It has come to an end and I am still alive, barely. You probably know the feeling after you focused and worked hard to achieve something and now that it is over you are just so tired and a bit empty. That's how I feel after a show. Don't get me wrong: I absolutely love it! However, Osnabrück left me with mixed feelings this year.
During my many workshops I was positively impressed with peoples' progress. It is so nice to watch people mastering a new skill and having fun. We laughed so much! During the tape measure workshop I met a young lady of twelve years who made the most exquisite buttonhole needle lace I've seen in a long time. She confessed that she had never really stitched before... Can you imagine what she might be up to in 25 years?
And shows are of course a great possibility to go shopping! I bought several metal monogram templates sporting gorgeous JGs from Angelika Luft. Waterlilies 12-ply spun silk colour tangerine by Caron from Sticken und Staunen and Au ver a Soie silk perle from Werkstatt für historische Stickmuster. And I bought a lovely violet linen dress made by Aiste Design Studio Lithuania.
Mixed feelings? I had a great time! However, we made quite a loss mainly due to the high stand costs. In addition, too many items left the stand without being paid for. This has, thank god, never happened before. It leaves me feeling gutted after the past months of hard work. You will understand that I won't attend Nadel & Faden 2016. Instead, I'll search for a cheaper option closer to home and hope to see you there!
To end on a high note. Remember the newsletter sign-up competition in my stand at Nadel & Faden? Well, here's the winner: Satascha Eilers. Do contact me to let me know which embroidery kit you would like to receive!
And now I am going to pamper myself with a French crossstitch kit by Nathalie Cichon bought from Stickkunst. Crossstitch? Yup. It sparked a great idea for a future kit. And since Nathalie probably needs to put bread on her table too, I'll gladly pay for the spark!
Jessica M. Grimm
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