Saturday, September 24, 2016

Enter A GREAT give-away and new boxes of floss!

I don't think I have even been so busy with so many projects.......but I am NEVER too busy to share with my stitching friends with a give-away!

I have the new collections lot of work.
Lets start with The Hearthside Collection. Warm and rich colors to stitch with, just a few are: Spinning Wheel, Country Loom, Lamplight, Old Lantern, Penny Rug, etc. $25
All of these are available Oct 8th and you can pre-order now.

Next we have Grandmother's Favorite Quilts. I selected 12 old fashioned favorites, Jacob's Ladder, Dresden Plate, Ohio Star, Nine Patch, Irish Chain, etc. These colors are a little lighter and softer than this photo according to my monitor......perfect for an antique sampler look. $25

And I saved my favorite for last. The Red & Cream Collection. My whole kitchen is red and it....antique Griswold pans everywhere......this set has 4 shades of cream, each a little different. Biscuit, Shortcake,  Buttermilk and Buttercream. The these reds! Two shades of Sampler Red, Simply Red, Strawberry Pie, Berry Wine, Antique Red, Holiday Red and Favorite Red. I already have pre-orders for almost 30 boxes!!! I would say there are a lot of you out there that like red and cream. I also just put in another order with DMC for more cones to dye these colors again. I think these will be a sell out quickly. These are the new floss prices with the DMC increase, $29.

Now the give-away!!!! You get to PICK YOUR FAVORITE BOX!!!! I though you might like this one.
RULES!!!! You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here.
*****POST on your Facebook, stitching group or blog and get 100 more entries!!!!

Drawing to be October 15th. You must check back to see if you are a winner.
Good luck everyone.
                                        The Floss Fairy

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New colors for The Primitive Floss Collection

Still very busy here....counting, carding, boxing, counting, carding, carding, tired of carding floss! Some days I think I can't count to 20 and card one more floss color. I did 700 yesterday in between a million other things.

So I was changing the colors in the Primitive Collection. These were limited editions and I started out with dozens of tans and browns and a few other colors. I slowly added blues and greens, plum, wine, pinks, as I thought I needed to round it out a bit. Last week 12 colors hit the dye pot and I added them....or shall I say I replaced some older colors. As I run low on a limited edition I replace it with a new color. I think 29 of these colors have been replaced in the last 6 months so it is almost like a new collection.

I also decided to make it 45 skeins instead of 46. There are  900 yards of stitching pleasure for $90. I also ordered boxes to fit this collection. They are 7 x 10 inches and 2 inches deep and hold them perfect. You be the judge:

These boxed sets will be available October 7th and only direct through me and not on ebay. You can place your order now to hold one for you.

I will be boxing the Hearthside Collection and the Red and Cream Favorites this weekend and I will show them to you. They will also be available October 7th along with a lot of other new goodies and give-aways.

Thanks for stopping by to see the new colors. As you can imagine....I need to get back to carding floss!

                                          The Floss Queen

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Autumn Splendor floss winner today!

We have a winner today for the Autumn Splendor boxed set of floss. 12 skeins, 20 yards each. Lots of beautiful Autumn colors in this limited edition. I will be listing more of these soon and you will be able to order them at that time.

Congratulations to Janet Howe! Please email me, and give me your address.

Thank you to all who entered. I will have another give-away very soon!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

New boxed floss sets?

I get emails all the time asking when I will have new limited edition boxed floss sets. They are really popular and sell out quickly. So this time as I am working on the new sets I will delay showing them until the 8th of October. I am getting a lot of inventory ready for a large group of stitchers that are visiting in October. After they are done shopping I will show all the new sets that are available. I was telling a friend of mine that I wanted to show some of the new boxes but when I show the new sets they can sell out in 48 hours. All this work on inventory and I need to keep it until the stitchers arrive! lol

