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 http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  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: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm  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: http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html.  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 http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  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 http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html.  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!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ready for 2015?

Are you planning your projects for the New Year?  We have a few suggestions for you on our newly updated What’s New page: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  When I was trying to decide what to write about, Nancy had many good ideas.  So, I am turning the newsletter over to her.  Take it away, Nancy!

Hi everyone and a Merry Christmas to you! As 2014 winds down I have been thinking about what I wish I would have done this year and hope to do next.  Somewhere I read where people were making a Bucket List for things to be done before leaving this world for the next. It hit me that most of the things I want to accomplish would be stitching related. For example I have always wanted to try stitching on silk gauze. I have always wanted to make an ornament every year for my grandchildren, too. Stitching an English Band sampler is another dream. So a list I will attempt to put together and what gets done this year great, if not there is always the next….

Another project I want to accomplish early year is organizing my stitching closet:  putting all of the threads in their own little Floss Away bags, putting my scissors in a hinged shadow box with their coordinating fobs so they can be admired and accessible, separating all of the fabric into project bags according to count and hand-dyed or not, getting all my needlework toys together in my Buddy Case by Namaste or for finishing the Bigga' Buddy Case to hold my dressmaker shears, gathering quick to go kits for travel or waiting at doctor’s appointments.  Pine Mountain Pillow kits, Bent Creek Zipper Kits, Mill Hill Kits come with everything except scissors and Shepherd’s Bush has some great 10ct Tula projects.  Blackbird Designs Reward of Merit are good for travel, too.  Lizzie Kate has the “A little” series.  You really get a feeling of accomplishment when you stitch small things.  It is amazing how much time we can have waiting for things or people that could be put to good stitching moments.

Maybe if Mother Nature hands us a nice snow storm (is that an oxymoron?), we can all fine time to get organized!

We here at House of Stitches wish you and yours the Merriest Christmas and a New Year filled with lots of stitching hours.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift Ideas!


I hope all of our U.S.  friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It was less than a week ago but it seems like a distant memory as we charge full speed ahead into the Christmas season.   We have updated our What’s New page with great ideas for gift giving or gift requesting!  Stop by http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm  to find great ideas for either list.  The Fiber & Fabric Mania Travel Guide 2015 would be a wonderful gift for a traveling stitcher, quilter, knitter or weaver.  Kelmscott has new scissors, Needle Minders and Angel Thread Winders.  The Chocolate Acorn Scissors Fob from Embellishing Bits is perfect on the new Kelmscott Acorn Snips!  Sullivans new scissors look antique and would be a welcome find in any needleworker’s Christmas stocking.  Heart in Hand has started a new series of cute little designs called Joyful Journal.  There will be one for every month; so far we have December-March.  Pine Mountain has several new pillow kits that are ready for you to stitch.  They are also great kits to introduce someone to the joys of stitching.  Take a moment for yourself and investigate all of the fun new designs.  You might just find the perfect gift for your stitching friend, relative or yourself!
Thank you for your time and continued interest.  YOU are on the list of things for which we are thankful!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Prolific designers!

Our designer friends continue to amaze us with their productivity!  We have over 50 new things to share with you at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  I have already picked out a few to add to my list of things to stitch (Random Happiness, Primitive Moodkeep, Give Thanks…) .  Take a look and let us know which ones you want to add to your list!
I hope your holiday projects are well underway.   Remember, if you want them framed in time for Christmas; we need to have them by Thanksgiving weekend.
Is your family asking you for gift suggestions?   We have gift certificates available in any amount.   And, our Weekend of Stitches (March 20-22, 2015) would be a wonderful gift…even if you give it to yourself!  (See details at  http://www.houseofstitches.com/events.html)
Thank you for honoring us with your continued support and interest.   We give thanks for you in this month of gratitude and thanksgiving!
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New fall projects!


We have new things for you to see at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  There are new charts from Barbara Ana, Cricket Collection, Heart’s Content, Sue Hillis, With Thy Needle and Thread and more!
Several of you have asked us about Classic Colorworks floss.  Crescent Colours was sold to Ronnie Williams and the new company name is Classic Colorworks. The colors and color names are the same as Crescent Colours so they may be used interchangeably.  (However, the usual dye lot differences in hand-dyed threads can still come into play.)  In other needlework news, we have learned that Prairie Moon will no longer be designing. So, if there are Prairie Moon charts that you want, do not delay!  We have already sold out of some of them!
We are excited to have so many of you signing up for our March Weekend of Stitches!  If you are interested, you can see the project and get the registration form at http://houseofstitches.com/events.html.  Start making plans to be a part of the fun!
Today we had rain, then sun then more rain.   When we looked out the shop's back door during the sunny moments, this tree was glowing against the dark blue sky and was reflected in the pavement.  I hope fall weather lasts a very long time!  We are not speaking of what comes next!