Sale!! Retreat News, New Stock
The Stitcher's Muse Newsletter - January 2015

January 27, 2015


Annual Inventory Reduction Sale

It's time for our Annual Sale!  We'd love to make room for new stock, but we're getting a little tight!  During January we moved a few things around (we're still in the process), and we've unearthed a number of items while moving stock around, plus we're a little overstocked on a few things as well.

During the entire month of February, ALL OUR STOCK IS 10% OFF!  This includes our regular-stock DMC thread, fabrics, and other items not usually on sale.  Selected items will be up to 70% off.  Sale applies only to in-stock items only and not to customer holds/special orders.  Some new stock may be excluded. No returns on items more than 10% off.  Additional items may be added as the month progresses, so check back often!

The following links will be active at midnight January 31st but will not be accurate until then:

For Sale Details, click here.

To navigate to the Specials section of our website, click here.

Shop early for best selection!

Retreat News

May 3rd and 4th, 2015

This newsletter will focus primarily on Alison Cole's workshop at our 2015 Retreat. More information on Hazel Blomkamp's workshop with our local Island Stitchery Guild will be sent out when I have more details.

I've set some tentative pricing based on hosting the Retreat at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre. I am still working on pricing with the Dorchester, but it will be about the same - though meals will probably not be included at the Dorchester, but accommodations are somewhat more luxurious as all rooms include a private bathroom. Both locations are wheelchair accessible. Click on the survey (big blue button below) to express your choice of location and project 

Estimated pricing is as follows:

  • Single occupancy (single bed, shared bath) $525.00
  • Double occupancy (double bed, shared bath) $495.00
  • Suite (private bath) $$675.00
  • Participant (instruction) only $300

All prices (if held at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre) include instruction and use of the teaching room. For participant-only, lunch and two snacks are included. For full-stay, three meals and two snacks are included. Note that kit costs are not included and depend on the kit chosen, and GST is applicable to all options.

Link to the survey (please only take the survey if you think you may be coming - and please do not vote again if you have already voted through our Retreat Newsletter List):

Survey for Retreat choices

We've narrowed the choices for the project to eight - below are the photos of the projects.  Click on the photos to go to Alison's website to get more information. Wisteria is another possibility.  The blue button for the survey (above) gives you an opportunity to vote on the project choices.

New Stock

I have finally been able to catch up on our New Stock section of our website.  While quantities may not always be up-to-date (there is no connection between our inventory system and the website), at least the new stock is listed.  I will be uploading more of our older stock as soon as possible, but it may be a few months yet.  As always, just click on "New!" on our website menu or click on the title bar of this section to see all our newest additions.

Here's a small sampling:

Mystery Sampler Revealed!

The Mystery is revealed!  Lizzie Kate has released Part III of the Things Unseen Mystery Sampler so it is now complete, and it's just lovely.  I am busy stitching it myself at the moment and really enjoying it.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart" (Helen Keller) reads the saying, surrounded by spot samples of primitive roses, hearts, and honeybees.  There are two bonus charts - a banner and a pin cushion.

We have all three parts, the embellishment pack, thread pack, and fabric in stock.  Check them out in our Lizzie Kate section (click on the photo or the highlighted text)

Newest Victoria Sampler

We've received a small quantity of Victoria Sampler's newest offerings, and some have already sold, so I will be ordering again very soon.

There is a beautiful new long sampler, Mothers and Daughters, expressing the very special bond that exists between the two.  Lovely soft colours and exquisite bands of specialty stitches embellish this lovely piece.

Next up is a beautiful music box top "Loving Friends" which could also be finished as a picture or pillow, and has a bonus design of a needlebook and pincushion.

And the Valentine Cupcakes are quite yummy and don't have any calories whatsoever!  Very pretty with their embellishment of Hardanger icing

New Lighting!

At this time of year, a good light can make all the difference in our comfort level when stitching. We have brought in a fabulous new light on the market, the Stella Desk lamp.  This versatile light has three banks of LED bulbs and 15 different settings:  Warm, Natural and Cool light, each with 5 intensity settings.  Available in Black and White.  We can also get the Floor model (special order only). Click on the photo above for more information.

Some of our lights and magnifiers can be found here.  While this section of our website is not fully stocked yet, we have a range of choices in lighting and magnification available, including two floor light/magnifiers, our popular Bug Light (it resembles a bug with two antennae - an LED light and a small magnifying lens), and the full range of Magni-Clips and Mag-Eyes - drop in, call, or email for details!

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New! Treasure Totes!

Get $25.00 of needlework supplies for only $12.00, or $100.00 for $40.00 ! Each tote will contain some or all of the following:

  • charts and/or patterns
  • threads and flosses
  • notions - needles, tools, etc

Our choice of contents, and like Christmas presents, no peeking!

Small Treasure Tote $12.00
Large Treasure Tote $40.00

Collector Programs

Splendor Collector

Receive 4 cards of Rainbow Gallery's luscious Splendor 100% silk 12-ply embroidery floss per month for $19.25 including shipping to anywhere in Canada!

Send me more information on Splendor Program

Edmar Collector

Receive 2 skeins of Iris, 1 skein of Glory, and 2 skeins of either Bouclé, Ciré, Frost, Lola or Nova in any combination. $9.50 per month including shipping to Canada.

Send me more information on the Edmar Program

Buy Splendor Collector Program
Buy Edmar Collector Program

Both programs represent a 15% discount on the price of the threads. We track which colours you already have - so minimal duplicates!

Shipping to other countries will cost extra - please contact us for details.

I have a suggestion.... (email a suggestion for the Thread Collector Program)

Free Patterns:

Just click on the photos to go to the pattern`s webpage:

Please feel free to telephone or email us with any questions

Telephone 250-591-MUSE (250-591-6873)


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