To get up to date since my last post, we had our Friday evening class with Cici from The Thread Gatherer: http://thethreadgatherer.blogspot.com/. We started working on a wool embroidery needlework case that will hold needles, scissors, threaders and a santa waxer. It incorporates hand dyed fibers, wool and ribbon to create a vintage looking piece.
We had our Saturday morning class with Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers: http://www.plumstreetsamplers.typepad.com/. Her design is a beautiful sampler designed with her mother as an inspiration. This touched my heart so much as she spoke about it that it brought tears to my eyes. I lost my Mom three days after Christmas this past year, so this will be the first project of the retreat that I will devote my time to. It is stitched on 36 count Lakeside linen that is a dream to stitch on.
She also designed and provided the chart for a sweet little needle roll.
The afternoon class was with Tina from Shepherd's Bush with a sampler based on the Christmas Carol "I saw three ships come sailing in On Christmas Day...".
Teri from Shepherd's Bush also taught a make it and take it wool needle book piece that was completed in short order.
Sunday evening we drove up to Snowbird with Janie's sister Julie to have dinner with Janie's son Mike. We took the tram up to the 11,000 feet level with beautiful breathtaking views below. Dinner followed at the Steak Pit. If you have a chance to venture that way, dinner is well worth the drive!
Monday morning we headed south toward Mesa, AZ. We drove through the canyon areas of southern Utah and northern Arizona that was absolutely breathtaking. We spent the night just outside of Sedona. It was dark on our way out there, but we stopped on the say south out of town to take some shots that of what we missed on our way there.
Tuesday morning we headed south to Mesa. Our plan was to get to the Attic shortly after 10 AM so that we could make our way West toward home and get as far as we could. The stop for breakfast took us a little longer than we thought it would, but we were on no tight schedule. We noticed though when we got in the car that the arrival time on Garmin was earlier than the time that we thought it was. Janie had a lightbulb moment and realized that Arizona does not change time, so we were living an hour ahead of what we thought we were...duh! So we got to The Attic just a few minutes after they opened and had plenty of time for shopping. It was well worth the trip and would love to go back sometime when they have a class or special event!
We left there with treasures in hand and made our way to Santa Rosa, NM to spend the night. We were up well before the crack of dawn with a goal of making it to Tulsa before 2 pm. Travel time was on our side and even with road construction, we made it there not long after our goal. Silver Needle is bigger than The Attic with much more on display, but lacked some of the warm old fashioned charm. There is plenty there to see and get onto trouble with your pocket book. If you are in the market for linen, I'm sure they have what you are looking for as they had an entire wall of shelves full of linen, etc. Their Mill Hill collection is second to none and they had them all stitched with the models on display in front of each kit.
We left Tulsa with the idea that we could make the remainder of the trip without stopping to stay the night. We had been gone for 12 days and were anxious to get home...so, we drove and napped the rest of the way (not at the same time) stopping only for dinner and gas. We arrived safely at home at 3:15 AM Thursday morning. Yeah!!! All in all, a very successful trip. We met new friends, saw parts of the country we had never seen before and enjoyed the adventure more than I can tell you. I'm looking forward to the next retreat in 2 years, but will probably take the quick route back home. :)