Saturday, June 19, 2021

 LOOK OUT NETHERLANDS HERE WE COME!

Space is filling up!  It is so exciting to see the lovely people who are joining us on our upcoming stitching adventure!  I am always thrilled at the number of people who share our passion.  It is great to be able to go to exciting places with like minded people!  Isn't it wonderful to share out passion with our peers and not feel the need to justify what we are doing or explain all the time.  I'm not talking about sharing and teaching - which I love to do - I'm talking about the critical comments we sometimes get. 

We begin our journey in Amsterdam.  Here we will have our first get together and our first formal class.


We will gather at our hotel and try to shed some of the jet lag - although the excitement takes care of a lot of that.  

Then we will have our first exciting adventure to visit the tulips!  They promise to be magnificient!

Our second night at the hotel will be our first gathering as a stitching group and our scheduled stitching class.  We will go over some of the details of the Optional Class Kit for those of you who purchased. For those who chose to bring something from home we will share your questions and recommendations as time permits and we go through them.  



I always suggest that you bring a doodle cloth because you never know what someone is going to ask or what Teresa or I might be teaching.  

Next we will travel to our home on the river!  So beautiful!  A lovely experience just being onboard the elegant SS Antionette!


We'll have lots to see along the way.

But never fear, we always have plenty of time for stitching and playing with the needle and thread as we learn new things and strengthen our friendships.


Heck, sometimes we even have some surprises along the way in our two other scheduled stitching classes.  Who knows?  One thing though, you must be present to partake of the surprise adventures or miss out.  No having friends collect for you, etc.  It becomes and administrative headache trying to keep up with a bunch of excited women in a beautiful environment!

Check with our agent Liz at lwolak@vikingtvl.com for travel information and available space.  Our reserved spots are dwindling quickly and I have not asked about how the rest of the ship space is going.

For stitching questions email us at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.

ANG Seminar registration is over and I hope you were able to register for the class(es) that you wanted to take.  There were lots to choose from.  We'll be setting class dates before too long so be sure to stay tuned.

Oh my gosh!  She is finally home!

For those of you who have been following me over the years, you are aware that the Royal School asked if I would loan them my stumpwork angel - Patriotic Angel - to be on exhibit at Hampton Court from September 2019 to March 2020.  Well what do you suppose I said?  Duh! Of course!  This exhibit was devoted to Faces and Figures in Embroidery.    There were 121 entries in the catalog and Patriotic Angel was No. 68.

There were a whole menu of techniques that had to be included for this piece to be judged by the RNS  - applique, off canvas creations such as her vest and over dress, wired elements, such as her skirt edge and wings, fingers actually holding something such as the flag and olive branch, independent objects such as the flag and olive branch, flowing hair, etc.  Now, keep in mind that there is also a size restriction.  This little gal is only approximately 2.5" x 4.5".  A lot of 'stuff' in such a tiny space.






She has had a rough trip apparently.  First of all she arrived home without her frame!  Have no idea what happened to that.  But the interesting part is that she is postmarked February 6, 2021 and she just arrived home yesterday June 18, 2021..  She sure is tired but I am thrilled to have her back. We can fix her mishaps that occurred such as everything is flattened out and some things are whopper-jawed, etc. but nothing major.
     
F2F CLASSES. -   YAY!

I'm off to Cape Cod this coming week to teach at Osterville Needlepoint Shop.  If you are in the area stop by and say hello.  Would love to see you.  We always have great fun there and I am blessed with  fantastic students!  

So must get back to the finishing touches for my stitch guides - don't want to disappoint any of my students.

Have a great weekend and remember to stitch with a smile!









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