Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Happy Summer

Early Summer, 2017

Dear Friends,
It's hard to believe, but summer is finally here along with long, lazy days, hot temperatures, and hopefully a bit of time to get away and relax.  Sometimes, it seems like the whole summer slips away while I am only dreaming about where to go on vacation, but this year we went to visit Christian, who was completing a year of graduate school in Bologna Italy, and had a fabulous time with him.  One day Teri found us a cooking class, and we had a blast learning something amazing, meeting new friends,  and sharing a feast at the end. Our teacher was darling and very patient and we had such a fun day cooking and sharing.  Here were a few things to be learned during a cooking class:
Teri discovered that chefs need closed toe shoes.
Bob is a very patient and meticulous vegetable chopper.
Christian found out that he could make the perfect pasta.
I learned that my family is very competitive
...and we can't wait to try it at home.

How about Shepherd's Bush for shopping and lunch?

Well,  in spite of a little break, we have been busy at the shop and have a some fun new designs just ready for that patriotic time of year.  I hope that there is something that calls out to your heart 

There Dwells My Heart
by Shepherd's Bush
kit:  $40.00

This little piece is stitched on 32 count Natural Belfast linen with silk and overdyed cotton threads.  It is bursting with all the joys of summer and is finished with tiny buttons and a wonderful mat and star frame by Jill.  I just loved working on this and have had it on my kitchen mantle for the past week or two.  Alas, now it must return to work.  
finished size:  7" x 9"

Little Blue House Tin
by Shepherd's Bush
kit:  $20.00
(includes tin)

I think these tins are a lot of fun to stitch and to finish.  They go quickly and seem very old fashioned and sweet.  This kit is worked on 32 count linen with overdyed threads and a little star button.  Easily finished for a patriotic 4th of July.  

Liberty Notes
by Shepherd's Bush 
Chart $8.00
Complete Kit $43.55
Frame $32.00

The new Liberty Notes is here...Yay!  If you have signed up for our Notes automatic, Teri and Lynnette will be sending them out tomorrow.  If not, we would be happy to send what you need.  This has been such a popular series of Teri's, and I think that it turned out just perfect.  She and Jill look for just the right frame for it and this one is darling with its little stars surrounding the stitching.  

Land Of  Liberty
by Shepherd's Bush 
Kit $16.00

Here is a new10 count kit that is perfect for summer stitching.  We love these little kits in our shop and they are favorites of all ages.  

Shepherd's Bush Fobs
(photo coming when I get the fobs made)

I am working on some new patriotic scissor fobs.  I won't have tons of them, but there will be a few sweet ones, hopefully. 

2017 Prairie Schooler Santa
Card $5.00
darling kit also available

Do you know how excited we were to see a 2017 Santa???? We were keeping our fingers crossed that it would happen by the end of the summer, and here it is. Teri has already sent it out to be stitched.  She will add a fabulous set of buttons, and find the perfect backing fabric, and it will be wonderful.  We always stitch the Santas on 7 count Klostern with #3 perl cotton--and perhaps something fuzzy for the bear.  They make amazing pillows.  We are happy to kit it up however you would like.  Nancy was so excited that she got all the supplies today to stitch him on 36 count linen.  I will post a picture when she gets him stitched.  

Hello Summer 
By Plum Street Samplers
Chart $12.00

We love this new piece from Paulette.  I am hoping that it will be a series, since Hello Spring came out in March.  Both pieces are just adorable and very quick to work up.   

Summer Schoolhouse 
a four part mystery series
by With Thy Needle and Thread
4 patterns @ $12.00 each
28 count linen

This new series from Brenda Gervais looks so interesting and fun.  There will be 6 designs, smalls- Brenda calls them.  All are stitched on 28 count fabric over 1 thread.  We have decided on a gorgeous overdyed linen, and have tweaked the colors a bit.  It is a mystery, so we don't know what the projects will be....but we love her designs.  We would love to have you join us in this club.  Give us a call.  The first pattern comes out around the 20th of June.   

