Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Blog #73 - Nashville Needlework Market

Wednesday,  27 March 2018

Almost the end of another financial year and time to do the dreaded stocktaking -
counting and recording all the items of stock in the Needlework Gallery,
storage room, cupboards and drawers.
Once again - as per previous years - have to confess to not supplying the accountant
with my books for the previous income year and subsequently have spent days and days
gathering up all the relevant information for them, writing up the books
and creating the financial statements
(and as told you before - all by hand as have done since leaving high school
and working in an accountants office)
for our accountant to double-check and lodge with the IRD.
Some pics of the Needlework Gallery
for those of you who have not been able to visit. 
Where does one start?


As for the Needlework Market in the States, returned home from it Tuesday, 8th of March.

Had a wonderful time.
So many precious friends to meet up with -
Gigi, Monique, Giulia, Romina, Simona, Maria Teresa, Niky, Karen, Janis, Bonny, Maureen, Beth - to name a few!
A disappointment was that some special friends were not able to be there - Judy, Sandie & Cece.  Really missed seeing them.

Pictured below are two special Belgium ladies - Gigi and Monique.
Also met up with Pat Carson of 'Gloria & Pat'.
Hadn't seen Pat for years and so it was wonderful to see her again.
Some of you may recall her coming to stay with us for a couple of days
when we lived in Taupo back in December 1994.
At that time I organised an evening at Manuels,
 for folk to meet her after she had shared and told us of her love of needlework
and how she began designing.
I've also stayed with Pat in the States.

After Ginnie & Ken Thompson retired,
Pat took over hosting the 'Danish American Days' needlework classes
(at a Golf Resort at Pawley's Island, SC)
taught by Jytte Harboesgaard,
a distinguished tutor from the Danish Handcraft Guild in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Jytte taught at the Danish school for over 30 years.
Sadly, Pat informed me that just a couple of weeks prior to the show Jytte had passed away.
A real shock as I had only been in touch with her a few weeks prior to Christmas
at which time she told me that her lovely husband, Neils had passed away in the October.
The last time Keith and I saw her and Neils was when we spent time with them
here in the Hawkes Bay some years ago when she was touring throughout New Zealand
teaching the Hedebo technique at classes for the embroidery guilds.
Some of you may recall going to Jytte's class.
And some of you may have purchased one or two of the published she published.
I used to sell them for her.
As for the show itself, always a wonderful experience! 
So many designs.  So many threads.  So many fabrics.  So many accessories.  So many choices.

Pictured is the welcome sign that greeted everyone as they entered the lobby of the hotel.

and after a few days, once everyone had begun setting up their exhibits in their rooms,
pictured below is what the hotel looked like when standing on the first floor
and looking towards the elevators.

And this is only in one direction!
If one was standing in the elevator,
and looking the other way,
the scene was the same!

Four floors,
each room on each floor of the hotel occupied by a vendor
with so many tempting items.

My room was on the 9th floor.
Before I left New Zealand I was determined I wasn't going to purchase a lot - but I weakened!
The "in" thing at the moment is reproduction samplers.

Before leaving New Zealand and therefore before attending the show,
English designer, Nicola Parkman of 'Hands Across The Sea Samplers'
contacted me and asked if I would represent her here in New Zealand.
I subsequently met up with her - and what a wonderful lady.
Classy, elegant, intelligent, a perfectionist, sweet natured, and gracious but humble. 
A beautiful person inside and out and so gifted with her needle.
Her love for reproduction samplers is infectious.

I now have available every sampler design that Nicola has reproduced.

Each pattern is
*  beautifully presented
*  printed on the highest quality paper in booklet form
*  colourful with easy to read charts and instructions
*  filled with historical content and/or provenance of the needleworker

to the right is
and her
special man, Ray.


Below are a few pics of some exhibitors displays.

Some of Giulia's
exquisite dolls -
Giulia Punti Antichi

Above  - 
With Thy Needle


To the right  -
The Scarlet House 

And pictured here are Jim and his daughter from 'The Gentle Art'
 (Sampler Threads and Simply Shaker Samper Threads) 
on the right of them is Megan - editor of the Needlework Retailer magazine
and one of the show organisers.
Jim's mother, Nancy, began dyeing these lovely cotton threads back in the early 1990's.  

When I began purchasing them from her,
the complete range was a choice of less than 30 colours in the Sampler threads range.

Simply Shaker Sampler Threads were not introduced until several years later.

