Monday, June 30, 2014

The summer is just flying by!

Where did June go? I can't believe that tomorrow is already July 1st. This summer really is flying by. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and maybe able to take some time off. My family and I will be on vacation next week. We are taking the kids to DC. They have never been and we are all looking forward to it (despite the heat). Needless to say, I will not be blogging next week. I will have some catching up to do when I blog again on July 14th.

I might not have my clothes packed yet but I do have a cross stitch project ready to take. My vacation project this year is "Sweet Land of Liberty" from Heartstring Samplery. Hopefully, I will be able to get it finished while on vacation.

Need some new project ideas? Take a look to see some new designs that will be arriving in the shop soon.


From Silver Creek Samplers 
I really like all 3 of these designs. My favorite is "Seeds of Freedom". 

Garden Bliss

Shadow of Your Wings

Seeds of Freedom

From Shakespeare's Peddler
What a beautiful sampler!

Sweet Temper Sampler

From Mirabilia
Another beautiful lady from Nora.

Queen Mariposa

From Cross Winged Collection
Simply beautiful.

Sweet Summer Days

From The Victoria Sampler

Mystic Christmas

Button Up for Christmas #4

Gingerbread Cupcakes

From The Sweetheart Tree
Seven new designs! I love the 3 "Teenie Tiny Halloween" designs. Stitched all together, I think they would make a really nice bell pull. 

Itty Bitty Kitty - At the Beach     Teenie Tiny Halloween I  

Teenie Tiny Halloween II       Teenie Tiny Halloween III

USA Square (kit)

Wishes For You - Happiness         Wishes For You - Love
    (kit)                                                     (kit)     
"Happiness" and "Love" are the 1st and 2nd in the new Wishes
For You series. There will be a total of 8 designs in the series.


The 2014 Special Christmas Issue
from Just Cross Stitch 

Taking pre-orders!



Needles - which ones do you need?

Tapestry Needles work best for cross stitch. They are a blunt tipped needle with a long eye designed to hold multiple strands of floss. The blunt tip also helps to prevent splitting fabric threads. They are sized with larger numbers for thinner needles. Size 26 and 28 needles are thinner than size 22 and 24. 
A size 24 needle would be the right size for 14ct. Aida and a size 26 or 28 would be a good choice for 28ct. or even smaller count fabrics. 
Always make sure that the needle you are using is straight and the tip is undamaged. A needle should slide effortlessly through the fabric, not pull at it or tear it. They do wear out so replace them as needed.

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 The Stitch and Frame Shop will be CLOSED
Friday July 4th!
Have a fun and safe holiday!


Monday, June 23, 2014

"Something Wicked" comes this August!

In August, Samsarah Design Studio will be releasing "Something Wicked" (a new 3 part Halloween Mystery Sampler). I know it's only June, almost July, but it's never too early to start stitching seasonal designs. See below for more details about this sampler and other "goodies" that will be arriving in the shop soon.


From SamSarah Design Studio

"Something Wicked"
Here is what I know about this mysterious sampler...
* It is stitched on 32ct. Petit Point Natural with Brown Polka Dots.
* The design size for the entire piece is 119w x 186h. 
* 29 skeins of Weeks Dye Works floss will be needed to complete the sampler.
*A bonus design will also be included. It has a stitch count of 50 x 153 and
   is stitched on 30ct. Peoria Purple from Weeks Dye Works. 
* The first part will be released on August 1st with the remaining two releasing on Sept. 1st 
   and October 1st.

(before August)

From Imaginating
I love the "garden cuties" but I so want to stitch the mermaid for my niece (mermaids are her favorite). 

Gardens Bloom                                        Garden Cuties
                                                                       Snail and Caterpillar

One Upon a Dinosaur

Once Upon a Mermaid

From The Nebby Needle
What a beautiful sampler. I really love the pincushion.

Oh My Stars!

From Pickle Barrel Designs
A wonderful design for a special teacher.

Teaching Passion

From Stacy Nash Primitives
Love everything about this pincushion, especially the colors. 

Sisters Three Pinkeep

From Plum Street Samplers
Two gorgeous new samplers!

Ann Barson Loughbro 1837

Crowned Bird Sampler

From My Big Toe
"Hens and Chicks" might not be something everybody loves but I do. This will be a great gift for some good friends of mine who just happen to have hens. Can you say cluck, cluck:)

Hens and Chicks

Not How Many You Finish

Christmas Pinkies IV

Building Blocks - Power

From By the Bay Needleart
What beautiful flowers. 

My Secret Garden

From Little House Needleworks
Four new designs from Little House. Wow, they are all so GREAT. "Old Glory" might just be my vacation project. LOVE it!!

  Calendar Girl - July                             Old Glory      

Robin's Song

Seaside Summer Alphabet
This design comes with a full skein of Belle Soie Silk
and buttons.

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How to determine design size!

To determine the size of a design, you take the stitch count and divide by the count fabric that you want to use.  For example, you want to see how big a design will be on 14ct. and the stitch count is 140 wide by 112 high.

140 divided by 14 = 10
112 divided by 14 = 8

Your design size will be 10" wide by 8" high.

Of course this size does not allow extra fabric for finishing. Now add 6 to both the width and height. This will give you 3 extra inches of fabric around the design. 

10 + 6 = 16
8 + 6  = 14

After adding 6, you will need a piece of fabric 16" by 14".

Now, if you want to work on a smaller count fabric over two threads, the concept is the same except after dividing by the stitch count, you then multiply by 2. 
For example, you want to stitch on 32ct. over two threads and the stitch count is
 80 wide by 96 high.

80 divided by 32 = 2.5
2.5 x 2 = 5

96 divided by 32 = 3
3 x 2 = 6

Your design size is 5" wide by 6" high. You still need to add for extra fabric. So, the size of fabric needed is 11" by 12". 

Remember, if you are having problems and need help figuring out a size, call the shop. We will gladly help you figure it out. 

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Have a great week!

Monday, June 16, 2014

A quick peek!

It's only June 16th and boy is it hot!! You would think that the heat would hold off until July or August. I shouldn't be complaining about the heat now because I know it will only get hotter (I'll complain then too!).
I much prefer cooler weather.

Need a new project to work on while enjoying some indoor AC? Take a look at some new designs that will be arriving soon.


From Blackbird Designs
Another beautiful sampler in the Loose Club series. At this point, I don't have a favorite anymore. I love them all!

Summer Harvest
2014 Loose Feathers Club #11

From Country Cottage Needleworks
Two new designs. Another addition to the Frosty Forest series and a very nice patriotic piece.

Land of Liberty

Frosty Forest #8 - Snowy Reindeer

From The Silver Lining
What a beautiful rose. 

New Beginnings

From Kit & Bixby
Too funny! I totally agree.

Chocolate Monday

From Amy Bruecken Designs
I love the whimsical Halloween design. Of course, my husband would totally agree with the sentiment in the other design:)

Halloween Parade

Less Bitching/More Stitching

From Erica Michaels
Two new designs in the Petite Collection.

 Heart & Compass                               Seven Virtues

From Lizzie Kate

Tiny Tidings XIX

Hats Off

also coming soon from Lizzie Kate
(no pictures available...yet)

* A Little Boo (kit with 28ct. linen)

* Round & Kind - Santa '14

* Tingles Double Flip-It
It's Hallo-scream/Toil & Troubles
It's Halloween/Fright Night
Gone Haunting/Spooky



Paper Snowflakes 
from With Thy Needle and Thread

Good News Snow Globe
kit from Bent Creek