Sales Newsletter #49 sent via email on 1/19/04 Disclaimer: Please remember that items mentioned in our newsletter archives may no longer be available, or their prices may have changed.
Can you believe we are already more than two weeks into the New Year? Time certainly flies! Maybe one of your New Years resolutions was to learn something new or return to doing something you used to enjoy. If that "something" is Hardanger embroidery, do we have a deal for you!
Part of the purpose of our website at www.nordicneedle.com is to help people learn about embroidery, and since our original specialty was Hardanger embroidery, we have a number of helpful pages for you!
If you want to try Hardanger embroidery for the first time, or need a refresher, you might find these tutorials helpful. You are welcome to print these pages for your own use.
Finally, if you or your stitching group try Hardanger embroidery, I hope youll write to tell us how you enjoyed it! We are always happy to answer questions, make recommendations or share your success!
Speaking of success, it can be defined in many different ways. The following story, shared by Susan G., helped me to put "success" in perspective. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Cab Driver
Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living.
When I arrived at 4:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away.
But, I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself.
So I walked to the door and knocked. "Just a minute", answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
"Would you carry my bag out to the car?" she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness.
"It's nothing", I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated".
"Oh, you're such a good boy", she said.
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, "Could you drive through downtown?"
"It's not the shortest way," I answered quickly.
"Oh, I don't mind," she said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice".
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.
"I don't have any family left," she continued. "The doctor says I don't have very long."
I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. "What route would you like me to take?" I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she would ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now." We drove in silence to the address she had given me.
It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
"How much do I owe you?" she asked, reaching into her purse.
"Nothing," I said.
"You have to make a living," she answered.
"There are other passengers," I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
"You gave an old woman a little moment of joy," she said. "Thank you."
I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Thank you for sharing, Susan. Every time I read that story I get teary, and resolve to be a better person.
Now lets look at this weeks specials.
Item 1209 Bluebonnet Spring book (drawn thread) by Linda Driskell
$7.95 on sale for $4.77 Save 40% Speaking of learning a new technique, this would be a great way to learn drawn thread embroidery! The book includes instructions for a sampler, needlebook, pincushion and scissors fob. The drawn thread work is white on white, accented with delicate blue flowers. Beautiful! learn more about this item!
Item 1924 Wonderful Wire Works book
$14.95 on sale for $7.48 Save 50% If you need craft ideas for the whole family, or for a group like 4-H, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, this book is for you! 128 pages of easy projects using wire combined with easy-to-find items like beads. Make jewelry (necklaces, earrings, bracelets) or embellish home décor items like picture frames, mirrors, lamps or dishes. Fun for a group or for you alone! learn more about this item!
Item 3803 Victorian Christmas Treasures book (cross stitch)
$7.00 on sale for $3.50 Save 50% It is never too early to start stitching for next Christmas, and some of these would be beautiful for Valentines Day, as well. Eight beautiful Christmas ornaments with a Victorian flavor are worked in soft shades of rose and green. Ornaments are stitched on 28 count antique white fabric with DMC or Anchor floss, and embellished with Mill Hill beads. learn more about this item!
Item 2575 Upon the Mountain chartpack (cross stitch)
$10.99 on sale for $5.50 Save 50% This lovely scene looks out over a valley with clouds and mountains in the distance. Stitched on 28 count fabric or 14 count white aida with DMC floss, the design size is 11.3 by 16.5 inches. The 8 pages of charts are large, clear and easy to read. What an heirloom! learn more about this item!
Item K2253 Stumpwork Daisy kit
$33.95 on sale for $16.98 Save 50% Another chance to learn a new technique! Kay Paczkowski has been teaching for many years, so you know her instructions are clear and complete. Kit includes gorgeous threads, five different fabrics, needle, stumpwork wire and complete instructions. Buy two and learn with a friend! learn more about this item!
Item 6827 Tassel Top Finial Set
$8.95 on sale for $5.37 Save 40% Use this set to create matching pairs of tassels, or two completely different tassels. Package of two wood finials includes instructions and project ideas for painting, yarn wrapping or netting the finial with a modified buttonhole stitch This would be a great way to use up leftover threads or yarns, and create something useful and fun! learn more about this item!
I hope this newsletter has inspired you to try something new in 2004! Of course, we realize that many of these "new" techniques are really old embroidery techniques that are being rediscovered by a new generation.
Huck embroidery is that way for me. I did some huck embroidery as a child, and a few years ago rediscovered it. It is so simple and quick easy to teach a friend or a child. And the projects can be finished in a short time, a plus in our busy world. If you want to relearn huck embroidery, or teach a friend, try our brand new grab bag. It includes two huck towels, three brand new original charts and three skeins of pearl cotton-type thread. All for $4.99.