Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Best Needlework Shops 2017

This article is over three years old, but is receiving a lot of visitors recently, so I thought I would republish it so that folks can add more shops to the list if they so desire. After all, there are new shops Out There, and I know I didn't include all that are fabulous. So please add your favorites in the Comments section.  If the Comments section doesn't work, please email me at chilly hollow athotmaildotcom and I will post for you. Thanks!

Welcome to the list of the best needlework shops as recommended by readers of Blog.  My list is by state (and alphabetically within state) to help folks who stumble across this posting locate a shop as close to them as possible. After all, who wants to stand at the mailbox waiting for a package any longer than necessary?


Alabama:  Montgomery's The Needle Bug is a shop you want to visit for their terrific inventory and even better classes.  The customer service is first rate as well.

Arizona:  BeStitched in Scottsdale is one of the newest shops on this list.  Folks rave about their shop.  Note that it has just moved (summer 2017) so check the address and hours before you visit in person.  The shop has amazing classes and does some incredible videos at NeedlepointFlix, some of which are free and some of which are viewed by subscription.

Arizona:  Family Arts Needlework Shop in Phoenix has a wonderful selection of painted canvases and every type of thread you could imagine or want. They have been in existence since 1967, are staffed by volunteers (plus paid professional Director) and donate their profits to charities that assist women and children.

Arizona:   Old Town Needlework (also in Scottsdale) is a classic shop that specializes in Southwestern themed needlepoint and cross stitch.    I can tell I need to schedule a Scottsdale and Tucson vacation to check everything out!

Arizona:  Quail Run Needlework (also in Scottsdale) does wonderful classes, have great finishers, and also have a terrific stock of canvases.  Because Quail Run Designs is affiliated with the shop, you can find some great Southwestern-themed pieces here.

Arizona:  The West in Tucson donates all their profits to charity.  The volunteers who run the shop are extremely knowledgable and helpful!

California:  Aristeia is the home of amazing teachers and amazing stitch guides, particularly for Melissa Shirley designs.  They also do a fabulous yearly retreat.

California: Come to the Point in San Rafael is a tiny shop run by Michelle who specializes in great customer service.  If you are a guild member, there's a ten percent discount.

California: Needle in a Haystack in Alameda is a fabulous source for unusual threads and counted thread supplies. I use their online thread listing constantly and order anything exotic from them. They have a great mail order service and will get you anything you want if they don't stock it.  Don't miss their online thread listing which has photographs of the colors.

California: Needle Nook of La Jolla always has the latest canvases, and their sale prices and trunk show discounts are fabulous. They also have a very good stock of books and tools of various kinds.

California:  Queen Anne Stitches in Santa Clarita doesn't have a website, just a Facebook page, but they carry wonderful canvases and Sherry Bray teaches there.  Definitely stop in if you are in the area.

Connecticut: Alex Paras NeedleArts has a nice little selection of tools, many charts, and some great photos of stitched models scattered throughout the website. If you plan to visit in person, you'll actually be visiting Thistle Needleworks in Glastonbury. AP NeedleArts is their online presence but in person they are Thistle Needleworks. However you visit, you'll find lovely stuff and knowledgeable staff ready to help.

Connecticut:  Enriched Stitch is a newer shop, distinguished by their very talented staff and amazing classes and stitch guides.  They have a wonderful annual retreat, fabulous classes and offer excellent customer service.

Florida:  Absolutely Needlepoint is Miami's needlepoint shop.  They do classes and are enough to bring any stitching tourist off the beach and indoors.  Note that they have moved fairly recently so make sure you go to the right place if you visit periodically.

Florida:  Bristly Thistle is where I want to retire.  Michele does terrific stitch guides and classes but throw in a beach and wonderful trunk shows, and this is the place to settle in.

Florida:  Needle Nicely in Vero Beach has a lot to offer, from custom designs made specifically to your needs, expert help with color matching for kits, a gigantic inventory of every type of canvas you could want, plus a big stock of Paternayan for those who can't find it elsewhere, finishers who can do anything! and of course an extremely helpful staff to work with you on anything from picking the perfect design and threads to stitching it.  If you need it, Mary Agnes has it.  If you need help, Mary Agnes will provide it.  Oh, don't miss the sale pages on Mary Agnes' blog (second link).

Florida:  Needlepoint in Paradise is in Naples, Florida.  They have a terrific stash sales section called Almost Paradise on their website and a wonderful stock of canvases to admire.  Susan Portra often teaches here in season.

