I had the most wonderful day this past weekend. One of my favorite online shops, Scandinavian Stitches had a home show on Saturday. The owner, Lynda opens up her home twice per year for a show where stitchers can see the items that she sells in person. This was my first time attending, and I am sure that I will be back again!
I first found out about her shop at the Celebration of Needlework Show in Nashua, New Hampshire this past year. I loved the designers she carried, particularly her own line of designs. Christiane Dahlbeck, a German designer, became a fast favorite. She creates very whimsical, simple designs that are often finished as three-dimensional objects, which I love the versatility of.
Although it was a bit over a two and a half hour drive to her home in Greenwich, Connecticut, it was well, well worth it! I left in the morning, with a tea to go, and my favorite CD’s playing in the car. It was an easy drive down, and on the way back home I could daydream about all the projects I was going to start. Lynda had a lovely spread of snacks and treats, and it was so relaxing to browse through her rooms at the stock she had displayed. I was able to add several items to my stash, and learn a bit about Scandinavian embroidery as well as designers. She also carries a wide variety of linen banding in different colors and sizes, which I have some ideas for, and Danish and German Flower Thread that I am excited to try!
Here is a photo of the new items I acquired on my shopping trip! Of course, being a librarian, I couldn’t pass up purchasing a few pattern books. I also bought a few of the three-dimensional objects I mentioned that are easy for finishing and which I have seen in Christiane Dahlbeck’s books, such as a watering can decoration, a needlebook, and two little bags. As I have these stitched up, I will be sure to post about them!