Thursday, April 16, 2015

Designs for all Seasons!

We are feeling more spring-like here in northern Indiana and it is a welcome change.  However, our latest What’s New page  has designs for all FOUR seasons plus Christmas!   We were surprised to receive the Mill Hill kits for fall just as we were getting used to spring weather!  The designs are very cute and if we start now; we can have them ready by fall.  We have received new designs in several ongoing series.  Elizabeth’s Designs has completed her ABC Series and Lizzie Kate has 2 more leaflets in the 3 Little Words series.  Little House Needleworks has two more ornament designs, one in the Hometown Holiday series and one in the Sampler Tree series.  One of my favorite new charts is from Milady’s Needle.  It says My Spirits Lift Whenever I Stitch.  If you need to stitch for a new baby be sure to see the two new charts from Cherry Hill.  Remember that you can see pictures of all of the new things at one time if you go to our catalog and type apr15a in the key word box.

Some of you may be familiar with the Online Needlework Show but I have not brought it to your attention before.  The show is for retailers (shop owners) but anyone can visit and see all of the things being offered.  You can visit at from April 16-21 and see designs from many designers and countries. Some of the prices are in euros or British pounds so you need to keep the exchange rate in mind as you browse.  Also, be aware that not all of the things pictured are cross stitch; some are crewel or beading. If you see something that you must have; please let us know no later than April 21.  Merchandise may take a bit longer than usual to arrive if it has to go through customs to get here.

Last week was spring break for our schools so we took a short trip with our kids and grandkids.  We had a great time relaxing, shopping, eating and being entertained.  We all spent an evening at Medieval Times and the girls had lunch at American Girl. We made lots of good memories!  I even found a few minutes to stitch!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy spring!

Happy spring and Happy Easter!

It is time for a fresh new project!  We have a few suggestions on our What’s New page:  Nora Corbett fans will not want to miss the latest Flower Fairy and Mermaid.  The two new designs from Foxwood Crossings would be fun for your favorite stitching friend…or yourself!  Just let us know which projects are next on your list and we will help you gather your supplies!

We had a wonderful Weekend of Stitches with Betsy Morgan and I hope to finish our project someday!  LOL  I know some of the class participants are well on the way to completing the “Can’t See the Forest” project.  I hope you have your calendar marked for our next class on September 12.  Lori Markovich from La-D-Da designs will be our teacher.  I will have more details soon!

We are also planning another Stash Exchange in August but we are still negotiating the date.  We are also looking for volunteers/event planners to give us a hand.  The money that we raise will again be going to the Riley Children’s Hospital. Hope you can help; it is a wonderful cause!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More new arrivals!

We continue to receive new things almost every day!  Some are items that were backordered at the Nashville Needlework Market; others are new things from designer’s automatics.  Pine Mountain has new pillow kits; Mill Hill has six new kits that feature Laurel Burch cats and the latest from Mirabilia is Moonflower.  One of my favorite new things is the Thread Cutter Pendant from Bohin. It comes in four different color combinations and is a handy, discreet way to cut your threads. 

SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday, September 12, 2015, Lori Markovic of La-D-Da is coming to teach a one day class!  More information will be coming but I want to give you plenty of time to arrange your work and family schedules. Make plans to join us!
Have fun looking over the latest arrivals and let us know what needs to become a part of your stitching collection.



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nashville Market News

We have returned from the Nashville Needlework Market with so many wonderful things that I don't know where to begin to tell you about them.  The best thing would be to have you visit our website and look at them for yourself.  Go to, click on catalog and type nash15 as the key word.  You can click on each photo for a larger picture more information.  The designers really did a wonderful job showcasing their designs.  I only took time (mostly while waiting in line to place orders) to take a couple of pictures.  This is a photo of part of the display at With Thy Needle & Thread (Brenda Gervais).
Chessie & Me (Linda Lautenschlager) was just a few doors away with this display.

