Block 1

Block 1

The background fabric finally arrived for the Celtic Crystals block of the month so we are ready to start. I started sewing ove the weekend and have a few blocks constructed. Block 1 is named after the Apatite stone. Apatite has been associated with appetite...
Trunk Show Here!

Trunk Show Here!

The Threedles Needleart Designs trunk show is hanging ready for you to come and look at the beautiful models. I have even started the one called A Different View on the Koral Kiss canvas after I saw it in person. I had the ingredients collected but hadn’t had...
New Stuff

New Stuff

New kits and patterns are here from Sweetheart Tree. Pine cones, grapes and another itty bitty kitty are among them.New Just Nan items include another limited edition ornament called Little Princess Snow. She is so cute with her silver crown and sequin snowflake eyes...

Super Sunday coming soon

A reminder that we will be open on Sunday, February 2nd before the big game from 12:00 – 4:00. We will offer 25% off store-wide on all regular priced merchandise. Come in and stock up so on the minus temps days, you can be snug inside and not run out of things...
Online Needlework Show

Online Needlework Show

The dates for the 2014 Online Needlework Shows have been released: Spring Show: April 17 – 22 Fall Show: October 16 – 21 http://needleworkshow.com Please mark these on your calendars so you will be ready to look at all the great things offered in the...
1 down 11 to go

1 down 11 to go

I hope everyone that celebrates it had a blessed Christmas! It is New Year’s Eve today and a new year is certainly upon us. I hope you make lots of time to stitch in 2014 and finish project after project. I have a whole box full of started or want to do things...
Trunk Show

Trunk Show

We have the Victoria Sampler Trunk show up ready for you to view. Come in and vote for your favorite design. We will draw for a free pattern at the conclusion of the show. It will be here through February 2nd. There are designs by Thea Dueck and Cathy Jean included in...

Open House

We are open today = Sunday, Nov 24th = from 12-4. Come in for a lemon bar or raspberry bar and hot apple. Store specials are throughout – notably 25% off quilting fabric, quilting kits and pre cut cross stitch fabric in baggies. Join us to start the holiday...
New Things

New Things

Well, it seems fall is certainly here. We’ve seen frost on the pumpkins at our house a few times already – that is – if we had pumpkins. Ken is just about finished with combining the corn. It has been a stop and go process with the rain days we have...
Fob to match

Fob to match

Today we got in the My Big Toe scissor fob to match the Gingher 2013 limited edition embroidery scissors. It is a very attractive, colorful piece. I’ve got a couple of them for you to dress up your scissors. It is a pretty one for any pair that you want a...

Show is Open!

The online needlework show is up and running. It will remain open until Tuesday, Oct 22. Go to http://needleworkshow.com/ and click on the general viewing tab in the upper right hand corner. While you cannot purchase things yourself, you can make a list and let me...
Ginghers

Ginghers

Just got the new limited edition pair of 4″ embroidery scissors from Gingher in for this year. They are called Julia and have a colorful, upbeat design in reds, orange, blues and greens on a white background. I will be ordering the matching scissor fob during...

Fall Foliage Fabric Tour

This event has officially begun. The Shop Hop will end on October 31st so don’t get all caught up in trick or treating and forget to turn in your passport. There is no charge for the passports which include a coupon for each of the seven stores, but a purchase...

DMC

We have received the new colors of DMC floss. Right now they are just available in a box with one of each of 16. Hopefully open stock will be along soon. The new numbers are 3880-3895. Included in the box are three patterns that use the new numbers. Eight of the...
20 years

20 years

We are almost finished with our anniversary celebration. Friday and Saturday will be the last two days. Thank you for your patronage over the past 20 years! I have finished and framed the baby sampler for our new grand daughter. Her mother chose the Trilogy Sweet Baby...
Holly & Hearts

Holly & Hearts

We got the first installment of the Lizzie Kate mystery sampler in with a Christmas theme. Although we don’t know what the whole thing looks like – I see poinsettias and evergreen trees on the cover of this one. I have included the threads and either 14...

