Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pre-Market SALE

New charts continue to arrive!  Our What’s New page has been updated at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  The 2016 Heart in Hand Collector’s Heart is here!  Joan Elliott has four new charts.  Victoria Sampler has two new designs and Bent Creek brings us a new snowman kit on easy to stitch 18 count linen.  The four new charts from Satin Stitches are a preview of the new things that they will have at the Nashville Needlework Market.  (You are seeing them here first!)  If you have been waiting for Merry Noel from With Thy Needle and Thread; it is finally here.  You can get a very early start on your holiday stitching.  You will feel oh, so virtuous!

The Nashville Needlework Market is just a little over a month away!  We need to make room for the large influx of charts and kits so we are having a SALE!  From now until February 6, all in stock charts and kits will be 20 % off!  (Sorry, special orders and already discounted charts and kits will not be included.)  I think I need to clarify how our website works.  We do not have a fancy point-of-sale system that removes items when they are out of stock.  We want to let you see a wide selection of designs that are available to you, so sometimes things are pictured on our website that are not in stock.  (And sometimes we do not know that things have been discontinued by the designers until we try to re-order!)

So start shopping!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope your weather is warmer and less windy than ours!  But, like I always say; it is good stitching weather.  It is the perfect time-whether you are too hot in the southern hemisphere or too cold in the northern half of the world-to sit down and look at all of the new (and not so new!) things on our website.  The newest things are shown here http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm .  While there are some lingering winter and holiday designs, we also have new spring things to brighten dull winter days.  Be sure to see all of the new spring kits from Mill Hill.  There are seashells, Easter eggs, a fishing vest and a garage with old fashioned gas pumps.  (It is nice to have designs that will be appreciated by the men in your life!)   Gypsy Queen from Mirabilia and Valentine Candy from Imaginating will put some bright spring colors in your stitching basket.  Sue Hills has a couple of cute Christmas designs if you are a forward thinker!

We are still working on our inventory.  We hope to have our inventory go down and our sales go up this year.  That will make our accounting friends happy and it seems like a good business goal!  While just the joy of planning projects and stitching them seems like plenty of reward for us needleworkers, it looks better on paper if the graph of yearly sales goes up.

Many of you have been asking for the chart Merry Noel from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I am thrilled to be able to tell you that we should have it by the end of the week!  If you would like to be added to the list of people waiting for it, just let us know.  We will also have the fourth in the Garden Club Series, Honey Bee from Blackbird Designs.

Thank you for allowing us to fill your cross stitch needs last year and we look forward to keeping you stitching in 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Ready or not, it will be here this week.  Are your projects all finished and wrapped under the tree?  Mine aren’t, either but I’m getting closer to being ready.  December has been busier than usual because my mom spent nearly two weeks in the hospital which was about an hour’s drive from here.  With so much driving, I was grateful that our weather has not been snowy or icy…so far!  As you may have noticed, I did not send a newsletter for the December 9 update.  If you have not visited our website recently you will have two updates to peruse at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.
Fun new things have been arriving.  We have the latest from Lizzie Kate: Very Merry Santa, from Plum Street: Merry Two, Merry Brew and Merry Ewe and from Shepherd’s Bush: Merry Little Christmas, Santa Box, Christmas Sheep and Noel Sheep Sled.  Country Cottage Needleworks brings us Snowmen and the next ornament in the Gingerbread Village series-Gingerbread House 1.  Little House Needleworks brings us Snowy Winter and Hometown Holiday-The Tree Lot (number 10 in the series, not number 8 like it says on the chart).  Heart’s Content has two new kits: Cherry Recipe Box and Louis Lobster Needlebook.  Nora Corbet has two new designs in her Black Forest series: The Berry Collector and The Leaf Collector.    Poppy Kreations has a new chart for the golfer in your life-Wishin’ I was Golfin’.  If you like stitching portraits of ladies be sure to see John Clayton’s Rachel.  Trilogy brings us Giggly Wigglies Reindeer and Say Grace.
As the end of the year speeds toward us we are trying to avoid thinking about inventory.  Nancy said to tell you to please buy as much as possible so we will not have to count it.  Anything you can do to help will be appreciated!
Here are our holiday hours:
December 24   CLOSED
December 25   CLOSED
December 31   10:00-3:00 (Central time)
January 1           CLOSED
We hope you have special moments with family and friends.  Take time to reflect on the reason we celebrate and let the peace of the Christ Child fill your heart.

Friday, November 27, 2015


We have new things posted on our What’s New page at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. There are two more months in the Cricket Collections series, all 3 parts of Lizzie Kate’s Snow Story series have arrived and Blackbird Designs Garden Club Series Part 2-Apple Orchard is here. If you are looking for a beautiful Christmas gift for a stitcher be sure to see the Blossom Scissors sets. Beautiful!

