New Acquisitions AKA Fun at my Local Needlework Store
I am very saddened by the loss of so many independent retailers these days. It has always been such an adventure to go into an independent store to see what they had, how they were different from others and just to enjoy their individual quirkiness. Fortunately, there are still a few around. This is one of my favorites and while not in my neighborhood, it is still worth the drive. It is The Stitch Niche in Arlington, Texas at the corner of Arkansas and Bowen and while it is a bit of a drive from my house, it is a complete joy and adventure to visit. It is a small shop, long and narrow, with the patterns and finishes at the front and, in back, a big table with chairs for those who want to sit, stitch and pass a little time. The shop owner does have regular class times but she is always welcoming for those who want to just come and stitch.
I was in the store a couple of weeks ago and I struck up a conversation with the owner about how much trouble I was having stitching on linen. I couldn't see the threads well enough, the light was too dim, I was blocking my own light, blah, blah, blah and she decided to divulge her secret for successful stitching on very small thread count linen. This was it--
The Mighty Bright floor lamp with twelve LED's and is either plugged in or runs on batteries. This will be great if we have another power outage. She didn't have it in stock so she ordered it for me and I picked it up on Wednesday. I used it Wednesday night and have to say it is worth every penny I paid for it. Thanks, Carol, for recommending it!
I have been doing some Christmas stitching using some of the Little House Needleworks patterns. I will post finish photos another time. I am not sure what I am going to do with these but I was looking for something small to do and these filled the bill. While I was in the shop the other day I picked up a couple of new little patterns. One is another LHN pattern --
I am really enjoying these little pieces and will post photos later.
I also picked up a tiny pattern called "Play Time" by Sam Sarah Design Studio.