A Stitch In Time; Bethel, Connecticut

Recommended by Betty Scanlan

This quaint knitting and needlepoint shop really stock piles the project inspiration tucked away in Bethel Connecticut.  (Hint right next to Danbury if you are up there for work or youth sports events) There is just an amazing number of hand painted needlepoint canvases, fibers for days and great accessories.  Then turn 180 degrees to find yourself in knitting land.  The selection of project bags is especially tempting!   They also boast classes and stitching socials!

House of Needlepoint; Darien, Connecticut

Recommended by Rebecca Fretty and Michele Howe

One of their specialties in custom design work.  They have extraordinarily talented artists that will create a one of kind pillow, belt, frame, you name it with your own specific requests.   A personal favorite is the college pillows they have designed for several of my friend’s!   Be sure to say Hi! to Beth Crump, one of the owners.  She is my son’s god mother!!!   She can help you with any needlepoint project large or small.  But of course the whole staff is wonderful.

Greenwich Historical Society

Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle this vibrant history and has actively pursued its mission since purchasing Bush-Holley House in 1957. It is a member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios, one of 21 museums on the Connecticut Art Trail and accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Greenwich Historical Society boasts an extensive new research library and archives that contains more than 40,000 items; it is home to the Vanderbilt Education Center, which accommodates lectures, family programs and meetings, and may be rented for private events; and it includes the 1805 Storehouse Gallery, a former warehouse, store and post office that is now the location of administrative offices. The landscape and gardens are restored to circa 1900, the era when the Holley Boarding House, along with Cos Cob Village and harbor became one of the first American Impressionist art colonies.

The Historical Society is noted for award-winning school, after-school and summer camp programs; themed, docent-led tours of Bush-Holley House; lectures; rotating museum exhibitions; live storytelling programs; and Antiquarius, a suite of events that includes the Winter Antiques Show, Holiday Boutique and Holiday House Tour.

Westport Yarns; Westport, Connecticut

Recommended by Margharet Nash

Meet Beth Schaefer and her amazing team that will help you get any knitting or crochet project up and running!  They are such a pleasure to explore new patterns with or chat about yarn and the latest Wool & Sheep festival in the area.   Great instruction and new classes all the time.   Gorgeous shop with several spots to just sit and sow!  My favorite is how they can help you find patterns on Ravelry.  They will add them to your purchase, print them out on their nice color printer as well as add it to your Ravelry library online!