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Shops That Offer Free Guides

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 so you know exactly what you are getting.

I will update the list as I find more shops that offer a free guide.  If your shop offers this service and I don't have them listed, please let me know by leaving a Comment below or emailing me at chilly hollowat hot maildotcom.  Thanks!

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Chandail Needlework
http://www.chandailneedlework.com/stitch_guides/index.php

Fancy Stitches writes stitch guides at no charge, although they appreciate it if you buy the threads from them.
http://www.fancystitches.com/page60.html

Fireside Stitchery offers a free guide with purchase; custom guides are 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
http://www.firesidestitchery.com/fs/stitchGuides/index.cfm

Here is an example of one of Fireside's guides, just so you know what you are getting.
http://www.firesidestitchery.com/fs/HandPaintedCanvas/images/stitchGuideExamples.png

Girls Raised in the South Needleworks has both free and paid guides.
http://web.me.com/gritsnp/Site/Stitch_Guides.html

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.
http://marionsnimbleneedle.com/index.php

Needlepoint For Fun offers a little downloadable e-booklet called "How to Plan the Stitches on Your Needlepoint Canvas" if you sign up for their weekly e-newsletter.   I haven't seen this—it is a new offer—but I enjoy their newsletter and you will, too, even if their little booklet is just basic information.
http://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/needlepoint-kalem-stitch.htm

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.
http://www.theneedleworks.com/

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.
http://www.needlepointinparadise.com/content/view/6/1/

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 in the second link below.
http://web.me.com/gritsnp/Site/Stitch_Guides.html

http://web.me.com/gritsnp/Site/Photos.html

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.
http://quailrunneedlework.com/services/stitch-guide-design

Ridgewood Needlepoint in New Jersey is happy to pull threads and offer stitch suggestions for canvases.
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.com

The Elegant Needle in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will help with stitches for any painted canvas purchased from the shop.
http://theelegantneedle.com/stitch-guides

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