I declare the Halloween stitching season officially open!

Aug 5th, 2014

The much anticipated Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection for 2014 has just landed and it’s a winner again! 47 projects on 114 pages means it’s not to be missed.

Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection 2014


There are loads of projects in here that have really wet my whistle, but one in particular ticks all my boxes:


Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection 2014 - Halloween Collage


I mean, how gorgeous? I’m loving the colour blends and combinations. It’s stitched on 28ct Monster Mash linen from Picture This Plus and uses DMC (Sullivans alternates) and Weeks Dye Works threads.


Mysterious rumours at Lizzie*Kate!

Jul 29th, 2014

It’s more than a rumour, actually. Lizzie*Kate has a very special Mystery Sampler coming this autumn! The title is Things Unseen, which is a perfectly mysterious name for their new project.

The mystery will unfold during November, December and January. This project is not seasonal, but L*K say this will be a great project for holiday season stitching… or holiday gifting… or that very special gift you choose for yourself!

They’re still putting together the embellishments and the fabric will be linen and aida options from Picture This Plus (precut, serged, individually packaged and labeled just as in 2013), as well as Weeks Dye Works thread packs with, yet again, a new custom colour. I’m getting more information in August and will pass it on asap!

Autoship programmes a-go-go!

Jul 14th, 2014

I just wanted to do a quick post to let you know about our current autoship programmes we have running or which are due to start very soon.

First up is Lizzie*Kate’s Tingles Double-Flips.

Lizzie*Kate's Tingles - October 31/Jack-o-Lantern



This is a series of 12 patterns in 6 parts (so, two patterns per issue) which can be stitched together in one large piece, which is how I’m doing it. It uses Weeks Dye Works threads and there is an optional button pack to go with it. This is a lot of fun, and if you love Halloween, you’ll love this. The series has already started but we still have a few spaces left.

Continuing on the Halloween theme, SamSarah Design Studio is running a 3 part Halloween Mystery titled “Something Wicked” which starts in September. Again, this uses Weeks Dye Works threads and there bonus patterns, as well.


SamSarah Design Studio Something Wicked Sneak Peak

Seriously, how precious is that owl??

And last, but not least, we are going to be running the new Country Cottage Needleworks Classic Ornaments as an autoship with all the usual options.

Country Cottage Needleworks Ornaments

This one looks so sweet, I can barely contain myself!

Hopefully there will be something for everyone. Have fun!




Lizzie*Kate Tingles Autoship ready for sign ups!

May 8th, 2014
Lizzie*Kate Tingles Double Flips

Lizzie*Kate Tingles Double Flips

Our new autoship is up on the site and packed with our usual options. We think you’re going to love it!

Holiday closure dates and a sale!

Mar 26th, 2014

Firstly, I just want to that we are still experiencing delivery issues from our suppliers in the US. Our shipments from our large distributors are  being delayed by many weeks as they are still having to have office closures due to the terrible weather. This has meant delays in filling some back-orders and I just wanted to thank those of you affected for your patience.

Now, onto the next bit. Our office will be closed from Saturday 29th of March and will reopen on Wednesday 16th of April just in time for our Easter Bunny Bonanza sale over Easter weekend. It’s going to be a good one, so be sure to make a little time over the busy weekend for some shopping!

From Good Friday to Bank Holiday Monday, all orders will qualify for a 10% discount. If you want to treat yourself, then orders over £25 will save you 15% and over £50 will save you 20%. We have been piling loads of stock on the website so be sure to check out our New in March page as ALL of our items will be discounted during the sale.

Speak soon!


Happy birthday to me!

Feb 19th, 2014

Yes, that’s right. On Thursday the 20th, it is my 45th birthday. I will be taking the day off, but I have set up a little present for you, too! For the day only, we will be having a SALE! Yay! Because everyone loves a bargain, especially me.

So, for one day only ( tomorrow, Thursday the 20th of February), spend £1 or more and get 10% off. Spend £25 and get 15% off. Spend £50 and get 20% off.





Crescent Colours Now Known As Classic Colorworks

Nov 8th, 2013

We have just heard the news that Crescent Colours hand dyed threads will now be manufactured by Classic Colorworks, a brand new company in the cross-stitch industry.

Ronny Williams, the son of Little House Needleworks founders Diane and Ron Williams and brother of Country Cottage Needleworks founder Nikki Leeman, is the sole owner and will be oversee dyeing and shipping operations for his new company.

The soft and vibrant colours stitchers have come to love, as well as the high quality of the threads, will remain the same.

The names and colours of current threads will not change so any existing designs that call for Crescent Colours threads may now be filled by the same colour names but under the manufacturer Classic Colorworks.

We hope that this will bring an end to the delays and difficulties in obtaining Crescent Colours stock (we hope he starts with Pea Pod and Caterpillar; they’ve been out of stock for months!) and we would like to wish Ronny all the best in his new venture!

Frosty Forest from Country Cottage Needleworks

Oct 4th, 2013

Frosty Forest is the new 9 part series from Country Cottage Needleworks and is due for release in November so we hope to be able to start shipping in early December, shipping and customs allowing!

You can choose to stitch the 9 charts together or individually and they will use a mix of DMC and hand dyes. Embellishments are entirely optional, but always add a little something special to the design. The designs are stitched on 32ct Belfast Pearl Grey from Zweigart.

Nikki has released the names of the designs already and they will be called:

* Raccoon Cabin
* Snowy Deer
* Snowman’s Cottage
* Snowy Friends
* Bluebird Cabin
* Snowy Foxes
* Snowgirl’s Cottage
* Snowy Reindeer
* Frosty Forest

So sweet!


Frosty Forest Country Cottage Needleworks

We will be running an auto ship, as usual, and the the sign up sheet for club is here.

The prices won’t be absolutely finalized until closer to the date, but we think we have a pretty good idea of costs. Remember, if you choose any of the thread, fabric or button options, you get 10% off of the retail price. The average monthly costs, including the 10% club discount, are going to be in the region of:

* Pattern: £4.05 per month (£4.50 if you do not choose any of the following options)
* 14 DMC threads: average of £1 per month (the first instalment will include 8 DMC threads, with two threads for the next 3 months and no threads after that.
* 10 overdyes: average of £1.6 per month
* 9 buttons: average 90p per month
* Individual fabric option:  approx £1.80 per month

I know that I, for one, will be doing this series! I can’t wait!!


Lizzie*Kate Holly and Hearts Mystery Sampler

Jul 24th, 2013

Hello all!

I just wanted to let you know that we will be doing the new mystery from Lizzie*Kate. It will follow the usual format (3 parts, 12 skein thread pack and fabric).

The order cut off is August 13, so let me know asap if you’d be interested so I can get an idea of numbers!



Problems continue…

Jun 3rd, 2013

It seems that we’re still having issues sending emails from the website. If you place an order and don’t receive an acknowledgement, please don’t worry, but do get in touch if you’d like the peace of mind.

We’re also unable to send “order shipped” emails, but please be assured your orders are going out as normal. This morning, we are catching up all the orders placed since the outage on the 28th.

I also want to say that our Scarlet Letter shipment is in, but I obviously haven’t had two minutes to rub together to get them on the site; This week, I promise!

I can only apologize for the further disruption to the service and thank you again for your patience.