Our Newest Club

So many people have requested that I make Melissa Prince’s 12 Days of Christmas wreath a club.  Your wish is my command!

Have you ever wanted to stitch a 12 Days of Christmas series but shied away because of the price of twelve canvases? If so, then stitch along with us in our newest club! One canvas . . .4 installments.

This design is so versatile! It can be finished as a wreath, a table top tree skirt or a votive candle holder. One canvas . . .one finishing . . .you can’t beat that!

Melissa’s favorite part is the bagpiper.  Check out the cheeks!
I’m torn between the French hen and the dancing lady as my favorite.
Linda made these fabulous rings for me.  I promise it’s not as hard as it looks!
I still have to finish the background.  But I’m in the home stretch.  Wait till you see the crystals I’ve ordered for the holly berries!
Club starts in late July/early August 2017
We will ship you the canvas, threads for the first half of the stitch guide and the first installment of the stitch guide. The second month you will be emailed that portion of the guide. On month three you will receive the remaining threads and guide. And on month four you will receive the guide via email.
Canvas: $195
Complete Thread Kit: $330
Stitch Guide Installments: $20 x 4

canvas by Melissa Prince
stitched by Suzie Vallerie
14 inch diameter on 18 mesh

sign up by May 28th to ensure there is a canvas for you!
You can sign up online or by calling the shop 203-210-5107

All Aboard the Orient Express

The Destination Dallas market in September is the highlight of the year in the needlepoint industry.  And Aggie and I were lucky enough to be chosen to teach at the show this year!

I will be teaching a Melissa Prince movie coaster of Murder on the Orient Express.  How fitting since it’s the them of the show.

And you know how much I love stitching these little pieces.

Aggie will make her national teaching debut with this piece by Julie Mar Designs.

We’re so excited to be participating in such a wonderful event!

Mother’s Day Sale

Our gift to you this Mother’s Day is 25% off all in stock canvases.

Treat yourself or a special woman in your life this Mother’s Day.

I think you all know the drill by now, but when you call or email refer to the frame number UNDER the picture.  This helps us locate the canvases you are interested in as quickly as possible.

Give us a shout if you want to treat yourself!  203-210-5107

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I’m sure you’ve seen something you like.  Give us a call! 203-210-5107

Clubs and special orders are excluded.

Early Bird Special

We have made an update to the classes that will be offered at the Needlepoint in New England Retreat next year.

We have added “Bunny in the Garden” that Becki will stitching.

 When we saw this little guy we just couldn’t resist.  You know how crazy we are about bunnies around here!  He’s (I don’t know why I assume the bunny is a boy) is 8 x 8 on 18 mesh.

Here’s a look at our full lineup of classes.  The early bird registration ends on May 15th.  So if you’re thinking about joining us for three days of needlepoint bliss, don’t wait!

All of the details for the retreat are on the website. So click here to read more about it or to sign up.

Derby Day

The Kentucky Derby was a few days ago and the ladies were dressed to the nines sporting those famous fascinators.  Have you seen our series of exclusive designs by Leigh Designs?

They are now available as individual kits.  Meet the ladies . . .





These ladies have the most fabulous hair!

Becki stitched Ravishing and Glamorous. Aggie stitched Magnificence.  And I stitched Dazzling.  I have to say I think that these are some of the prettiest pieces we’ve ever stitched.

Give us a call at the shop if you’d like to take one of the ladies home with you.  We have more on order since our first round of canvases flew out the door.  And no  . . .that wasn’t meant to be a bad joke referring to birds. LOL!

Dressed to Kill

Look who’s back from the framer!

Sasha! AKA The Lady in Red

Of course this photograph doesn’t do her justice.  If you’re in the area you should stop by and see her.  She’s amazing!

Apparently she was challenging to frame with her tulle skirt.  So, the framer did a double raised matte with a crisp silver frame.

Sasha is available exclusively through The Enriched Stitch

May Newsletter

Needlepoint in New England Retreat registration is open!

Exclusive Canvas Series by Leigh now available

Jo Christensen is Coming!

Stitch ‘n Bitch open stitching every Friday and Saturday  10-3

Foundations & Fundamentals Class

We’ve Launched our Wholesale Line of Canvases!

Spring is in the air and there are tons of things growing in The Enriched Stitch garden!
Registration is open for this amazing retreat!
April 27-29, 2018
The Greenwich Hyatt
Look at the lineup of teachers and classes!
Kelly Clark – Seashell Wreath
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

Meredith Willett – Chorus Line by Charlie Harper

Aggie Aspinwal – Autumn Rake by Maggie

Mary Susan Muirhead – Floral Bouquet by Maggie

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

New Stitch Guides!

We’ve been busy writing guides as usual.  Here’s a few of our most recent guides.

   Did you know that many of our stitch guides are available to instantly download?

Jo Christensen is Coming to Teach!
Have a Cup of Tea with Beatrice and Me!
June 24th-25th

Jo will teach this darling piece by Brenda Stofft.

  Prework is involved so if you want to participate you must sign up soon so you have time to do the prework.
Canvas Empowerment
June 22nd-23rd
We have two spots left in this one of a kind embellishment class.  Bring an unstitched canvas of your choice and Jo will guide you through how to select stitches and threads. Then Jo will tell you what kind of stitch and thread she would like you to select for an area. You’ll learn how to use stitch books and select stitches. The second day will be spent on technique.
Canvases must be submitted to Jo by May 15th so don’t wait to sign up.

