Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Hi! Hope everyone had a happy holiday. Don't forget we are in our week long We Don't Want To Count It Sale! We are open regular hours, Tues thru Sat 10-4 and Thursday 10-7. The only concession is we will be closing at 3PM on Saturday. The entire shoppe is 20% off. Buttons and beads are 25% off, premade frames are 25% off and overdyed fabrics are 30% off. We have a good selection of overdyed fabric. Some are odd shaped pieces which occur because we cut to size. So check out your chart stash and come SAVE on your fabric and lay out your stitching plans for the new year.

Speaking of New Year, we will have a free stitch in on Sunday January 1, 2012 from 11-5. Come stitch and have some fun. Bring a goodie to share. I don't know how many are coming, so if you have a chair you could throw in your car, please do so. I have seats for 14 so we may not need the extra chairs but I don't want you trying to stitch standing up.

New charts are still coming out weekly and we have a tentative order for some of the new ones. In 2012 I am going to try and stock more of the new charts which means less room for the older ones. We can usually get you any chart you want as long as it is still in publication. So don't fret if I don't have a particular chart in stock. We'll just order it for you.

To everyone and their families, have a Happy New Year and may it be healthy and prosperous to us all!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Here's a cute poem for the season. Can't you just see yourself in this poem?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Here's a Glimpse

of the February Word Play from Country Stitches, Brenda Gervais. I've got my wagon done on January and a couple of words. Now just starting the snowman. Gotta keep stitching.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Events and SALE---Please Read

The Holidays are upon us whether we want them now or not. I'm working hard to get all my framing done and my finishers are sewing their fingers off to get finished. Somehow, we will.

Christmas Eve hours will be 10-2. New Year's Eve we'll be open at least 10-3. Customers in the shop at 3 PM will not be pushed out the door. We will stay till you are done shopping. We will be closed New Year's Day. We will have normal Sunday hours the next Sunday, January 8, 11-2.

So, MARK your calendars!

Our annual WE DON'T WANT TO COUNT IT SALE will be Tuesday Dec. 27 thru Saturday Dec. 31. The entire store will be 20 % off with additional savings on selected items. The discount applies to in-store product only, no special orders or previously ordered merchandise. Frequent Buyer Cards will NOT be redeemed or punched.

Overdyed fabrics will be 30% off. A lot of the overdyes have odd shaped cuts left, so take advantage of the sale. Also keep in mind, base fabric prices are continually on the rise, affecting the price of overdyed fabrics. These pieces would be great for your smaller designs and ornaments and not large samplers.

NEW YEAR'S DAY FREE STITCH-IN! Come join us for a couple of hours on New Year's Day!We will be stitching from 11-5. An old wives's tale says whatever you do on the first day of the year, you will do all year long. SO! come and stitch!!!!! No charge for the stitch-in but PLEASE bring something for all to snack on.

May I thank everyone for their patronage this year. And I would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and whatever you may celebrate at this wonderful time of the year. Happy New Year to everyone and may it be a safe, healthy and prosperous new year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In Stitches, Unraveling Their Stories

Opening Friday, December 2 - Friday, September 7, 2012

English and German Sampler Lovers----Don’t miss this rare opportunity! Westtown School and Chester County Historical Society are providing a unique opportunity to see large portions of their needlework collections in one exhibition. Learn how commonplace pieces become heirloom treasures. Enjoy select samplers and other embroidery made by girls from Chester County and the surrounding area 200 years ago.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Christmas Garden, Crowning the Tree and January Word Play. They all just arrived!!! Fabric should be shipping next week for the Blackbird Designs. Crescent flosses should also ship next week. Christmas Garden takes Crescent Colours: 5 skeins Calico Kitty and 3 skeins Fool's Gold; and Gentle Art: 5 skeins Endive and 3 skeins Heirloom Gold.

January Word Play takes 1 skein each of GA: Cinnamon, Shaker White, Walnut, Apple Cider, Pumpkin Pie, Wood Trail, Toffee, Heirloom Gold, Endive and Otter Creek.