Florida:  Stitches By the Sea is in Delray Beach, Florida.  They are in a resort community and ship everywhere to customers who visit only during "the season."

Georgia:  In Stitches (Atlanta) has a great shop in the Buckhead section of Atlanta,  and have an incredible selection of threads, canvases and accessories. The staff is very experienced and is always willing to help with stitch and thread suggestions. They also offer classes from many fun and creative teachers - nationally known as well as "hidden treasures". Another great perk to this shop is the fabulous in-house finishing!

Kentucky:  Beth's Needlepoint Nook not only has a big website and usually two trunk shows a month, they have a Cash for Stash program, many monthly clubs for their customers' mail order fun, and will do a free stitch guide for any canvas purchased with fibers from the shop.  I can vouch for their superb customer service myself.   If you are ever in Louisville, make sure you don't miss Beth's!

Kentucky:  M's Canvashouse is owned by Meredith Willet, who also owns Elizabeth Turner Designs. So you know this is going to be good!

Maryland:  Bedecked and Beadazzled is Ruth Schmuff's online shop, full of amazing bling and fun canvases that Ruth distributes that you can't find anywhere else.  Ruth is known for her mystery classes by mail.  Bookmark her blog and watch her dazzle us with her incredible stitching!  The shop website now has photographs of the beads and sequins she carries, which helps when you are looking for just the right thing.

Massachusetts:  Good Harbor Needlepoint is a newer (2015) shop in Topsfield, MA.  WWD writes: "I haven't shopped there in person, but I recently had excellent mail order service from Susan at Good Harbor Needlepoint in Topsfield.  We communicated via email and over the phone and everything was seamless.  She even contacted me after I received the package to make sure everything was to my liking."

Michigan:  Homestead Needle Arts isn't flashy.  They don't have a grand website or big sales, but concentrate on a wonderful newsletter, canvases that you can't find anywhere else, and great customer service.

Michigan:  Peacock Alley Needlepoint is a fun shop that specializes in customer service and has a amazing shop window every month.  Follow them on Facebook to see the latest goodies.  The designer Machelle Sommerville works here.

Michigan:  The Wool and the Floss in Grosse Pointe has been around for twenty plus years (although they have a new owner in 2017) and is a great resource.  The shop offers a nice selection of canvases and threads, classes 3-4 times a week, and great finishing. They are also happy to help with any questions or problems that arise and also offer knitting supplies.

Minnesota:  3 Kittens Needle Arts is located in the Minneapolis suburb of Mendota Heights.  My spy says it carries both needlepoint and knitting and is known for its outstanding customer service, a thread inventory of many, many different kinds of threads, a wonderful book selection and a large inventory of canvases. They have frequent and great classes for all levels of stitchers and knitters. The stitch guides available from their in-house instructors are spectacular. The finishing done is classic, modern, creative, and innovative. Custom acrylics and other custom finishing is a specialty.

Missouri:  Needlepoint Club House in St. Louis is owned and operated by a very talented group of stitchers.  Their classes with nationally known teachers such as Susan Portra, Sandy Arthur, Brenda Hart, David McCaskill and Julia Snyder are wonderful!

Nevada:  Golden Needlepoint is the newest Las Vegas shop.  They have a nice selection of beautiful painted canvases and also license artwork for needlepoint canvases from painters like Sascalia that you can't find anywhere else.

Nevada:  Most people go to Las Vegas to gamble but needlepointers go there because that's where Stitcher's Paradise is located!  I've heard great things about this shop.

New York City:  Annie and Company is in Manhattan and everyone raves about it.  This is a great place for painted canvases.  Their threads are organized by color, if you happen to visit, so if you are going to kit out a chart, make sure you have plenty of time to find what you need.

Ohio:  Absolutely Needlepoint in Cincinnati got a rave review from a customer who says she spends way too much money there but it is worth every penny.  They have a bare bones website and a Facebook page.

Ohio:  What's the Point? Needlepoint is in Dublin, a suburb of Columbus.  This shop offers wonderful clubs and classes, stocks a lot of great canvases and is always surprising us with great sales via their Facebook page.  Don't miss the videos of the shop interior on Facebook!

Oregon:  Mindy's Needlepoint Factory in Eugene isn't only a great shop with a fabulous selection of trims, buttons and canvases, it is the home of the designer Mindy.  There's a wonderful video on the Mindy website but don't forget to peruse her designs as well when you visit the webstore.

Pennsylvania: Fireside Stitchery is the closest out-of-state shop to me so when I need it NOW and the local shops don't have it,  I order from them. They have a fabulous stock of threads and charts and some lovely wooden tools and also have constant trunk shows.  Fireside is known for their customer service.  Great place!

