They were greeted with a show guide and a free handout of the Collaboration Sampler's border and layout.
They then visited each designer boutique (hotel suites), shopped, viewed the designers fabulous models and products, collected all the portions to the Collaboration sampler ( one from each designer), and generally had a great time.
Snow Dragon Designs. The photo below & on the right is of another designer that also exhibited at the NeedleWorkers MarketPlace, X's & Oh's.
In total 15 designers exhibited at the Market, each bringing their own unique flair.
The Collaboration Sampler was your free gift for visiting the NeedleWorkers MarkePlace. The border pattern that you collected at the entrance then indicated all participating Designers and where within the sampler their free pattern was inserted.
In the Collaboration Sampler the border is stitched with Gloriana Silk #180, Tulip Festival. It is a variegated silk, and it is the colours within this fibre that unites all the designs, each as unique as its designer. Starting from the top left, that Butterfly was contributed by Alma Laidlaw of Sew Fancy Inc. The top right is by Jeannette Douglas. On the next row the Islandic Poppy was designed by Roxann Blazetich-Ozols of the Beadaddict and could be found in the suite she shared with Black Tulip Designs. Next, the Canvaswork pattern was designed by Carolyn Mitchell. The three Tulips were available from Birtstitch. The sentiment was designed by Joanne Gatenby of X's & Oh's, and the Iris is Brenda Franklin's creation. The Swedish weaving band very obviously is from Christine Allan's Swedish Weaving. The Butterfly is from Linda Lachance of Northern Pine Designs, and the Celtic Dragon is thanks to Laura Dickson of Enchanting Lair Designs. And lastly the Hummingbird is my design - Kathrin Ellison of Gitta's Designs.
I had also prepared an accessory pack, available for purchase, which included everything except the fabric and the DMC floss; it included 6 yards of the Gloriana Silk, the 28 Swarovski 4mm bicone crystals, the Bee button, and the Kreinik metallic threads.
The Sampler was a big hit.
I'm already working on the layout and border for next year's Collaboration Sampler. So if you missed out on this year's, make plans for next year's Market to collect the 2013 sampler.
Mark your Calendars - the NeedleWorkers MarketPlace for 2013 is planned for either April 5th & 6th OR April 12th &13th.