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Mailed Newsletter Tues 3/8

Sent: March 8, 2005

Here is the text of the newsletter that should be in your mailbox soon! Hope to see you next week at Grand Opening! --Kathy

We are OPEN!! Thanks to all of you who have already come in. It has been wonderful to see you again. We’re busy as bees, preparing for Grand Opening. It has been a long road to get to this point and I would like to officially thank the following people (who volunteered their efforts) for doing so much to help me get the shop ready to open: Ellen & Tim Bowland, Cece Brady, Linda Burkart, Lynn Burnet, Benigne Dohms, Cathy Frey, Melanie Henkelman, Tammy Hodges, Jimmie & Carl Smith, and Kay Zellars. I am lucky to have such wonderful customers & friends. I would also like to publicly thank Terry McCabe. Many of you know Terry as she has worked at the shop for several years now. She worked alongside me the whole way to get the shop in order and I couldn’t have done it without her. We were both so happy on the first day the shop opened because we got to wear nice clothes and not sweat! I am lucky that Terry will continue to work for me. If you have any interest in working at the shop, come in and fill out an application. I will probably be adding a few part employees in the next few months.

Come join us Tuesday, March 15th to kick off our Grand Opening Week. We will have refreshments, free charts, and doorprize drawings on Tuesday. You’ll also be able to preview the new Punchneedle DVD by Charlotte Dudney and sign up for classes that we’ll offer this spring. Saturday we have planned an All Night Stitch, which will be the Grand Finale to Grand Opening week. We’ll do the usual - bring a dish to share and your stitching project (or two or three). We’ll be a little cozier than usual as we don’t have as much room as we did in Gulf Breeze. However, we’ll be in the shop the entire night and you’ll be able to shop without having to go up and down the stairs! For those of you who haven’t been before, please consider joining us – you can come anytime, leave anytime, learn something new, and maybe make a friend or two. All levels of stitchers are welcome.

I expect that we’ll be busy during Grand Opening Week. If the parking area in the front of the shop is full , you can drive around the building and park in the back. It is well lit in the evening and we have a back door we can use to leave the All Night Stitch. SEE YOU SOON!

I am so happy to be writing to you at long last. “ When one door closes, another one opens.” Never has that statement been truer than now. It’s unfortunate that Ivan blew our doors closed (and the roof open!), and provided us with a great opportunity to make some changes. John & Jeanette decided to retire and I decided to continue my journey with Needle Delights.
I have reopened the shop in Pensacola because I think (and hope) that this new location will be more convenient to the majority of our customers. When I moved here from California almost 12 years ago, I always imagined that I would someday be in the position of owning my own shop. I would have preferred it to happen in some other way than going through a hurricane, but in the end, all’s well that ends well!
I am living in my own home again (it had major damage from Ivan too!) and so looking forward to being in the shop and having some routine in my life again.
I personally didn’t stitch during the hurricane recovery process. Not living in my own home and having my “stitching nest” was one of the major culprits. I ask everyone coming in whether they stitched or not and it seems that many of you were in the same boat as me. I know all of us were affected by this hurricane, some more than others. After I attended the Nashville market, I started stitching again and I can feel the stress leaving me. I highly encourage you to pick up you needle if you haven’t in a while. I guarantee that it will bring you some comfort. I also encourage you to attend our up coming All Night Stitch, a class, or just our regular Tuesday night stitching (starting in April) - it is always wonderful to see such friendly faces.

I hope that you’ll enjoy this new format for the newsletter. Read on for all “the news that count!”

Note from Jeanette & John:

Our life has been like a good book...moving from one chapter to another. Thank You, Stitchers, for the past 12 years in the retail needlework and framing business. It’s been the most exciting chapter of our lives!

It has been a pleasure to offer you a place to get your needlework, learn new techniques and have your finished pieces framed.

We leave you in good hands. Our daughter, Kathy, is excited about having her own Needle Delights. As most of you already know, she is very experienced and has lots of plans and good ideas.

We hope to enjoy some retirement time in this next chapter - thus our move to the mountains of western North Carolina later this summer. Jeanette will continue to design, teach and do finishing, and Framer John will become Fisherman John.

Thanks so much for letting us be a part of your lives
John and Jeanette

Notes from Nashville

Jeanette and I went to Nashville in February for the Needlework Market and caught up with all the designers and had a great time. It seems that the world has gone on while we were recovering from Ivan! We saw some wonderful new designs, got some great ideas for classes, and brought home all the latest merchandise for you. It’s in the shop now! There were lots of great punchneedle designs, wool appliqué something we’ll be doing in the future), new threads from The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works, a new Flipit Series from Lizzie Kate (I’m stitching mine on banding),
new counted canvaswork patterns, great cross stitch patterns from European designers and more. Read on for more details in the “Spotlight on…” section of the newsletter.

Shop Hours
Tuesday - Friday 10-5
Saturday 9-4
Monday—By Appointment Only

Directions to new location:

We are located at 1813 - B Creighton Road (between 9th Ave and Davis Hwy.)

The best way to get here from Mobile is to take I-10 and get off at exit 13 in Pensacola. That will put you on Davis Hwy. Go left on Davis and turn left again on Creighton Road. The shop will be on the right hand side about a mile from Davis Hwy.

From the east: take I-10 and get off at Davis and turn right, then follow the directions above.

