Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Country Cottage Needleworks NEW Santa's Village Club!

Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks has announced her NEW MONTHLY SERIES of Santa’s Village houses! We will be offering a special automatic for these releases. The first release is scheduled to ship from Country Cottage mid-November.

The designs are all stitched on 32 count Lambswool Linen, but if you would like to substitute a fabric that Norden carries in stock, we suggest 32 count Belfast Flax. All of the designs measure the same size with a stitch count of 72w x 88h. This makes them about 4 1/2" by 5 1/2" on the 32 ct fabric. SHOP OWNERS - If you would like to add Belfast Flax to your monthly auto each month, please fill out that part on the attached form.

Each of the designs are perfect to stitch alone, but they are all really special when stitched together. You can stitch as many together as you like, but Nikki will be posting an image as this program goes along of the village done together with 3 horizontal rows of 4 houses each. You will need a piece of linen measuring approx 24" x 24" if you plan to stitch them like Nikki’s posted on her site. If you decide to stitch them together you don’t even have to skip any stitches, they will just flow one into the other. To make it easier to promote and plan how you may want to stitch your village, Nikki has provided a list of the pattern names in the order that they will be released. Santa’s House, Poinsettia Place, North Pole Post Office, Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop, Santa’s Stocking Store, Reindeer Stables, Christmas Tree Farm, Candy Cane Cottage, Santa’s Sleighworks, Gingerbread Emporium, Elves’ Workshop, and Hot Cocoa Cafe.

Another special part of the designs is that each will use one button from Just Another Button Company. Using the button though is completely optional, and so it is not included with the pattern. If you like the button you can purchase it to add on, and if not, then just stitch the chart as directed without the button. You have the option of signing up to receive these button packs with each release as well.

We will be shipping this auto out monthly with the supplies that you have requested. We are all super excited about this new series from Nikki, and can’t wait to start stitching it ourselves!

Country Cottage Needleworks Monthly Santa’s Village Monthly Cottages
Distributed by Norden Crafts
Please call, fax or email this form to us by November 12th in order to receive the necessary supplies for your auto.
Shop Name_____________________________________Contact Name_______________________
Norden Acct #_______________________Email Address___________________________________
Phone #_______________________________Zip Code____________________________________
1. Quantity of patterns you would like to receive each month - ___________ (3 minimum) retail $6.00
2. Quantity of Just Another Button Company Button Packs Each Month____________________
3. Quanity of the Zweigart 32ct Belfast Flax Linen if stitching individually?_____________yd(s) ***
***(this fabric will be sent monthly with each release for those that are stitching them separately)
4. Quantity of the Zweigart 32ct Belfast Flax Linen if stitching on one piece like Nikki’s________yd(s)****
***** (sent with 1st release in November.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Linen 101 & Trivia Contest!

We are re-introducing a segment of our monthly newsletters that people seemed to really enjoy.  It's called LINEN 101, and these posts will have a lesson about linen, and each week there will be a new lesson. 

Where did it come from and how old is this stuff?

* Mummies wrapped in shrouds have been found in Egyptian tombs dating from more than 5,000 years B.C.

* Wall drawings dated 2400-2200 B.C. depict the cultivation of flax.

* Linen is mentioned in the Bible as a noble and valuable product.

* Chackmagne (A.D. 768-814)  played a major role in the revival of flax.

* It was decreed in 884 A.D that all women including Princesses, should learn the arts of spinning and weaving.

* During the 12th century flax cultivation thrived in France and Germany.

* Flanders a country existing in areas of France & Belgium became the centre of the flax industry and went through a period od extraordinary prosperity followed by a deep crisis...More on the crisis next time!

Above information available in: Flax in Flanders Throughout The Centuries By: Bert DeWilde


Be the first to answer the question below correctly and we will send you a FREE Judy's Boo Boo Stick!

