An Oldie but Goody

A few weeks ago I was digging through a drawer in my needlepoint room looking for God knows what, probably stretcher bars and I stumbled upon a little ornament that I stitched over 25 years ago.  It was all done in wool and Continental. Gasp!!!!!  We all start somewhere. LOL!

It just came back from the finisher the other day and I couldn’t have loved this piece more.  Our finishers are fantastic!

 I know we all have finished pieces hiding in a drawer that we don’t know what to do with.  It’s so nice to see these oldies finished.  They are a part of my progression as a stitcher.  So, if you look back at old pieces and think “Oh my God . . .I can’t believe how I used to stitch” that just means that you’ve gotten a lot better.  And isn’t that what we all strive to do?


Yesterday I got a text from a dear friend of mine, Katie, who moved to Dallas last year after she got married.  She had a great idea to needlepoint a stocking for her new husband as her wedding gift.  She stopped by the store around the holidays almost two years ago and picked out the New York City stocking by DJ Designs that I had stitched for myself.  She picked the design because they met in the city.  She worked with me on the stocking over the course of nine months.  She was stitching down to the wire to get it finished, trying to keep it a secret the entire time from her fiance.  When they would chat at night she would make up excuses as to why she couldn’t face time with him so she could stitch.

He was over the moon with his gift.  So much so, that apparently her entered her stocking into the Texas State Fair without her knowing and SHE WON SECOND PLACE!

This was her first needlepoint project.  She is totally inspired to do another stocking now!

I’m so proud of her and all of my students that work with me privately or in studio time.  You all do such amazing work.  Next year, Katie . . .first place is yours!

October Newsletter

Don’t Miss a Thing!
September was a crazy month at The Enriched Stitch.  Mary Susan, Aggie and I traveled to Dallas for the Destination Dallas trade show.  We found so many great new canvases, bags, tools and other goodies.
The big news last month was that I bought Amanda Lawford/DC Designs!  I’ve been sorting through and replenishing the inventory and making sense of this massive design line.  Things are finally under control and I can come up for air.  For now  . . .LOL!
I have a lot of plans for these designs.  Some of those ideas will come to fruition at the January show.  Can you believe I’m already thinking about January?  The life of a needlepoint designer and stitcher!
I’m working on getting Amanda’s website updated with the new designs, but here they are!

World Traveler Santa

available in 30″ on 18 or 13 mesh and 20″ on 18 mesh

World Peace – available on 13 or 18 mesh

This is her last design. How appropriate!

You can check out Amanda’s full line on her website
Go Red with Thread 2018

The three canvases for our fundraiser next year are stitched and available for you to order! All three canvases have stitch guides and thread kits.  A portion of the proceeds of these designs will be donated to hurricane relief charities this year.

Wonderland Heart – Amanda Lawford Designs

stitched by Suzie Vallerie

Mediterranean Diet – Melissa Prince Designs

stitched by Suzie Vallerie

Red Tails at Sunset – Leigh Designs

stitched by Suzie Vallerie
Give us a call at the shop to order your kit!
12 Days of Christmas Wreath  
Back from the Finisher
I had this piece finished as a wreath with a beautiful red ribbon attached to hang it wherever I want.
Now to find just the right place for it!
You can still join in the club this month.  Call the shop to sign up or sign up online
New Stitch Guides
London Rooftops – stitch guide by Becki Gebhardt
Paris Rooftops – stitch guide by Becki Gebhardt
Relaxing on the Beach – stitch guide by Aggie Aspinwall
Christmas Rooftops – stitch guide by Mary Susan Muirhead

Long Santa – DC Designs – stitch guide by Suzie Vallerie

Serafina – Leigh Designs

stitched by Suzie Vallerie

I’m so honored to be a part of Leigh’s secret stitchers.  I am in the company of some of the greatest stitchers in the country.  Leigh designed a series of the gorgeous witches.  Check them out on her website.

It’s Beginning to look like Halloween!
If you’re in the area, stop by and check out Linda’s awesome Halloween displays.  She is a magician with her decorating!


