Stitches with Motion

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean


needlepoint ship with sailsThe movement stitched into this needlepoint ornament is really blowing us away*! Between those wind-filled sails and the detail in the clouds, this is a great demonstration of needlepoint stitches with texture.

* Sorry for the bad pun.

We’re proud of you!


Be very proud of what you have made!We hear a lot of people get down on themselves for producing an ill-fitting garment, not having the “right” gauge and tension, selecting the wrong yarn for a project, and a multitude of other things.

We have a secret: we’ve been there, too. These sorts of things have only helped  to make us better knitters and crocheters, though.

Before you get to this point, come into the shop with your project or issue and let us help! We’d love to get you on the right track and cheer you on. We know you can do it!

If you need a little extra attention, we have clinics throughout the week where you can get more focused assistance from an instructor. Call the shop for dates and times and to get registered in advance: 612-925-2454.

Inspired by Maurice Sendak #MNYarnShopHop



This year’s shop hop theme was so full of possibility. Inspired by art — centuries worth to consider in a variety of medium, style, voice. At Needlework Unlimited we went right for the illustrations of Maurice Sendak.

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Sendak’s books are filled with words and pictures that take us to that same cozy place as a handmade afghan or socks. Sendak’s illustrations were first published in 1947. While his work is broad, he has a distinct style and is noted for his use of cross hatching. In Sendak’s writing and illustrations alike we see common themes. He shares a great deal of imagination and freedom with the viewer, while maintaining a realism.


Through his work, Sendak shares with us the truth in our lives: children can be naughty, the world can be frightening and incredible, and there is a wild thing in us all.

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The 9th annual Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop starts today, April 9, and continues through Sunday, April 12. Don’t forget to bring your food shelf donations that we can pass on to Joyce in Uptown, in order to get the collectible stitch marker. Supplies of the stitch markers and custom-dyed yarn for this event are limited, so we look forward to seeing you soon!