Pennsylvania:  The Porcupine is located in Sewickley, right outside of Pittsburgh. It has a lovely selection of fibers and painted canvases according to my informant.  Judging from their website, they do lots of classes and clubs, too.

Pennsylvania:  Rittenhouse Needlepoint is right in the heart of Philadelphia.  The shop has great finishing, does stitch guides and charity works and is just a fun place to hang out.  Personally, I love to search their online shop.  Their finishers don't have a cut off date, either.

South Carolina:  It's a Stitch in Charleston (technically St. Johns Island) is full of talented staff and some very fun clubs with a regional flavor.  Check out that alligator club!  LOL  They also bring in national renowned teachers and keep a stock of great canvases to satisfy their discriminating stitchers and the visitors to their lovely vacation spots.  If you need a little Southern charm and a souvenir of a trip to Charleston, this is the place to visit.

South Carolina:  Two's Company in Rock Hill is worth a visit just for their full selection of threads.  It's been described to me as a threadaholic's dream!  The owner will create any custom canvas you want, too.

Tennessee:  Amy Bunger's shop, Amy's Golden Strand, is the home of amazing Home Study classes, great threads and the incredible Amy herself.  If you are in Memphis, call to see if you can arrange a visit.  Last I heard the shop is open by appointment only.

Tennessee:  Nashville Needleworks is an older shop with a new owner.  Connie Glenn Camp has revitalized the shop with some fabulous clubs and classes, not to mention a lot of new products.  Browse the website and you'll be dazzled.

Texas:  Chaparral Needlepoint in Houston is one of the original shops to start offering monthly clubs. The shop has a huge stock of canvases and all sorts of trims, thanks to Carolyn Hedge Baird who manages a ribbon/beads/trims shop within-a-shop for the stitcher who wants a huge selection of finishing materials for their canvases.  They do wonderful classes, too.   Of course this is also a good place to pick up one of Carolyn's books if your local is sold out.  Bet if you ask nicely Carolyn will also autograph it for you!

Texas:  Creative Stitches in Dallas carries both needlepoint and cross stitch and a lot of different fibers, not to mention great classes.  My spy says it is a great place to spend both time and money!  This shop has a new owner (2017) and big plans!  Stay tuned.

Texas:  Fancy Stitches in Cleburne carries unique Texas items, has great classes and does superb finishing.  Their website is worth a fun browse, too.

Texas:  Needle Works in Austin has one of the largest selections of threads you could ever want and always have the latest canvases and the greatest teachers visiting.  They ship quickly and are always helpful with ideas.  I use them a lot to match thread colors because of their wide selection.  Tell them you need DMC color #whatever in a silk and wool and they will find you imaginative choices to choose from.  Don't miss their blog, which always has great information.

Texas:  Pocket Full of Stitches in Lubbock are the creators of the monthly clubs that every shop offers now.  They have a great selection of them, wonderful sales and terrific customer service.

Virginia: Waste Knot is my local shop. It is fabulous, especially when it comes to painted canvases and books!  I salute you, Lori! (Good thing I don't live close by or I'd be bankrupt.)  They don't carry counted charts, though.  Just books and trunk shows and great models and lots of threads and painted canvases.  Plus a nice selection of bags and boxes to insert a canvas inside.

South Dakota:  Barbara's Needlepoint doesn't have a website but they do have great in-house designers, a wonderful limited edition Santa canvas each year, and terrific finishing.  Follow them on Facebook and stop in if you are ever in Sioux Falls.

Washington State:  The Needlepointer is known for their clubs, classes and designer events when they pair a trunk show with a personal visit from the designer, often with a reception and lecture.  My spies add that the shop is known for its colorful thread room, excellent instruction, beautiful finishing, monthly trunk shows, and retreats held three times per year.  They moved from their old location in Everett to Edmonds in October 2017.

Washington State: Threadneedle Street has a great selection of books, silks and silk gauze supplies. I visit their site to just read the book reviews!  This is the place for something special.

Many thanks to all the shops who cater to us so very well!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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  1. Janis wrote: Jane, there's a wonderful needlepoint shop in St. Louis - The Needlepoint Clubhouse. A group of talented ladies own it & often have events arranged w/many nationally-known names such as Susan Portra, Sandy Arthur, Brenda Hart, David McCaskill & Julia Snyder.

    1. Thanks, Janis. I'll update the list! Always room for another great shop.

  2. Jane,
    Dallas has Creative Stitches that has both needlepoint and counted cross stitch, and a large selection of fibers.
    Many classes are offered with different teachers.
    A great place to spend both time and money.

