Funda Scully Trunk Show

We just finished hanging the Funda Scully trunk show. One design is cuter than the next!  All trunk show canvases and special orders are 20% off now through July  29th!

Love these little birds!

The baby collection is adorable!

There are TONS of hinged boxes in the trunk show.  They make the greatest gift.

The Designer Collection isn’t featured on the website yet.

These little Judaica pieces would make great inserts for a box to hold matches for the holiday.

I hope I get a chance today to pick out one for me.  I’ll let you know what I choose!

July Newsletter

Kelly will be back October 10-12!
We have two different classes!
The first class is on Wednesday October 10th from 10-3 where Kelly will be teaching here stunning ribbon eggs.  Choose one, two or three of the eggs to work on during class.  These are SOOOOOOO beautiful in person!
4 x 5 on 18 mesh
Pick Your Piece Workshop
The second class, “Pick Your Piece Workshop” will be on Thursday and Friday October 11-12.  This is a two days class where you will pick one of five pieces to work on with Kelly. I think there’s something for everyone!
For those of you who have no interest in stumpwork, these two holiday pieces are for you!
Hope!
11 x 6 18 mesh
Happy Holly Days
13 x 8 on 18 mesh
Kitchen Hen Collage
This is the companion piece to the Rooster Collage Kelly taught last year at the shop.  So fabulous!
5 x 7 on 18 mesh
New England Wreath
If you missed our fabulous retreat in the Spring,  Kelly will be teaching an encore class at the shop.  The details in the piece are amazing!
6 x 6 on 18 mesh
Autumn Topiaries
I think this is my favorite.  I know what I’ll be stitching during class!  This piece is 10 x 8 on 14 mesh.
I have to get the canvases ordered by July 15th so don’t wait too long to sign up!  Give us a call at the shop and we can give you all the details and pricing.  I hope you can make it!  If you’ve never taken a class with Kelly you’re in for a real treat!
203-210-5107
Call or email to sign up!
203-210-5107
enrichedstitch@gmail.com
Funda Scully Trunk Show
All in stock and special orders from trunk show are 20% off through the month of June

Hinged Boxes

Check out  her website to see the full line
Christmas Diners
Our exclusiveChristmas Diners are now available individually!

We have them in stock right now with stitch guides and thread kits!

Enriched Stitching with Suzie
Saturday August 11th 10-3
Please correct the date from the email that was sent.  August 11th is when this class will be held since I’m scheduled to teach another class on the 4th.  Whoops!
Spend the day with Suzie working on a canvas of your choice.  Suzie will write a custom stitch guide and select all the threads to create a fabulous unique piece!
Canvas must be purchased from The Enriched Stitch and be dropped off in the shop for Suzie to work her magic by July 21st.  Class fee $75 and includes lunch.  Stitch guide and threads are additional and vary from piece to piece. Class limited to 6 students.
Patchwork of Peace Stitch Along
Join us once a month for to work on this fabulous design. Class will meet the first Friday and Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:30. You can pick which day you would like to come.  Each class session is $20
The first class will be selecting your threads and getting started on stitches.  Each month after we will continue to work on stitches and playing with threads.  At the end, everyone will have their own unique version of the American flag.
The canvas is available on either 18 (12 x 17) or 13 (18 x 23) mesh.
Class starts August 4th
We still have some canvases in stock so it’s not too late to sign up!
The class will be ongoing over the next year so you can join in at any time.
Call the shop to sign up  203-210-5107
New Studio Times
Tuesday 12:30-2:30 with Suzie
Thursday 10:30-12:30 with Suzie
Saturday 10:30-12:30 with Suzie
Can’t make those times?  We’re happy to schedule a private lesson with you.
Be sure to call ahead or email to reserve a place in studio time
World Traveler Santa Online Class
Join Suzie as she stitches this fabulous new Santa by Amanda Lawford!
 Class starts in September 2018
This canvas is available as 20 inches on 18 mesh or 30 inches on 13 or 18 mesh.  Your choice!  We’ll adjust the threads for the different size/mesh canvases
  There will be six class installments every other month.  Class fee includes stitch guide installments and a closed Facebook discussion group with instruction and tutorials.  Class fee $30/installment.  Threads are additional and to be determined as Suzie stitches the piece. The threads will be shipped out every other month with a portion of the stitch guide.
Don’t forget . . .we have an Amanda Lawford trunk show right now so the canvases are 20% off!
Call the shop to sign up  203-210-5107
New Location
Don’t forget that we’ve moved.  We’re at the same address but in the red building in the front!
 
