NEW FROM DALLAS AND NOT ON THE WEBSITE YET!!!
MAY 1, 2013
I'm BACK from Dallas...and boy, did I get some deals for you! I also picked up or ordered some NEW STUFF.
Some of the most exciting finds include:
Mindy's newest Cat Clock...it's the buttons that really make it.
I think you'll find these little owls ADORABLE like I did.
This is the LAST CHANCE for this Country Village because the Anne Tavoletti designs are going out of Maggie's line.
This SWEET Teddy Bear is waiting for his MATCHING FRAME to come in. How cool to have a matching frame for your perfect needlepoint! Call me to put this ON HOLD for you!
I have magnets I've never seen before, all NEW COLORS of threads from Rainbow Gallery, two new colors of Zwiegart canvas...you'll think the only clothing I took to Dallas was what was on my back!
I'd suggest if you live in the area you come in and SNATCH UP the sale items, otherwise I'll just start putting them on the website. Happy browsing! Theresa
April 18, 2013
Hello again stitchers!
I just received another shipment of Shaded Petite Very Velvet for the Stitching Challenge! Basically you just have to purchase the 10 x 10" 18 count white canvas with a sweater shape drawn on it from Homestead Needle Arts, at least one Shaded Petite Very Velvet and one Petite Silk Lame'. You must use those in your design. Here are all the colors of the Shaded Petite Very Velvet. Aren't they inspiring?
The deadline for purchasing your supplies is May 18th. The deadline for returning your submission is June 29th. The judging will be held on July 2 through July 13 and tallied after July 15th. The prizes include a $200 gift certificate to Homestead Needle Arts, a $75 gift certificate to Homestead Needle Arts and one of each color of Petite Shaded Very Velvet.
The detailed Rules are posted on the Homestead website on the Newsletter page so you have something to refer to. It also tells you how to enter if you don't live in this area! I really hope you challenge yourself and try these two threads!
This next picture is a raven in a cage that was shown at the last Market. Customer Pat ordered this and it just came in. Of course I took a picture in case you want me to order one for you! Isn't the cage a delightful finishing idea? Yes! The cage comes with the canvas!
Our April Showers Bring May Flowers SALE ENDS TOMORROW. Any painted canvas with a flower on it is 20% off through April 26. I took a picture of the wall so you can see SOME of what I have in stock. I only wish I could show you ALL of the canvases but you can find most of them on the website.
The next item is one of the canvases from our Seasonal Sampler Club that starts in June of this year. I wanted everyone to know that the "sampler" portion is stitched on the painted star in this case...I've been able to use a variety of yellow threads and stitches on the star including Wildflowers, ThreadworX pearl, Neon Rays Plus, Splendor, Kreinik AND thanks heavens, I received the yellow Petite Very Velvet so I can work on those areas! The stitches include staggered cross, horizontal and vertical Corduroy, Serendipity, Byzantine with Smyrna, Diagonal Scotch with Tent, Scotch, Elongated Cross nad more. I love the way it looks and can't wait to do the others...especially the pumpkin! If you want to see the canvases, just visit the newsletter page on our website and scroll down a bit. You can sign up for four or 6 canvases - the Club starts in June. There will be an ad in the next Needlepoint Now magazine but you can sign up now and tell your friends you did !
Remember, I'm going to a Cash and Carry show on Saturday, so if you want a specific canvas, please email NOW and I'll pick it up for you! Until we meet again, HAPPY STITCHING!
HOMESTEAD NEEDLE ARTS STITCHING CHALLENGE!
This time I'm going to challenge you to use both Shaded Petite Very Velvet and Petite Silk Lame'. I want MORE of you to try both of these threads. The Shaded Petite Very Velvet is just awesome fun to use. There are 17 colors of it and I'm sure you'll love at LEASE one of them. I'm using it on a bluebird on one of my canvases and I love how it looks. I can't believe more people aren't using it.
Testers using Petite Silk Lame' are surprised at this thread's versatility. You can double it for use on 18 ct. OR use it for light stitching or top stitching. It comes in 98 colors and I want to carry all of them but I need more people to try it.
Here are the Rules of the Challenge.
1. The shape of this challenge is a sweater, drawn on white 18 ct. mono canvas here at Homestead Needle Arts. It is approximately 4-1/2" x 5" in size. The sweater MUST be stitched with at least ONE color of Rainbow Gallery's Shaded Petite Very Velvet AND at least ONE color of Rainbow Gallery's Petite Silk Lame'. You may use any other threads, beads, buttons, attachments, etc. that you desire.
2. The drawn canvas, Velvet and Silk Lame' MUST be purchased here at Homestead Needle Arts between the dates of April 3, 2013 and May 18, 2013 (this date may be extended if there are too few entries). When you purchase it, we will sign you up for the Challenge. We will require your name, address, phone number and email address if you have one.
3. You may NOT sign up your friends. Please have them visit to sign up. This contest is also open to our long distance or disabled friends who can sign up on our website! Just search Sweater Challenge!
4. You may purchase as many drawn canvases as you like. If you will be purchasing more than two, PLEASE call in advance so that I will have them ready for you. The piece of canvas is 10 x 10" in size as everybody has that in stretcher bars. If you do not have them, we will make every effort to have that size of stretcher bars in stock for you.
5. Your completed stitched canvas must be returned for judging to Homestead Needle Arts by Saturday, June 29, 2013. IT MUST BE OFF THE STRETCHER BARS. It does not need to be made into a finished article BUT THE STITCHING of the sweater area (not the background) MUST BE COMPLETED. You must have used one of our drawn canvases and you must have used at least one of the Shaded Very Velvet and one of the Petite Silk Lame' colors that you purchased here. You MAY use more than one of each color but you MUST use at least one of each.
