When we registered we received a wonderful project bag with some wonderful hand lotion inside. When we entered the classroom there were more gifts awaiting us including the beautiful tray, pincushion and needle rest - all pictured below.
Our teacher for the retreat was Cynthia Zittel from The Drawn Thread.
|Cynthia pictured in the middle with our table mates Marilyn (left) and Jody (right)|
On Saturday, we were introduced to the main project for the weekend. Cynthia had outdone herself by designing two versions of the project - a pocket version that complimented the scissor fob all done on lovely lavender linen with Needlepoint, Inc. and Dinky Dye silks and a sampler version that she had stitched on cream linen with a different format using the same motifs that she used on the pocket.
|Outside of the pocket|
|Inside of the pocket - I love the purple silk she used to line the piece!|
|The sampler version - I may have to stitch this version as well |
as she gave us the charts to do both!
Saturday evening we had the opportunity to go to Stitchville USA to do a bit of shopping. We carpooled our way over there with our table mate from IL Marilyn. I came with list in hand and was able to find the most important items on the list - some limited edition pieces from the recent Nashville Market.
Attendees of the retreat brought show and tell items from our stash that were designed by Cynthia.
|The two on the left were my contribution to the show and tell table - |
I thought they would travel well.
|I love the box used for this spot sampler - I think I need to go on the hunt for it. :)|
A great time was had by all! We left Chaska on Sunday afternoon and made it home to Indiana in about 11 hours. I made it back to town in time to register for my next retreat - the 2014 Shepherd's Bush retreat. Looking forward to that one in October!