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SOTM – May 2019

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What is it with the weather these days? Have we had two nice weekend days at all this Spring? And what exactly happened to Spring?

Last Saturday turned out to be the better of the two days this weekend and a small group of us gathered to work on the latest installment of the SOTM project. We all agreed that the mystery is causing some angst – since we don’t know what the final design looks like we are constantly second-guessing our choice of threads/colors. However, we also agreed that seeing the design emerging each month is part of the fun. We are trying to “go with the flow”, which is a challenge for many of us!

I think you will agree that our projects are all very different.

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Diane

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Linda

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Rosie

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Jill

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Sue C

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Nancy W

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Noelle

We’re all looking forward to next month’s stitching!

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Gone Stitching Grand Re-Opening

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This week I was able to attend the grand re-opening of Gone Stitching in Bergenfield. Renee and Michele have relocated the shop a few blocks south of their previous location on South Washington Avenue.

The new store is in a stand-alone building with lots of windows and high ceilings, providing a really bright space to shop, or just sit and stitch. The walls are covered in lots of threads and canvases. I’m looking forward to visiting the shop again!

Gone Stitching is at 311 South Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 (201.385.2100).

SOTM – April 2019

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Eleven of our group met on this beautiful Spring Saturday to continue our SOTM projects. Nine of the stitchers worked on this year’s project – the ANG SOTM.

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Joan

 

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Nancy

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Mally

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Sylvia

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Marge

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Rosie

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Jill

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Sue C

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Two of our stitchers worked on catching up with past projects.

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Margaret

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As always, we enjoyed stitching as well as chatting. What better way to spend a few hours?

 

Happy Stitching!

 

 

2019 Woodlawn Drop-off

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Mr. M and I packed up the little Mazda 3 and set off on Friday. It’s actually quite remarkable how much can get stuffed into that car – we didn’t have an inch to spare!

Yes, we did manage to fit in some luggage.  And Mr. M didn’t have to travel with anything on his lap!

Our first stop was Starbucks in Mt. Laurel where we met Melita, who is also submitting a piece to Woodlawn so we added that to the inventory. Melita designs some fabulous pieces and blogs about her various projects at Melita Stitches 4 Fun. Be sure to check it out.

The rain eventually stopped as we were traveling through Maryland. We stopped for lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Laurel. I do have a deal with Mr. M – whenever possible we try out a brew pub for lunch on a stitching field trip. BJ’s is a chain that we’ve been to in the past so we knew what to expect. But the food is good (I had a bowl of excellent vegetarian lentil soup that was quite filling) and Mr. M enjoyed the beer.

After lunch we headed to The Waste Knot in Arlington to see the new shop. Last year Lori moved a few blocks from her Lee Highway location to a larger and much brighter shop on Glebe Road. She carries quite a lot of threads and beads along with all the canvases. I did purchase one canvas as well as needles and a couple of small magnets. I had to buy those because I had brought two projects to work on in the evening but forgot needles and magnets.  What a disaster that could have been!

The Waste Knot’s new location

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Ho Ho Ho from Strictly Christmas

We stayed at the Embassy Suites in Old Town Alexandria, right near the King Street Metro Station. We did make quite a sight as we unpacked a few pieces of luggage and then started carrying in all the needlework pieces.

On Saturday our appointment at Woodlawn was 10:00. In years past we’ve had a 9:00 appointment, in advance of the general public (well, the general stitching public) bringing their pieces in. This year was different – and was probably the most efficient one yet. We were met by Debra K. who is one of the co-chairs of the show and a member of Nelly’s Needlers. Instead of checking in at the front desk, we were led to the other wing for a separate check-in. For those who have been to the Exhibit, we were in the room that houses the Cafe.

They had several tables set up for us; Mr. M and I unpacked all of the pieces and lined them up. Only after all the pieces were unpacked (which itself took about 30 minutes) did Debra start the check-in. She processed the paperwork and examined every piece so that she could note the condition of each, including slight marks on frames, buckling of canvas, etc. Debra was very thorough in her examination and we talked quite a bit about finishing techniques. As we were entering the pieces many of the other volunteers came through and looked at our submittals. As was expected, there were a lot of comments about all the different colorways for Stars for a New Millennium; several people were trying to decide which colorway was their favorite. By the way, we have 9 versions of Stars in the Exhibit.

While we were checking in we did chat with some of the other volunteers. We learned that almost half of the pieces that had been entered were from first-time exhibitors, and there is a notable increase in the number of men who entered this year. I think that’s a great sign for the continuation of our craft!

All in all, the check-in process took 2 hours to get our 27 pieces (by 19 NJNA exhibitors) fully checked in. By that time we felt we deserved a nice lunch, so we headed back to Old Town to The Wharf on King Street where Mr. M enjoyed a shrimp po’boy and I had a lovely she-crab soup and side salad.

We had an early dinner reservation at the Mt. Vernon Inn that evening so we returned to the hotel and sat in the atrium where the lighting was perfect for me to stitch. I managed to get quite a bit of Herringbone Happening stitched.

Dinner was fabulous and I enjoyed a brie appetizer, a large salad with shrimp, and a slice of cherry pie. Mr. M had the turkey pot pie and apple pie. We also were very pleased with a Virginia wine. This was the first time we had been to this restaurant, although we had visited the estate in years past, but it won’t be our last time.

We traveled home on Sunday and made good time – at least we arrived back in NJ early enough to get settled before facing the work week.

We’ll be heading to the Exhibit in early March when Nora is home for Spring Recess. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our pieces! I hope you’ll consider heading to Woodlawn to see the exhibit. It is open the entire month of March (except Tuesdays). There are quite a few events in conjunction with the Exhibit, so be sure to check them here.

Happy Stitching!

Linda

2018 SOTM – Wrap-Up

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This is a bit late but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share everyone’s progress on our 2018 projects.  Many of the group worked on Lorene Salt’s Autumn Kaleidoscope this year while others continued to work on SOTM projects from previous years.  A few of us finished while others have a little more stitching to do.  We all had a great time at our monthly sessions and will be sharing our 2019 projects.

Barbara finished and framed her Stars for a New Millennium (Tony Minieri Designs) in time for the Woodlawn Needlework Show.

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And the roll call of Autumn Kaleidoscope; note that in addition to changing the colors many of our stitchers also varied the borders.

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january 2019 - diane

Diane

january 2019 - janet

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january 2019 - janice

Janice

january 2019 - jill

Jill

january 2019 - linda

Linda

january 2019 - mally

Mally

january 2019 - marge

Marge

january 2019 - nancy

Nancy

january 2019 - noelle

Noelle

january 2019 - robin

Robin

january 2019 - rosie

Rosie

january 2019 - sue c

Sue C

january 2019 - sylvia

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What a great project!  Thank you, Lorene!