6. The following changes are acceptable to the sweater - you may change it from a crew-neck to a V-neck. You may change it from a pullover to a cardigan. You may lengthen or shorten the arm length of the sweater arms! In other words, you may change the design minimally but the body shape of the sweater must remain the same.
7. The sweater will be judged by the people, by the Judge(s) and by those who want to wear that sweater! Keep that in mind as you stitch towards your prize!
8. The Judging will be held July 2 through July 13. Your sweater will be hung at Homestead Needle Arts and will not display your name. Visitors will be allowed to vote one time per visit (per day) for their favorites during that time period. (Please note we will be closed on July 4th.) The votes will be tallied after July 15 and the winners will be announced via newsletter.
8. There are THREE categories you can win in:
a. People's Choice - winner receives ONE of every Petite Shaded Very Velvet Color -that's a $59.50 value!
b. I Would Wear That - the sweater that we wish existed and that we would all buy in our size, receives a $75 gift certificate to Homestead Needle Arts!
c. Judge's Choice - chosen by the Judge(s) for design and execution - receives a $200 gift certificate to Homestead Needle Arts!!!
In the case of a tie in any of these categories a drawing will be held. PLEASE NOTE: If fewer than 25 entries are received, the gift certificates may be reduced by no more than half.
How to Enter the Challenge Long Distance
You obviously have a computer so -
1. Choose your color of Silk Lame'. The easiest way to do that is to visit www.rainbowgallery.com. There you can see the colors. At the top of the screen find "color cards" and click on that. Then look for Silk Lame Braid #18 Color Card and Silk Lame Braid #18 Color Cards 5-8. You can find them here http://www.rainbowgallery.com/detail.cfm?ID=1149 and here http://www.rainbowgallery.com/detail.cfm?ID=1278 if you prefer to cut and paste those in your browser. NOTE: PETITE SILK LAME COLORS AVAILABLE ARE SP01 THROUGH SP95 AND SP105, SP113 AND SP118 ONLY. Colors 96 through 119 ARE NOT ALL AVAILABLE. If you choose a color that is NOT available, I will choose the closest one for you!
2. Choose your color of Petite Shaded Very Velvet. Again using www.rainbowgallery.com go to their color cards and find the one called Shaded Very Velvet Screen View which is here http://www.rainbowgallery.com/detail.cfm?ID=1251. There are seventeen to choose from.
3. You've now written down the two or more colors you want to work with. Go to www.homesteadneedlearts.com and on the left push the Go Shopping button. Browse away to your heart's content! When you're doing making a huge list of all the other things you think you want me to mail to you (snicker) type Challenge in the Search box and the Sweater Challenge will pop up! Add one to your cart.
4. If you're finished shopping, push the "I Am Ready to Checkout Now" button. The website (a secure server!) will likely ask you if you want to set up an account or checkout as a guest. Fill in the forms as requested. Don't be afraid to FILL IN YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER. This is a secure server which means that your information is PROTECTED. I pay a LOT every month for this secure server. Do NOT email me your credit card numbers! That is NOT a secure server. Only my website has the secure server! There will be a COMMENTS section on the order form and you MUST fill in the color numbers that you want here for the Petite Silk Lame and the Petite Shaded Very Velvet.
5. The price will show in your cart. If you're purchasing one canvas and two threads and are in the continental USA the shipping cost will be about $3 as I will send it to you in a padded envelope.
6. Stitch your piece.
7. Ship it back to me to arrive BEFORE THE DEADLINE of June 29, 2013. First Class Mail is the most reasonable. Include your email address if you want me to tell you I've received it and ask me to tell you! :-) Let me know in a note inside if you want it shipped back to you and enclose $3 for return shipping in a check.
8. Pieces will be judged and returned if requested - MAYBE WITH YOU AS THE WINNER!
9. Pieces not asking to be returned will become the property of Homestead Needle Arts.
Okay, I hope that doesn't seem complicated because it's not really! I've had a lot of compliments about my website and how easy it is to use so I hope that you enjoy shopping on it. Happy browsing!
Last week was "fraught with issues!" I was on the phone with AT&T over internet and phone line, Consumers Power because my gas bill was non-existent and rejoicing that the electrician has finished. I've updated my insurance (boring!), finished messing with the taxes (really boring!) and started filing my 2013 bills (ick!) Now onto the FUN STUFF!
I'm going to a cash and carry sale at the end of April! I'd like to bring some new canvases back for you! But they want cash! So I guess it's time for a SALE! NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 26 - ALL FLORAL CANVASES ARE 20% OFF. If it has a flower on it, it's 20% off. If you can find a flower ANYWHERE on it, you can take 20% off any IN STOCK painted canvas! We've got LOTS AND LOTS of canvas with flowers on them so rush in and choose! Keytags can not be punched for sale canvases. Get your Spring started right! Does not apply to prior purchases, special orders or club pieces. INTERNET ORDERS will not show the discount but I WILL deduct it for you.
Beginner's Class - The Emma Louise Sampler
Dates: Saturday, June 8 and June 22
Times: 10 - 2 p.m.
Materials: $50 - includes all threads needed, canvas, stretcher bars, needles
Teaching Fee: $30
This 6-1/2" square piece will teach you basketweave (continental will also be learned), Scotch stitch, Knitting stitch, Brick stitch, Cross stitch, Satin stitch, Oblique Gobelin and Reverse Scotch stitch. Your piece can be finished into a wall hanging, a pillow, made into a tote or any other creative finishing idea you come up with! Don't be shy! Bring a friend or make a new one here at Homestead Needle Arts.
If these dates don't work for you but you really want to take this class, please call us at 810-694-3040 and we can work with your schedule.
NEW CLASS COMING IN NEXT NEWSLETTER - STUMPWORK TECHNIQUES!
