Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blackbird Designs retreat at Silver Needle

Cathy B and I have just returned from a fabulous weekend at the Blackbird Designs retreat held at the Silver Needle in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We were both excited to go to this retreat not only because of the Blackbird girls, Alma and Barb but we were also going to be able to meet some of the girls we have come to know through the blog world. There was about 150 women at this retreat and they came from 20 states and Canada.

Here are Karen and Michele. I have done exchanges with both these girls. It was so great to finally meet them. We had a chance to get to know each other on Saturday night when we all went out to dinner. I wish I would have thought to get some pictures from dinner because of course Cathy was with us as well as two other gals, Chris and Michelle which we met through Karen and Michele. Karen is from Arizona and Michele is from Washington. There was lots of fun and laughing going on.

This is Cathy, Edie and I. Edie had seen on my blog that Cathy and I had been to a Blackbird Designs retreat back in April here in Minnesota and that we were planning on going to the Silver Needle for this retreat. Well Edie got signed up for this retreat and we got to meet and stitch with her. She sat with us for our class on Saturday. I was glad to get to know Edie. Edie is from Texas. Thanks for such a great time.

I also got to meet Yvonne another blogger, and I thought I had gotten a picture with her but I guess I didn't. So I hope that you got one Yvonne and will share it with me. Yvonne is from Georgia.

We also met two gals from Iowa, Lisa and Loretta and of course I didn't get any pictures with them either. I sure hope that maybe Cathy got some of those pictures, because she was much better at socializing and picture taking then me.

I am sure Cathy will fill in with more stories about our trip.

Here are Alma and Barb on Friday night sharing some stories with us.

This is a picture I took of the pin keep we would be making in class. I should have gotten a picture of the needle book to, but I was not thinking.

This is my pin keep, which I did finish during class and how far I am on my needle book.

This is a side view of my pin keep. We painted our box and then gave it a "worn" look by sanding it and putting briwax on it. We also made the pins that are in my pin keep.

These are all the wonderful goodies we received from the Silver Needle. There are 16 limited edition skeins of Sampler Threads, a small scissors, and some Vera Bradley items: a Quickstep wallet, a small coin purse, two different note pads and a small metal tin.

All I can say is I love Alma and Barb from Blackbird Designs and if you ever get a chance to take a class from them you should. And it is worth a trip to Tulsa to go to the Silver Needle. The staff there is great and you will be overwhelmed by that shop.

Keep Stitching and thanks for stopping by.


Faye said...

Oh my goodness!! I am flipping out just seeing some of my blog buddies in real live person in these photos~~ Do you know how great it is to see this??? I KNOW you guys had BIG fun!~ I would absolutely go bonkers if I could ever take a class by Barb and Alma!! Truly, you are so very lucky to have gone....

The project turned out just perfect too. And the extra goodies from Silver Needle...Are you kidding me?????

Wow, Thanks for making my night....just seeing you guys there and those wonderful smiles on your faces made my day!~

Happy stitching, Faye

Vonna said...

I'll tell you the same thing I told Cathy...

J-E-A-L-O-U-S-Y is what I'm feeling...but in a totally GOOD way! I'm glad that you and Cathy got to share a wonderful weekend among new and old friends :)

Katrina said...

Oh my, looks like such a great weekend and what a gorgeous class piece and gift from the Silver Needle. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

It was soooo great to finally meet you and Cathy! and, yes, you are an overachiever finishing your pinkeep box IN class. LOL you are probably finished by now with the needlebook. :)
I believe i may have turned into a BBD stalker like you! i want to know where they are next! LOL I have many plans to do ALOT of finishing from the techniques we learned too (except the beading i need help on the glue situation and NOT gluing my fingers together. LOL

pj said...

Joan, It was great to meet you and chat ... you are very talented and a speed stitcher as you got your pin cushion completed! Loved your necklace too! Wow! I must have been too busy chatting. It was a fun event and Lindy does know how to put on a party! pam

Lelia said...

thx for sharing!

Berit said...

Awesome post; seems you guys had the best time. :)

Suzanne said...

What a great day and to meet fellow stitching bloggers as well. I love the class project and all those goodies.