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A wonderful day

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!  



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