I found a new local needlepoint shop, and boy am I excited!!!!!!!

On a whim this morning I decided to search again for needlepoint shops in the area. Since I moved back to Jersey in January, I have been using the needlepoint shop near my parents’ house, which is about an hour away. When that store closed in Feb (?), I was left without store to go to. There is one in the town where I work, but I was pretty disappointed in their selection — they were definitely a knitting store with a few needlepoint items, not a needlepoint store. Then, today I found one that’s 10 minutes from my house and FANTASTIC. Although their store name suggests that they carry cross-stitch, not needlepoint, I was excited to find out they had both, and a quality selection of threads!

I didn’t pick up any projects today, though. I still have the 2 dragons to work on, and I’m pretty certain I’m going to sign up for the CyberWorkshop offered by ANG. I simply fell in love with this design when I saw it months ago. Blue, hearts, and interesting stitches — what more could you want in a design???

I was a little surprised by the pricing when it was released on Tuesday, because their by-mail classes are more affordable, but I think I’m going to suck it up anyway because I REALLY want to stitch the piece. In addition to the high cost of registration, the thread suggestions are crazy-expensive. I started pricing it online through some online retailers and it was coming close to $200 when I finally gave up and decided that if I am going to do this, it will have to be with some more affordable thread substitutions.

Enter – my new favorite LNS. The wonderful woman I met there said she would help me chose the right thread kit for this project — changing colors if I want, and definitely substituting more affordable threads. She also invited me to join their stitching group on alternate Monday nights (and we traded email addresses).

Now I’m inspired to go stitch and watch the Yankee game. Next post will either be an update on the stitching I accomplish today…or a photo gallery of the YANKEE GAME TOMORROW!!!!!!

2 Responses to LNS

  1. Janet Perry says:

    I just love this design too and can’t wait to do it. My stash is so huge, I think I’m going to use it for the project.

    To cut down on your cost. you might want to go through your leftover threads and see if there are some predominant colors and use them for the basis of your project. The more stash threads you use, the fewer other threads you need to buy.

    Keep stitching,

    • Micks says:

      Unfortunately for this project, most of my stash is perl cotton because it’s all my grandmother ever used and all that my mom uses. I started with only using perl cotton, too, and I actually only have 2 completed pieces that used silk or any other type of specialty threads. Although I’m now a convert to silk, or at least floss, I just don’t have enough built up in my stash to draw heavily from for this project. Guess I’ll just have to keep stitching to build up a better stash 🙂

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