My First Workshop

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I have had a fabulous two days. My guild hosted Catherine Theron for two classes this weekend and they (and she) were wonderful. I cannot tell you what a joy it is to belong to a guild with such wonderful people. I told someone this afternoon that this guild has really expanded my horizons in so many ways in the few short months I’ve been a member. One of those ways was attending a workshop for the very first time. Yesterday Catherine taught her Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case and today taught her her Quaker Sewing Case. I had so much fun and learned quite a bit in both classes. I learned two new stitches yesterday, the trellis stitch and the spiral trellis stitch, both of which are so cool when they’re finished! Above you can see the very exciting stitching that I accomplished in both days. The pieces on the left and right are from today’s Quaker class. The piece in the middle is from yesterday. Aren’t you amazed by my skills?! That is 158 (count them) stitches in stem stitch in silk. Woohoo!! (ignore my basting line.) But really, I learned a ton…even if I don’t have the stitching to show for it. Catherine is a lovely woman, and I so enjoyed meeting her, learning from her and also visiting with her. I would jump at the opportunity to take another class with her. So, it was a wonderful weekend of stitching, but mostly being with other stitchers. This is a weekend I won’t soon forget. And hopefully, I’ll get those pieces done and have something to show for it! Really, my only concern is the finishing. The stitching I think will be not easy, but do-able. These are pretty detailed pieces for being so small! Anyway, for those of you who asked me questions about Catherine’s workshops, pieces, etc. I will get back to you individually with the answers.

Bittersweet and Crocks Set

So, what else. Ah, yes. Mail. The mail came yesterday with a package from The Scarlett House. I purchased one of Tanya’s beautiful ruler and needlecase sets that are handpainted by her. This one, was so different from her other pieces and I just fell in love with it. There is something just so homey and “samplerish” about the saltglaze crocks and bittersweet. Thank you, Tanya, they are even more lovely in person!!

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And also last week in the mail, I received the first three BBD stockings charts. These are going to be such fun to stitch up, once I get to them. Lol! I have heard rumor that the BBD gals had a tree full of all 36 of the stockings at Market, and I would so love to see a photo of that! What a site that must have been. Anyway, I’d like to see them all hanging together someday in MY house. I think these would be good take-a-long projects though too, huh? Easy to slip into your bag and have whenever you need a little something to take the edge off.

Tree of Life Tombstone Rug

And, I have been promising Siobhan to share a photo of a kit I have for a Tree of Life Tombstone rug. I’ve been wanting to learn rug hooking for awhile now, and I have two kits sitting at the back depths of my craft closet. This is one of them. But, wouldn’t it look fabulous hanging with on my A&E wall (you know that imaginary wall I’m working on). I may have to just tape the charts to the wall, rather than actual stitching, but whatever. Wouldn’t this look fabulous there?

So, that’s all the news that’s fit to print today. I am hungry and waiting for my hubby to get home so we can have dinner. I’ve got another full week this week, but I hope to have some time this evening to sit down with some stitching and relax.

Hope you all have a great week – and I also have an award I need to mention, so I will do that next time. Don’t let me forget!

I am grateful for learning new things.

48 thoughts on “My First Workshop”

  1. Michelle, sounds like you had a wonderful time! I’m so glad! I wish I had a guild closeby. I love the needlecase/ruler set you got from Tanya — wow, I can see why you fell in love! And the BBD stockings — oh yes, I happen to have picked those up too! lol!

  2. Michelle, sounds like you had a wonderful time! I’m so glad! I wish I had a guild closeby. I love the needlecase/ruler set you got from Tanya — wow, I can see why you fell in love! And the BBD stockings — oh yes, I happen to have picked those up too! lol!

  3. Glad you had a great time at your workshop. You’ll have to show us a closeup of your newly learned stitches.

  4. Glad you had a great time at your workshop. You’ll have to show us a closeup of your newly learned stitches.

  5. You MUST have had a wonderful time! I’d love to go to a workshop and learn some new things too! I know that your works will be beautiful when you do finish them!

  6. You MUST have had a wonderful time! I’d love to go to a workshop and learn some new things too! I know that your works will be beautiful when you do finish them!

  7. Anna van Schurman

    I’m so glad you had fun! I love learning new things. I also bought one of those Scarlett House sets (for a friend). It is better in person! (Now if I can not lose it before her birthday!)

