Saturday, August 18, 2018

SassyJacks, Nicola and Esther Benson

This post begins with an apology--my body is back in Nashville but my head and my heart are still in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina and at SassyJacks.  AppleJack and I have spent the last few days enjoying the mountains and taking a class with Nicola Parkman at SassyJacks in Weaverville, North Carolina.  If you haven't been to SassyJacks, what are you waiting for?  Go!  The linens, oh the linens:  Lakeside, Weeks, R & R, Silkweavers, you name the linen, the color, or the count and Kimberly Young, the proprietress of SassyJacks has it.  Fibers, again, name the color or manufacturer and your needs can be met.

If anyone is looking for linen for the Sarah Braizear 1829 sampler, SassyJacks has an abundance and the linen is beautiful!

SassyJacks is currently located at 30 Main Street Weaverville, North Carolina.  Weaverville is just north of Asheville, North Carolina.  Walking or driving through the town I was quickly reminded of Mayberry, Aunt Bee, and Andy Taylor because Weaverville has all the quaint charm of small town America.  People stop their cars and allow you to cross the street and shop owners keep water outside their shops for the people who are walking with their dogs.  The photo above is the future home of SassyJacks.  This is the Zebulon Baird House built in 1878 and is currently being restored by Kimberly and her husband Everett.  Isn't it fabulous?

This is the back or ell of the house.  There are great plans for this porch:  teas, receptions, stitch-ins.  And one day, there will be a carriage house which will serve as a classroom and gathering place for stitchers.

Back to Weaverville, this is a photo I took one day while I was walking to lunch.  Weaverville has many artisans and eateries.  In a future SassyJacks newsletter, appropriately called Jack's Journal, Kimberly and Jack are going on a walking tour of the cafe's, coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, food trucks and eateries of Weaverville.  When you go to Weaverville be sure to check out the Creperie & Cafe, you will not be disappointed.  On the corner next to SassyJacks is a bakery called Well Bred Bakery and Cafe, Travel and Leisure magazine has discovered them, whatever you select, your tastebuds will be satisfied.

This is Nicola Parkman, Hands Across the Seas Samplers beginning her talk and instructions on stitching the Esther Benson sampler.  Nicola does extensive research on each sampler she releases and shares the stitchers story.  Don't we all want to know more about the sampler and the person who stitched the sampler?  Nicola's enthusiasm and passion for needlework is contagious.

Esther Benson 1739, the reproduction.  Esther doesn't disappoint with her version of Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge.  Check out the moon and the sun--easy to fall hard for them.  Esther didn't leave anyone guessing with her name, the year she stitched her sampler and where she lived.  The reproduction is stitched on Lakeside Linen vintage meadow rue and the fibers are Au Vue A Sore.

On our way to Weaverville, AppleJack and I took time to enjoy and hike a stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

If you look closely at the sign, it says Spring Creek Tavern.  Yes, Spring Creek is a real place.  It is part of the Appalachian Trail and where my Great Grandmother Sarah Miranda and Great Great Grandmother Anna Elizabeth were born.

Walks in the cool mountain air, reconnecting with my roots, delicious crepes, SassyJacks, Nicola, the Baird House, Esther Benson--I have new found energy!


  1. Now I am very envious!! That looks like a wonderful place to visit. I could picture doing even the center of that beautiful sampler. Are all the words over one? I love all the blue. It is a wonderful sampler.

  2. Esther Benson 1739 is a beautiful sampler. I hope to get up to NC and will add SassyJacks to my list of placed to visit. Thanks for the info on the shop.

  3. It sounded like you had a marvelous time in Weaverville (and Sassy Jack's) and reconnecting with your roots. Esther Benson 1739 is a gorgeous sampler.

  4. What a wonderful vacation to renew your spirit. I've always wanted to walk a portion of the AT. Maybe someday. There are no stitchery shops in my area. Shops like Sassy Jacks keeps you mind and hands busy.

  5. I’m so glad you were able enjoy Weaverville and come back refreshed. This shop sounds just wonderful, and I’ve already been looking into nearby travel spots there for my “someday”. Judy

  6. Your passion and enthusiasm come through loud and clear in this post (though mother would have me say loudly and clearly). :)
    This was a joy to read. Sounds like a wonderful excursion, and a place well worth visiting!

  7. What a fun post! The next time I visit my nephew in Hickory, will need to stop at Sassy Jacks and eat in town. What a nice memory. I feel the same way about Port Sanilac, MI where my great grandparents first resided when they came to America. Your story and pictures were very interesting. Glad you had a great time! Janice

  8. It sounds like you had a great time, I love walking small towns they are so romantic.
    I have to look at SassyJacks sometime soon.
    Great home renovation.


  9. We were in Tenn. last week so I just couldn't work out being out Sassy Jacks but my BFF Carol R was there for the week day class. I'll make it there one day it's not so terribly far. glad you had a marvelous time. enjoy your weekend - Mel

  10. Wow! Lucky you! It would have been fun to be in class with Nicola.