Once again, I've blinked & it's Nashville time again!!
Generally, this freaks me out, but as this is my "vacation" as well as a work trip, I can't wait for it to get here! If Nashville is ever a vacation option for you, you should go! We love it ~ it's a great city, great food, lots of fun little shops in different little neighborhoods (we don't spend a lot of time "downtown" any more). The Market is actually south of the city in Franklin, and THAT is a great little place to spend the day (or 2)! Molly & I have started mapping out our food excursions (currently, we have enough different places to eat to cover about 3 weeks of meals...not sure how much time we're gonna be able to dedicate to the Market...just kidding!!). We're also looking forward to discovering new shops, as well as visiting our old favorites.
In fact, I'm gonna plug our absolute fave right now! It's called Philanthropy & it's in Franklin. They have lots of fun, different clothes, jewelry, & home items, similar to Anthropologie, but much much more affordable. But the biggest attraction is the fact that this shop is about PHILANTHROPY! They pledge a minimum of 10% of their total sales (NOT THEIR PROFITS, but their SALES) to support charities locally, nationally & internationally. They have a "prayer wall" where you can leave a prayer request & read others' requests. It's not preachy or overpowering & if you're not particularly religious it's not going to be a turnoff (in fact, we didn't even realize all the background until our 2nd visit). It is WONDERFUL! You can visit their website at http://philanthropyfashion.com.
But back to cross stitch!!
This will be the page where I give ya ALL the yip yap! I'll be sending out newsletters too, but if you come to this page on the website, you can see it all in one place (then you don't have to remember "which newsletter was that...."). On our home page (www.strawberrysampler.com) you will see our little Nashville logo (see above). By clicking on that any time it will bring you right to this page.
Also you can go to the Nashville 2017 page & see everything I've posted to date in the system!
WE INTERRUPT THIS YIPYAP TO
BRING YOU BREAKING NEWS ON THIS YEAR'S NA$H CA$H STORY!
So this year's Nash Cash is similar to last
year, but with a little twist! We'll begin with the basics:
For all purchases of $25 or more, you will earn 20% in Nash Cash (ie, for $25 purchased, you earn $5.00). Now, if you
like, you can cash it in immediately on your Nashville order.
You can BANK IT! There are 2 advantages to BANKING. #1 is
that you'll be accumulating Frequent Stitcher's Points on your account (which
you won't get if cash it in. #2 is that SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BANK IT, you'll
bank it at 25% of your purchase amount (it's kinda like earning
time & a half when you work overtime!). This is just like cash, that you
can spend, beginning April 1st & running thru June 30th!
Don't worry, I'm gonna do a little side-by-side
Premise: You spend $100 on Nashville goodies.
NASH CASH EARNED
Frequent Stitchers Points Earned
Nashville purchase price
(excluding tax, shipping
Nash Cash you can spend on anything, April ~ June
So it's up to you! You just need to tell us CASH IT or BANK IT. And yes, for all of you who have already
placed your orders, this will apply to those orders as well. You can shoot us
an email & let us know. If we don't hear from you, we'll EMAIL you to find
out. Again, I know lots of folks are telling us they don't always check their
emails any more. I get that, I'm one of those people. But for this you're
gonna need to make an exception.
Now, some of you may be wondering, "What on earth are
Frequent Stitcher's Points & why do I care?" Fair question, as we never
know who's already heard this & who hasn't (or, who's like me & heard it
but already forgot...). When you make a non-discounted purchase, you accrue
Stitcher's Points. 1 point for every dollar you spend. These show up on the
bottom of either your receipt (if you're in the shop) or your invoice if you do
mail order. When you reach 200 points, you can redeem them ANY TIME YOU WANT to
get 20% off an entire purchase. The only things it doesn't apply to are:
finishing, framing labor, Lone Elm products (as these are not available to us at
regular wholesale prices), DMC (already discounted), Dazor Lamps (already
discounted), & anything else already discounted. So, you can't come in on
Super Bowl Sunday (when everything's already 20% off) & redeem your points.
So you can see how that would impact you if you chose to BANK your Nash Cash.
So be sure to let us know what you want to do with your Cash!
Another thing while we're on the topic of email &
communication! I will beg you again to use the online ordering system. The
biggest reason we prefer this is that we know EXACTLY what you are selecting (vs
an email or phone call asking for the "sping flowers" design). We've heard from
folks after I last posted this with several reasons not to use it & I'll try
to allay those reasons.
If you are a local & want to come pick up your order,
THAT'S FABULOUS! No, we will not charge you shipping & handling (even
though it's gonna say that on your order). Just put in the comment section that
you will be picking this up.
You do need to enter a credit card number. Our system is
secure. One of the security things is that as you enter your credit card
number, it's not gonna always look right ~ THAT'S OKAY! That is done so that if
someone was standing over your shoulder at Starbucks, they couldn't copy down
If you would like fabric for a design that we don't have
listed with that design, you can do 1 of 3 things:
1 ~ you can go to our fabric section & select from what
we have up online (although I acknowledge that I do not have up everything we
have on hand & as soon as I clone myself 50 times, that will be one of the
clones' jobs. I've tried to teach Charlee how to work on the website, but all
she wants to do is post selfies & order dog toys online).
2 ~ you can put a message in the comment section that you'd
like fabric (&/or floss, embellishments, whatever!) for certain
3 ~ you can shoot us an email in reference to your order
& tell us what you'd like.
Corollary to this item is, if we have a fabric (or fibers)
listed but you don't like it (say, 40 count linen), again just let us know in
the comment section that you would prefer a different fabric (say, 16 count!).
We will try to get fabric as close to what was originally used as
If you are still uncomfortable using the online system, our
2nd choice would be an email from you. If you do this, PLEASE GIVE US AS MUCH
INFO AS POSSIBLE. We need the name of the design, the designer, the price,
anything else you can give us. If we have questions, we'll email ya. ALSO,
don't ~ DO NOT ~ email your credit card info!! Our online
system is secure; but email is not. If you email your order, then just give us
a call at the shop with your charge info.
We're gonna start with the Limited Edition items, because if you want those you need to order them NOW, particularly the Italian items, so that we can pre-order them & make sure you don't get left out.
HOME Pindrum - from Summer House Stitche Workes. This is the 1st of 3 ~ Home*Hive*Nest ~ and it's just the finishing kit that is limited! It includes: Weeks wool, quilt cotton and bronze cast charm for finishing.
Bewitched - from Praiseworthy Stitches. This sweet Witch Owl is mounted on a black tin as pincushion and includes adorable smalls. The tin is lined with a band of cute Halloween creatures. Smalls feature a flying cat thread winder, a jack-o-lantern stitch counter, the cutest owl scissor fob and a tiny trick or treat bag thimble holder. Materials used include cotton floss, calicos, linen, ribbon, & beads. All materials and complete finishing instructions are included.
M'Lady's Posey Necklace - from Praiseworthy Stitches. Another darling little kit! Order very early!
Gratitude kit - from Heart in Hand. This limited edition kit includes all the supplies you need to stitch & finish this lovely little pillow, except the floss. You get the linen, chart, finishing instructions & all the finishing fabrics & trim!
Try a Little Kindness Limited Edition - from Heart in Hand. This is such a sweet little design. This Limited Edition kit includes 32 count cream Belfast linen and a tiny purple heart.
A Little French Pinkeep - from JBW Designs. The kit will include the linen (a #32 Belfast in Antique White), the print fabric for the pillow, two JABC buttons, rick rack, finishing instructions, a needle and the chart.
Again this year, we're gonna do this page by Designer. And we're starting with
the gals coming from Italy! They always ask us to preorder as much as possible
so they know what to bring with them!
Giulia always has stunning designs for us & this year is
shaping up to be another winner!
Pillow - this beautiful pinpillow is available as a LIMITED EDITION KIT (which includes EVERYTHING
except the pins & fiberfill); or you can purchase the the chart separately & add on what you need
(maybe you'd like to change the colors...there are only 2).
Raffaellesco, a Deruta Sewing
Set - This stunning stitchers roll & accessory
set features designwork from the Deruta region of Italy, which is famous for
it's gorgeous ceramic work ~ the bead in the tassel is similar.
Canada, Land of
Hope - LOVE this design!! Isn't her little dog sweet? I also like
the needlebook & scissor pocket. The tray & stitcher's cache are also
available. This is a treasure! You can always change the flag if you like (if
you don't live in Canada!). She includes directions for making the strawberry
pincushion as well.
Box - this design has such a sweet primitive schoolgirl feel to
it! I love all the little goodies you can put in the Candle box from Lone
Pillow - LOVE this design ~ it reminds me a little bit of my Aunt
Marya's blue & white china! The finishing kit (which includes the finishing
fabrics & cording) is available for just a little while.
Doll - Molly really likes this one! I like her little pin
Janice, A Thanksgiving Pincushion
Doll - you can tell by the "harvest-y" colors that she's definitely
ready for Thanksgiving!
Simona has some of my favorites so far!!
Freedom - This is by far one of the prettiest Americana pieces I've
seen in a long time!! Cannot wait to stitch this! And the Lone Elm box is
perfect for finishing it!
