Earlier this April, I went to an all day stitching retreat held in the conference room of a Holiday Inn in Pittsburgh. Some of the Oglebay retreat ladies had mentioned it to me. Well, one thing led to another, then somebody forwarded an email to me and I decided to send in my reservation.
By all accounts, this was a rather hot ticket. There is a specific mailing date and then it's first-come, first-served and then there's a waiting list after all the spots are filled. And since the same people come year after year, I was thinking that my only chance was to watch the obituaries and see if I could squeeze in after some poor stitcher put in her last stitch. Well, her last "earthly" stitch, anyway. But lo and behold, poof! I was in!
It was a very nice affair. Started at 8:30AM and included a light breakfast, a delicious lunch and then a light supper. It was supposed to end at 11PM, but I was tuckered out by 9:00 and knew I had a long drive home, so I left early. But many ladies stayed until the very end, and I know that several of the stitchers were spending the night at the hotel. For the first time in a long time, I wasn't the one who traveled the farthest.
Well, I had a lovely day. There was stitching and eating and door prizes and contests and Show and Tell and shopping....have I left anything out?
Oh, I discovered that one of the ladies reads my blog (Hi there, Janice!), And after reading all of my nonsense over the years, she still sat next to me for 12 hours. Imagine that? She's a brave woman.
So anyway, here's the project I worked on that day. It's one of the smaller BBD charts and it's on 32 ct. Antique Ivory linen, stitched with HDF "Meadow" silk. It used exactly five yards of silk. And I loved every stitch.
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