Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Adventures in Needlepoint

After my last post you saw how many needlework things I have now.  The items that enticed me the most were the needlepoint canvas.  Some are stamped, some are hand-painted, and some are half-way finished but .... none and I repeat none of them have instructions!  I have no idea how to needlepoint it has eluded me for years.

So of course getting into my head that I must needlepoint before I can knit another sock or embroidery another item.  I went on a quest....a quest to find a needlepoint kit! (ta tah dah can you hear the trumpets blaring?  Oh wait that is just Brian practicing in the next room)  Little did I know that this would be the hardest quest of my life!

We went into town on a Sunday and I went to Michaels they have needlepoint supplies and had kits before.. I searched all over I found the floss but did not find one kit not even a cross-stitch kit.  I asked for help and they brought me over to the  latch hook rug kits.  I looked at the person and said where are the needlepoint kits and he said these are the needlepoint kits.  I looked at him again and said these are latch hook rug kits totally different and walked away disappointed and to continue my quest.

I then went to Craft Warehouse surely just by the name they should have kits but alas they did not.  I asked there and they at least knew what I was talking about but they do not carry the kits because they do not sell.  I am starting to think they do not sell because you do not CARRY THEM!  Ok ok I was getting a bit testy by then.

I talked Brian in to going to one more store JoAnn's Fabrics they surely carry kits.  They do not carry needlepoint kits only Cross-Stitch and of the Cross-Stitch they only had three!   What is happening here?  I thought embroidery and cross-stitch were still popular.  I guess I am totally wrong and not trendy anymore.

Then I thought hey Hobby Lobby has to have them how could I have forgotten about them.  So we drove over there and they are not open on Sunday!  What a store not open on a Sunday!  Nice for the workers but sad for me who only goes into town once a week on Sunday for Church.

I would have to wait until Wednesday to continue my quest.  I hitched a ride with Brian to his Big Band Rehearsal and stole the car.  I headed straight to Hobby Lobby and went down the aisle where they have the kits.  As I was looking I was only seeing cross-stitch kits and getting really disappointed.  As I moved down the aisle it switched to stamped linens for embroidery and cross-stitch that was kind of nice I thought but still no needlepoint kit in site.  Then by a freak chance at the end of the aisle on way bottom was one needlepoint kit.  Did you hear me one kit not one kind just one single solitary kit!  I just about jumped for joy and nearly ran to the checkout.  The lady asked me if I found everything alright and I said yes!  You are the only ones to have a needlepoint kit in town.  She smiled at me a little weird thinking that maybe I was to excited for this item but she sold it to me anyway.

Here is the kit!  I will give you updates as to my progress.  So far it is mounted on stretch bars and I plan to start tonight!  Are you finding it harder to find supplies?


Kim Q said...

Last week, I was on a hunt for embroidery thread...that's "thread" not floss. I found a needlework shop around the corner from my quilt shop. And they had tons of needlepoint canvases and kits. I looked at one and dropped it like a hot potato. The price tag on it was more than $200! I've found that over the years, different crafts go in and out of style. I don't know who decides when they go where since I make up my own mind about what I'm doing when! LOL Try finding candlewicking supplies, and it's not the stuff for candle making!

SewAmy said...

goodness what a quest. So happy you finally found one. And it's pretty cute. I am looking forward to seeing the progress!!

Glenda said...

Our local Hobby Lobby thinned out their needlework kits in a huge way a couple years ago. I don't know if they even carry needlepoint kits anymore; there are a couple handfuls of x-stitch kits.

A local needlework shop carries a ton of needlepoint kits, but like another person commented (Blogger apparently ate her comment in the Blogger snafu yesterday!) the prices are pretty intense.

Have fun with your needlepoint kit!! I've had the itch to try needlepoint myself, but haven't bought a kit yet.

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