Date with Myself in Geneva, IL
This past Saturday I had plans with my son, but he ended up getting sick, and couldn’t come to visit. My husband worked the 1:30-9:30 pm shift, so we weren’t able to make plans together, either. After thinking about it for a little while, I thought it would be a great day to take myself out on a date, and I knew the perfect place to go: Geneva, IL! Geneva is a picturesque town on the Fox River, and it has a delightful downtown with more specialty shops than you can image. One of those shops, Designer’s Desk, is one of my favorite places to go. They tout themselves as a needlepoint and cross stitch shop, but, really, they have almost everything a hand embroiderer like me could want.
The sheer number of skeins of floss that they have in stock is breathtaking! This video I posted on Instagram does not even do the collection justice. In addition to all of the rolling pegboard walls, they stock the full line of DMC and Sullivan’s floss, along with every kind of speciality floss you can imagine. My mission was to find silk ribbon for silk ribbon embroidery, which I recently started to learn via Mary Jo Hiney’s class on Craftsy.
I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this place is!! I’m going to guess there are one million skeins of floss. Seriously! And TONS of specialty flosses. #embroidery A video posted by Amy Byrne-Henderson (@randomactsofamy) on
The shop is jam packed, and not one space is wasted. It can be a bit overwhelming, so plan to spend quite a bit of time here. The top floor is all about cross stitch, the main floor is mainly full of floss of all kinds, beads, books, and needlepoint supplies, and the basement is a bargain area. The only thing that I don’t like is that none of the floss on the main floor has a price on it. I thought I was being pretty conservative in what I was selecting to purchase, but I was quite surprised when my sale was rung up! The below video show my haul. Not pictured are the milliners needles I forgot in the bag.