Hi Everyone —
Jill, Sue R, and I all won door prizes today! Only Janice has not won — but she has two more days of stitching left and the rest of us will leave tomorrow (to get home in time for the NJNA meeting!)
Sue and I are already planning our return for next year’s winter retreat!
Hi Everyone —
This week, Sue C and I joined several other members of our chapter (Sue R, Janice, Ada, Jill) as well as friends from the local EGA chapter to attend Winter Escape sponsored by Stitcher’s Hideaway in Sturbridge Village, MA.
We drove to MA on Saturday. On the way we stopped at the Enriched Stitch in Wilton, CT. What a lovely shop! I bought the following canvas with all threads and a stitch guide — won’t that be a lovely way to remember my upcoming vacation in Paris? I’m happy to report that I was not the only person who did some serious damage on their credit card!
The Publick House in Sturbridge offers us a lovely room for stitching.
Guess who I found lurking in the rafters above our stitching table?
We can stitch from early morning until about 9:30 PM. Lunch is at noon and Dinner is at 5:00 — and there is more than ample food, including some glorious sticky buns! Sue C won a door prize on the first day — a gift certificate to an online needlework store.
Janice finished her Kaleidoscope through February in a Chocolate and Cherries colorway. Bravo!
I was able to finish Razzle Dazzle after several years of stitching at every SOTM meeting!
A great time is being had by all!
This past weekend five NJNA members attended a stitching retreat offered by the Monmouth Chapter, EGA, in Voorhees, NJ. There is a needlepoint shop nearby in Merchantville, the Nimble Needle, run by Karen Milano. Karen opened earlier in the day than her usual hours and gave those attending the retreat a 20% discount! Her new location is roomier, and it is much easier to find threads. Karen has a wonderful selection of threads as well as great accessories (think magnets, with bling and without). She is also wonderful at helping select the threads needed for a painted canvas.
Then it was on to stitch. There were twenty three of us taking over the Hampton Inn along with the families participating in a boys soccer tournament. We had the large meeting room with wonderful lighting both day and night. (I never used my light and stitched on congress cloth without my magnifiers!). We sat at round tables with four Stitcher’s at a table, ample room for us to spread out our supplies. Most of us worked on several projects during the three days we stitched. We took over the room at three Friday afternoon with all our bags and carts, set up our edible treats and were ready to go. Stitching continued after dinner with participants dropping out for bed as the evening progressed. Last one out locked the door and first one up to stitch asked the front desk to open the room.
There were a wide variety of eating places within five miles on route 73. Or you could walk across the parking lot and eat at the Voorhees Diner which almost everyone did on Saturday evening. If you had been there, you would have seen Ada D. working on her Japanese embroidery and a birth sampler. Ellen S. divided her time between a painted canvas of a snowman and a counted Bargello design, “My Favorite Things”. Tina F. spent her time working on a birth sampler for her grandson.. Sue R. has a beautiful painted cuff she was stitching as well as a painted autumn canvas on which she was stitching a beaded pumpkin and the background in a sign for her newly painted bathroom. Sue C. Divided her time between the chapter project, the Magic Shell and beginning her Bargello, “My Favorite Things” which she bought after seeing Ellen’s–I finished purchasing the threads at Nimble Needle on Friday.
There are so many benefits to a retreat like this, time to escape from your daily life–no laundry, no meal preparation, no work! It is a chance to meet new stitchers and to share ideas among all, a chance to see new designs and projects and to admire the work of others. We learned the names of excellent finishers for our beautiful pieces. We heard about good shops and what they offer. Best of all a productive, relaxing weekend for all. By Sunday at three we were headed back to the real world refreshed.
These past two days have seen me at the Stitcher’s Hideaway retreat in Sturbridge, MA. I had a wonderful time stitching on Thanksgiving Sampler designed and taught by the wonderful Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler.
This beautiful piece is stitched on 28-count linen both over two and over one, and includes many specialty stitches in addition to cross stitch and Hardanger. Our homework in advance of the class was to stitch the Kloster Blocks needed for the Hardanger. I stitched a lot of the cross stitches as well as some of the specialty stitches for placement. I also stitched the Kloster Blocks on a practice piece because of my intense fear of cutting the fabric on the project piece when I’m sitting in class.
I did some stitching in class and made some progress on the piece. The lighting in my room was not conducive to getting a really good photo, but it gives the general idea of how much has been stitched so far. We spent the day on Monday going through all the specialty stitches, which included Rhodes Hearts, Algerian Eyelets, Smyrnas, Knit Stitch, and Arrowhead Stitch.
On Tuesday we started on the Hardanger with the morning devoted to cutting and the afternoon to stitching. As I said, I have this horrific fear of cutting the threads in class so I do that all on a practice piece. Here are the photos of the first section of cutting as well as my progress on my Greek Crosses and the Dove’s Eyes.
We had a great time and I learned a lot. This is the third class I’ve taken with Thea and I definitely have more confidence about the Hardanger. I may even complete this piece sometime in the near future!
The model was finished as a wall hanging. I usually frame my pieces but our project included the fabric, which is luscious, for the wall hanging so I may even attempt that type of finish.
In addition to the stitching we had wonderful meals, exchanged autumnal-themed needlework gifts, and had a great show-and-tell. There were quite a few new attendees this year (about twelve out of forty), so I was able to meet and chat with people from previous retreats as well as many newbies.
I will be traveling back tomorrow so I’m hoping I avoid the traffic and the weather cooperates.