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Wrapping up Seminar 2018

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This has been a wonderful Seminar, giving me a chance to connect with old friends and, I hope, make some new ones. It has been busy since the five day format compressed activities that used to take place over seven days.

Last night, Jill, Sue, Rosie, Heidi, Robin and I had dinner at the Lebanese Taverna which is a couple of blocks from the hotel. I will miss them when I go home to South Carolina.

Just a quick update on my second day of Serenity (the rozashi not the state of mind!).

We worked on the water, did a bit of background to get the feel of the stitch and continued to work on the flowers. Margaret Kinsey , our teacher, also showed us how to prepare our pieces once the stitching is finished. I think I am hooked!

Below is my progress as I head home. Happy stitching! See you next year in Houston!

Serenity at Seminar

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My second class at this year’s Seminar is Serenity with Margaret Kinsey. It uses the Japanese needlework technique called rozashi.

Rozashi is stitched on a specially woven silk gauze fabric called “ro” which is starched. The thread count of the ro is 37 to 40 warp threads to the inch and 14 groupings of 3 Dan weft threads. It is tiny!!

I had to go back to my room to get my high powered light and magnifier combination!

I made good progress and am enjoying the class immensely.

Final day of classes tomorrow ūüė¶ but so great to spend time with kindred spirits

Liberty update

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I neglected to post my progress on my first class, Liberty with Dawn Donnelly. So here goes – I made good progress in class and think I will be able to finish fairly quickly. I had ripped out my stitching on the white section (second from top) and did not want to put it back in until I get home.

I did buy a red, white and blue laying tool from Dawn at Expo last night. She makes them as well as jewelry and magnets in her spare time – after her full time job and needlepoint!

Day One at Seminar

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I arrived yesterday by train yesterday with Jill and Diane.  We had dinner in the hotel and settled into our rooms.

This morning, I began my first class, Liberty.  Our teacher is Dawn Donnelly and she is wonderful! She handed out a line drawn canvas with a generous thread package.   Here is my progress so far.  I hope to tie off my stragglers before class tomorrow.

Happy stitching!

Thursday in Asheville

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I arrived in the beautiful city of Asheville, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on Tuesday.  Yesterday, Jill and I spent the day at the Biltmore Estate.  What an amazing place!

But the most ingesting was the kitchen and servants’ quarters – evoking memories of Downton Abbey!

Today was the start of my class, Dusting of Snow by Gail Stafford. Although I was in class for a full day, you can see how little was done – just a couple of trees, half a shrub, and a tiny bit of sky.


Tonight we went to the Grove Park Inn for dinner.  We were joined by Cathy and Lynn from New York.

What a feast!  What an amazing place Рa historic hotel with a view that is beyond words!


Jill and I were so glad to be able to enjoy such a wonderful evening!


More from the happy campers tomorrow!

Hawaii vacation

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I am so fortunate to have spent the last 9 days on the islands of Kauai and Oahu. ¬†I had hoped to start Windmills of Stinson Beach on the long flight from Newark but my seat mate kept the window shade down do not enough light ūüė¶ . ¬†But I have had time in the mornings on our beautiful lanai to finish the project. ¬†Sadly it is home tomorrow on the red eye. ¬†Must leave the sun, sand and 80 degree temps. ¬†Still I have my Hawaiian stitched Windmills. ¬†Colors are sort of tropical, don’t you think?

Beets Day 1

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I love root vegetables! ¬†Today was the start of a two day class for Jennifer Reifenberg’s Beets. ¬†This is the third in a series of three root vegetable pieces – carrots, radishes and now, beets! ¬†I have stitched Redishes already.

Jennifer is a very organized and patient teacher.  We started with the band that goes between the beets which represents the earth,  it will continue in what looks like layers to well below the end of the roots.  We  worked on the middle and right side beets Рmy middle is finished except for beads.  Then we tried the stitches for the leaves.  But I wanted to wait to finish the leaves until I have stitched the sky behind them.

Tonight we are off to Muriel’s on Jackson Square in the French Quarter for dinner. ¬†Who knows if we can sneak in some beignets?

Progress so far on Beets

Seminar – Days 4 and 5

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On Tuesday, Jill, Sue and I did not have class.  So we went to the WW II Museum.  My dad fought in the Second World War (as well as Korea) so I wanted to see how the museum treated the European Theatre.

The exhibits were wonderful but I felt that there was much more in the Pacific section, perhaps because the overall battle was longer and more extensive geographically. At any rate, the museum tells a very moving story of the courage and fortitude of the men and women of the Greatest Generation.

Last night, we had dinner at Commander’s Palace. ¬†Best shrimp remoulade ever! ¬†When we left, they took us though the kitchen to see behind the scenes.

Today, I had a one day class, Swirling Tulips by Gail Stafford.   Below is one quadrant of the design.  Tomorrow, we start Beets so I will have another root vegetable piece!

First Touring Day in NOLA 

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Jill and I did not have class on Monday so we started the day stitching on our Saturday/Sunday projects, cleaning up some ¬†“spaghetti”. Then we started our city tour by picking up the Hop on/Hop off bus outside our hotel.

After traveling through the Arts District and past the WW II Museum, our first hop off was in the Garden District.  There we had a wonderful walking tour of the beautiful mansions with their extensive gardens .   Some of them are owned by celebrities like John Goodman and Sandra Bullock.  Others have been in the same family for generations.  All exterior renovations are strictly regulated to maintain the character of the District.

We then toured a cemetery .  Because of the high water table, burials are in crypts above ground.  Some  are very elaborate and landscaped.  It felt like a city!

After getting back on the bus, we traveled past the warehouses that store the Mardi Gras floats.  Some door were open so we could peek in. Wow!

Then on to the  French Quarter where I had my first Hurricane in the French Market.  Lunch was a shared half muffaletta Рsimilar to a Stromboli but with an olive spread inside. We walked a few blocks to the Quarter Point, a needlepoint and knitting shop.  Lovely painted canvases were offered as well as yarns like I have never seen.  They said that the French Quarter location allows them to offer more unusual yarns!

After a walk through the Quarter, we came back hot and tired but happy to  have gotten a taste of the city.

Below is my progress on Florida Palm.  Who knows what today will bring!