Category Archives: 2018 SOTM

A Cold Day at Woodlawn

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Hi Everyone —

As Linda alluded to in her earlier e-mail, a quartet of NJNA members visited Woodlawn today.  All of us were exhibiting so our admission was free!  HA!

As usual, Woodlawn was decked out in needlework glory albeit with fewer entries than past years.  We were allowed to take pictures and I took pictures of all of the NJNA pieces.  I think I’ll hold most of those pictures until later because it is always a fun surprise to turn the corner and discover your own piece in its Woodlawn location.

Here we are with OUR pieces:

Unfortunately, our SOTM Stars pieces were not hung together.  And we saw one Stars that was not from our group!  Similarly, we were disappointed that Andrea’s beautiful butterflies were not together.  And, we found three versions of Holiday Patches — only one was holiday-themed — and the casual observer would not have realized that they were the same.  Clearly a missed opportunity for Woodlawn.

We saw a stitched version of Beachcomber’s Booty — the Ann Strite-Kurz piece that is being offered by Needleworkers in mid-May.   It was more beautiful than any of us imagined.

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Beachcomber’s Booty — the background is a lovely shade of aqua that none of the photos has quite captured.  One of our group signed up for it on the spot!

Another item that we found fascinating was this sun/moon piece that I know at least one of our members has stitched.

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Notice that the fillet is gold on the sun side and silver on the moon side!  Unusual, but apt treatment!

Of course we had lunch in the charming Nelly Needler’s cafe — Sue and I always do a turn around the exhibit, have lunch and compare notes, and then view it all again!  It was such a pleasure to have Ellen S and Janice M join us this year!

It is always a joy to meet so many other stitchers and to see some some amazing creations!  I hope you will have a chance to visit for yourself!

We stopped at Waste Knot in Arlington on the way down,  visited In Stitches in Alexandria today, and plan to stop at Hillside Needlepoint in Stevenson, MD on our way home tomorrow!   And, yes, the credit cards got a workout!

This is always one of my favorite needlepoint adventures of the year!

Cheers!

Rosie

 

 

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.

stars finished - barbara

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

january 2019 - amy

Amy

 

january 2019 - diane

Diane

january 2019 - janet

Janet

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

Sylvia

What a great project!  Thank you, Lorene!

 

SOTM – December

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I know I’m very late in getting this posted, but it’s a busy time of year!

The December SOTM gathering is especially fun as we not only stitch but also enjoy a pot-luck lunch. This year was no exception as we worked our way through a reuben casserole, several different salads, deviled eggs, and delicious desserts. The food was fabulous and the friendships are priceless!

Many of us are finishing with Autumn Kaleidoscope (designed by Lorene Salt), which was the SOTM this year.  By the time you see this, a few will have completely finished.  Those of our group who chose their own colorways were deciding on bead colors and will be making a trip or two to find the perfect beads!  And I apologize – but something seems to have gone wrong with my photos of this month’s progress.  So, no photos this month.  But we’ll try to get them back in January for a full display!  In the meantime, check out the NJNA December Meeting Summary for some of the completed pieces.

The SOTM project for 2019 will be the ANG Mystery Project.  We are looking forward to seeing this project develop!

Until January – happy holidays, happy New Year, and happy stitching!

 

 

SOTM – November 2018

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Twelve of the SOTM group met today to stitch and share conversation. It was a bright autumnal day and our stitching area was well lit. We even had a surprise visitor – Tina was able to join us to stitch today as she has been visiting from Wisconsin! It was great to catch up with her.

Here is our progress as of this month. All of the projects look fabulous!

November - Barbara

Barbara’s Stars for the New Millennium

Autumn Kaleidoscope progress.

November - Ellen

Ellen

November - Jill

Jill

November - Joan

Joan

November - Linda

Linda

November - Nancy

Nancy

November - Noelle

Noelle

November - Rosie

Rosie

November - Sue C

Sue C

November - Sylvia

Sylvia

November - Tina

Tina

And, no, you didn’t count wrong – Margaret is being shy about her progress on Stars but we’ll get a picture soon.

Next month those of us stitching Autumn Kaleidoscope will be working on the outside border and the beading. And, we’ll all be deciding on our project for next year!

Happy Stitching!

 

October SOTM

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Fall has finally arrived – it was a cool day with the sun finally breaking through the clouds as ten of us gathered to work on our Stitch-of-the-Month projects. Barbara and Ellen got away without having their projects photographed. Next time, you two!

Progress on Autumn Kaleidoscope designed by Lorene Salt has been steady and we are coming to the end of this fabulous project. The colors on every piece are spectacular and we have had a lot of good conversation about color choices – even those of us who opted for the original colorway notice differences because of the overdyes and how we each stitch.

So, without further ado, here are the progress photos (drum roll please).

October - Diane

Diane

 

October - Janice

Janice

October - Jill

Jill

October - Linda

Linda

October - Noelle

Noelle

October - Rosie

Rosie

October - Sue C

Sue C

October - Sue R

Sue R

Don’t they all look fantastic!!!

Noelle is a recent addition to our group, having joined in mid-August. How great is that! She told us that she has been stitching as an antidote for some stressful days at the office.

Happy Stitching!

September SOTM

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Fourteen of us gathered this weekend for our monthly session of stitching, chatting, and eating! It’s hard to believe that we are three-quarters of the way through the year, and our projects.

Take a look at the progress on Autumn Kaleidoscope and Stars for the New Millennium.

Barbara is continuing on her Stars piece in between travels to California to visit the grandchildren and getting ready for her daughter’s wedding here on the East Coast.

September - Barbara

Margaret is also working on Stars but she packed everything away before it could be photographed.  Next time, Margaret!

And here is our progress on Autumn Kaleidoscope. It is amazing how different this piece looks in the various colorways. Even those of us who are stitching the original colorway have variations because of the overdyed and variegated threads used.

From left to right – top row: Ellen S., Janice, Jill; second row: Joan, Linda, Mally; third row: Marge, Nancy, Robin; bottom row: Rosie, Sue C., Sylvia

October and November we’ll be working on those last boxes; December we’ll be putting in the border and the beads!

We will be discussing the 2019 SOTM project in the next couple of sessions and once again we will have a hard choice of which project to choose. We have some fabulous suggestions, so stay tuned! I think everyone in the group agrees that SOTM is a great way to spend a Saturday – we have a lot of fun, get a project completed, and learn from each other!

Happy Stitching!