Thursday, January 7, 2016

I would love your opinion.......

So in between a million yards of floss (ok, I exaggerated a little but it feels like a million) being dyed every day, custom motto orders and hand carved frames for my ebay business, I am also working on a new motto pattern in my spare time. LOL    I think the last time I had spare time was 2004, the year before I started this business. So back to the pattern......

I wanted to do a motto for my office/work room. It will hang above the door. Now to describe this room.....I love antiques. My whole house is antiques so it's no wonder they filtered into my work room. An antique desk, lace curtains, curio cabinet, assorted clocks, treadle sewing machine that I just moved into there and antique mottoes and my samplers on the walls from floor to ceiling. I will show you a couple pictures after I fit in the new floss line. I should say squeeze in because that is what it is going to take to get it in this room.
So for the motto I wanted The Sewing Parlor. Fitting in with the antiques I thought the word parlor was appropriate. So I mentioned this to a good friend (definition of good friend: a person whom you love dearly even if they want (suggest) you change everything you just worked on because they like their idea better). She says I should use The Stitching Parlor. I think Sewing would be a better word and fit in with the antique atmosphere. I would think Victorian ladies had a sewing room, not a stitching room. I reminded her that I have 2 sewing machines in that room, not stitching machines. No, she thinks modern stitchers would prefer Stitching Parlor since I will be selling the chart. And then she casually mentions while trying not to laugh...........that she will want a chart for her STITCHING ROOM! Now the devious mind of my dear friend is showing how crafty and clever she can be when wanting to change my mind on a design! Gotta love her.

So I would love to hear from you. Lets vote on it. I won't be offended if you want stitching instead of sewing. I promise not to cross your names off the list when I have give-aways!! LOL

The Sewing Parlor or The Stitching Parlor

I would love to hear from you.
Nancy

74 comments:

  1. I would sat `Stitching Parlor` as you have machines,threads and samplers with the antique look. Sound lovely,I would enjoy sitting stitching?sewing in your room.Happy Stitching.

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  2. I go with the Stitching Parlor ....
    But I would suggest that you choose a name that you or your heart like(s) because in the end its you who would be using it.

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  3. I vote for "Sewing Parlor. " "Stitching Parlor" does not have the right ring for me.

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  4. One of the few, if any, perks of being the boss is that you have the final word....with that said go with your heart.

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  5. Why not" My Stitching and Sewing Parlor" sounds good to me. hugs

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  6. I like "Stitching Parlor" but that's only because I am a stitcher and have no idea whatsoever how to sew!

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  7. I'd say do both. That way you could potentially expand the market on this one. I don't have a sewing room and in fact do little to no sewing but I do a LOT of stitching! Christina aka Ragathnor

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  8. I agree 'sewing' would be more historically accurate. but since you have so much "spare time" (LOL) how difficult would it be to chart both versions?? if i were to order, I would choose 'sewing', FYI. and, while we're at it,,, should it not be Parlour instead of Parlor ??

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    1. The English spell it parlour...since we are not in England...I thought I would use parlor

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  9. Stitching would fit best for me....but I say it's for your room, so you choose whichever fits you best :)

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  10. My vote is for the Sewing Parlor. You could chart an alternate word Stitching for those who want it.

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  11. Somehow, Stitching Parlor sounds more quaint.

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  12. I would opt for "My Sewing Parlor" as it would be more inclusive. By the way, my new floss (Primitive Rainbow) arrived today. As always, beautiful! I am always so pleased with your goodies!

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    1. Always glad to hear it Mary. Thank you for your order.

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  13. Well, I guess it would depend on if you had a parlor to begin with ;-) I don't I have a corner - LOL! But, might it be possible to have both and let the stitcher decide? You can use Sewing Parlor in the actual pattern and then maybe on the bottom an alternative like Stitching.

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  14. My vote is Sewing Parlor. Most stitchers are sew also, but not necessarily reverse. It would appeal to quilters also, many of whom also cross-stitch.

