Seriously?! Seriously!!

I am home for just a few hours as I unpack and repack for my trip to Seattle Thursday morning. Seriously?! Seriously!! Sylvester is front and center as I change around my suitcases. I had all my clothes ready, so it is just moving everything. Should I bring an umbrella?

Teaching Welcome by Annie Lane at My Sister’s Place. Looking forward to seeing the beautiful Pacific Northwest and the girls are spoiling me by making time so that I will be able to get a little sight-seeing in too!

I am not taking my laptop with me this time…and even though this past week while in Phoenix I was able to blog everyday, without the laptop I will not be able to, so I will save it all for when I get back!

I will leave you with a little food for thought. There is always a new stitch out there waiting to be discovered…you just need to look your surroundings such as walls, floors in a different way. Something I learned from Brenda Hart.

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This was a wallpaper that was in one of the bathrooms at the hotel…

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The ceiling in the dining room at the Indian Trading Post on the way to the Grand Canyon. It is made of tin and I should’ve done a better job of getting the corners!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Until We Meet Again!

This is the wonderful stitching area in the foyer of the Hohokam Ballroom that was used for Studio Time. The registration for this seminar so far surpassed the expectations that every  place was utilized! Sorta kinda reminds me of the ANG Seminar at the Hotel del Coronado when classrooms were set up in tents on the tennis courts…and yes then there were the seals. Anyone who attended this seminar, knows exactly what I am talking about!

Another wonderful day of class! it was lots of stitching on our doodle cloths and needle lace pads as we worked on her sweater and her hat. Trying to perfect braiding her hair, creating cabbages and so much more. Unfortunately for me, I will not be able to work on it anytime soon. But I learned lots, enjoyed myself and had lots of fun…isn’t that what its all about?

Lunch time found me grabbing a quick bite so I would have time to visit Susan at Quail Run. A beautiful shop and wish that I had more time to spend there, but I did make just enough for a little stash enhancement!

What a great place to stitch!

Peggi of Tapestry Fair had highly recommended Barrio Cafe and I had heard a few other ladies that had gone there and they loved it…so off I was again. Thanks to the navigation tools available on our phones, it was smooth sailing.

The food was absolutely amazing! did I say fabulous? OMG I loved every morsel. I was pretty hungry when my entree arrived and the aromas were so intoxicating, that I started eating right away before I thought of taking a picture! But you can see my dessert of churros which I just finished eating the leftovers for breakfast!

This is the outside of the building and it is painted like this all the way around. Very cool…

Time to get back to the hotel as tonight is Merchandise Night!

MaryAlice who teaches Japanese beading, Japanese Embroidery and of Blue Bonnet Retreat fame!

Barbara Elmore selling her beautiful handmade bracelets! She was very busy and I am sure that all of her amazing pieces were sold out by the end of the evening.

Alison Cole, you know of those amazing goldwork books. One of these days, I am taking a class with her!

a beautiful sunset…

Thank you Pat and Phoenix for hosting a most wonderful seminar!

and until next time…keep stitching

 

This is the Way!

This is the way I walk to class! A quick elevator or walk down the stairs and I am there. Now how convenient is that?

This is my class piece; Farmer’s Market by Kim Sanders. A study in stumpwork and all that  randomness that most needlepointers think it’s a bad, bad, bad word. I have been working conquering my challenges with this kind of stitching and this is just another way for me to better my stitching and my repertoire.

Note in the background of the picture is a collection of cut-outs in assorted shapes and sizes from many colors of felt.

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I really don’t have much to show for a full day of work! part of my table, her blue jeans and most of her sweater has been attached to the linen in a series of basting, couching, split backstitch and backstitch.

We worked on outline stitch, lazy daisy, bullions with that slippery Brazilian embroidery thread, cast-on bullions and all on a doodle cloth. I want to perfect my technques with these stitches before I go right to the beautiful light blue fabric.

Today we will create her sweater and I can’t wait. Never have I been in a class where the time just flew by! did I say flew by?

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Pictures of the boutique that is set up in the hotel for a little retail therapy and any necessary last minute purchases needed for class!

Shop is ABC Stitch Therapy from Spring, Texas and what an awesome shop! Great service and just purr~fect! They are going to do the shop next year too when seminar moves to San Antonio.

One more day of class today and I will probably go early so that I can work on getting a few things finished up.

Tonight is merchandise night where hopefully I won’t see too much that I can’t live without!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Dreams and Legends; Day 2!

Or is day 3? oh well, my day started out with volunteering with an assignment in the special exhibit area.

Part of this exhibit is the Dream Catcher Challenge. What is the Dream Catcher Challenge you might ask?

a dozen or so beautifully interpeted Dream Catchers… and we have the toughest job. To vote on our favorite!

we shared the room with Ruth Kern’s bookstore. It was great getting to see Ruth in person!

and the exhibit of Jan Jellins’ work. Unbelievable! Created on fabric in long and short stitches using sewing thread and floss. I kept studying and looking and looking as I marvelled at her work as she was for sure a most amazing artist.

The work of Vima Machelli… all the way from Italy!

Native Americans in their regallia!

wow look at all that eye candy through the window!

Passing by the shop on my way to the opening banquet.

A Native American blessing spoken in his tongue before we started eating. He then repeated in what he considered a foreign language…English!

Opening favors… an Ashland Sky gadget bag, an exclusive brand of Leigh Designs. Thrilled with it and the tin!

