Thursday, July 22, 2021

Summer Needlework Tour - Day 3 continued

 After leaving Osage Iowa, we headed to Blue Earth Minnesota. This fellow greeted us as we neared the city:

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Summer Needlework Tour- Day 3

 We went to The Stitchery Nook in Osage Iowa bright and early on Tuesday morning.  We heard this was a great shop and it did not dissappoint!

One of the owners was there to greet us and was very welcoming and helpful!  Lots of wonder things to look at and fondle!

This shop also has a huge scrapbooking section, but I didn't venture into that part of the store.  I am told they also have a retreat space upstairs, so we may have to go back!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Summer Needlework Tour - Day 2 continued

After leaving Mount Horab, we headed to Spring Green to visit the Country Sampler. I had heard lots of great things about this shop and wanted to visit in person.

 Sadly, I was not impressed at all.  The shop is a mixture of fabric for quilting, cross stitch and home décor,  I think.  It is cramped and things are not displayed, but put in crates that you have to flip through.  The two ladies working there were not friendly at all.  One was on the phone the entire time we were there, and the other peeked out of a back room at some point and asked if we needed help.  Definitely not welcoming at all.  My shopping list had lots of perle cottons and Kreiniks listed.  The lady didn't know what Kreinik was at all.  They only carry 6 strand DMC, some overdyed fibres, and high count linen.  The charts are all privatives and samplers.  Although I do stitch those, they weren't  displayed well. Add to that the feeling of not being welcome, I left without purchasing anything.  I don't think this has ever happened to me before.  

Monday, July 19, 2021

Summer Needlework Tour - Day 2

The first shop we visited was Witchery Stitchery in Mount Horab, Wisconsin.  I had been to this shop before, but they moved right after I visited.  It is no longer on Main Street but still easy to find.  It is a bit smaller.  I remember the shop on Main Street have two distinct areas, one side for needlepoint and the other side for cross stitch.  The new whop is smaller and things are co mingled.  Still easy to find what you need.  Lots of great things!

When I entered the shop, there were other people shopping, and one of them immediately shouted:  "I know you, you are the lady that makes the wonderful jams!"  Since we were all wearing masks at the shop owners request, I didn't recognize her, but she recognized me!  We have stitched together a few times, both at Stitch Mania in Zion IL and at UFO Saturdays in Crystal Lake, IL.   Good to see Barb Stanke again!  What a small world!


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Summer Needlework Tour 2021 - Day 1

My long time friend Marguerite and I embarked on our journey a little before noon on Sunday, with our first stop being Taliesan, in Spring Green Wisconsin.  This is Frank Lloyd Wright's home, studio and school.  It was a great tour, and we survived!  (we almost didn't, but that's what you get when you have two old ladies who can't walk too much!)  Unfortunately, my phone died and I had the charger in the trunk of the car, so I had to use my iPad to take a few picture.  


Saturday, July 17, 2021

2021 Summer Needlework Tour practice session 2

 I had a $50 credit at Emily's Stitchery in Northbrook, so I headed there to pick up some things.  It is a great shop and Emily is very accommodating.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Summer Needlework Tour 2021 - the practice session 1

In preparation for our Summer Needlework Tour, I stopped in at Black Cat Stitchery.  So glad to be able to shop again, although they have been great at sending out what I needed during the pandemic.  

Black Cat Stitchery is a great shop and my my go-to since Welcome Stitchery has moved to Minnesota.  They had a great selection.   

 There were a number of things they were holding for me, and then of course I couldn't resist a new chart!