Monday, January 15, 2018

And now it begins...............Nashville Market #1

Yes, we are now turning our sights to Nashville Market coming up in March.  And this week we began getting e-mails about some of the projects we will be we're going to keep a running list of them for you on the blog... From Glendon Place

Stand for Freedom-a limited edition kit-- it will never be published after market and we will be unable to get more once market is over.  We are taking orders now and must have final order numbers by 1/31/2018.  So if you think this is something you'd like to have, please send us an e-mail ( or call the shop (410) 289-4667 before that date.  Kit includes the chart, 13"x18" cut of either 28 ct. Bramble Linen or 14 ct. Bramble aida by Picture This Plus, 6 colors (full 20 yard spools) of Sulky 12 Weight Cotton Petites, 2 colors (1 yd. cuts) of Sullivan floss for attaching buttons and 3 colors/sizes of JABCO star buttons (total of 16).   Ciost for the 28 ct. Linen is $40.00 and the 14 ct. Aida kit is $37.00


Spook Town Square will be a 4-part Halloween series with Part 1 (the center gazebo) released at the Nashville Market (March).  Each part will retail for $12.00.  Part #2  (4 designs to the left and right of the gazebo) will be released May 1st., the 4 designs above the gazebo will be released July 9th, and the final release of the 4 designs below the gazebo will be released September 1st.   The model is stitched on a 1/2 yard cut of 28 ct. Tarnish (Picture This Plus). You will need 26" x 26" for the design.  A specialty thread pack will also be available that contains 3 skeins (2 different colors) of the DMC Color Variations (4080-Daffodil Fields (1) and 4122 Fall Harvest (2).  The remainder of the design is stitched with a total of 81 colors of DMC/Anchor floss.  We do not have a price yet on the specialty thread packs.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Whew....made it through Christmas, but I'm exhausted.from sitting on the sofa stitching...

And I didn't stitch for about a week, (before Christmas and a couple of days after) I mean not once, not one cross, I didn't even pick up a needle and I think of all the wasted hours where I could have been creating something fabulous and I'm mad at myself, but honestly, my house hasn't been this straightened up since last December and I'm loving it.  I didn't think I'd care about a new dishwasher, not having used one for the last 11 years, but I've been getting clean up done a lot faster so my kitchen is cleaned up most of the time win, with no dishes in the sink.   And this year I was really organized and had a schedule which I kept for 3 days of prep for the  Christmas dinner.  I was on it and it showed.  But we opened the shop Friday after Christmas and tried to get back to our normal routine, however,  with wind chill factor of 8 it was hard to even sit in the shop.  My feet were frozen even though Sara had little heaters put in for our feet and I put heat packs in my shoes on Friday but on Saturday I just wore my Ugg slippers and frankly I was fine.  By Monday I was bored stiff and due to the extreme cold there weren't many walking on the boardwalk so at 3 p.m. Monday we said the hell with it and closed.  Then the following Thursday was the big snow so we were closed all last weekend and it was still cold so I stay bundled up in p.j.'s and quilts and ran the heat like it was free.  I'm not proud of this but I actually never got out of P.J.'s for 9 days I never left the house.  But no  one was coming in so I just enjoyed myself sitting on the sofa, stitching, watching t.v. and living life.  Michael came over Wednesday night and asked how I was doing and I had to admit even I had enough of sitting on the sofa and staying home.  I needed out....which of course would require a shower and a change of clothes.  But it took me 2 more days  before I took the corrective steps and Friday got up at 5:00 a.m., showered and got dressed.  The good thing was I had done all the laundry while I was at home so I have no problem finding something to wear.  And that brings you up to date on me.  I did finish the ABC de la Brodeuse, which I love, love, love.  It was such a fabulous stitch and the amazing finish to this is...I had my banding cut extra long just in case and when I was done I really wanted to back it so the backside of the stitching wouldn't be visible.  I had started and stopped threads carefully so I could leave it and it would be fine, but I just wanted the back to be finished as well.  While I was going through piles of fabric for that perfect piece, I unrolled the banding and discovered we had cut it long enough that I could just use it to cover the back just doubling the banding over and backstitching it to the front can't even see where it is backstitched together.  Perfect.  Then I was searching through my boxes for little hangers which I thought I had run across and found a bag of 4 and one of them fit this bellpull, but it was just a small gold hanger..  While I was walking up the hall to the living room I happened to see the Just Nan Lady Scarlet bellpull I did years ago and it's hanger was designed for that bellpull, however, it was perfect for my ABC bellpull.  Just the right colors in the flowers used as a header on the metal piece.  So I undid the banding, took that bellpull finding off my Lady Scarlet and put it on my ABC...perfection I tell you.  OMG, I loved it before but now I want to do another one. 