Now - altogether - almost 200 colours. 
Another special friend exhibiting at the show was Janis of Noteworthy Needle.
In addition to designs, Janis creates wonderful beeswax shapes -
bees, beehives, hearts, animals, pet paw prints, flowers, etc. etc.
Janis was holding a competition over the weekend - and I was the winner! 
Prize was a
wonderful bag
of goodies!!

Beeswax items,
bee related ornaments,
a jar of honey
and a huge mug
with a
Queen Bee
and a crown
stamped on it.
A wonderful feeling to have won.  I felt like a Queen Bee.
Pictured above is myself and Janis.
One of the highlights of market is the getting together of all the exhibitors at the hotel's 'Happy Hour' - free drinks & nibbles - at the end of the day to socialise and discuss the days happenings.
Pictured are "The Italians" -
Giulia, Simona, Romina & Maria Teresa and husbands.
Giulia's husband, Mario is not pictured.
He must have been away getting another drink.
And here are another couple of pics of some lovely friends together.

Jean (owner of the fabulous shop, 'The Attic Needlework', Phoenix, Arizona)
Gigi  (designer - GigiR)
Nicola  (designer - Hands Across The Sea Samplers) 

And  -  Giulia's husband, Mario and our mutual friend, Gigi.

 And finally,
all things
must come to an end
and so here I am
about to leave
the hotel
for the airport
with my
trusty limo driver,

He has been transporting me to and from the airport
(about an hours drive away)
every time I have attended a Nashville market/show.
In the plane on my way home I began stitching one of Judy's (JBW Designs) latest designs

with one of Romina's (Romy's Creations) threads - Fuchsia.
 A really pretty coloured overdyed cotton thread.

Design Title:  With Love

Design Code:  JBW 345

Price:  $17.50

And pictured to the right
is how it was a few days
after my arrival home -

 And here are all my purchases.
There doesn't look to be too much, but I assure you there were heaps of things to price!
I have to confess that I called this trip to Nashville my "Nostalgic Trip"
as I cannot be sure that I will attend again.
Life and circumstances have changed.
But - one never knows!
That's all for this time.
Bye for now.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Blog #72 - A Busy Month

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Lots of travel this month.
Several trips to Palmerston North & Upper Hutt plus further afield.
Also a very sad month, but there were some happy times too.
The sadness was due to us having to say farewell
to one of Keith's lovely sisters, Bev
after the discovery of cancer a couple of months previously.
The first of Keith's siblings to pass away.
A few days prior to her passing we visited with her
and her final words to us were, "I'll see you in glory.  Bye for now",
and she began singing an old hymn we used to sing in church,
some of the words being,
"When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there".
A woman of great faith.  We will miss her.
As you can see from the photo, she loved her garden.

Her garden was often visited by gardening groups
and over the years featured several times in the NZ Gardening magazine.
The happy time was that another of Keith's sisters, Dulcie & her husband, Stan,
travelled home to NZ from their home in Canada
to see and spend time with Bev and visit with the family.
Over the previous eighteen months Dulc had had an operation
followed by chemo and radiation.
In addition to all the family being at the funeral,
there was also a special get-together in Upper Hutt
for all the extended Whiteman family plus friends of Dulc & Stan's.
We were four days in Upper Hutt.
During that time Keith and I spent an evening
with my lovely cousin, Kevin Pepperell and his equally lovely wife, Merrill
to celebrate a belated 50th wedding anniversary,
and I met up with primary school friends, Jocelyn & Marie,
(Marie, Jocelyn & myself)
visited my 92 year old aunty at the Hutt Hospital
and lunched at Kev & Merrill's fabulous café - Café Blume,  *
(Anita, Kevin & granddaughter, McKenzie)
meeting up there with two of their three daughters,
Lee and Anita
(Lee, Merrill & Anita)
and I spent a morning at a wholesalers ordering lots of lovely new Christmas items
that I think visitors to the gallery will love to purchase this coming Christmas.
*  Since writing this, Kevin & Merrill have sold their café.
Returned home from Upper Hutt late one evening
and the next day Dulc & Stan arrived to stay with us for three days.
They left today to stay with another of Keith's sisters, Mave & her husband, Dave,
who live here in the Hawkes Bay.
Last night all six of us met at the 'Mission' to celebrate an early 70th birthday for Keith.
In two day times I leave for the States to attend the Needlework Trade Show
at Nashville, Tennessee.
I am SO looking forward to this trip as have not been for the past four years!
As for stitching on the plane,
 I'm taking a companion piece to
'Tidings of Joy' and 'O' Christmas Tree'.
I began stitching this a few weeks ago.
Design Title:  Joyeux Noel
Design Code:  JBW 336
Price:  $21.50
I should have lots of news for you next time.
Till then, sincerely hoping you have been able to have some time
with fabric, needle and thread in your hands.
We are truly blessed to have such a beautiful pastime.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Blog #71 - The Awesome Month of January

