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DECEMBER 2005                 



Happy Fall Y’all!! Before we know it the Holiday season will be upon us. This year we should be especially thankful that our area was not in the path of Katrina and Rita. Our thoughts and prayers during this Thanksgiving and Yuletide season should be for those who are trying to recover and rebuild from these tragedies. There are many opportunities and events out there to provide aid to these victims and I encourage everyone to do what they can; no matter how big or small, your generosity will be appreciated.

We are finally getting some enjoyable weather before the long winter sets in. I’m sure many of you are stitching away, trying to finish those special gifts. Just a reminder of our Holiday deadlines—

  • Custom Framing—Saturday, November 26th
  • Cross Stitch Finishing—Thursday, December 3rd
Winter evenings are a wonderful time to sit in front of the fire and stitch the night away. Be sure to stop in the shop for your projects and supplies for the upcoming season. You wouldn’t want to be snowed in without any stitching plans, would you? Mark your calendar now for all of the upcoming events!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - Our annual Holiday Open House will be Saturday, December 3rd. Bring your stitching friends and join us for shopping, refreshments, and a special gift, our token of thanks for supporting us throughout the year. While you are here, be sure to see the WhimZi display and vote for your favorite design. This is a great time to purchase gifts for the stitching friends and family in your life. Be sure to drop by and share this day with us!

INVENTORY CLEARANCE - The computer says we have it, so I know it must be here…somewhere…maybe you can find it, so we don’t have to!! It’s that time of year again when we get to count EVERYTHING that is here in the shop. You, our customers, can be a great help with this project, by reducing the amount of merchandise we need to count. In return, we’ll help you by providing the following special discounts:
  • DEC. 22nd-24th, 26th & 27th – 15% off all regularly priced items; additional 40% off all sale items
  • DEC. 28th & 29th – 20% off all regularly priced items; additional 40% off all sale items
  • DEC. 30th – 25% off all regularly priced items; additional 50% off all sale items
  • Sale prices are on IN STOCK merchandise ONLY
  • The discount does not apply to special orders, DMC floss, Dazor lamps, kits from The Crewel Work Company, or floss chests
  • Super Saver cards can be punched, but may not be redeemed during this sale
SAMPLER OF THE MONTH CLUB - Sampler of the Month Club starts this January! The club will run for 10 months (thru October) and features wonderful designs from various sampler companies/designers. Cost is $10 and membership entitles you to:
  • The free chart every month
  • Kits for purchase for that month’s sampler
  • Coupons for special discounts
Sign up now and come in anytime during January to begin your sampler stitching!!

STITCH FOR EVERY SEASON CLUB - This club is for everyone who enjoys changing their décor with the seasons and anyone who likes the occasional seasonal design. We have chosen three groups of charts, each one with a design for every season. The club begins in January and runs thru December. Cost is $10 for the year and entitles you to:
  • The free chart every month
  • Kits for purchase for that month’s design
  • Coupons for special discounts
We’ll provide the charts a season ahead so that when the time actually comes, you’ll be ‘season’ ready!!

SUPER BOWL SALE - Whether or not you enjoy watching football while you stitch, come to The Stitching Post annual Super Bowl Sale, Sunday, February 5th from 1-5PM. Enjoy chatting with fellow stitchers as you stock up on new projects for that winter season we talked about earlier! Top that off with a 15% savings on all in-stock merchandise and you’ve got yourself a winning game!! (No Super Saver Cards or Custom Framing)

MARKET DAY - With the New Year come lots of plans for trade shows and new merchandise from many designers. Nashville is the biggest cash and carry show of the year. We spend two very full days going from room to room shopping for as much new stuff as our suitcases can hold—they are usually bursting at the seams!! Mark your calendars now and don’t miss it! See all of these great NEW things on Saturday, February 18th. Nashville Day is always exciting, so come join us!!


VICTORIA SAMPLER - The second in the small farm series, Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm is a beautiful picture with trees, a log cabin and plenty of snow; Christmas Virtues 2 and ‘F’ is for Fairy—all of these have embellishment packages available

TERESA WENTZLER - Tropical Dream features silhouettes of palm trees and a sailboat with a backdrop of a colorful sunset—you’ll wish you were there!

TOKENS AND TRIFLES - These wonderful heirloom sewing cards have two new styles—Kugels and Confections. They were first seen in the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue for this year and can be finished as ornaments, place cards, etc.