 But since I think of January as my snowman month I thought I should do at least one new snowman piece and of course I picked out Brenda Gervais Snow Birds.  I picked 18 count linen and used Weeks Dye Works Pearl Cottons and a DMC.  It was a race to get it done by Friday since Camp Wannastitch is here this weekend.  By Wednesday I informed Sara that I was out of the Whitewash, so she sent Michael over with 4 skeins and I moved on.  By Thursday I had everything done except I ran out of Oscar before finishing 3 leaves.  So I brought it in today minus the 3 leaves...darn it.  (It's now Sunday and the leaves are done, but I had already taken the picture.  I hope to have the finishing done by next weekend so I'll post another picture at that time. 

 It was a fun stitch, except I was in a race against time and that's never that much fun for me.  I'm also a little stuck on finishing.  I am thinking pillow but if we have a table banner hanger that goes with it I might use it.  And with that done, and a Hoffman order here with Whittaker, well the new project just showed up.  Of course then it's fabric selection which has taken me all weekend as I went back and forth.  And..add to the confusion I've decided to stitch it not only on 36 ct, but to do an oversized larger Whittaker on 18 ct. using pearl cottom.  I am leary with only 2 colors that I have the  patience to do this twice, but here's hoping.  I've driven Stasi Buhrman nuts pulling fabrics which she then takes pity on me and puts them away for me.  Thank God for Stasi...she offered to come down to cut fabric for the Camp Wannastitch weekend and needless to say Sara and I both screamed with joy.  OMG, she has spent 3 days on her feet helping stitchers pick their fabrics and cutting the fabrics for them.  Thank you Stasi so much.  We couldn't have done this without you, and I really mean that.  This is an exhausting weekend, in a good, way,  and it's a wonderful weekend.  This year the Camp had 175 stitchers attend.  You can just imagine what it was like at times in the shop.  But we see several of the stitchers other times of the year so some have become friends and it's always good to see returning stitchers, see what everyone is working on, hear their stories about their pieces, etc.  But I sure am ready for a nap by the end of the day.  Anyway, we are about to wrap it up

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Holiday Hours

We have decided to close for the Holidays on the 18th of December and will reopen December 28th.  We will also be closed January 1st.  and then will reopen on the 5th of January.  So hopefully you are all set for the holidays.  I'm certainly not.  I'm done stitching for the holidays and as usual I didn't get anything major stitched for Sara.  I was  working on the special Blue Ribbon Tree Etui, but like everything else it just fell by the wayside yet again.  However, I'm keeping it right beside my stitching chair and hopefully will finish it after Christmas so I'll be early for Christmas 2018...wouldn't that be a nice surprise.  It's been a busy week this past week.  Monday I had my surgery and did very well so now it's been wound care all week.  Of course when I got out of the shower at 5:30 a.m. today, didn't feel it was appropriate to call Mary to ask her to come take care of the wound, which has been her daily regimen since Monday so I decided I would handle it myself.  The wound is in the middle of my back, from about 2" down from my neck and is about 3-4 inches.  I didn't realize until 5:35 a.m. today that there was no way on God' s green earth I could possible put gauze pads and a huge surgical bandage on my myself and part of the wound is still seeping a bit so I do need something over it.    So after trying and failing miserably, I had to come up with a solution to get to church.  If this was any other month it would be simple, I wouldn't go to church I'd wait for Mary to get up and then let her do it, and skip church.  But with altar duty in December I had no choice.  So I took a maxi pad (didn't have any smaller) and taped that sucker to my back and put on a long sleeve shirt over it and I went on to church.  I didn't take my coat off so you wouldn't be able to see it, but when I got to the shop I asked Sara to change to the surgical bandage, since it created a real hump back there.  When I lifted my shirt so she could do it she starting laughing and asked if she could take a picture, but don't start searching for it because I wouldn't let her.  I mean I had to cover it and the only thing I had was the pad.  A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.  I thought it was a great hack.    Anyway, that was this mornings little drama.  On Friday Home Depot was suppose to deliver my new dishwasher and on Tuesday the plumber was coming to hook it up.  So when the plumber arrived on Friday I thought oh, oh...but when I opened the door and said, you guys weren't suppose to be here until Tuesday, I don't even have the dishwasher yet, he said, we have it with us and we're installing it now.  YEAH!!! They did a fabulous job and even swept out the space where the old dishwasher was (apparently I was on the phone at the time).  So Sara can stop bitching about having to wash the pots and pans (she made me go to plastic everything so she wouldn't have to wash dishes or pans.  I'm even thinking about going back to my Dickens china....oh, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas to me.  Wanted to show you a couple model finishes I had this month.  I know I talked about the Jingle All The Way box by Brenda Gervais.  She used the Antique Lace mini pom pom but I wanted to go more Christmas so I used Dames of the Needle "TexArkana" to match the green garland.  Then I had a Christmas plaid scrapbooking paper to line the inside, lined the top edge with green silk ribbon which I antiqued to match the rest of the box which had trees and Happy Holidays on it.    I also used red petite beads for the berries.  Fun stitch and fun finish.  

