Category Archives: Myrtle Beach 2015 Seminar



Hi Everyone —

I don’t have much to post today.  Many of our group have already taken and completed “Starfire” by Jeannette Rees.  Dee and Robin are both in my class here at seminar.  The teacher made up many different kits — each based on a different batik fabric from her stash.  Most folks are doing this piece in something close to the original colorway, but I chose a pastel fabric with mostly pastel threads.  I learned that I do not have the patience to cut out fabric shapes — as I recall, I flunked scissors in Kindergarten!

Starfire -- Day One!

My Starfire — Day One!

I can’t believe that tomorrow will mark the end of another fabulous seminar!

Cheers, Rosie


Patches the Penguin Day 1


After a day of shopping and relaxing on Wednesday, it was “back to school” today to begin work on the piece that made this seminar a must for me. Patches the Patchwork Penguin is an adorable fellow. He is about 8 inches high when finished and is in shades of blue, purple and black plus white.

wpid-Photo-20151001174856993.jpgOur teacher, Deborah Forney, shared how she had the idea for Patches. He is based on a Christmas ornament she had made. The colors are based on a blend used by Kreinik in one of their braids.

The threads Debbie has put together are wonderful – very rich colors and plenty of sparkle.

Here is my progress today. My penguin only has one blue eye but I hope to give him two by tomorrow.

Now we are off to dinner at the fabulous Croissants

Tour Day at Seminar!


Hi Everyone —

Before I get into today’s events, I thought I would share with you my end of Tuesday progress on Tudor Garden!

Tudor Garden -- Day 2

Tudor Garden — Day 2

I venture to say that I would have had a bit more done if I hadn’t missed a whole stitching session for a conference call!  This was a fun stitch and as a result of being in the trial group for this distance learning, I earned a free registration for next year’s seminar!  Good thing I planned to go to New Orleans anyway!

Wednesday is always one of my favorite days at seminar — it’s tour day!  Unfortunately, ANG has not had a lot of people sign up for their sponsored tours which I think is a shame since these are both a cultural experience in the seminar region and also a great chance to meet stitchers from other parts of the country!  So, this morning, I boarded a bus with about a dozen other stitchers and we drove about 1.5 hours to the Hopsewee Plantation for a Tour and Tea.

Hopsewee Plantation House!

Hopsewee Plantation House!

The Hopsewee Plantation House dates to the 1700’s, before the Revolutionary War.  The owner at the time was a delegate to the Continental Congress and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  When the house was built, the area was known for growing rice and the rice plantation owners were quite prosperous.  They kept slaves and I was able to walk through one of the slave houses on the plantation.  I tried to imagine what it was like to live there, but I couldn’t.

The plantation house itself is small (by cotton standards) — four rooms on the first floor and four rooms on the second floor.  Each room had at least four windows and breezeways connected the rooms to allow some minimal cooling of the house.  Many of the windows and some of the furniture is original to the house.  Today’s owners still live in the house and maintain its charm while still finding a place for their computers and big screen TV!  It really was special to know that you were touring someone’s home!

Our tour was extra special because it was conducted by the previous owner’s daughter — she grew up living in the house and had many wonderful stories to tell us!  I very much enjoyed hearing about a prior matriarch of the house trying to move a piece of furniture through a door.  When it wouldn’t fit, she took an axe to the door sill!  Our guide learned this from a family member of another former owner who happened to come on one of her tours!!  How fun is that?

The grounds were beautifully kept and I took several pictures of especially wonderful foilage.


A Coleus — I wonder if it is related to the Croton from my Saturday and Sunday class?

An unusual and colorful mushroom!

An unusual and colorful mushroom!

I have no idea what these berries are, but aren't they luscious in color?

I have no idea what these berries are, but aren’t they luscious in color?

The tea house is on the property but in a separate building.  We had three pots of different tea blends, cucumber and boursin cheese sandwiches, quiche, salmon mousse on water crackers, curried chicken mousse on ginger snaps, and mozzerella, pesto, and tomato on meltaway crackers!  Then they served your choice of two of three kinds of scones!  We thought we were finished but then came dessert:  cheesecake, no-bake chocolate cake, lemon tarts, and a chocolate covered strawberry!  What a feast!

Tomorrow we will brace for Hurricane Joaquin!

Cheers!  Rosie

Creative Collage – Day 2


We started day 2 of Creative Collage this morning with a discussion of threads (which are made up of fibers) by Suzanne Howren. What a wealth of knowledge she has in terms of different types of threads and the full range of available threads for needlepoint.

She and Tony Minieri then turned us over to our canvases to begin stitching. While they each provided us with a stitch guide, the goal of this class was to figure out for ourselves what stitches to use in different areas to make it our own. They gave us a wide variety of threads in our kits so we had a lot of flexibility in what we did.

