Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Dichotomy: summer and Christmas stitching!


Summer is officially here! (Sorry to those of you who live in the southern hemisphere of our world!) Time just keeps moving along at a faster and faster pace. I guess that means we need to take more time to stitch. And coincidentally, we have some suggestions about what to stitch on our recently updated What’s New page: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. If you like to stitch projects that are in season, there are a number of summer/patriotic charts this time. (I guess the designers like to design in season, too!) And for all of you who are great at planning ahead, there are new Christmas designs. Much to our surprise we have a 2017 Prairie Schooler Santa! Even though Prairie Schooler officially retired, there must still be a little creative bug that needs expression. We are happy that it has taken the form of another of Santa! Mill Hill brings us the Might Oak Quartet; a series of four kits that depict an oak tree in each of the four seasons of the year. The designs fit their 6 x 6 inch frames so you could stitch all four and change them with the time of year.

Stacy Nash Primitives has a new design called Summer House Pinkeep. And, we are excited to tell you that Stacy has agreed to teach a class for us on October 7, 2017! We are working on all of the details and I will get them to you as soon as I have them. As I understand it, she will be designing a project just for our class! Like I said, details will be forthcoming!

Lizzie Kate brings us three new designs. One is the fifth part of her seven part series, Celebrate With Charm. Red White and Beach has three cute summer designs and Be Still is the latest in her series of inspiration kits. Erica Michaels concludes her cute series called the 12 Berries of Christmas. These little strawberries would be so cute in a basket or wooden bowl on your Christmas coffee table! People have been asking us for new Native American designs and Joan Elliott has two new ones. She also has two new stylish ladies, one on New York and one in Rome. Heart in Hand finishes the Glad and Sincere Hearts design with part three. Libby is her cute rendition of the Statue of Liberty. 

I’m going to stop describing the new things and let you see them for yourself! (The link is above or you can always just go to our website and click on the What’s New button.) Remember to mark your calendar for the Midwest Stash Exchange on August 19, 2017. Bring your dull scissors and knives for the professional sharpener to make like new. We want to raise a nice amount of money for the Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation.

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

See the latest arrivals!


We have more wonderful new things for you to stitch on our What’s New page: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm .   Are you ready for this?   Mill Hill Christmas kits are arriving!  I like every one of the sleighs and the Santas will appeal to the pirates in your family.  Our next update will include the Button and Bead Kits and Holiday Ornaments.  Kelmscott has new needle minders as well as the Crusade Queen Threadkeep and Eiffel Tower Threadkeep.  If you are in need of a smile, see the latest from Marnic Designs and Warped Humor from My Big Toe!  I have a soft spot for monochromatic designs so of course I like Redwork Sampler from Pheasant Street Samplers.  Imaginating has several new designs including one about adoption and one for twins.  Go through the list; I am sure you will find projects that need to be part of your future stitching stash!
 
Remember to mark your calendars for the Midwest Stash Exchange on August 19, 2017!  There is more information on our Events page: http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html . Just scroll down a bit to find it.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!  We hope all of your stitching projects are going well!

 


 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What's New!


If you have unsuccessfully tried to reach us by email in the last week, please try again.  We had to get a new computer and even though I was assured that all of our emails could be transferred to the new computer, they could not.  What a headache!  I’ll spare you my tales of woe; I think I need a long session of stitching therapy to make everything all better! 

We have an updated What’s New page for you at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm .  There are great selections!  I think my favorite is the one from Waxing Moon that says “My stash is huge and I’m not ashamed”.  If you missed getting the limited edition La-D-Da Samplar Hare kit, it is now available as a chart!  See all the new things and choose your favorites.
 
We appreciate your continued interest and business!  Keep on stitching and share the joys of needlework with others. 

