It was exactly six months ago today that I and a handful of other folks got a personal message from KittyKill on Craftster, asking if we would be interested in participating in a surprise Tea Towel Tour. The surprise was that the towel would replace one that was "lost" earlier in the year, leaving Jenny Hart and her crew seriously disappointed.
I, of course, jumped on the opportunity. I'd missed out on the first tour, and I thought it would be a great treat to get in on this "secret" one. Plus, I'd get to stitch along with several folks whose work I admire greatly, and connect with loads of other embroiderers.
So six months to the day after that first personal message went out from Kitty Kill in Portland, OR, I hand delivered the Secret Tea Towel Tour towel to Jenny and the Sublime Stitching crew. We scheduled the towel to come to me last since I'm here in Austin, and I was able to work with Mary (Sublime Stitching General Manager and all around detail goddess) to get the hand off coordinated.
Visiting the Sublime headquarters was a dream come true, and Jenny, Mary, Jessica and Jordan were very excited to see the towel. Jenny was incredibly touched and examined every last bit of stitched work with sincere appreciation. It was so cool to be able to see her receive it, and I only wish that everyone who worked on the towel could have been there. They all did incredible work.
Jenny was so warm and welcoming and so much fun. She gave me a little tour of the place, showed me some top secret Sublime stuff that's in the works (just when you thought her stuff couldn't get any better ... just hold on.) and even let me visit her studio in her house where I got to see several of my favorite pieces of hers on display. She also showed off some great pieces of work that people have sent her or made for her or that just plain inspire her. It was great to see them all and hear their stories.
What fun! I'm still on an embroidery high, but I've got to pick up the kids. I'll post more pictures soon! :)