Don’t Miss a Thing!
2018 Finishing Deadlines
 Halloween: July 20, 2018
Hanukkah: July 27, 2018
Thanksgiving: Aug 3, 2018
Early Christmas: Aug 10, 2018
Late Christmas Deadlines
Pillows and Stockings: October 1st
Standups: October 1st
Ornaments: October 15th
Belts: November 1st
the later deadlines may include a rush fee

Too Busy to Stitch

I haven’t stitched much lately and it’s killing me! I’ve been painting like crazy for the Dallas show in September. I SO wish I could show you right now but it’s a little early for sneak peeks. Let’s just say I’m going to have about 100 new designs.

Before you say she’s insane, I haven’t painted 100 new designs. There will be about 20 new designs from Scott Partridge and the canvases from our Silly Little Birds club will be released individually. They are also going to be available on 13 mesh but a little bigger. OK . . .there’s a hint for you!

The other thing I can tell you is that The Two Chickadees are going to get a companion piece. Same size . . .but possibly cuter!

Amanda Lawford has painted almost 40 new designs that we collaborated on. These are amazing! I can’t wait to stitch so many of them. I hope a few come in soon so I can get a few stitched for the show. I can tell you there’s a new bunny and he’s TO DIE FOR!

 

I’ve reworked a few Amanda classics that I can’t wait to have hanging on my Christmas tree this year.

And I have a new series of small designs. There will be about 40-50 of them. The girls in the shop have seen them and love them. They might just be being nice to my face about it but I don’t think so . . .or hope not! They’ve always been honest with me so I hope they aren’t blowing smoke up my a## this time!

I can’t wait to show you all the designs but you’ll have to be patient and wait till September like everyone else. But, if you’re in the shop, you might catch a glimpse of something that’s in the works. You never know what you’ll find hanging around the shop!

Getting in the Spirit

I finished this little piece just in time for the holiday. I often stitch large pieces but I’ve been on a kick with little ones for a while. Instant gratification!

I was poking around online the other weekend and looking up videos on Brazilian embroidery. Very cool stuff! I grabbed this little Amanda Lawford piece to try out a few techniques. I can’t say I did traditional Brazilian embroidery but I adapted some techniques to needlepoint. 

I also wanted to try out a new ribbon floss in the shop that’s red, white and blue. I used that in the center circle. I love the effect!

Did you know there’s a Silk Lame Braid that’s red, white and blue? 

Hope you’re all enjoying the lovely (but hot) holiday weekend! Remember the stitch guide sale in the online store ends tonight at midnight. Use the coupon code guide20 at the checkout to receive the discount. Click here to pop over to the online store.

We’ll be open tomorrow at 10 with regular hours. See you then!

Stitch Guide Sale . . .and More

I know a lot of people buy my stitch guides and I greatly appreciate it. I love being able to teach long distance to all my customers around the country. A few weeks ago, I saw someone post a picture on Needlepoint Nation of a piece they were working on, which was clearly my guide. Not just the stitches, but the exact threads, as well. All well and good that I wasn’t given credit for the guide, however, something didn’t sit right with me. I had never heard of this stitcher before. And for those of you who know me personally, you know I never forget a name once I’ve seen it in print. My photographic memory is a bitch sometimes. LOL!

So, I did some digging through my computer system at the shop to see if she was a customer. Nope. Then I thought, maybe the guide was purchased in the online store which is a different system so I checked there, as well. Nope . . .not there. It is not a guide that I sell wholesale so I would have records of every purchase of this guide in my systems. So, obviously this guide had been illegally copied, hence the copyright clearly indicated on each page of my guides. Copyright can get complicated. But, the simple definition is that it is illegal to reproduce someone else’s intellectual property. Simply put, you CAN’T make a copy.