Also just in are the new Littlehouse Needleworks ornament Winter Forest and the 2nd installment in the LaDDa Margaret Cottam aged 9 Sampler.

Still needing some Christmas Gifts? Stop in and check out our selection or give your Santa a list . We've got a nice selection for stitchers all under $20.00. We just got in these Stitch Happy 3 exterior pocket totes. They are just the right size at 12.5x14x4. They are here in green, red and navy. We've got stitching gadgets like Boo-Boo Sticks (clean away that left over floss when you rip out), scissors, Thread-Heaven (helps floss to lay flat and not twist), highlighters that enable you to follow charts easier, Floss Bags to hold all those pieces of floss, Pick-up Wands (magnetic wands to pick up those needles from the floor without bending over), Q-snaps to use instead of hoops as they don't mark your fabric and lots of other goodies including needles.

Of course, we have lots of charts and flosses and fabric to select a new project. And if you are not sure about any of the above, we have Gift Certificates!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On the Way and Just In

Just received notice that January Word Play and the two new Blackbird Design charts are on their way. They were shipped Tuesday and should be here by next Tuesday, the 13th. Can't wait cause I wanna start January Word Play. December's done, October is almost done - I just need to finish the stitching using G.A. Toffee. November will have to get pushed in there somewhere as I definitely want to start January!

Stop in and check us out. We've got ideas for Christmas and new charts coming in - some should be in Thursday or Friday - and old charts coming back in stock. Don't forget we also have GIFT CERTIFICATES in any dollar value if you're looking for another gift.

JUST IN - an assortment of unfinished frames. They are 3/4 wide and 1 1/4 wide and waiting for some staining or painting. We have more of the narrower and they come in 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, 7x7, 8x8, 5x7, 6x8 and 7x9. The wider frames are very limited and come 5x7, 6x8, 7x9, 6x6 and 8x8. Come check them out. Quick to finish and frame that extra Christmas gift or a picture for yourself.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Items

Picked up some new items related to cross stitching and wanted to tell you about them.

This pic shows some 'homespun' fabrics I picked up. They'll be great for backing some of the small pillows, ornaments and pincushions you are stitching. Word Play is a good example and you could use this fabric on some of the Blackbird small pillows and pincushions.

The fabric is prepackaged in fat quarter pieces approximately 18x20 and retailing at $2.50. Check them out today- solids, mini checks, stripes, plaid and prints. One fat quarter piece will back 2 Word Play pillows done on 30ct. And speaking of Word Play, we have rusted bells if you want to add them to the pillow. They are available in packs of 5 and 10 bells.

New to the shop are 'wrought iron easels. They come in 3 sizes: 12 inch, 11 inch and 7.5 inch. Reasonably priced at $5.00 for the small and $8.00 for the large.

Also in, and I have to apologize for the pic, as it was very difficult to scan, is an Amish pincushion, complete with fabric tape measure, a pack of buttons and a rusty safety pin for decor. It's black fabric and attractive with it's odd shape. A great gift for the stitcher who has almost everything.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just Ordered

Isn't this cool?!!!!! I can't wait to get it in and start it. Really like it - it's so wintery!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

No Longer a Rumor....

Here's pictures of the two new Blackbird Designs Christmas projects. Christmas Garden is a beautiful sampler. I'm really attracted to this style sampler, full of motifs. You can do lots of extra projects by just pulling out a motif and working with it. Just like they created this small box, you can make small pillows to gather together in a bowl or basket or hang on knobs around your house. Take smaller motifs and create a candle band for the large candles we have today. Just think about all you can do.

Crowning the Tree gives us a new stocking to add to our collection. This one is about 6 inches long so it is larger than the others you may have done from Blackbird. If you want to use it strictly as a home decor item and not just as a tree ornament, think about enlarging it by stitching on a 10 count fabric. You would get a stocking over 8 inches high which you could fill with greens and hang at your fireplace or on the interior side of a door or just anywhere you need a touch of the holiday.

Just think about all the ways you could use these designs. Let your imagination run wild.

It's going to be a few weeks before we get these charts in. Give us a call and pre-order your chart. Distributors should get them the beginning of next week and then start shipping to local needlework stores.