Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mark Your Calendar!

We have updated our What’s New page for you at http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm. If you are stitching the Year in Chalk series; we now have May and June.  For some reason, (Am I just too lazy to rethread my needle with a new color?) I seem to be stitching one color designs this year.  The latest from Summer House Stitche Workes fills the bill nicely with three one color projects.  Colonial Band Sampler from Sampler House is a newly released design that was formerly a class project.  Sampler lovers will also want to see the two newest designs from Rosewood Manor.  Mill Hill is continuing to prepare us for fall with the Hocus Pocus Trilogy of cute little witches on perforated paper.  These little kits make great traveling projects!
The fall Stitchers’ Day Out is officially on the calendar: September 12, 2015!  We have a teacher: Lori Markovic from La-D-Da, a project: Havana Needlebook, a place: Blue Heron Inn, LaPorte, Indiana and a cost: $115.00.  That price includes your class kit, instruction by Lori, lunch from the Blue Heron chefs and a day of fun and surprises!  You can see the project and print the registration form here: http://houseofstitches.com/events.html.  The photo really doesn’t show the beautiful shades of the Havana Brown Gloriana Silk.  You will just have to come to the class and see for yourself!  The class size is limited by the space that we have in the classroom so sign up soon!
We are also planning our Midwest Stash Exchange on August 15, 2015!  This is a day when you can rent a booth to sell, trade or even give away your unwanted stitching stash.  All of the proceeds from the booth rental fees will go to Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Stay tuned for further details and put in your request for a beautiful 75 degree day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Designs for all Seasons!

We are feeling more spring-like here in northern Indiana and it is a welcome change.  However, our latest What’s New page http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm  has designs for all FOUR seasons plus Christmas!   We were surprised to receive the Mill Hill kits for fall just as we were getting used to spring weather!  The designs are very cute and if we start now; we can have them ready by fall.  We have received new designs in several ongoing series.  Elizabeth’s Designs has completed her ABC Series and Lizzie Kate has 2 more leaflets in the 3 Little Words series.  Little House Needleworks has two more ornament designs, one in the Hometown Holiday series and one in the Sampler Tree series.  One of my favorite new charts is from Milady’s Needle.  It says My Spirits Lift Whenever I Stitch.  If you need to stitch for a new baby be sure to see the two new charts from Cherry Hill.  Remember that you can see pictures of all of the new things at one time if you go to our catalog http://houseofstitches.com/search.cfm and type apr15a in the key word box.

Some of you may be familiar with the Online Needlework Show but I have not brought it to your attention before.  The show is for retailers (shop owners) but anyone can visit and see all of the things being offered.  You can visit at www.needleworkshow.com from April 16-21 and see designs from many designers and countries. Some of the prices are in euros or British pounds so you need to keep the exchange rate in mind as you browse.  Also, be aware that not all of the things pictured are cross stitch; some are crewel or beading. If you see something that you must have; please let us know no later than April 21.  Merchandise may take a bit longer than usual to arrive if it has to go through customs to get here.

Last week was spring break for our schools so we took a short trip with our kids and grandkids.  We had a great time relaxing, shopping, eating and being entertained.  We all spent an evening at Medieval Times and the girls had lunch at American Girl. We made lots of good memories!  I even found a few minutes to stitch!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy spring!

Happy spring and Happy Easter!

It is time for a fresh new project!  We have a few suggestions on our What’s New page: http://houseofstitches.com/whatsnew.cfm.  Nora Corbett fans will not want to miss the latest Flower Fairy and Mermaid.  The two new designs from Foxwood Crossings would be fun for your favorite stitching friend…or yourself!  Just let us know which projects are next on your list and we will help you gather your supplies!

We had a wonderful Weekend of Stitches with Betsy Morgan and I hope to finish our project someday!  LOL  I know some of the class participants are well on the way to completing the “Can’t See the Forest” project.  I hope you have your calendar marked for our next class on September 12.  Lori Markovich from La-D-Da designs will be our teacher.  I will have more details soon!

We are also planning another Stash Exchange in August but we are still negotiating the date.  We are also looking for volunteers/event planners to give us a hand.  The money that we raise will again be going to the Riley Children’s Hospital. Hope you can help; it is a wonderful cause!