Sunday, March 23, 2014

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

Greetings, all! The shop is open today (Sunday, March 23) from 12:30 to 4:30, and you have just through the end of March to see the show at Woodlawn. Come see the beautiful stitching at Woodlawn and then drop by the shop and take a look at our delicious no-cal wares!

First off, one of the two blue ribbon winners at the show in the counted cross stitch category is this chart. It is stitched beautiful and simply, along with its sister chart, Sonne Spot, also lovely and colorful. They just glow from across the room. Here's "Beautie Spotte."

And my start. I'm stitching it using the called-for fibers (DMC) on a nice piece of white-white Lakeside Linen (40 count) in Attic Lace. Aren't the colors gorgeous? I love that each motif is outlined in black and then filled in. It's the perfect travel/commuter project.

A lovely pinkeep:

I have also started Scarlett House's "Seven Sheep."

I am stitching this on 40-count Lakeside Linen also, using an on-the-fly conversion to all Belle Soie, because that's my favorite fiber in the world:

I showed you this (to hoots and catcalls) several weeks ago.  I can't get over how fun the Heaven and Earth Designs are!

A FULL yard of fabric (not overdyed since every thread is filled in), using the 87 colors of DMC. Here's my start. Ten-year project? Twenty? Who cares! (And yes, if you keep track, I'm doing an enormous HAED Santa as well).

For those of you who ask if I ever finish anything, the answer is yes!
I should tell you that the shop cannot order this chart for you--it's long out of print.  If you go looking for it, it is Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Designs.   What I want to show you though, is the frame, expertly and perfectly done here at the shop.

Here's a close-up.  We pin or lace your needlework, so that you will never experience the horror of those desperately awful chain stores and their "coupons" with taping and glueing and off-centering! We care for your needlework as you do--we know how long it took to stitch your pieces, and how thrilled you are with them. And if you're on a budget (who isn't?), let us know, and we'll help you choose something affordable and nice. This was framed very inexpensively. I love to get my stuff framed, but I prefer to put my money into silks and Lakeside!

Here are some lovely projects worked on by our stitchers last Stitch Night!

With Thy Needle and Thread, beautifully sitched and finished:

Work in Progress: Margret Rogers' Garden of Eden by Needlework Press:

"Red," by Mirabilia. Jan is almost finished with the stitching on this and is about to launch into the BEADS! What a stunner!

Here's a gorgeous sock on Deb's needles: pattern from "The Box of Socks."

"Topiary in Bloom" by Blackbird Designs.

A fabulous two-sided needlepoint Santa ornament:

Here are a couple of new items in the shop: a mystery sampler by Rosewood Manor. Take a close look at the wonderful fabric!

And something new from the Scarlet Letter, "Memento Mori":

As I mentioned, we're here today, Sunday, at the shop from 12:30 to 4:30, and all the Sundays in March during the Woodlawn show. We're located at 8800 F Pear Tree Court in Alexandria, VA, not that far from Mount Vernon. Hey! Look! Black Branch Needlework has provided us with a model of their Mount Vernon Design!

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

Happy Stitching!


  1. oh how I'll miss seeing you and the shop this year and gathering a stash. I will not be in DC this year on business and miss it already. I love all the pretty things you have shown here. Your framing is perfect!

  2. Gorgeous stuff! Curious what fabric Jan is using for Red. That sagey green is a great shade for her color combo!

  3. Wow!! Amazing projects. I grew up in Woodbridge; wishing I was closer to make the Woodlawn show.

  4. Sigh...what a day! I finally visited the shop! It is truly an Aladdin's cave. Thanks for your friendly atmosphere! I'll be back! :0)