Sunday, September 16, 2012

Eat. Sleep. Stitch.

Greetings, all! We have lots of new items in the shop that we brought back from the Baltimore show! But first, take a look at Karen's progress on the Sam Sarah "Witch's Pantry" project. Yes, we sell this frame! (the pins you see are framing in progress, and are temporary). Love the frame, the color of the fabric and the whole design!

Brand new: "Two Cheeky Sailors" by Queenstown Sampler Designs. What gorgeous floss colors.

It called to me, so I bought it! It is charted for DMC, but I really prefer silk, so I did an easy conversion to AVAS and NPI. Let us know if you'd like it, and we'll provide you with the conversion. I purchased 1/8th of a yard of Lakeside Linen in Magnolia, 40 count, the silk threads, the pattern and these nifty scissors, which I love to death. They're inexpensive and the little sheath snaps on so that you aren't--yikes--stabbing your project in the project bag as you move around. I carry a couple of project bags everywhere with me, and I leave the fancy gold scissors at home. These are great, sharp little cutters, too and come in a variety of colors (pink, purple & blue).

Needle Buddies! Blingy watermelon slice:

Blingy crab. I'm sorry I didn't buy this guy, but I had already treated myself. Oh, well, that means you can buy him instead.

Love this Mag Friends Christmas Tree.

A Scissor Bling teapot scissor fob.

We have Praiseworthy Stitches' "Croaking Toad Manor."

And a helpful Jack O Lantern to hold your floss. I posed him on top of some beautiful Weeks Dye Works' linen in 30 count "Pumpkin."

We were exclaiming over this wonderful Christmas design from Praiseworthy Stitches: the outer red border is stitched with sparkly Kreinik. I enjoy stitching with blingy thread.

We have lots of new Rosewood Manor charts in the shop. Here is "Willow Welcome."

And the Country Cottage patterns of the month march on as the year begins to come to an end: September and October shop models.

A new-to-me designer, iStitch Designs.

The various series are a blast. Progress on the shop model of Lizzie Kate's Snow Women.

Stitch a little ornament from the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament Issue.

We have the Sam Sarah Perpetual Calendar with the frame, the cards and of course, the charts! The way it works: stitch the day of the week, the month, spacer and a number (in this case, Tuesday, January *space* One).

We have some new and incredible needlepoint canvases. Here, two of our many Christmas stockings. Stitch them for your kids, your grandkids or yourself. These will become heirlooms in your hands, passed from generation to generation, and displayed every Christmas.

No time for a big stocking? We have a raft of these little boat bags with various designs. When you've completed the little needlepoint design, we can send it off to our finishing service to be made into this little boatbag, which LL Bean made famous. The canvas comes with the coordinating ribbons that form the handles. What a lovely way to present earrings or an Itunes gift card to a friend or a daughter for Christmas.

See? Eat. Sleep. Stitch. These come as tees, in various sizes, or sleep shirts (with a vee neck) in one-size-fits-most.

We're back in the swing of Needle Night. It's this week (as always, the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)--we'd love to see what you're working on and catch up. New faces warmly encouraged to come!

For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and the 1st Sunday of the month, from 12:30-4:30. Hope to see you soon!

Happy stitching!