I should have bought a lottery ticket

While at the Sun & Sea Region retreat earlier this month, I bought raffle tickets to drop in various baskets to win.  I spent all of $20 on tickets, and amazingly I won 3 of the prizes!  Two were batches of ornaments and pin cushions, and the third was this beautiful project bag and needlework roll.  Isn’t it all gorgeous?  I have been wanting to put up a needlework-only Christmas tree for years, and now I feel like I have to with all these ornaments.  Thanks to all the ladies who donated items!

 

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Salt Marsh

Last week at the Sun & Sea EGA retreat, I took this class from Laura Smith.  I took the class because the techniques were all new to me.  First, we painted on stretched silk.  Then we did free motion machine embroidery to form the grasses.  Finally we finished with hand stitched highlights.   My first try isn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed learning the new techniques, and it has given me ideas on some different ways of using the silk painting and a mixture of machine and hand embroidery.

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Here are a few steps along the way . . . .

The Wandering Thistle

Our EGA Chapter donated a basket of stitched items to raffle at the Sun & Sea Region  retreat last weekend.  Our theme was “travel”.  I had a little kit for a Scottish Thistle bookmark that I bought when on vacation in Scotland in 2016.  I thought it was the perfect small addition to the basket.  I had already cross-stitched the thistle while living in Virginia.  I completed the backstitching on a flight across the Atlantic in 2019, and I did the finishing while vacationing in Rome in 2019.  So this is one well-traveled piece of needlework!

 

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