Saturday, July 11, 2015

Summer Stitching

Happy summer, all, and happy Sunday as well. The shop is open today (7/12 from 12:30-4:30), and here are some of the wonderful things you'll find. I stopped by about a week ago, and I purchased this sweet stitch from Scarlett House:
Because I have a particular location in mind for this, I changed the colors of the house and birds to Weeks Dye Works' Bluebell and Americana. Here's where I've left off--it's great fun to stitch.
"Seas the Day," by Hands On Design.
I would love to stitch this 4th of July themed needlepoint. I don't know about you, but I'm happy to stitch Halloween, Christmas and Fourth of July any time of year.

"Dreaming of Roses" by Rosewood Manor.  I love this series and hope there are more coming up (I'd love to see "Dreaming of Peonies.")  We also have "Dreaming of Tulips."
By Pineberry Lane, "Mrs. Maguire's Garden."
"Widow's Walk" by Carriage House Samplings.
"O Beautiful for Spacious Skies," by Heartstring Samplery.
From the "Serial Bowl Collection," Plum Street Sampler's "Make Use of Present Time."
Also by Plum Street: "Liberty Inn,"
and "Remember Me."
By Madame Chantilly--can't remember the name of the chart--likely "Summertime."
The very summery "Queen's Garden" pin pillow by Scarlett House.
Another fun Serial Bowl project:
"Land that I Love" by Country Cottage Needleworks.
"Pretty as a Peacock" by Little House Needleworks.
An adorable summery needlepoint project stitched by Candie, our shop lady/stitcher extraordinaire.  I love the sparkly fibers.
And how's this for Christmas? This is being stitched by Radonda (we do not currently have this chart in the shop, but we may be able to order one for you if it's still in print): "Be Good for Goodness Sake" by Heaven and Earth Designs.
Here's Radonda's progress. Isn't she doing an amazing job? It's completely clear. She counsels that the called for fabric, 25 Lugana, which we sell in the shop, stitched over one (not difficult on the 25 count) is the best fabric for clarity. Santa appears to be winking here; he knows it's Christmas in July in the shop.
Again, we'll be open Sunday, July 12, from 12:30-4:30. Our phone number for questions or to order is 703-360-4600. Our address is 8800F Pear Tree Village, Alexandria. Our normal hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12:30-4:30 on the first Sunday of the month. The last stitch night of summer is this coming Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., July 15. After that date, our next stitch night will be in September, and be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Happy stitching and keep cool!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Barreling Ahead

Greetings!  I can hardly believe it's nearly Independence Day, but as always, we have a nice collection of patriotic samplers and projects here at In Stitches.  I purchased this for myself; although there are other designs that are similar, but somehow, I find the tall, skinny building and rippling flag and vine extra pleasing.  Charted for overdyed threads.  Every year I say I'm going to stitch a bunch of Independence Day pin pillows and little samplers.  I have a few, but not nearly enough!
This cutie is a very quick stitch--from Shepherd's Bush.
Plum Street's designs are lovely, and full of humor and joy. "George and Martha."
And "Winsome Pair."
Little House Needleworks' "Old Glory."
"Snapper's Branch--Eagle of Freedom" by Bent Creek.
"Ricardo's Roses," by the Drawn Thread.
Two new Scarlet Letters: "Katharine Mitchel" and
"Ann Short." I purchased this. Love the bunnies and birds.
"Heaven in a Wildflower" by Rosewood Manor.
We have some new shop models: "Joie de Vivre" by JBW Designs.
"A & E" by With Thy Needle and Thread.
"Good Intentions" by Kathy Barrick.
From stitch night--our customers are working on: (we may not be able to get these designs for you, and I may not remember the names correctly!) This is a Joan Elliott stitchalong:
My photo doesn't do this lovely piece justice. It's a birth sampler, stitched on by Diane. I don't know who the designer is, or the name of the pattern, but they'd know at the shop (703-360-4600)
By Homespun Elegance, such an adorable fob--stitched by Carol M.
I do not know who the designer of this pattern is, or what it's called, but what lovely work, with the specialty stitches, the gorgeous colors and the beadwork.
Chessie and Me's "Noel House."
Finally finished--stitched by me (I believe we still have this pattern in the shop): "Winter Welcome" by Country Cottage Needleworks.
And some more progress on Samplers Revisited's "Jane Clarkson."
We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria. Our phone number, for orders or questions, is 703-360-4600. We are open from 10 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12:30-4:30 on the first Sunday of each month. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be no stitch nights in August. Please check your newsletter for special holiday hours over the Fourth of July weekend or call the shop to inquire. Thanks!

Happy Stitching!

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!