Welcome to The Silver Needle! Thanks for visiting our website! The following pics will show you so much about our shop, and I wanted a chance to add a few comments... so I'm glad you've clicked on this page!!!
Let me take a few minutes to tell you about our shop, and the gals who work here!The Silver Needle opened its door for business March 1st, 1984. We had just one person -- Me! -- for 4 months. I had 660 square feet of cross-stitch, I could never get a minute to eat my lunch in peace... but Tulsa was in Cross-Stitch Heaven! Almost 20 years later... my newest employee reminded me that she'd been a customer on my very first day of business!
Since 1984, we have grown from 660 to 4,000 square feet of everything your Needlework-Loving heart could ever want! The pages of this website show you picture upon picture of all of us, the shop, and all the fun things that are our favorites!
After 18 years in our original location... I made a huge step, signed a big, fat new lease... and for the third time, expanded the shop. This time... it's our dream! We have more space for you, displays, the inventory, classes and our mail order department!
We are just 2-1/2 miles off of Interstate 44... the old "Route 66" running through Tulsa. It will take you approx 5 - 10 minutes once you exit the expressway to get to our front door! While you're here... we can send the rest of the family to numerous sporting goods stores, car washes, "The Mall," several big movie theaters, and even the Fair Grounds for auto shows, etc.
Tulsa is really a very large small town, and we're very centrally located! For you, we offer un-hassled browsing while they wait in the shop, or elsewhere!
We've snapped pictures of the shop gals doing all our everyday things... sometimes we're paying attention to the camera, other times not. We just want to show you life around The Silver Needle every day! In the meantime, let me tell you about everything else we do around here!
We are the largest Vera Bradley dealer in Oklahoma and Arkansas... and our pretty VB area will attest to that!
You'll find everything your heart desires browsing through all those beautiful colors and the different bag styles.
We're home to Secret Needle Night every month! These are small, specialty thread kits -- our own designs -- that we kit each month, and mail to you! Always seasonal or holiday in theme, always on large count fabric with fun embellishments, we stay ahead of the holiday... so you have time to finish it!
January's kit is always Valentines, June's is always patriotic, October is always a Halloween design... you get the idea! We offer an automatic shipping program, so they turn up in your mailbox each month... which is always a fun treat! All the rest of the details are on our Secret Needle Night page!
We host Camp Wannasew! It's our stitching weekend that we offer 2 times each year! Silver Needle fills the building with 44 crazy stitchers for a relaxing weekend of nothing but stitching, eating and chatting at Oklahoma's Sequoyah State Park.
Gals come from Alaska, Maine, Texas and Wisconsin... alone or with stitching friends... for a really good time, and a weekend of top-notch projects!
We're constantly bringing in new stitched models to put on display. It means our displays change all the time... because something is always new!
Stuff everywhere! I see crooked models and lots of chaos... but when you're here, all your eye sees is COLOR and FUN!
We offer a monthly e-mail newsletter... absolutely FULL of the latest and greatest cross stitch news!
I always include a monthly special for "E-Mail Subscribers Only!" that includes a little something extra that the regular walk-ins don't get!
As I'm sure you'll discover, we update our site several times each week! Visit the Site Updates page where Mary, our weary webmaster, posts her daily activities! You'll learn where she's updated things, changes pics, re-formatted the pages to load faster, and you'll be directed to the new happenings that day. She's great about e-mail updates, and our mail schedule, too. Bookmark it!
Meanwhile, the shop gals and I are here everyday answering your e-mails and phone calls! It's absolutely the most fun when you walk through our front door and announce that you are here from "Main Street USA," and you've been seeing us on the web for years! You're traveling through on your way to somewhere else... and your car KNEW it had to stop here! Sometimes we recognize your name -- other times, not -- but we're SO glad you've come all that way! It's like "Wow, someone is really reading all of this... and loves it as much as we do!"
We're highlighting a few pictures of everyday life around here... Mary comes with her camera... and sometimes we look really good, but sometimes not! So here's the tour!
Here is Mary Anne, our Fabric Goddess! We have a beautiful, spacious area to display and cut fabrics.
Since we keep the threads down closer to the fabrics, that cutting table stays pretty busy!
A small wall of gadgets...
Our Great Wall of Mill Hill bead kits
Our bathroom is back there... we sell old shop models in there! Best Dressed Ladies' Room in Town!
Amazingly stuffed walls of buttons, beads and treasures!
A little bit of Shepherd's Bush
I love the Autumn models
Here are Laura and Kim busy re-stocking the Vera Bradley. A never-ending job!
Benny, Terry and Betty modeling some of our new FLAX clothing! Love that stuff!
I'm in the back room, and you can see retired Secret Needle Night models on the wall behind me
Betty and Susan are intent on something... looks like order questions.
Oh... I moved the camera a little! There's Betty again, not so neat and tidy over this way! Check out the notes the order writers keep stuck to their area!
Here's Liz again packing up a box.
Here's Terry at the shipping table. She has a pile of boxes she has finished that are ready for the postage computer. Actually, the back room is kind of clean in this shot!
Here's Deanna at the credit card machine. Lots of little sticky notes all over again. See the quilt up on the wall? That was my 20 Year Silver Needle Anniversary Quilt that the gals made me when the shop turned 20. Everyone did a square. A pretty special backroom decoration!
Terry and Betty looking over something on the computer. My office is through that window-on-the-wall.
Mona and Jan are down there by the shipping computer. We have a great TV up on the wall, but we ONLY turn in on during bad weather. It's amazing how comforting it is to see the upcoming storms in the Spring... and last winter we had all the snowstorms, so we used it a LOT!
On the right is a look down one of our inventory aisles! I had to show you this, because, today, it looked pretty good!!! Everything is in plastic tubs and labeled -- we even alpahbetized it all by company and designer, so we could find everything! When we moved into this space, Terri and Harriet were instrumental in getting all this organized!
Look, we've been busy today with orders! There goes Roger, the UPS Guy with tons of fun stuff!!!
We hope this has given you a small glimpse into the busy, fun world of The Silver Needle, and invite you visit us in the shop just any time. If you're too far away, for now, please enjoy our web site often. Like the shop itself, it is truly a labor of love!
6068 S. Sheridan Tulsa, Ok. 74145
(918) 493-1136 Fax: (918) 493-1933
Toll Free Order Line: (888) 543-7004
Store Hours: 10 -- 6 CST, Monday -- Saturday E-Mail