Monday, January 18, 2010

Stitchin' the dream in Aberdeen MLK retreat weekend:

This year was a bit different for our annual MLK retreat weekend. Since I have moved out to Aberdeen it is not as easy to stitch with all my good stitching buds. So this year my good friend and stitching bud Lori decided that she would come out here to Aberdeen, which is a 5 hour drive from St. Paul, MN to stitch with me. We had a great time. Lori even brought a little bit of home out here with her by bringing some of our favorite foods. We had pizza from one of our favorite places--Savoy's, and our favorite soup from Chili's and my favorite spaghetti sauce from Dontelli's. It was so nice to have Lori out here and be able to spend sometime just stitching, laughing, talking and eating. I was really sorry to see Lori leave and have our retreat end today.

Here are some the fruits of our labor:

I finished LHN My Needle's work. I started that project on Tuesday and finished it up on Saturday and then we even got it framed. I bought the frame last weekend at a antique shop for $2.00. I think the design is just right for the frame. I am so happy with how it turned out.
Then I stitched the square on the left from the Ackworth Friendship Book by With My Needle. Our stitching group is doing this project and since I have 12 squares to do, I thought I should try to get one done. Then I stitched up LHN's "Faith". I have been wanting to do this one for quite sometime and now it is done. Just need to find a frame.

Here is a closer look at My Needle's Work.

Lori and I also framed this piece. I finished this one last weekend. I found this frame at an antique shop also and this one was only 50 cents. Now it is really a tight fit going width wise but I like it all the same. This is Blackbird Designs "Summer Basket". It was a very fun stitch.

This La D Da piece has been finished for at least a month or so, but we just framed it over this weekend. Again this is a frame I got at either an antique shop or thrift store and it probably only cost a couple of bucks. I like to "recycle" frames if I can.

Here are all the pieces that we finished as far as framing goes. Some of the pieces just needed the backing paper and hangers put on. Three of them needed to be pinned and then finish with the framing.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching.


staci said...

Sounds like you had a fun weekend. And boy were you guys productive! Wonderful finishes...all those frames were wonderful finds and your needlework looks perfect in them :)

Jill said...

No mention of us skyping? Disappointed. Looks like alot of finishing was completed.

Suzanne said...

Sounds like you had fun. You certainly stitched up a storm!

Cathy B said...

What a productive weekend you had! You need to teach me how to frame...all of your framed pieces look wonderful!

Nic said...

You achieved an awful lot - great choices with those frames, too!

Margit said...

Ohhh Joan, you have some fantastic labor fruits there!!! ;) It's always nice to have stitching friends at home and have a good time!
Hugs, Margit

Barbeeque4 said...

What a great weekend!!! That is some really super framing!!! Congrats!!!

Brigitte said...

You were accomplishing a lot during that weekend. Congratulations on a great framing job.