Sampler - Is this not a gorgeous reproduction?? I love the grapes to
either side of her name!
Red Bank School
Sampler - What a fun primitive sampler! The peacock's tail is
Eliza Allen Sampler - oh my! Another gorgeous reproduction sampler!! Love the
border & I spy a puppy too!
Eliza Allen Sewing
Set - This is fun! She took different motifs from the sampler
& made smalls for your stitching basket!
Pillows - Molly's fave! These remind me of those lovely old-fashioned
Roses Melody Sewing
Casket - STUNNING! This is just amazing! Love the colors & the
scrolly stitch work!
Sampler - This is gonna be soooooo fun! This will be released in 4
parts, starting in March! And the 2 cute little buttons are part of the design
Maria Teresa's designs are quite soft & delicate ~ I love
Elegance in Bloom Sewing
Box - I love all the detail in this ~ the colors are yummy &
don't you think that cyinder pincushion is fun?
Gatherers - This would make a gorgeous wedding gift, don't you think?
Love the colonial feel to it.
My House in
Spring - This is her limited edition ~ the chart comes with the sweet
little hand-painted house.
Dancing Dragonflies Sewing
Set - I love the creativity in this design! So many fun smalls to
Pincushion - This is my fave!! So soft in color & I love that she
finished it on top of a Lone Elm Shaker pincushion.
Romina has a line of overdyed threads that are becoming quite
popular with designers! I love her bold colors! And her designs are
Confetti ~ Watermelon
~ Lavender Cream
Box - This is a fun little package & a neat way to try Romy's
threads. Each one contains 3 colors ~ we won't be able to pick & choose, so
we'll send you the one we like best!
Wood ~ Tiffany ~ Americana
Bear - Aren't these adorable? Each kit comes with the charts for
Spring Flowers Threadkeep
kit - Love this design! Chartpak includes handpainted
Friend - Too cute!!!
Time to Bee
Happy - This chartpak comes with the yellow &
Dreaming of the
Sea - I think this is adorable ~ so fun! Perfect for a little
one's room, especially at the shore!
By the Ocean mini sewing
set - LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! This is for all my beach loving
friends out there!
II - Both of these charts are included. I love both of these
designs! Of course, I'm always partial to the Anchors!
Stand - Yes we do. And sometimes it takes a reminder from our
friends across the sea.
Friends - I think this so cute!! Love the teacup!
Give Wings to Your
Dreams - The chartpak includes 4 charms. I love the honeycomb
Niky is bringing wonderful goodies (as always!) &
we can't wait to get our hands on them!
Blue Bunny Threadkeep
Kit - this is a LIMITED EDITION kit! The bunny threadkeep is
Rose - Isn't this sweet? I love the primitive
Garden - I love the spring fling feel of this little
Pins - There will be a few sets of these available for us ~ they are
sweet little handpainted springtime pins.
Friend - I think this is a very dear little design!
Cooking - LOVE this! I wanna change it to House of Baking,
Two - Friends for Tea & Tea for Friends!
Basket - Love this primitive little sewing basket! Niky includes
finishing directions in the chartpak.
Isabel has SO MANY great new designs! It's hard to pick my
Hare - OMG! Thes 2 bunnies are THE SWEETEST! The picture on the
right shows part of one bunny stitched on Isi's new "Boleyn"
Faith - Sweet sheep & a favorite verse of
Salem Stitcherhood LTD
ED - LOVE this design! It comes with hand dyed linen to stitch - wooden
frame - pattern - parchment and photographs booklet with finishing instructions ~ this
kit does not include the buttons and rusty bells.
Family - this is such a pretty design! It would certainly make a
great housewarming gift!
Then - Hmmm, I can't decide how I feel about this...the top part is
a lovely lady...but the underlayer is a skeleton. I get it ~ do you like it?
Like I said, I can't decide!
Two more lovely ladies of fiber!
"Miss Linette Lynn Linen" & "Miss Sarah Sue Silk"
join last year's "Miss Harriet Hare Cotton" & "Miss Mary Margaret
Threadkeep ~ Hare
Spirit - Love her hat!
Threadkeep ~ Hare
Queen - This is darling!!
Threadkeep: Hare in the
Moon - Love this!! So cute!
Song - THIS IS MY FAVORITE!! I love this mermaid!
Set - Pins? Fob? I like them both!
Sheep Company Pin
set - Love the balls of wool & the shearing
Boleyn Linen, 30
count - This is really cool linen ~ she's printed on one side of it
& it looks like old parchment!
The 2nd floor opens in Italy! Okay, not literally, but, 4 of
the 6 Italian gals are on this floor! You've already seen everything from them
that we've seen, so we'll travel on around.
Beth has the neatest way of creating something...with a
twist! Things are never quite as they seem ~ and that's what makes it
Workbasket - These creations are based on a PA German Sampler from 1799.
She hasn't reproduced the sampler in its entirety, but instead has used the
alphabet to make a stitcher's roll & some of the motifs to make an ort
box/pincushion using a Pincushion base from Lone Elm & a needlebook stitched
Check - this is my favorite fun thing!! Looks like a nice spot motif
sampler, right? EXCEPT! Hidden within the sampler are references to 15
different reality TV shows!!! And she's not telling us what they are right
away! But we have an inside track here ~ and her name is NINA! I have faith
that she can tell us most, if not all, of them!!
Home - I know I already showed you this with the limited things (the
finishing kit is limited), but I thought I'd show you again! It's the beginning
of a 3 part series ~ HOME*HIVE*NEST ~ that will each be these charming drumroll
pinkeeps! HIVE comes out in June & NEST in September.
Fragments in Time, parts 3 &
4 - I absolutely love this year's series! The colors are
gorgeous & I love the sampler motifs!
Tracy's designs often have a Mandala, or other type of
symmetrical appearance! And you know that appeals to me!! So far, she's
released pictures of 3 of her Nashville designs, but I know for a fact there are
more. So you'll have to "come back" to this one!
Pile - a bunch of y'all already saw this on Facebook! Isn't it
adorable?? Can't wait to see how she's finished it!
Sumatra - How cool is this?? This sampler is based on antique
Indonesian motifs. I LOVE the borders ~ love how they change at irregular
intervals! Can't wait.
Damsel - this dragonfly design is a companion to her Red-Headed Bee
& Blue Morpho butterfly designs! Lots or dragonflies flitting around on
She has 3 more designs (that we know of) called "Arranging
the Sewing kit", "Dark Shards" & "Chalkboard Mandala".
Cathy continues to create some of the most darling "out of
the box" designs! Ruthie is addicted to her Block Party
Sampler - This is one of my FAVORITE verses! And I think this is a
really fun rendition of it! And the little sampler, Cathy said, is made up of
"left over" motifs! Love it!
Beans - this is for all you coffee lovers out there (or, if you are
like our very own Carolynn & you work for a coffee company!). Collect &
stitch all 9, as laid out above, or pick & choose your particular brew!
Charts 4-6 will ship in May, charts 7-9 will ship in July.
Cool Beans: Whole Latte
Love - sad to admit, that I JUST saw that this is looking straight
down into a coffee cup, with the foam design on top... Obviously not a coffee
Cool Beans: Go Your Own
Way - is your to-go coffee hot or iced? Either way, get it to
Brew - I don't drink coffee (I prefer my caffeine cold &
carbonated), but I love the smell. So much so, that I have considered getting
an automatic coffee maker so that I could have it kick on in the morning &
make the house smell like coffee. I have, thus far, resisted that
Chalk for the Home: Tulip
House - Cathy does such a cool job with this chalk designs! This is
a new series of 4 Home designs ~ one for each season would be my guess! LOVE
Tulip Home. Of course (as usual)my favorite part is the house! Also included
in the chartpak is a 2nd design, Spring, with lots of elements taken from Tulip
There! - This fun chartpak includes all 12 monthly designs! Cathy's
inspiration for these was all the cute little memes you see on Facebook or
Instagram where they take a picture or image & overlay words on it! So
Cathy decided to do a group of cross stitch memes! Each month says "Hello...."
& is decorated with button emojis (you know, the little images you can add
to your text messages or Facebook messages). All the button emojis are fun
little motifs that you associate with that month! The finishing on this is also
really clever! There is one board & Cathy has a tutorial online for how to
finish your stitching & then you use velcro to change them out each month.
These are so fun ~ and my favorite thing? They're in bright, contemporary
colors!! Do you have a "younger stitcher" in your world? These would also be
good for someone who's getting started ~ not a ton of stitching or color
changes, and fun to do!
12 Days: Hens &
Birds - the next 2 days in the 12 Days of Christmas grouping! These
are really darling!
These folks not only make gorgeous wooden products for
finishing, they also create some lovely designs!
Sarah Richards, An American
Sampler - I love the soft colors in this sampler! I can't tell from
the photo if the bottom section is a piece of lace or if it's stitched ~ either
way, I like it!
Pocket - this is one of their new wooden pieces! And this particular
piece comes with the Liberty chart included.
kit - this joins the Cat & Kitten from previous years' shows!
I know it's gonna be adorable!
