Saturday, February 11, 2017

No Snow at In Stitches but Plenty of Snowy Stitches

Greetings, all, and especially to our friends who are digging out in the northeast from the snow storm!

Ellen has come back from the Needlepoint Show with lots of goodies for us. Even if you aren't a needlepointer (yet), I think you'll enjoy seeing some of the new canvases.

From Pepperberry, three snowmen.






From Melissa Shirley, two cups of something warm and sweet:






I don't remember who the artist of this canvas is (if you call the shop, they can tell you).

By Nenah Stone, an adorable Christmas ornament.


By the Drawn Thread, "Simply Winter" and...


"Good Tidings."


Something small to stitch up while admiring/cursing the flakes: Fireside Originals' "Snowy Nights"


Did someone say "Christmas?"
Stacy Nash Primitives "Merry Christmas Pinkeep" and



"Silent Night Pinkeep and Ornament"




"Schoolgirl Sampler Sewing Bag" which I might stitch up as a pinkeep.


Two berries in the Erica Michaels
Silk Berry Collection: "Sweetberry" and



"Honey Berry."
There's lots going on in the shop! We will be open tomorrow, Sunday, February 12 from 12:30 to 4:30. If you are turning your needlework lovelies directly in to Woodlawn tomorrow, treat yourself to a little shopping spree at--it's almost Valentine's Day! March is the Woodlawn Needlework Show (open every day but Tuesdays. We have seen some of the entries, and they are wonderful. And of course, it's the Nashville needlework market, and we'll be loading up the store with all the newest cross stitch which will first be offered for sale on Market Night on March 8!
For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village, not far from Woodlawn Plantation down Route 1 (look for the McDonalds--we are in the shopping center next door), Alexandria, Virginia. I will post more specifics about hours when I've confirmed them later today, but call the shop if you have questions about our hours.
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Stitch Away, All

I think the most fun time of year to be a stitcher has to be Christmas. So much to see and stitch!

We had our shop Christmas party with our wonderful customers. Everyone brought food and showed off some of their stitched ornaments. Here are a bunch of super cute ornaments stitched by Helen:





I think she stitched this also; my apologies if it belongs to someone else.

A lovely display of Pippin needlepoint trees, large and small, some green scissors, a project bag, and a nice large Christmas tree needle minder at the top.

Shop Lady Radonda, a fabulous needlepointer, received this pear from our finisher. Amazing.

Radonda is also working on this.

On Sunday all the Shop Ladies gathered at Ellen's house to stitch and exchange gifts. My photo doesn't do this justice. Patricia stitched the design and inserted it into a Lone Elm box with a sliding lid. Love the blue box with the inset.

While we do not sell the supplies for this kind of project, I had to share it with you. All our shop ladies are multi-talented, multi-dimensional craftspersons. Linda learned to weave Nantucket baskets, and this is her creation. The fur liner is a hat she inherited from her mom. Absolute perfection and a reminder to me that there are not enough hours in the day or days in the year to accomplish all of the things I would like to do, and that sometimes, it has to be enough to appreciate the art and accomplishments of others.

Sharon needlepointed this Santa (out of print, unfortunately).

Lois stitched this wonderful deer.

I don't remember who stitched this, but it's such fun.

Nor do I remember who stitched this charming glow-in-the-dark Pippin bat.

Ellen stitched this adorable cardinal and inserted it into the little case.

I do not remember who stitched this Shepherd's Bush piece and inserted it into the small tray, but we all loved it.


Elllen's house is decked out with a huge variety of needlework, from elegant to whimsical. Here are some Prairie Schooler santas.

I couldn't get all the Santas in one shot.

A very Christmassy small sampler (unfortunately out of print).

Here's a shot of many--but not all--of these wonderful needleworks.

I think the guy on the right looks shifty.


Now to some things for you to stitch: Three of Erica Michaels' wonderful 12 Days of Christmas strawberries.

"Wise Men," also by Erica Michaels.

"Noel" by Lizzie Kate. This is the shop model. The kit includes the Santa needle nanny shown.


One of my favorite shop models, by, I believe, Erica Michaels.

"Come Let Us Adore Him" by Lizzie Kate.

"Holiday Ornaments" by Laura J. Perin.

A re-issued Prairie Schooler set of designs.

A Mill Hill Angel.

Also by Mill Hill, two more winter/Christmas designs.



To order or for questions, please call us at 703-360-4600.

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

Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30-4:30 on the first Sunday of the month. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our special hours for the month of December are: Saturday, December 24, 10 a.m.-noon; December 25 and 26 closed; Tuesday, December 27 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (watch the newsletter for special notes); Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, December 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday, January 1, closed.

Happy stitching!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cross Stitch and Needlepoint

Happy Sunday evening!

I have a few photos from the shop to tempt you with. First up is this delightful pin pillow, complete with adorable pins. The cover artwork is a little light, but it's a snow scene called "Christmas Time Pinkeep."

Here's a closeup of the pins. Aren't they great? They are included with the chart.

"Christmas Tea" by With Thy Needle and Thread."

"The Milkmaid" by The Scarlet Letter. Not a quick stitch certainly, but oh, the satisfaction...

By Hands Across the Sea Samples, "Elizabeth Beaven 1835." Look closely at the birds in the border. Aren't they wonderful?

A cute cross stitch project from Needle Bling Designs: "Ho! Ho! Ho!"

I can't get this photo to run horizontally, but you get the idea. A beautiful "Merry Noel" from With Thy Needle and Thread.

Imaginating "Christmas" redwork.

We have tons of Christmas canvases--and canvases for every other occasion--in the shop. This is my recent purchase, a Raymond Crawford star Christmas ornament. I'm using some beautiful blue Vineyard Silk and sparkly gold Neon Rays. I used to exclusively cross stitch, but I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying needlepoint. Really, it's not hard, and we can get you started with a design that won't frustrate you if you're a beginner.

Two lovely Christmas needlepoint canvases.

Speaking of needlepoint, we have new fibers in the shop: Pepper Pot, Bella Lusso and Poppies. So many gorgeous colors.

Our wall, bright with non-Christmas canvases.

To order or for questions, please call us at 703-360-4600.

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

Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30-4:30 on the first Sunday of the month. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our special hours for the month of December are: Saturday, December 24, 10 a.m.-noon; December 25 and 26 closed; Tuesday, December 27 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (watch the newsletter for special notes); Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, December 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday, January 1, closed.

Happy stitching!