Sunday, May 10, 2015

Lock-In and More

Greetings, all! This post includes two events: the lock-in held on April 26, and the Stitch Night of May 6. First, photos of the lock-in. Our theme was "hats," and here's Diane wearing hers, surrounded by wonderful needlework.

Sparkling shop ladies modeling their chapeaus:  from left, Ellen, Candie, Diane and Patricia.

Our fabulous and fabulously absorbed customers, stitching.
Sherry, with a beautiful knitting project. As with a lot of our shop ladies (maybe all of them), Sherry is multi-talented, and is an accomplished needlepointer also.
Buddy, official shop dog.
Three new shop models:
"The Love of Two Hearts" by Long Dog Samplers.
"Ten Carrot Tree Farm" by ScissorTail Designs.
All American Finn by Threadwork Primitives.
From our needlepoint corner, two angels ornaments to stitch, complete with charms, from Painted Pony Designs.
Stitching by Carol M, who is working on the Scarlet Letter's "Mary Hurst." My photo doesn't do it justice, but in real life, such a beautiful satiny color of blue, intricate and dainty.
Carol also stitched Blackbird Designs' "My Pink Rose."
Also new in the shop: by JBW Designs, "Mongrammed Tulips." You can stitch this in any color you want, and every letter of the alphabet is charted.
"Needles Guide" by Tree of Life Samplings.

"Tabby Cat Sewing Pouch" by Stacy Nash Primitives.
"On the Beach," by Madame Chantilly.
"RFD Sledding" by Foxwood Crossings, shown here with a sled ornament.
And a couple of updates on projects I've shown you before: my finish of "Stars & Stripes," by With Thy Needle and Thread.
Close to being finished with Blackbird Designs' "Agnes Platt." Agnes was charted for overdyed cottons, but I substituted Belle Soie, my favorite fibers. The result is a bit more vivid.
For questions or to order, please call the shop at 703-360-4600. Our hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-4:30. Stitch nights are the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Our address is 8800 F Pear Tree Village in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring has Sprung

Greetings, all! We finally have some spring weather, and the flowers are popping up all over. (What I want to know is who planted the lettuce in the big planter outside the shop. Very strange, but quirkily thriving.)

Anyone want to see my progress on With Thy Needle and Thread's "Stars and Stripes?"
Also by With Thy Needle and Thread, "Easter Parade." Yeah, I'm going to be a little late. Next year!  (Note that not all of these designs are brand-new.  Still, they're worth viewing again and stitching.  And there's plenty new in this post.
"Sweet Violet" has just finished planting something.... (With Thy Needle and Thread).

Perfect for the season!  "Easter Tree" by Cuore e Batticuore.

Also perfect for the season: "Spring Meadow" by Scattered Seeds Samplers.
"Spring Hare Standing Pinkeep" by Stacy Nash Primitives.

By Barbara Anna Designs, "The Feathered Whisperers."
We have several new charts in the shop by Sara Guermani: "Primavera" (Spring)
"Estate (Summer)"
"Waiting for Christmas"
Back to spring, with Just Another Button Company's adorable pin cushion (three designs come in the pack, and there are other packs with more designs):
Hands On Design's "A Year in Chalk--Hello Spring."
"Bunnies" by Prairie Schooler. I keep meaning to stitch ornaments for an Easter Tree.
By Notforgotten Farm: "Tending the Tulip."
An older design by The Silver Lining.  I love the realism of Marc Saastad's flowers.  We have other flowers!
La-D-Da's "Yellow Bird."
Widgets and Wool Primitives' "Spring Robin." 
Heart in Hand's "Easter Bird"
And this small, cheerful project, Country Cottage Needleworks' "Morning Song."
More birds and bees and flowers and trees next time!

For questions or to order, please call us at 703-36-4600. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We will be closed tomorrow for Easter, but normally we are open on the first Sunday of the month from 12:30-4:30. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village, in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria.

Happy Easter and happy stitching, All!

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Greetings, All! We are thrilled to see so many new faces in the shop. Carloads of eager stitchers, having just visited the Woodlawn needlework show, which we believe is extra compelling this year. Everyone who sees the show gets jazzed up to stitch their fingers to bloody stumps. I know I did; I came away with literally dozens of projects I want to stitch.

Here are two notable exhibits (we are not allowed to photograph the actual exhibits, so we'll show you the charts instead), stitched by one of our customers, John K. John stitched each on very high count linen, and they are jaw-droppingly gorgeous:

We have a La-D-Da trunk show in the shop. These were high above my head, so I couldn't get the best angle on them. I particularly like the little yellow salt box house on the top right and will go back to buy that chart ("Harvest House"). The chart packages have modest, low-key photos that don't do the projects justice. Seeing them stitched brings them to life and makes me want to go on a La-D-Da binge.

I get a little overwhelmed by the size of some of the projects, and it's a relief to see some of the smaller stitches. Here, Pineberry Lane's "Tokens of Affection."
"In Seasons" by With thy Needle and Thread (Brenda Gervais).
A sweet new chart from Little House Needleworks:  "First Corinthians."
I love these three quick stitches from Samplers Revisted's "Coastal Collection."

Also by Samplers Revisited, "Sarah Green 1849" and
"Hay Cairns 1840"  We have these in a trunk show also.  The are wonderful:  warm and colorful, intense but not enormously large.
Another beautiful reproduction sampler by Scarlett House: "Susan Wasband"; I love the two birds that look like eagles/gulls.
Last but not least, a peek at a springy project: a kit by Elizabeth Bradley. It looks like needlepoint, but it's full cross.

Speaking of spring, next time we'll take a look at some spring and Easter projects!

To order or for questions, please call the shop at 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Court, in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria. We are just a couple of miles (north, toward DC) of the Woodlawn show. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and throughout the month of March during Woodlawn, from 12:30 to 4:30 on Sunday. Normally we are open the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-4:30. Come join us on Stitch Night, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Happy stitching!