Saturday, February 14, 2015

I'm Going to Nashville!

After years of being in this needlework business, I have yet to make the trip to a Market or Show. I have met very few stitchers in-person, and really know very little still about how what makes this industry keep ticking.

I've stayed away from shows not for lack of desire to go, but for lack of desire to leave my kids for that long, not to mention the expense of the necessary air travel. I hear stories of designers loading up their cars and driving to Market, knowing that I could never do the same (unless I want to drive 11 hours a day for three days- nope).

So I've always known that I would most likely not be able to test the waters when I did decide to go to Market, but would have to dive in fully in order to make the trip cost effective. But a few key conversations with a few people in the industry, and I have decided to take the plunge and make an appearance at the Needlework Retailer show in Nashville at the end of the month. I can hardly contain my excitement! And I'm completely overwhelmed with all of the little details necessary to make it come together well...

Display stands for models... a gazillion patterns to print, fold, stuff... business cards and order forms and flyers... finishing two new designs and developing their covers... what to wear, what to wear, what to wear!... booking travel and a rental car... and wondering constantly what I could possibly be forgetting.

There is a lot of excited buzz about this show, being Needlework Retailer's first, and the attendance list is phenomenal. I hope I get a chance while I'm there to finally put faces to a long list of names.

Oh, and did I mention the only reason this trip has been made possible? If you're looking forward to seeing me there, you can thank Kathy Barrick, who is so generously letting me crash her show room and display alongside her designs. That's right, you'll find Heartstring Samplery and Kathy Barrick together in room 222. Come by and see us! I'll be showing close to 20 of my top sellers, including older designs that you may have never seen, and will have two brand new that will be released at the show.

The first new release is an exclusive pincushion that will only be available to those that purchase from me at the show, but will continue to be available exclusively to them until the end of March by ordering directly from me. I will then release the design to everyone else at the beginning of April. I'm still stitching madly away at this one, but here's a sneak peek (yes! flame-stitch! in bright Spring colors!)...

The second new release is an antique reproduction called "IL 1817" that you've seen a few sneak peeks of in the past few years. The antique is a gorgeous sampler that I bought from none other than Kathy Barrick a few years ago. It has taken me a long time to get its dense and faded stitches charted, and between Charity Watral and I, the model has finally been stitched.
So if I seem quiet over the next few weeks, its most likely because I'm stuck at the kitchen counter binge-watching Friends on Netflix and putting together a zillion patterns that hopefully won't have to come back home with me on March 2nd.

19 comments:

Patti said...

Beth, I am so thrilled for you! Have a fantastic time and I know that you will be super successful!
Blessing, Patti

Penny Shepherd said...

Beth how exciting for you!!! Your designs are gorgeous and I am sure your trip will be a huge success!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Beth this is wonderful news. I am so excited for you really and you are one lucky girl to share a room with Kathy! way to go!! have a great, wonderful and fun time, I know that you will. Can't wait to here all about it.
Have a good evening
Darlene North

DebbieSFL said...

I cannot wait to see the flame stitch pincushion..and the colors look gorgeous!!

Kathy Barrick said...

I am SO happy you are coming to Market!!
xoxoxox

Robin said...

Best wishes and much success to you on your first in person market.

Robin in Virginia

Carol said...

I'm so excited to finally get to meet you. You're going to have great success at market and have a wonderful time.

Dora said...

So happy for you, Beth. Can't wait to see IL 1817!

Catherine said...

How exciting for you!!!

HomeSpunPrims said...

Such exciting news Beth! I hope it will be a wonderful experience for you. Lori

Melissa said...

That`s great that you will be at Market this year! Can't wait to see more of your new releases. They look beautiful so far!

LaDonna said...

So excited to hear you will be at market. This is my second Nashville market and you are right it is very exciting to finally be able to make the trip. So much to get ready for and to take in once you get there. I will definitely make sure I stop by and meet you. All the best and safe travels!

Phyllis said...

Exciting news! Good luck and have fun!

Cindy said...

Beth, I will get to meet you in Nashville, in fact we are in the room next to you! My daughter is Tracy Horner
(Ink Circles) and I am helping her.
I am in the group with your SAL on Sampler World. I am loving it!!!
Cindy PS You do not have to worry what to wear! it is very casual. Just enjoy!

Faye said...

How wonderful Beth!!!!! I'd be giddie with excitement as well~~ You'll have a great time..... congrats!!

Paula said...

Beth, I am so happy for you. I love, love, love the colors in the flame stitch. I can't wait to see the finished product. Have fun!!

Carolyn Boutilier said...

That is exciting news for you. Love your designs and am working on the Sparrow. Recently I attended Kathy's trunk show so you will be in great company. Looking forward to the new designs.Have fun.
Carolyn B

Susan said...

Kathy is a wonderful mentor for your first Nashville show! You are in very good hands. I will be helping Theresa in the Shakespeare's Peddler booth so I will try to stop in and say hello. Lots of excitement about this year's market for sure!

Angie said...

Yay, Beth! I'm so happy for you! Kathy is the best! You two will have tons of fun! I had the sampler photo saved because at one time I had thought to purchase the antique from Kathy. I'm glad you did so we can all enjoy the reproduction:) Can't wait! Good luck! Enjoy your first market!