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« on: July 01, 2013 01:19:46 PM »

I'm 'splorin'! I just found this old article on Etsy by Jenny Hart, and got to wondering. How many of y'all hang out in your local needlework shop, petting and exploring new thread options, learning new techniques and just exploring the history of the craft? I did, until my local shop closed. And now I'm limited to needlepoint (the other one was mostly cross stitch... so I taught them as much as they taught me!)

Anyway, fascinating article, and I really am curious. How many of you even HAVE a local shop nearby any more? Do you shop there? If not, why not? If you do, what do you like about it?


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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2013 02:50:29 AM »

Before I moved to Alaska I finally found one in the Portsmouth area (can't remember the location of the shop at this point).  It was SO much fun!  They had such amazing and delightful patterns, and the ladies working there were awesome. 

We have NOTHING local here for needlework.  I did find one in Seward, and again, that was a blast!  It was a needlework and yarn spot so the focus was slightly more on yarn, but she had some neat things.  Again, I felt really welcomed in and she had awesome suggestions (and Alaska patterns) so it wasn't an odd feeling type thing. 

I have also hit another good quilting/needlwork shop in Anchorage.  I have to go there only if I have a lot of time though, as I end up chatting with the owner for AGES.  Not in a creepy weird way or anything, but we somehow end up having oodles of things to go on chatting about. 

I like the article, but I've never really had the same feeling of not fitting in as mentioned.  I guess I'm boring looking, or now I'm old enough for acceptance?  No real idea.  I'm also one of those people who says, "Hi!" and starts talking, particularly when in small specialty stores.  Yeah, I make friends...
I suppose it might be a location related issue too.  Some places can be generally more friendly than others.

I love going to local spots, as they have some really fascinating stuff.  Getting to touch and see the colors of different specialty floss is great.  Also stumbling across patterns you might never see really hits it with me.  At the other store in NH, I ended up buying a kit for a pillow with two bunnies on it.  It is OOE brand which I believe is Danish.  I would have never found the pattern if it wasn't for them!  It's really adorable and was a lot of fun.  Little finds like that, plus extra technique tips and gadgets are my favorite.
Again, I really like the Alaskana type patterns, they make good gifts for people and you just don't find them around otherwise. 

I seriously wish a needlework store existed in Fairbanks.  It would be so much fun! 

Looking to de-stash cross stitch magazines, particularly Cross Stitch Gold or New Stitches?  Please drop me a line!  I'd love to swap or buy some missing from my library!
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2013 09:12:38 AM »

There are so many yarn shops but only one cross stitch store and it is kind of a drive to get to. We have had meet ups in coffee shops before.

« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2013 09:12:04 PM »

I LOVE going to my LNS to hang out. I am lucky enough to have one here where I am now and another one in Las Vegas. I miss the Wednesday stitch ins at the one in LV! Smiley


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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2013 12:59:10 PM »

the nearest I have to a needlework shop is Hobbycraft, the British version of hobbylobby. so.. no lol.
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