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And More SOTM

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Brenda is stitching with the SOTM Group from a remote location. You can read about her stitching on her blog Brenda’s Needlepoint Studio

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2020 Stitch of the Month – January

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Another year another SOTM project!

On a day that seemed more like May than January, the SOTM group gathered to stitch. We welcomed a few new stitchers to our group – we are so happy to have you!

Most of us are stitching the “official” ANG SOTM, which is an 8-pointed star designed by Kathy Rees. Kathy used a dark red and a dark blue for her palette, alternating points of the stars.

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Kathy’s Design

Here is our start on the project. Several of our stitchers are using Kathy’s suggested threads. However, it wouldn’t be an NJNA SOTM project if there weren’t color changes! What do you think will be the second color in February for each stitcher? (Apologies to Janet as I messed up photographing her piece.)

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Diane

 

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Amy

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Jacqui

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Sue

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Ellen

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Rosie

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Linda

A few of our members are stitching SOTM projects from previous years and we expect to have their progress photos in next month’s installment.  We also encourage anyone who doesn’t attend the session to post progress photos!

Happy Stitching!

What a fun day!

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As many of you already know, I spend a lot of time in CA so that I can visit with my “little people”, aka grandchildren.  It’s always a lot of fun, but when I’ve had enough of their childhood exuberance, I turn to needlepoint to bring me some adult amusement and serenity. I am so fortunate in that I have a home away from home when I go to stitch at the local store in San Mateo, called Luv2Stitch.  Hanging out there has meant that I have met some wonderful fellow stitching enthusiasts, or should I say addicts?!  With their encouragement,  I found my way to joining the local chapter of ANG, the Golden Gate Canvas Workers (GGCW).

One of the really nice “side” activities that GGCW has is a monthly stitch-in at various members’ homes.  I had the privilege of spending the day yesterday at the home of Lois Kershner, the current President of GGCW.  Many of you readers will recognize that name since Lois is a long term national teacher for ANG and other well known needlework organizations.  What a delight!  Not only is Lois a most gracious hostess, her vision and creativity is unique and beautiful.  I have never had the privilege of taking classes with Lois, but I know many of you have.  You have been enthusiastic about her Threadscapes, where she reproduces a photograph from one of her travels onto the canvas and one stitches the stitch design over the photograph.  These designs are so different and beautiful.

So, all day, my eyes were filled with delight as I was able to gaze at many of her works that grace her walls.  There are some very so so snapshots below that I took,IMG_1078IMG_1077IMG_1076IMG_1075IMG_1074IMG_1073 of what was up on her walls yesterday.  Apparently, she rotates her works of art. With a little encouragement from us, Lois took out of her cupboards her other teaching samples.  What fun.

Then  . . . Lois announced that 2020 would be her last year of traveling teaching as she was getting ready to retire (GASP).  So, she is having a pre retirement sale of all of her teaching pieces, that she calls Threadscapes.  She is making kits of her designs with either the photograph on the canvas or a chart and description of the design. The only thing not included is thread.  I’m so excited in that even though I may never get a chance to experience Lois as a teacher, I will at least have some of her designs with which to play.  And – if I run into a problem, I know where to find help.

All in all, it was a really fun day.  If anyone is interested in looking at what Lois has for sale, the information is found on her website at http://www.loiskershner.com.  And yes, my fellow NJNA stitchers, I am bringing home some brochures for you to peruse when next I see you.

Please note, I am not Lois’ agent and she did not ask me to write this.  I was just so excited by my fun day, that I had to share.  Hope all of you are having fun stitching days too.

Needleworker’s Delight’s Christmas in Williamsburg

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Hi Everyone!

Many of you are aware that Sue C and I are off at a needlework retreat in Virginia.  This is the 35th annual “Christmas in Williamsburg” but this is the first one that is being run by Kevin, Jimmy, and the rest of the gang from Needleworker’s Delight.  You won’t be surprised to hear that everyone is singing praises for their making this such an exciting and successful event!

Sue and I started our journey on early Wednesday morning by catching the “bus” from Needleworker’s to Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.  We were joined by six other stitchers for the six-hour journey.

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Sue waving before getting on the bus!

The weather improved steadily as we drove south.  The resort is located on the shore of the James River and it is really beautiful.

The view from the stitching room!

There are about 200 people attending the event (up from about 75 last year) and a number of classes are being offered — mostly cross-stitch and lectures.  Sue and I are among a handful of needlepointers in attendance.  Quite a few people have stopped and expressed awe at our stretcher bars!  There are about fifteen vendors (yes, we shopped).  Breakfast and lunch are provided every day.

