Halloween is Just Around the Corner

We had our first taste of a nip in the air in the Midwest this week which means Fall is right around the corner.  Now is the time to spruce up your Halloween and Thanksgiving displays or you are going to miss those sales!  Your customers are just getting in the spirit.  School has started and they are ready to create.

This does not have to be a big deal.  In less than an hour, you can put together a great display.  Showcase any Fall lines that you purchased.  Walk through your shop and pull out all of the Fall colors and incorporate these into the display.  Last year, you probably sold the focal fabric of those Fall lines but may still have some coordinates or tone on tones that will give a boost to the current line.  Now is the time to let those earth tones shine!!!

If you need more of the focal fabrics, why not order a Flatfold assortment?  These five yard cuts are reasonably priced and are great for fat quarter assortments.  To see the entire selection, visit our website at:  www.checkerdist.com/products/fabrics?l=3473

Don’t stop at fabric.  Look at books and patterns as well – and supplement as needed.  This is the easiest part.  The covers often have seasonal vignettes that add to the charm of the display.  Meg Hawkey is known for designing heirloom quality holiday projects that I love!  You don’t have to make an entire sample.  Have the current project you are working on in a hoop as part of the display.  Seeing the quality of her designs is enough!

Many of you are involved in secret sister programs or do a project with relatives during the holidays.  This one is perfect – a pincushion and needle case that is luscious in wool.  Why not choose from our great selection of wools from In the Patches – www.checkerdist.com/products/search?f_v=B397&page=1&limit=100&sort=score What an easy project to kit!

Item #CAH813  Retail $8.00

This spell book reminds me of Harry Potter and makes me want to go for a family hike to find the perfect branch to decorate.  This small project can be the centerpiece of the entire display – and the basis of a great class!

Item #CAH329  Retail $10.00

Or this hat can be the center of a table top display.  This will certainly attract your customer’s attention!  What a great way to teach your customers embroidery stitches!

Item #CAH314  Retail $8.00

Harvest Hopscotch is the perfect choice for your more traditional customers.  Combining simple piecing with embroidery is the best of both worlds.

Item #CAH331  Retail $12.00

Spellbound is the perfect project for all of us witches – or Harry Potter fans!

Item #CAH330  Retail $12.00

Speaking of witches, who wouldn’t love this boot filled with all of your holiday favorites.

Item #CAH320  Retail $9.00

If vintage is your style, Vintage Trick or Treat is just the ticket.

Item #CAH317  Retail $25.00

Calendula Patterdrips is sure to become a family heirloom!

Item #CAH319  Retail $25.00

To see the entire collection of CrabApple Hill patterns, visit our website at:  www.checkerdist.com/products/search?v=C720

And, don’t forget to include threads, flosses, embroidery needles; embroidery threaders; and hoops as a part of the display!  Your customers will thank you for it!