I had a dental appointment in Huntsville on Monday and to console myself afterwards, I looked up my old LNS, Patches and Stitches. It has changed locations from 34 years ago but with Siri's help I decided to check it out. Some of the Huntsville ladies in North Alabama Stitchers group had mentioned it and brought it back to my mind.
Patches and Stitches also has a large room full of fabrics for quilters. Each quilt shop in Alabama did a banner quilt for their area of the state. As you can see, Huntsville is well represented. ( The Saturn Rocket was developed in Huntsville.) While I am not a quilter, I am amazed by the creativity of quilters in designing such a piece.
If you are ever in Huntsville, be sure and visit the lovely ladies at Patches and Stitches.
Mary, I will be sending you the Fresh Eggs Farm freebie chart!! And Diane( Lavender Dreamer) had asked about how to step back into cross stitching. In regards to kits, Dimensions makes some kits that include the fabric and flosses to complete a design. However, I am not a fan of kits. I guess I am spoiled by the nice fabric and flosses that are available these days. Diane, I would go to 123 Stitch online and look at some of the Lizzie Kate charts as well as Little House Needleworks. Both are good beginner charts. Order some nice 14 count Aida as you return to stitching, It is easier to see and as you get in your groove, you might want to look into linen or even weave. As for flosses, use DMC which you can find at Hobby Lobby, Michael's or Joann's. So that is my advice to anyone who thinks they might like to take up the hobby or return to it after a break. It is always nice to have an LNS ( and I have Two in my area!!). But there are many online stores that you can order from with confidence. Some that I enjoy are 123 Stitch, Jen's Stitching Niche, Down Sunshine Lane and Gulf Coast Stitches. I also order directly from Hands on Design. For those who might be interested in cross stitch but have no clue how to actually do the stitches, there are some good tutorials on You Tube.
So this week you will get two Stitching POSTS. Pardon the bad pun!! I hope to be back on Saturday with some FFO's and I will share what I purchased at Patches and Stitches.