Lazy Days of Summer

Two weeks ago I was enjoying a wonderfully relaxing time in Block Island with my husband and son and my in laws.  Don’t balk at that . . . I love my in laws.  We have gone to Block Island every summer for 15 years.  They’ve been going for 49 years!

The ferry ride is always a highlight for the kids.  Friends of ours were taking their boat up for the week.  So, my husband rode up on the boat and his wife and son drove with us.  Leaving me to back the car on the ferry.  Always an experience.  And this parking spot topped it all!

That;s my car squeezed in there.  No way could I get out the driver’s door.  I had to crawl out through the back right door.  Getting out was easier than falling over the front seats.  To which when I looked up I had an audience applauding me as I made it back over the seat.  Let me know if you see that on Youtube.  Hahahahahahahaha!

We had beautiful weather and beached most of the days.

This guy cracked me up!  Brilliant . . .just brilliant.

We did have a windy day and one rainy day.  So I stitched my little fingers off!  I finished this little piece by DC Designs.  It just makes me happy.

I also stitched the GOAT ornament.  It was so delightful to stitch something simple for once, that I could just stitch and not think.  It also helped I used Mary Susan’s stitch guide. LOL

I stitched two other pieces on vacation that I’m dying to share with you but I can’t yet.  One is a Leigh piece that is premiering at Destination Dallas next month.  I am so honored to be stitching for Leigh.  Another was one of the three pieces for the Go Red with Thread fundraiser.  Those pieces will debut in a few weeks.  Two out of three are done.  The last one will be wrapped up this week.  So stay tuned for that!

This is my in laws home.  Yep . . .I said home.  They have lived on this beautiful boat for 19 years.  So I would say our accommodations aren’t too shabby.

If you’re wondering about the ferry ride home, the parking situation was uneventful.  But we’re never without drama.  Our friend’s little boy cut open his chin and had to get seven stitches when we got home.  Never a dull moment!

Cock a doodle doo!

Last week was CRAZY!!!!  Kelly Clark was in town teaching her three day Rooster Collage piece.  What a way to come back from my vacation.  Reentry was a little rough last week.  LOL!  But more on that later this week.

It was a packed class an boy did they work hard!

On Wednesday morning it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.  Thursday morning brought some random stitches with silk ribbon.  I was ready to run across the street to the liquor store and pick up mimosas to relax them.  But they got it!

Kelly is so delightful and an amazing stitcher and teacher.  I can’t wait for her to come back next spring for our retreat.

Katherine nearly finished her piece during class.

We enjoyed a few wonderful dinners out, with Margaritas of course!

Even my little Bella hung around during class.  She looks very relaxed.  I guess stumpwork and ribbon work don’t phase here!

We have one kit left if you’d like to ghost the class.  The kits are only available through the class.  The stitch guide will not be publicly released till next year.  So, if you’re thinking about it, don’t wait!

Halloween Feet Club

The second design in the series just came back from the finisher and it’s just as cute as the others.

If you like Halloween and are looking for a few little quick stitches, then this is the club for you.

The third design is still out at the finisher.  But I think you get the idea.

 These would also make darling little pillows on black ruched fabric with some wild trim.  Hmmmm…I may have to stitch some more.

Click here to sign up online or you can give the shop a call. 203-210-5107


Lets Do the Math

People always say “needlepoint is an expensive hobby.”  I beg to differ.  A wonderful customer of ours, Tony, just finished this magnificent pillow.  It’s big . . .like 26 x 18 big.  Most of is don’t want to know what our delightful hobby actually costs.  But, he kept track of the expenses for him to make this pillow.  475 hours

280 cards of Rainbow Gallery thread

$2328 all together with the finishing.

When you do the math, it comes down to $4.90 per hour.  Tell me dear readers . . .what can you do that brings you so much satisfaction for less than $5/hour?

