Tuesday, December 28, 2010













Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hey, Stitchers! I'm still alive. Been a while, but not much new and I've been busy.
The Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine arrived and I think it's really great. Several project in the magazine are calling out to me. Here's a couple of pictures of several projects--

Aren't they great?

Also new to the shop are 2 Christmas charts for future ornaments. Both are from Wendy KC Designs and I can't wait to stitch them. The first is Christmas Humbugs, a trio of easy to stitch and assemble ornaments with a variety of stitches. The second is Christmas Potpourri and I want to stitch the larger project. All the projects can be assembled without the use of a sewing machine.

Don't forget our Christmas Hours: Closing at 2PM on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve; closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day and Sunday 1/2/2011. We will be open Sunday 1/9 from 11-2, instead.

Our Pre-Inventory sale will be from Tuesday thru Friday 12/28-12/31 AND the first week of the new year from 1/4 - 1/9, normal hours.

This is probably the last blog post for this year so I want to thank you all for your loyalty and business. I want to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season; be safe. And, to all, a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hi, Stitchers! Next week is Thanksgiving and the shop will be closed on T-Day.

We will be open on Black Friday from 10-4 for all you avid shoppers. Normal hours will be in effect until Christmas. We willl close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve at 2PM. Of course, we will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Since they are on Saturday this year, this will really shorten time for our year end Pre-Inventory Sale. So this year, we'll extend the sale into the new year.

Our Pre-Inventory Sale will be Tues & Wed Dec. 28 & 29 10-4

Thursday Dec. 30 10-7

Friday Dec. 31 10-2

Tues & Wed Jan. 4 & 5 10-4

Thursday Jan. 6 10-7

Fri & Sat Jan. 7 & 8 10-4

Sunday Jan. 9 10-2

Pictured above on the left is Nanu's Hankie, from the new designer The Nebby Needle. Her three charts are finally here in the shop and they are really cute. The picture on the right is The North Wind from Little House Needleworks and is her last chart for this year. She is going to start the new year of Christmas ornaments in January. Snowflake Serenade is the new chart released from Country Cottage Needleworks. These last two should be in the shop shortly.

Well, gotta go, as it's taken the better part of the day just to do this small post.
Keep need to relax.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hi, Everyone! Happy November. Heard on the radio Monday, only 9 weeks till the New Year! Not great news, but it is what it is.

Here are 2 pictures of designs from a new designer from Pittsburgh. Bonny Woomer has 3 charts out: Cabin in the Pines, Nanu's Hankie {(not pictured) and the friend pincushion, which also can be framed. They should be in the mail to me the beginning of next week and I really like them. Hope she continues and we wish her good luck.

Last week, a customer and I were talking about Carriage House Samplings going out of business. We thought she might someday come back with a new name. Well, she's kinda back as of December 1. Kathy Barrick's sister Marty, will assume designing for Carriage House Samplings and she's interested in continuing the Hawk Run Series. Currently, she's an art director for the Washington Post newspaper and an oil painter. We wish her good luck, too, and can't wait to see some of her designs.

New charts have just arrived from Hoffman, so I gotta go and check out the new goodies. Keep Stitching!

Friday, October 22, 2010

I can't believe that it is the end of October already. 2010 is almost over - it just doesn't seem possible. And in the middle of my disbelief, I realized something----I opened this shop in Lederach the last Tuesday of October! I HAVE BEEN HERE ONE YEAR! Can you believe that?

We need to celebrate and since it is too late to plan a party, I've decided to give you a coupon to use over the next two weeks. Don't forget our hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10-4 and Thursday until 7; the first Sunday of the month, 11-2. Print out this coupon and bring it in on any day from Tuesday October 26 thru Sunday November 7 and earn a 20% discount on any one in-stock item of your choice.

If you can't make it in, call or email your order, mention the coupon from the blog and I will honor the 20% discount on one item.

Country Cottage Needleworks has two new charts arriving, probably, next week.

Both are done in her pastel colors. If you like a little more color, darken her colors or darken the fabric used and her colors will appear to 'pop' more.

