This was my first retreat with the Northwest Sampler Guild. Unbelieveably, I came down with a head cold about 2 days before it started. So, of course, I spent the whole weekend, coughing, hacking and blowing my nose! The ladies couldn't have been nicer and more understanding. I sat in the corner and warned others to stay away :) I certainly had a wonderful time and got much accomplished stitching-wise.
Patriotic Heart 2009
35 ct natural linen scrap
Misc threads from my stash
I took all smalls with me to work on. This was my one and only finish of the weekend. But here are the other smalls I started-
Top row (l-r) BBD Pumpkin Blossom Box and Pincushion, Northwest Sampler Guild nametag, The Sticherhood Merry Christmas ornament Bottom row (l-r) Jardin Prive Carre d'Abeilles , and BBD Crowning the Tree ornament
I also took the BBD Pumpkin Blossom Needlecase but didn't have enough linen to stitch it and Aury's 2011 Patriotic Heart but didn't get to it either.
I also took 2 of my Crazy January Challenge and made some progress on both-
Sewing Chest Designs Pincushion Doll and Brightneedle Pretty in Pink
We also had a sweet bag exchange and here is the bag that I got-
A Quaker design stitched with an overdyed green thread. Loved the little scissor fob that came with it! Here are some of the others-
I am always amazed at the stitching skills of my fellow members. Here is some of the show and share displayed-
This is the first time I have seen the Berlin Woolwork Sampler totally complete (on the right above).
A stitching casket-still incomplete-but wow!!
There were four of these samplers all completed and framed-sorry I forgot the name.
Did you notice the smalls on the table above? Here is a better picture-
Yes, it is Betsy Morgan's smalls from the Inspiration magazine that I have been going on about ad nauseum!! Who thought I would actually be able to see and handle a complete set just when I want to start it??! Jan Petersen did an absolutely gorgeous job-they are lined in ivory silk dupioni--even cuter than I expected :)
Only 2 more photos then I will stop-here is one of half of the workroom-
And I can't say enough about the favors! After every meal we would come back to a "little" surprise-
First was a special folded cardstock ort container.
Then a working pen with everything needed to complete a little tribute to the weekend (which I finished and put in the pen).
Then an adorable bird pad of paper which fit into the needle roll which came next.
Then a matching needlebook, a pair of scissors and a strawberry scissor fob. Don't forget the custom needle roll kit, printed paper award, and a package of needles and needle puller that I forgot to put in the photo. Many of the goodies fit into the needle roll perfectly!
Oh, did I forget to mention that I won a door prize too?? A weekend that will be a hard act to follow-thanks, NWSG!