Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Retail Therapy in San Diego

I can't believe how quickly the last couple of weeks have flown by.  I've been a bit overwhelmed with some remodeling projects, a trip to San Diego for Comic-Con, and my daughter's college orientation.  Needless to say, I didn't get a lot of stitching done.  In fact I managed a whopping three hours.  No, that's not three hours a day.  That's three hours since my last post.  It's times like this that I wish there was such a thing as the "Stitching Police" so they could enforce my commitment of stitching one hour per day.

Although I don't have any stitching to show you, I did partake in a little a lot of retail therapy.  I went to three needlepoint shops while I was in San Diego.  All of them were absolutely wonderful: friendly, knowledgeable staff, and great threads and canvases.  San Diego knows how to needlepoint!

The first store I went to was Needle Nook of La Jolla.  They are in a beautiful part of La Jolla just blocks from the beach.  The store is split in two.  One shop for threads and another for canvases (with a linen store in the middle).  I stopped by the canvas store first and was helped by Beverly and Susan who were just awesome.  Look at all the trouble they got me into...
Sew Much Fun

Ewe & Eye

Canvas was not labeled with the designer's name.  If you know, please comment.
and these great books...

Merry Needlepoint

Ohhhh, The Essentials of Ribbon Needlepoint

Beards That I Have Known
After shopping at Needle Nook's canvas store, I needed a break.  After all, that shopping was hard work.  I went across the street to The Cottage for lunch.  If you fallow Vicky De Angelis' blog, Mostly Needlepoint, then that name might sound familiar.  Vicky is always raving about The Cottage, so I had to try it out.  It did not disappoint.  After lunch, I was ready for Needle Nook part two: the fiber store.

Needle Nook of La Jolla
Doesn't it look wonderful!  I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo, but there are sliding doors on each of the long walls which double the amount of hanging space for fibers.  I thought that was a fabulous idea.  Everyone at the Needle Nook was really nice.  As you can probably see, I had a lot of fun shopping there.

The next day, I visited Needlepoint of la Jolla.  I have to admit that I used to think that Needlepoint of La Jolla and Needle Nook of La Jolla were the same store.  I'm glad I realized my error, otherwise I would have missed out on visiting such a great store and meeting owners Michelle and Bill. 

I had such a nice time chatting with Michelle.  She has such creative finishing ideas.  Look at this little pillow...
Needlepoint of La Jolla
The t-shirt opens at the top for a bone (which was still being finished) to be inserted.  Isn't that the cutest idea!  Michelle also has one of the best fabric selections I've ever seen at a needlepoint store.  She must have close to twenty fabric books filled with gorgeous silks, cottons, etc...

Michelle's partner, Bill, also provides a unique service to their customers.  He paints custom orders.  I know that might not sound that different, but he does all the painting in the store.  So if he is painting a custom for you, you can stop by the shop to see how it's progressing.  
Bill's work space
Needlepoint of La Jolla
Besides carrying a huge assortment of fibers and canvases, they also sell Elizabeth Bradley kits.  These can be hard to find in California, so it's nice to know where to buy them.

I only bought one canvas, because, well, I ran out of money.  I can assure you that I could have bought a whole lot more.  I love this little egg  This is sure to be a quick stitch = instant gratification!
Associated Talents 

My last stop was at The Needleworks in San Diego.  This stop was a little sad because after 40 years The Needleworks is closing.  They are, however, planning on creating an on-line store.  You could tell that this store was special by the number of ladies who were just hanging out and stitching/knitting.  It's a cozy shop that makes you feel like you are visiting a friend.  I'm sure they will be missed by their customers.  Although, most of their stock was sold, I did find this cute Melissa Shirley canvas.
Melissa Shirley / John Johannsen
There were a few other needlepoint stores in San Diego that I didn't get a chance to visit.  I guess I'm going to have to go back!  For now, I think I better get stitching.

Happy Stitching...

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