market returns

I had a fun trip to St. Charles to go to the TNNA market there at the Embassy Suites. It is a nice place to have a market – vendors are in hotel rooms with their signs hanging on the railings so you can see who is where. Then we go up and down in the elevator to...
PS Santa – JCS Xmas

PS Santa – JCS Xmas

It is time to unveil the cover of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine for 2013. If you subscribe to the magazine you will get this issue automatically. If you don’t and would like a copy we are taking reservations for it now. It should arrive mid-September....
Award Winning

Award Winning

The 2013 Award Winning Hardanger Designs picked by Nordic Needle is in the shop now. If you are a Hardanger lover, stop in to see some lovely designs. This elegant looking cutwork technique was popular in Norway from 1650-1850 and named after the Hardanger region...

home

Had a great trip but even better to be back home. I was able to visit two needlepoint shops while I was there. One was in Santa Clara and one feature they had was all their threads arranged on racks by color families no matter what brand. I can see how if you are...

Going going gone

It is wedding time. A niece is tying the knot and DH and I are traveling to California to a lovely vineyard for the occasion. Jeanne, Rachel and Jennifer will keep the shop running while I am gone. If they don’t know what you need they can get a hold of me or...

Free patterns?

https://www.facebook.com/#!/NordenCrafts?fref=ts The above link is for Norden Crafts facebook page. They started a new Facebook (FB) contest 6 weeks ago featuring designs both new and existing from several designers. They asked their FB fans to LIKE and SHARE the...
Yarn, yarn and more yarn!

Yarn, yarn and more yarn!

We got two big boxes of yarn in yesterday and have gotten it unpacked and priced ready for viewing now. Many new Sashay colors for scarf lovers some with glitz, some with team colors and some with sequins – gotta make one of those for myself. New colors of...
Machine Cover

Machine Cover

Here is the picture of the colorful machine cozy that Jennifer designed using a bit of the All Iowa Shop Hop fabric. We have a few kits that include all the fabric and the pattern or you can purchase the pattern separately, too. This piece joins the small quilt with...
All Iowa Shop Hop Project

All Iowa Shop Hop Project

It is ready to view – the project was designed by Jennifer and finished last night by me. Here is a picture: This pattern will be available for purchase starting June 1st when the All Iowa Shop Hop begins. We do still have some of the limited edition fabrics in...

All Iowa Shop Hop

http://www.alliowashophop.com/ Here is the address to go to the All Iowa Shop Hop web site. Be sure to check out the blog for more information on some of the shops that will be participating. If you do social networking, you can also visit their facebook page and...
New Yarn Colors

New Yarn Colors

I have gotten in some new colors of Sashay yarn from Red Heart. This is one of the tape yarns used to make the ruffled scarves. The names of these are Shuffle, Purple, Rubies, Golden, Blue, Diamonds, Aquamarine, Opal, Boogie starting in the bottom left corner and...

No More SQUEEK!

Hey – those who have been around me this fall and winter might have noticed that I was unable to sneak up on anyone while wearing my Crocs. Although they were comfortable, first the right one and then the left one began to make noise with every step I took. It...

Exhibit is on!

Come to the Prairie Rose E.G.A. needlework exhibit today and tomorrow from 12-5 at the Cedar Falls Community Center next to the library on Main Street. When I dropped off some things this morning – looked like there will be lots of pieces to inspire you. Only...

watch a clip

http://www.ourstorymn.com/waverly/1/ Go to the web site above to watch a clip about Fiberworks. In the style of Garrison Keeler and Prairie Home Companion, they are featuring participating businesses. Click on The Celebrities – 20 to see our insides! Remember...
Dark Horse Beautiful

Dark Horse Beautiful

We just got in some new colors from Dark Horse Yarns in their Beautiful line. This is what I call a ladder yarn that looks like a rail running along side satin stitch rectangles with spaces in between. Many people are doing a chain crochet stitch with this yarn to...
New Lizzie Kate

New Lizzie Kate

Just got in some new Lizzie Kate things that were released at the Nashville market earlier this month. The first picture shows A Bee C, Flowers and Chicks. They are billed as limited edition kits since they come with a piece of fabric, colors will vary as they are...
DONE!

