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March 24, 2017

Hi Fellow Stitchers!    

    Hey!  It's Me!  I'm back!!! And so is your newsletter!!!!!!

    This past weekend was my shop's 24th annual Camp Stitchalot ... the Spring Stitcher's Retreat!   We were 63 strong and took over the Davison Best Western - some from Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, New York and .. I think I'm missing a state or two here.  Some stitchers came in on Wednesday (even though the 'festivities' didn't officially begin until Friday) and stayed until Tuesday morning .... kind of a 'heck no, we won't go' mentality!   I can't blame them.  I go in on Thursday to set up the on-site shop Boutique (takes me quite a few hours to make sense of how it will look) and after taking it down Sunday afternoon (in about 2 hours or less!), I stay over until Tuesday too.  I need that 'down time' ... especially this year after Nashville.     

    To help with my sanity, I FINALLY have been forced to change the dates for my 'Camp'.   Since Market will be the 1st weekend in March again next year, and since I NEED that extra time to recover and get everything (product) ordered and ready for the retreat, next year's dates will be March 23-25, 2018.  And NO ... you can NOT sign up yet!!    

    I also hold a retreat in the fall too ... called A Stitchalot Weekend ... and it will be .... are you ready for this?    FRIDAY THE 13th ... October 13-15 that is.   NO sign up's yet .. it will be 'officially announced' in July, so stay tuned!!!


SO .... it's time to show you the newest that have arrived this week.

There is STILL no way I'm going to list everything for you ... Simply check out

<< Hoffman's Friday Update Online >> 

the link above will show you everything that has arrived .. to date .. at Hoffman in MARCH!

***IF that link should not work, Click .. in the middle of that page .. on MARCH and hit submit***

You'll see over 102 new items!!!!


 Then ... check out Norden Crafts (make sure you click on the box that says Show All)

Then see what is new at Yarn Tree

and, of course, check out Wichelt Imports

we order weekly from Hoffman, Norden, Yarn Tree and Wichelt will be glad to get you what you see!



   click here:   STITCHES N THINGS --  What's New!!!   still the 'best' way to check it all out!

...but some that DID arrive this week are:

FROM THE HEART -- For My Grand Daughters

Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher Magazine - Spring 2017

THE PURPLE THREAD -- Brimfield Lace .... Crabtree Remembered  ... Needle Threader Pocket, A  ... Sturbridge Roses  ... Nora's Garden  ...  Spring Tulips Tiny Needlebook   (these would have been here much earlier IF I'd remembered to pick up my order at Market and actually bring it back with me)

X'S & OH'S -- You Had Me At...

    We're still getting items from Nashville ... and 2nd reorder shipments from Market reorders!  And placing reorders galore of fibers and fabrics!

BLACKBIRD DESIGNS has begun ANOTHER fabulous LOOSE FEATHERS series of 9 new designs!

spring fever loose feathers
The first one - It's Spring Fever - is here and I saw the 2nd one that will be coming at Market ... but we were asked to NOT take pictures ... trust me .. you're gonna LOVE this series .... it's For The Birds!!!

Each will be the same size ... 91 x 91 and stitched on 36ct linens from Picture This Plus.

Want to be on our Auto Ship and get each as soon as it's released?  Just ask and we'll get you added!!

LITTLE HOUSE NEEDLEWORKS -- Early Americans, The #1 - Betsy Ross

betsy ros

  The first in The Early Americans series is nearly here! 

Are you on the auto?   If not, no worries ... you can order each individually as it is released and as it appeals to you!

COUNTRY COTTAGE NEEDLEWORKS has a new series beginning soon too!

main street



Main Street will be a 10 design series over 10 months beginning in April!  Designs that can be stitched individually or all as one large design.  And yes .. we'll have an auto ship for this series too!




... COMING SOON ....