Needle minder by Zappy dots

New from Zappy dots, the magnet people, a magnet for the new Summer Schoolhouse series. 
 Teri is on the track and has some coming.  

Early Americans Series
by Little House Needleworks
Each pattern $6.00
kits available

This has been such a fun series.  Each month you receive a package in the mail, filled with the pattern, 32 or 36 count linen fabric, any threads needed, and a small button.  We also can send a finishing kit to finish the ornaments just like we have--with lovely wool backings and overdyed trims.  There is still plenty of time to sign up, give us a call and we can catch you up.  Some of our friends are stitching it all together on 1 piece of fabric.  I can't wait to see how great that will be.

Bee Skep
by Bent Creek
Kit $   

Did you know we love bees??? 
Des stitched this for, us and Jill framed it in an amazing frame.  Stitched on 18 count linen, it is a quick project.  

I am trying to write small blogs more often this summer.  I think that will be a good goal for me during these next few months.  
I hope that you have as many projects as I have to work on and that you find a cool, shady spot and a few stolen minutes to just stitch.  I also wish you a grand adventure this summer.  Be safe and happy, and be sure to drop by and say hello.  
hugs, Tina

Sophie's Roses in bloom 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Happy Spring

May, 2017
Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Dear Friends,
It's finally Spring.  I can hardly believe it, but don't blink because in an will be Summer.  Spring is always very slow in coming here in Utah, and when it finally arrives, it doesn't linger long.  It seems like our Fall lasts forever, but Spring becomes Summer overnight.  Water is always some kind of an issue out here in the West.  Never enough and always a trick to capture it and save it and make it last until the next snowfall.  This year, we are dealing with lots of water.  At least for right now.  This is spectacularly evident in the photo above.  We took a little day trip last Sunday up to these amazing falls and witnessed Nature in its glory.  It all started with a conversation with Cece (the Threadgatherer) about her tomato plants which she has been growing from seed.  She wanted to mail us some, but somehow that just didn't seem like a successful idea.  So we talked about meeting her half way and she suggested Shoshone Falls--halfway between Boise and Ogden.  So, Sunday was our day, and we had the best time.  Bob and Norm drove like troopers, and we had a glorious picnic on the beautiful grassy area near the water.  It was such fun to plan and even more fun to spend a few hours with delicious food, lovely conversation and a fabulous view.  Standing at the edge looking over the Falls, covered with mist, made me think of Niagara Falls right here in the middle of a desert prairie.  Sadly, no Maid of the Mist.  Hey Charland, where were you?  
We have had such a great month at the shop.  Busy and fun.  Everyone has been working on new things from Nashville and getting ready for patriotic stitching and summer travelers.  If you are traveling through--east or west, north or south--remember...Ogden in the Crossroads of the West.  Teri has been on the Crossroads of the West committee and she even has a pin to prove it.  So be sure to stop on by and see us.  
Here are a few odd dates during the summer when we will be closed:
• Saturday, May 27th and Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day •
• Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day •
• Monday, July 24th for Pioneer Day•
• Saturday, September 2nd and Monday, September 4th for Labor Day •
So if you are planning a trip up our way, please keep these dates in mind.  

New Shepherd's Bush designs 
(available in June)
Teri and I have been working on a few fun new patriotic designs which will be ready the first week of June.  Here are some sneak peaks of what we have going now.  We are planning on a couple of more by the time June arrives, so we will let you know then.  In the meantime something to anticipate.

Liberty Notes
Chart $8.00
(of course a whole kit will be available)

Where My Home Is

The start of our Americana display

Oh, my gosh.  We have so many fantastic patriotic pieces.  We have a wall towards the back of the shop where all of our Americana pieces live and they always look lovely.  But there is just something about bringing them all out the the front tables in May that makes me want to just stand and look at them all.  So many darling pieces that it is a bit hard to choose.  I love the little pin cushions and ornaments that Teri has hanging from her tree branch.  The new Early Americans series is slowly being added as they arrive.  Very fun!

