Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ready for 2015?

Are you planning your projects for the New Year?  We have a few suggestions for you on our newly updated What’s New page: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  When I was trying to decide what to write about, Nancy had many good ideas.  So, I am turning the newsletter over to her.  Take it away, Nancy!

Hi everyone and a Merry Christmas to you! As 2014 winds down I have been thinking about what I wish I would have done this year and hope to do next.  Somewhere I read where people were making a Bucket List for things to be done before leaving this world for the next. It hit me that most of the things I want to accomplish would be stitching related. For example I have always wanted to try stitching on silk gauze. I have always wanted to make an ornament every year for my grandchildren, too. Stitching an English Band sampler is another dream. So a list I will attempt to put together and what gets done this year great, if not there is always the next….

Another project I want to accomplish early year is organizing my stitching closet:  putting all of the threads in their own little Floss Away bags, putting my scissors in a hinged shadow box with their coordinating fobs so they can be admired and accessible, separating all of the fabric into project bags according to count and hand-dyed or not, getting all my needlework toys together in my Buddy Case by Namaste or for finishing the Bigga' Buddy Case to hold my dressmaker shears, gathering quick to go kits for travel or waiting at doctor’s appointments.  Pine Mountain Pillow kits, Bent Creek Zipper Kits, Mill Hill Kits come with everything except scissors and Shepherd’s Bush has some great 10ct Tula projects.  Blackbird Designs Reward of Merit are good for travel, too.  Lizzie Kate has the “A little” series.  You really get a feeling of accomplishment when you stitch small things.  It is amazing how much time we can have waiting for things or people that could be put to good stitching moments.

Maybe if Mother Nature hands us a nice snow storm (is that an oxymoron?), we can all fine time to get organized!

We here at House of Stitches wish you and yours the Merriest Christmas and a New Year filled with lots of stitching hours.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift Ideas!


I hope all of our U.S.  friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It was less than a week ago but it seems like a distant memory as we charge full speed ahead into the Christmas season.   We have updated our What’s New page with great ideas for gift giving or gift requesting!  Stop by http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm  to find great ideas for either list.  The Fiber & Fabric Mania Travel Guide 2015 would be a wonderful gift for a traveling stitcher, quilter, knitter or weaver.  Kelmscott has new scissors, Needle Minders and Angel Thread Winders.  The Chocolate Acorn Scissors Fob from Embellishing Bits is perfect on the new Kelmscott Acorn Snips!  Sullivans new scissors look antique and would be a welcome find in any needleworker’s Christmas stocking.  Heart in Hand has started a new series of cute little designs called Joyful Journal.  There will be one for every month; so far we have December-March.  Pine Mountain has several new pillow kits that are ready for you to stitch.  They are also great kits to introduce someone to the joys of stitching.  Take a moment for yourself and investigate all of the fun new designs.  You might just find the perfect gift for your stitching friend, relative or yourself!
Thank you for your time and continued interest.  YOU are on the list of things for which we are thankful!

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 http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  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  http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html)
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 http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  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 http://houseofstitches.com/events.html.  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 http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.   If you like seeing the pictures all at once, go to our catalog http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm 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, http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html , 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 http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html. 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 (mail@houseofstitches.com) 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 http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm  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
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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!