After last week's trip to Indy I spent two day s at home to catch up the laundry, restock the groceries, and then repacked the suitcase for another needlework weekend. I know, it seems kind of crazy - two needlework weekends in a row - but when some of your favorite designers are so close to home, you just have to do it!
We left early Thursday AM. No stop for pie at the Norske Nook this time (don't want to ruin a good thing!). The drive was shorter...we were only going to the Chicago area this time.
We arrived early enough on Thursday to take in two needlework shops. We stopped first in Geneva, IL to visit Designer's Desk. This shop has been in business for thirty years and they have some hidden treasures in their basement. Needlepoint is on the first floor; cross stitch is on the second floor. We made a little dent in the wallet here!
Check out this model of "Virtue Outshines the Stars" - it was huge. Must have been stitched on 28 ct linen...
On to Welcome Stitchery in Crystal Lake! If you're from this area you are probably wondering why we didn't stop here first since it is further north (and we were traveling south.) Our route was "very strategic," we saved Welcome Stitchery for our second stop because they were open later.
Then I remembered that there was a Vera Bradley outlet store in Aurora, IL which was near the hotel we were staying at.
We did a little damage...
Will share more tomorrow...more shop visits followed by a class with Betsy Morgan!
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