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The Counted Needle  


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Store Hours:
Tuesday - Friday
10am - 5pm
NEW Saturday hours 
 10am - 4pm
Closed Sunday and Monday


Sit-n-Stitch Hours & Store is open for business
Thursdays - 6pm - 9pm

Located in Empire Plaza

512 IAA Drive
Suite #2
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 661-1550

Mail orders welcomed

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Christmas framing deadline for 2015 is
November 27th.

Ornament deadline is
November 5th.




The Gingerbread Village series consists of 11 designs that will be released consecutively for 11 months. The first design, Gingerbread Train, is larger than the rest (stitch count of 110w x 60h). The remaining 10 designs are all the same size (stitch count 55w x 60h). If the entire design is stitched together it has a total stitch count of 220w x 184h. The fabric used for the models is Wichelt’s 32 count Lambswool Linen.

If using 32ct Belfast linen - $18.00
If using 32ct Jobelan - $14.40

The designs also use the same threads throughout. If all of the designs are stitched, a total of these many skeins of floss will be needed: Classic Colorworks’ Bean Sprout (2) and Ribbon Red (2). Weeks’ Hazelnut (3) and Pecan (5). DMC White (4), 3371 (1), 469 (1), and 741 (1).  To ensure the same dyelots it is recommended you purchase all of the Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works at one time.

Complete Floss Pk - $32.74
Hand dyed Only - $29.80

There is an optional JABCO button used in each design.  Using the button though is completely optional, and so it is not included with the pattern.  If you like the button you can purchase it to add on, and if not, then just stitch the chart as directed without the button.  Keep in mind that the buttons were chosen to fit with the 32 count fabric, so if you choose a different fabric count they may not fit the design as well.

JABCO button prices will vary by month

ck out their website for a closer look at the project.


Fall Stitch-In 
Date: Sat., Sept. 19
Time: 5pm til last person goes home

Price: $5.00 per person - advance payment reserves your spot

Dinner: Red Chili(red beans/hamburger)
White Chili (Northern beans/chicken), crackers and pb sandwiches.  I will also have egg salad for those who don't like chili.

You Bring: Your drink, project.
Snacks are welcome but not required



"Early Autumn Ditty Bag" by Lindsay Lane Designs $25.00

Meg Puente of Lindsay Lane Designs has designed this lovely kit exclusively for Norden Crafts Online Needlework Show. This "Early Autumn Ditty Bag" is the perfect fall accessory to get your home ready for fall. Once completed, fill with your favorite dried or silk fall flowers. Included in this kit: Cotton floss from the Gentle Art (Picnic Basket, Carmel Corn, Gingersnap, Grasshopper and and Brethren Blue), One yard coffee dyed binding tape for trim, Cotton fabric backing, Two coconut shell buttons, Chart with finishing instructions

Stitchers supply their own neutral linen which is easily coordinated with the lovely fall floss colors. Model is stitched on 28 count Old Java linen by R & R Reproductions, but stitchers can choose to use 14 Aida or a higher count linen if desired.  Dimensions for higher counts are listed on the chart.  Stitch count is 64 x 89.





2015 Santa by Prairie Schooler
Evergreen by Prairie Schooler
Witching Hour by Prairie Schooler
Night Fright by Prairie Schooler

How To Be A Mean Mother by Lizzie Kate  - $9.25
Sweet Summer Limited Edition Kit - $17.25
Oh Bee Hive Kit - Hands on Design - $10.25
Celtic Mosaic by Karen Dudzinski - $10.25
Easy to Learn Hand Embroider - $12.95
Welcome To My Kingdom by AAN - $14.53
Bundle of Joy by Stoney Creek - $5.95
Baby Ahoy by Needle Bling Designs - $11.25
Let's Love Baby by Imaginating - $6.25

To name a few...

"A Little Mystery" Sampler Club

To quote Linda " I found a lovely saying that inspired another mystery, and the design just seemed to flow onto the computer (so wonderful when that happens!). It's a lovely mishmash of sampler motifs, cheerful florals and colors, and a sweet saying that's just perfect for a mystery sampler. This project is so happy and fun, it just couldn't wait until fall!"

This 3 part mystery sampler sounds like a perfect project for the summer.  Here are the details:

Each pattern is $7.25 to be released July, August, Sept. and includes a bonus in each one.

Fabric:30ct Linen $8.93 size 10.5" x 17"   OR
            14ct Aida $5.94 size 11" x 18"
   Stitch count 65w x 161h

Floss Pack: $24.08.
    Floss used The Gentle Arts: Avocado, Holly Berry, WDW: Chickpea, Carrot, Grits, Oscar, Purple Haze, Terrapin, Verdigris. DMC: 437, 3042, 3354, 3768(used only in bonus).

Embellishment Pk:  $14.00 includes embellishments for the bonus projects.

Advance orders are being taken now through July 3rd.  Call or email to reserve yours today.  309-661-1550,



A five part series starting June, 2015.  The first part is $15.00 with later patterns priced based on the embellishments included.

The table stand shown in the picture is $20.00 (special order) with the header "Merry Christmas" $15.50.  The header slips on the table stand.  Or simply hang it on the wall.

The floss pack is $54.45.  The floss pack will include: one each unless otherwise noted.

Classic Colorsworks - Frog Legs

The Gentle Arts - Acorn
Cat Iron Skillet(2)
Ohio Lemon Pie
Ruby Slipper(2)
Straw Bonnet(2)

Weeks Dye Works - Amber
Dirt Road(2)
Sea Foam
Swamp Water

Advanced ordering of the floss pack is recommended so that dye lots can be maintained with filling orders.

Fabric is on back order.  Blue Jeans by Weeks Dye Works.

THE GIFT TAG MEASURES 1 1/2" X 2 1/2". 
PACKAGES OF 10/$1.50

Patterns like the one shown are great for year round gifting.  The pineapple pattern is from Della Robbia Sleds and the Pomegranate Sleds are another good one for year round.

The Mini sleds are back in stock as well.  Priced $4.45 each


Current Auto Ship Program

A Year in Chalk - Hands on Designs (design details above)
Things Unseen - Lizzie Kate
Calendar Girls - Little House
Classic Collection Ornaments-Country Cottage Needleworks
Hometown Holiday - Little House

Call to be added to the list.

Patterns still available for

Frosty Forest - Country Cottage
Sheep Virtues - Little House
Santa's Village - Country Cottage
Lizzie Kate - Tingles
Something Wicked - SamSarah Designs (Shown above)



This Twin Towers Floor Stand by American Dream products is now available as a special order thru The Counted Needle.

A shop model is available for you to tryout the stand in person. 

Graph holder and scroll bars are sold separately.

The E-Z Lap Stand is another great option for your stitching needs.  It comes with everything pictured and would be a wonderful gift.

Stop by the store to try either of the American Dream stands.


Custom Framing is Available
We only use acid free mat board to protect your fine stitching. 
Museum glass available.

25% off the purchase of 3 custom frame orders. 
Orders must be brought in at the same time and mention the offer to receive the discount.  Can not be combined with any other discounts that may be going on at the time. 

Looking for something online? Click the
Merchant Mall above and sign in and make
your purchases. Or see something you like, call me with your shopping list.


2015 Show Dates:
Spring Show: April 16 - 21
Fall Show: October 15 - 20

The April show is now closed.  Thank you for your orders

To place orders:

 309-661-1550 or