Formerly North Shore Needleworks


Chicagoland's NEWEST Needlepoint Shop

threads • Canvases • Accessories • Expertise

Our Services

We will cheerfully help you select threads/embellishments for any canvas, from any source, at no charge. We will create a Thread & Stitch Guide for any Emily’s Stitchery canvas for a fee (depending on size and complexity). Due to time constraints, we cannot offer this service for canvases from other sources.

Should you need help with stitch selection or desire to learn a stitch/es, we offer Private Lessons ($20/hour) for any canvas. If we are kitting a canvas for you in the shop, please let us know of any thread preferences--both those you like especially and those you wish us to avoid.

Emily’s Stitchery is pleased to offer excellent framing services for pictures and boxes. We carry a large selection of frame, fillet, and matte corners so that you may choose just the look you want. Our framer specializes in needlepoint and offers shaped mattes, cut-outs, and archival framing. Framing services generally take about two weeks.

We use many stitchers from all over the country, depending upon their expertise with a certain item. Time requirements vary, but eight weeks is the norm. If you have a specific deadline, please let us know up front so that we can determine with the finisher if it can be met.

You do not need to supply fabric or other materials for finishing unless you have specific fabric. Most finishers will accept your fabric as long as it is clean and sufficient to complete the project. Finishers do not offer lower prices because you sent fabric to be used, and some will not accept slippery, stretchy, or upholstery-weight fabrics.

We want you to be happy with your finishing, so we ask many questions about your preferences. Please don't hesitate to give us any additional direction.


We carry full lines of threads. Give us a call if you have a particular need for a color, dye lot or brand.

Accentuate  •  Alpaca 18  •  Anchor  •  Arctic Rays  •  Backgrounds  •  Belle Soie  •  Bijoux  •  Boucle'  •  Burmilana  •  Caron Collection  •  Colonial Persian  •  Coronet Braid (all sizes)  •  Crystal Braid  •  Crystal Treasures  •  DMC Floss and Sizes 3 & 5 Pearl Cotton  •  Elegance  •  Fancy Fur  •  Faux Fur  •  Flair  •  Floche  •  Fuzzy Stuff  •  Fyre Werks  •  Gloriana Overdyed Silk  •  Grandeur  •  Hi-lights  •  Impressions  •  Kreinik Sizes 4, 8, 12, 16, Braids and 1/16 , 1/8 and 1/4 Ribbons •  Mandarin Floss  •  Neon Rays  •  Neon Rays +  •  Nordic Gold  •  Painters Threads  •  Patent Leather  • Pepper Pot Silk  •  Petite Facets  •  Petite Frosty Rays  •  Petite Silk Lame Braid  •  Petite Sparkle Rays  •  Petite Very Velvet  •  Planet Earth Single Strand Silk  •  Planet Earth Six Ply Silk  •  Planet Earth Ribbons  •  Rainbow Angora  •  Rainbow Linen  •  Rainbow Tweed  •  Rainbow Cashmere  •   River Silk Ribbons  •  Sampler Threads  •  Silk & Ivory   •  Silk Lame' Braid 18  •  Silk Serica  •  Snow  •   Soft Sheen  •   SJ Pearls  •  Soie d'Alger Stranded Silk  •  Soie de Paris Stranded Silk  •  Sparkle Braid  •  Sparkle Rays  •  Straw Silk  •  Subtlety  •  Sundance  Size 8, 11 and 14 Beads  •   Thread Gatherer  Silk 'n Colors  •  Threadworx Overdyed Floss  •  Very Velvet  •  Vineyard Silk Classic  • Vineyard Merino Wool  •  Water 'n Ice  •  Watercolours  •  Waterlilies  •  Wildflowers  •  Winter  •  Wisper  •  YLI Ribbons  •  Zoo Eyes

Canvases from the Top Designers


We stock canvases from A to Z!.  Stop by the shop for a little inspiration!  Further, we have photo catalogs from many of these designers. Bold links below will open that designer in a new window.

