Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Gouls Night Out"

Last night was the Halloween-themed Stitchers' Lock-in. We came, we saw, we ate, we colored, we won great prizes, we stitched and we ate some more! (Recipe for Patricia's chocolately Rice Krispie treats at the end of this post.)

A shop model of "Gouls Night Out" by Carousel Charts set the theme.

Along with Karen's Poppy Creations' "The Witch is In." Be sure to check out the great clay figure in the lower right corner.

Diana came dressed in the best hat--we all want one!

There were fabulous door prizes, including this Prairie Moon pattern, along with the silks, Stitches and Spice's "Camofudge" and a pair of scissors.

Oh, the food...! It was potluck. Crab and shrimp dip, broccoli salad, German potato salad, sloppy joes, chicken salad sandwiches, ham and chicken, pasta salads, fruit and desserts.

We shopped the Halloween patterns/fabric/fibers sale. (All Halloween items during the sale, 20% off through 5/28/11). Here, "Skeleton Crew" by Cross-Eyed Cricket, paired with 32 count PTP in Valor.

An assortment of Halloween Fabrics by Weeks Dye Works:

"My Pretties" chart by Plum Street Samplers.

Show and tell from our customers. "Rose Sampler" by Butternut Road.

A Mirabilia mermaid.

And some gorgeous needlepoint (eek, didn't get the name).

And we scoped out the new charts, including these two by Long Dog Samplers:

As promised, Patricia's recipe for the chocolately and chocolate-covered Rice Krispies Treats:

2 sticks butter
7 Milky Way bars (2.07 oz bars)
6.5 cups Rice Krispies
12-18 oz. pckg of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: 1. Melt butter and Milky Way bars together, stirring constantly. The secret to a soft texture is to melt as quickly as possible. 2. Stir in Rice Krispies, mixing well. 3. Pat into 9x23 pan. 4. Melt chocolate chips and spread on top. Cool and then cut into pieces.

Keep an eye out for the next lock-in, which will be during "Christmas in July!"

Please call us with questions or to order at 703-360-4600. We are open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-4:30.

Happy Stitching!

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