17 March 2012

Needlework Retreat

Last weekend I attended a needlework retreat, Still Stitching with Susan, here in Myrtle Beach.  Susan is none other than Susan Greening Davis.  I've taken classes with her before, several years ago, when The 3 Needlewomen were teaching, and she was one of them.  But that's ancient history!
The teaching project for this retreat, worked up rather quickly, once the outside edge was finally stitched.  As you can see, I've still got to do some cutting and weaving, inside of my klostered/satin stitched areas.

We were given some wool felt and a button-print fabric to make a small bag with, and the small sampler will be attached to the wool felt.  For the larger stitched project, we were given another bag, already made.

I like the bag just as it is!  It is great for holding the fabric and threads for the project sampler.

No retreat would be complete without the chance to buy more stash, right?!!??  Well, I won't disappoint, lol.  Here are some pictures of just a few things that I purchased...

I bought 2 different bags, both gorgeous, and hand made!

I just love fat quarters!!!

It's hard to resist beaded scissor fobs!  And the scissors case is so easy to make!!

I was told to just cut a heart template, cut 2 pieces of fabric, put some batting between them, fold the heart in two and stitch up the sides and edges.  How easy is that??  Your fabric could be pieced, crazy quilted with stitches and lace, or any other way that you want it embellished...

I enjoyed myself at the retreat, and look forward to next year's chance to sit and stitch with friends.

Lots of other projects are in the making...

Thanks for coming by!


  1. I love your button bag. Wish we had more retreats here in Malaysia. It is nice to stitch with friends.

  2. Lovely Retreat, Diane. I like the projects you worked on. Great scissors case idea. And yummy stash :)

  3. No doubt you had a blast! I'm drooooooling... Especially I like that small blue bag (?) with lace.. and all that yummy fabrics! Never thought of making a scisser fob out of a heart... sigh - lol!