Now it is Friday of our retreat and I have the morning free and Tiny Treasures with Orna Willis in the afternoon. I am so happy to have Briar Rose finished. Although, if I were doing it again, I would do it so much better. I would know what to be careful of. I would cut the skirtex correctly. The sewing would be much nicer as I would be using my own sewing machine. But there is no way I'm stitching this again!
I stitched in my spot in the Garden Room. Since Briar Rose is finished, I pulled out Strawberry Hill that I brought along to stitch on the plane. I was playing with it. I started stitching the top row and then realized that it wouldn't fit on that piece of linen. So I started it again on a larger piece. I tried stitching the strawberry vine over one just to see what it looked like. I took a break from stitching and in the lobby was a lady sewing a quilt on her sewing machine. She was very organized and just starting to cut out the pieces. Behind her on a chair and sofa were a ton of small boxes. I asked about them.
My BFF comes to get me. She is in the Tisket class and there are a few accessories that you can buy/order from Jackie. So I go to her classroom and find out that the Pansy Thread Box and Pansy Tape Measure are not included with the Tisket kit. That's the part I like the best! So of course I have to get them. I am able to buy the Pansy Tape Measure kit and order the Pansy Thread Box. Third check made out to Jackie.
My class in the afternoon is a needlepoint class. Orna has put the kit into a small metal box. Nifty.
It is only about two inches square when it is done. The chart is nice and big and easy to read. I have done needlepoint before so it is easy. She tells us a few pointers about how to get the fold bumps out of one of our threads and how to make a bullion stitch (even though our project doesn't have any bullions!). I know I
can finish this. The class is in one of the dungeon rooms.
LuAnne, who I met at Celebrations last year gives me a gift in a darling box. It goes with the theme of the retreat, Acorns. But I still think she needs eyes.
The evening activity is Bingo but instead of b-i-n-g-o it is a-c-o-r-n. As I'm going to "Acorn" I see that the lady in the lobby has finished piecing the quilt she started that morning. Whoa.
The first thing I do when I go to the game is check out the prizes. The prizes are needlework charts or kits. Cool. I'm not very lucky. I'm beginning to think I won't win anything when Mary Ann who is sitting next to me wins and she gets several charts and gives me a Drawn Thread one. Okay, now I'm a winner. Then finally in the next to the last game I win! I go choose a prize.
Neat! One of the charts I really wanted. I admired Needle Nut that I saw Chris stitching on. It is on silk gauze but not a high count. It is worked with Simply Wool.
Another great day at retreat. I go back to my room. I am missing all the digital stuff in my life and so I watch the first episode of Season 2 of Downton Abbey.
Tomorrow is my Beautiful class.