Monday, November 15, 2010
I DID IT...
From Janet Bolin -
The first of the Threadville Mysteries, Dire Threads, about Willow Vanderling's future adventures, is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Meanwhile, here's what Willow has been doing since she last wrote to you. Ordinarily, she doesn't post until the twenty-ninth, but she has something important to do that day, as she's about to tell you, and Melissa Bourbon's cozy characters have kindly traded posting days with her:
From Willow -
A couple of weeks ago I told you about my offer to purchase a store in Threadville, Pennsylvania. I was seriously considering leaving NYC and changing careers.
I'm back already because I have exciting news. I'll be closing that deal on November 29th.
Now I can confess how badly I wanted this to happen. I love textiles. I love touching them and working with them.
At heart, I'm a frustrated artist, but I draw pictures with thread, not paint. Maybe I'm a frustrated teacher, too, because I enjoy showing others how to use sewing machines, embroidery machines, and embroidery software to create new designs.
In my new shop, I'll sell sewing and embroidery machines and all the supplies anyone could want for painting their own designs with thread. Best of all, if I need anything that I don't stock, I can cross the street to one of the other Threadville shops.
My best friend, Haylee, owns a huge fabric shop, The Stash, where she teaches classes in sewing and tailoring.
Next to The Stash, Opal, runs Tell A Yarn, which is full of beautiful yarns. From what I've seen, Opal, knits or crochets all of her clothes. People come to her shop to learn new techniques, to sit around the table working together (and gossiping), and for Storytelling Night each Friday.
Edna has a notions shop, Buttons and Bows. She decorates her clothing with ribbons, rhinestones, buttons, sequins, crystals, and beads until she glitters, and she shows Threadville tourists how to do it, too.
Naomi's shop is Batty About Quilts. She sells everything needed for quilting, and is also a walking advertisement for her talent. When I met her, she was wearing a patchwork jacket in jewel tones. She offers workshops in quilting.
It's no wonder that textile arts tourists flock to Threadville. If my customers and students don't keep me sufficiently busy, I'll wander across the street and learn whatever I can from the other Threadville proprietors. They are supportive and excited about my new shop.
I’m going to call it In Stitches. I can't wait to move to Threadville!
Do you sew, knit, crochet, quilt, embroider or ????? What are your favorite textile arts shops, and what makes them special?