Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Covid Captivity


Covid Captivity
End of April, 2020


Hi Friends,
How is everyone doing out there?  Well, I hope and quickly adjusting to our strange, new normal world.  Social Distance, Shelter in Place, Self Isolation, Self Quarantine...yeah I could go on and on,.  These are words we didn't even really know about 2 months ago, and now they are the most common phrases in our vocabulary.  So much in our speech and thoughts, that I sort of worry whether we will ever go back to the old normal again.  Time will tell.  And in the meantime, here are the things that have been good about sheltering in place.  I am a homebody, so there has been something sort of comforting about never saying to Bob--what do you want to do tonight? We just don't say it, because the answer is always the same: stay home.  We have cooked great things, sharing recipes with the boys and our siblings.  We (I) have cooked a few bad things that we never need to do again, and strangely, no one cared.  I have read a lot, but I am restless in this world, and mostly I have started many books, whose their plots and characters are melding into strange mutations in my head.  We have talked to the boys constantly--each of us trying to keep the other one's spirits up--but mostly there is a lot of laughter and the silent yearning to be close--until someone's phone runs out.  Christian is growing a quarantine beard!  Did I know that he could even grow a beard?  We might try an online game night soon, but Hermans are notorious poor sports so that will be interesting. 
 At our home, we have cracked out the puzzles.  Because I wanted the new Little 
Women movie to win the Academy Award, I gave Teri a puzzle of Little Women for her birthday. It looks like an old fashioned sampler, and we all had fun putting it together.  I shouldn't say we, because I really don't work on the puzzles.  Maybe a piece or two.  I worked on a tiny portion that looked like a book for many nights and then one of them secretly finished it for me.  In the end, I tried to put in the last 10 pieces, and you would have thought I was about to commit the worst crime in the world.  Such shouting and censuring! Now they are working on a very hard puzzle, so I am not even trying.  I am just happy to watch them, while I stitch.  


Bob showed me an article about why people are doing puzzles, and I thought that the same reasons people like puzzles--distraction, concentration, fun, accomplishment--during this crisis is why we like to stitch.  I have talked to people from all over the world who are dealing with quarantine, isolation, captivity, worry, boredom, fear, loneliness...and everyone says the same thing. It is stitching that is seeing them calmly through this time. Don't you just feel sorry for those who don't have a great stitching project to work on?  So grab your needle, a comfy chair, and a great book on tape and let's just power through this together.  I know we can, and I'll be with you all the way.

Running a shop that is starting it's 6th week of being closed to the public, has been most interesting.  Some days are a bit rough and crazy, and some days are exhilarating and almost funny--but luckily I have my sis too do this with.  Thanks to all of you wonderful stitchers out there--in Utah and across the world--who have stuck with us--calling in mail orders to be sent,  shopping over the phone to come by for a porch pick-up, or just checking in with stories and laughs and friendship.  It reminds me that this is truly something we are all experiencing together on this small planet, and together is how we will see it through.  
 I spend most of the day in the back and Teri is mostly in the front, and there are times when we wonder if the other one is still there.  I honestly haven't been out to the front window for a while, and when I wandered out to look for a book, I was quite surprised to find a little greenhouse filled with tomato, cucumber, and broccoli plants just merrily growing away on tables.  And even more startling was a large, yellow bowl with bread rising.  I am wondering about Teri... 


In spite of the craziness, we have some very fun new things to perk you up now and look forward to later.  
Read on and see what fun is in store...

Stay Home and Stitch 
by With Thy Needle and Thread
Chart: $8.00
Complete Kit:  $


I love this little chart.  It certainly records an extraordinary time in our lives.  I think it would be fun to stitch and date as a marking point.  In any case it is sweet and darling.  A great cheer-up!

Where there is Life
 by Little House and Country Cottage
Chart: $5.00


Another great pattern designed by Little House and Country Cottage--a collaboration between mother and daughter--to help shops weathering shut downs.  


