Last week I finished my second needlepoint (needle… work?) project, a counted cross stitch alphabet sampler. Nerd alert: it was the most fun I’ve had on a project since the last needlepoint project I picked up.
When I was just almost finished, I found myself strolling through SoHo on a sunny afternoon and happening upon the Purl Soho shop. I’ve long followed Purl’s sewing and crafts blog, The Purl Bee, and was so excited to have accidentally stumbled upon the actual location, until I got to the back of the store, whereupon I done died dead. Because did you know Purl has the most insanely good collection of needlepoint kits and patterns in the back of their store? Even recalling it now and I get goosebumps. It was a mecca of nerdy craftiness. Because there isn’t a craft much nerdier than needlepoint and embroidery and counted cross stitch and crewel work, is there? And it is SO HARD to find tasteful needlepoint projects that you’d actually want to display in your home once finished these days.
Luckily for me, and you, and all other inhabitants of planet Earth, you can purchase these patterns and kits online. And I just thought I’d be the bearer of good news and tell you all about it. If you’re like me and needing your next needlework hit? Well, you’re welcome, nerds!
My favorite kits and patterns available at Purl Soho, now that I’ve seen them in the flesh and can verify their awesomeness, after the jump!