Threading needles is much easier when the needle is a sharpened slotted spoon, the thread is twine, and the project is a patchwork scarf for a giraffe. Bring needlework down to your level with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of needlepoint and knitting products and classes at Stitch Boutique on Berkeley Street.
Stitch Boutique is splitting at the seams with a full lineup of canvases, brand-name fibers, accessories, and classes for all skill levels. Aspiring needle-wielders can seek advice about tricky projects, spell check their "Home Sweet Hom" pillow, or lose themselves in the world of complex stitchery. Pop into a two-hour needlepoint class to figure out stitchy fundamentals ($20), or try the Needlepoint-Creative Canvas session to make even the most reserved couch weep at the beauty of a plump, poignant decorative cushion ($20). Knit and purlers can sheathe needles in a Bollywood straight needle case ($35) or whip through a pair of Popcorn and Twizzler fingerless gloves ($39), while supervising stitchers can teach a child hand-eye coordination without painful dodgeball lessons with the Balloon needlepoint starter kit ($25).
Stitch's cozy interior offers shelter for free general knitting sessions on Friday afternoons, and ready-made products make themselves known to crafters who've run out of time. The friendly, experienced staff offers complimentary advice, tips, and creative ideas, with the understanding that they do not expect a homemade sweater come Christmas.