Sunday, December 6, 2020

Thimble Needle Thread online event!

 Good morning!

I'd like to invite you to join our Thimble, Needle Thread group as we hold our final

Virtual event of 2020 this Monday, December 7th. @ 8pm EST.

Stacey, Deborah, Kim & I will all be updating our shops at "virtually" the same time!

In the spirit of the season, we are also holding a festive giveaway!

(Read about that HERE or click the photo below!)

You will find links to all of our shops on the "event" page of our site!

My shop is:

Peace,  Lori Ann

Friday, November 13, 2020

Coming right up!

Please join us  . . .

    The FROM OUR HANDS show is coming to you "virtually" this year!

Saturday, November 14th ~ 11am EST

While we are disappointed to not see you in person, we have a fun day of online shopping planned.

Please check out our website prior for all the details and to see how each artisan or antique dealer will be selling their wares. 

Then make a plan, settle in & get ready to shop!

Happy day ~ Lori Ann

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Hello . . . and a little something for you ~ Mask Winners Announced!

 Hello friends . . . 

In my head I have good intentions to post to this blog every week. ~ Reality however, is something different - ha ha.

I have 2 fun announcements today!

First, please join myself & 3 dear friends as we collectively update our shops this coming Monday, October 5th. at 8pm EST.

Together we are "Thimble Needle Thread" and the reason we started doing web shows together is because Covid & worrying about the safety of others caused us to cancel a retreat we were planning this year. ~ Until we can plan again, we've joined forces to share some fun Virtual Events with you!

You can find all the details on our website:

AND SO . . . speaking of safety ~ In the many months since this virus began I have made upwards of 200 masks. As I struggled to get back to stitching after my mother's passing in January, making masks helped me want to sew and made me feel like I was contributing. I made for family and friends then donated as well. A good number went to my mothers palliative care team for themselves & their homebound patients.  It was a small way I could re-pay their kindness.

Many have asked, but I won't make masks to sell. Selling them just doesn't feel right to me, gifting a small thing that might keep someone safe does.

~ In this spirit I am gifting RABBIT masks to 3 people ~

(Each mask has a filter pocket, nose wire & adjustable elastics - please remove nose wire prior to washing.)

To enter: Please leave a comment on this blog.  I will draw names on Tuesday evening, October 6th.  about 8pm EST


CHARLYNN - (Charlynn, please contact me with your info!)
I'll be in touch soon!

Be safe, be well,  & please wear a mask!

Hugs, Lori Ann

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