Getting Ready

I am SO excited for the TNNA show next weekend!  I have been working like a dog.  The boxes are packed and on their way there way to Vegas.

 

 I sent seven boxes of finished pieces, stitch guides, displays and tons of canvases for cash and carry, of course.  Wait till you see what’s in the tall thin box!  It was a little tough watching all of my inventory leave and putting it in the hands of FedEx. Finger crossed!

Abstract Bears Class

I have had my eye on this piece by Melissa Prince since the Dallas show.  When it arrived in November I decided to be a  good little shop owner and not take another piece for myself.  The night before the December sale at the shop I had decided I was going to put it aside for myself, but I forgot and a lucky customer snatched it up.  So, I ordered myself another one.

I promised Melissa I would get it stitched for the January show.  Why I do these things to myself I’ll never know.  But, it was so much fun to stitch that a deadline didn’t bother me.

I designed the stitches for this piece for teaching purposes.  I thought it would make a great class for anyone wanting to learn stitches OR if you know most of these stitches ( I guarantee no one knows all of them since I made up a number of them), you can see how different threads look with the same stitch.

If you know me at all, you know beading is not my favorite thing.  But when it needs to be done, I’ll do it.  To me, and Melissa, this isn’t a real bunny.  It’s a bunny ornament.  So, I used a cool beading technique with clear beads to create the ornament.

The other cool thing about this piece is that I took a stitch and did variations with it.  Sometimes I filled in an opening in a stitch and other places I left it open.  They look totally different, like the mommy and baby bears’ heads.  I also enlarged or shrunk a stitch, which I think makes a piece look more cohesive, rather than putting totally different stitches all over a canvas.

So many people in the shop have asked if I would teach this class.  Of course I will!  Saturday, March 24th will be the date!  I’m squeezing it into our crazy schedule and I know many of you are anxious to take the class.  So, the trick is, you need to sign up really soon,  by January 27th, in order to guarantee a canvas for you.

You can sign up for the class online or by calling the shop.  If you can’t make it to the class, but you’d like to order the kit, you can do that online by clicking here.

There are two different links so make sure you’re clicking on the right one.  One is for the class and one is for the kit.

Now back to my regularly scheduled stitching for the show in less than two weeks.  AHHHHH!

Wonderland Heart

I have been so busy the last few weeks getting ready for TNNA show in two weeks.  Ahhhhh!  But I’m squeezing in a quick blog post.  The Wonderland Heart came back from the finisher and it is just to die for!

I love the tassel that my finisher puts on.  The finishing goes from drab to fab with that!

How cute is the fabric for the back.  I have to give Linda the credit for the finishing ideas on this piece.

You probably already know that this piece is one of the three pieces featured in the Go Red with Thread fundraiser for this year.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.  We have them in stock at the shop right now.  Don’t wait too long to order your kit because I’m sure we will be sold out of them at the show.  You can call the shop to order or you can purchase the kit online.

Time to get back to stitching, painting, writing stitch guides and editing pictures.  I hope I can get it all done!

Secret Santa Stitching

It was so crazy the week before Christmas that I didn’t get a chance to write this blog.  I know we’re all sick of Christmas right now, but I’m going to share this with all of you anyway.

Last year I suggested to the girls at the shop that it would be fun to pick a name out of a hat and you stitched an ornament for that person.  My reasoning was that for all that we stitch for other people, no one ever seems to stitch anything for us.   Everyone was into the idea. . .so I thought.  Apparently this caused some angst among a few of the ladies, which I didn’t find out about until a few weeks ago.  We got together for a little lunch at the shop and exchanged our ornaments.  Despite the anxiety among some people, everyone really enjoyed it.  Here’s what we stitched.

 

Becki stitched this for Andrea.  Andrea loves turquoise so Becki thought she’d love the colors.

Linda stitched this for me, because she knows how much I love penguins.

I stitched this cross for Mary.  She saw it in the shop after we got back from Dallas and thought it was so pretty.  I told her I would order her one but she couldn’t purchase a brand new canvas.  Good way to throw her off the scent!

Andrea stitched this for Aggie.  Aggie had been eyeing it during the Melissa Shirley trunk show.

Mary stitched this sweet piece for Mary Susan.  She thought it looked like something she’d stitch.

She wasn’t far off, because Mary Susan stitched this for Becki.  We all know how Becki loves her woodland friends!

 

Apparently Aggie missed the memo about the ornament concept.  She stitched this bee for Linda, who has a bigger bee obsession than I do a penguin problem.  Linda says she won because she can leave it out all year long.

This was so much fun to do with such a great group of women.  We have the best time together at the shop.  Most days it doesn’t even feel like work.  Can’t wait to do this again next year!