NEW BOOKS ARE FLYING IN AND OUT! If you ordered any of the three latest books - June McKnight's Colorful Backgrounds, Julia Snyder's Great Layers for Needlepoint and Little Shoppe of Canvas Ins and Outs, you should have them by now. If you want one, please let me know. I'm having a hard time keeping these titles in stock so I will either set one aside for you or order a copy for you!
ANOTHER NEW BOOK! Dede Ogden has published her second That's Not Needlepoint (It's Inspired Art Created with your Needle) and this one is Series 2 - Shadow Stitches Accelerated. Shadow Stitching was developed to let the painted canvas show through the stitching. Sometimes the canvas is just so beautifully painted that you don't want to cover it. In this book are six canvases of Dede's - Moonlight Dancing Witches, Butterfly Collection, Topiary Butterfly Tree, Giant Strawberry Ornaments, Candyland Cottage and Dimensional Snowflakes. Thread suggestions and stitches for them are included but the way the book is laid out will inspire you for shadow stitching your own painted canvas! $48, wirebound, 8-1/2 x 11", approx. 72 pages with including several color pages of the completed projects.
That's it for now. I hope this is the start of our warmer weather. See you soon!
Homestead Needle Arts LLC
Grand Ridge Galleria
Grand Blanc, MI
Tour of the New Shop!
Now isn't that a sign? Fifteen feet across - you can find me! It lights up at night too!
(Look at that, I have window displays!)
The front door - and whose little face is at the bottom waiting to greet you? Hint: It's not mine.
This is what you see when you first step in. Unless of course, you've fainted because you can't take the full frontal assault of color on your senses. The wall on your left is full of Rainbow Gallery threads. Did they all fit? No, that's why there are so many spinner racks in the center of the shop.
Still standing in the entryway, you look to your right. What? A comfy couch! Perhaps you'd like to browse through a book or one of the many designer catalogs and choose your next project. Have a seat. Or maybe you want to go through that Trunk Show right in front of you. Wow! This shop ROCKS!
Getting up from the couch you get closer to that bank of drawers. What's in there? Why all the handpainted canvases that aren't hanging up on the walls already of course. What? Yes, there are billions and billions in there. Okay, maybe not billions. Hundreds? Thousands? I'll never tell. Come and see. This wall has skeined threads on it.
Here's our classroom. I made a little half wall to set it apart by using the DMC cabinets. Look at all that space! By the way, the carpet is NOT that yucky brown. It's predominantly green with dots of color in it. I don't know why it looks brown in the pictures. We've discovered that you can drop a needle on it and never see it again. Oops. Don't worry though, I vacuum daily.
Down this hallway is the restroom, the office/shipping/storage area and to your left there's a closet for your coat in the winter. To your left, not showing very much are the charted designs next to the Anchor floss cabinets.
Ready to checkout? Welcome to our all new checkout counter! Come back soon!
I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour and if you saw something you MUST have, let me know and I"ll send it to you!
March 18, 2013
Thanks to those of you that were able to attend our Open House on Saturday! We had five hourly Door Prizes and one Grand Prize. The happy winners were:
Jeannie M. who chose the Chart Lovers basket that included 3 charts and the canvas and threads for one of them;
Wendy M. who chose the Thread Lover's basket which included various threads, a Kreinik silk and pattern kit and scissors both donated by Kreinik;
Marion G. who chose the Christmas Lover's basket which included a painted canvas, a variety of threads and the Needle Tins donated by Access Commodities;
Norma C. who chose the Natural Color Lover's basket which included an Atenti Eyeglass case, Lee Leather change purse and various threads to design a canvas to match the eyeglass case;
Barb L. who chose the Flower Lover's basket which included a painted canvas, and various threads to match the canvas;
and Sally H. who won the Grand Prize of a Laurel Burch Tote Bag donated by Notions Marketing!
Thank you again to all of you that made the Open House a lively success. I heard lots of positive comments about our new shop and I know that you love it as much as I do. For those of you that can't come and visit, it's larger, brighter and SO MUCH EASIER to see all of our threads because of our increased wall space. I'll be posting pictures later in the week for our online friends to see.
LITTLE SHOPPE OF CANVAS TRUNK SHOW
This arrived in plenty of time for the Open House although it came in later than expected. Although I KNEW the candles would be popular another item that flew out the door are all the shoes! A darling high heeled pump has been the rage and you're going to want to order them for yourself or your favorite "shoe girl".
Don't forget, this is also the artist that makes all the scrumptious looking cookies, pieces of cake and now a darling teacup and saucer. Another fun item are the giant chocolate kisses that come with the little piece of "paper" with a phrase like "Kiss me I stitch" on them. Come on in and see them for yourself or browse the pictures at www.littleshoppeofcanvas.com.
Like the rest of you, my crocus, tulips and even iris bulbs have begun to sprout, only to have their little tips frozen by the recent snow and colder weather. But we DO know that spring is on its way. I have many of the floral canvases up on the wall to give us that "spring" feeling! See you soon!
At last! The boxes are unpacked, the threads are hung, the table and chairs are placed, the window dressing has begun...it's time for our
Come visit! See our beautiful NEW shop, NEW walls filled with threads, NEW window display filled with ideas, and find yourself a NEW needlepoint treasure to take home!
I'm hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with light refreshments and door prizes. Drop in anytime that day and see our great new shop! Sign up for a class, pick up a new project or just come and share the needlepoint inspiration.
