|Tina and Teri of Shepherd's Bush|
Because we are sisters, we share some common experiences from our
seemed like someone always had a project spread out on the kitchen table.
sets, and sometimes it was our parents cooking for days preparing for
could hold a needle, our oldest sister had us embroidering stacks of dish
different design for each day of the week. We still sell these in our shop, and
it always makes us smile.
|Here's a SNEEK PEEK of the |
NEW STOCKING COMING THIS MONTH!
In 1984, we left the knitting business to open a cross stitch store of our own
in an historic building that had been built as a carriage/blacksmith shop. We
completely renovated the space and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.
After 4 years of designing kits and patterns for our customers and handdyeing
the fabrics for a line of 5 little sampler kits, we decided to take themgo back the next year--and have never stopped.
fabrics. However, I know that she can stitch over 1 thread as well as anyone.
I like to stitch my own pieces so that I can change the design and colours as I stitch. But my good friend, Lynnette, always stitches my stockings for me
each year. Watch for our newest addition the middle of September. ( Teri
begs anyone she can find to stitch for her. ) We both draw our designs out
first with a pencil and graph paper. From there we stitch the piece, changing
the graph as we go. And once it is completely finished, we graph it for
printing. Teri uses a computer for the final graph because she knows how. I
have to do it with a pen and ink.
compared to 10 years ago, and how that has changed your designs over time?
Things have changed a lot over the past 30 years that we have been
designing. From Aida cloth and DMC cotton floss we have evolved to fine,
overdyed linens and overdyed silk and cotton threads. We began
embellishing our pieces with beads, charms and buttons many years ago and
have loved the relationships we have fostered with all our embellishment
Have you ever exhibited at or attended a TNNA trade show, and if so what are your thoughts on it?
We have attended needlework markets every year since we opened our shop
in 1984, and we have shown our designs there for almost that long. Markets
are a lot of very hard work whether we are shopping for the store or selling
our own kits and patterns, but there is also nothing more fun or energizing.
We have met the loveliest people--shopowners and other designers and
exhibitors--and look forward each year to seeing everyone again. I know that
it would be easier and less costly to use the internet as a substitute for the
markets, but I cannot even imagine missing out on the great opportunity of
talking to customers and friends in person, or flying around from room to
room or booth to booth and see new things in person. We have truly made
much as we love to stitch. Winter Solstice by Rosamond Pilcher. (We each read or listen to this book every November/December. You might think that we would get tired of it--but we don’t)
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
The Three Pines series by Louise Penny--the newest one is coming out
The Duncan Kincaid mysteries by Deborah Crombie--we want Masterpiece
Theater to pick these up.
What are your three favorite movies?
My husband thinks we share a brain, so why wouldn’t they be the same 3
1. Pride and Prejudice--of course the Colin Firth version. But I am totally in
for the Kiera Knightly movie as well. Or any other Jane Austin movie made
2. The Wedding Date
3. Enchanted April--this has gotten Teri through so many projects she has
worn out the disc and has to now stream it on Netflix.
We in the back of the shop have a more eclectic playlist which can include
anything from the Beatles, Peter, Paul and Mary, Coldplay, David Francie.
We have recently added a delightful album to our mix: Red Rock Rondo.
You have to find it on itunes to enjoy this one yourself. It is out of Southern
Utah. We used to have a few recordings of Michael Buble, but Christian
refers to it as geezer pop and has been trying to delete them all.
Would you like to share a favorite recipe?Martha's Potato Saladby Martha Richards
• 3--5 cooked potatoes--chopped and peeled
• 1 red onion--chopped
• 4 hard boiled eggs
• Cottage cheese
• salt and pepper
Directions:This salad is made in layers. Start with a layer of chopped
potatoes; sprinkle 1 tablespoon of onion and one chopped egg on top of
potatoes. Spread 3 heaping tablespoons of cottage cheese and 3 heaping
tablespoons of mayonnaise over the top. Sprinkle salt and pepper (to
taste) on top of cottage cheese and mayo. Repeat this layer 3--4 times.
Garish with eggs and leave in layers and stir just before serving.
Our sister-in-law Martha has been making this potato salad for years and
it is always a favorite at our Spring and Summer barbecues.
Do you have any pets?
Teri has two delightful cats: Puff and Lance--both girls and both named by
my 8-year old when they were born on a towel under his bed. Many years
I have a beagle named Lindbergh, a husband named Bob, and two boysnamed Peter and Christian who are also a lot like pets.
FanciMats & More
I try and host a few different Sunday Retreats within the shop, which I always try to have a theme. I generally provide Breakfast, Lunch, a snack and drinks and then 2 projects. And it lasts all day long!! My themes have ranged from Halloween, Valentine, French but my favorite so far has been the Royal Wedding Retreat…I’m a Royal Freak….so when they announce there is going to be a baby…Yep….I’m going to have a Baby Shower Retreat….Stay tuned for that as I have some ideas that will be fun but rewarding for low income expecting mom’s.
|Royal Wedding Retret...My Aunt Connie, Beefeater, Mom and Me at the Royal Retreat. And yes he stood like this for an hour. He was GREAT!!! And the attendees LOVED him!!|
Is there an event or promotion that you offer that you feel is incredibly successful that you’d like to share?
A Bit About Cindy Edwards -
Besides stitching and running your own business, what are a few things you enjoy in your free time?
I love to be in the kitchen!! Cooking is another passion and actually I’m a better baker than anything. I have a great collection of cookbooks…..very similar to cross stitching….I get them out and go through them ‘often’. And Yes I do use them!
I spend a lot of time with Family and Friends as they are very important to me. Whether it is just dinner, a bar-b-que, breakfast out on a Sunday morning or maybe just cocktails!! It is all good and very enjoyable.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
1 8oz Cream Cheese – softened
1 t Vanilla
2 T. Brown Sugar
½ c. butter – softened
16 oz powdered sugar
Beat the above ingredients until smooth.
Stir in ¾ c. chocolate chips
Chill Ball and then roll in chopped pecans.
Serve with Graham Crackers.
-Who has influenced you most in your personal life?