Friday, June 24, 2011

What's coming...and shop news!

Attention all you Loose Feather's is time to sign up for the:

2011 Loose Feather's Club from Blackbird Designs

There will be three patterns released in this year's program. The first one, featuring strawberries and birds, will be released in July with the others being released in September and November. Each booklet will include one main piece and 2 small bonus pieces. The main pieces can be stitched individually or together to make a longer piece. When stitched together, the design size is approximately 9" x 15" (when stitched on 30ct. R&R Reproductions Irish Cream Linen). Be the first to receive your patterns, let the shop know you are interested and they will hold the patterns for you as they arrive.
The picture above illustartes one of the bonus charts in the first booklet.

Coming very soon from With Thy Needle and Thread:

"Sampler of the Season - Autumn".....this chart has just been released and should be in the shop soon!
"Sampler of the Season - Winter".....will be released on the first day of fall! This pattern will make you think of a Christmas tree farm, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmen and ice skating.
All the finished samplers in this four chart series will be similar in size therefore, you can change out one frame with a new sampler for each season.

"Blooms and Berries" is a new pattern featuring 4 little sewing companions and should also be in the shop soon! The first companion is a bird pinkeep mounted on an antique spool. The second is a late 19th century antique reproduction sewing caddy. The third is a cross stitched pincushion with hand dyed rick rack ruching and the fourth is a little pin/scissor/needle keep.

To see pictures please visit With Thy Needle's blog at

It's Back........Hardanger Embroidery
Not that it ever went anywhere, but we now have someone who can teach it again.

Hardanger Embroidery originated in Norway and is traditionally done white on white (tone on tone) on 22 count even weave fabric. It is used to embellish table linens and other home furnishings. Hardanger is made up of simple and easy to learn stitches to accomplish beautiful intricate designs. Many cross stitch designers incorporate it into their designs.

Please join us at The Stitch and Frame Shop to learn the beginning steps of Hardanger Embroidery. You will be introduced to the basics by learning how to do kloster blocks, cutting, needle weaving and dove's eye.
Come by the shop and view our Hardanger display and let us know if you are interested in learning this simple embroidery.

Martha Boyd, our instructor, will schedule classes and in shop demos. Please check the website for days and times.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wow, the weekend came and went so fast, I'm not sure if it came at all. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was great. It was a constant celebration (my daughter's birthday, my mom's birthday and Father's Day all rolled into one). After all that, I need a break.

Mystery Sampler "Birds of a Feather" part 2 is now available. This sampler is shaping up to be absolutely stunning. I can't wait until Carol finishes it. Of course, she needs to start it first but she has assured me she has everything ready to go. 

SamSarah Design Studio is getting ready to release the newest addition to the Fresh Market...Fresh Kiwi. It will be available soon and so will another pattern Sadie Stuart: I Pledge Allegiance Sampler. I will post pictures of these when I have them.

Bobbie G. Designs:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Two new patterns are now available from Bobbie G Designs: Old Friends Old Wine & Life Enjoy the Ride

New Lizzie Kate patterns should be arriving this week!

Autumn Alphabet
Life's a Beach (limited edition kit - available this summer only)
Inspirational Boxer Kit - I Know God
3 NEW Snippets: Live Laugh Love (Now and Then), Flora McSample: Farm Sampler, and Wine a Bit

Pre-Orders are now being taken for the 4" Tessa Embroidery Scissors by Gingher. These will be shipping in late September and are limited editions so place your order now!

Need a quick birthday gift? This kit from The Trilogy would be perfect. It includes 32ct. natural linen, charms, needle and pattern. What a special gift for such a special day.

Hope everyone has a great week!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Look What's Coming!

Wow, so much new stuff is on the way that I had to let you know what to expect.

Coming from Just Cross Stitch:

     The July/August issue of the Just Cross Stitch magazine is the preview issue for the Christmas ornament magazine. It is due any day now and will sell for $5.99.
     The September/October issue of the Just Cross Stitch magazine is the annual Halloween issue. It will be released in mid August and will cost $5.99
     The 2011 Christmas Ornament issue will be released the
first of September and will cost $7.99.
Also available the first of September, Halloween Collection, which features 50 new Halloween designs in a soft cover book. It will sell for $16.95.

If you are interested in any of the above mentioned Just Cross Stitch magazines, please let the shop know and they will reserve your copy and let you know when it arrives.

Coming from Little House Needleworks: 
Melicent Turner Sampler 1808
2011 Ornament #5 - Pine Tree

These patterns will be available at the end of June.

Country Stitches/With My Needle is beginning a new seasonal series. The first pattern, Autumn, will be released on June 20.                         

I just want to mention a few new things that are available NOW!

1776 Sewing Caddy by The Stitching Parlor

Happy Independence Day by Sue Hillis Designs

Mill Hill also has the following kits available now:

2011 Christmas Charmed Ornaments (6 designs)
2011 Magi Trilogy (3 designs)
2011 Southwest Santas (3 designs)

Please look on the "What's New" section of our website to see pictures of these kits and other wonderful new things that have arrived at the shop.