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!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lock-In!

Greetings, all! Today was Lock-In day at In Stitches, and roughly 30 stitchers (counting the staff) gathered on this chilly, sunny Sunday to eat, share, stitch, buy, chat and stitch some more. Here's a photo taken just minutes before the hubbub.
New charts on the spinners.
Door prizes ready.
Shop Ladies ready. (From the left, Elizabeth, Candie, Ellen, and with her back to the camera, Patricia).
Delicious food ready.  A particular thanks to Patricia's son's girlfriend's mother for making those flawless, gorgeous and delicious cookies and the tiered tray.  I should have snatched a pocket full of them! 
Fun Lunch.
A door prize winner.
Another door prize winner.
We got to see what everyone is working on. Here, Elizabeth is working on "Spring by the Sea" by Jeannette Douglas Designs. Part two (summer) is shipping this week.
Jan is working on a mystery sampler that starts at the bottom. Jan, I can't remember which designer did this. Would you leave a note in the comments?
There was plenty of shopping too. Here I am, trying to decide between a sparkly 32 count white opalescent and a 40 count Attic Lace for a new chart: Cuore e Batticuore's "Shabby Summer Calendar." It's light and bright and fun and works equally well framed or as separate ornaments. The motifs are very cute.
It was wonderful to get together with old friends and new.
Here's Sherri's beautifully stitched and framed fairy. It's a capiz shell frame, which this photo doesn't show well enough.
A close-up of all the beautiful beading.  The fabric is Picture This Plus in Mesa.
The Nora Corbett fairy is in the April issue of "Just Cross Stitch."  Yes, we have some left.
A very wise thought.
Thanks, everybody who came! And thanks to the busy and talented shop ladies, and particularly to Ellen, who pampered us all. We had a blast.

To order or for questions, please call 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village, Alexandria, VA. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and the first Sunday of the month, from 12:30-4:30. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please join us!

Happy stitching!