Monthly Archives: July 2015

World Embroidery Day

After teaching embroidery Sunday afternoon, I came home eager to continue stitching.  You see, I’ve spent the last several weeks doing lots of machine sewing, but little handsewing.  So I made my tomato sandwich for supper (my favorite summer meal), grabbed my embroidery and sat on my patio.  As soon as I picked up that long-neglected piece of fabric, I could feel myself relax.  Heaven to stitch outdoors.


There seems to be a “day” for everything and I often find out too late.  Yesterday was “National Milk Chocolate Day.”  My cousin posted it on her facebook page.  I didn’t see it until this morning, but I can celebrate a day late!  July 30 (tomorrow!) is World Embroidery Day.  I read about it in the Inspirations Magazine newsletter.  You can read more here!

I’d love you to join us Friday during the Stitch-In to celebrate World Embroidery Day.  That’s right–one day AFTER the rest of the world celebrates.  I think that will my official way to celebrate everything.  I’m sure there must be a Procrastinator’s Day. too!

Bring an embroidery project to stitch on or pick up one of our dish towels and get stitching.  Here is a cute free design to get you started.  Wendy is a North Carolina designer of quilts, embroidery, and cute softies.  You’re welcome.

Come in Friday and buy a towel and we’ll print the design on a piece of Transfer-eze so you can start right away!  We’ve got some cute new hot pink and turquoise towels that will be perfect for Wendy’s design!

Stitch InIf embroidery isn’t your thing, come join us anyway.  Friday afternoons are a fun time to get together and work on whatever you love!  PLUS Saturday is the last day of our Sale!

Whatever your favorite stitching medium, hope you make time to stitch today!


Christmas in July

It’s such a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a good reason:  As of today, there are only 150 days until the BIG DAY.   And only 95 days to Halloween, the start of all the fun and craziness that lasts through the first of January.

Makers have to start planning and making NOW.

To help you get started, we’re having a 30% off Sale through Saturday, August 1 on Christmas and Halloween fabric, and knitting patterns, magazines and books.  We’ve also loaded up the Sale Table with yarns and other goodies to help you get inspired.

IMG_7261 Pillows are fun to make as a gift or to spice of your own decor.  Kathy is teaching this Cable Pillow and I’m teaching a Bishop class for smockers starting this week.  Details for both of these classes can be found on the Class Schedule Page.   Come join us!


We’ve got so many project ideas for handmade gifts and items to decorate your home. Don’t wait until the middle of November like I usually do.  Come get started today!

Happy Stitching!


P.S. Speaking of pillows, Jandell, Susann, and Shirley make this fabulous pillow a few weeks ago. Easy hand applique and hand quilting. Come see the cute buttons on the back.   Instructions and kits coming soon!

Summertime Projects

Last week we had two gorgeous models stop by to show us their newest outfits.  You can find more pictures from our photo shoot on our Flickr Site!

Shirley, Jandell, and Susann finished this pillow:


There are cute, big buttons on the back.  Stop by the shop and they’ll show you how to make one too!

Kathy brought in two finished objects:  one to wear and one to carry.  She can help you make one, too!





Even though it’s summer, it’s not too early to think Christmas!



Come stitch with us!!

Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!



There are at least two little girls who are dressed appropriately today!  Beginning Smocking starts on Tuesday.  Come join the fun!  Go to our Class Schedule page for more details.

SC-cover-BWhile we are celebrating “the Land of the Free,” check out these patterns from Tin Can Knits.  I love these  patterns–easy to make but they don’t look like beginner patterns.  In fact,  I have had the Harvest Cardigan on my list for awhile.  Maybe this will be my year!   They are free, very well written, and these women have excellent tutorials.

If you don’t know your knit from your purl yet, we’ve got day and evening Learn to Knit classes beginning this week.

Our Knitting Workshops and Crochet Workshops are a great place to get started on a new project or get help when you’re stuck.

Beginning Quilting is on the schedule for August.  Lee and I are teaching a fun beginning embroidery project in July and Lee is teaching her new Dresden quilt.

Hope you have had a fun, relaxing day.  I have filled my yard cart with weeds, chatted  with friends and relaxed with some stitching.   Planning the same for tomorrow.

The fireworks are starting!  Hope this weekend brings you lots of time to stitch!