LITTLE SHOPPE OF CANVAS TRUNK SHOW
During the Open House, we're having a Trunk Show from Little Shoppe of Canvas which includes their new candle canvases - these are pillar candles that run with a battery operated light. They come in 4 x 4" or 4 x 6". Check them out here by cutting and pasting this in your browser window: http://www.littleshoppecanvascompany.com/candles.html Isn't that a great idea? Of course I also love their fantastic fruits http://www.littleshoppecanvascompany.com/fruitgroup.html and their new shells! http://www.littleshoppecanvascompany.com/shells.html
If they didn't send it in the trunk show, we can order it for you!
THE F WORD
Yes, it's that dirty word. How many of you have tossed that "F" word around in your mind? "I can't start another project," you whine to yourself. "I have to FINISH some!" I recently read an enlightening article on Knitting Daily where the author enjoined us to NOT feel guilty about having tons of projects going. When I change the word knitting to needlepoint, she essentially said just what I feel.
Don't feel guilty about starting a new project! Keep yourself going creatively with new ideas, new experiences, new threads and new stitches! You'll be re-energized and continue to love your hobby. Don't let it become a chore AND don't feel guilty if you no longer love an older project. If it sits for a few years and no longer calls to you, consider giving it away or consigning it to our July Garage Sale. Don't feel guilty about taking a class just to learn a new technique. Learn what you want to learn - and then let go of the project! I've done it and I don't have any lasting guilt. Let your needlepoint and your new "F" word be FUN.
Now that we're in our new location, I'm setting up our calendar with classes again. As always, if there's a canvas or a technique you and several friends are interested in learning, let me know and I can set up a class for you. (See pictures of these on our Classes pages of this website.)
Facets: A Monochromatic Square on Point
Taught by: Theresa Swiecicki
Dates: Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Teaching Fee: $40
Material Cost: $40
The colors can be changed in this simple piece to reflect your decor. When finished set it in a box or take it to your local framer (cost not included). You'll learn the Waffle stitch, Rice stitch, Diagonal stitch, Byzantine, Tent and Milanese. Great class to take with friends, please sign up early and choose your colors BEFORE class so they can be ordered if necessary.
Merry Cherry Santa
Taught by Theresa Swiecicki
Dates: Thursdays: May 2, 9, 23, 30
Times: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Teaching Fee: $40
Material Cost: $75
Here comes Santa with a cheery cherry pie just for you! This is a perfect beginner's piece! It will teach you Smyrnas, Cashmere, slanted Gobelin, Rhodes, Mosaic, French Knots and Satin Stitch. Finishing costs are NOT included but directions to finish this piece are included in the written instructions or we can send it out for you. Please sign up as early as possible as KITS NEED TO BE ORDERED.
Taught by: Kathy Fenchel
Dates: Fridays, April 19, May 17, 2013
Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with break for lunch on your own
Teaching Fee: $80
Material Cost: Varies for each person
Pre-purchase any painted canvas or bring a painted canvas from your stash! Kathy is a thread and stitch connoisseur and she'll bring your years of talent to you and your canvas. Watch your canvas come to life under your fingers and her tutelage. You'll also gain knowledge by seeing what other students learn on their canvases! I've learned just by listening in! Be prepared to stitch!
Bargello - An Ornamental Odyssey
Taught by: Theresa Swiecicki
Dates: Saturday, March 30 and Saturday, April 13 (if needed)
Times: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Teaching Fee: $10
Material Cost: $35.00
Great for beginners, this darling ornament will start you on your Bargello adventure. Learn how easy bargello is and how it encompasses more than just the "flame" stitch. Changing colors in this class IS allowed. You'll learn simple chart reading and dip your toe into the needlepoint waters. Material includes canvas, stretcher bars, threads, needles. Please bring small pair of scissors. Visit any day before class to choose your three colors.
Class coming soon - The ABC's of Needlepoint - a Beginner's Notebook Class - please let us know of your interest by email, phone or visit!
SEASONAL SAMPLER CLUB!
Here's a club you WON'T find offered at other shops! However, because I'm stitching along with you, you also won't see a finished picture ahead of time. :-) I'll post the painted canvases online so you can decide before you buy of course! I'm not naming the designer so as to cut down on copycat shops - however, I will tell you that her work has been popular with you in the past.
This darling Seasonal Sampler Club has FOUR or SIX pieces in it. You decide. Yes, you can even opt for FIVE! The pieces are:
Heart for Spring
Star for Summer
Pumpkin for Fall
Acorn for Fall
Pineapple for Winter
Ornament for Winter
I included a closeup of the winter white ornament because it's hard to see in the picture. NOT ALL THREADS INCLUDED ARE PICTURED HERE! That would have been IMPOSSIBLE to fit in so I just gave you an idea of some of the threads and colors. Lots of fun threads and colors!
The canvases measure (painted area) approximately 3-3/4 x 9-3/4. Each comes with a stitch guide. Each canvas retails for $92. The thread kits are approximately $50, $55, $65, $55, $60 and $85 (following the list above). Sign up for at least FOUR and you'll receive a handy kit keeper with your first canvas free! Sign up starts NOW and you'll receive the STAR canvas in June if you're signed up by the end of March. You must call, come in or sign up online to participate. I'm looking forward to stitching these along with you and celebrating our love of the seasons.
SWEETHEART CUPCAKE CLUB
Melissa Shirley has TWO new clubs. Many of you have LOVED the cupcake I stitched a few months back and Melissa has an entire club with six tasty cupcakes in a variety of pinks and reds in a light lemon and white background. You can see the pictures of the finished pieces here: http://melissashirleydesigns.com/clubs/profile.cgi?index=1356989653_7384
Of course there are stitch guides for each one! I know your next question will be PRICE. If you want the canvases with stitch guides they are 90.00 each. If you want THREAD kits, the approximate average monthly price per kit NOT INCLUDING Swarovski crystals is $47.00. You will receive WHOLE cards or skeins for each canvas and you may be able to share between canvases. I do NOT break down skeins and divided them out between club participants as some shops do. What happens if you make a mistake and tear out? You don't have enough thread to complete your kit! Please note: I need a minimum of three participants in each Melissa Shirley Club so get your friends to join with you!