DONE!

I have finished the Long Dog Pigalle Sampler piece. The back stitching, while time consuming, adds the detail that makes this piece what it is. Jeanne stitched the body and I finished with the back stitching. What would peacocks be without their tail feathers? I have...
Backing change

Backing change

I think I like the blue backing I put behind this piece rather than the purple I had tried before. It looks better with the frame which I have had quite a time picking one that I like. This piece is called Moonlight Sonata designed by Cindy Valentine. I changed some...
More Starbella/Ribbon Yarn

More Starbella/Ribbon Yarn

Today we got in some new colors of Starbella and Boutique Ribbons yarn. Both are used to make the ruffled scarves. I do have some free patterns that also show the Starbella used for purses and a vest. You use the yarn as it comes off the ball as a tape yarn to knit...
New Thread Colors

New Thread Colors

We have received new colors of Caron’s Watercolours and Wildflowers. Take a look at these delicious hues: Still working on inventory – yuck. My granddaughter helped me do the frames we have in stock. So she was my captive for 1 1/2 hours. And didn’t...

Winter!!

Well, this has been quite a week for winter weather in Iowa. Last week we had a day with temps up to 50 then Sunday started with freezing rain and slippy. slidey sidewalks and streets. Rachel called to say the highway wasn’t so bad as they were on their way in...

Football Sunday

Just a reminder that we will be open on Sunday, February 3rd from 12-4. In celebration of football fanatics we will have 15% off all regular price items. Time to shop and still get home and watch the big game! See you then. If you can’t get in you can call,...
Block of the Month

Block of the Month

It is time to sign up for the 2013 block of the month quilt. We are doing A Year To Crow About by Pine Tree Country Quilts. The cost will be $20.00 per month for monthly patterns and all of the fabric to do the front of the quilt. This is a nice whimsical design that...

CLOSED TODAY

Sorry but the weather has me stuck at home today. The visibility is too bad to try to get to town. We probably only got about 5-6 inches of snow, but it is hard to tell because of the blowing. And you shouldn’t be out on the roads to come and see me anyway....

More Military

We have now gotten in Air Force and Navy to join our Army prints from Dan Morris in quilting fabric. They have ships in the water and in the air plus emblems of each units. Can you believe this weather we’ve had lately? It has been in the 50’s the past...
Mantle

Mantle

The last piece of the newest Mantle from Bent Creek came in today – the Autumn Mantle. Someone told me it was only a month until Christmas Eve today – wow – where did November go? We got Ken’s birthday dinner done and Rachel’s is up next....

Thimbleberries

Just got an email from Lynette Jensen from Thimbleberries and she says she will not be designing as much as she used to and after December 13th there will be many patterns that will not be available any longer. Some of them may be orderable from Landauer Books but...

Go to PARIS

Anyone in going to Paris France and touring the DMC factory to see how they make their threads? Sounds like fun to me. DMC is having a contest that runs from 11/1/12 to 1/31/13 where the winner gets a week’s trip to Paris with a friend and a tour worth $7500....
Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Just got in some cool new fabric that is military oriented. The first ones are for US Army. Other branches should come later this month. Lots of good green, red, blue, stars, camo to go with the tanks and helicopters and logo pieces. Reminder that we are open this...

Stingers

I have good news today that those of you who have been waiting for at least a month for the black and gold ruffled scarf yarn that it is being shipped TODAY! So I should have it in next week. Fans of Steelers, Iowa Hawkeyes and W-SR teams will be ready for cheering in...

Online show

The online needlework show started yesterday afternoon. Go to http://needleworkshow.com to see what vendors are showing their wares. There are threads, fabrics, counted cross stitch and canvas designs, a little quilting, accessories, buttons, bead kits to peruse. The...
New Lizzies

New Lizzies

Just got in the last three of the 6 Snow Belle patterns. These can be stitched individually or they can be put together in one big project. Here’s what it would look like. Their male counterparts – 6 Fat Men are at the bottom. Also Joy to the World and...