Friday, May 17, 2013

Countdown to Closing

I've been dreading these words for several months: I'm closing my retail store. I know many of you have received my email stating those very words, but now that we inch closer and closer to the June 30th date, I find myself reflecting on the past twenty years. Yes, that's right. I began my design business twenty years ago this year. Over the years, many changes have taken place, mostly for the better, but some for the worse. Even though I feel happy to be moving on, I can't help but feel a bit sad that all that I have built is coming to a close.

For those of you who are hearing this for the first time, please realize that I am not retiring or ending my design business, but I'm closing my distribution center and retail store. What this means is that I will not be producing some of my products such as Wendy Schoen buttons, lace tape, and the distribution of Floche skeins. Class handouts and kits are also being discontinued. Petite Poche Patterns will continue to be sold and produced along with my books, dvds, embroidery disks, and Wendy Schoen needles.

I will continue to teach nationally and will increase classes in Wendy's Sewing Studio in New Orleans. I will be communicating with you through this blog and as usual, but essentially, I will be focusing on sewing and embroidery education and publication. I plan to offer some designs through automatic download and limited sale months during the year as I focus on returning to writing magazine articles and blog tutorials.

Take one last look at my beautiful shop:

If you would like to purchase my class projects, embroidery club designs, Floche complete sets, or items in my online store, you will be able to do so until the June 30th deadline.