Wednesday, June 10, 2009
After my visit to the Silver Needle, I drove across the street to Stitchworks. It amazed me that there were two large cross stitch shops so very close together!
At first glance, Stitchworks appeared to be spacious with lots of stock. Upon taking a closer look, it had yarn and knitting and crochet patterns in about 1/4 of the store. That's great for knitters and crocheters, but not for me. Upon even closer look, the shop models were mostly older designs. The shop in general looked a bit worn and shabby. The fabric area was not as neat as I am used to seeing, and the displays were just so so, definitely not as innovative as what I saw across the street.
To the right of the front door was a large display of moose designs, with the same name on them as the shop. They are the owners own designs and were quite cute, but I just don't associate Oklahoma with moose.
A room to the left of the main shop area housed all the holiday designs. Again, quite a bit of stock, but mostly older charts.
I got out my list and started looking around. They did have the fabric that Sue had asked me to purchase for her. They did not have the 40 count fabric I was looking for. I was also looking for a 10 count cream Tula. The young lady helping found some fabric but it wasn't marked in any way as to stitch count or price. She was rather new and didn't really know where things were or what I was asking for.
There were some older charts I was looking for, and I found all but one of them. I also found a needlepoint chart by From Nancy's Needle that I liked, Crystal Violets. I already had the companion chart at home, so I though I could kit them up. There was no computer access in the shop at all so I couldn't look up the list of fibres needed. They didn't carry Needlepoint Silks, and although they had Kreiniks, they didn't have half of the ones I was looking for.
Although the clerk was very helpful, she was new and didn't really know where things were or how things were done. I would have spent more money in the shop if they had the things on my list, which was the case at the Silver Needle also.
I was directed to a nearby Needlepoint shop though, and I will report on that shop tomorrow.