Yesterday, Sunday, was the last day at this year’s EGA seminar in Asheville, NC. I had a second day of the Lily of the Lake with Gail Sirna. I did as she asked us all and got rid of my “tails”, some I finished and some I just tied off. Tail free, we began today working on thenleft border which has several bands. After lunch it was the right border. I really like the way they look. The participants of this class were so cooperative and helpful to all–lending a battery operated light to someone who was not near an outlet, giving suggestions for how to count for placement of stitches, etc.
There was so much hubbub about the eclipse which occurred today and the traffic that was around Asheville that many were anxious to get on the road last night and not wait for the morning. Our class instruction ended before the afternoon break so several people skipped the banquet and got on the road. I did stay and felt the dinner was tastier than the opening banquet. The prize was the dessert which was a small chocolate teacup filled with berries and whipped cream. I ate every bit of that cup! The favor was wonderful! On of the committee members made one for each of us!
You can see mine and Rosie’s with one open and one with the embroidered cover. This is a favor that can be put to good use. At the banquet it was announced that the only elevator in the Looking Glass building was not working! By the time I was leaving this morning it was back in operation, but not when we returned to the room! It was a good seminar although there facility issues, the classes offered were great as was the merchandise night and teachers’ showcase and both seeing friends and making new ones!
Hi everyone —
Tonight a contingent of NJNA went to a “Global Italian” restaurant in Weaverville called The Glass Onion.
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.
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.
Sue figured out that the formal dining room was larger than most good-sized houses at 2800 square feet.
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!
In the Ming dynasty, this would have been your fishbowl!
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!
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.
First Day of Class
He is beginning to look like a rat! Thanks to Tina F for providing this stitching inspiration!
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.
Carol K. and Marge K. and I are all taking Gail Stafford’s “A Dusting of Snow.” I am really enjoying the class — Gail is a great teacher and I’ve learned a couple of new tricks…the piece is a manageable size, the threads are all cottons, and the finished piece is spectacular. The design is based on an actual gazebo that is a couple of blocks from her house.
Here’s my progress after a day of stitching…How is it that it looks like I’ve accomplished so little after an entire day?
Notice the magnet in the upper right — a special hand-crafted one for this seminar. Carol and I both succumbed when we saw them in the boutique.
And speaking of the boutique, it is spectacular! It’s run by ABC Stitch Therapy in Spring TX and they came with a huge selection of threads, cross stitch patterns, painted canvases, tools, and oh did I mention threads? On top of the impressive inventory, the people are really nice and helpful too.
This evening Carol and I went to dinner at the Grove Park Inn, one of Asheville’s landmarks, with two other stitchers we’d met at the opening banquet. We ate on the Sunset Terrace — outdoors, overlooking the MOST incredible view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dinner was wonderful, but the setting was equally if not even more wonderful.
This is a photo of one of the two similar stone fireplaces in the Inn’s lobby, almost as spectacular as the mountain view!
We are currently at the EGA seminar in Asheville, NC. My first class is with Ann Strite-Kurz working on another of her animals, “Hedgie”. We did have prework to get in the correct shape of the animal as well as to have a foundation for the border design.
You can see how cute he is going to be! It was a small class, fortunately because the room is small with light provided by large windows and two table lamps from the hotel, but we do have our own private bathroom! Ann had us working on several areas to help us become accustomed to the stitches in areas where we may need to learn the best way to compensate. We also began the framework for the quills and the framework for the background. As the quills are blackwork, Ann explained the whys of the stitch sequence making learning the sequence much easier. Ann also showed us a much easier way to get to the lobby by going outside instead of using the interior stairs or elevator! Thank you, Ann!!
On Friday I drove down to Alexandria, VA, with friend Barbara K. to see the classes that would be offered in Asheville next year as well as to go to the boutique and Merchandise Night. I was hoping that there would be classes for the 2017 EGA Seminar that I would like because I really wanted an excuse to return to Asheville. There are and I will register this month during early registration! To tempt you to log on to the EGA website–egausa.org–to see the classes, let me tell you a bit about some of them. Ann Strite-Kurz will be teaching the hedgehog Rosie has been talking about, Happy Hedgie, as well as Loon Tunes, that we have seen stitched by Rosie in a pilot class. Ann also has a one day class, Leaf Luster. Another teacher we are familiar with is Gail Stafford. She is teaching Fog in the Mountains which Jill took at the ANG seminar in Myrtle Beach last year. Gail’s second class is A Dusting of Snow showing a gazebo in the snow. Kurdy Biggs has a one day class of a three dimensional ornament and a four day class reminiscent of A Different View in that the canvas is covered with many different stitches that all fit together–how does she do that? Gail Sirna has two offerings, Rosalie’s Roof Garden and Lily of the Lake, both beautiful designs. Joan Thomasson has a one day class with another of her Santas, this one called Medieval Santa Ornament and a four day class, Bavarian Wedding. Janet Zickler Casey has a two day class stitching a “minaudiére” which by the class description is a small purse. Janet is also teaching another two day class with two of her Santas, Christmas Light Santa and Candy Swirls Santa. Jeanette Rees has a four day class, Feeding Frenzy. This is described as a mixed media class and is not as canvas. All of these classes as well as the rest of the offerings should be online this evening or tomorrow morning. Early registration runs through the end of November.
Asheville has other draws as well. The famous Biltmore Estate is located there as well as the well known Southern Highland Craft Guild located on the Blue Ridge Parkway on the outskirts of Asheville. If you are going to Asheville, the Grove Park Inn is well worth a visit just to see the lobby and walk around the public areas reading a bit of the history of the building. One of the women working the area showing next year’s classes told me that the day following the last day of classes there will be a total eclipse of the sun visible in this area of North Carolina making it worthwhile to stay an extra day before coming home. You can see I am excited about visiting Asheville next summer! If you are not currently a member of EGA check to see if there is a chapter near you!