Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Christmas Time Is Coming!

Hi Everyone!

It sure has been a busy time between getting orders and door prizes out from The Needlework Show to designing and stitching new holiday designs. As we watch another Halloween come and go I realized that tomorrow is November 1st already.  Where did this year go?  So far we have been lucky in Missouri as the cold weather is not yet upon us and we are looking at near 70 degrees on Friday and close to mid 60's next week!  I remember as a child (years ago - dating myself a bit!) that by this time of year it was starting to get cold and in many instances we already had snow! Gotta love those old Chicago winters!  Didn't miss them at all though when we lived in Tennessee just outside of Nashville - and we sure do miss our home there.  We've been in Missouri just south of Kansas City for 3 years now guess we are starting to finally get used to it for the most part but there is nothing like the South! (One reason I am so exited about the Nashville Market in March and I will be there with bells on!  It seems once we get past Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are here before we know it and so I figured now was a good time to introduce a new design to everyone who didn't see it at The Needlework Show last week.  I came up with the idea for this one by remembering my childhood Christmas' with my Grandparents.  Oh how my Grandpa loved Christmas. He was all about the decorations and Santa Clause. Grandma's turkey dinners were to die for along with her cranberry ice sherbet and dressing.  It always seemed to snow back then too... I don't remember too many Christmas' where we didn't have a blanket of white. There were always a lot of family at their house too when I was little. We lived with them for about 5-6 years and they were some of the happiest times I can remember. Hard to believe that my Grandparents have been gone now for over 20 plus years but I can remember those wonderful times like it was just yesterday.  This was my the inspiration for this little story told with needle and thread, buttons and bells.  I hope that you will enjoy stitching it this year to share with your family and friends and perhaps one day pass it down so that it keeps the holiday spirit alive in the hearts of many for years to come.  The photo doesn't do it justice at all, but the fabric used was DMC's Metallic Silver 14 count Aida.  It may be a bit hard to find now I am told,  however, Charles Craft's Stardust 14 ct Aida in either Silver Dust or Gold Dust will work perfectly and much easier to come by.  The design glistens and the DMC colors, Just Another Button Company holiday buttons,  and gold Jingle Bells (which are included with the chart) are bright and cheery.  If your local needlework shop doesn't have it yet, I am sure they will order it for you.  We will be doing a Holiday Ornament A Month beginning in 2013 along with a new series called "Calendar Bears".  More about those later!  Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween - it's time for this ol' stitcher to turn into a pumpkin and hit the hay.
Wishing You All "Beary" Happy Stitching,

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thank You For Stopping By!

Hi Everyone - Just wanted to drop a quick little note to say thank you to everyone who has stopped by our booth at The Needlework Show booth so far - it is appreciated so very much!  There are a couple more days left of the show and I hope that you are finding some wonderful things to stitch and request from your favorite needlework shop if they don't carry them yet. You are all entered in the drawing for our Door Prize and the winner will be notified by email by Friday, October 26th!  We also have another contest on our Facebook page! Just "LIKE" our page and you have another chance to win a Stitching Bear chart of your choice!  (Love You Thru It pillow kits are not included in this contest.)  Good Luck to Everyone and please stop by and visit us again soon.  You can also find more information on our website -  If you ever have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.  Beary Happy Stitching To All!    Deb

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Good Morning!  Just a quick reminder that today is the first day of THE NEEDLEWORK SHOW which opens online at 12 Noon Central Time / 1pm Eastern Time. The show runs through the 23rd. We hope you will visit our booth to see all of our current designs! We are debuting our new holiday design called "It's Christmas Time" too. We have nice door prizes for both the general public and shop owners!  Look forward to hearing from you.  More news later on our new designs! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Welcome To The Bear Den!

Happy Fall Ya'll! We decided one of the best ways to keep our stitching friends updated on what's going on in the Bear Den was to start our very own here we go!  We have lots of new and exciting things in the works for the holidays so please check back often or better yet why not sign up to receive our blog by email? (Don't worry - we will keep your email address to ourselves!)  That way you will never miss a thing!

We have a "Stitch-It-Quick" Halloween design that is available now called BOO HOO? that can be done in less than a weekend. It has a great little button pack available from Just Another Button Company (#9642) to finish it off. If you don't have time to finish it for this year, then hey, you have a big head start for next year! 

Our very 1st contest is currently taking place on our Facebook Page! The first 30 "LIKES" we receive are going to be entered into a drawing and 1 lucky friend is going to receive a Stitching Bear chart plus the embellishments of their choice!  Why not become a "FRIEND" of The Stitching Bear today?  Of course, we will be having more contests as time goes on including one for the upcoming holidays so please keep checking.  We will be doing a couple new series for 2013 so there will be a little project or two to complete every month if you'd like. Our "Calendar Bears" series will be  you guessed it! A month to month project that includes our bear friends.  Watch for the first in the series - "Beary January" to debut in December. Our second series will be "Christmas All Year Long 2013". We thought it would be fun to keep the holiday spirit alive and well all through the year so a new decorative ornament will be released each month. You can stitch them separately as ornament or put them together to create your own masterpiece...either way, we are sure you will enjoy these new up and coming series from our designer, Deb Jochim.  We are stitching into high gear for the holidays now and will have a new project ready for release later this month called "It's Christmas Time!"

Until is wishing you all days filled with Bear Happy Stitching!