Getting prepared for summer I stitched "Take it E-Sea" by Silver Creek Samplers.  Then I finished it in a white frame and added shells and a white starfish to the frame to carry on the beach theme.  Another fun stitch.  

I guess that's it for to get some stuff done before we leave the shop for the day.  So I doubt I'll be talking to you before Christmas so let me say Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to you all.  May you find the peace, joy and love we all need over the holidays.  While I'm sure there will be drama if you are celebrating with family, just keep your head down and reach for the goal...December 26th.

Monday, December 4, 2017

I swear it's the last sled I'm doing in 2017...can't say what I'll be doing in 2018

I'm sitting in the shop looking out at the Atlantic Ocean, people walking dogs on the boardwalk, others sitting on the benches just taking in the view, the suns shining and the weather is perfect for a fabulous day outside.  It just doesn't get any better than this.  I pray that your Thanksgiving was as peaceful, calm, drama free and filled with food and family as mine was.  While on Thursday it was a small gathering, but the day after Thanksgiving my sister and niece came down and treated everyone to dinner at Ruth Chris where we had another wonderful dinner, all 11 of us including my sister and niece so it wasn't very quiet but the food was excellent).  And the next night we did "Thanksgiving do-over to get rid of all the food from Thursday.  Three nights of eating...yes a dream come true.  But now I'm back to working 4 days a week as we start the race to Christmas Day.  And as the children get older it gets harder to find the gifts that they may like, except for Michael who asked me to get him new rims for his truck.  .  Honestly it has me wishing for the years of Fisher Price toys.  But at least he had a list even though only one thing was on it.  I'm also working on Christmas Gifts every night.  I was sifting through bags of stuff trying to locate all Christmas and I can't believe some of the items I've started then abandoned.  Remember the tree shaped etui from Blue Ribbon Designs? Heck Blue Ribbon isn't even doing counted cross stitch anymore, which is a shame because her designs were fabulous.  I remember Debbie Liming and I both made plans to stitch it.  I even got the smalls done for it the same year it came out.  I had 3/4 of the  top lid done, but that's all I had done, before I stuck it back in a tote.  I found the finishing daunting and I think that's what made me stop, but after locating it again I decided to drag it out and work on it again.  Again I'm finding all the pieces daunting.  The stitching is easy so I'm going to at least get more stitching done before I again put it in a bag and abandon the whole thing.  At that point I'll just leave it for Sara to find after I'm gone.  Perhaps she will finish it for me.   And of course I had to stitch a few more sleds for a wreath for Salty Yarns.   How appropriate is this with designs from Sue Hillis' "Christmas for the Stitcher" leaflet.  I made very few changes in color....stitched on 32 ct. white Lugana, using DMC fibers.  Where there were pins shown, I did change to a silver metallic thread (Krenick #4 or #8 works well-color 01 Silver) and then used a petite bead for the head of the bead.  Then with the stacked spools of thread I used a real needle in place of a stitched one.  On the bird clamp I used red and green to make it more Christmas so it would match the other sleds more.  I think Sue had used a yellowish or gold color for the bird.  I also used a dark grey for the clamp and made that pin cushion green.  Other than that I used the called for colors.  Then purchased a $4 wreath from Michaels and the wreath you see here was born.  Oh, I did purchase some holly berry sprigs to add in.  But then that is it.   Easy peasy.  And as I've said before the directions Sue Hillis gives in the chart are spot on, can't go wrong (well, in theory at least)...but I've had no problems doing the finishing so I'm sure you will be fine.   

