Common Threads

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When you blame your abandoned craft projects on missing needles and broken sewing machines, everyone knows you’re spinning a yarn.

Really stick to it with custom canvases from Rittenhouse Needlepoint. The local biz creates hand-painted designs based on your interests (pets, sports, favorite photos). You don’t have to be Martha to complete them; colors are arranged paint-by-numbers style, so you know just where to sew. Still, pros can show you the ropes at free Saturday classes.

Finished flat projects can be transformed into rocking chair cushions, pillows, tote bags, and wall hangings.

That’s a stitch.

Rittenhouse Needlepoint, 1737 Chestnut Street, second floor (215-563-4566 or rittenhouseneedlepoint.net).

this week in philadelphia!

Presidents’ Day Celebration

What: Spend the day off making birthday cards for General Washington and learning old-school drills and maneuvers.
Why: Tastes of Martha’s special-recipe cake.
When: Mon., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitor Center, Rt. 23, at N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia (610-783-1099).

OrKid Days

What: Witness a show of colorful orchids and exotic animals from the Brandywine Zoo and get moving to live music from The Suzi Shelton Band.
Why: Flower power.
When: Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square (610-388-1000).

Are You My Mother?

What: ArtsPower turns the familiar story of a little bird in search of his mama into a colorful musical performance.
Why: At no charge, it’s a chirp date.
When: Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. (215-686-5372).

1737 Chestnut St
2nd flr
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Valley Forge National Historic Park
Rt 23
@ N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103