I needed to box more of the current sets I have listed on ebay. So 50 of those boxes are done. I even boxed the Primitive Collection of 45 skeins and it looks real nice.
 Then I am working on new boxes....I think you will love these! Grandmother's Favorite Quilts. Each color has a quilt pattern name. I had to go through a lot of pattern names and came up with 12 of my personal favorites. I dyed all new limited editions for all of these goodness you should see the racks of floss around here. I even sent three boxes to my Kansas friends and they and some guild members carded some floss for me. Great group of ladies! Now if I sent out 30 more boxes I would be done! lol

Next I am doing my favorite.....The Red and Cream Collection. 4 cream colors and 6 reds (8 skeins but two of the reds will have 40 yards of that color). Everyone knows red is my favorite color and cream goes so well with it. DMC shipped the box of red cones and they will be here next week and quickly hit the dye pot. I also ordered some of the 115 variegated red but that has to come from France and it will take 4-6 weeks to get here. I also over dye that color just a bit to customize it. I will also keep 20 yard skeins of the 115 in stock. I have had gals tell me it is hard to find in some stores.

Next....I wanted a winter selection of floss. What I came up with is The Hearthside Collection. Rich, warm colors to cozy up with and stitch with this winter. I still have to dye a couple more colors in this collection next week and then do a marathon of carding floss. It will be a miracle if these arthritic hands hold out. And then the first week in  October I will put a week vacation notice on my ebay store to give me a break. Orders can be placed but they will be mailed out when I return.

If I have time.....I would like to do a new Christmas Collection. They are always so popular.

I also bought a few larger boxes to play with. If I can fit all 138 skeins of the Ultimate Collection in the 12x12x2" box it will look super. I will be playing with that floss this weekend.

And I have been cutting 1/2 yard pieces of my 32ct linen to dye next week. One yard pieces sell quickly but I wanted to dye some new colors and half yards. If I could add one more day to the week I could get all of this done. And I am still packing trims....I will list those in October on ebay and show them here.

And what else am I up to? I am having my son cut some horn books out of walnut. I am thinking 6x6 with a handle would be a nice size to display needlework. I may sell some of those just by themselves. I know a lot of you have small designs to mount. I will practice some different mounting techniques and share those with you in October. I had him put a hold on making the boxes for me because I wanted some other things first. And I had him make me 50 of the mini motto frames. I don't have to carve them and I will still have those in my inventory but I have dropped the large frames. I have a couple orders to finish for some old customers and then I might do one here and there as my hands allow. But I have removed all the frame listings from my ebay store.

I have almost 50 of the little hornbook floss keepers done. I might show them before my guests arrive...not sure yet.

I think that's about it for today......lots going on here for sure. I might give you a sneak peek of the boxed sets when I have them all done.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Birthday Club winner today!

We have a Birthday winner drawn today, Susan Greening Davis.  We want to all wish her a very Happy Birthday! Her Birthday is on the 13th.  Please email me Susan and give me your address so I can send you a nice gift.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Birthday if you have a birthday this month. Make sure I have your month and date of your birthday and join the Birthday Club. I select a name on the 1st of each month and send a gift.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Autumn Splendor boxed floss set & give-away, enter now!

I have been very busy working on a dozen projects...lets start with the Autumn Splendor Boxed Floss set. Lots of requests for Autumn and Primitive Autumn colors and I think these colors fit both.

Colors will include  (there are two colors that I am limited on so your box will have either Sugar Bush or Golden Bronze. Other colors include Appalachian Splendor, Autumn Moss, Roasted Chestnut, Autumn Blaze, Autumn Ivy, Scarlet Oak, Frosted Woodland (looks like frosted twigs!), Frost on the Pumpkin Vines,  Sugar Maple, Autumn Gold and Autumn Prairie.
****AND the first 5 boxes sold will get a free skein of Deep in the Woods, a surprise skein of Autumn Plum and a set of sewing charms!
The next 15 boxes sold will just get the free skein. if you want a box. $24.99 and they go quickly.

