Strangely enough, given that this was (almost) all the same stitch, I had fun stitching this! And I’m very pleased with how it came out. A far cry from pastel flowers! Still haven’t decided what to do for the background, though.
Eleven of our group met on this beautiful Spring Saturday to continue our SOTM projects. Nine of the stitchers worked on this year’s project – the ANG SOTM.
Two of our stitchers worked on catching up with past projects.
As always, we enjoyed stitching as well as chatting. What better way to spend a few hours?
Hi Everyone —
We had a small turnout at today’s Stitch of the Month, but Sylvia did an awesome job of hosting us. (And her dogs are very well behaved!)
We all expected to be done with this month’s SOTM and to be able to work on something else afterwards. But — best-laid plans — most of us did a lot of un-stitching this month. Take me, for example, I started with red and didn’t like it. Then I stitched in green and I liked it but made a mistake and had to take it out. Then I decided to go in the blue direction to introduce a new color to my design, but it looked terrible. Then I finally restitched the flower in green. So — I have a few more steps before I am done for March!
Here’s a collection of our progress:
What a variety of different looks! This is truly a mystery!
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.
Another item that we found fascinating was this sun/moon piece that I know at least one of our members has stitched.
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!
As most of you have realized by now, being a needlework enthusiast brings with it, its own brand of friendship. The non initiated think of needlework as a solitary activity. It certainly can be that and many of us relish that alone time doing repetitive movement and creating at the same time. However, the uninformed are astounded when I say, that needlework for me has a huge social aspect. I have dear friends across the country that I have made over the years at conventions, classes, from guild memberships and stitch-ins. Perhaps the dearest friendships of this type are with three ladies from my time spent on the national board of the Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA). We met in 1985 as each of us was going on to the board for the first time. (Technically, one of us came onto the board a year or two later, but we never seem to keep the facts of that story straight.) Let me introduce you. I (Barbara) am from NJ. Bonnie is from Wisconsin, Cary is from Alabama and Regina is from the East End of Long Island.
This friendship of ours certainly defies all odds. We are from different parts of the country, have different religious and political beliefs, had very different professional aspirations and have led very different lives. We have no idea what binds us together so tightly, but it is quite evident that there is an abundance of chemistry. We may not speak for months at a time, but when we do, we pick up right where we left off. Our largest claim to fame are our giggles. There are lots and lots of those.
We meet usually once a year. Formerly, we always got together at the annual SAGA convention, but as our needlework interests migrated we breached out and started meeting in other places. For many years, the ladies came to Long Beach Island to my beach house, but when I sold it (to spend more time in CA with the “little people” ), we had to get creative again. It can take us months to plan (just coming up with mutually convenient dates is quite the challenge) but there is not much that keeps us away from our appointed get together. I missed once because of a death in my family and one time Cary got as far as Charlotte and then the flight was canceled due to weather. This year it looked as if Bonnie wouldn’t make it because of a blizzard in Wisconsin, but somehow she got there at the appointed hour.
So where did we go this year? We went to Nashville. Now one might think we saw the Country Music Hall of Fame or that we took the tour of the Grand ‘ole Opry, but you would be wrong. What we did mostly was scout out yarn stores and the one needlepoint shop, Nashville Needleworks (more about that in another shorter blog entry) and hang out in our suite hotel to knit, stitch and laugh. Cary’s grandmother was from Nashville so we did do some driving to see some of the mansions and horse farms off the beaten track. No honky tonk nightlife for us.
We all cherish this friendship and will be devastated when we can no longer manage these trips. We are always up for suggestions on places to go. However, SAGA turns forty this year. We are hoping to make an appearance at the convention in the fall to honor the legacy of SAGA and more importantly the treasure of our friendship.
I will attempt to upload a photo of us at a yarn store in Nashville called Bliss. That is such an appropriate adjective for how we feel about each other. From left to right, standing is Bonnie followed by Cary. Seated on the left is Regina and on the right, yours truly. Now let’s hear about your needlework friendships.
February 20. 2019
Hi Everyone —
We had four more lucky NJNA door prize winners at Stitcher’s Hideaway yesterday and today!
The great thing about this retreat is that it allows all of us time to stitch on special projects or long-standing WIPs! No new projects — unless you count the ones you pick up at the stash swap, or the door prizes, or the gift bags, or the special giveaways. Or, in my case, a very generous hand-off of an adorable design called “The Dog Park”. Thank you Maureen!
Nonetheless, I am happy to report that I will have at least two completed projects to bring to our next NJNA meeting!
Snow started to fall tonight and we expect a modest accumulation overnight. Sue and I plan to start our drive home a bit later than usual to allow time for the snow plows to clear the roads!
Thanks to Jen for organizing a great retreat and to the Publick House for seeing to our care and feedings!
February 18, 2019
Hi Everyone —
Seven NJNA members were very appreciative of Mally’s Needlepoint Yoga post today! We are attending the Stitcher’s Hideaway retreat at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. So we stitched from 9:00 AM until about 9:00 PM today!
Sue C and I drove up on Saturday so that we could make a stop at the Enriched Stitch in Wilton, CT. Sue R joined us there and we purchased threads, sale canvasses, bags, and other goodies.
The retreat started today (Monday) so the two Sues and I toured Old Sturbridge Village on Sunday afternoon. We toured the Towne House and visited the old bank, the weaver, the tavern, the tinsmith, the general store, the shoemaker, the potter, and the candle maker. You can see our weather was gorgeous, even if the streets were a bit muddy!
On Sunday night, we needed a table of ten for all of our NJ contingent which includes several EGA members.
Overnight, it snowed — at least three inches by the time we ventured out. The snow continued all morning.
And, of course, what retreat would be complete without prizes!
Today’s lucky NJNA winners!
I think I’ll go practice my child’s pose!