There isn’t much that’s more fun than going to Stitchville USA with a gift certificate! I got the rare chance to walk around, look and touch the different threads, see over 1,000 different finished projects on the walls and pour over various embroidery related accessories. Those of you who live near to any bricks and mortar embroidery shop are SO lucky!
The new Stitchville USA is in Minnetonka, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The new store is 4200 square feet, more than double the size of the previous one.
Being a thread junkie I was, of course, in heaven! Thousand of skeins of thread. Threads I’d used and that I consider my go to threads for much of my surface embroidery and threads I’d heard of but never seen or used, and threads I didn’t know existed. It’s all there!
Since I was looking for threads for my two future canvaswork/needlepoint projects, I made a beeline for the wall of wool and silk blend threads. Actually, it’s more than a wall, the threads continue around the corner! Trio silk and wool from Switzerland (one I didn’t know about), Planet Earth Fiber (100% silk and another I’d not heard of before) Vineyard Silk, Silk and Ivory, Caron Impressions and Watercolors were among the ones I chose for these projects but there are so many more!
This cupboard is full of pieces of wool in a huge array of colors. I didn’t get any but i may have to return! Stitchville also has the widest variety of counted thread fabrics I’ve ever seen in a shop.
One of the highlights was finding a display of Valdini Vintage Hues threads. I’d read about Valdini threads but never seen this particular variegated thread. These colors called to me and those of you who read The Unbroken Thread regularly will know I have a weakness for fall or autumn colors.
While I looked, my daughter took photos and here she’s caught me contemplating which thread to choose. I don’t know about you, but when I have the chance to see the threads my creative juices really get flowing! I call it my thread induced stupor!
Above are the threads I finally decided on for the two canvaswork projects. You may be wondering about the lavender thread. When we got home I naturally showed my husband and son-in-law the threads. Both my daughter and her husband are graphic designers and have a wonderful eye for color. he helped me see that I needed a lavender for the reflection of the red gate in the blue water. the next day we all (yes, the guys too!) went back to Stitchville so we could find the perfect color for that reflected red in the water.
If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you are very lucky indeed! if you are ever there and can find time to visit Stitchville USA it’s worth it!
Stitchville USA also offers classes and individual teaching for assistance on those tricky projects. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to offer a class there and get to meet some of you!