Of course there were 2 designs I was anxiously waiting to arrive and they both have so I've moved on to those.  Of course I just had to stitch the new Brenda Gervais papier mache box top design, "Jingle all the Way".   It's a perfect box to slip some favorite candies in for someone or a special pair of scissors, well just anything really.  If you did the one she designed for Halloween you will definitely want this one for Christmas.   The size of the box is  approx. 3" x 5".   I've stitched two of these and basically used the colors she recommends, except I did use just one of the reds, Cherry Cobbler,  for the santa as our Chili Pepper dot lot looked a little too orange to me.  Then in place of the stitched berries I used petite beads.  I don't like to ever stitch anything more than once normally, but as I said I've already stitched this one twice and I'm thinking I might do it a third time.   It is an easy 2 day stitch which is why I don't mind repeating the stitch too much.   I haven't shown it yet because I have to get the paint for the box, oyster white and knaki...hope to get it today and get these finished.

Then the 2nd Brenda Gervais I'm working on is her devided tray design,  "Oh Tannenbaum" it.  I feel like I haven't stitched something to be framed in forever, but I love these different ways of finishing and have been drawn to those designs.    I started with the lower left design and should finish it tonight...more of a 3 day stitch for me because I didn't stitch one night at all (don't know why, just didn't) and then last night I was helping Judy with her project so I didn't stitch then either.  But I figure no more than 3 nights on 4 of the designs and the center should take 1 night.  Keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out that way and by then perhaps we will have the trays in.  Fingers crossed.  While I may not ever stitch this more than once, each of the designs here can be used individually and I may do that.  The ideas are spinning around in my head.  Perhaps on one of the little wooden totes I love so much.  It could be used as a holiday card holder...oh, so cute.  Well, I have to finish the tray first.  So how is your Christmas stitching coming?  FYI-we are now on Winter Hours, open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10-4

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hello Thanksgiving....we're waiting for you!

I'm sorry to see Halloween over, it's such a fun time not only with events, but also with stitching.  Some of my favorite stitches have been Halloween pieces.  So when it came time to change the front display to Thanksgiving I was questioning my stitching.  Can't remember anything, with the exception of the Drawn Thread's  "Give Thanks" that I did last year, I think it was last year.  It was a marvelous stitch and so much fun with the great variety of stitches involved.  And a turkey, well I hadn't stitched a turkey in forever (when that is I don't really know).  Anyway, I went on the hunt for a cute turkey and I found one with a company I used to love....Artists Collection.  You don't hear about them anymore because they don't design for cross stitch any longer, but I found some of their designs on our racks and with "The Gleaning Season" came a turkey, which when done on 18 ct. ends up around 3" x 5".  I used their recommended colors except (and you knew I had an accept) I loved Weeks Dye Works Rust (Pearl Cotton) for the body of the turkey.  I then did all the backstitching on the feathers with Weeks regular overdyed floss (rust).  Oh, yea, I also covered the DMC black stitching on the hat with Pearl Cotton black in a satin stitch to make it stand out and give more dimension.  And then I added 2 beads for the eyes.  He is so cute and such a wonderful addition to our Thanksgiving display.  So if you need a turkey just give us a call...we have approx. 4 leaflets still in stock (and we can't get them again so this is it.)   

