Today Carol and I went on a tour of the Biltmore Estate, the Vanderbilt home in Asheville that has been open to the public since the 1930s. The day included a self-guided audio tour of the interior of the house (think Downton Abbey), a little stroll through some of the gardens, a buffet lunch at a restaurant in a building that used to be the cowsheds, and then a visit to the Biltmore Winery for some wine-tasting and, of course, some wine purchases.
The views from the house are spectacular, across acres of forest to the Blue Ridge. We were told how Mr. Vanderbilt had a large scaffold constructed in the precise spot where the house would be to determine if the views were going to be captured as he wanted…I think he succeeded!
My favorite part of the tour (aside from the view) was the basement–the kitchens and pantries, laundry rooms and so forth, where the work of keeping the house running was done. It was easy to imagine all the servants bustling around keeping things on an even keel, enabling the Vanderbilts and their guests to live the life of ease that they did.
Some of us who are here in Asheville for the EGA National Seminar went out to dinner last night to a Japanese steak house called Yama. The food was really good, and the chef a real showman. Here’s what the grill looked like as he started…
Hi Everyone —
For once I was back in NJ for the Stitch of the Month session. My Razzle Dazzle is sure suffering the consequences of all my travels!
Here is this month’s progress:
Slow and Steady Wins the Race! From the top, right to left: Sue C’s My Way, Rosie’s Razzle Dazzle, Linda M’s Starts, Diane’s Stars, Tina’s Stars, Jill’s Stars, and Dee’s Different View!
As you can see, the Stars pieces are gorgeous and moving along smartly.
I know we’ve all had these annoying, pesky knots in our threads, so I thought you should see what my project dealt with this week:
It is the same phenomena — called a hockle — caused by the release of tension on a twisted line — in my case about a one-inch steel anchor wire! And you thought you had problems!
I am looking forward to the coming week at the EGA seminar in Asheville, NC.
Back in May, I started to post an entry about my 2016 Stitch of the Month, which is finally finished. Well life got in the way and the blog entry never got published. Here is what it said:
“So I’m only five months behind, but I prevailed. I am totally finished and framed with Stitch of the Month for 2016. It is the ANG Stitch of the Month by Susan Hoekstra (a former NJNA member) It is called Feuilles D’Ananas. This is a fun way to stitch a project and I liked figuring out the variations on the turquoise color scheme.
I won’t be around much the next several months, so I won’t be able to attend our chapter’s official Stitch of the Month monthly gatherings. However, I am hopeful to take a stitch or two of this year’s project, Tony Minieri’s “Stars for the New Millennium.” I”ll keep you posted! I wish a fun summer for all.”
Well, I am now addicted to the “Stars” piece. I am having so much fun. Working on that design is keeping me from doing the baby knitting that I need done by September when my newest grandchild will be born. I agree with Jill W., these colors make me happy! I can’t wait to see how the next area showcases all of them . My overdyed thread is Silk and Colors, 994 – Kaleidoscope. All of it just pops!
So now I will really wish all of you a wonderful summer. I will miss all of you in the fall while I help out with the big sister and brother and of course the new baby. Grandchildren are the only thing that will trump my addiction on stitching the Stitch of the Month projects! Happy stitching to all.
Eight of us once again convened for another session of Stitch of the Month. We enjoyed a day of stitching and chatting, and celebrated both Sylvia’s and Nancy W’s birthdays with cupcakes, ice cream, apple pie, and cookies. There is no denying that we enjoy our stitching sessions!
Sue C, who is working on My Way, and Joan, who is finished her Stars for the New Millennium, both left before we took this picture. We’ll get them next time!!
Top left – Nancy W’s Granite; Top right – Linda’s Egyptian Nights; Middle left – Margaret’s Egyptian Nights (with some experimenting on the sashing); Middle right – Sylvia’s Royalty; Bottom left – Jill’s Black Iris; Bottom right – Tina’s Cherry.
Most of us are using colors included in the instructions with a few changes to suit individual preferences. Both Jill and Tina are stitching in their own colors and threads.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s progress next month!
I arrived in New Orleans on Friday, excited at the prospect of three classes as well as the opportunity to get a feel for a city. After a superb dinner in the Arts District, I went to sleep anticipating my first class, Florida Palm with Gail Sirna.
I Ioved the tropical theme of this piece, done in wonderful silks . Gail is a very patient and well organized teacher. We made great progress in our two days of class, working on every area of the design.
Tomorrow, Jill and I head out on a sightseeing tour of the city, going to the Garden District, French Quarter and who knows where else. More tomorrow!
As many of you know, I am often traveling. Most of the time, I head to CA to visit with those precious little ones that I call grandbabies. However, this spring I had a rare opportunity to travel twice to Europe. The first trip was on a Craft Cruise riverboat cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium. For those of you not familiar with Craft Cruises, they are a company that specialize in putting together cruises (both regular and riverboat) that specialize in one’s favorite craft. This was my second time traveling with them. Right now, most of their offerings are knitting related. Since this is a needlepoint blog, for any of you more interested in that trip, PM me and I’m happy to gush and share my experiences.
My second trip was with my 90 year old mother-in-law (whose energy level makes me look pretty much dead), my two sisters-in-law and a female cousin. This trip was a regular cruise through the British Isles. Loved the countries. I did bug my traveling companions a bit to stop at knitting stores. However, I was also determined this time to find something stitching related. Although I did not have time to visit the Royal School of Needlework, I did find the time to visit a charming needlepoint shop in London, thanks to the heads up of Cathryn C. She directed me to a charming shop call Tapisserie. I got there about a half hour before closing, but the store clerk was charming and did not make me feel rushed at all. Although they had some canvases, their specialty was hand painted canvases that turn into beautiful and breathtaking evening bags. There was a whole case of samples. What they didn’t have in stock, they were most happy to have painted up and sent to you. Of course, they also do a finishing service of making the purse for you. Most of the designs were executed in tent stitch with beads put on top of the stitching. However, for those of you adept at making a stitch guide, one could easily do a more embellished piece. I’m including some photos for you of their interior. Please enjoy the eye candy. The one close up of a canvas is the one that had to come back to NJ.
It is a shop well worth the visit. The neighborhood is just charming, so the visit is a win-win. Please let me know about any other good traveling finds. However, after those two trips, the only place I will be going for a while is to CA to visit those grandbabies. Of course, that does mean an afternoon of stitching at Luv2Stitch in San Mateo. More about that another time.