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NJNA Workshop!

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Hi Everyone —

Twelve of us met this weekend at Needleworker’s Delight in Metuchen for the first two days of our three day workshop of David McCaskill’s “Background Stitches 1” led by our own Cathryn C.  Our hosts at the shop were long on hospitality and we had a wonderful time learning, stitching, shopping, eating, and chatting.

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I, for one, have a few new ideas for my Lombard Street canvas!  Now I have lots of stitching to do before the next session in November!

Thanks to Tina for arranging the workshop!

Cheers, Rosie

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September SOTM

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Hi Everyone —

We had another great SOTM session today at Sue C’s.   Everyone is making great progress on Stars of the New Millennium by Toni Minieri.

 

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Aren’t the various colorways magnificent?  The same star can look startlingly different from one to the next.

Of course, a few of us are working on the alternative “My Way” and some of us are still on “Razzle Dazzle” from two years ago!

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We are already starting to discuss next year’s project!

Cheers, Rosie

 

The Glass Onion

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Hi everyone —

Tonight a contingent of NJNA went to a “Global Italian” restaurant in Weaverville called The Glass Onion.

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The food was fantastic — I had trout puttanesca, Sue had wild boar Bolognese, Carol had eggplant rollatini, Jill had the scallop special, and Dee had twice-cooked, smashed fingerling potatoes.  Dee and I had dessert!

It was a wonderful celebration and we are all happy to see Carol after her move to South Carolina.

Cheers!  Rosie

Evolution of a Hedgehog

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Hi Everyone —

Sorry to miss so many days of posting, but I had a monthly report due for work and a myriad of still on-going computer issues.

Sue has already filled you in on some of our adventures.  Here is the largest home in America — the Biltmore.

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Sue figured out that the formal dining room was larger than most good-sized houses at 2800 square feet.

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I could have sat on the loge all day long — so cool and breezy on a hot day.  So I made Sue sit for a spell too!

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In the Ming dynasty, this would have been your fishbowl!

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About halfway through our audio tour, Sue and I dropped off our audio set for a chit to return later.  So we went to the Stable Café for lunch — we had a stall all to ourselves!

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After lunch, we resumed our tour and saw the bowling alley, swimming pool, gym, changing rooms, and staff lodging and work rooms.

Alas, on Thursday, we had to get back to work on our stitching!  😉

Here’s the evolution of my Happy Hedgie from pre-work to the first day of class and then to the first day of studio time.  Sue already posted what Hedgie looked like at the end of the second day.

He is beginning to look like a rat!  Thanks to Tina F for providing this stitching inspiration!

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I had hoped to work on Lombard Street during studio time, but we are stitching in a dark sleeping room and there really wasn’t enough space for such a big piece.   However, I got some wonderful suggestions and will be anxious to resume working on it — time permitting.

Cheers, Rosie

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