Lucky Number 7

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. We are celebrating seven years this weekend since I opened the doors of The Enriched Stitch. It’s been a wild ride over the last seven years and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. Well . . .maybe a few minutes of it. LOL!

Opening the shop is one of the best things I’ve ever done.I have met so many great people over the years and am amazed every day by my customers and staff. We have become a wonderful community throughout the years. We’ve been through so much together, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

This isn’t the only reason I feel like I’m the luckiest girl in the world. You’ve probably noticed over the last few months I haven’t been around much. (I hope you’ve missed me! LOL!) I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early January. I’ll skip to the end before you freak out. I am cancer free and just found out that I won’t need chemo!!!!!!!

It has been a roller coaster ride since that first day. Some good days, a lot of bad days . . .but I’m through all that now. I still need to do radiation in a month , so you might not see me around the shop very much then. But I’m back in the saddle and ready to get things rolling again. I never thought when I painted the breast cancer heart last summer that it would have the meaning it does to me now. Funny how life turns out.

I initially painted this for my dear friend, Melissa Prince, who went through this 25 years ago. I couldn’t have gotten through this without her, all the women at the shop and my wonderful family. You’ve heard every detail. . .seen me cry (which never happens in front of anyone) . . .listened to my fears and anxiety and helped me every step of the way. You all mean the world to me! I know the roller coaster hasn’t come to a complete stop yet, but for now things are looking up.

So . . .we’re having a party! We’d be celebrating the anniversary of the store this weekend anyway, but I have so much more to celebrate. So, if you’re in the area, stop by the shop tomorrow, March 16th (even though the anniversary is really on St. Patrick’s Day). We’re gonna have free giveaways, special deals and discounts and most importantly . . . A LOT OF FUN!

 

Essentials – The Perfect Name

Planet Earth has launched a new thread line called “Essentials.”  I totally agree with the name.  It is a must have!

Here’s the skinny on this thread.  It is a 50/50 blend of silk and wool. It feels great in your hand.  Stitches smoothly and evenly. There’s 10 yards on each card. 130 colors and more to come!

I have been begging Tracy, who owns Planet Earth, to make this thread for years!  She told me this has been a work in progress for almost two years.  And I thought it took a long time to paint a canvas and stitch it!

I love everything from Planet Earth.  All the threads, the new jewelry boxes, credit card holder and wallets, luggage tags and tote bags.  Tracy is innovative and always trying to come up with something new and different.

There are tons of new designs out there for all these pieces.  I know Associated Talents, VNG (Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery) Planet Earth , The Meredith Collection and other designers I can’t recall off the top of my head have designs as well.

I’m feeling inspired to paint a few more designs for these pieces right now.  Here’s what I’ve painted so far.

I’ve been working on one of my new designs for the Spring Needlepoint Show with Essentials.  I can’t show you the entire piece yet, but here’s a bit of the background.

You can see how nicely this thread stitches up in Tent Stitch.  It fills the holes perfectly without packing the thread in too tightly.  When the thread is too thick, it makes everything look messy.  I have very loose tension so this thread is perfect for me.  So, if you’ve ever thought that Pepper Pot was too thick for 18 (personally I use it on 13 mesh), then this is the thread for you!

March Newsletter

Bee Happy!!!!

We’ve had a lot going on around the shop the last few months, both personally and professionally.  Linda has spruced up the shop with the most amazing display to cheer us up.  And we could all use that during the doldrums of winter.  This is her best display yet!  Stop by in person to see the blinking bee lights on the wreath.  It’s fabulous!
 
March Trunk Shows!!!!
and 
We’re so excited for these trunk shows!
All trunk show canvases are 20% off
All special orders from these designers are 20% off during the trunk show.
So many fun designs!


The Spring Needlepoint Show
I have been busy painting over 50 new designs for the show.  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve painted and what I’ve been stitching.  It’s so hard keeping it a secret!
 
Here’s one sneak peek for you. I can’t wait to stitch this!
The wait is almost over.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you can see the posts of all the new designs and stitched pieces the last weekend in March.
 
New Thread Line – Essentials
Planet Earth has outdone themselves with this new thread. I have been begging them for years to make something thinner than Pepper Pot.  You ask and you shall receive!
It is a 50/50 of silk and wool and it is divine to work with.  

We have it up on our walls.

Stay tuned for an in depth blog about this new thread.  Let’s just say it’s my new favorite!

 
Connecticut State Santa
Apparently all my asking is being met with receiving because The Meredith Collection made a Connecticut state Santa ornament for me.

What fun to stitch!  Another new thread in this piece.  I love playing with new threads!

This guide will work for any of the Santa state designs they have done.  We have a limited amount of the holly leaves and red “frosty balls” for kits so don’t wait to order yours.  When they’re gone they’re gone!
Call the shop to order the kit or guide.