Retail $9.50 
Judy's Boo Boo Stick is linen and even-weave friendly - By dragging clipped floss out the back of the fabric, the positioning of the fabric threads are not dislodged and the delicate fibers are not frayed.

There Are Many Benefits To using Judy's Boo Boo Stick
  1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome sufferers are relieved of the stress of the "pinching" motion of picking threads.
  2. The Boo Boo Stick removes stitches faster than pulling with fingers. needles or scissors.
  3. There is no damage to the face of the fabric.
  4. The alignment of fiber threads are not disturbed.

How many items do we carry that have the word "PUMPKIN/PUNKIN/PUMPKINS" in the name of the item?  Choose your best guess!

A. 504
B. 343
C. 265
D. 685

Just comment below, and if you are right I will comment back!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Historic Stitches & Stitch 'n Stuff (Reading, PA)

Featured Designer


Acorn Harvest Thread Keeper
How long have you been a stitcher and how did you first learn about stitching?

Elinor Simpson 1815 Sampler

I did my first cross stitch project in the late '70's (I'm dating myself here) when I was curious about the needlework a co-worker was stitching on our lunch break.  A quick lesson later, and I was a convert!  I had tried crewel embroidery in the past and had not been successful at it, but cross stitch really seemed to be the perfect fit for me.  In the mid-'80's I discovered reproduction samplers, and found my niche in the handwork of stitchers young and old from centuries ago.
When did you begin designing your own patterns and how did that turn into a business?
I published my first design (the Elinor Simpson 1815 sampler reproduction chart) in 1998 at the urging of my good friend Edna Medlin of Threads of Gold designs. Edna encouraged me to try my hand at charting some of my own antique samplers.  I found that this was a wonderful and very satisfying outlet for my creativity, and have since branched out into producing some original designs of my own.  I try to do an annual Christmas ornament, based on motifs from antique samplers, and I have also done several collaborations with Liberty Hill, such as the Acorn Harvest Threadkeeper.

What are a few of your favorite themes when designing a pattern?I love samplers and original designs with houses, acorns, and cats, to name my top three motifs.  Halloween and spooky-themed designs are also high on my list of favorite cross stitch themes.

Do you stitch your own models, or do you have model stitchers?I design a chart on my computer and then stitch my own models from the charts.  This helps me to catch errors in the charts before publication.  Even though I am a slow stitcher, the main advantage to me in doing my own model stitching is that I can determine quickly if thread colors are not working, or if they do not closely match the colors in the antique sampler I'm reproducing.  This allows me to change colors before the stitching progresses too far.

What would you like to say to your fans that are reading this?The main thing I would like to say is a very big "Thank you!" to all of the stitchers who have supported me with their words of encouragement and purchased my designs.  I love to hear from anyone who has a comment about my designs, whether by email, phone or letter, and I value each comment greatly.  Getting feedback from stitchers is such a valuable tool for a designer in determining what type of sampler or other design stitchers would like to see made available to them.  I also love to read about or see photos of my designs that stitchers have completed.  Seeing how stitchers have personalized and finished my designs is something I really enjoy.  I hope to have a section set up on my website next year that is devoted to posting photos of my designs as stitchers have finished them
A Bit About Susan
Witche's Hat Scissor Case
#1 Seller!!!

What's your favorite holiday and why?My favorite holiday is Halloween and favorite season is autumn.  I attribute this to having been born in the month of October, but Halloween is such a fun holiday, and there have been so many cross stitch designs to celebrate it that it has become the favorite holiday of many.  Living here in the south, the summers are so long and hot that it's always such a refreshing time of year when the cool winds begin to blow.  I always feel renewed and energized at this time of year.

Do you have any pets?

I have two beautiful cats, Anna and Misha.  Misha is a full Siberian and Anna is half Siberian and half Ragdoll.  She is my sweetie girl, the sweetest and most empathetic cat I have ever owned.  I sometimes think that she can read my mind because it seems that she can tell my mood by just looking at my face.  Her only vice is that she loves to bite plastic bags - not a good thing for a cross stitch designer, as I used to have plastic bags everywhere.  But Anna's love of plastic bags has forced me to clean up my workspace whenever I'm done for the day  -- something my husband would say isn't a bad thing, after all.

