Since counted canvas work designs can be hard to find, I asked folks for recommendations of shops with a good inventory. (If you have a favorite source not on the list, add a comment or email me at chillyhollow at hot mail dot com so I keep things up to date.) Here is what Blog readers said, in alpha order by state--
By the way, here's the link to the Best Needlepoint Shops 2014 article. All shops here are either my personal favorites or were nominated by many of Blog's readers.
Old Town Needlework - Scottsdale
Quail Run - Scottsdale
They also offer quite a few counted classes for local stitchers or home study (current class is Pamela Harding's magnificent "Serengeti"). Check the website or newsletters for upcoming classes.
Stitchers Garden - Conway
Needlepoints Ltd. - Garden Grove
Gitta's - Mississauga, Ontario
Alex Paras Needlepoint - online only
(same as Thistle Needleworks, AP is their online shop)
Thistle Needleworks - Glastonbury
(same as Alex Paras, Thistle Needleworks is their brick and mortar shop)
Thistle Needleworks/Alex Paras has a brand new club for 2014: Finger Step Designs' All that Jazz. These are tiny geometric patterns, a cross between stained glass and abstract art. Use up leftover threads and create a ton of small, fast ornaments, box tops or assemble it all into an amazing pillow at the end of 2014. This shop is one of the very few that offers monthly clubs for the counted canvaswork enthusiast.
Stitcher's Paradise - Miami
Stitches from the Heart - Evansville (distributor of Jean Hilton and Pat Mazu designs)
The Stitching Post - Cantonville (Baltimore suburb)
Homestead Needle Arts - Grand Blanc
Stitchville USA - Minnetonka (Minneapolis suburb)
For the Love of Stitching - Omaha
Honey, Lace and More - Lincoln
The source for many types of counted needlework, they have a new Laura Perin club that has folks interested.
Fireside Stitchery - Frazer
Fancy Stitches - Cleburne
Needle Works - Austin
Pocket Full of Stitches - Lubbock
Threads in Charlottesville is small but stocks the latest books and threads and offers counted canvaswork classes periodically (which are hard to find). They hold many classes, workshops, and trunk shows (with twenty percent off) and are always ready to go the extra mile for a customer.