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

Sea

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!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lockin Two! (Trick or Treat and Indpendence Day)

Greetings, all! Today was another wonderful lock-in, this time with a twin Halloween/Patriotic theme and with a delicious potluck lunch. Some of us came dressed to impress, in costume or sporting special shirts, socks or nails.

There were party bags holding fun treats for all.


The gifts were Halloween-themed.

Indpendence Day finery!

A cute Halloween needlepoint ornament.

By Mill Hill, "Muriel Hocus Pocus Trilogy."

I love this needle minder:


And some new pumpkin designs by Creative Needle Arts.

Everywhere you look are inspirational stitched models.


And projects begging to be started.


More great needle minders.


Just Another Button Company "Alphabet D."


Even more needle minders. I have to get a whale.


More inspiration (Plum Street's "Party Tarts").

A summery needlepoint by Pippin Design Studio.


And last, but definitely not least, Patricia's delicious strawberry and cream cake.


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!