Let’s face it.  All hobbies are expensive.  My family is in the business of boating.  We literally throw money into the ocean.  Or what about golfing? Tennis? Skiing (we do that too)?  Hobbies are meant to be wonderful things that make us happy in life. . .something we choose to do . . .not have to do.

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Meredith Willett is really outdoing herself on this Charlie Harper design that will taught at our retreat next April, Needlepoint in New England.

Could you now cry this is so cute!  Look at the baby birds.  Bestill my heart!  I wish I could take this class.  But I’ll be busy teaching the New England Santa.

And then there’s the nest.  How does she come up with this stuff?  Amazing . . .just amazing.

Meredith’s class is nearly full so if you are thinking about coming to the retreat, April 27-29, 2018, don’t wait to sign up.  You don’t want to miss your first choice class.

All of the details about the retreat are on the website.  Click here to hop on over. 

Kits will be available to ghost the class if you can’t make it to the retreat.

They just make me so happy!


Working with Glisten

Earlier today, the wonderful stitcher and blogger Diane Gasior, sent me an email and asked my opinion about the new thread Glisten from Rainbow Gallery. She was having some difficulty working with the thread. Shes using it on a background doing Skip Tent. She’s tried using shorter lengths but it still frays. 

Here’s my thoughts on Glisten.
I love the look of it!

It fills the holes beautifully on 18 which I find surprising. Usually threads that are designed for 18 mesh are much tom thick in my opinion.
I agree that the ends fray because of the 4 strands you are working with. I find that if I use a size 20 needle then I don’t have a problem. It opens up the hole more so less fraying. I don’t think I would use a 20 on skip tent because the holes open too much and I can see it and it bugs the heck out of me! But I would use a larger needle if it were a full coverage stitch.
I never use shorter pieces of thread. Slows me down WAY too much! A bigger needle does the trick. Even with Flair I use a 15-18 inch length.  I’ll give you some tips on working with Flair and Petite Frosty Rays another day. 

Some of my customers will put Thread Heaven on it to control it, but I personally don’t think it’s a great idea to put anything on a thread. You just have to deal with it! Lol!

If I want something fine with sparkle on a background I prefer to use Petite Silk Lame Braid.
So, to sum up, I think that Glisten is best used for full coverage stitches on smaller areas. I know it makes beautiful Turkey Work but I haven’t worked with it that way yet. 

There are much easier threads to work with on a background. Keep background threads simple. More on that topic later…
If you don’t follow Diane on Facebook, you should. Her page is Diane’s Stitchin in the Mitten. She’s a fabulous and prolific stitcher!

Fabulous Finishing

Finishing is pouring into the shop from our June finishing sale!

Joan stitched this adorable coaster set by Kathy Schenkel.

Bea stitched this flag from The Collection.  I love the ruffle around the edge.

Our very own Becki stitched this amazing piece years ago and didn’t know what to do with it.  Leave it to the creative minds at The Enriched Stitch to come up with something fabulous.

Becki also stitched Lambie Pie a few years ago.  Not so easy to find the right blue fabric for this piece.  She stitched this for her daughter, Emily.  So many people loved this piece that she wrote the stitch guide for it.

I stitched this piece by Alice Peterson last fall.  This one screams home to me around here in New England.  There’s three other canvases in the series.

Our finisher made the most amazing twist for this boxed pillow.

My dear friend, Laura, stitched this hysterical piece.  I’m so glad someone finally did because it is just too funny.  People would look at it hanging in the shop and then would burst out laughing once they finally got it.  I love the tassel trim.

Designing the finishing is just as much fun as stitching it.  We like to choose fabrics and trims that enhance the piece, not overshadow it.  After all . . .why mask the beautiful work you did?

Holiday finishing deadlines are quickly approaching.  How scary!

