The Season is Over

Saturday was a sad day for me. My Yankees lost and are out of the playoffs. I’ve probably never talked about my boys before on the blog, but I have been a crazy Yankee fan ever since I was a little kid. I would make my family stay until the end of the game so I could hear their theme song, “New York, New York” by Sinatra. I’ll admit, I haven’t followed closely over the last few years, ever since the dream team had all retired. But we have hope again.

Mary Susan stitched this ornament from DC Designs a few years ago. It’s adorable. Our finisher did it again! She even used a stitch that looks like baseball diamonds. And yes . . .she planned that. LOL!

So, if you’re a Yankee fan (or have a Yankee fan in your life) like Mary Susan and I, maybe one of these designs will tickle your fancy.

Another Masterpiece

Becki has outdone herself again with the Rooftops of London canvas by Abigail Cecile!

 I don’t know which piece I like better . . .Paris or London.  Both are magnificent.

A few weeks ago I was talking with Becki about the London canvas and was asking why she used certain threads in places.  She pointed out that the sun is setting or rising on the right side of the canvas.  So she used threads that accentuated that concept.

See what I mean of how differently she worked with the source of light on each side of the canvas.  Very cool.

I know a lot of people are waiting for their kits they preordered before the piece was finished.  They’re coming soon . . .I promise.  We have more canvases on the way.  So if you’re interested in a kit give us a buzz at the shop. 203-210-5107

A number of people have asked if Becki is going to do a guide for the New York City rooftops in this series.  I don’t think that is going to happen.  But I’ll let you know if it does.  Becki has a strong affinity for  European cities.  And she’s got her hands full stitching on her piece for our retreat next April.

   What I’ve seen so far on this piece is amazing.  I can’t wait to see what she does with it!

Another Beauty

Mary Susan just finished up her piece for our Needlepoint in New England retreat in April 2018.

This piece is stunning in person.  The entire jar is beaded and just glows.  Don’t be intimidated by that.  It’s Brick Beading so it goes fast.  But what she’s done to change the colors will blow your mind.

Her ribbon work is exquisite.

  You’ll learn a lot from Mary Susan in this class . . .ribbon work and beading just to name a few.  She’s even got something going on in the leaves that I had never seen before.  She’s on fire with this piece!  And wait till you see what her and Linda have picked out for finishing it in to a pillow.

 If you were thinking about coming, don’t wait too much longer.  All of the pieces are almost done and the classes are getting full.

For all the details about the retreat, hop on over to the website.

You can sign up online or by calling the shop. 203-210-5107

I better hurry up and finish the background on my Santa!

An Oldie but Goody

A few weeks ago I was digging through a drawer in my needlepoint room looking for God knows what, probably stretcher bars and I stumbled upon a little ornament that I stitched over 25 years ago.  It was all done in wool and Continental. Gasp!!!!!  We all start somewhere. LOL!

It just came back from the finisher the other day and I couldn’t have loved this piece more.  Our finishers are fantastic!

 I know we all have finished pieces hiding in a drawer that we don’t know what to do with.  It’s so nice to see these oldies finished.  They are a part of my progression as a stitcher.  So, if you look back at old pieces and think “Oh my God . . .I can’t believe how I used to stitch” that just means that you’ve gotten a lot better.  And isn’t that what we all strive to do?


Second Place Goes To. . .

Yesterday I got a text from a dear friend of mine, Katie, who moved to Dallas last year after she got married.  She had a great idea to needlepoint a stocking for her new husband as her wedding gift.  She stopped by the store around the holidays almost two years ago and picked out the New York City stocking by DJ Designs that I had stitched for myself.  She picked the design because they met in the city.  She worked with me on the stocking over the course of nine months.  She was stitching down to the wire to get it finished, trying to keep it a secret the entire time from her fiance.  When they would chat at night she would make up excuses as to why she couldn’t face time with him so she could stitch.

