Category Archives: Washington 2018 Seminar

Liberty update


I neglected to post my progress on my first class, Liberty with Dawn Donnelly. So here goes – I made good progress in class and think I will be able to finish fairly quickly. I had ripped out my stitching on the white section (second from top) and did not want to put it back in until I get home.

I did buy a red, white and blue laying tool from Dawn at Expo last night. She makes them as well as jewelry and magnets in her spare time – after her full time job and needlepoint!


Seminar 2018 Wrap-Up


Today was the last day of Seminar for me. I started out this morning working the Hospitality Desk, which is a great way to meet other stitchers. Mr. M met me there and we toured the Exhibit together. He even cast a “People’s Choice” vote!

We then walked up Connecticut Avenue to the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, one of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s homes. She purchased this home in 1955 and spent two years renovating it into a 36-room Georgian mansion to house her collection of French and Russia porcelain, furniture, and art. When she died, she left the estate to the Smithsonian Institute but the expense of operating and maintaining the property was too much for the Smithsonian so it was returned to the family. A private foundation now runs the estate.

We were just in time for one of the docent-led tours (you can also tour on your own with a mobile app tour or just walk through with a comprehensive guide book). Our tour took about an hour and was very informative. The French and Russian porcelain collections were spectacular. I don’t know how we never visited this site in the past.

One room that was particularly impressive was the dining room. The table was set for 12 people but can be extended to seat 30 people! Wouldn’t this be a great room for our SOTM sessions!

B91A71E4-0754-49B6-AE84-35A6210535B4.jpegOur docent told us that all of the guides keep complaining about the tablecloth as it hides the magnificent table. There is a leaf on display at the end of the room and I have to agree with the docents.


That is just one leaf! The table was originally located in another one of her homes, which was considerably larger than Hillwood. Consequently, the table has never been fully extended in its current location as the room is too small.

That other house was her Florida home – Mar-A-Lago – and it has 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms! We learned on our tour that Marjorie Post wanted to leave Mar-A-Lago to the federal government to be used as a Winter White House but the gesture was refused due to the expense. I’ll let that irony sink in …

Tonight was my last Seminar function – I attended Expo! which is a huge shopping event at which designers and chapters sell project charts, canvases, magnets, totes, and many other goodies that we all crave. I did purchase a few items, including the name-tag kit for the 2019 Seminar in Houston, a souvenir magnet, and some snap trays. I don’t do well in crowds and my tolerance is limited at these events (I told Mr. M that there is nothing I need that desperately to have to body-check another stitcher). I tried to patronize chapters who were there to raise funds and I think I succeeded in purchasing something from all the chapters who were there.

Tomorrow we are heading back to NJ. I truly enjoyed my time at Seminar and hope to be able to attend next year. I’m already trying to figure out class schedules!

Happy Stitching!

More American Plains


Hi Everyone —

I have a day off today — sort of.  I have a two-hour volunteer stint at the exhibit later today.

Let me start by saying that I updated my first American Plains post by adding a photo of Toni’s inspiration for the project.  So please go onto our full site to see it!

Second, here is my progress at the end of day 2.  Hopefully I’ll have even more after my “day off”!


American Plains — Day 2!

Third — Both Toni and ANG gave me presents for being the class angel.  The pin on the right is from ANG and the magnet on the left is from Toni!  I am getting quite a collection of stitching angels!


Finally, as Marge indicated in her Facebook post, I will become the Correspondence Course Chairperson for ANG after seminar.  It may be more work than I’ve been led to believe!

Cheers, Rosie



City Lake Conclusion and More Seminar


Today was Day 2 of my two-day class with Gail Stafford. I really enjoyed this class; I learned a few new techniques that I will be able to use on future projects. Gail is a great teacher – very relaxed – and her instructions are comprehensive.

We stitched the gazebo today as well as some of the greenery. At one point during the day Gail passed around puctures of some of her attempts during the design process showing different stitches and threads she experimented with before finalizing the design. She even had a photo of her doodle canvas showing thread combinations. It was a valuable insight into the design process.

We also cut out the “trees” (they are crepe myrtles which I think of as a bush despite their size). While I won’t attach the trees until more stitching is completed we did practice with some scrap ultrasuede.

I really like this piece and plan to finish it soon. Here’s where I stand as of the end of today’s class.


And here are my trees, ready to be attached to the canvas.


During  lunch Sharon B and I visited the Exhibit and saw all the wondrful pieces that were entered. All of the entries are fabulous and the ribbon winners are spectacular. Be sure to check them out when they are listed in Needlepointers magazine. We also saw the new Chapter Project Book and Group Correspondence Projects, as well as the projects being offered for the 2019 seminar in Houston. I’m already thinking of possible choices. There was even a hint for next year’s SOTM – it is another mystery piece, this time a collaboration by four designers (I believe the same ones who do the annual mystery retreat).

