Though my main pieces for sale will be quilted items, the ladies worked on embroidery and crochet projects while we talked and encouraged me to bring some handwork next time--especially for slow periods! I thought that since the shop is downtown where all the tourists are, some souvenir type item might be a good choice. I remembered I had a few small embroidery kits around.
Ventura is known as The Poinsettia City so this small decoration seemed appropriate, with some revision. I got out my collection of alphabet books but in the end went with the same style as the kit, making up my own "V". The black backstitch detail on the flower I did not think necessary, especially for how much I am likely to price this in order to sell. I also graphed out a cross-stitched, three color stylized poinsettia which will be faster to stitch. This 99 cent embroidery kit included a length of wire and instructions for making the little hanger and I'll be copying that idea for my souvenirs. Cross-stitch was my first love and I really enjoy working with needle and thread that way. I have a duplicate kit to this one so will bring it with me for the second of my three training sessions this afternoon. I'm curious to see if any of my items sold and in the meantime will get to know a different set of ladies. Wish me luck!