MELISSA SHIRLEY FANCY FOREST TOPIARY CLUB
Yes it's MORE TREES! These are cone shaped trees. These also have simpler stitches. There are five trees included and they all have stitch guides - please note that these are simpler designs so I don't want you to expect complicated stitch guides! Canvas with stitch guide only is $ 145 and if you want the THREAD KIT included the approximate average monthly price NOT INCLUDING Miyuki seed beads is $55.00 Again, there are a minimum of three participants required for this club so let me know if you're interested!
HOMESTEAD NEEDLE ARTS TRUNK SHOWS FOR 2013 - Things to look forward to!
March - Little Shoppe of Canvas
April - Shivering Sheep - this is a Great New Designer
May - Colors of Praise - wait until you see her designs!
June - Sekas and Company - perfect little pieces for summer stitching!
August - Melissa Prince - need an evening bag? Check this out!
September - Artist's Collection - we can NOT get enough of those Santas!
October - Ewe and Eye - whimsical, fun and always in season.
Do you have a favorite designer you haven't seen featured in a Homestead Needle Arts Trunk Show? Ask us! Our 2014 calendar is already filling up!
CAN YOU ORDER...I SAW IT SOME TIME AGO...I'VE ALWAYS WANTED...
Many of you know that Homestead Needle Arts will order that unusual thread for you, that hard to find design and anything else that we can find for you. With the recent increase in small parcel shipping fees, please note that we may need to pass those incoming shipping costs on to you. I do not mind special orders but on many occasions, the order of one thread will cost me more than the thread itself! Thank you for your understanding.
CHARLEY HARPER/MELISSA SHIRLEY STITCH-A-LONG
What's a stitch-a-long? Two years ago, I realized that if you wanted to stitch something large, you might need a constant source of inspiration to keep going. I know I do! So on the First Saturday Each Month, I schedule the classroom to accommodate that year's Stitch-A-Long. Last year it was the Sharon G Stitch-A-Long. I got to work on my Lavender Fields (finally). Sure it's not finished yet but it's a LOT CLOSER now! And when we started I didn't have a single stitch in it! :-)
This year we're going to have TWO designers. Many of you own a Charley Harper piece and many of you own a Melissa Shirley piece! These designers couldn't be more different in style but we'll divide you up so you can inspire each other! Starting in April, I'll host the first ever Charley Harper/Melissa Shirley Stitch-A-Long for 2013. Bring your project by one of these designers - or come in and purchase one from me! ( NOTE: Please be sure your project was purchased at Homestead Needle Arts. I appreciate your continued loyalty!)
For the April Stitch-A-Long, please email me by THURSDAY, APRIL 4 to reserve your seat. This helps me in planning the table and chair set up! After that you will sign up at each Saturday for the next Saturday. If you want to join us after April OR miss a Stitch-A-Long and need to sign up for the next one, PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH THE SUBJECT LINE BEING STITCH-A-LONG. Remember, I am the only one here so PLEASE DO NOT CALL IN CANCELLATIONS OR CALL ON THAT SATURDAY! Emails are fine! Thanks so much for your understanding!
Bring your threads and stitching tools. Books with stitches will be provided so you don't have to lug them in, unless you have one that I've never heard of! Join the camaraderie of other stitchers as you work on your project and get ideas from them AND their ongoing projects. My question is (if I have time to stitch,) do I work on my Melissa Shirley pears or my Charley Harper pheasant?
CHRISTMAS STOCKING STITCH-A-LONG
Many of us are also working towards finishing a full size Christmas stocking for a child, grandchild, niece, nephew or OURSELVES! Our Stocking Stitch-A-Long was formerly on Thursday evenings but will now be moved to coincide with the third Saturday of the month. Please remember, your stocking must have been purchased at Homestead Needle Arts at some point in the past (yes, it's okay if it's 30 years old!) Bring your threads, your stitching tools and again, books for inspiration are available in our "shop library." YOU NEED NOT EMAIL OR CALL for seating for this Stitch-A-Long.
GOING TO DALLAS!
I'll be attending the Dallas cash and carry Market in late April. Please let me know if there's something you'd like me to bring back for you.
Phew! If I thought moving kept me busy, this calendar of events means I better get some MORE things done around here.
See you soon! Theresa
Today was the last day of the TNNA Market in California and I believe it JUST CLOSED!. New items are already posted on websites! I don't want you to go TOO crazy so I'm just going to list a few here today!
First though, I promised you an update on the new shop. I traveled up to Grand Blanc this morning. The first coat of paint is ON THE WALLS! Hurray! There's a couple of closets not done and there's a few trim pieces to be mounted and there's more lights to be installed but the covers are on back order...well you know how it goes. The new sign is mounted on the building and if you happen to be driving by, take a look! Sadly I checked the phone lines at the new place today and I have to call AT&T again. They don't work! However, the good news is, that after a week of them trying, my business calls are finally forwarding to my cell phone.
You can check out the following websites and then email me your orders or inquiries on the canvases you see.