He was over the moon with his gift.  So much so, that apparently her entered her stocking into the Texas State Fair without her knowing and SHE WON SECOND PLACE!

This was her first needlepoint project.  She is totally inspired to do another stocking now!

I’m so proud of her and all of my students that work with me privately or in studio time.  You all do such amazing work.  Next year, Katie . . .first place is yours!

October Newsletter

Don’t Miss a Thing!
September was a crazy month at The Enriched Stitch.  Mary Susan, Aggie and I traveled to Dallas for the Destination Dallas trade show.  We found so many great new canvases, bags, tools and other goodies.
The big news last month was that I bought Amanda Lawford/DC Designs!  I’ve been sorting through and replenishing the inventory and making sense of this massive design line.  Things are finally under control and I can come up for air.  For now  . . .LOL!
I have a lot of plans for these designs.  Some of those ideas will come to fruition at the January show.  Can you believe I’m already thinking about January?  The life of a needlepoint designer and stitcher!
I’m working on getting Amanda’s website updated with the new designs, but here they are!

World Traveler Santa

available in 30″ on 18 or 13 mesh and 20″ on 18 mesh

World Peace – available on 13 or 18 mesh

This is her last design. How appropriate!

You can check out Amanda’s full line on her website
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!
12 Days of Christmas Wreath  
Back from the Finisher
I had this piece finished as a wreath with a beautiful red ribbon attached to hang it wherever I want.
Now to find just the right place for it!
You can still join in the club this month.  Call the shop to sign up or sign up online
New Stitch Guides
London Rooftops – stitch guide by Becki Gebhardt
Paris Rooftops – stitch guide by Becki Gebhardt
Relaxing on the Beach – stitch guide by Aggie Aspinwall
Christmas Rooftops – stitch guide by Mary Susan Muirhead

Long Santa – DC Designs – stitch guide by Suzie Vallerie

Serafina – Leigh Designs

stitched by Suzie Vallerie

I’m so honored to be a part of Leigh’s secret stitchers.  I am in the company of some of the greatest stitchers in the country.  Leigh designed a series of the gorgeous witches.  Check them out on her website.

It’s Beginning to look like Halloween!
If you’re in the area, stop by and check out Linda’s awesome Halloween displays.  She is a magician with her decorating!


Denise Derusha Trunk Show
all in stock canvases 20% off


November Trunk Show
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
(almost full)
Becki Gebhardt – Stormy Weather by Leigh Designs

Toni Gerdes – Fire & Ice

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 are on the website.  You can register onlineor by calling the shop.  Picture yourself in a wonderful three day class of stitching . . .we hope you join us!

Studio Time
Tuesday 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
 Christmas Finishing Deadlines
Belts: October 15th
Pillows and Stockings: October 15th
Ornaments: November 1st

21 Minutes

It’s been CRAZY since I got back from Dallas!  I had no idea what an endeavor it would be to purchase a design line.   But things are under control now.

At Dallas we stopped at the Point 2 Pointe room and had ourselves a little shopping spree.  If you aren’t familiar with this company, they do self finishing (gasp!) canvases that come with the finishing product.  They have cuff bracelets, pendants, wine charms, coasters, bottle stoppers and cufflinks.

So on Saturday I treated myself to some stitching time at the shop, 21 minutes to be precise and stitched up a pair of cufflinks for my husband.  Yes . . .it only took 21 minutes.

I was dreading finishing them myself.  But then I watched the video that the company provides on their website and didn’t think it was too hard.  And it wasn’t.

Sure it takes some fussing with but it wasn’t bad. I just noticed in the picture that a little white canvas is showing on one of them.  Thank God for Sharpies!

So Saturday night my husband and I were out to dinner with some friends and he mentioned he saw needlepoint cufflinks in a store earlier in the day.  He was on his twice a year shopping trips.  . .once for my birthday and the other for Christmas.  All I could do was laugh when he brought this up.  I was going to save them for Christmas but how could I not tell him that I just stitched them for him that day.  He’s a good husband noticing needlepoint products in gift shops.