A  Alexa  •  Alice Peterson  •  All About Stitching  •  Amanda Lawford  •  And More  •  Ann Wheat Pace  •  Anne Brinkley•  Associated Talents

B   Barbara Bergsten  •  Barbara Eyre (Susan Roberts)  •  Barbara Fox  •  Barbara Russell  •  BB Needlepoint  •  Beth Cope(CBK)  •  Beth Gantz  •  Beth Russell  •  Birds of a Feather  • Brenda Stofft    Burnett and Bradley

C   Canvas Connection  •  Caron Collection  •  CBK Collection  •  Cheryl Schaeffer•  Colors of Praise  •  Cooper Oaks  •  Creative Needle

D   Danji  •  Denise DeRusha  •  DJ Designs  • Doolittle Stitchery

E   Elements (Dream House Ventures)  •  Elizabeth Bradley  •  Elizabeth Turner Collection (Meredith Collection)  •  Ewe & Eye & Friends (Maggie Co.)

F   Fleur de Paris

G   Gail Hendrix (Squiggee Designs) •  Gayla Elliott

H   HeartStrings (Artists Collection)

J   j. child's designs  •  J. Malahy Designs  •  Jane Nichols  •  Jean Smith  •  JP Needlepoint  •  Julia's Needleworks  •  Julie Mar  •  Julie Pischke

K   Katherine Parfet (Needlework Unlimited)  •  Kathy Schenkel Designs  •  Kelly Clark Needlepoint  •  Kirk and Bradley

L   Labors of Love  •  Laurel Wheeler  •  Lee's Needle Arts (Colonial Needle)  •  Leigh's Designs  •  Libby Sturdy  

M   Maggie and Company  •  Magic Needle  •  MAP Designs  •  Melissa Shirley  •  Mile High Princesss (Artists Collection)  •  Mindy  •  MM Designs

N   Needle Crossings  •  Needle Deeva  •  Needle Graphics  •  Needlepoint Broad

O   Once in a Blue Moon (Fleur de Paris)

P   Painted Pony  •  Patti Mann  •  Patty Paints  •  Peas of Mind  •  Pepperberry Designs  •  Petei  • Pewter and Pine  •  Pippin Studio  •  Princess and Me

Q   Quail Run

R   Raymond M. Crawford  •  Rebecca Wood Designs  •  Red Thread Designs  •  Renaissance  •  Rishfeld Designs  •  Robbyn's Nest Designs  •  Ruth Schmuff

S   S&S Needlecraft (Julia's)  •  Sandra Gilmore (Fleur de Paris)  •  Sasi Creations  •  Sew Much Fun  •  ShareOne's Ideas  •  Sharon G  •  SHEAR Creations (Artists Collection)  •  Shelly Tribby Designs  •  Shivering Sheep  •  Shorebird Studio (Katherine Molineux)  •  Silver Needle  •  Sophia Designs  •  Stitch Its  •  Strictly Christmas  •  Studio 2  •  Studio Midwest  •  Sundance Designs  •  Susan Roberts  • 

T   Tapestry Tent (Susan Roberts)  •  The Collection  •  Treglown Designs  •  Trubey (Fleur de Paris)

U   Unique NZ Designs

W  Waterweave  •  Whimsy and Grace  •  Winnetka Stitchery Designs

Z   Zecca


We are back from Winter Market with lots of new canvases coming in.  Here are a few to get your stitching juices going.

CLICK any of the images to get a larger view


Classes and special events:

GRAND REOPENING - January 10, 11, 12, 2019!

Join us for Emily’s Stitchery’s Grand Reopening starting Thursday January 10th. We have 2 great trunk shows - Funda Scully and Accoutrement Design Magnets. Special prizes and raffles will be given. All in- stock merchandise will be 20% off.


Linda leads a canvas embellishment class next Fall, November 1-3 (Fri. - Sun.)  If you'd like to take a class from a national teacher but are nervous, this is the class for you!  Linda is exceptionally kind, helpful, and light-hearted.  And her stitch guides showcase many well-chosen stitches and threads.  9:30 - 4 pm. Cost is $395 + threads with your canvas.

