Thanksgiving is over and we are now in the home stretch towards Christmas. It’s hard to believe that another year is almost at an end. But there’s still time to take care of those special people on your Christmas lists!
We have a lot of items to choose as gifts or for supplies to make gifts. We have a nice selection of Mill Hill Beaded Ornament kits. These make great gifts for cross stitchers or make them up yourself and give the ornaments as gifts. We also have the full series of the Mill Hill Nativity Series Kits. The series includes individual kits for Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherds Luke & Benjamin, Gloria (angel) and the 3 Kings: Balthasar, Gasper, and Melchoir.
For the kids: We have beginner embroidery and needlepoint kits, latch hook kits, Indian Beads kit, and leather craft kits. For kids and adults alike, we have Kanzashi Flower Maker templates, Pom Pom Makers, and Knifty Looms.
Pre-Made Gift Bags: Not quite sure what to choose for someone? We’ve put together some great gift bags: Learn to Crochet, Deluxe Embroidery, Lace Knitters Dream Pack, Colors of Wyoming Gift Pack. These are just a few of the fabulous selections we have. They are pre-packed and all ready to put under the tree!
There’s still time to knit or crochet gift items such as bookmarks using Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread & coffee cup sleeves using Universal’s Deluxe Worsted – we have a wide range of colors. And bulky & chunky yarns make hats and scarves in a jiffy! Choose Malabrigo’s Rasta and Berroco’s Kodiak and if you are really in a hurry, use braided yarns such as Poem’s Puzzle and Berroco’s Link. Doesn’t get much quicker than that!
Looking for stocking stuffers? We’ve got them! Choose all sorts of notions such as point protectors, stitch markers, shawl pins/sticks, measuring tapes in fun designs like owls, cats, flowers & peppermints; Soak, a rinse-free soap for sweaters, lingere and other fine washables; and Lavishea Lotion Bars which won’t leave a greasy residue on your needlework. Other gift ideas include “See Your Stuff” zippered project bags in 3 sizes; interchangeable crochet hook & knitting needle sets; and Hiya Hiya accessory cases in beautiful jewel colors.
This is the time of year to splurge on some of our luxury yarns. Zitron’s Traum Seide is a true lace weight yarn of 100% mulberry silk dyed in a gleaming gemstone palette. Artyarn’s Ensemble Light is a delectable blend of 50% silk and 50% cashmere. You have to feel this to know how unbelievably soft this yarn is! It doesn’t get much more luxurious than JoJoland’s Consonance, a blend of 52% silk and 48% cashmere. Just imagine these yarns against your skin – yum!
We have some wonderful books available as well. Consider adding these to your library:
Knit or Crochet Have it Your Way by Margaret Hubert. The 15 fun projects in this book are presented in both knitting and crochet.
Knit Noel by Bobbie Matela has 50 ideas for holiday gifts and decorations.
50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving is a book put together by Universal Yarns. And as the title suggests, there are designs for every occasion year round. The patterns cover a range of skill levels so this book is a must-have for every knitter.
Crochet-opedia – The Only Crochet Reference You’ll Ever Need by Julie Oparka is designed to help you learn crochet techniques and master each skill before moving on to the next. It includes step-by-step instructions, color photos, detailed diagrams, and enticing patterns.
If you need embellishments to finish up special gift items you’ve made, check out our large variety of buttons as well as beads, charms, metallic threads and other specialty threads.
There are so many things that would be a welcome gift for any needleworker that we can’t list them all. But if you have a hard time deciding there’s always Needlework Paradise Gift Certificates – never the wrong color or size!
We’re winding down on our classes for 2013 but we’re putting together some fun and exciting classes to get you through the winter. Aimee has a fantastic class coming up in January:
ESSENTIALS OF LACE KNITTING (Intermediate Level)
Start the new year by expanding your knitting skills! In this series of classes, you will learn the basics of lace knitting by making a set of three nature-inspired cowls: “Lupine Meadows”, “Absaroka Autumn”, and “Twigs & Buds” all designed by the instructor. Together, these patterns comprise a progressive course in lace knitting as well as chart reading. Each cowl requires only one skein of the recommended yarn and size 8 circular needles. Although these are small and relatively quick projects, they will provide you with the basic skills for lace knitting and give you the confidence to tackle larger, more complex designs.
Six Sessions – The first session starts Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Dates: January 8, 15, and 29; February 2, 16, and 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $65 plus materials
Materials: Three skeins of Mountain Meadows “Cody”; Size 8 – 16” circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge); scrap yarn for working a swatch at the first class. Recommended but optional: magnet board for holding charts.
Aimee has stitched all three cowls and you can view them here at the store. They are fabulous!
Other classes we have scheduled for 2014 thus far:
Cozy Felted Mittens (Intermediate level) 3 Sessions
My hands freeze in gloves so felted mittens is my answer to frosty fingers. I wanted stretchy cuffs but did not like the look of an exposed cuff. This pattern has a few short rows to add some shape to the mittens and two options for a hidden cuff or slightly exposed cuff if you want a contrasting color.
