Today finds me at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA. I am attending the Stitcher’s Hideaway fall retreat – Bling in the Holidays with Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler. I am a big fan of Thea’s pieces and she is a fabulous teacher, so I try not to miss any opportunity to take her classes.
We received our pre-work package in early September. Somehow I actually managed to finish the pre-work well ahead of schedule. Here’s the project when I arrived. This is stitched on 28-count Clay Cashel Linen.
Today we concentrated on all the specialty stitches – Partial Rhodes, Smyrnas, and Mosaics, to name a few. Thea provides videos of the stitch demonstrations in the class, which she then posts as YouTube videos for future reference. It really helps a lot when there is a large group as everyone can see the demonstration.
So here is the project after today (and I am, thankfully, all caught up).
Tomorrow we decorate the tree with all the bling!
Tonight we also had a gift exchange – those who wish to participate bring in a handmade gift. However, there is no stealing! These are all the lovely gifts that were part of the exchange.
This is the gift I received. I love these little ornaments and aren’t the scissors just adorable?
And here is the pillow I made. The recipient was appreciative of my effort. I am pretty pleased with it, considering that I could be categorized as a pre-beginner seamstress.
Tomorrow night we will have Show-and-Tell, which is always exciting. Stay tuned for more progress!