Learning the ancient art of cross stitching right here in Roscoe

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Mary Baraconi is the owner of "Just One More Stitch." The shop, located at 11714 N. Main St. in Roscoe, offers cross stitching supplies and one-to-one classes taught by Baraconi.

The art of cross stitching, the oldest form of embroidery, goes back many centuries. In fact, cross stitching was found in Asia, Egypt and Europe as far back as the 6th Century BC.

Needlework has existed as long as there has been cloth to work on. Pieces have been found preserved in ancient Egyptian tombs and medieval churches.

Some call it a lost art-form, but it is far from that. Cross stitching has been handed down from generation to generation. The creative art form has always been in demand.

Cross stitch aficionado Mary Baraconi, owner of “Just One More Stitch,” 11714 N. Main St. in Roscoe, said she has been cross stitching for 39 years. “After I learned, I taught my mom.”

When "The Needle and I," a needlework and cross stitch store in Rockford, closed about nine years ago, Barconi felt there was a void that needed filling. She opened “One More Stitch” in a small shop on N. Main Street in Roscoe. She chose the location because her mother lives in Roscoe.

Teaching cross stitching, counted and stamped stitching classes is her main focus. Classes are always one to one. She does not offer group classes.

Everything needed for cross stitching can be found in the little shop: fabric, designs, backing, frames, beads, and cross stitch magazines. The store contains everything needed to create a personal piece of fabric art. Baraconi said she sends kits and supplies to many loyal customers all around the country.

“Just One More Stitch” is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M. and closed on Mondays.

Barconi doesn't have a website for “Just One More Stitch,” but you can click, swipe, or tap on the photo below to view an image gallery of her entire store.

For information about classes, call 815-623-2331.

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