Once upon a time it wasn't a case of simply walking in a shop to obtain your needlework supplies, you had to wait for the needlework supplies to come to you via a pedlar or chapman. And hope that the items you would have chosen hadn't all been taken by other people first! Even today in some parts of the world, obtaining needlework supplies requires considerable compromises - and I'll illustrate this more next week. We are experiencing a considerable downturn and now, more than ever before, when times were good and we could afford it, now is the time to keep buying something from your local needlework store, or it may not survive. To celebrate July 14th I am showing a French pedlar-doll and it is revealing to see what exactly she would have been selling when she came to your door.