I recently had a chance to visit a wonderful little needlepoint shop called The Playful Needle, located right smack downtown in Portland, Oregon.
Just as an FYI, I usually avoid driving in any downtown, no matter where I am visiting.
I'm a nervous driver in downtown spaces, but I'm happy to report that this little gem of a needlepoint shop was worth both the white knuckles and the hunt for a parking space!
The Playful Needle carries over 70 different types of needlework threads, and most are present in complete color lines. The selection of Rainbow Gallery threads is the best I've seen.
Phyllis, the shop's owner, has a terrific eye for design, so you'll find a wide assortment of hand-painted canvases including a large selection of Judaic material.
The shop also stocks frames, stretcher bars, notions and anything else you will need for needlepoint - and even some supplies for embroidery.
Located in the "SOBU" or South Burnside district, and tucked near the corner on SW Alder between SW 11th and 12th Avenues, this store is an easy walk from several of the popular hotels. Get there using via streetcar, bus, or MAX lightrail - or drive, taking I-405 to the Burnside exit.
The shop's sweet little mascot, Noodles, will greet you at the door.