ATENTI overnight bags

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These gorgeous bags are irresistible.  The overnighters are good not just for carrying projects to and fro, but for actual travel bags.  The Venice bag evokes romantic memories of that fabulous city.  I love them all–I stalked the Atenti booth at market all 3 days.These new overnight bags are available in the store.  They are made in the USA and make great gifts.


Nutcrackers and Limoges boxes from Julia’s Needleworks

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Over 250 nutcrackers and Limoges boxes have arrived this week from Julia’s Needleworks.  This is a great time to finish (or start) your nutcracker collection!  They come in 3 sizes and can be finished as ornaments or just stand alone decorations.

The Limoges boxes are unique to Julia and make wonderful gifts.  I stitched the Grand Hotel and gave it to Amelia Musser as a house gift.

Needlepoint System 4 Accesories

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Some of our customers have been adding a magnifier and light to their Needlework System 4 stands and are quite pleased.

Kathy writes “The System 4 Light Holder attaches quickly anywhere on the upper arm of your System 4 floor stand to provide a base for the magnifier scope and light. The magnifier provides 3 diopters worth of magnification with a halogen light (shielded) so seeing where your needle is supposed to go and where it is actually going becomes wonderfully clear. This magnifier, unlike other magnifier attachments you may have tried, does not distort the image near the edge of the area so that your canvas stays flat in the viewing area, a real plus for those of us who like to believe we have some hand/eye coordination. The light is ample and bright, but is not a “daylight” bulb, so you will have to check your colors before you settle in to stitch of an evening. The agility of the light and magnifier arm is impressive, moving with ease and allowing for just about every degree of adjustment you might need.”

The light and magnifier are available on our web site. If you don’t have one, you will also need the mounting clamp.

The Ark finished!


I had so much fun stitching this piece from Kelly Clark and loved the results so much that I went for a custom acrylic box to display it.

My favorite frame shop did a fabulous job of creating the box. If your local shop can’t do this, try mine: The Framing Establishment in Jacksonville FL, 904-384-7724.

Hot Fix Applicator Special

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I love using hot fix crystals to add bling to my needlepoint canvases.

We have a special offer on the hot fix applicator that I use. For $30 you get the applicator, a variety of tips and (here’s the special part) 1 gram of 4mm clear hot fix crystals. (Yes, one gram.) This size crystal covers 4 mesh on 18 count canvas–you can get right to work adding sparkle to your canvases. There’s even a “how-to” video available for your smart phone. How clever is that? You can order now on our website.

DJ Designs show at the Bristly Thistle

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The DJ Designs trunk show has arrived with over 200 canvases! Many new designs are included you probably haven’t seen and you can place orders now at 20% off. About half the show is on our web site with more to come. The show includes Christmas and Asian designs too. We have this show until January 4 2012. Happy holidays!

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Zecca needlepoint at the Bristly Thistle

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We have the Zecca trunk show in the house–wonderful, whimsical, colorful canvases that are unique and will be fun to stitch. And, this month Zecca canvases are all 20% off!

Pair a canvas with a Zecca accessory–magnets, laying tools and needle threaders and you have a stitching party all your own.

Coming up–Brenda Hart will be teaching Canvas Embellishment Friday 10/28 Saturday 10/29 and Sunday 10/30 and there are still a few seats left. Come learn from Brenda and have a great time.

Julie Pischke mini canvases at the Bristly Thistle

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These mini designs from Julie will make great ornaments. You could use a few of them to decorate a small tree.

Over 60 are available until December 30 2010 for only $24 each on our web site.

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Needlepoint Gift Ideas

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One of the great things about needlepoint is there are always gift ideas to fit any budget. No matter how long someone has been stitching, there are useful new tools and accessories they would appreciate.

Until December 31st, we are offering Needlework System 4 stands and clamps at 10% off with free shipping (lower US 48 only). You can order the floor stand or the table stand which both use the same clamp. This is a very well designed system that holds the needlepoint project rock steady yet allows the canvas to be turned over easily.

If your budget is smaller, we have a lot of selections under $50, including the always popular Thread Zapper. This little tool is great for working with threads that would normally unravel and cause untold consternation.

We also have a selection of scissors and tools for under $10. These make excellent stocking stuffers and are always welcome.

All of these are available on our web site.

College Fan needlepoint projects


Now that the conference season has begun, it is time to support your team! We have done needlepoint belts, cuffs, pillows and more for Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Michigan and others. We can also do high school and professional teams too! Give us a call or send us an email with your ideas.

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