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  15. Sewing parlor covers both hand and machine work, quilts and samplers, & patches on the knees of a pair of jeans...endless needlework projects. Why limit the audience to one type. Or you can do 2 different patterns which might be enough to put you over the edge. What ever you choose we all know the pattern(s) will be wonderful!

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  16. Nancy I think you should go with what you want. It is your room where you will be spening time so I say The Sewing Parlor sounds fabulous!

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  17. One thing you might want to consider is there is a cross stitch designer called The Stitching Parlor. I kind of like the idea of using both sewing and stitching in the name.

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    1. After doing an internet search I saw a dozen shops called the sewing or stitching parlor.....so I think I would be safe to do either in a motto.

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  18. My mother had a Sewing Room. She kept her machine and fabrics in it. But, she didn't embroider or stitch in any manner. She would have loved Sewing Parlor. I stitch. But, I tend to think of it as sewing )as in sewing a fine line), so, I also love Sewing Parlor.

    There is a needlework shop near me that is called the Stitching Post.

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  19. I would say chart both that way you could somewhat please the people who sew (or quilt or mend) and the people who stitch.

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  20. You see the ladies of that time period in the movies....working on needlework more then sewing it seems to me. They have a piece of needlepoint or some needlework picture of some type it seems. So I think Stitching is better ;0

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  21. I'm reading a lot of good points here. Personally, I like The Stitching Parlor. If you go with The Sewing Parlor, chart out the optional work "Stitching" and the stitcher decide which word they like...in your spare time of course! LOL

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  22. I think having both options charted would be perfect...that way the stitcher (or sewer!) can decide which they prefer.

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  23. "The Sewing Parlor" sounds old and quaint to me...but go with your heart no matter what anyone says. Whatever you decide will be lovely!


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  24. In Italian is like la stanza del cucito or il salotto del cucito. I like Motto Atelier.
    Ciao Giovanna

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  25. I like Stitching Parlor; but understand if you prefer Sewing Parlor.

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  26. I think stitching parlor would capture more hearts. Stitching can be sewing as well as so many kinds of other stitching. Sewing seems more limited to me.

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  27. I vote for "The Sewing Parlor." I agree with you, Nancy, that is more fitting for your purpose (and I'm not just saying that to get on your "good" side!! Judy M.

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  28. I'm with you, Sewing Parlor (parlour) most definitely.
    Warm hugs,
    Ruthie

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  29. I would go for stitching parlor, because when I hear sewing parlor, I think of sewing fabrics and not cross stitch.
    With stitching parlor I immediately think of threads and cross stitc.

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  30. Have you thought about doing both? You may increase your sales with a chart of each. Whatever you decide I look forward to seeing it!

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  31. Hmmm...I would go with Stitching Parlor...I just like the way it sounds. LOL Have a wonderful day, Nancy!

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  32. Why not do both and then your customers can choose, or in my case, probably one of each :)

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  33. I prefer stitching parlor. For some reason I think it's more appropriate for stitches as not all of us sew.

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  34. I prefer stitching parlor. For some reason I think it's more appropriate for stitches as not all of us sew.

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  35. It would be great to have both as an option. I personally
    prefer stitching but in the past would have chosen sewing.
    Sometimes when I use the term stitching I fear that the person
    I am speaking to doesn't have a clue what I mean.

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  36. I think Sewing would be more visually appealing, and the definition is using needle and thread to create or repair. So technically, it involves all needlework. Either would be great and your decision won't be easy!

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  37. I have to vote for Stitching, myself. But the other would be lovely as well.

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  38. For your room as you described, I would say "Sewing Parlor" would be more fitting. For my room "Stitching Parlor" would be a better fit.

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  39. I like the "sewing parlour" spelled the english way. Good luck choosing!

    Cindy

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  40. Without a doubt in my mind ~Sewing Parlor~
    :) Gatorgirl

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  41. I vote for Sewing Parlor. Have fun whichever you decide.

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  42. I love Stitching Parlor because I'm a stitcher. I like the idea quite a few ladies had of charting both words so one could use either.

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  43. Sewing parlor, hands down. I'm actually surprised anyone would pick the other!

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  44. Dear Nany,
    the sewing parlor is the traditional word, but what we do with your floss is stitching.....
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  45. I'd prefer sewing parlor because sewing (mainly clothing) was my first love and that's what this room (currently the computer/craft/sewing/junk room will become whenever I get it all cleaned out. :-) Charting both would be fantastic though, then everyone could pick the one they like best.

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  46. Dear Nancy, awe the joys of semantics. I figure if I am using my machine, I am sewing. If I am sewing with my hands, it is stitching. Both words can be interchanged!! Then you have needlework and on and on. I would like a Needlework Nook sign, sew there you go!! Another to add on to your survey. Good Luck. Good friends keep you grounded, so you don't get too smart for you own good.

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  47. I think sewing sounds more antique and might fit your style better.

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  48. Hello Nancy - well I vote for sewing, sticting is only a word that I have found used recently and you are going for the antique look. I also would vote for parlour but then that's cos I am English! xx

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  49. I like Stitching Parlor because it could mean either.
    Good luck with your selection!
    Marilyn

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  50. I think you need to go with what your first instinct inspired you to do, which is sewing parlor. If you plan to sell this pattern, then you can have an alternate section added for those that want to make it Stitching parlor.

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  51. I'd say sewing, but my little English soul would scream at stitching parlor without the "u", could it be charted both ways maybe?

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  52. Funny, funny after reading all the comments before mine . . . I was sure most would prefer "Sewing". It'd be interesting to find out if the preferences have something to do w/ the generation we're from. I'm a 50+ yr. old "old fogey", so I thought "Sewing" would cover both bases & just sound right. HA!

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  53. Nancy you should have more posts like this asking for opinions.Usually by the time I read your email of you giving away a freebie the coments are out the door. Now you just want an opinion I would like to believe the people who are your true followers are coming forward..food for thought. Any way i vote for sewing room it encompasses all that you do and all that your heart loves.
    GOD Bless

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  54. I skimmed through the comments...hope you post the results. I prefer sewing. I find myself saying "stitching" when I talk about needlework. However, my "room" is my sewing room.

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  55. Hummm....not to throw a 'kink' in your plans, but why not 'BOTH'? I think there is a market for both.

    But, if you only design one pattern, I like sewing room best because I'm a stitcher and a quilter and 'Sewing Room' would encompass both ideas into one motto.

    I can't wait to see your final decision!

    Christine - nannystitch

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  56. You could actually offer both and please everyone. I do both, sewing and stitching. I have a sewing room and would love to have "Sewing Parlor" above it's door. I do my stitching in the livingroom and wouldn't need or use "Stitching Parlor" sign. When it comes right down to it, you'd be fine with either decision. I'm anxious to know which way you go.

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  57. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to give me their input on the motto. I will let you know what the finished pattern will be.

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  58. Hi Nancy, i vote for The antique sewing room

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  59. I prefer Stitching Parlor because it could mean either stitching or sewing.

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  60. Stitching is a form of sewing so I agree with you! BTW- I love my Jingle kit you sent me! Thank you so much!

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  61. I like the sewing better. It seems like a more old fashioned word than today's stitching. And if you love antiques I think that is the way to go. Bet it will look cute either way!

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  62. I like Sewing Room myself but if you use Parlour, could you include both spellings?
    Using the modern American version seems to go against the traditional feel of the word.

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  63. I would do both as the ladies above have mentioned, kill two birds with one stone(makes good business sense). For my place I prefer sewing parlour. Guida

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  64. Hmmmm... Fun dilemma... I've been both a seamstress and a stitcher...but, for me, "Sewing" suggests tailoring/sewing of garments and the like...while "stitching" evokes the more delicate handwork of embroidery, cross stitching, and the like. Given that orientation, I would vote for "The Stitching Parlor/Parlour"....as I envision a place were women/girls pull up a chair in front of the fire and stitch with needle and thread.... I'm sure whichever you choose, it will be wonderful.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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  65. Why not keep the one you have designed and make an alternative wording using "stitching?" That way the customer can decide which they like better. :)

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