In the spring The Silver Needle in Tulsa plays host to a very successful retreat for stitchers. It's called Camp Wannasew, and several of the gals from St. Louis Stitchers have been attending for years. Last year, upon returning home from camp, it was suggested that the entire St. Louis Stitchers group should pack up in 2007 and head to Tulsa instead of having our usual spring stitch-in. Naturally this idea was deemed *brilliant* and plans were made accordingly. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect stitching world, so not everyone was able to go. With that in mind, I decided to throw a stitch-in that same weekend for the disappointed few who couldn't make the trip. Monique gets full credit for labeling our get-away weekend "Camp Wannabe."
Camp got underway on Friday (March 9th) with the arrival of Monique. Meri arrived soon after. It was just the three of us Friday night and we had the best time! More campers arrived on Saturday. Several of the Violet Threads gals were able to attend, and it was a nice mix of the two groups. The crew on Saturday included Terri, Ilene, Beth, Linda, Mary, Sandy, Meri, Monique, Jane, Cathy and moi. I took a few pictures. Funny how everyone concentrates a wee bit more on their project when the camera comes out.
Well lookie there. That is a bit of stitching hanging on my wall. Incredible! And they said it couldn't be done. Susan even mailed me a hammer. (No kidding. A hammer. In the mail.)
The above photo features counted cross stitch, quilting and surface embroidery all peacefully co-existing in the same space. Life is good.
Question: If a camera is pointed at you but you don't acknowledge it, can it still take your picture?
Answer: Yes, you can still be immortalized forever in digital media. Having your picture posted in Toadlilyville is just a bonus.
Counted cross stitch X2 plus applique in the shadow of the world's largest purple bookcase. Thank you Lord for Ott and Daylight. AMEN.
Saturday morning Meri spent some time exploring the local scrapbooking shop and an antique mall. One of the many treasures she returned with was a Ladies Home Journal magazine from 1893. Saturday evening she entertained us by reading an article from the magazine. It was about speaking properly and avoiding the use of slang. Apparently in 1893 using expressions such as "you bet!" was considered bad form. It gave us all a good giggle, and we're still reminding each other "don't be slangy"!
There is more to tell and more pictures, but I think I'll save it all for another post. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome back and encouraging words!