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!





Friday, November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday

Happy Small Business Saturday, All!

We hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and restful and full of great food. The fact that Thanksgiving is already in our rear view mirror means we're coming up on Christmas fast, so here are some ideas for quicker stitches, and some holiday delights.

Cute small design from JBW, "O Christmas Tree." Finish it any way you wish--wrap up a nice pillow with some fabric and ribbon stash you have on hand.


"Just Cross Stitch"--December 2016 issue. And we have a few years of the special Christmas ornament issue on hand for a quick ornament stitch.

Sadly, this is the last issue of "Cross Stitch and Needlework." This final issue includes some wonderful, large project from years past:

The three-part Amish life project.

And the much sought-after "Santa's List."

Not really Christmas, but I couldn't resist these two, and I know they'll be much-appreciated little gifts. By Stacy Nash, "Redbud Cottage Pinkeep" and...

..."House on Pumpkin Hill Pinkeep." We have lots of fun JABCO pins in the shop. Stitch up one of this little pillows and gift it to a friend with pins. Or attach an In Stitches Gift Card to a little pocket you sew on the back.

"Merry Christmas Pillow" by Little House Needleworks.

Six adorable Christmas ornaments from Cuore e Batticuore.


A little larger, but still not huge: a wonderful graphic "Christmas Ornament 2016" by Alessandra Adelaide

"Piney Woods" Tray and Pinkeep by Chessie & Me. The tray insert is quite petite: stitch count is 64x92.

"Wood and Flax" by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread.


Three by Madame Chantilly: "Gloria,"


"Christmas Scooter,"


and "Christmas in the Forest."

And last but not least, an adorable Christmas ornament/pin pillow by Little House Needleworks, "LMN," part of the ABC Samplers series.  Would you like to stitch a little sampler that doesn't take months?  Here it is!

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, October 23, 2016

Stitch Night Treats

Greetings, all! I have some treats for you.

I've been wanting to post this, but I temporarily lost track of my photo. From Ellen, here's a photo of Jan, one of our lovely customers, with her finish of Nora Corbett's "Wherefore Art Thou" three-part mystery. Jan looks serious here, but she has the best sense of humor and no one can power through an enormous project like she can.


Here's a close-up. Gorgeous. And look at all the beads, especially the really large one in the center!


Recently in the shop, some beautiful items from Sajou, perfect for gift-giving. I had a chance to look through the boxes, and the tools and notions are just as perfect as the beautiful containers they come in. The linen in the kits is substantial. We even have French linen tea towels, not shown here.





"Sticks" by Mill Hill, adorable small Christmas ornaments.



New, from Northern Expressions Needlework: "Shades of Turquoise."


By Heart in Hand, "It Was Always You."


"Nativity Berry" by Erica Michaels.


"Merry Fur" by Kit and Bixby.


"Gather Friends," a collaboration by Plum Street Samplers and Jeannette Douglas Designs.


Here's a fun little Burnett and Bradley needlepoint pumpkin that I've purchased for myself. I love the colors, and the Silk and Ivory fibers are luxuriously soft.


"Humble Gatherings" pillow tuck by Scattered Seeds Samplers.


"Emmuelle" by La D Da.


Are you getting your fruits and vegetables? I would love to stitch these needlepoint projects:



We have the Winnetka Stitchery needlepoint trunk show in the shop. Here's one of their designs. Thinking of needlepoint? You can do this!


Barbara Ana's new design, "The Fall," has arrived in the shop, and I have snapped up my copy, along with the Anchor Threads and a nice piece of Legacy Linen in 34 count café au lait. I'm looking forward to this project!


Last, but not least, is a little clutch of Halloween designs by JBW. So cute and so quick!


To order or for questions, please call us at 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village, Alexandria, Virginia. Our hours are 10-5 Monday through Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 5-8 p.m., EXCEPT for the first Wednesday in November (Nov. 2), where we will be setting up for a special event.

Happy Stitching!