Ornament Exchange

Our love our ornament exchange.  I look forward to it all year.  There was a lot of grumbling about it from some people, but once they received their ornament all was right with the world.

I stitched this little cutie from Heidi for Kim.  It just looked wacky and fun, which is exactly what Kim is like.

Linda stitched this little snowman for Aggie.  Can’t you tell from her signature black and white bow?

Kim stitched this little penguin for Lynn, the newest member of The Enriched Stitch family.

Can you guess who the next one was for?  ME!  You know me and my penguins.  Mary Susan pulled this out of my pile of canvases I had set aside for myself during the CBK trunk show.  Sneaky!

Aggie stitched this adorable bird from Funda Sculley for Mary Susan.  Not an easy task sneaking this one by  for finishing when Mary Susan runs the finishing department.  I put my name on the finishing form so she thought it was mine.  Pretty sure she didn’t believe me. LOL!

Andrea is our beach girl, so this ornament was perfect for her.

I don’t know how Andrea was able to give this beautiful flower urn away to Linda.  Maybe she’ll make me one too.  I have it in my stash already!

If you have a stitching group, I totally recommend you doing this.  What wonderful gifts that we can treasure year after year!

Enriched Stitch Holiday Party

We had the BEST time last night! I took the girls out to dinner for our annual holiday party where we do our Secret Santa ornament exchange. Despite the moaning and groaning (and stressing out for some of the girls), it is so much fun!

As the emails flew around about the plans for the night, a gift wrapping challenge secretly happened. Linda makes us rise to the challenge.

They were so pretty we didn’t want to open them. Oh who am I kidding…we were dying to find out who stitched for us!

The gift that won best presentation ( artfully wrapped by Linda of course) apparently was for me from all the girls. What a special surprise! Whatever shall I buy with my MacKenzie Child’s gift card? That was so nice of them and so unexpected. I don’t know why I was surprised because these women go above and beyond day after day for me. I am so lucky to have them in my life…not just professionally but as my dear friends.

Now you can put a face with the names. I’m on the left(I’m sure dear readers you know me by now), Lynn is next to me and Mary Susan is next to her. On the other side of the table is Aggie(in the front), Kim is next to her and Linda, the hostess with the mostest is next to Kim.

You know I can’t say enough about these women. Our dear Andrea and Becki weren’t able to make it last night. We missed them terribly.

The card they gave me sums it up perfectly.

I couldn’t agree more! Love you all!!!!

But the night didn’t end there. I told them we were doing something after dinner that was a surprise. A few of them were a little worried about what I had planned. You never know what I’m going to cook up!

So, I took everyone to Muse Paint Bar for a night of painting. I’ve always wanted to do that so I figured here was my chance.

It was a blast! If you’ve never done something like that you should.

It was a wonderful night full of friendship and lots of laughs. I can’t thank them all enough for all that they do for me … and for putting up with me at times lol!

Year End Sale! 30% off all in stock canvases!!!

Treat yourself this holiday season!  All IN STOCK canvases are 30% off now through Saturday December 15th!

Stop by the shop or call/email to place an order.

203-210-5107  enrichedstitch@gmail.com

Please refer to the frame number below the picture when you call or email about a canvas.  There’s so many it’s the only way we can know what canvas you are referring to.

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Frame 59 – Melissa Prince travel coasters

Frame 60 – Melissa Prince movie coasters

Frame 61 – more Melissa Prince movie coasters

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Frame 77 – Sew Much Fun 3D elephant

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30 inch Amanda Lawford Santas

available on 13 or 18 mesh


Western Santa                                                   Seashore Santa                                          Santa with Snowman


Arctic Santa                                      Peaceable Kingdom                   Florida Santa                              Woodland Santa


World Traveler Santa                                                   12 Days Santa                                             Nutcracker Santa

World Peace – available on 13 or 18 mesh

20 inch Woodland Santa – available on 18 mesh only

20 inch World Traveler Santa –  available on 18 mesh only

Cardinal Ornament – 18 mesh 4 inch round – includes rhinestones

Crab ornament – 4 inch round on 18 mesh


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Chrysler Building                      Empire State Building                      Statue of Liberty

New York City at Night


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Whew!  That was a lot of editing!  I’m sure you’ve found at least one canvas you can’t live without!  I’m sure we’ll be hearing from you soon!  The phones will be ringing off the hook so leave us a message if you don’t get through and we will get back to you as quickly as we can!



