Paint the Town Red

Look what just came back from the finisher!


How fun is this little pillow?  I designed the finishing to coordinate with my Breakfast at Tiffany’s piece.

breakfast at tiffanys finished

I always say . . .you’ve gotta have a pair.

This piece was designed by Melissa Prince and is one of the three canvases that were designed exclusively for shops participating in my national fundraiser for The American Heart Association, Go Red with Thread.

Registration is open for our stitch in on February 4th 10-3.  A $25 minimum donation to the charity is all you need to make to sign up.  Come spend the day stitching on whatver you like in our classroom and enjoy a little “me time.”

We’ll have special sales and goodies for those attending the fundraiser. We might even have a visit from my favorite Zumba instructor.  We all need to get moving and get healthy!

I’ll also be teaching this piece at the shop on February 11th 10-12:30.  If you can’t make it to the class, we can always send you a kit.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the canvas and stitch guide will be donated to The American Heart Association.  So join us and support a great cause!

20 Days Till Christmas!

Another  Perfect Gift Idea…A Laying Tool!

We have beautiful glass laying tools, as well as wooden and metal ones.  If you’re not sure what to do with one, stop by and we’ll give you a quick demo.  These tools tame those pesky threads like Neon Rays or anything else that you want to lay straight.  Call the store for more details. 203-210-5170.



21 Days Till Christmas!

School Spirit!!

Kathy Schenkel designs these darling school ornaments.  We currently have several in the shop.  If you don’t see the one you want, bring a picture of your favorite building or spot on campus and Kathy will paint a customized ornament for your school.  These are fun and a quick stitch, sure to please your proud alumni!

Check out Kathy’s website to view the full line

You’ll see the canvases painted as mini stockings but they come as 4 inch rounds, as well.




On the first day of Christmas . . .Holiday Countdown

We’re all counting down the days till Christmas.  So much to do . . .so little time!  We’re making your holiday shopping easier for your loved ones to give you or for you to give a fellow stitcher.  Oh who am I kidding?  More likely to treat ourselves!

This is a shop favorite!  We have them in the store and several of our staff have one at home also.  If you have been thinking about one, how about putting it on your wish list for this year?

Floor Stand


Table Stand

system 4 table stand

Ho Ho Ho (and a bottle of rum)

Just kidding!  No talk of cocktails in this blog.

At long last, my Ho Ho Ho is finished!


We tweaked a few things on the finishing when it came back.  Aggie made one of her signature bows.


This was an online class we offered earlier in the year.


Mary Susan just finished hers and she’s going to have it made into a pillow.  Wait till you see what she has planned.  I have to say . . .I’m a bit jealous I didn’t finish mine the way she plans to finish hers.   But I do love mine.  And I didn’t have a Christmas standup in my collection.


We have one kit left in stock if your’e interested.  Canvas, threads and stitch guide. The whole shebang!

Holiday Party and Cocktail Cheer

Stop by the shop on Saturday December 10th to celebrate the holiday season with us!

We’ll have cookies and other treats (maybe some sale specials) and cocktails.

Did I say cocktails?  Yes I did.  We’ll be having a Christmas Cocktail and Mixed Drinks stitch in.  Here’s how it works.

Order one or more of the canvases below and hang out in the shop that day stitching on some holiday cheer.  We’ll be there to help you with stitch and thread ideas to make these little darlings come to life.  No fee.  Just a few hours of much needed “me time” during the crazy holiday season.

Let me know as soon as possible which cocktail or bottle you would like to stitch so that we can make sure that we have it in stock.









Perfect Manhattan


Mint Julepcocktail-5







We hope you can join us!

Visiting Teacher Schedule

We’ve got a BIG year planned at The Enriched Stitch.  2017 is going to be amazing.  You are going to learn so much from our visiting teachers and from our in house classes.

Back to Basics with Tony Minieri

May 19th, 20th, August 25th, 26th

This four day class will blow your mind!  I learned so much when I took it at another shop.

This four day class will strengthen your technique and help rid you of the the bad habits you’ve developed over the years. A basic knowledge of stitches is a prerequisite.

Canvas Empowerment with Jo Christensen

June 22nd-23rd

This two day embellishment class is one of a kind! Bring an unstitched canvas of your choice and Jo will guide you through how to select stitches and threads. The class begins with art and color theory. Then Jo will tell you what kind of stitch and thread she would like you to select for an area. You’ll learn how to use stitch books and select stitches. The second day will be spent on technique.

Have a Cup of Tea with Beatrice and Me (and Jo Christensen)


Spend the weekend with Jo and Beatrice working on this darling piece by Brenda Stofft. This is the cutest bunny ever! The canvas measures 7 x 10 on 18 mesh. Learn padding and sculpting techniques to make Beatrice look realistic. The cup is apppliqued. So many amazing aspects of this adorable piece. Class fee $250. Kit fee is additional and TBD. Advance registration required. Kits available.

