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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Inspired Summer Seminar

Hey Blog Buddies,

How has your weekend been going?  Seems we've had more than our fair share of rain here just lately, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the attendees at Inspired Needle's Summer Seminar with Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers.   I know, I know--yet another seminar/workshop?  Don't I have enough to stitch?  Well, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet Paulette whose blog I've been following and designs I've been stitching for some time--and it was just a 30-minute drive. There were 50 of us at the Ruffled Feathers Clubhouse, and the entire day was delightful!  Paulette was very friendly and lots of fun and she designed a wonderful new patriotic piece for us to stitch!

Laura, who blogs as Maude & Mozart is on the left in this photo.  I was glad to finally meet her in person after knowing her "virtually" for several years.  (You should go to her blog and read the highly entertaining exploits of her "posse" at this event!)  Paulette is on the right--she really didn't need to wear her name tag!

Here is the project we stitched--Liberty Inn.
Everyone oohed and aahed when they saw the entire project--
Paulette had given us only a sneak peek ahead of time.

She also gave us pins, crushed walnut shells and six fabulous pieces of wool... make a few of these lovely strawberries.
The designs on many of them are done entirely in pins.
Paulette gave us complete instructions
on how to finish these.

Cathy (who is Inspired Needle)
gifted each of us with a  nifty project bag.

 You can see that I have the Seminar project
stuffed into my new bag already.
If you're me, you can never have too many project bags!

She also gave each of us this super cute thread holder,
which was inspired by one of the motifs
in the Liberty Inn piece.
Cathy, you're the best!

The kit contained 36-count linen,
and Paulette recommended that
the piece be stitched using only one strand of floss.
Since I am a bit of a maverick (and a coverage freak),
I chose to stitch it using two strands.

 Here is the difference between my two strands on the left
and my friend Joyce's one strand on the right.
I've got to admit that I really like the way
the colors in her piece seem to have more contrast,
but it's too late for me to start rippin'!

Here is where I am so far.
I'd really like to continue on with this piece,
but I was in the middle of getting caught up
with four months of a SAL before the seminar,
and feel I should pick that piece up where I left off.
So I'll put Liberty Inn away for now.
Such problems!

Hope your weekend went swimmingly.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!


Catherine said...

What a great time and great goodies!! What a fabulous piece she designed for you ~ love it!!!

Patti said...

It was such a lovely time! You sure got a lot more accomplished than I did :) I guess I was too busy visiting! So many wonderful memories created sharing the day with other passionate stitchers!
Blessings, Patti

cucki said...

Aww such a great time and lovely goodies..
Love the sweet stitches and strawberries..
Big hugs x

Julie said...

What a wonderful time you must have all had. A lovely project.
The strawberries look super, i'll look forward to seeing yours.

Laura said...

What a fabulous post!!! Even with a picture of my mug in there! Love your pictures and telling of the story of your wonderful Saturday!!! I wish we could do that once a month!!!! So glad we finally met and looking forward to seeing you again when we can chat longer!!!!!

Giovanna said...

What a great start! That's a wonderful project - as a non-US person it's one of the few US-centric designs I would actually consider stitching :-)

Anne said...

So glad to hear you had such a wonderful seminar! I hope you can bring your project to Stitch-In tomorrow for an in-person view! :-)

Linda said...

Looks like a great get together. Love all your goodies.


Ranae said...

Oh darn!!
I was there and missed you
Ho hum maybe next time

Happy Baker said...

It looks great, I hope mine will look as good (I haven't gotten that far yet!). Fabulous time on Saturday with my good friend Pat and I met a lot of other wonderful ladies as well.

Carol said...

What a great time you had and how fun to meet some new friends :) Love that new patriotic chart Pauline designed. I'm sure it will be such fun to stitch.

Faye said...

You guys look like you had the BEST time~ Inspired Needle put together a great retreat and I'd love to get there one day....... Great post!

Lelia said...

I thought I saw you in a photo from the Inspired needle newsletter. What fun. Looks like an interesting project