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April Showers or are those Snow showers??

Hi there, stitchers.   I’m sitting here wrapped in an old quilt and dreaming of spring flowers.  My goodness, the absence of Spring 2018 has pushed my stitching thoughts to fall/Halloween.  I just can’t seem to get into ‘Spring themed’ stitching when we are having snow still.

It’s been a few months since I’ve updated the blog, so just to catch you up.  We are now offering the service to add a threadpack to any pattern.  We realize that many of you aren’t close to a LNS and if this can help you out, we are happy to do it.

We have added some really cute Mill Hill Beads and Buttons kits.  If you haven’t tried counted cross stitch on perforated paper with glass bead embellishments, then this may be the inspiration you need.  These kits have absolutely everything you need to finsih your project except for the frame, which is sold separately.  I love Halloween themed Mill Hill kits and some of them have ‘glow in the dark’ threads.  How fun will that be for your kids or grandkids?

Midnight Glow               Wanda’s Wands         Enchanted Pumpkin

I also made a ‘Princess Proclamation’ that ALL of us stitchers should have this chart hanging in our home.  I have listed it on our website as the pattern only and also the option of purchasing it as a ‘kit’ that includes the pattern, 30 ct creme brulee linen, and Classic Colorworks hand dyed threads.   This is called ‘Home of a Needleworker too’.

Home of a Needleworker

I told you that I was thinking of fall for my stitching.  I brought in some new Fall/Halloween patterns that are flying off the shelves, so I guess I’m not the only one in a ‘Fall’ frame of mind.  LOL.  I love these prim designs by The Humble Stitcher.  These can be found on our website under the ‘All’ or ‘Halloween’ category.

Trick or Treat – Two Witches                      Pumpkin Patch

And, of course, Pumpkin Farm, which is new from Thistles.  The colors are just glorious.

Pumpkin Farm

We offer not only counted cross stitch patterns, but also punch needle  and quilt/applique patterns. Our main focus will always be counted cross stitch but I know many of you also are interested in other fiber arts.  I just listed this evening a really beautiful quilt/applique pattern called ‘September Sun’.  It has 4 blocks of pieced stars and then a crow and sunflower are either hand or machine appliqued onto to the base block.   Basic sewing skills are all that are required to complete this pillow.  You could also get creative and make it into a tablerunner, or whatever your heart desires.  Been thinking about it?  Give this one a try.  It really is adorable.

September Sun

With the Nashville Market over, we have added over 40 patterns from the show. I wish we could add them all!  So many talented designers working their hardest to keep this great craft relevant.    We added to our website a new category called ‘Nashville 2018’.  This category has all the patterns that were showcased in Nashville that we have brought in for you.  Just go to ‘Shop Online’ and select ‘Nashville 2018’.

By now, most of you have probably heard that Lizzie Kate is retiring. We have many of their patterns in stock.  The Tingles series has been extremely popular and the milk chocolate linen is perfect to stitch this one on!

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Please take some time to check out our website – we’ve partnered with some new designers and we hope you will be pleased with our selections.  We continue to work to bring you the latest patterns from some of the most talented designers.  If you would like to make suggestions of a particular product line or series, please just email me or use the ‘Contact Us’ form on the website.

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Until next time,

Kimberly

The Princess & the Peddler

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Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile

Hello, my lovely stitching friends.  I hope your summer has been wonderful.  Ours has been abnormally hot, but our weatherman has assured us that today is the last 90 degree day that we will have for the year.  Hopefully, he’s right. We celebrated the first day of Fall (Labor Day) with a cook-out at my youngest son and  his fiance’s house.  Wonderful time.  As y’all probably know by know, Autumn is my favorite time of year, AND especially Halloween.

Here’s another free Halloween pattern graciously donated by The Nebby Needle.  (In case you’re wondering, in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, the word ‘nebby’ means ‘nosey’.  I never knew that until I met my husband who was born in Pittsburgh.)

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Remember, open another window on your PC, right click, copy and paste. (Most programs will let you resize it if you need a bigger chart). This would make a darling little pillow or pinkeep .  It’s a quick stitch and so whimsical.  Don’t you just love the little pumpkins  in the corners?

I’m working on a quilt that I think is going to turn out really cute.  I used to quilt ALL the time, but then got hooked on primitive cross stitch.  I saw this pattern and fell in love with it.  Here’s a picture of the pattern finished by a friend.  What do you think?

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I must run.  This has been a busy, busy week.  I hope you like the chart.

Peace and all good things.

Kimmie

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Autumn is a second spring; where every leaf is a flower….

 

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The heading of today’s blog pretty much sums up how I feel about Autumn.  It is without doubt my favorite time of year.   The beautiful colors, the crunchy leaves, the cool nights, the bonfires, the  hayrides, Halloween, and the list goes on.

Halloween happens to be one of my favorite themed stitching projects. It can be either very elaborate or very simple using only one color.  Whichever you choose,  it’s bound to be fun.  To give you plenty of time to get your Halloween project completed, I’m posting TWO charts for you.  Stitch one, stitch them both, whatever you choose, have FUN!

 

Happy Halloween

Will catch up with you soon.  In the meantime, be kind to each other.

The Princess and the Peddler

Kimmie

******SORRY****** One of the charts that I posted was NOT a freebie.  I pulled it from a site that had incorrectly had it listed as a free pattern.   I have removed it out of respect for the designer. *******