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The Quarter Stitch-New Orleans
New Orleans is a fascinating city and is a local getaway from my hometown! This historic American city is a cultural melting pot of food, music, and geographic influences. The city is known fondly as The Big Easy – don’t you feel relaxed already?
I failed at the geocache hunt in New Orleans’ Pirates Alley but found crafting treasures in The Quarter Stitch shop.
Located near the northwest corner of Jackson Square, this shop embraces the peaceful co-existence of needlepoint and yarn-crafts.
Easing Into Shopping
Similarly, the tone of the shop is welcoming to the artsy crowd in the French Quarter, but within sight of the central business district of this eclectic city. I browsed the yarns displayed in baskets and on large tables. The cross-stitch patterns and completed items captured my attention and stirred fond memories of another favorite hobby craft. The shop does not offer classroom instruction but provides personal assistance and education to store patrons. Colorful banners decorate the store and store assistants were eager to assist me with my yarn selections.
Central to the culture of the city is The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré. We’re talking about the city district here, not the Tennessee Williams play by the same name and not the drink made famous at Hotel Monteleone.
While touring the area, I visited with Carla, who is a regular in the mix of fortune tellers, street performers, and artists near the St. Louis Cathedral. Carla knits small hats and cute novelty gift items on Thursdays.
This French Quarter area is the crescent in the Mississippi River, or that deep curve when looking at a map.
As New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood the French Quarter has been a favorite location for arts and culture through the years.
The architecture is an eclectic collage of Spanish, French, Creole and American influences. Cast iron balconies are visible on many homes and shops in this area, making it a unique style for this southern city. Shutters for the windows serve a very practical purpose when storms arrive but are colorful on a sunny day for a slow walk in the city.
The Quarter Stitch is located at 629 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130.
Phone (504) 522-4451
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