Available the very end of August, this piece is a strictly limited edition that will not be available again.
It must be pre-ordered by June 1st

Coming to America, 
Women of the Mayflower 
Chart + extras:  $35.00
 Fabric and threads: give us a call


How exciting!  Here is the First Look at this coming sampler.  Isn't it fantastic?  There a few options that we are offering, so if you are confused or need some guidance, just call the shop and talk to Teri. This wonderful pattern will come from With Thy Needle and will include:
The complete chart for Coming to America
A self adhesive sampler label to date and sign the finished project
A pilgrim lady needle anchor--a cute little magnet to keep one's need safe
A free harvest=themed pin cushion  chart
A piece of cotton backing fabric for the bonus chart.  This is a reproduction William 
Bradford's handwritten journal and was designed for this project
A custom printed box to hold all of these items.  It will double as a project box to keep all your supplies safe and secure.
This cost will be $35.00

We haven't figured out the costs for the fabric and threads, but we will be offering the specified fabric in 40, 36, 32 counts.  Other counts may be available.  
Just give us a call and we can prepare an order just for you.  






New From Plum Street Samplers
such fun new patterns for 
Spring.  We should have linens and any needed threads to get you going on them.,

A New Constellation 
Chart: $18.00


This was the sampler that Paulette taught at our Retreat in 2018, and we have been anxiously waiting for it to come out  It is a truly fantastic piece commemorating the life of Betsy Ross. 
 I promise--you will just love it.  

Liberty Lodge
 Chart: $12.00


My Peaceful Home
Chart: $12.00


Sweet Heart Hill
Chart: $12.00





Spring, Summer, Winter 
 reprinted by Blackbird Designs
each chart: $12.00  
set of 3: $36.00


Nancy stitched this and let us borrow it as a model, I am so happy Teri stashed it away to give back to her, but now we can hang it up and enjoy all over again. I hope she doesn't care if we keep it a bit longer  - thanks Nancy.    Yay!!! such a wonderful piece.  



Sorry, for a short blog--I have gone on and on.  Maybe I am lonely--maybe I am avoiding this really hard puzzle.  Stay safe and be well.  Until next time...Tina




Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Porch Pick Up


Ewe Be Well
3 April 2020


Here is a little pattern which we just finished to give you something to smile about.  It is free for you to print and stitch.  If you go to our home page on our website, you will find the link that will take you to the pattern.  Teri decided to finish it in a 4" hoop and she even painted it a dusty purple for me.  Isn't this the wish that we hope for everyone. 
Enjoy!


Earlier this week, I noticed that the pussy willows were --well whatever you call it when they burst open with yellow seeds.  Ok, I am not a botanist, but I love this pussy willow plant dearly.  Other people watch for croci or daffodils to mark the coming Spring, but I watch for the pussy willows to appear with their lovely, grey buds.  Bob usually cuts a few stems and brings them into the house and I can't resist touching the furry buds as I walk past,  A bit like touching a talisman, reminding me of my childhood.  When I saw they had turned yellow, I thought how very strange.  We are in this crazy  world of fear and isolation, scurrying here and there, avoiding all humans.  And yet, Nature continues on in its own trajectory, doing all the things it is supposed to do--melt, bloom, quake--with no regard for the dread and worry going on about it.  This planet just keeps on spinning and revolving, from night to day, from winter to summer, leaving us to our worries and joys.  And maybe that is good, reminding us that it will be alright.

Teri just unpacked more beautiful linens from Picture this Plus.  They are all her market colors, and they sold so quickly, so now we have more.  The colors are just yummy, 
 From top to bottom, Faun  (lighter than oaken), Tidal  (greenish teal), Vellum- just pretty,  Havisham- (purplish gray).  All are so lovely.  We have 32 count, 36 count, and 40 count.  and a couple in 28 Lugana-  Vellum and Havisham, I think.  I know Teri is sending out a new Halloween piece on the 32 Havisham.



Cross Stitch patterns from Flamingo Toes  
These are so sweet, and they match her needle minders, isn't that great?