MELISSA SHIRLEY DESIGNS - Oh gosh, check out the Berry Basket first. You'll want to get your hands on that canvas AND the stitch guide come April! Put that on your must have list. For you heart lovers, those little hearts are just the ticket for fast stitching on trips. But what about the patterned cat shapes? I think those would be ADORABLE grouped around your fireplace or on your couch. For me? I really want the Bird Stories just above the cats. My hardest decision will be which one. Just look at them! Perfect for showing off stitches and purse shaped to boot! Keep scrolling! There's so much more! The Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter words would look JUST GREAT in the new shop if any of you want to stitch it for me. Start with the Autumn in case you run out of steam. That one and the Winter one rate high of my list of Must Haves. I'm trying NOT to look at the new Autumn Ornaments, and then that ADORABLE Easter House...then the HALLOWEEN witches, street scene, ornaments...ARGH, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME! Melissa is my downfall! Keep looking, there is so much more! The cats come in every season, there are so many ornaments to be drooled over and stitched, the new Christmas stockings call to me, the new Christmas ornaments make me yearn for the holiday we just had - and those BIRDHOUSES! Just let me know what YOU want so I can order it while I decide what I MUST HAVE. :-)
And for my stitchers that LOVE their clubs, Melissa has two to offer us starting this Spring but SIGN UP STARTS NOW. The first is the Sweetheart Cupcake Club and the second is the Fancy Forest Topiary Club. You can email me for prices. There are six cupcakes and five trees. You can do one or the other or both! Each piece comes with a stitch guide. We do love our stitch guides! See the pictures of the Club pieces right here.
Maggie and Co. - Maggie's got lots of new canvases from this Market too. One of the fun ones is called Mom Knows Best and is a list of rules that you ALWAYS heard from dear old Mom. Remember? Always wear clean underwear? Maggie also has lots of crazy cats and some fun-loving dogs to stitch. Her people are always fun and there are some new houses by Annie Catherine that were big hits at the last trunk show I had. Also I love some of the new whimsical pieces like Fungi and Landscape with Birds. My snowmen lovers better check out the last page of new items - lots of snowmen on stars you're going to want!
EWE AND EYE - I placed this link right on page 2 of their New Designs because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Sunflower Farm so much! My second favorite is March Winds with the birdhouses. I saw a picture of this stitched - incredible! There are lots of needlepoint samplers on page one, so be sure to check those out on their website if you like samplers. Remember, I can order anything! If you love this style, check their whole website! I have their Trunk Show coming later in the year.
RAINBOW GALLERY'S NEW COLORS AND ITEMS - For all of you dying to see the new colors, NOT TO WORRY! Here they are. I told you about them the other day and here they are in vivid color! Remember your computer screen may not show them in actual colors. I WILL BE ORDERING the Neon Rays Plus, the Fyre Werks and the Silk Lame' Braid for 18 ct. Please call me to special order the new Harlequin acrylic/wood laying tool, that very green Wisper (!),Petite Silk Lame' and Silk Lame' Braid for 13 ct.
Remember, call or email me to order anything. Pricing questions will take time to answer as pricing lists are being mailed after market. Hope to hear from you soon!
Homestead Needle Arts LLC
Grand Blanc, MI
WINTER MARKET BEGINS THIS WEEKEND - NEW ITEMS
Many designers are giving us an early look at what they'll be showing this weekend. Let me know if you have any interest in these designs. I won't be able to get pricing for you until next week when the designers return from Market in Long Beach, California. Please email me at email@example.com with the name of the artist and the name or number of the canvas you're interested in and your question or order. I'll need your telephone number to contact you for specifics. Mosty of you know that I am not attending this Market.
In alphabetical order-
Barbara Bergsten Designs has new PINK and green pumpkins, pieces for your favorite sorority sister, ornament vests, patterned ornament Santas and patterned mini socks.
Beth Gantz has the cutest new bubble letters...wouldn't you love to do your grandchild's initial?
Cooper Oaks brings us a sneak peek of wonderful new animals on canvas including a lion and lamb Christmas stocking.
Check out new birdhouses from Melissa Prince Designs - push the New Canvases at the bottom and don't miss the "more" at the right so you can see all her new designs for this market!
Needle Deeva has some new cats, fanciful birds, winter and Christmas hearts, pumpkins, stocking cuffs and whirlygigs.
Although I don't have pictures, Rainbow Gallery is promising THREE new Neon Rays Plus in Gold Sparkle, Silver Sparkle and Orange Glow In The Dark. They have SEVEN new Soft Sheen Fyre Werks coming out in Orchid, Inca Gold, Daiquiri Green, Burnt Orange, Chartreuse, Purple Rain and Azure Seas. There are 22 new Petite Silk Lame' Braids promised, ELEVEN Silk Lame' Braids for 18 ct. and FOURTEEN Silk Lame' Braids for 13 ct. There's also ONE new Wisper color in Pistachio Green. The newest tool is the Acrylic Harlequin Laying tool. It's a 6" laying tool that has an acrylic handle with a wooden end. It's available in assorted colors and no, I don't get to choose! I'm looking forward to ordering these brand new items and will stock the new shop with them so JUST ASK when we open.
Ruth Schmuff has new canvases from EyeCandy NeedleArt and Diane Dirks. Check them out here and you can click on each picture to make it bigger. Which reminds me...no matter where you see a painted canvas, I can order it for you! Your shop loyalty is VERY MUCH appreciated.
Lani Silver tempts us with SHOES, fairy dolls, African figures and collages, botanicals, koi and Geishas. I think you'll love the shoes!
That's all the previews I have so far. After the Market, more designers will let me know that their designs are online and I'll fill you in again. Enjoy browsing!
Homestead Needle Arts LLC
Grand Blanc, MI
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Dear Stitchers and Friends,
Our shop at 12235 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc is completely empty. Our new shop at 8185 Holly Road, Suite 4, Grand Blanc is under reconstruction. Yesterday, new ceiling tiles were being installed. Ceiling lights have been ordered, the walls have been prepped for painting, the carpet has been ordered, the floor will be prepped after all other work is finished! My target date is still February 15.