Canvas Embellishment with Tony Minieri

September 22nd-24th

Tony will write a custom typed stitch guide with diagrams for the canvas of your choice and will walk you through the amazing techniques and process behind his creating the stitch guide. This three day class is slower paced so that everyone can have personal time with Tony. You will leave with a full understanding of your stitch guide. Class fee $300. Canvas must be purchased or dropped off at the store by May 1st. Threads and stitch guide are an additional charge and vary based upon your kit.

Julia Snyder Embellishment Class

December 1st, 2nd or 3rd

Come for one or more days while Julia selects the stitches and threads for the canvas of your choice! Julia is amazing with ribbons, beads and other embellishments. Her unique style is sure to wow you!

More details are on the website.  Check it out!

Don’t wait to register!  Class size is limited and spaces fill quickly.  If you have mentioned to me in the shop already that you want to take one of these classes, please email me again to make sure you are on the list.  I wouldn’t want to miss anyone!

Call or email to register for any of these classes or our in house classes and events in January and February.  I’m working on getting up the class schedule for the next six months.  What an endeavor!

Holiday Weekend Sale – Everything in Stock 20% Off

Here’s our most current canvas boards.  All in stock canvases 20% off today and tomorrow.

Nearly everything IN STOCK in the ENTIRE store is 20% off today and tomorrow!


Please refer to the frame number below the canvas when calling or emailing.


1Frame 1

Frame 23

Frame 34

Frame 45

Frame 56

Frame 67

Frame 78

Frame 89

Frame 910

Frame 10


Frame 1112

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Frame 32

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Frame 51

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Frame 5456

Frame 5557

Frame 5658

Frame 5759

Frame 5860

Frame 59

Frame 6062

Frame 6163

Frame 6264

Frame 6365

Frame 6466

Frame 6567

Frame 6668Frame 67

There’s more canvases in stock for those of you who are local.  We only have so much wall space!

Happy Shopping!


Black Friday Sale

Everything IN STOCK in the ENTIRE store is 20% off today and tomorrow.







And SOOOO Much More!

Stop by for even more in store deals.

Fill a bag with select threads for $15!

Pics of our canvas boards will go up on the blog a little later this morning.

Excludes stitch guides, finishing and special orders.
Other exclusions may apply.

Holiday Wish List

If you don’t know about these wonderful items, you’re missing out!

Tell those special people in your life that this is what you’d like under the tree this year.

Z Bar Light


This LED lamp bends so many ways so you can focus the light exactly where you need it. It can attach to a System 4 stand with a simple clamp.  Also available in black and white.

System 4 Table and Floor Stand



These stands are interchangeable.  The clamp, table and floor stand are sold individually.  The floor stand folds up and can be tucked away under a couch.  Easy to travel with.  Adjust the stand to your position to make stitching more comfortable.


Super Snips are the best travel scissor at an unbelievable price of $6!  Sharp as can be!You’ll never reach into your stitching bag and stab yourself on account of the protective rubber cap.


Dovo scissors are my absolute favorite!  Scissors dull over time.  But Dovo’s hold up the longest.  With all the stitching I do, I haven’t had to replace my two pairs of scissors in 2 years!


Hug Me Bags


This company has thought of everything when it comes to what needlepointers need in a bag.  Pockets and pouches galore!

All bags come in a variety of fabrics. The Tony bag, named after Tony Minieri who requested a custom designed bag is the best!

Floss Away Bags


These little bags are great for organizing your threads.  A must have!

Thread Zapper


Tame the ends of those unruly threads like Flair with this groovy little gadget.

Gift Cards


Gift cards can be purchased in any amount and used towards anything in the store.  And never expire!  But I know you won’t be able to hold onto it for long.

Beading Accessories


We love the Bead Buddy from the Meredith Collection.  A magnet on the back attaches it to your canvas.  And your beads won’t spill!



Who doesn’t love a new magnet?

The Meredith Collection and Accoutrement Designs are our favorites!

Buddy Tree


This little darling will hold your magnets and display them in the cutest way.

Laying Tools

I know this is not everyone’s favorite tool, but it is a necessary one.  Lay those strandable threads flat and make your work go from good to outstanding!

We love these laying tools from Rainbow Gallery.  They’re little and very easy to work with and a great price.


For those of you are laying tool aficionados, you’ll love the hand carved wooden laying tools from Zecca.  They’re so smooth and feel great in your hand.


The can also come with the BLT metal laying tool inserted inside.  Personally, those metal laying tools scare me!

Movie Coasters

You know how much I love these little gems from Melissa Prince.  So much fun to stitch!  And there’s a perfect canvas for everyone . . .for you or a gift.

You can view the full line of canvases on Melissa’s website.  Here’s a few that I’ve stitched.





Forrest Gump

star wars

All featured canvases have stitch guides.  We have many more on stitch guides which will be on a future post.

Atenti Bags


These are my new favorite bags!  I carry a purse everyday that coordinates with my stitching bag.  I gotta tell you, you’ll feel less like a bag lady (which is what we always joke about ourselves here) when you’re carrying pretty bags that match.

Give us a call to order anything you have seen featured here.

But don’t wait too long . . .we can always get more if we run out.  Just keep in mind we’re not as fast as Amazon Prime lol.