I would like to thank my customers for following me from Limerick and all my new customers who have found me here in Lederach. Many thanks to all! I love cross stitching and know you do too. Don't forget to 'treat' yourselves and take the time to stitch. Keep stitching and I'll be able to stay here to keep you in supplies.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hey Stitchers! How are you? Just wanted to check in and show you some pictures of soon to be arriving charts. The snowman is from Lizzie Kate and is Snowman Snippet '10. He's created in wintry colors of aqua, teal,burgundy, dusty rose, olive green, chartreuse and white. The embellishment pack includes 2 hand-dyed buttons and white crystal beads.

Where's the Party? LK's newest Quick-It includes the chart and golden beads. And, he's very anxious to be invited to YOUR party! Lizzie Kate's new charts should ship to shops on Nov 2.

Littlehouse Needleworks' newest chart - Winter Band Sampler is just lovely. Done on 28ct Clay in DMC's, it looks quite vibrant. I believe it has been released to distributors, so maybe we'll see it Friday on Hoffman's new chart listing.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hey Stitchers! It's another nice day, before the rain starts again. Oh, but those rainy days are nice for stitching and reading and , of course, napping. But I will be working, so I won't be able to do any of those things. Last night I went to see a one woman show on Mrs. Deborah Franklin, that's right, Ben's wife. It was good. Only an hour, but I got what I thought I would get, lots of new insights into Ben. (Talk about 'absentee' husbands and fathers.)

Got home about 8:15 and spent the rest of the evening twisting overdyed flosses to hang on their little peghooks. Twisted over 300 skeins, so that kept me busy for the evening and I didn't have time to stitch. Just finished LHN new Belle Pepper and am now working on her ornament, All Is Calm.

Here's pics of new things to come. Joy to the World is LHN's 12th ornament. But don't despair, as she will be doing another year of ornaments. Snow White is a monochromatic done on 28 count Rosemary. I have a 32 called Beach Walk that is a good substitute and I think I'll use it.Any color fabric can be used and you can change the floss color if you want.

Blackbird Designs next house is Moonlight Visitor; out in a couple of weeks.

A new designer in the shop is C Street Samplerworks. They do historic reproduction samplers and original designs. I have one of each style currently in the shop. Their original design is real cute, and for me, very appropriate. The second chart is a Quaker sampler, which I still continue to like.

Well, that's it for now. Keep stitching and enjoy yourself.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Forgot to include these in my previous post. From Lizzie Kate....Falalala and Merry Little Bird are both kits. The Merry Little Bird's bird is premade and all you need to do is stuff and attach the button to finish it after stitching. Real EASY!!!!!

Hi! These are some of the new charts arriving soon. Just above, the two are of the new Blackbird Designs. The left one is Flowers of the Field and includes charts for both the sewing bag and a pincushion. The right one is Waiting for the Harvest - a spooky pincushion stitched on 32 ct R&R American Chestnut with GA Dark Chocolate. Of course, you can not only change the fabric, but you can also change the floss. I did just that on a chart from La D Da called Pumpkins Three. She called for it to be stitched in Black on WDW Havana. I chose to do it on Picture this Plus 28ct with Gentle Art Gingersnap. I wanted something lighter and brighter.
Shakespeare's Peddler's new charts and kits will be arriving soon. Jenny Bean Friendship Sampler and Jenny Bean 2010 Christmas are really nice. The Friendship Sampler has a special Gentle Art Floss packet and we will have them, if you are interested. The Sampler Roundy is a kit. She had a few left over from the St. Charles Market and I ordered just in time.
More from market is due and could come in anytime. So keep an eye out or call or email with a request.
Take care and keep stitching.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Isn't this ornament cute? It's Number 11 in the Little House Needleworks 2010 ornament series. I just love it and it is a must do for me. I can see this ornament hanging on cupboard knobs throughout the house and even on doorknobs. This one, for me, isn't just for the tree. Great news for you ornament stitchers, Diane Williams will be continuing the ornaments with a 2011 series.

Here's 2 more pictures of new releases for Little House:

Don't forget, our Back to School Special continues all this week and, yes, we still have stock left after last weekend. And you know, we are always getting new stock in. Just this morning, part 2 for the fall series of Country Cottage Needleworks arrived.

