When we set out on our little roadtrip (we’ve topped 5,700 miles so far, and will be close to 7,000 by the time we get home – all in 15 days!), I had every intention of looking up as many needlework shops along the way as possible and stopping at them all. Truth is, I only made it to four! You might well say “You’re not home yet,” but the last leg, across the tip of the Texas panhandle, through the flatlands of the Oklahoma plains, and on into the prairies of Kansas, is not going to include any extra stops! It is time to get home!
The four needlework shops I made it to were Nordic Needle in Fargo, North Dakota; Threadneedle Street, outside of Seattle, Washington; Needle in a Haystack, in Alameda, California; and Lacis, in Berkeley, California.
I want to be Very Careful about the way I approach my review of these shops. I plan to write up an in-depth review of each shop, tell you what they’re like, show you some photos, and so forth. (I may even throw in some “trip photos” along the way…) Believe it or not, I don’t plan to gush, gush, gush over each shop. Rather, I’ll just be telling you about the physical aspects of the shop, the type of merchandise carried, and the service I received.
You might be surprised at my evaluations, actually. You already know I have “favorite” online shops, and each of these four have been on my “favorites” list. But there are certain criteria I like to keep in mind when actually shopping in a brick-and-mortar store, so I’ll be carefully looking at those criteria.
In the meantime, these are some of the things I’ve bought: some great books, a few threads I have never used before, some tulle for embroidery on net, some needles (well, you can never have too many, and why pay shipping?), a few accessories, some cutwork design transfers, a new type of Solvy I hadn’t seen before, and … wow, I’m not sure what else. I Wanted to buy a couple kits, but in the long run, I didn’t, for the sake of conserving funds. But at least I know what shops have what, so if I ever want to order, I can. The books, though – yes, I love the books I bought!
So, on this last day (hopefully!) of the drive home, as I set out from Santa Fe, New Mexico, I’ll be compiling and organizing my notes!
I still have a few more articles to share with you from other readers, too, by the way. Unfortunately, before I left, I didn’t have time to put them all together. But never fear – we’ll get to them after I get home!
I’ll be seeing you soon, from Kansas! After all, there’s no place like home!