 

 

January Newsletter

Winter TNNA Trade Show
I’m so excited for the upcoming trade show later this month!  I will be exhibiting my new design line, Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery, for the first time!  I have about 100 brand new designs, from my licensed artists as well as my own designs.  We will also be there with new designs from Amanda Lawford.  We have so much stuff we had to have two rooms!  We will be in rooms 438 and 439.
Be sure to like our Facebook page for the Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery to see sneak peeks and when the website is launched later this month.
Speaking of sneak peeks, here’s a few to tickle your fancy.
We also have a new retailers club that will be launching at the show. I’ll give you a teaser of one of the six designs.

Be sure to sign up through your local shop.

I have so much more to share with you but it will have to wait until the February newsletter.  It’s killing me doing all this secret stitching! LOL!
Christmas Diners Club
There are 4 adorable canvases in this club

5 x 5 on 18 mesh
The club starts January 2018. Stitch guides are included in the kit with canvas and threads
Thread kits TBD
Stitch guides by Suzie Vallerie and Nancy Taylor
Click here to sign up online or call the shop to sign up 203-210-5107




Winter Class Schedule
Finish It!  January 6th  10-12  $25
Stuck on a piece and can’t get it done?  January always motivates us to finish pieces.  So come work with Suzie and she will help you with stitches and threads to get you over the hump
Clean it Up!  January 11th or 13th  10-12  $25
Are you embarrassed by the back of your canvas?  Suzie will help you clean up your technique.  You’ll be amazed at how different your canvas looks on the front once you clean up the back!
Enriched Stitching with Suzie
January 20th  10-3  $75
Submit your canvas by December 16th and Suzie will write a custom stitch guide and select all the threads to turn your canvas from drab to fab.  The day will be spent going over your stitch guide and the techniques used to create a stunning piece of art.
Class fee includes full day of instruction and lunch. Stitch guide and threads are additional.  Canvas must be from The Enriched Stitch.
 Class limited to 6 students 
Ribbon 101 February 8th or 10th 10-12 $40
Have you wanted to learn to work with silk ribbon?  No need to be intimidated.  Suzie will show you how to work with this fabulous thread to create beautiful ribbon techniques.  Bring a canvas with you that you’d like to use ribbon on and Suzie will give you ideas.
Includes a doodle canvas on stretcher bars and ribbon to work with.
Beading 101 February 22nd or 24th 10-12 $40
No need to be afraid of beading anymore!  It’s really easy once you learn the basic tips and techniques.  Includes a doodle canvas on stretcher bars, beading needles and beads to work with.
Advance registration required for all classes.  Call the shop or email to sign up
Join us at our 2018 retreat
Needlepoint in New England
Registration Closes March 1st
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
Becki Gebhardt – Stormy Weather by Leigh Designs
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!
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!
 203-210-5107
 
Don’t Miss a Thing!
Studio Time
Tuesday 12:30-2:30 with Becki
Thursday 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
 2018 Finishing Deadlines
 Easter: January 22 , 2018
4th of July: April 20, 2018
Halloween: July 20, 2018
Hanukkah: July 27, 2018
Thanksgiving: Aug 3, 2018
Early Christmas: Aug 10, 2018

Year in Review

Happy New Year!

It has been one crazy year at The Enriched Stitch!

Between starting my own wholesale line of canvases, purchasing Amanda Lawford and DC Designs, and everything else that goes on here day in and day out . . .I was exhausted!  I desperately needed the last week off.  And what do you think I did all week . . .worked of course . . .but in my pj’s.

I’ve been furiously stitching away new models for the TNNA show at the end of the month, writing stitch guides, building a new website, updating price lists and hanging out with my little guy and the family.  I have over 100 new designs that will come out at the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled for all the exciting things coming from the Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery.

Unfortunately I can’t show you what I’ve been working on lately, you’ll just have to wait a few more weeks.  But here’s the year in review of everything I stitched in 2017.

    

Bright Floral – Amanda Lawford

Wonderland Heart – Amanda Lawford

New England Santa – Amanda Lawford.  I will be teaching this piece at our Needlepoint in New England Retreat this spring.

12 Days of Christmas Wreath by Melissa Prince

Red Tails at Sunset – Leigh Designs

Two Chicks Egg – Kelly Clark

This was part of our Hippity Hoppity Egg club last spring

Perfume – DC Designs

Dazzling – Leigh Designs

Limited Edition Heart – Amanda Lawford

Mojito – Leigh Designs

Strawberry Daiquiri – Leigh Designs

Pina Colada – Leigh Designs

Lemon Drop – Leigh Designs

Cufflinks for my husband – Pointe 2 Point

Snowball Cafe – Maggie Co.

This is part of our newest club that starts later this month.