Fascinating Feathers Exclusive Series by Leigh Designs
These beautiful ladies are now sold individually!  Order one or all of them!
Foundations & Fundamentals Class
Friday May 12th 10-2
Don’t ever feel embarrassed by the back of your canvas again!  So many needlepointers are self taught.  Wouldn’t you like to know if you’re doing it right?
  Foundations & Fundamentals 1 will cover
Starting/Ending Threads
Continental vs. Basketweave
Needles and Basic Tools
Plying/Lofting Threads
Laying Threads
How to read a Diagram
Thread Travel
$80 class fee and includes lunch
This class is the first in a series.  Part 2 of this series will be released in the summer
Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery
a wholesale line of brand new canvases
This project has been in the works for quite some time.  Last month we revealed the first series of canvases in our design line.  Canvases can be ordered through your LNS or through The Enriched Stitch.

Stitch guide available

Anyone interested in a class on this piece?

Be sure to check your inboxes and the blog next week for our Mother’s Day surprise!

Needlepoint in New England Retreat

I am SO excited to announce that registration for our retreat is open!

April 27-29, 2018

We have an amazing lineup of teachers.  Meredith Willett, Sandra Arthur, Toni Gerdes, Kelly Clark, Suzie Vallerie, Becki Gebhardt, Mary Susan Muirhead and Aggie Aspinwall.  That’s 8 teachers and classes offered in one retreat!

Seashell Wreath taught by Kelly Clark

New England Santa taught by Suzie Vallerie

Chorus Line taught by Meredith Willett

Fire & Ice taught by Tony Gerdes

Autumn Rake taught by Aggie Aspinwall

Mason Jar with Flowers taught by Mary Susan Muirhead

Stormy Weather taught by Becki Gebhardt

Winter Cardinal taught by Sandra Arthur

The retreat will be three days of class.  There will be a cocktail party on Thursday night and a banquet dinner on Saturday night.  It’s going to be SO much fun!

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

All the details are on the website about registration and the canvas dimensions and the designers.  We will be taking orders for kits. But we don’t have pricing on the stitch guides and thread kits yet.

I’ll be sure to post pics of the pieces when they are stitched.  We just received these canvases last week so give us a little time.  The paint on Kelly’s piece is actually wet in the picture. LOL!

I hope you will join us for a fantastic weekend of stitching and fun!

On the First Day of Christmas

I’ve been stitching away like crazy lately!  The two most common questions people ask me is “Do you sleep?” and “How do you have time to stitch so much?”  I do in fact sleep quite a bit.  However, I do get up really early, usually around 5,  since my husband commutes into NYC and catches a 6:30 train.  My little guy gets on the bus at 7 so it’s early mornings in the Vallerie household.  But, I don’t mind.  I actually get a ton of stuff done early in the morning.

By the afternoon I’m pretty wiped when I get home at 2:30.  That’s when the little prince is delivered back to me. LOL!   So, that’s become my stitching time.  My favorite day to stitch is Sunday.  I’ll stitch for eight hours that day if I can.  Sounds pretty good, right?

I’ve been working on Melissa Prince’s 12 Days of Christmas Wreath.

I’ve made a lot of progress on the background.  I usually do my backgrounds first because it is so much easier to count a background stitch through open holes on a canvas.  I’ve made the mistake of leaving the background till the end one too many times.

The partridge and the pear are done. Well . . .minus the stem of the pear.  Gotta find a little Perle Coton and make a Bullion Knot.  That idea just came to me as I was typing.  I was just oging to do something boring like tack down a piece of 16 braid Kreinik.  No fun in that!

I love the French Hen!  Check out his beret and knitted sweater.  He’s looking very dapper if I do say so myself.

If you’d like to join in the fun and order a kit, you can sign up online or by calling the shop.

 203-210-5107The kits will ship in July.  So, if you want to be included in the first shipment you must sign up by May 15th.

This is really the best 12 Days piece out there because of the way Melissa designed it.  It may be a larger piece, about 14 inches in diameter.  But think of it this way.   If you stitched 12 4 inch round ornaments that’s approximately 12.5 square inches of stitching per ornament.  And each canvas would probably run about $55/$60.  So that’s over 144 square inches of stitching.  The wreath is about the same amount of stitching, 154 square inches to be exact, but you don’t have to stitch the center so take out about 20 inches.

So, you get a lot more bang for your buck with one larger piece to stitch.  AND . . .one finishing cost!  For 12 ornaments the finishing could be around $1000. I’m not sure what it will cost to finish this as an actual wreath.  But I can assure you it won’t be nearly that at all.

Getting My Head Above Water

Last week was a CRAZY week!  My family took a lovely vacation to St. Thomas the week before Easter.  It was so wonderful and relaxing.

Cocktails at noon. . .

 fabulous restaurants . . .

beautiful weather . . . and that gorgeous Caribbean water . . .

who could ask for more?

But all good things come to an end.  So it was back to reality.  And my how the work had piled up while I was gone!

Surprisingly I didn’t stitch that much on vacation.  But I did read 5 books.  LOL!  I did manage to stitch up this little Kathy Schenkel mini stocking for my budding marine biologist for his Christmas ornament.

 It feels so good to be ahead of the game for a change!