Denise Derusha Trunk Show
all in stock canvases 20% off


November Trunk Show
Join us at our 2018 retreat
Needlepoint in New England
Registration is open for this amazing retreat!
April 27-29, 2018
The Greenwich Hyatt
Some classes are almost full so don’t wait to sign up to make sure you get your first choice of class!
Look at the lineup of teachers and classes!
Kelly Clark – Seashell Wreath
(almost full)
Becki Gebhardt – Stormy Weather by Leigh Designs

Toni Gerdes – Fire & Ice

Suzie Vallerie – New England Santa by Amanda Lawford

Sandra Arthur – Winter Cardinal by Maggie

(almost full)

Meredith Willett – Chorus Line by Charlie Harper

(almost full)

Mary Susan Muirhead – Floral Bouquet by Maggie

All of the details are on the website.  You can register onlineor by calling the shop.  Picture yourself in a wonderful three day class of stitching . . .we hope you join us!

Studio Time
Tuesday 12:30-2:30 with Becki
Friday 10:30-12:30- with Suzie
Saturday 12:30-2:30 with Suzie
Can’t make those times?  We’re happy to schedule a private lesson with you.
Not local?  We do Skype and Facetime lessons, as well.
Be sure to call ahead or email to reserve a place in studio time
 Christmas Finishing Deadlines
Belts: October 15th
Pillows and Stockings: October 15th
Ornaments: November 1st

21 Minutes

It’s been CRAZY since I got back from Dallas!  I had no idea what an endeavor it would be to purchase a design line.   But things are under control now.

At Dallas we stopped at the Point 2 Pointe room and had ourselves a little shopping spree.  If you aren’t familiar with this company, they do self finishing (gasp!) canvases that come with the finishing product.  They have cuff bracelets, pendants, wine charms, coasters, bottle stoppers and cufflinks.

So on Saturday I treated myself to some stitching time at the shop, 21 minutes to be precise and stitched up a pair of cufflinks for my husband.  Yes . . .it only took 21 minutes.

I was dreading finishing them myself.  But then I watched the video that the company provides on their website and didn’t think it was too hard.  And it wasn’t.

Sure it takes some fussing with but it wasn’t bad. I just noticed in the picture that a little white canvas is showing on one of them.  Thank God for Sharpies!

So Saturday night my husband and I were out to dinner with some friends and he mentioned he saw needlepoint cufflinks in a store earlier in the day.  He was on his twice a year shopping trips.  . .once for my birthday and the other for Christmas.  All I could do was laugh when he brought this up.  I was going to save them for Christmas but how could I not tell him that I just stitched them for him that day.  He’s a good husband noticing needlepoint products in gift shops.

Check out the Point 2 Pointe website.  I’m sure something will tickle your fancy!

Meet Serafina

I wasn’t able to share the lovely Serafina before the Dallas show, since she was top secret.  But now she can make her debut!

Leigh designed the series, “Witchy Women” for the the Dallas show.  I am so honored to be in Leigh’s secret stitchers group.  I am among the company of Pat Miller, Jane Wood, Sandra Arthur, Carolyn Taggert and Sharon Quick.  Quite the crew!

This was such a fun piece.  But boy was it challenging!  But I like a challenge.  As that’s what Leigh’s pieces do.  Sometimes a little too challenging.  Yes Leigh . . .I’m speaking directly to you. LOL!

I found these really cool black Swarovski crystal stars to put on her dress.  Thank god they were the right size!

Serafina is available as a kit at The Enriched Stitch.  She measures 8 x 14 on 18 mesh (really cool I might add) canvas.  The canvas has a gold metallic thread running through it.  No background stitch for me!

The guide is also available to retailers through Leigh Designs.  There are 8 ladies in total.   I can’t recall who stitched which of the designs, but there are five or six of the ladies stitched with guides.  Leigh’s website has all of the details.

Give the shop a call if you’d like to order a kit or for more information. 203-210-5107


Melissa Prince-a-palooza!

So many people have requested that I post all of the Melissa Prince pieces that we have stitched at the shop and have guides for. So here you go!

Wizard of Oz



Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Dirty Dancing

Murder on the Orient Express

Romeo and Juliet

Pretty Woman

Star Wars

Sixteen Candles


Forrest Gump

Hunger Games



Fifty Shades of Grey

Romeo and Juliet

Sex and the City

Sixteen Candles

Paint the Town Red

12 Days of Christmas Wreath

Mediterranean Diet

Butterfly Wreath

This piece can be personalized with any name

Pagoda Birdhouse

Winter Birdhouse

Floral Birdhouse

Thistle Birdhouse

Air Stream Birdhouse


Nautical Birdhouse

Pine cone Pillow

Damn!! That’s a lot of pieces by Melissa Prince! See . . .I wasn’t kidding about how much we love her.