Lets give one away!
Rules: Same as always. You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here.
*****Post on your blog, stitching group or Facebook and get 100 more entries!
If you do post please put the correct picture of this set for the give away.
Drawing to be September 15th. Good luck to all who enter!

Next week I will show the new hornbook thread are going to love these. Maybe we will just have to give one away. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Antique sewing machine will love these

I first want to thank all of you for the birthday wishes and cards. I had a wonderful has been a great month. Did I get something special? Yes.............I did! I had to splurge on these antique gems. For those of you who have been to my home you are smiling....because everything in my house that can be an antique. I am eccentric, believe me. And proud of it! lol

So I had been looking for this one particular Victorian sewing machine made in England. It is the Jones Hand Machine. You hand crank it! It runs so smoothly you would think it was new. And the gorgeous decals on it were what made me want this machine. It is cast iron and heavy but sits nicely on top of my antique (of course) desk.
Then I started thinking...there was an antique German childs sewing machine that I had seen.....hand crank of course! So.......I got that one too. It is just adorable. 7" tall and 8" wide and works like a gem.

Like I has been a wonderful birthday month.

Now it's back to work. I have lace trims to pack. I will start showing them next week. I have been busy with ebay orders for hand carved frames. And I have decided to quit carving them. I was going to quit last year after carving over 500 frames with carved corner leaves and then I had so many requests for frames that I brought them back. Another 30 frames later I have decided that these arthritic hands have had enough. I will do occasional frames when I am not too busy with other projects. For me.

My son made the small hornbooks for me, the floss keepers. They have 4 holes on each side...are adorable in poplar and oak. They are 3x5 inches and I did them in a light stain so the etching would show. I did an etched design in the wood and stained them this morning. In a few days when the stain is dry I will post pictures. I have him doing some larger horn books for small needle work patterns to be mounted on. SO many projects going on around here!

And last of all, a friend asked me if I would consider selling the Ultimate floss collection in 3-4 parts. I guess that would make it easier to purchase instead of $338 all at once. So if you are interested in buying it part at a time instead of the whole set at once or buying singles, just email me and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Birthday winner today!

Today I get to share my birthday with a winner whose name was drawn. She said she likes blues and purples and I have a nice gift for her. The lucky winner is Jan Gunter. Please email me with your address.

I am taking the day off today. Really! I am worn out.....and am going to just enjoy today with my family. I want to thank all of you for the lovely birthday wishes and kind remarks. I appreciate all of you and I just wish I could have sent presents to each and every one of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Ultimate Floss Collection, 138 skeins, 2760 yards!

A friend has asked me to post pictures of the Ultimate Floss Collection I did earlier this year. I didn't list it on ebay because the fees are so high. I have 60 of the first singles listed there and I may list a few more. I have been selling it to friends as they request it and then one friend asked me to post pictures of it so here they are.
Too many for one photograph! I wanted to do close up pictures so you can see the colors.

The set consists of 138 of my 20 yard skeins. 2,760 yards of over dyed floss. Stitching heaven I was told. The skeins are $2.45 each. Lets do the math.
My skeins are 1/4 the price of other companies so I can sell wholesale to you. Saving you money is my main concern. This set would cost over $1300.00 from other companies. My price is $338. I consider that a substantial savings!
I may list a few more colors at a later date. I left out a few dark solids because you can get them from DMC. Black, dark brown, etc. I wanted a set of softer colors that lend themselves for samplers and the like. Great for any projects as they have the DMC conversion (the closest color I could match) on each card.
If you are interested email me.

I have been extremely busy...and slow this week with an eye problem. I see the eye surgeon in a week and I truly hope they can correct it.
I have some of the new lace unwound and ready to dye. I hope to get some new colors dyed and I will show them as they are finished. I will put together some nice assortments. I am so impressed with the quality of this lace and I can hardly wait to do a little finishing with some of it. I love to do finishing but it is difficult to find the time to do the little things with all I have to do. This summer has been crazy busy and I hope after October that I can take a little break or at least slow down after all this lace is packaged. I still have limited edition floss to dye this week...and do new boxed sets.....heaven help me.....where are the elves?? lol

I have my son working on a few new wood projects I hope to show you soon. I will post as they progress.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. I hope there is a little stitching in it.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Come celebrate my Birthday with me give-away, enter now!

