How crazy am I is what goes through my brain sometimes. Just think about for a moment. Five years ago, I bought a little store in the corner of a plaza on Hilton Head Island. I hadn’t the slightest idea of the product I would be selling. Let’s face it, I barely knew what knitting needles were, never mind using them to knit! Even worse, I had never even thought of doing needlepoint or cross stitch nor did I pretend to understand it. But I jumped in head first, because going in feet first would have been too logical. Very shortly, my heart followed.
The space we were in, back in 2014, was small and crowded. I believe on day one, after being in the store for the day, I declared to those that would listen, that I needed more space. I made my plea and waited patiently, sometimes, as I learned the business. It was there in the tiny space that I gained appreciation for Needle Arts. I was in awe of the talent I was lucky enough to surround myself with.
About a year and a half into this life I was creating, the store next to us became available. It offered the opportunity to go from 600 square feet to 1600 square feet. Once again, I went in head first. I was nervous and it was a complex time in life. I was growing a business, my father was sick, and my time was being pulled in several directions. It definitely was not the right time to be expanding from a logical stand point. But, when was the opportunity going to show itself again? No one knew that answer, so yes, like a crazy lady, I dove in. In February of 2016, we opened the doors to our new space which was right next door to our old space. It was quite the milestone. And, with family and friends, we celebrated with our community. The space is bright and inviting. Even with compromises, it was what I envisioned. We built out a classroom, we set out to bring it to the next level by adding more knitting yarns and new thread lines. Happy and content, most of the time, I knew that someday, we would grow out of our new space even though we made huge strides. I figured maybe down the line, we would need more space and grow even more. I did not expect it, when it came knocking at the door.
Early this year, we were given the opportunity to take back our old space and break through the wall! And, once again, like a crazy lady, I chose to move forward. I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t anticipating it, but I decided to take the risk. A BIG one, I might add. Incredibly nervous, but with my mind running in a 1000 different ways, we are here. Almost ready to share with the rest of the world our expanded digs.
This coming weekend we are hosting an Open House/NeedleArt Reception to celebrate this milestone. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by. You do not need to Crochet, Cross- Stitch, Knit, Needlepoint or Hook Rugs to join us. We will be celebrating the works of many of our local stitchers. We will be celebrating the Art of Needlework. We will be celebrating our community and all it has to offer. I am looking forward to what tomorrow may bring but don’t put any more crazy ideas into my brain for awhile.
Please join us, on October 27th from 1-4 PM for our Open House at Needlepoint Junction. 1000 William Hilton Parkway, Suite J7E & F. There will be food, laughter and probably some surprises!
We are starting to settle into our new space (actually it will take some time) but we are up and running for classes. You can check out our calendar on this site but here is a run down.
Geri’s Americana Patchwork Quilt Needlepoint – Starts Wednesday, October 2nd at 1:00 PM. This is a great stash buster of your Red, White and Blues. Each session, you will get another portion of the stitch guide. There are 17-19 stitches in each session. Cost is $40 and then $20 for each session.
This class is sold out but we will add another session if people want it.
Learn to Paint your Own Canvas – November 1st from 10 – 4:30 with JP of Labors of Love. In this class you will learn the techniques needed to paint the perfect canvas. At the end of this class, you will go home with your first painted canvas. All supplies are included along with lunch. Cost is $115.00
Baby Turtle Class – November 2nd from 10AM – 4PM with Mark Young of Labors of Love. This is a project class with the sweetest little turtle. Everything you need from canvas to threads to needles is included in this class. (And yes, we are planning to feed you.) It is recommended that you use a frame stand but its not an absolute. Cost is $350.00
Stitch Club Hilton Head meets on one Tuesday evening a month. Next session is TBD. Meeting hours are from 5PM – 8PM. Bring whatever you may be working on and join in the fun as we sit, sip and most likely BBB*ITCH.
Sit and Stitch with Geri – Wednesday’s at 10:30AM until 12:30PM. There is no cost for you to attend. We do request that your project be from our store.
How to Knit Socks and Pedi Socks – this 3 part class will take you through all the steps needed to make socks. You should know how to cast on, knit and pearl.
Cost is $75 + materials. There is pre-work and homework for this class. Class meets September 18th, 25th and October 2nd from 1-2:30 PM
Crochet Breezy Shawl – This shawl is gorgeous. Knowledge of intermediate crochet skills is recommended. This is a 3 part class and meets on October 16th, 23rd and 30th Cost is $75 + materials.
Sit N’ Stitch with Elaine on Thursday’s beginning October 17th, 24th, 31st and November 7. From 10:30AM -12:30PM. This is a project oriented class where you will have the choice of 4 different shawls. Cost for this sit in is Materials only. Since this is an instructor driven class, we request that your yarn for this project is from our store.
The different shawls include:
Local Yarn Shawl
Winter on My Mind
Rug Hooking 101 with Judy Brown
We are so excited to welcome Rug Hooking into our family of products. It’s been a long time coming. As a child my Nana taught me how to Rug Hook. I remember spending hours stripping the wool, watching her do her thing. I remember how beautiful they looked once completed. I never knew wool could inspire such beautiful pieces. Her speciality was scenes. And how she loved it so.
Well now its time to bring Rug Hooking into our little family again. We are honored to announce this first class with Judy Brown.
This beginner class is great for someone interested in trying out this art form. All supplies will be provided. The class is a full day and at the end you will have a piece to take home and continue to work on.
Cost includes the canvas, wool and hooks and of course we will feed you lunch. Please bring scissors. We will have hoops for you to use for the class and if you choose to purchase one at the end of class you are most welcome. $160 which includes a $5 deposit for the hoop which will be returned if you choose not to keep the hoop or deducted from the cost of the hoop. (The cost is $35.00)
Class size is limited so sign up now.
Other Sit and Stitches
Monday and Friday’s 1PM – Knitting and Crochet
Friday Mornings 10 AM -1 PM Needlepoint
We are adding more this fall. Keep checking back.
Check us out on The Bridge – Wednesday at 11:30 AM
Wow – time has flown by so quickly. I cannot believe we are coming up on the 4 year mark. When I walked into the store for the very first time I had no clue as to what I was doing. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be there. The place was small and cramped but filled with color and tons of inspiration. I was nervous, scared and in over my head.
Diving in head first, I never looked back. Never. It has been a complete joy, a gift that has saved me in ways. It has been my therapy. The people I meet; the staff and the group of regulars who are my family have been there for me in ways I never had even envisioned.
Two years ago when we moved into our new space, you were there for me – hanging threads, moving one store into the new space. You spent hours putting the store together even as I was rushed away with an emergency. I came back a week later to find a store completely filled with canvases, supplies, yarn and threads. I can never say thank you enough. I am one lucky person. I truly am.
Fast forward to today – 2 years in our wonderful space that is bright and inviting. Every once in awhile you will hear me mutter that I would love more space to do more things. In time, I say, in time. Its all good. It is pure happiness. It is pure love. I love meeting new people, newbies to the Needlearts while still learning from all of you that come through our door.