This is Nancy’s Embroidery Shop. It is the closest needlework shop to where I live, which makes it my LNS (Local Needlework Shop). Much closer is a branch of one of those chain stores that sell a lot of what you need for most crafts. You know those places – there’s one in almost every town now. They’re huge and can afford to sell at a cheaper rate plus they send out brochures on sales every other week.
Although the chain store is much closer and less expensive I would still rather buy my needlework supplies at my LNS. Why? Because I’m not just paying for the product; I’m also paying for valuable advice on my specific craft. Because sometimes I require special fabrics or accessories that are too specialized for the big, general craft stores to carry. Because I love the ambiance of the LNS – I feel inspired as soon as I step in the door and see all those cottons, beads, fabrics and – oh – everything. And because I fear that if too many customers turn away from their LNS and spend their crafting cash at the big chain stores I will lose all that. Please support your LNS.
From the moment I begin stitching them every miniature carpet becomes my favourite. If I’m not that enthusiastic about one of my designs I leave it. But it’s going to be hard to top Shanghai on Manners. I love dragons and I’m particularly fond of this colour combination.
I just wish I had the time to put together a better room setting to display it in. I imagine it surrounded by mini bamboo furniture with tall potted palms and floral silk hangings on the walls.
BrightSea’s railway station is a busy place. A porter pushes a trolley laden with mail sack and packages, a business man buys a snack from the vending machine and a skateboarder checks his texts. What else will you find as you stitch?
As always I had a great time designing and stitching this. Because I’ve designed a few more BrightSea Village Patterns before I stitch each one I’ve usually forgotten most of the details so I get to enjoy the thrill of discovering all those little things as I stitch.
Only this much space to fill now and I’ve nearly finished stitching the roof. When I’m designing these I always worry about the roof. If I don’t put anything up there it’s going to be boring to stitch but how many things can you put on a roof? This time I’m going with bunting, balloons and skylights.
To all my readers and customers: however you celebrate this time of year I wish you all peace, joy and laughter. Be safe out there.
I said I’d be finished weeks ago. I know, I know, I know. I’ve only got this much to go so (surely) it won’t be long now. I’m already starting to get excited about stitching up my next design so that usually makes me work a bit faster.