Go Red 2019
We have kits in stock and ready to ship if you missed this last month!
A portion of the proceeds of these canvases will be donated to a local Connecticut charity for heart health

Please call the shop to register
203-210-5107
 Can’t join us?   Click here to preorder your kit
Merry Stitch Along – Last Chance to Sign Up!
Join us starting in March stitching along.  Here’s how it works.  We’ll send you the canvas, first thread kit and first installment of the guide in March.  Then, you’ll receive a thread kit and guide for the next two months.  It’s kinda like a club but only one canvas!
The canvas measures 6 x 10 1/2 on 18 mesh.
 A delightful size!
Call the shop to sign up or sign up online
 
New Jewelry Boxes
Planet Earth introduced adorable leather jewelry boxes earlier this year.

We’ve got a few new canvases to fit inside them!

The opening on the box is 3 x 3 and these designs are 4 x 4, but can easily be adjusted to fit inside.  Or, the 4 x 4 size fits into our self finishing coasters.

 
 
 
 
 
 


 Project Pouches
We are loving these new project pouches and they’re only
 $12

Dimensions 10 x 14
Call the shop to order or click on the link below the image to purchase online
 
 
 

“Paint the Town Pink”
Preorder your kit now by calling the shop.  Suzie will be stitching the piece and writing a guide. There will be a class on March 23rd.

It’s 5 x 5 on 18 mesh and would look fabulous in our hot pink lacquer box!

New Stitch Guides
 Studio Times
Tuesday 12:30-2:30
Thursday 10:30-12:30
Saturday 10:30-12:30
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
Don’t Miss a Thing!
2019 Finishing Deadlines
Easter: Stand Up Eggs – January 2nd/Ornaments March 30th
Fourth of July: March 1st
Halloween: July 17th
Thanksgiving: August 9th
Early Christmas: August 10th

February Newsletter

Melissa Shirley Trunk Show
February 8th-23rd
We’re so excited for this trunk show!
All trunk show canvases are 20% off
All special order Melissa Shirley canvases are 20% off during the trunk show.  Don’t miss out!
Finishing Sale!!!
All finishing dropped off or mailed in during the month of February will receive a 10% discount!
Go Red with Thread 2019
Join us for the 3rd annual Go Red with Thread Fundraiser.  Suzie will be teaching the new exclusive “Patchwork Heart” that was designed for the fundraiser on February 9th 1-3

The canvas is 4 inches on 18 mesh and makes an adorable sampler where you’ll learn 13 stitches
A portion of the proceeds of these canvases will be donated to a local Connecticut charity for heart health

Please call the shop to register
203-210-5107
 Can’t join us?   Click here to preorder your kit
Merry Stitch Along 
Join us starting in March stitching along.  Here’s how it works.  We’ll send you the canvas, first thread kit and first installment of the guide in March.  Then, you’ll receive a thread kit and guide for the next two months.  It’s kinda like a club but only one canvas!
The canvas measures 6 x 10 1/2 on 18 mesh.
 A delightful size!
Call the shop to sign up or sign up online
 
New Jewelry Boxes
Planet Earth introduced adorable leather jewelry boxes earlier this year.

We’ve got a few new canvases to fit inside them!

The opening on the box is 3 x 3 and these designs are 4 x 4, but can easily be adjusted to fit inside.  Or, the 4 x 4 size fits into our self finishing coasters.

 
 
 
 
 
 


 
New Project Pouches
We just got in brand new project pouches and they’re only
 

$12
Dimensions 10 x 14
Call the shop to order or click on the link below the image to purchase online
 
 
 

“Paint the Town Pink”
Preorder your kit now by calling the shop.  Suzie will be stitching the piece and writing a guide. There will be a class on March 23rd.

It’s 5 x 5 on 18 mesh and would look fabulous in our hot pink lacquer box!

New Stitch Guides
 Studio Times
Tuesday 12:30-2:30
Thursday 10:30-12:30
Saturday 10:30-12:30
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
Don’t Miss a Thing!
2019 Finishing Deadlines
Easter: Stand Up Eggs – January 2nd/Ornaments March 30th
Fourth of July: March 1st
Halloween: July 17th
Thanksgiving: August 9th
Early Christmas: August 10th

To Market To Market . . .We Didn’t Go

This is the first year since I opened almost seven years ago that I did not attend the Winter TNNA show.  It was weird not being there.  But, with the new show at the end of March in Orlando, I just didn’t see the point in attending this show.  I won’t get into the details of these shows, but I’m pretty sure that this will be the last winter show.

Honestly, the March timing is SO much better for most shops and designers.  Now that I exhibit at these shows, I would have had to give up my Christmas to get ready for this show or been in such a time crunch after the holidays.  Not fun.  I like the spacing between the Dallas show in September and the new show in March.   I would have had to have new designs ready to go right after Dallas had I attended this show.  I know you all think I’m Wonder Woman, but event that’s too much for me!