Sale excludes special order canvases, clubs and classes

Enriched Stitch December Newsletter

Holiday Wish List
Tis the season to treat ourselves!  Here’s our”must have” stitching essentials
Z Bar Lamps
These lights are so cool!  They bend in so many directions and provide the best light
System 4 Floor Stand
Makes stitching hands free!  You can stitch two handed.  Makes beading so much easier . . .no more spilling beads everywhere!  Also great if you have arthritis.  
System 4 Table Stand
Perfect for when you take classes
Dovo Scissors
We only have two tools in needlepoint . . .scissors and needles.  Dovo scissors stay sharp so much longer than any other scissor.

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

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

Holiday Party December 15th
Stop by the shop to celebrate the holiday season with us!  We’ll have nibbles and drinks, free giveaways throughout the day . . .and you never know what else we’ll have going on!

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 piece 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
 Can’t join us?  Click here to preorder your kit or contact your local shop to see if they are participating

“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!

Winter Class Schedule
The schedule is up on the website!
 5th: I’m Stuck
10th: Basic Beading
12th: Stitch Guides by Suzie
17th: Ribbon 101
24th: Silly Little Birds
26th: Thunder Series
31st: Pick Your Ornament
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
All the details are on the website
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!
Last Minute Gifts
Finishing deadlines have come and gone for this holiday season, but don’t worry . . .you can still make a gift for someone “needlepoint worthy”
These custom boxes have a 5 x 5 opening, which can fit that size canvas or a 4 x 4 with a matte or a border added to it.  

They come in 6 colors

And of course . . .black

  They make the most beautiful gift and you can have them finished for the holidays.
You can call the shop to order or order them in the online store.  Just click on the color you want and it will take you right to it.
Self Finishing Coasters
If you’re in a bind for finishing for a gift, these coasters fit any 4 x 4 canvas!  Trim the edges and pop the canvas in and you’re done!
Holiday Hours
We will be closed December 23rd-January 1st for the holidays.  We’ll be back on January 2nd with regular business hours
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


Last Friday, Melissa Prince stopped by the shop for a meet and greet.

It was so much fun for customers to look through all the canvases that she brought with her and talk to her about her designs.

Linda set up what she called a “shrine to Melissa” at the shop. All my finished pieces were on display as well as my many WIPs …and there are a lot of them!

Saturday I spent the day teaching an embellishment class on any Melissa design. We had a blast!

I’ve got some really cool things going on everyone’s canvases. I was showing the group how you can stretch Flair on a canvas for the orange segments. Super cool effect!

I gotta say…my highlights look great! Lol!

Speaking of classes…our winter class schedule is up on the website. Be sure to check it out and sign up for one or all of them!

Winter Class Schedule

Our schedule is jam packed for classes this winter.  The entire schedule is up on the website with all the details but here’s a quick overview.  Please sign up as soon as possible so we can make sure we’ve got a canvas for you and a seat at the table.  As with all of our classes on a set piece, ghosts are welcome and we can send a kit to you anywhere.  Call the shop to sign up or to order kits.  I haven’t loaded that into the online store.


Basic Beading  – January 10th 10-12.   Pick one of the following colorways and learn brick beading, basketweave beading and couching on this adorable piece.



