Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rule 3: Always Start a New Project Before the Last One is Finished

Good evening, all! Rule 3 is from Beth Twist of the Heartstring Samplery, whose sentiment is stitched into the project: "Stitcher's Resolution."
Speaking of Heartstring Samplery, this sneaked in under my radar. It has been out for a little while, but it was new to me, so I snapped one up. What could be better on a cold weekend in January? At 92 x 35 stitches, it's approximately the size of a 3x5 card all stitched up.  It is called "Snow Zone."
"Things Unseen" Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate. No longer a mystery, of course, so safe to show you this lovely sampler. If you buy the thread pack, there's an exclusive color (pinky rose) called, I think, Dizzy Lizzie.
We have a number of new Mill Hill kits. While they're stitched on perforated paper (in dandy colors), you can always purchase a scrap of fabric to use instead. I won't read you the names, and there are more--this group is just representative of the new, fun, spring-oriented projects.
Speaking of Lizzie Kate, I bought this tiny project:  "Winter Wishes," which stitches up a giant 64 W x 44 H.  The cute charm is extra and in my opinion, the little project looks good with or without it.
Another tiny: "Christmas Cheer." Get a jump on next year's ornament stitching. Am I the only one who wants a dedicated stitched-ornament tree and doesn't have one? "If I started now and stitched just two a month..."
Stitch this cutie for your Valentine.
Back to winter. Stacy Nash never disappoints. I have to stitch this one!

A wonderful small sampler:  "Miss Mary's Sampler 1796," by JBW Designs.  I'd love to stitch this up, frame it and lean it on a little easel at work.
By Little House, another small sampler (55x55), called "Old Colonial." This is a series; I am looking forward to seeing the others as they are released.
By Madame Chantilly, this is a hoot. Note the cookies!
Ellen came back from the needlepoint show with lots of beautiful goodies (our banner photo features some new colors of Silk Lame Braid) for needlepoint and what have you.  A beautiful large painted canvas.
And a small one, perfect for an ornament (Yes, I want some of these on my needlework tree also.  Guess I'd better get busy.)
A cutie-pie Easter canvas. We have tons more in the shop. Let us ENTICE you!
Speaking of Entice....a whole rack of Entice.
Last but not least, this is an oldie (we don't just sell new stuff). I purchased this--perfect for stitching by the fire. It's "Winter Floral Sampler" by Knotted Tree Needle Art. I love the colors, and kitted it up with NPI silks.
For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria, off Route 1. Our hours are 10-5, Monday through Saturday, and from 12:30-4:30 the first Sunday of each month (that's this coming Sunday).

Also, Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 6-9 p.m. We'd love for you to join us.

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy Holidays, all! Here is a little snapshot of the action at In Stitches today. We are having a wonderful sale, and some of these ladies took advantage of the 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. "little extra" (today only) by wearing their pajamas.
There were lots of new enticing things in the shop, including this book, "Lovely Letters." What a great idea for gussying up beautiful hand towels, pillow cases (I'm thinking June weddings) or just framing a gorgeous initial.
From inside the book:
Another beautiful example.
A small, very colorful Williamsburg sampler from Giulia Punti Antichi:
And look at the wonderful buttons that come in the package! Everyone who sees them remarks on their large size. You don't need to stitch the couple.

From Barbara Ana Designs, "Elizabeth Wise." A nice antidote to Christmas red and green.
Although Barbara Ana has designed a cute ornament to start for next year.
From Cherished Stitches, "Thy Needle and Thy Book."
I may have shown you this before. Maybe Christmasy. Or not.
Here's what comes in the kit--everything you need except time. You have to make that yourself.
Do you like bright band samplers? This will do it! By Sampler Cove.
"Winter Fun" for your tree.
Delicate and lovely "Alpine Garden" by Drawn Thread.
This is a shop model--not sure which designer. If you call the shop (703-360-4600), they can tell you how to get your hands on one.
We have lots of new Scarlet Letter charts in the shop. Here, "The Four Angels Mourning Sampler."
Last, but not least, by Alessandra Adelaide.

