Sunday, August 26, 2012

What's New in the Shop, and Nearly Fall

The fall ornament on our blog header is part of a chart of four seasons. Here's the spring one. Don't you love these? I've had them in my collection for years and have started one. We still have them in stock (darned if I can remember the name, but call the shop, and one of our clever ladies will know!)

Speaking of clever ladies: just look at the amazing little Nantucket basked that Linda needlepointed! Something else amazing about Linda's many skills: she actually weaves Nantucket baskets!

Linda needlepointed this ornament as well!

Lois, one of our ladies, stitched this for her collection. And it just came back from finishing. I absolutely adore the dark plum feathers, don't you? I'm sorry that I didn't get a better close-up shot--it's quite fun and remarkable. We can arrange for our finishing service to do something like this for you!

We have lots of appealing new Haloween projects in the shop. This one is by Waxing Moon.

A cute prim pillow by With Thy Needle:

"Autumn Typography" by Just Nan.

Another Halloween cutie by Just Nan with an adorable little grim reaper charm.

Heart in Hand's "Halloween Parade" and

Bent Creek's Pumpkin (won't take you long to stitch this, but how cute to put in a little frame or finish as a tiny pillow).

And for winter, as a companion to "Six Fat Men," we have the newest Lizzie Kate snow woman series.

And also by Lizzie Kate, I love the idea of wishing that "sweat pants were sexy."

By Sam Sarah, we have part two of this series:

And another bird in the flock:

We have "English Adam and Eve"; unlike Prince Harry, they are fully dressed and not prancing around Las Vegas.

Last, but not least, is the darling "Gus Ghost." He's a little kit--you'll have him put together in no time. I love his little eyes.

Stitch Night will be back on September 5! We hope to see you there (6 p.m.-9 p.m.) It will be wonderful to catch up with everything everyone's been working on this summer.

To order or for questions, please call us at 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30 - 4:30 the first Sunday of each month.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

Greetings, all! If you're like us, you're tired of gazing out onto parched dry grass and discouraged flowers. I enjoyed looking at the ornaments on the little tree by our register and counting down the months 'til Christmas.

We have lots of new Mill Hill kits featuring tropical Santas, as well as more traditional Christmas and winter designs.

Speaking of the dog days--here's a quick, fun stitch for the dog lover on your list.

A sentiment we're onboard with, complete with yummy-looking buttons.

We have designs from this new designer, Nebby Needle.

And from beloved familiar designers: shop models for the Country Cottage Needleworks cottage series: August and September.

And Little House Needleworks: Hill House and

Around the World in 80 days.

The Scarlett House continues to delight us with beautiful historic reproductions: Ann Priest 1841. Can you see the little bee skep to the left of the house with the swarm of bees?

Nifty Needle Nannies from Puffin Designs.

A new shop model. I wanted to show you this beautiful laquered red frame--I'm already plotting ways I could use it. Perfect for Christmas. I'm thinking of red birds... Or, as here, a patriotic stitch.

We have a new line of zippered totes and bags, crystal clear and substantial, with our name, address, phone, email and logo (just so you don't forget us...)

Wouldn't this be perfect for that new male child or grandson? Love the robot!

Trenner Needleworks: The Goode Sister. Love these colors.

This is the beginning of a six-part project from Sam Sarah. We will be selling the frame for it as pictured on the package. And we love that the called-for fabric, which we show here, is EXACTLY the color of the design on the chart.

And a great Halloween project from Rosewood Manor: great colors, a fabulous design and an adorable spider charm, shown in the upper left corner of the photo.

Rosalie was working on this between customers today at the shop. I'm thinking this would be a nice gift for me! Seriously, Rosalie's needlepoint skills are beyond compare and anyone who gets one of her stitched gifts is very lucky indeed.

If you have questions or want to place an order, call us at 703-360-4600. We are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Sunday of each month from 12:30 -4:30. Stitch Nights will resume on the first Wednesday of September.

Happy Stitching! (And remember that mowing the lawn works up a sweat, but stitching doesn't!)