Thursday, May 31, 2012

It is here and it is done.  Last March I took Carole Lake's St. Basil's Class at the shop and completed the canvas within 5 weeks.  I was so excited but really nervous to have it finished for fear it would be ruined.  Well take a look - it is perfect and will sit in my family room with yellow caution tape around it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

These are two of our most popular belt designs.  
Obviously we have cut off some of the NYC skyline as well as the golf course for the photo but I am sure you get the idea.  These make wonderful gifts.
And check out these finishing ideas 
if you choose to personalize it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How gorgeous is this Medieval Lion?  
Our in house painter did this for one of our customers.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Lots of talk about completing Christmas Stockings this weekend - what happened to Thanksgiving and the Autumn Season?  Helen completed this acorn canvas and sent it for finishing to be made into this wonderful topiary.  Wouldn't a set of three be stunning on a buffet table?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sally made this ornament for her soon to be daughter in law and had the date of the engagement embroidered on the back.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This crane canvas is a real popular piece in our shop so 
I thought I would share with the world.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How great is this denim pillow for any New York Giants fan?  
Just a simple ornament makes a great gift.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This geometric canvas would be a wonderful way to practice some different stitches while at the same time doing a different style sampler.

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Baby Anyone???  
This is a beautiful canvas with room for a name and date.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Doesn't this canvas start you thinking about pirates and hidden treasure???

Thursday, May 17, 2012

All the young girls like stitching or receiving this canvas.  Great gift for a college dorm room.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This simple canvas was stitched by Nancy using some amazing stitches and finished dramatically.  Great Job!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Something new hit our shop this week and boy are they selling well.  Everyone wants a collection of these jars for their kitchen hutch.  And best of all they make up quickly on 13 mesh.  We thought stand ups were the way to go.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Any you thought yesterday's canvas was cute, 
check out this one really closely.

Need a close up

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I am posting this blog with a request for some help.  
Back in March Petei announced her retirement at the end of the year.  
I took numerous orders that month which Petei had guaranteed to fill.  
Due to unforeseen health issues Petei has abruptly retired and is cancelling all outstanding orders.  I was hoping that anyone that has any of the below Petei Designs would contact me so that I may direct my customers to you.  
My email address is

056  1950's girl
483  Scarlett
484  Rhett
485  female graduate
486  male graduate
845  Shirley Temple
672  Statue of Liberty

401  Dorothy
179  Joan of Arc
343  Pocohontas
519  F  female chef
746  St. Catherine
388  Court rabbit
419  Tweedle Dee/ Tweedle Dum
012  Gadaloupe
623  Prince Edward
842  Queen Mary

515  Wendy qty 3
518  Michael  qty 3
849  Nana  qty 3
517  Mr. Smee  qty 2
514  Crocodile qty 2
088  Tinkerbell  qty 2
385  Peter Pan  qty  1
386  Captain Hook  qty  1
516  John with Top Hat   qty 1

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

It is less than a week away so don't forget your mom. 
We are sure she would love any of our suggestions.

Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 13th
Feel free to let us know if you would like to add something to your Wish List.  Gift Certificates are also available. 
We are still holding the Mother’s Day Special on the Tony Mineri Back to Basics DVDs.  They are $40 a piece or all three for $100. 
They are selling extremely well with a fourth order placed the other day -
so if you want to own it for Mother's Day
let us know so we can put a set aside for you.
Another new and popular item that has arrived in the shop in time for
Mother’s Day are these wonderful Snap Trays. 
They come in array of colors and patterns with different stitched sayings.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Please make note of all the dates and contact the shop at 201-612-7770
or stitches no later than May 15th
to place an order for your canvas.
The Wicked Witches of Stitching are coming to
Ridgewood Needlepoint this summer. 

Join us at an informal stitching class, select one of eight Melissa Shirley Witches and this informal class will tackle an area of the canvas each week; background, border, clothing, face/hair and accessories.  
You will not get a stitch guide but several suggested stitches and threads for each area to stitch your witch uniquely your own.  
For a selection of the witches to choose from go to and enter the number 480 in the search area and up will pop your choice of 8 different witches.

The classes will be held on Tuesday from 6:30 until 8:30 PM
on the following dates: 
June 5, June 19, July 10, August 7 and August 21. 
The deadline to sign up for the class is May 15, 2012.

Materials:  Melissa Shirley Witch Canvas and stretcher bars,
Please bring scissors, laying tool, beading supplies (Tacky Bob or E-Z beader) to class. This is a great class to us your stash threads and the rest of the threads can be purchased during class.

Class Size:  Minimum 4   Max 10

Cost:  $125 for classes.  Deposit:  $50  

Policies:  When you sign up the canvas will be ordered for you. 

If you have to cancel you will still have to purchase the canvas.
We realize that it is summer so if you miss a class you will be given the notes and a free stitch and chat, you will still be charged for the class.

Here is a sample of an easel back style finishinng done by Erin.

During the Summer we will also offer an Advanced Beginner Class
taught by Susan Bisanzo of Greenwich Ct. 
Susan is a very accomplished stitcher and wonderful teacher. 
Having taught at locations in our area before and taken
numerous classes with renown instructors. 
Susan will be teaching Ruth Schmuff’s Eye Candy Geometric. 
This canvas is available in two different color waves.
The classes will be held on Sunday from 10AM – 1PM on the following dates:
June 24th, July 15th and August 5th.
Materials:  Beading needles (I like #10, the short ones) size 20, 22 and 24 needles, laying tool, scissors, stretcher bars, tacks or staples, tacky bob or ez beader, magnet for needles, metal scissors for cutting Kreinik (although I usually use my good scissors), little baggies and ring for holding threads
The deadline to sign up is May 13th as it will take
6 weeks to order your canvas.
Class Size:  Minimum 4  Max 10

 Policies:  When you sign up the canvas will be ordered for you. 
If you have to cancel you will still have to purchase the canvas.
We realize that it is summer so if you miss a class you will be given the notes and a free stitch and chat, you will still be charged for the class.
Cost: $110 for the canvas plus an additional sum for threads and beads
and $125 for the class.

Many have asked about paperweights lately - here is Nina's example. 
They amke a wonderful gift for someone with a desk job.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Margarita with Stitch Guide  7 x 9  18 mesh  $20

Constance Coleman Scottie  11 x 9  18 mesh  $30

Aisian Sandal Straps  1 1/2 x  9  18 mesh  $20

AIDS Ornament  4 1/2 x 5  18 mesh  $10

Rivera Basket Man  7 x 7  18 mesh  $30

Purse  7 1/2 x 9 1/2  18 mesh  $75

Cocktail Party by Annie Campbell  15 x 10 1/2  18 mesh  $30

Rinaffe  12 1/2 x 12 1/2  18 mesh  $20

Cowpard  12 1/2 x 12 1/2  18 mesh  $20

Kimono  6 x 6  18 mesh  $20

Dog Sign  7 1/2 x 10  18 mesh  $30

Sailor Hat  8 x 8  13 mesh  $20

Butterfly by Rebecca  10 x 10  13 mesh  $30

Rabbit by Maggie  11 x 11  18 mesh  $30

Collie  15 x 13  13 mesh  $30

Fox by Anne Cram  14 x 14  13 mesh  $30

Please send an email to if you are interested in any of these canvases.
And don't forget to check the website to see other sale canvases posted.