A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

Last Friday found me winging my way to New York City…yes New York City! for my weekend classes at The Enriched Stitch. Even though the shop is located in Wilton, CT., this was my touchdown landing destination where Suzie was going to pick me up. It was very special to me as we came in for a landing as I could view the all too familiar to me landmarks.

You know they say timing is everything…right? I left San Diego at a cool 57 on the thermostat and as we landed the pilot said “welcome to NYC where it is 97!” I knew it was hot since it was all over the news and my sister was keeping me well informed of the weather reports on the East Coast. No problem as I am sure I would be inside most of the time.

Suzie and Aggie were right there to pick me up as we texted along exactly where to meet. What did we do before we had these cell phones? I knew Suzie from market, but hadn’t met Aggie except through her amazing stitching seen on Facebook and on The Enriched Stitch blog. I felt like we had known each other for ever as we gabbed non stop on our way to dinner. I am easy to please and I always like to try the local spots which I was pleased when they obliged. We went to a darling little place where we enjoyed Passion Fruit Margaritas, plantain chips with this great salsa and I had an amazing dish of paella!

Off to the hotel where I settled in for the night, to do homework of reading and rereading my notes for class in the morning. A little practice of a few of the stitches on my doodle canvas. The first day was the little red bicycle, an Alice Peterson canvas.

Thank you to my sistah Meredith who taught me this embroidery stitch to make the wheels look like wheels! It was so thrilling to see and hear the excitement from the students when they said I got it, I got it! Look at my wheel!

I also used a variation of the background stitch by Susan Portra that we are using on the background of the 4th of July March that is in the July/August issue of Needlepoint Now. Someone likened this variation to rays of sunshine coming down through the bicycle.

Thank you to the ladies in class for making the day so wonderful! Class went all too quickly and soon it was time to expore this darling little shop and enjoy some retail therapy.

BTW, be sure to notice the bicycle ribbon that Suzie found to tie the thread bags for the bicycle class together!

Speaking of Needlepoint Now, look at what I found! A few of the stitchers had never heard of the magazine…OMG shudder that thought. They bought an issue to take home with them and hopefully we will get a few new subscribers.
Trunk shows by Cooper Oaks and Kathy Schenkel were going on in the shop. Threads galore…the most amzing stitching everywhere. You know the kind of stitching that gets you excited and say I want to stitch that! no I want to stitch that! no I want to stitch it all!
They get it, they really do! Great canvas, wonderful threads and the most amazing classes going on. The shop is warm and inviting and fun! did I say fun? fun! and that’s what needlepoint is supposed to be all about. So much to share and talk about this wonderful shop, that I will save some of it for another day.
Okay Needlepoint Nation on Facebook…are you going there for their East Coast get together on the weekend of August 2nd and 3rd? There are a few spots left and I am sure that you don’t want to miss out on all the great times.
I think Sylvester was giving me an earful for leaving him alone yet again with that other cat. Don’t worry old man, I will be home for awhile till I am off an another needlepoint excursion. and until next time…keep on stitching
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About Vicky

Needlepoint, morning noon and evening! what could be better than this? I work on the computer in the daylight hours editing stitch guides and drawing stitches that you will see in the next Needlepoint Now for your stitching pleasure! In between this, there is time for taking pictures of my stitching adventures, Facebook and writing stitch guides for canvas that I am stitching for Needle Deeva, Maggie, Ruth Schmuff and others. Mostly needlepoint you ask? well we will talk about my cats Sylvester and AlleyCat, better known as "the brat". Of course I can't forget Felix who was the love of my life for over 14 years. He broke my heart as he departed for the Rainbow Bridge last year. Oh did I mention baseball?

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