We have a number of things that arrived too late for us to put pictures on ...the website: Bent Creek’s Ice Skating Snow Globe, Santa Sheep and Little House of Ginger; Country Cottage’s Gingerbread Village Part 2 and Winter Seasonal Celebration; Little House Needlework’s Born in a Manger, Christmas Angel Ornament and Three Snowy Hills; Nora Corbett’s Leaf Collector and Berry Collector; Heart’s Content’s Cherry Recipe Box and Louis Lobster Needlebook. Stay tuned! We will have these pictured on the next update.

I hope all of our U.S. friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for. I felt blessed to spend the day cooking, eating, laughing and even washing dishes with family. Today it was back to work and the Christmas Countdown is on! If you want to have something framed for Christmas please try to get it here tomorrow. There is still time to stitch ornaments (the little sleds from Foxwood Crossings are very popular), towels, bookmarks and paper weights! Gift certificates make great gifts for your stitching friends.

I am thankful for your continued patronage!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ready for a new project?

Our What’s New Page has been updated with wonderful new projects that will make your fingers itch to start stitching them! You can see the list here: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  If you would like to see photos of all the designs at one time, go to our catalog http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm and type nov15a in the keyword box.  The focus is shifting to more Christmas and holiday themed projects but there are still a few autumn designs if you are not ready to say good-by to the wonderful fall colors.  It is amazing how fast the year is coming to a close.  If you need gifts for stitching friends, take a look at the new Sweetheart Tree kits.  Linda Myers has two new Quilt Sampler charts.  Just Nan’s latest Gingerbread Mouse (Reindeer Mouse) is here as well as a biscornu and a needle slide to store your needles.  You will want to see the latest designs from Kathy Barrick, With Thy Needle and Thread, Plum Street Samplers and Shepherd’s Bush.
What projects have you been enjoying? I am continuing to have fun with quick to stitch projects. I just finished a Little House Needleworks ornament, Ding Dong Merrily on High and before that I stitched Birdz & Bugz (a fold up stitching case) from Lizzie Kate.  My current project is also from Lizzie Kate: Jingle All the Way.  I think it will be finished in plenty of time to display THIS Christmas!  Did I mention I am having a good time with fast projects?
A few things arrived too late to get in this edition of our update but you can order them by putting a note in the customer comment section of your order form.  We have November and December from Cricket Collection and the newest Lizzie Kate designs.  As always, we look forward to providing you with all of the things your stitching heart desires!

Friday, October 30, 2015

More projects!

Wow!  I just scrolled through our What’s New Page, http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm, and we have 62 (!!) new items to tempt you!  In addition to all of the charts, there are cute needle magnets and scissor fobs to make your stitching even more fun.  We have new Mill Hill Santa and snowman ornaments (designed by Jim Shore), a cute design from Bent Creek called Hoot and Twin Mermaids from Mirabilia.  Blackbird Designs is starting a new series called Garden Club and the new series from Country Cottage Needleworks is Gingerbread Village.  I need more hours to stitch!

I am running out of time today so I think I will close and let you get on to the new things.  Have a great weekend; I hope you can find quality stitching time.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fall & Christmas stitching

Have you been decorating for fall?  I started getting things out last week and I fell in love with the beautiful colors of autumn all over again.  My mom and I went bittersweet picking and we found lots of the bright orange harbinger of autumn along country roads.  Our What’s New page (http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm) has several great new seasonal designs: Autumn Trifles by Shepherd’s Bush, Fall Squared by Little House Needleworks, Pumpkin, Pumpkin from Scarlett House and Simply Autumn by Drawn Thread.

If you are thinking ahead to Christmas stitching be sure to see these: Up on the Housetop from JBW, Christmas Calories Don’t Count from Abby Rose, Christmas Memories from Blackberry Lane, Countdown to Christmas from Country Cottage Needleworks and Traveling Santa from Sue Hillis (The last in the series of 12 Santas.) Sue Hillis also has 4 new charts for those who love stitching, Stitches for the Needleworker-Volumes 1-4.

The Online Needlework Show is going on from October 15-20, 2015.  There are over 40 designers that are showcasing their designs!  If you are interested, just go to www.needleworkshow.com and click on the General Viewing link.  If there are things that you would like us, just let us know the name of the design and the designer and we will let you know the cost and order it for you.

I hope you have been finding time to stitch.  I have been doing small (I call them fast and furious!) projects lately.  I think last time I told you about the Lizzie Kate kit, Halloweenie that I had just finished.  I went right into another Lizzie Kate kit called Falalalala: http://www.houseofstitches.com/detail.cfm?ID=27806. It was quickly stitched and is residing in a tuckable pillow.  It was fun, quick and cute!  What have you been stitching?