Every other month, I go to the Bay area in CA for an a couple of weeks to spend time with my daughter, son-in-law and my “little people” There are three of the latter, ages 7, 5, and 1. As you can imagine, it’s a very busy household, so that is why I go so frequently.
Sometimes it is a little difficult (notice the little – after all I’m with the “little people”) being away from my normal routine, which includes hanging out with my stitching friends at Edwardian Needle. However, I am really a lucky stitching soul. I have found a home away from home.
Located about a half an hour’s drive north from where my daughter lives in san Mateo, is a gem of a shop called, Luv2Stitch. It is owned by Dale Lenci, who is also the owner and creative designer behind DJ Designs. His canvases are really beautiful. At any rate, the retail shop has been quite warm and welcoming, as are the “regulars”. I have been made to feel at home. So every Wednesday when I am in the Bay area, I declare it my day off and I go and stitch. Luv2Stitch is open late on Wednesday evening, so if you have the stamina, one could stitch from 10 AM to 8 PM if they like. I’ve gotten close a couple of times, but I usually can’t last that long!
The shop has such a nice aesthetic. It is filled with beautiful antique furniture as well as practical furniture. There is a stitching room with bright light and large tables. In the next room there is a bead bar and some cushy sofas as well as a break front featuring finished samples of stitched boxes and picture frames. The third room is the thread room. There is a lot of eye candy on the walls and always so many canvases from which to choose. There are many classes that are offered with national teachers. I’ve arranged my west coast visits around some of those. I’ve had classes with Meredith Hahn Willet and Susan Portra. They were wonderful and I learned so much.
The staff of Rhonda, Irene and Sarah are always so helpful. Dale is extremely knowledgable and of course if you need a bit of redesigning done on your canvas, he is your man!
I encourage you to visit Luv2Stitch when you find yourself in the San Fransisco area. Here is their info:
715 Bermuda Dr
San Mateo CA 94403