Thursday, August 21, 2014

Market #2

Greetings again, all! More photos of the delightful products of the St. Charles Market Needlework Show (note that a couple of the things in the shop were new items that have arrived recently but may not necessarily have been at the show):

From a new-to-me designer, The Purple Thread, "The Girls at the Guild."

"The Shepherd's Love" by Threads of Memory"

By Chessie and Me: the tiny "Ghost Inn."
Also by Chessie and Me: "Harvest Time" and...
..."Tombstone Mansion."
By Summer House Stitche Workse, "Karaline Beringer." This can be done in very fine wools, which is how it was shown at Market. The colors are glorious.
A colorful English reproduction, by Samplers Revisited, "Willis/Hedley c 1850."
Another colorful reproduction, by Pineberry Lane, "Mary Ann Appleyard."
More color! "Quaker Village" by Rosewood Manor.
Latest entry in the Just Nan "Just Dropping In" series, just in time for Halloween, "Flight School."
By Foxwood Crossings, new sled designs: "Freezin Season"
and "Twilight Santa."
"Be Ye Thankful" by Pineberry Lane.
And the tiniest, most impossibly perfect design (but not impossible to stitch--we swear), done on silk gauze (easy--not even a full cross!) or on fabric if you'd rather (where you'd use the full cross): "Witches Go Riding." I so want to stitch a whole ton of these Erica Michaels silk gauze designs and hang them on my inspiration board at work. I'd better head back to the shop and get mine, along with "Ebenezer's Christmas," which I'll show you soon.

For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600. I will be back tomorrow evening or Saturday with more new designs. There's lots to love! Come on in to see what we have!

8800F Pear Tree Village Court, Alexandria, VA--regular hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Open the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-4:30, and Stitch Nights from 6 - 9 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

St. Charles Market I--Can't Wait to Get Started

Greetings, all! Here's my first installment of the new charts, kits and products from the Needlework Show at St. Charles, MO. The ladies from In Stitches stuffed the truck, gunned it toward Virginia, and then scurried around putting away all the new goodies so we could attack it all with maniacal glee enthusiasm yesterday afternoon and evening at Stitch Night.

So much to enjoy! If you have been following various peeks on the web, you know this is Beth Twist's (Heartstring Samplery) super new 100th design, and it's a biggie, comprised of motifs from her earlier designs. Here is the chart and the recommended floss (WDW and GAST) on a floss toss where I was contemplating 40 count Weeks Dye Works Angel Hair (the lighter color on the left), and 40 count Picture This Plus Legacy. The design recommends 28 count Picture This Plus Dubloon. We have the Dubloon, but I found the color a bit more aggressive than I was happy with, so I was weighing colors that fade into the background a little more. Note that my stitching pals don't all agree with me; some prefer the dubloon. But that's one of the things that makes stitching fun: switching things up! I'm still considering 32 count, however; I love the idea of a great big stitched piece! Can't wait to get started.
From really large to tiny: bet you could stitch this in a day. I purchased this as well. "Autumn" by Shepherd's Bush. Comes with floss, fabric, needles and two little buttons. Can't wait to get started.
This is a re-release of The Workbasket's "Old McMary's." I've wanted to stitch it forever, so I bought one. Can't wait to get started.
I wanted to show you a close-up of the Lone Elm Lane Designs "Halloween Resurrection." So clever and fun. Yes, we carry the boxes!
I love these two designs from SamSarah Design Studio, Inc. They come with the adorable buttons. And yes, we stock the hardware for displaying your finished work!
I love this tiny chart by Blackbird Designs. We love the Beatles-themed charts as well (and we have them!), but I didn't want to overlook this darling little project (a quickie!)
Here's a striking sampler: "The Mary Bathe Sampler 1831" by Historic Handworkes.
"A Ghoultide Welcome" (we have "Yuletide Welcome" as well) by Plum Street Samplers.
Needlework Press' "Mexican Band Sampler."
I love all of the samplers of each of these designers, both of whom are local to us. The first is Queenstown Sampler Designs' "Praise God," which I will be stitching.
Also a must-stitch for me, Ada Haslam, an English reproduction by Samplers Revisited. I can't wait to get started!!!
Give us a call at 703-360-4600 if you want to order, or with questions. We are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and open the first Sunday of each month from 12:30 to 4:30. Stitch nights are the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Our address is 8800F Pear Tree Village, Alexandria, VA.

