Friday, February 20, 2009

Hey, Stitchers! I'm back!! Sorry it's been so long but I was so exhausted after market and the drive down and back I sorta collapsed. Getting the shop rearranged has been a great effort and I'm just getting back to feeling pretty good.

Market was great, as usual and very over-whelming. So many designers and so much product. There were fewer designers this year but still impressive.

Crescent Colours has eight new floss colors and 13 new Belle Soie Silk colors. Gentle Art Sampler Threads and Weeks Dye Works, both, have beautiful new floss colors to add to their line. And speaking of threads, I've decided to bring in the entire line of 196 colors of Threadworx in the 5 yard skeins. I think they will enhance our current color lines.

Carriage House Samplings has several new charts, including Esther Yeakel and Salina Schultz, both reproduction samplers. I'm mentioning them because they are local samplers. The Schwenkfelder Museum, in nearby Pennsburg, Pa., owns the samplers and had them reproduced by Carriage House. It's really great to see some local history coming to light today.

Blackbird Designs has a new series of petite stockings. If you keep up with the series, you will have 36 stockings to adorn your tree. The first three months of the year are out with 3 stocking patterns for each month.

Blue Ribbon Designs have 3 great new charts out: It's Cold Outside, Read Between the Lines and Hugs and Kisses. Stitch as graphed or pull out sections or motifs and stitch individually.

The Good Huswife is back with new and different designs. Home Sweet Home and Ida Mae Crow are both really cute.

JBW Designs has French Hen, reminiscent of those milk glass hen on nest our grandmothers had; French Country Baby Carriage, great to personalize with that new babies name; Shoe Stopper, for all those shoe fanatics; French Country Monogram Collection, which has 3 upper case alphabets and 1 lower case alphabet to personalize the included designs or anything you
may want; and A Very Merry Spring, a really cute Easter egg.

Glendon Place has several new charts out right now and several more to come. The Harvest Gourds is really nice and I will be creating a shop sample as soon as I get the Anchor threads to stitch it. Sixteen Gobbles is a kit and contains fabric and floss.
Many more new charts are here - these are but a few. Primitive Needle has A & E (Adam and Eve), Cape Cod's Girls and Earth Sampler; Homespun Elegance has Treasure Box II , Welcomes 'A Plenty VII and The Stitching Lady; Little House Needleworks has Traveling Stitcher, a cute graph to attach to a stitching 'purse' to carry accessories and floss; Country Cottage Needleworks has Bayside Bungalows, a must for those with a shore house.

Again, these are just a few of the "NEW" from the Nashville Market. I'm having trouble staying linked to the web so I'm leaving you for now. When we return, we'll talk about all the new fabrics I brought back. See ya and keep stitching. Carolyn

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Homespun Elegance Where You Hang Your Needlework is finished and awaiting framing.
I've started Lizzie Kate's Halloween Double Flips and have the first 4 designs finished. I changed the fabric to 30 count R&R LaCrosse Blend, a Halloween green with dark overtones. It's currently hanging in the shoppe as a work in progress for all to see. I leave Wednesay for Nashville to attend a cash and carry market and am really excited. Weather is 'predicted' to warm up this week so it should be easy on the driving.

I'll get back to a new post after the 10th of February, when I should be back in the shoppe with lots of new charts and other goodies. I've seen some new designs the designers have tempted us with and some are really nice. Blue Ribbon, especially, has a couple really nice new charts coming out. Weeks Dye Works has 5 new floss colors coming - Baked Apple, Bullfrog, Stepping Stone, Peach Fuzz and Artichoke. They've also discontinued 15 existing colors. Gentle Arts will have new colors and Crescent has, I believe, 8 new floss colors and 13 new Belle Soie silk colors coming out.

The shoppe will be open while I attend market. But once again, if the weather is iffy, please call first to make sure we are open. And to all those who attended our 14th year 'Party' - Thanks!

Well, till next time - keep stitching! Carolyn