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!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Needle Delights

Hi, All! Ellen has returned from the Dallas needlepoint show with lots of goodies for the needlepointers among us. I wanted to show you this canvas, although it wasn't part of the show. I think it's absolutely amazing and would love to see it stitched up. It's a bit beyond my own abilities right now, but it's this kind of thing that keeps me ticking.  There's just so much here in the shop--how am I going to get it all stitched?!?  Going to do my best, but you're going to have to help me by stitching along with me.

A most wonderful Washington, DC Christmas stocking design.

One of our lovely customers was stitching this the other night. This is not available in the shop, but it's adorable.

I am feeling decidedly Christmasy lately.  Can you tell?  This is some kind of delightful work by Shop Lady Candie.  It is "A Churchyard Christmas" by Praiseworthy Stitches.  Isn't it wonderful? 

See the sparkly fibers in the roof?

Here's mine! I kitted it up immediately. I am using Lakeside Linen Winter Sky and all the recommended Sampler Threads and Weeks floss, Kreinik blending filament and Mill Hill Petit Glass Beads. We can kit this up for you--just give us a call.

Here's a sampling of some of the new charts: By With Thy Needle and Thread, "One for the Crow."

And "Rest Thy Needle."

New from Plum Street Samplers: "Penny Autumn,"

"White Pumpkin Farm,"

"Earthly Treasures,"

and "Mermaid Fraktur."

Myrtle Grace Motifs:

New from Pippin, back from Dallas: this is the stitch guide for the individual trees.  Such small and satisfying projects, for Christmas or otherwise.

"Nine Polar Bears." Unbearably cute.

And stitched by Shop Lady Lois, one of Pippin's fish, stitched with fun fibers. If you don't already do needlepoint, you can do this!

To order, or for questions, please call us at 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village in the Mt. Vernon section of Alexandria. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 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. Come join us--we'd love to stitch with you!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Greetings, all! Summer seems to be tearing along. For those of you who love everything connected with the beach or the ocean, we have some treats in store.

First up is our banner photo of an Erica Michaels design that I stitched up over a couple of weeks using fabric and fibers from my stash.  "Beach Blessing."

Next is "Spring by the Sea," by Jeannette Douglas Designs. "Spring" is #1 in the seasonal series. Thread packs are available, a nice way to use fun specialty fibers without breaking the bank and having to get separate skeins of everything. I've acquired Spring and Summer, and I understand that Fall is out already.

Small projects, perfect for stitching at the beach: by Tiny Modernist, "Beside the Sea."

I love beads. This handy little kit is by Mill Hill: "Conch Shell."

"Seaside Sampler" by Rosewood Manor.

"Love Summer" kit by Lizzie Kate.

A little needlepoint fish by Pippin Design Studio. The perfect size if you're just starting out with needlepoint. There are lots of different fish designs. I'd like to stitch up a bunch and make a mobile out of them.

By Bobbie G Designs, "Frolicking Sea Horses."

"Sweet Summer," a Lizzie Kate kit from last year, containing...

Everything needed to make up the adorable little project.

"Fish Stix" by Sam Sarah.

By the Cricket Collection, a beach house where you don't have to sweep sand off the floors.

"Seas the Day" by Hands On Design.

"Beach Bound" by JBW Designs.

"Beach Cottage" by Victoria Sampler.

"Surfside Cottage" by Country Cottage Needleworks.

"Cottage by the Sea" by Heart's Ease Examplar Workes.

A pair of delightful summer angels in canvas, complete with treasures.

"Oh Whale" by Hands On Design.

Our customer, Carol M, crafted these exquisite pin pillows.

I love this Shepherd's Bush pillow.

And last, but not least, here are two new shop models.

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. Our hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Sunday of every month from 12:30-4:30. Stitch Nights are 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Come join us!

Happy Stitching!