Freedom's Watch Haversack &
Sampler - Wow! How cool is this? I love the sack finishing. And
while I would never take it out in public (can I just tell you, my dog rides in
my car...and sheds....in my car; also, I spill things...just sayin'), it would
look great hanging in the barn (or in your house!). And it's different from a
framed picture. On the right is the reproduction button of the Liberty Tree
that goes with the haversack.
These gals always have great new colors of floss each year!
Molly & I were just saying though, that one of the floss companies needs to
start naming their floss in collections, like nail polish!
From left to right: Cinnamon Twist, Garrison Green,
Shepherd's Blue & Paris Green.
These gals always have great stuff! So be on the lookout for
Crab - All of us here on the East Coast, particularly on the Eastern
Shore, are dearly attached to blue crabs!! Love this new
Wreath - Woohoo! How cute is this?? Starfish & Sea Urchins &
Sand Dollars, Oh My!!
Nelley Sharp 1791
Sampler - Wowser! This is one big sampler! There are so many great
sampler motifs in this one! Also, check out her borders, particularly the
corners ~ we are always so bent to make everything perfect, but these girls got
1 or 2 to work out & then fudged the others.
WOW! Santa gets around! But we all knew that. It seems he's been
taking selfies too! Check out all the places he's visited!
Santa Visits North Carolina's Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse ~ Santa Visits Pennsyvania's Liberty Bell
Scotland ~ Santa Visits Great
Maryland ~ Santa Visits
Santa Visits New Jersey's Barnegat
Lighthouse (& evidently, Atlantic City)
Santa Visits Delaware (aka, the Blue Hen
State) ~ Santa Visits Texas
* DING *
"Third Floor, Fabrics, Fibers, Samplers
Karen's designs are some of my most
favorites!! And this year promises to be no exception. Her colors are always
yummy & I just love her flair.
Row, Row, Row Your
Boat - LOVE this!! I always love anything with ships & the sea
& anchors & this one is just very cool. I personally could live without
the verse, and the great thing is you could put something else there or leave it
Glory - GORGEOUS! Another one that goes directly into my stash!
Love the colors & I love the verse on this one!
Tulips - The more I look at this one, the more I see! I love the
colors & the central design, and I just realized there are alphabets all
around it!! Also, I like those little motifs in the corners!
Sampler - Another fave!!! Bright springtime colors & lots &
lots of flowers! You can also order the set of Valdani floss for
Four and Twenty
Blackbirds - A treasured verse, but even more than that I like the 2
motifs ~ they're somewhat Quaker in feeling!
We are always enchanted by these designs
from the Netherlands! I know, she should have been in my European grouping, but
I ran out of time!!
Red, White & Blue Snowman LIMITED
EDITION kit - Now, either this guy can't read, or he lives in a
Queen of the
Keys - LOVE this
design! Let me just say though, don't let Molly be queen of the keys (she's
been known to drop them in the toilet)!
Lady of the
Moors - Isn't she sweet?? I love all
her sheepies & I love the thistles too!
I think these "cone" designs are quite
clever ~ they remind me of needle rolls, but you can hang
Cone - Love the polar bear & the snowflake designs & the
blue fabric!! Why do I always like the winter designs...it's just
Cone - This house is decorated for Christmas ~ love the giant candy
Cone - Aaaawww, isn't it sweet? Birds & bees & bunnies
Is - CUTE!! Ya know what I like in this one? All the dogs &
kitties! Maybe her sister is a dog!!!!
Gloria has a wonderful talent for
bringing samplers to life! I also love how she takes bits & pieces of
samplers & creates something new & different. She has only posted 1
piece so far, but there are more things coming so you'll have to "come back" to
Sampler Sisters Spool
kit - Oh my goodness!! How darling is this? Gloria had a hard
time getting spools for a bit, but she has a new source & boy are we glad!
These gals ALWAYS have such whimsical
creations!! And this year is no exception!
Vintage Tart Tin LIMITED EDITION
kit - We think this is so sweet! We know it is VERY limited, so
we're not sure how many we will be able to get ~ crossed
Quaker House Thread Keep LIMITED EDITION
kit - I just love houses! At first, I thought they were tulips at
the top of this, but upon closer inspection, they are acorns!!! Might be time
to see the eye doctor....
Fox - MOLLY'S FAVORITE!!! Isn't this the cutest?? I love his
Stars - Sweet woodland creatureas to decorate your tree (or your
house all year round).
Buggy - What a lovely needlebook this is!! In fact, I might just
make it into a small pillow!
Bookies - This was obviously designed JUST FOR ME!! I love each
& every one of them & will have to stitch them all!
Tinka does some GORGEOUS reproduction
samplers! She was Molly's favorite new designer last year.
Sampler - Love love love the border! Also, the detail in the fence is
Sarah Fealton, Queen's Palace
Sampler - This
piece is so elegant! All my favorite sampler elements ~ a fabulous border, a
house (or castle!) & a lawn or fence (not sure, but who cares?). I also
like the floral motifs in this.
Elizabeth's designs are always
enchanting ~ whether they're cottages or flowers or samplers, we always love
Old Fashioned Ornaments
II - Love these ~ can't wait to stitch more of them up as
ornaments. Wouldn't they be pretty stitched in jewel tones?
Sampler - This would be so fun to stitch for a little girl's room!
Sampler - This is gorgeous!! The verse is lovely, but I love the
florals even more!
Lori's room is ALWAYS one of our first
stops ~ yes, we adore her designs, but she is from Racine, WI, so she always has
kit - LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! We don't know if these are limited,
but we think they are, so let us know ASAP if you want one!
Flowers - This is one of my favorite designs so far!! I love the PA
Picker - Love the texturing in the basket on this one! I also really
like the alphabet in this one for some reason....
Treasure - Awesome border!! Love this.
Letters - Molly is stitching Soul Birds from last year's market &
they are somewhat reminiscent of this! There are somany ways you could use
I think her things are cool! They're
usually quite contemporary with gorgeous bright colors!
kit - This kit comes with all the supplies you need, except the
hoop ~ so you can finish it any way you like!
kit - Another lovely!
Moment - Love this one!
All You Need is
Love - I love the colors in this wreath! YUM!!
Yep. This is what we feel like by the end of the day
at the Market.
Sometimes we just get on the elevator & ride up &
down until we get to the ground floor (sometimes by accident...). Occasionally,
we get on & start talking to friends & forget what floor we're headed
to...and just keep riding up & down! And then other times, we get on &
we're trapped with nasty people & we will then get off at the next floor
where they AREN'T! Not too proud to admit that!
Today, we're going to the 4th floor! I was gonna skip
up to 6, but I was lobbied by someone who's on the 4th floor (!), so we're going
First up, we have Sandie from Sweetheart Tree & her new
company, The Bee Cottage! Her distinctive style is lovely & we are of
course loving the new bee motifs!
Let It Bee Chart &
Charms - Love the honeycomb background on this!
Itsy Bitsy Bees Chart &
Charms - I love the hive in this one. The alphabet is stitched "over
I'd Rather Bee Stitching Chart &
Charms - This delicate little needlebook is small enough to sit in the
palm of your hand!
Needleroll - LOVE LOVE LOVE needlerolls & this one is BEAUTIFUL!
Bee - He really should be the mascot for a spelling bee, don't you
Susan - I like how the border seems off-kilter...but really it's
Itty Bitty Kitty & the Honey
Bees - LOVE this! Just looks like summer to me!
Heart - Don't be scared off...blackwork is just a fancy way of doing
backstitching! This is very cool!
Pincushion - Such a lovely little pincushion! These are very easy to put
together ~ she gives you good directions!
Sampler - OH MY! How elegant is this?? This is a complete
Persuasion - Another purple beauty! Will you frame it? Make a
Marie's designs are so intricately done, it's amazing how
much detail she gets in her pieces!
Nice - There is so much in this tiny ornament! I've seen huge
pictures with less detail! This is an heirloom.
Jingle All the
Way - How fun is this? I'd have to hang it high on my tree so none
of my furry friends can reach it!
Teresa's talent is amazing! What a wonderful treat that she
has these charted for cross stitch & done as punchneedle!
Pray - The shading & detail in this is stunning! This is one of
Ring - Love this primitive patriotic angel!
Freeze - LOVE this! Yep, here I am again, loving the winter
stitching! Isn't he cute??
Ewe - This is really neat ~ I love how it's off-center...and I
usually don't like that! But it's perfect here.
Santa - Oh Santa! Is that for me??
Head - There are so many darling things about this design! The
basket of "joy", the little "baton", his bucket hat...too cute!
Punchneedle - This is gorgeous! My Mamaw would love it.
Primitive Spring Rabbit
Punchneedle - Somehow, I think this rabbit is only planting 1
Punchneedle - There's my favorite sheepie again!!
Punchneedle - Goat cheese, anyone??
Punchneedle - One of our
favorite cross stitch designs is now in punchneedle! Love that
Punchneedle - Mmm, I don't know...that doesn't look like such a comfy
Punchneedle - Looks like a party!!!
Punchneedle - LOVE this! It would make a great companion to last year's
Two Lambs Tails
Punchneedle - Aaawww....they're darling!
Punchneedle - This sheep needs a HAIRCUT!!
Punchneedle - I love how her legs look like she's wearing striped
Punchneedle - Love their whiskers!!!