I was going to try to get a few new pieces done for Thanksgiving, but Christmas is starting to work on me so I decided I better get to it.  I did 5 more sleds from Sue Hillis, Christmas for the Stitcher, but I didn't take the correct number of sleds home so I was only able to get 2 sleds painted.   I'm taking the rest home tonight so hopefully I'll have something to show by the end of the week.  But they are so much fun to stitch and while I usually stay close to what she charts, I was able to put my little spin on a couple of them.  So important that I get to add a little something.  


And then it's on to Christmas stitching....oh, what to stitch, what to stitch.  Or perhaps I'll find something that involves no stitching.  I haven't a clue but I'll sure let you know what I'm doing sooner or later.  Have a great week.  Talk to you soon

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It took days and Judy and Mary's help, but I'm finally up and blogging again.

God, it's been such a I-Pad wouldn't charge so I've been without my I-Pad in the bathroom so I was so behind on what's happening on facebook, but today I'm back up to speed.  I still don't have my I-Pad as it won't keep a charge, but Sara gave me Michael's 2016 Christmas gift, Amazon's Fire tablet which he apparently didn't even take out of the box, so I'm back to facebook and after Judy spent the day working on getting me back to blogging I was almost there and after I came home Mary came down and finished the job, so here I am blogging and showing finishes.  Actually there wasn't that much to show as you can see.  I did finish Lone Elm's "Sweet Fragrance" so I could use the pipe box which just arrived in the shop...which I love, love, love.  The box comes in a couple of colors and there are 2 books so far with the pattern you see and then another with a sampler as the theme.  Along with the piece for the box, you also get the needlebook design.  I will confess that I did add the needlepage to the needlebook as I'm not sure where you would put the needles otherwise, but no big deal there.     I will tell you Lone Elm does give you the foam core board for finishing cut to size so that was a plus.  All in all a great project.  I even used the colors, etc called for but I'm sure I didn't use the fabric they called for as I pulled something out of my stash....and I match what the picture looks like to the fabric and use the correct count but exact color I don't care about.  In my house close counts.  

The C.A Wells Memorial Weekend was the usual success.  There were fabulous goodie bags, I think everyone brought one to hand out and the food....oh, the food...for two days it's just eat, eat, eat, and we did get stitching done.  I was thrilled to get 46 stitches in, yes that's all because I'm talking most of the time.  But Candi finished her Milady's Needle spool project from Jamboree, and she got the Sue Hillis project done at Jamboree and she finished her gold project after Jamboree so that is three classes and 3 projects done.  Go Candi.  Judy worked the shop all weekend so that Sara and Debbie could work on their Jackie DuPlessis "The Princess and the Pea" which after 12 hours of intense labor is almost finished.  I'm so proud of them.  There were moments when I thought one or both were going to give up, but they perservered and Sunday by 4 were done with the paper work and leaves, boxes were painted and they have the easy part left, the stitching.  Kay spent the weekend knitting as she had neck issues which kept her from bending her neck.  Everyone else kept busy on their current projects and then I showed them my latest so several of them got their supplies for the same project so it's a group project, somewhat.  It's called "Abc de la Brodeuse" by Jardin Prive.   are stitching it over one on a 27/29 banding and it's really too cute for words.  I'll give you a glance as soon as I finish what I'm calling the first section A-C.  I'm loving this.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

OMG...something went terribly wrong with my blogger update...

I've been trying to figure this out for almost a week.  I went to post pictures through my Iphone and it tells me I need to update, however, there is no app for the Apple update yet.  For God's sake now I have to wait for that?  It's killing me.  I've grown attached to the sleigh ornaments and have now done 4 for Halloween and I can't show the latest ones yet.  God knows how long this will take.  First of all I'm not savvy enough to understand what the hell the message is even telling me to do, so I brought it down to the kids to interpret and Brian says I have to wait for the app to update.  Crap!  I'll keep trying and I'll get back to you the minute we have victory!  OK it's a small victory, I called Sara and asked her to post it to the blog using her phone which doesn't solve the problem, but at least I can finish the blog.  These are the final two models for the shop and I have to say, the finishing, if using the Sue Hillis method, is so simple I wonder why I didn't try it the first time.  Anyway it does give you a smooth finish.  Got to use my specialty ribbon again, always a plus, but of course now I'm worried I'll run out.  These are just two of the designs out of her Monster Mash leaflet.,   And now stitchers I'm done stitching Halloween for the shop. 

