Saturday, March 22, 2008

Unpacking and Pricing ... and Paperwork

It was a busy day at Hedgehog Stitchery today and since it was my first time unpacking and reconciling stock with order with invoice I took a while at it.

PLUS...it was pretty fun and I was savouring the time. I unpacked the fabric, accessories, hoops and organizers from Kelsea (good stuff, but not exactly exciting).

Next the envelopes a catalog from Carol of X-Calibre Designs in England can't quite wrap my head around it, and I am in the IT business, that it is so fast to meet new people, across the ocean, they then send you something through the mail that arrives just days later. (it is amazing, Carol has some great beginner stitching information, but even more fascinating Blackwork designs. I haven't done blackwork, but it is definitely in my list of growing new skills to learn.

On to the X's and Oh's charts which are now on display and ready for purchase at Hedgehog Stitchery. I am ecstatic that Joanne Gatenby of X's and Oh's will be a visiting designer for the Grand Opening on May 10th.

You know how there are vegetables, perhaps turnip, that come with that great meal. Not your favourite, but they have to be dealt with. Well, a letter from the Ministry of Finance came next. I couldn't avoid it any longer. Well, wasn't it the business license, so not bad. BUT... and this is unbelievable because there wasn't much paperwork, but two pieces had typos. The mistake this time was my last name. I was staring down at Vickie Hathog. I have been given a number of nicknames over the years, but I have never been, nor ever anticipated being called a hat hog! I guess I will be making a phone call on Monday.

We have a number of older books and magazines that are available in the store for reference or loan. So, I labeled a few more of those today.

Then, Scarlet Quince, with their oh so detailed designs. I just finished reading Girl with a Pearl Earring, so couldn't resist stocking that design. The designs come in two sizes of print, so if you need just a bit more help seeing they give the assistance we have all come to need after forty!

Finally, the package I had left for dessert....the Victoria Sampler. I was looking forward to the designs but also the accessory packs. They are gorgeous!

I did take a break during the day to take some photos, so here they are now, outside and in.

Kniterary, soon to be Kniterary and Hedgehog Stitchery
A Cross Stitch chart I found on line, by Kathleen Nelson, that I will stitch and hang in the shop. The fabric is ready and waiting on a lap stand from Hearthside Craftworks (a gift from my sister a few years ago).Hedgy is there to welcome anyone coming to the shop. Come on in and say hi to her (and give her a better name, if you will). If you email a suggested name to newsletter@hedgehogstitchery.com your name will be entered into a Grand Opening draw. I'll pick a name from those entered, not necessarily the name selected in the draw.

The fabric cutting table before the fabric was unwrapped. Now there is Aida, Laguna and Hardanger on the lower level. White and Antique White, but I can order for you . I will have a binder of more fabric than I ever thought possible!
Shelves with the beginnings of the charts and kits


Signs are on order to add Hedgehog Stitchery to Kniterary thanks to Martina at Kniterary, who will also be taking care of the day to day sales for Hedgehog Stitchery. I will be in the shop on Saturdays and for "It's Stitchin' Time" on Tuesday evenings (but if that is the Embroidery Guild night I will switch it). Together we can work out the classes, etc.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Stock is arriving. We're ready for you

Stock has begun to arrive. I have the Victoria Sampler order, X's and O's, Scarlet Quince and miscellaneous accessories, fabrics and organizers. I have also made contact with the Stitcher's Studio and The Stitcher's Habit to bring their products into the store.

I plan to carry a good cross section of styles and skill levels.

Please, if there is something you would like to see, let me know and I will work at bringing it into the shop for you to view.

Whether you are adding to a stash (pattern, fabric, floss, etc) or want all of the pieces pulled together for you for a complete project, you have come to the right place. Let us do the work of getting the pieces ready to go.

Many of you have a lot to teach me about stitching, I am sure, so please bring your ideas and skills to the shop.

I will be updating the website with more specifics about the products, as well as classes and stitch together and upcoming events. Watch for the changes in the coming days and weeks.

Thanks for your interest,
Vickie

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Hedgehog is getting closer

I have been up late ordering and ordering. It has been a greater challenge than I thought, trying to anticipate what people will want in the way of stitching. I think I have a good cross section of designs and styles. I have made so many new acquaintances.

We will have beautiful stitching stands from Hearthside Craftworks, designs from Xs and Os, Victoria Sampler, Jeannette Douglas, Scissors from Dinky Dyes (along with designs and silk floss from their designers); Scarlet Quince designs, Heaven and Earth designs, a great cross section of fabulous fabrics (linens, aida, wool, etc) , Mill Hill kits and designs, to mention a few. If we don't have something you are looking for just let us know and we will look for it for you. And, if you want all of the parts put together in a kit, so you don't have to search around for anything, just let us know and we will pull it all together and all you have to do is stitch.

I will take pictures and post them here in the days to come.

What am I knitting these days? A pair of socks, started after the magic loop class I caught the sock fever. And, working on the edge, with beads, of the Print o the Wave.

What am I stitching these days? A hedgehog for the store

Monday, March 3, 2008

Start spreadin' the news

Yay! Time to start talking about the Hedgehog.

We have been alluding to something special at Kniterary and now we are talking about it openly. Hedgehog Stitchery will be joining Kniterary soon at 229 Brock St. N. in Whitby, on the second floor. This will expand the stitching selection available to include stitching supplies and instruction for cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, etc. We will carry design that you may only see at needlework shows or may not have seen before.

Your suggestions and requests are welcome.