Using the many ideas and techniques they discussed with us over the 2 days, it was still difficult for me to decide what to do. I realized I still think in terms of rather simple stitches and do not always think about breaking some areas into smaller blocks that could use some combination stitches. However, I’m realizing more of what I need to do and, of course, practice makes perfect.

Tony and Susan were both extremely helpful in getting me to flesh out my ideas and to help me better understand how to see an area as well as decide what weight thread was appropriate.

While it doesn’t look like I accomplished much, I did flesh out lots of ideas, ripped out a bit, and experimented a bit on the doodle canvas.

Creative Collage – Day 2 progress

I wish I’d taken pictures of Suzanne’s and Tony’s stitched canvases in case i need ideas in the future!

Overall, this was a wonderful class where I learned a lot, got outside my comfort zone, and expanded my needlepoint skill set. Suzanne Howren and Tony Minieri are excellent teachers with a lot of brilliant ideas and needlework knowledge.

This evening, I decided I wasn’t very hungry and wanted to see the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, which is supposedly rated #2 or #3 in the country, so I took a long walk up and along the boardwalk. Having grown up spending summers on south Jersey beaches, I’m not sure I’d even begin to compare it to them! Still it was fun to see it, although I was definitely feeling the humidity on my way back.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Tomorrow I’ll be heading home, hopefully after visiting Pawley’s Island in the morning.


Seminar tidbits and Day 1and 2 of Copper Line with Sue Reed


I took a look at the classes being offered next year at New Orleans and there are some good ones. I had hoped I would find only a couple of classes that I liked and could spend more time working on finishing one project instead of sharing the time among several projects. Maybe that will come sometime in the future, but not next year! There are some really good classes with some excellent teachers.

Yesterday was the first day of my first choice for the whole seminar, Copper Line with Sue Reed from Peabody, MA. I had taken a short 1/2 day program with her right after the seminar in Anaheim at the San Bernadino chapter meeting. I knew then that if I saw a class of hers I really liked, I would take it as she is an excellent teacher. She has the patience needed to spend time with someone who is having difficulty doing a stitch until they can do it on their own. This is an encore class first done about ten years ago. I was able to get in the class because someone dropped out and my name was at the top of the waiting list.

Day one

I obviously did not post last night so to continue with the class, day two was another good day with Sue Reed. It is often amazing the little tidbits you pick up from a teacher as well as new stitches. One of the things I learned today about Smyrna stitches is that the placement of the top stitch depends in part on its location. If you have a row of Smyrnas the horizontal line is enhanced if the top stitch is placed horizontally as well. In a column it is better to have the top stitch vertical. Who knew?

A pretty stitch we did today was a scotch stitched with several tied stitches in it. The ties were a metallic adding a bit of bling or sparkle to the section. For some reason the photo becomes distorted when I try to insert it so I will leave it out.



Quiet Garden Progress


I’ve just finished my second class at seminar, Catherine Jordan’s “Quiet Garden.” This was my second choice when I didn’t get into the very popular “Radishes,” but it certainly was not a second-rate class! Catherine is an excellent teacher, and once again I learned many new things. The project is an embroidered knot garden on linen, attached to a faux-finished papier-mâché box in the form of a book. It’s always nice to learn a finishing method that is not the standard framing.

The stitching is almost entirely double running stitch and French knots on 32-count linen but we also had to do some painting on the fabric. Here is what mine looked like after I’d done some painting but before starting any French knots:

My progress, sideways.

My progress, sideways.

And here it is with some French knot shrubs added:

End of day two.

End of day two.

The thing that was the scariest for most of us was painting the book. In the end everyone’s looked different, but they were all wonderful. And I think because it was the scariest part, it’s the part I’m most proud of. Take a look:

My book.

My book.

After this experience, I’m going to look into some of Catherine’s other projects, specifically the embroidered maps. One of the best things about seminar is having the opportunity to do things that are a little unusual for you, and learning that you like them!

Radishes Day 1


For love of root vegetables! Jennifer Riefenberg has designed a series of 3 pieces around carrots, radishes and beets. She has taught Carrots at many stitching events and Radishes is being introduced here at Seminar. Beets will be offered next year.

I am one of the fortunate stitchers to get into this class as it went to lottery and many who had requested it did not get in. Jennifer is a wonderful teacher, generous with her time. Also very organized – the kit for this class is an indicator.

As you can see, we worked on two of the three radishes on Day 1. Day 2 will bring stump work on the leaves – this is a technique I have never used before so I have some trepidation about how my leaves will come out. However, the three dimensional effect will be great. There will be shadow leaves stitched into the canvas and the stump work leaves attached to it.

Day 1 progress

Well, off to see what needlepoint adventures today brings!