Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Blog Roll

Here's a few Fabulous blogs we follow that you might want to check out. Do you have a blog? Be sure to leave us a link in the comment section and we might pick you to be a featured blogger in the future!  Be sure to check out the Loose Thread Stitchers Blog HERE for more blog fun!

Needlework Professional Links

The Needleprints Blog showcases links to courses, expeditions’, courses, collections, etc.

All things DMC

Blackbirds blog takes you on the journey from initial idea to finished designs with a bit of baking to boot!

Primitive Designs and fun freebies

M Designs Blog about designs and life

Stitcher Links

Fabulous Stitcher blog full of amazing photos and finishes

Featured Stitcher on Nordic Needle

Blogging about life, stitches and recipes

Sharing about life, stitching, friends and family

Stitchin’ My Life Away ~ Love it!  

Friday, January 28, 2011

Freebie Friday

How fabulous are these Freebies from Designs By Lisa?  Be sure to check out Kathy's newsletter to find the latest ande greatest from Designs By Lisa. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SAVOR ~ giveaway

Be sure to check out the Loose Thread Stitchers Blog today to enter to win 2 tickets to SAVOR in Philly next week.  I know it's not stitching related but you gotta eat!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ SamSarah Design Studio

Ok So I know today is Wordless Wednesday but I am making an exception today.  There is NEWS in the cross stitch industry.  A few weeks ago Patti (SamSarah Design Studio) sold her %age stake in Just Another Button Company to focus on her counted thread and quilt designs.  So here's Patti's newest creations and a bit of info about how SamSarah Design Studio came about...

Hip Hop Doubles Series:  Hip Hop Moo
Doubles charts contain both the cross stitch and hand applique versions.
Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 20 count Mocha linen with Caron Collection Watercolours embellished with JABC buttons and placed in an East Side Mouldings frame.
Wool version is created with Weeks Dye Works over-dyed felted wool.

Sadie Stuart is a fictional girl from the early 1800’s and this is her first needlework. Acorn Marking Sampler is stitched on Weeks Dye Works Straw overdyed gingham using The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works floss and lots of specialty stitches which are illustrated in the chart. Frame from East Side Mouldings.

Sadie is releasing her second sampler at the Nashville Needlework Market in February.
Introducing Fresh Mesh!

Winter Snowman Tote and Evergreen clutch are stitched directly on Walker mesh bags using three strands of floss from The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works. This is a fun stitch on uneven weave nylon mesh that is ready to use when you finish stitching.
NEW! Spring Tote and Clutch releasing at the Nashville Needlework Market.

A Dozen Buzzin’s series of twelve charts stitched individually or all in a row as above. Final chart was released December 2010. Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30 count Straw linen with Crescent Colours over-dyed cotton floss, embellished with JABC buttons and placed in a frame from East Side Mouldings.

How SamSarah Design Studio started:

A degree in Graphic Design from Iowa State University started my creative career working as an art director and graphic designer all over the United States. After Sam and Sarah were born, I was lucky to be able to stay home with my babies. But I still wanted a bit of creative work. Free-lancing as a quilt designer for a couple of book publishers and magazines fit my schedule. And after the articles were published, I sold the quilts at a wonderful quilt shop in St. Charles, Missouri.

Later with another pre-school mom, Just Another Button Company was formed, and that company expanded beyond our expectations. When a major cross-stitch designer, who used lots of our buttons, became too ill to publish, we knew we had to replace that demand to keep our button makers working. In 1999, I started designing charts with lots of advice and encouragement from our local shop owner, and of course, using lots of JABC buttons. SamSarah Design Studio seemed like the perfect name since I was saving any profits for my kid’s college tuition.

On December 23, 2011, I sold my half of the button company to the co-owner. Now I have time for the things I truly love: my husband and children, friends, lots of stitching and quilting, and when the weather warms up, I’ll finally be able to get outside and put a little order in our garden (but not too much order - I like wildflowers!)

