Thread EndI’m so excited! You see, I own the Seven-Year Stitch, an embroidery shop, here in Tallulah Falls. We have a nice little museum here in town. It has some terrific exhibits, but normally, it’s not a big deal. {Claps hands over her mouth.} Did I really just say that out loud? I mean, of course, the museum is a big deal! It’s simply small and underfunded and…. Oh, heck, let me just cut to the chase.

Tonight is the premiere of a new exhibit here for a limited time at the Tallulah Falls Museum! The exhibit is the Padgett Collection of antique textiles. Plus, the premiere gives us the opportunity to dress up and drink champagne. I’m wearing a short royal blue dress with long sleeves and a lace bodice, and Ted is wearing a navy suit. My friend Rajani “Reggie” Singh and her husband Manu, the Chief of Police, are going too. The men aren’t thrilled, but they’re still taking us…which is one of the reasons we love them.

Like me, Reggie is delighted that our museum managed to acquire such an elaborate collection of antique textiles. rugsShe’s particularly excited about seeing the kilims. Although often lumped together with Oriental rugs, kilim rugs are actually very different. Oriental rugs are pile rugs, whereas kilim rugs are made by interweaving designs into wefts and warps to create a flatweave. Common patterns woven into kilim rugs include the ram’s horn, hands on hips, fertility, eye, star, dragon, amulet, comb, burdock, running water, and scorpion.

I’m looking forward to seeing the tapestries. On the website, the museum shows one that I can hardly wait to see in person. It’s a three-paneled Biblical tapestry depicting the battle between David and Goliath that dated back to the early 1500s. The tapestry is reportedly seventy-five feet long and ten feet wide and was woven in the Flemish city of Arras.

Reggie will be here with lunch soon. I just hope nothing happens to ruin this night, you know what I mean?

Oh, excuse me…this is Reggie calling. I really need to take her call. Angus will keep you company for just a second.

{As Marcy steps into the hallway, Angus, her Irish wolfhound, wags his tail. Just as quickly as she left, Marcy is back.}

Can you believe this? Manu has been contacted by the FBI! They think an art thief is going to be at tonight’s exhibit! Just when we thought our guys were going to have a night off…. Reggie says they’ll still be at the premiere, of course, but they’ll be on duty. Still, it’s better than not having them there at all. And what’s the worst that could happen? No, wait, don’t answer that.

You can read more about Marcy and her friends in Thread End, the seventh book in the “Embroidery” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is The Quick and the Thread. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Amanda Lee (also writing as Gayle Trent) writes the Embroidery Mystery series. The series features a heroine who recently moved to the Oregon coast to open an embroidery specialty shop. Amanda lives in Virginia and loves to hear from readers!

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