July 2020 Snippets

Dear Friends,

How wonderful to hear from so many of you after my April newsletter. It appears that our love of needlework is what has been saving our peace of mind through this time of confusion and unrest. Your business during the shut-down with the many orders received was humbling and so very much appreciated. Through these 16 years, I have been constantly amazed at how loyal and understanding my customers could be! Thank you for your support of my tiny shop and the friendship and love many of you have shown me. So now the time has come to announce the retirement of The Wooden Needle. The shop afforded me the pleasure of meeting incredible people from all over the world. My "locals" of New England and all of Vermont sustained me through all seasons. The cash of course was important, but most of you know how much I enjoyed the chats. I always loved "catching up!"

Please understand that this "closing" will not be immediate. There is alot of inventory to sell which would have been easier if I was seeing you through summer and fall. I know that many of my U.S. and European visitors will not be coming this year and my Canadian friends cannot cross the border yet to enjoy their Vermont homes. This newsletter is full of information and I will be in touch again until the shop empties. Orders through emails will be the best way to work with you. Please provide the basic info of what you want and your phone number. We can work from there. If you are still planning a trip to Stowe, I can hold anything for you.

*So, it's time to go shop @ The Wooden Needle one more time (or two)!


*2020 Prairie Schooler Santa charts have been ordered (call to reserve) - 18ct Davos fabric used by the PS Santa designers is available as well as 18ct linen used on Santa shop models (large Christmas package boxes) " cut to order

*MANY, MANY charts - designer list below - 20% off all charts in stock


*Mill Hill "buttons & beads" kits 20% off

*larger than 18" square cut pieces of linens & aida are available for 20% off the piece

*custom cut FABRIC (linens & aida) still available - email the stitch count & chart name

*many bags of variety cuts available from the fabric basket - great for ornaments & smalls (call/email for choices)

Take a look at the current flip wall of canvases on the website. Email or call the shop for prices and availability. 20% off all canvases


*stretchers & scroll frames limited stock (inquire for sizes)

*several K's lap frames (my favorite tool for sure)


*finishing: Absolute deadline August 1 with no promise of completion before Christmas! The finishers are sending out info that they are inundated with work due to the quarantine and the amount of stitching people did and they can make no promises of time to complete.

**Did you ever see a model in the shop and think you would make it? ... and did you make it yet?? Lots of models for sale! - email or call for prices of your favorites

*DMC wooden storage cabinets (threads not included) - $50 each (there are 14) - depending on where you live, we might be able to work out a drop off (I travel through VT, MA to CT often)


*frames for cross stitch charts "VERMONT" and "SNOW" - 2 parts mat & frame both made from composite material & carved (made by my husband) = $75 (they hang on the shop front window)

*Mill Hill bead packs = buy one/get one (usually $2.40 ea)

*SLEDS for perforated paper ornaments (small, medium, large) and some paper still available

*notions: hoops, needles, scissors, needle threaders

LK Boxers = 20% off




threads available: (please identify by name or number on thread tag)

Classic Colorworks (name)

DMC floss (number)
Gentle Art Sampler Threads (name)
Weeks Dye Works (name)
Paternayan wool (number or color)
Pearl Cotton 5 (number or color)
Silk & Ivory (name)
Vineyard Silk (name)
Watercolours (name)
Snow metallics (name or number)

other threads 50% off regular price:
DMC Variations pearl 5 (variegated)
Kreinik metallic threads
Pearl Cottons 3
Splendor silk threads
all Rainbow Gallery threads:
Cresta d'Oro
Fuzzy Stuff
Gold Rush
Silk Lame
Treasure Braid

Cross Stitch designers: (there are many for each designer but I've identified the popular ones)
20% off all charts in stock
Blackbird Designs
Cottage Garden (Songbird Garden Series)
Country Cottage Needleworks (Main Street Series)
Foxwood Crossings (sleds)

Hands Across the Sea
Homespun Elegance
Imaginating (Moose Welcome, Needlework Welcomes)
Kathy Barrick
Little House Needleworks (Farmhouse Christmas)
Pineberry Lane
Plum Street Samplers
Prairie Schooler
Rosewood Manor
Scattered Seed Samplers
Stacy Nash
Stony Creek
Sue Hillis

Eventide Designs - VERMONT sampler charts w/ snowflake charm:


MM Waldock Designs - charts for VERMONT and SNOW & some frames available:



Nancy's Needle counted/charted canvas designs (you can see them on her website):


20% off single charts
50% off charts w/ some regular priced thread packs available (* indicate those with threads)

*Airing Autumn Quilts
*Airing Spring Quilts
Airing Winter Quilts
Autumn Barn Quilts
Autumn Bouquet
*Autumn Leaves
Blue Heaven
*Blue Hydrangea
Bouquets & Bows
*Desert Star
*Holiday Tree
*Holiday Tree IV
*Holiday Tree V
*Holiday Tree VIII
*Ice Crystal Snowflake
*In the Woods
*Mountain Meadow
Pinwheel Star
*Prairie Garden
*Shades of Autumn
Two Cabins
Winter Pines
Woodland Star


*All orders do not include shipping costs & will be determined at time of mailing - credit card payments preferred.

*No new additional ordering will take place to distributors. Only "in house" stock available.
This will not be the last newsletter. Over the next weeks as needed, I will keep you informed of available stock/prices & determined closing date.

**please call the shop before traveling as hours are subject to daily change

wishing you all a healthy, safe summer!

Xrossing in Friendship,

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Kathleen J. Kovacs
The Wooden Needle, LLC
56 Park Street
PO Box 1346
Stowe, VT 05672-1346
phone 802-253-3086
The Wooden Needle is owned and operated by Kathy Kovacs. PO Box 1346
Stowe, Vermont 05672