Wednesday, December 1, 2010

News, Good and Bad

Unfortunately, my spies tell me that the City Stitcher in Chicago is closing on December 23 after 28 years.  If you are in the area, please visit and do your goodbyes before the end of this month.   Thanks for the tip. I'm sure a lot of folks want to visit to tell the shop staff how much they appreciate their hard work.

Amy Bunger's e-newsletter for December is out.  As usual, there are lots of information, including how to make linen suitable for a mummy!  Shoppers should note the shop will be closed to walk-in traffic 12/26-12/31 but all in-stock items will be on sale at 25% off.  You need to phone in your order ahead of time and items will be pulled on a first-come, first-served basis during the sale days.  UPDATE:  Robin describes the holiday/sale hours thusly: "
Amy's shop will be closed Dec 24-26 and closed Dec 31-Jan 02. The Store is open to walk-in traffic on Monday, Dec 27 through Thursday Dec 30. Her 25% OFF End of the Year sale is December 26-31. Only through the magic of the internet can one still shop when the lights are off."

Her website has also been updated with a photo of Tony Minieri's "Les Rubans Anciennes" --the latest in his series of fabric inspired designs which will be taught at Amy's shop next April.

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Books, Flies, Space and More

This is one of those summary postings about things around the World Wide Web that has  a little of everything in it.  First of all, I have two book reviews for you.  Robin looks at a book that features felting and shows off some felt applique she's done on various needlepoint canvases.

Kathy reviews an inspirational book about blackwork from a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework.  It appears to be from their Essential Guide series.

Jan just finished a darling Pat Mazu stocking with help from Judy Harper's e-books on beading.  There's a link to Judy's website if you are interested in picking up the books on sale.

Mary's got information on how we can vote to send hand embroidery to the moon.

In other contest news, is running a holiday needlework photo contest.  Pull out those decorations and take pictures!

Patt and Lee Designs is teasing us with glimpses of some of the new needlepoint designs to be revealed at the January TNNA market.  Can't wait to see if my guesses about some of the items were right!

Kreinik's blog has the story of how a needlework shop became a hangout for fishermen.

December is bringing sales and trunk shows.  Pocket Full of Stitches starts a 20% off Christmas sale December 1.

Nimble Needle has a Barbara Russell trunk show now, also 20% off.

Chandail Needlework is having a Twelve Days of Christmas sale the first two weeks of the month (except Sundays) with a different thing on sale each day.  The second link is their website with contact information.

The Needle Works has their canvases on sale at 40% off until December 23.  Threads are 20% off between December 5-11 and accessories and notions (but not books) are on sale Dec. 12-23 at 20% off.  Here's the link for online shoppers.

Have fun browsing!

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