Enjoy The Journey Chart $9.50
Needle Minder $12.50


Happy Camper chart $9.50
Needle Minder $12.50


Happy Christmas Chart $9.50
Needle Minder $12.50


Sew All The Things Chart $9.50
Needle Minder $12.50


When the Boys were sent home to work and stay there, Teri sent their darling girlfriends some cross stitch kits to do in their spare time.   Christian's sweet Anne had never stitched before, and she really liked it.  This is her 2nd project and it looks absolutely perfect.  I am so excited!  Honestly, stitching is the perfect way to spend these long, lonely hours stuck in our houses.  The perfect way to chase worries away.  Just don't turn on the news while you are stitching.  


Peace and wellness to each of you this week.  
fondly, Tina


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Window Shopping 
Wednesday, March 25th

Hi Friends,
How is everyone holding up out there?  Great?  good to hear it.  I go from being positive and enthusiastic, to feeling a bit grim and desperate.  But then, Teri reminds me that it is all going to be ok.  Yes, Pollyanna, let's do play the Glad Game.  Our sister--who has been home recovering from knee surgery a few weeks ago as well as trying to self-isolate--said she was very excited about tomorrow.  She was picking up a diet coke from the kitchen and spending the afternoon in the living room.  That made me laugh.  
We have been busy answering phones and working on mail orders, and it is encouraging to hear voices from all over the world and hear that all of you are ok as well and doing your best to keep busy.  One common thought from everyone is that stitching gives such comfort and keeps your mind focussed on something other than news and worries.  So..I say Let's Stitch.  
I think Teri is going sort of nuts out in the front of the shop. She misses all our customers and is always excited when someone comes for a porch pickup.  Usually, that means talking through the windows, holding up fabrics to choose, and showing different colors of threads.  So today when I finally drifted out to the front, I could see that the windows were completely covered with something--a bit like an art show.  She decided to tape up a whole bunch of our new market patterns so that people could come by and window shop.  It was kind of fun, I have to admit, and people who came by had a great time looking and choosing new projects. Life is so interesting right now,.  
Oh well, stay safe out there in the world.  
Cook something fun for dinner, start a new book, begin a new project, and rent Emma for 48 hours.  Teri watched it 5 times and loved every minute of it.  



Here are our front windows filled with market designs.  






Here are a variety of one of a kind needle minders. 
Needleminders by Shakespeare's Peddler
$


Metal needle minders by Michele Ink
$


Quilted needle minders 
$22.00 each.  


 These gorgeous minders are the creations of Julie Levtin, they are actually made with tiny folded pieces of fabric and made into needle minders.  They are so amazing

Needle minders by Flamingo Toes
$12.50


Wonderful necklaces
 $44.00

These wonderful necklaces are mostly made out of scraps of old needlework they are so beautiful. 

Thistles charts
Spring: $7.20
Star Village: $11.60
Hilltop Village in Spring: $11.60
Little Dumpling Travel Bag: $11.60


These are so sweet.  I think we are having a couple of them stitched.  



Here is a display of some of our 10 count kits, you can see more of them on our website.  They are the perfect project for bored teenagers, stir crazy stitchers, or beginners.  They range in price from $12.00-16.00 and are complete kits.


Kids Kits 
$12.00 - 18.00

If you have beginner stitchers, or young kids that want to start stitching, these are the perfect kits.  The patterns are marked onto the fabric, and they are stitched with perl cotton.  Check out our website for all of the designs.  


Spring display
For those of you that are longing for spring, it is snowing here as I write this.
These projects will bring joy to your soul.  Give us a call and we will kit any of these up for you and send them off.  Or come for a porch pick up.  


Bless Our Land 
by Plum Street Samplers 
chart $10.00


Jill just delivered this and we love it.  

Teri's Lemon Tree


 Teri has this little lemon tree, and she loving cares for it, bringing it in each autumn and outside in the spring.  It has so many blossoms on it right now, and she is hoping for many lemons.  Last year she grew 3 huge lemons... it took an entire year, but they were delish. 

