Monday, October 19, 2009

That was so much fun!

I've just had the best weekend! Hope you have too. Stitchery Retreat 2009 was held at the City Sanctuary and it was lovely!
I know that most of the girls had a really hard time choosing which project to start stitching as they were all so gorgeous. These are the samples that I have been working on over the past couple of months. This is Barb's birdie design which I made into a pattern folder, and little matching needlecase with Barb's birdie button on the cover (
Here's Brenda's beautiful ''Lucy'' which is one of her ''Bonnets and Bows'' designs ( . I made this one up into a good sized drawstring bag - ready to hold the current stitchery project.
Bronwyn designed a fabulous table mat - also with matching place mats though I did not quite get to do the place mats.

These are a couple of closer pics of the flowers at each end of the table mat.

Marg ( gave us a sweet stitchery sampler, scented sachet and chatelaine. I will definitely be making some of the scented sachets as lovely little Christmas gifts.

And last, but certainly not least, Natalie did an exquisite bag and needlecase, called The Paris Collection. I can't show you a pic of this though, but keep an eye out on Natalie's blog ( and I am sure you will see it very soon.
Honestly it was almost impossible to work out where to start - the designs were all so amazing and I'm pretty sure that everyone who came will stitch each and every one of them.

There were lots of smiley happy faces...

....lots of chatting and laughing...

...plenty of stitching...

...and quite a few cuppa's!

Will I do it again? Sure will, and more. I hope that all of you who came enjoyed it as much as I did.

Happy stitching girls!


Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Jen, some lovely lovely projects. I love the way that when you have a retreat, you have such a beautiful bag ready for the participants. We don't have that here. Just looking at it and wondering what is inside would already make me very happy! All the ladies look so happy and insprired!

Tania Ward said...

It was just the best weekend. It was my first retreat of stitching and I'm hooked. Thank you so much Jenny, I met some lovely people have just finished my second stitchery from the weekend. I don't want to put it down. Already looking forward to next year!!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hi Jenny!

I've just blog-hopped on over from Barb's blog... and your blog is absolutely beautiful!!!!

Oh how I wish I'd have been sharing those cuppas (and projects) with you on your stitchery day! I must check out if you are close, as I'd love to attend a future day! All of the projects are divine!

Warm wishes!
Vikki :-)

Barb said...

It was great to see the retreat in full swing ... How lucky everyone was to have a delightful day.

clare's craftroom said...

Wow it looks fantastic ! Lovely projects and lots of cuppas sounds like heaven to me !