Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Don't you love looking at all the market stuff? Gives you a small inkling of how hard it is to pick and choose at market. Everything looks so fabulous.........its a tough job. We had a blast this year. We took our two friends Norma and Sybil to help in the room and we also took Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives. For the first time in twenty years we took people in the car with us and shipped the fabrics ahead. We had such a fun time despite the horrible weather. So many laughs, so much talking, stitching, and shopping. Could anything be better than that?

If you follow us on Facebook under Dyeing to Stitch or R and R then you probably saw how full our car was on the return trip home. It was a challenge packing it all in there but Pat is an amazing packer!

We are still shipping club kits. Don't despair. The supplies for everything should be here this week and we plan on finishing up everyone that is currently enrolled this week. Our big winner for the Prim club drawing was Dianne Clemons. Here is what she won........Congratulations Dianne. We plan on doing some more surprise drawings this year!

Some of my favorite things from market were: the incredible linen sling bags from JBW. I literally swooned when I saw them. I already have planned what to stitch on the pocket. They would be a great gift for a stitching friend too!
I also loved the new book from Needlework Press done all in blues. This is such a great book- Vickie has such a talent with words. Love it. Plum Street had the most incredible room- everything she had was wonderful- had to have them all for myself. Her sampler for Pat was so adorable......we have her model hanging in the shop so don't miss it if you come to visit. The Blackbird kits were amazing. Pat stitched the models so we had seen them but when they are finished up they were truly incredible. Barb and Alma never disappoint- we sure had fun making up the kits with them until midnight one night! Another favorite find was stitchers lotion from Thread Gatherer. We sold out immediately but have more on order. If you haven't tried this- you need to! There were so many wonderful things there, its hard to pick and choose the favorites. Makes you realize what a talented group we work with each and every day. How lucky are we?

The next club that will ship will be the Colonial Gatherings towards the end of March. Tanya has outdone herself with this offering. You will all be thrilled! Then in early April we will start shipping the Prim Club. Blackbird has just sent us a peak and its to die for! Wow- I love these clubs. So much fun and I love the surprise of it all. We are busy cooking up extra surprises for all club members this year!

Pat and I will be away mid March. We are going to do our sampler lecture for Stitches and Things in Michigan. Sure hope the weather improves before then! We haven't done this lecture in a while so it should be fun!

Currently we have scrap bags available again. Each bag contains 10 pieces of linen of various counts and colors. Each piece is usually at least 9 x 9. Bags sell for $ 10.00. Let us know if you want some as they go fast......

Friday, February 7, 2014

Baby it's cold outside! We have had two snowfalls in the last two weeks. Last week we received 11 inches which is a ton for this part of the mid Atlantic. The shop has been closed for five days over the last two weeks. If you have been trying to call- no , we did not go on vacation but with icy roads we did not open up.

I wanted to take pictures of the dogs in the snow but unfortunately they were not too cooperative. Abigail just had her first birthday so I will try and get a photo on here soon so you can she how she has grown.

I love hearts. I wanted to show you this chart from Examplars from the Heart. I changed all the colors and it screams Valentines Day to me.

This is Sarah Elizabeth Brook from Scarlet House. Pat started it last year but it got put away for a bit. Isn't she spectacular?

We are almost finished shipping the first Colonial Gatherings kit. Please be advised if there is a problem with your credit card I will call or email you twice then you will be dropped from the club. It's up to you to contact us with a new card number. We have had a flurry of new sign ups in the last week or so. We are waiting on extra supplies to make up more kits so please be patient.

We are busy prepping all the kits for the Ladies Prim Society.  Once we get the last batch of floss they will be on their way. This kit is a stunner!  I love it!!!!  One lucky participant in the club will receive a signed chart.  If you are the lucky one please contact me, as you are the winner of our first Ladies Prim giveaway for the year!

We are leaving for the Nashville market next week. The weather is always a challenge and it makes the coming and going rather scary. Once we are there with all of our friends- we don't care what the weather is! This promises to be a great market. We have had sneak peeks of many things and we stitched a bunch of stuff for several designers so get ready to be thrilled! We have a new fabric color- Hoffmans special blend done on 32 count for a special show kit from one of your favorite designers!

If you wish for us to bring back special things for you from market you can email us at or message us through Facebook.

Stay warm and dry and wishing you lots of exra stitching time!