I was in Delaware last week with two of my children, two grandchildren, and my son-in-law’s sister and hr family. We stayed 2 blocks from the beach just north of Dewey Beach and a little south of Rehoboth. Needless to say, i got very little stitching done but lots of babysitting and playtime with the grandkids.
On Friday, i finally got a chance to take a long bike ride and explore south to Bethany Beach, which has a lovely shopping area and boardwalk. While looking on Google Maps for the needlepoint shop in Rehoboth, I had noticed a needlework shop in Bethany kept coming up as well. Sea Needles is about a mile in from the beach in a small strip mall on the main east/west road out of Bethany Beach. The GPS, which I was following blindly, took me right by the shop and around the back of the building! The shop was a wonderful surprise. They’ve been there 30 years and have lots of knitting, cross stitch, and needlepoint as well as framing. For needlepoint, they had lots of great painted canvases, blank canvas, tons of Paternayan, some Rainbow Gallery threads, DMC pearl cotton in at least size 3 and 5, DMC floss, Silk and Ivory, and Stardust. The threads seemed more geared towards 13-mesh canvases than 18-mesh, which was fine for me as I needed some threads specifically for a 13-mesh canvas. Their prices seemed very reasonable. I couldn’t get a good picture inside that would do it justice. The store is very full but I didn’t feel like it was cluttered – I could easily browse and find what I wanted. The ladies in the shop were very nice even though they were very busy so I only got to talk to them at checkout. They took a lot of time with each customer so don’t expect to dash in and out! Here’s a picture of the outside of the shop with a big sign that you can’t miss if you are paying attention!
Due to lots of babysitting duty, i did not get a chance to check out Stitch-Stash in Rehoboth until we were leaving on Saturday. It took me an extra 20 minutes to find it as the GPS directions when you put in the store name do nt take you to the store address. It is clearly stated on their website to put in the street address but I hadn’t paid attention to that detail. The nice part is they have free 30 minute parking right in front of the store. The store has been open just a year and the owner is very nice – she let me browse but also let me know she was available if i needed anything. The store is very bright with lots of nooks and crannies so it is fun to explore. She has lots of threads mostly for 18-count canvases. There were 2 trunk shows when i was there. I did find a cute Christmas sled canvas and some threads I wanted, although i could have bought a whole lot more as there were some wonderful canvases.
Definitely check out both stores if you are in the Rehoboth/Dewey/Bethany area.