If you could be an animal, which would you pick and why?I love cats, and could definitely get into being one of our pampered felines.  What's the saying:  A dog has owners, but a cat has staff.

Would you like to share a favorite recipe?A favorite recipe of mine and my husband's came about by accident.  Several years ago I was suffering from a cold, and having heard about the supposed healing powers of chicken soup, I decided to try a recipe I had come across that sounded interesting.  I think my congested brain confused some of the measurements, but what I ended up with was some very good chicken noodle soup.  I can't vouch for its healing powers, but it is quite tasty and easy to make, and my husband requests it about once every couple of months or so.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

1 pound chicken tenders
2-3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 cans sliced carrots, drained (or if preferred, two fresh carrots, thinly sliced,)
2 10.75 ounce cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
6 ounces egg noodles, uncooked
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the chicken tenders on the bottom of a 3.5 quart slow cooker.  (I've never had a problem with sticking, but a small amount of non-stick cooking spray can be used, if preferred.)  Put the sliced celery - and if using fresh sliced carrots, add them also - on top of the chicken.  Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of the vegetables.  Spoon the cream of chicken soup on top of that.  Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until chicken is done and can be shredded with a fork.  Pull apart the chicken into small to medium-sized pieces with two forks. Add the can of chicken broth.  If using the canned sliced carrots, add them now.  Cover and continue cooking on high for approximately one hour.  Cook the egg noodles according to package directions, drain and add to slow cooker.  Make sure the noodles are well stirred into the soup mixture, cover and cook on high for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, or until well-heated through and soup begins to bubble.  (Hints:  To reduce the fat and cholesterol content, try using reduced fat cream of chicken soup and egg noodles that are made without the egg yolks; low sodium chicken broth can also be used, if preferred.  When re-heating leftovers, just add more chicken broth to the mixture, as the noodles will continue to absorb the liquid when stored in the refrigerator.)

Featured Shop

Stitch N' Stuff by Dit and Debbie
3646 Pottsville Pike, Rt 61
Reading, PA 19605
Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, & Sat 10-4 Thurs 10-6
*Shorter hours, Sat 10-2 in our Framers Nook

Owner Debbie E Schantz, partner mother, "Dit" now retired, stitching all the time! 

How long have you been in business?
In 1981 my Mother, "Dit" and I visited a cute little shop in South Carolina.  They carried craft items and had a Counted Cross Stitch corner.  I had already tried CCS, and my Mother tried it after and enjoyed it too!  We visited the shop several times over the next few days and were inspired.  Mother was very crafty and my sisters and I learned young about needlework and crafts.  When we returned home we continued to talk about a business as we realized we were "hooked" on cross stitch.  After many months of planning, I attended a needlework show, we found a vacant shop, and we went into business as Stitch N' Stuff by Dit and Debbie.  We were anxious to show people how to do counted cross stitch, not in our area at that time.  However, we were amazed to find an established group of stitchers already in our area, happy to find a local place to get their supplies.

How do you compare the products that are available in today's market compared to 10 years ago, and how that has changed your business over time?
A lot of things have changed over the years.  In the beginning most people worked on Aida cloth.  DMC was used almost exclusively and YOU NEVER CHANGED THE COLORS!  (We certainly don't limit ourselves that way today.)  Slowly stitchers moved on to using linen and different fabric colors became available.  The next trend I believe was using buttons as accents.  Today there are many types of threads and multitudes of fabrics, many many colors and counts.  Maginification accessories make stitching on fine fabric easy!