Linda will be returning Wednesday mornings in May (9:30 till noon) for her very popular canvas embellishment mini-classes.  8 people max.  $25 cash or check to Linda directly.  Please call the shop a few days in advance to reserve your place.


Linda teaches in the shop every Saturday and sometimes during the week.  This is by appointment; just call the shop.  Linda is excellent at teaching beginning through advanced needlepoint:  patient, kind, and very good with color and stitches.  If you want a refresher, desire to learn a variety of stitches, or just get advice on stitches for a canvas, she can help!  $25/hour.

Lisa Abrams

Lisa will be at the shop on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 beginning January 15, 2019. If you haven’t taken a class with Lisa, you are missing out. Lisa can teach anyone - beginner or expert. She will cheer you on and inspire you to try something new. $25 fee.

Doug Kreinik’s Tour

Join us for an afternoon with Doug Kreinik, the owner of Kreinik Mfg, Co on April 27, 2019 from 1:00 -4:00. Kreinik manufactures metallic braids, ribbons, silk and embellishments used by textile enthusiasts in needlepoint, weaving, sewing, knitting and more. Some threads and uses that will be discussed include metallics, facts, silks, couching silks, real metal threads and many more. A thread kit is available for purchase as well. Lecture cost is $100 ; optional thread kit is $40. Please call to reserve your spot!

Tony Mineri

Tony is back for his 3 day Embellishment Class. We are having 2 session: Monday - Wednesday and/or Thursday - Saturday during the week of June 21,2019. Pick any canvas and Tony will Create a custom stitch guide for you. As of today, this class is sold out but Tony will be back next year. Let us know if you want to hear Tony’s plans for 2020.

Robin King

Robin King is returning for another 3 day Embellishment Class. This class will be different than before - you choose any stitch guide from Robin’s huge library and she will work with you. We can order any canvas that she has a guide for. Check out her website: for ideas! Class is from August 8-10 from 9:00 - 4:00. $350 for class - does not include stitch guide, canvas or threads.

Sherry Brey

Sherry Brey is coming for the first time to Emily’s Stitchery for a 2-day Canvas Embellishment Class in September. (27th and 28th from 10:00 - 4;00). Pick any canvas and Sherry will recommend stitches and fibers. Cost is $300 - does not include canvas or threads.

Our Classes

With any of our classes, each person will have a desk, Stella table lamp, and a System 4 floor stand to use.  All you need to bring is your usual collection of stitching tools (threader, embroidery scissors, laying tool, etc.).  Lunch each day is included

Please call the shop at (847) 291-6550 to join a class or with any questions.  We hope to see you join us!

Use our classroom!

If you have a stitching group and are looking for a place to meet, contact us!  Our classroom is available free of charge when it's not in use. Just call the shop to check on availability. (847) 291-6550.


Emily’s Stitchery Rewards!

Be sure you sign up for our Rewards Card!

Spend $500 on canvases, threads, accessories or finishing and we'll reward you with a $50 Store Credit.  If you have a rewards card from North Shore Needleworks, we will honor that card as well.

You can use the credit towards a future purchase in the shop.

Stop in today, make a purchase and start saving!




Located in the town of Northbrook, north of Chicago, Emily’s Stitchery, formerly North Shore Needleworks, is a needlepoint-only shop owned by Emily and Josh Sobel.

We specialize in a large assortment of threads (in complete color lines) and a huge collection of canvases and charts. Silk threads, in all their glory, are a favorite with us and we carry many lines.

Our aim is to give you superior service. Our in-shop classroom seats 16 people with individual stations, outfitted with Stella lights, canvas stands, desks, and a range of professional instructors.  

Our staff are all accomplished needlework craftspeople.  We do stitch guides, kitting, and help our clients get the most out of the craft.  

Feel free to call or stop in if we can help you to envision your next needlepoint project.

Thanks for stopping by!



1512 Shermer Rd. Unit C
Northbrook, IL 60062


(847) 291-6550


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM