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!


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,


The Princess & the Peddler


Keep your face to the sun and you will never see your shadow…that’s what sunflowers do – Helen Keller

Sunflowers are one of the first things that come to my mind when I think of summer.   My husband and I are putting up a split rail fence later this summer and I can already picture a lovely row of sunflowers in front of it.

Speaking of sunflowers, we have brought in some really lovely summer/sunflower themed patterns for you.


We’ve joined the world of the ‘bundle’.  We are offering some designer series as a bundle, meaning that all the monthly releases are available from us at once as an entire series.  This will ensure you have all the patterns you need to create your own treasure.  These are available after the monthly releases are completed.  And here is the best news of all – we offer these bundles at 20% off the individual retail prices.  Who doesn’t love a deal, right?  We’ve had such great response that we will be adding more bundles as they become available but here are some that we have on our website now.  Look under the ‘What’s New’ or ‘Counted Cross Stitch Full Series’.

              2015 Ornament Series

Santa’s Village

santas village

I stumbled across this information today and thought I’d share:  Needle work  is a gentle pastime of the older generations that was on the brink of becoming a thing of the past. But needlework and cross-stitching classes have made a surprise comeback among 18 to 35-year-olds.  Rising sales of sewing machines and cross-stitch patterns and kits are now driven by a new generation of home craft lovers.

According to Polly Leonard of Selvedge Magazine, “Making is part of being human, yet as a society we are suffering from the effect of increased screen time and the lack of real fulfillment that often accompanies that. Most needlecrafts are fairly accessible and require only basic skills and minimal outlay to achieve very rewarding results.

“The rhythmic, repetitive moments necessary to knit, cross stitch, embroider, sew or crochet are proven to have therapeutic benefits and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing, increasing serotonin production and inducing a natural state of mindfulness. People are intoxicated by their phones and computers these days and want to take a break and do something with their hands.”

That’s wonderful news for someone like me who has had a lifelong love of needle arts.   And you all should be excited as well.  This means that you should have an increased supply of wonderful charts from which to choose for your next heirloom.   So, tell your friends to put down their cellphones and release some stress while creating something beautiful at the same time.

I would love to be able to gather some of you all together for classes  – just think how much fun it could be!   I haven’t given up on the idea, yet, just moving it to the back burner for a bit.
BUT… I am putting together a SAL.  What, you ask?

SAL is short for Stitch Along and it not only is a great way to meet new people but you get a great project out of the event.  Each month, a new pattern will be mailed to all registered participants, along with floss (if requested) and fabric (also if requested).  Often there is a theme, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. but you will not know what you are stitching until the pattern is received.  The Stitch-A-Longs can last for 3 months up to a year.  I’m sure I will keep this first SAL to three months just to see how you like it.

By controlling the release of the patterns,  we will all ‘stitch-a-long’ together.  You can’t jump ahead!  It really is a fun time!  I will set up a separate Facebook page for you all to post your progress, comment on your or other’s work, ask questions, and, most importantly, make more stitching friends!  So, watch for the announcement that registration is open!

It continues to be a very busy time here at the castle and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Thank you all for your continued support and making my dream come true.


Peace and all good things.


The Princess & the Peddler

(PS…If you missed the free pattern for the 4th of July,  you’ll find it on our Facebook page)