August 26, 2021

Hello again!  Talk about the Dog Days of August!  This heat and humidity is enough to curl one’s hair.  🙂  I’ve been hiding in my air-conditioned house, my air-conditioned car and the air-conditioned shop.  But that means I’ve gotten some work done and NOW you can see the latest and greatest.

Between the Months Trunk Show – Strictly Christmas & Etc.

I asked Strictly Christmas & Etc. to send me a mini trunk show that I’m calling a “between the months” Trunk Show. Please note that ONLY THE TRUNK SHOW CANVASES IN THE SHOP will be discounted during this Trunk Show.  I can certainly order anything for you but there won’t be 20% off on special orders this time.  There are Christmas items (of course), Easter items, Halloween and some funky fun animals. The Halloween Tags canvas above is shown in a custom tray by Deux Bijoux Bijoux.  I love the broomstick handles!

I wanted you to be able to see what exactly is in this trunk show so I uploaded videos of the canvases to YouTube.  I’m not a movie maker so don’t expect perfection but at least you can browse what they sent in case you can’t visit the shop.  Just call or email me with the description of the one you want and I’ll let you know the discounted price and any other info you need.  Maybe it will be your next project!.   All of these videos can also be found on You Tube by searching for Homestead Needle Arts LLC on


Some Painted Pony Designs including Mary Engelbreit and Diane Ulmer Pedersen (folk art style designs) are being discontinued.  I jumped on ordering them and they have been added to my website here.  Also two new charts are available from Laura J. Perin and Needle Delights Originals.  I also ordered more Eye Candy Needle Art canvases like the one above.  There’s PLENTY for you to browse and I’d love to kit anything for you with threads.  Halloween is coming and I have lots of fun Halloween canvases to choose from too.

Coming Soon – Love You More Trunk Show

Does it seem like I’m throwing a lot of trunk shows at you?  There’s a reason for that!  With the supply chain slow downs due to the pandemic, I decided to book a trunk show every month so that YOU have lots to shop from.  It’s frustrating for me to have to tell you that a canvas is 8-12 months out from your order date, so with a Trunk Show you can see what’s available NOW.  The Love You More Trunk Show is going to be shipping to me the first week in September.  You can take a look at their website here, click on Galleries and then get your shopping list ready!  The house above is one of their canvases.

Planet Earth Leather Boxes and Ornament Rounds

I’ve brought in a few of the Planet Earth leather boxes and am taking orders for their newest leather ornament rounds.  You can see the selection and colors and place an order if you’re interested by calling or emailing me.  The ornament rounds are not on my website yet. Choose an in stock canvas or use a portion of your favorite charted piece on canvas for these leather goods.

Tuesdays with Theresa Class is Back!

Tuesdays with Theresa is back to every Tuesday starting in September.  You must sign up ahead of time and prepay.  The times are 2-3:30 and the limit is five per class.  I will move around the table and help each of you.  Cost is $15.  Please call me at 810-694-3040 to sign up. You may sign up for one session or for a full month at a time but you MUST PAY IN ADVANCE for each class you sign up for.   The pre-paid teaching fee is non-refundable and can not be changed to another date.

Extra Kathy Fenchel Class Scheduled for September 24!

Due to demand, I’ve scheduled Kathy for an extra day in September.  Don’t miss out!  There are two seats left in this class.  Price is $85 and the class is from 10-4 with a short break for lunch on your own.  Limit 5 per class with lots of table space for each of you!  Kathy helps you by suggesting stitches and threads for your canvas.  You also learn by seeing what she suggests for your classmates.  These groups always have a lot of fun during class.

Needlework System 4 Shop Models

I have several Needlework System 4 shop models now so that you can try each one.  There’s the Travel Mate floor stand, the Regular Floor Stand and the Lap/Table Stand (shown above).  Come in and try them or if you’re taking a class, try them during the class.  There’s nothing like a test drive before you purchase!

Christmas Finishing Deadline Reminder!!!

Your treasures must be in my hands by September 15 in order to be guaranteed to be back to the shop by Christmas.  If it’s ready, bring it in now!  You may still bring in items after September 15 but there is not a guarantee that they will be returned before Christmas.  Please keep in mind that you should have purchased your canvas from Homestead Needle Arts if you want me to send it out for finishing.    I don’t add in a huge mark up your finishing so I depend on canvas sales to keep the shop running.  Effective immediately, items purchased elsewhere may have a higher finishing rate.  (Darling mini sock above was stitched by the talented Marion G.)

To Mask or Not to Mask – that is the question…

The  CDC and local officials suggesting continued mask wearing in enclosed spaces.   If you’re fully vaccinated, you need not wear a mask into the shop unless you are more comfortable doing so.  I have been wearing one although I’m fully vaccinated.    If you’re not fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask in the shop to keep you and everybody else safe.  I have posted mask protocols on the front door you can refer to each time you visit.  THANK YOU!

Labor Day Weekend Hours and Regular Hours and Blue Donut Head

No, I won’t be closed any extra days because of Labor Day!  How would you get your needlepoint?  🙂  I’ll be open for regular hours on Saturday, September 4 so if you’re not going up north, come on in and shop!

Homestead Needle Arts’ regular hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10-4.

Skye has a “hotspot” on her face and has graciously worn this donut around her head for several days while it heals.  She told me that it’s much better than the “cone of shame”  type.  Don’t worry, it’s almost gone and she’s been getting lots of extra treats and attention for being so good.

Come visit soon and check out all the new items and the Trunk Show!