Early Americans Series 
by Little House
Patterns $6.00 each
Kits vary


This new 9-part series by Little House Needleworks is turning out very fun.  Here are the first two in the series, Betsy Ross and John Hancock.  We would be happy to have you join us on this great adventure  You may choose 32 or 36 count fabric.  We have tweaked the thread colors a bit, and are adding a button to each ornament.  We also offer a set of finishing supplies... the wool backing and a variety of super trims (different each month).  We are hanging them on our patriotic tree, but they would be wonderful in a basket or a bowl.  We also have 36 count fabric available, if you would like to stitch all 9 parts together as 1 sampler.  We are very happy to customize this just for you.  Is this not the perfect summer stitching project?

New Sheep bags
by Stitch a Gift
Large bag $33.00  Medium bag $31.00

Teri is always looking for new sheep fabrics to make bags.  Barbara at Stitch a Gift found these darling prints, and they are so happy for spring.  Please order gray, teal or coral.  
All the colors are lovely.  

New charts coming from Plumstreet Samplers
Remember Hello Spring a couple of months ago?...well here is Hello Summer.  It looks like so much fun to stitch.  Remember, we always have pieces of the perfect linens cut and ready to go as well as sets of beautiful threads.  

Hello Summer 
Chart $10.00

Sampler House 2
Chart $12.00

Sampler House 1
chart $12.00

Mariner's Drum
chart $12.00

This is the perfect piece to go along with the little pin cushions that came out last month.  Teri has hers finished and ready to go.  

Cape Cod Keeps
Chart $12.00

These darling ornaments (pincushions ) just stole Teri's heart.  She was helping some darling friends pull threads and fabric and by the time she was done she had pulled a set for herself and sent them off with Nancy to be stitched.  She spent the last 2 evenings putting them together and as soon as she figures out the trim, she will post a photo.  They are the perfect companions to the Mermaid drum--rat-a-tat-tat.   

Sampler House
by Niki's Creations
pattern $

Isn't this just adorable?  Who doesn't just love a Niki piece.  Our friend, Penny, stitched this in almost no time, and Jill added this fantastic frame.  A perfect summer piece.  Maybe that will be my next project.  hmmm

Humble and Kind
by La D Da
chart $10.00
Kit $

Our friend Penny stitched this sweet sampler for us as well.  It is a new one from the Nashville market.  It is stitched on  a 32 count dyed fabric from Picture This Plus, and all the colors are soft and gorgeous. How lovely.

Sampler Hare 
by La D Da
chart $12.00

Des stitched this for us, and Teri spent one night finishing it.  I witnessed a bit of grumbling along the finishing path, but now she says: " Oh, that was so fun and super easy."  Whichever the case, it is pretty adorable. 

Fantastic news: Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler has been reprinted.  
Chart: $20.00

We have always loved this reproduction chart from Needleprints in England.  But sadly it has been out of print for many years.  Well it is back again and as lovely as ever.  I have such a soft spot for Quaker Samplers and I would truly love to do this one.  It would be gorgeous done all in one color as shown or done with each motif a different color--soft and faded.  Yay.

Petite Essamplaire 1
by With Thy Needle and Thread
Chart:  12.00 

Teri started these darling mini samplers on her way back from Nashville.  She was only going to stitch 1 small one for the shop and then she just kept on going.  They are very sweet, and I just love how Jill framed them in different, odd frames.  

Ort Basket
by With Thy Needle and Thread
Basket and pattern $22.00
40 count fabric $2.50

This was such a hot item at the market in March.  Luckily we have been able to reorder a few times.  They fly out of the shop almost a quickly as we get them in, so don't delay.  Thanks, Sandy, for letting us photograph and show your beautiful work.  It is so adorable.  

