Tuesday, September 12, 2017

$3000.00 Goal Reached!

I am very happy to report that with the help of a kind and generous donor, we were able to send $3000.00 to the Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation! She asked to remain anonymous but I want to say thank you SO much and again, thank you to all who contributed and worked hard to make the Midwest Stash Exchange a success.  You have helped brighten the lives of children who are going through very trying circumstances.

Cross stitch designers are amazing!  They keep bringing us new designs to stitch and enjoy.  You can see the latest arrivals by going to our What’s New page at https://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm or go to our website catalog and type sep17a in the keyword box.  That will give you a visual treat as all of the newest designs appear!  You will see Part 1 of the Lizzie Kate Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler, Number 6 in the Early Americans series and Lesson 3 in the Abecedarian Summer Schoolhouse series.  There are Christmas projects from JBW, Sweetheart Tree and Blackbird Designs.  For inspiration see Courageous and Strong from Needle Bling or Soul Anchor by Stoney Creek.  Autumn designs were not totally overlooked.  Be sure to see Autumn ABC’s from Little House Needleworks, Shades of Autumn by Scissortail Designs and the Fall Issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher.

We had an unexpected surprise last week at the Post Office.  Without fanfare or notice, the rates have gone up on First Class Packages!  Even the postal clerks were surprised by the change.  The cost to mail a First Class package that weighs up to 4 ounces has increased to $3.00!   I did some checking and if the package is totally flat (no more than a quarter inch variation in thickness) it can be mailed for less.  BUT! That service does not come with a tracking number and the delivery time can be a bit slower.  It also has to be flat which eliminates almost everything except charts and leaflets.   Add some floss and it becomes a package instead of a large envelope.  Another thing that needs to be understood is that once the package is in the postal system it is no longer our responsibility.  We cannot replace your order if it goes astray.  In my opinion, it is totally worth having the tracking number on your package.  It is most interesting to see the circuitous route that some packages take on the way to your mailbox!  With the tracking number we can at least see where it is even if we cannot figure out why it is there.  We do our best to keep the postage that we charge close to the actual cost and in most cases it is still less than the cost of gas if you drive very far to pick up your supplies.  With that being said, we are still happy to have you visit the shop in person whenever possible!

I am making good progress on the pre-stitching for our Weekend of Stitches.  I have heard that several speedy stitchers have already finished their pre-stitching! Here is the link to information about the October 6-8 weekend:  https://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html. I love the colors that Stacy used and I have discovered that it is on 32 count linen not 36 count as I originally thought.   A few spots are still available if you would like to join us.  We hope you can come!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Thank You!


My first order of business is to thank all of you who helped make our Midwest Stash Exchange a success!  Whether you had a booth, sold raffle tickets, carried tables, put up awnings, sold hot dogs, supervised kids games or helped in any way, THANK YOU!  It would not have happened without your help.  Our one day fundraiser has raised nearly $3000.00 for Riley Hospital Children’s Foundation!  (We only need $112.00 more to reach that total and I am sure we will make it.)  All the members of my family and the House of Stitches staff start early and work late to ensure a successful day and I am grateful!  Thank you to all who came and shopped and had a great time connecting with other stitchers.  Many of you gave above and beyond the price of the things that you purchased at the Riley Booth. Thank you. THANK YOU! 

We have just a few places left for our Stitchers’ Day Out.  (See the project and details here: https://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html.)  The pre-stitching kits have been mailed to those who are already signed up.  When you sign up, Stacy will get one on the way to you.  I have started stitching mine!  I am having fun planning the little project for the Friday evening get acquainted time and finding treasures for the goodie bags! 

We have more new projects for you on our newly updated What’s New page: https://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm . Every year Gingher releases a Designer Series Scissor.  This year it is a crisp blue and white design named Lauren.  I think it is my favorite to date!  If you like it, remember that it is a limited edition and order soon.   While we are speaking of limited editions, the third Mouse in a House from Just Nan has arrived.  Haunted Autumn Mouse in a House features a pumpkin colored mouse that fits inside the cute little haunted house.  (We have a couple Summer Mouse in a House left but we are sold out of Spring.)  The 2017 Halloween Issue from Just Cross Stitch is here! (It is my understanding that it is NOT included with home delivery subscriptions.)  Vickery Collection has designed a chart for each of the four branches of the military.  Rosewood Manor and With Thy Needle and Thread each have three new charts.  The latest designs from JBW arrived too late to be pictured in this update but you can still order them with a note in the customer comments area of your online order form.  There are more new designs but I will let you discover them for yourself.
 
