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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday Stitching

Stitching Retreat was a lot of fun. I met some new stitchers from Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Drury Hotel where the retreat was held was so nice. All the employees went out of their way to check on all the guests and I never saw a frown. I told one of my friends I might just run away every now and then to stay there over night and rest.lol


We had a snack table that was very tempting.

Mystery boxes and bags were also delegated to their own spot.

Ryan charted this cute book mark to commemorate out January Retreat.


We had a large room to ourselves. These are some of the ladies at my table.


This was my start and finish...now to fully finish.

We all took time to go to the other tables and visit  The sweet lady in blue is Chelsea who gave me my mystery box.  As you can see, lots of people brought their own lights.  Several brought along camp chairs to sit in while they stitched. I will say that sitting in the hotel chairs for two days did make my back sore in spite of getting up and moving around pretty often.  And I could not stay up stitching until all hours like the younger stitchers.


This is a portion of the shop that Katrina Boyd brought to the Retreat. She gave us a great deal on our shopping as a substitute for a swag bag.

Here is what I got...


I got this one to stitch for Kendall for Christmas. She loves owls.




I had never seen these Erica Michaels patterns so I picked up three of them.  I hope to make some strawberries this Christmas.

While I doubt I will become one of those stitchers who travels to retreats all over the USA, I will definitely come to the Huntsville Retreat again should it become a yearly event.

11 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun! And so nice to stay in such a beautiful place. It really is great to meet other people that share your passion too! I would have gone crazy there! lol Hugs!

Robin in Virginia said...

I am glad you were able to get to a retreat and enjoy yourself, Arlene. I like the tee-shirt that Ryan was wearing with the stork scissors. You made some really nice purchases. Congratulations on your start/finish from the retreat! Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs.T said...

So interesting to see more of your retreat. So much fun and so productive, too! Love those Christmas carol ornaments at the bottom -- especially the "dashing through the snow" one. Very pretty!

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

So glad you got to go to the retreat and it does look like somewhere to return to each year. So many things to see and new friends to make, made it all worth it.

Meg said...

How fun, Arlene! Oh, that makes me REALLY want to go next year!

Sandy said...

All the lights are interesting. I never thought of the snake light around the neck. Lighting helps tremendously.

Gina said...

Arlene, what a delightful retreat! Now was it a whole weekend thing or just a day thing? Bringing your own chairs sure makes a lot of sense. You will know better next time! :-)

Mari said...

I'm glad you got to go to this. It looks like so much fun!

Terri D said...

It is so great that your retreat was a wonderful experience!! I don't pretend to understand all the stitching stuff but I know talent and creativity when I see it. Your work is always beautiful!

RJ said...

Arlene the retreat sounds like so much fun. I know you had a great time. Love your new patterns you picked up. RJ

Carol said...

So glad you had a good time at your retreat, Arlene! I don't think my back could have stood the hours of stitching in those hotel chairs either... I'm too spoiled with my comfy overstuffed chair!

I've been eyeing those Erica Michaels charts you purchased on 123 Stitch--let me know how you like them!