashville Needlework Market!  It was such a good show this year that I purchased about 50% more things than last year.  To see all of them, go to our catalog:  http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm  and type nash16 in the keyword box.  There are so many wonderful designs that I am not even going to try to describe them!  Be kind to yourself and order the things that you like fairly soon so you do not miss out on getting them.  And!  There are still more things that we will be adding soon.  We are dedicated to bringing you the cross stitch designs and supplies that you need to keep your stitching soul fed.  Thank you for your continued support!

 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Nashville Needlework Market!

Today was a very productive shopping day at the Nashville Needlework Market.  There are SO MANY designers here this year and they have outdone themselves!   It is going to be a long night of pricing and scanning!  This is what it looks like in our room.
If you want to see the new things as they are added to our website, you can go to our catalog at http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm and type nash16 in the keyword box.  I have to get back to work and let my faithful computer guy get back to putting things online for you.  Thank you for taking time to visit us! 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Snow day!


The shop is closed today due to our wonderful winter weather.  We officially have over 17” of snow!  LaPorte County has declared a snow emergency and only emergency vehicles are allowed on the roads.   So, I am declaring this an official stitch from your stash day!  It looks like we will be able to open tomorrow.  Thank you or your patience and understanding!

Happy stitching (from your stash),
Linda


 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Finally finished!


Are you still in a Valentine frame of mind?  Apparently the designers are because we have a good number of new designs with a Valentine theme.  As someone who likes anything in a heart shape, it suits me just fine!  Symbols of love are appropriate any day of the year.  The latest arrivals are on our What’s New Page at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  We also have several new designs for St. Patrick’s Day as well as spring themed projects and a graduation sampler from Sweetheart Tree.

The last time I wrote to you I promised to try to show you a picture of the project that I started over five years ago and finally finished.  
It is a project from Erica Michaels called ‘tis a Small Gift.  It is stitched on 30 count silk gauze; front and back are identically stitched.  The most challenging part for me was not the actual stitching on the silk gauze but the joining together of the front and back and adding the pesky little bow!  But it is finished and I am looking for a new project to start.  I always have a portable project in my purse so I can work on that until I find another larger challenge.  If I did not have a project on hand I might break out in a rash! 

Thank you to all who helped with our inventory reduction.  The total was actually a little less than last year!  That is a huge victory since for as long as I can remember it has increased every year.  We plan to continue to whittle things down a bit by continuing to put things on sale.  A huge influx of designs and accessories will be coming in about 2 weeks.  The Nashville Needlework Market is almost here!  As you read the blogs and newsletters from your favorite designers, be sure to let us know which things you want.  I have a file started for your market wish lists!  It is not possible to buy everything so if I know what you like it will help me buy the right things. 

The computer that I usually use went to the computer hospital rather unexpectedly today.  I thought our friendly Rent-a-Geek would be able to work his magic in a few minutes at my desk.  But, alas!  It requires more serious attention.  I think I still received all of your emails and orders but if you do not get a response just resend your message.
 
Enjoy the new listings and let us know which ones are destined for your stash collection.  I am certain that you need a few new things to tide you over until the market things arrive.  Your continued business is greatly appreciated!