Friday, December 2, 2016

Here we are at the last month of the year!  Already!!  Only a few weeks and we will have more daylight hours.  We have been hearing rumors of above average snow and below average temperatures.  So, we should consider ourselves warned and stock up on stitching supplies now!   We have the perfect place for you to begin your search for new projects!  Visit our What’s New page at .  There are even projects there that could be completed before the big day!   You can choose from Plum Street Designs, Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks, Joan Elliott, Stoney Creek and more!   If you need a project with a warmer theme, see the two new To the Beach charts from Hands on Design. They complete the twelve part series.
If you are constantly getting the question about what you want for Christmas, we would like to suggest asking for a House of Stitches gift certificate.  They are available in any amount and we do not charge postage to mail the gift certificate.

We are in the process of lining up classes for next year.  If you have any suggestions let us know.  We want to provide help in the areas that you want!

Have fun with your holiday preparations!  We hope to put up our tree this weekend.  I am amazed at how many homes are already beautifully decorated.  My theory is that if I decorate later I can leave the decorations up later.  That is my plan and I am sticking to it!  In gloomy January the lights will brighten things considerably.
We are so grateful for your continued interest and support.  You make it all possible!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wonderful new projects await you at .  As I scrolled through the new things I wanted to stop typing and start stitching!  We have added six fun biscornus from Barbara Ana Designs.  If you have always wanted to try one, now is the time!  These are fun little projects that bring a smile.  We are planning a biscornu class after the first of the year so start stitching and we will show you how easy it is to put them together.  Prairie Schooler fans will be happy to know that some of the out of print charts have been reprinted!  And it is our understanding that more will be reprinted as time goes on.  This update also has a good selection of Christmas designs.  Two of my favorites are from Drawn Thread.  I think the four designs in Christmas Baskets would make beautiful ornaments.  The Christmas-Winter Mega Issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher has arrived.  It has 30 projects to delight your inner prim stitcher.  Just Nan has three new Christmas designs including a darling little Santa Mouse.   We are also highlighting an older design because it is a biscornu and we have this class planned and we know you  want to try stitching one!
Thanksgiving is upon us here in the US.  Our weather has been unusually warm so it is making it hard to grasp just how late in the year it is!  But, having said that, I am putting warm fall weather on my list of things to be things for which I am thankful.  And, you, stitching friends are on that list, too!  Thank you for your continued support and patronage.  And thank you for being understanding as I have had to be away from the shop much more than usual.  Nancy, Cherry, Joy and Sharon are on my thankful list, too, as they have shouldered much of the day to day business of keeping the shop going.

Happy stitching and Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time for holiday stitching!

I hope you are feeling the Christmas Spirit taking over your stitching.  Our What’s New Page,, is brimming with wonderful new Christmas projects.  Have you noticed the popularity of red pick-up trucks carrying Christmas trees as a decorating motif?  They seem to be everywhere this year; on sweaters, pillows and cards to name just a few!  Madame Chantilly and Needle Bling each have their own version to share with us.  The much anticipated annual Christmas stocking has arrived from Shepherd’s Bush.  If you are not quite ready to stitch for the holidays; there are new designs for you, too.  Mirabilia has a new Victorian lady dressed in a stunning ball gown.  And there are new fall and Halloween designs to tempt you.  Take a look and let us know which ones you want to add to your collection!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holiday projects!

It is hard to believe it is the middle of October!  We have been experiencing summer like temperatures and it has lulled me into thinking that I have plenty of time to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The thing that brings me back to reality is the ever earlier time of sunset each day.  The designers are doing a good job keeping us on track with new holiday projects.  You can view our most recent arrivals at .  Mill Hill brings us the latest Jim Shore perforated paper ornaments: two angels, two snowmen, an owl and a penguin.  Lizzie Kate has six new designs for the little wooden sleds that are so popular and easy to finish.  The Lizzie Kate Yearbook series is now complete with the addition of November and December.  Along with those designs there are two more new charts and two new kits!  A new chart from Abby Rose gives us some good advice: Do more of what makes you happy!  I think that has to include more stitching and more time at planning your next projects.  See you there!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

50+ new designs!

