Wednesday, August 29, 2012


The best laid plans of mice and men.......they often go astray.  Guess you know that quote.  Well I know it today.  Just sent out an email to my followers and  a big long list was returned to me because my email was too large.  Never before has this happened.  Going to eliminate an attachment and hope I can resend (unfortunately to everyone) and that everyone will receive it.

 Can you believe it's Labor Day Weekend coming up, already?  I can't, but I'm sure ready for the fall to come.  This summer's been a hard one.  Although now they say we'll have colder weather this winter than usual and more snowfall.  We just can't seem to win.  So I guess I'm going to have to remind everyone to call first and make sure I'm here on really wintry days.

So, here's what's new for September:

1.  We will be open this Saturday 9/1 from 10-3 and Sunday 9/2 from 11-2.  Come join us for the LAST DAYS OF SUMMER EVENT.  Everything in the shoppe will be discounted 20%.  Frequent Buyer Cards will not be punched or redeemed.  September Summer Coupon may be used but can't be combined with this discount.

2.  The shoppe WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 9/8 AND 9/9 to attend the Cash and Carry Needlework Market in Baltimore, MD.  We're going to check out over 100 designers' and distributors'  booths.  Am expecting lots of goodies - new charts, flosses, fabric......Can't wait to bring it all home.  Check us out on Tuesday Sept. 11 for new stuff.

3.  Coming in September, we will be selling 100% WOOL for all your wool applique, penny rug and hooking needs.  We will be carrying Weeks Dye Works wool, hand dyed in a variety of colors, all of which match their beautiful over-dyed flosses.  They hand-dye the wool in solids along with houndstooth and herringbone designs, which will add texture, detail and dimension to your pieces.  We will also be carrying patterns and kits relating to wool applique and penny rugs.  We will be adding these over the rest of the fall season.  We will  also be offering classes this fall.  Stay tuned for more on WOOLS.

4.  Just a reminder about the RUG HOOKING CLASS on Sat. Sept. 22 from 12-4.  Check the previous post for more info.  Still have room available.

5.  A.M. STITCH GROUP - Come and join others to sit and stitch on the 4th Wednesday of the month (next date is 9/26) from 9-12.  If you don't drive at night, this is perfect for you.  Bring a project and enjoy the company of fellow stitchers.  As this is still new, please give me a head's up if you are planning to attend.

If you can't make this day stitch group, don't forget we have an evening group that meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month (next one is 9/19) from 6:30 to 8:30).  Come give us a try.

6.  PIZZA NIGHT - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29  from 4-9.  $15.00 fee is payable at time of registration.
Pizza will be served around 6PM.  Come early or come late because you don't want to miss out on the fun.

Well, guess this is enough for now.  Questions and reservations can be made at 215-513-9373.


Saturday, August 18, 2012


Just Cross Stitch is proud to announce the winners in our STITCHING CONTEST ! ! ! ! !

First Prize:  $25.00 gift certificate to JCS is awarded to June Detwiler for her Quakers and Quilts entry designed by Rosewood Manor.

Second Prize:  $15.00 gift certificate to JCS is awarded to Barbara Montowski for her Midnight Watch entry designed by Blackbird Designs.

Third Prize:  We have a tie and each will be given a $10.00 gift certificate.  The winners are Mary Misner for  The 12 Days of Christmas from Stoney Creek and Joanne Pascoe for her bellpull entry from the Unfinished Sampler by Cross 'n Patch.

Congratulations to the winners and a big THANK YOU to all who entered.  Everything was beautiful and entries were submitted by stitchers ranging from 40 to 92.  Again, Thank You, everyone who entered and voted.

RUG HOOKING CLASS   will be held on Saturday September 22 from 12-4 here at the shop.  Register now for your seat, as you know, seating is limited.  The cost of the class is $45.00, payable at the time of registration.  A teacher's fee of $5.00 will be paid the day of class for the rug hooking needle.  All other supplies are included in the cost.  Bring a pair of scissors and your hook if you have one.

The picture is of a sample the teacher, Joanne, hooked to give you an idea of what you will make.  It is a mug mat  and the middle can be a star or a heart - your choice.  Wool strips will be supplied and you will pick your colors.  She will teach you how to hook and finish your mat.  You should have plenty of time to finish and go home with your mat completed.  We have 2 samples in the shop, the above completely finished and one ready to finish off.  Stop in and check them out.

Friday, August 10, 2012

What's New?

Here's a pic of the last.....September Word Play.  Hard to believe it started almost a year ago.  We've enjoyed them all.  Don't have them all stitched, but they are coming along.

Lila's Studio, our local designer, brought in a new one and you can see it and a companion piece finished.
Lila brought in her 2 framed pieces for Witch's Brew and Old Witch Mary.  I really like the verse on this design and I might have to do it.

Part 2 of Lizzie Kate's Halloween Mystery Sampler is in and available.  Next week she ships her auto and we're expecting Unwrap the Joy, the annual Santa 2012 snippet.  Tiny Tidings XVII and embellishments will arrive.  The next inspirational boxer will be available:  Faith, Hope and Love.  And last but not least, the first 3 of her new series will be available....Six Snow Belles!  This series is the 'female' version of last year's 6 Fat Men.  They are created and stitched like the 6 Fat Men and can be assembled into one piece and use most of the same colors.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


the annual Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.  This issue offers over 12 Halloween ornaments , not included in the special Halloween Book for 2012.  We have designs from Ursula Michaels, Victoria Sampler, Elizabeth's Designs, SamSarah Designs, Lizzie Kate, Plum Pudding NeedleArt and more along with several other 'spooky' designs and all the other goodies.  Pick up your copy today.  Each copy is individually wrapped as it includes a sample floss from Sullivan's, a relatively new thread company.

Thanks to all who came to the Trunk Show.  Threadwork Primitives will be taking back her models this week but we will continue to carry her designs and new ones.

Don't forget to come in and check out our Stitching Contest and the 9 entries.  Vote for your favorite one. I think you may have trouble making a selection.  We have entries from stitchers in their 30's to aged 92.
Come check them out and vote!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Stitchers....I still need entries for the Stitching Contest.  Enter a favorite piece, let stitchers vote on their favorite piece and the winner gets a $25.00 gift certificate to Just Cross Stitch......and who couldn't use a gift certificate for their favorite past time these days?   Runners up also get prizes.

Drop off your framed piece, pillow or wall hanging this week.  Voting starts next week. 

The Trunk Show is attracting visitors, who all appreciate the designing, stitching and finishing from Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives.   You've got to see her work.  It's beautiful.  We have one more week for the show.  I need to mention that we will be open Sunday August 5th.  We will still have the trunk show so schedule a visit  for Sunday between 11 and 2 to check it out if you can't get here earlier.

We've had some interest in a daytime stitching group.  Are you interested?  I've thought about a group meeting the 4th Wednesday of the month from 9 to 12 - a mid-week treat!  Wednesday August 22nd would be the first meeting - come and sit and stitch, just like we do at the evening group (which meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting at 6:30).  We'll have a full hour uninterrupted by customers so you could get some browsing in if  you wanted.  Give me a call and let me know you will be coming.  Phone number is 215-513-9373.