Broken Bow Retreat

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I’ve been meaning to share with you a little bit of seasonal stitching I worked on in the fall (which really wasn’t that long ago, although now being full on in Christmas mode it seems like forever ago). Back in the fall of 2012 I was invited to Broken Bow, Oklahoma for a long weekend with some girlfriends. I’d never been there, so it was fun to venture out with my camera and take in the beautiful fall colors.

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One of my friends, Lori ofThe Accidental Stitcherblog, designed a beautiful sampler to commemorate the occasion. She kitted it up for us (seriously, her presentation is always amazing) with GAST and Weeks threads as well as 40ct Antique Cotton by R&R.

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She chose the perfect fall colors for the piece, don’t you think?

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I actually didn’t start stitching on this until fall of last year. But it was the perfect thing to start when I was in need of some seasonal stitching.

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I stitched on it basically through the fall of last year and left off with beginning to stitch the house. Here’s where I have to laugh at myself. I started stitching the house with the Dove thread and after a few stitches I thought it was looking really grey and not blue at all like it looked in the skein. So, I went through my thread and pulled some other options of blues to try. But at that point in the year, it was time to start on Christmas stitching, so I put it away.

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This fall I decided to get it out and get it finished. I looked at all those blue thread options I’d pulled out and decided to just throw caution to the wind and use the Dove thread she’d kitted it with. After I put in a few rows, you know what? It was blue! Just goes to show that sometimes it takes more than a few stitches to really see how something’s going to stitch up. So silly. I could have had this finished a year ago!!

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See what I mean? It is the perfect shade of blue!! And it looks so pretty against the oranges and browns and cranberry colored birds.

Minus the house debacle, where I had to make things harder than they need to be, this was a joy to stitch and the perfect choice for the season.

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I finished it up at the end of October and I love the way it turned out.

Thanks so much for a beautiful design, Lori.

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I am grateful for seasonal stitching.

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