Oh, good morning and Happy Friday!
Before I start blathering, I’ll cut to the chase and let you know that the Twelve Wreaths for Christmas kit (which also works for the next Stitch Snippet) is now available. Woohoo!
The downloadable PDF project book that goes with the kit is also available. I chatted about both of these in yesterday’s blog post, if you’d like to read more on what they’re all about.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to see today arrive, so that I can launch these kits and the e-book!
I’ve been looking forward to working through the final Stitch Snippet with you, but I knew I couldn’t do that until I had the kits ready. So now that they’re ready, we can continue with the Stitch Snippets series for 2023, and finish up with a festive Christmas ornament!
You may have noticed that there’s a little theme running here, and I hope to continue running it next year, too. I would like the final Stitch Snippet next year to be a Christmas ornament as well. I have a design in mind and I’ve already doodled about with it. It’s slightly different from the previous ornaments (the Trees, the Snowflakes, and now the Wreaths) that we’ve done here. It’s a bit more dimensional, if nothing else.
As usual, I learn a lot as each year of The Journey progresses here on Needle ‘n Thread. Hopefully in 2024, things will go a little more smoothly and we’ll be able to have the last project out in a more timely manner. We will work on that goal!
But that’s next year, and I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about this year!
What’s Coming Up?
The week of November 27th, we will be jumping into this year’s final stitch-along. If you have a kit, you’ll have all the supplies you need for that, with the exception of DMC stranded cotton. I will give you a thread list (it’s only four colors) as soon as we start, so that you can line up your threads and be ready to stitch.
Some product reviews are ahead. I’ve had some requests to review a specific hoop stand, for example. So I bought it. I’ve been happy, frustrated, pleased, and annoyed with it – so I’ll tell you about that.
The week after Thanksgiving, we are doing a major studio clean-up and re-organization (because the fun never ends!). We need to make room for some very nice fabric coming in. I’ll take plenty of pictures and we’ll talk studio space and organization.
We’ll also be decorating the studio for Christmas.
That’s something that requires some thought and effort. I’m trying to come up with Something. But my brain is not cooperating.
You see, I’m located in a small historic downtown here in Northeast Kansas that goes all-out when it comes to Christmas. We have a Christmas festival here, an “Old World Chistkindlmarket” at the Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival Grounds. It runs for two weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And we have a Christmas Bazaar, parade, and whatnot downtown the first Saturday of December. There’s a yearly gingerbread house contest at our local Country Store (Sugar Creek Country Store). The little shops in the downtown area decorate and run sales and do all kinds of things to entice folks to shop local. And we even have a fresh Christmas tree lot (right across from my studio) that lends a rather Hallmarky atmosphere to the whole place.
And then there’s my pathetic building on the corner. While it works for us (we aren’t a walk-in shop, after all), it isn’t exactly charming. So I feel we need to do something in the windows, to contribute somehow.
We have three large windows across the front of the building, with small sills (about 8″ deep). There is approximately 3″ between the solar shades and the glass. We had garland in the windows last year, but I sold it off a couple weeks ago because it had glitter on it. Glitter is a huge No here in the studio.
Anna suggested hanging embroidery hoops tied up with festive red bows in the windows.
Anyway, we are playing with ideas. Have you got any? Feel free to make suggestions if you like! I’ll definitely post pictures if we do anything interesting.
And finally, we have been collecting and planning for a new Needlework Eye-Spy game for this year. This always a fun adventure! I’ll share more about that as we prepare it for you.
Lots coming up! It’s a busy time of year, but I always make time between now and Christmas to do a bit of stitching or finishing. I’ll share more on that, too.
Have a wonderful weekend! (And don’t forget to stop by the shop and pick up your own copy of Twelve Wreaths for Christmas and the corresponding kit, before the kits are gone!)