Well, I don't have much time left to finish Winter Banner before February, but at least I came close! And the day's not over here yet.
A couple of weeks ago, I almost drove off the road after seeing a little sign, "The Stitching Bug" in a little group of stores tucked behind a Taco Bell on the main highway through town. I was in that neighborhood again today and thought I'd drop in and see what kind of stitching is going on in there! The owner was busy behind two embroidery sewing machines and there were several shelves full of flat fold fabric. She has a decent classroom in the back and in her front window, one cross-stitched sampler. I asked her if she had any supplies for hand embroidery and she replied that she had just taken over a little more space to begin stocking cross-stitch designs and supplies. However, as the conversation continued it became plain, and she freely admitted, that she has no experience with xs and is relying on some friends who are willing to teach some classes in her shop once she's up and running.
The poor woman told me she was having a terrible time making connections with a wholesale distributor to get started and showed me the Nordic Needle wholesale catalog she did get. But for someone who really doesn't understand handwork, it's very user unfriendly. And to top it off, she doesn't like using the internet. I told her she really needed to get comfortable with the computer! I gave her a few ideas and I'll drop in on her again when I have some more time and see how she's doing.
Now for some more VS designs!