And We’re Off!

Destination Dallas is only 9 days away!  I can’t wait to show you everything!  There’s over 100 new designs, a new self finishing product that I absolutely love and a few other surprises in store.  There will also be a new retailers club offered by any shop throughout the country.

I have spent all summer working on this show.  If you’ve been in the shop, you know I haven’t been there too much this summer.  Plus, my little guy gets a little tired of hanging out at the shop, even though he basically plays on his computer there which is exactly what he does at home. LOL!  But he really hates when I put him to work hanging threads or helping me with a trunk show.

 

I packed up 8 huge boxes last weekend and FedEx picked them up yesterday.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much work goes into these shows by exhibitors.  We have to update prices lists and websites, photograph and edit the new designs, and all the other tedious things we have to do.  But it’s not all drudgery .  I love creating new designs and stitching the new pieces.  It’s so worth it when you open your door in Dallas.  There’s an energy at this show that is palpable.

Be sure to stay glued to Needlepoint Nation, my blog and other designers websites and Facebook pages next weekend.  I’ll be posting blogs throughout the show. And before you think how the heck is she writing blogs in the middle of the show, I’ll tell you a dirty little secret . . .I write them before hand and schedule them to publish at certain times.  I’m good but I’m not that good!  LOL!

 

 

 

September Newsletter

Dallas Here We Come!
The boxes are packed and ready to be picked up by FedEx tomorrow. Only 11 more days! Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery will be exhibiting with over 100 new designs. Yep . . .you read that right!
A new collection that will debuting at the show are what I call “Awareness Hearts”
My favorite is the breast cancer heart.
A portion of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to the respective charities. You can preorder yours now from any LNS.
Here’s a few more sneak peeks
All the new designs will be on the website on Saturday morning September 15th so be sure to check that out and watch the blog and our Facebook page for all the fabulous new designs we find at the show.

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The Boxes are Back!!!!!
Remember the beautiful lacquer boxes that Amanda Lawford used to carry? They’re back!


They come in 6 colors

And of course . . .black

I have a limited amount of them and they took six months for me to get! They make the most beautiful gift and you can have them finished for the holidays.
All the 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.
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.
How fabulous will my new lovebirds design look in the hot pink box?


Two Fabulous Trunk Shows
All in stock and special orders from trunk shows are 20% off!
Point2Pointe has the coolest self finishing products. Last year I stitched up a pair of cufflinks for my husband for Christmas in an hour! The Christmas finishing deadlines have come and gone so these make the perfect quick stitch gifts!

The Plum Stitchery is a newer designer with the sweetest line. I just love her designs!

Give us a call to place trunk show orders or stop by the shop and see the shows in person!

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
New Location
Don’t forget that we’ve moved. We’re at the same address but in the red building in the front!
Don’t Miss a Thing!
2018 Finishing Deadlines
Late Christmas Deadlines
Pillows and Stockings: October 1st
Standups: October 1st
Ornaments: October 15th
Belts: October 1st
the later deadlines may include a rush fee
enrichedstitch@gmail.com
203-210-5107

Welcome to the Forest

My abstract animals are back from the finisher!  I just love them!

When I first saw these designs I envisioned them on a tree just like this.  Andrea brought this into the shop last year and it’s made a permanent home there.  Well .  . .I think so.  Hope she knows that LOL!

My favorite part about the finishing is that they aren’t overtly Christmasy.  That way they can be on display all winter long.  Or all year long for that matter.

The ribbons on the reindeer are my favorite.

It’s not too late to join our club with these designs.  You’ll start in November instead of October since it’s a little tough getting canvases quickly this time of year because of the Dallas show.

You can sign up online or by calling the shop.

There’s a special surprise and bonus for club members that I wish I could tell you about now but I have to wait until the Dallas show.  This darn Dallas show . . .so much I want to tell you and show you but I just can’t yet.  I will be sharing one of my favorite new designs soon so stay tuned!

Our Biggest Sale EVER!

You know the drill by now. But this sale is even bigger. The first set of canvases are 30% off. There are select canvases that are 40% off!

And then there are canvases that are significantly reduced to $15-$30 dollars. When you call or email, please refer to the frame number ABOVE the canvas. The canvases are grouped together by the discount. Give us a call or shoot me an email if you find some goodies you can’t pass up. At these prices you can’t resist! 203-210-5107

The sale starts tomorrow August 21st and ends Saturday August 25th. The sale is in store only.  The discount does not apply to our online store.

30% off canvases featured below

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The canvases below are 40% off!

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Give us a buzz!  203-210-5107.  The phones should be very busy so leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Suzie’s Picks

The CBK trunk show ends this week. If you’ve missed “Suzie’s picks” on Facebook,  here are some of my favorite pieces from the trunk show.

All the canvases are 20% off and include a FREE stitch guide!

I think this piece would make the most beautiful pillow, inset in a periwinkle fabric.  A cool stitch for the off white border . . .a little ribbon work (nothing over the top), maybe just some gathered stitch and French and Colonial knots.  And voila!

