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 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 10 (Goody Bags)

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

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90 (movie coasters)

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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

 

 

Santa’s Got a Brand New Ride

Santa is riding into town this year in his hot little red car instead of his sleigh.

Nancy just finished stitching the second canvas in our newest exclusive club, The Christmas Diners. This piece is so stinkin’ cute!

I love how she stitched the car. Honestly . . .I was a little stumped on what to do with this car other tent stitch it. The wheels look like they have tread on them.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked at the shop is what stitch to do on a Santa’s beard. I always say that every beard is different on a Santa. They all have a different look. Nancy nailed it on this one!

I love the snowflakes Nancy found to embellish the canvas. Those will only be offered with the club. So don’t wait to sign up!

You can sign up online or by calling the shop. I hope you join in the fun!

203-210-5107

December Newsletter

Holiday Party

Saturday December 9th

Stop by the shop to celebrate the holiday season with us!

Enter to win a $100 gift card

Free gift with purchase

Holiday Sale!!!

30% off ALL IN STOCK CANVASES

December 7th – 16th

20% off all in stock accessories

(clubs and special orders excluded)
Be sure to check the blog to see our canvas boards.
Can’t make it to the shop? Give us a call or shoot us an email to place an order.
203-210-5107

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 onlineor call the shop to sign up 203-210-5107




Winter Class Schedule

Finish It!January 4th or 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

New Stitch Guides

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
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 areon the website. You canregister 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

New Self Finishing Products

In a pinch for a gift for the holidays? There are new colors of the small zip bags from Colonial Needle.

Any 3 inch round fits!

Point 2 Pointehas self-finishing wine stoppers, wine charms, cuffs and cufflinks. They stitch up in minutes!

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

Valentine’s Day:December 1, 2018
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
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203-210-5107

Holiday Weekend Festivities

I am so thankful for the wonderful customers who support the store, day in and day out. I have met some of the most amazing people through the shop . . .customers, other needlepoint shop owners and designers. I have made the most fabulous friends throughout the industry. I especially want to thank the women who work with me. Mary Susan, Linda, Becki, Mary, Aggie, Andrea and Nancy and Kim. . .I couldn’t do what I do without you.
So stop by the shop this Friday or Saturday and let us thank you for all your support throughout the years.
Enter to win a $100 gift card!
Receive a free gift with any purchase!
20% off magnets
20% off books
20% off bags
20% off lamps and magnifiers
We will be open Friday and Saturday 10-3
Happy Thanksgiving!

Stormy Weather

Becki has outdone herself with this beautiful piece by Leigh.

Everything about this piece is stunning!  She was quite a challenge.  Becki and I spent a lot of time hemming and hawing about her.

 

The background on this piece is amazing!  I love how she captured the lighting and movement throughout the piece.  When I tell you this piece was a doozy I’m not kidding!

I wish I could edit the pictures to show how the ribbon on the hat glows.  Let’s just say there’s a lot of very fine threads used on this piece.  If you know Becki at all . . .you shouldn’t expect anything more than two strands of thread.  Light  . . .airy . . .delicate . . .that’s her touch.

 

And those lips!  Ooh la la!

Becki will be teaching this piece at our retreat in April, Needlepoint in New England.  You can read all the details here!

I’ll be honest with you . . .I had no idea how to stitch this piece.  Becki pulled another masterpiece out of her hat!

Who Wants Cookies?

Me! Me! Me!

Who doesn’t love cookies?  My son and I made cookies this afternoon.  Nothing fancy. . . just those little break and bake ones.  It’s cookies all around today.  My gingerbread man came back from the finisher this morning.

He’s just too cute!  I love the candy cane the finisher attached to the end of the hanger.

This cutie pie is from Leigh’s new series.  I know I told you all about them last week so I won’t bore you with the details again.  Just thought y’all would like to see him.

Our first round of orders sold out, but we have more coming.  Click here to pop over to the blog from earlier in the month to see all of his little friends.

I think this group of guys could use some girlfriends.  Hint . . .hint . . .Leigh!

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

I was out shopping and running errands all morning. I’m not sure what they’re giving away at Costco, Trader Joe’s and Old Navy, but I never found the free stuff. The stores were packed! I guess everyone is getting in the holiday spirit.

Speaking of which, I finished up the first of the Christmas Diner canvases in our new club over the weekend. It’s just too cute . . .if I don’t say so myself. LOL!

It’s a quick stitch, being only 5 x 5.

He has the sweetest little face. And the holly leaves make his outfit. Those will only be available during the club.

It’s hard to see from the picture, but the snowballs are puffed up.

The club starts in late January. But here’s the catch. . .you must sign up by November 15th (two days away) to be in the first shipment.

So treat yourself to a little holiday cheer. You cansign up online or by calling the shop. 203-210-5107