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Monday, January 21, 2013

January K&N Retreat and IHSW!!


Wow what a great weekend!  Not only was it time for the IHSW, which I quite enjoy when I get to participate properly, stay home and stitch lots!  This weekend I wasn't at home, but I was with like-minded friends!  Stitchers at the Knowledge and Needles January Retreat.

The Ottawa Contingent
Lianne, Diane, Me, Jeannine, Sue & Leslie

We all gathered at the Timberhouse Country Inn outside of Brighton and stitched our little hearts out!  Oh did I mention there was also a lot of eating and a little sleeping!  Eat, Sleep, Stitch!  I was joined by some fellow bloggers such as our hostess Ann, Bonnie, Lianne and Fran.  I think I'll let the pictures do the talking!

Ann, our hostess and owner of Knowledge and Needles

Judie

Bonnie and I

Brenda

Sharon

Clare

Ann

Mary (no picture, sorry) brought this little box and said including the box and ribbon there was 52 items.  We had until Saturday evening to come up with our guesses.  It was a small box, and I got 28 out of the 52 items.  We  had a lot of fun with this!

As part of the retreat we are treated to a fantastic lunch at Chez Dan with his Sou and Sou Sou Chef.  I remembered to take pictures of the starter and dessert.  I guess I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of the main dish.

Sous, sous Chef Simon reading us the menu in his best military voice



Of course there are always a lot of fantastic finished pieces on display!

 Bonnie's Leaf


 Both of these are Lianne's first framed pieces for her home!

 Ann's fantastic Mystic Stitch

 Ann's Chatelaine

I'm sure you're dying to see my IHSW progress, and once I finally managed to settle down and stitch (because there is so much visiting to do!).  I mainly worked on two projects, The Accolade and ABC Christmas sampler for Kathy.

Accolade before the IHSW

After

Kathy's ABC Christmas Sampler, I had a little more red than this done before the weekend started

I finished A for Angel and almost finished B for Bells!

48 comments:

McKenna C. said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun! Your pictures look great! I love the Christmas Sampler!

~McKenna

sharine said...

It looks like a lot of fun was had! Great stitching:)

Barbi said...

I'm always jealous of this retreat that you go on every year! Such great stitching!!

Cole said...

Great progress! And so much fun doing it too :)

Dee said...

Such great projects. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend of stitching.

Barb said...

Looks like a great gathering and lots of lovely stitching! Eating too!

Catherine said...

Fun times!

Lesleyanne said...

It looks you all had a great time. Gorgeous stitching by everyone including yourself for IHSW.

Christine said...

Looks like it was marvellous. Lovely stitching by all involved

Annette-California said...

Oh that was a fun post. Such a nice get together - wow. Fantastic getting to see yours and everyones beautiful finishes. You did real good Dani:) Thank you for sharing. love Annette

Julie said...

A good time was had by all going by your pics.All nice projects.Like the puppy one on the frame.

Siobhán said...

It looks like so much fun! Nice progress on your stitching.

Mii Stitch said...

Great fun! Thanks for sharing your lovely pic :)

cucki said...

awww sound like you all had a lot of fun!
Your pictures look so sweet.. I love the "birds sampler so much"can you please tell me who is the designer for this cutie..??
love for you xxx

Lumiruusu said...

You must have had so fun together ! :)
Lovely stitchings and the food looked tasty :)

Ruth said...

Sounds like a great weekend and the pictures indeed told the story. Great progress on your pieces also.

Annette said...

It sounds like so much fun you had.
And what a beautifull pieces!!!

Kate said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend

Carol said...

I always look forward to this post each year, Dani--you all look like you have the best time together!! Loved seeing the projects and your progress on The Accolade is amazing :)

Bonnie Brown said...

Great post! I was great to spend time with again!
Great progress on accolade and Kathy's project.

Kathy A. said...

Looks like a fun time. Makes me miss every one.
My sampler is looking beautiful. Thanks hon.

Giovanna said...

Such fun! You made great progress with the stitching, and everyone's displayed finishes are gorgeous.

Vickie said...

Oh wow! Lianne's first frame is FANTASTIC! Ann's Chatelaine is gorgeous. Glad you had so much fun Dani.

Michelle said...

What a fun weekend! Congrats on the great stitching progress!

demeter83 said...

The Accolade looks beautiful, such lovely progress.
And please compliment Ann on her Chatelaine, which is just stunning!

Bea said...

Looks like you had a fabulous weekend. Great progress on your pieces.

Carla said...

I always enjoy seeing your post about your retreats! You all looks like you're having such a great time :)
You made lots of progress this weekend!

Meg said...

Hello

Your retreat sounds heavenly and there is such a lot of beautiful stitching there too.
Have a good week.

Nic said...

Looks like a good weekend :)

Karen said...

It looks like a fantastic time! The Christmas sampler is really cute.

Michele said...

what fun! everyone should have a stitching retreat in January :)

Linda said...

Wow Dani. Looks like you had a great weekend. I love the ABC Christmas sampler. Can you tell me the name of the designer.

Linda

Sara said...

Great progress! I love looking at pictures of your get togethers, you are so lucky to have such opportunities close to home.

Julie said...

Its always fun to see pics of your weekends away with stitching friends. They've stitched some beautiful things, well done on Accolade.

Jan said...

Looks like everyone had a great time and some lovely stitching. The food looks good too.

valerie said...

Sounds like it was a super fun weekend! Love seeing what everyone was working on. Your Accolade looks wonderful! You've gotten a lot done this month!

Chris said...

What a lovely weekend! Is there anything better than stitching good friends and food.

Faith... said...

WOW - looks like you had a great time! There was lots of beautiful stitching there. It is always fun to gather with other stitchers for the weekend :)

needlesflossapplesauce said...

How I wish we had something like that in Toronto. No cross-stitch groups/retreats that I can find here. :(

Cindy said...

Wow, this looks like a lot of fun, lots of beautiful stitching!

Miss LindaLee said...

Oh my goodness! The retreat looks like so much fun. I haven't been able to get to one yet. A good bucket list item I think.

Your stitching is beautiful. For sure I'll be back often.

Susan said...

Looks like you had a great time. The finished pieces are all beautiful and you made great progress. A retreat is also on my bucket list.

Melanie said...

I always love these posts SO MUCH. It's so awesome to see what everyone is working on. Such great work!!!!!!
Glad you had a great time. :)

Astrids dragon said...

Don't you just love stitching times with friends?! Looks like you all had a great time!

Lynn said...

Lovely stitching by all!

Kate said...

Sounds like you had a blast :)! Your stitching is so lovely and what a treat to see others in person :)

stitcherw said...

Loved seeing your pictures, the projects are beautiful and the retreat looks such fun. Stitching with a group and seeing what everyone is working on and has done is the best.
Sue

Suzanne said...

Such fun! So many beautiful pieces of stitching and great progress on Accolade.