So, I was one of the lucky ones who was able to register for the Canvas Investigations Class with the Embellishment Squad, Tony Minieri, Meredith Hahn Willet and Debbie Stiehler. Usually they are joined by Suzanne Howren, but unfortunately, she was ill and could not attend. Previously, I’ve had classes with Tony and Meredith, but never together. What fun!
There were four of us at a table with about 50 stitchers in the room. We were each given a very extensive handout with diagrams of all the stitches to be used by students in the class, added to the stitch diagrams from other classes. That plus the required “Stitches to Go” book by Suzanne Howren were all that was needed to execute the stitch plan. The teachers rotated among groups of tables, but switched after lunch which tables they were servicing. Each of us had previously selected our canvases and we were given some stitches and areas on which to stitch. As the teachers went from student to student, they helped with the execution of stitches, but also designing stitches for the other areas. I send a huge shout out to Lori, the owner of Waste Knot for supplying us with needed thread for the next day for the areas that had newly been covered. She did a great job!
One fun part of having so many multiple teacher perspectives, is that you can learn different ways to execute a stitch. I learned three different ways of approaching Or n’ue. By George, I think I’ve (finally) got it! Here are some progress photos of my canvas.
As many of my local fellow needle enthusiasts know, I travel a lot. Seminar weekend proved to be no exception. I had to leave the seminar for a short period of time to attend a wedding. I’ve known the bride since before she was born, so I really wanted to be there. However, since I was missing Vendor night, I was a bit bummed. So, of course, when my hubby said he was going to take a nap before we got ready for the wedding, I took off. Just a mere five miles away from our hotel was a shop in Merrick, NY called Needlepoint Nook. The owner of the shop is good friends with the aunt of the bride. So, we had a great time chatting. I indulged and bought a Funda Scully canvas for one of the little hinged boxes. So now I was a little less bummed about having to leave the seminar for that short period of time.
Thanks to hubby’s vacation that week and him usually being a pretty good guy, we drove back to DC in time for the afternoon class session on Sunday and both sessions on Monday. Since the instruction is so individualized in my class, it felt like I didn’t really miss that much for my class. The teachers were able to finish giving me ideas for the canvas and I have enough information to finish, when I get more time to stitch!
All in all, I had a great time with all that I did. Sigh – a really happy one.
Barbara, I’m so excited to see that you stitched this kimono. It’s been in my stash for years and I’ve been a bit intimidated by the blue background. Do you have photos of the completed piece someone on the web or that you could send to me? Such a great piece! Andrew
Oh Andrew, so much to stitch. So little time. I have not finished the piece (or really done much on it since the class.) I’m so sorry. Hopefully the photo that is here, can give you some ideas. It’s a beautiful Kimono. I hope you enjoy stitching it. I’ve been working on a huge Kimono through an EGA class that I have been taking since March. There are lots of different stitches, but it is too big. This one is much more reasonable. Who knows, perhaps your note to me will encourage me to pick this piece up again. Good luck.