Ribbon 101 – Ruffle Ribbon Heart   Thursday January 17th 10-12

Stitch Guides by Suzie

Saturday January 12th 10-3

Spend the day with Suzie while she takes you through your custom written stitch guide on a canvas of your choice. Canvas must be submitted by December 20th and must be purchased from The Enriched Stitch. Class fee $75 and includes lunch. Stitch guide and thread kit are additional. Stitch guides vary in price depending on the complexity of the piece.

Silly Little Birds

Thursday January 24th 10-12

Thunder Series Class

Saturday January 26th 10-3


Pick Your Ornament

Thursday January 31st, 10-12


Stitch Guides by Suzie

Saturday February 2nd, 10-3

Ribbon 102

Thursday February 7th 10-12

Love is in the Air

Thursday February 14th 10-12

Pick any heart of your choice from VNG Canvas and Suzie will pick stitches and threads for your piece!

Greek Key Bee

Thursday February 21st 10-1

Christmas Trees by Sew Much Fun

Saturday February 23rd, 10-3



Chickadees Anyone?

Saturday March 2nd 10-12:30


Tighten Your Technique 1

Tuesday March 5th 10-12

This class will focus on basic technique. You’ll learn about starting and ending your threads correctly, And we’ll make sure you’re doing Basketweave and Continental the right way.

Hydrangea Basket

Saturday March 9th 10-3

Tighten Your Technique 2

Tuesday March 12th 10-12

After you’ve tightened things up from the level 1 class, level 2 will take you through more advanced technique. You’ll learn how to work with overdye threads, thread travel and how to handle open stitches.

Paint the Town Pink

Saturday March 23rd 1-3

I hope you join us for at least one of these great classes.  You’ll learn SO much!

Holiday Weekend

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know I did!  I need to get my fat pants out!  LOL!

The Enriched Stitch is open today, Black Friday from 10-3 and we’ll be open tomorrow on Small Business Saturday from 10-3.  Be sure to stop by and pick your coupon out of the hat for up to 50% off your entire purchase.  Yep . . you read that right!

Anywhere from 10-50% off!

We’ve got floor and table stands, Koncept lamps, bags, self finishing items and so much more!











Greatest lamp EVER!!!!!!  I’ve got a blog on them coming up showing you just how much of a difference this lamp makes.  It will change your life!

If you need a quick last minute gift for the holidays you can fit any 4 x 4 canvas into these glass topped coasters.

These gorgeous lacquer boxes come in six colors and fit any 5 x 5 canvas.  Just take it to our framer and she’ll pop it in the box for you in a few days.

I need to stitch up a few last minute gifts myself.  Hmmmm . . . which one to choose?

Winter Class Schedule

Our winter class schedule is packed!!!!  Here’es just a few of the classes we’ll be teaching this winter.


I’ll also be teaching embellishment classes once a month.   This class is limited to 6 students so definitely don’t wait on this one!

Here’s how it works.  You purchase a canvas from the shop and I will write a custom stitch guide, typed and with diagrams.  You’ll spend the day at the shop learning all the elements of your personalized guide.  I’ll tailor the guide to your skill level so it’s not too easy and not crazy hard.  But you’ll learn a lot, have a lot of fun and spend the day with other stitchers.  You need to submit your canvases to me at least a month before the class so I can write the guide.

Hop on over to the website to see all the classes we’re offering in January, February and March.  There’s tons more.  Some are technique classes on beading and ribbon or just straight up technique.  We all need to “Tighten Your Technique!”

I’m sure you’ll find something you’re interested in!

Let’s Talk Turkey

Not about actual turkey . . .we’ve all got that on our minds. Let’s talk about Turkey Work!

Most of my customers are terrified of Turkey Work. They start to break out in a sweat when I mention it. Maybe this will relieve some of your anxiety about it.

The first problem is that it’s a multi-step stitch and the diagram doesn’t look anything like what your desired outcome should be.

You tell me how that’s supposed to look like fur?

Here’s a simpler way that I break it down in my stitch guides.

