5 reasons Charlotte desperately needs a cross-stitching shop (and no I’m not joking)

5 reasons Charlotte desperately needs a cross-stitching shop (and no I’m not joking)
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Most people think that cross-stitch is a hobby for grandmas whose grandkids don’t call them enough.

But now cross-stitching is growing in popularity with grandkids who need to call their grandmas more.

Don’t believe me? I give you, Ron Swanson:

Ron Swanson cross stitch

Now that I’ve followed the trend and caught the cross-stitch bug, I’ve noticed that cross-stitch stores are harder to find than real ice cream shops.

From rude cross-stitches to cross-stitch tattoos, cross-stitching is all the rage and it’s time Charlotte caught on.

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Still not convinced that Charlotte needs a cross-stitch shop? Here are five reasons that will get you hopping on the needle art bandwagon:

(1) Charlotte is a crafty city.

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@skillpopclt via Instagram

Charlotteans love their artsy Skill Pop classes and there’s a downright dumb amount of “Let’s get tipsy off white wine while we paint a picture of an abstract duck” places.

Cross-stitch is super easy (I learned from random YouTube videos) and costs way less than paint and a canvas.

(2) I’m sick of giving my money to Michaels Arts and Crafts.

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Right now, Michaels is the only place I’ve found to get cross-stitching supplies. And I hear you saying, “But Mary! There’s a stitching shop right next to Café Monte!”

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Let me tell you about the stitching shop right next to Café Monte.

I visited this shop with the same childish enthusiasm I have when visiting a boardwalk fudgery. I walked in confidently with my big box of materials, ready to talk cross-stitching, purchase thread and make some new friends.

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Me: Hi! I’m so excited I found your shop. There are NO cross-stitching shops in Charlotte!

Po’s Point Woman: Excuse me?

Me: I’m excited I found you guys! I’ve been looking everywhere for a cross-stitch shop!

Po’s Point Woman: Umm, honey, we don’t do cross-stitch. We do needlepoint.

I want to mention that this woman said this last sentence as if I had walked into Chopt and ordered sashimi.

In the awkward minutes that followed, I learned that needlepoint and cross-stitch are not the same thing. And apparently cross-stitch is the red headed stepchild of needlepoint.

So, yeah, I want to stop going to Michaels and spend my money at a local shop. Preferably one that doesn’t allow mean needlepointers inside.

(3) You can make cheap gifts for your friends who are doing grown-up things like getting married and producing offspring.

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Because, who has the cash to buy a set of serving spoons or one of those stupid plastic giraffes that babies suck on? Not me.

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Put on Season 1 of The Office while you stitch and two to four episodes later you’ll have a personalized gift that cost less than $10!

(4) Cross-stitching can be done while drinking craft beer. 

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And we all know that Charlotteans loves their breweries. Can I get a craft brewery and cross-stitch collaboration? Perhaps called “Arts & Craft Beer”? Anyone?

(5) And finally, there’s something delightfully ironic about inappropriate cross-stitch.

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There’s nothing more unexpected than a stitched curse word. Charlotte is a young city, and I’ve heard that young people like to live on the edge. What’s edgier than taking your grandma’s hobby and making something profane?

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This one is hanging in our office bathroom. We just hope that our clients will be considerate of the new rule.

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@swell_times via Instagram

So, Charlotte, it’s time to call upon your entrepreneurial spirit and open a cross-stitch shop (preferably next to my apartment). I’ve already brainstormed several punny store names (i.e.  Rags to Stitches) so the hard work is done.

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