Saturday, September 28, 2013


Paulette Stewart from Plum Street Samplers is starting a Mystery Sampler and it's F R E E.  All you need is an internet connection and a printer.  Starting this Sunday, September 29, the first section of Mary's Sampler  will be revealed.   Additional sections will be added each Sunday and will stay on her blog.  There will be 2 versions.  Version 2 is what she calls a 'much fuller' version.  Both versions will finish at the same size, 99x95 stitches.  You can stitch it in all DMC colors or in the Gentle Art Overdyed fibers.  She's using a tan based fabric, but if you want to do it on black, she offers alternate colors on her blog.  The sampler is a Christmas sampler and, according to Paulette, it follows the Christmas events as recorded in Matthew 1:18-23 and Luke 2:1-32.  Here's 2 pics from her blog:

If you don't have the ability to print out the chart, we will have copies here at the shop that you can pick up.  We have fabric and flosses needed for the piece.  Start your Mystery Sampler this Sunday.  See Paulette's blog at

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Hey, AIDA stitchers.....we now have a limited number of Ornament Cut Scrap Bags available.  We cleaned out the odd cuts area and bagged up ornament cuts of Aida into 1/2, 3/4 and 1 pound bags!  The fabric scraps are from approximately  4x4 to 6x6..... mixed colors and mixed counts of 10, 14, 16, 18 and 22.

$5.00 for 1/2 pound bag.....$8.00 for 3/4 pound bag.....$10.00 for 1 pound bag.

Start turning out those ornaments for the fast approaching holidays!  GRAB THEM WHILE THEY'RE HOT!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Christmas in Red is a new chart from Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks.  Six holiday designs are stitched, of course, in red but there is absolutely no reason you can't change the color of floss.  I decided to do one of the designs, in red (I used an overdyed floss), on 32ct white opalescent linen....there is a metallic fiber woven into the fabric giving the opalescent  sparkle.  It doesn't scan very well so you'll have to stop in to check it out.  This fabric gives a little extra to all holiday pieces.  I'm going to mount the stitched piece on foam core; try to maintain the shape of the ornament and add red cording.  I think it should turn out nicely.  Here are pics of the chart and the stitched piece before finishing.  Why not try a piece of this fabric for your next holiday ornament?  It comes in 32ct, 28ct and 14ct.