Oops, I totally forgot to comment on a stop I made on the way home from DC. As per Linda M’s suggestion, I stopped at Hillside Stitchery in Stevenson, MD. As I was driving, I could not understand where the shop might be since at the exit, one drives for a few miles in quite the bucolic setting. Then all of a sudden there is this sweet little shopping plaza, in which the needlepoint shop resides. The staff and owner couldn’t have been nicer. They currently have a NeedleDeeva trunk show. One of the staff members had stitched and displayed quite a few samples of the Needledeeva canvases. I was quite taken with one of the faces she had done. I did decide to purchase the canvas (again without the aid of an enabler). So, the staff member allowed me to take a photo of her work and she also made a color copy of the canvas and wrote down the stitches that she used. I could not believe how accommodating she was. The shop also featured some totes in which you could put inserts or sew the canvas onto the front of the bag. Great choices! If you are going to see the Woodlawn exhibit, I highly recommend that you stop and take a look. I wish the shop well and hope they have staying power. They deserve it.
Thanks for the reports on the shops in Florida. Not sure when I’ll get down there but always good to have the names just in case. Your explanation of the judging at Woodlawn was very interesting; next year I’ll be sure to look at all of the pieces with a more informed eye. Safe travels to CA!
I wanted to stop there on my way to Woodlawn this year but the shop closed at 3 pm on Friday and I couldn’t get out of work early enough. But, they sound wonderful, so, I expect that they’ll be around for a while. Thanks for letting us know it’s worth the stop. Melita