Punchneedle - Love this patriotic design.
Stacy is always one of our most anticipated stops at the
show! She never fails to delight us with her creations!
Rose Garden Sewing
Basket - this sweet little kit is just too fun! this is a limited edition, so be quick!
Theodore - OMG! How cute is this little guy?? He'll hold your scissors
Clementine - Aaaww, I think she's sweet on lil' Theo! They're a cute
Pinkeep - This is one of my favorites! Such soft faded
Love Pinkeep &
Heart - A reminiscence of an earlier time!
Spring Gardener Sewing
Roll - she's SO pretty! I love the colors!
Queen of Spring Sewing
Roll - Bees & bunnies & birds...definitely the queen of
From Me to Thee Sewing
Roll - This is beyond lovely! The pups are dear!
Needlebook - Okay, let me just say, horses are NOT EASY to make look like,
well, horses! This is so pretty! And of course blue flowers are always a
winner with me!
A perennial favorite!!! We always love Kathy's gorgeous
Cooper - Could this be more beautiful? The detail is
Garden - This stunner is adapted from an antique needlepoint purse.
Bunnies - LOVE LOVE LOVE! Even above & beyond the designs, look
how she finished them in an old opening box.
Samplers - Kathy has charted these snippets from old french
Up On the
Housetop - But where is St Nick??
Twelve of the
Clock - I LOVE this house!! Not only that, check out the
border...love how the lawn fills in the bottom part of the
House - MOLLY'S FAVE! I only wish I could get my flowers to grow
Samplers Not Forgotten
We certainly miss having Kimberly around to drop by &
delight us with her latest creation! And even more, getting to see the work in
progess! But mostly we just miss BS-ing with her!! We KNOW she misses the
Garden Urn Limited Edition
Kit - How beautiful is this treasure? Everything you need except
the filling! It looks just like an antique. This is VERY
LIMITED!! Don't dilly-dally!
With Needle and Thread
Needlebook - Love this adaptation of her sampler from last year! My
favorite parts are the spools of thread & the bluebird!
BG 1874 Sampler - MY ABSOLUTE
FAVORITE! I cannot wait to stitch this!! So many wonderful sampler motifs,
borders, alphabets...I LOVE IT ALL!!
1805 - A sweet miniature. Molly will be lovin' all over this FAT
Sampler - Love this sweet, yet regal, little sampler!
Love in the
Garden - this is a very cool sampler ~ of course I love the border,
but I also VERY MUCH like the style of this. It has a very folk art flair to
Barbara is just down the pike from us in Maryland & many
of her designs are reproductions are from the neighboring area! That's always
such a fun thing!
Red Peacock Folk
Heart - This is my favorite. It is a reproduction of a Scandinavian
design & that always captures my heart!
These two samplers were stitched by 2 sisters from the
Baltimore. You can see the similarities, but the fun part is seeing where they
chose to go different ways!
Sampler - Ann chose "Honor thy Father & thy Mother" for her verse ~
you KNOW she was the favorite, right? Love the flowers in her
Sampler - I have to say, this is my choice ~ I like the house, I like
the verse, I like the fence...and I like the NAME!
Sampler - I love this! Gorgeous colors, & wonderful motifs &
Pearson - I love Mary Ann's bold colors in this piece!
Sampler - How cool are the flowers with the polka dots??? And you know
I love the house!
Hands Across the Sea
We love these gorgeous BIG samplers! Each time we see a new
one, there is a whole lot of squealing!! We can't wait to see them "in real
life"! Also, if you haven't picked up & followed their blog & Facebook
page yet, OH MY GOODNESS you have to! The detailed information about the beauty
of needlework is breath-taking!
Jane Vaughan 1724
Sampler - WOWSER! This baby is so big you really need 3 parts to do
justice to it! Can you even imagine?? Below, I BELIEVE you see the original on
the right & the reproduction on the left (don't hold me to that...I can't
find the spot where I thought I read that...).
Skelton - Oh my goodness! The amount of work that went into planning
& creating this rocking horse sampler is mind-boggling! And the fact that
it was done by a child is even more amazing.
1815 - This beautiful Scottish sampler is a biggie! I love the
house & the border!!!
Louise always has such a sweet touch, whether it is in her
original designs or her reproductions.
Berry Basket Limited Edition
kit - This is my favorite! Love the berries, obviously, and check
out that awesome basket!!
Love - What a nice pinpillow! I love the colors!
Sampler - Just in time for the Year of the Rooster (but I like the
doggies at the bottom...).
Robin is Louise's daughter & has obviously picked up the
same talent! I love that she really uses the original colors ~ not necessarily
the faded bleached-out colors.
Sampler - There are so many wonderful things in this sampler, you
barely know where to begin!
Allinson - A lovely Adam & Eve sampler ~ I love how she made 4
totally different borders.
These gals will always have a special place in my heart ~
they were customers of mine when I had my shop in Charlotte! Their designs
ALWAYS make me smile! So much fun!
M'Lady's Posey Necklace Limited
Edition - this delicate design is a very limited edition ~ you'll want
Bewitched Limited Edition
kit - Whoo is this cute little owl?? Get yours
Hooray for the Red White &
Blue - LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! And, I could probably finish
Feast - This is the perfect design for Fall!
Sale at the Bubbling
Cauldron - These are some of my most favorite Halloween creations! This
year there's a big sale at the Bubbling Cauldron ~ get there quick...I hear
there's a big run on Love Potions!
Snow - Just another example of "I hate winter, but I love stitching
winter"! Oh my goodness, there are so many wonderful things in this design!
You won't want to take it down!
"6th floor! End of the line"
Not really ~ we've got lots of "go backs"!
Well, it was a tough workday around here on Saturday ~
fabulously gorgeous weather, sunny & in the 70's! Hard to stay inside &
work. "Fortunately", we got a huge thunderstorm about 4PM & the temps
dropped down to the 40's (happy Nancy T?).
I gotta tell ya, the 6th floor is stacked! It's gonna
be grueling getting that floor covered next week. And yes, it is super fun to
see all the new things, & chat with friends, but I saw on a friend's
newsletter that taking the number of exhibitors & dividing it by the total
time open for shopping gives us approximately 8 minutes per exhibitor!!!!! We
are very grateful that there are 2 of us so we can split up when we have to, but
we work much better as a team (harder to work with only half a brain!).
So let's get to it!!
The Nebby Needle
Bonnie's designs are a lovely combination of inspiring &
warm! I know you'll find 1 (or 3!) that you need!
Don't Quit your
DayDream - LOVE LOVE LOVE this. We all WORK so hard all the time,
sometimes we forget to dream...
Fragile - this is part of Bonnie's "Ripple Effect" ~ she donates
proceeds to charity & creates a ripple effect! And this design couldn't be
more on point!
Kind - I love this ~ the simplicity is perfect & totally speaks
to the verse. Something to remember.
Neighbor - And remember, your neighbor doesn't JUST mean the people next
door or the people like you. We are all citizens of this world ~ that means
EVERYONE is our neighbor.
Sampler - This is a great tribute to "barn quilt trails" across the
country. We definitely see them here in PA. Hmmm...maybe Ruthie & I need
to paint a quilt on the side of our barn...
Barn Quilt Sewing
Accessories - LOVE this! There are 3 designs included: one on the top of
the Shaker box, another on top of a shaker pincushion & the last is a fun
Amy has the most wonderfully quirky flair! Her designs are
distinctly her own & this year she has more fun than ever!
Lady - Almost as cute as the Crazy dog lady she just
Forever - What a wonderful wedding chartpak! A nice sampler & I
really like the pillows too!!
Baby - Darling! The cutest little baby sampler I've seen in a
Okay. I wasn't sure about these at first. And I really held
off until I got a better fix on exactly what you get. But now that I've figured
it out, I am all on board & loving these!!! They're called Pocket
Cards and they come ready to stitch. Each card is finished! You get
the felt card, prehemmed fabric ready to stitch, bag of bedazzles, 2 cross
stitch patterns, hang tag pattern and envelope to mail your card!!!! The cross
stitch makes a pocket to include a gift card, lottery ticket or kind note. See
below for an example of what you receive in a kit!
Birthday ~ Make a Wish ~ Cupcake
Boy ~ Love U2 the Moon ~ Baby
Needle Work Press has been bringing us fabulous sampler
reproductions for several years now! We always look forward to their goodies
& we have beome addicted to their "time" designs ~ you know, the ones that
are clocks...and fit in clock fitting (thanks for finding that awesome idea,
Carol M!). You're going to love thir new things too!
Sampler - I love these reproduction samplers ~ particularly ones from
more diverse countries where we have thus far seen fewer examples. It's more of
a Spanish or Latin-American sampler. Several gorgeous alphabets ~ more fancy
than many we see. And I love her motifs ~ I see sheep shears, a wine bottle
& glass, a bicycle & more!
Lucy V. Moore
Sampler - Very Americana! Love how she alternated the red & white
in the letters. Very regimented, until she got to the lower right section ~
where she obviously got to add in her favored motifs!
Alphabets - I love this!! I have always had a fondness for designs that
are of a different shape ~ like this one where it is very wide! And I always
love samplers anyway!!
