Friday, August 24, 2012


Dawn and I are getting excited about the ANG National Seminar taking place right now in Philadelphia, PA! We'll be leaving on Sunday to spend the week taking classes, viewing the exhibits of marvelous needlework, shopping the boutique and Expo, and browsing the bookstore, not to mention taking in a few sites when we have a spare hour or two and eating some great food. This is the first time for both of us. What made it all possible is Philadelphia's proximity to Northern Virginia, meaning we can drive there, avoiding the hassle and expense of air travel.

What classes are we taking? Both Dawn and I are looking forward to Toni Gerdes's "Carnival" on Monday and Tuesday.

I'll be taking Lynn Payette's "Purple Mountains and Golden Wheat" on Thursday and Friday.

It's definitely out of my comfort zone, with lots of beading and knots, both personal demons for me. Hahahaha.

Dawn and another friend of ours will be taking Sue Reed's "Graphic Expressions" on Thursday and Friday.

I've taken a class with Sue Reed, and she's a great teacher!

Why am I taunting you with this? Because although you can still place orders while we're away, we won't be able to process anything. That means shipping will be delayed until the following week. But don't let that stop you! To tantalize you a bit, here are a few things that are new to Scarlet Thread.

We've added a few more of the late Jean Hilton's beautiful designs to our inventory. Please let us know right away if you try to order and they're already sold out so that we can restock right away.

First up is "Dowagiac," designed by Jean in 1992. I just love the colors:

Then there's "Chapter Patches," a very large design (stitched on a 21" x 21" piece of 18-ct mono canvas!):

Another beautiful piece that Jean designed in 1989 is "Mother of Perle."

Last from Jean Hilton is "Gleneagle," a lovely quilt-patch design.

Something that I know quite a few of you have been waiting for is the companion piece for Amy Wolfson's "Romance" and "Rhapsody." Well, we've finally got "Rendezvous"! If you've stitched the other two, you won't want to miss this one.

Last but certainly not least, we have a new finishing item from Sudberry House. The Small Square Tray is perfect for preserving your finished square needlepoint designs. The opening fits a 9.5" x 9.5" piece, making it perfect for a lot of designs. I found that it fit Michael Boren's "Flyways" perfectly (and my sister will be so happy to finally get her birthday present back, which I gifted her and then took back right away to put into this tray).

We have a limited number of these trays available right now, so if you try to order and find that it's out of stock, please let us know! If you're interested in something to fit a smaller square piece, why not consider the Betsy Box, also by Sudberry House.

That's all for now. If I get a chance, I'll blog from Seminar. I'll only have an iPad, so any posts will be short and sweet.