Due to unanticipated telephone problems, you will need to leave a message on the voice mail machine. I will be calling you back as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience during this time. Theresa
Friday, January 18, 2013
This afternoon I was notified that my current landlord has decided that I can not stay in my present location through February 15th. I'm writing to let you know that Homestead Needle Arts will close for three weeks. Our last day of retail business at our current address of 12235 Saginaw Street will be on Thursday, January 24, 2013. As discussed before, our target date to re-open at 8185 Holly Road, Suite #4, Grand Blanc, is February 15th. This is just ¾ of a mile from our current location and I know you're going to love it as much as I do.
The shop will be off-site - but not offline! - for THREE WEEKS. The new suite will be ready February 15. If you want something and I'm already closed, I can mail it to you. If you're going to visit by this Thursday, remember that right now, I have a GREAT Sale Table! There are charts, painted canvases, Mill Hill beads, overstocked floss (10 for $1.00!), shop models and much more.
Internet orders will still be taken during the three week closure. Emails will be answered. Mail will be picked up. I will forward the Homestead phone calls to my cell phone. I'll do everything to make this a smooth transition for you!
I'm really looking forward to our new home and hope that you have patience and bear with me. I really do welcome all of your orders during this time of transition.
If you wonder what I'll be doing, the first week will be all about packing, moving and storing the inventory and furniture, and cleaning and repairing the old suite. The next week will be used to do my 2012 taxes (ugh) and then I'll work on moving the stored inventory and furniture to the new shop! Keep your fingers crossed for our target date of February 15th! Of course I'll keep you up to date on our GRAND OPENING!!!
I appreciate all of the kind offers to help pack and move. I have everything all planned out at this time. I've even hired a moving company. After all, I'm not as young as I used to be!
Hope to see you this week and as always, thank you for supporting me and Homestead Needle Arts!
Homestead Needle Arts
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
This last picture reminds me of Baa Baa Black Sheep. Instead you can sing "Baa Baa Theresa have you any ornaments?" Yes ma'am, yes ma'am, three bins FULL!
Come on in, grab a bin and sit down at the oak table. Take your time and go through them and choose the ones you like best. Each ornament or stand-up includes our favorite - A STITCH GUIDE!
Did I mention the 20% discount I'm giving you? Not only does this apply to the Trunk Show items but also for any Princess and Me ornaments I have in stock! And since I have THIRTY-NINE in stock, I think you can have a very nice time shopping! Most of these ornaments will be around $53.40 AFTER your discount and even less for the ones I have in stock! Loyalty keytags will NOT be punched because you're already receiving a discount.
Our online friends should visit the Princess and Me website (just see our Designer Links page and go to it from there) and write down the numbers of the ornaments you like. Return to our shopping website (the Go Shopping button), put a Special Order in your online cart and in the Comments section of your order form, note the numbers and short description of your ornaments. I'll take care of the rest! Happy browsing!
September 23, 2012
Some New Items
There was a "Cash and Carry" market in September that I did NOT attend as I can only afford so many markets. Otherwise I would be spending all my money on travel and not on the NEW for YOU! Some of the new items introduced in Baltimore made a huge hit including these new crows by Leigh Designs. I LOVE them! I plan on ordering at least two of these for the shop. Which ones can I order for you?
Rainbow Gallery introduced new colors of Neon Rays, Neon Rays Plus, one Silk Lame for 18 ct., Petite Silk Lame and Wisper. I've ordered all except the Wisper - but of course I'll order it if you do! See the great new colors right here!
The last picture above are the newest colors of Bella Lusso wool. This is your latest wool favorite! Made of 100% merino wool, it's soft, wonderful to work with, and makes the most beautiful turkeywork you've ever seen. Although there are 15 new colors, they've only sent me 14 as the 15th is on backorder still. We've been waiting since June for these so I'm not going to complain with 14 new colors!
NONE OF THESE ITEMS ARE ON OUR WEBSITE YET. Please don't look for them there. If you want to order any of them, just use the Special Order button and put in your comments which canvas or which threads you want to order. I'll take care of it from there!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
July 15, 2012
Garage Sale Information
The World's Best Needlepoint Garage Sale begins on Thursday, July 19, 2012 and runs through Saturday, July 21. It's open during our regular business hours which are Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don't miss it! This Garage Sale is always a success because of YOU our customers! People just like yourself put their needlepoint treasures in, including hand painted canvases, threads, stretcher bars, lap stands, table stands, charts, unused blank canvas, scissors, books - YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT FIND! This year I've seen full size Christmas stockings by the likes of Melissa Shirley, Tapestry Tent, As You Like It and more! Just a few of the names I've seen include Heartstrings, Lee Needle Arts, Leigh Designs, Tuoti, and Wee Needle. Most canvases are unstitched, some are partially stitched. Many include all the threads! They are priced to sell!
Please come prepared to buy. Cash and checks are very much appreciated. All sales of garage sale goods are final and no items can be returned as they do NOT belong to the store. This year, I will be donating a portion of the funds made to the Livingston County Humane Society. Many of you know that I live in Livingston County and since my own dog Star is very near and dear to my heart, this year I chose the LCHS to receive the donation. Please come out and shop and share in the fun of needlepoint. Feel free to call me at 810-694-3040 if you need directions or have more questions.
How can you say no to this face???
Successful Christmas in July Sale Ends
Our Christmas in July Sale ended Saturday. Thank you to all of you who took some of our Christmas canvases home. I really appreciate your continued patronage.
Now that the Sale has ended and the Garage Sale check-in is closed, boxes from Market are being opened. New canvases are being added to our website as we open the boxes. I think you'll like what I chose at Market! Remember though, I can always order anything you want.
You must sign up NOW for all clubs so that we can order your canvases and stitch guides before the Club starts. You can always join later but it’s more fun to stitch along with your friends! Call me at 810-694-3040 to sign up for any of these clubs. We will need your full address and credit card number. When signing up, remember, you must commit to the whole club as I sign a contract to purchase each piece from the designer. Thank you for understanding.
