Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holiday projects!

It is hard to believe it is the middle of October!  We have been experiencing summer like temperatures and it has lulled me into thinking that I have plenty of time to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The thing that brings me back to reality is the ever earlier time of sunset each day.  The designers are doing a good job keeping us on track with new holiday projects.  You can view our most recent arrivals at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm .  Mill Hill brings us the latest Jim Shore perforated paper ornaments: two angels, two snowmen, an owl and a penguin.  Lizzie Kate has six new designs for the little wooden sleds that are so popular and easy to finish.  The Lizzie Kate Yearbook series is now complete with the addition of November and December.  Along with those designs there are two more new charts and two new kits!  A new chart from Abby Rose gives us some good advice: Do more of what makes you happy!  I think that has to include more stitching and more time at houseofstitches.com planning your next projects.  See you there!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

50+ new designs!

Wow!  I hope you are ready for new projects.  Our What’s New page has over 50 new items to fill your stitching basket.  You can see them at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.   Blackbird Designs completes their Garden Club series and several companies are continuing their series: Hands on Designs with To the Beach, Little House Needleworks with ABC Samplers, Shepherd’s Bush with Thanksgiving Trifles and Summer House Stitche Workes concludes their Zephyr Hill Mystery Sampler.  There are many autumn and Halloween designs; some are cute and fun while others are spookier in nature.  If you are looking for a beautiful Christmas project; be sure to see the two new designs from Victoria Sampler.   Mill Hill has new little stocking ornaments.  They are stitched on perforated paper in fun, bright colors. (Our next update will include new perforated paper ornaments by artist Jim Shore!) The 2016 Prairie Schooler Santa is online and he is waving good-bye.  Maybe this one is truly the final Santa in the long-running series.  We still have quite a few of the Santas from previous years if you missed getting some of them.
We had a noisy day at the shop today as a new roof was put on our part of the building.  There was hail damage but we were spared any leaks.  Hooray!  It kept things lively (Bang! Boom! Crash!) and reminded us that all too soon it will be time to listen for reindeer hooves on our roofs!
Enjoy browsing the new designs!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy autumn!

Happy autumn!  I am not sure how it arrived so quickly but here it is, ready or not.  Our newly updated What’s New page has many new autumn projects to tempt you!   Christmas designs are well represented, too.  There are fun new needle threaders and magnetic needle holders from Puffin & Co. and Kelmscott.  We think of these items as toys for stitchers.  Here is the link to the list of all 75 recently added items: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  A faster way to see photos of all of them is to go to our catalog, http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm and type sep16b in the keyword box.  It might be good to have a tall glass or large mug of your favorite beverage to enjoy as you make your shopping list!
We have a bit of exciting news for you.  Even though Prairie Schooler retired from designing earlier this year; they have designed one more of their very popular Santa cards!  They arrived too late to be included with this update but you can put a note in the customer comments area of your order and we will include it.  He is $5.00 and this is what he looks like this year: http://hoffmandis.com/newbooklistings/monthly_detail.cfm?Start=92&listmo=0916.  

Today I spoke with Deb from Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine and learned that the Premier Issue is going to be reprinted!  If you missed getting a copy you will have a second chance.  Let us know you are interested and we will contact you when it arrives.  Deb thinks we will have it by mid to late October. 

What have you been stitching?  I just finished one of the Chalkboard Ornaments by Hands On Designs.  It was a fast stitch and easy to finish.   The buttons and holly leaves that come with the chart make it easy to hide the ends of the cording and ribbon!  I like easy!  I hope you are enjoying your current projects, too! 

Thank you for being our blog friend!  We appreciate your interest and support.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall fun!

