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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

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Norden Crafts 2015 Fall Online Needlework Show -- August 10 - 19th


Information is starting to come in about what will be available at the Fall Market.  For those who are familiar with the Fall Market in St. Charles, this is replacing that this year.  You can follow their link on Facebook or on mine.  Also here.


"X-Mas in My Heart" by Abby Rose Designs $22.00

Gayle Reger of Abby Rose Designs has designed this sweet ornament for Christmas 2015 called "X-mas In My Heart". This mini-kit includes Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Art threads to complete the design, special hand dyed chenille by Weeks Dye Works, chart and finishing instructions! We all have small left-over pieces of linen and beautiful fabrics that we want to put to good use…this kit was designed with this in mind. All you need is a small piece of 32 count off white linen and a 6x6 inch piece of fabric from your stash. This ornament is easy to stitch up…give as gift

"Wee Bit Wicked!" by Amy Bruecken Designs  $16.00/Pattern, $36.00/Frame

Amy Bruecken Designs is releasing "Wee Bit Wicked"! This little cutie comes with Graph, precut wool spider, glitter legs and pearl eyes. It includes the embellishments, graph and instructions all come in a chart pack size bag. The frame is also available from Norden. Size of frame is 7.5 x 7.5. You will need Week Dye Works 30ct. Absinthe Linen and DMC floss! Trick or Treat? I say "trick!"

"Enticing Garden" by DebBee's Designs  $25.00

Debbie Rowley has designed ・Enticing Garden・ that features several Jean Hilton stitches, all completely diagrammed with thorough instructions. This small project is suitable for framing, or for a box top. Enticing Garden Design size ・ 100 x 100 stitches on 18 ct. white canvas, about 5 1⁄2・ square Stitched with all Rainbow Gallery Entice thread Thread pack includes all threads needed for the design Canvas not included

"Wise Old Owl" by Elizabeth's Designs  $13.00

New from designer Elizabeth Foster, the "Wise Old Owl" kit includes an adorable antique brass Owl charm and lovely Autumn colored Overdyed brown and green floss. Stitchers add 36 count Parchment Linen from Weeks Dye Works and DMC flosses. It’s a perfect quick stitch for Fall from Elizabeth’s Needlework Designs! This kit is not limited edition, as it’s in a series of her already successful kits. Check the other 4 out on our website! Packaged as a 6x6 chartpack with charm, Overdyed floss, color picture, graph and instructions. Design size approximately 5 x 7 1/4 inches

"Woodland Peace" by Heart in Hand $23.00

Cecilia Turner of Heart in Hand Needleart has designed "WOODLAND PEACE" to adorn your holiday tree. A lovely pastel color palette frames the woodland elements: a star, tree, deer and the peace dove. A treasure for years to come, this serene yuletide ornament is a quick stitch. Approximate design size is 4" x 2". The kit includes the following items: 28 count Country French Latte Linen Ten yards of thread from Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art, and Classic Colorworks Brass Snowflake embellishment Leaflet with color photograph and chart Needle

"Spooky" by Needle Bling Designs $12.00

Are you ready for Halloween? Theresa Curry & Brian Stugelmayer of Needle Bling Designs have designed a cute little kit named "Spooky". Along with "Spooky" Eyes and a Scary Spider,this quick to stitch and fun to finish pillow will have you in the mood in no time. T

he kit will include: Chart, Instructions, (2) 1" White Felt Circles, (1) 1" Black Felt Circle, (2) 3/8" Black Felt Circles, & Halloween Fabric for backing.

"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.

Halloween FOB or Angel FOB by Praiseworthy Stitches $12.00/Each  

Get the Halloween season started and cast a Spider Spell with this cute spider fob! All materials are included.

It is never too soon to start looking for that perfect accessory and our Angel Blessings scissor fob is just the right touch! All materials are included.

"Liberty Starburst" by Summer House Stitche Workes $18.00

Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes has designed "Liberty Starbrust."  A delightful little pin pillow bursting with patriotic charm.  The design is approximately 3.6" x 4.9".

The kit includes: 32 ct. Weeks Dye Works Confederate Gray hand-dyed linen, two skeins of hand-dyed floss from The Gentle Art, Wool Felt embellishment and chart with finishing instructions


Continue checking here and the Facebook feed for additions to the fall market offerings. 



"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,


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...

Trunk Show July, 2015
Praiseworthy Stitches

               Designs for counted threads



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 $53.65.  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.

The fabric used is 30 ct WDW Blue Jeans in an approximate cut of 18" x 18".  $19.44
The stitch count is 180 x 179 and would still fit on the stand if you switch to 16 ct Aida or 32 Linen.  No specialty stitches were noted on the designer's information sheet.

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 $4.30 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 automatic will start shipping to stores this month and will be every 6 weeks.

Each shipment will be for 2 patterns ($5.25 each).  The fabric she uses is 30ct WDW Gunmetal and is priced $6.94 each.

All of the designs use The Gentle Art Threads with Chalk being the primary one.  Additional thread colors are used each month and I will check with you when filling your order to see if you need the floss.

The board she uses for finishing the piece is priced $10.00 each and it comes with ribbon (which can very).  You can finish each one on its own board or change them out as the finishing instructions have you use Velcro.  The boards won't be available until the Nashville market and I will bring them back then.

Call or email to sign up for this fun project.

At the time you sign up please let me know about the fabric and the boards.



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