Saturday, October 20, 2012

What's New in the Shop

Welcome, all! We had a great Stitch Night on Wednesday, with lots of stitchers gathered round the tables working on projects new and old. Jan finished "13 Colonies" and has moved on to "Around the World in 80 Days."

Jan showed us this great new color of Picture This Plus that she bought: "Mire!" Don't you love the name? It photographed a lot more purple than it is in real life--there's lots of bruise-y green in it. The perfect fun fabric for a Halloween project. This is 28 count.

Speaking of Halloween, Minnie has done up a bunch of ornaments:

Carol, having finished "And They Sinned," is whipping through the classic: "Jean Rattray" (I think that's how it's spelled).

Linda is working on a Sue Hillis Santa.

Diane is working on a Bent Creek "Ark Mantle."

I paged through the newest issue of "Just Cross Stitch" and found several appealing designs to stitch, including this one:

And the cover design! Oh, to have a few more hours in a week for stitching.

We have Jardin Prive in the shop--lots and lots of clever, fun designs: "Stitch, Stitch and Forget the Time." Raise your hand if you forget the time (burn the dinner) (forget to pick up your honey at the train station) because you're stitching.

"Quaker d'Halloween."

"A Dream House."

"My Pink Needle."

This one is on my "must stitch" list: Heart's Ease Samplarworks' "Maryland Inspiration." I saw the stitched model at Woodlawn, and it was magnificent.

Also a must-stitch: Blackbird Designs' "Feast of Friendship."

Some Halloween cuties from Drawn Thread:

And some fabulous new designs from Barbara Ana Designs. I have somehow misplaced the names of the charts, but if you call the shop and describe them, we can tell you! Lots of cute elements, and "Quoth The Raven" is a perfect gift that you could stitch and finish before Christmas for that stitching pal.

Last, but not least, you know that we have a wonderful frame shop in-house, right? Everything done right using the best materials and in the super-fussy hands of women who stitch and none of the horror stories you hear about the big-box stores. Here's Sarah Hatton McPhail, framed. My other design was beautifully framed as well, but my photo doesn't do it justice, so I'll try again in the daylight. Thank you Karen, for impeccable, perfect, gorgeous framing job!

For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600. Our hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Sunday of each month, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Stitch Nights (Don't be shy! Join us!) are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the Month.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Welcome! We've Been Expecting You!

Hello, all! Here are a few scenes from the last Stitch Night (and we have one coming up tomorrow, October 3!) plus some new things in the shop.

Carol's beautiful "And They Sinned." Carol is a powerhouse stitcher: she has (I think I've got the number right) 135 samplers hanging in her home.

Minnie was working on these two designs--Minnie is a powerhouse also.

Helen was working on this--don't you love the matching needle minder?

One of my favorite new things in the shop. This little notebook comes with blank perforated paper--stitch the design. Notice the little pencil?

Then personalize the back. We're noticing lots of new designs calling for perforated paper; we carry lots of it in the shop.

I also love this little rabbit pendant. I am going to buy one and finish it as an ornament, I think.

We have the vibrant Mary Utley in the shop by Black Branch Needlework.

Lots of needle minders. This is very elegant. What great stocking stuffers for needlework pals. Don't wait--pick up a few now.

Several cute and quick designs (not too late for Halloween stitching) by Eileen Gurak Needlework Design:

Another favorite: "Vultures' Welcome" Makes the traditional halloween bat seem dull, doesn't it? These vultures are too much!

One last shot of Carol's "And They Sinned." Yes, we have this chart in stock!

If you have questions, or to place an order call us at 703-360-4600. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 the first Sunday of the month. Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 6 to 9 p.m.