Feb 15, 2010

Free Stitch Guides With Purchase of Canvas and/or Threads

Many shops provide a free stitch guide if you buy a canvas and/or threads from them. Some shops will write a guide for you for any canvas whether you bought it from them or not.  The quality and detail in the guide vary.  I am listing online shops that say they offer this service below.  Read the fine print and talk to the shop first.  Buyer beware!

I will update the list as I find more shops that offer a free guide.

Chandail Needlework

Fancy Stitches (Texas) writes stitch guides at no charge, although they appreciate it if you buy the threads from them.

Fireside Stitchery-free guide with purchase; custom guides available (presumably these are more elaborate guides for a canvas you own already) - look at the categories here to see if they have written a guide already for the canvas you have in mind

Here is an example of one of Fireside's guides, just so you know what you are getting.

Girls Raised in the South Needleworks has both free and paid guides.

Marion's Nimble Needle in New York offers a free customized stitch guide with their Special Creations kit which is the canvas and all the threads recommended in the guide.

The Needle Works--Note that they say a guide may take several weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the design and on how many are queued up.

Needlepoint in Paradise -- A free guide comes with many of their canvases.  (I think the guides are by Gloria, whose last name I don't know.)  Click on Categories under the About Us section on the left to browse.

Needleworks of Homestead, Alabama offers free custom stitch guides with a canvas purchase.  They also have some canvases that come with guides.  There is a link to the slide show of canvases with guides here.  The second link goes straight to the slide show.

Quail Run in Scottsdale, AZ offers free guides for canvases purchased through the shop.  Others cost $25/hour.  The turnaround time is usually 1-2 weeks.

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