Gotta go and get back to work. Got some floss in this A.M. so I need to get it out. Keep stitching!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Here it is! Number 8 in the Anniversaries series. Should be due in shops in about 2 to 3 weeks.

Don't forget, the Christmas ornament issue is here. Stop by and pick up your copy.

The BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL starts tomorrow. 20% off everything in the shop, including items that are already discounted. The event will run through Saturday 9/18. So make plans to stop in and check us out.

Gotta get back to work so the shop looks good and all in order for tomorrow!

See ya!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hey! It's time for the kids to go back to school and the heat is returning! Wanted to update you on the Labor Day Weekend hours. I will NOT be open on Sunday Sept. 5 but will be OPEN on Sunday Sept. 12 from 11-2. That Sunday will be part of our BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL.

This September, we will have an extended BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL. From Saturday September 11 thru Saturday September 18, we will be offering 20% off all everything in the shoppe. There are some items we'd like to move, so we will be offering better discounts on those items (some of which are Pine Mountain kits and punch needle supplies and kits). So, start making those lists for supplies you may need. It's time for you to take time for yourself, now that the kids will be back in school.

You may have heard that Crescent Colours was increasing the price on her overdyed threads. Well, the Belle Soie Silks will go up in price, but she recalculated her costs and decided to keep the price of the cotton floss the same.

The 2010 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Issue just arrived. We will be calling those who have reserved a copy. Stop in and pick one up as they are in limited quantities.

Stop in and check out our new charts!

Keep Stitching!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hey, Stitchers! There are only 135 days until the end of the year. Do you know what that means? There are even less until Christmas!!! Have you started your Christmas stitching yet? If not, you better decide on smaller items - towels and bread covers are still very useful. Some of the bread cover and towel designs can be made into table runners and bands for baskets and candles and candle jars. These all make good gifts. Make a bread cover and give a fresh baked loaf of bread and a basket or a dozen Chistmas cookies as a small gift to friend or neighbor when visiting over the holidays. Create a band and buy a nice basket and fill with goodies or wrap around that candle jar. Think! Create! You can do it! Create a special ornament for that special friend. I have several customers that come in every year looking for an idea for an exchange with several friends. They create ornaments for those friends and exchange them at their Christmas party. What a great idea. Take a chart you have and pick it apart and create an ornament from just part of the chart. Make your own!!!

Cricket Collection has 4 new charts coming out: The Monster and the Macabre, Autumn, Winter and Fresh From the Oven. Here's some pics.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hey, it's me again. Just read Blackbird Design's blog and wanted to show you the next Anniversary of the Heart and the first bonus pattern. I really like the bonus pattern but probably will never do it because I don't like stitching
These should be in shoppes in about 2-3 weeks.
Hi! Got another image of the front of the upcoming 2010 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Issue and was able to upload it to the blog. Check it out! I really like the Love and Joy ornament. I always like to check out the front cover and try and guess who the designers are for each ornament. Sometimes I am really way off base with my guesses. But, it's fun anyway.

August is slipping by quickly. It's the middle of the month already. Little House Needleworks has shown her next ornament, Under the Tree
It should be on it's way to the shop early next week.
Don't forget, sign up to reserve YOUR copy of the 2010 Just Cross Stitch Christmas Issue.
They should be out mid September.
Have a great weekend and keep stitching.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Hi, Stitchers! Wondering where I've been since it's been so long since I updated my blog? Well, yes, I've been in and out of the hospital again!!!! This is getting old...really old, real fast. This time I was in for cellulitis in my leg. Let me tell you. They told me it's painful, but I didn't believe I could ever be in so much pain. I eventually had to hit the 'hard stuff' and even that didn't really help. I felt like I had a continuous cramp in my entire leg, especially my calf. But thank God, that had 'moved on'! Yeah! I woke up early this AM and got out of bed, carefully, and realized that the 'cramp' was, magically, gone!!!!!!!!! My leg is still sore and swollen and can't be bumped but I feel like I've got myself back. And boy, does it feel good.

