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Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Section: Metro;Arlington Area
Stitch in time
Shop provides everything needleworkers need
Don't ever tell Kathy Morrissey that her latest cross-stitch project is a craft."It's not a craft," she said. "It's an art."
Morrissey owns the Stitch Niche, an embroidery and cross-stitch store in Arlington. She offers classes in various forms of stitchery, such as cross-stitch, and camaraderie for those who share her passion for needlework.In addition to selling charts and materials for needlework, she provides finishing for work, such as framing.
Morrissey, 64, bought the 30-year-old business about five years ago. She began doing needlework when she was 9 years old."As a child, what appealed to me was the colors and textures of the thread," she said. "Creating something out of nothing is pretty fun."
She also said she likes the hobby because she is always learning something new from other enthusiasts who shop at her store."There's always something new to discover," she said. "I still don't know as much as the people around me. But, needlework has been around for thousands of years."
Carol Eppright of Weatherford comes to the store several times a week to stitch and spend time with other needlework enthusiasts. They share ideas, look at each other's work and enjoy each other's company.She also said doing needlework with her friends is a good way to relax and unwind after a day of teaching economics at Weatherford College.
"This is my hobby and my passion," she said. "When I go to the shop, I'll announce to the world, 'I'm running away and if the world ends - handle it.' "Morrissey said needlework has been a way for her to relax as well.
"It's the best stress reliever we've ever found," she said.Betsy Braswell said she likes the creative outlet her needlework provides as well as the stress-relieving aspects of the art.
She has worked at the store for five years and is an expert in the field. She owned her own needlework store in Iowa for 10 years, and when she moved to Arlington, she quickly found the Stitch Niche.Braswell, 70, said her parents encouraged her to learn needlework when she was 5 years old.
"When they went visiting, I was supposed to do my embroidery and sit quietly," she said. "And I did."She has passed her skill on to her four daughters, and now that they are grown, she is sharing her skill with her granddaughters.
As well as teaching classes at the store, Braswell offers counseling to customers. Morrissey said such counseling and service is what sets her apart from other places to get needlework supplies, such as hobby stores."We really are a service-oriented business," she said. "You can buy a needlework chart anywhere, but we'll help you learn to use it. And with the way the Internet is these days, if we're not service oriented, we wouldn't be here."
Morrissey said that last year, when so much construction was going on around her business on Arkansas Lane, she sent out a few more mailings so people would remember her store and not forget her because of the difficulties navigating the construction.But she said that because she is a "destination" shop, her business didn't suffer.
"People will walk over hot coals to get the their stitch shop," she said.Sally Claunch, (817) 548-5566 firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to learn the art of needlework?The Stitch Niche, 2425 W. Arkansas Lane, offers classes for beginners and advanced needleworkers. The classes cost $6 for two hours plus the cost of supplies.
Needlepoint classes are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.Cross stitch classes are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
For more information about classes or to enroll, call Kathy Morrissey at the Stitch Niche, (817) 277-4281.
The Alphabet Quilt pictured above will be raffled on June 2nd to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I have included the photo of "my Beth". Many of you have heard all about our surrogate daughter whom we lost to this dreaded disease when she was just 37 years old. It is Beth who has been the impetus for our devotion to the Komen Foundation. The raffle tickets for the quilt are ready and available at the shop. If you would like to, we'd be happy for you to sell a bunch!! Let me know, and I will get a packet ready for you. Tickets are $5.00 each. Let's all work together to expunge this scourge!