Today is the last day of seminar. I will definitely miss my morning walks around the Woodly Park/Adams Morgan section of DC,. Unlike at home where I only have 2 directions to walk, i had so many options around the seminar hotel that I was able to walk in a different direction each day. This is one of the big differences between urban versus rural living about which I have mixed feelings. While today was much warmer and definitely more humid, I still enjoyed the morning walk and know i need to continue it at home!
Today was day 3 of New Glory. Since today’s stitches were the least complicated, we were able to cover the remaining 8 sections so we had touched on all the sections. If we wanted to put in the star in the top white box, we had to basketweave the 24 x 24 section last night after the banquet. I managed to get about half done in an hour and a half since i was laying the stranded silk. Since i did have half done, i decided i could put in the gold overlay star on that half to get an idea of how it would look even though you don’t get the full idea of the star. Here’s my progress at the end of today. I have quite a bit to do so hopefully I’ll get back to this before too long as I really love the piece.
The camaraderie in this class was wonderful. I met many stitchers that i hope to reconnect with at future seminars. While we all had some trouble at various times, we were all at the appropriate stitching level for this class and willingly helped each other when we couldn’t figure out something.
Since the exhibit was closing at noon today, i took a bit longer break this morning to go through it and to check out next year’s seminar offerings. There are quite a few im very interested in taking. I did think there were less items in the exhibit so i think NJNA members need to think about submitting finished pieces for the exhibit. Perhaps we could arrange a bulk mailing next year. I did see at least 2 possibilities for our 2019 SOTM.
After class, it was time to pack my belongings, say goodbye, and take the metro to Union Station for the train ride home. I allowed plenty of time to figure out the metro (very easy), get a salad for dinner on the train (delicious), explore Union Station a bit (very fun), and find my train (again very easy).
I enjoyed my time at seminar even though it was very busy. I learned a lot and hope to finish both pieces in a reasonable amount of time. For now, I have several other projects with deadlines that take precedence!
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Hi Everyone —
Sue says it take a lot of confidence for me to post my pitiful progress of my two days in “Bunnies on Lavender Lane”. Here it is:
As you see, I have the Momma Bunny sans ears and tail, one of nine hosta flowers, one of twelve hosta leaves, and one of three rose bush branches!
Most of you know that I chose this class so that I could experience having Jo Ippolito Christensen as a teacher. I apparently missed the part where it said this class was stump work. It sure stumped me! I thoroughly enjoyed Jo’s tales of her introduction to needlepoint, her single-minded pursuit of it at the Library of Congress in the era before internet, her early publishing experience, and her later explosive success with the “Needlepoint Book”.
Today Jo started class by showing us her Vera Bradley clear bag with three zipped bags inside: one small, one medium, and one large. The large bag holds a light, flat iron, and the like. The medium one holds her usual stitching supplies (which consist of a LOT more stuff that my usual supplies), and a small bag in which she keeps her thread scissors and her current project threads. She keeps this case packed and ready to go to guild meetings, stitching events, etc. I think I will go and check it out.
Jo is going to be staying home more and working out of Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. Isn’t NJNA lucky to be so close by?
I was fortunate once again to start my day with a walk around the area before class. The weather is getting more humid but it was still quite nice out this morning.
Today we started working on an additional 6 sections. Each section has multiple steps so we attempted to get at least 2 of the steps done in these sections to begin to see the patterns. Keeping the FyreWerks and NeonRays+ straight on both front and back was tough but necessary when working with ribbon threads.
Toni is very good about providing details of exactly where to place stitches and in what order when necessary. She also provides options when the order is not critical. There seems to be enough details to be able to complete these sections once class is over. Toni suggested we try to complete the white basketweave section in the top row tonight so we can work on an overlay stitch tomorrow. I think her estimate of an hour and a half to complete it is about half of what I need since I’m such a slow stitcher.
Here’s my progress at the end of day 2 before the closing banquet.
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My second class at this year’s Seminar is Serenity with Margaret Kinsey. It uses the Japanese needlework technique called rozashi.
Rozashi is stitched on a specially woven silk gauze fabric called “ro” which is starched. The thread count of the ro is 37 to 40 warp threads to the inch and 14 groupings of 3 Dan weft threads. It is tiny!!
I had to go back to my room to get my high powered light and magnifier combination!
I made good progress and am enjoying the class immensely.
