Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blackbird Design retreat update

To start off our retreat weekend I stitched this Blackbird Design motif from the book Joyeux Noel. The bird was from the Vintage Pincushion pattern. Then I soldered the design between glass and attached it to a chain. I made one for myself, one for Cathy B, since she and I were roommates at retreat and then one for Alma and Barb.

The first project we were given on Friday night was a monogram sachet pillow. We stitched our initial and then added whatever else we wanted to our design. This was a quick and fun stitch.

Here is a sample of other pillows that the girls stitched up. There was quite a variety of ideas flowing through the room.

Here is the sample of Tulip House which was the project for our retreat weekend along with the Stitcher's Companion Box.

This box was Alma's sample of our project.

Here is the outside of the box that we all painted.

This was my stitched piece to go on top of the box.

And here is the finished result of my box. I think it turned out quite well.

Here is what the inside of the box looks like. I had such a good time working on this project. I may have to stitch another one sometime.

If you ever get a chance take a class with Alma and Barb of Blackbird Designs. You won't be disappointed.

I also want to thank Deb the owner of Stitchville USA for hosting this retreat. Everything was great.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Brief update.....

I have NOT dropped off the face of the Earth--although it sometimes feels like I have. I have had many changes and events occur since my last post. I am just going to tempt you with one of my many adventures with this quick post.

This weekend Cathy B. and myself went to a retreat sponsored by our LNS--Stitchville featuring Blackbird Designs. Here is a picture taken with Alma, Cathy, myself and Barb. We had such a great time and these gals are GREAT!!!! I loved every minute we spent with them. They are so friendly and down to Earth, I feel like I have made two new friends.

I will be posting more pictures and showing and telling what these girls taught us and the great designs they had for us. So stop by later tonight or tomorrow for more on the retreat and why I haven't posted in the last month

Alma, Cathy, myself and Barb.

Happy Stitching!!!!