Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Day and Superbowl Sunday

Greetings! We are open today, Superbowl Sunday, from 12:30 to 4:30. Come on in for some delectable Valentine's treats (the stitched kind). Not all are brand-new, but they're still worth having.

First up, the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Collector's Hearts by Heart in Hand.  These are little kits with fabric, buttons and beads.  There's likely a 2016 kit, but I somehow neglected to photograph it.

"Loving You," by Little House Needleworks. "If loving you is wrong, I don't wanna be right..."

Two by Threadwork Primitives: "Be Mine" and
"Endless Hearts."
"French Country Hearts II" by JBW Designs. Pick your favorite color of pink or red, silk or cotton.
By the Trilogy, "For Keeps."
"French Country Amour," by JBW.

"Teenie Tweenies" by the Sweetheart Tree. Very tiny and sweet.
"Tied with Heart Strings" by With Thy Needle and Thread. I couldn't get the photo turned on this, and its subtle packaging means you might not notice it, but it's notice-worthy and stitch-worthy.
Here are two heart/Valentine themed needlepoint canvases. Unfortunately canvases don't show up as well in person or stitched, but trust me, a little fiber and they come alive.
Even as a painted canvas though, this Pippin Studios dog comes alive.
I love this "Biedermeier" design by Gigi R. Not specifically Valentine, here's a bouquet of roses that you'll always have.
Madame Chantilly's "Fraises." Also not Valentine themed, but those heart-shaped strawberries, bouncing bunnies and the sheep do it for me. Spring is on its way.
To order or for questions, please call us at 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village, a shopping center next to the McDonalds on Route 1 in the Mt. Vernon section of Alexandria. Our hours are 10-5, Monday through Saturday and 12:30-4:30 the first Sunday of each month (that's today!) Come on in and grab yourself a nice project to stitch during the game!
Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesday of the month, from 5-8 p.m. We'd love to see you there!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Greetings, all! I hope you're cozily stitching by the fire and not tearing around trying to accomplish 50 things all at once. I sometimes come to the end of the Christmas season and wonder where it all went and why I was so frantic. I find that sitting down and stitching a bit centers me and makes things a little less fraught. Here's some inspiration for your needle:

By Keslyn's, "A Red Merry Christmas." Stitch on any fabric and in any color red you choose.  (Or blue if you prefer a blue Christmas.)

For needlepointers: By Pippin Studios, "12 Canadian Evergreen Trees." I think of them as Christmas trees. One of our super customers pointed out that it would be fun to stitch each tree in a different specialty stitch.

Here are some fibers to get you started (we have many more):

I love this tiny Christmas Biscornu by Just Nan. Bet you could whip this up by Christmas. Or on Christmas. Get one for a friend to stitch!

"Merry Brew" by Plum Street Samplers.

Also by Plum Street, "A Bowl Full of Merries: Merry Two."

And "Merry Ewe."

"Noel" by With Thy Needle and Thread.

A few older designs in stock (note that we may not be able to reorder if designs are out of print): Lizzie Kate Quick-It "HoHoHo."

By the Prairie Schooler, "Santa's 12 Days 1-4."

Heartstring Samplery's "Sing We Then Merrily."

"Joyeux Noel" by Blackbird Designs. This book has a ton of great Christmas projects, including

...this great classic design, stitched with beautiful silk fibers (or any fibers you choose).

Another Prairie Schooler, "Santas Revisited."

By The Trilogy, "Happy Nativity Nativity Day."

One of my favorite needlepoint Santas. Just wonderful!

Four wonderful, wintery/Christmasy needle minders. Grab one for a friend--or for yourself.

We are normally--see special hours--open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and on the first Sunday of the month, from 12:30 to 4:30. Our address is 8800F Pear Tree Village in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria. For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600.

Special holiday season hours:  We are closed December 24-27 and will reopen at 8am on the 28th for our 20th After Christmas Sale. We will be closing at 3 that day. We are open December 29-30 from 10-5.  We will be closed the 31st and 1st.  We will be open January 2 from 10-5.  We will be open Sunday, January 3 from 12:30-4:30.  The sale will continue through January 3.

Happy stitching, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at In Stitches!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Stitch and Be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Now that dinner is over (mercifully; I love eating it, but I don't much enjoy preparation or clean-up), it's time to turn our thoughts to stitching, especially since I'd much rather stitch than venture out on Black Friday. In between basting the bird and whipping up a pomegranate/cranberry sauce, I was poring over some of my unfinished projects, some of which I'll show you at the end of this post. The blog banner photo is one: I started it about four weeks ago: it's by Cross Eyed Cricket, called "Rest and Be Thankful." At the time I said I wasn't sure if it is available, and I have since found out that we can order it for you if you'd like to have one of your very own. It's about half done at this point--but it has a very Thanksgiving look to it.

Here's a project I'm anxious to do, either on silk gauze or fabric. "Home Unto Thee" by Erica Michaels.

"Autumn Gifts" by Plum Street.

"Goodness and Plenty" by Plum Street.

"Gratitude Inspirational Boxer" by Lizzie Kate:

"November" by Cross Eyed Cricket.

"Patchwork Pumpkin" by Blackbird Designs.
"Gathering Acorns" by Lila's Studio.
"Peacock in the Pumpkin Patch," by Stacy Nash Primitives.
Hard to believe it's already almost "December," by Cross Eyed Cricket.
"Wee Santa 2015" by Heart in Hand Needleworks.
"A Christmas Cupboard Pocket," by With Thy Needle and Thread.
Blackberry Lane Designs' "Let it Snow."
"A Sweet Christmas" by Lilli Violette.
Two needlepoint designs I love, from Pippin Studios: "9 Witches' Hats" I'm picturing these stitched with sparkly fiber accents.
Also by Pippin, "12 Sailboats."
This is going to be a Christmas Day start for me: Barbara Ana Designs: "All Creatures Great and Small." It is charted for DMC or Anchor, both of which we sell.
People ask me about my WIPs--how many do I have? The answer: I don't know. I'll show you some of them from time to time. I recently got out "Christmastide at Holly House," by Scarlett House. I'm doing it on 40 count Lakeside mystery color fabric (can't remember), using the charted NPI and Classic Colorworks (Belle Soie) silks.
And I've taken out Mirabilia's "Santa." I'm stitching it on 32 count white linen, using the called-for DMC and Mill Hill beads. It's a lot of fun to stitch this.  (For extra sparkle, I added Kreinik blending filament to his hat brim.)
We will be open normal hours on Friday and Saturday this week. Remember that Saturday is Small Business Saturday. We are grateful for all our wonderful customers, fabulous designers, and awesome vendors. This small business depends on you all!

For questions or to order, please call 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 12:30 to 4:30 on the first Sunday of each month. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Don't be shy--come join us!