Saturday, April 30, 2011

Last Call!

For the ANG 2011 Stitch of the Month thread and congress cloth/canvas kits.

We have a few left. Once they're gone, we won't be stocking them anymore. This year's mystery is full of interesting stitches so far, with the next installment due to be published tomorrow. Check it out on the ANG Web site, then click on over to our Catalog to order your kit. It won't take long to catch up!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bonkers for Bargello!

It must be bargello season! At least that's the way Scarlet Thread sees it, along with ANG, which featured several bargello projects in the latest issue of Needle Pointers. We're very pleased to offer LIZART's latest designs by Liz Morrow as complete kits.

First up is Vegas Nights, a striking contemporary design in vivid shades of red with accents of black and silver. She's used scrumptious Silk & Ivory along with Rainbow Gallery and YLI metallics. I like the unpredictability of the pattern, oh so appropriately evocative of what goes on in Las Vegas.

Next is Hens & Chicks, a delightful small, very portable project to tuck into your bag. As soon as I saw this, I knew I'd have to stitch it. It reminds me of the garden in the side yard of the house I grew up in, a lovely old Victorian on the edge of a small town in northeastern Maryland. I loved the half-barrel pot of hens and chicks somebody thought was a nice accent piece. They were right! Liz has captured it beautifully.

Finally, we have White Noise, a lovely monochromatic piece. Liz has put a lot of texture into this design, using cotton, silk and wool, rayon, metallic, and angora threads in shades of white. We could easily customize this kit in the color of your choice. Just send the number and name of the Watercolours color you'd like to use as the foundation thread to, and we'll pull the rest of the threads to go with it. (Because of dye-lot variations, we'll use the Watercolours we have in inventory at the time.)

These are not the only new items in our Catalog. Click on over and see what you can find. We're adding new items daily.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Arrivals from Carolyn Mitchell; Coming Attractions from Lizart and Threedles

A while back we promised to let you know what goodies had arrived from Carolyn Mitchell Designs. Our package included more of her monthly 5" x 5" charted needlepoint designs, which are very portable, quick, and interesting pieces to stitch. We've filled out the line and now have all of them. There are a few missing months, so maybe Carolyn will be designing them soon. Here are the ones we have in stock now:

January Chills

February Fever

April Flowers

July Sunset

August Evening

September Morn

October Moon

November Rose

December Dawn

You can find all of these in the Carolyn Mitchell Designs section of the Charts category in our Catalog.

Another interesting, much larger, and more complex canvaswork project is In My Wildest Dreams, a crazy-patch design that Carolyn says is a great stash project. It uses four colors (six skeins) of DMC #5 perle coton and a couple of Caron Collection Watercolours for the foundation. You add the accent color and texture from your stash of threads. The possibilities for making it your own are endless.

And we're expecting a new design any day now, Diamond Dreams, recently released in Toronto at Gitta's Getaway. We'll let you know when it comes in, along with more stock of the other charts we've been talking about. They're going fast!

We're also very excited to bring you some new bargello designs from Lizart next week. We're kitting up her most recent designs: White Noise, Vegas Nights, and Hens & Chicks. The patterns have arrived and the materials are ordered. As soon as we have everything in hand, we'll post pictures of these beauties.

Update on Cat's Eyes from Kurdy Biggs of Threedles: We've got the patterns in and the materials for the kits ordered. Watch for those to appear soon in the Catalog.