Roses are red,
   Violets are blue,
      When it is my Birthday,
          I will share it with you!

If you have been following my blog for a few years, you know that I love to share my birthday with others. I always have a give-away and this year is no exception. Lets celebrate together! I will draw one lucky name from comments on this post. It doesn't matter what month your birthday is......celebrate with me!

Rules: You MUST be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here. Post on your blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 50 more entries!

The drawing will be on my birthday, the 14th. You must check back to see if you are a winner.
Tell me your favorite colors. Do you like sampler charts? Quaker charts? Aida? Linen (I have 32ct)? Floss or trims? Tell me your favorites!

Good luck to all who enter and thank you for sharing my birthday with me.

August Birthday winner today!

On the first of each month I draw the name of a winner for The Birthday Club. Today the lucky winner is Julia Needham. Her birthday is on the 25th and we all want to wish her a very Happy Birthday!! Please email me Julia and give me your address so I can send you a nice present.

I hope all of you who have a birthday this month have a very Happy Birthday! I know I will!
Be sure that all of you have sent me the month and date of your birthday so I can enter you in the Birthday Club. Email me at

Saturday, July 30, 2016

We have two give-away winners today!

I am happy to announce two give-away winners today. First we have the Best Friend winner. Victoria Gable said she has a best friend of 30 years for me to give a present to. Congratulations! Please email me your friend's name and address and tell me her favorite stitching things and colors.

Next we have the Surprise present. Everyone loves a surprise!
The name drawn was Linda Adams. Congratulations Linda! Please email me.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I announce an August're going to love this one! And on August 1st I will announce the Birthday Club winner for the month so check to see if your lucky name is drawn. Be sure all of you have entered the Birthday Club. Simply email me your name, date and month of your birthday to receive a nice gift from me. I draw a name on the 1st of each month.

I want to thank all of you that took the time to enter the Christmas in July give-aways and join in the fun with me. I only wish I could have given everyone a present....but I am not the REAL Santa! I wish I was!
                                    Santa's Helper

Friday, July 29, 2016

Jingle as Ye Enter winner today!!!

I truly love to play Santa! Any time of the year! Today I get to give two lucky winners the companion charts shown above. They come with floss and all the bells shown to stitch the door hanger/wall hanging and the two ornaments.
The lucky winners are Sharyn and Charlene S. Congratulations!
Please email and give me your address.

We still have two more drawings so hurry and enter if you have not already done so. And I will have a new give-away in just a few days.
             Ho! Ho! Ho!  Enjoy your Christmas stitching.
                                      Santa Nancy

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sewing Necessaire winner today!!

We have a winner today for  one of my hand made sewing necessaires. AND the lucky winner gets to pick which one she wants! These are hand made by me, complete as shown with the little button bag filled with buttons and sewing charms. A skein of floss is included along with sewing trims and felted wool needle pages with the large flower head pin. Retail is $25.99.
Congratulations to Kimberly Pace. Please email and give me your selection and your address.
The Necessaires are, from top to bottom, red and cream, The Christmas Giving Quilt, Olde Blue Floral, Williamsburg Sampler (I have that in the multi colors, brown tones and faded blues) and the Tan Floral.

I will be dyeing new cluny lace trims to include in my necessaires very soon. I only have a million things to do around here....and never enough time to do them. I was cutting out more necessaires for fall and will be sewing them later this week so stay tuned. Sounds like it will be a give-away too.

Thank you to all who entered the give-away. I wish I could give a present to everyone.
                                    Santa Nancy

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Favorite Things winner today!!

These are a few of my favorite things.......
Thank you to all who entered and took the time to tell me your favorite things. The lucky winner that was drawn said her favorite things were Quaker designs, my Welcome Spring Sampler pattern and trims. Congratulations Gigi! Please email me and give me your address and I will have your package on it's way to you.

