Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flowers for Beauty

     Here in California our governing officials have decided to put us on water rationing and we can't water our grass or gardens to maintain them the way they should be.  I have decided that to give us a chance to have some beauty in our spring and summer months, we need to be stitching flowers. Soooooooooooooooo that means anything in the shop that has flowers on it is on sale for 35% off, starting on Saturday, May 2nd to Saturday, May 9th. Now is the time to stock up and enjoy the beauty that you can give to these floral designs.

     There are many new canvases still coming in from the show and what fun we have been having with them.  I personally have been working on the Hanukkah pieces.  They certainly are coming out nice and are a quick-fun stitch.  I have also been working on a piece that was offered as a class through the San Diego ANG group called Walking the Water's Edge.  I have included a picture of the ones that I am working on.  You can post to our Facebook page your WIPS.  We love to see what everyone is stitching.


These are the pieces I am working on while I am in the shop and I have a cross stitch sampler that I am working on at home, when there is time.

     There are new designs by My Big Toe Designs and From Nancy's Needle.  You can see them on the web page we have for them.  These two and a few others up on the What's New Page in the next couple of days.  We are trying to update the web page as quickly as possible.

     Dorothy will be teaching the Butterfly Effect on May 30th. You can see all about it on the class page.  While you are there don't forget about the Halloween Train that Nancy is teaching. You can jump on board that ride anytime you would like.  I will be teaching the Blue Carnation Bargello pillow on June 6th.  You can see the picture of my finished piece on the class page also.

     There is going to be an online needlework show being sponsored by Norden Crafts in August. It should be fun as you will be able to see the same items that I see and order through me. They have promised to have many specials and limited edition items.  I will keep you posted on the upcoming event but make sure you save a date between August 10 and 19th to spend sometime enjoying this event.

         So back to stitching and making a dent it what I have to do.  I am sure you all understand that.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Easter, Passover and Spring

     This time of year is special to so many of us with the Religious Observance of Passover and Easter.  No matter which one you observe or even if you don't observe either, it is a renewing of the earth and a time for fresh beginnings in nature and the world.  The flowers are all blooming after a time of sleep and so beautiful to look at.  It seems as if just a few days ago nature was still resting and here just a short time later I am seeing flowers and blooms on so many plants and shrubs.  Because of this, we will be closed on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm.  

     The shop is also blooming in canvases from the show and it is a surprise everyday to see what is arriving.  Just this week Raymond Crawford and Alexa Needlepoint arrived.  Reference books from Ruth Schmuff and Janice McGuire arrived.  Also the Thread Reference Guide by Jane Evans and Liv Weiss.  After looking at these books I have kept a complete set for myself.  They are going to be invaluable for those of you who love to do decorative stitches and use threads for embellishment and texture.
     Many of the new canvases are Halloween and Christmas 'cause you need to think about getting started if you want it done for the 2015 celebration.  

     Classes are being set up for the next few months and will be posted.  For a quick overview, Nancy will be continuing with the Halloween Train and other items she has taught in the past.   Dorothy will be teaching the Butterfly Effect from Threedles, a study in textures on design.  Here is a picture of her work in progress and the one from the designer.


     The colors can be set up to fit you.  There  are three options by the designer, Dorothy's colorway and yours.  The options are unlimited and we will be more than happy to help you pick the colorway of your choice.  

     To help you expedite you time through the website here we have updated the New Arrivals page with the newest canvases and books that have arrived.

     Remember that there is never a time that is not good to stitch.  Take some time for yourself and enjoy you hobby.

                                                                         Happy Stitching,