You know I’ve got a think for penguins.  They’re just too cute!  I see Rhodes stitches in the sky for the snowflakes, maybe repousse for the branch.

I just love the colors in this piece.  And how about the magnet?  LOVE it!

Scott Church pieces crack me up.  Each one is cuter than the next.  I didn’t put it in the picture, but as I look at it while I’m typing, there should be some Flair in this piece to make the snow on the branch with a gathered stitch.  The hats could be done in Kalem or a wrapped kind of embroidery stitch I often use to make scarfs, hats and sweaters.

Let me start with I have no affinity for French Bulldogs.  But I love the colors in this piece and he’s just too cute.  You could do a really cool open background stitch with a large pattern, which makes a background really interesting without overpowering it if you use a thin thread like Impressions.

I can’t take credit for this piece.  Mary Susan stitched this a few years ago.  The finishing on it makes me want to stitch it!

Take a look at the CBK website and give us a call if there’s something that catches your eye.  We’re full of creative ideas for these pieces!

August Newsletter

A New Show!
 
A few days ago it was announced that a new trade show will be held March 30th-April 1st in Orlando, Florida.  I am SO excited!   No three hour time change . . .a quick and easy flight . . .and warm . . .what more could a girl ask for?
 
So, this means that my wholesale line,  Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery, will not be attending the TNNA show in Portland.  But, I’ll have new designs for January and throughout the year from now on!
 
A Kink in My Plans
With this new show, I’ve had to reschedule our Needlepoint in New England retreat.  It was planned for April 6th, but that’s impossible now with the new show. I can do a lot, but even I can’t turn around two days after getting home from a trade show and host a retreat.  I’m working on new dates for 2019.  It’s going to be in October, the most beautiful time here in the North East.  I will let you know as soon as I have a date set. 
 
Kelly will be back October 10-12! 
We have two different classes!
The first class is on Wednesday October 10th from 10-3 where Kelly will be teaching here stunning ribbon eggs.  Choose one, two or three of the eggs to work on during class.  These are SOOOOOOO beautiful in person!
 
4 x 5 on 18 mesh


Pick Your Piece Workshop
The second class, “Pick Your Piece Workshop” will be on Thursday and Friday October 11-12.  This is a two days class where you will pick one of five pieces to work on with Kelly. I think there’s something for everyone!
 
For those of you who have no interest in stumpwork, these two holiday pieces are for you!
Hope!
 
11 x 6 18 mesh
Happy Holly Days
 
13 x 8 on 18 mesh
Kitchen Hen Collage
 
This is the companion piece to the Rooster Collage Kelly taught last year at the shop.  So fabulous!
5 x 7 on 18 mesh

 

New England Wreath
 
If you missed our fabulous retreat in the Spring,  Kelly will be teaching an encore class at the shop.  The details in the piece are amazing!
6 x 6 on 18 mesh
Autumn Topiaries
 
I think this is my favorite.  I know what I’ll be stitching during class!  This piece is 10 x 8 on 14 mesh.
I have to get the canvases ordered by July 15th so don’t wait too long to sign up!  Give us a call at the shop and we can give you all the details and pricing.  I hope you can make it!  If you’ve never taken a class with Kelly you’re in for a real treat!
203-210-5107
 
Call or email to sign up!
203-210-5107
enrichedstitch@gmail.com


CBK Trunk Show
All in stock and special orders from trunk show are 20% off!

20% preorders for this new design premiering at Destination Dallas.  Sandra Arthur has an online class planned for this . . FYI

Will Bullas is another new artist debuting in Dallas!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook!  Starting with this trunk show, any of “Suzie’s Picks” will come with a free stitch guide with the purchase of the canvas and threads.  How cool is that?

Check out  the website  to see the full line
Christmas Diners
Our exclusiveChristmas Diners are now available individually!

We have them in stock right now with stitch guides and thread kits!

Stash Sale
You don’t wanna miss this . . .August 18th . . .a Stash Sale!   You’re probably wondering what that means.  Here’s how it works.
Bring your pre-priced unwanted “stash” items to the shop on Saturday August 18th so they can become someone else’s treasure.  You can also mail in your items if you’d like to contribute.
Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a wonderful family in Wilton that is going through a very difficult time.   Issy Kwei, and adorable 11 year old girl from Wilton, had a tumor removed form her brain stem at Yale Hospital.  The tumor was removed successfully but Issy has a long road ahead of her, having to relearn brain-stem controlled skills-from breathing, swallowing, talking and more.  The family faces exorbitant medical bills, expected to be $250,000-$500,000!  Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful thing to do?
How cute is she?
Items not sold will be donated to another charity and will not be returned.
Canvases must be unstitched and you are limited to 5 canvases to donate. You must price them ahead of time. If you need help with that, just give us a shout.
So, come and stitch in the shop that day. We’ll have door prizes, snacks and a ton of fun!  Bring lunch and spend the day if you want to!  If you can’t make it that day, you can drop off your once loved treasures that week.
If you’d like to make a donation, there is a Go Fund Me account set up for the family.
 