The rooms at the resort are spread out.  Our room overlooks the tennis courts and is very nice with perhaps the best shower we have ever had in a hotel.  (It takes so little to keep me happy!)  The resort runs a shuttle service to get us to and from our rooms.  Sometimes Sue and I walk, too.  The hotel is also running a shuttle service to and from Williamsburg on a set schedule.  We haven’t taken advantage of this yet — it’s in our weekend plan, particularly for the Grand Illumination on Sunday!

The resort is beautifully-decorated for the holiday as well.

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We used the star on top of the tree to help guide us to our room on Wednesday night!

These nutcrackers flank the front door; they are lit up at night and Christmas music is piped outside the entrance!  These pictures are a private joke for Sue’s sister!

Tonight, after two full days of stitching, we had a banquet dinner.  There were live musicians singing and playing Christmas carols in the lobby beforehand.

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Dinner started with a salad with greens, dried cranberries, pecans, sweet potato pieces, and feta cheese.  Dinner was a combo of a game hen and salmon with risotto and veggies.  Dessert was a selection of pastries!  Excellent.

It won’t surprise any of you that Needleworker’s had beautiful door prizes and baskets to raffle off.  I won a door prize.

A Nantucket basket and two complete kits from Fern Ridge — one of the vendors at the boutique.

There were forty opportunity baskets, but only two had needlepoint items.  Sue put all of her tickets into a Christmas sampler needlepoint and I put all but one of mine in a Nancy Needles “Two Lighthouses” basket.  My final ticket went into the Christmas sampler basket.  I told Sue that if I won the Christmas sampler that it would be her birthday present.  But, lo and behold, Sue won it all on her own ticket!

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Sue with her basket prize!

There are about 30 door prizes awarded each day while we are stitching, too!  Sue and I have already decided to come back next year — you all should join us!  This is like the NJ Needlefest on steroids!

Cheers, Rosie

A Livelier Iris

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This two day class was the first national seminar for my teacher, Wendy Moore, and she was ready for us! Her directions were a stitcher’s dream–great diagrams with lots of little extras to help you along the way, as well as a heading on each page with the thread used, the number of strands, the stitch and where it is on the canvas. The iris is stitched with straw silk which was fun to use once it was ironed flat. There are enough shades of the silk to make the soft shade changes. On day one we worked on the iris and day two on the stalk and frame that will go around it.

Look at the top portion of the frame (only part stitched yet). The corner motif idea came from the design on a ceiling tile Wendy sees when she is at the hair dressers and having her hair washed! (Rosie often takes architectural photos for stitching ideas!). Then the frame is two parts with one being a longer scotch stitch and the other laid threads tied down with spaced Gobelin stitches. When you see the completed piece, it really looks like a wood frame! This piece is quite large and is currently going home with Dee as she kindly agreed to carry it in her car back to NJ! If you see a design that you like at a class or seminar with Wendy as a teacher, sign up. I think you will enjoy being in her class.

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A few notes about this place as a seminar location. I loved it! The rooms are more spacious than ones we have had at other seminars with adequate drawer space and floor space for all the things needlepointers need to have on hand. The staff has been very friendly and accommodating and always with a smile. The lazy river has been a perfect way to loosen up tired muscles after a day of stitching. There were several days when we “walked the perimeter of Texas” a few times against the current for a bit more exercise! The surrounding area had open space which a suburb gal needs, places to eat within walking distance, and a great specialty grocery store. The seminar committee did a great job in their selection of location in my opinion.

Lady with Mandala II — Day 2!

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Hi Everyone —

I don’t really have much to report today.  I quite enjoyed the remainder of my class and I am awed that we discussed every single stitched area, bead, and thread on this piece.  Cynthia was an energetic and supportive teacher, but we all would have liked more time to stitch.  I have a free morning tomorrow, so I may try to put a few more stitches in.

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My progress at the end of day 2.

Tonight was the closing banquet.  We had a table of 7 NJNA members and Donna F from San Francisco area who happens to be a California stitching buddy of Barbara L!  Small world!  Hello’s all around!

Tomorrow afternoon I have to pack up all of the correspondence pieces for shipment back to the teachers.   Surprisingly, Houston was a great choice for seminar and this is one of the best hotels we have ever had in terms of lighting, distances, and amenities.

Next year in Tucson!

Cheers, Rosie