Friday, April 29, 2011

Big Day in the Fashion World

By Edna Battersby from DIRE THREADS by Janet Bolin

Hi, I’m Edna, owner of the notions boutique Buttons and Bows in Threadville, Pennsylvania. Okay, the village’s real name is Elderberry Bay, but since several of us opened textile arts shops in the village, everyone has started calling it Threadville.

And today is one big day in Threadville! Usually on Fridays, those of us who own the shops teach courses, but today, we’re all getting up early and watching TV together in the biggest fabric store for miles around, The Stash. The Threadville Tour bus, which usually arrives around nine, is scheduled to arrive at four a.m. so that our customers and students can watch with us! Everyone is dressing in their very best handcrafted finery, including gorgeous hats.

And we will be paying close attention, mostly to Kate Middleton and her bridal gown. Whatever she wears may influence fashion for the next few years and we always want to be among the first to know about new trends.

I’m very fond of decorating everything with beads, sequins, ribbons, lace, fringe, crystals, and whatever other wonderful notions and trims I can order. Not all of them on any one garment once, of course. So I would like to see Kate walk down that aisle in a gown trimmed in lace and tiny, glimmering crystal beads.

My best friends, Opal, who owns Tell a Yarn, and Naomi, whose shop is Batty about Quilts, may be out of luck. Kate probably won’t wear a hand-crocheted (sorry, Opal) or quilted (sorry, Naomi) wedding gown.

Our daughter, Haylee, can sew anything, and she loves to tailor jackets, but I don’t think she’s wishing anything tailored on Kate. She expects to see gorgeous, flowing silk in a simple but elegant design.

Haylee’s best friend, Willow, the newest addition to Threadville, is a pro at using computers and software to create embroidery designs that the fantastic sewing machines in her shop can stitch (with the help of embroidery attachments). Willow hopes that Kate will set the fashion for intricate, all-over embroidery designs.

After all that Willow has been through lately, fighting to keep herself out of jail after that horrible man died in her back yard, I can only hope for the best for her and her shop.

Maybe Kate will opt for embroidery and beads, sequins, and crystals?

I can’t wait to find out!

On Friday evenings, we bring handwork to Tell a Yarn, and Opal has a storyteller spin tales for us. Tonight, the storyteller will have to compete with our rehashes of the royal wedding and what everyone wore.

What did you think Kate’s wedding gown would be like? Were you right?

Visit Edna and her friends at Threadville Mysteries. The first book in the series, DIRE THREADS, chronicling Willow’s struggles with that “horrible man” will be on store shelves June seventh. For information on pre-ordering DIRE THREADS, click here. If you like, you can pre-order it in e-book form!


  1. I'm looking forward to watching the wedding. I can't believe the cops think Willow was involved.

  2. Hi, Edna! I slept through the royal wedding, but my daughter taped it, so I'll be sure to watch later. Plus I did take a peek at the gown. Beautiful! You folks in Threadville are sharp to plan ahead -- about how Kate's dress could impact fashion. Good luck!

  3. I hadn't a clue as to what she'd choose -- something terrific though. And I was right about that. What did you think of it, Edna?
    I watched only snippets but it was delightful.

  4. It was lovely... *sniff*. Kate looked beautiful and radiant. Watched it live.

  5. Hello, Edna - I bet you and I are distant relatives! Way back somewhere or other, for my branch of the family, Battersby morphed into Batterby (quite possibly when my father, his mother and his brother came through Ellis Island in the very early 20th century). Nice to see a 'cousin' make good! (Kate's gown is gorgeous, combining the best of the old and the new, imo.)

  6. Sorry I couldn't talk to you folks on Friday. I couldn't unglue myself from the TV. Wasn't it lovely? We all thought her gown was beautiful.