Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Getting Ahead of Ourselves

by Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin

Fashions change, and here in Threadville, we change with them. Actually, since we're all crafting our own clothes, furnishings, and decorations, we change ahead of the seasons. So it's still February, but there's some warmth in that sun, and inside our shops, it's cozy and bright with the colors of spring and summer.

My best friend Haylee is already stocking summer fabrics in The Stash. Next door to her, Opal, who is Haylee's actual mother, is stocking pastel cotton yarns in Tell a Yarn. In Buttons and Bows, you can find almost any notion you want any time of the year, but Edna is happily opening boxes of summery-hued zippers, trims, laces, and buttons. Next to Edna's shop is Naomi's quilt shop, Batty About Quilts. From what I can gather, quilters want access to every possible color, all year round. Quilters seem very prolific.

Across the street from Naomi, Mona has a home dec shop, Country Chic. Mona tends to have interesting objects all the time, for nearly every season, and lots of them.

The hardware store is next to Country Chic. They still have snow shovels...

Next door to the hardware store is my shop, In Stitches. I sell the most fabulous sewing machines, ever. I can program them to do amazing embroidery. Many of my clients are embroidering spring flowers on everything right now.

When spring arrives, we'll be ready!

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12 comments:

  1. Spring is a great time for creativity juices to get revved up!

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    1. I agree, Tonya. Especially after my cross-country skiing jaunt early this morning. I took the dogs. Sally-Forth likes to attack the back of the skis. Or ride on them...

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  2. So looking forward to spring and to reading this latest addition to the Threadville series.

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    1. Spring colors look unreal after all this white, gray, and brown!

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  3. I'd like to meet Willow and visit her shop. You guys are talking spring! I'm wishing we could have some snow. Haven't seen any in a long time. Miss it. This series is now on my TBR. Thanks for the heads up Della

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    1. Thank you, Della. If the weather has to be cold, we might as well have snow, right? It's prettier than bare ground, I think, as long as I don't have to shovel a lot...

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  4. Hi Willow! I haven't visited Threadville yet, but would love to in the future! :-)

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    1. Hi, Nicole, yes, come visit us! If you love textile arts, you'll love shopping here... And reading about us, too, I'm told, though I'm not entirely happy about having all of my adventures so closely observed!

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  5. I left winter behind to come south with my husband and mom. And now it has already turned to summer! I missed out on spring, it seems...

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    1. Even here in Pennsylvania, sometimes it seems we go almost straight from winter to summer. I like a nice long spring.

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