Who are some of your personal favorite designers?
Over the years some of my favorite designers (companies) include Shepherd's Bush, the Prairie Schooler, and Lizzie Kate.  I just don't seem to have much time to stitch regularly, however, I did make a baby sampler for my grandson, OH BABY! by Lizzie Kate!  We have customers who remember my son Alan playing I the shop in his preschool years.  A Christmas stocking is probably in the future for me to stitch.

What are some of the biggest changes in the industry and how do you make use of it for your company?
Mose recently the computer has changed our business.  Yes, it's easier for people without a local shop to get supplies.  But I have had to learn a new skill, and needed people to help me learn, it's an ongoing process.  (I wish my husband was a "tech-man").  Nothing replaces a trip to a shop to see in person new cross stitch designs, but you can find charts that we do not have in the shop, creating more ordering and shipping for those not local.  But we have made lots of new friends and customers over the computer too.  We mail everyday and I can place orders by email, and do them at whatever time I can find, not just during established business hours.  Just like you, if you can't sleep, you can order from us during the night, and many of you do!  The biggest disadvantage to the computer, we're spending too much time on it and NOT STITCHING!
How can we get the next generation of stitchers started?
I would like to get new, and more, yound stitchers.  I have been askign designers at needlework shows to designs for young people, and wasy projects to get them interested.  Counted Cross Stitch is a wonderful hobby, let's pass on this joy of stitching!!

Would you share a little about your family?
I've been married for 37 years, with 1 son, also happily married and a new Grandson! 

How long have you been in business?
Stitch N Stuff started in 1981, and we moved to our current location in 1987.  We have 10 employees, everyone has been with me for "years". 
Besides stitching and running your business, what are a few things you enjoy in your free time?
In addition to stitching, I love to read and play golf. 

Who inspires you? 
My parents have always been my inspiration, cheerleaders and role models!
Recipe: Taco Salad
Supplies: sour cream lg. size
        Taco Sauce Med
        Head lettuce, chopped
       4 Large tomatoes, chopped
                    1 small onion, chopped
                   2 large bags shredded cheese, usually one mozzarella, one cheddar
Mix taco sauce and sour cream together in bottom of 9 x 12 pan
Layer the rest: first lettuce, then tomatoes, onion, and cheese.
Keep cold and serve with your favorite style dipping chips!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fabric Flair & Norden Crafts

We are excited to announce that we are now distributing Fabric Flair!

We will be carrying Fabric Flair's top selling fabrics to start, but we will be expanding the line over time including exclusive colors! 

Fabric Flair's Aidas, Evenweaves, and Linens will be available in 39"L x 35.4"W cut in pre-packed retail hanging bags*.  Half cuts will also be available in Evenweaves and Linens.
* Wash and care instructions are included within every pack. The hanging bag format allows for protection, easy restocking while the clear display and attractive packaging helps increase sales. 1/2 cuts not available in retail hanging bags from Norden Crafts

Fabric Flair has been supplying the best choice for combined quality, range & price to stitchers in Europe & Australia for over 20 years. With the next generation they have expanded to the USA.

Their range of needlecraft fabrics is the largest in the world, and their technique of creating hand-dyed effects and patterned fabrics is the most eco-friendly on the market, using less than 1% of the dye of conventional hand dyeing.

They have worked with several well known designers to create unique and exciting patterned fabrics that work to enhance the designs, and offer stitchers something they haven't seen before. Their range includes silver sparkles, a colorfast sparkle that shimmers beautifully.

Woven in exclusively European mills, imported and finished in Massachusetts USA, their range of aida, cotton and linen evenweaves are among the finest in the world.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Santa's Elves have been working very hard this year to bring you an EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION PREMAX SCISSOR available for the upcoming holiday season! 

We are now accepting pre-orders on this fabulous 3 1/2" Embroidery CANDY CANE SCISSOR! 

Quick, contact your shop and let them know that you want the Premax Candy Cane Scissor!

Don't miss out, when they are gone, we won't be able to get any more! 

Suggested Retail $19.00

Norden Customers - Click the link below to order it now!