MIRABILIA - Her latest designs are Garden Beauty and Mermaids of the Deep Blue

TRAIL CREEK FARM - These designs for fall have buttons and pillows with wonderful fabrics—Fall Colors is a big orange pumpkin pillow with a four-square design; Nuts Stitch Here features an acorn done in brown and plaid with matching buttons; also Halloween Cats and Boo, Eek, Hiss

FROM NANCY’S NEEDLE - Canvas pieces called Desert Star and a Celtic design—Terracotta Celtic Knot; Santa &the Tree of Wildlife—this piece has a Santa standing by a tree full of wonderful wildlife critters—the buttons for this one are as cute as can be!!

WAXING MOON - Christmas Quickies is a Limited Edition chart with a Santa that goes in a cute tree banner from Stitch-A-Gift and a small piece called ‘Yummy’ that fits a Gingerbread Frame from Poppy Creations; Snow-Ho-Ho is a snowman Santa; Christmas Is…

MILL HILL - There will be a new window pane series for 2006. One kit will be available every other month with the first one offered in November so that you can stitch ahead for each season. You can stop in the shop to see a photo of the first design. Sign up to be on the automatic for these kits, we’ll hold them for you and call each time the new one arrives in the shop.

SHEPHERD’S BUSH - Several new small kits—Believe—cute for a quick to stitch Christmas gift and Best Witches—both of these are on 10 Ct and great for beginners; Happy Birthday and Thankful Sheep—he has on his little pilgrim hat!; Come Tarry is a beautiful sampler with a saying that starts out “Come tarry here on this sweet earth…”

BENT CREEK - Let Us Be Thankful Row

SAMPLER COVE - Wonderful motifs on the Grace Quaker Sampler

LIZZIE KATE - Tiny Tidings X - there are some cute pieces in this collection, two of which we have plaid pillows from Stitch-A-Gift; Here Comes Santa-2005; New Boxer kit Friends and Family—this would make a nice gift or beautiful addition to your own home for the Holiday season; small snip-it 1st Christmas; Pair ‘O Pilgrims can be stitched as stand-ups and ready to come to your Thanksgiving feast

CALENDARS FOR 2006 - They are finally here!! The pattern a day calendar is back, and there are new wall calendars for this year in Cross Stitch, Needlepoint, and Embroidery. These are wonderful!! Each month has the picture of a design, but, in addition there is a custom paper mat that is perforated for easy removal, fabric or canvas and the chart—all for only $19.99!! The designs for the cross stitch calendar are all from Ewe & Eye & Friends; the needlepoint is screened on the canvas; and the embroidery patterns come with the lines already on the linen! Not only will these make a great gift for friends, but you’ll want to save one or two for yourself!!

Dragon Dreams - Dragons of the Deep; To Trim A Tree - this features the little bear that first appeared in Snowfall Magic putting the finishing touches on his Christmas tree

THE TRILOGY - Thanksgiving Spots has little motifs for the season; new Take Along kit called Welcome Home features three houses

PINE MOUNTAIN - Christmas 9-Patch; cute and quick with a pre-sewn pillow sham on 10Ct—Merry & Bright

SEKAS & CO. - Two new squares are Santa Square and Turkey Square; Peppermint Heart is the latest heart design

LITTLE HOUSE DESIGNS - Friendship Tree and Coffee House

LA-D-DA - Polly Wolly Doodle—just a fun little design—you won’t be able to get the song out of your head!!

RUG HOOKING -We now carry a small variety of supplies for the rug hooking, including a few frames, fabrics for creating your own patterns, as well as some more patterns and kits. Weeks Dye Works carries a beautiful line of wool that can be easily cut into strips for hooking your patterns.

General class conditions:
  • Call or come in to reserve your class. Please do not just show up & assume a spot is available!
  • Payment is due for the class one week from the time the class.
  • If a class does not have enough registrants and is cancelled, the money will be refunded, can be applied for shop credit, or applied to that class. If you are unable to attend an event and there is a substitute available, money will be refunded minus a $5 processing fee.
STITCHING OVER 2 – If you always wanted to work on a higher count of fabric and were afraid to, this class is a great chance to give it a try. Knowledge of linens and even weave fabrics, as well as helpful tips will be presented as you stitch on a small project. Teacher: Dianna Heiger $12
MON., FEBRUARY 20, 6:30–8:30 PM

BEGINNING NEEDLEPOINT – During a two evening session, information for stitching on canvas will be presented. You’ll learn two of the basic needlepoint stitches (continental and basketweave) and with those you will be able to work on any canvas. Teacher: Carol Toll $20
THURS., JANUARY 19 & 26, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