We will have a 2nd post later today. Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Waiting for St. Charles Market

Hello, everyone! I know we're all excited to see the new offerings from the St. Charles Market Needlework Show! We'll be headed there in a couple of days and will bring back a truckload of goodies. While we wait (Yours Truly doesn't get to go because I have a dreary "regular" day job), let's take a look at some of the newest shop models. I should mention that I didn't jot down the names of all of them, but if you have questions, please call the shop at 703-360-4600, and they'll tell you what they are. If you see the white tag with the number on it, you can provide the number: those are our model numbers, so that we can easily find the chart for you.

I know the first one though! (Because I'm stitching it too, having seen Candie working on the shop model seen here.) "Winter at Beacon House," by Praiseworthy Stitches. Isn't it wonderful?
Closeup One:
Closeup Two:
By Country Cottage Needleworks: "Count Your Blessings."
"Count Twice Stitch Once" by Plum Street Samplers:
"Rabbit Alphabet" by JBW Designs.
"Paper Snowflakes" by With Thy Needle and Thread.
"Garden Sheep" by Shepherd's Bush.
I don't know the designer or name of this chart, but it's both elegant and fun. Gold beads!
By Prairie Schooler, obviously. But which one?????
"Old Town Sampler" by The Nebby Needle.
"Wool Willi" by Jeannette Douglas Designs.
These are great shirts, and I love the feminine cut (and of course, the sentiment). Men's straight cut tee shirts look bad on me.
"Hope" by The Nebby Needle.
Some darling stitched stockings. Question is: What are their names, and who designed them?

I hope you are tempted by some of these designs while you wait!

For questions or to order, please call 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800F Pear Tree Village in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria. We will be showcasing the St. Charles Market goodies at our next stitch night, on August 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Our regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and the first Sunday of each month from 12:30 to 4:30. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Independence Day

Greetings, all! Independence Day is nearly upon us, and I have never seen a more appealing bunch of patriotic designs, old and new. And, before I forget, the banner photo is of "Daisy Dog," by Stitchy Kitty. It took me a little over two weeks to stitch up, working in my spare time. Wait 'til you see the framing treatment that Karen, our framer, helped me choose!

First off, our dear customer, Carol M., is stitching "Beggar's 4th" by Threadwork Primitives:
Carol's fob, which was a freebie by AuryTM. Here's a link to AuryTM's freebie charts on her website. Thank you, AuryTM, for your generosity!

I'm working on a little something called "Patriotic Poppies," by With Thy Needle and Thread. I'm using the suggested fibers: Weeks, Gentle Art Shaker, and Classic Colorworks. I'm using 40 count Legacy linen by Picture This Plus. I did make one substitution, for the sheep: Weeks' White Lightning instead of GA Shaker Parchment, as the color was too close to that of my linen.


Here's what the finished project looks like. I estimate this as being a two-week project (bear in mind I work full-time, so most of my stitching is done on the weekend and at lunch and sometimes before bed--you may finish it more quickly than I can).

Something else I plan to stitch, from Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine (July 2014) issue: Memorial Park. I love this sweet, fun, summery design from Praiseworthy Stitches. I purchased fabric for it yesterday:  32 count Lakeside, vintage Maritime White. We have the button packs for this--absolutely adorable.
I also purchased the August 2014 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine for the Cape Cod Summer project on the cover. Looking at the proximity of the water to the cottage, I'd say it's a storm disaster waiting to happen. I'm glad I'm going to own the thread version of it! Stitched in DMCs--if you can't make it to the beach this summer, this will make you feel cooler--and it's a lot less expensive than going to the Cape!

Here are two quick-to-stitch sweet JBW designs: "Seaside Alphabet" and
"Patriotic ABCs"
These scissors, by Dinky Dyes, are perfect for your patriotic stitching projects:

By DebBee's Designs, "Wave the Flag."
New from Country Cottage Needleworks, "Sweet Land of Liberty":


A great kit by Jeannette Douglas, a Flag Needlekeep:
Here's what's in the package:

Something I plan to stitch, also by Jeannette Douglas, "Patriotic Sampler."

By Shepherd's Bush, "American Trifles."

Our address is 8800F Pear Tree Court, Alexandria, VA, and our phone number is 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:30-4:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Stitch nights are 6-9 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the Month.

I will post holiday hours when I've checked with Ellen. In the meantime, Happy Stitching!