Linen 101

I am thinking about making available the Linen 101 series that was published in our newsletters over 15 years ago. Topics included from seed to fabric.  I am asking if there would be any interest?


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Chessie & Me & NEW SHOP ALERT! Finishing Touch (Louisville, KY)

Featured Designer

How long have you been a stitcher and how did you first learn?
Autumn Sewing Book
I've done some kind of hand work since I was a child.  My grandmother first taught me to embroider on flour sack dish towels.  In the 70's, I was teaching weaving and needlepoint at a Junior College and someone introduced me to counted cross stitch and when I discovered that you didn't have to fill in the backgrounds, I was hooked!!!

What are a few favorite themes when designing a pattern?
I LOVE fall and Halloween themes and could designs them any time of the year.  Patriotic is another favorite.  Other than that, I really am inspired by the current time of year, a location I happen to be in or even seeing an interesting house will spark an idea for a new design.

How do you compare the products in today's market and how has that changed your design?
The quality of both the linens and threads available have greatly improved.  I've really become addicted to overdyed linens.  I love the aged look they give to any design.  I'm also a fan of over dyed threads, whether, silk or cotton and in the last 5 years have used those exclusively for my designs.  For me, they give the design so much more depth and the colors themselves will sometimes inspire me to create. 

Do you stitch your own models, or do you have model stitchers?
Yes, I stitch all my own models and sometimes even restitch them.  I'm a very tactile person, so I hand chart, hand stitch, change colors until I'm satisfied and then send the model to be charted on the computer.

Do you or are you willing to travel for stitching events?
Yes, I do travel quite a bit.  I come from a teaching background and enjoy meeting people from different areas of the country when I teach workshops.  Since most of my design and work time is pretty solitary, I really look forward to time spent with people who share my passion for stitching!!

Let's Learn a Bit More About Linda!

What's your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving!  I love to cook and there's no present buying pressure, so for me, a house filled with loved ones and good food is just the best holiday ever!!!

What are your three favorite movies?
I have so many, but, my absolute all time is Casablanca.  I will watch it anytime, anywhere and have probably seen it a gazillion times!!

Would you share a little about your family?
My immediate family is just me, my husband, John, and our two cats, but we have lots of brothers and sisters between us and tons of nieces and nephews whom we adore!

Do you have pets?
Yes, we previously stated, I have two spoiled cats, both of whom think they are a HUGE part of my business!  Brewster, is a 12 year old tiger, who at 18lbs, loves to be my lap cat....especially when I'm stitching on a new project, and Chesapeake II (Chessa), is a 6 year old grey and white tabby who pretty much takes control of everything else.  Chessa's actually sitting on top of the printer, staring at the screen as I type....I'm sure if she doesn't approve, I'll hear about it!!

Featured Shop

Saundra Cox
The Finishing Touch
2004 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

How long have you been in business?

In 1978, I opened the original Finishing Touch and enjoyed seeing it grow and change for 30 years.  After spending a little more than four years in retirement, the new Finishing Touch opened its doors on September 14, 2012.

How do you compare the products available in today's market compared to 10  years ago and how has that changed your business over time?
There is no limit to what is available to the stitcher today in the way of products to inspire creativity.  Moving forward from the days of limited fabric, fibers and embellishments to today's range of hand-dyed fibers, beautifully colored fabrics, designs of every degree of simplicity and difficulty brings us to a needlework world with something for everyone.  What a wonderful thing to be able to offer so many choices for hours of stitching joy and personal fulfillment.

Where do you see your company in five years?
In the coming years, our goal is to once again provide a shop where stitchers feel comfortable and relaxed while shopping or sharing time with others who share their passion.  There have been many great memories shared with customers in years gone by and, hopefully, many more to be made.

Being profitable would, of course, be a bonus.

