Thursday, July 2, 2020


Hello, Hello . . . 

It's been quite some time since I posted here. 
The world is still "tilted on it's axis", yet I remain hopeful that one day
our lives will return to something a bit more normal.

In times like these, we have 2 choices . . . let it all get the better of us
or put on our thinking caps & get even more creative!
Sadly, our spring 2020 "Thimble Needle Thread" retreat was cancelled,
but we have decided to offer an online version of the
fun shopping that would have kicked off the event!

We've re-designed our website, added our shop links and 
pages to peek into each of our worlds just a little bit.
Please join us:
 July 7th.  at 8pm EST,
each of us will update our shops at the same time.
(Links on the website "Event" page!)

Will we see you there?
All details are on our website!

Your friends in stitches . . . 
Lori Ann, Stacey, Debbie & Kim

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A Free Pattern For You!

Hello everyone,
I hope you are healthy and safe in your "hibernation".
Never could or would we imagine a time like this in our lives.
Yet we need to remain hopeful as well as thankful.
Hopeful that this too shall pass, and thankful that most of us live in an age
where being home means we still have more than we need.
(Please keep those that are struggling, in your thoughts and donate where you can.)

Since we are all home, no better time to catch up on some unfinished
projects or to begin some new ones!
Stitching keeps your hands busy and your mind occupied, leaving less 
room for troublesome thoughts. 
To this end, I have a FREE pincushion pattern for you.
(Link below photos)
A bit of simple wool appliqué with 2 different edge finishes.
You could even use this pattern for a fun punch needle project!

Be Safe, Be Well & Stitch Happy!
Lori Ann

Monday, March 30, 2020

For the love of a bear . . .

The history of the Teddy Bear is a shared one. Credit is most often given to both the
German company, Steiff, as well as American "penny candy" shop owners,
Morris and Rose Michtom.
Richard Steiff, nephew of Margarete Steiff, founder in 1880 of Margarete Steiff GmbH,
designed and added a jointed bear to the selection of existing toys the company produced.
These first bears were displayed by Richard and the company at the Leipzig
toy faire in 1902. These bears and many other wonderful toys were purchased by shops across Europe and the US.
Around this same time, a political cartoon of President Roosevelt, refusing to shoot a young
tied up bear, sparked and idea in the minds of Rose adn Morris Michtom. Rose stitched up a velvet plush bear, set it in their shop window, and called it, "Teddys Bear".
This "teddy bear" became quite popular, enough so that the Michtom's asked permission
of the President to call the bear "Teddy" and changed their focus to creating plush bears
founding the "Ideal Novelty and Toy Company".
No matter where you feel credit lies, there is no doubt that the teddy bear
quickly became a symbol of comfort and remains so today.
Teddy bears were given to children as gifts or to hold when they were
scared or sick.
Just as we love our fur babies and petting them helps to lower blood
pressure and alleviate stress, a teddy bear seems to act in a similar way.
The softness of their fur, innocent eyes and outstretched arms, imbues a 
sense of peace and comfort that can soothe in times of stress.
The first teddy bears may have been meant merely as children's toys.
However, today they are loved by young and old alike. Because of this,
teddy bears are often given as gifts of love, sympathy and healing.  
Photo credit - The Daily Mail
Even in wartime, teddy bears played their part. During WW1, many soldiers carried with them,
tiny "pocket bears". For these brave men and women these simple little bears reminded them
of home and loved ones. They provided a sense of comfort and became
good luck symbols, often carried into battle.
Today we are facing an unprecedented and unsettling time in our history.
We are all feeling like frightened children, yet are called upon
to be brave soldiers.
You may not be able to hug your neighbor, your parents, children or 
grandchildren, but for the time being, until this passes,
you can hug a Teddy Bear.

Lori Ann

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

In Peace . . .

D. Eileen White
6/3/1923 ~ 1/13/2020

Miss Me ~ But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little ~ but not too long,
and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that was once shared,
Miss me ~ but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take,
and each must go alone.
It is all a part of the Master's plan,
a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me ~ but let me go.

Author Unknown

This is the woman who taught me to sew. 
That gift became my life work and I will be always grateful.
She remained happily in her home with her best friend Fritz,
 until the last month of her life.
There is a space I'm not sure what to do with, but 
I know she is okay and we all will be too.

If you are so inclined an artist friend & elder animal caretaker
does some amazing work on this earth. She also writes
stories, which I think you will enjoy.
Katherine wrote a sweet post about mother on her blog.
Please take a moment to read, I think you will be touched.
The story of Tulip is so much the story of my mother.

Lori Ann

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Believe . . .

Believe in the magic of the season . . . 
Peace and joy to all,
Lori Ann, Michael & Abbey Lane

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

It's Wednesday!

Hello . . .
Now that my show is behind me I'll do my best to have
an offering here on "Wild Hare Wednesday" each week.

Should you like to purchase please send an email to:
(state preferred payment method too - pay pal, credit card or check)

Dressed for the November chill, please meet:
"Joey in his Jumper"
Joey won't catch a cold this winter!
He is dressed in a custom knit, merino wool jumper. 
A woolen scarf is tied round his neck and for a
little holiday spirit a wee bell is added.
Joey is about 7.5 " tall, created from soft German mohair,
with wool felt paw pads. He is stuffed squishy and heavy 
with steel shot to nestle into your hand.
(He comes along with a vintage style brush tree!)
ship $10

Stay warm!
Lori Ann

Monday, October 28, 2019

Coming Soon!

This time of year it seems I barely emerge from the studio.
I'm not sure how I used to produce enough for multiple shows thru the year, 
my only excuse is that I'm older and my fingers are slower I guess!

I do hope you can join me on November 9th in Peninsula, Ohio
a fine folk art & antique show

Have a happy day,
Lori Ann

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hello Wednesday . . .

Hello everyone,
Fall is most definitely here, it's sunny with a nip in the air.
Oh how I wish I could put it in my pocket 
to keep till Spring!

Enjoy today's offering.
Should you like to purchase, please send an email to:
(state payment method of Pay pal, Credit card or check)

Please meet:
Here Kitty!
"Here Kitty" is a "ghostly" and pudgy little kitten.
She is created from soft beige, wavy mohair with wool felt ear
linings and glass eyes.  Nicely weighted with Steel shot, she
will nestle gently into the palm of your hand.
Kitty wears a ruff of vintage ribbon, wee rusty bells down her belly 
and a hat created from vintage crepe and Dresden trim.
Oh yes, and she has her own we velvet pumpkin too!
About 7" tall (8" + with hat)
ship $14.00
Meowwwwww . . . 
Lori Ann