  8. Anna van Schurman

    I’m so glad you had fun! I love learning new things. I also bought one of those Scarlett House sets (for a friend). It is better in person! (Now if I can not lose it before her birthday!)

  9. mainely stitching

    You bought it!! I’ve been eyeing the same set but was waiting for a payment to hit my PayPal account and suddenly … it was gone! LOL! Glad it went to such a good home. 😉

    Sounds like you’ve been having a great time lately – that’s fabulous. I love that rug chart – wow!

  10. mainely stitching

    You bought it!! I’ve been eyeing the same set but was waiting for a payment to hit my PayPal account and suddenly … it was gone! LOL! Glad it went to such a good home. 😉

    Sounds like you’ve been having a great time lately – that’s fabulous. I love that rug chart – wow!

  11. The Scarlett House

    Lucky you, Michelle. I have always love Catherine Theron’s designs. I don’t always love all the queen stitches she uses though!
    Glad your set arrived and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again.

  12. The Scarlett House

    Lucky you, Michelle. I have always love Catherine Theron’s designs. I don’t always love all the queen stitches she uses though!
    Glad your set arrived and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again.

  13. Hi Michelle! I’m so glad you had fun at your class! I can’t wait to see more progress pics! 🙂 Love the ruler and needlecase from Tanya! It’s so pretty! And love the new stash too! You will have your A&E wall one day and I will have my sampler wall! It will just take us one sampler at a time! 🙂

  14. Hi Michelle! I’m so glad you had fun at your class! I can’t wait to see more progress pics! 🙂 Love the ruler and needlecase from Tanya! It’s so pretty! And love the new stash too! You will have your A&E wall one day and I will have my sampler wall! It will just take us one sampler at a time! 🙂

  15. Ooh, that sounds like a very fun workshop!
    I know someone who is well on her way to finishing the first nine stockings. Haven’t started any yet myself, but if they are as quick and easy as the Christmas Stocking from the ornie issue, I’ll be sure to make some :o)

  16. Ooh, that sounds like a very fun workshop!
    I know someone who is well on her way to finishing the first nine stockings. Haven’t started any yet myself, but if they are as quick and easy as the Christmas Stocking from the ornie issue, I’ll be sure to make some :o)

  17. Michelle, I’m so envious that you got to attend those workshops. Sounds like you had a great time! You will have to show close-ups of those stitches your learned.

  18. Michelle, I’m so envious that you got to attend those workshops. Sounds like you had a great time! You will have to show close-ups of those stitches your learned.

  19. I can hear your enthusiasm Michelle! What a wonderful opportunity you had to take a workshop. Time spent with knowledgeable stitchers is always so fun! I love everything new you have! The Tree of Life Tombstone is pretty. I’ve been meaning to learn punchneedle. Maybe some day, right?

  20. I can hear your enthusiasm Michelle! What a wonderful opportunity you had to take a workshop. Time spent with knowledgeable stitchers is always so fun! I love everything new you have! The Tree of Life Tombstone is pretty. I’ve been meaning to learn punchneedle. Maybe some day, right?

  21. Congrats on your classes! Sounds like you are learning a lot and really enjoying yourself! And your new stash is great!

  22. Congrats on your classes! Sounds like you are learning a lot and really enjoying yourself! And your new stash is great!

  23. Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher

    Oh I am envious of your class – I’d love to take a class from Catherine Theron. I love her “Needles & Pins” sampler. We have a great LNS in our area who brings in some good teachers but no sampler guild unfortunately. I have seen the spiral trellis stitch and it’s awesome but it looks hard to do. I’m starting to feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t got the BBD stockings!

  24. Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher

    Oh I am envious of your class – I’d love to take a class from Catherine Theron. I love her “Needles & Pins” sampler. We have a great LNS in our area who brings in some good teachers but no sampler guild unfortunately. I have seen the spiral trellis stitch and it’s awesome but it looks hard to do. I’m starting to feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t got the BBD stockings!

  25. Laurie in Iowa

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the workshop. I’m envious of those who have such an active Guild closeby.

    Catherine Theron’s workshops are wonderful… it’s been a long time since I’ve taken one of her workshops…maybe someday I’ll get to attend another workshop.

