If you need help selecting colors, fabric
or even an entire project you can make an appointment with one of the
staff to help as your Personal Shopper. Appointment can be made
by phone, fax or e-mail and are usually for 10-15 minutes. There is no
charge for this service. We ask for appointment so we can be sure to
spend the one-on-one time with you if you need it.
If you should need help with stitch
selection or how to do a stitch for a project, we also offer Private Lessons.
| Color Matching
& Thread Selection Services
We provide a color matching service if you
want to switch from one thread type to another, or from one fabric to
another. While we cannot always find exact matches we can usually get
very close. This is helpful if you have a design that calls for a
particular type of thread or fabric and you'd prefer to use something
else. You do not need to provide us with substitues yourself, only what
thread/colors you want to switch from and an idea of what to want to
switch to (e.g. DMC to silk floss).
We can also pull threads for your project
(e.g. a needlepoint canvas) if you're not able to make it into the shop
to select them yourself. Call or e-mail us with your requirements and
we'll see what we can do to help you.
If you purchase the thread and/or fabric
selections resulting from either service, there is no extra charge. If
you wish to only obtain a list of what we matched or pulled so you can
purchase the items elsewhere or you cancel your request once we've
started work on it, there is a $25/hour charge.
Finishing services for most types of
needlework can be arranged through the shop. We are fortunate to have
in our town, one of the premier finishing services in the country, who
handles a wide variety of projects from purses and stitching bags to
ornaments and stockings with a lot in between. We also send items
to other finishing firms around the country for specialized finishing.
If you have a specific deadline for a piece
be sure to let us know when you bring it in so we can confirm with the
finisher that it your deadline is manageable.
- Pillows, Stockings, Wall Hangings
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While many have most of the supplies they
need for a design there are those times that you need the entire
project put together. You can either give us a list of the items you
need or ask us to kit a specific design. If you have preferences for
material, thread or color changes be sure to let us know. We'll cut
your fabric, serge it, pull the supplies and if you are not able to
pick it up yourself, send it to you. You are always welcome to tell us
in advance of a visit to the shop that you wish something kited and we
can do that before you visit us. This is especially useful for those
days you are in a hurry.
| Gift Registry
Would you like to tell someone near and
dear what needlework you want for your birthday, anniversary or other
special holiday? We make it easy with our gift registry. Just call,
fax, e-mail or stop by the shop and let us know what you'd like to have
listed. Then let your shopper know to contact us and we'll take care of
Fabrics serged and ready to go
All fabric we sell is clean finished on our
shop serger (overlock). This prevent ravelling of your fabric and also
means you have something ready to stitch on when you leave the shop or
when your package arrives in the mail. If you are purchasing a piece
larger than what you need to stitch on, let us know what sizes to cut
your fabric into and we'll serge each of them.
No store can stock every needlework item
that exists. We pick what we carry with a great deal of care and with
quality in mind but there's just not enough room for everything on the
market. If you are searching for a specific item we do not normally
stock we will tell you whether or not we can special order it, or where
you might be able to find it. As many vendors have minimum orders we
must meet, special orders can take a while to be ordered and received.
We recommend our local framer, Bay
Station Accents in Alameda. The owner, Jan, is herself a stitcher
and knows that the quality of the framing can make your piece even more
spectacular. Jan is only taking framing by appointment these days but
give her a call: 510-523-7009 or send her an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.