What's Happening?

We are excited to share our news and upcoming events with you.

We are working to keep this page updated more frequently,

so you can see what is happening through our needles' eyes!

More Mystery Fun!

We have so enjoyed our collaboration with other designers in mystery stitch-alongs that when Holly Hill Designs asked if we were interested in joining the Winter Wonderland Sew-A-Long, we quickly agreed! What a winter of fun we have planned for you!!

For more information, go to our

Winter Wonderland Sew-A-Long page.

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Tea and Blooms

Week #4 Block Reveal!!

We are at it again!

Calico Patch Designs and Woolie Friends (formerly known as Woolen Oak Designers) have joined forces to create a stunning quilt filled with pretty potted petals. 

For more information, go to our

Potted Petals Stitch-A-Long page.

We have enjoyed our Hopeful Bluebird Stitch Along so much that we are adding to the fun! The pattern for this lovely wall hanging is available in our web store, both in digital and printed form. Check the blog and join the Hopeful Stitchers Facebook group for some fun free projects that can be made using this pattern—our set of Sewing Smalls. We have wools kits available for the sewing smalls in our web store as well.

AND—our new stitch along in this group, Hopeful Flowers, is here! You won't want to miss this great opportunity for some fun stitching and the chance to add to your embroidery toolbox as we embellish a new wool appliqué project. We will be starting this free stitch along on January 21.


To get your free patterns:

  • Click on the button below to go to our web store. 

  • Put the pattern in your cart.

  • Enter the coupon code FLOWERS. The cost will become $0.

  • You must enter your email address to receive the link for the pattern.

  • Check your email for the link. If you do not receive it, check your spam folder to see if it is there.

  • Click the link to download your pattern. Print. Enjoy!

Join our Hopeful Stitchers Facebook group by clicking HERE.


The Wooly Block Adventure 2020 has come to an end, but we still have beautiful wool and thread kits available for purchase.

Check our

Wooly Block Adventure page

for information about ordering patterns and kits!

We were thrilled to have joined eleven

fabulous designers last summer for the

Woolen Oak Mystery Stitch-A-Long. 

Go to our Woolen Oak page for more information about kits and patterns for our Harvest Basket block, as well as some video tutorials for techniques we used in the block.

We are looking forward to teaching at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, VA, in March 2021!

We are introducing our new series Village Wanderings: Homes. Check out the class catalog and make plans for a fabulous week of stitching with a diverse and talented staff. There's something for everyone.

Village Wanderings:


Academy of Appliqué

Kingsmill Resort

1010 Kingsmill Rd.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

March 4–6, 2021


What is more charming than a village of quaint homes bedecked with flower boxes abounding with blooms? These European-inspired houses are constructed with wool and embellished with embroidery. The four seasons are represented through the framed embroidered seasonal ribbon swags, along with floral bounty of the window boxes. We will learn how to construct each house in class along with all the embroidery stitches needed to create your own little village! (Houses will be taught in wool but can be done in cotton.)

Ribbon, embroidery threads, and optional full kits will be available for sale.

Design area of each is 8”x10”.


The spring home features a wisteria vine, a flower box of pansies, and swags of forget-me-nots.


The summer home includes a rose bush and flower boxes of geraniums with swags of black-eyed susans.


The autumn home contains topiaries, flower boxes of mums and ivy, and  swags of forget-me-nots.


The winter house is decorated with holly wreaths and a flower box of evergreens with swags of mistletoe.


Winter house appliquéd in cotton


Autumn house appliquéd in cotton

We would love to have you join us in Nebraska for Baltimore on the Prairie in September 2021. 

Our two wool appliqué classes have lots of dimension and texture, as well as fun! 

Class—Alsatian Urn

Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session A:

Wed., Sept.8–Thurs., Sept. 9, 2021


This lovely urn is based on an antique wardrobe found in the charming town of Riquewihr, Alsace. The colorway is true to the original, but wool, silk, velvet, and other fibers have brought this pattern to life in stitches. In this class, you will learn some new ways to manipulate fun fibers, as well as many different embroidery techniques. Class included pattern, handout, a piece of hand-dyed velvet, seam binding ribbon, and pieces of threads for ruching (YLI wool and Painters Threads Shimmer).

Ribbon, embroidery threads, and optional full kits will be available for purchase.

Design area of block is 13” x 15”.

The inspiration for this design, painted on the front of an antique wardrobe in Alsace, France.

Class—Village Wanderings:


Baltimore on the Prairie

Lied Lodge and Convention Center 

Nebraska City, NE

Session B:

Fri., Sept. 10–Sat., Sept. 11, 2021


Who can resist shopping in these picturesque little shops in the second installment of our Village Wanderings series—Shoppes. Four delightful stores are filled with embroidered window boxes, fruits and vegetables, and even a wedding cake! Like the houses, each shop is framed with embroidered ribbon swags. We will learn how to construct each store in class, along with all the embroidery stitches needed to create your own set of shops! (Shops will be taught in wool but can be done in cotton.)

