04 October 2007


Oh boy, we have another one:

What are your favorite online stitching supply sources?

I tend to be very selective of who I shop with online. For one thing, living in the DC area, we have a lot of LNSs around that I would hate to lose by shopping exclusively online. For another, I worry that my credit card information will be compromised. I realize that it should not be a huge consideration, because the credit card companies themselves don't seem to care, they just pay the bill and then hike the interest rates up higher, but I don't want someone using my cards. So I tend to be very exclusive in who I deal with.

My favorite online site is Needlecraft Corner. It's a local shop--well, kinda local, in that it's in Baltimore--but I don't like making the drive too often and I am too stupid to figure out how to get to the Inner Harbor tunnel, so I tend to order by email. She has my CC info so I don't even have to give that. Plus, Drema is super nice, and knows her stuff. Our only disagreement is with the Anchor vs DMC floss issue.

Next to that, I use She has a much larger selection of charts than anyone I can order from otherwise, and seems pretty nice. Plus, she hosts the message board I go to, and it's sort of not fair to use her resources and not give her business.

I also like for all my European kit needs. It's very expensive for an American to shop there, but it's a good site and I get tired of stitching the same things as everyone else has in their stash, so it's a good resource. The kits come in a week, and I don't have to pay VAT or import duty.

And lastly, I have Ebay. I know a lot of people don't like Ebay. I don't know why. I find it fascinating. There are kits and charts on there from before I got heavily into stitching that I wouldn't find right now if I looked. I found another copy of the first kit I ever stitched, which I mucked up badly. Someday I will restitch that kit. where else could I find these things? If you have a store with a good clearance section, it's not the old kits and charts, and even if you shopped stash sales, you have to keep in mind, this is stuff people don't like. I find it's mostly baby stuff, which I won't stitch, or the dregs of the old stuff. Not like Ebay-that's business folks in addition to regular people. You can find gems on there. TREASURES. For reasonable prices. Can't beat that.


Mindy said...

Hi Rachel. It was good meeting you at Hershey, although my brain kinda blinked for a second, lol.

I like Stitching Bits and Bobs, mainly because I take advantage of their sales and even their normal prices tend to be lower. That being said, I don't order anything from them that I need quickly because most of their items need to be ordered. I've always had good luck with them, though.

I use 123stitch if I need something quickly because they almost always have it in stock and ship quickly.

I'm going to start using Nordic Needle, as they have a lot of supplies I need for my recent canvaswork haul from Hershey. I've heard good things about them. They also have a wish list, which I like.

Aunt B said...

Did I get the cow in the Hersey truck or was it the t-shirt?

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls