Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Nimble Needle in Atlanta

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

Back home in Memphis. In front of the computer. Watching the Weather Channel and the Superstorm  Sandy storm coverage. Amazing. Terrifying. My thoughts are with all who were in her path.

I was able to get out of Atlanta before the storm. Not that Sandy was coming to Atlanta, but flights out of ATL were getting delayed all around.

A warm welcome from The Nimble Needle.

My time spent teaching Flowers in a Vase (ND 311) at The Nimble Needle in Sandy Springs, GA (Atlanta area) was delightful. Shop owner, Stacy Brown, has a decorator's eye for arranging the canvases on the wall by themes.

The Nimble Needle
Sandy Springs, Georgia (Atlanta area)

Halloween, Animals, Geometrics, Christmas, Judaic, Flowers, Sayings, Baby/Children... so easy to see all at one glance.

The Threads are arranged by color families and clearly labeled. Very nice for the customer when making color selections.

Her stitched models are stunningly fabulous. Stitch guides by Stacy Brown are available, too.

Pumpkin under Glass.
Stitched by Stacy Brown/The Nimble Needle

Halloween Bottles by Kirk & Hamilton.
Stitched by Stacy Brown/The Nimble Needle.

Beautiful Judaic needlepoint with Swarovski Crystals.
Stitch guides by Stacy Brown/The Nimble Needle.

Each Pumpkin has a story to tell.
Stitch guides by Stacy Brown/ The Nimble Needle.
There were 14 women in the class. The Atlanta ANG chapter was in attendance, too. Two days was perfect for covering each of the design areas: Stumpwork, Ribbon Embroidery, Turkey Work, Composite Stitches, and Messy Beading. Everyone liked the look of the Raised Fishbone stitch. They made me feel very welcome.

Not only is Stacy a wonderful shop owner,
she can grow Orchids, too.
Speaking of which... it was very relaxing atmosphere at The Nimble Needle. Comfy chairs. Nice lighting. Customers came in to sit & stitch; select their newest projects or turn in their most recent ones to be finished. It was the place to be.

There was a cool Ribbon/Button/Adornment shop called "Nicholas Kniel: Fine Ribbon & Embellishments"; located right above The Nimble Needle. I took a visit. Look their Halloween Ribbons. (The arrangement made me smile.) Cool Buttons. And, the Flowers... oh, my! The ladies at The Nimble Needle are looking into taking a gift wrapping class from Nicholas Kniel. Wouldn't that be fun. Be sure and tell me all about it, OK?

Nicholas Kniel right above The Nimble Needle



Fun things which sparkle.


Atlanta has awesome restaurants. Stacy and I had our celebratory meal at
The Spence. Ever watch Top Chef All-Stars on Bravo? Richard Blais was their most recent winner, and The Spence is his newest restaurant. Techno-chic. Innovative food combinations and presentations. Stacy and I throughly enjoyed the evening. Richard Blais was in the house, too. Sweet.

Want to know one of my guilty pleasures? Noting the signage on the Women and Men bathroom doors at restaurants. I have seen some cute ones in my days: the Cowgirl and Cowboy; the Tomato and Cucumber; the Purse and the Briefcase; Gulls and Buoys; Olivia Newton-John and Elton John.  Look at these from The Spence. Brilliant.

So, Robin's October-Month-On-Tour is now concluded. I welcome the chance to be home in front of the computer and/or my frame stand. After all, there are still deadlines looming: stitch guides to write, model stitching to do, and get ready to teach 2 classes at TNNA/February 2013 in Long Beach, CA.

Plus, in a month, I will be back on the plane heading to teach at The Enriched Stitch in Wilton, CT. It will be a one-day Flowers in a Vase (ND 311) class (November 30th) and a one-day Canvas Enhancement class (December 1st). Give Suzie Vallerie a call to join in the fun... (203) 210-5107.

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin


  1. How convenient is that to have the embellishments right upstairs? Love it. Glad you are home safe and sound.

  2. Hi Stephanie. Great to hear from you. Yes, the Ribbons & Embellishments are very handy. Imagine what Carolyn Baird could do with them. LOL.

  3. Wish I could have gone with you, Robin-no telling how much $ I would have spent at the store next door!

    1. Carolyn, you would be in Ribbon heaven. Hope some day you can visit the Nicholas Kniel store if/when you find yourself in Atlanta. Thanks for stopping by the blog, too. Robin


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