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August SOTM Group

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Hi Everyone —

For once I was back in NJ for the Stitch of the Month session.  My Razzle Dazzle is sure suffering the consequences of all my travels!

Here is this month’s progress:

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race!  From the top, right to left:  Sue C’s My Way, Rosie’s Razzle Dazzle, Linda M’s Starts, Diane’s Stars, Tina’s Stars, Jill’s Stars, and Dee’s Different View!

As you can see, the Stars pieces are gorgeous and moving along smartly.

I know we’ve all had these annoying, pesky knots in our threads, so I thought you should see what my project dealt with this week:

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It is the same phenomena — called a hockle — caused by the release of tension on a twisted line — in my case about a one-inch steel anchor wire!  And you thought you had problems!

I am looking forward to the coming week at the EGA seminar in Asheville, NC.

Cheers!

Rosie

EGA Regional Seminar: Fire and Ice

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Hi Everyone —

Several of our NJNA members participated in the EGA Metropolitan Regional Seminar in Florham Park this weekend.  Following our arrival on Friday afternoon, shopping in a wonderful boutique provided by Needleworker’s Delight, and  taking our chances on about fifteen beautiful opportunity baskets, we settled down to two days of concentrated stitching.

I’ll let others report for themselves, but Diane, Barbara L, Jill, and I were all enrolled in “Fire ad Ice” taught by Toni Gerdes.  This is about my fifth Toni class, so I knew it would be a wonderful class.

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Toni’s original Fire and Ice

Here’s my progress at the end of the weekend:

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Rosie’s Weekend Progress

I hope that I’ll be able to find some time to continue to work on this beautiful piece.  I am even more interested now that I know the inspiration behind the project.  This beautiful building in Kansas is an annex to the Metropolitan Museum of Natural History in NYC.

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Prairie Fire Museum

The architect used the red dichroic glass to simulate fire, and Toni found her inspiration for this lovely needlepoint piece.  Can you see it?

Just imagine being able to create a piece based on this beautiful building and then being able to teach it to the multitudes!  Color me impressed!

Keep on stitching!

Rosie

PS — I “won” one of those opportunity baskets!

Winter Adventure

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Hi Everyone —

While watching all the angst about cancelling the NJNA meeting due to weather…..this is me coming in after a trek to the Barrow grocery store in about -15 degrees and windy and dark.  I was told it was a two-block walk, but actually it was more like six blocks each way.  The snow was too cold to be slippery, but I was walking blind!

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One night we went to the Heritage Center and had a private tour of the whaling museum.  I thought you all might enjoy seeing this Inuit sewing kit.  You can see the sharp leather cutter and the awl for making holes in the leather all contained nicely on a sealskin thong.  So clearly we needlepointers were not the first to invent scissor fobs!  The small leather gathered piece is a thimble.  The floss above the tool is caribou gut which was used as thread.

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Whales were another source of fiber — this picture shows a baleen (one of hundreds in each whale’s mouth).  The baleen is hard with brittle threads (cilia?) but after soaking, you can pull on a thread and pull it all the way to the end of the baleen.  We saw baleens that were about five feet long to ones that were about two feet long — apparently the length depends upon the location in the whale’s mouth.  These threads were traditionally used to weave baskets.

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I hope you find this as fascinating as I did.  I think I would really love to take a course in making a pair of traditional mukluk boots!  Do you think ANG would consider it for a national seminar?

Cheers, Rosie

 

December SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

I think December is my favorite SOTM month since we end the year with stitching and a pot-luck luncheon!  We had appetizers, salads, soups, casseroles, fruit, and (of course) dessert!  What a wonderful tradition!

In addition to stitching, December is the month where we start to discuss our plans for next year.  I think I’ll be continuing on Ruby Razzle Dazzle again, but with all of the wonderful suggestions, I may get sucked into something new!  HA!

Here’s our progress on this year’s ANG project:

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Don’t these look wonderful?  Kudos to all for the great progress!

Happy New Year to all!

Cheers, Rosie

The Real SOTM!

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Hi Everyone —

With so many people away this month and the last two posts about Alternative SOTMs and Alternative Seminars, I felt the need to represent the real, true NJNA SOTM.  Wish you were here!

Last Saturday, seven of us met at Sue’s house for stitching and conversation.  Five of us are working on the ANG SOTM by Susan Hoekstra and two of us are working on 2014 and 2015 SOTM projects.  (The only exception to attending and NOT working on the current project is if you are working on an older SOTM project!)

So here are the results at the end of the day:

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Clockwise from the top:  Nancy W, Barbara L, Joan, Sue C, and Carol.

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Rosie’s “Razzle Dazzle” on the left and Dee’s “A Different View” on the right.  Slow but steady progress!

Aren’t all the color choices awesome?  A good time was had by all!

Rosie

Uber Delicious!

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Hi Everyone —

Today Sue and I are in the same class which doesn’t happen very often.  She has already told you the wonderful story of how “Sisters” got its name.  I did hear one woman in the class mention that she was renaming it the “Coven”.  In case you didn’t know, that is how many of our husbands refer to our stitching groups.  In my house, they’re my “Peeps!”

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Tomorrow we will add aquas and grays to the larger piece.

The hotel here in NOLA is right next to the Superdome.  So we dealt with the Saints playing the Steelers on Friday night, a Little Wayne concert on Saturday night, and the Saints playing the Ravens tonight.  One side effect of this is the earplugs that were placed on our pillows.  Another is total gridlock in front of the hotel.  So, when six of us needed a taxi for dinner tonight, we got in a very long line.  After about five minutes and no movement, I decided to use a skill that Meg taught me and I hailed an Uber cab!  Our driver arrived in about three minutes — but the bottom line is that we paid less than half of what our friends did!  So easy!

I forgot to mention that Meg had been in NOLA with her high school friends a few years ago and she sent me a list of recommended restaurants.  So tonight we followed her advice and ate at Muriels in the French Quarter.

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The food was terrific and I know that I ate too much.  I did my usual two appetizers instead of an entree:  1.  zucchini rolled with sun dried tomatoes and ricotta cheese, then deep fried and served with mint sauce and 2.  pan-fried crab cake with capers.  I also ordered wood grilled asparagus and Gruyere mashed potatoes.  Dessert was a carrot cake ice cream sandwich — the ice cream was cream cheese flavored!  OMG!  We had six very happy campers!

Here’s a random sample of some other lovely meals:

Many thanks to Meg for the excellent recommendation.  My other daughter texted me a picture of their dinner at my favorite Madison restaurant.  B***h, slapped!

Cheers, Rosie