New Embroidery Kits from Leisure Arts

Leisure Arts Embroidery Kit include a wooden embroidery hoop, embroidery floss, printed fabric, embroidery needle and full-color, step-by-step instructions. Use the embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taught and then to display your project. Each kit makes 1 design. Colors and contents may vary. Sizes range from 4″ – 8″.

These kits are great travel companions over the Summer. These are due to arrive in July, the high of the season!

The Healing Quilt by Crabapple Hill Designs

What a wonderful idea! The embroidered blocks have words of encouragement as shown on the back cover. This is the perfect choice for a group quilt for a friend who is going through a tough time.

A group of caring friends can easily and quickly make this lovely, warm quilt for someone in need of love and support. Pattern pages are separate so it’s easy to divvy up! We all have different skill sets so the blocks can be chosen based on the individual skill sets of the contributors involved.

Encouraging words when they’re needed most, and lots of flowers to spread love and happiness. This quilt has a bit of everything… piecing, applique, English paper piecing, and hand embroidery. Back it with a Minky type backing for an extra warm, cuddly feel. It’s the perfect, generous size for tucking in while seated whether at home, in the car, or sitting for hours in waiting rooms or treatments.

This pattern is due to arrive in June, so place your orders now!

New Embroidery by Kathy Schmitz

Kathy Schmitz has added several samplers to her series. The patterns include the hand embroidery design and stitch directions to complete a 8″ x 10″ finished piece. The patterns include 10 different embroidery stitches – perfect for an embroidery class! The 12 weight Valdani threads used are mostly variegated which adds that depth of color that we all love. And isn’t it nice not to have to change colors?

And who could resist redwork? 14 ornaments with complete finishing

Both of these patterns use Valdani Turkey Red:

The Valdani 12 weight is in stock. The patterns are due to arrive in June, perfect take-along summer projects!

Cross Stitch by Robin Pickens

Robin Pickens is releasing the last three in her “Seasonal Courier” series. The cross-stitch finishes on 14-count Aida or 28-count Evenweave at approx 5 x 7″ (5-1/2 x 7-3/4″ for 25-count Lugana) and features a robin bird and cheery tulips.

It can also be stitched on Lori Holt Vintage Cross Stitch Cloth or Charles Craft Monaco in Tea Dyed. 13 DMC colors are specified (and listed on the website).

Blue Jay’s Summer

Blackbird’s Autumn:

Cardinal’s Winter was released earlier and is already in stock.

Loving Wishes is an assortment of mini pillows that are the perfect decoration for showers, weddings and Valentines.

The winter version of the series is in stock now. The others are due to arrive early next month so place your orders now.

New Cross Stitch from Primrose Cottage

Lindsey Weight from Primrose Cottage is one of my favorite cross stitch designers. Check out her newest designs and you will see why! I have included the stitch count of the cover sample but the pattern calculates each design if using different cloth.

Spring Quaker cross stitch. Stitch count 80 x 80, stitched on 28 count mushroom, two threads over two.

4th of July Rules cross stitch, stitch count 64 x 290. Stitched on 32 count light taupe, two over two.

Patriotic Quaker cross stitch. Stitch count 82 x 79, stitched on 32 count light taupe, two threads over two.

Red, White, and Blue Quilt cross stitch. Stitch count 65 x 65, stitched on 32 count light taupe, two threads over two.

Snowman 2024 cross stitch comes with mini red heart button embellishment. Stitch Count 77 x 68, stitched on 32 count taupe, two threads over two.

All of these designs are due to arrive the middle of April so place your orders now.

Learn Embroidery with the 30-Day Sampler Class Kit

The 30-Day Sampler Embroidery Kit will take you through everything you need to learn embroidery. Starting with the basics of embroidery on day one. Learn a new embroidery stitch each day building on the previous day’s knowledge. A complete illustrated stitch guide is included in the kit. Online videos are also included with the purchase. Each kit includes a login code to access the 30-plus videos. Some of the stitches include the back stitch, queen stitch, wagon wheels, and woven picot. When the sampler is finished, you will have completed a sampler with all thirty stitches. This is a great basis for a class.

The kit includes: Pre-printed sampler fabric for stitching; Six skeins of DMC or Cosmo floss in assorted bright colors; embroidery hoop; printed stitch guide booklet; needles; sewing pin and access to the password protected class with 30 plus videos.

This class is also available in a round, 12-inch version that can be framed, when completed, in a 12″ embroidery hoop. What’s the difference in samplers? Both the round and original volume 1, 30 Day Samplers teach the same stitches. The round sampler is much larger than the original rectangle sampler and can be displayed in a 12” hoop when finished. The original samplers come with floss, hoop and needles.

The 30 Day Sampler Embroidery Kit, Volume 2 will take one through everything they need to learn 30 more embroidery stitches. Volume 1 is not necessary to stitch volume 2. Add 30 more embroidery stitches to your repertoire. Stitch guide, video classes etc. are included as in volume 1.