Keep spreading the word about the fun and therapeutic benefits of stitching.  We hear from many of you about how stitching has saved your sanity in times of stress and duress!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Midwest Stash Exchange



Our Midwest Stash Exchange fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children is only a few days away!  I hope you are able to join us!  In addition to the booths filled with stitching stash we will be raffling two framed needlework designs, a Liberty Hill folk art wall box called Halloween Jack, a 50/50 raffle and more!  Our favorite scissor sharpener will be on site to expertly sharpen your favorite scissors while you shop!  He has very reasonable rates ranging from $4.00 to sharpen embroidery scissors to $8.00 to sharpen pinking shears. He will also do knives for between $4.00 and $7.00.   The weather sounds like it will be perfect!  There will be additional parking in the gravel lot across Oregon street and on State Street behind the store.  The kids from ATA Martial Arts will be selling hot dogs, chips and soft drinks so you can keep up your strength while you shop.  I am sure that I am forgetting to tell you something so feel free to phone or email if you have questions.

Our What’s New page has been updated with our latest arrivals.  You can see them at https://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  It includes two new Letters From Mermaids by Nora Corbett (Mirabilia), and Lesson Two in the Lessons in Abecedarian Summer Schoolhouse series from With Thy Needle and Thread.  Prairie Schooler fans will be happy to see two more reprinted charts.  Needle Bling and Pickle Barrel continue with more of their small monthly designs.  Another cute black cat design is available from Kit and Bixby.  Lila’s Studio finishes the Seasons series with Autumn and Winter.

Thank you for continuing to stitch and shop at House of Stitches!  We appreciate your continued business.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

New designs and upcoming events


I just took a scroll through our latest What’s New page, at https://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm, and I am amazed!  There are 52 new items waiting to become part of your stitching line-up.  You can stitch a Kitchen Aid Mixer, cacti, three coffee designs and a tea design, Christmas ornaments, hardanger charts and a variety of samplers.  And, be sure to see the pretty Victorian Gold Scissors.  We have Lizzie Kate’s Annual Santa and Tiny Tidings charts along with an autumn and a Thanksgiving chart.  The 12 Days series from Hands On Design concludes with Pipers and Drummers.

Lizzie Kate is going to do a Christmas Mystery Sampler this fall.  It is called Spirit of Christmas and will be released in three installments beginning in September.  It is stitched on a new Picture This Plus fabric called Heartland (available in 28, 32, 14 or 16 count) with 11 colors of Weeks Dye Works floss including a new color, Oyster.  There is an embellishment pack and an optional Needle Nanny made by Zappy Dots.  Let us know if you would like to stitch along as the mystery unfolds.  We need to have our initial order in by August 10 but you can still sign up after that date.  You can even wait until the design is complete but you will miss the fun and suspense of the mystery.
 
In only two weeks it will be time for the Midwest Stash Exchange!  We will be raising money for the Riley Hospital for Children Foundation.  Make your plans to visit us and enhance your stash for a good cause.  Knowing that you are helping children allows you to enhance your stash without incurring any guilt over doing so!  It is a win-win situation!  We have room for a few more booths if you would like to sell some of your stash. Our storeroom is packed with items that have been donated and we will have a parking lot full of stitchers with booths of stitching treasures.  Plan to bring cash in small denominations like you would for shopping at garage sales.  Help us clear out our store room!  We do not want to have any of it left at the end of the day!!  There will be games for kids, raffle items, a 50/50 raffle and you can meet a special Riley Champion!  Our granddaughter, Grace, is one of the eight children who are acting as ambassadors for Riley this year.  If you shop at Kroger you may have seen her photo in the store.  She can tell you from first-hand experience just what a difference the Foundation makes to the patients.

Sign-ups are continuing for the Weekend of Stitches, October 6-8, 2017.   Stacy Nash will be teaching an exclusive project on Saturday.  If you want to participate, sign up soon.  We are limited by the size of the classroom at the Blue Heron Inn where we meet. You can see a photo of the project on our Events Page, https://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html.

We have been asked to have a place online for you, our stitching friends, to show off your finished projects and your works in progress.  Let us know if you would be interested in participating.  My computer skills are limited but I will see what I can do to make this happen!

Enjoy browsing through the new things and make your list.  Thank you for your continued support; it is appreciated now more than ever!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mark your calendars!


 

We have details about our 2017 Weekend of Stitches for you!  Click the Events button on our website https://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html for a photo of the project, details and the Registration Form.  Stacy Nash will be teaching the Saturday class and she will be mailing the pre-stitching kits in mid-August.  The project is stitched on 36 count linen but you may use your own 32 count (or 16 or 18 count) fabric if you prefer.  If you want to come please sign up soon as space is limited.
 
