Thursday, August 21, 2014
We are back from market and what a great market it was! You can see the latest in our website catalog: http://www.houseofstitches.com/search.cfm. Just type stchas14 in the key word search box and more than 160 items will be displayed. AND! We have many more to be added so keep checking back! There are new charts, kits, limited edition kits, scissors and magnets. Have fun planning your new projects!
I took some pictures when I visited Candy and Mary from Workbasket designs. I am not an ace photographer but it will give you a peek at part of their market display. The owls are all from their Hootenannies chart which has many variations and finishing ideas. Be sure to visit our website to see the rest of my great market finds!
Monday, August 11, 2014
It is an exciting week here at House of Stitches! We are making plans for the St. Charles Needlework Market that is coming up this weekend. The designers have been busy so there will be loads of new projects to tempt us. Some are already arriving from designers who send out their automatic shipments before they leave for market. If you have been seeing previews on your favorite designers’ blogs or websites, please let us know which charts and kits you would like. It will help us make sure to get enough of the ones you want. This is especially true of the limited edition kits. We hate for anyone to be disappointed if we sell out before you get yours!
Our What’s New page was updated today! You can see the latest at: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. SamSarah is beginning a new Mystery Sampler series. “Something Wicked” is stitched on the new Petit Point Linen that is a natural color with little brown dots. If you taught a grandchild to stitch this summer, I Can Cross Stitch is a great book to keep him/her going. For those of you who crave large projects, I think you should look at Abbi from Heritage Stitchcraft and Christmas in the Woods, Countryside Spring and Rural Barns 1, all from Stoney Creek. On the other end of the spectrum there are two new designs for the little pocket watch frames. Blue Bunting and Summer Saltbox are stitched over one on 32 count linen and are just 1.25 inches in diameter! If you need a chuckle be sure to see Laughed and Laughed from Xs & Ohs.
Remember to send us your market wish lists! We will do our best to fill your requests!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wonderful new designs continue to find their way to our What’s New page! You can see all of them at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. One of the most anticipated designs of the year has arrived: the 2014 Prairie Schooler Santa! This year he is a caroling Santa, complete with a red top hat and overcoat. There are also four new leaflets and a Halloween card from Prairie Schooler. The Frosty Forest series from Country Cottage Needleworks concludes with the ninth design. A new twelve month series of Christmas ornaments begins in August! Let us know if you would like to be on the list to receive the Country Cottage Ornaments-Classic Collection as soon as they arrive each month. Nora Corbett has two new designs in her Bewitching Pixies series: Ana and Emi. Diane Graebner is a prolific artist and she brings us two new designs, one for fall and one for winter. I especially like the winter one with a wooded country road and four buggies. Heart in Hand and Trilogy each have a new Thanksgiving chart. You have some hard choices to make! Which designs are destined for your collection?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Here in the Midwest we are experiencing unusually cool weather for the middle of July. It is, however, perfect to put us in the mood for all of the new fall charts that are making their debut on our What’s new page, http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. There are a few exceptions but the majority of designs have fall and Halloween themes. The Lizzie Kate Tingles series is now complete and we have the Lizzie Kate Santa’14 Snippet and the 19th Tiny Tidings chart. Sampler lovers will want to see the latest from Plum Street, Scarlett House and Shakespeare’s Peddler. Even if it is cool, it is still summer and that makes me want to stitch patriotic designs! Cricket Collection has July, Silver Creek has Seeds of Freedom, USA Square is from Sweetheart Tree and Anchor of Pride is new from Threadwork Primitives. The 2014 Halloween Special Collector’s Issue from Just Cross Stitch is now in stock and we are taking pre-orders for the 2014 Christmas Ornament Magazine. (It is scheduled to be shipped at the beginning of September.)
Do you have a child or grandchild who is getting restless as summer goes on? Call for details about our classes for children. Learning to use a needle and thread is a life skill that will be used again and again!
If your summer travels take you across northern Indiana, be sure to stop in for a visit and a break from the car. We have enjoyed meeting many of you that we only knew by name as mail order customers. It is really nice to meet you in person and put a face with your name. There are nearby options for family members (parks, museum, hardware, ice cream…) so you can shop in peace!Enjoy all of the new charts! As always, we appreciate your business and look forward to hearing from you!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Happy Fourth of July to all of our US friends! I have just returned from a week of scorching fun at Disney World. Most days the heat index was in the 105 degree range. We were there with our children and grandchildren and in spite of the heat we all had a grand time! I am sorry to say I stitched very little but the time with our family was priceless. On the flight to Florida Grace told me that the trip was a dream come true for her! She was turned into a glittering princess and Jonathan became a pirate, complete with a beard, earring and sword. I was very excited to learn that Minnie Mouse cross stitches! I have a photo of her stitching a teddy bear for Mickey Mouse and she is using cross stitches! Pretty cool!I am writing from the basement as a major summer thunderstorm with the potential for tornadoes, rolls through our area. Our internet connection is down so I cannot look at the website to tell you about the newest additions to our What’s New page. I guess that will wait until morning!
The storm has passed and it is a beautiful blue sky kind of morning. We have many new designs on our latest What’s New page update: http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. There are a number of patriotic designs as well as a new chocolate design and the continuation of several series. If you have a beginning stitcher, there are kits from Dimensions that have pre-punched felt shapes that are easy to see and do not require a hoop.
We are taking pre-orders for the 2014 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine! It is scheduled to ship on September 5, 2014.
I hope you find new projects to enhance your summer stitching! We look forward to hearing what you think!
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Monday, June 2, 2014
It is June! Where is 2014 going? Are we having fun? I hope you are having fun with many stitching projects. We have more for you on our What’s New page at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. The list includes the next two months (May and June) from Cricket Collection, the newest Frosty Forest Charts and the June Calendar Girl. Be sure to see the designs from Nimue! We had charts from this designer a number of years ago and then we were unable to get them. I was thrilled to see that Wichelt is carrying them now; they are unlike the designs of any other company. A wonderful, magical world of fairies and elves awaits your needle and thread! They will tempt you to compose stories about them as you stitch! Nora Corbett has started a new series of Bewitching Pixies. Luna and Gigi are the first two. They take Halloween designs to a new level!If you are taking any trips this summer, be sure to pack a special stitching bag to take along. I recommend at least three projects. You should have an easy one, a more challenging one and a back-up project if either of the first two does not work out. (Think missing floss colors, large counting errors, etc.)
I will leave you to browse and make your selections! Keep up the good work. We have been seeing some marvelous pieces that have been brought in for framing. You never cease to amaze us!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I have been helping out with the framing and I have come up with a list of 10 things your needlework framer wants you to know and practice! Here they are in no particular order:
1. Trim your tails close! If they extend beyond your stitched area, they WILL show! And, do not carry your thread across unstitched areas on the back of your fabric.
2. Wash your hands before you start stitching.
3. Do not always fold your piece the same way when you put it away. The fold lines get soiled and are very hard to remove.
4. Fold your fabric with the right sides inside.
5. While stitching, fold or roll your fabric so you are holding the back side. This also applies to rolling your fabric on a scroll frame.
6. Keep newspapers away from your stitching.
7. Please do not use masking tape on the edges of your projects. Overcast the edges with your sewing machine or serger or use a fray-stopping liquid.
8. Do not use lead pencils to mark your fabric.
9. Be sure to allow enough fabric around the edges to finish your project the way you want.
10. If you have used colorfast floss and fabric, wash your project when finished. Use mild dishwashing liquid, rinse well and roll in a towel. Place face down on a terry towel and iron on the back.
I hope these tips will help you. I know your framer will thank you if you follow them!