Sunday, March 31, 2019

Needlework Emporium

A quick swing by with a report from my visit yesterday to the 2nd annual Needlework Emporium in Bethesda, MD. It was a 2 1/2 drive, but well worth it! I met two friends from DE/NJ there, one whose blog you may be familiar with, Robin from Crafting with the Stitch Witch, and Stacy S. We spent a couple hours perusing the dozen or so vendors (it was not a large show, but was jam packed with goodies....vintage buttons, trims, linens (hankies, table runners, etc.) pincushions and sewing accessories. Here are some shots of a few booths:

 I picked up a few goodies myself...some (?) bone/ivory  purse handles (which I also thought might work for the top of banding), tiny pearl rectangular buttons, a delicate 'B', some trim and a teeny tiny thread winder.

This vendor had a number of precious hand drawn (colored pencil) drawings that she added buttons to. Stacy S. found this one for me...can you see why???

Last, but not least, is this adorable fish pin cushion by Deborah Hartwick .
 This just made me smile every time I looked at it and I thought it quite appropriate since my maiden name is even came with the fish bowl and buttons!  She stuffs her pincushions with sawdust and they are  solidly stuffed and have such a nice weight to them. Have a look see at her website by clicking on her name above.

You may want to check out Robin's found treasures on her blog:Crafting with the Stitch Witch

We ate a quick lunch at Balducci's, a local grocery store that had fabulous sandwiches....then a 2 1/2 drive home , going in different directions. 

It was a busy day, because last evening we went out to dinner at a Hibachi restaurant to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Here is a shot of the group:

 Image may contain: 8 people, including Chad Blalock and Stasi Buhrman, people smiling, people standing

and the hot milk cake I made for dessert:

Image may contain: dessert and food

 Rich, on his own, had done a 9 mile hike, so it was early to bed for us!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!



  1. Stasi, it looked like you had a marvelous time at the Needlework Emporium. You picked up some neat items and I really like the fish pincushion. Happy birthday (belatedly) wishes to your daughter! The cake looks positively yummy!

  2. Oh, what a delightful visit that must have been--I would have loved seeing all the old buttons, laces, and trims. And that pincushion is perfect for you with your maiden name. Were you teased about it? I sure was with mine :)

    Lovely family photo--the girls are so cute in their finery! And the cake--yum--I may have to get that recipe from you!

    Enjoy your Sunday, Stasi--light snow is falling here :(

  3. WOW! That show is packed with goodies!
    Love that fish, so cute, what a great idea.
    Nice family pic, and that cake!
    Have a great week!

  4. As you told me, you had a fine time at the show! :) I love your fish. And that cake!!

  5. Looks like a great show. Love what you bought Stasi. I really enjoyed your family photo. Oh my that cake looks so good. Sorry I have been missing I had a return of the flu that really knocked me out. I will catch up with all of your posts however. RJ

  6. I would have had a ball at that show, I love anything sewing related and vintage. Lovely purchases! Such a great family photo!!!