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Serial Stitching


New projects are waiting for you on our What’s New page at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  It includes the third installment of the 12 Days charts by Hands on Design, the second For the Birds Loose Feathers from Blackbird Designs, the second Early Americans from Little House Needleworks, the second part of Glad & Sincere Hearts from Heart in Hand and the second Mouse in a House from Just Nan!  Country Cottage Needleworks is beginning their new Main Street series with Flower Shop.  It seems the designers are counting on all of us being serial stitchers!

Remember to mark your calendars for our Midwest Stash Exchange on August 19, 2017.  Help us raise money for Riley Hospital for Children.  There is more information on the Events page of our website: http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html. (Scroll down a bit.)

Thank you for your continued support!  Be on the lookout for someone who would like to learn to stitch and then share the addiction!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Weekend of Stitches Accomplishments



We had a great time with Sue Hillis at our Weekend of Stitches!  This is  a photo of some of the easels we made during her Easels Made Easy class.  Sue is a wonderful teacher and we had a great time choosing fabrics and trims from the huge stash she brought.  Her method of making easels really is easy and we all left feeling a great sense of accomplishment!  She is in the process of writing a finishing book that will include the easel instructions.  Watch for it!
 
We have updated our What’s New page with the latest arrivals at the shop.  You can see them here, http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm .  There are a few new Dovo scissors; collectors take note!  There are two new spring charts from Drawn Thread, four new designs from Lizzie Kate and a trio of ghosts on perforated paper from Mill Hill.  If you like to plan ahead; both Shepherd’s Bush and Tiny Modernist have new Easter designs.  Garden Samplers, a very popular Prairie Schooler chart has been reprinted.

As you plan your summer travels be sure to include House of Stitches as a stop along the way or better yet as a destination!  There are many things to entertain your family while you shop: lakes, parks, museums, Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City Lighthouse, the list goes on!  We hope to see you soon.

Monday, April 10, 2017

New for you!


Our What’s New page, http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm, has been updated for your shopping enjoyment!  There are spring designs from Country Cottage Needlework, Diane Graebner and Stoney Creek.  Mill Hill, however, is in an autumn frame of mind!  There are twelve complete kits so you can quickly and easily get started on your autumn projects.  Little House Needleworks is beginning a new series called Early Americans.  The first person to be honored is Betsy Ross.  There will be seven more historical figures and a center piece if you would like to stitch them all together in one large design.  Little House Needleworks also has a new design that was inspired by the Nancy Turner book with the same name, “These is My Words”.  I like to listen to audio books while I stitch.  Wouldn’t it be fun to listen to the book while you stitch the sampler?

There is still time to sign up for our Weekend of Stitches, April 22-23, 2017!  Click here for more information: http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html.  The projects for both days can be stitched on aida or linen, whichever you prefer.  If you scroll further down the page there is information about our Midwest Stash Exchange which will take place on August 19, 2017.  Mark your calendar now!
 
Enjoy the new projects!  We look forward to hearing which ones are destined for your stitching basket.

 

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Market fun continues!


The influx of great new designs from the Nashville Needlework Market continues!  Some things were sold out so they had to be shipped to us.  You can see the latest arrivals on our What’s New Page:  http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.   According to the calendar it is officially spring in the northern hemisphere but we still do not have much color here in northern Indiana.  If you need a blast of color to perk things up, be sure to see the Mill Hill collection of Laurel Burch horses.  There are four fun new designs from Plum Street Samplers including another cute dachshund chart.  Just Nan has three new charts in pretty spring pastels.  The Spring Mouse in a House is the first in a four part seasonal series.

There is still time to sign up for our spring Weekend of Stitches!  I have my pre-stitching almost finished so that tells you it is fast and easy.  There is more information on our Events page: http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html.

After you see the latest new things, you might want to go back over the large list of new things from the Nashville Market.  Every time I go over the list something new stands out to me.  I just wish I could offer you large blocks of stitching time on our website!

Remember to mark your calendar for the Midwest Stash Exchange on August 19, 2017.  We want to see you there!