Three Tulips
by With Thy Needle and Thread
chart $10.00 

This is another stitching from our friend Penny.  We just got it back from Jill, and we love it!   It is sooo soft and beautiful.  It has been in the back room with me, since we have been out of the pattern for a bit, and I just love looking at it. Sadly, I think we are getting the pattern any day, so I am going to have it taken away.  Ah....I shall have to stare at the wall with the graffiti remediation service phone numbers.  I better start looking for a new picture to put back here.

Floral Alphabet 
 by: JBW designs
chart:  $10.00

Our sweet friends, the Thomas's have been stitching this piece, and it is just beautiful.  Teri decided to  have this stitched using some soft spring colors and I love it.  Not too big, but very showy and sweet.  

Yippee, we are having a sale---on one thing.  
Marlitt rayon thread
Sale price $.50      regularly $1.85 

This rayon thread comes in such gorgeous colors.  It is a bit flighty and slippery to work with, but gives a fun shiny look.  It is no longer made, so we are making room for other threads.  It is perfect for crazy quilting, embroidery, cross stitching, or wool embroidery.  Sorry no white or cream, but many other fantastic colors.   

Well, I am just going to leave you with a sneak peak of our backyard garden.  All of this weathered our long and terrible winter and is doing great.  We have parsley everywhere and it is a lot of fun.  We have something called Lovage and are rather unsuccessfully trying to acquire a taste for it.  I hope no one calls to tell us it is poisonous.  It came up out of the blue and it took us a while to figure out what it was.  At first Teri suspected Cannabis, complements of our lovely neighbors, but then we figured out it was Lovage.  Oh well, it is very pretty.  
Well, enjoy your Spring wherever you are. Find the perfect summer project to get the season started, and take joy in the moment.  
Until June,
Fondly, Tina and Teri

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring? Winter?

Almost Spring, 2017

Dear Friends,
It truly is almost Spring.  Even though March seems to be going out like a lion for us accompanied by rain and predicted snow for tomorrow, Teri has planted her cheery ranunculi in the pots by our front door at the shop.  Does anything look quite so sweet?  Summer, here we come.  
I like Spring a lot.  I like the change from coats to sweaters, from boots almost to flip flops, and from bare grey to verdant green.  But this new season has been a bit sad for me.  We lost our little beagle this winter, and I had no idea how devastating that would be.  Lindbergh was 15, and Bob kept gently reminding me that he was slowing down, but I just wouldn't see it.  He was still always my happy, little companion... always ready for a walk, always on the driveway or at the door when we came home, always waiting for me to get up in the morning.  Somewhere in my heart I tried to tell myself that one day...but honestly nothing could have prepared me for his loss.  He and my boys grew up together, and as each of them left home for school, he was my third and faithful child who didn't need to stretch his wings and fly away from me...until his last flight.  Now that the sun has returned and the evenings are longer, Teri and I take our memory walks along the usual paths and past all his favorite places to stop and sniff. Sometimes neighbors come out and ask where he is and then stop themselves as they realize he is gone. I know, we have a million wonderful memories, and I truly cherish them all, but my heart still aches for him, for that lost part of my life, and for those sunny, happy days of laughter, little boys, and a happy dog.
Luckily, Spring is also very busy here at the shop.  It's funny, because I always seem to think that Fall is our busiest time, which it is.  But this year Christmas came and went in such a blink, January slipped past in a blur of snow and shovels, February was way too short to get everything done for Nashville, and March has been a green frenzy of Market and after Market. But it is all good, and so much fun to have wonderful new designs from all over the world, and fabulous friends--both in person and on the phone--to share them with.  Truly, I can hardly believe that we are on the cusp of April.  Well, come and join Teri and me for a minute and let us share a bit of what is going on in the little world of Shepherd's Bush...

Easter Notes by Shepherd's Bush
Leaflet: $8.00
Kit: $ 48.50
Fabulous Frame: $32.00

Teri has had such fun designing this new series.  She works with Jill, our framer, to come up with the perfect frame.  Take a lovely linen, choose a handful of sweet-hued cottons, add a charming set of buttons...and it is a perfect Easter project.  

