Aristeia Needlepoint, Santa Monica, California

Recommended by Rebecca Fretty

I’m not even sure where to start this is such a premiere needlepoint canvas mecca.  The breadth of canvas designs is wonderful.  You can see the influence of being on the west coast of the states with the number of both modern and traditional designs along with incredible stitch guides for the ever popular Melissa Shirley canvases.   If you are not inspired to leave with several projects after visiting Aristeia, I’m at a loss where to send you next.  They have an incredible number of classes weekly with terrific teachers and an annual retreat you will want to put on your list sooner than later.  Whether you are traveling in the Santa Monica area for business or pleasure, be sure to add a half day just to spend at Aristeia!

Anzula Luxury Fibers; Fresno, California

Recommended by Felicia Lonigro, Owner of Pick Up Every Stitch

Anzula is located in Downtown Fresno, California. Their team hand-dyes yarn and fibers made from the most luxurious fibers in the world like cashmere, camel, tussah silk, linen, merino, targhee, tencel, alpaca, yak, and milk protein. They are so passionate about color, it has lead their dyers to create over 132 stunning colorways.