Our address is 8800 F Pear Tree Village, in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria, VA. Our phone number is 703-360-4600. Our normal hours are 10 to 5, 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 6 to 9 p.m. (Our first stitch night in January will be on the 7th). We are closed Sunday, December 28. The sale continues December 29 to 30 (normal 10-5 hours). Open 10-2 on New Year's Eve. Closed New Year's Day. Open from 10-5 on January 2 and 3. January 4 (first Sunday of the month), open 12:30-4:30.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

[Hours Updated at the Bottom of this Post]
Greetings, all! It's nearly time for Santa Claus to land on your roof, eat your cookies and leave you a nice large counted cross stitch, needlepoint or knitting project, and if you maybe haven't been so good, or if Santa Claus' GPS isn't working right, why not get yourself a little something, in case he's lost or dropping off underwear and not that needlework you've been craving. I have a few inspirational photos for you (and psst--GIFT CERTIFICATES!--call us at 703-360-4600 and we can arrange something for you.)

This photo is from last year. These three are shop models. I have no idea who the artist(s) is/are, but if you want to get this/these chart(s), please give the shop a call. I just thought it was a nice warm-up of what's possible even in a short amount of time.
This is a brand new chart in the shop, by Heaven and Earth Designs. It is not a quick stitch--nope. It takes 88 colors of DMC and it is 725 W by 543 H. But so glorious... I bought one. And have started to kit it up. Hah--my stitching pals are rolling their eyes.
I bought this last year. It is great fun to stitch. I'm a top-left to bottom-right stitcher, so I'm working on the sky. Lots and lots of blue. I take it out when I'm anxious about things, and it calms me down. It is smaller than the previous photo, at 400 by 527. In case you're curious, there are a variety of ways to stitch HAED designs, but I stitch them the same way I stitch every project: no threads at 10 space intervals, no parking of multiple needles. Those techniques are recommended and many stitchers use them successfully. But I like doing it the regular way, as if it were any other project and not a big honking design that barely fits on a yard of fabric. Maybe I'll make it to the moon this year... (Yeah, just as likely I'll make it to the real moon, but I don't care--it's a process, a journey. There are other projects I'll finish faster, but I love working on these.)
Lookie here! I got this one too. 450x562, 90 colors. Tiny! Picture the three of these hanging together, presiding over the dining room at Christmas dinner. My goal.
Aren't these guys cute? "Christmas Magic" by Amy Bruecken Designs.
O Christmas Tree by Samplers Not Forgotten--lovely.
A little shop show-and-tell. This stocking is a Shepherd's Bush design, stitched by our own talented Diane.
A new shop model waiting to be finished: "Santa's Magic Key" by Needle Bling Designs.
While we are not a quilt shop, many of our shop ladies are multi-talented. Here are some of Mary's wonderful quilt projects, brought for show-and-tell. You can't tell, but Mary is standing behind this quilt, holding it up. Photos don't do it justice. The piecing and stitching are exquisite. I love the reindeer border.
I so wish I had stitched these for the holiday. Aren't they wonderful? The pillows are needlepoint, and go so beautifully with the quilt.
Another shop model. Mystery project to me, but if you call the shop, they can tell you who it's by.
These knock my socks off. We sell all kinds and colors of sock yarn.
Last but not least.
Our hours during the holiday season: We will be open Christmas Eve from 10-2. We are closed Christmas and the day after. On December 27, Saturday, we are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. there's a little something extra for you if you wear your pajamas to the shop. We are closed Sunday, December 28. The sale continues December 29 to 30 (normal 10-5 hours). Open 10-2 on New Year's Eve. Closed New Year's Day. Open from 10-5 on January 2 and 3. January 4 (first Sunday of the month), open 12:30-4:30. For questions, call us at 703-360-4600. Our address is 8800 F Pear Tree Village, Alexandria, VA. We're next to a McDonalds, if you'd like breakfast. And if I can tear myself away from my own stitching, I might even make coffee cake and bring it in. We are looking forward to seeing you!!!!

Happiest of holidays, and happy stitching!

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!