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Sharing with Friends!

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Hi Everyone —

I’ve decided to post new pictures at the end of each day instead of as they come in.

So, I have this wonderful little piece from Tina F to share tonight.

 

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Tina writes:

This is a Laura Perin Design from Needlepointers magazine, March 2009.  I am suppose to teach this at my Wisconsin Guild.  But with Covid-19, I am not sure that will happen.  But I am ready to go, if the meeting isn’t cancelled. It was a quick stitch as there is a minimal laying of threads.

I also realized that I had three pictures of finished pieces from Janice M.  I took these when we were stitching at the Edwardian Needle (an era ago) and I had planned to put them into the March meeting summary.  But, I figure there’s no time like the present!

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This is an ANG Correspondence Course called “Not a Creature Was Stirring” by Joni Stevenson.  Janice had it finished as a stand-up.  It looks wonderful!

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Janice found someone on ETSY (in Germany, I think) who charted the names and dates and everything!  Janice finished it as a pillow for the new couple’s home!

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Last, but not least, is Joni Stevenson’s “The Wave” which was done as a regional workshop with Metropolitan Region EGA.  This one was also finished as a stand-up!

Kudos to both Tina and Janice!  Who’s next???

Cheers, Rosie

Stitching Without Friends, Still Sharing

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Hi Everyone —

I hope you are all making time to stitch.

Janice M completed Stitcher’s Parking Lot.

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Janice tells us this about the Stitcher’s Parking Lot.

It’s from a class thru Cyberpointers that was held in March.  In addition to holding laying tools, scissors and needles, it’s also a frame weight.  I stitched it a bit differently from the directions (no surprise there) in that I used perle #3 for the background (I even used two different colors of the perle in addition to the Watercolours on the back side).  The directions called for Mandarin Floss but I did not want to lay those threads.  You could also personalize the parking lot with your initials but I choose the word “stitch” instead.  If was a fun design worked on 13-count interweave canvas which made the finishing easy.

C’mon everyone — share what you are stitching so we can stay connected in this time of social distancing!  I’ll be happy to post it for you or maybe now is the time to DIY it!

Did you love Sue C’s post about “The Neighborhood”?

Cheers, Rosie

 

 

 

 

Stitching without Friends!

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Hi Everyone —

Just wanted to post my first finish of the COVID-19 era!

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Lady with Mandala II

This was one of the classes that I took at the ANG seminar in Houston last year.  It’s a canvas by Brenda Stofft with stitch guide and thread suggestions from Cynthia Thomas, the instructor.

I made some thread changes with Janice’s help to tone down the make-up.  I lost one bead which is somewhere in the house here.  Luckily I had a suitable substitute in my stash.  I needed additional tutoring on attaching the beads with glue.  They are sort of a mess and gluing will never be in my skill set!  I also lost two needles (one with thread attached), but my husband is sure to find them when he walks around in his stocking feet!

I’d like to suggest that we all share our quarantine finishes with each other via the blog.  Many of you already have author privileges.   But I invite any of you to e-mail me a picture of your finishes along with some interesting tidbits about the designer, who it’s for, what you thought about while stitching, or anything else that might be of interest to our members.  I’ll be happy to post.  It won’t be as comprehensive as the meeting summaries, but it might help us to feel less isolated from each other.

Cheers, Rosie

March SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

I’m hunkered down and hoping to complete more than a few WIPs!  We had only three attendees at SOTM, but I heard that many of you were stitching along in spirit at home.  Please send pictures.  I have four pictures to post today, but if you send me your SOTM picture, I’ll edit this post to include it!

The three of us whizzed through the first triangle on Saturday and thought it would be a short day — and then we started on the square.  No one had finished by the time we called it quits and I was half-way through the second square before I realized that I missed the bit about crossing over two Smyrna!  Sue and Dee both promised to send pictures when they finished.

So here’s what I have so far:

Top Row:  Nancy W, Rosie
Second Row:  Sue C, Dee
Third Row:  Jill, Robin
Bottom Row:  Janice, Ellen S

I had to shop my stash to find a second Watercolour thread to use since the one I bought seemed way to dark.  I found two strands remaining from a kit where the instructor divided skeins to keep the cost down — but I had to manipulate the thread to pull out the color that I needed.  It’s on my shopping list now!

Enjoy!

Cheers, Rosie

NJNA At Woodlawn!

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Hi Everyone —

Sue and I visited the Woodlawn exhibit today and saw all of the wonderful NJNA exhibits including three by Nancy Brighton.  We have a total of 30 pieces in the exhibit!  Many of you have already seen Melita’s wonderful write-up.  We were thrilled to see so many more pieces than last year.

There were many special pieces (most of original design) that expressed the theme of “Celebrating 100 Years of Women Expressing their Rights Through Craftmaking.”  Of these, we were especially enchanted by this piece:

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and by this special youth exhibit:

I voted for this piece as best in show:

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I loved the 3-D effect of the curtains!  You should be able to get a better (and bigger) picture by clicking on it.

Sue voted for a small ribbon embroidery piece because it was so delicate.

I hadn’t planned to say much more than that we were disappointed by how high some of the pieces were hung.  I couldn’t even read the sayings on some of the samplers.

It’s always a surprise when you go on the scavenger hunt at Woodlawn to find the pieces that you recognize!  So I didn’t want to spoil that surprise for all of you.  But given that the exhibit will be closed until further notice (and perhaps for good), I’ve decided to post pictures of our group’s entries and, where possible, to give you a sense of the surroundings.

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The Woodlawn Mansion!

After a quick stop at the shop and picking up our tickets, we were greeted in the parlor by Margaret’s amazing American flag — in a place of honor above the fireplace.

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The center hall was overflowing with beautiful pieces.  Sue spotted the beautiful tiger maple box that holds Sharon B’s embroidery.

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High, high above this box was Cathryn’s Waterlilies — so high I didn’t get a picture.  Sorry, Cathryn.

Across the hall, we discovered both Cathryn’s other piece and Nancy B’s wheelbarrow of flowers!

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This year the dining room was filled with past year entries from Nelly Needlers.  While these were real beauties — I loved this tray and wanted to include the picture for Ellen S.

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As we walked into the music room, Linda’s prizewinning sampler greeted us at the top of the door!

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The music room held the completed tapestry that some of us stitched on at the ANG National Seminar in Washington DC.  It is covered with plexiglass so my photo was awful.

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I loved this original piece and thought that it was perfectly displayed!

My Rooftops of Paris was displayed right next to the window in this room — it’s a little lopsided!

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These pieces were hung to catch the rays of the sun.  The one directly above my Paris is all beaded and wow does it sparkle in the sun!

As we took the steps to the second floor, we found my “Avenue of the Giants”.

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On a shelf at the curve of the stairs, we found this duck,  I had to take the picture from afar, so it’s a little cloudy, but I wanted to include it because all of the black lines (making it look like stained glass) were cut into the mat.  I thought Rob would be impressed!

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At the top of the stairs, Linda and Noelle’s Autumn Kaleidoscopes in the original colorway were hung on either side of the first bedroom door.  It was very interesting to see how different they looked because of their frame treatment!  (Apparently I didn’t take a picture — Sorry!)

Also in the hall were Noelle’s 2019 SOTM and Janet P’s Kaleidoscope.  Sorry about the reflection Noelle.  The purse was gorgeous too.

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The hall seemed to be the location of autumn colored pieces — and, once again, we found Diane B’s Kaleidoscope in the Halloween stairway!

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I also wanted to call Cathryn’s attention to the vase of Halloween candy flowers in the center.  I know this is a finishing technique that you have also used to good effect.

We had good representation in the Christmas bedroom as well.

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Sylvia’s Beautiful Beaded Tree

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Joan’s Star — It was displayed among other snow scenes!

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And here’s Cindy’s “Santa Peeking!”

The small center upstairs room is what Sue and I call the Needlepoint Room.  We were well-represented in this room.

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Jill’s Kaleidoscope is at the top and took a First Prize ribbon.  Ellen B’s Medallion is directly below.

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Sue C’s Kaleidoscope at the top and Cindy’s beautiful Mermaid at the bottom.  I think this was the ocean row!

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So much in this picture!  Melita’s piece is at the top left.  Another entry by Nancy B in the middle at the bottom.  Sylvia’s beautiful Kaleidoscope at the bottom of the right column.

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The small wall in this room boasted Ellen B’s Mermaid!

Remember that you can always enlarge a picture by clicking on it.

Sue and I decided to call the big bedroom at the top of the stairs the Colorful Room!  My Kaleidoscope and Janet P’s Disco Ball made it to this room.  I loved the piece above the fireplace.  Janet’s was hung all by itself on the closet door!

The room next to the Halloween stairs had several themes, but mostly I would call it the “Other” Holiday room!   Janice’s Kaleidoscope seemed to be group with Valentine items — appropriate for her Cherry and Chocolate colors.  (Although I think a Christmas item snuck in there too!)

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Sue C’s Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue was also displayed in this room, along with several armed service themed canvases.  Note the flag — the same design as Margaret’s, but not as nicely framed.

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I’m generally not too fond of Bargello, but I liked this piece in this room.

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Finally we came to the last bedroom, filled with lace — and Barbara L’s perfume line-up!

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I thought this next piece made an interesting birth sampler — very different.

 

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So, I know I missed more than a few and offer my apologies to all.  Rather than individual pictures, I wanted you to get a feel for the flow of the house and the more overall arrangement.  I hope you enjoy.

Before I go, Woodlawn was encouraging us to read “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier.  Sue and I listened to it on the way down, while there, and on the way home.  We are enjoying it tremendously.  It is about a woman who learns needlepoint just so that she can stitch a kneeler for the cathedral.  Woodlawn featured these kneelers as a special exhibit that tied to the book.

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We will keep everyone informed about the return of our pieces.  It appears that Woodlawn may try to extend the exhibit into April — but I wouldn’t hold my breath right now.

Cheers, Rosie

 

 

 

Stitcher’s Hideaway!

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Hi Everyone —

Once again, Sue C and I have joined 46 other stitchers in Sturbridge, MA for Stitcher’s Hideaway.

Several members of NJNA as well as members of Skylands and Monmouth Chapters of EGA are in attendance.  We also reconnected with friends from prior years of the retreat.  Three days of uninterrupted stitching have allowed all of us to make some good progress on our projects!  And, really, isn’t it always better to stitch with friends?

Here’s a collage of our NJNA attendees and their door prizes!  Ada won the top prize ($50 gift certificate), but I doubt that anyone was more excited than me when I received a DMC book of small designs that included kitchen items, wine glasses, butterflies, etc.!

This is the first year that we did not have a significant snowfall — only flurries!  Unfortunately one of our Skylands colleagues took a fall and broke her arm.  We wish Susan a speedy recovery.

Cheers, Rosie

February SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

We had a small gathering today but were able to get lots of stitching done while solving the world’s problems!  Linda M was off delivering our pieces for the Woodlawn Exhibit so I subbed as hostess for her!

Without further ado:

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Janet P

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Janice M

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Ellen S

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Mally B

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Nancy W

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Robin M

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Sue C

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Dee L

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Rosie L

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I think you will agree that there are some very lovely color combinations!

Jill will join us in this year’s SOTM, but only after she finishes last year’s!  She is on the last motif!

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Another beautiful color combination!

So we are off to a good start — Marisa has already called “Dibs” on mine since it matches her bed quilt!  As always, it is wonderful to stitch with friends!

Cheers, Rosie

Needleworker’s Delight’s Christmas in Williamsburg

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Hi Everyone!

Many of you are aware that Sue C and I are off at a needlework retreat in Virginia.  This is the 35th annual “Christmas in Williamsburg” but this is the first one that is being run by Kevin, Jimmy, and the rest of the gang from Needleworker’s Delight.  You won’t be surprised to hear that everyone is singing praises for their making this such an exciting and successful event!

Sue and I started our journey on early Wednesday morning by catching the “bus” from Needleworker’s to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.  We were joined by six other stitchers for the six-hour journey.

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Sue waving before getting on the bus!

The weather improved steadily as we drove south.  The resort is located on the shore of the James River and it is really beautiful.

The view from the stitching room!

There are about 200 people attending the event (up from about 75 last year) and a number of classes are being offered — mostly cross-stitch and lectures.  Sue and I are among a handful of needlepointers in attendance.  Quite a few people have stopped and expressed awe at our stretcher bars!  There are about fifteen vendors (yes, we shopped).  Breakfast and lunch are provided every day.

The rooms at the resort are spread out.  Our room overlooks the tennis courts and is very nice with perhaps the best shower we have ever had in a hotel.  (It takes so little to keep me happy!)  The resort runs a shuttle service to get us to and from our rooms.  Sometimes Sue and I walk, too.  The hotel is also running a shuttle service to and from Williamsburg on a set schedule.  We haven’t taken advantage of this yet — it’s in our weekend plan, particularly for the Grand Illumination on Sunday!

The resort is beautifully-decorated for the holiday as well.

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We used the star on top of the tree to help guide us to our room on Wednesday night!

These nutcrackers flank the front door; they are lit up at night and Christmas music is piped outside the entrance!  These pictures are a private joke for Sue’s sister!

Tonight, after two full days of stitching, we had a banquet dinner.  There were live musicians singing and playing Christmas carols in the lobby beforehand.

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Dinner started with a salad with greens, dried cranberries, pecans, sweet potato pieces, and feta cheese.  Dinner was a combo of a game hen and salmon with risotto and veggies.  Dessert was a selection of pastries!  Excellent.

It won’t surprise any of you that Needleworker’s had beautiful door prizes and baskets to raffle off.  I won a door prize.

A Nantucket basket and two complete kits from Fern Ridge — one of the vendors at the boutique.

There were forty opportunity baskets, but only two had needlepoint items.  Sue put all of her tickets into a Christmas sampler needlepoint and I put all but one of mine in a Nancy Needles “Two Lighthouses” basket.  My final ticket went into the Christmas sampler basket.  I told Sue that if I won the Christmas sampler that it would be her birthday present.  But, lo and behold, Sue won it all on her own ticket!

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Sue with her basket prize!

There are about 30 door prizes awarded each day while we are stitching, too!  Sue and I have already decided to come back next year — you all should join us!  This is like the NJ Needlefest on steroids!

Cheers, Rosie