Wow!  I hope you are ready for new projects.  Our What’s New page has over 50 new items to fill your stitching basket.  You can see them at   Blackbird Designs completes their Garden Club series and several companies are continuing their series: Hands on Designs with To the Beach, Little House Needleworks with ABC Samplers, Shepherd’s Bush with Thanksgiving Trifles and Summer House Stitche Workes concludes their Zephyr Hill Mystery Sampler.  There are many autumn and Halloween designs; some are cute and fun while others are spookier in nature.  If you are looking for a beautiful Christmas project; be sure to see the two new designs from Victoria Sampler.   Mill Hill has new little stocking ornaments.  They are stitched on perforated paper in fun, bright colors. (Our next update will include new perforated paper ornaments by artist Jim Shore!) The 2016 Prairie Schooler Santa is online and he is waving good-bye.  Maybe this one is truly the final Santa in the long-running series.  We still have quite a few of the Santas from previous years if you missed getting some of them.
We had a noisy day at the shop today as a new roof was put on our part of the building.  There was hail damage but we were spared any leaks.  Hooray!  It kept things lively (Bang! Boom! Crash!) and reminded us that all too soon it will be time to listen for reindeer hooves on our roofs!
Enjoy browsing the new designs!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy autumn!

Happy autumn!  I am not sure how it arrived so quickly but here it is, ready or not.  Our newly updated What’s New page has many new autumn projects to tempt you!   Christmas designs are well represented, too.  There are fun new needle threaders and magnetic needle holders from Puffin & Co. and Kelmscott.  We think of these items as toys for stitchers.  Here is the link to the list of all 75 recently added items:  A faster way to see photos of all of them is to go to our catalog, and type sep16b in the keyword box.  It might be good to have a tall glass or large mug of your favorite beverage to enjoy as you make your shopping list!
We have a bit of exciting news for you.  Even though Prairie Schooler retired from designing earlier this year; they have designed one more of their very popular Santa cards!  They arrived too late to be included with this update but you can put a note in the customer comments area of your order and we will include it.  He is $5.00 and this is what he looks like this year:  

Today I spoke with Deb from Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine and learned that the Premier Issue is going to be reprinted!  If you missed getting a copy you will have a second chance.  Let us know you are interested and we will contact you when it arrives.  Deb thinks we will have it by mid to late October. 

What have you been stitching?  I just finished one of the Chalkboard Ornaments by Hands On Designs.  It was a fast stitch and easy to finish.   The buttons and holly leaves that come with the chart make it easy to hide the ends of the cording and ribbon!  I like easy!  I hope you are enjoying your current projects, too! 

Thank you for being our blog friend!  We appreciate your interest and support.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall fun!

Wow!  We have added a whopping 59 new things to our catalog!  Things are arriving almost dailyfrom the fall online shows.  Here’s a link to the list:  If you are a more visual kind of person, go to the catalog and type sep16a in the keyword box.  That will give you pictures of all the new things in alphabetical order.   It helps me see everything and not look at just my favorite designers.  It is fun to play a little game of guess the designer as you look at them!
I am trying to get back in the groove at the shop after being out a few days last week.  We were closed Monday for Labor Day and then I spent Friday and Saturday working on things at my mom’s.  Even though I am way behind at the shop it is definitely easier work!  Since I need to be away from work so much this fall we are going to forego a fall stitching weekend.  I apologize for the disappointment but promise to do better next year!   (Remember, it is our big three zero anniversary!)  Things are in the works for both a spring and fall weekend but are coming together slowly.  We will also have the bi-annual Stash Exchange (fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital), most likely in August.  Stay tuned!
Thank you for your continued interest!  We occasionally have someone tell us that no one cross stitches anymore.  We beg to differ!  We are stitching more than ever with more wonderful fibers, fabrics and designs than we could have imagined even ten years ago!  It is a great time to be a stitcher.