Friday, January 28, 2011

Freebie Friday

Brenda E. Kocher designs are elegant, original, canvaswork embroidery designs, which showcase a wide variety of textured stitches and utilize only the finest of Italian silk and specialty threads.

Here's a few of Brenda's Fabulous Freebies that you can make with the stash you already own!


Click HERE to download the directions and find out more about Brenda's work.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Giveaway ~ FREE tickets to SAVOR in Philadelphia

I know we are all about Stitching here at LTS but a girl's gotta eat right?  So if you live (or know someone who lives) in the Philadelphia Area be sure to check this out! 
We are giving away tickets to SAVOR!

The 3rd Annual Can't Miss Food Event of the Year!!!
Sample Fabulous Fare from Some of the Region's Premier
Restaurants & Caterers while Sipping Luscious Libations
and Listening to Live Music.       *Open-Bar also included.

Benefits Philabundance!

~ To Enter ~ 
You must be 21 or over to be eligible to win.
You also must live in the PA, NJ, Delaware, Tri-State area
as the tickets are for an event in Center City, Philadelphia.

For one entry~ Simply share your favorite cake and icing flavor combination below!
For a second entry ~ Sign up as a follower of Truly Custom Cakery's blog and/or"like" Stacey’s Sweet Shop on Facebook and leave a 2nd comment here stating you're a follower and/or fan.
For a third entry ~ become a Facebook fan of Loose Thread Stitchers and leave a 3rd comment letting me know you’re a fan.
For a fourth entry ~ Join the Loose Thread Stitchers website (free) and leave a 4th comment here letting me know you joined. 

For each entry, PLEASE include your e-mail address!
Entries with no contact information will not be eligible to win.
A maximum of four entries per person.
The winner will be chosen using 
This giveaway will end Friday, January 28th at 10pm EST.
For More Info on the SAVOR event. Please visit this LINK.

Last Year We Collected 550 lbs of Food!
We Want To Surpass That Amount this year!!!
PLEASE Bring a nonperishable food item for Philabundance
& be entered to win hundreds of dollars
in restaurant gift certificates!

Sponsors Include:
The Crystal Tea Room, Victory Beers, Barefoot Wines,
Philadelphia Distilling - Bluecoat Gin & PENN 1681 Rye Vodka
Select Event Rentals
Back2Life presented by Brandywine Valley Talent

SAVOR Restaurant/Food Participants to date:
A La Maison
Arbol Cafe
Bobolink Dairy & Bakeyard
Chabaa Thai Bistro
Concerto Fusion
Crystal Rose Catering
Cupcakes Gourmet
Desserts by Dana
Drexelbook Catering
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar- Radnor/Marlton
Fruit Flowers
Funky Lil' Kitchen
Green Valley Inn
Jimmy's BBQ
Mango Moon
Mediterranean Grill
Mel's on the Hill
One Village Coffee
Susanna Foo
Truly Custom Cakery
Once Upon A Cookie
Twenty 9 Restaurant & Bar
Valley Green Inn
Waterworks Restaurant
Votre Vu
Xocai Chocolates

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ SamSarah Design Studio

Ok So I know today is Wordless Wednesday but I am making an exception today. There is NEWS in the cross stitch industry. A few weeks ago Patti (SamSarah Design Studio) sold her %age stake in Just Another Button Company to focus on her counted thread and quilt designs. So here's Patti's newest creations and a bit of info about how SamSarah Design Studio came about...

“Alphabet Baubles” series of 26 charts “T” is for Train is stitched on Zweigart Newport natural/red linen using floss from The Gentle Art and Weeks Dye Works, embellished with JABC buttons and placed in an East Side Mouldings frame. The final chart, “Z” is for Zipper released in January 2011.

Entire alphabet can be stitched or select letters to spell out a word or name.

For stitchers creating a complete door banner with all the letters (three letters wide by nine letters tall,) a complimentary chart will be released in Nashville to stitch the twenty seventh square.
‘Our House’ Pearls series of 16 charts, released one each month, shown stitched on one piece of linen with the complimentary border available from your favorite stitch shop. Can also be stitched individually and comes as a full kit, mini-kit (minus the frame) or just the chart. Four charts yet to be released.

Stitched on 28 or 30 count linen or Graziano 18 count natural linen Aida with Crescent Colours over-dyed floss, embellished with JABC buttons and placed in a frame from East Side Mouldings.

Here’s a Sneak Peak of part of a new full size chart releasing at Nashville Needlework Market in February. Three-dimensional carrots and a framed Easter piece are included on this, as yet, unnamed chart.


Future of SamSarah Design Studio:
Since I’ve only been enjoying just a few short weeks of this new-found freedom, we’re still in the process of ramping up SamSarah. We had a houseful of kids, family and friends between Christmas and the New Year and I enjoyed every minute of it. Then it was time to start stitching in earnest for the next market. We definitely will continue to design fun and whimsical charts and kits for stitchers. In addition to the sneak peaks and new chart announcements above, a new six-month series, “Farmer’s Market” is in the works and debuts at Nashville. We will keep creating new finishes, finding new accessories and will always be a place for fresh ideas to bloom.
In addition to needlework, we are expanding the company to include our new “quilt division.” I get to revisit an old love - patchwork and applique - updated with new techniques and fabulous new fabrics. So glad I donated all the old cottons to a quilt guild making Iowa flood relief quilts. Not a bit of guilt for buying new fabric! The new quilt designs will debut in May when SamSarah attends our first Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. We’re just finishing up Nashville cross-stitch designs before beginning to sew new quilts.

To find out more about SamSarah Design Studio be sure to check out the SYHO blog HERE, read about SamSarah on Patti's Blog HERE and follow SamSarah on Facebook HERE.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Blog Roll

Here's a few Fabulous blogs we follow that you might want to check out. Do you have a blog? Be sure to leave us a link in the comment section and we might pick you to be a featured blogger in the future!

FAB Designer Blogs

FAB Stitcher Blogs