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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Our new market things

Nashville Offerings 2017

This has been such a fun and busy day.  We always love to meet up with friends and visiting, as well as getting our room set up and ready.  Tonight Teri went shopping, and I finished up kits.  So now we are ready for tomorrow...

Here is our own window heralding spring
Here we are at Nashville, having a blast and just about ready to open our door.  Have fun looking at our new things.  

Heart of my Heart
kit:  $24.00

This darling little kit is stitched with subtle Weeks Dye Works floss on 32 count Country French Latte Linen.  

Sage Snowman
kit:  $30.00

Our little snowman for 2017 is worked on a 30 count hand dyed linen of a beautiful sage color with a combination of overdyed silks and cottons. He is standing in a soft and wintry meadow just hoping that his melting time is not coming too soon,

Bloom Where You Are
kit:  $16.00

This sweet little kit is worked on 10 count Tula making it the perfect kit for both beginners and experienced alike.  In our shop, we use these for all different ages--teenagers learning to stitch as well as Baby Boomers looking for something easy on the eyes.  

Little Pink House Tin 
pin cushion kit in a tart tin:  $20.00
(tin included)

I have been very excited about this little kit.  I found some tins last year which are the perfect size for a little stitching pin cushion and have been excited to bring them to Nashville.  I wanted it to sort of go along with Heart of my Heart, and it is the perfect size to sit on the table next to me while I stitch.

Ewe are my Sunshine

This will be our free pattern for this market with the purchase of the button.  Teri just loves designing these, and has a great time thinking of what she is going to do each time.  Perfect for summer--or anytime--we hope that this will bring a smile and a memory to your soul.

Limited edition kit:  $30.00
Includes all of the supplies to make a darling pin cushion with this pattern.  
Swirly Sun button:  $8.00
( the button comes with a free pattern.)

Easter Trifles
leaflet:  $8.00
(complete kit available as well)

Teri's Easter Trifles is simply adorable.  Three super sweet little pin cushions stitched with the most scrumptious of threads will launch you into a stitching euphoria.  The ribbons she has dyed for them are so beautiful, that we all love them.  There is something about dyeing the ribbons in the snow, that gives them such lovely, subtle hues. 

Lucky Notes
leaflet:  $8.00
(complete kit also available)
frame:  $32.00

Lucky Notes is the 2nd in this new series which we are doing.  It is just a very fun nod to St Patrick's Day and is bursting with shamrocks, pots of gold and whimsical Irish words.  It works up quickly and will be ready in no time at all.

Teri's Hand dyed ribbons: $6.00 per package
Shepherd's Bush scissor fobs:  $10.00 per fob
Shepherd's Bush stitching magnets:  $10.00 per magnet

Here are a few of our hand made fobs.  We have tons of darling ones.  

Give us a call if you would like to order any of these new things, or stop by your local shop.  We will keep blogging about the market, so be sure to check back.