II - LOVE this! I do have an affinity for Quaker motifs (although
I'm much too antsy to ever be an effective Quaker...), And I think the center
motif in this one is fun ~ look at all the hearts!!
Out on a
Limb - Molly is in love with these birds! Has a bit of a folk-art
feel to it!
ABC - This fun book has been reproduced with the work and
tattered pages "as is" and added charts! Included in this full color 16-page
booklet are random motifs, a complete upper and lower case alphabet, numerals
and a cross stitch rendering of the illustrated girl and her
Time - The cutest addition to "time"! On the right, see the
complete collection so far!
Linda has a wonderful touch with reproducing her
Sampler - Oh my gosh! How cute is this boy playing marbles?? I can't
say I've ever seen that in a sampler! I love that she put her pups in it
pinkeep - I love this frilly, beaded scalloped edge!
Sampler - A very Scottish sampler ~ love the thistle-colored
honeysuckle border ~ from the sheep to the language! Love this sampler VERY
Judy has long been one of our favorite designers! We've
watched her designs delight so many over the years & she continues to do
this with her Country French designs & her creative
Alphabetique - love this lovely, elegant sampler ~ filled with french
Cart - Oh so pretty!
Ring - This is already one of the favorite designs with stitchers!
And why not ~ it's a fabulous wedding sampler that's not HUGE ~ it's exactly
what stitchers are looking for!
Series - All 3 designs are in this chartpak & we love it! Perfect
for your beach house (or your bedroom!).
Memories - this is a darling pair of designs. On the right, she shows
them stitched & finished as little blocks, adorned with the baby's name. On
the right, she's stitched them on perf paper & included them as part of a
dear little shadowbox keepsake. Those of you who love to scrapbook will see the
La - This scissor pocket & fob were part of last year's
limited edition kit! If you missed out on the kit, don't miss your second
chance at these fun designs!
A Little French
Pinkeep - This year's limited edition kit, you'll love this sweet
little french keepsake!
Val's humorous designs never fail to put a smile on your
Halloween - This is a limited edition kit that includes a whopping EIGHT
(!) designs of Halloween ornaments with all of the buttons, paper, felt, wool,
and other doodads to complete them all. If you want this, order
Bat Crazy Ornament - This is too stinkin' cute! This is a 3 dimensional Halloween
ornament. It has everything in the kit except for the floss and no sewing
except for the 4 buttons. It includes wool balls, wool backing, paper, and
buttons, with thread for hanging.
The Gang's All
Here - Another fun kit from Val (but this will be available as a
chartpak after Nashville). This kit will include the chart, frame, and
Linda's designs are always a treasure. Lots of times there
are houses (& you know how I love those!). They are often patriotic &
they never fail to be a treat to stitch.
Quaker House Token
kit - What a wonderful design! I love everything about this. It
comes complete with linen, silk threads, chart & a needle.
Sampler - A bit more of a primitive sampler ~ love the horse motif in
the top corner.
Think of Me
Sampler - This is such a pretty sampler ~ love the texture in the lawn
part. The only question is ~ do you give it to a friend or keep
House - This is such a pretty design ~ I think I would finish it as a
Forget Me Not Treasure
Box - 2 charming little designs to finish in a small box if you
like or as a fob or pinpillow. Also, I can see Molly stitching one of these
little cuties & framing it in a big fat frame!
Home Safe to
Me - This is my FAVORITE from Linda! There is nothing I don't
love about this!! A great house, but the sea, with a ship & a flag...and
the little fob & pinpillow are adorable!
Sampler - LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Can you imagine why? I do especially
like the little strawberry border.
Brenda Gervais is certainly one of our favorite designers du
jour! She never disappoints with her distinctive style.
I - A group of charming little motifs lifted from samplers &
featured all on their own!
II - A second collection of petite sampler motifs, including a
cute little an Adam & Eve.
Handework - LOVE this one! I have always loved Quaker motifs & this
will go straight into my stash!
Hand - This is a great sampler ~ I love the separate little
Bloom Where You're
Planted - A perfect verse, & I love the
Parade - Now THIS looks like a fun parade!! I love the strawberry
plant growing out of the egg!
Berry Days at Thistle Down
Farm - LOVE this! Obviously I love the strawberries, but I really
love the flowers to each side of the house ~ thistles, of
Faith of the
Heart - this is not a verse I've heard before, but I LOVE it. This
one goes on my wall.
Mice in the Sewing
Room - Those cute little mice are back & now they'e learned how
to sew! Too cute!
Festival - Her basket looks full ~ hopefully she'll leave the rest for
everyone else to enjoy!
Liberty - Wow! This is a gorgeous Americana design! Really like this
Ode to the Ort Basket Limited Edition
kit - OKAY, right up front, Brenda has limited shops to 12
INITIALLY. And we already have orders for 20. We are still taking names
because Brenda has said she will be releasing any that are still remaining on
Sunday. So, while we'll be happy to take your name & we'll do our very best
to get enough, we can't guarantee we can get them. It is, however, darling!
Wow! There are so many great ideas coming from this
company! There are 2 series you can sign up for, and other fun & cute
kit - LIMITED EDITION KIT. This darling little strawberry design
is adorable in this bucket!
Farm - Perfect for all the farmers out there (or those who live in a
barn...or have a tractor...).
Camper - I know lots of folks who would appreciate this
House - This is a great idea for a housewarming gift. AND, She gives
you a doggy & a kitty that you can put in place of the flowers in the top
Series - How fun is this? The first chartpak comes with the letters
H, M, E & the house design. The monthly charts will be individual charts
that coincide nicely with that month! If you choose to sign up for the full
year, you'll get our Stitchers' Dozen discount ~ pay for 10 & get 2
Ladybug ~ June Watermelon ~ July Uncle
Wee Welcome series ~ another darling series! These little
pillows would be cute on a grapevine wreath, or in a charming wooden breadbowl
with other little snippets of seasonal items! Again, if you sign up for the
entire year, you'll get the Stitchers' Discount ~ pay for 10, get 2
April ~ Wee Welcome May
Sheep Peddler ~ Let the Hunt
Begin - I LOVE the sheep with the bunny ears!!
LaDonna always has beautiful samplers that always capture our
Bag - just love this primitive little reproduction finished as a
Bird - this design was based on an antique needlepoing
Vintage Quilt Series: Floral
Wreath - there will be 12 of these vintage quilt blocks! Hey! A
quilt that we stitchers can make!
Ornaments - 2 cute little bunny designs! Just perfect for your Easter
Beth has some of our favorite designs! She has reproduced
samplers & created some of her very own. This market, she's bringing us
another sampler that, on first glance, appears to be either a reproduction or at
the very least, a "serious" sampler. And yet, when you get closer, you can't
keep the smile from your face!!
Alphabet Series: P is for
Pomegranate - I think this is really pretty! I'm really enjoying this
series (this is #4) & this might be my fave...
Let It Begin With
Me - A darling little sampler ~ and a great
Coffee Quaker, The Magical Elixir Series
#2 - This is such a fun design! First you think it's a lovely
quaker sampler, then you read it & it's hard to keep from
Sampler - This chartpak includes the reproduction of the original
sampler (seen here) and then 3 charts using bits & pieces to stitch some
Bird Collection, part IV ~ Song Sparrow,
Tree Swallow, American Robin - Molly's favorite!! These 3 are so
Woohoo! New beaded fobs & sewing books! So creative
Bunny Bands Sewing
Book - This is darling! The kit includes all the supplies &
goodies you need to make this: from linen for stitching to quilt fabric for
lining. fibers, embellishments, bunny pin & scissors!
Bunny Bands Beaded
Fob - Love this bunny!!
Herman Hedgehog Sewing
Book - WOW! The little hedgehog is adorable, but what I love are
all the goodies inside! The kit includes linen & fibers for stitching, the
quilt fabric for lining, all the embellishments, the wooden ruler &
threadwinder & a hedgehog waxer!
Pin - who wouldn't want help counting with this
Herman Hedgehog beaded
fob - Oh my goodness!!! I love the "quills" on this
Old Dark Road Sewing
book - Now, this looks like a spooky road! This kit includes
everything you need to create this eerie design, including the fabric &
fibers for stitching, fabric for lining, a ruler & threadwinder, and a owl
Old Dark Road beaded
fob - even the fob is spooky!!!
I have to say, I love just about every design that Tanya
creates! I've stitched (& finished!) several! We share a love of doggies
& her samplers are just awesome!
SAMPLERS - LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Her colors are fantastic &
look at the 3 little pups over in the left corner! For those stitchers who
don't have woofers, she has also charted out 3 sheep to stitch in their
American Homestead Sewing
Set - These 4 little "smalls" designs are awesome! And you don't
have to finish them as "smalls" if you don't want to! We are planning on
getting some of these Shaker trays & hornbooks as well!
Sampler - I'm not a huge A&E fan, but I do like this sampler ~ cool
border & lots of great motifs. I particularly love the tree on the left!
Maybe I'll just leave the people off (& that nasty snake!).
Sampler - This is my favorite reproduction sampler of the show, I think
(now I'm gonna have to look back...oooh wait, I rememer another I love from
Samplers Not Forgotten...well, I have more than one ~ no rules around here).
