New from Amanda Lawford

I am so lucky to still be working with the amazingly talented Amanda Lawford!  Check out her newest designs!

I can’t wait to stitch the nativity!  I see a club in the future at the shop.

For all the details on these designs, hop on over to the website.

Call or email the shop to order!


New from Me!

I’ve been painting my little heart out over the last few months.  I hope you like my new designs!

Farmhouse Santa

20 inches on 18 mesh

Date Night

4 inches on 18 mesh

Cardinal Tree Topper

10 inches on 13 mesh

Farmhouse Christmas


Mini Totes  3 x 4 on 18 mesh

Fun Stuff


4 inches on 18 mesh

For all the details on these canvases, click here to hop on over to the website.

Give us a call at the shop to order!


New Club!

We know how much you love our clubs so here’s a new one and it’s really cool.

Interchangeable needlepoint!

You’re probably wondering what that means.  There is one large piece and 12 ornaments.  The ornaments are finished with a magnet inside so they stick to the larger piece.  You can swap out the different ornaments for each month!

This is what we stitched during the lockdown back in March and April.  I couldn’t have put this together without the help of all the wonderful ladies at the shop.

The club will start sometime this winter, depending when we get the canvases in.  Sign ups close on November 1st so don’t wait too long to join in the fun!

Click here to sign up online

You will be shipped the large piece first so you can work on that off and on while you work on the ornaments that will ship monthly.  The stitch guides are FREE for club members.  You’ll get all the threads and special embellishments, as well.

Here’s closeups of all of the pieces.



You can call, email or click to sign up.  I hope you join in the fun!


Nantucket Basket with Hydrangeas

I’ve had this piece in the cue for a couple of months now and finally buckled down the other night and stitched it.  If you know me at all, you know how much I love hydrangeas.  I’ve stitched a ton of them!

I only used two types of threads on the entire piece.  I wanted to show how many different ways you can use the same thread.

My new puppy, Rosie got busy while I was at work yesterday with some of the threads.

Let me tell you . . .Straw Silk is not easy to pry out of a dogs mouth!

You’re probably thinking that I didn’t finish stitching the piece . . .and you would be right.  I’m waiting for felt to come in to make the leaves.  So . . .there will be a little stumpwork on this piece.

I tried to use different techniques on this piece from the last hydrangea piece I taught.

This one was all ribbon.  I used some of the same techniques but look how different they are.

If you missed the class on the ribbon hydrangeas, it was recorded for you to watch at any point.  Just let us know when you order the kit that you’d like the recording.  We still have a kit or two in stock so you can call the shop to order either one.

If you’d rather click and shop, click here for the hydrangea tote bag.

The Zoom class for the Nantucket Basket with the Hydrangeas will be on November 14th 12:3-2 EST.  Let us know when you order the kit online or when you call that you’d like to take the class.

Hope to see you on Zoom!

October Newsletter

October Trunk Show!!!
Melissa Prince
This is the first in person trunk show Melissa has sent out in six months so we actually have the canvases!

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

Threads purchased with trunk show canvases are 10% off
Finishing Deadlines
All of our deadlines have passed for holiday finishing this year.  Our finishers are inundated and have pushed up their deadlines.  We are working closely with all of our finishers and we hope that all of your pieces will be back in time for the holidays, but there are no guarantees this year. We will call you the moment your finishing arrives, but that may be up until Christmas Eve.  Please be patient with us.  We are doing the best that we can.
New Club
A mini club from Kelly Clark
stitched by Suzie Vallerie
Call the shop to sign up or sign up online
Each canvas is 3.25 x 4.5 on 18 mesh
includes canvas, stitch guide and threads
Online Classes
Send Suzie a canvas of your choice purchased from the shop and she will write a typed, custom guide for your piece and pull the threads.  We’ll pop everything back in the mail to you in time for the class.
We’ll spend a few hours together going over everything in everyone’s pieces so you will learn a ton!
Class fee $50
stitch guide and threads additional
class size limited to 6 students
2 spots left!
call the shop to sign up
BOO Online Class
October 29th 1-3 est
call the shop to sign up or 
limited to 5 students
New Stitch Guides

Kelly Clark Online Class

Edward Bunny

Bella Bunny

Don’t Miss a Thing!

What Would Suzie Do

So many stitchers are daunted by a new piece because they don’t know what stitches and threads to use.  The more you stitch, the more you will learn.  The question I’m most asked is “What stitch should I do?”  So, here’s my take on a few of my favorite pieces in the shop.

Let’s start with the pumpkin.  I would use Nobuko and reverse Nobuko for each side of the pumpkin so that the stitches are pointing towards the center.  Compensate the stitch in each section of the pumpkin so that you delineate the different sections.

The big pink flowers would look great in giant Woven Spiders, as would the little yellow flowers.  The sunflowers is the star of the show so I would skip stitch the center with Arctic Rays and use a combination of Diagonal Mosaic and Reverse Diagonal Mosaic, so the stitches are pointing towards the center.  You could do Horizontal Brick stitch for the middle petals.