Standups, Gusseted Ornaments: August 19th
Stockings/Pillows: October 1st
Belts: November 1st
Ornaments: November 1st
Stockings/Pillows: October 1st

August Newsletter

Don’t Miss a Thing!
12 Days of Christmas Wreath Club
It’s not too late to join our latest club.  We will be shipping the first installment in the second week of August.
 or call the shop.
One canvas . . .one finishing . . .
4 installments

New Stitch Guides
Paris Rooftops – stitched by Becki Gebhardt
stitch guide available early August
London Rooftops
Becki is currently working on this piece.  We are taking preorders for the kits.

Mary Susan stitched this darling little ornament by Abigail Cecile.  Stitch guide will be released in early August.

Kelly Clark is Coming!
One Spot Left!
“Rooster Kitchen Collage”
August 9-11

Join Kelly for three days while she takes you through this fabulous piece!  The canvas measures 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 . . .a lovely small project.

The first two days of class will spent learning this piece.  On day three, you have the choice of getting more help on this piece or choose any piece designed by Kelly and she will give you ideas and stitch suggestions.
Halloween Feet Club
Our newest quickie club starts in September.
5 inch rounds on 13 mesh
Perfect “purse pieces!”
Three Trunk Shows!!!!
Free Embellishment class August 17th or 19th 10:30-12:30 for canvases purchased from the trunk show.  Must sign up for class at the time of purchase  
All in stock trunk show canvases 20% off
Special orders 10% off
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)

Aggie Aspinwall – Autumn Rake by Maggie

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!
What’s Shakin’ in September
 Destination Dallas is next month!
 Aggie and Suzie will be teaching at the Dallas trade show.

Beach Girl

canvas by Julie Mar Designs
stitched by Aggie Aspinwall

Murder on the Orient Express

canvas designed by Melissa Prince
stitched by Suzie Vallerie
Taking preorders for kits!
Melissa Prince Trunk Show – September 2017
We LOVE Melissa Prince at The Enriched Stitch!  All of her canvases in the trunk show will be 20% off.  We have tons of stitch guides for her designs.

Studio Time

Tuesday 12:30-2:30 with Becki
Friday 10:30-12:3- 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
Finishing Deadlines
Halloween: August 1st
Thanksgiving/Hannukah: August 10th
Christmas: August 19th

Three Trunk Shows . . .What????

Yep . . .you heard me right.  There are three trunk shows going on at the shop right now.  I don’t usually have more than one trunk show at a time.  I don’t think that’s fair to the designer. So here’s what happened.

I had booked the Silver Needle trunk show early this year.  So that was scheduled.  We just love the travel rounds!

Then I asked Kathy Schenkel to send just the Tiny Inspiration signs, because my customers LOVE them and want to see all of them at once.

Kathy sent me a few more categories than that.  We have the college rounds, mini socks and treat bags.  All such quick stitches.  Who doesn’t love that?

And since Kelly Clark is coming to teach at the shop next week, I think it’s fun to have a bunch of canvases from the designer there when they are in the shop. It’s so interesting talking to the designer about the pieces, how they created them, what inspired them.  Kelly’s trunk show is only here briefly, basically till about the 11th.

All of the trunk show canvases are 20% off.  Special orders are 10% off.  Kelly’s class piece is not included in the special orders.  Sorry.  But you can definitely order a kit!

I just love trunk shows.  It’s so much fun to look through all of the canvases.  I always make myself a little pile of my favorites.

Sneak Peek

Shark Week ends today.  It’s a sad day for all of us shark fanatics.  Maybe this will cheer you up.

Here’s a sneak peek of a new artist that will debut in our wholesale line in January.  Isn’t it too cute?

I have walked all through the January show looking for shark canvas for you know who.  I have found three.  The Kathy Schenkel mini sock . . .

Jaws by Melissa Prince . . .

And the Finding Nemo coaster by Melissa.

That’s it . . .three canvases out of how many thousands.  And there definitely isn’t a whale shark, which is the kind of shark in the first piece.  And before you Google it, a whale shark is a shark and not a whale.  I’ve already questioned this with my little expert. LOL!  I don’t know why I question him.  He knows what he’s talking about!