A haunting at the Patternworks shop—A Mystery Photo Contest!

It turns out the rumors are true—the Patternworks shop is indeed haunted! After years of hearing reports of strange occurrences, such as balls of yarn flying off of shelves by themselves (and we’re not talking about the summer sale here) and sightings of spooky shadows, our photography team has obtained concrete evidence of the existence of the Patternworks shop ghosts. It took many attempts, but these haunted souls have finally revealed themselves!

Below, we present to you the proof. Now it’s your turn to do the investigating. We want to know what you think the backstory of these haunted souls is. What dire events cause them to linger here after death? What is their connection to the Patternworks shop, located in Senter’s Marketplace (named for the Senter family, who were owners of a large amount of property in this area beginning in the 1700′s).

There’s no way to know for sure what the true story is, so all ideas are welcome! Leave your explanation as a blog comment by 7:30 AM EST on Thursday, November 1st. We’ll hold a company-wide vote to see which tale our employees find the most compelling, and the winner will receive our Three Kit Grab Bag #4, which includes the yarn and patterns for a pair of women’s brioche cabled socks, a baby sweater, and three pairs of baby booties.

Join us in this year’s mystery photo contest, if you dare! (We’re also holding a mystery photo contest on the Keepsake Quilting Blog. Why not double your fun and enter both!)

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5 Responses to A haunting at the Patternworks shop—A Mystery Photo Contest!

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  2. Susie Kline says:

    The woman is clearly Mary Ann Corker. She was killed in the square in the mid-1900s when she was hit by a car on her way to visit another yarn shop that was located there before Patternworks. While she was momentarily detained (what with the passing over and walking into the white light and all) she didn’t let something like death keep her from her yarn. As the years went by, she found herself relocated to the current location of the Patternworks shop, after being somehow attached to the essence of wool.

    The shadowy man in the doorway is Mister Senter himself. He has been enamored of Ms. Corker since her appearance in the square. But being a proper gentleman of higher breeding, he cannot let himself be lured into a shop catering to the women’s arts. Since Mary Ann is loathe to leave behind her current pile of WIPs, he is forced to admire her from the doorway!

    By the way, the flying yarn and other instruments is Mary Ann’s visible frustration with dropping a stitch or miscounting a chart!

  3. Kathleen says:

    The female ghost is Mrs. Senter who died while looking for a pattern for a sweater she was completing. She couldn’t remember the next step and had to finish it for her husband’s birthday. (She knew better than to make him one before they got married because of the “sweater curse” but now that they were married, she was finally making him one!) She knew she had the pattern and as she rushed about her house, she tripped over her cat – a black cat no less – who was playing with a ball of yarn that had dropped out of her knitting basket. As Mrs. Senter fell, she landed on her knitting basket and was speared in the heart with a knitting needle. Mr. Senter found her later that day as he returned from work. Distraught as he knew the sweater was for him, he took his own life, using the half completed sweater as a noose. To this day, Mrs. Senter continues to haunt Patternworks, searching for that pattern to complete her beloved’s sweater. Mr. Senter follows her, longing to be with her again.

  4. terri carney says:

    Back in the days of ore. Long before woman were allowed to be seen barefoot in public. When time was a earned aspect of a days work and a restful sleep at night, A townsman by the name of Mason Helderoff strolled town daily. Basically known for his looks. and charm. But Mason was a mortensen also. His daily stroll was one of great gesture as he walk the ancient town streets. Nodding to maddens by tipping his tall dark hat with a slight bow. The large buttons on Masons jacket was a sign of wealth and respect. because most in this age could not afford buttons for jackets ,let alone this large beautiful black buttons that match his jacket material so perfectly. Mason had decided to take a early stroll one morning and was walking along the street, as he noticed this beautiful sight in the window. She was adjusting the material that was hung on statues in the display window.Madison frequented the fabric store often, as he had to keep appearances up for virtue sake. So he entered the store and approached a fancy new batch of black wool that had just arrived earlier that day. All the while he leared at Abagal . She seen him fondling the wool and approached him with introduction. “I’m Ms Abagal Killion may i assist you sir”. gracefully Madison tip his hat and bow and proceeded to kiss Ms Abagals hand, The pleasure is mine he replied. Many weeks followed as Madison no longer needed a excuse to visit Abagal now called Abby by Madison. Abby was smitten by Madison’s charm, influence, and wealth. Madison and Abby would soon wed. Three days before Halloween Abby took ill. Madison sat with her right up til Halloween. He told her he would return to her soon.He was asked into work. because of death in town. During this time, Abby died. Madison was so heart broken to survive without Abby he could not accept what fate had delt. He would set and drink for days on end as hoping to self destruct. But hopelessly he survived, A few weeks later Madisons sister heard of all that had happened. so she decided to go stay with Madison thinking it would help him better focus on the future, rather than his saddened past. After sometime passed Madison and his sister began strolling the streets together as a afternoon walk, and Madison would try very hard not to look at the fabric store windows because it caused his heart to break all over again. His sisters plan seemed to be working. Madison no longer dranked his ale. nor did he cry at every thought of loosing Abby, He was healing. one evening Madison and his sister were taking there afternoon walk and a runaway carriage came out from nowhere. Madison and his sister were both killed in the accident. but to this day i hear you can always go back to the fabric store where Abby worked and if you wait just long enough you will hear doors opening and closing, and onced Abby’s ghost was seen. they knew it was her by the flowing beautiful white fabric of her burial gown. The person that told me this said as he started out of the store he could have sworn he seen a man wearing a black top hat and a black jacket with large black buttons, with a younger lady at his side and he knew it was Madison because he smiled lightly bowed and tipped his hat.

  5. missy says:

    I think that the apparition is a quilter from years past who passed away. Before she passed she was looking for just the right border fabric to finish her quilt. She passed away before she was able to find that fabric and finish the quilts. Even in death she continues to look through the store among all the bolts still looking for that perfect fabric! A truly dedicated quilter!