To find out more about SamSarah Design Studio be sure to check out the Loose Thread Stitchers blog HERE, read about SamSarah on Patti's Blog HERE and follow SamSarah on Facebook HERE.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Blog Roll

Here's a few Fabulous blogs we follow that you MUST check out.  Do you have a blog?  We'd love to see it!  Be sure to leave us a link in the comment section and we might pick you to be a featured blogger in the future!

Fab Designer Blogs

Fab Stitcher Blogs

Friday, January 21, 2011

Stitching for Literacy ~ Blogger Puzzle Line 7

March 17 – April 28
Celebrate reading and stitching! Join participating independent needlework shops, guild, and Web communities, and stitch a bookmark that will be donated to a library or school during Children’s Book Week to reward reading accomplishments.
It’s a snap.
Step 1: Stitch a bookmark (or two, or three…). Any hand-stitched bookmark counts:
  • any pattern (one you purchase or one you make up)
  • on any ground (perforated paper, aida, linen, canvas, etc.)
  • with any fibers (cotton, silk, metallics, beads, etc.)
  • using any needlework technique (cross stitch, blackwork, hardanger, etc.)

here's line 7:
H W F     V L M     S U V M W M X     C S N     Q S A M,    
This contest is open to everyone. If this is the first time you're hearing about it, go take a look.

    Step 2: Drop off or mail your bookmark to a participating needlework shop, guild, or community between March 17th and April 28th. (Or any time of year, most participants collect bookmarks year-round.)
    Want to do more?
    • Participate in Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy events at your local needlework shop and/or library.
    • Teach someone how to stitch a bookmark.
    • Start a Read-and-Stitch Club.
    • Spread the word about the program to your friends and family, on your blog, and in your newsletter.
    • Participate on the Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy blog.
    • Read! And tell us on the blog what you’re reading.

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Freebie Friday ~ Rosewood Manor

    Here we go again.  The snow hasn't really let up here in Philly so I began searching for another Christmas Project.....Rosewood Manor has quite a few on her website for her fans and they are LOVELY.  If you are into alphabets, Reindeer, and specialty stitches you should really check these out!
    Click HERE to download the chart and Happy Stitching!

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Cookies Anyone? by Myrtle Grace Motifs

    Looking for a new winter recipe?  Erin from Myrtle Grace Motifs posted this recipe on her blog last week and I think it is the PERFECT way to step out of your comfort zone and make a new cookie.  With pictures like this (above) how can you not try it?

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    Freebie Friday ~ Blue Ribbon Designs

    I was just surfing the internet in my PJ's since it is snowing here in the Philadelphia Area and the kids are already out back making snow angles and found this FABULOUS new freebie from Blue Ribbon Designs.  It is perfect for this time of year and it looks like a quick to stitch project.

    I've had visions of learning to sew this year and think this would look so cute made into a pillow, a wall hanging, or the cover page to a photo album.  Not sure what way I am going to go with this one but I'm excited to find a new project that I can start today using stash.

    Click HERE to download the chart and Happy Stitching! 

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday ~ monsterbubbles

    Be sure to check out the Loose Thread Stitchers blog HERE for more fabulous designs by monsterbubbles.

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    25% OFF SALE

    is having an Anniversary Sale

    From now until the close of business Friday, Jan 7th 
    take 25% off your entire order

    Sale includes special orders and items that have not been transferred over to the new site yet.

    Discounts will be reflected on the checkout page.

    All Orders will receive a free gift- a great little pad that will help keep your beads from sliding all over the place. 

    Karen also has a FABULOUS Frequent Buyer Program.  For every $150 you spend at Wasatch (no need for you to track the $ amount, Karen has it covered) you'll receive a $10 coupon towards your next order. 

    Here's a few new releases Karen has in stock now 

    ~ Here's the MUST have links for all things Wasatch Needlecraft ~