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Village Needlework caters to those of us that find we always have a needle of some kind in our hands – maybe a tapestry needle as we work on our latest cross-stitch project, or knitting needles to finish that special gift, or a beading needle to add those final embellishments. Whether a beginner or what our friends fondly call an “expert,” we love handcrafted needlework, whatever form it takes. And, we’re always looking to try a new technique.
Where did the name come from? There’s a fairly large Czech community in Cedar Rapids, with a small business district called the Czech Village in the southwest side of the city. As I was growing up, the Czech Village was a group of small shops along two blocks . . . a favorite place to go shopping with Babi (my grandmother) whether we were looking for embroidery supplies, crochet thread, pillow ticking, gifts . . . or bakery (!). It was an early version of “one stop” shopping. Village Needlework is organized a lot like that . . . a village of needlework cottages, each specializing in one aspect of needlework.

OK, it’s a bit of a stretch! But, that’s truly how the name came to be! Visit each of the “cottages” in our village and browse to your heart’s content. There are over 150 designers and vendors represented. Let me know if you don’t find what you’re looking for and we’ll see if we can find it for you. Yes, we actually welcome “special” orders!

Our shop is a family business. Joan taught daughter Julia to stitch when she was little. When Julia went off to college, she joined the Embroider’s Guild of America and expanded her stitching knowledge. When Julia moved back to her home town, she shared her knowledge and convinced Joan to join as well. Cindy is a recent addition to the family, as daughter/sister-in law and is a fairly new stitcher. When the prior shop owner decided to retire, we purchased the business to ensure we kept a local source for our supplies.

Our village is a work in progress. Products change, the types of needlework we carry continues to expand as we get YOUR comments and suggestions. The more you tell us, the better job we’ll do for you. Watch us as we grow!

Over 200 aida, linen and speciality fabrics.

Over 100 painted and pre-worked needlepoint canvas.

New yarns arriving all the time. Five brands of ribbon yarn available.

Hundreds of cross stitch, embroidery and counted canvas patterns by your favorite designers. If you don’t see what you are looking for, let us know and we will try to get it

New items arriving all the time.

Beads for your all your beading needs.

Accessories for your stitching, knitting and crochet needs.

Accessories for your stitching, knitting and crochet needs.

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1129 7th Avenue
Marion, IA 52402
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