If you aren’t a cross stitcher, this post will probably not interest you at all but then I suppose most of my recent posts haven’t either. 🙁
Before we left to go to Branson, I went through five or six charts I want to stitch soon, checked my floss inventory and made a list of the flosses I need to get. There was a whole page of Gentle Arts, about 1/3 page of Classic Colorworks and about 2/3 page of Weeks Dyeworks. I got every single Weeks color I needed, I got all but one of the Classic Colorworks and maybe 70% of the Gentle Arts floss. Not too bad.
I didn’t buy a single chart. That was good!
Even though I didn’t go with a list of linen that I wanted to get, I knew I would buy some of the linens I’ve never been able to find if they had them. Sure enough, the lady pointed me to the linens and showed me which ones were where. There was a stack with maybe 7 or 8 36/40 count Lakeside linens.
On the flosstubes I watch, the stitchers are always using Lakeside Vintage Pecan Butter and Lakeside Buttercream. I have never seen those linens but I’m guessing that at least every third or fourth youtube I watch, someone mentions those. Cecilia’s had them both!
They’re still in the plastic – terrible picture – but I came home, took everything out of the bags, went out to water the garden, came in was too tired to do anything except stick them on top of the chest they’ll eventually go into. I’ll remove the plactic, cut the label off and pin it to the linen but for now, here’s what I got:
Top: Vintage Sand Dune – 36 count
Left: Vintage Sand Dune – 40 count
Center: Vintage Pecan Butter – 40 count
Right: Vintage Buttercream
I am happy to have found the floss I found and super happy with the linen purchases.
As far as Cecilia’s shop, it was so well stocked. So much floss – cotton, silk, wool and probably others. There were so many charts. I didn’t even start looking at them because I knew I’d never find a stopping spot. Knick knacks, tools, accessories . . things I had no idea even existed.
The amazing thing was all the stitched samples. I would never have dreamed so many would be in one shop. I can’t imagine how many people did all that stitching. I would love to go back and spend several hours just looking at all the samples in there.
Another outstanding thing about Cecilia’s was the people working there. I don’t know if one lady was the owner and the other an employee but the two of them together were so kind and sweet and helpful. The one cutting our fabric was funny and witty and made it all even more fun.
I loved the shop! It’s the only shop I’ve ever been in but I must stay, if I never get to go in another cross stitch shop, I will always feel like yesterday’s experience in there was one of my best experiences. I guess it’s kinda like going in an amazing quilt shop for the first time. The first quilt shop I went into that was huge and had more fabric than I had ever seen was Front Porch Quilts near Houston. I’ll never forget that experience either.
So, if you’re a stitcher and ever get the chance to go into Cecilia’s in Branson . . do it!