Okay, I admit my plan for the Valentine Project was not very well executed. Between finances and time, the projects were not finished before Valentine’s day and they were definitely not given away. However, I did recently find a job which will help fund my addiction. I plan on finishing the tutorial as soon as I get my first check.

There are lots of exciting things coming up at my local needlework store that I will be sure to post every Saturday. For now, what you need to know is that next Saturday, March 1st, Embroidery Central will be holding a ruffles class. I am not sure of the time or cost but their information is on the DD page if you would like to contact them for the info.

I am sorry to say that Florence’s Attic has closed so I will be removing their information. I was able to get a few needlepoint canvases and a couple of pieces of fabric. I was only able to shop there two times and I will miss them. I know some of you will say that losing a craft store is no big deal. However, to those of us who stitch, a store is more then just a store.

It is a place of camaraderie, learning, and exploration that you just can not get on the internet. I am a member of several groups on Facebook and enjoy every minute of what I am involved with there but face time with follow stitchers is totally different. A store allows you touch and see all of the materials you will be working with without waiting for it to be shipped. Anyway, I will miss Florence’s Attic just like I have missed two other stores that have closed that I use to frequent.

Remember to support your local needlework stores and happy stitching!



I added a Connect page that will allow you to find us on Facebook and Twitter. I also added some more dealers and designers to the DD’s page. Our email address is also on the Connect page so you can brag about your local needlework store, favorite magazines, or favorite designers. Also, if you have a piece or project that you want to show off, send me a picture with the story behind it, include the designer, and I will post it.

Happy Stitching!


I updated the theme for The Daedal Needle last night. I loved the old theme but I wanted to add a page that listed credible dealers and designers. By credible, I mean they follow copy right laws when distributing or selling patterns. With the old theme, I added and published this page but it never showed up. I quickly realized that the problem might have something to do with the theme.

I was going to wait to change it till today. However, I was on WordPress last night to work on my other blogs and figured what the hay, let’s change it right now. Ta-Da! Plus, the new theme sort of matches the fabric room at EC which I will be writing about this month. I am so stoked!

Anyway, as you can see there is a new page called DD’s. It does not stand for cup sizes on a bra, hopefully, it made you smile. It does stand for Dealers and Designers and right now it only has two. I will add more as stitching fans around the world write in to beg for their favorite store or designer to be added. All you have to do is email me at rayvenire@gmail.com with a name, a link, and any other pertinent information. I will check each dealer out personally to ensure that the level of professionalism, courtesy, and respect towards designers and customers is there.

Enjoy the new page and happy stitching!


Valentine Project; Part Two

I will continue on with the Valentine project after a few short messages from Embroidery Central.

First, EC will be holding their 2nd all day Valentine Sit N Stitch on Feb. 12th from 10 am to 8 pm. The projects are small pillow kits that contain everything needed to finish them. The cost is $25.

Second, EC will hold their Children Classes every Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and cost $10 per month. This is a great opportunity to share your love of stitching and its community with any child who might be interested.

Third, Bobbin lace classes were not moved to Wed. but will be from 12:00 to 2:00pm every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Each class is $10.

Fourth, Hardanger classes will also be every 2nd and 4th Saturday starting at 1 pm and going to 2 pm. Each class is $10.

I hope I haven’t missed anything, I will keep you updated as things change or are added.

Back to our regularly scheduled tutorial.

I forgot to mention last week that I would not be stitching the four lines, two at the top and two at the bottom, that are on the pattern. Due to lack of financial resources, I have not picked up the fabric I need to create the ruffle. I guess its a good thing that I gave myself an extra week to teach this. I did finish stitching all five projects that I am going to make as presents. Here they are:

1. All You Need is Love in Garnet by Weeks Dye Works


2. All You Need is Love in Ribbon Red by Crescent Colours.

ribbon red

3. All You Need is Love in Cardinal from the Waterlilies collection by Caron. There will be 2.


4. All You Need is Love in Ruby Slippers by Crescent Colours.

ruby slippers

Happy Stitching!