By the way, this piece is the 3rd in an ongoing series, so if you would like to be on an automatic, just let us know.  Teri has fun plans ahead. 

Chick Party by Lizzie Kate
Leaflet: $12.50

This sweet piece from Lizzie Kate.  Des stitched it for us on a pale blue linen.  It is heading for the framer, but until then it looks cute wrapped around a basket.  

Three Tulips by With Thy Needle and Thread
pattern:  $12.00

Our great friend, Penny, in Arkansas stitched this for us and it is exquisite.  The colors are soft and Eastery, and we just love how it turned out.  We can't bear to part with it long enough to have it framed.  Maybe in July.  

Sampler Hare by La-D-Dah
Leaflet $12.00

This was offered as a kit at the market, and everyone loved it.  Now it is a chart.  We just unpacked them and they are hopping right out of the shop.  Teri is excited to try to finish it.  I think it looks hard, but she says she  has a plan.  She has changed the threads into beautiful, overdyed threads and is hoping Des will stitch it for us... 

Great new scissors
Hare scissors: $18.00
Ornate Italian scissors: $15.00
Owl scissors: $12.00

Nashville is always a great time for Teri to look for fun and unusual new stitching tools. Scissors were quite the thing this year and aren't they darling? From old fashioned and ornate, to retro and antique, to whimsical and fun, there is something for everyone to tuck into her sewing basket. 
All of these are $12.00
Top: Ladybug, Easter eggs,
Green Paisley, dark floral
Pumpkins, Holly

Greeting cards by Hands Across the Sea
set of three different cards: $6.00

Each card has one of the wonderful Hands across the Sea's beautiful samplers on the front, they are blank inside, and have a mini chart on the back just right for a pin cushion or fob. They are perfect for sending...or keeping.  
We also cary their beautiful sampler charts

New designs from Chessie & Me

Here are some photos of Chessie's newest patterns.  We love her things here at the shop.  I find a kind of soulfulness in the gentle designs and colors, and always have a hard time deciding which one to start with.

kit: 30.00

Linda made this for pin cushion for us and gave it to Teri at market.  Isn't it just adorable?  Plus it works up fast.  Thanks so much Linda

Forget Me Not Treasure Box
pattern:  $10.00

1864 House Sampler
pattern:  $12.00

Home Safe to Me
pattern:  $12.00

Little House ABC samplers
each pattern: $6.00--set of 9 patterns: $54

Here is our completed sampler.  Yay!  Reeta stitched it and it is fantastic.  Every time I walk past this piece, I am struck by how lovely it is. We just need to add the buttons, and then it is off to Jill for a fabulous frame.  We have all the parts and pieces, so if you want to start it, just give us a call.   

Early Americans series by Little House
each pattern: $6.00

Here is a very fun new series which is starting this very week.  The first one is Betsy Ross, and each one will show a famous early American.  Call us and join this club which will put everyone in the perfect spirit for a rallying American summer.  Teri is planning to stitch these individually and add backing and trim.  We will then be hanging these darling ornaments from out seasonal tree--the Liberty Tree. Watch out when you drop by as she just might be singing a bit from that old Disney classic.  If you would rather stitch them all together, just let us know. I think it would be sweet done that way as well.  We will have fabulous hand-dyed fabrics available in your choice of 32 or 36.

New Loose Feathers by Blackbird
It's Spring Fever chart $9.00- part 1

Here is a new series from the Blackbird girls.  They are going to be wonderful (as always)  each one is stitched on 36 count fabric.  Here are the colors for the first one and they are gorgeous!.  The next one is coming out soon,  Teri saw it at market, and she fell in love with it.  We will have a group stitching these, if you want to get them each time they come out, give us a call.  We would love to send them to you automatically.

I hope that your Spring is going to be warm and blooming.  I always think that the lingering sun in the evenings provides the perfect light for a little extra stitching.  But then, I rarely need an excuse to pick up my needle.  
Until next time,
fondly, Tina...and Teri