All the small leaves would look great in Raised Fishbone stitch, which you can find a video on to see how to do that.

I LOVE this cardinal piece!

I would do a really cool patterned background stitch.  Something from the book Stitches a la Carte would be fabulous.

The table I would stitch in Horizontal Brick stitch over 4 with the ThreadworX overdye.

The star is a bit of a challenge.  I would do something simple like Skip Stitch but with the ThreadworX overyde Kreinik to make it really stand out.

I would lay long stitches with Straw Silk for the basket than weave over and under in the opposite direction to make it really look like a basket.

The cardinal is painted so beautifully.  I would do Reverse Nobuko for the belly and neck and have it randomly fall into the wing.  I would do a number of different Buttonhole stitches for the wing, laying them on top of each other so the wing looks lifelike.

The holly leaves would look great in Satin Stitch with an overydye floss.


The duck would make such a sweet gift for a new baby or be adorable in a kitchen.

I would T-stitch the sky with Silk Lame Braid and tent stitch the stars.  The bowl would look great in Brick Stitch over 4 horizontally with Pepper Pot.

The water should be kept simple in Basketweave or you’ll go crazy trying to compensate around all the swirly lines.

I would stitch the hat in Woven stitch with Straw Silk so that it looks like a straw hat.

For the duck, I would tent stitch the head and let it randomly end in the neck and then do a Ray stitch of some sort.  You can turn the stitch 90 degrees to stitch the tail feather and wing.

Here’s a sweet and simple one.  And the best part about this piece is that it’s self finishing in a box.  I would bead the ladybugs, tent stitch the letters and do Alicia’s Lace with three strands of Soie d’Alger for the background.

This piece cracks me up!  I would tent stitch the letters and clock and do Scotch Stitch for the background so it’s easy to compensate around all the letters.



If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know I’m a sucker for bunny canvases.  I think this little bunny has the sweetest face. And I love her headdress.  It would be adorable in French and Colonial Knots with Boucle.

I would do Woven stitch for the background with Petite Silk Lame Braid. The bunny would be great in Encroaching Gobelin.

Some of you are probably thinking no way would I stitch this piece because of the black background.  Here’s a tip.  Stitch black in something sparkly and open.  It’s much easier to see. I would keep it simple and just do skip stitch.

The flowers on the piece are quite a challenge. The little purple flowers would be super cute in Gathered Stitch.  The pink flowers I would do long stitches with silk ribbon. The orange flowers I would keep simple and do Alicia’s Lace over 2 with two strands of Silk ‘n Colors and Buttonhole the edge of the flower.

I can’t believe I haven’t stitched this piece yet!



What a Great Day

I had a wonderful birthday yesterday.  It was so great to see so many customers, while keeping our social distance.  Lots of virtual hugs going around!


I got some very special gifts.  My dear friend, Melissa Prince, painted my new puppy, Rosie.  And since we bought a boat this summer, she gave it a nautical theme.  I think it’s adorable and can’t wait to stitch it!


This is one of the closeup shots I sent Melissa.

A dear customer, Chris, let me choose a bracelet that she made.  Super cool and entirely beaded.

Flowers, cards and wine . . .what more does a girl need?

Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes.  Looking forward to a great year!

Birthday Bash

Every year my husband and I throw a party for my birthday.  Obviously we can’t do that this year.  We also do something special in the shop and I’ve been racking my brain of how we can do that and still keep our distance.  So . . .here’s my plan.

This Thursday, September 24th (the greatest day

of the year lol) you can get 1 full priced canvas

at 42% off!

I bet you can guess my age. LOL!

This is offer is only for in store in person purchases.  But don’t worry my long distance friends, I’ve got something special planned for you soon.

We’re still only allowing three customers in the shop at a time so you may have to wait outside in the vestibule.  But it will be worth the wait!

Here’s a few canvases to tempt you.  But, you know we have hundreds of canvases in the shop.

  My customers mean so much to me.  I’d love to see you on my special day!





Quick Stitch

Looking for a quick stitch and to learn a few new things?  Then check out this little heart I stitched.  The stitch guide is below.  The best part is that it’s on 13 mesh!  We have a few of these kits in stock.

  Call the shop to order or shop online.



Silver Lines: Tent stitch with FyreWerks F5

White: Skip Stitch with Vineyard Silk C-109 Bright White

Pink Background on Top: Hatch Stitch – Silk Straw Hubba Hubba

Black Vertical Stripes: Diagonal Satin Stitch – Neon Rays+ NP01

Pink Vertical Stripes: Van Dyke over 4 – Silk Straw Hubba Hubba

Pink Hearts: Rhodes Heart Stitch – FyreWerks FT9

Black Circles: Circular Rhodes  – Flair F501

Summer Sale

I hate saying goodbye to summer. The easy mornings without the mad dash for school, spending time on our boat, and so much fun in the sun. But, summer is winding down and I’ll have to look forward to my pumpkin spice lattes and fall clothes.

For those of you who love summer as much as I do, here are a bunch of summer canvases that are 25% off that you can stitch all year long and think of summer.

Email or call to order . 203-210-5107