December 22, 2012 in Washington Voices

Lovely Little Stitches in Spokane Valley caters to crafters

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Owner Valerie Dunn stands in her shop, Lovely Little Stitches, on Dec. 11. She sells patterns, fabrics and threads for stitch work. She is an avid stitcher and displays her own work throughout the store.
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Fast facts

What: Lovely Little Stitches

Where: 9212 E. Montgomery Ave., Suite 102

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Mondays.

Contact: (509) 242-3464, ww.lovelylittle stitches.com.

For cross-stitch, embroidery and needlepoint enthusiasts, there is a new shop in Spokane Valley with all of your supply needs, and even a few classes to get you started.

Lovely Little Stitches, 9212 E. Montgomery Ave., opened in October. There are thousands of cross-stitch patterns, hundreds of different kinds of threads and flosses, pieces from local stitchers hanging on the walls and lots of advice.

Owner Valerie Dunn said she first tried cross-stitching when she was in high school and got sick. She had to spend the summer inside on the couch and a friend introduced her to the hobby.

She was hooked.

Although she was born in Spokane, she grew up in Ohio and Michigan. When her husband, Stephen, an inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration, received a transfer, she was surprised to learn it was to Spokane.

Dunn, 40, decided to open her own stitchery shop after her favorite one in Spokane closed. She said people like to have smaller shops to find more selection of fabrics, thread or floss and patterns than the big box stores usually offer.

“The patterns,” she said. “I have thousands of patterns.”

The pattern collection is impressive – she has patterns imported from Italy, France and England, along with popular designers from the United States such as Blackbird Designs and Prairie Schooler.

There is a large selection of thread or floss used for cross-stitch and embroidery projects, including hand-dyed threads, silk, bamboo, wool blends, alpaca and even cashmere.

“I am in love with all the thread,” she said. She said the hand-dyed threads aren’t as evenly dyed as the mass-produced threads. “Any piece you stitch is going to be unique to you.”

Hanging from the walls throughout her shop are pieces that have been loaned to her from some of her customers. She will hang them in her store if the pattern is available for sale at the store. Anyone who does this will receive a 10 percent discount.

Starting in January, Dunn will offer classes taught by area crafters. Gerry Krueger will teach a three-week crazy quilt class. There will be two sessions – Wednesdays starting Jan. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. and Saturdays starting Jan. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. The class costs $45, plus materials. Space is limited to five people, so call and reserve a spot.

Dunn also hopes some customers will take the opportunity to come in and work on their projects. She hopes some of the projects displayed will inspire stitchers to try different patterns.

“There’s a lot of cool stuff in here,” she said.


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