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: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  A faster way to see photos of all of them is to go to our catalog, http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm 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: http://hoffmandis.com/newbooklistings/monthly_detail.cfm?Start=92&listmo=0916.  

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: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  If you are a more visual kind of person, go to the catalog http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm 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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stash enhancement ahead!


I hope you are ready for some new projects because we have more than 60 new things for you on our What’s New Page!!  http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm   The designers outdid themselves with new things for the Norden Online Show.  There are many new fall designs and even two reprints of Prairie Schooler charts!  We are taking pre-orders for the 2016 Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine.  It is scheduled to ship to us on August 30 so it will be here soon!  I don’t know which we anticipate more; the ornaments or the recipes!   Lizzie Kate’s 2016 Santa is here along with Tiny Tidings XXI.  The Spooked! Mystery Sampler from Lizzie Kate is now complete with the arrival of part 3.  There are two new samplers from Rosewood Manor and two new Garden Club charts from Blackbird Designs.

Have you stitched anything fun this summer?  I just finished two small projects that were fun and fast.  Here are links to pictures of them.  Sweetheart Etui with Needlebook by Cherished Stitches http://houseofstitches.com/detail.cfm?ID=35366  and My Heart is Home by Blackbird Designs http://www.houseofstitches.com/detail.cfm?ID=35201 .  I see a theme here; both are hearts!

I have been trying to fit in retreat planning and I just have not had the time and focus to get things together for a retreat this fall.  We have had too many things going on in our home life to properly focus on scheduling fun weekends.  BUT!  Next year will be our 30th year at House of Stitches!   I think that calls for some special events.   We will be having our bi-annual Midwest Stash Exchange to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital---probably in August.  And we have been talking with designers about teaching at weekend events.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer is flying by!


We are shocked to see how fast summer is going by!  It is hot and humid here in our neck of the woods but we keep reminding ourselves that we do not have to shovel or wear coats and hats and boot and gloves!  Schools are beginning for another year and I am seeing a few leaves starting to turn red!  I had a final lunch (before school starts) with my grandchildren yesterday.  We went to see their great grandmother and they had a good time telling her about all of their summer exploits.

We have updated our What’s New page at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  There are new fall designs if you are looking for seasonal projects.  JBW has four new Halloween themed designs and they are all stitched in either black or white for fast stitching!  The tenth Quaker Band of the month is here from Workbasket; only two more months to go!  August Chalk Squared is here from Hands On Designs.  And just today we received Chalkboard Christmas Ornaments part 2.  (It will be added to our website soon.  For now, just put a note in the customer comments section of your order form if you would like to order this one.

One of our distributors, Norden Crafts, is hosting an online needlework show.  It is a wholesale show but you may look at all of the new things at http://www.nordencrafts.com/C-1418/Norden-Fall-Show-2016.aspx and let us know which ones you want.   Some of the kits are limited editions so order them soon.   The show goes through August 19.

Many of you have stopped for a visit during your summer travels.  It has been wonderful to be able to put faces with names that we know from mail orders and phone calls.  Be sure to stop by if you are in our neighborhood.  We appreciate your continued interest and patronage! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Short and to the point!

It is becoming apparent that I am not going to get a proper newsletter written!  So, this is going to serve as a notification that our What’s New page has been updated.  You may see the latest arrivals at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.   I hope your summer is going well!  I will try to do a better newsletter next time!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Halloween and Christmas are coming!


Great new projects are in store for you on our What’s New Page!  You can see the latest additions here:  http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  We are excited to have three new charts from With My Needle!  They are going in my stash; I just wish I could start stitching them NOW! Halloween lovers will want to get their copy of the Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2016 Special Collectors Issue.  It is chock full of fun and spooky designs. Chalkboard designs continue to be popular and we have part one of the Christmas Collection from Hands on Design. (It looks like the series will have three parts.) We also have Chalk Squared-July if you are collecting all the months. 
Our latest trunk show should be arriving any day.  It is from Erica Michaels and we are looking forward to sharing her exquisite models with you. Many are on silk gauze and we will have a demonstration piece that you can try.  It is easier than you might think!  The charts arrived earlier in the week and they are tantalizing us!!  We will have the show for a month so make plans to visit if you can.
Part 2 of the Lizzie Kate mystery sampler Spooked! should be here early next week. It’s not too late to sign up for the series. We can catch you up by mailing parts 1 and 2 at the same time.
Keep your needles threaded and going through the fabric!  It seems like there is never enough time to stitch but even putting in a few stitches each day will get you closer to the finish line!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July


I hope this finds all of our US friends having a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration!  We had a quiet day at our house….except when our neighbor’s tree lost a large branch.  I thought they were setting off fireworks until I saw all the leaves in a place where they shouldn’t be!  We were not experiencing wind; it just surrendered to gravity!
Our What’s New Page was updated almost a week ago so I am very tardy in letting you know about it!  You can see the latest at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.   It is an exciting update with the start of two new series:  Spooked, Part 1 from Lizzie Late and ABC Samplers, Part 1 from Little House Needleworks.  Blackbird Designs and Country Cottage Needleworks both have the next installments in their ongoing series.  If you are collecting the What’s in Your Jar? charts from Needle Bling, we now have the August, September and October charts.  We frequently have stitchers looking for charts to make miniature designs for dollhouses.  Xs and Ohs has answered with a chart for a miniature tabletopper and rug!
I am off to grill some burgers and then watch fireworks!  Then maybe a little stitching will happen.  I am SO close to having a butterfly pincushion finished.  It is from Blackbird Designs Butterfly Garden leaflet http://houseofstitches.com/detail.cfm?ID=35143 .   Hope you can stitch, too!