Destination Dallas Sneak Peeks
I will have about 100 new designs for Dallas!  That’s if I can get everything painted on my list!


Patchwork of Peace Stitch Along
Join us once a month for to work on this fabulous design. Class will meet the first Friday and Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:30. You can pick which day you would like to come.  Each class session is $20
The first class will be selecting your threads and getting started on stitches.  Each month after we will continue to work on stitches and playing with threads.  At the end, everyone will have their own unique version of the American flag.
The canvas is available on either 18 (12 x 17) or 13 (18 x 23) mesh.
Class starts August 4th
We still have some canvases in stock so it’s not too late to sign up!
The class will be ongoing over the next year so you can join in at any time.
Call the shop to sign up  203-210-5107
New 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
New Location
Don’t forget that we’ve moved.  We’re at the same address but in the red building in the front!
 
Don’t Miss a Thing!
2018 Finishing Deadlines
 Halloween: July 20, 2018
Hanukkah: July 27, 2018
Thanksgiving: Aug 3, 2018
Early Christmas: Aug 10, 2018
Late Christmas Deadlines
Pillows and Stockings: October 1st
Standups: October 1st
Ornaments: October 15th
Belts: November 1st
the later deadlines may include a rush fee
enrichedstitch@gmail.com
203-210-5107

CBK Trunk Show

This trunk show is insane! It think it’s the largest trunk show we receive at the shop. It has taken over the store!



There are so many different artists represented in this collection. There’s something for everyone!

All trunk show canvases and special orders from the trunk show are 20% off!

Here’s a few of our favorites.


I’m starting a new thing with trunk shows this month on our Facebook page. Any of “Suzie’s picks” will come with a free stitch guide with the purchase of the threads. I hope all of my favs go to a new home otherwise they will tempt me to stitch them now…which I have to be a good little stitched and get all my new designs for Dallas stitched first. There’s SO many good things coming your way in September!

Give us a call to see if a canvas is in stock!  Pour yourself a drink and take a look at the entire line on the CBK website.

203-210-5107

Stash Sale!!!!

You don’t wanna miss this . . .August 18th . . .a Stash Sale!   You’re probably wondering what that means.  Here’s how it works.

Bring your pre-priced unwanted “stash” items to the shop on Saturday August 18th so they can become someone else’s treasure.

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a wonderful family in Wilton that is going through a very difficult time.   Issy Kwei, and adorable 11 year old girl from Wilton, had a tumor removed form her brain stem at Yale Hospital.  The tumor was removed successfully but Issy has a long road ahead of her, having to relearn brain-stem controlled skills–from breathing, swallowing, talking and more.  The family faces exorbitant medical bills, expected to be $250,000-$500,000!  Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful thing to do?

How cute is she?

 

Items not sold will be donated to another charity and will not be returned.

Canvases must be unstitched and you are limited to 5 canvases to donate. You must price them ahead of time. If you need help with that, just give us a shout.

 

So, come and stitch in the shop that day. We’ll have door prizes, snacks and a ton of fun!  Bring lunch and spend the day if you want to!  If you can’t make it that day, you can drop off your once loved treasures that week.

 

 

Finishing Deadlines

It’s getting close to that time of year!  In order to receive your pieces back for the holidays you must turn them in by the following dates.
 
Thanksgiving: August 3rd
Hannukah: July 27th

Christmas
Standups, Gusseted Ornaments: August 10th
Stockings/Pillows: October 1st
Belts: October 1st
Ornaments: October 15th
Stockings/Pillows: October 1st

 




Finishing takes a long time during the holiday season.  Be advised that your piece may not arrive until a few days before the holiday.  If you need it by a certain date, please let us know.
 
If you’ve missed the deadlines, touch base with us and we will contact our finishers to see if they can make it happen.
 
Get stitching!

New Club! Abstract Forest Animals

I was so excited when Melissa Prince came out with ornament size versions of her larger abstract animals!  I ordered an entire set for myself at the January show.  I snatched them up as soon as they came in and none of the girls at the shop knew that I had them in my stash.  So they were quite surprised to see that I had stitched all five.

 

If you’re thinking that I forgot to stitch the background or that I’m not finished, you’re mistaken.  I don’t feel like these need a background.  But, there will be a suggestion in the guide for those of you who aren’t quite on board with my minimalistic backgrounds.

All the special embellishments come with the club and are exclusive to club participants, like the cool eye on the fox.

I don’t know which one is my favorite.   I’m usually partial to bunnies but I think in this case my favorite is the deer.

Our new club starts in October.  There are five canvases in total.  Each canvas is $65 and includes the stitch guide.  Each thread kit installment is $55.  You can sign up online or by calling the shop.  203-210-5107.  You must sign up by August 11th to be included in the first shipment.  You will be charged a deposit of $130 when you sign up which is one installment of the club along with the shipping.

I better write the stitch guides up quickly so I can get them off to the finisher. I’ve made that mistake before of sending a piece off to a finisher and thinking I could write the guide from a picture. LOL!  And I have to search for a funky Scandinavian type tree for them to hang from.

I hope you join us in this fun series!