Friday, October 2, 2015

Autumn stitching

Can you believe that it is October already?!  There was a definite chill in the air this morning and it underscored the fact that it is no longer summer. We have an abundance of new fall, winter and holiday projects.  You can see the latest at  I just finished stitching the new Lizzie Kate Halloweenie ( and it is really cute!  The colors are so vibrant and the kit includes great finishing fabric and trim.  It is fun to stitch and finish something quickly, especially after stitching a large project.  In this update we have the final installments in two series: A Year in Chalk by Hands on Design and Little Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate.  There are too many great designs to talk about all of them so I will let you click on over to the What’s New page and have a look for yourself.  Your continued interest and business are much appreciated!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine

It is good to be at the computer writing to you again!  I spent an unexpected 5 days in the hospital so I feel like I have been out of touch with the world, especially our world of stitching.  I am feeling much better now, so let’s look at the new things together! You can see them at If you are a bird lover, be sure to see Birds of Wisdom from Stoney Creek.  Bobbie G. has a cute Halloween design called Let’s Go Trick or Treating.  We have a number of new Christmas charts.  Elegant Christmas Tree from Annie’s is not a one night stitch but will be a wonderful addition to your holiday decorating year after year.  Snowmen collectors will want to stitch Peace Snowfriends Banner from Stoney Creek.  The snowmen can be stitched individually, too!
I just realized that I didn't give our website person a copy of the 2015 Just Cross Stitch Ornament to put on our website!  If you would like a copy, just let us know.  For online orders, just put a note in the customer comments area.  It is $9.99.
I hope all of your projects are going well!  I made good progress on Sarah’s House by Blackbird Designs while I was being held captive at the hospital.  Just a little more mortar between the bricks and it will be finished! 


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Autumn Stitching

Even though we are having very summer like temperatures this week; a look at our What’s New page ( will let you know that autumn is fast approaching (at least in the northern hemisphere).  Here in the U.S. we are observing the Labor Day holiday this weekend with an extra day off work and school to stitch.  I have my projects lined up; do you?

Our new page includes charts from Country Cottage Needleworks, Jardin Prive, Little House Needleworks, Imaginating, Just Nan and With Thy Needle and Thread.  If you missed getting Just Nan’s Witchy Mouse last year; she is available again while supplies last as well as Witchy’s Sister Mouse!  If you are in the mood for something a little different, be sure to see Carre (Square) and Spirale from Jardin Prive.  Heart in Hand continues the new Double Up series with Thanksgiving.  Click on the link above to see everything for yourself.

We are making final preparations for our Stitchers’ Day Out on September 12.  It is so much fun planning the special treats that are in store for the participants.  We have one space open if you would like to join us. (For more information go to and scroll down a little.)  Lori Markovic from La-D-Da Designs will be our teacher.  A trunk show of her designs should be arriving on Friday, September 4. (If the USPS cooperates!)  It will be exciting to see so many stitched pieces in person!

Have a great holiday weekend.  (If your country does not give you an extra day off, double your stitching time on Sunday!)  We appreciate your continued patronage!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

New "Stash" on our website!

We want to thank all of you who came to the Midwest Stash Exchange last Saturday!  The weather was hot, hot, hot and so were the deals.  Many needlework supplies found new homes and many needleworkers made new friends and renewed old friendships.  The scissor sharpener extended the lives of many pairs of scissors and then donated all of his proceeds to Riley Children's Hospital Foundation!  Thank you Jay!  And thanks to all who participated, there will be a nice check going to the Riley Hospital Children’s Foundation. Watch for pictures coming soon on the Events Page of our website.

We have 105 new items on our website for you!  Many are from the Norden Needlework Show as well as our usual new arrivals.  Due to technical difficulties, we do not have a What’s New page to share with you but you can still see all of the new things in our catalog.  Just go to our catalog or click here: and type aug15b in the Keyword box.  When you get to the bottom of the page, be sure to click on the second page, too!  Are you thinking about Christmas stitching?  The annual Santa charts from several designers are making their appearance.  There are three new charts for the little sled ornaments that are so popular. (The sleds are finally back in stock!)  Halloween and autumn designs make up a large part of our newest items.  Many are of the quick to stitch variety so you have a chance of getting them ready for display this year! Sampler lovers will want to see the four new charts from C Street Samplerworks.  If the summer heat is getting oppressive, perhaps stitching Spring Snow from Ink Circles will refresh you!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Stash Exchange

Once again it is time to show you new designs!  Just visit our What’s New page at  and choose your favorites.    Madame Chantilly is a designer that we have recently started to carry.  She has a series of seasonal snow globe designs that are really cute!  Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland are also new from Madame Chantilly.  Little House Needleworks is continuing their ornament series with Sampler Tree- Potted Poinsettias and Hometown Holiday- Pet Store.   Hardanger lovers will want to be sure to see the three new charts from Satin Stitches.   The next two Year in Chalk designs (September and October) are here!   And we have five more new designs from Jardin Prive!

Norden Crafts is having an Online Needlework Show next week.  You can see what they will be featuring by visiting their website:  Click on Kits, Designs or Notions and let us know what ones you would like us to order for you.  We will not be able to order until August 10 so please try to have your requests to us by Sunday evening, August 9.

I hope you are making plans to visit us on August 15 for the Midwest Stash Exchange!  We can still use volunteers to man our booth.  You only have to commit to an hour and that will give you time to really look over the things in the booth!  As a BONUS that day there will be a professional scissor sharpener here!  He will do embroidery scissors, sewing shears and pinking shears!  (He will do knives and all kinds of scissors including hairdresser scissors!)

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 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: 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 ( 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. ( 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 .  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!