I am stitching, just have nothing to share yet…but I will.
Today I went visiting. We have a new needlepoint shop in town. I remember when we had five or six shops, maybe more, but sadly were down to two shops, but now we have three. This new shop KC Needlepoint; 105 East Gregory; Kansas City, Mo.; http://www.kcneedlepoint.com is owned by two young excited young women…Polly and Carol. They are starting out small with the basics and will slowly add to their inventory. In this day and age I think this is a smart idea…it would be nice to think that someone could open a shop with every thread and lots of canvases from many different designers, but the reality of today’s market is that is not economically feasible nor would it be a smart business move. Their shop is bright and refreshing with great areas for stitching and lots of areas to expand.
Wherever we live, we need to support these young people in their ventures. They are the future of our art. If we are to survive as a needlework art, we need to support these new fledgling shops and help them to survive. Because without them we all lose! We not only lose that place to go and meet others who like us have a love of handmade needlework. We lose the place to learn new stitches, new techniques, new ideas and exchange ideas. We lose a place to SEE and buy our canvases and threads. But most of all we lose the place to connect one generation of stitchers to the next, we lose those young people we so desperately need to keep this art alive.
Remember the old Girl Scout song…”Make new friends and keep the old…one is silver and the other gold.” We all need each other, we need to learn and teach each other. So I urge you to support your local shop or shops no matter how long it has been in business. And especially support that new shop, she (they) may be the new designer or teacher of the future.
So after you visit that shop, I hope you find time to stitch today! And Thank you for stopping by…