Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Here we are as the month of January comes to an end.
As we all know, when something ends we normally have a new beginning.
I am hoping for a new beginning but not so sure it will happen.

Here at the end of January with great sadness Indianapolis's Best Needleshop has closed!! It was voted by a local television station of being the "BEST"!!
As most of us loyal customers knew it as NEEDLE FEVER. It was more than just a local needleshop, it was where each season we found new cross stitch pattern books, newly stitched models on display and always the friendly help. If you couldn't find what you were looking for, they ordered it for you.

This is why I use to say...support your local needleshop! Yes, we can order online but there is a huge difference of seeing, touching fabric and picking colors in person. Such a difference that only a stitcher would know!

This last year NEEDLE FEVER started a stitchers guild, stitching classes and bus trips. There was so much being planned for the future with the guild. Like I say with an ending becomes a new beginning. The stitchers guild is moving on to a new location. The stitching classes have moved to a quilt shop. So, that being the new beginning! The closed shop is for sale. I am still holding out hope someone will buy what use to be a great needleshop. This would mean all new inventory and store fixtures...now that would be a new beginning!!

This last week being the last of the NEEDLE FEVER being open was met with loyal customers ravaging for their favorite patterns. Yes there were discounts too. By ends week the store was well picked over and the remains being sold on Ebay.

Myself, I don't like store closing sales! There is something about them that I find "unsettling". As you may guess...I didn't go!!
I want to remember my favorite needleshop and all the days of looking and chatting with the owner as a great time.

My new beginning is now looking for a great needleshop with the same experience as NEEDLE FEVER gave to us. I am still holding out hope!

My ending...good-bye to NEEDLE FEVER!

Until we meet again...
Happy Stitching,


Cindy's Stitching said...

That is sad. Where I live There is only one shop in the area. I always shop there. You can't compare online shopping with in store shopping. Rent is getting so high. These hobby stores have a great chance of going out of business.

Cross Stitch Woman said...

I agree with you. Rent is getting higher! It just seems everything is going up in price. And yes, many hobby shops will be a thing of the past.
I look at the online shops but I guess I am old-fashion because I want to see/hold/touch the cloth and floss!
Thank you for your thoughts and reading my blog.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

We just spoke at this at my LNS in Bloomington, IN last week during the Tuesday Stitch-in. Needle Fever was a fabulous shop, and I went every chance I got when I was up that way. I understand from Fancy Works owners that Simon Properties owned the shops that Needle Fever was located and that they raised the rent very high and informed the renters that this wasn't the last hike. Being that Simon seems to do that when they want to bulldoze and reallocate properties, I'd say it was a move to force out the renters. Sad, it will sorely be missed. Come on down to Fancy Works if you want to fondle and feel stuff, its not a store as jam packed as Needle Fever, but it is a great shop nonetheless!

Cross Stitch Woman said...

I will stop in Fancy Works.
Thank You!!

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