What type of events do you offer at your store?
Super Bowl Sundays and Market Sundays always provide  fun afternoons in the shop.  Not only do shoppers get to browse and chat on a day we are not normally open, but we always have freebies, prizes and finishing ideas in addition to all the newest designs.  Trunk Shows and Designer visits have always topped the list of favorite days.

Our "Ladies of the Touch" developed into a large dedicated group of stitchers who shared countless hours of ideas, techniques and support for one another - inside and outside our shop.

Do you have any advice for aspiring shop owners?
While needlework shops lend themselves to a more casual atmosphere than some businesses, it remains a serious business that can be what you make it.  Patience and tenacity count and the possibilities are endless.

A Bit About Saundra

Besides stitching and running your  business, what are a few things you enjoy in your free time?
When I have a moment, I usually reach for a book from the stack waiting to be read.  My husband and I have enjoyed traveling through our own country and beyond; many  happy memories made while traveling.  I also love taking on a new project whether it be a new kitchen, beginning a new sampler or renovating an old building to be  a new shop.

What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas has always been tops on my list.  Love to collect decorations of the season and spend time arranging them throughout our home.  The Christmas Season always includes contact  with those you might not see on a regular basis as well as the opportunity to begin a fresh new year. 

Would you share a little about your family?
My immediate family is very small.  Have been married to the same person for 50 years and have one daughter.  Our daughter is single and a hard-working executive..  She also owns a personal fitness studio in the same building as "The Touch," so we have much to share.  Two cats complete our little family.  I think my "extended" family is enormous and that is a wonderful feeling.

What changes would you make if you could go back in time?
I would start with a big family and try to not take myself so seriously.

8 oz. Package Cream Cheese
1 cup Margarine (2 sticks)
½ cup Butter
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa
6 Eggs
2 ½ cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Cream cheese, butter and margarine together. Gradually add sugars and beat until well creamed. Add cocoa and one egg. Beat well.
Add flour, baking powder and salt alternately with the remaining five eggs. Beat well after adding each egg. Add the vanilla and blend.
Bake in a 10-inch stem mold that has been well greased and dusted with cocoa or flour.
Bake at 325 degrees for 85 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Makes a large cake - about 16 servings.
Drizzle cream cheese frosting over warm cake. Sometimes we top with fresh raspberries as well.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 3 oz. Cream Cheese
1 tablespoon of Evaporated Milk
Pinch of Salt
2 cups Confectioners Sugar

Beat cheese, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. Add confectioners sugar and beat until creamy.
This cake is wonderful to have during the Christmas holidays. It will stay fresh for several days. Great to serve at the end of a meal or as a late evening snack.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Needle Delights & NEW SHOP ALERT - Threads Needlwork (East Petersburg, PA)

Featured Designer

How long have you been a stitcher and how did you first learn about stitching?
I learned to knit and crochet at 5, embroidery at 10, and cross stitch at 14.  I learned to needlepoint when I started working in a needlework shop.

When did you begin designing your own patterns and how did that turn into a business?
I started with small ornaments for class instructions and then did a larger geometric after my students encouraged me to create a "Mystery Project" for them.  It snowballed from there!
What are a few of your favorite themes when designing a pattern?
Geometrics & Color.

How important is social media in the cross-stitch industry and how do you make use of it for your company?
The power of the internet, facebook and blogs is immeasurable.  Mant stitchers are influenced by what they see on websites, blogs, and online groups.  I have a website , a blog  and am a member of a Facebook Needlepoint Group. 

Have you ever exhibited at or attended a TNNA trade show, and if so what are your thoughts on it?
Summer Logs
I have exhibited at the Nashville and Fall shows.  I appreciate the shopowners who attend and think they probably have the best shops in the industry.

What is your personal favorite design in your line?
My favorite always seems to be my most recent finish and right now it's "Summer Logs".  It has been well received and has been flying out the door!

A Bit About Kathy

Besides stitching and designing, what are a few things you enjoy in your free time?
Quilting, travel, reading, movies, beach, watching sports, and spending time with family & friends.

