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!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring has Sprung

Greetings, all! We finally have some spring weather, and the flowers are popping up all over. (What I want to know is who planted the lettuce in the big planter outside the shop. Very strange, but quirkily thriving.)

Anyone want to see my progress on With Thy Needle and Thread's "Stars and Stripes?"
Also by With Thy Needle and Thread, "Easter Parade." Yeah, I'm going to be a little late. Next year!  (Note that not all of these designs are brand-new.  Still, they're worth viewing again and stitching.  And there's plenty new in this post.
"Sweet Violet" has just finished planting something.... (With Thy Needle and Thread).

Perfect for the season!  "Easter Tree" by Cuore e Batticuore.

Also perfect for the season: "Spring Meadow" by Scattered Seeds Samplers.
"Spring Hare Standing Pinkeep" by Stacy Nash Primitives.

By Barbara Anna Designs, "The Feathered Whisperers."
We have several new charts in the shop by Sara Guermani: "Primavera" (Spring)
"Estate (Summer)"
"Waiting for Christmas"
Back to spring, with Just Another Button Company's adorable pin cushion (three designs come in the pack, and there are other packs with more designs):
Hands On Design's "A Year in Chalk--Hello Spring."
"Bunnies" by Prairie Schooler. I keep meaning to stitch ornaments for an Easter Tree.
By Notforgotten Farm: "Tending the Tulip."
An older design by The Silver Lining.  I love the realism of Marc Saastad's flowers.  We have other flowers!
La-D-Da's "Yellow Bird."
Widgets and Wool Primitives' "Spring Robin." 
Heart in Hand's "Easter Bird"
And this small, cheerful project, Country Cottage Needleworks' "Morning Song."
More birds and bees and flowers and trees next time!

For questions or to order, please call us at 703-36-4600. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We will be closed tomorrow for Easter, but normally we are open on the first Sunday of the month from 12:30-4:30. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Happy Easter and happy stitching, All!