Ruth Kerns (right) and Pat Correz (left) standing at the podium as Ruth was receiving kudos for her many years of service of the bookstore at both the EGA and ANG Seminars.

My class starts in 2 hours and I can’t wait!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Be Still my Heart!

My EGA Seminar experience started with a tour to the Grand Canyon. Wow! Wow! Wow!

and wow is all I can say. I have lived out West for over 30 years by now and this is the first time that I have made it here. What took me so long?

Words cannot describe what it is like looking at those views and just taking it all in. A very relaxing place where you could sit for hours as you just feel closer to nature and wonder…

My classes don’t start till Monday, and with an off day today, what to do with myself? I signed up for a few volunteer shifts! and then time for the boutique, the book store and of course check out the classes for next year.

This is my class for this year…Farmers Market by Kim Sanders. Stumpwork and lots of needlweaving will be in my future! Tomorrow and Tuesday and then back home on Wednesday morning when I will unpack and repack to leave for Seattle. More about that later!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Dreams and Legends

Well I’m here in the Valley of the Sun for the EGA Seminar. I drove here leaving early yesterday morning and made very good time! Reigstered for seminar, had lunch and who do I run into right away? Cassie and Nandra of Sundance Designs who was here setting up their beads and ooh so much more in the boutique. Checked into my room and quickly took off to go to Family Arts Needlepoint, visiting with Peggi and Julie and taking in all the eye candy. Thank you to Julie who saved me by lending me a sweater for the tour. Now I’ve been lugging a jacket around everywhere I’ve been going lately, but haven’t needed it, who needs a jacket in Phoenix at this time of the year? Didn’t think about the Grand Canyon with an elevation of 7000 feet.

The item that you see in the picture is a dreamcatcher and I will let Wikipedia tell you what that is:

In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.

The Ojibwe believe that a dreamcatcher changes a person’s dreams. “Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.” Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper.

Another explanation “Nightmares pass through the holes and out of the window. The good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.

Tomorrow is a volunteer day for me, shopping in the boutique and then our opening banquet. Monday my class start and I met my teacher last night, Kim Sanders while we were both looking for the registration area. I told her that lots of people have been telling me what a wonderful teacher she is! so I can’t wait!

and what was I thinking? we leave at 7am this morning not to return till very late tonight…but I am really looking forward to it!

 

I don’t want to be late for my very important date!

Well the suticase did make it home…eventually! a very nice young man delivered it around midnight last night, yes midnight. I spent lots of time on the phone with the suitcase tracking people during the day as I followed its travels…sort of like Flat Stanley! But it’s here and its time to unpack and repack.

Sylvester is ready to assist and supurr~vise as you can see. I leave Friday morning for the Valley of the Sun. Seminar for me starts with a tour to the Grand Canyon on Saturday and I can’t wait! So much to do in these next 2 days… and I don’t want to be late for my very important date!

so until next time…keep on stitching

 

Talk to the Paw!

So says AlleyCat lets me know that last night as I open the door and she runs out… so much for welcoming me home in proper fashion. But that’s AlleyCat for you!

I am home for a few days (seriously!) after spending some glorious days in the south at In Stitches in Atlanta. A beautiful shop and I would have loved to stay longer! More about that soon.

A travel day yesterday that I soon hope to forget as I was waylaid, detoured and delayed over and over. My suitcase has yet to land in sunny San Diego, but I am sure it will be here soon. I am already out and about as I have a list of errands a mile and half long… and am planning to be home by first pitch.

I am headed to the Embroirders Guild Seminar in Phoenix early Friday morning! This time I get to take the class…I am bringing mt laptop and plan on blogging through my time there.

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

So many Canvases! So little Time!

Just a quick update on Sparkles… She’s living at Newport Needlepoint for a few weeks since I am going to be on the road pretty much nonstop. I just need to finish the hat, the borders and come up with something special for the white on the hat. Remember the class will be on November 7th!

I need to finish Mrs. Cat, a piece for Point of It All Designs and… see what I mean? so many canvases and so little time.

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Looks like Sylvester’s not going to let my close my suitcase!

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and as usual AlleyCat is unfazed by it all!

see you sometime next week and until then…keep on stitching

 

So What am I Doing?

Just so you don’t think that I am goofing off! I am getting ready to head to Hotlanta to In Stitches to spend 3 glorious days teaching Meet Mr. Cat and….

Patches on October 10, 11 and 12. I love that city with it’s Southern Hospitality and it’s needlepoint, so what could be better than that?

In between my magazine work for the January/February 2015 issue, I am working on 3 of my own stitches guides for a class later this month and stitching Sparkles.

Here she is! Now the beaded snowflake border is a commitment of both time and beads. One of these days I will confess how many beads I used and how much time too! When I write the stitch guide I will include an alternative stitch suggestion or two, just in case you don’t want to devote that much time!

Pepperberry Designs usually designs a smaller ornament that color co-ordinates with the larger snowperson. We have found that there is enough threads from the larger one that you can stitch this too!

For now the only place you can get this canvas is Newport Needlepoint! If you stitched Patches, Sparkles would be that perfect companion piece. Call Peggy at Newport Needlepoint 949.650.8022 so you can get yours too…you don’t want to miss out on all the fun. Class with be Friday November 7th, with lunch and am sure a surprise with it. Join us in person or via snail mail!

AlleyCat was getting adventurous! Check out the snap trays…guess I better put some of that stuff away before I leave again.

and until next time…keep on stitching