A stitch in time


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Barbara Best is hoping a new initiative she’s started at her St. Vital business is on point with the community.

Best is the owner of Lizzy B’s Needle Art Supplies & Custom Picture Framing, at 39 St. Anne’s Rd.

Barbara Best is pictured here at Lizzy B’s Needle Art Supplies & Custom Picture Framing, which is located at 39 St. Anne’s Rd.

Lizzy B’s sells supplies for cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, and other needle arts. It also holds classes focusing on numerous needle arts, and hosts stitch-in events, as well as doing custom picture framing of any types of art, photos, certificates, heirlooms, and memorabilia.

Best, who lives in St. Vital, regularly receives calls from people who’ve lost a loved one who’ve left them their finished, and often framed, needle-art creations. She said the recipients of these creations don’t always have room for the needle art and call her to see if she’ll take it — for free. She’s now decided to do that but wants to weave in a fundraising component into the initiative so that worthy causes can benefit from it, too.

“This is how it will work: people can bring the finished needle art — framed or not — to the store, and I will hang it on the wall,” Best said. “They can tell me which charity the stitcher cared about. I will put a sticker on the back of the framed artwork, or a note card with the ones that aren’t framed, that says who stitched it and when, what the pattern is, who it was for — if that’s relevant — and the name of the charity. Then, anyone who wants it can have it for free, although they will be encouraged to make a donation to that charity.”

Best emphasized that participants don’t have to make a donation to the stitcher’s preferred charity, but it’s a “win-win” if they choose to.

“Either way, I’ll be happy for the piece to have found a good home. I’ll be willing to share as much information as the stitcher’s family wants to share,” she said.

Best hopes word about her new initiative reaches beyond the local stitching community — many of whom are Best’s loyal clients — to non-stitchers, including family members of former stitchers, so that “when they get left beautiful needle art, they will know what to do with it and we will be able to find good homes for the artwork, where it will be loved and appreciated,” she said.

Go online at www.lizzyb.ca for more information.

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com or call him at 204-697-7111.

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