It was exciting to see so many designers exhibiting!  There was a positive energy that permeated the whole weekend.  As you look at the new designs I think you will see the reason.  We are standing by to take your orders; we have already had to reorder some charts and kits!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Market Preview

Here we are enduring yet another winter storm! School has already been delayed for tomorrow and I can hear the snowplows trying to keep the streets clear.  I can almost always get to the shop because I live nearby.  I am grateful for phone orders, website orders and email orders!  It is great weather for stitching so I want to be sure that you have the supplies that you need.  New treasures are waiting for your discovery at  The Nashville Needlework Market is only a week away and the designers are preparing many wonderful new things to tempt us!  It promises to be an exciting market with more than twice as many exhibitors as last year!  It will be a race to see all of the designers and buy their latest creations.  Many designers have been giving sneak peeks through their social media outlets.  If there are things that you know you want, please let us know and we will do our very best to get them for you.  With so many designers to see, that will help me decide which ones should be top priority.  There will also be many “market exclusive” and “limited edition” designs/kits.  Please realize that when an item is limited, it often has a price tag that is a little higher.  When making your requests, keep in mind that if we get an item for you we expect you to purchase it.  With so much merchandise available, we will have to spend our dollars wisely.   (We are also handicapped with the weather hindering our sales this winter!  Hurry spring!)  Here are links to the new things from just a few of the designers.  As you find things you would like whether here or elsewhere, be sure to give us the name of the design as well as the designer’s name.  Otherwise it becomes like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New projects beat the blahs!

It is time for more new charts to brighten the last days of January and keep you stitching through the short month of February!  This link will take you to our What’s New page:  There are a number of charts that would make lovely Valentine gifts including the 2015 Collector’s Heart from Heart in Hand.  If your sweetheart is in the military we have charts of the Seals of all the military branches.   (For some reason only three are shown, but we have them for all the branches.)  Hands On Design has started a new series called A Year in Chalk.  These are a quick stitch with each one only using two colors on dark grey fabric.  If hardanger is your thing, don’t miss the four new charts from Satin Stitches.  January is the month for resolutions and every stitcher needs the Stitcher’s Resolution from Heartstring Samplery.  There are many more charts for you to consider adding to your library; just let us know which ones to send you!

I hope you are finding time to stitch!  I have been trying to set aside at least a few minutes each day to spend with a needle in my hand.  I am sure you know how much it contributes to a good sense of well-being.

Remember to get your registration in soon for our Weekend of Stitches!  The information and registration form are here:  It promises to be a great time with our teacher, Betsy Morgan.  You do not want to be left out!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New projects!

New things have been arriving almost every day!  If winter is getting you down; be sure to see the new Mill Hill kits.  They are very spring-y!  The new spring lines include a butterfly, ladybug, floral eggs and six cute little owlets beaded ornaments.  They are in bright, happy colors that are sure to make you forget grey winter days.  We also have the final installment of the Lizzie Kate Things Unseen Mystery Sampler!  The chart has a photo of the complete sampler.  So, if you were waiting to see the whole design before ordering; this is your chance!  Blackbird Designs has re-released Yellow Submarine…with permission this time!  Brookes Books has started a new Alice in Wonderland series and we have the October Quaker Band of the Month from Workbasket. You can see them at  Hands On Design is launching a new series called A Year in Chalk.  We received the January and February Designs too late for this update but we will have the pictures for you next time.  They are stitched with Gentle Art Chalk floss (and one other color each month) on 30 count Gunmetal from Weeks Dye Works.  If you would like to receive these automatically, just let us know!

In 2015 we plan to feature a different designer each month.  We are going to highlight some designers that seem to get overlooked. The January designer is By the Bay Needleart.  The Funky Birds, Funky Flowers and Nantucket Village series are just a few of their many designs.  Go to our catalog and click on By the Bay Needleart (use the Manufacturer drop down) to see them.  Buy one, get on half off.  (We will make the adjustment on your online invoices.)

Are you looking ahead to next Christmas?  We have heard from a number of people who are already working on Christmas ornaments!  We are planning a summer ornament finishing workshop (or two!) so let us know if you would like to be included.  We will teach you how to make professional looking ornaments.

We are really getting excited about our March Weekend of Stitches!  For more information go to  We will spend the weekend stitching with Betsy Morgan at Blue Heron Inn on the East Shore of Pine Lake.  We would love to have you join us!  Sign up soon!