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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Stitchers meet-up

Last week was a strange one, it started off very quietly but soon gained momentum, a couple of stressful days and a lovely surprise in the post from Karen. She's made me this lovely fob using her own handmade glass beads, aren't these little hearts the most beautiful thing, thank you so much Karen, its beautiful and i love it.

Friday, i was in a local department store attending a book signing. Lynda Page lives locally and writes novels set in the city i live in. This latest book - A Bitter Legacy - is her 25th and i have them all in my collection with about half of them signed copies. She loves to meet her readers and often has a book signing when a new one comes out, we had a lovely chat and she signed 2 copies for me, one for my own collection and one for a family member too. They are what i call a quick and easy read. Have you read any of her books?

Saturday was the meet-up of Needlecraft Haven stitchers

DH drove me over as he needed to use the car to get to the community centre open day with all his goodies for the table he was to supervise. He also took the camera with him so i only got to take a few pics on my phone.

The day whizzed by as it usually does. I sat next to Tina, i managed to sneak a pic of her busily stitching away! Tracy was on the other side of me which was nice as i had only briefly spoken to her a couple of times before. It was nice to get to know you better Tracy.

There were tables with goodies for sale for those who couldn't resist temptation. Dawn from Crafty Kitten brought along a lovely selection of her hand dyed fabrics and Vicky from India Grace also joined us. I think there were about 28 of us this time. Homemade goodies to eat - Chris your hubby's tea loaf was amazing and i really do need to get the recipe for that.

Chris, Lindsay, Rachael and Clare are all hard at work, and you can see how lovely the area is that we have to stitch in. Chris has some pics on her blog, she even managed to snap one of me sitting on the right of Tina and her friend Pat - we do look very busy don't we LOL. Rachael also has some pics on her blog too.

Mr Stick was unable to attend with me although i think the ladies were a little pleased. He did send a relative along to keep one of the ladies on track with her UFO stitching. I'd like you to meet Miss Tickling Stick, she is a little mischief maker and is still wearing her costume and red nose from Friday nights Comic Relief fun and laughter. I wonder if Clare will get St George (her long term UFO) finished soon as she now has a little 'sticky' helper to assist. Thanks for organising a lovely day yesterday and the stitching competition game was such fun, i better revise a bit more for next time though Miss LOL

Some of the wonderful stitched pieces on show

The amazing HAED that Hazel's dad has been working on was there for us all to admire, of course i had to look at the back .... WOW it was so neat and tidy - well done Dad, would you like my QS to finish LOL

And finally just to prove that i have been doing something myself last week when i had five minutes, here are all 15 motifs for Floral Fifteen completed. I've also made a start on the cardigan using the lovely wool that Barb sent in the baby box for DD, a lovely pattern but it does need a bit of concentration, and i learned how to do something new in this pattern too.

I started a new small project and that was what i took to work on at the meet-up, just a small bit left to do before it's finished so i'll show you that next time.

Thank you to all who were at the meet-up on Saturday and to the pub for the meal afterwards, i had the most enjoyable day. It was just what i needed after the stressful midweek happenings. I very tired lady was collected by DH after the meal and was soon snoozing on the sofa after a short journey home. See you all next time, love to you all


  1. Looks as though you had a great time Julie. That little cardigan looks very pretty and your stitching is lovely as ever.

  2. Almost feel as if I was there Julie,sounds as if you had a lovely day. I bet you slept well.
    Will speak again soon
    Hugs Barb

  3. Sounds like you all had a lovely day. Lovely start on the cardigan. Congrats for finishing the stitching on floral fifteen.

  4. Oooh Julie looks like you had a fantasttic time! I just got home from a wonderful stitchy weekend mysself. What a beautiful caardi!

  5. Wish I could have been there!

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed the day Julie, I love Mrs Ticklestick (she has been given the role of forum moderator hee hee). Thank you x x

  7. Sounds like you had a wonderful time Julie!

  8. It was a lovely day, Great to meet up again Julie and have a chat, Lucy really enjoyed herself as well.

  9. Sounds like you all had a wonderful day. One day hopefully I'll be able to make the journey and join in. I LOVE Clare's new bunny lol, so perfect for Red Nose Day.
    Congrats of finishing Floral 15, can't wait to see it made up.

  10. What a great day!!!!!!!! I'm jealous. ;)

  11. Sounds like a fabulous day!
    I love the stitch pattern in the new cardi

  12. Sounds like you had a fantastic time Julie. I am rather envious and maybe one day I'll get there!

    Lovely cardigan and well done on finishing Floral Fifteen. Looking forward to seeing it made up.

    Love Mrs Ticklestick!

  13. Thank you for a great post of the day. Enjoyed seeing all the pics.

  14. What a wonderful meet-up. Congrats on finishing the floral.

  15. OMGosh, I love Miss Tickle Stick. She is so cute! It looks like you have a wonderful time at your stitching get together and what wonderful projects to ogle. They all look terrific!

  16. Oh, your little knitted bunny is so cute--Julie!! And what a great name :)

    You are so lucky to have a large group of stitchers nearby--all of their pieces are lovely. I'm sure it's hard not to want to start each and every project you see!

  17. lovely stitching Julie !! i love the bunny. Looks like you had a wonderful time at the meet up. tha litle cardigan is looking great

  18. wow, what a great day...thanks for all of the pictures...
    take care of yourself & get the needed rest!

  19. What a wonderful gift from Karen! Her beads are gorgeous :o)

    What a great thing to get out and get together with other stitchers. I'm green with envy and love seeing all the pictures you took.

    I see Pumpernickle has a new cousin ;o)


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