A Fond Farewell!

*click here for an FAQ page about our closing process


Dear wonderful customers and friends,

It's with mixed emotions that we share some big news at Needlework. After careful consideration and months of soul searching, we have come to the difficult decision that Needlework's magical 12 year chapter at 174 James St. North (and this online shop) will be coming to a close at the end of March.

Owning and operating Needlework has been the absolute privilege of a lifetime. Before we attempt to summarize just how much this venture means to us, we want to express our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to every single one of you who've walked through our doors. Your constant support and encouragement over the years turned our humble shop-owning dreams into a reality, which we will carry with us for years to come.

The stars aligned when we met in 2011. We were two 20-somethings that quickly discovered that we shared a similar vision for a textile-based studio and shop in downtown Hamilton — specifically in the James North neighbourhood. Taking cues from the thriving arts and small biz community, we decided to join creative forces, and just a year later Needlework was born!

Our aim from the very beginning was to create a space where textile-loving folks could gather to share skills, inspiration, and find thoughtfully curated fabric and supplies. We never could have imagined the sense of community and truly special friendships that would blossom from this adventure. It has been life-changing for us both, and we know so many of you feel the same way.

As you can imagine, running a multi-faceted small business is all-consuming and we're not immune to the burnout many small business owners face in today's economic climate. Combined with the expiration of our lease, financial pressures, and a deep desire for a sustainable work/life balance, we have made the difficult decision to wrap up this iteration of Needlework.

While it's not goodbye for good (we hope to continue NW's legacy one way or another — after a little breather!), this is a fond farewell to the special space we've called home. We invite you to visit over the next few weeks to say "see you later", bask in the glow of our dreamy golden ceiling, and take advantage of our massive storewide closing sale!

Here is the pertinent info you'll be eager to know!

Store hours in March will be modified so we can accommodate alternating sales between our brick-and-mortar and web shops:
Starting Saturday March 2nd, all in-stock inventory is 30% off. Discounts cannot be retroactively applied to in-store or online sales.
Fri March 8th 10:30am - 5pm
Sat March 9th 10:30am - 5pm
 Closed Sun March 10th to Tue March 12th 
Thu March 14th 10:30am - 6pm
Fri March 15th 10:30am - 5pm
Sat March 16th 10:30am - 5pm
Closed Sun March 17th to Tue March 19th 
Wed March 20th 10:30am - 6pm
Thu March 21st 10:30am - 6pm
Fri March 22nd 10:30am - 5pm
Sat March 23 10:30am - 5pm
Sun March 24th 12pm - 4pm
We've also adjusted the dates of our online sale to allow for adequate order processing time. See below for our updated online sale schedule.
Sun March 10th to Mon March 12th
Sun March 17th to Mon March 19th

Our last day for in-store shopping is set for Sunday March 24, 2024 (subject to availability). Physical gift cards must be presented and redeemed in-store by this date. We'll communicate via email and social media in late March regarding availability of remaining inventory and/or fixtures. All remaining workshops will run as scheduled. 
We thank you for many years of magical memories and appreciate your support and understanding during this time of transition. We are so lucky to know you!
Your forever fabric friends,
Liz and Kate
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