Saturday, May 8, 2010

Seven Words to fight Breast Cancer

We'd like to highlight a non-stitching related cause today. We have worked with Michelle from MKC Photography in the past on an amazing series of sewing images and she recently shared with us her newest work to help raise money for Breast Cancer. We just had to share it with our members....

I took a poll. I asked women what words they would want to hear when facing a battle, what words they would say to their mother, their sister, their friend. I arranged them in order, from the first day, moving on and upward, through the journey. These seven words are for my aunts. They are for my cousin. They are for my college professor. They are for my childhood friend. They are for each one of us, because cancer touches us all.

In honor of May and Mother's Day, 25% of all proceeds from this print will go directly to my dear friend's organization, Phi Mammo Gramma, as they raise funds for the Avon Three Day Walk in the hope that, one day, the eighth word will be "cure."

Friday, May 7, 2010

SYHO Friday ~ Designs By Lisa

It’s Official it’s SYHO Friday! Yippee! We are thrilled to introduce Kathy of Designs By Lisa, the SYHO Designer Encyclopedia May 2010 designer.

Month ~ May

Design Company ~ Designs By Lisa

Design Title ~ Purrrrr Like You Mean It

Fabric ~ 32 count Hand-dyed Raspberry Jobelan #865211 from Wichelt

Threads ~ GAST Chalk, Black Crow, Pebble, Rose Garden, Tea Rose

Buttons ~ Just Another Button Company #ss1005.T

The May SYHO Stitcher newsletter will be out on Monday...till then be sure to get over to Hoffman Distributing Company's website and drool over their Friday new releases and then get to your LNS STAT!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sublime Stitching

Did you hear Sublime Stitching is having a Cinco de Mayo sale? Just enter the code ~ YAY4CINCO ~ at checkout and get 5% off your order till the end of the day today!

Plus....Dia De Los Muertos is only $2.50 ~ that's 50% off!
Off to shop a bit...I need some funky summer patterns.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

All I seem to think about is needlework

Since it's the start of a new week I always like to try and tackle at least one question/thought/idea I have rumbling around in my head. Last night it took me over 2 hours to get to sleep b/c I had a mountain of ideas running around and I just couldn't get them to stop.

In the past, I tried writing everything down in a small note book (The big guy's suggestion and purchase) the book was filled within a week and I started to get anxious b/c there was so much to do in the book, I'd never get it all done. Totally overwhelming! I felt worst off than before and the book mysteriously vanished (I was told the dog ate it but I'm not buying that story).

I think about family things, I think about day to day to do lists and since I started Loose Thread Stitchers, all I seem to think about is needlework. How do stitchers use the internet to find what they need. What would make it easier for stitchers to find what they need online easier. How do stitchers find a Local needlework Shop (LNS)? What makes them go back. Why do they stitch and what does it give them? I could go on and on (I actually typed out a few more sentences but re-read what I wrote and thought it was a bit overwhelming so I deleted them...... (: see what I mean?)

This year we started the Stitch Your Heart Out (SYHO) Campaign, joined Funk and Weber Designs in the Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy Campaign, Wrote an event column for The Gift of Stitching Magazine and introduced moms to needlework via our MomSpace column. We began work with The Embroiders Guild of America to boost their visability online and continue to work with local needlework shops, designers, teachers, distributors and manufacturers to build content on the Loose Thread Stitchers website to help stitchers find everything they need in a single location. And yet...I still feel like there is so much more to do.

So......instead of going crazy in my head this week I thought I would put it out to our LTS community. What do you want to see, what is missing that you'd love to do, experience, showcase. Why do you do needlework and how can we share it with the general public? I want to know your thoughts, feelings, opinions, suggestions ~ the good bad and the ugly. Get a cup of coffee get your fingers on the keyboard and let me know what you think!

Whew! now I feel better......I can't wait to read your ideas!