Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ready for Fall projects?


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!

Happy stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!


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!
Happy stitching,
Linda
House of Stitches

Monday, June 2, 2014

June!


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!
Happy stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

10 Tips from a Needlework Framer


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!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cross stitch alleviates cabin fever!

We continue to have snowy, cold weather here in the Midwest.  The only thing that we have found to ease the symptoms of cabin fever is stitching!  We have new things to show you on our What's New Page at http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  There are many new designs to brighten your winter weary spirit!  A number of them are appropriate for Valentine’s Day and some have a winter theme. Little House Needleworks and Country Cottage Needleworks continue their series and Nora Corbett completes her four seasons of faeries with Faerie Winter Dream.  Ronnie Rowe Designs had three new ship designs that are taken from pen and ink drawings.  If you like punch needle, be sure to see The Night Shift from Three Sheep Studio.  These three cute snowmen make winter look like fun!  Miles to Go is a new designer with a couple of cute new charts.  Sampler lovers will want to see the two new samplers from Ellen Chester of With My Needle.  Elizabeth Wood is a reproduction sampler and Of Female Arts is an original design.

I thought you might like to see the mountain of snow in our parking lot.  It has even grown a little since I took this picture.  Maybe we should get some sleds to rent out to the kids who seem to have snow days every day!  One of our favorite customers says we don't have snow days, we have SEW days!  I like the way she thinks.

I hope you can stay inside, stay warm and stitch like mad.  For those of you who live in the southern hemisphere; you may be having visitors soon!  We can't take much more of this!

Happy stitching,
Linda




Monday, January 20, 2014

Winter continues; think spring!


How are you surviving the brutal winter weather?  We are thinking that this would be a good time to visit our customers in the southern hemisphere!


We recently framed a wonderful sampler for one of our customers.  Deb gave us permission to share it with you.  It is "Tribute to Summer Sampler" from Stacy Nash Primitives.  With the extreme winter weather that we are currently experiencing, it is nice to contemplate summer!  We love the fact that Stacy Nash is also from Indiana!  If you would like to stitch this dream of warmer weather, you can order it here: http://www.houseofstitches.com/detail.cfm?ID=29793 .  Thanks for sharing your sampler with us, Deb!


Don't forget our Just Cross Stitch Ornament Magazine sale.  Even if you have all of the magazines, this is an opportunity to have a nice, new copy for your stitching library and a stitching copy for your project bag. 25% off won't last forever!

We all know what a wonderful stress reliever it is to stitch.  Many of us consider it our "therapy".  If you know someone who needs a source of relaxation, share your love of cross stitch!  It just might save their sanity.

Happy stitching,
Linda




Monday, December 30, 2013

Stockings!

I was shocked to discover how long it has been since I last posted anything on our blog. Many things have kept me busier than usual; if that's possible!  We did some major remodeling at home and I realized once again how much I am a "creature of habit".  I didn't cope well with living in chaos and construction dust!  We still have some painting to do but we are mostly finished and have a beautiful new bathroom and refinished hardwood floors.  We finished just in time for Thanksgiving and then rushed headlong into Christmas preparations.  I did manage to finish the last stocking so everyone in our family has one.  My granddaughter was unhappy last year that I didn't have a stocking like everyone else.  Here is a picture of our mantel filled with Shepherd's Bush stockings.

While we are talking about Christmas, we have decided to start NOW for next year.  We have all of our back issues of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazines on sale for 25% off.  We also have grab bags with linen or aida remnants that are perfect for stitching ornaments.  (The grab bags will be listed on our What's New page:http://www.houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. )  As an added bonus, the ornament magazines have many wonderful recipes from the designers.  You can stitch and cook your way through the magazines!

Have a very Happy New Year!  I hope it is one filled with good health, happiness and many wonderful new projects!

Happy stitching,
Linda