Thursday, February 27, 2020

Edmonton Stash

Sorry for the lack of update, I've been away for two weeks for work. This time I was in Edmonton and it was FREEZING. I didn't have many opportunities for stitching as I was working long days. I only had time to stitch on the plane. I finally made it to the bottom corner. There will be more opportunities to work on it again as I will be travelling some more in the next two months.

I didn't meet the Edmonton embroidery guild on this trip but I did meet my Japanese embroidery teacher. It was great to see her outside of class and we had fun going around to her favorite shops. We went to a fabric shop called Quiltessential Co. where I bought some pretty fabric, including another bag pattern. I still haven't made the first one...

The other shop she took me to was an hour away from Edmonton and was the highlight of my trip. In Wetaskiwin, there is a shop called the Wild West Gallery. If my teacher hadn't taken me I would never have realized this place was there.

There were so many beautiful beads, I just pilling on stuff. I had to restrain myself at some point but I wish I hadn't. The total was so below what I was expecting to pay, I could have gotten more.

While I was in Edmonton, I wanted to see if the shop I went to in my previous visit in 2012 was still there. I'm happy to say that the Craft Connection is still alive and kicking.

(click on the post to see the video below)

It's mainly a cross stitch shop so there wasn't much to interest me this time around. However, I want to encourage local needlework shops so I bought this Sabrina pattern by Mirabilia that has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I'm a huge Audrey Hepburn fan and that dress is gorgeous. I also got all the beads and special threads. All I'm missing is fabric.

I've hardly been back a week and I'm already set to go to another city. Next Monday I will be driving out to Brampton, Ontario. I haven't done much looking yet but if you know a place you think I would be interested to visit, please let me know.


  1. I'm impressed that you got any stitching done while travelling. I find I can't think straight enough!

  2. Lovely work on Bramble & Rose, travel stitching is great!
    It's an interesting name for a bead shop, you really wouldn't guess what they sold from the name.
    Sabrina is beautiful, at first I thought that was the fabric you'd chosen. It certainly a nice colour!

  3. Great progress on your travel project and WOW, great loot and great stores! That bead store is amazing and I can't wait to see what you'll make with those!