I haven’t seen too many new designs posted from this show.  But, I did pop on Melissa Prince’s website and noticed she had her new designs up!  And you know how much I love her designs!

I love the new puffins in the abstract animal series.  Gonna have to stitch the little one to add to my collection!

There are two new wreaths.

                                       

This fun one she calls “Ballroom Dancing”

And there’s new movie coasters . . .of course.

A Star is Born (Can’t wait to see that movie)

Vice 

On the Basis of Sex

Mary Queen of Scots

Devil Wears Prada

Crazy Rich Asians

Charlotte’s Web (gotta have this!)

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bohemian Rhapsody

As I see more designs posted from this show I’ll be sure to share them with you.

I Started it You Finish It Sale

It’s January. And you know what that means…cleaning out the house. My office was long overdue for a clean out. It was a pretty scary place. I’m not done organizing yet, but I’ll show you before and after pics when it’s standing tall.

I know you all think you have an enormous stash, but you have no idea what kind of stash accumulates when you own a needlepoint store. I won’t say that I’m a hoarder, but others might. Lol!

Now you can have an inside view as to what a small part of my stash looks like.  This should be fun!

So here’s how this works, today through Saturday February 9th the following canvases are on sale. Some have been stitched more than others, but most have a thread or two stitched in…practically a brand new canvas.

Give us a call and tell us the description of the canvas and we’ll send it your way, including the stretcher bars if the canvas is on bars. The prices are on the canvases. If you have trouble seeing the price, just enlarge the pic.  Sorry some of the pics are sideways.  Technology is not my friend today. LOL!

Christmas Tree

Tulip Basket – Melissa Shirley

Ghost

Labs in a Boat

Casablanca

Little Puffy Boy

Wizard of Oz

Valentine Mouse

Shorebird

Feather Tree

Snowflake Bunny

Music Note

Chick Bunny

Full Bodied Birdeaux

Wicked

Vibrant Flower

Seaside Scene

Flying Santa

Purple Palm

Tiger

Cuff Bracelet

Flower Basket (includes some threads)

3D Gingerbread House

Pumpkin Patch

Bunnies

Elf – includes stitch guide

3D Train Ornament

Flowers in Teacup

Turkey

Little Christmas Tree

Geometric Fish

Sheep Wine

Halloween Engine

Santa’s House

Bunny with 3D Teacup – includes stitch guide

Bird

Collie – Charlie Harper

Witch and Cauldron

Cat in Costume

Espadrilles

Victorian Winter

Oranges

Sheepy Wicked

Gold Picture Frame

Christmas Engine

Santa Pirate

SnowmanSummer Wreath – includes stitch guide

3D Halloween

Pugs

Styln

Yellow Cottage

Flowers and Rainboots – includes stitch guide

Winter Village – includes stitch guide

Dog Walking – includes most threads

Witch on Moon

Witch and Cat

Rubbish – includes guide and threads

Little Critters – 3 for $80

New York

Seaside Cottage – Melissa Shirley

Chickadee Stocking

Belt

Heart Christmas Tree

Blue Pumpkin

Rooster Collage – includes stitch guide

Ho Ho Ho

Yellow Bird

Harbor Scene

Balloons

Victorian Cottage

Mermaid

Christmas Village

Tropical Fish – includes most threads

Lighthouse

Wreath – Melissa Shirley

Nutcracker

Leopard Belt

Geometric

Cats on the Couch

This is just the tip of the iceberg in my stash. See what I mean? I got problems. Lol!

The sale ends on February 9th.  After that I’ll have to find other good homes for them to go to.

Give us a call if you’d like to add to your stash at these amazing prices!

203-210-5107

January Newsletter

Go Red with Thread 2019
Join us for the 3rd annual Go Red with Thread Fundraiser on Saturday February 9th. Spend the day stitching away in the shop. Stitch on whatever you like or the new exclusive “Patchwork Heart” that was designed for the fundraiser
A portion of the proceeds of these canvases will be donated to a local Connecticut charity for heart health

Suzie will teach a class on the Patchwork Heart on February 9th 1-3
The canvas is 4 inches on 18 mesh and makes an adorable sampler where you’ll learn 13 stitches

$25 minimum donation to attend
Lunch included
Please call the shop to register
203-210-5107
 Can’t join us?   Click here to preorder your kit or contact your local shop to see if they are participating
Merry Stitch Along 
Join us starting in March stitching along.  Here’s how it works.  We’ll send you the canvas, first thread kit and first installment of the guide in March.  Then, you’ll receive a thread kit and guide for the next two months.  It’s kinda like a club but only one canvas!
The canvas measures 6 x 10 1/2 on 18 mesh.
 A delightful size!
Call the shop to sign up or sign up online
New Project Pouches
We just got in brand new project pouches and they’re only

$12
Dimensions 10 x 14
Call the shop to order or click on the link below the image to purchase online
 
 
 
Classes

We have so many classes planned at the shop over the next few months.  Take a look at our schedule!  We’re happy to mail you a kit if you can’t attend the class


January Classes
Basic Beading January 10th 10-12
Pick one of the five color ways this design comes in and learn 2 basic beading techniques, couching and lots of other tips and tricks from Suzie 
Ruffle Ribbon Heart
January 17th 10-12
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to work with silk ribbon this is the class for you!