This has a fantastic border & I love all of the bands in this, particularly
Road - This is a very cool little pillow! It's based on the popular
redware pottery & definitely captures the essence of that.
Christmas - Another one that goes directly to my stash! I love the quilt
pattern stars, the bottom border & the house!!! Very cool!
Jeannette does some of the more technically detailed
creations these days. All the different stitches create so much texture &
depth. And the great thing that she does is to create the fiber &
embellishment paks for the designs, giving you enough of those goodies to create
the design, but not having to buy complete skeins of everything!
And most importantly, her designs are gorgeous! I'm doing
her "Seasons By the Sea" right now & I just love them all. Check out these
snippets & sneak peeks, & check back when she gives us the full
Stitches - Oooooohh, I can tell I'm gonna like this!! I think you can
frame this or make it into a cube of some sort ~ I already love the stitches
around the border!!
Birds - This is gonna be a great compnanion to Vintage Alphabets
(which we have stitched at the shop!).
Vignettes - Woohoo! Anything with ships & anchors I love!! Plus, I
love the Cape.
Pincushions - These are gonna be lovely! Can't wait to see them
Acorn - Love this border ~ I'm gonna guess the rest of it is just as
Stitch - Holy smokes, isn't that the truth?
Borders - love this collaboration between Jeannette (who is Canadian)
& Pam from Olde Colonial (who is American). There's so much that unites us
& stitching is one of them!
Box - Very pretty! This comes in 2 different colorways so you can
pick the one you like best.
Roses and Acorns
Sampler - If the rest of the sampler is as lovely as the top, this is
sure to be a winner.
We are loving the resurgence of all things HIH! Cecilia will
have these new goodies & more with her, so stay tuned!
Honey - Aaaaww, that's so sweet!!!
Me - Now, this is a fun wedding or anniversary sampler to make for
Glad and Sincere
Hearts - this is a 3-part series ~ the first installment will have the
center picture & the cute little pillow you see on the right as a bonus
chart! The 2nd installment will have the 2 end motifs & another bonus
chart; the 3rd will have the verse & a 3rd bonus chart!
Gratitude Limited Edition
kit - I know I showed y'all this in the LTD ED newsletter, but
wanted to put it here too! It's so pretty!
Try a Little
Kindness - Another limited edition, this chartpak includes the chart
& the purple heart button.
Patti's creativity never ceases to charm me! I adore her
use of color!
Heard it thru the
Grapevine - LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! This is a 3-part series & at
this point she is presenting it without embellishments, although that could
change. I personally don't think it needs a thing! I LOVE this!!!
Rorschach - Patti had originally titled this Love You, Old Crow,
but as she was stitching the crows sitting on the flowers, she began to see
owl's eyes! So. What do you see??
Out of the
Woods - This is another cute 3-part series! The first one will be
the funny little raccoon! And I love that the pieces of the animals are filled
with woodland motifs! Darling!!
It's "go-back" time!! Time to go back to all the places that
have just posted their goodies...or posted more goodies...or I somehow missed
the first time around...
And just as if we were there, this will end up being a big
fat mess of up & down, which floor first, who's on second, you got who, I'll
get them, oh my gosh we missed something...
Hooray!! We've got pictures & a few sneak peeks, but
certainly enough to get us inspired!
Ewe are My
Sunshine - This is the new "ewe" kit! How darling is this?? You can
either order the kit (which will include the 19ct linen, all fibers &
embellishments & ribbon, or you can order the button with the chart &
either use your own fabric & floss, or change the fabric (we have lots of
folks who have been stitching these on 10ct Tula!). If you want the kit, click
on the full picture above on the left; if you would prefer the button &
chart, click above on the sun button on the right.
Heart of My Heart
kit - Love this sweet basket of hearts!
kit - YAY! The new snowman! Molly's gonna be first in line for
chart - This will be so fun to see...we really like Love Notes!
Wonder what the next one will be??
chart - These look darling!!! LOVE the colors!
Bloom Where You Are
kit - This kit, like the Friend one we have stitched, is on 10ct
Tula. Perfect for beginners (or those of us who want to give their eyes a
Pink House Pincushion tin
kit - this already looks darling! It's just the right size for a
pincushion & the kit includes the supplies including the
These gals are so creative! Ribbons & magnets
& fobs...oh my! The magnets are all alike (you see them in the lower left
corner of the picture); the hand-dyed ribbon will come in assorted shades (we
won't get to select them...so we'll send you what we get); and the fobs are the
same way ~ assorted, each one cuter than the last! Click below for whatever you
would like to order:
Ribbon ~ Magnet ~ Fob
More new goodies from Gloria!! Love these spool
Quaker Christmas Spools
kit - Oh my gosh! Perfect for Christmas ornaments, to give or to
keep! Each kit includes enough materials to do both spools, including 2
spools! Also, spools will be available separately, so you can make
Joyful Yuletide Spools
kit - Love these 2 designs! Again, fabulous little ornaments! And
enough in the kit to stitch & finish both.
Sampler - this sampler won't be coming home with us from the show, but
we will be ordering them. I love the house & the motifs; needless to say,
Molly loves the deer!
Mary Cubitt Notebook & Notecards - Gloria is planning on reproducing this antique sampler
in the future, but until then she has made some lovely notebooks &
notecards! How lovely are these?
As always, Linda is bringing more beautiful creations! Some
of them are on silk gauze (you really have to try this ~ it's not nearly as
difficult as you might think), but you can also stitch them on your choice of
By the Sea Needlebook & Berry
Pincushion - HOLY SEASHELLS!! This is now my most favorite thing (&
yes, I know, I'm now up to about 40 "most favorite things". Sorry. Not
sorry). Look how darling this is!! I love the outside of the sewing case
(& the inside), LOVE the mermaid berry, LOVE LOVE LOVE the little mermaid in
the watch fob!! What to stitch first......
Eden Berry Linen or Silk - This one's for all the Adam & Eve fans out there!
The one on the left is the linen chartpak, the one on the right is on
Peace like a
River - Love this hymn, and the colors she used in this are just
perfect (for me, anyway!).
All - Oh my goodness. Love this one. This is another of her
designs where the proceeds go to TADSAW (Train a Dog, Save a Warrior). So
lovely & meaninful.
Sampler - What a gorgeous reproduction! Love the square flowers in the
12 Berries of Christmas:
7-9 - I love the water, the lawn & the "dance floor" on
these!! Love the colors!
Can't wait to see what new wooden creations Stephanie has in
store for us this year! Love these 3 new designs.
Lake - I love this! So pretty ~ and I think this frame is one of
her new wooden creations!
Sampler - A birth sampler for her granddaughter, we love this because
it's not too cutesy bunnies & teddy bears pink & blue. It will last
forever! This is finished in an 8x10 Prince box.
Bird - Isn't this lovely? I love this verse. And I like how she
did the bird & branch in full color & the rest is shades of neutrals.
This is finshed in her Cabin box.
Woohoo! Tracy just posted 3 more pictures!!
Arranging the Sewing
Kit - Look at all the great stitching necessaries in
Shards - LOVE this! All in my colors of blues &
Mandala - How cool is this? I love the white on slate look & I am
so addicted to these mandalas.
A couple more photos from Louise & Robin.
Hill - this is an original sampler, "inspired" by some of Louise's
favorite colors & sampler motifs!
Academy - A sweet little schoolgirl creation, based on work from a real
#3 - Love the dark flowers on this one!
Animal Crackers ~
Monroe - a third cutie to join the others! I think he's my
We are COMPLETELY BUMMED that Paulette won't be in Nashville
this year ~ we have so much fun with her & we'll miss her terribly! She has
4 new designs coming out & we're already on automatic for them, but it's
just not the same! Here are her goodies!
Hunt - ADORABLE! Love the egg hunt!! There are quite a few that
are gonna be out of reach, unless mom helps out!
Spring - So soft & pretty! And aren't we all ready for some
Sisters - This one makes me laugh! I love it! I love the bowl full of
Weenie - OMG! I didn't get it at first...look at the little baby
puppa on top of the dog on the right!! And the little miniature hydrant!!
The gals from Cricket won't be at the show either, but they
also have 2 new charts out. Again, we'll get them on automatic, but it's so
much more fun to see them stitched!
Range - These chickens are definitely on the loose! And check out
the buzzy bee carrot!
Eggs - Love the soft colors of these eggs ~ they definitely look
Yes, Friday was the start! We headed to the Market to
register, got our badges (which Molly proceeded to lose...which was found by one
of the designers), thought we'd scope out the halls & try & ascertain
who would be open for Early Bird shopping, instead we immediately ran into
friends & spent a half hour just talking, finally went walkabout &
figured out NOTHING! So we headed to our favorite Franklin store:
Philanthropy! Did some damage there, and a few other places! Came "home" &
reconnoitered (& picked out outfits!) & headed back to work! Got there
& we were immediately flagged down by one of our online friends who is
working this weekend ~ she had Molly's badge! Thank you Ellen!!! I then
proceeded to lose my Market book (& these suckers are like GOLD!). Haven't
found that, so Molly figures she's up 1 because she got her lost item back!
