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Another year for and I am very proud to say the store is getting busier all the time. I guess by now it is getting to be known or at least heard about. has 3 main sections. There are the Kits & Canvases, some of the canvases with Stitch Guides. I continue to feature the designs I love and am glad to see some of you love them too.

My store specializes in the gorgeous design work of Laurel Burch, Melinda McAra and her wonderful sports themes and New England based canvases. I have the amazing Pajamas & Chocolate line of colorful hand painted canvases. I am always excited to see what they will do next. Plus I have a good stock of the Patt & Lee Design Scrap Thread Canvases. I think Scrap Thread Canvases are a great idea for using up all the extra threads & yarns we all end up with.

Now I get to name drop. has original design work from many other canvas artists including Danji Design, Jean Smith, Mayo Design, Jane Wheeler, Sophia, Jackie Ritchey, Kirk & Hamilton & More.

This past year I added a needlepoint belt category.

I assemble the kits for these canvases myself from the threads I love to stitch with. I use Anchor & DMC Perle Cotton Floss in sizes 3, 5 & 8. Also Kreinik Metallic Braid Thread in sizes 12 & 16. I let my love for and appreciation of color & how the colors relate to each other guide me. Putting kits together is my favorite part of my business. has a very good selection of new needlepoint books and other new books with subjects or techniques applicable to needlepoint. I have begun to amass a collection of Letter & Monogram books, to add words & signatures to our stitching.

I have also expanded my category headings to make the exact book you are looking for easier to find.

By my best count (and I am sure I missed a few or counted some twice) I list 190 new books. I’m always looking for newer new books.

My Rare/Used Book titles are dictated by the books my customers want and the books that I can get, in reasonable condition. It is getting difficult to find decent, salable old books. Some of the Rare Books are getting quite hard to find.

There are some extraordinary books out there, they go out of print and are often forgotten. We are losing wonderful and very useful stitching books all the time. Some of them are unique and some of them cover subjects not discussed or taught in the new books. I think it is important to not let them fade away

I want to thank all my customers & friends for another great year and look forward to another terrific year.

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Finishing 101 by Patricia M. Mazu
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I first heard about this book at the same place I learn so much about Needlepoint & new needlework things (be they books or tools or designs or stitches). Of course I mean Jane's Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure Blog.

Some weeks ago she mentioned a new needlework finishing book. Since there is only one other currently published book on Needlepoint Finishing and one increasingly rare older book on this subject, I went looking for the author and/or publisher.

I asked around and someone knew someone who knew the author, who self-published the book. I bought some copies from her and am very happy to offer them here.

Sorry about the long story.

Finishing 101 is subtitled
A Workbook Of Techniques And Encouragement

The Table of Contents suggests that it is all here.
After the short Introduction the first chapter is Begin at the Beginning.

General Hints:
water bath testing for colorfastness of thread & Yarn
General Construction of Materials & Information
equipment & tools for finishing
backing fabric selection
underlining & lining selection
notions selection
filling materials selection
instructions & backing materials included in purchased kits
Preparing The Embroidery For The Finishing Process
general notes
counted thread or surface embroidery worked on fabric
laundering an embroidery worked on fabric
needlepoint or counted thread embroidery worked on canvas
blocking instructions
Lacing An Embroidered Canvas Or Fabric To A Mounting Board
general notes
procedure for lacing canvas or fabric onto a mounting board
Decorative Cord Construction'
materials & equipment for creating cords
twisted cord
roped cord
simple tassel
Instructions For Finishing An Ornament
specific shape ornament
Instructions For Finishing A Stocking Or Mitten
Instructions For Finishing A Bell Shaped Ornament
Instructions For Finishing A Hot Air Balloon Ornament
Instructions For Finishing A Cornucopia Ornament
Instructions For Finishing A Heart Ornament
with a tassel topper
Instructions Fior Finishing A Free Standing Embroidery
Instructions For Finishing A Basker With A Handle
Creating A Plaque To Hang Or Sit On An Easel
Creating A Zippered Sewing Case
Instructions For Finishing A Simple Glasses Case
Creating A Purse
instructions for making a lingerie bag or envelope purse with an
embroidered flap insertion
pillow forms
window openings
mitered window opening
log cabin style window opening
Bibliography & Sources
internet search services
classic books
contemporary books
other sources
commercial patterns
sources for notions, fabric & notions
Outlines For Possible Designs
instruction for using outlines
stocking outlines
star outline
bell outline
heart outline
hot air balloon outline

In paging through the book, the instructions seem complete and reasonably easy to follow. Ms Mazu's explanations are clear & to the point.

There are many illustrations with each subject, often several to a page.

Finishing 101 is a new 2005 Self-Published First Edition. It is printed on good quality printer paper with a plastic spiral binding.

It has 140 pages, although it looks bigger since each page is just one sided and the book has just one page of full color pictures.

The cover has a clear plastic over-page for protection.

This is an impressive book.

Selling New Books is very different from selling my used, hard-to-find or rare books. New books have a set retail price and I have to compete in the “marketplace”. will be charging the full retail price for these fine new books but I will mail them for free. Please consider the Free Shipping as a Discount.

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