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Wednesday, March 18


Hi Friends,
The world seems off kilter, and every day takes an adjustment and acceptance of our "new normal."  Who would have guessed a month ago that phrases like self quarantine, social distance, or shelter-in-place would be so common in our vocabulary today.  Here in Utah, we were woken up early this morning by an earthquake, which increased our unease in this uneasy world.  Our block at work was eerily deserted.  Of course we were closed, as were our neighbors, and even the familiar sounds of construction on a building on the corner had stopped.  Debbie, a friend of ours in Salt Lake, texted Teri:  It's a good thing it's too cold for locusts.  That made me laugh.  As our work day at the shop progressed, friends from here and from all over texted--with hearts-- and called to make sure we were ok.  It definitely brightened a grey, rainy day, and made me think that it will take all of us uplifting each other to get through this.  I know that we can.  Somewhere in our hearts, there are funny things to be shared, encouragement to be fostered, and love to be given in abundance.  We can do this!
Here are 3 books that we have read recently which were wonderful--funny, a few serious parts, but delightful and hard to put down. I think all of these I listened to on Audible while driving or stitching. 
Dear, Mrs. Bird--by A. J. Pierce (Teri's pick)
Secrets of a Charmed Life--by Susan Meissner (Lynnette's pick)
Orphan Train--Christina Baker Kline
There is nothing like immersing yourself in another time, to escape the worries of our own time.
Teri has put up some pictures to look at below.  If you want to see market things, go back to our last blog and scroll down.  Lots of inspiring things to peruse.  
Just remember--stitching is the best way to keep a happy heart.    Tina



Here is our center display with so many fun projects.. We are lucky enough to borrow Paulette's gorgeous piece Shepherd's Song. We are thrilled!

Shepherd's Song 
by Plum Street Samplers
Chart $ 


Top- zipper sampler bags- $14.00
Sampler Tea Towel -$
Sampler notebooks- $4.00

Here are some wonderful new things from Needlework Press


New Company- August Lane


These were so cool.  Teri just loved all of them.  We can't decide which one to have stitched


New scissors from Dinky Dyes
$12.00


Top to bottom Sun,  snowman, Candy corn, Tie Dye


Be Calm and Stitch 


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

To Market To Market...


Monday, March 16th
Porch Pickups


Hi Friends,
Before we go on to the rest of this post-market blog,  I want to update you on what is going on with the shop in light of our ever changing world.  Most of all, we want to be safe, and we want all of you to be safe as well.  After a lot of thought and soul searching, Teri and I have decided that we will close the shop for the next couple of weeks to walk in traffic.  Just like everywhere else, Utah is trying to be proactive and responsible in trying to contain this health crisis.  So, this is our plan--at least for this week.  We will still be at work during normal business hours.  We will be filling and posting mail orders as well as keeping up with market kits and preparation for Retreat.  However, we will also be implementing Porch Pickups for local stitchers.  You give us a call between 10 and 4, and we will be happy to help you with whatever you need.  When you drive up in front of the shop, give us another call, and we will place your package on the porch in a basket and watch for you to come and pick it up.  We are pretty good at helping you figure out what you need to keep on stitching during this time.  If you don't want to come by and pick it up, we are also happy to put it into the mail for you.  If you don't live around here anyway, our mail order service is quite awesome.  I think that the best way to face the next few weeks is to keep busy, and what better thing to do than to stitch.  I know that losing myself in a great project always keeps my mind off of useless worries.  So..if you need a whole new project or the threads and fabric to complete one you already have, just give our new service a try.,
And if you need to get inspired, scroll down through our blog which is filled with wonderful new things from the recent Nashville Market.  
Another thing--to help keep all of our spirits up--we are going to try to post something every day or two. Maybe a recipe, or a great book recommendation or a happy movie to watch.  We can get through this together.,  I know we can.  Read on...So many fun things to be excited about. 

Tomorrow is St Patrick's Day.  Don't forget to wear green.  If you are alone at home and forget to get your Irish on--give yourself a good pinch.  Of course, Teri is already in the spirit.  She made Irish Soda bread tonight, and is preparing for a Shamrock scavenger hunt that the extended neighborhood is doing as an outdoor activity for kids and parents to do since schools are closed.  She is putting paper shamrocks on skewers out on the grass for kids to pick.  On the back of each one is a little task for that child to do.  Maybe we will post a picture of it tomorrow.  So enjoy your corned beef and cabbage--or in my case--baked potatoes and enjoy the green.  



