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