Friday, June 10, 2011


So I've got some news. Big news. And it's not just my news, it's also fellow Beehive member Elizabeth Simpson's. For the past four months or so Elizabeth and I have been brainstorming and researching and scheming. And now we have a plan. The plan is to open a textile based store and workspace on James Street North in the very near future. The store will be called Needlework.


Our vision is to bring together the DIY and craft community in the Hamilton area by offering them a creative workspace and a local source for a thoughtfully curated selection of fabric, yarn, notions, patterns, and books. We hope to offer specialized sewing and knitting workshops in addition to a sew by the hour space.

We've been inspired by similar creative spaces such as The Workroom, Emmeline & Annabelle, Spool of Thread, and Purl Soho. But we are still very much in the beginning stages of our version of this project, and we would like to kindly ask for your input. We have created a survey to gather your thoughts and ideas, and would be extremely grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete it and pass it on to friends and family in the Hamilton area and beyond. By participating in our survey, you also have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to either White Elephant, or Mixed Media. Yay!

Thank you so much! We hope you're as excited about this as we are! We're also mildly terrified, but with the amazing support of friends and family, we think we can pull this off.

If you have any more questions about Needlework, or if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please feel free to email us at

p.s. regarding yesterdays hint: naadlwerk is Dutch for needlework.


katie said...

kate!! this is so exciting!!
and i just took your survey :)

Chloe Lees said...

I live a block from Spool of Thread, and I've been experiencing anticipatory grief when I think about leaving Van and it.
THIS IS AMAZING NEWS. On my way to do the survey ;)

Danielle said...

Congrats! I've been a reader of your blog for a while and can't wait to see the creative stuff that you come up with for your store :)

Kate Hunter said...

Thanks everyone!! I'm glad you're all excited too. It's nice to have all your support, it makes delving into this adventure a little less nerve wracking!

Tara / the cinnamon post said...

Most excited about this news. It is brilliant and you both are so brave. Can't wait to support your endeavor!

Kate Hunter said...

Thanks so much!

Miss. Genevieve said...

This is AMAZING news! I love my usual quilt shops I haunt, but to have one within walking distance! I am very much excited and looking forward. If you need anything please feel free to ask!!

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