From Bohin .... Cat Scissors Gift Sets 

bohin cat scissors

Limited Edition 3.5" Cat Embroidery Scissors Gift Sets

include a 60" measuring tape and a clear case.  


   coffee time summer smalls 

Coffee Time             Summer Smalls

celebrate liberty   little stitch

Celebrate with Charm - Liberty           Little Stitch, A


ccn0119  ccn0120

Jump For Joy               Spring In Your Step


PSS Pins  PSS Home   oh canada

My Stitching Tools           On My Way Home           Needle Minder - Canada 150


easter threadkeep  ictorian queen   wendy kc

Thread Keep-Happy Easter Vintage Postcard  Thread Keep-Victorian Queen  Star Bag and Fob


this is my words

These Is My Words

Sarah Agnes Prine … the subject of this sampler and the American West trilogy by Nancy Turner.  The first book in the series was “These Is My Words,” followed by “Sarah’s Quilt” and then “The Star Garden.” 

These Is My Words ” is a loving creation based on the spirit of the book and Diane's design imagination.  





Arriving In September ... the GINGHER DESIGNER SERIES - LAUREN:

gingher lauren




  • From .....    (I promise I'll have my mind 'back' by this time next week and will let you know exactly what April's charts will be!!!)

    How do you get these?  It's easy ... when you place an order during the month of March, you'll receive our offered freebies automatically included with your order.  When you come into the shop, simply ask us for the 'Freebies Of The Month'. Or, you can send us a SASE (legal sized, 4 1/8" x 9 1/2" self-addressed stamped envelope) and we'll mail them right off to you!



   Still getting orders out as the 'piece parts' we had to order in to go with some of your Nashville orders are trickling in through the doors. That's the problem with fabrics coming from one source and fibers from another and beads and buttons from other places. Especially with the fabrics ... the dyers are still trying to get out from under their Market orders and are just as swamped as we were!   So, if ANYTHING is backordered, I'm getting your items out to you right away and will send the 'missing late items' when they finally arrive. At least we can pretty much 'walk' in the back room again!

    I will hopefully have some 'new stuffs' up on the web site for you to peruse ... soon.  I always hold back some Market goodies just for those attending my stitching retreat. Then .. anything left over is 'fair game' and ready to be claimed by you. I just have to find the time to take pictures and/or scans and post them to the what's new page. 

     And then .... because I don't exactly understand the meaning of 'relax and do nothing' ...

     I have been asked to be the ONLY on-site Stitchery Shop at an upcoming Retreat!   Read On:

     PSS Retreat Mall


    Join us at the PSS Retreat Merchant Mall Columbus, Ohio. Hosted at the Embassy Suites/Hilton Airport, 2886 Airport Drive, Columbus 43219.

    Primitive Stitcher's Society Retreat Merchant Mall brings together Primitive Designers, their patterns, cross stitch and punch needle supplies and an on site retail shop Stitches N Things (Fenton, Mi). In addition, Primitive Collectors will find antique treasures, hand crafted Shaker Boxes and stitched pieces to take home. Scheduled for Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, the show hours are 12:30 – 4:30pm. A day pass is $5 with a weekend pass for $8.
   “This is a must if you love reproduction samplers, primitive stitcheries and yearn to stitch them,”
says Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farms.  Designers introduce NEW designs at the show,
Merchants have available framing supplies, Hand Dyed trims, wool, linen and weavers cloth for
projects and finishing touches. For primitive collectors: pinkeeps, project bags, hand crafted
sewing tools and custom designed prim boxes, drawers ... for storage.
    Started out of a desire to present the primitive way of life to needleworkers, the Facebook
Group, Primitive Stitcher’s Society, was created in March 2014. Now boasting a membership of
6700, the group has members from around the world- all connected through their love for cross
stitch and needle punch!

    So ... as soon as I learn how to breathe normally again .. without hyperventilating .. I'll be gathering up supplies and fabrics and fibers and other necessary AND new/neat stuffs and taking my shop once again "on the road". I'm really excited about this too ... as I'll also be a paying member of the retreat and all it's special fun!   And will be meeting stitching friends in person that I've only known so far because of the Internet and Facebook!!  THEN I can relax. LOL


    That's that. Market is over ... Camp Stitchalot is over ... taxes are looming and then ... the fun of attending AND vending at a retreat. Then summer will be here!   So .. until next weekend and your next regularly scheduled newsletter update .......

Stitch Happy!! copurght









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