Happy Last Week of October!
My this month has flown by! The weather has been so beautiful here in Nebraska that it is hard to believe November is just a few short days away. Before I know it Amy will be home for Thanksgiving and then Christmas! YIKES!!
Retreat was last weekend. I was asked in the comments of my last blog post what retreat was so bear with me if this is old news to you. The shop I work at has two retreats a year. A spring "frills" retreat and a fall "no frills" retreat. Spring retreat includes an exclusive design, swag bags, door prizes, massages, sometimes a trunk show, a make it and take it, swap table, brag table and shop night plus the most important thing...4 days of stitching. I blogged about our last spring retreat a couple of posts back. Fall Retreat is no frills. It's 4 days of stitching, an ornament exchange and brag table. Period. We may re-think the massages though and add those in for next year. Our ornament exchange this year was Christmas themed. Last year it was Halloween themed. I didn't take too many pictures this year but did manage to snap a few of the finishes that happened and of course the brag table and ornaments. This fall we had a total of 28 retreaters that were able to attend. I believe, judging from all the laughter, everyone had a good time, I know I did!
I believe Linda was the first to finish something at retreat this year. But I have to call her out on it. Having only 3 stitches to put in, while technically a finish, is IMHO Cheating!!! But we clapped for her anyway and I took the dirty little cheaters picture too!
Doreen had a finish from the Hometown Holiday series.
Stacy had a finish in the monthly Cottage series. She might have had more but you actually have to bring your stitching with you to retreat if you intend to stitch. Sadly, Stacy remembered her homework but forgot her stitching!! We had quite a few chuckles at her expense. Luckily, another gal that was coming on Friday was able to bring it with her and so Stacy just worked on her homework for the first 24 hours of retreat.
Carole had a finish, although unless you know her and recognize the hair you wouldn't know it was Carole.
Deb had a finish too. When I went over to take the picture she had already balled it up and stuffed it in her bag. I say that's abuse of a finished cross stitch and she should have to forfeit the piece. Do you agree?
Mary Ann had a finish while at retreat too. But she hid behind it when I took the picture. Possibly another reason for forfeiture?
The following were displayed on the brag table. Kudos to all for the gorgeous pieces we got to see! Pictures just don't do them justice. Especially mine this year as I thought I should behave and not climb up and down on chairs to get a better shot. I apologize for the quality.
The ornament exchange was fun and everyone did a wonderful job again this year.
Finally, I will close with a couple of WIP's that I thought you might enjoy seeing.
It's not often I see anyone working on a Hawk Run Hallow piece and this one is stunning! Elaine said she hasn't stitched on it since last retreat so I challenged her to have it finished by next fall's retreat.
The last piece I will share is a Prairie Schooler masterpiece being stitched by Patty. I believe it measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 x 55 on 40 count. This one got several people's attention. So much so that a couple of them went on ebay and bought the charts!
And there you have it, retreat in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful projects stitched by the awesome needleartists that attended, and keep in mind this is just a small sampling of the beautiful pieces the ladies were working on. A big thanks to all of you for supporting our retreats, without you we couldn't have them!
Take care till next time!