Barb and I traveled last week to Mesa, Arizona. Barb wanted to see Paul McCartney and to get me to go, she sweetened the deal. Her plan was a road trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas. We'd begin with a visit to Jean Lea's, Attic Needlework first. This was enough to get me to pack my bags and book our flights to Phoenix.
A wonderful surprise was waiting for us when we arrived. Jean had lunch set up adjacent to "The Sampler Wall." Can you imagine our delight? Great company, pizza, salad and samplers too! In my next life, I think I would like to have a small cafe with hundreds of samplers on the walls.
Jean and Maegan (daughter-in-law of Vickie from Needlework Press) playing "What's the name of that sampler?" with Barb and me. We only ask questions......they have to come up with the answers.
Sometimes it can be a pretty hard game! Not to worry though, cheating is always allowed. If they couldn't remember, we let them look it up.
After reviewing my pictures I'm sorry to find that I don't have a good picture of Deb and Sandy who were also working at the shop during our visit. Deb was busy matching up floss colors for Barb and Sandy does the framing for Attic Needlework. Couldn't ask for a nicer group of women!
This rack of patterns kept Barb and I busy for quite a bit of time.
Jean has a display made from our "Remember Me" and "Two Hearts" patterns.
The original Maria Tilley from Needlework Press is on display in Jean's shop.
The Christmas pinkeep above and below is made from a pattern from Bonnie Sullivan.
The box with the poppy and 1860 date was designed by Linda Vinson of Needlemade Designs and also of the Attic's staff. The antique is from the collection of Vickie Jennett and Linda's reproduction appeared on the cover of SANQ. The chart is now available.. The vintage piece is behind the box. Isn't it sweet?
This stocking was stitched by Attic customer Janet Ryzdynski of San Diego, California. Coincident with our stocking publications, The Attic announced a group and called it the Blackbird Stocking Society and each month packaged 3 Lakeside linens in 36ct for that month's 3 stockings.
I love the color changes. The pink linen is wonderful......below is the original stocking model from "Merry December" to give you a comparison. Call Jean for the pattern, linen and floss! I know she would be glad to kit a pink one up for you.
If you want to go to Mesa, Arizona, plan a visit the first part of June. The weather is lovely and the cactus are in bloom.
Well ....back to work. We are expecting our newest fabric line, Blueberry Crumbcake in soon. Barb and I are thinking quilts and getting ready for fall quilt market! Will show you some pictures too!
More about our trip tomorrow!