Hmmmm..... Anyway! We had a great evening & we're already planning our
attack for Saturday!
I've added more goodies here (& obviously, on the
website) & we'll have more to show you tomorrow! Have fun!
The gals at Dinky Dyes will have new colors of silks for us
to oooohh & aaaaaahh over & they also distribute lots of companies'
SCISSORS ~ SCISSORS ~
Pick your favorite, or get a couple!!
Ladybugs ~ Pumpkins ~ Shamrocks ~ Holly
Reach for the
Stars - from Tempting Tangles. Love love love this giraffe!
Blue - from Tempting Tangles. At first, I was worried about the "help"
being offered...until I remembered that it was the MICE who sewed Cinderella's
dress for the ball!
Sweetness - from Tempting Tangles. This is for all those who KNOW that iced tea is
Three new colors from Classic Colorworks! Order all 3 &
get a free graph!
Rose ~ Tea and Biscuits ~ Secret
Sue's designs just make you smile!! She can always be
counted on for fun, new things!
Quick to Stitch Sports ~
Baseball - FAVORITE!!!! Obviously, I LOVE this one!! And it's so
Quick to Stitch Sports ~
Basketball - Great for the basketball player you love!
Quick to Stitch Sports ~
Football - Too true!!
Quick to Stitch Sports ~
Soccer - I know several kids who think this way!
It's All About
Dad - What a great leaflet full of "dad things"!
Paris - How gorgeous is this?? I love this design ~ the sampler &
Red - Another great group of sled designs.! I love these done in
Friends - How fun are these frosty little folks??
Sara is one of our favorite European designers & we are
so excited about these 2 new designs!
Tale) - Oh my goodness! There are so many fairy tales in here!! Kim
R. & Danielle M., you're gonna want this!!!
Sampler - I love the bower of flowers underneath SPRING! So
many pretty things in this one ~ I also love the morning glories trailing on the
right side and the stack of critters too!
designs are always lovely! And her Halloween creations are
Rose - How gorgeous is this? I love the colors!
Still - Who are you gonna stitch this for?
Frank - YIKES! He looks like he's gonna walk off the
Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Another favorite childhood verse!
Yep! Today was all about haulin' the freight! We hit
the Market ready to roll! Friday night, Molly & I planned our path thru the
floors today, taking into account where the bottlenecks would be, who has
limited edition goodies and where best to get the most amount of things
accomplished! We knew that there were very few exhibitors on the 6th floor who
were open Friday night & therefore they would be mobbed Saturday
Some of y'all have already read this on my Facebook page, but
I know many of you aren't on FB, so I wanted to give everyone this information
& explanation. Brenda Gervais, from With thy Needle & Thread, announced
last week that she would have a darling limited edition kit! She let us know
that she was limiting shops to 12 kits, until noon on Sunday & then we could
get more. Also, we couldn't give her any pre-orders. Okay. That's fine. Good
to know what the rules are. And as soon as we had 12 orders, I made sure to go
on our website & post a warning that we had reached 12 & we couldn't
guarantee that we would get more. All this based on the info we received that
shops would be limited to 12 kits. Unfortunately, what she neglected to let us
know was that not only were shops limited to 12 each, but she would only have
enough for 30-35 shops, assuming everyone got 12. As point of reference, there
were over 150 shops who had pre-registered to attend the Market. Perhaps you
can imagine what happened. Shopowners began lining up outside her room at 0'
dark thirty! The last shopowner to get kits had gotten in line at 7:45. She
waited in line for 2.5 hours before she even got in the room. And she was the
lucky one. The gal behind her waited in line for 2.5 hours and got....nothing.
Also, she lost 2.5 hours of working time that she won't get back. I know I
always say this is not brain surgery, we're not ending hunger here. But we ARE
working hard ~ yes it's fun to see friends & it's AMAZING to see so very
many treasures stitched ~ but it is exhausting work.
We had already determined that we couldn't get in a huge long
line. We headed up to 6 around noon & Molly got in the room relatively
quickly (maybe 15-20 minutes). Unbeknownst to us at that point, there wasn't
the slightest chance on the face of God's green earth for us to get any kits.
We are tremendously disappointed that we couldn't get these for you all ~ we are
tremendously disappointed that it wasn't clearer about exactly how many would be
available. Believe me, had I known that, NO I wouldn't have gotten in line at 6
AM! But I also wouldn't have posted it & taken your orders either. I would
have much preferred to tell you that we just wouldn't be able to get them. At
this point, there is "a possibility" that we will get the 24 we need to fill our
orders. In my opinion, there's the same possibility that I will win the next
big Power Ball drawing. I can't apologize enough about disappointing you. What
I can tell you is that this is the 2nd year in a row we have had this exact same
situation. Because of that, we will no longer be offering any limited edition
designs from With Thy Needle & Thread unless there are drastic changes.
It's just not fair to you, our stitching family. Now her regular charts, we
have no problem getting & we will absolutely, positively continue to offer
them all! They're just fantastic & we love them as much as you
OKAY! Time to move on to the good stuff!! Many of the
things we got today, y'all have already seen. But some of them you've only seen
snippets! So tonight I'll give ya full pictures (HOORAY!!) & new things we
Barb & Alma never let us down! This is always one of the
highlights of Market! Lots of BLUE & lots of hearts this year. Molly went
there while I was...I don't know where ~ maybe doing my tour of Italy! Anyway!
Here are our pictures (certainly not professional caliber ~ remember, hotel
lighting is horrible). I'm sure within the next few days we'll be able to post
The Winter is
Past - This is a lovely, traditional sampler & of course I love
Fever - LOVE this border! And it definitely looks like
Hearts - This sampler is simply beautiful! This picture doesn't do it
justice. And the heart pin pillow is just darling! LOVE them
Navidad - This lovely Christmas sampler is the 2nd in a new series!
The colors are lucious!!
Sewing Bird Scissor
Pocket - What a pretty little scissor pocket
pillow! Really nice!
Liberty - This was originally released as part of a club, but now it's
available for everyone! It's so pretty!
Hats Off to Uncle
Sam - Another lovely pin drum! Love the motif on the top of this
Trifles - The soft colors in these trifles are perfect for your Easter
Notes - FUN FUN FUN!! I am loving this new series! This is a really
Snowman - LOVE this! I like how he's striped! Never made a striped
Heart of My
Heart - A classic SB creation!
Pink House Pincushion
Tin - I think this is so sweet! This little tin makes the perfect
size or a little pincushion.
Bloom Where you
are - Quick to stitch, no matter your level of
2 cute reveals today!!
Heart - These are the 3 new colors from Classic Colorworks, & in
the background you see a snippet of the free chart you'll get if you purchase
the 3 new colors together!
ABC's - this is a kit from Little House & it is SO FUN! I love
that it's tall & skinny!
We were so excited to see Teresa's goodies "IRL" (as the kids
say ~ translation: In real life). Even better, she had more new
Vision - Another beautiful angel! Now I can't decide which one I want
to do first...
Garden - we had already posted this one in punchneedle, but when we
got to her room she had it in cross stitch too! The border is
Goat - another cutie that we had posted in punchneedle & found
today in cross stitch!
Rabbit - She is just too cute!
Ghoulfriends - LOVE this! It just makes me laugh!
Midnight Tango ~
punchneedle - This is GORGEOUS and adorable!
This is what I look like right now!!! Okay, my hair will
never look like that (it is straight & flat & lifeless as a board), but
everything else? Yep, that's me! Molly had a mega coughing fit tonite at
dinner (she's still recovering from laryngitis), my eyes are gonna be all Freaky
Red Eye Thing tomorrow...we are a pair! As Molly said, "getting old sucks!" So
we're winding it down tonight before we fall completely off the ledge!
The "party" is over ... but the fun is just
Today was our "pick up" day & "what did we forget" day!
We started off on the right(?) foot by forgetting our rolling cart when we left
the hotel! Fortunately, we remembered as soon as we got to the car. BTW, after
all these years, we've named our cart: he is now Kirk (as in, "beam me up,
Scotty!"). We did this hoping that if we gave him a personality, we might not
continually to walk off & leave him in the hall!
Today was a fun day ~ fortunately, thanks to all the
exhibitors who encouraged us to pre-order, and all the exhibitors who were open
on Friday night, we were able to get things done so much more efficiently that
we actually had time to visit with people today. We traded dog stories with Pam
& Susan at Praiseworthy Stitches, dog pictures with Jeannette Douglas,
traded "how did our boys get so big?" stories with Tina at Shepherd's Bush,
visited with Wayne Huneycutt (aka, "the Silent Salesman" ~ nickname courtesy of
Abby) of Huneywood frames ~ we learned that Wayne now has groupies, we talked a
little smack with our buddy Kimberly from Samplers Not Forgotten (we KNOW she
misses us ALMOST as much as we miss her ~ at the very least, she misses Molly!
