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!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wow!  We have a ton of new charts and kits for you!  Some of you have already placed your orders; thank you very much!  We enjoy seeing what you like and want to make part of your stash.  If you want to see all of the great new things for yourself just go to:  There are plenty of spring and summer things to stitch but we were surprised to receive the Mill Hill CHRISTMAS kits.  Yikes!  I thought I was used to year-round Christmas stitching but this really caught me by surprise.  I know many of you are working on Christmas gifts so this will give you a few more options.  For the first time in a long time, we have new charts from Leisure Arts!  And, at least five designers (Cherry Hill, Country Cottage Needleworks, Little House Needleworks, Plum Street Samplers and With Thy Needle) have patriotic offerings!  I love to stitch designs that are in season even if they will not be finished for this year.  (I am not the fastest stitcher in the world!)  If you like Juliet, the Bride Mouse from Just Nan, be sure to get yours soon.  It is a limited edition and we never know just how long they will be available.

Remember to reserve you space for the Stash Exchange on August 12 and sign up for our class with Lori Markovic on September 12.  For details see our Events Page at

Monday, May 25, 2015

More new designs!

Once again we have an updated What’s New page with many new things to tempt you!  You can see them at  There are a couple of patriotic designs that will make great summer projects.  Blackbird Designs has finished their Abecedarian Loose Feathers series with design number twelve: Garden Borders.  We have the Sweet Summer 2015 Summer Limited Edition Kit from Lizzie Kate.  If you missed the summer kit from last year; you are in luck!  We still have a few left!  Nora Corbett (aka Mirabilia Designs) has a new leaflet with six teacups.  Each has a different floral design and can be stitched individually or together.  After a slight delay we have Serial Bowl Collection-2 from Plum Street Sampler.  We have two more new charts from Drawn Thread.  One was here in time for the last update; be sure to see all three!

Be sure to go to our events page to get more information about our August 15 Stash Exchange and September 12 class with Lori Markovic of La-D-Da Designs.  We hope to see you at both events!

Thank you for your ongoing support!  We appreciate you!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Arrivals & Upcoming Events

We have an updated What’s New page for you:   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 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,