Note: This pattern is written for Magic loop, TAAT (two at a time). If you want to use DPNs or knit one mitten at a time you will need to make the appropriate adjustments.
Materials: 220 -300 yds worsted weight wool (make sure it will felt, not super wash or “machine washable”) Cuff is not felted & can be knit out of contrasting color or other yarn that is super wash or yarn that will not felt.
US10- 40” circulars or longer for Magic Loop & US4 (for ribbing),
or US10- 9” circular for One mitten at a time
or US10 Double point needles (set of 5)
Small amount of worsted weight Cotton yarn
Size(s): Adult Small, (Medium, Large)
Instructor: Linda Nolan
Begins: January 17, 2014, Friday 2 PM
LEARN TO KNIT- Beginner level
Learn to cast on, the knit stitch & bind off so you can complete a project.
Materials: Felting worsted weight yarn & Size 8 needles
Dates: Saturday January 25, 2014 10 AM (two hours)
Instructor: Linda Fee: $25
Socks Two at a Time Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate level
Cuff-down, on One Circular Needle (Magic Loop)
Instructor: Linda Nolan
Dates: Friday, February 12, 2014 at 10 AM
Fee: $45 – Four 1-hour sessions
We still have a few 12 Days of Christmas Workshops remaining:
“Tenth Day” – Needlepoint Mini Ornament
Tuesday, December 3 & Saturday, December 7
“Eleventh Day” – Pom Pom Gifts
Tuesday, December 10 & Saturday, December 14
Bonus Workshop! On Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m., Aimee will show you how to make Twisted Cords Using Specialty Threads. You’ve seen twisted cord trims in the stores and you can learn how to make your own custom cords to match your stitching projects. Use them as trim on needlework projects, Christmas gifts – you’re only limited by your imagination! This workshop is a quickie – only 30 minutes. So come in and get twisted! You can watch for free or you can purchase some threads and participate.
“Twelfth Day” – Felted Flower with ButtonCenter
Tuesday, December 17 & Saturday, December 21
A last minute gift idea.
Holiday Helpers Donations: We are collecting donations for Holiday Helpers again this year. The folks at Holiday Helpers will pick up our donations on Thursday, December 19 so they can get things ready in time for delivery. Our customers have always donated wonderful hand-made items in past years and those gifts are always appreciated. Thank you for your continued generosity.
And the winners are . . .
We apologize for not getting this information out sooner but we’d like to congratulate the winners from the 2013 Needlework & Fiber Arts Show this past September. We were so amazed by all the entries we received. We were pleased to receive so many entries covering a wide range of techniques. This show truly represented what needlework is all about! Thank you to everyone who participated; people had a hard time deciding the winners.
The People’s Choice Winners were:
|Jane Neale||Crochet||Irish Tablecloth|
|Aimee Nemeth||Knit||Rose Leaves tunic|
|Meg Sommers||Embroidery||Hardanger – original design|
|Sue Johnson||Needlepoint||Evening Star Counted Canvas|
|Roxanne Zahller||Other||Pine Needle Basket|
|Marianne Bibbey||Tatting||Large Doily Centerpiece|
|Kay Strike||Weaving||Blooming Leaf Wall Hanging|
|Patricia Mayfield (tie)||Art||Thread Art Vase|
|Deana Baker (tie)||Art||Naalbinding original design|
Anna presented a couple of special awards:
Kids’ Choice Winner: Terry Biron for her Barbie Bed & Kitchen created in Plastic Canvas
Life-Time Achievement: Martha Kinkade for her Cross Stitched Afghan and Bell Pull
Overall Winner: Jeanette Brewster for her Wool Table Topper
Again, we appreciate everyone who participated. We were overwhelmed by the quantity and especially the quality of the entries this year.
Visit Our Website! We’ve been making changes to our Needlework Paradise website: www.needleworkparadise.com. We post our latest newsletter and current class schedule there as well as our blog.
Stitch & Giggle – We get together every Friday to work on our projects and socialize with those who share our passion. Everyone is welcome to work on whatever project they want to bring. It’s a very relaxed and fun group. Join us anytime between noon and 2:00 for some stitching & giggling!
Linda hosts a weekly needlework group – Chix with Stix. They meet on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Everyone has a great time working on their current project. It’s a fun forum to exchange ideas and techniques. There’s no obligation to attend all the time and there are no fees or dues. Come in and check it out.
Please take the time to visit your local shops. The box stores can’t offer the variety and quality of the products, supplies, and classes we have that you want and need to get the results you desire. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the personal service you deserve and have come to expect from us. Needlework Paradise was created by women who share your passion for stitching. We will continue to be the needlework source for the discriminating, modern woman.
Check in often to see the latest merchandise and class schedule or whenever you need help and recommendations on your stitching projects. See what Needlework Paradise has in store for you!