All of the pieces have stitch guides and can be kitted up for you. Give the shop a call before the end of the month when we pack up the trunk show. All in stock trunk show canvases are 20% off.




I Couldn’t Let it Go

I told you a few weeks ago that Amanda Lawford was retiring.  I just couldn’t bear to see her fabulous line disappear forever.


Suzie Vallerie, owner of The Enriched Stitch, is now the proud owner of Amanda Lawford Artworks and DC Designs!!!!!

I am so excited about carrying on this amazing line. I hope I know what I’ve gotten myself into lol!
Amanda was the first person I ever met in the needlepoint world. She was living in New York City at the time I opened and came to the shop to show me her line. I was so overwhelmed and was also a little star struck. She rolled in a few suitcases filled with canvases and I started going through them. I had a huge pile in front of me and knew I was spending way too much. Little did I know then what I would be spending on needlepoint. Ha!

Amanda has become a dear friend of mine, helping me get started with my own wholesale line. She is such a talented artist and an icon in the industry. I never dreamed that I would one day own this line when I purchased my first Amanda Lawford canvas over 20 years ago.

I will be contacting shop owners to introduce myself and with the new contact information. I will be fulfilling the orders placed at the Dallas show. So you don’t need to worry  if you have placed an order.
This is a big change in my life. But rest assured, it’s business as usual at the shop. Mary Susan has come on board as the manager of the shop so you’ll get to see a lot more of her. But don’t worry, I’m still there. Now you really won’t think that I sleep!

Thank you, Amanda, for dedicating your life to needlepoint. So many of us have spent countless hours enjoying your designs. Amanda will be missed, but fortunately her work will live on in the needlepoint world.


We’ve been working our way through the Dallas market and what fun we’ve been having!  So many great new canvases.  We’re exhausted and the credit card is melting lol!

A lot of people have been asking to see Amanda Lawford’s newest and last designs.  I told you a few weeks ago that she is retiring, but will fill orders on all the new designs by the end of the year.  I think this is some of her best work.

World Traveler Santa

The 30″ design is in her room and it is magnificent.  He comes in 30 inches on either 18 or 13 mesh.  He will also come in the 20″ size but only on 18 mesh.  Get him while he’s still around!

World Peas is available on both 18 and 13 mesh


Wonderland Heart for the Go Red with Thread fundraiser

Her farewell canvas.  We will miss you Amanda.

Email us as soon as possible if you would like to order anything.  The show closes at 4 tomorrow and that will be the end.

Melissa Prince Trunk Show

I think you all know by now that Melissa Prince is one of my favorite designers.  I have stitched tons of her movie coasters, which I promise I will do a blog over the weekend with all of the coasters that we have stitched at the shop and have guides for.

I’ve also started a bunch of her pieces that are still in progress.  I love the clean lines of her designs and that you can easily basketweave a piece or that she gives you room to play with decorative stitches.

Melissa’s trunk show is in the shop now through the end of the month. All in stock trunk show canvases are 20% off and special orders are 10% off.

Here are some of my favs from the trunk show.

The blue pumpkin is my all time favorite. One of these days I will stitch that piece. One day . . lol!

Give the shop a call if you see anything you like. I’m sure once you pop on over to Melissa’s website you will be tempted!


On a different topic, we will be open our regular hours this weekend.

Saturday 10-3

Sunday/Monday: closed

We’ll be back in the shop on Tuesday after a relaxing weekend.

Happy Labor Day!





Breaking News! Amanda Lawford is Retiring

I just received a letter in the mail from Amanda Lawford announcing her retirement.  This makes me so sad.

Amanda has been one of my favorite designers since I started needlepointing.  I have pieces from her in my stash and my WIP (who doesn’t? lol)  I have stitched many of her pieces over the years and have gotten to know Amanda well over the last few years.

 Her artwork has touched so many people and graced their homes.  But after 42 years in the industry,  I understand it is her time to say goodbye to this wonderful world.  She will be sorely missed.

I guess this means I better stock up at the Dallas trade show.   So if there’s something you’ve had your eye on, let me know and I’ll pick it up for you at the show or order it for you.

I wish you well Amanda in whatever you choose to do next.  Can’t wait to see!