Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rule 3: Always Start a New Project Before the Last One is Finished

Good evening, all! Rule 3 is from Beth Twist of the Heartstring Samplery, whose sentiment is stitched into the project: "Stitcher's Resolution."
Speaking of Heartstring Samplery, this sneaked in under my radar. It has been out for a little while, but it was new to me, so I snapped one up. What could be better on a cold weekend in January? At 92 x 35 stitches, it's approximately the size of a 3x5 card all stitched up.  It is called "Snow Zone."
"Things Unseen" Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate. No longer a mystery, of course, so safe to show you this lovely sampler. If you buy the thread pack, there's an exclusive color (pinky rose) called, I think, Dizzy Lizzie.
We have a number of new Mill Hill kits. While they're stitched on perforated paper (in dandy colors), you can always purchase a scrap of fabric to use instead. I won't read you the names, and there are more--this group is just representative of the new, fun, spring-oriented projects.
Speaking of Lizzie Kate, I bought this tiny project:  "Winter Wishes," which stitches up a giant 64 W x 44 H.  The cute charm is extra and in my opinion, the little project looks good with or without it.
Another tiny: "Christmas Cheer." Get a jump on next year's ornament stitching. Am I the only one who wants a dedicated stitched-ornament tree and doesn't have one? "If I started now and stitched just two a month..."
Stitch this cutie for your Valentine.
Back to winter. Stacy Nash never disappoints. I have to stitch this one!

A wonderful small sampler:  "Miss Mary's Sampler 1796," by JBW Designs.  I'd love to stitch this up, frame it and lean it on a little easel at work.
By Little House, another small sampler (55x55), called "Old Colonial." This is a series; I am looking forward to seeing the others as they are released.
By Madame Chantilly, this is a hoot. Note the cookies!
Ellen came back from the needlepoint show with lots of beautiful goodies (our banner photo features some new colors of Silk Lame Braid) for needlepoint and what have you.  A beautiful large painted canvas.
And a small one, perfect for an ornament (Yes, I want some of these on my needlework tree also.  Guess I'd better get busy.)
A cutie-pie Easter canvas. We have tons more in the shop. Let us ENTICE you!
Speaking of Entice....a whole rack of Entice.
Last but not least, this is an oldie (we don't just sell new stuff). I purchased this--perfect for stitching by the fire. It's "Winter Floral Sampler" by Knotted Tree Needle Art. I love the colors, and kitted it up with NPI silks.
For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600. We are located at 8800 F Pear Tree Village in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria, off Route 1. Our hours are 10-5, Monday through Saturday, and from 12:30-4:30 the first Sunday of each month (that's this coming Sunday).

Also, Stitch Nights are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 6-9 p.m. We'd love for you to join us.

Happy Stitching!