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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Re-charging My Batteries


First of all I want to thank EVERYONE for their good vibes, kind comments and prayers last week. My family and I really needed them!

I had the opportunity this weekend to step away from everything, to re-charge my batteries, emotionally and artistically. I was lucky enough to get together with a BUNCH of stitchers this weekend and take classes from Jennifer Aikman-Smith and Teresa Wentzler. My first class was a progressive workshop that featured Jennifer, Teresa, and Doug Kreinik. We were divided into three stations, taking turns with each teacher. Teresa taught us everything we needed to know to stitch her Celestial Sun scissor fob. The reverse side of the fob was a Celestial Moon designed by Jennifer. I had a lot of fun at Doug Kreinik's station. He taught us how to make cording, using multiple colours to get different effects. This activity would be a great ice-breaker at a stitching retreat or guild meeting.


My next class was with Teresa, Mini Autumn Sampler. I can't wait to get that stitched up to share with you its to DIE for! She's got quite a few specialty stitches, over one and over two stitching. Also some drawn thread... which is a first for me!

My third class was also with Teresa, this time it was a Dragon Needle Case! Once I get my moon and sun fob stitched up I'll get this one done. Its a dragon with a lot of attitude! This one will be so fun to stitch! I had an awesome opportunity in this class... to teach Teresa something! I have pictures of it too! I taught Teresa how to make colonial knots! This is my goal in life... LOL to teach everyone how to do the colonial knots instead of french knots.


My fourth class wasn't related to stitching at all, I took a chain maille class with Marilyn Gardiner. I learnt how to make the Viper Scale Bracelet. Boy... that was tricky
at first but its so beautiful! I will take a picture of it in the next couple of days.

I also splurged and bought myself a new sewing machine! A Huskuvana Viking Emerald, its a nice basic machine for my finishing.

Some of my highlights from the last two days was going out to dinner with 20 other stitchers and Jennifer and Teresa. That is always so fun! I also got to catch up with my friend Dayuma who I haven't seen in a couple of years. But the best had to be when there was a knock at my room's door last night and coming by for a visit was... Jennifer Aikman-Smith and Teresa Wentzler! Oh my gosh! That was so nice for them to stop by for a visit!

Anyhow I'm feeling better, learned some cool stuff and got to hang out with a lot of my stitching friends!

13 comments:

Karen said...

You are so lucky! I'm so jealous! lol Sounds like you had a wonderful time and a nice little break.

Shannon L. said...

Sounds like a fabulous break, Dani ! I'm glad you had so much fun :)

Anonymous said...

Can you share with us the colonial knot?

Rani said...

Sounds like a great time! Can you do a pictorial colonial knot tutorial?

katica said...

Great pictures! Sounds like you had a great time!! I can hardly wait to see your finished pieces as all of them sound wonderful!

Karen said...

I'm envious!!! Looks like a wonderful time!

stitcherw said...

Wow, it sounds like you had an awesome time. I love both TW's and Jennifer's stuff. It would be so great to actually have a class with them. I hate french knots (I can never get them to look right) and always use the colonial knot, it is so much easier. Looking forward to seeing posts of your projects.
Sue

AnneS said...

Sounds like your retreat was just what the doctor ordered! I'm very jealous - what an incredible list of teachers, and the projects I'm sure are to die for! Look forward to seeing piccies as you get them stitched up :D

claudia said...

Good for you! You really needed and deserved the good time you had over the weekend. Thanks for sharing you fun time! Can't wait to see the picture(s) of the chain maille You learned.

Anonymous said...

Good for you that you had such a wonderful time. So, as it is your goal in life, will you teach the colonial knots through a tutorial on your web for us to learn it? That would be great ;-) Ann.

[Mat] said...

Stichting and martial arts!

Interesting mix. I'll come back. :-)

Michelle said...

You deserve a lovely recharging day. Big hugs for everything going on lately. Can't wait to see your chain maille.

Von said...

Dani, your weekend sounds like a dream come true! And congrats on the new sewing machine. It'll serve you well for a very long time. :D