Getting there…


Here is a gallery of humongous pics that show the good progress made on Needlepoint Land today.

I’m sure big time stores do store layouts using software and merchandising specialists but what I am finding with my B&M is that you start out with a general idea, see how it goes, and then improvise!

George the carpenter / installer (he was actually a shirt maker in a previous life up North!) showed up today with the most awesome custom-built pedestal for my wooden pegboard display towers. He wanted to make sure I liked it before building the second one. What a lovely surprise!

I really did not want to have my customers sitting on the floor to see the threads at the bottom of the towers. As part of the improvisation thingie I just mentioned, George and I came up with a solution to make sure the thread towers are nice and stable.

I now have about 20 – 25 feet of thread space on my walls and one additional Homasote board set up for more canvases (we had to cut out a piece of it for the electrical outlet; I will fix that cutout later with tape to make it look nicer).

I made some other changes.

The wooden cube bookcase went from the center of the store to the back right hand side.

Now it’s front of the large mirror that is just taking up space (and which I did not want to pull off the wall) and the pegboard panel that I salvaged from the L-shaped counter’s shipping palette is now hanging next to it.

George is building a custom canvas display rack which I previously discussed here — a more efficient use of space, which is becoming an increasingly precious commodity: just last week the store could have belonged to Mother Hubbard!

The  custom-built unit on the right hand side of the store will have two bars plus shelving on top to display models.

The one on the left will be under a pegboard for threads with just a single bar.

The shelf overhangs will be rounded.

Meanwhile, it was really nice to come back home to this email from Marianne:

I have just had a chance to catch up with all your activities at the shop. It actually looks like a needlepoint shop! I am so proud of you!!! Can’t wait to see the actual thing on July 1.

Thanks, Marianne! And thanks Von and Sandy for stopping by the store today!

© 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!

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