October 25, 2020
Hi Fellow Stitchers!
Back from my mini-vacation with my sister Patsy up in Cheboygan! Had a fabulous time, too short as usual, but so much fun! Day shopping in Gaylord, in Indian River & Cheboygan (saw 3 other old friends) in Harbor Springs (with my niece Shelly) in Mackinaw City and St Ignace (with my oldest friend Sue - since age 5). Dinner out a couple of times, wearing masks of course at restaurants that had totally socially distanced seating .. gotta be safe with the rising virus .. good meals and more fun. Even though it rained ever single day I was there .. and even snowed! Would have loved to have stayed longer (but my checkbook was running out of money with all that shopping!) and would have loved to have had sister Shirley with us (Shirley is now out of 2 week quarantine at the therapy rehab unit she's in and now will be able to be around others .. that should also help greatly with her recovery!). Thinking positive .. Next YEAR Shirley, next year!!
The Nashville Needlework Market has been rescheduled for May 21-23rd, 2021.
And I am SO GLAD! With COVID not going anywhere yet, I was very VERY uneasy with the idea of attending a Market the first weekend in March. With only 2 days to shop and hotel rooms with up to 20 people standing and trying to move around to see/place orders ... there is absolutely no way we could socially distance and limiting room attendance to be safe means that most of us would only get through half of the show .. IF we were lucky. Some designers -those from Australia and Belgium and France and Italy not being able to attend, and those of us with health concerns, this was a real concern. Am so happy the 'powers that be' rescheduled.
I DO have dates scheduled with the Hotel For a March Camp Stitchalot, but those dates are in March. We are still under limited social gathering and mask wearing here in Michigan .... and at this point in time, I honestly don't know IF there will be a Camp Stitchalot then. That's why I have not yet announced dates and pricing and such. I'm in a 'wait and see' here .... so stay tuned, keep your fingers crossed (but cross them loosely and don't hold your breath) and we'll see where COVID stands.
I also want to bring up the Postal System. Some of you are getting your orders quickly still .. some of you are getting your orders a month after we send them. This is NOT our fault .. once the mail is picked up and left our building, we have absolutely no control over it. It's a postal issue: our local post office is working at under 60% employees due to the virus; our main distribution center for Michigan is in the Detroit area and it is still way under capacity due to the virus; the centers that your orders are sent to from Michigan are at under capacity. We had a slew of orders that were sent out between Sept 7th and 12th that did not arrive at their destination until the first week in October. Some of those orders were replaced and resent by us and those 2nd packages actually arrived the SAME DAY the original order arrived! If you haven't received your order within a week, please be patient. It Is NOT Us .. we ship the day we tell you and can supply you with the shipping label printing information.
NOW .... packaging of your orders. If it's a regular chart or just a smaller piece of fabric, it is sent as a flat - a large letter. The USPS does not allow tracking on a flat large letter ... we can ONLY put tracking on something sent as a package (must be thicker than 3/4 inch to be a package) or as Priority mail. If a chart is sent as a flat large letter, your shipping cost will be based on shipping weight for example 2oz is $1.75 or 4oz is $2.00. IF we send that same chart as a PACKAGE with TRACKING, your postal cost will be $3.75 to $4.25. We do NOT want to gauge you on shipping costs, so ... let us know IN COMMENTS or in an E-Mail IF YOU WANT YOUR ITEMS SENT WITH TRACKING AT THE EXTRA COST! You/We can check it's progress that way.
So without further delay .. here's what has just arrived at Hoffman Distributing ...
LA D DA -- Pumpkin Parade
STITCH N NEEDS -- Fall Black Cat
WE STILL HAVE YOUR FREEBIE CHARTS FOR OCTOBER
How do you get these you ask? It's so easy .. when you place an order during the month of October, 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!
... COMING SOON ...
From GLENDON PLACE ...
From LIZ MATHEWS DESIGNS ...
From SUMMER HOUSE STITCHE WORKES ...
From BLACKBIRD DESIGNS ... From COUNTRY COTTAGE NEEDLEWORKS ...
From JEANNETTE DOUGAS DESIGNS ...
COMING IN DECEMBER ... Cozy Into Winter
From TERESA KOGUT ...
Celebrate Punchneedle - with 15 Punch Needle designs
From MADAME CHANTILLY ...
From STITCHING WITH THE HOUSEWIVES ...
From MILL HILL ...
From JBW DESIGNS ... From MERRY WIND FARM ...
FINISHING WITH THE TWISTED STITCHER
Since I'm 'finishing challenged', I like pictures and step by step written words with pictures. Vonna Pfeiffer, The Twisted Stitcher, has phenomonal instructions! I saw one of these 'boxes' and fell in love with it, but had no idea how to create it and then ... ta da ... the instructions appeared! ENJOY!
And if you want inexpensive wooden hoops to make your own, from 3" to 12", just let me know and I can get them in for you. That's if you can't find 7 hoops the same size at resale shops.
No, I still 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.
Didn't end up taking any 'projects to finish as pyn pillows' up to Cheboygan with me, but did have a few hours in the evening to stitch on Willow Hill Samplings' Autumn Alphabet on Mountain Aire's 36ct Woodland Halloween linen. Looks 'off color' here but I'm loving how it's coming along on this fabric. . I had a wonderful stitcher friend who gave me her skein of GAST "Otter Creek" as I didn't have it (or rather, couldn't find it) in my stash and haven't been able to get that color back in from The Gentle Art in months and months and months. Made me One VERY Happy Stitcher to be able to get going on this one as that was the only color I didn't have and needed it for this project (and because I'd not had it in stock for so very long, had no idea what to substitute it with!)! Thank you Cyndi!!
OK .. I think that's pretty much it.
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