Saturday, December 19, 2015

Greetings, all! I hope you're cozily stitching by the fire and not tearing around trying to accomplish 50 things all at once. I sometimes come to the end of the Christmas season and wonder where it all went and why I was so frantic. I find that sitting down and stitching a bit centers me and makes things a little less fraught. Here's some inspiration for your needle:

By Keslyn's, "A Red Merry Christmas." Stitch on any fabric and in any color red you choose.  (Or blue if you prefer a blue Christmas.)

For needlepointers: By Pippin Studios, "12 Canadian Evergreen Trees." I think of them as Christmas trees. One of our super customers pointed out that it would be fun to stitch each tree in a different specialty stitch.

Here are some fibers to get you started (we have many more):

I love this tiny Christmas Biscornu by Just Nan. Bet you could whip this up by Christmas. Or on Christmas. Get one for a friend to stitch!

"Merry Brew" by Plum Street Samplers.

Also by Plum Street, "A Bowl Full of Merries: Merry Two."

And "Merry Ewe."

"Noel" by With Thy Needle and Thread.

A few older designs in stock (note that we may not be able to reorder if designs are out of print): Lizzie Kate Quick-It "HoHoHo."

By the Prairie Schooler, "Santa's 12 Days 1-4."

Heartstring Samplery's "Sing We Then Merrily."

"Joyeux Noel" by Blackbird Designs. This book has a ton of great Christmas projects, including

...this great classic design, stitched with beautiful silk fibers (or any fibers you choose).

Another Prairie Schooler, "Santas Revisited."

By The Trilogy, "Happy Nativity Nativity Day."

One of my favorite needlepoint Santas. Just wonderful!

Four wonderful, wintery/Christmasy needle minders. Grab one for a friend--or for yourself.

We are normally--see special hours--open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and on the first Sunday of the month, from 12:30 to 4:30. Our address is 8800F Pear Tree Village in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria. For questions or to order, please call us at 703-360-4600.

Special holiday season hours:  We are closed December 24-27 and will reopen at 8am on the 28th for our 20th After Christmas Sale. We will be closing at 3 that day. We are open December 29-30 from 10-5.  We will be closed the 31st and 1st.  We will be open January 2 from 10-5.  We will be open Sunday, January 3 from 12:30-4:30.  The sale will continue through January 3.

Happy stitching, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at In Stitches!