Hi Stitchers –
[First, I want you to be sure to make a note the shop will be closed next Saturday, July 3rd as I’m going up to North Carolina for a mini vacation to celebrate Independence Day with family! We’ll reopen Wed, July 6th and return to our normal Summer Hours (closed on Tuesdays).]
Happy Saturday – I didn’t get to send the Friday Update yesterday due to ongoing tech issues. Luckily, everything is finally resolved and now the website is updated with what is new this week. There are a couple of needlepoint patterns from Laura Perin, new cross stitch titles from Little House (the June ornament is here), Country Cottage, Praiseworthy Stitches, Trilogy, Designs by Lisa and more. There are five new titles from JBW – very cute stuff and some darling Christmas ornaments. It’s almost July which for me always signals the beginning of my “Official Christmas Stitching Season”. I like to stitch in the summer without the pressure of deadlines and making myself crazy in December trying to get something finished!
We’ve also finally received our order of overdyed chenille trim from R&R – this is the trim Blackbird Designs has shown on some of the pieces on their blog. It comes in fun colors and is $5.95 for a 5yd bag. If you would like to order or have some put aside for you, just let me know which colors you would like. The colors are shown below; from left to right Cocoa, Fudge, Kelp, Cinnamon, & Smoke. Maybe it's a good thing I've not made my pincushion yet - now I can use some of this cool trim!
Some other exciting news is Blackbird’s release of a new Loose Feathers Series. Here are the particulars (that I know so far!). There will be three patterns in the series. They call for 30ct Irish Cream Linen and you will need ¼ yd. You will be able to stitch all three designs on this same piece (finished size of 9x15). Each Loose Feathers chart will be $12.00 and the fabric will be 21.25. The threads used are Crescent Colours (Manor Red, Wild Berries, and Queen Bee) and Sampler Threads (Flax, Caramel, Piney woods, Endive, Dried Thyme, Maple Syrup, Cidermill Brown, and Wood Trail). There will be a bonus pattern included in each chart and the bonus patterns use Crescent Colours Belle Soie in Pecan Pie, Rustique, Tortoise Shell, Weathered Vine, Angel Blush, Tumbleweed, and Vanilla Pudding). There are also two Dinky Dyes silks used in the bonus patterns. Here’s a sneak peak at the first pattern…
We are taking reservations for the following:
Option 1: Patterns Only $12 ea
Option 2: Pattern & Fabric $33.25 1st time and then $12 for add’l patterns
Option 3: Pattern, Fabric, & Overdyed Floss $57.25 1st time and then $12 for add’l patterns
Option 4: Pattern, Fabric, Overdyed Floss and silks for the Bonus Patterns $117.75 1st time
Please let me know asap if you’d like to sign up. Just email me with the Option number you want (or do a “Custom Option” if you only need certain threads. Prices above assume only one skein of each color is necessary. The first design is scheduled to be released in the first week of July. I’m sharing all the info I have at this time but if anything changes, the prices above may be adjusted. Even if you've been in past Loose Feathers Series, you must sign up for this new one - we will not automatically carry over.
The Loose Feathers Series charts will be limited in quantity so be sure to sign up if you don’t want to miss out on these. Let me know if you have questions.
Don’t forget! The shop will be closed next Saturday, July 3rd - I’ll be sure to do an Update Friday before I leave town!
Until next week – make a date with your needle and stitch!