We still have a few days of drawings left for Christmas in July so make sure you are entered. It's not too late to enter and all you need to do is be a follower and leave a comment on the post.

I will be working on the new cluny lace trims that I got delivered. The biggest challenge was finding room for 150 rolls of lace. So many boxes! I need to dye a few primitive floss colors and then I can start dyeing the lace. I am excited about adding this lace as it is the nicest cluny lace I have bought in years. Excellent quality. Now to come up with some beautiful colors. And for packaging I appreciate all of your comments. I will do three trims in the same color, 2 yards each, to a package. Not sure on pricing yet. Good lace is not cheap these days. You know I always give a good discount to all of you to help as much as I can.

This has been another fun Christmas in July and I appreciate all of you who enter the give-aways. Stay tuned for more winners.
                                             Santa Nancy

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I would love your opinion about trims

As I was warming the dye pot the other day I started thinking about dyeing more trims. I have sold a lot of 1/2" regular ric rac and the 1/2" cluny ric rac. And each time I do a 1" cluny lace it sells out very fast. I simply love the crocheted look of this lace and it adds so much to a finished item. I used to do a lot of smalls years ago but then I simply got too busy to stitch and I started on the samplers and I was hooked. My walls are filled. I keep saying I am going to get a larger house just so I can add more samplers!

So I have a couple questions about this 1" cotton cluny lace. It looks so old fashioned when dyed in soft colors (which I love) and can be bright and bold and new looking when the colors are changed. This base is white so I will do a patriotic pack with red, white and blue. That's a given. Then I want to do so softer colors and even the primitive set. Probable cinnamon, rust, a dark plum, a faded blue, antique caramel......I still have to decide how many colors I am going to do. What colors do you like best for finishing? Basic colors to keep in stock. And MOST OF ALL I wanted to ask if you think 1 yard of each color is enough? On a wider trim like that I usually put one yard because the package can get pretty bulky but I can do two yards of each color. I was going to do three trims per package instead of singles. I have to decide if the three pack will be the same trim in three different colors or three styles of the same color. Talk to me......

I am thinking of adding a 3/8" lace as I have sold it before in neutral shades  and it might be perfect for very small items.


I will do two styles in the wider cluny lace. It is actually 1-1/8" and I have been told it is preshrunk which is nice. Then when it hits the hot water in the dye bath it will not shrink. My order should be delivered later this week and after I have some dyed I will show them to you.

    You know how much I value your opinions and I love to hear from you. If you would take the time to leave a comment I would appreciate your opinion.   I know a lot of you do your own finishing. And this lace is so easy to tack down with tiny stitches. Speaking of easy to sew....I have a great vintage gold metallic ric rac I will show you next. It looks terrific, is tarnish proof, and I know a lot of you do primitive Christmas items and this would be a great trim to have. I was lucky enough to buy some rolls from a guy going out of business and he had these in the stock room for many years. I just may have to stitch a couple smalls just to use some of this.

Thanks for stopping by.......

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Woodland Floss Collection winner today!!

I have the best job......and I get to play Santa any time I want!
And today I get to announce a winner for the Woodland Floss Collection. 12 skeins of woodland favorites and this collection comes with 3 extra skeins! The first 30 boxes have the extras.
The name drawn was Darlene Schwarzmann. Congratulations!
Please email me and give me your address.
Thank you to all who entered. I wish I could give everyone a gift...maybe if I live long enough I will get that chance! lol  I figure by the time I am 100 I might reach that keep following!
Be sure you have entered all the Christmas in July give-aways.....and stay tuned as you don't want to miss the birthday celebration with me next month for my birthday. I ALWAYS share my birthday with you.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! I know Darlene will.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christmas in July Surprise Present give-away! Enter Now!

Santa Nancy has saved the most fun give-away for last. A SURPRISE present! Everyone loves to open a present and get a surprise....and you will love this one!