Step 1: Brick Stitch over 2

Step 2: Come up in the middle of the Brick Stitch

Step 3: Go over two holes (either direction) and go back into the canvas. Leave a loop.

Step 4: Come up to the right (or left if you are working to the left) of where you just went back into the canvas. HOLD THE LOOP!

Step 5: Do a brick stitch over 2 back over where the looped stitch went into the canvas. This lock the loop in.

Step 6: Continue working the same direction. Start your next loop in the hole where the last loop went into.

Tip 1: Stagger each row.

Tip 2: You will be left with an area that you can’t do a brick stitch over two. That’s ok. Just do a little horizontal stitch over 1 to fill the area. Do this at the top and bottom of the tail. Once you cut the loops, you won’t be able to see it.

Tip 3: Work the rows in both directions. Follow the diagrams above, but work to the left. If you have trouble, work them all to the right.

Tip 4: Leave your loops long. Theyr’e much easier to hold down. Yes . . .you waste a ton of thread with this stitch.

Tip 5: Wait until you finish the section to cut the loops. You will regret if you don’t wait. Trust me!

Here’s a picture of a piece I’m working on. I wish I could show you the entire piece but it’s a new design for the Spring Show so I have to keep it a secret. This looks like a hot mess after you’re done stitching and you probably can’t imagine how it’s going to turn into a well trimmed fur.

After you cut the loops and trim it a bit it looks like this. Better, but not quite what you’re looking for. Get yourself a pair of curved needlework scissors. They make the job a lot easier.

Keep trimming little by little and it will start taking shape. It’s easiest to fine tune it once your piece is off stretcher bars. I’ve got some more work to do on this.

I hope you feel a little less intimidated by Turkey Work after reading this. Now, I’m sure you all have to get back to grocery shopping and cooking.

Go Red with Thread 2019

Hot off stretcher bars!  The new design by yours truly for Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery for our 3rd annual Go Red with Thread Fundraiser to support charities for heart healthy causes!

Patchwork Heart – Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery

If you’re not familiar with this, I’ll tell you all about it.  A few years ago, a customer of ours, Bill, new to stitching at the time, started stitching to do something to chill out.  He tried yoga, meditation (got kicked out of that class) and a few other things.  His neighbor suggested he try needlepointing. A few weeks after we met him, he came back with a finished piece and said that his blood pressure had dropped 10 points since he started stitching.  I know we’ve heard this before, usually in regards to knitting (ugh  . . .sorry to all you knitters out there lol), but why can’t needlepoint get the same nod?

So, I worked with three designers for the first two years, Amanda Lawford, Melissa Prince and Leigh Designs to come up with some really cool designs for this fundraiser.  I’ve been a little sidetracked this year with everything that’s been going on, two trade shows, moving the shop and a retreat, so we’ve got one really cool piece.

I call it the “Patchwork Heart.”  What’s really cool about this piece is that there are 13 different stitches, so it works as a teaching piece and a sampler for you to use on other pieces going forward.

The Enriched Stitch will be hosting a stitch in on February 9th.  It’s a $25 donation to attend.  Please register in advance because this event fills up really fast.  Lunch is included and you can stitch on whatever you want.  Or, you can work on this heart or any of the Go Red with Thread pieces from previous years.  I’ll be teaching a class on the heart from 1-3 that day.  All the previous kits are featured below and we can certainly put any of them together for you.

Wonderland Heart – Amanda Lawford/Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery

Heart of Hearts – Amanda Lawford/Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery


Mediterranean Diet – Melissa Prince Designs

Paint the Town Red – Melissa Prince Designs

Lady in Red – Leigh Designs

Red Tails at Sunset – Leigh Designs

I know I have followers all around the world and you can’t possibly attend our stitch in.  But, here’s the good news.  . .any shop can hold  a stitch in and participate.  So, contact your local shop and see what they’ve got going on.

All the kits can be ordered online or give us a jingle in the shop!  203-210-5107

My piece went off to the finisher today.  I can’t wait to get it back!