    Love the needlecase/ruler set from Tanya.

  26. Laurie in Iowa

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the workshop. I’m envious of those who have such an active Guild closeby.

    Catherine Theron’s workshops are wonderful… it’s been a long time since I’ve taken one of her workshops…maybe someday I’ll get to attend another workshop.

    Love the needlecase/ruler set from Tanya.

  27. Michelle, I love taking classes. Catherine Theron is on my wishlist for a teacher. I wish she posted when and where she was teaching on a website.

    Love the rug, very neat :-).

  28. Michelle, I love taking classes. Catherine Theron is on my wishlist for a teacher. I wish she posted when and where she was teaching on a website.

    Love the rug, very neat :-).

  29. Sounds like so much fun, Michelle. I love workshops, but sadly I never seem to accomplish much while I’m in them.
    That little Tree of Life rug is just too adorable. I took a rug hooking class about 3 years ago, and still haven’t finished the class project. I’d love to do more hooking, so to speak.

  30. Sounds like so much fun, Michelle. I love workshops, but sadly I never seem to accomplish much while I’m in them.
    That little Tree of Life rug is just too adorable. I took a rug hooking class about 3 years ago, and still haven’t finished the class project. I’d love to do more hooking, so to speak.

  31. Michelle, it sounds like you had a fabulous workshop! YGG! Your guild sounds so wonderful, I’m envious but so happy for you. 🙂 Love the new stash! I wasn’t sure about what I would do with a bunch of little stockings, but a friend suggested putting some branches in a crock/vase and hanging them from the branches. I love that idea. Your new ruler/needlecase set is gorgeous! Tanya does such beautiful work. The Tree of Life… ack. I love it. I’d love to learn rug hooking, even if it’s just so that I can say I’m a hooker. ROFLOL 😉

  32. Michelle, it sounds like you had a fabulous workshop! YGG! Your guild sounds so wonderful, I’m envious but so happy for you. 🙂 Love the new stash! I wasn’t sure about what I would do with a bunch of little stockings, but a friend suggested putting some branches in a crock/vase and hanging them from the branches. I love that idea. Your new ruler/needlecase set is gorgeous! Tanya does such beautiful work. The Tree of Life… ack. I love it. I’d love to learn rug hooking, even if it’s just so that I can say I’m a hooker. ROFLOL 😉

  33. I’m so glad you enjoyed your weekend classes and I look forward to seeing your progress on your projects!

  34. I’m so glad you enjoyed your weekend classes and I look forward to seeing your progress on your projects!

  35. Glad you had a good class! You’ve almost got me talked into going a guild.

    No more rug pictures! There’s a place just a mile from my house that sells nothing but these. I am trying to resist.

  36. Glad you had a good class! You’ve almost got me talked into going a guild.

    No more rug pictures! There’s a place just a mile from my house that sells nothing but these. I am trying to resist.

  37. I would love to know more about your Guild, where do they meet? How exciting to take such wonderful classes.

  38. I would love to know more about your Guild, where do they meet? How exciting to take such wonderful classes.

  39. Attending a designer class somewhere is one of my dreams and maybe it’ll get real one day, who knows. You quite obviously had a lot of fun at your workshop.

  40. Attending a designer class somewhere is one of my dreams and maybe it’ll get real one day, who knows. You quite obviously had a lot of fun at your workshop.

  41. Attending a class in the States is one of my most major dreams. Yes I am American but to go over just me for a class and a Catherine Theron one at that would be wonderful. Anyway I was busy visiting your blog and clicked on the Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case and thought to myself – that wish list looks familiar and now I know why – it’s mine! This has been on my Wish List forever, or so it feels like, so when you have finished it can I please please buy the chart from you? Plus my blog list has now grown by one more blog because I LOVE your blog. Lots of Love Patti xxx

  42. Attending a class in the States is one of my most major dreams. Yes I am American but to go over just me for a class and a Catherine Theron one at that would be wonderful. Anyway I was busy visiting your blog and clicked on the Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case and thought to myself – that wish list looks familiar and now I know why – it’s mine! This has been on my Wish List forever, or so it feels like, so when you have finished it can I please please buy the chart from you? Plus my blog list has now grown by one more blog because I LOVE your blog. Lots of Love Patti xxx

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