Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Green Hair Day

by Willow Vanderling from SEVEN THREADLY SINS by Janet Bolin

No, I don't intend to dye my hair green or wear a wig today, but my dogs, Tally-Ho and Sally-Forth, who have sniffed out a few clues that helped bring murderers to justice, have already tried on their wigs. Do you think anyone will recognize them?

Here in Elderberry Bay, also known as Threadville because of the stores catering to people who work (play) with thread, yarn, and fabric, we love dressing up. Costumes, wigs, masks, you name it.

So as you can imagine, if there's a reason to celebrate, put on disguises, or wear any sort of costume, we participate enthusiastically. A lot of the fun is making our own outfits.

©Bruce Bolin
I own the machine embroidery boutique, In Stitches. I teach folks how to create and stitch their own embroidery designs. We use sophisticated software and amazing machines. I also love to sew, and make most of my own clothes.

My best friend, Haylee, owns The Stash, the huge fabric store across the street. She is an accomplished tailor, so you can imagine the beautiful clothes and intricate costumes she makes for herself.

Next door to Haylee is her mother Opal and Opal's Yarn Shop, Tell a Yarn. Using chunky yarns and big, fat knitting needles or crochet hooks, Opal can whip up outfits for herself in record time. She can also crochet or knit the thinnest threads imaginable into gossamer shawls.

The shop next to Tell a Yarn is Buttons and Bows, owned by Edna, who recently married Threadville's beloved doctor. Edna puts so many embellishments on her clothes that it's impossible to tell if she made the basic garment or not, but I know the answer to that. She did.

Next door to Edna's store is Batty About Quilts, which sells quilting supplies and machines.

In her home d├ęcor shop, Country Chic, Mona sells upholstery and drapery fabrics, along with an eclectic collection of furnishings.

All of these women have helped, and sometimes hindered, murder investigations.

Most of the time, there are no murders, and with so many crafty people and fun and talented customers, Threadville is a wonderful place to live. And I hear it's about to become even more exciting. A new post-secondary school is about to open--the Threadville Academy of Design and Modeling. Think of the opportunities! Taking night school courses, meeting real clothing designers, maybe even participating in a fashion show or two!

What are some of the things you would like to learn at a school of design and modeling? Answer below and you will be eligible to win a copy of a Threadville Mystery--your choice, including SEVEN THREADLY SINS when it becomes available.

Find out whether the new school lives up to Willow's expectations in the fifth Threadville Mystery, SEVEN THREADLY SINS, in stores May 5. Click here for information on pre-ordering it. In addition, Janet's publisher has made 10 copies of SEVEN THREADLY SINS available in a Goodreads Giveaway, for U.S. addresses only.

Janet Bolin reads, writes, sews, embellishes with machine embroidery, and walks a couple of dogs (who are strangely like Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho without wigs) on the shore of Lake Erie.

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40 comments:

  1. I love this series and I'm looking forward to reading this when I have a chance.

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  2. I'm not very creative, I need to follow patterns that other people have created. But that design school is just the place for my granddaughter! She is planning to go to school for that next year. And I'm not dyeing my hair green either....

    ElaineE246atmsndotcom

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  3. Great to see another book. Enjoying the series. What I would want to learn - enough for a nontalented person to fake it

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  4. What would I want to learn at a design school? Pretty much how to design.

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  5. Hmm design school...I would have to say just about anything. To color palettes to what fabrics go with other fabrics.
    I have not read any book in this series yet but this book has peeked my interest.
    Thank you for the chance.

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  6. I guess I'd like to learn to sew and make my own clothes!

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  7. Design and Modeling school - I'd love to learn which styles/patterns fit which body type. Being a petite size woman doesn't mean I want to dress like a teenager! Cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  8. Considering I can't even sew a straight line, I doubt design school would let me in the door. But I do love this series and will live my creative self vicariously through your characters. dty66@md.metrocast.net

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  9. I would love to learn machine embroidery :) paddydee54@hotmail.com Patty

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  10. Not designing, per se, but how to adjust someone else's design - change the size or the color or other element.

