Going to the Fall Needlecraft Market in St. Charles, MO


How to get ready in the summer..... it's not easy. In Calgary we have a few short months of lovely weather..... they are mid June to mid Sept.- the needlecraft market falls in August here in a few short weeks, and I have been literally sweating it out. It has been a warm summer for us - above 80F - around 28- 32C - no laughing in the southern part of the states... about our temperatures.... haha! and it has been calling me outside, not behind my computer! Nevertheless, we do have new things for market! I was approached in the spring to do a St. Charles exclusive for 30 days and that is the 'Joy' Banner pattern. It is on 18ct. Tula and stitched with Duchess Silk - which is like perle cotton but overdyed - quite soft and lovely. One of the colours is a Perle Cotton overdyed from Classic Colorworks, the others are Duchess  from Gloriana Threads. After 30 days any shop may order this pattern, it is only exclusive to shops that attend market for the 30 days. There is a thread pack with the silk and perle cotton in it.

The other new items are a variety of some new Christmas Gift Tags on the boards we used in the spring for the Thank you gift tags and because I cannot stop designing new pin pillows we have more Patterned Pretties. For some reason I am addicted to these things.... I may have to just put them in one big sampler or something!! But then that would detract from why I like them, each one is a different colour play and that must be what I like.... still colouring in my 50's! The gift tags come with the threads necessary to stitch it and the patterned pretties come with the silk threads and the wool backing to complete.

Two new samplers are being released. One with a Christmas Theme with some matching smalls and one with an Acorn Theme and matching Accessories. All these patterns have thread packs available to help you get the necessities. Two new additions to the series 'A most Suitable Name' - maybe it might be your name! These have been a joy to do. I just love the little women and changing her clothes!<grin>

We have reprinted the Patriotic Sampler as I did not realize how that would sell! Thank you! There is a  new group on Facebook called the 'Star Spangled Stitchers' and I will be the first featured designer so check it out! Fun!

I think that brings you up to date - so check back after the show for pictures of our new items. Always great to share. And my featured picture here is my view in summer from my office, now we have done all four seasons. It was inspiration from my daughter  Sylvia who took a picture of her street in the four seasons that spurred me on.

Oh yes, I almost forgot our events this fall - don't miss out.

Acorns and Threads -Portland, OR - Sept 27,28/14.

Shepherd's Bush- Ogden, UT -Oct 15 -19/14.

Spokane, WA -Oct 20,21/14.

Saskatoon, SK -Nov 1,2/14.

How lovely for me, all in the west. Cheers, jeannette

PS - late next fall 2015- exciting new trip with Cruise Ship Centers, The Silver Needle and JDD (me) to cruise from Nuremburg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary on a River Cruise Ship! Contact - jbradford@cruiseshipcenters.com - Judy Bradford

My office view in Summer