Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cooper Oaks Needlepoint Trunk Show and Giving Thanks

Happy Sunday-almost-Monday, Everyone! We have had the Cooper Oaks Needlepoint Trunk Show in the shop, and whether you are an experienced needlepointer, or you are a needle craftsperson of another stripe, we have a project to engage you:

If you would like to order one of these canvases, please call us at 703-360-4600, and we can arrange it! We have some lovely finished models:

And lots and lots of canvases. This is a very small canvas, which I snapped up, although I am not a very experienced needlepointer. But I couldn't resist. And since it's stitched on 18-count canvas, I can use floss from my abundant stash of DMC, although I did buy a skein of sparkly fiber for the star.
Lots more:
This one cracks me up. A note about these: if you are not sure what fibers to pull--thread, cotton, wool, sparkly, thick, thin, and everything in between--along with the best shades and hues, you can leave it to us. We can advise, collaborate, do the whole thing for you or stay out of the way and just cheer you on.
We have lots of Thanksgiving-themed cross stitch as well. By the Drawn Thread:
And Plum Street Samplers:
Threadwork Primitives:
And Stacy Nash. We give thanks for all our many designers and their brilliant designs!
And one last shot of a completed project from Stitch Night by Carol M. This is an old Prairie Schooler Design (out of print, sadly) stitched on 7 count fabric and finished as a stand-up by our wonderful finishing service. We all wanted to take Santa home with us! What a wonderful way to display a precious piece of Christmas stitching.
We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Court in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria. Our phone # is 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10-5:00 Monday through Saturday, and the first Sunday of every month from 12:30-4:30. Stitch Nights are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. We'd love to have you join us!
Happy stitching!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Victoria Sampler Trunk Show and More

Greetings, all! I wandered into the shop yesterday, and what did I see? The Victoria Sampler Trunk Show! Such lovely, elaborate, creative, wonderful things!

First off, the blog banner photo is a box top (turned on its side so you can see it clearly) called "Sturbridge Village."

Here's "Santa's Village Sampler."

With a close-up.
"A Time for Thanks."
One of the many, precious "Button Up Birdies."
I am not sure of the names of these.
"Christmas Crackers."
"Victorian Purse."

Back to the Victoria Sampler in a moment, but here are a few more things for you to takea look at: Lois is needlepointing this very adorable Halloween skeleton/coffin project (we are out of this right now but can order this for you--Shelly H43). We were discussing that it could be finished in a tiny coffin (we have a finisher who can do such things for you):

Candie was stitching little sleds for shop models. So many little sleds!

A shop model and vignette: the main framed design is by Shepherd's Bush.

Something quick and Halloweeny for you to stitch: Lizzie Kate's "Spooky Eyes." Which my mind has set to the tune of "Betty Davis Eyes." I drive myself crazy.

I so want to stitch this and then put it together in a display of all of the 3-d stitched village buildings.

The Needle's Notion has a cutie for us to stitch up--"Spook Hill."

This designer is new to me. I love stitching buildings of all kinds!

Look at the design that Radonda stitched! Framed by the shop, of course. This photo doesn't do it justice.

A few more items from The Victoria Sampler Trunk Show:

A biscornu (not sure of the name, but call the shop and the ladies can help you get the pattern).
"Valentine Heart."
"French Linen Pocket"

Last but not least, I love the Mystic Christmas Sampler, so I purchased it, the blue linen (32 count) you see to the left of the chart, and the thread pack. I love that you can get a Victoria Sampler thread pack at a much more reasonable price than if you were to purchase each speciality skein, spool and pack of beads separately. Off I go to stitch on it!

The address of the shop is 8800 F Pear Tree Village, Alexandria, VA 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10-5, Monday through Saturday adn the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-4:30. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 6-9 p.m. Come join us--new faces most welcome!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, October 5, 2014


It's the month of Halloween! How the witch flies!

We have some new Halloween (and lots of other projects too) in the shop. First of all, by the Primitive Hare, "Halloween Cubes."
Also by the Primitive Hare: "Pumpkins in Love."

Lots of autumn projects by "Just Cross Stitch Magazine."

"All in a Night's Work" by Cherished Stitches.

"Eat More Candy" by Amy Bruecken.

Also by Amy Bruecken:

"Boo" pillow stitched and finished by Minnie. Love the design and the hanger (and the perfectly applied welt).

Stitched by Helen, from her stash (design not available from the shop):

"Triora Witches Trials," by Primitive Hare: "I grit my teeth and they say I laugh." Oh, my. Stitched by Jan. Note the cool needle-minder; perfect for the project!

Stitched by moi: "Jane Clarkson" by Samplers Revisited.

And a close-up of the brick house. Why is stitching bricks so satisfying?

Silver Creek Samplers' "Holy Moses," which I started quite a ways back.

It's getting chilly, so I took "Winter Welcome" (Country Cottage Needleworks) out for a spin.

Christmas isn't far behind the chill! A few of the many Christmas items that arrived in the shop: "Christmas Means More" by Heart in Hand Needleart.

By Country Cottage Needlework, "Dear Santa."

And this lovely, which we decided would be gorgeous on blue opalescent fabric too: Little House Needleworks' "Moonlight."

To order for questions, please call 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10-5, Monday through Saturday, and 12:30-4:30 on the first Sunday of each month. Stitch nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Our address is 8800 Pear Tree Village Court, Alexandria, VA.

Happy stitching!