Check out the Point 2 Pointe website.  I’m sure something will tickle your fancy!

Meet Serafina

I wasn’t able to share the lovely Serafina before the Dallas show, since she was top secret.  But now she can make her debut!

Leigh designed the series, “Witchy Women” for the the Dallas show.  I am so honored to be in Leigh’s secret stitchers group.  I am among the company of Pat Miller, Jane Wood, Sandra Arthur, Carolyn Taggert and Sharon Quick.  Quite the crew!

This was such a fun piece.  But boy was it challenging!  But I like a challenge.  As that’s what Leigh’s pieces do.  Sometimes a little too challenging.  Yes Leigh . . .I’m speaking directly to you. LOL!

I found these really cool black Swarovski crystal stars to put on her dress.  Thank god they were the right size!

Serafina is available as a kit at The Enriched Stitch.  She measures 8 x 14 on 18 mesh (really cool I might add) canvas.  The canvas has a gold metallic thread running through it.  No background stitch for me!

The guide is also available to retailers through Leigh Designs.  There are 8 ladies in total.   I can’t recall who stitched which of the designs, but there are five or six of the ladies stitched with guides.  Leigh’s website has all of the details.

Give the shop a call if you’d like to order a kit or for more information. 203-210-5107


Melissa Prince-a-palooza!

So many people have requested that I post all of the Melissa Prince pieces that we have stitched at the shop and have guides for. So here you go!

Wizard of Oz



Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Dirty Dancing

Murder on the Orient Express

Romeo and Juliet

Pretty Woman

Star Wars

Sixteen Candles


Forrest Gump

Hunger Games



Fifty Shades of Grey

Romeo and Juliet

Sex and the City

Sixteen Candles

Paint the Town Red

12 Days of Christmas Wreath

Mediterranean Diet

Butterfly Wreath

This piece can be personalized with any name

Pagoda Birdhouse

Winter Birdhouse

Floral Birdhouse

Thistle Birdhouse

Air Stream Birdhouse


Nautical Birdhouse

Pine cone Pillow

Damn!! That’s a lot of pieces by Melissa Prince! See . . .I wasn’t kidding about how much we love her.

All of the pieces have stitch guides and can be kitted up for you. Give the shop a call before the end of the month when we pack up the trunk show. All in stock trunk show canvases are 20% off.




I Couldn’t Let it Go

I told you a few weeks ago that Amanda Lawford was retiring.  I just couldn’t bear to see her fabulous line disappear forever.


Suzie Vallerie, owner of The Enriched Stitch, is now the proud owner of Amanda Lawford Artworks and DC Designs!!!!!

I am so excited about carrying on this amazing line. I hope I know what I’ve gotten myself into lol!
Amanda was the first person I ever met in the needlepoint world. She was living in New York City at the time I opened and came to the shop to show me her line. I was so overwhelmed and was also a little star struck. She rolled in a few suitcases filled with canvases and I started going through them. I had a huge pile in front of me and knew I was spending way too much. Little did I know then what I would be spending on needlepoint. Ha!

Amanda has become a dear friend of mine, helping me get started with my own wholesale line. She is such a talented artist and an icon in the industry. I never dreamed that I would one day own this line when I purchased my first Amanda Lawford canvas over 20 years ago.

I will be contacting shop owners to introduce myself and with the new contact information. I will be fulfilling the orders placed at the Dallas show. So you don’t need to worry  if you have placed an order.
This is a big change in my life. But rest assured, it’s business as usual at the shop. Mary Susan has come on board as the manager of the shop so you’ll get to see a lot more of her. But don’t worry, I’m still there. Now you really won’t think that I sleep!

Thank you, Amanda, for dedicating your life to needlepoint. So many of us have spent countless hours enjoying your designs. Amanda will be missed, but fortunately her work will live on in the needlepoint world.