This evening I attended the Cyberpointers meeting and ran into two stitchers from CT I know from the Stitchers Hideaway retreats. Their ANG Chapter folded so they were looking into joining Cyberpointers. I also attended the Teachers Showcase at which I saw a number of pieces that I woul love to stitch. At what age do I finally not need to sleep more than a few hours? Surely I must be gettinng close!

Tomorrow I will be volunteering at the Hospitality Desk in the morning. Mr. M will meet me after my shift to tour the Exhibit after which we will do some touristing. Tomorrow night is Expo!, which I’ve been told is a must-see shopping event.

We will be leaving DC on Sunday to return to NJ. I have really enjoyed my first Seminar and have met quite a few new people. I even met Lorene Salt, the designer of our current SOTM Autumn Kaleidoscope! She told me she has been following our progress and was really impressed by the different colors. Great praise for our talented stitchers!

I am sorry to be leaving this Seminar and hope I can attend next year in Houston.

Happy stitching!


Liberty Day 2 – Seminar 2018


I once again started the day with a short walk.  The weather is beautiful and his is a great area to walk around.

Then it was time to start again on Liberty.  We continued through the various sections and made a lot of progress despite more frogging!  At the end of the day, Dawn described how we would add the swirls and the fire works at the top of the “cake”.  Hopefully I listened well enough to do it once I get home and have time to finish is piece.  As you can see, I made a lot of progress.  This was a very enjoyable class with a fun project that I look to finish.

Then it was off to a quick run through the auction where I bid on a halloween piece, a Cyberpointers meeting, a Cyberpointers Board meeing, and then to the tail end of Teacher’s Showcase.  Sue C, Rosie, and I went down the street for a wonderful dinner where we met a delightful local couple and their 7-month old daughter.  We talked them into checking out the exhibit so hopefully they will.

Tomorrow starts a new class!

Diamond City Lights Day 1


This design by Diane Herrmann is the sky line of Chicago from Lake Michigan at night. When we got to class this morning, we each got a line drawn canvas of the entire piece and a bag of fibers most of which are DMC. Diane told us in our teacher letter that she would show us an easy way to store all these threads if we brought a kitchen towel with us to class. Here is what she showed us to do.

We placed all our threads on the towel in whatever arrangement we wished. Folded the sides over the threads and rolled it up into a small bundle! How neat is that for the number of threads we are using! There are also some other threads such as rayon floss, Twinkle, Kreinik and others.

We began stitching the Sears Tower. The open spaces will be in a lighter color for the lights. The top of the tower has no lights because there are no windows. It stores water to be used in case of fire. The second building we worked on to the right is the John Hancock building–the roof top bar would be well lit at night, wouldn’t it? Then we began on the diamond in the Diamond building. This is where the rayon floss came in with the yellow outline. Diane gave us two tips which made working with the floss so much easier. She had us cut a length of about one yard, strand it, and dampen each strand then laying it out to dry. We threaded two strands in the needle, put the needle in the middle and knotted the four ends together. We used an away waste knot to secure it. We had a diagram to follow to make the outline and three small hash lines on the canvas indicating where we should go. It really worked! And what life it gives the outline. The inside is being filled in with basketweave using the thread Twinkle–rayon with a filament. I am loving the class. There are eleven of us with ten tables for students and excellent lighting. Couldn’t ask for a better setup. We shouldn’t be interrupted either as our classroom. Is one of the most remote.

Diamond City Lights

Liberty – Seminar 2018


After an easy train ride from Trenton to Union Station followed by a Lyft ride to the hotel, I arrived at ANG Seminar 2018 in Washington, DC.  After checking into the hotel and seminar, I walked up Connecticut Avenue to the National Zoo since it was such a beuatiful day. I was somewhat familiar with the area since my son had lived in this neighborhood for a year so it was fun to explore it again.  The Zoo had been a favorite stop for us, especially the elephants!

After dinner at the hotel and bisiting with several NJNA members, it was nice to settle into my room to get ready for today’s class.  I started the day with a morning walk as I knew I’d be sitting inside all day.

Liberty by Dawn Donnelly is a really fun project.  While it is not a challenging piece, I ended up ripping out quite a bit today of 3 of the 4 sections we did.  You can see where I ripped out what I’d done in the 2nd tier and didn’t get a chance yet to redo!  This is a very fast stitch so hopefully I will finish it sooner rather than later!  Dawn is a wonderful, fun teacher with a relaxed teaching style.  The room is very bright for stitching although a bit chilly so I’m glad to have my fleece.  Here’s my progress at the end of class today.


Tonight was the opening banquet and it was great to at least quickly catch up with various stitching friends. The welcome gift is a Trish Vine project bag – well worth the cost of the dinner!