Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Prolific designers!

Our designer friends continue to amaze us with their productivity!  We have over 50 new things to share with you at  I have already picked out a few to add to my list of things to stitch (Random Happiness, Primitive Moodkeep, Give Thanks…) .  Take a look and let us know which ones you want to add to your list!
I hope your holiday projects are well underway.   Remember, if you want them framed in time for Christmas; we need to have them by Thanksgiving weekend.
Is your family asking you for gift suggestions?   We have gift certificates available in any amount.   And, our Weekend of Stitches (March 20-22, 2015) would be a wonderful gift…even if you give it to yourself!  (See details at
Thank you for honoring us with your continued support and interest.   We give thanks for you in this month of gratitude and thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New fall projects!

We have new things for you to see at  There are new charts from Barbara Ana, Cricket Collection, Heart’s Content, Sue Hillis, With Thy Needle and Thread and more!
Several of you have asked us about Classic Colorworks floss.  Crescent Colours was sold to Ronnie Williams and the new company name is Classic Colorworks. The colors and color names are the same as Crescent Colours so they may be used interchangeably.  (However, the usual dye lot differences in hand-dyed threads can still come into play.)  In other needlework news, we have learned that Prairie Moon will no longer be designing. So, if there are Prairie Moon charts that you want, do not delay!  We have already sold out of some of them!
We are excited to have so many of you signing up for our March Weekend of Stitches!  If you are interested, you can see the project and get the registration form at  Start making plans to be a part of the fun!
Today we had rain, then sun then more rain.   When we looked out the shop's back door during the sunny moments, this tree was glowing against the dark blue sky and was reflected in the pavement.  I hope fall weather lasts a very long time!  We are not speaking of what comes next!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New designs!

Autumn is upon us in Indiana!  The trees are turning every fall shade you can imagine and for the most part, they are still on the trees so we can enjoy them without all of the raking.  At least not yet!  Many of our new arrivals have an autumn or Halloween theme so you can stitch in the current season.  How does that work for those of you in the southern hemisphere?  Are you more inspired to stitch things in pretty pastel spring colors?  You can see our newest designs at   If you like seeing the pictures all at once, go to our catalog and type oct14a in the keyword box.  You will see a thumbnail size picture of each design.  Click on any that you would like to see in more detail.

While you are cruising around our website, be sure to click on the Events button, , to see the project that Betsy Morgan will be teaching for us in March, 2015. It is a great project and I hope that you can join us!

Friday, September 26, 2014

March 2015 Weekend of Stitches

We have updated our Events Page at We finally have the details for our March 2015 Weekend of Stitches with designer Betsy Morgan!!  Start planning now; I hope you can join us!  If you go to the link above you can see a picture of the project.  (It is a new project that Betsy is debuting at Williamsburg this December.)  The registration form has more details but feel free to phone (219-326-0544 or 800-455-8517) or email ( if you have questions.

We have had some new arrivals since we updated our What’s New Page earlier this week.   We don’t have pictures online at our website but you should be able to see them at the designers’ websites.  From Lizzie Kate we have I Cannot Count My Day Complete, Flora McSample’s 2014  Stockings, Sled Dudes and Reindeer Stocking.   Heart in Hand brings us Wee Santa 2014, Vintage Greeting: A Merry Christmas and Christmas Means More.  From Bent Creek we have Pumpkin of Leaves Kit and Parts 2 & 3 of the Spooky Spinners Series.  Country Cottage Needleworks has the second Classic Ornament, Dear Santa and the October Calendar Girl.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of time for stitching!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall is here with great new designs!

Happy fall!  I do not know what happened to spring and summer; they certainly went by in a hurry!  I enjoy fall as long as I ignore what follows right after. Do you have a favorite season? We certainly have a variety here in the Midwest.  Our What’s New Page at  has many fall and Halloween designs to put you in the proper frame of mind.   And, for those of you who plan ahead, there are also quite a few Christmas projects.  As usual, the hard part will be choosing which ones to stitch first!   With this update of our website, we also corrected an oversight and added perforated paper to our online catalog
In the next day or two I will be posting details about our weekend retreat with Betsy Morgan (March 20-22, 2015).  Until then enjoy perusing the new things and let us know which ones are destined for your personal collection!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine!

We have exciting news!  The much anticipated and long awaited 2014 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Magazine has arrived!  You can see it on our What’s New page,  Do I have to finish the project that I am stitching before I can start on the ornaments?  Of course not!   And neither do you!  There are more than 60 other new items, also!  In addition to the many new designs, there are needle minders and scissors (including Eve, the Gingher designer scissors for 2014).   Halloween and Christmas designs abound and we have part 2 of the SamSarah Something Wicked Mystery Sampler.  Have fun choosing your favorites; it will be hard to decide which to stitch first!  We love seeing what you choose and we appreciate your continued interest and business!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

St. Charles Needlework Market Finds

We are back from market and what a great market it was!  You can see the latest in our website catalog:  Just type stchas14 in the key word search box and more than 160 items will be displayed.  AND!  We have many more to be added so keep checking back!  There are new charts, kits, limited edition kits, scissors and magnets.  Have fun planning your new projects!

I took some pictures when I visited Candy and Mary from Workbasket designs. I am not an ace photographer but it will give you a peek at part of their market display.  The owls are all from their Hootenannies chart which has many variations and finishing ideas.  Be sure to visit our website to see the rest of my great market finds!