Remember Retreat sign ups will be this Thursday at 12.00 noon--Mountain time.  We are in full faith that this craziness will be over by October, so it is time to go forth with registration.  Please email your registration form in, or if you are a local, we will have forms to fill out on the porch at noon.  

Teri just put out a little Patriotic wall.  It is very fun.




New Threads from Weeks Dye Works           New threads and a pattern from Classic Colorworks



Annie Beez Designs

These are such beautiful designs, They were a great find




Bee Fabric from the Primitive Hare
30 count and 40 count




Jorden Nicoll the designer of Little Stitch Girl
visited the shop on our Market days.  



Here are some of her daring patterns.  Teri is having her Halloween village stitched, but all of them are adorable.  


New threads form the  Gentle Art                                     Three new silk threads from Gloriana


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 Market week, 2020
Hi Friends
It's Market week!  What an exciting time for everyone--designers, shop owners, and stitchers alike.  Here at the Bush, I think that we are almost ready to go.  Our boxes are making their way to Nashville, and our suitcases are almost packed.  So, I guess it means we are almost ready.  There are certainly lots of tempting sneak peaks out there, and Teri will be posting on FB and Instagram, so watch for her posts.  If we can, we will add some things to this blog, so keep an eye out for it.  If we don't...you will know that sleep has beckoned.  Remember, that if there is something that you would like us to bring back for you, be sure to call and let us know. 
Below we would like to share some of the things that we will be showing at the Market. 
 When we return, we will be filling the shop with all the wonderful things we found at market.  be sure to stop by and see the newest and most wonderful patterns, fabrics, accessories, and more    
Our Market Celebration will be March 12, 13, 14 ( Thursday , Friday, Saturday) 

 Family Album 

a small collection of pieces
 filled with the joy and love of those we gather and carry in our hearts

The Lessons
Kit:  $66.00


This is a sampler which I imagined to mark the strong women of my family who shaped my life.  It was a joy to design, stitch and look at everyday.  
It is stitched on hand-dyed 32 count linen with a combination of over;yed silks and cottons.  It includes an alphabet to stitch in the initials of your choice as well as a sweet collection of embellishments.  
Design size:  8" x 12"

Little Blessings Pincushion
Kit:  $30.00


I just live this little pin keep, and I hope that you will as well.  It is stitched on  32 count linen with overdyed cottons.  It has a little group of darling buttons with a mother-of-pearl button in the center.  Lois, at Lady Dot, dyed the absolutely perfect shade of chenille for the finishing.  Your kit will also come with a sweet cotton fabric for backing.  You will have it done in no time.

Little Blessings Pin Set
$12.00



Bless Our World Box
Kit;  $16.00
Box:  $24.50


A very fun and quick little project.  Is there anything we need more than that.  
It is stitched on 32 count linen, and would also make a darling pin cushion.


Sheep Needle Case 
Kit $30.00


You can make this sweet needle case for yourself , or for a gift.  Everything is included in the kit that you will need to finish this wonderful project.  It is stitched on a great hand dyed 32 count linen with overdyed threads.  

Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread Bag
kit $24.00


Teri just loves making these bags, they are quick and easy and a fun stitch.  The bags are already sewn together and all you do is the stitching.  The fabric is 30 count linen so it is not too hard to see.  It is perfect for a small project or a little gift.  


In Your Easter Bonnet 
Kit:  $30.00
Button:  $8.00
(button comes with free pattern)



I have wanted Teri to do a spring/Easter button kit for some time.  I think it is darling.  The kit comes with everything you need to make the little pin cushion including:  linen, overdosed cotton threads, button, backing fabric, ribbon and beads.  

Sweet Friend Tag 
kit:  $8.00


Teri is the best neighbor and friend.  She is always trying out some crazy treat and then flying around the neighborhood with packets for her friends.  She says that she is going to put a tag on the bags, and if she does--I want one delivered to me,.  


Summer Notes 
by Shepherd's Bush
Leaflet: $8.00 
Complete kit available--includes 32 count linen, threads, buttons, pattern
Frame: $32.00



This is the best one ever and in plenty of time for the upcoming season.  