Final day of classes tomorrow 😦 but so great to spend time with kindred spirits
Hi Everyone —
I thoroughly enjoyed my day-off yesterday. I got in about two hours of stitching; two hours of volunteering at the exhibit; a long lunch in which I was able to catch-up with my good stitching friend, Ann Carol; a short swim to cool off, a quick circuit around Expo; pizza with jazz; and drinks with friends in the lobby bar! So here is my current progress on American Plains.
The top yoke is almost done after my day-off!
As others have mentioned, the Pink and White ball made for excellent people watching last night. Unfortunately the after ball parties resulted in a sleepless night for many of my needlepoint ladies!
Today I started a class with Jo Christensen — of the Needlepoint Book fame! Jo is a funny, patient, and well able to hold the class’s interest. The piece we are doing is called “Bunnies on Lavender Lane” and Jo’s main focus is to teach us four different kinds of stumpwork. This requires a level of patience, artistic ability, and dexterity that I fear is beyond me. Here’s my progress at the end of Day 1.
Bunnies on Lavender Lane — Day 1
So as you can see, I have one of six bunny bodies attached and one of twelve hosta leaves completed. And I learned A LOT! Because Jo stitched most of the bunny body for me as a sample, I have homework to stitch a second bunny after the banquet tonight!
Although I missed posting yesterday, I will post photos of beginning of class and end at the end. We have been working totally on buildings until break time this morning. Then we moved on to the highway below the buildings. We are saying this is Lake Shore Drive and that it is raining lightly making the roadway wet. Can you see the glistening of the road with the Neon Rays+ and the Capri threads? The lights, both headlights and brake lights, are created by the rayon floss. We lay the Neon Rays+ and couch it with the other threads. The lights are random which is not difficult in the first line of lights, but may become more difficult.
After lunch we began on the sunset. Diane had used many photos of the sunset behind the skyline. This gave her not only colors but also where the sun sets in relation to the Sears Tower so that this is realistic. To do the various sky colors, we are blending threads and using an encroaching Gobelin to make the color changes more subtle.
Two things that Diane does that I love. She writes the threads that we will be using for each am and each pm of class. So when we arrive, we can get them out and ready. When we start a new section, she tells us how long she will give us to work on this section. This means that five minutes before we move on, I am not starting a new thread with 4-6 strands of floss threaded in my needle. I use the time to work on another section where I have loose threads.
It is a great class!
Beginning of class, end of class
Saturday was another beautiful morning for a walk before class, especially since I knew it would be a busy day. We have been very fortunate with the weather here even though most of the day is inside the hotel. Hence it is so nice to get out and explore when I have the chance.
Saturday was the start of my second class at seminar – New Glory with Toni Gerdes. Yes, I ended up with two patriotic classes -there was no particular reason; I just liked both pieces! Toni handed out the canvases with the lines drawn for all the borders and sections. We started the morning painting the borders with blue Copic markers so the white doesn’t show through as much. We then played with various fabric samples to place in the 3 fabric sections. There was lots of discussion and camraderie as we discussed each other’s selections and sought other’s opinions. We then applied wool felt to those sections and then applied the fabric using fusible web. The challenge was making them fit exactly, overlapping the borders part way but not too much! Toni then taught us how to use the border thread to tie down the fabric so it doesn’t fray and puffs up a bit from the felt but keeping the stitching lines straight even though we’re going through the fabric so you can’t see the holes! It’s very slow going!
We then worked a few more sections, including doing a burden stitch usng a new thread Stardust as the base and couching it with Accentuate. Here is my progress at the end of the first day.
I had bid at the silent auction on a cute witch canvas and won it for $10. I could have done a lot more damage but only had 5 minutes to swing through and bid! Think of how much fun this canvas will be once I get to it!
Saturday evening was Expo! and Sue C and I had volunteered to help Trish Vine. What an experience from the other side of the table! At least I didn’t mind the crowds as I wasn’t trying to fight through them to shop. I can only hope I recorded everything correctly for Trish.
A bit exhausted after packing up what was left of Trish’s inventory, we headed down to the bar for a glass of wine and some apps. There we were treated to a fascinating fashion show of people attending the Black Community Supports Breast Cancer Research Pink and White Ball. It was great fun to watch people coming in elegantly dressed in pink and white, especially the men. There was a man with pink and white spats and another with shoes that sparkled with LO and VE. While there were a few questionable outfits, most were stunning. It was a great end to a long day.
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