I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mail Order

Hey Blog Buddies,

Do you ever get your stitching supplies by mail order?  I use the term loosely, because sometimes the stuff comes by UPS or FedEx.  Maybe from one of the needlework stores which has a big on-line presence and a glitzy website?   I know I have, and you probably have, too.  And it's great fun surfing these sites, looking at the pretty photos of merchandise and putting an item or three into your virtual cart.  I have shopped at these sites in the past, and more than likely will continue to do so.

But let me tell you about my experience this past week--and I am going to name names.  A certain chart had caught my eye, and I also needed to price out some evenweave fabric for a class for next year.  So I called The House of Stitches.  I have gone to them before with funky requests, such as 30-count Onyx linen by WDW, and they have never not had the item in stock.  I prefer the telephone for two reasons:  I can instantly know whether or not they have the item I'm looking for and, quite frankly, their website is a wee bit clunky.  Within a minute of their answering the phone, I found out that they had:

...the chart that I was looking for...

...and they were able to kit it up for me...

...the called-for 36-count buttercream linen
and all the over-dyed floss
all wrapped up in a pretty ribbon.
They didn't have to do that.
But I was really impressed--
it's the little things...

...and I got a free chart!
I don't even get free charts when
I make a personal appearance
at my LNS...

...and the evenweave I was inquring about?
...they sent me samples
of all the different types
that they have in stock
(with pricing info) on a little card.

And yes, that's a handwritten
thank-you note next to it.
I get one of those
every time I place an order.

You don't get those
at the "big box" stores!

They usually ship the order
the same day that I call,
so I get my goodies
in 2 or 3 days, tops.

I have only one complaint
about the House of Stitches.
It's a 120-mile round-trip drive
from my house.
I'd love to go there
on a weekly basis
and be able to
fondle all their merchandise!

But this is the next best thing.
And they only add
the cost of the postage--
no "handling" charges.

And, no, I'm not related to the owner
or anyone who works there.

Now for a quick update on the
Laura J. Perin needlepoint ornament
that I started this week.

It's a quick and fun stitch.
Well, the metallic ribbon
does slow me down,
but it contributes a lot to the look.

If I were making an ornament
to hang on a tree, this would be a 
good stopping point because
it's a good size (about 3" x 3").

But I have other plans for it,
so I'll continue on and stitch the entire
4.5" x 4.5" ornament.

Hope you were able to stitch this weekend.
Thanks for visiting!


Laura said...

Love the story about ordering from House of Stitches!!!! Love the ribbon wrapped threads and the thank you note (bookmark sized!).....That is such a great shop!

Chris said...

I am glad that you have a great place to order from. You are right,it is the little things that make all the difference.
The ornament looks great!

S. B. Helm said...

I am lucky enough to live within driving distance but not so close that I can drop in daily. This is a fantastic shop. I can give the ladies my want list to fill while I look for more. Never leave without spending my monthly alLowance for needlework supplies.