Dames of the Needle Linen
For me the Nashville Needlework Market is Christmas, Birthday and Anniversary all rolled into one big happy weekend. The conversation goes like this:
AppleJack: What would you like for Christmas?
Me: I would like goodies from the needlework market.
AppleJack: Does this also apply to your birthday and anniversary?
Me: I will make it easy for you.
Those designers they were at their creative best! So many wonderful designs, fabrics, trims, etc. How do they do it? Each year they just get better and better. It is no secret I am a huge fan of Stacy Nash designs. When Stacy released the animal crackers, I immediately added them to my market shopping list. Being a cat lover, Theodore and Clementine were singing to my cat loving, needle loving heart. Stacy has more animal crackers in the works: rabbits, pigs, cows, sheep.
Red Samplers! This was Nicola's (Hands Across the Sea) first needlework market and selfishly I hope this will not be her last. Have you seen these samplers? and charts? WOW! Nicola does extensive research on the sampler maker which she shares on the inside covers of her charts. Nicola calls herself a stitcher and each chart/graph is designed with the stitcher in mind: very detailed, special photographs and instructions for special stitches, the legend listed multiple times throughout the chart (no flipping pages searching for the legend). These samplers/designs are so enjoyable, I put them in a basket beside my stitching chair just so I could read and enjoy them--they are a great resource and reference tool. If you have not seen these designs--treat yourself to one. Sophia Knighte is my other red sampler--I did not want Louisa to be lonely and I found the perfect silk fiber for them: school house red.
Fiona & Edward
Kathy Barrick is another one of my favorite designers. When Kathy updated her blog with her market designs, my shopping list grew.
My Dear Hearts
The Blackbird girls, Barb and Alma never disappoint. This heart is from their newly released book, My Dear Hearts. I found this fabric and fiber in my stash and I think it will make a suitable substitute.
Chessie and Me
La D Da
Two more of my favor designers (I have many favorite designers, have you noticed? ) Chessie's houses sing to my primitive heart and Lori's Lovely Letters can be stitched as special gifts.
No market would be complete without linen, trims and ribbon. They will add a special touch to those finishes.
Stitch dots from LittleHouse
My apologies for the poor photograph. These are a new to me gadget and I am very excited about them. AppleJack and Callie Mae are hoping these beautiful magnets will keep the needles on the linen and out of the chair and out of their hiney. Ouch!
Before I have to speak the words, "My name is Betty and I have a problem," I will stop. It was a great market. To the designers and shop owners THANK YOU! Thank you for the hours you spend charting designs, stuffing envelops, packing boxes, standing on your feet, and traveling. Thank you for your tolerance with shopping lists and requests, for packing orders, drives to the post office and driving/flying many miles. Your hard work is very appreciated!