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GhostStitchers' Cross Stitch, Needlepoint and Needlework History
Lynda, Carla and Paul started GhostStitchers.
Paul confidentially informed the other two that the company for which they had all worked for many years was going to close. This process would take at least a year or two. It turned out that Carla was the last official employee when it did close during April of 2002, which was fitting since she enjoys having the last word. They all wanted to continue working together, so weekly "Brain Storming" lunches began. It's true that initially they weren't very productive, so it was decided Paul would step back to fill more of a facilitator's roll. Both Lynda and Carla were to independently make lists of things they enjoyed for the next meeting. That next meeting was short because Old Sour Puss (Paul) took a quick look at the lists, and trashed them. He told the two to stop trying to make lists of potential businesses, and to write enjoyed activities only. Lynda and Carla each had about ten to twelve items listed for the next lunch engagement. Paul read them slowly, folded them neatly and tucked them away. They were to produce two new and different lists for their next "free lunch" get together. Armed with the second group of "enjoyed" activities, they learned of the twenty some items each listed, there were four matches. Despite the fact that none of the matches seemed to offer business opportunities, Paul persisted in asking a lot of questions about them. Considering a Unique Cross Stitch and Needlepoint Business During the next few weeks, three of the four list matches were discussed, some brief research was performed, and they were subsequently placed on the back burner for possible future consideration. This left the single match created when both Lynda and Carla scrawled the word "needlework" on their respective lists. The first chore was to convince Paul to stop referring to it as sewing! Carla had enjoyed working on a few small Cross Stitch pieces. When it comes to stitching experience, product knowledge and inside industry information, Lynda was and is a gem. At age four and next to her mother's knee, she actually started her first Cross Stitch project. By early adolescence she was doing Needlepoint, Crewel, Embroidery, Knitting and Crocheting like a pro. One taste was sufficient for Lynda, Paul liked them (uug!), and Carla ate one after another while complaining about their poor taste. Lynda, Carla and Paul all had continuing management and/or semi-management level responsibilities to the "old" business. Paul had a relatively strong computer background in business applications (Databases, Spreadsheets, etc.), so he was the natural choice to provide the Web Site. However, designing a Web Site turned out be a whole New World for Paul. Here it was, the year 2000, and he had actually never been online. The next few months passed as Lynda and Carla struggled with issues that had more questions than answers. And then there was Paul, spending an unbelievable amount of time trying to learn about designing a Web Site. One positive was he began to understand that Cross Stitch and Needlepoint are different. Paul designed a temporary database that served for data input of the list of shops around the country. During her "spare time"' Carla typed over one thousand names, addresses and phone numbers. Paul felt there was no place for him in a "stitching" business, so he sought and found employment. His resume was unique. The last time he looked for a job was 1972. J He stayed informed and somewhat involved through Monday evening and Friday afternoon meetings. On the other hand, Paul believed it was a problem (a big problem). While Paul had some rudimentary skills, the task at hand was considerable. J Yes, some days Paul has a little too much time with nothing to do. GhostStitchers' Lynda and Paul will be featured in four segments of a "crafty" PBS show during early 2008. Since we have been invited back, the taping must have turned out fine. Since this will be the last update, I (Paul) have decided to write in the first person style. Paul M. Sheehan GhostStitchers, Inc. Phone 585 394 3335 Fax 585 394 2391
Paul Sheehan, owner of GhostStitchers, will show how to do needlework stitching on motif fabrics.He'll show how to center the design, stitch over and under borders, and he'll discuss thread count.He lives in Canandaigua, N.Y.