New Glory Day 1 (Day 3 of Seminar)

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Saturday was another beautiful morning for a walk before class, especially since I knew it would be a busy day.  We have been very fortunate with the weather here even though most of the day is inside the hotel. Hence it is so nice to get out and explore when I have the chance.

Saturday was the start of my second class at seminar – New Glory with Toni Gerdes.  Yes, I ended up with two patriotic classes -there was no particular reason; I just liked both pieces!  Toni handed out the canvases with the lines drawn for all the borders and sections. We started the morning painting the borders with blue Copic markers so the white doesn’t show through as much. We then played with various fabric samples to place in the 3 fabric sections.  There was lots of discussion and camraderie as we discussed each other’s selections and sought other’s opinions.  We then applied wool felt to those sections and then applied the fabric using fusible web.  The challenge was making them fit exactly, overlapping the borders part way but not too much!  Toni then taught us how to use the border thread to tie down the fabric so it doesn’t fray and puffs up a bit from the felt but keeping the stitching lines straight even though we’re going through the fabric so you can’t see the holes!  It’s very slow going!

We then worked a few more sections, including doing a burden stitch usng a new thread Stardust as the base and couching it with Accentuate.  Here is my progress at the end of the first day.

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I had bid at the silent auction on a cute witch canvas and won it for $10.  I could have done a lot more damage but only had 5 minutes to swing through and bid!  Think of how much fun this canvas will be once I get to it!

Saturday evening was Expo! and Sue C and I had volunteered to help Trish Vine.  What an experience from the other side of the table!  At least I didn’t mind the crowds as I wasn’t trying to fight through them to shop.  I can only hope I recorded everything correctly for Trish.

A bit exhausted after packing up what was left of Trish’s inventory, we headed down to the bar for a glass of wine and some apps.  There we were treated to a fascinating fashion show of people attending the Black Community Supports Breast Cancer Research Pink and White Ball.  It was great fun to watch people coming in elegantly dressed in pink and white, especially the men.  There was a man with pink and white spats and another with shoes that sparkled with LO and VE.  While there were a few questionable outfits, most were stunning.  It was a great end to a long day.

#NewGlory #ToniGerdes #ANGseminar

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