Melissa Shirley’s Cracker Club – starts NOW!
You’ve seen the ads on my website and in Needlepoint Now! These gorgeous gold and white “crackers” are just waiting to be stitched by you. The club starts in early August but sign up now and we’ll see how quickly we can add you! The canvas and stitch guide per month is only $55. If you want a thread kit they AVERAGE out to about $20 per month. This is a 10 month club. If you can’t pick it up, I will be happy to mail it to you. Mailing will cost about $3 per month. Don’t miss out on these pretty things. You CAN get these done each month. Specialty beads and other items are included with the canvases.
Needle Deeva’s Fab Fir Club – starts in September!
This Club starts in September and these are perfectly shaped for finishing! You won’t have to worry about guessing at a background because it’s all designed for you! The stitch guides are done by Vicky de Angelis who has made a great name for herself in the world of needlepoint. She’s been featured in Needlepoint Now and she has her own blog if you want to see more of her work. Check her out at http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/ . There are nine of these fabulous fir trees – just enough for a grouping on your mantel or side table. There is a special 10th tree that you can order if you want it. The price per month for the canvas and stitch guide is just $76 each. If you want the specialty Austrian Swarovski Crystals and Crystal beads that come with five of the trees, let me know in advance, as there is an additional cost for these. If you want the trees kitted with threads, I’ll be able to give you a price as soon as I get the thread lists but DO get your trees on order!
Raymond Crawford’s Three Piece Train starts in August!
If you’ve always wanted to do a train but want to start out slowly, try this! A 3 month club, Raymond will provide you with three pieces to your train. Here they are stitched! There’s the engine with peppermint wheels and gumdrop details, a car with a decorated tree, a huge beribboned gift box, a gumdrop and icing cupcake, and a candy cane. The caboose brings up the rear with pink, green and red striped peppermint sticks and button candies. The best part is that Raymond says his other train pieces are the same size if you want to add more in the future! These canvases are just $59.75 each and the stitch guide by Diane Bosworth is $25 and includes all 3 train pieces in the instructions. Ask me to kit this with threads if you want them.
A Peek Ahead
More information and dates will be published in future newsletters.
August Trunk Show - Pat and Lee Designs
September Trunk Show - Rebecca Wood Designs
October Trunk Show - Princess and Me
See you soon!
Hello Happy Stitchers,
Columbus Market starts next weekend but I leave Wednesday so that I can take classes ahead of time including Holiday Card Box AND Polar Bear Snow Globe with Ruth Dilts and Joan Lohr of Rainbow Gallery and Harmony with Nandra and Cassandra of Sundance. I might have splurged on a knitting class for myself too but we won't go into that! Store hours will be as follows:
CLOSED: WEDNESDAY, JUNE THROUGH FRIDAY JUNE 22
OPEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 23 and OPEN FOR REGULAR BUSINESS TUESDAY, JUNE 26 BUT NO AFTERNOON CLASSES.
In the meantime, my email box is being bombarded by designers tempting me with new designs, promises of beautiful news designs on canvas, reminders to visit them and more interesting news. For example:
Needle Deeva has a new FAB FIR CLUB starting in September -The Fab Firs are on 18 mesh and measure 4½" x 4½". Sign up with us starts NOW. Needle Deeva also shows us two more items of interest, Bones and Sunflowers and Cherries, both with stitch guides. I will have prices for all these items after I return from Market.
Next, River Silk Ribbons is having their 10th Birthday! I LOVE these ribbons - woven on the bias, they NEVER fray or split. That's something to be said when pulling them through canvas over and over. They gave me the tiniest glimpse of a ribbon cake...but it was in a pdf file and wouldn't copy here. :-(
Sekas and Co. returns with their fun, small scissor fobs and ornament sized canvases. They now have biscornus too. Those are eight-sided items - easier to show than describe. Here's one of their six new Christmas Biscornus.
Cooper and Oaks sends us ideas for belts - instead of belts! How long have I been saying BASKET BAND??? Here's one finished! And how about that pillow idea?
And DON'T forget the Melissa Shirley Christmas Cracker Club. - you need to sign up NOW so I can order your canvases! You'll receive 10 canvases AND stitch guides over the next 10 months starting in August. You may request thread kits if you like. Canvas and stitch guides are only $55 each! Just think of a miniature tree with these darling crackers on them! Or start a new gold and white tree tradition!
That's it for now! Don't forget my closing schedule and be sure to stop in Saturday and see the Hug Me Tote Bag Trunk Show, still in the shop. Remember too, start getting your Garage Sale items ready for next month. Happy June!
Each canvas is $59.75. The stitch guide is $25 and includes all 3 parts of the train. I won't know how much the threads are until I see the stitch guide. Sign up starts NOW! Please visit our website to sign up. The item is listed as Gingerbread Holiday Train Club. If you will pick up your monthly pieces, please state so in the comments and shipping will not be charged. Actual shipping costs only are charged, not necessarily those quoted by the computer!
NOW IN THE SHOP: Kurdy Biggs of Threedles designed another beautiful piece she calls Sands of Time. This charted piece features Smyrnas, Rhodes, Eyelets, Star Jessicas, Diamond Jessicas, Plaited Rays, Crescents, Wrapped Sheaf, a padded and crossed Polygon, Sprats Head, Double Fan and variations on some of these. The finished size is 11-1/4 x 13-1/2" on 18 ct. canvas. There are three different colorways featured in the chart, and of course, you can always do it in your own choice of colors. Her framer is in Louisville, Colorado and obviously loves a challenge! Only the Calypso was actually framed, the others shown here are not framed - this is the WONDER of computers! You'll have fun trying a variety of metallics and silks on any of these colorways.