Friday, October 20, 2006

Camp Gotta Stitch Projects

Camp Gotta Stitch was absolutely delightful! Here are the projects from the retreat:

On Friday evening we had a Meet & Greet. We made a really cute name tag. Technically, I made two of them. I pretty much destroyed the first one by absent-mindedly unraveling too many threads around the edges. DOH!




















This was rather embarrassing because I know better! A running stitch is not going to keep a piece from unraveling. Ack! I wore the ugly gnarled one all weekend (no time to fix it) and stitched a new top for it when I got home. I got all fancy with the first one and used eyelet stitches but kept it simple for the second one. Just to be clear, the first piece (at the bottom of the picture) was originally on the wool (and attached with the buttons) you see in the piece at the top of the picture. I have no idea why I am saving the ratted up, unraveling original. I keep thinking it must be good for something, but for the life of me I can't imagine what that something might be.

Our project on Saturday was a CUTE wool purse with acorns. Did I mention acorns? Hmmph, I thought I did. I'll shut up and get on with the picture.














Isn't it sweet? Our kit included the lined wool piece, we just blanket stitched it together. I'm happy with my blanket stitching. If I have ever blanket stitched before, it was sometime before my age reached double digits. (Translation = that was a long time ago.) I was worried that I couldn't keep the stitches even, but I think it turned out pretty well. I did have more than a few oopsie-frogging moments while stitching the cross stitch and specialty stitch piece for the front, but in the end it all came together.

During the afternoon we received our surprise companion piece...a sweet little cell phone holder! When Bobby held up the sample, everyone in the room said "Awwwwwww!" It is just so cute.


Don't you just love that little cell phone charm? And how ironic that I'm in the market for a new cell phone. I'll be buying one that fits my cute new holder. Wouldn't you?

Here is a picture of everything, including the acorn carry-out container.


Actually that wasn't quite everything. On Sunday we received an exclusive Lizzie Kate design. It is a cute little ornament, all kitted up with opalescent fabric. I haven't started stitching it yet, maybe sometime later this fall. How kewl to get an exclusive Lizzie Kate! I'm sure she'll release the design to the public someday, but for now it is just for us.

That's it for the retreat. I finished 3 of the 4 projects and stitched one of them twice. Not bad for a weekend, huh? Speaking of weekends, I'm heading to the show in just a few hours. I can't wait!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the little bag and cell phone holder! I can remember making felt soft toys with blanket stitch some time before I turned 10 - that was a long time ago too!

Anonymous said...

Your stitching is lovely! Looks like you had a GREAT time!

Anna van Schurman said...

Your blanket stitch looks like it was done by machine--it's so even!

I think I see a cell phone holder in my sister's future...

Anonymous said...

I love the acorns! Lovely projects and beautifully finished!

AnneS said...

Everything looks great - sounds like you had a wonderful time away, sheer heaven :)

Annemarie said...

Aaaaawwwww indeed, Chelle, these projects are fabulous! And your blanket stitch looks as if you've been doing this for years :o)

Cindy said...

I just love them all! They are all fantastic! The hand bag is great! And being a HUGE Lizzie Kate fan, that is just too kewl getting an exclusive desing, you must share pics once you have done it!!! So glad that you had a great time!!!

Carol said...

Sure sounds like you had fun! I love the boo boo you made, shows how human you are! Maybe that is why you are keeping it?? It is a funny memento from your retreat.

Sharon said...

Sounds like you had great time and I love your projects. Trust me my blanket stitch was not as pretty!

Kajsa said...

Love the finishes! I have to try out doing one of those bags, so cute.

Karen said...

It is all very nice. Your blanket stitch looks great. Glad to hear you had a nice weekend. :)

Anita said...

The whole set is so unique.
Great stitching and finishing
and I love Acorn too.

Barbara said...

What a fun weekend getaway! And that acorn purse is just too fabulous!!

Katrina said...

oh, all your projects are fantastic. I'm a L*K fan too so would be VERY interested in seeing your exclusive kit, lol. Sounds like a great time!

Vonna said...

What nice little accompanying pieces! I think they are "kewl"!
Wow, an exclusive LK design...how groovy! Can't wait to see it!
:o)

Lelia said...

Acorns? I didn't know you liked to stitch acorn motifs LOL ... did she design them with you in mind??

Lovely projects. The wool purse & cell phone pouch are ideal. Laughed with you about the name tag issue. IMO, you were having a good time & should keep the original one as a keepsake.

ooooh ... a LK original. Lucky Duck! A picture would be nice to share with US ... who want to SEE IT

My MIOM is going to be DONE THIS WEEK. Do you hear me?? It will be completed. I declare ... there are only a few more days in October. Or, does October have 35 days in the calendar?

Stitch or no stitch said...

How fun to take part in a stitching get-away. Wow great blanket stitching!! Love everything you made.
Margret

Sew-in-Love said...

Looks like a lot of fun. It's great to have something finished to show for it as well. So many classes etc leave with something half done and many of them end up as UFOs. Your camp was obviously very well thought out.=)

Enjoy the show. I'm going to the big UK Knitting and Stitching show in 3½ weeks time too....

Tessa said...

What a wonderful weekend - your finishes are lovely and how lovely to have finishes!!!

Sara said...

I really like the purse and the little bag for the phone, it's really a good idea!

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Looks like you had a fun Camp. Who hosts this one? Happy Stitching, CJ

Karin said...

I love the projects! What a great retreat!