Winter Notes 
by Shepherd's Bush
Leaflet:  $8.00 
Complete kit: $40.00- includes 32 count linen, threads, buttons, pattern
Frame:  $32.00


Shepherd's Bush scissor Fobs $10.00

Market exclusives

Shepherd's Bush Scissor Fobs
$10.00


I have had fun making these, and we don't always have them  They are all different, so give us a call to see what we have to offer.

Shepherd's Bush needle minders
$10.00


Nobody loves a stitching magnet more than I do, and I always love these because they are flat, light and a joy to look at.  

 2020 Scissor Fob                                                                             
Shepherd's Bush exclusive kit:  $16.00
2020 engraved Gingher Juniper scissors: $48.00

Be sure that you get this darling set before they are gone for the year.





Watch this blog, and we will keep adding fun pics from market.

(Thursday night) Here is our room I've just hung up pour banner... now for the window display



Tina wanted to do Family Album, a celebration of  family.  so here is our window and our door






( Friday shopping )

Stacy Nash had beautiful things these are pin keep pattens, aren't they sweet???



Summer pin keep 



Chessie and Me

Linda's patterns are very wonderful,  

M Lotherington Sampler                                                            Miss Nettie's Needle






















Sheepish Manor-  LOVE this one                                                             Quaker Huswife
                                                     



                                                             The Stitch Girl Sampler



Ok here are the Blackbirds amazing patterns

My Heart can Rest
I love this one too.I'm hoping Tina will stitch it for the shop...



Little Birds 



Oh Joyous Day  


We Live In Hope 



Sewing Club Big Book $30.00 Retail
Oh my gosh, there are so many wonderful, amazing projects in this book, it has16 different fabulous designs.  wow!!! How many do think Tina can stitch....







Brenda Gervais
It is always so much fun to see all our friends and look at all their fabulous designs.  Here are a few of Brenda's  all amazing!!!

Star Spangled Spectacular


Spring Serenade


Saltbox Quilt Sampler 


Manor at Quaker Hill


Token of Love 


Harietta and Co                                                                   Our Hearts 





Baltimore Saltbox



This is what we have been waiting to see.  The Women of the Mayflower Sampler. 
 I am so excited for this project. We don't have much info, but we have a little more.  No prices yet just a sneak peek.  It looks so fun.  




I'll post more soon, I would say tomorrow, but it is a crazy day, I'm out shopping and then we pack everything up to come home, and the market is finished for another year. -so sad-  We love visiting with everyone, seeing all the wonderful new things, and we are inspired by the energy and excitement at market.  sleep fast, it is daylight savings tonight...  




Here is a fun group of designers, we snapped this photo on Sunday,
Left to right, Tina Herman, Judith Whitman, (JBW designs), Teri, Linda Lautenschlanger (Chessie and Me), Paulette Stewart (Plum Street Samplers)

Packing up and moving out 


Teri and our good friend Anemeike from the Netherlands


Here are a few shots of some of the great things we brought back.  

Thread keeps from Stacy Nash



Bee fabric from the Primative Hare
We LOVE bee things
30 count $40.00
40 count $52.00


We have not figured out what we are stitching on this wonderful fabric, but I'm sure Teri has a plan



Little House Needlework has a new pattern Kringles- so fun and the best part is that we have the entire pattern.  we also have the 340 count gray fabric and the threads
Pattern $24.00
Kit $ 94.00 (does not include the DMC or the gold metallic)



Thistles designs

Hilltop Village in Spring                                           Star Village 
Chart $11.60                                                      Chart $11.60  




French Garden Sampler by Samplers not Forgotten 
Pattern $ 24.00



Teri and Kimberly of Samplers not Forgotten holding her newest sampler French garden



This is a new company we picked up and I think they are so  wonderful.  



Little Birds by Blackbird Designs
Leaflet $20.00


 My Heart Can Rest by Blackbird Designs                            All Joys For Thine by Blackbird Designs
Leaflet $ 18.00                                                                                Leaflet $9.00





 Leaflet $18                                                                                Leaflet $20.00



Sewing Club By Blackbird Designs
Big Book $ 30.00




Sewing Club 9s fillled with so many wonderful projects 


more later...