needlenook 1I mentioned last week I spent some vacation time in southern California.  I actually spent a truly enjoyable week in La Jolla!  The weather was lovely, not too warm and not too cool.  The purpose of my trip was taking my first painted canvas class taught by a truly wonderful teacher, Laura Taylor.  Needlenook is conveniently located in the village of La Jolla and is actually two stores versus one!  One store focuses on canvases and the other store is threads – ahh glorious threads!  Over 130 brands of threads!  Although my photos give you a fair idea I must apologize for the lack of clarity – I did not use the correct adjustments!  Anyway, look at all those threads.  I saw so many brands I had not seen anywhere previously and luckily had the opportunity to add many to my canvas.  All the threads are arranged on either the walls or sliding walls so very visible.  This made selections very easy.

needlenook 2These are only two photos of different areas in the store.  The cabinets (and there are 2) located in the lower right contain all perle cottons.  If you ever are in the area this store needs to be added to your bucket list.  Fantastic selection, great location and knowledgeable and friendly staff – what more could you ask for!?  You will likely want to sign up for their newsletter – there is an upcoming retreat in March of 2015 featuring several teachers and classes with both Robin King and Tony Minieri later this year!

As some of you are likely aware, I really enjoy taking workshops.  Laura Taylor is well known in the needlepoint field.  She spent time with each of the participants through the three days discussing stitch options, drawing diagrams, demonstrating stitches and assisting in thread selection.  No small feat as we were each stitching different canvases – a selection of 7-8 through the three days!  There is a lovely rhythm to watching an experienced needle artist stitch! 🙂  Participants ranged from beginners (myself) to very advanced stitchers – a really enjoyable group!  If you ever have the opportunity to take a class with Laura I would highly recommend doing so.  You can check out her schedule here.  She teaches weekly classes at Aristeia Needlepoint in Santa Monica.  So what did I work on – will show you Friday 🙂

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