It's been 3 years since I set up my first Janome machine in the back of a bookstore on Main Street in Cañon City. What's that phrase about fastening your seatbelt?
I seriously only wanted to sell machines, teach people how to sew, and get them excited about my hobby that had turned into both a passion and a therapy.
But life happens: the good, the bad, the ugly, and then the good again.
We have to accept we will all go through valleys. It's just a matter of finding a way through them, no matter how dark they get. Sewing and quilting was my way through.
I sincerely get a great deal of happiness from watching those around me learn, create, and grow their talent. And I will always be humbled at those whose talents far surpass my own. I hope I never stop learning, and I continue to make those cloth purses for many years to come.
We are celebrating our 3rd Anniversary for the next couple of weeks. Here's some early pics. Enjoy.
On July 1, 2013 we moved into our current location: The Little Brick Building.
I'm finally getting a breather after last weekend's Southern Colorado Embroidery Extravangza Event.
Linda Brazzell, our host, was simply amazing. You can tell early on if someone knows their stuff or not, and she KNOWS machine embroidery! Her mini-trunk show was so inspiring. And her knowledge of tips and tricks were priceless.
We got to play on Baby Lock's Destiny Sewing & Embroidery machine, the top-of-the-line.
It is amazing how far the embroidery technology has come. From scanning abilities to camera positioning, The Destiny is certainly a machine that will release the creativity inside.
"Show and Tell" is always fun. Here's a few shots.
We now have 7 new Destiny owners and Debra is going to be kept very busy in Club Destiny (a free class to First Stitches Destiny owners).
Yes, our first Southern Colorado Embroidery Event was a huge success. We had great food, an excellent instructor, with lots of laughs and door prizes.
And I had a blast, even with my freshly broken wrist from the night before (my timing is always good, don't you think?!)
Everyone left with a "I Survived a First Stitches Event" tee-shirt. (I got one, too)
Are we going to do this again next year? Oh, yeah! You betcha!!!
Wow, to say we've had a busy schedule this summer is an understatement. We've had Shop Hops, Classes, Seminars, Institutes, and so much more. And we're not finished. Baby Lock Tech is next week, and are we ever excited to see what's new!
We've implemented a few new programs at the store. We realize that online retailers offer books and patterns at a substantial discount, which is great for you, the consumer. So we have decided to extend those discounts to our local shoppers.
All books and patterns are 30% OFF every single day. AND, if you need a book special-ordered, we will order it in for you (yes, it'll be eligible for the 30% OFF), as long as we have access to the book.
So remember.... 30% OFF EVERYDAY on Books and Patterns!
Another program, which is been very successful and frankly a lot of fun, is our "New Fabric Debut Discount". You can read all the details here. Basically, any new fabric that arrives in our store, will be 20% OFF through Saturday of that week. It's been an awesome way to get people in the door and looking through the shelves for the fabrics marked "NEW". We call them treasure hunters, because they find very sweet deals on the latest arrivals.
Fall is going to keep us on our toes. Our 1st ever Southern Colorado Embroidery Extravangza is almost full. I love these events. We all get to kick back, do some laughing, and just plain learn more about our passion for sewing and embroidery.
September 25th & 26th • Brookside Community Center in Cañon City, Colorado
Nicci Brazzell is a professional embroidery artist and textile designer. She has taught at international machine conventions and has been published many times within the industry. Nicci travels to teach the home hobbyist as well as commercial embroidery specialists. She owns a successful embroidery facility that provides embroidery for the top golf cart manufacturers in the world.
She is a recognized industry leader in embroidery entrepreneurialism and has also taught for the Babylock ‘Sew at Home’ series. Nicci specializes in jumbo monograms, custom home decor designs, specialty embroidery techniques, and personalization for her clientele. She encourages others to take their hobby to the business level in a fun informative two-day event designed to delight and excite attendees.
Nicci is a graduate of F.I.D.M. and and began her successful business with a small single needle machine many years ago. The growth of her business led her to teach others the skills they need to produce quality embroidery products, either for themselves or clients. She is a trained raised textile artist, digitizer, blogger and designer, she delights in teaching others this beautiful craft.
Whether you're a seasoned machine embroiderer, or someone who has never touched an embroidery machine, this will be an excellent opportunity to get some hands-on experience taught by a very talented educator.