Wow!  We have added a whopping 59 new things to our catalog!  Things are arriving almost dailyfrom the fall online shows.  Here’s a link to the list: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  If you are a more visual kind of person, go to the catalog http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm and type sep16a in the keyword box.  That will give you pictures of all the new things in alphabetical order.   It helps me see everything and not look at just my favorite designers.  It is fun to play a little game of guess the designer as you look at them!
I am trying to get back in the groove at the shop after being out a few days last week.  We were closed Monday for Labor Day and then I spent Friday and Saturday working on things at my mom’s.  Even though I am way behind at the shop it is definitely easier work!  Since I need to be away from work so much this fall we are going to forego a fall stitching weekend.  I apologize for the disappointment but promise to do better next year!   (Remember, it is our big three zero anniversary!)  Things are in the works for both a spring and fall weekend but are coming together slowly.  We will also have the bi-annual Stash Exchange (fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital), most likely in August.  Stay tuned!
Thank you for your continued interest!  We occasionally have someone tell us that no one cross stitches anymore.  We beg to differ!  We are stitching more than ever with more wonderful fibers, fabrics and designs than we could have imagined even ten years ago!  It is a great time to be a stitcher.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stash enhancement ahead!

I hope you are ready for some new projects because we have more than 60 new things for you on our What’s New Page!!  http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm   The designers outdid themselves with new things for the Norden Online Show.  There are many new fall designs and even two reprints of Prairie Schooler charts!  We are taking pre-orders for the 2016 Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine.  It is scheduled to ship to us on August 30 so it will be here soon!  I don’t know which we anticipate more; the ornaments or the recipes!   Lizzie Kate’s 2016 Santa is here along with Tiny Tidings XXI.  The Spooked! Mystery Sampler from Lizzie Kate is now complete with the arrival of part 3.  There are two new samplers from Rosewood Manor and two new Garden Club charts from Blackbird Designs.

Have you stitched anything fun this summer?  I just finished two small projects that were fun and fast.  Here are links to pictures of them.  Sweetheart Etui with Needlebook by Cherished Stitches http://houseofstitches.com/detail.cfm?ID=35366  and My Heart is Home by Blackbird Designs http://www.houseofstitches.com/detail.cfm?ID=35201 .  I see a theme here; both are hearts!

I have been trying to fit in retreat planning and I just have not had the time and focus to get things together for a retreat this fall.  We have had too many things going on in our home life to properly focus on scheduling fun weekends.  BUT!  Next year will be our 30th year at House of Stitches!   I think that calls for some special events.   We will be having our bi-annual Midwest Stash Exchange to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital---probably in August.  And we have been talking with designers about teaching at weekend events.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer is flying by!

We are shocked to see how fast summer is going by!  It is hot and humid here in our neck of the woods but we keep reminding ourselves that we do not have to shovel or wear coats and hats and boot and gloves!  Schools are beginning for another year and I am seeing a few leaves starting to turn red!  I had a final lunch (before school starts) with my grandchildren yesterday.  We went to see their great grandmother and they had a good time telling her about all of their summer exploits.

We have updated our What’s New page at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  There are new fall designs if you are looking for seasonal projects.  JBW has four new Halloween themed designs and they are all stitched in either black or white for fast stitching!  The tenth Quaker Band of the month is here from Workbasket; only two more months to go!  August Chalk Squared is here from Hands On Designs.  And just today we received Chalkboard Christmas Ornaments part 2.  (It will be added to our website soon.  For now, just put a note in the customer comments section of your order form if you would like to order this one.

One of our distributors, Norden Crafts, is hosting an online needlework show.  It is a wholesale show but you may look at all of the new things at http://www.nordencrafts.com/C-1418/Norden-Fall-Show-2016.aspx and let us know which ones you want.   Some of the kits are limited editions so order them soon.   The show goes through August 19.

Many of you have stopped for a visit during your summer travels.  It has been wonderful to be able to put faces with names that we know from mail orders and phone calls.  Be sure to stop by if you are in our neighborhood.  We appreciate your continued interest and patronage! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Short and to the point!

It is becoming apparent that I am not going to get a proper newsletter written!  So, this is going to serve as a notification that our What’s New page has been updated.  You may see the latest arrivals at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.   I hope your summer is going well!  I will try to do a better newsletter next time!