Alice Peterson Christmas Pillow & stitch guide

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AP2006gThis 12×12 pillow is now in stock! Our kits include the canvas, threads, Swarovski crystals and the stitch guide.

This is a really fun project known to some as the Death Ray because when you hold it just right …



Ashley Dillon Marches sale & American Express offer

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From now through November 24th, all 5 marches by Ashley Dillon are on sale at 15% off when you buy the kit including threads. Each kit includes a stitch guide by Michele at no extra charge!

Combine this offer with the $25 rebate from American Express on November 24th and save even more. (You must register your Amex card on November 18th at Small Business Saturday to qualify.)

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Christmas design by Alice Peterson


Sometimes it just takes one look to know that you want to stitch a particular canvas. I spotted this one as we unpacked the Alice Peterson trunk show and had to have it.

My hope was to use bright shiny, sparkly things and a variety of stitches and techniques, but to still make it a piece that doesn’t require months to stitch.

So far, I’ve loved every choice I’ve made (knock wood) and haven’t had to rip anything out. When I am finished, the stitch guide will be included with the thread kit. I think the canvas and threads may have you singing a few Christmas songs as you stitch.

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.

New from Baltimore

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I’m dreaming of a white (sandy) Christmas…

I powered through the market Saturday, a woman on a mission, searching for things for the upcoming holidays.

I bought:

* Christmas ornament canvases—there’s still time to stitch these for this year
* Key fobs to stitch as gifts
* Children’s needlepoint kits
* Every new Needle Nanny (magnet) from Puffin & Co. — match your magnet to your canvas subject
* The new Gloriana silk floss colors for fall—Thistle Orange, Thistle Purple, Jersey Shore and Jubie’s Pink
* Magnets and threaders from Just Another Button Company—and some very creepy Spooky Eye buttons
* Sequins for even more glitz and glamor for The Collection
* And a few more canvases

New from DC Designs:

Glow in the Dark Neon Rays+

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This wonderful new thread from Rainbow Gallery is the first one I have seen that is really white. it would be perfect for some spooky Halloween project.

This new thread was introduced at the Columbus show and we have it in stock now as NP300.

New 3D Needlepoint birds from Labors of Love

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Once upon a time, I was a Treasured Only Child (till those other kids showed up). As a TOC, I was not allowed to ride my tricycle in the driveway, but I was allowed to ride it in the house on the hardwood floors. My trusty sidekick, who rode on my shoulder as I careened around the living room, dining room and through the kitchen was my gray cockatiel Tweet-tweet.

I was thrilled when Labors of Love painted both a gray and a white cockatiel for the January market. They also added a Blue Tanager and a Warbler. These 3D birds are spectacular–they cry out for sparkle and bling from Silk Lamé and metallic threads or fancy effects from feathery threads. Each bird comes with a clip and tail feathers.

We had the collection at the Wayside House Spring Boutique and they almost all flew away. Luckily, when we got back we had a new shipment in house, including the new designs.

The new birds are in stock and available now on our website.

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