Gingerbread Man – Leigh Designs

Kate Dickerson Alphabet Round

GOAT  (for my future husband Tom Brady lol) VNG Canvas

Shark Mini Stocking – Kathy Schenkel

Boo – Amanda Lawford

Three Birds on a Wire – DC Designs

Long Santa – DC Designs

Mediterranean Diet – Melissa Prince Designs

Serafina – Leigh Designs

   

Hydrangea Basket – VNG Canvas

 

Basket Egg – Kelly Clark

Autism Heart – VNG Canvas

Mary’s Cross – A Poore Girl Paints.  This was what I stitched for Mary in our Secret Santa Stitching.  More on that later.

Wine Stopper _ Pointe to Point.  This was a Christmas gift for my mom.

Change Purse – Point of it All (more on this piece coming in another blog)

Phew!  That’s 34 pieces that I can find.  Seems a little light for me this year.  But then again, I’ve stitched about a dozen pieces that I’m not sharing yet.

2017 was a great year, both personally and professionally.  2018 is going to be even better!  I have so many plans for this year . . . new clubs, classes, new canvas designs . . .my brain is always working on overload. Just ask the girls in the shop.

Let’s raise a glass and toast to the upcoming year!

 

 

 

Get the Kleenex

I’m serious . . .get the Kleenex.

Last February we lost a wonderful customer and friend, Mimi, to a long battle with cancer.  She would come whirling through the door with a huge smile on her face.  Yes . . .whirling . . .always in that good kind of tizzy where she had something very important to take care of with whatever piece she was working on.  She always put a smile on our face, with her random sayings that no one had ever heard of and her wisecracking.

Some of the women who work at the shop became very close with her.  They would stitch together at Cobbs Mill Inn, (which I could never make it to since I’m never allowed out of the shop.  lol!)  Mimi was planning on stitching a Christmas stocking for her first grandchild, but only got so far as to pick out threads and put a few stitches in because she was so ill.  So, when everyone knew the end was near, the girls promised to finish the stocking for her.

Mary Susan, Becki, Linda and Andrea from the shop, along with Debbie F. and Debbie G. ( yes . . .we have a lot of Debbies in the shop), passed the stocking around over the last nine months and stitched the entire stocking.   I had painted the letters on the top of the stocking for her before she passed.  I love the idea of the name tag attached to the stocking, which Mimi had wanted.

Last week we got together for cocktails to toast Mimi and give the stocking to her husband to pass along to her daughter.  This is such a special gift, truly done from the heart.

It’s Not Too Late

Christmas is just over a week away . . .but it’s not too late to stitch up a last minute gift.

I just stitched up a monogram canvas for a friend  (she doesn’t read the blog  . . .hopefully) to go in the new zip pouches from Colonial Needle.

I can personalize any of these 3 inch rounds while you wait.  They stitch tup in a night or two.

They slip right inside the boxes.  Here’s a hint .  .  .don’t pull off the adhesive top of the box.  There’s no need to.  If you don’t get it on straight the first time it’s not so easy to fix.

The same designs also come in a rectangular shape.

If you need help putting your canvas in the boxes or pouch, stop by the shop and we’ll help you out.  The worst part is cutting the selvage off the canvas.  I know that’s scary.  But honestly, unless you cut into your stitching there’s nothing to worry about.

 Stop by or give us a buzz and we can get it right out to you.

 

Happy Hanukkah!

         To all our friends and customers who         celebrate…Happy Hanukkah!

Wouldn’t these little 5 x 5 canvases be fantastic in an acrylic box to hold matches for the menorah or sweet little treats? We have them in stock and they are 30% off through Saturday while our storewide canvas sale is going on!

Holiday Sale! 30% off ALL IN STOCK CANVASES

You know the drill by now how our sales work.  But, if you’re new to The Enriched Stitch, either stop by the shop or if give us a call to place an order.  Please refer to the frame number BELOW the canvas when you call so we can locate the canvas you’re looking for as quickly as possible.

If we can’t answer the phone, make sure to leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.   203-210-5107  The sale starts Thursday December 7 and ends on the 16th.

All in stock accessories are also 20% off during this sale.  Unfortunately I can’t photograph everything in the store.  So you can let us know if there’s something you’re looking for and we can see if we have it.

If we have your credit card on file, you can email us your order and we can get it right out to you.  Have fun looking through all of our fabulous canvases!

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Frame 2

Frame 3

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Frame 5

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Frame 9

Frame 10 (Goody Bags)

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Frame 12

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57 (30 inches on 18 mesh)

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71 (30 inch Santa on 13 mesh)

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85 (middle image limited edition from Labors of Love with sculpted porcelain face)

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89 (stitch guide available)

90 (movie coasters)

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92 (more movie coasters)

93 (more)

94 (more coasters)

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96 (even more coasters)

97 (that’s all of them . . .I promise)

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Phew!  That’s a lot of pics!  Call the shop if you’d like to treat yourself to something this holiday season!

203-210-5107