On to JCS news. The class we offered in July went very well. We had 6 students and they all did very good learning some new stitches and pulling threads and doing needleweaving. It was fun. I've never done needleweaving and it was so cool to see how easily and quickly you can weave and twist the threads in a piece of needlework.

New to the shop? Prairie Schooler has come out with her 2010 Prairie Schooler Santa. He's a skaker this year. She's put out 4 additional charts. 'Sweeping Cobwebs 'is great for old time looking Halloween characters. ' October' is her "monthly" chart and very colorful with oranges, teals, dark brown, reds and golds. 'And to All a Good Night' has a large sampler full of Christmas designs. The smaller piece would make a cute pillow for the holidays. 'Snowy Nights' is her typical Christmas ornaments on felt.

It's finally time to preorder your issue of Just Cross Stitch 2010 Special Christmas Issue. We are ordering in a limited quantity this year so now is the time to put your name on the list! Just call or email us at and we will add you to our list. Tried to upload a photo of the cover to the blog but was not successful. If you stop in, you can see a picture of the cover.

Now that it is August already, don't forget to use your August special summer coupon.

Boy, isn't the year really rushing by? But thankfully, the weatherman said the other day that August should not be as hot as July was. Maybe we'll really have nice fall this year with lots of pretty fall colors. Let's hope.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More info on the class for the above piece. The class fee will be $60.00 and will include everything from fabric, flosses and needle to doodle cloth. There will be an additional $8.00 fee, for the pattern and instructions, to be paid directly to the teacher. Sign up now as class size is limited. Call or email if you have any questions. Class fee is due when you sign up. Credit card, check or cash are all accepted.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hi! Happy 4th of July to all. Just wanted to tell you I will be closed on Sunday the 4th and I will be open on Sunday July 11 from 11-2.

Also, to those who are doing the Piecemaker/Peacemaker Quilt pattern, the next 3 blocks are here for pickup. For those who might be interested in the chart from JBW, French Country Pig, I did it last night in a little over 2 hours. A real quick and fun project.

Have a safe 4th!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hi, again....Just arrived from JBW Designs. Two more charts are added to the Christmas Tree ornament series, Christmas Tree Collection V and VI, both with accessories. A new series, to be finished over the rest of the year is Christmas Village I and II. Old fashioned houses and buildings, with accessories, will create 12 ornaments. The French Country series continues with Fr. Country Fleur-de-Lis and French Country Pig. The pig has been requested and she decided to move it up on the list and here it is for all you pig lovers.
Hi, Everyone! I've got a good reason for not posting recently - I had a brief stay in the hospital. Nothing too serious, but bad enough. But I'm back, and still trying to get caught up with things.

Remember, I mentioned a while ago about an upcoming class? Well here is a picture of the project we will be doing. This piece is hemstitched, which will be an option to you. Other stitches in the piece are, of course, cross stitch, inverted fly stitch, closed chevron and long arm cross stitch, satin stitch and needle weaving. This project will be done on 25 count cream linen.

Class will be held on two nights, July 22 and July 29 - Thursday - from 7-9PM. You will practice on a doodle cloth to learn the stitches. Sign up now as space is limited.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Here's some new photos of items to come. Little House has 2 new charts and a new frosty snowman ornament coming and her daughter, Country Cottage Needleworks has the shore scene and one additional nursery rhyme, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.
Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers has arrived with fabric and flosses. The new Anniversaries, Farmhouse chart is also here.
Check out this week. Last weekend was the Columbus Needlework Show. Hopefully he will have lots of new goodies this week, if not they should appear next week.
Talk later. Carolyn

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hi! Here's a preview of the new Lizzie Kate designs, due to ship today. The left is her Christmas flip-it series - Christmas Rules - due out over the next several months. Right is the ABC Halloween kit. These and others should be due in this week.
Also, hopefully due this week, is Blackbird Designs chart and fabric for the Hedgerow birds - the final Loose feathers series chart. It's a bag to carry all the littles you have stitched. It will be done on 20 count straw. We have some of the Crescent threads needed and we are awaiting the Gentle Art threads.