Stitch Guides by Suzie

February 2nd 10-3
Get your canvas into the shop by Janaury 15th for the February class where Suzie will write a custom stitch and thread guide for your piece.
Spend the day going through your stitch guide and learning everything in it!

Silly Little Birds

January 24th 10-12
Pick one or all of the birds in this adorable series and learn all about them!

Pinecone Angel

January 26th 10-12:30
This little cutie is packed with techniques!  Learn Angled Buttonhole on a Curve, Couching, how to ruche thread and so much more!
 
Pick Your Ornament Class
January 31st 10-12


 
2nd: Stitch Guides by Suzie
7th: Ribbon 102
14th: Love is in the Air Heart Embellishment
21st: Greek Key Bee
23rd: Sew Much Fun Christmas Trees
2nd: Chickadees Anyone?
5th: Tighten Your Technique 1
9th: Hydrangea Basket
12th: Tighten Your Technique 2
23rd: Paint the Town Pink

“Paint the Town Pink”
Preorder your kit now by calling the shop.  Suzie will be stitching the piece and writing a guide. There will be a class on March 23rd.

It’s 5 x 5 on 18 mesh and would look fabulous in our hot pink lacquer box!

New Stitch Guides

Stitching Groups

Would you like to plan a trip to The Enriched Stitch?  We will customize a class for your stitching group and you can have Suzie to yourselves!  Our dates are filling up fast.  Give the shop a call to talk to Suzie about setting up a special event for you and your friends!
 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
Don’t Miss a Thing!
2019 Finishing Deadlines
Valentine’s Day Ornaments: January 15th
Easter: Stand Up Eggs – January 2nd/Ornaments March 30th
Fourth of July: March 1st
Halloween: July 17th
Thanksgiving: August 9th
Early Christmas: August 10th

The Year in Review

It’s been the busiest year to date at The Enriched Stitch and Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery.  I can’t wait for you to see what’s planned for next year!  I’ve got tons of classes planned, about 50 new designs for the Spring Needlepoint Show so far, and who knows what I’ll come up with for Destination Dallas.

I have to thank my wonderful staff for all their support and hard work throughout the year. I couldn’t do what I do without all of you.

So, here’s the annual “Year in Review” blog of all the pieces that I stitched in 2018.  I hope you’ve got some time because this is a long list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damn!  That’s a lot of stitching!  There’s a few I can’t show you yet and I’m sure there’s a few missing but it’s getting late and I need to get ready for our New Year’s Eve festivities tonight.

  Thank you, dear readers, for following me throughout the year.  I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2019.

 

 

 

There’s Hope

December 21st is the shortest day of the year, which most people find really depressing.  But  . . .since we are a boating family and look forward to summer more than anything, we see it quite differently.  December 21st may be the shortest day of the year, but that only means the days will get longer from there. . .bringing us closer to summer.

And . . .honestly . . .I need a break from all the Christmas that is around.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas.  But it seems to be more work year after year.  Sometimes I wish I could take off and spend Christmas in the Caribbean.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

For all of you who love summer, lets take a trip there through needlepoint.

Summer at the Shore makes me think of Block Island where we go most summers.

                                        

Nothing says summer more than fun cocktails.

New England in the summer is the best.  Lobster rolls . . .yum!

 

Mary Susan’s ice cream cones are the essence of summer.

This berry basket by Melissa Shirley makes me so happy.  And what a fun piece it was to stitch!

I could go on and on, but we all have to get back to our holiday preparations (aka chores).  Hopefully I took your mind off of things for a few minutes!

Merry Stitch Along

Our Mary Susan has done it again!  Tempting all of you out there in a new stitch along.

Here’s how it works.  We’ll send you the canvas, first thread kit and first installment of the guide in March.  Then you’ll receive a thread kit and guide for the next two months.  So, it’s kinda like a club but only one canvas.  The design is from Raymond Crawford and measures 6 x 10 1/2 on 18 mesh.  A delightful size!

          

There’s beading, buttonhole and tons of pretty stitches!

You must sign up by January 30th to be included in the first shipment.  You can sign up online or by calling the shop. 203-210-5107

Take a look at the finishing!  She picked all of that out herself and we sent it to our fabulous finishers.  When she brings that back to the shop after the holidays it might just go missing and end up in my house!