I work really hard to create so many stitch guides. I do actually try to make a living doing this needlepoint thing . . .and it’s not easy. This isn’t the first time I’ve run into this problem, but I never wanted to address it here on the blog. I like to keep the blog fun and light, but I just can’t keep quiet any more.

I’ve debated about purchasing very expensive paper that is copy proof, but that would raise the cost of guides significantly. I don’t want to do that to all of the honest people out there. And I know most of you are. But all it takes, in whatever the situation, is one bad egg to ruin it for everyone.

I encourage everyone to be respectful of all of the stitch guides writers out there. Please don’t make a copy for a friend, or buy two canvases and one guide. Shop owners aren’t stupid when people do that. But it’s hard for us to say anything because we’re afraid the complaints will go viral on Facebook.

It is hard work keeping track of everything we do in a piece and writing it up so that it makes sense. . .let alone coming up with all the stitches and thread choices to begin with. But that’s the fun part. Sometimes I feel like I’m still in college and have to write reports for every project I finish. LOL!

I decided to put stitch guides on sale in the online store over the next few days. Use the discount code

guide20

at the checkout and you will receive 20% off any guide in our online store now through July 4th.

Click here to hop on over to the online store.

I trust you all to respect copyright when you purchase my guides or guides from any stitch guide writer. The guides in our online store are emailed to you with a link to download the file. You won’t receive a paper copy in the mail. The discount can only be applied at the time of purchase so make sure you enter the code. I can’t apply the discount later if you forget. The system won’t let me do that. Copyright also means that you CAN’T email a copy to anyone either.

Sorry I derailed from the usual fun here on As the Needle Turns. I promise I’ll resume as normal. LOL!

 

Celebrate America!

The holiday weekend is just around the corner! I’m can’t wait to have four days off! We’ll be closed from Sunday the 1st through the 4th to spend some quality time with our families. 

I love the Fourth of July. The barbecues..the cocktails…the fireworks…and most importantly the boating. It looks like the weather is going to cooperate so I’ll be really tan by the time I’m back in the shop after spending a few relaxing days on our boat. Can’t wait! Can you tell I’m excited?

To get you in the mood all our Americana and Fourth of July canvases are 20% off now through Saturday. 



I’ve been working on this little cutie to go in an acrylic box. I should be able to finish it up pretty quickly. No writing guides for me during vacation. But I’ll get to it right after!


I love the red white and blue ribbon floss I used in the center. The picture doesn’t do it justice, of course. But trust me…it’s really cool.

Give us a call at the shop or shoot me an email if you see something that tickles your fancy!

203-210-5107

Enrichedstitch@gmail.com
Happy Fourth!!!!

Kelly Clark is Coming!

Kelly will be back October 10-12 this fall teaching two different classes!

 

The first class is on Wednesday October 10th from 10-3 where Kelly will be teaching here stunning ribbon eggs.  Choose one, two or three of the eggs to work on during class.  These are SOOOOOOO beautiful in person!

4 x 5 on 18 mesh

 

The second class, “Pick Your Piece Workshop” will be on Thursday and Friday October 11-12.  This is a two days class where you will pick one of five pieces to work on with Kelly. I think there’s something for everyone!

For those of you who have no interest in stumpwork, these two holiday pieces are for you!

Hope!

11 x 6 18 mesh

Happy Holly Days

13 x 8 on 18 mesh

Kitchen Hen Collage

This is the companion piece to the Rooster Collage Kelly taught last year at the shop.  So fabulous!

5 x 7 on 18 mesh

 

New England Wreath

If you missed our fabulous retreat in the Spring,  Kelly will be teaching an encore class at the shop.  The details in the piece are amazing!

6 x 6 on 18 mesh

 

Autumn Topiaries

I think this is my favorite.  I know what I’ll be stitching during class!  This piece is 10 x 8 on 14 mesh.

 

I have to get the canvases ordered by July 15th so don’t wait too long to sign up!  Give us a call at the shop and we can give you all the details and pricing.  I hope you can make it!  If you’ve never taken a class with Kelly you’re in for a real treat!

203-210-5107

Lovin’ Our New Shop!

