Friday, November 24, 2017

The countdown is on!!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving!  We have updated the What’s New page with fifty-eight new stitching designs!  There are so many that I would like to start stitching now.  It is especially exciting to have Star Wars and Hello Kitty to offer you.  This is the first time that I have been able to get these licensed characters!  They each come as a boxed kit with a design book, floss, fabric and a hoop.  The designs are easy enough for first time stitchers…think Christmas gifts here!  A favorite character is a good motivation to stitch. And, it is fun to share your love of stitching with the next generation of needleworkers.
As we are waiting on people today we are hearing the same thing from everyone.  How can Christmas be only a month away?!  I guess we have our work cut out for us.  We have many gifts for stitchers from gold needles to gift certificates in any amount.  We look forward to helping you with your holiday (and every day!) shopping.
One of the things we gave thanks for yesterday is all of you!  Your continued patronage is what keeps us in business.  Thank you!

Friday, November 17, 2017

35 new DMC colors!


We have the 35 new DMC colors!! These are the open stock skeins at $.49 each.  (That is our usual DMC floss price.  Suggested retail is now $.87!)  We have ordered the tins that will have all 35 colors but we do not have a definite date for their arrival.  The tins will be $27.95.  We will be adding the new numbers to our website but if you do not want to wait, just put a note in the customer comments area and ask for them. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

New projects banish shorter days blues!

Do you need a new project or two to lift your spirits as our days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler?  We have some suggestions for you at .  They range from mini size to epic with many in between sizes.  I have added at least two projects to my stash; now I just have to find the time to start them!  The Lizzie Kate Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler is now complete!  If you were waiting to see the entire sampler before committing yourself to stitching it, here it is!  The latest early American from Little House Needleworks is Patrick Henry. And for the lovers of all things primitive, we have the winter issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine.

If you are stitching Christmas gifts that need to be framed we would like to have them by Thanksgiving weekend. We want to be sure they will be ready in time for gift giving.

Thank you for your continued patronage and love of stitching!  Help us keep the joy of needlework strong by sharing it with someone you know.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekend of Stitches photos

The designers are keeping us on track with new fall and Christmas designs.  Find your new favorite projects at .  Our weather has taken a turn toward much more fall like temperatures and it makes me think I’d better get going on any holiday stitching I hope to accomplish this year!

I have good news for those of you who use the scroll frames from American Dream Products.  The business closed in August and they are no longer making the scroll frames and stands that are also known as E-Z Stitch products.  But!  Another company will be producing these products. There may be a slight lull in availability but we hope to have them back in stock soon.  This will include the no baste Velcro strips!

In the last newsletter I promised photos from our Weekend of Stitches. As the old saying goes, better late than never!  I am not an ace photographer but you can see our projects and a shot from the classroom.  (Sorry to only have a picture of Stacy Nash from the back!) I think perhaps the biggest hindrance to my being a better photographer is that I do not remember to take the pictures!  So, if you really want to see what goes on at a Weekend of Stitches…sign up for the next one!  Information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

I hope all of your projects are going well.  I am sure you need a few new ones!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Everybody needs a new project!

We are pleased to bring you 47 of the latest arrivals in the shop.  I continue to be amazed at the creativity and variety of the many wonderful projects from the designers we carry!  On our What’s New page at you can see a three dimensional gingerbread house, a little Halloween basket, samplers, little pillows and framed pieces. Part 2 of the Lizzie Kate Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler, Celebrate With Charm Flip-It Part 7-Merry, two little sled charts (also Lizzie Kate) and Early Americans No. 7 – Abigail Adams from Little House Needleworks are all there for you to see.  The newest Plum Street releases arrived today and were too late to be added to this update.  If you would like one of them, just put a note in the customer comments area of your order form.
Our Weekend of Stitches was last weekend and we had a marvelous time with Stacy Nash!  Many of us left with four completed projects!  (There was pre-stitching involved.) Watch our blog or Facebook page for photos that will be appearing soon.  I have someone under 30 who will be working with me tomorrow.  I am sure Facebook and blogging will be second nature to her.  I tried multiple times on Saturday to post pictures of Stacy teaching our class and had no success.  I was thinking about all of you and wishing you could be there with us!

See you on the web!  We are thankful for your continued business!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

So many new projects!

It is time to click on over to our website and look at the newest arrivals on our What’s New page: There are so many great new designs and accessories that I am not even going to try to describe them!  Look them over, place your order and we will get them on the way to you as soon as possible!  We appreciate your continued interest and depend on your continued business.  Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

$3000.00 Goal Reached!

I am very happy to report that with the help of a kind and generous donor, we were able to send $3000.00 to the Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation! She asked to remain anonymous but I want to say thank you SO much and again, thank you to all who contributed and worked hard to make the Midwest Stash Exchange a success.  You have helped brighten the lives of children who are going through very trying circumstances.

Cross stitch designers are amazing!  They keep bringing us new designs to stitch and enjoy.  You can see the latest arrivals by going to our What’s New page at or go to our website catalog and type sep17a in the keyword box.  That will give you a visual treat as all of the newest designs appear!  You will see Part 1 of the Lizzie Kate Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler, Number 6 in the Early Americans series and Lesson 3 in the Abecedarian Summer Schoolhouse series.  There are Christmas projects from JBW, Sweetheart Tree and Blackbird Designs.  For inspiration see Courageous and Strong from Needle Bling or Soul Anchor by Stoney Creek.  Autumn designs were not totally overlooked.  Be sure to see Autumn ABC’s from Little House Needleworks, Shades of Autumn by Scissortail Designs and the Fall Issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher.

We had an unexpected surprise last week at the Post Office.  Without fanfare or notice, the rates have gone up on First Class Packages!  Even the postal clerks were surprised by the change.  The cost to mail a First Class package that weighs up to 4 ounces has increased to $3.00!   I did some checking and if the package is totally flat (no more than a quarter inch variation in thickness) it can be mailed for less.  BUT! That service does not come with a tracking number and the delivery time can be a bit slower.  It also has to be flat which eliminates almost everything except charts and leaflets.   Add some floss and it becomes a package instead of a large envelope.  Another thing that needs to be understood is that once the package is in the postal system it is no longer our responsibility.  We cannot replace your order if it goes astray.  In my opinion, it is totally worth having the tracking number on your package.  It is most interesting to see the circuitous route that some packages take on the way to your mailbox!  With the tracking number we can at least see where it is even if we cannot figure out why it is there.  We do our best to keep the postage that we charge close to the actual cost and in most cases it is still less than the cost of gas if you drive very far to pick up your supplies.  With that being said, we are still happy to have you visit the shop in person whenever possible!

I am making good progress on the pre-stitching for our Weekend of Stitches.  I have heard that several speedy stitchers have already finished their pre-stitching! Here is the link to information about the October 6-8 weekend: I love the colors that Stacy used and I have discovered that it is on 32 count linen not 36 count as I originally thought.   A few spots are still available if you would like to join us.  We hope you can come!