Volume 2 is also available in a round version.

Learn 30 more stitches in Volume 3, available in a rectangle version or a round version like the previous versions.

These will be available later this month so place your orders now.

New from Sue Spargo

The indigenous Otomi people, with their multicolored textiles, oversized patterns, and whimsical layouts, inspired the design of Of a Feather. With multilayered wool appliqué and embroidery on a parchment background, this quilt takes on a modern feel with its bright, bold color. Stock up on this fantastic pattern, in which Sue provides detailed instructions, clear pattern and stitch diagrams, and the opportunity to learn new techniques such as wool appliqué, layering, cotton appliqué, embroidery, dimensional embroidery, and texture creation. This is a perfect Block of the Month quilt for a stitching day! The book includes patterns for the Of a Feather Quilt, Workbox, Pillow, and a Geometric Throw.

Rooted is a continuation of Sue’s small studies, which will lead you on a journey through the wonderful world of trees. Become immersed in the foliage, branches, and blooms, from the five-petal, intense red-orange Flowering Quince to the tropical Golden Dewdrop, with its violet-blue flowers and golden berries. With Sue’s detailed instructions and guidance on basic background layering techniques, you can teach classes with confidence and ease. Sue provides countless tips and tricks throughout the pattern, which will increase sales of tools and notions. Easily demonstrate how to add textural background stitching and how to enhance each element with expertly selected embroidery stitches, bringing each block to life.

Tinsel is another of Sue’s small studies and a celebration of the modern Christmas tree. Though the true Christmas tree tradition can be traced back to Germany, today many people around the world embrace the custom in their own distinctive ways. Tinsel is a celebration of this unique holiday tradition and a symbol of joy, unity, and gathering.

You may also want to add Sue’s book of embroidery stitches to your order. This book includes step by step concise written instructions, along with clear illustrations, for more than 70 of Sue’s favorite stitches. Included are close up, color, photographic examples of each of the stitches used. The beginning of ‘Creative Stitching’ gives you a detailed look into the needles and threads Sue uses, and throughout the book are color photographs of Sue’s work.

The perfect small size for quick reference anywhere, it is spiral bound to stay open to the page you are using. It has an alphabetical index in the back of the book along with a category breakdown of stitches in the front which allows you to choose a stitch by the effect you are looking for. The second edition of Creative Stitching is the must have book for you to begin creating highly embellished, textural pieces of art.

All of these books will be available later this month. The Creative Stitching book is available now.

You’ve got Mail? Crabapple Hill does!

These four new designs by Meg Hawkey are all the exact same size so your display can be switched out for each season. A sweet little bluebird is bringing a message for you! The pattern is for easy hand embroidery tinted with colored pencil. The stitcheies measure about 9″ x 10 3/8″.

Summer delivery is bringing sweet cherries and cosmos!

The autumn embroidery delivery is brought by a sweet, witch-y mail lady… flying by to drop messages about lots of Fall fun!

A warm winter greeting straight from the North Pole!

All of these patterns are due to arrive early next month so place your orders now.

New Cross Stitch from Primrose Cottage

Check out the latest sweet designs by Lindsey Weight of Primrose Cottage. Valentine’s Day Quaker cross stitch is stitched two threads over two strands, 80 x 80 stitched on 32 count fabric.

Warm Winter Wishes has a few of everyone’s favorite things.

Sip Stitch Repeat makes you want to sit in front of a fire and stitch!

All of these patterns are due to arrive early next month so place your orders now.

Cross Stitch by Robin Pickens

Robin Pickens has combined two loves, fabric design and cross-stitch to stunning affect. All of these designs are floated on her fabrics. The combination of textures adds that awe factor to every project.

Pine Crossing is a cross stitch pattern showing stylized trees across the landscape with a couple of red birds popping out against the wintry forest scene. Appropriate for winter holidays and seasons or in other colors for any time of year.

“Seasonal Courier: Cardinal’s Winter” is a features a festive cardinal sitting upon his favorite pinecone. The bird celebrates the winter season with snowflakes of various sizes and top and bottom borders bring in added decoration and color and shapes reminiscent of quilt blocks. Cardinal’s Christmas is the first in a series of four Seasonal Courier birds.

Sweater Weather combines the love of quilt blocks in a soft color palette in the borders with a bolder color pinecone for the winter season in the center. Leafy vines surround the center pinecone rectangle. This cross stitch pattern is the first in the “Sweater Weather” series, with more seasons to come!

Winterly Sampler is a sampler with multiple images including cardinals, trees, vines, pinecones, snowflakes and mistletoe. This festive sampler follows the same basic structure and size as the Fall Frolic Sampler but with a wintery feel!

All of these patterns are due to arrive in the next few weeks so place your order now.