by Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin
Haylee shoved another application toward me. "Another jewelry-maker wants a table at our Get Ready for Halloween Craft Fair. And she's sent a picture of some of her pieces. Isn't this agate skull darling?"
I studied the photo. "Yes! Let's send her an acceptance."
"And the sewing machine historian who's going to demonstrate sewing Halloween costumes with antique sewing machines?"
"Let's hope she doesn't convert our customers to treadle machines."
Haylee and I both sold sewing machines in our Threadville shops. We represented different sewing machine companies. At In Stitches, my embroidery boutique, I sold machines that either embroidered by themselves or accommodated embroidery attachments. "Treadle machines are useful when the electricity goes out," I said.
She had a point.
I shuffled through the applications. "Here's a woman who wants to sell copies of a book she wrote called THE NEW BOOK OF THE DEAD She says it involves mummies and ties in with Halloween."
Haylee tapped another application. "And this applicant says she can tell spooky fortunes. When we called it the Get Ready For Halloween Craft Fair, we meant creating costumes and decorations, but I guess these folks can help us get in the mood."
"The more the merrier," I agreed. "We can set up lots of tables." I read another application, and laughed. "These guys should be very helpful with making costumes. They're attending a zombie retreat in Threadville that weekend, and they want to sell zombie accessories, whatever those are."
Haylee grinned happily. "This craft show weekend is shaping up to be really interesting."
The story of the craft show weekend, which also includes ancient Egyptian curses, a trail of lifelike thread, a haunted graveyard, and a killer wedding gown, is told in THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD. Read the first chapter here.
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