Wednesday,  17 January 2018

Christmas arrived - and went.
As per usual my Christmas gift from Keith was two jigsaw puzzles.
I know I have shared before that I am a "puzzle addict'.
Had finished both puzzles by Boxing Day evening.
They were  -  Sunset in Venice 
 &  The Baking Contest

 The baking puzzle was a lot of fun as one did not know what the picture would be.
One had to use their imagination.
And this was the result  -  absolute chaos!
I love creating puzzles as they involve my love of colour.
I call January my 'stress-free' month
as no monthly commitments of meetings, few deadlines, etc.
I can please myself what I do each day
without any guilty feelings.
Thus, spent a lot of time stitching and finishing the projects.
Finished the three little stockings I began in December
and stitched another set - this time more similar to Judy's original design.
Design Title:  Petite French Stockings
Design Code:  JBW 270
Price:  $15.00

I also stitched two versions of the following design -
Design Title:  French Country  -  Petite Stocking
Design Code:  JBW 173
Price:  $10.00
and finished them as ornamentals -

And stitched and finished a second version of Judy's lovely design, 'Tidings of Joy'.

However, this time stitched it over one fabric thread
and finished it as an ornamental.
Another JBW design I began stitching was a companion piece to 'Tidings of Joy'.
Design Title:  O' Christmas Tree
Design Code:  JBW 326
Price:  $21.50
One of the highlights of this month was meeting up with friends
(Yvonne & Jocelyn)  from "way-back".
Primary school days.
Below is one of our school photos -
Oxford Crescent School - Upper Hutt
Standard 3, 1959
Front Row, left to right:
Yvonne  -  6th girl
Jocelyn  -  7th girl
Me  -  last girl
I was 9 years of age.
Next month meeting up with Jocelyn again
and too, our friend, Marie.
Marie is pictured  -  second row, 5th girl.
No doubt there will be lots of happy memories to share.
We really did have a wonderful childhood.
Bye for now.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Blog #70 - Christmas is Coming

Wednesday,  20 December 2017
In addition to the Sampler exhibition,
also set up a "mini" Christmas display
in one of the rooms in what will one day be my new Needlework Gallery.
When setting up the Christmas display
I realised that I had only stitched two new Christmas designs
during the past year:

Both  -  JBW Designs
Design Title:  Tidings of Joy
Design Code:  JBW 311
Price:  $21.50

Design Title:  French Country  -  Santa
Design Code:  JBW 310
Price:  $17.50

In addition to being able to purchase the lovely little design above,
the little hornbooks are also available -
Description:  JBW Hornbook
Design Code:  KELM:HORN
Price:  $27.50
Pictured below are the finished pieces -
Tidings of Joy
French Country - Santa
(Note:  This design stitched over one fabric thread)

This revelation inspired me to stitch some new designs for Christmas 2018
and so began stitching some tiny stockings - also designed by JBW Designs.
Design Title:  Petite French Stockings
Design Code:  JBW 270
Price:  $15.00
But - as per usual - I opted for different fabric and thread colourings
to those of the original design.
Another task I have been doing this month is advising of our new email address,
due to Vodafone deciding to no longer provide an email service.

What a headache!  And such a mammoth task!!
I wish I could charge Vodafone for the hours it has taken to do this.
Plus - the change has meant all our current letterheads,
thank you notes, gift vouchers, business cards, brochures, etc.
now have an incorrect email address on them.
And too, all my printed needlework designs.
A very costly exercise to replace everything.
Once again I wish I could charge these expenses to Vodafone!
Another disruption caused with the change of email address
is that EVERY page of my website had the incorrect email address on it.
Hundreds of pages.
Thus, I enlisted the help of my granddaughter once college had finished for the year
to create a single page with all our current contact details on it,
delete the old address/contact details from every page
and then link every page to the new contact page.
A great help - and she was happy with the pocket money.
Another impact of the email change
is that I have to change all the "masters" of EVERY needlework design
& create a new pdf file for each one for printing.
As yet done any of this work.
Here are new email addresses:
Enough of my woes.
On a happier note, this is a very special time of year  -  Christmas.
Sincerely wishing you a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.
May this time be filled with happy memories and blessed with all good things.