    1. Thanks, Anon. I've added Creative Stitches to the listing.

  3. Absolutely Needlepoint in Cincinnati, Ohio is a great shop. Just thought you would like Ohio represented. Also It's a Stitch in Johns Island, SC.

  4. Columbus Ohio, well actually the suburb of Dublin as a wonderful shop you've featured in the past, What's The Point. Many canvases and they will get you anything you want. I leave way too much money up there!

  5. I am sorry to see that the Chaparral Needlework here in Houston is not included on the list of the best shops. Obviously, the author had not visited our store. The Chaparral is a FAB needlepoint shop with lots of canvases, threads, and great, mostly knowledgeable but ALWAYS NICE employees! I work there and really LOVE our store!
    Is the author from Arizona as all the Scottsdale stores are included?

    1. You are right, Carolyn, the author of the original list is me and I've not been to Texas since I was 8 years old. Bad Jane! The list I started from was from 2010 (updated in 2012) and started with the shop I had personal knowledge of, then Blog readers weighed in with their recommendations. So this is a work in progress. Obviously those Arizona stitchers got busy! Texas had better work hard to keep up! LOL Seriously, I'll add Chaparral right now. Don't feel left out. I always knew when I published this list that there were some great shops not on it. This is a way to bring all the names out of the woodwork with the help of Blog readers and have a list that folks can google and find for the next year or two until I feel the need to update it again.

  6. I noticed you don't have any shops in Georgia - In Stitches has two great shops in the Atlanta area. One is in Buckhead and the other is in Newnan. Both have an incredible selection of threads, canvases and accessories! The staff is very experienced and is always willing to help with stitch and thread suggestions. They also offer classes from many fun and creative teachers - nationally known as well as "hidden treasures". Another great perk to this shop is the fabulous in-house finishing!

    1. Thanks, Jeanene! Yes, I didn't have any Georgia shops. I started the list back in 2010 with just the shops I use personally, then folks added to it in 2012. I know it doesn't have every great shop in America, but I hoped people like you would help me add shops I know nothing about personally which are wonderful shops. So thanks! I'll add these.

  7. Hi Jane - Will you please add my LNS? The Wool and the Floss in Grosse Pointe, MI. They have been around for twenty plus years and are a great resource - a nice selection of canvases and threads, classes 3-4 times a week, and great finishing. They are also happy to help with any questions / problems that arise… the gals that work there are great - as a matter of fact, after shopping there for 15+ years, I started working and teaching there one day a week this fall! Our website isn't fancy but it does have some basic shop info that many will find helpful… . Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Melissa. I will be happy to add such a wonderful shop! Thanks for letting me know.

  8. The Porcupine located in Sewickley, PA is right outside of Pittsburgh. It has a lovely selection of fibers and painted canvasses.

  9. I recently visited Mindy's Needlepoint Factory in Eugene, Oregon. It's a huge shop with a large variety of canvasses, fibers, and kits. Mindy was very helpful. It's a definite stop for anyone traveling through Oregon.

    1. Thanks, Holly. I adore Mindy's designs and I understand her shop has a fabulous selection of special buttons and trims as well. Definitely a shop I should add!

  10. Just visited Needleplay in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's a wonderful shop with lots of painted canvasses, charts, and fibers. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. They are located at 2195 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
    (801) 486-5444.

    1. Thanks for the tip, Holly. I'll add Needleplay to the list right away!

  11. Hi, you left out a FABULOUS Arizona shop - Family Arts Needlework Shop in Phoenix. They have a wonderful selection of painted canvases and every type of thread you could imagine or want. They have been in existence since 1967, is staffed by volunteers (plus paid professional Director) and donate their profits to charities that assist women and children.

    1. Thanks, Alaine! I'll get them added. All the shops here were recommendations or ones I have personal experience with. There are far too many great shops no one has mentioned yet!

  12. I haven't shopped there in person, but I recently had excellent mail order service from Susan at Good Harbor Needlepoint in Topsfield, MA. We communicated via email and over the phone and everything was seamless. She even contacted me after I received the package to make sure everything was to my liking.

    1. Thanks for the tip, WWD. This is a brand new shop, isn't it? I'll add them to the list on your recommendation.

  13. I see that Nashville Needleworks is not on the list....

    1. Then I'll add it. This list is three years old, mind, and is shops either I shop at or that were recommended to me. Since you recommended this, it'll go on. Thanks, Lisa.