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  11. I would like to learn how to design clothes for different body types, and learn more about fashion.
    Thank you for a chance to win.
    Myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. We might as well start with threading a needle!!

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  13. My fondest wish would be to learn how to create ways to make large women or women with figure problems look much thinner and taller with angles and inserts of fabric to look like a smaller waist, etc. etc. Now that I have lost a good amount of my vision with no way to restore it, I cannot even sew by hand anymore which is terribly upsetting for someone who loved to mend and sew. I would love to be have my very own stylist or seamstress who could create all of the slimming clothes for me too. I guess that is too much to wish for. :) Thank you for the giveaway. Sincerely,
    Cynthia

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  14. Any chance they could magically give me the ability to work with needle and thread? I can crochet, but thread automatically knots up, I'm sewing challenged...I have so far not read any of this series since I am so needle and thread challenged, but would love to start reading it! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  15. Hmm, a design and modeling school...I would love to learn what looks good on different body types, how to put an outfit together, I'm fashion challenged so anything that I can learn would be nice, LOL.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  16. I would like to learn how to dress my overweight body properly.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  17. I actually went to school for fashion merchandising. We focused more on the business aspect. I would love to learn more about design & sewing. I look forward to reading this one! :)
    Scouts579 (at)aol (dot) com

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  18. Since I don't sew much, that would have to be where I would start.
    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  19. I would need an easy pattern to start anything, so I would give just about anything at this school a try...........

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  20. I would love to learn anything about design. It would give me ideas on how to spruce up my house. Thank you for this giveaway! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  21. After reading one of Isabella Alan's Amish quilting mysteries recently, I would like to learn how to make a quilt. I'd probably be better with hand sewing than using a sewing machine. Haven't sewed in years, since I took home ec in school. I did have a small handheld machine but it didn't work for long.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I'd love to learn to use a sewing machine! I hand sew-and only make hammocks and tubes for my pet rats-and fabric books. It's more craft sewing-put needle in and out of fabric-that proper sewing-but it seems to work!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  23. Quilting is something I would love to learn. it looks so much fun to create. I would love to learn how to design different textures and color swatches into a quilt. So many fun things to learn at design school. Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous book.

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  24. I would like to learn how to quilt, think of all the presents I could make. Thanks for the chance to win .

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  25. Not sure what I could learn at a design and modeling school. Maybe how to decorate on a budget. Love this series. kayt18@comcast.net

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  26. Used to make my own clothes but would like to get back into it. Would love to win Seven Threadly Sins as I have the other books in the series.
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  27. It would be fun to learn about which colors and styles complement which body type. I feel as if I'm rather fashion-challenged, so anything I could learn would be helpful. :) Thanks for the chance to win. This series sounds wonderful. rencw@verizon.net

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  28. I would love to be comfortable with my sewing machine. I would love to be able to make pillows. llcejka at gmail dot com

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  29. I would like to learn how to look the best I can. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  30. I love your books and would love to win.

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  31. I would like to learn how to look better.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  32. I want to sew, crochet, and make quits. I have never tried any of it but I have always wanted to. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  33. I would like to learn to design. There are some tricks to it that I am sure I could learn.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  34. I know how to create quilt tops but I would love to learn how to use a quilting machine.

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  35. It would be fun to make my own clothes I think.

    Love the green hair.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  36. I would love to read this series, it sounds delish!
    Nancy Wolfe
    ringo_94@hotmail.com

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  37. How to recover a sofa. What colors look best together.

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  38. This series is new to me and looks great. I'd like to learn how to dress for confidence. kphans08@gmail.com

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  39. And the winner is...Kay Bennett! Thank you to everyone who commented, and be sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway for another chance to win Seven Threadly Sins! And to those of you who think sewing might be fun--it is.

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