BEGINNING RUG HOOKING—Our first rug hooking classes last quarter were enjoyed and well received. Although it was new to those who took the classes, traditional rug hooking dates back to Colonial times. Join us for this class and learn the history of rug hooking while working on a small project during the class. A materials fee of $20 (cash or check, please) is due the night of class. This includes your hook, hoop, pattern and wool. Come and “get hooked”! Teacher: Marie Sugar $35
SAT., JANUARY 21—10 - 12:30 PM
THURS., FEBRUARY 2—6:00 - 8:30 PM

PUNCH NEEDLE—Carol will be returning to Baltimore in January to teach these punch needle classes. We offered a Saturday evening class at our Ocean City Jamboree and quite a few people who hadn’t tried it before really enjoyed it. Come try your hand at it and see what you think! She is a wonderful teacher; you will learn a lot and see some beautiful examples of punched pieces. Teacher: Carol Lattimore $20
THURS., JANUARY 12—6 - 8:00 PM
SAT., JANUARY 14—10AM - 12PM & 1:30-3:30 PM

RHAPSODY—This colorful design is worked on canvas using watercolours (18 Ct. Canvas) or wildflowers (24 Ct. Congress Cloth) from Caron. The piece is comprised of squares of different stitches, alternating flat and raised combinations. Choices of canvas count and color schemes will be provided. This class is being offered with one teaching session and an optional workshop. During the workshop you can stitch and get help with any questions/challenges you have encountered while working your piece. Teacher: Carol Toll $ 80
SAT., JANUARY 7—10 AM -12:30 PM

BOUQUET—From the designer of Rhapsody (and the companion piece Romance) this is her latest design of squares within a square! The squares are done in various colors and stitches, which can be moved around to any place you desire since each one is the same size. The fibers provided for this class will be Kreinik braid, Caron Wildflowers, and Splendor silk from Rainbow Gallery. You are welcome to substitute other fibers of your choice. This class is being offered with one teaching session and an optional workshop. During the workshop you can stitch and get help with any questions/challenges you have encountered while working your piece. Teacher: Carol Toll $ 120
SAT., FEBRUARY 4—10 AM - 12:30 PM
SAT., MARCH 4—10 AM - 12:30 PM


STITCHING WEEKEND—The Get Away with Yarn & Thread will be April 28th – 30th at The Eisenhower II Hotel & Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA. Sponsored by MANRA, a group of needlework and knitting shops in the Maryland, Washington, & Virginia areas, the cost for this stitching weekend is $350 per person double occupancy or $425 for a single. A deposit of $175 ($212 Single) check payable to MANRA is due Dec. 1st & the balance due by Feb. 1st, 2006. (Deposits are not refundable unless you provide a replacement.) Call the shop for further details.

WOODLAWN NEEDLEWORK SHOW—This annual show is held during the month of March in Alexandria, VA. We will take entries to Woodlawn for anyone bringing their finished work to the shop by Saturday, February 4th. The entry fee will be due when you drop off your piece. Entries can be picked up in April.

WHIMZI DISPLAY - Hope everyone is stitching away for our WhimZi display—don’t delay, drop off your entry TODAY!! (Deadline is 11/28)

GIFT CERTIFICATES are available in any amount. What could make gift giving easier this Holiday season? Stop by and pick up one today for your favorite stitcher!

E-MAIL LIST—We are working on building a list of e-mail addresses to send periodic updates. If you want to get the latest news directly to your email, give us the information when you come to the shop.

FRAMING NOTE—When bringing your pieces into the shop for framing, be sure that all charms, beads and buttons are tightly secured. In addition, please make certain that all of the threads on the back of your work are clipped off and not left hanging. These will show behind the fabric and since we can’t always be certain where the thread might lead, our framers will not clip those tails!

CHARGING MERCHANDISE—Due to the increasing cost of credit card processing fees, we would appreciate your help. On orders that are less than $10, please try to use a debit card, cash or check, if at all possible.

November 7th-26th—Kathy Schenkel
Dates to be determined—Sisters and Best Friends taught for us at the Jamboree in Ocean City this year. When the show leaves Salty Yarns it will be coming here for all of you to see! Please call the shop or watch the flier in your shopping bag for dates.

RED HAT STITCHERS’—It is time to re-new your membership in the Red Hot Flasher club for only $10. Spots will be available to new members if your dues are not paid by the first Sunday in December.

DEC. 24th—Open until 1PM
DEC. 31st & JAN. 1st—CLOSED
JAN. 2nd—Regular Hours

Remember that hours might change due to the weather, so please be sure to call to make sure we are open.

Toll free number (if calling Baltimore is a long distance call): 1-888-845-4744 Local phone: 410-788-7760

We are happy to do special orders and mail order.
Phone: Baltimore area: 410-788-7760

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Special orders welcomed (We try very hard to find the items you are looking for!)

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