What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving - I was born on Thanksgiving Day!

What kind of music do you like to listen to?
A little of everything, except classical!

Would you like to share a favorite recipe?
I don't cook much (I'd rather stitch!)'s a great recipe for the crockpot!

Taco Soup

2 lbs ground beef (or turkey)
1 onion, chopped
2 pkg Ranch Dressing (dry)
2 pkg Taco seasoning mix
1 16 oz can black beans undrained
1 16 oz can dark red kidney beans undrained
1 16 oz can pinto beans undrained
1 16 oz can navy beans undrained
1 16 oz can Rotel tomatoes
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can corn drained
2 cans chicken broth (or 1 can plus 1 can water)

Brown mean and onion, drain. Put in a large crockpot and add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Leave the crockpot on high until the soup starts to boil, then turn to low. I usually leave it on low for 4-6 hours.

Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and/or green onions – if desired.

You can really adjust the ingredients to your taste – use whatever type canned beans you prefer, any kind of can tomatoes will do, and you can adjust the “heat” by using Mild or Spicy Taco Seasoning mix and Rotel tomatoes.

Freezes well!

What is your favorite meal?
Mexican Food or Pizza!

Do you have any pets?
Boots & Samantha, my two cats!

What changes would you make if you could go back in time?
I wouldn't make any changes as everything had led me to this time in my life, which is very good!

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Get rid of everything and start traveling around the world!

If you could be an animal, which would you pick and why?
One of my cats - they have a great life! 

None of us are perfect – tell us about something that embarrassed you.
I once walked in on the chairman of the board of the company I worked for in the bathroom - he'd left the door unlocked.  It doesn't seem so bad now but at the stime, it was pretty awkward.

Featured Shop

2019 C. Miller Rd.
East Petersburg, PA 17520

Patti Chambers, owner

How long have you been in business? 
My shop has been open for 4 ½ months!  We offer counted cross stitch, hardanger and punch needle embroidery patterns and supplies.  We carry threads from DMC, Weeks Dye Works, Crescent Colours, Gentle Art and Rainbow Gallery. We have Zweigart, Weeks Dye Works and Picture This Plus fabrics.  We offer patterns from seemingly countless designers! The patterns range from the old standbys to complicated European designs and more contemporary patterns.

How long have you been a stitcher and how did you first learn about stitching?
I have been stitching since I was about 10 years old.  I started with needlepoint, then started embroidering my jeans. I found a Thea Governeur cross stitch kit at a needlepoint store in the seventies and got hooked on counted cross stitch!

How do you compare the products that are available in today's market compared to 10 years ago?
I am impressed with the changes in products over the years.  So many patterns in so many styles are now available.  There are so many fabric choices.  The color choices, especially of overdyed fabric, are amazing!  There are so many new threads, too.  The variegated overdyed threads give a unique effect.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?
I will hopefully have a larger shop in 5 years. I would like to include a fiber arts gallery.  I’m also thinking of having a satellite store at some point. I would like to have a shop large enough to carry needlepoint supplies in addition to what I already carry.

Besides stitching and running your business, what are a few things you enjoy in your free time?
Aside from stitching and running my business, I enjoy home decorating, running and hiking, especially on the Appalachian Trail.

What are your three greatest achievements?
My three greatest achievements are raising a wonderful family, becoming a physician and opening Threads Needlework which supports my passion…
I hope my next achievement can be finishing an 18 page Heaven and Earth Designs cross stitch project!

Would you share a little about your family?
My family includes a wonderful husband of 30 years.  We have a 22 year-old daughter who graduated from college last spring. Our son is 20 years old and just moved to New York City to continue his education. We also have a 12 year-old daughter who just entered the seventh grade. We have a dog and 3 cats.

What is your favorite holday and why?
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It’s so nice to spend a low- key holiday with family where nothing (but food) is expected of me. I can sit and stitch!