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,
Linda

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!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy spring!


Happy spring and Happy Easter!

It is time for a fresh new project!  We have a few suggestions on our What’s New page: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  Nora Corbett fans will not want to miss the latest Flower Fairy and Mermaid.  The two new designs from Foxwood Crossings would be fun for your favorite stitching friend…or yourself!  Just let us know which projects are next on your list and we will help you gather your supplies!

We had a wonderful Weekend of Stitches with Betsy Morgan and I hope to finish our project someday!  LOL  I know some of the class participants are well on the way to completing the “Can’t See the Forest” project.  I hope you have your calendar marked for our next class on September 12.  Lori Markovich from La-D-Da designs will be our teacher.  I will have more details soon!

We are also planning another Stash Exchange in August but we are still negotiating the date.  We are also looking for volunteers/event planners to give us a hand.  The money that we raise will again be going to the Riley Children’s Hospital. Hope you can help; it is a wonderful cause!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More new arrivals!


We continue to receive new things almost every day!  Some are items that were backordered at the Nashville Needlework Market; others are new things from designer’s automatics.  Pine Mountain has new pillow kits; Mill Hill has six new kits that feature Laurel Burch cats and the latest from Mirabilia is Moonflower.  One of my favorite new things is the Thread Cutter Pendant from Bohin. It comes in four different color combinations and is a handy, discreet way to cut your threads. 

SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, September 12, 2015, Lori Markovic of La-D-Da is coming to teach a one day class!  More information will be coming but I want to give you plenty of time to arrange your work and family schedules. Make plans to join us!
 
Have fun looking over the latest arrivals and let us know what needs to become a part of your stitching collection.

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nashville Market News

We have returned from the Nashville Needlework Market with so many wonderful things that I don't know where to begin to tell you about them.  The best thing would be to have you visit our website and look at them for yourself.  Go to www.houseofstitches.com, click on catalog and type nash15 as the key word.  You can click on each photo for a larger picture more information.  The designers really did a wonderful job showcasing their designs.  I only took time (mostly while waiting in line to place orders) to take a couple of pictures.  This is a photo of part of the display at With Thy Needle & Thread (Brenda Gervais).
Chessie & Me (Linda Lautenschlager) was just a few doors away with this display.

It was exciting to see so many designers exhibiting!  There was a positive energy that permeated the whole weekend.  As you look at the new designs I think you will see the reason.  We are standing by to take your orders; we have already had to reorder some charts and kits!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Market Preview


Here we are enduring yet another winter storm! School has already been delayed for tomorrow and I can hear the snowplows trying to keep the streets clear.  I can almost always get to the shop because I live nearby.  I am grateful for phone orders, website orders and email orders!  It is great weather for stitching so I want to be sure that you have the supplies that you need.  New treasures are waiting for your discovery at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  The Nashville Needlework Market is only a week away and the designers are preparing many wonderful new things to tempt us!  It promises to be an exciting market with more than twice as many exhibitors as last year!  It will be a race to see all of the designers and buy their latest creations.  Many designers have been giving sneak peeks through their social media outlets.  If there are things that you know you want, please let us know and we will do our very best to get them for you.  With so many designers to see, that will help me decide which ones should be top priority.  There will also be many “market exclusive” and “limited edition” designs/kits.  Please realize that when an item is limited, it often has a price tag that is a little higher.  When making your requests, keep in mind that if we get an item for you we expect you to purchase it.  With so much merchandise available, we will have to spend our dollars wisely.   (We are also handicapped with the weather hindering our sales this winter!  Hurry spring!)  Here are links to the new things from just a few of the designers.  As you find things you would like whether here or elsewhere, be sure to give us the name of the design as well as the designer’s name.  Otherwise it becomes like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack!