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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

Another SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

Here’s my up to date SOTM:

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Now you can understand why I called it stitching vomit!  Some of the other more monochromatic versions are really beautiful!

Cheers, Rosie

 

Lady with Mandala II — Day 2!

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Hi Everyone —

I don’t really have much to report today.  I quite enjoyed the remainder of my class and I am awed that we discussed every single stitched area, bead, and thread on this piece.  Cynthia was an energetic and supportive teacher, but we all would have liked more time to stitch.  I have a free morning tomorrow, so I may try to put a few more stitches in.

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My progress at the end of day 2.

Tonight was the closing banquet.  We had a table of 7 NJNA members and Donna F from San Francisco area who happens to be a California stitching buddy of Barbara L!  Small world!  Hello’s all around!

Tomorrow afternoon I have to pack up all of the correspondence pieces for shipment back to the teachers.   Surprisingly, Houston was a great choice for seminar and this is one of the best hotels we have ever had in terms of lighting, distances, and amenities.

Next year in Tucson!

Cheers, Rosie

 

Lady with Mandala II

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August 17, 2019

Hi Everyone!

Today I started a new class — a painted canvas by Brenda Stofft Designs — with Cynthia Thomas who designed the stitch guide and is teaching the class.  It is called Lady with Mandala II.

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The painted canvas!

I started the class by asking what a mandala was — I had thought that they were the crystals hanging behind the lady — but no — they are the disks in the upper right quadrant of the design.  So — here’s what Webster’s had to say:

Mandala, (Sanskrit: “circle”) in Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, a symbolic diagram used in the performance of sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation.

We have four students in the class.  I am the only one who does not usually do painted canvas, but I explained that I needed to get back to stitching on my Lombard Street and I hoped that the course would provide some inspiration.  I also asked Cynthia to explain how and why she picked the various stitches and it’s been great!

The kit has hundreds of threads, beads, and crystals and was beautifully kitted by Chandail Needlepoint.  We mostly worked on the lady’s hair today — I think this class could easily have been a three or four day class, so we have to hurry to get through everything in two days!

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My Progress at the End of Day One!

After class I walked the perimeter of Texas a few more times and then attended the Seminar Expo! after dinner.

I discovered my picture on Facebook today — ANG had taken a picture of me hawking the correspondence courses last night!

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Time is flying by.  I spent some time this afternoon looking at the classes that will be offered next year in Tucson.  I think I found some interesting options!

I’m looking forward to getting some uninterrupted stitching time!

Cheers, Rosie

Winter Lights — Second and Last Day :-(

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Hi Everyone —

First of all I have to thank all eight of my NJNA peeps for their help in moving the Distance Learning pieces to Teacher’s Showcase and back again!  I couldn’t have done it without you guys!

Today was a busy day starting with my picking up my canvas for tomorrow so that I can have it ready to go as soon as class starts!  (Still on my docket for tonight!).

My second day of class with Jennifer Riefenberg was every bit as enjoyable as the first.  We finished all of the candles and I even was able to light one of them!  The one candle that is not stitched on my canvas uses a reinforced sparkly tube — I chose not to stitch it onto the canvas until some of the surrounding areas are done — otherwise it would be too hard to lay those stitches around the raised tubing.

Here is my progress at the end of the day:

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I am very glad that I have three retreats scheduled in the near future!  I expect that Winter Lights will be one of my finishes!

Cheers, Rosie

Houston Seminar

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August 15, 2019

Hi Everyone —

Greetings from Texas — we have eight NJNA members here this week so expect some great blog posts.

I’ll start by posting my SOTM piece finished through August!

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I have to agree with someone’s thought that it looks like a bunch of shape blots on a canvas!  Hard to imagine what will come next!

Sue and I flew to Houston on Tuesday because I have to help set up the Correspondence Course section of the exhibit.  Little did I expect that no one else was there to help (except the marvelous Sue C) with any of the distance learning exhibits and we ended up having to do all of them.  My gimpy leg was not much help!  We spent over four hours with unpacking and set-up.

Even with my bad leg, we managed to walk the perimeter of Texas multiple times!

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How’s this for a Texas-sized lazy river pool?  Plus our room has a view of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.  Sue thinks she will take in Monday night’s game! 

Classes started today.  I am enrolled in a fabulous class with Jennifer Riefenberg called “Winter Lights”.   It is a collection of candles — not a menorah, but the same number of candles.  Here’s my progress at the end of Day 1.

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Five of the nine candles are complete!  No spaghetti!

Tonight we had our opening Fiesta banquet dinner buffet with a live band and Texas brisket in multiple forms.  It gave me a chance to show off my special earrings!

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These scissor earrings were my souvenir from Woodlawn this year!

Cheers to all!

Rosie

July 2019 SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

We had a small gathering of eight members at Sue’s house today.  I had not expected to be there, but because of a leg injury, I had to cancel my weekend travel plans.  Sue helped me out with a walker and I was delighted to get out of the house (and Harold was delighted to not have to be home health aide) for the day.

I forgot to take pictures of Robin, Jill, Diane, and Sue’s stitching — here’s hoping that they will post them on our blog!

There was minimal stitching for July SOTM, so I was able to get caught up after missing June.  Here are three of our pieces:

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Joan’s SOTM

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Nancy’s SOTM

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Rosie’s SOTM

How different they are turning out!  Five more installments to go!

Cheers!

Rosie