Stitchville USA! You’ve got to love that name – it implies a big BIG store full of stitching supplies – as big as the whole USA! And you’d not be far wrong if that’s what you come to Minnesota expecting to find. I’m in the Twin cities visiting my older daughter and she’d given me a gift certificate to Stitchville USA for my birthday, knowing I would be home now to “spend” it.
Stitchville is in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Judging from the number of people in the shop, it isn’t too far to drive for anyone in the region – there were loads of people there on a Thursday morning in late July. A delightful woman named Kenne helped us by answering questions and showing us products that we weren’t familiar with.
Of course, I came for the threads. There is a LOT of thread in this shop. The inventory is huge! From Accentuate to Weeks Dye Works thread, Debbie Clarke, the owner, stocks most of what people who embroider, do needlepoint or cross stitch dream about. The most difficult thing is to decide what kind and which colors to choose to take home. In addition to thread, I chose some ribbon for my first foray into ribbon embroidery later this year. I can’t wait!
There are needlepoint canvases, cross stitch patterns, embroidery books and magazines about cross stitch, embroidery and needlepoint .
She carries linen (Belfast, Cashel, Glenshee), Aida cloth, wool pieces and much more, all cut to various sizes for all kinds of projects. Her hand dyed linen comes in a delicious array of colors. I chose some Belfast 32 count linen in a soft pink called Baby Lotion and a hazy green called French Lace. I may go back for a few more pieces because it’s so beautiful!
Stitchville USA also had a customer loyalty “card” that’s a key chain. Very clever. Every time you pull out your keys, you remember Stitchville and the good deal you’ll get as you collect punches for every purchase. When it’s full, you will receive a substantial refund on your purchase! I love being rewarded for shopping locally!
I know not everyone has a needlework shop in their hometown and that many of us must order by mail to get the supplies we need or want. I also know that when we travel many of us will gladly go out of the way a bit to be able to see and touch inspirational supplies. This shop is DEFINITELY worth a drive to visit! And, if you aren’t in the area, Stitchville USA will happily fill any order via email or telephone from their web site. They have a toll free number in the USA and are happy to special order anything you need that they don’t have in stock.
Nope, I’m not affiliated with them and I only shop at Stitchville when I’m visiting my daughter. It’s a special treat for me to go to such a wonderful needlework shop with her!