Mediterranean Memories Stitching Cruise 2019 is a Memory. Boy what a memory! Who would have ever thought there was as much to see and do as there was available. Even though our days were full there was so much more we could have experienced as well.
Generous participants shared a plethora of photographs from all our stops. Many went separate ways which gave us the gift of the experience of almost being down those different streets. Such wonders. Please visit the Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures FB page for some of the photographs taken and shared. The majority were posted in the exclusive Mediterranean Group but you'll get the feel I'm sure.
For this blog I am going to concentrate mostly on the stitching part of the cruise. I have shamelessly lifted pictures from the various posts on Facebook - heavily from Bruce Hart, Maggie Kuhn and Teresa Kinberger just to name a few!
We began our adventure in Rome on a Friday (some of us came in a couple days early to run around little spots like the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Coliseum, etc)! We have been in Rome before but each time is different. The Starhotel Michelangelo was wonderful! Our first night as a group provided us with a fantastic dinner and our first reception/class time together.
We had a great room for our class. Everyone had plenty of elbow room to stitch as we discussed the optional exclusive design for the cruise.
Just like any other classroom right? Except we are in ROME!
Next day - Saturday - we headed to our ship by bus - the fabulous Azamara Pursuit.
There she is - Azamara Pursuit! Just waiting to spoil us!
They quickly got out luggage to our rooms and helped us settle in. In the meanwhile, there was plenty of food and drink to keep us occupied if we chose to partake - and partake we did!
On Sunday we docked in Sorrento and were tendered.
Look at this Coastline!
So much beauty! Many went too Capri. Some of us returned to the ship and stitched. Some went shopping. This day we had open stitching on the Aqualina Deck 10.
We had several stitching setups. Several days we had planned or structured stitching in a designated room where I taught class. We had a projector, plenty of stitching room, lots of drinks and of course cookies.
Some times we had open stitching where we could just gather wherever and stitch. We did this mostly in a large open room that was completely surrounded by glass. Also lots of drink, finger foods and cookies!
An example of such an area with a stitcher enjoying the beautiful sea, the fantastic light and just chillin'.
The Amalfi Coast was breathtaking! Wonderful day on shore as well as stitching time fit in.
One of the first surprises presented to those participants that attended the structured class was a hand-painted set of coasters representing their Mediterranean Sea adventures. This was shared in a scheduled class in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy. We had the Coliseum from Rome, a matador from Spain area, the Maltese cross from Malta and the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona. They received a full kit, printed instructions and classroom instructions as well. These were designed to fit the leather square coasters distributed by Tilli Tomas/Planet Earth Fibers. The coasters were available to purchase separately and are available through your LNS.
This class was held in the Aqualina Room. Wonderful space, light and of course goodies.
No need for lights here!
October 31 gave us another structured class and yet another surprise. The beautiful Mediterranean Treasures Cuff Bracelet! This exclusive design included a full kit, instructions, cuff bracelet and classroom instructions. The design incorporated the blue water of the Sea represented in the Sardinian Knot variation as interpreted by me, the Silver Maltese cross representing Malta, and the Triskelion in metallic gold on each side of the Maltese cross representing Sicily.We offered options for those who did not want to invest the time and energy to grasp the Sardinian Knot technique.
On November 1, we had the unbelievable opportunity to have a class in Sardinia, Italy taught by a Sardinian teacher teaching us the Sardinian Filet variation. We made a pendant.
|Sandy Arthur-Mariangela Porcu-Teresa Kinberger|
|Teacher being taught - gotta get those CEUs in!|
|Pendant Class Project|
Several brought projects from home and we worked through their individual issues as they brought them to me.
Such a grand time I had! I am all geared up to begin more serious concentration on the Tulip Time on the Rhine Stitching Cruise for April 2020. Hope you can join us. Email at email@example.com for brochure.
Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Also be sure to join our FB group Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures to follow our upcoming journeys too!
Closing banquet. A few are missing but a great turn ou for our last group celebration!
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ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES:
Remember online registration is now open for our new upcoming Online Mystery Classes. These are going to be chocked full of interesting threads, stitches and techniques. Don't miss out!
At the Seashore is a Sandra Gilmore design. Invoicing will begin this weekend/week. To join the class email me at email@example.com. Get your canvas from your LNS. If you need assistance I have been working with a shop that can get all the materials for you as well. Just let us know.
We have two new designs from PLD Designs added to the agenda. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Fall Scarecrow Welcome Wreath will consist of 8 lessons (1 per month) at a cost of $175 for the 8-lesson packet. Lessons will be downloaded from a secret FB Group page. First lesson scheduled to be posted mid-February 2020.
Joining is easy! Send us an email at email@example.com requesting to be included. We will send you an email notifying you that the PayPal invoice is on its way for the lesson packets. Pay the invoice and you are in - ignore the invoice and you are not included. Order your canvases right away through your LNS. If you need assistance just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for a shop to contact you.
Bave a great weekend!