Rules: You must post a comment here. You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends.

****Post on you blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 100 more entries!

Drawing to be July 30th so hurry and enter and tell your friends to enter. You won't be disappointed with this stitching present....I promise.
You must check back to see if you are a must follow!
Good luck to all who enter.
Thank you for making this a fun Christmas in July!!
                            Santa Nancy

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Christmas in July. Favorite Things Give-away! Enter now!

Yes it is time for your Favorite Things Give-away. Not my favorites...yours! You tell me your favorite colors for floss.....fabrics (linen or aida), tell me if you like finishing trims. Do you like Quaker patterns or samplers? Do you have a favorite chart of mine that you would like? Tell me your favorites and I will send you a surprise package of goodies for Christmas in July!

Rules: You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by Faithful Friends. You must post a comment here.
***Post on your blog, Facebook or Stitching group and get 100 more entries!

Drawing to be July 27th so hurry and enter. You must check back to see if you are a winner. Be sure you have entered all the current give-aways.
Good luck to everyone.
                                         Santa Nancy

Friday, July 8, 2016

Primitive Merry Christmas and Jingle as Ye Enter give-away, enter now!

As I continue with Christmas in July, this give-away will be for two charts of mine. Jingle as Ye Enter, Jingle as Ye go which makes an adorable door hanger or wall hanging. It also comes with a free ornament pack. The birds are holding small brass bells hanging from a piece of floss in their beaks. I display mine every Christmas. As a companion chart I made a primitive Merry Christmas chart called Decorating the Tree. Cute little birds decorating this tree and as a bonus for both charts I am including all the over dyed floss and bells! These are some of my best sellers for that reason. It comes with all the instructions and pictures for a simple...yes very simple, finish. No hand sewing it closed when you are finished. A simple fold over flap secured with a button.
These are listed in my ebay store and I also sell them direct. Lets give a few away!!

RULES: You should know them by now! You must be a follower and you must post a comment here. Post on your blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 100 more entries!

Lets give two sets away. Drawing to be July 29th so hurry and tell your friends to enter. Good luck everyone!
                                            Santa Nancy

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas in July Necessaire give-away!! Enter now!

I love December, in July....I love to give presents all year long. It's always fun to do the Christmas in July lets give away a necessaire to one lucky winner. If we have over 200 entries I will give away a second one.
****These are hand made by me and filled with trims, felt needle pages, large pin, button bag with charms and buttons, etc.

Lots of color choices....The Giving Quilt makes a beautiful necessaire......but I also love the Williamsburg Sampler fabric (I have it in browns, multi and blues).....and then the REDS!!!! My favorite color of course. The brown floral is the most antique looking pattern I think I many choices! I will let the winner select on the day of the drawing.

RULES:    I have the same rules for every drawing. You must be a follower at the right. Click to follow by faithful friends. If you are not a follower and I draw your name I will have to draw another name.
You must post a comment here.
Post on your blog, Facebook or stitching group and get 100 more entries!
Drawing to be July 28th so hurry and tell your friends to enter. You must check back to see if you are a winner. You must follow!
Good luck to all who enter!
                                         Santa Nancy

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy 4th!!!!

Wishing all of you here in the states a very Happy 4th of July! A wonderful day to celebrate in this country.

I am celebrating with my family and taking a day off so I am posting this early. I wanted to announce the winner of the Star Spangled Banner floss set. The name drawn was Louise. Congratulations! Please email and give me your address.

I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday with loved ones.

I will be back soon with more Christmas in July to share so stay tuned.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Halloween Patchwork floss winner today

Lots of goodies have been going out to lucky winners and today we have The Halloween Patchwork boxed set winner.

July will be filled with lucky winners so be sure and stay tuned.
Today the lucky winner is Jennifer Janney. Congratulations! Please email me and give me your address.
I have dyed more floss for another boxed set that I will show next week. I have tons of orders to get out today before the holiday....and a much needed day of rest.
Thanks for stopping by!