 As for Jamboree, we had a great group here and the teachers all got A's from the stitchers The newest thing for most of the stitchers was the class on stitching with gold threads Deborah-Merrick-Wilson was the teacher and she was so instructive with handling gold thread the students learned a lot and loved the class.  And the sample I saw was magnificent.  If you think gold work is done with just strands of gold thread, you are mistaken.  It might be instructive for everyone to take a class from her I think you will be amazed.  Then Sue Hillis taught the stitchers to finish an easel piece which they had pre-stitched, so everyone went home with a finished easel.  Wonderful class and many of the stitchers found this so easy to do they are going to repeat it with their Christmas gifts.  I think this is what I love about learning to finish a variety of items,  we are able to reproduce what we've been taught and able to use the same method over and over again.   This is the importance of classes.  The final class was taught by Gloria Moore from Milady's Needle.  She taught the students to finish one of her beautiful wooden spools.  The design she created was a Halloween scene and was so adorable and stitched on 40 ct. over 2 which was a challenge for some, but with peepers and magnifiers everyone struggled through it and Candi was at Stitch 'n Bitch on Tuesday and had it completed.  So once you get going it becomes a fast stitch.As I said, the teachers were wonderful, the stitchers were great and we feel we had another successful Jamboree.  Big thanks to both students and teachers.  We are so thankful for you all, bor without you we would not exist. Debbie Liming, Stasi Buhrman and I had made a decision to work on the finishing of Stitcher's Heart together and since Stasi isn't going to be here for C.A. Wells weekend, we decided to do it on Sunday of Jamboree after the stitchers left so I would be available.  So at 3 p.m we gathered in one of the hotel apartments and of course I noted immediately that while I had to papers for the inside of the box, I left the finishing kit for the small pieces at home.  But since I feel I can finish the smalls, I was concerned about the box as decoupage was involved, I didn't stress over what I left at home (especially since I didn't meet the goal of having everything stitched).  .  Now my mother was the queen of decoupage, if anything stood still for more than 5 minutes, she decoupaged it onto something.  So I should be fully versed in it, but of course I felt I remembered but wasn't sure enough on my own.  Debbie had painted her box already so Stasi and I were already behind.  So we painted our boxes and while we let them dry Debbie was sanding hers and we were all looking at the paper to put inside.  Now that was the struggle deciding how to cut those to match and get the most design saved out of it.  I have to say I don't have a whole lot of patience for this kind of thing.  I just want to get it done.  Debbie on the other hand studied it and moved it for about 45 minutes.  Stacy was more, get it done to the best of your ability and move on.  Oh, I forgot Stasi waxed her box and started to hand me the wax, etc., and saw my look which said, "Oh please do mine for me," so she did.  Then when it was time to buff it she felt I hadn't buff quite enough so she took over that job as well.  Then when it came time to cut the paper, Stasi looked at me and saw the writing on the wall so she cut mine for me.  Then she decoupaged it into the box for me.  So if I say I did the box, I'm lying through my teeth.  I brought my box in and let Stasi do all the work.  So Stasi that you so much and I promise if we ever do another project together I'll step up my game,  I was really so tired from jamboree I really was afraid to even try it.  So while my box is lined, painted and ready to go, I still haven't finished the box.  I did stitch the bag which goes in the box, only I stitched it the wrong way on the fabric, so now I have to alter the way it's finished....damn...I hate when I do that.  But now that things are quieting down I should be able to get back to the box.  As I said, the teachers were wonderful, the stitchers were great and we feel we had another successful Jamboree.  We are now gearing up for our final event of the year....our C.A.Wells Memorial weekend which is a stress free get together with the stitchers and then some that signed up for the class CA Wells cancelled (because we weren't worth her time.)  Sara decorates the hotel lobby for Halloween and all the stitchers bring food and goodie bags and we eat, talk and laugh our way through the weekend.  Sometimes we even stitch and finish smalls. But we relive the C.A. Wells story and it's become such a fun weekend we're actually glad she cancelled so we could start this memorial.  Well, I've got to get a couple of things finished before the weekend, so I'm signing off.  Have a great week and hope you get a little stitching in.