And we WANT to know how she got someone as nice as Brenda to agree to work with
her...JK!), talked a little hockey with Logan (Katy's son from Norden ~ he's a
goalie), had KRINGLE at La D Da, had THE BEST time meeting Nicola from Hands
Across the Sea, traded gossip with Linda at Chessie & Me, were deemed to be
"young & hip" by the cute girls at Zappy Dots (needless to say, they're our
favorites now ~ even though they OBVIOUSLY need to visit the eye doctor!!), were
thrilled to see our friend Connie at JBW Designs (she wasn't planning on coming,
so when we saw her we were SO EXCITED! Mary W., she sends her love!), the gals
at Zappy Stitch Dots considered us "young & hip" (poor, misguided souls!),
gave Beth Twist at Heartstring Samplery some ideas for new designs (be on the
lookout for a fast-food sampler, roughly the size of "His Eye is on the
Sparrow"), learned that Boston Terrier doorstops that face left are RARE (do you
see a dog trend here?) from Tanya at Scarlett House (also a major dog lover),
and last but not least ~ we were the head cheerleaders for Diane at Silver
We also talked to fellow shopowners that we don't see nearly
enough of ~ Jean Lea from The Attic in AZ, Deb from Stitches N Things in MI, Pat
from Stitching Post here in Nashville, Jeannine from Acorns & Threads in OR,
Melinda from Stitching Post in Baltimore, Deb from Stitch N Stuff in Reading,
Jeanne from Country Sampler in WI, Drema from Needlecraft Corner in Baltimore,
Janice from Traditional Stitches in Calgary and more whose names escape me, but
our shared stories bind us together.
In the words of Beth from Heartstring Samplery, "this is my
tribe. we speak the same language."
So, by now you're wondering, "Can't she just shut up &
show us some stuff already?" Why yes. Yes I can!
But first, a word from our
sponsors. Oh wait, we don't have sponsors...
Okay, just a note
Just like last year, there are
way too many things for y'all to be able to see everything & decide on the
spot what you need. So our Nash Cash promotion will carry on thru Tuesday!
Nothing will be in the shop until later in the week (we fly home on Tuesday
& will begin sorting orders on Wednesday), so if you see things you want
(even if you're going to pick them up!), order them by Tuesday, & that way
you'll be assured of earning Nash Cash, no matter how you want to use it! If
you don't remember how Nash Cash works, click on the jar above for
It's always lovely to see Jeannette. We only see her once a
year or so, but it feels like we've been friends forever! Here are the full
images of her awesome new designs!
Vignettes - LOVE LOVE LOVE this! You can't really tell from this picture
(which, as you can imagine, is WAY BETTER than the photo I took today...), but
the colors are so lovely!! The Spring vignette (far right) is stitched on a
pale pink & has that eponymous Cape cottage & beautiful flowers; the
Summer vignette has a sailing ship & OF COURSE, a whale; and the Fall
vingette has stunning autumnal color! Anybody else notice that there's a season
Stitches - Possibly my favorite (although it's hard to pick just
one...), I love not only the colors, but oh my goodness, all the different
Birds - How amazing is this?? We have Vintage Alphabets stitched at
the shop, and I think this will need to go with it!
Box - another fave! Of course, I love quilts, so this jumped right
out at me! I knew going in there were 2 colorways ~ taupe & rust and blue
& green ~ and of course I assumed that I would want the blue & green.
WRONG! I love the taupe & rust!! LOVE!
Acorns - Look at this gorgeous band sampler! Again, you can't tell
from the photo, but there are so many awesome stitches in this! And remember,
Jeannette gives you fantastic directions & diagrams, so go ahead & try
Acorn - Jeannette said she just fell in love with the acorn on her
Roses & Acorns sampler, so she had to give it its own creation! Greenery is
added & check out how she actually got that bargello border to work in the
corners ~ never an easy feat!
Pincushions - All the little motifs on these pincushions are taken from old
Dutch samplers ~ and you can tell if you've seen many Dutch
Stitch - really? Need I say more? A fun little chartpak that you can
do in different colorways. The buttons are included in the
Oops! I left this out somehow!
Kind - This was one of our favorites, and I have NO IDEA how I left
it out of the newsletter!
Cecilia is one of our long-time friends & we are so glad
she's been coming to Market again! Her new designs are just as great as all the
ones from before. Most of her Market releases you've already seen, but she had
2 newbies! One of them is so long it needs 2 photos!!
Back - How adorable is this? Cecilia designed this & made it
into a baby sampler for her grandson ~ who shares a birthday with Jimmy
Birds and the
Bees - LOVE this giant beeskep! My Mamaw would have loved
Aside from the awesome things they brought to the show, it
was awesome to see Katy & her dad Dave & Logan (the hockey goalie!)! I
wish we lived closer & could see each other more.
(Blue) - This is sooooo sweet! And not too much stitching! We have a
couple of these done at the shop & we love them!
Eggs (Orange , Cream &
Blue) - Love these ~ wouldn't they be cute decorating your Easter
Peace - Oh my goodness! Love this ~ look at the sweet shepherds
& they little sheep!
Sampler - this photo is of the original sampler from 1789 ~ I'm sorry,
but that just blows me away! If someone is looking at something I stitched 25o
years from now, won't that be cool?? Oh wait....I'd actually have to finish
Lady Dot has new trims!!! New Eyelash trim,
new twill tape & new colors in rickrack!
Algae ~ Eyelash Sizzle
Vanilla ~ Eyelash Vintage
Vintage ~ Twill Tape
Licorice ~ Twill Tape Snow
Algae ~ RickRack
Anemone ~ RickRack Peony
Punchneedle - Okay, this is darling all on its own, but the fact that they
finished on a ROLLING PIN? I love it even more!
Crazy Love: Primitive -so pretty ~ Molly loves it in these soft primitive
Bold - Yep! This is my choice! Again, look at the cool finishing
Punchneedle - Just love her! Love the little swirls in her
Punchneedle - She's just adorable! She's Molly's choice!
Rabbit - So very, very regal, don't ya know? You just wanna make him
laugh, don't you??
Okay, this is like HEAVEN for us! We go in their booth &
it's wall to wall fabric! YES PLEASE!!
Here are their new colors ~
Alchemy - This is a great color: darker than pewter but not as
dark as slate
Oaken - This may be the new "go-to" color for reproductions. It's a
wonderful tan/brown overdye.
Vespers - this green is wonderful !
Yarn Tree is another of our FABULOUS distributors & in
fact they are the ones who do all the "behind the scenes" work to put on this
Market! We cannot thank them enough for all they do for us, for the Market
& all year long!
Some of the designers they represent created darling charts
that are exclusively available from Yarn Tree for a period of time. You're
gonna want them....
Sheep - This just makes you smile!! It's adorable!
Rose - I love the arbor around here (and her little dog
I am a Needlesmith - Yes! Yes
I am! Love this. My aunt Marya has a spinning wheel & I've always loved
it. Whenever I see one, I think of her (& home!).
Bobines - They were sold out of these by the time we arrived, so you're
gonna have to take our word about how fun this is!!!!
Goldfinch - Molly, aka bird girl, just loved this one! Again, I
only have the snippet, but we'll post the full pic soon!
A Walk in the
Garden - OMG! How cute is she with her little strawberry skirt?? But
what I really want are her boots!!
A Walk to the
Sea - Boy does this make me miss the days that I could walk to the
Il Posto della
Felicita - The perfect place for happiness! And isn't that the
Tonight's newsletter brought to you courtesy of
Starborough Sauvingon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand!
Yes I am partial to my Kiwi wines & I will shamelessly
plug all good things New Zealand! And how nice is it to be able to buy a bottle
of wine at the grocery store? If you live in a state where this is the norm,
I'm jealous!! Not only could we buy wine, we could get GOOD wine! Also, we
helped a total stranger find a bottle of Oliver 'Soft Blush Wine' (blech!) for a
friend! However, when Molly said she needed to find the "snack bar" at the
grocery store, I started to get concerned. It's great to buy wine & beer,
but a snack bar at Kroger?? And then I realized she actually said "Snack Bars"
~ like Luna bars or BelVitas! It's always an adventure with us.
Tomorrow we will pack our suitcases with as much as we can
get in them, and then the overflow (or our dirty laundry) will go in the boxes
we brought. We'll then head to the UPS store & ship the extra stuff back
(learned a hard lesson about overweight bags last year ~ but the bag guy was so
nice! We LOVE Southwest!). After that, we'll wander around town, have dinner
& get ready to head home (NO! NO! Not yet!). To all of our stitching
family (& if you're reading this, you're part of the family ~ sorry about
your luck...), we thank you that you make it possible for us to do this. While
we work like crazy during this time period, we also love the experience. And we
realize & appreciate the fact that were it not for you, we wouldn't be
necessary. So we thank you. And we hope we've been able, to a small extent, to
tuck you in our pocket (or into Kirk the cart) & bring you along for the
And lest you think this is the last Market newsletter, OH
NO!!! There will be another tomorrow (although I THINK we've gotten all the
images up for you). Tomorrow's newsletter will be about: what surprised us,
what enchanted us, what made us smile & laugh & what we're each gonna
stitch FIRST! Molly asked me tonight, "What was your favorite thing?" That's a
totally unfair question. I have my favorite design, my favorite design from my
favorite designer (not always the same), my favorite new idea....you see where
I'm going with this. So tomorrow will be a lot more yip yap about what made
this weekend special & why you are the best part of
Hugs & Stitches ~
Beth & all the headless chickens at TSS