Spotlight On:

Cross Stitch Delights

In the past I have always listed out all our favorite new cross stitch patterns in the newsletter. At this time I feel compelled to hurry and get this newsletter in the mail to you so am skipping the usual listing. We have been closed for several months so suffice it to say, there are TONS of new patterns available. I’m sure that your favorite designer has come out with something in the past six months that you will just have to have. If you have access to the internet, go to our website and click on the Merchant Mall to see a lot of the new patterns. You can check out the new offerings from Just Nan at www.justnan.com. My favorite of hers is Peacock Cypher. It has an encrypted verse and you are challenged to break the code! She also has a beautiful baby sampler done in her wonderful style. We found fabulous patterns from European designers and you can see their charts at www.europeancrosstitch.com and we can order anything you’d like if we don’t have it in the shop. I also bought a lot of samplers from Threads of Gold—she distributes a lot of reproduction type samplers that I would love to stitch on 40 ct silk gauze! Her website is www.emlis.com. I especially liked designs from Moira Blackburn and The Sampler Company.
In my current stitching bag is Lizzie Kate’s new stamp Flipit Series. I’m doing it on banding and will end up with a long bellpull that will continuously “roll up” and display about three months at a time. It’s cute!

Needlepoint Delights

We lost all of our painted and pre-worked canvases to Ivan but I have met with my needlepoint sales re and have ordered a variety of canvases that I hope you will enjoy. It was great fun picking out all new stuff!! Of course, I ordered lots of Christmas stockings because it’s always time for Christmas!

One of my personal favorites of the canvases we’ve received so far are the series of Monthly Nutcrackers from Patty Paints. They are finished as a tubular ornament (you may have seen our “nutcracker tree” at the Open House last summer). These come with a stitch guide and are really fun - I’ve already started two of them!

We currently have a trunk show of pre-worked canvases from a company new to me and there is a variety of subjects in addition to the usual florals that we see. I am also beginning to carry DMC tapestry wool in larger hanks for working the background of needlepoint canvases. Many people prefer it to Paternayan because you can uses a single strand.

Punchneedle Delights

I was so excited at Nahville to see so many great punch patterns. There are a lot more people designing patterns now and that gives you a greater variety to choose from. Charlotte Dudney has a fabulous DVD that includes step by step instructions from threading a punchneedle to finishing your piece! This DVD is great for all skill levels from beginner to advanced and even includes a preprinted sunflower design on fabric.

You’ll be able to preview the DVD at our Grand Opening and sign up for a class with Charlotte herself. She will be coming to our shop to teach Saturday, April 16th. Class cost will be $35 and will include all supplies. Sign up quick—space is limited.

24 Hour Shopping Now Available!!

I am excited to announce that we have joined Hoffman’s Merchant Mall.

We order most of our patterns from Hoffman Distribution and many of you are familiar with their website (www.hoffmandis.com). Now you will be able to order from over 12,000 titles by more than 350 designers and your charts will be sent directly to us. We will then process your order and mail the charts to you or call you to pick them up at the shop.

When you go to our website, you will see a link to start shopping. You can then search this vast database by subject, designer, or keyword. It is very simple and I encourage you to take a look. On the first of every month, you can also see pictures of all the newest titles. It’s always fun to see the latest designs and plan my next project!

If you have any questions about the new on-line shopping, email us at info@needledelights.com or give us a call at 478-8898. We’ll be happy to answer what ever questions you might have. I think you’ll really enjoy this shopping experience! I do!

Punch Tag Available at Grand Opening

We now have a punch key tag program called Bonus Delights! When you make your purchases, we will punch your tag for the amount you spend (excluding sales tax, sale items and shipping). For every completed key tag, you will receive $16 in merchandise FREE. The Bonus Delights key tags will retail for $1.00 each. As a special for Grand Opening week, you can purchase six Bonus Delights Key Tags for $5.00!!!

If you shop by phone or on line through our website you can still participate in the Bonus Delights punch key tag program. Just let us know when you’re placing your order. We will keep your Bonus Delights key tag on file and notify you of your status each time we ship you an order.

New Gadgets & Gizmos from Nashville

K’s Creations has a new table top metal stand. It clamps to any table surface. If you already have a floor frame, you can just purchase the clamp and you’re set to go. You can slide the horizontal piece that holds your stitching into the clamp. This will be great for traveling and taking classes.

Cougar Scissors Cougar is the manufacturer of some really nifty little rainbow colored scissors. We have storks and fish and they’re also available in a gold finish. They’ve been flying out the door!

We found some wonderful wooden laying tools, laying tool holders, and needle holders. They are colorful and are supposed to be wonderful for those who suffer from arthritis as they are easier to hold than the metal laying tools.

The Haystack is a cool plastic box designed to hold all your punch needles, threaders, and accessories. It’s large enough to hold your scissors and other notions.

I'll send the class schedule in a separate email!

Book Club/Class

What do a great classic novel and needlework have in common?

Valentine Stitchery, that’s what!! This was a fun new designer we discovered at Nashville! This sampler is the first of in a series that is designed from the view point of fictional characters in the designer’s favorite classic novels. The first book is Little Women and the first character is Elizabeth. Most of the motifs in the sampler are representative of things found in the book. This will be a fun group to join. We’ll decide at the first meeting how often we want to meet. Every chart includes a free bookmark. The sampler may be done in silk or floss on linen. Cost of group is free—you just need to purchase the pattern to join ($14.00). The first meeting will be Thursday, April 14th 6:30-8:30pm.

We will begin our Friends Who Count Tuesday night stitching group in April. We will meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 5:30 to 8:30. If there is enough demand, I will consider meeting every week. Let me know what you want!


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