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Tue-Fri 11am - 5pm
Sat 11am - 4pm
First Sun 12 - 4pm
Sun/Mon - Closed
Next Open Sunday
July 2
We will be closed
Tuesday July 4th
Summer has come to the SF Bay Area. It's foggy at the coast and will be over 100 degrees in the inland valleys this weekend. Come visit the shop and enjoy our air conditioning and some stitching!
American Dream Products
Wednesday this week we were notified by American Dream Products, makes of the EZ Stitch line of scroll frames and stands, that they will be closing the business. I'm still not sure when that is going to happen but when I get notified of things like this I always assume it's sooner rather than later.
I'm trying to stock up on knobs and the No-Baste hook & loop tape especially. But I will be doing an order for more rods and side bars in the next couple of days.
I am waiting to hear from the two distributors of their products as to what they think the wind-down time is and how long we might still be able to get product. But if you need components of the EZ Stitch line, order ASAP so we have a better chance of getting what you need. I no longer see the floor stand or its components on their website so those items might already be gone (I have an e-mail in to them to find out).
You'll find the EZ Stitch Scroll Frame components in our online catalog on the Scroll & Slate Frames page.
New Things
Summer Schoolhouse Part 1
Brenda Gervais is releasing a new summer series called Summer Schoolhouse - Lessons in Abecedarian. It will have 6 projects over the course of 4 charts to be released later this month, then 2017 Summer SchoolhouseJuly, August and September. Brenda designed the smalls to be stitched over-one on 28 count Lugana Mushroom. We are suggesting Cashel Clay for those that want to do it on linen vs. Lugana. It requires a regular quarter yard of fabric (9x54) for all of the smalls. We do have both fabrics in stock and I've added an order page to the new catalog for the series. It's the only place you'll find the Regular Quarter cut of either fabric. When you sign up for the first chart it will add all 4 charts to your shopping cart, and we'll ship them as they are released. If you want fabric and/or threads you can order them there as well and we'll ship those with part 1. There is list of all of the threads the series uses on the order page.
I have added the fabric substitutes for Just Nan's Just Nan Summer Mouse in HouseSummer Mouse in a House. We picked Lakeside Linen Honeysuckle (which matches the wool felt) and Belfast Flax. The Week's fabric is quite grey and I personally was looking for a somewhat warmer color for the house and this worked with the threads. Click on the photo to go to the order page. We still have a couple of copies of the Spring Mouse in a House, HATS Greeting Cardsand a few more of the Summer Mouse in a House - both are sold out from Just Nan.
I have started adding the Hands Across the Sea charts to the online catalog and did get the greeting cards added. You'll find them in the new version of the online catalog. I'm working my way through all the charts, but as with all things, it always takes longer than I think it will :-)
Sundance Glow in the Dark BeadsI'm working on updating the Sundance Beads list with all of the new beads. I'm not done yet (hopefully this weekend) but I thought you might be interested in the photos of the glow-in-the-dark beads they released in January. They are only in size 11 and they do glow. I hadn't left them outside that long when I took this photo. Check the Sundance Beads page in a couple of days and hopefully I will have gotten them added.
Tiny darning samplerWhile I've not been doing much stitching the past couple of weeks (I feel like I've been chained to a desk) I wanted to share with you something I made several weeks ago for a birthday present. Darning Sampler SpoolI used one of the blank Milady's Needle wood spools and created a darning stitch sampler. This was just a design I made up from my various books of stitches. It's 40 count Wichelt Provence Lavender linen and I used one of the many purple Soie 100/3 colors for the thread. I cut a piece of a paper the diameter of the spool and then used that to figure out the edges of the linen, creating a 4-sided stitch border.
To attach the project to the spool I tied off a thread on the back of both the top and bottom of the edges to join, laced it to the other side a bit, slide it over the spool, Darning Sampler Spool closeupthen proceeded to "zipper" it closed with the thread. I tied it off in the middle and then buried the thread underneath with a curved needle. Gloria explains the finishing in her kits using some glue, but I didn't want to glue this particular one down. I added a pair of purple Victorian Scissors and one my hand-made crystal fobs. Something pretty and something useful for a very dear friend (who gave me permission to share the photos with you all)!
I hope you find time to stitch something fun for yourself or a friend. Or at least browse through your UFOs for inspiration.
Happy Stitching!
...and Jennifer, Debi, Cymone, Marissa
Jackie du Plessis, Jeannette Douglas
and Kathy Rees 2017 Classes
Jackie will be coming to teach for us again the first weekend in August teaching Tribute, which was one of her 2016 Williamsburg projects, on Friday. Saturday is new piece she is still designing called Moments to Memories and Sunday will be an older, but very popular design, A Tisket A Tasket.
Tribute    A Tisket, A Tasket
Common Thread IIHarmonyJeannette Douglas will be here September 22-24 to teach the companion to Common Thread II which she taught for us in 2010. She is creating a San Francisco version for us and we'll post a photo of it when she's done with the stitching.
Kathy Rees will be here October 14 & 15th teaching Harmony, the second in a class series (Serenity was first which she taught for us in 2015).
You can sign-up for any of the classes now - a $50 deposit is required to hold your place. You find more detail through our Classes page or you can contact the shop.
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We have two parking lots for the office complex. One is off Mariner Square Drive on the courtyard side of the building. The other is behind building #2417, which is next to us. There is no dedicated handicapped parking in either lot and the best place to park for a really flat surface is in the back lot and come in the Mariner Square Loop door. Yes, we are at the corner of Mariner Square Loop, Marina Village Parkway and Mariner Square Drive (go figure!). We keep both doors unlocked during store hours. There is no metered parking here to worry about - it's the two lots and plenty of street parking on Mariner Square Drive. Our complex sits directly on top of the Webster Tube so if you have trouble with your GPS finding us we're 1 block from the Target store (and not in the shopping center).
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