Our What’s New page has new projects for your stitching pleasure!  See the latest arrivals at https://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. We also have a second new chart from Cricket Collection called Going Coastal.  Once we figure out how it has gone missing, we will have a photo of it in the next update.  Shepherd’s Bush has three new offerings. One of them is Land of Liberty, a little kit that includes 10 count fabric.  It would be perfect for teaching someone to stitch or to take on your vacation as an easy on your eyes project.  If you are looking for a more challenging project, be sure to see Cardinal Points from Long Dog Samplers or the two new samplers from Victoria Sampler.
 
I hope you are planning to join us for the Midwest Stash Exchange on August 19.  Our storeroom is bursting with stitching supplies that have been donated to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.  Help us find new homes for great stash and raise money for a worthwhile cause!  We still have space available if you would like to bring your excess stash to sell or trade.  More information is available on our Events page https://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html .  Just scroll down a little to find it.  

We have enjoyed meeting some of you as you stop by during your summer travels! It is always nice to put a face with your name.  Your continued patronage is appreciated whether online or in person!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Mark your calendar!



After some technical challenges, we finally have an updated What’s New Page to share with you.  You can see the latest arrivals at https://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  The fourth in the Little House Needleworks Early Americans series is here as well as the first in the Schoolhouse Abecedarian series from With Thy Needle and Thread.  Country Cottage Needleworks Main Street series continues with Gazebo.  The second in the Home.Hive.Nest projects from Summer House Needleworks is here.  If you are in need of a birth sampler, Stoney Creek has two new ones.  And! The much anticipated Just Cross Stitch Special Halloween issue just hit our doorstep yesterday! (It’s my understanding that it is not included with your subscription if you get the magazine by mail.)  It includes 53 projects.  According to my calculator, that’s less than 19 cents per project! 
Be sure to mark the first weekend of October on your calendars!  That’s our next Weekend of Stitches featuring designer Stacy Nash.  The $175.00 cost includes a Friday evening social time, Saturday class with Stacy, a project designed exclusively for our weekend, two lunches, Sunday group stitching time, fun with other stitchers and surprises!  We will have a registration form on the Events Page of our website very soon.

If you like to follow House of Stitches on Facebook, I must apologize!  For some unknown reason, I am unable to post new messages.  It is very frustrating, especially when Facebook sends me messages that say I have not posted and my friends want to hear from me!  I hope to have it figured out soon.  Sorry for your inconvenience!
We look forward to hearing from you after you see all of the new charts!  We appreciate your continued interest.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Dichotomy: summer and Christmas stitching!


Summer is officially here! (Sorry to those of you who live in the southern hemisphere of our world!) Time just keeps moving along at a faster and faster pace. I guess that means we need to take more time to stitch. And coincidentally, we have some suggestions about what to stitch on our recently updated What’s New page: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. If you like to stitch projects that are in season, there are a number of summer/patriotic charts this time. (I guess the designers like to design in season, too!) And for all of you who are great at planning ahead, there are new Christmas designs. Much to our surprise we have a 2017 Prairie Schooler Santa! Even though Prairie Schooler officially retired, there must still be a little creative bug that needs expression. We are happy that it has taken the form of another of Santa! Mill Hill brings us the Might Oak Quartet; a series of four kits that depict an oak tree in each of the four seasons of the year. The designs fit their 6 x 6 inch frames so you could stitch all four and change them with the time of year.

Stacy Nash Primitives has a new design called Summer House Pinkeep. And, we are excited to tell you that Stacy has agreed to teach a class for us on October 7, 2017! We are working on all of the details and I will get them to you as soon as I have them. As I understand it, she will be designing a project just for our class! Like I said, details will be forthcoming!

Lizzie Kate brings us three new designs. One is the fifth part of her seven part series, Celebrate With Charm. Red White and Beach has three cute summer designs and Be Still is the latest in her series of inspiration kits. Erica Michaels concludes her cute series called the 12 Berries of Christmas. These little strawberries would be so cute in a basket or wooden bowl on your Christmas coffee table! People have been asking us for new Native American designs and Joan Elliott has two new ones. She also has two new stylish ladies, one on New York and one in Rome. Heart in Hand finishes the Glad and Sincere Hearts design with part three. Libby is her cute rendition of the Statue of Liberty. 

I’m going to stop describing the new things and let you see them for yourself! (The link is above or you can always just go to our website and click on the What’s New button.) Remember to mark your calendar for the Midwest Stash Exchange on August 19, 2017. Bring your dull scissors and knives for the professional sharpener to make like new. We want to raise a nice amount of money for the Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation.