Sunday, August 25, 2013

St. Charles Needlework Market

The National Needlework Association's Fall Market was in St. Charles, Missouri this weekend.  It was a marathon classes, shopping, networking and planning. Talking with designers and other shop owners is a great experience.  It's nice to know that there are many others who are also doing their best to spread the love of needlework.  If you are reading this, you probably already know how therapeutic and rewarding stitching can be.  I have a quote from Ginnie Thompson on the wall by my computer.  It says, "What cross stitch does not cure it alleviates!"

Now that my shopping is finished, we have everything priced and packed so we can travel home tomorrow. The new things will be in the shop and ready to purchase on Tuesday.  If you have placed an order through our website or by phone, we will mail it on Tuesday.

The atrium of the hotel was decorated with banners from the many designers and companies that were exhibiting.  It was festive and hinted at the good things that were waiting to be purchased.  Here are a few photos from the exhibitors' rooms.
Rosewood Manor's Spring, Summer and Winter Quakers.
More samplers from Rosewood Manor.
"His Glory" from Lone Elm Lane, one of the new designers.
One of the samplers in the book "Sisters" from Blackbird Designs.
The sampler on the left is from "Sisters", "Away We Ride" is on the right.
 Both are from Blackbird Designs.
These cute Chalkboard Designs are from another new designer, Brenda Riddle Designs. Stitched with White Lightning on Gunmetal Linen (both from Weeks Dye Works), they look just like chalkboard art.
"Ann Leech" and "Evergreen Friendship" from C Street Samplerworks, a designer from our hometown!  We are proud of you Ruth Ann!
To see all of the other new things from market, go to our website catalog,, and type stchas13 in the keyword box.  I think you will have a good time planning your next projects!
Happy stitching,

Monday, August 19, 2013

Midwest Stash Exchange 2013

Last Saturday was our Midwest Stash Exchange and fundraiser for Riley Children's Hospital.  We had loads of fun and by all indications, those who attended did, too.  There was a whole lot of stash being exchanged with many happy stitchers finding special treasures!  The weather was beautiful (just look at that blue sky) and many people came to help raise money for a very worthwhile cause.  Here are a couple of pictures of the fun.  The picture above shows some of the stash tables and the one below shows the food table and prize table.  The red buckets were for the prize drawings.  We will continue to take donations until Labor Day weekend if you would like to contribute.  We also still have some bags of delicious kettle corn available. It is a perfectly blended sweet and salty snack. I cannot resist it!
I had some very exciting news today! There are 16 new colors coming from DMC! The collection features eight soft, natural shades and eight bright, vibrant hues. All 16 colors are available exclusively in a convenient, clear plastic pack. They say they will begin shipping at the beginning of October, so my guess is that we will see them in time for trick or treat! For some reason new releases always take longer than predicted. I will let you know when they arrive. Pre-orders are welcome!