And yet another great time was had by all!!
This retreat was held on July 5-6 at the historical Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. Many of us arrived early to enjoy fireworks at Old Sturbridge Village on July 3rd, and then to have fun in the Village the following day. The fireworks were great!! My husband and father joined me, and it was our first time to experience them there. Folks gathered in a grassy field to enjoy the display. Street lights are quite a distance from the Village, so the fireworks truly lit up the sky. We hope to enjoy them there again next year!
It was so wonderful to have Ellen Chester of With My Needle teach at Stitcher’s Hideaway again! Her project for us, Fruit of the Vine, can be made into either a huswif or a sampler. A "huswif" or "hussif" is a folded or rolled case for keeping needlework supplies. Women often carried a huswif in one of the large tie-on pockets worn under their skirts. The verse in the piece, from the Song of Solomon, signifies the beginning of a new season. The attendees were very excited about the project -- and even more so when we saw the stitched model! What BEAUTIFUL colors!
On the inside of the huswif is a mattress-style pincushion and pockets for storing needlework tools. An embellished dupioni silk band wraps around the folded huswif to keep it closed. The project also includes a coordinating needleroll and scissors weight!
In class we worked on the needleroll to learn the many stitches used in the project, including algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, backstitch, barrier, Belgian cross, closed herringbone, cross stitch, cross stitch over one linen thread, four-sided, herringbone, horizontally elongated cross, long-armed cross, montenegrin, mosaic, nun’s stitch, plaited cross, queen, ray stitch, Rhodes, Rhodes heart, Rhodes octagon, satin, small plait, smyrna cross, star, tent, vertically elongated cross, and zigzag stitch! Yes, we actually covered all of those stitches at the retreat! Excellent stitch illustrations were included in our Fruit of the Vine kits for future reference.
Our class time flew by!! We learned so much and had so much fun!
This group of stitchers was from CT, MA, MD, ME, NY, and VA. Barbara from VA traveled the farthest and received some special goodies.
And oh -- the goodies!!! Donations came from 123Stitch, A Sweet Stitch, Calico Crossroads, Elizabeth’s Designs, Giulia Punti Antichi, Glory Bee, Jeannette Douglas Designs, Kreinik, Lavendar Wings, Morning Glory Needleworks, Nordic Needle, Stitcher’s Hideaway, Tempting Tangles, The Prairie Schooler, ThreadworX, Victoria Sampler and With My Needle.
Door prizes were donated by Jeannette Douglas Designs, Karen Cappello (a dear friend of Stitcher’s Hideaway), Rosewood Manor, Stitcher’s Hideaway, The Gift of Stitching and Victoria Sampler. What a blessing!
Ellen did such a great job of teaching us each stitch and finishing technique. Her written and illustrated instructions were wonderful, and she also displayed stitched models of the finishing phases for us.
I have no explanation for this exploding skein -- except, really, doesn’t this seem like the kind of thing that happens to me?
Barb H. & Lynn in class.
Donna & Ellen in giggles!
We had some YUMMY meals at the Publick House!
Chris and Pam from Chris’s Collection set up shop for us -- what fun!! What stash!
One afternoon we had a special presentation on Celebrating Patriotism by Old Sturbridge Village staff members Jean Contino, Coordinator of Households, and Rebecca Beall, Collections Manager. We saw a very interesting display of a variety of early 19th century items, from embroidery to fabric to ceramics and art with patriotic imagery and emblems. It was an interesting look into how early New Englanders expressed their patriotic sentiments through everyday objects. Here are some pictures of this presentation.
Later that night I presented a gift to all the attendees -- a new design I call “Liberty.” My stitched model was finished into a banner.
Ellen was appropriately frogged at the retreat by me (of course).
And let it be known that at this retreat my coronation as Frog Princess was held!
On our last night together we had a great time of Show ‘n Tell! We are just AWESOME STITCHERS!!!
And there you have it -- a glimpse of another fun-filled Stitcher’s Hideaway retreat! Read on for words from some of the attendees!
See you at a retreat soon!
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