Sunday, July 3, 2011

Independence Day

Good morning, all! We're hoping your Independence Day weekend includes independence from the usual chores, with plenty of time to stitch!

We have a new shop model by Dessins--A Mon Ami Pierre. Vivid colors, a nice medium size, and we love how the rain is shown in thread (all photos clickable to see larger images).

New in the shop: the Just Another Button Company rooster pin cushion kit. He's too cute.

Stacy Nash Primitives "Tribute to Summer Sampler." Wow--I love this sampler and grabbed one for myself. It is charted for Gentle Arts fibers on 30 count Weeks Dye Works Cocoa (shown with the chart). Normally I stick close to the thread recommendations and go my own way on the fabric, but I cut several pieces of the WDW Cocoa for this project for customers yesterday, and I have to highly recommend it--the color is just perfect. I noticed that WDW Mocha would work well also.

Puffin & Company's scissor pal. We have lots of different pals for minding your scissors.

Elizabeth Mary Gandey by Shakespeare's Peddler, shown with some of the recommended threads and with a piece of 40 count Lakeside Linen in Vintage Pear. And of course, if you prefer to stitch with cotton, or on a different count, we can help with that too!

This reproduction sampler is by Sandra Sullivan of Homespun Elegance. It's "Mary Lamin's Lord's Prayer." My photo doesn't do it justice--the colors are much better than this photo indicates. The recommended fibers include Gentle Arts, Crescent Colours, Weeks Dye Works and DMC.

"A Day at the Beach" by Country Cottage Needleworks is stitched on 30 count lambswool using DMC, Crescent Colours and Gentle Arts fibers. With a stitch count of 165 x 84, you can finish this before the end of summer--or perhaps before the end of your beach vacation.

Cute primitive pin cushions (or ornaments if you prefer) by Niky's Creations.

By up-and-coming new designer, Scarlett House, we have these two adorable projects: "Death by Candy Corn" and "Coverlet Birds."

We have Little House Needleworks' "The Melicent Turner Sampler," which is stitched in five colors of either Belle Soie, Crescent Colours or DMC. Something else I want to stitch.

Watch this space for information about Christmas in July. (Hah--Ellen is vacationing with her family and just spit her coffee all over the computer screen at this photo, I'll bet.(Okay....I did spill my coffee...but only on the WHITE carpet) Ellen keeps a tidy and beautifully arranged shop, which extends to the sidewalk and entranceway. She has planted flowers in the planters and keeps things groomed and fresh. One of the shop's neighbors is a gentleman who is less interested in aesthetics and has left his Christmas decor up for a couple of years.) Also, for those of you who have not visited the shop but plan to come by when you're in the area, that McDonalds is a landmark. Mmmm--frozen strawberry lemonade--perfect for a hot holiday weekend!

Remember that we're closed today and tomorrow for the holiday (July 3 and 4). We will reopen on Tuesday, July 3 (ahem, Glenna--that's July 5) (*Whoopsie* Ellen, I am the stitchy paparazzi; I don't need no stinking calendar). Also, there are no Stitch Nights in July because so many people are out of town.

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

Happy Independence Day, and happy stitching!

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