Panel Discussion


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Needlepoint Land is  starting to look more and more like an honest-to-goodness store.

George, my incredibly talented installer, put up the two pegboards, three Homesote PINnacle boards, and the slatwall panel.

He’s also going to quote by Monday on building a custom L-shaped checkout counter for me!

You may remember that my friend Lynda recommended George. Linda stopped by the shop today for the first time. There’s a nice picture of the two of them in the gallery above.

In addition to being a terrific stitcher, Lynda has a real eye for store design.

For example, she had a great idea for the large window on the right front of the store which I think will look terrific. Right now, patrons at the restaurant next door can look in through the glass window in the front part of the store.  I think a little privacy is in order!!!

Linda and Erin

Linda and Erin

I had considered some sort of room divider or bamboo curtain to create an aesthetic distance between the restaurant and Needlepoint Land, but Lynda came up with the idea of a wooden garden trellis.

She thought it would look great attached to the window frame and that I would still get light and could hang canvases off of it. George would of course be the go-to guy to install it.

I also mentioned to Lynda that I was considering having a wooden table where customers could sit and stitch in my shop. She loved the idea, and suggested a great furniture consignment place not far from here, but having a glass one instead.

It’s on the agenda for tomorrow.

So I am happy to report that things are falling into place. Step by step, slowly I turn to getting closer to scheduling the dreaded Fire Marshall’s visit.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

2 responses »

  1. My cat always makes a beeline for my needlepoint pillows, and is a little obsessed with one particular pillow that has turkey work. Sounds like a terrific class, by the way! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Took a class yesterday at a great needlepoint shop. They had a great table that sat at least 10 comfortably & really comfy chairs with a beautiful needlepoint pillow on the back of each chair. Wonderful. It all sat on a beautiful needlepoint rug.

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