We are in love with our new space!  It’s so light and bright with so many nooks and crannies for canvases, threads and accessories.  Everyone who comes in keeps saying they never want to leave.  Hearing all of these wonderful complements makes all our hard work worth while.  I’ll be honest . . .moving a needlepoint store is Hell!  But it’s been well worth it.

 

Everyone can’t wait for me to light the fireplace once the weather turns cooler.   I can’t wait to decorate it for Christmas.

 

 

We have tons of new canvases, new reader sunglasses new bags . . .so much fun!

The Fourth of July is right around the corner so the patriotic mood is in the air!

Gotta love Summertime stitching!

June Newsletter

We Moved!!!!!
Don’t worry . . .not very far. . .just across the parking lot to the red barn in the front building.  There’s lots of windows and natural light, and even a fireplace!
Amanda Lawford/DC Designs Trunk Show
All in stock and special orders from trunk show are 20% off through the month of June
Over 500 designs . . .

Tons of 30 inch Santas in stock. A one of a kind trunk show!

Thunder Series

Check out the website to see the full line

June Finishing Sale
10% off all finishing dropped off during June

Ruffle Ribbon Class

 June 20th or June 23rd 10-12
Choose one of the three pieces below and learn the ribbon techniques used to make these adorable designs.
You can choose from a variety of colorways for
 the heart during the class.

Class Fee $65

Patchwork of Peace Stitch Along
Join us once a month for to work on this fabulous design. Class will meet the first Friday and Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:30. You can pick which day you would like to come.  Each class session is $20
The first class will be selecting your threads and getting started on stitches.  Each month after we will continue to work on stitches and playing with threads.  At the end, everyone will have their own unique version of the American flag.
The canvas is available on either 18 (12 x 17) or 13 (18 x 23) mesh.
Class starts August 3rd/4th.  Order your canvas by June 15th to guarantee it by the start of class.
The class will be ongoing over the next year so you can join in at any time.
Call the shop to sign up  203-210-5107
New Studio Times
Tuesday 12:30-2:30 with Suzie
Thursday 10:30-12:30 with Suzie
Saturday 10:30-12:30 with Suzie
Can’t make those times?  We’re happy to schedule a private lesson with you.
Be sure to call ahead or email to reserve a place in studio time
World Traveler Santa Online Class
Join Suzie as she stitches this fabulous new Santa by Amanda Lawford!
 Class starts in September 2018
This canvas is available as 20 inches on 18 mesh or 30 inches on 13 or 18 mesh.  Your choice!  We’ll adjust the threads for the different size/mesh canvases
  There will be six class installments every other month.  Class fee includes stitch guide installments and a closed Facebook discussion group with instruction and tutorials.  Class fee $30/installment.  Threads are additional and to be determined as Suzie stitches the piece. The threads will be shipped out every other month with a portion of the stitch guide.
Don’t forget . . .we have an Amanda Lawford trunk show right now so the canvases are 20% off!
Call the shop to sign up  203-210-5107
Don’t Miss a Thing!
2018 Finishing Deadlines
 Halloween: July 20, 2018
Hanukkah: July 27, 2018
Thanksgiving: Aug 3, 2018
Early Christmas: Aug 10, 2018

In the Home Stretch!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks moving the shop but we’re in the home stretch. Last week we lugged everything across the parking lot. I knew I had a lot of inventory but…damn! There’s a ton of stuff!

Three weeks ago I spent the week putting a fresh coat of paint in the new shop. I was so sore! But it went from this…



THIS!




There are so many windows and natural light…which I definitely didn’t have in the old shop. I ran about 120 lights every day.
Then we were left with a huge mess! So many threads, finished pieces, canvases and on and on an on.


The thread racks hadn’t been moved yet in these pictures so then it was jam packed. Moving thread racks is quite and adventure. I wouldn’t recommend it. Lol!

Things are coming together. The sign is up in the window…threads are moving around. The furniture has been moved dozens of times. But it’s really shaping up. I can’t wait to show you pictures and a video of the new shop.

We’ll be open this Saturday, June 2nd for our grand reopening. If you’re in the area be sure to stop by.