Ribbon, embroidery threads, and optional full kits will be available for sale.

Design area of each is 8”x10”.

The Cafe

The Quilt Shop

The Market

The Bakery

This spring, we will be revisiting our In the Garden Series, both on the blog and in our Facebook group. If you haven't created your wool and ribbon garden yet, perhaps you will want to join us this spring. We will stitch a garden while we plant one outside! 

In the Garden 

Full kits available at:

Primitive Homespuns Wool & Needleworks

120 N. East Street
Frederick, MD 21701

These designs were created for our wool Block of the Month series, In the Garden. The blocks can be part of a quilt, or you can use the finished block in any way you would like: a small wall hanging, tablemat, or whatever you and your creativity decide! We have created a quilt with the twelve blocks, but we have also made a few smaller wallhangings with individual blocks. It's never too late to join us In the Garden!!

All blocks are available in

our store!!




Robin and Forsythia

Full Quilt pattern available

Oak Leaves and Acorns

Hummingbird and Fuchsia

Dragonfly and Fern

Cardinals and Holly



Monarch and Butterfly Bush

Garden Gate

Wheelbarrow of Flowers

We still have a few kits of the blocks we previously taught at the Academy of Appliqué available in our web store—including fancy ribbon and thread needed to complete the blocks, with detailed pictorial instructions.

Kits are limited, so act fast if you are interested!

Woodland Reverie: Spring

Our new quilt series begins with a spring scene—mother robin gazing at her nest anticipating new  life, surrounded by swags of dogwood, grape hyacinth, and pussy willows. Kit includes wired ribbon, hand-dyed silk ribbons and velvet, special threads to create the nest, full-sized pattern, and handout.

Woodland Reverie: Autumn

Our woodland autumn scene brings a butterfly fluttering by colorful mushrooms nestled on a bed of moss, wreathed with oak leaves, dimensional acorns, and pretty posies. Kit includes hand-dyed velvet and felted wool, wired ribbon, special thread for mushroom and acorn caps, silk yarn for the wreath, full-sized pattern and handout. 

Ribbon comes to life as beautiful blooms for this lovely vase of flowers, inspired by a Baltimore Album block from the Lovely Lane Museum. You can have fun exploring a variety of materials (ribbons, velvet, wool, gimp, metallic threads, silk) to create a sunflower, violet, honeysuckle, asters, and roses in a lovely Victorian vase—as well as a buzzing bee. We use back-basting appliqué, our preferred method, for most of the foliage, though you can use your method of choice. Embroidery stitches add the finishing touches, including some stumpwork techniques. The kit includes all ribbon and embroidery threads needed to complete the block.

Inspired by vintage botanical prints, these four small blocks—featuring sweet peas, tulips, zinnias, and a lily—are created with a wealth of materials, including wired ribbon, silk ribbon, sari silk, hand-dyed threads, velvet, and more. The kit includes all ribbon and embroidery threads needed to complete the four blocks, which can be used individually, joined together, or become part of a quilt. Find out just how fun and easy it is to make realistic blooms out of ribbon!

This original quilt design uses the Lovely Vase block as a center medallion, with the four Botanical Beauties blocks as corner blocks. The kit here includes the ribbon and thread needed for the four swags, as well as directions for assembling the entire quilt. Quilt measures 38 inches square, with border.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”


Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 classic, The Secret Garden, is the inspiration for this block. Create your own secret gardens (sans weeds), using a variety of techniques and fibers. Back-basting appliqué builds the garden walls; embroidery and ribbon work will fill it with blooms; a creative use of sari silk will give your gnarled wisteria trunk dimension; and gathered ribbon flowers frame it all.  

Zierblumen (Bouquet of Flowers)


Ribbon blooms in this lovely bouquet are inspired by an antique chromolithograph print from Germany entitled “Zierblumen,” dated 1894. Ribbon is transformed into roses, carnations, fuchsia, pansies, geraniums, forget-me-nots, and some leaves. Basic embroidery stitches add the finishing touches. Kit includes all fabric, ribbon, and embroidery threads needed to complete the block, except background fabric.

NOTE: This kit is currently out of stock. Please email us if you are interested.

Our pattern, Marcia's Flowers, is available in our web store! You have the choice of a warm or bright color palette, and can select either a paper copy or a digital copy.

This wool appliqué pattern was created to top a wooden box, but it could be used as a pillow, a block in a wall hanging, a book cover, or a sewing kit cover . . . wherever your imagination takes you! Complete pattern with templates and embroidery stitch guide included.  Finished size: 8”x10” (design size: 5¼”x8¼”)

Our Fairy Tale Album has travelled the world, hanging in quilt shows in Houston, Chicago, Virginia, and Birmingham, UK. We have more plans for this creation in the works...someday!

     2016-21 Through the Needle's Eye, LLC

Last update 3/2/21

Teri Young and Kara Mason

All Rights Reserved.

Email: info@needleseyestories.com

Follow us on:

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon