Needleworker’s Delight’s Christmas in Williamsburg

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Hi Everyone!

Many of you are aware that Sue C and I are off at a needlework retreat in Virginia.  This is the 35th annual “Christmas in Williamsburg” but this is the first one that is being run by Kevin, Jimmy, and the rest of the gang from Needleworker’s Delight.  You won’t be surprised to hear that everyone is singing praises for their making this such an exciting and successful event!

Sue and I started our journey on early Wednesday morning by catching the “bus” from Needleworker’s to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.  We were joined by six other stitchers for the six-hour journey.

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Sue waving before getting on the bus!

The weather improved steadily as we drove south.  The resort is located on the shore of the James River and it is really beautiful.

The view from the stitching room!

There are about 200 people attending the event (up from about 75 last year) and a number of classes are being offered — mostly cross-stitch and lectures.  Sue and I are among a handful of needlepointers in attendance.  Quite a few people have stopped and expressed awe at our stretcher bars!  There are about fifteen vendors (yes, we shopped).  Breakfast and lunch are provided every day.

The rooms at the resort are spread out.  Our room overlooks the tennis courts and is very nice with perhaps the best shower we have ever had in a hotel.  (It takes so little to keep me happy!)  The resort runs a shuttle service to get us to and from our rooms.  Sometimes Sue and I walk, too.  The hotel is also running a shuttle service to and from Williamsburg on a set schedule.  We haven’t taken advantage of this yet — it’s in our weekend plan, particularly for the Grand Illumination on Sunday!

The resort is beautifully-decorated for the holiday as well.

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We used the star on top of the tree to help guide us to our room on Wednesday night!

These nutcrackers flank the front door; they are lit up at night and Christmas music is piped outside the entrance!  These pictures are a private joke for Sue’s sister!

Tonight, after two full days of stitching, we had a banquet dinner.  There were live musicians singing and playing Christmas carols in the lobby beforehand.

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Dinner started with a salad with greens, dried cranberries, pecans, sweet potato pieces, and feta cheese.  Dinner was a combo of a game hen and salmon with risotto and veggies.  Dessert was a selection of pastries!  Excellent.

It won’t surprise any of you that Needleworker’s had beautiful door prizes and baskets to raffle off.  I won a door prize.

A Nantucket basket and two complete kits from Fern Ridge — one of the vendors at the boutique.

There were forty opportunity baskets, but only two had needlepoint items.  Sue put all of her tickets into a Christmas sampler needlepoint and I put all but one of mine in a Nancy Needles “Two Lighthouses” basket.  My final ticket went into the Christmas sampler basket.  I told Sue that if I won the Christmas sampler that it would be her birthday present.  But, lo and behold, Sue won it all on her own ticket!

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Sue with her basket prize!

There are about 30 door prizes awarded each day while we are stitching, too!  Sue and I have already decided to come back next year — you all should join us!  This is like the NJ Needlefest on steroids!

Cheers, Rosie

Another SOTM Beauty

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I was stitching with Sharon yesterday at the other New Jersey ANG Chapter to which we both belong. She was finishing up her November stitches on the SOTM project and I was able to get a picture. Sharon chose the same color palette as Robin, Joan, and Nancy, yet they are all so different.

She is enjoying the project because she had never done most of these stitches and so has learned quite a bit. Also, this is Sharon’s first SOTM and she has really enjoyed stitching with the group – it has helped having others to assist with decisions about colors and questions about stitches.

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Stitch-of-the-Month – November 2019

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It was a cold Saturday for the November SOTM session. But, once again, we all enjoyed conversation as we stitched on this month’s motif.

The first three pieces all use the same colorway, yet look so different as the stitchers selected different threads for the various stitches.

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Joan

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Nancy

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Robin

Sylvia chose a soft palette for her piece.

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Sylvia

Rosie and Barbara both chose very bold colors.

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Barbara

Mine is a traditional red-white-blue combination. However, I am stitching on Congress Cloth rather than 18-count canvas so it is a bit smaller than the others.

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Noelle wasn’t able to join us today so she stitched with us virtually! She is bravely stitching on black 18-count with luscious colors.

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Noelle

We are eagerly awaiting the final installment of this project!

SOTM – October 2019

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The SOTM group did not meet this month – too many other obligations competing for time. However, we continued with our stitching. We are nearing the end of the year-long mystery project and are anticipating what comes next. A few members forwarded pictures of their progress.  We encourage other members of the group to post their progress!

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Can you guess what we will be stitching in November and December? Check in next month to see if you guessed correctly!

 

Last Day at Seminar – Stitch Manipulation

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On Monday, the last day of Seminar, I took Cynthia Thomas’ Thread and Stitch Manipulation class.  The main purpose of this class was to look at basic stitches we all know and see how you can manipulate it.  For each stitch, we were to look at changing/adding one element at a time – color, orientation (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, oblique), spacing, size, etc. to see what effect we could have.    While a relatively simple concept you would think, this was difficult for me to see on paper.  I was able to create some potentially interesting stitches that I can play with.  It was fun to look at what others were creating.

While I expected this to be just a notebook class, she did include canvas and threads for 2 ornaments – either Christmas or Halloween – and I chose Halloween.  However, I decided to play with trying to modify stitches rather than actually stitching one of the ornaments, especially since all the stitches I was coming up with did not work with the threads in my kit.  What a challenge it was thinking not only of the effect you want but what threads you need to create that effect as you design the stitches for a particular area.

I am very glad I took this class even though it meant 5 days of classes.  It is triggering me to look at stitches differently and think about how I can really make a piece my own.

 

Overall, I had a great experience at this seminar, even though 5 days of classes in 5 days is very tiring In addition to the other seminar activities.  I thought the hotel had great amenities and was well situated to find restaurants and a grocery store and talk walks in the evening.  I loved the lazy river and hot tub and tried to enjoy them each day after class to work out the sore muscles from sitting in class stitching.

After leaving Seminar on Monday, I caught a bus to Austin to spend a day with my newest grandson before heading home.  A win-win week for me!