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August 2, 2020


Hi Fellow Stitchers!      

      First of all, I so want to THANK ALL OF YOU who are placing orders and keeping my shop alive during this Pandemic.  I am Bayonne grateful!  

     And I want to THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE as we all await shipping schedules to return to somewhat normal .. and for our fabric and fiber dying companies to get their linens and silks/cottons back in stock as well as the dyes they need desperately for those lovely colors we have grown to love stitching with and on!!!  Picture This Plus is running about 12 weeks behind and having issues trying to re-work dye recipes because some dyes are not available at this time, some are discontinued and others have changed.  Wichelt Imports is about 4-5 weeks behind in filling orders.  We received our order shipments from Classic Colorworks this week (7 colors only), from Weeks Dye Works (17 colors only) and only about 30 from THe Gentle Art.  Received a big order of DMC on Friday, but only got about 50 in.  We cannot give you estimated ship dates on backordered fabrics and fibers because of the above - just know that we are ALL in this together like never before.  And stitch on .. even if from your stash while you wait for the new to arrive.


So without further delay .. here's what has just arrived at Hoffman Distributing ...


and ... click to see what's NEW at Yarn Tree and ... Wichet Imports



FROM THE HEART  --  Quaker Bees ... Hannah Hetherington

HANDS ON DESIGN  --  Banner Year, A - Ghosties & Gourds ... Grace of a Flower ... Present Blessings

HEART IN HAND  --  Patchwork Crow ... Pocket Round Crow ... Christmas Square Dance #3

HEARTSTRING SAMPLERY  --  Seeds of Love ... Farm & Folk Penny Cushion

IMAGINATING  --  Small Gift  ... Christmas Wizard  ... Teeny Witch  ... Bump In The Night, A

KELMSCOTT DESIGNS  -- Scissors, Pudgie

LITTLE HOUSE NEEDLEWORKS  --  Hometown Holiday - Post Office

SATIN STITCHES --  Granny's Corner  ... Rain Garden  ... Flowers Of Spring  ... Woodland Runner

SHANNON CHRISTINE DESIGNS  -- Rustic Christmas  ... Solar System  ... Thankful

WHIMSICAL EDGE DESIGNS  --  Thread Keep - Blue Velvet Schoolgirl ... Thread Keep - Lo' How A Rose Vintage Postcard ... Thread Keep - Crown Queen

WITH THY NEEDLE & THREAD -- Hilda Boo & Sunflowers, Too ... Witches Brew, The ... Autumn Gatherings  


  • From TERESA KOGUT  --  CREATE .... stitched on fabric of your choice using DMC floss (221, 611 & 3024).  Stitch count is 115 x 45 
  • From LINDY STITCHES -- PETER'S DAY OUT .... stitched on 28ct Lavender Rose or Lavender Whisper Luganq using DMC floss (Blanc, 156, 352, 420, 3041, 3078 & 3347).   Stitch count is 42 x 39 
  • From PRAISEWORTHY STITCHES  --  VINTAGE FLOWERS .... stitched on 32ct Legacy linen using Weeks Dye Works (Whiskey) and Gentle Art Sampler Threads (Dried Thyme, Forest Glade, Midnight, Pumpkin Pie, Pomegranate, Dungarees, Toffee) with a stitch count of 59 x 64

How do you get these you ask?  It's so easy .. when you place an order during the month of August, all of the above will be 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, 1/8" x 9 1/2" self-addressed stamped envelope) and we'll mail them right off to you!




Wicked Women Unite              I Smell Children

Warm Wooly Welcome - August      Warm Wooly Welcome - September



Wanted               Mother of the Bees


Carved                 Linen, Tempest 30ct


First Flag Thread Keep             Betsy Ross Flag



Trick Or Treat                       Calvin and Trixie

Truckin' Along - October

From JUST NAN ....


Birthday Mouse  (LIMITED!!!)          Birthday Garden Cube


Thoughts Of Home


Liberty and Justice Pin Cushion                         Find Joy


   2020 Just Cross Stitch CHRISTMAS Ornament


No, I don't have a new framer for the shop.

Yes, you can still order frames directly from me - frame corners are still in the shop - we can measure your project and help you with frame decisions.

BUT .. if you want to have your projects framed by Juanita (my former framer) You STILL CAN.

With A Difference.

You will need to contact Juanita directly to make framing arrangements and You will need to take your project TO and pick it back up FROM Juanita (NOT THE SHOP) - she lives north of Flint.  

Her number is 810-835-7232

Because of arthritis in her fingers/hands, she will NOT accept any framing that was stitched on AIDA fabric.


     I finished "Winter" from Marjorie Massey's Wish You A Merry Winter on 37ct Russian Tea Cake Legacy Linen ... the one with three deer in 'an embroidery oval hope'. 

     Reworked the 'reds' in "Merry Winter" and am stitching happily on that now.   The chart called for DMC 3802 & 3726 for Santa's coat and, with stitching with one ply of floss on 36ct French Roast linen, that was just too 'pinky-mauvey' for my taste (and this one will be just for me). 

So I changed the colors to DMC 221 and 3222 and really like the way it's looking!   Happy little stitcher me! It was easy to find the right colors ... just used the DMC Floss Color Guide book.  3802 & 3726 were in one color family, with one shade in between them.  I just found reds in another color family with one shade in between them and ... ta da!


     OK .. I think that's pretty much it. Ari has reclaimed my lap, just like last week, and I'm trying to type once again balancing my laptop on the 'rounded arm of my chair'.  Not fun at all.  But it's a rainy rainy day so stitching is in my next 5 hours or so ... and a kitty on my lap is more than welcome for that!

    So ... until next week ... wear a mask to show YOU care about someone other than yourself, wash your hands, Stay Safe ... and ... STITCH HAPPY!





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