Saturday, April 25, 2009

Brightneedle class, stash, and more Rachel

Just got back from a class at my LNS! I went to Where Victoria's Angels Stitch to attend my second in person Brightneedle class. (I've taken some online classes as well.) This was the class piece, Good Fortune.





This is what the kit looked like (along with my Little Gem scissors by Kelmscott Designs that I picked up today).




It came with a nice little wooden ruler to stick in the ruler case.

I was so excited to meet one of my online friends, Karin! She's very nice in person, and has this lovely accent. (I love cool accents.) And she had a nice cosmetic bag from Vera Bradley that was perfect for carrying stitching tools in! I swore I wasn't going to buy anymore Vera Bradley! lol!

Anyway, Ann Pettit of Brightneedle taught the class. Liz Knudsen wasn't able to come, but I did get to meet her last fall when I took another class from Brightneedle at the same LNS. The fall class was Cape Cod Passport.




While I didn't put a single stitch in today's class, I can show what progress I made on last fall's class. Nope, I didn't finish it, but if you want to see some Brightneedle class finishes, go to my Photobucket album (there's a link on the sidebar to the right).







Hopefully, I'll finish both these projects, plus the Dreamkeeper Etui which I also haven't finished, sometime in the future.

While there, instead of starting the class piece, I did some stashing! lol! I hadn't been to my LNS in so long, so I went a bit crazy. :D Had to pick up a few of the pieces I hadn't gotten yet from Nashville market.




The DMC is for a freebie I'm planning to stitch up sometime. A few more market items.




And some classic reproductions that I just had to have. (Ok, so Ewe and Eye and Friends doesn't fit into this category. Sorry!)




Ann was also teaching another class in the afternoon, but since I'd already stitched that one, I came home and am now blogging.

On a different subject, I haven't posted any progress pics of Rachel Hyde recently, so here she is in all her glory.



I think she's just soooooooooo pretty!!!





I think that's all the news. Except that I've already signed up for the next Brightneedle class to take place in the fall at my LNS. And I hear that another designer will be there on another day -- and I will definitely sign up for that as well! lol!


And finally, as per request, here is a picture of the Blackbird Designs fabric that I picked up last weekend in Rhode Island. The picture is a bit washed out, but hopefully you get the idea.




It's sunny and warm today -- finally feeling like summer! Of course, I would have preferred staying with spring, but whatever! lol!

Thanks for visiting -- I love reading your comments and knowing you're all out there! Have a great weekend!

24 comments:

Siobhan said...

Oooh, I love Rachel! I love the 'God save America' that she stitched into her sampler. Looks great, Margaret! The Cape Cod passport is fab, too, and the BBD fabric--scrumptious! The new BN class piece looks like a lot of fun--and you got to meet Karin! How cool. It sounds like a fabulous day!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

OMG! Rachel IS gorgeous!!! Love her!!!
What a fun day! i was so disappointed when the Brightneedle class was not being taught in Louisville. I love their things and your progress on Cape Cod looks great. What a fun stash shopping day you had!

Jan said...

Margaret, I just love it when I know you have posted to your blog...only because I will see some most wonderful drool-worthy eye candy and you never disappoint!! Sounds like you had a great time and all of that new stash, enjoy!!

Rachel is looking oh so gorgeous!!!!

doris said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! I wanna go to a Brightneedle class! What a great time. Both of your class projects are beautiful.

Miss Rachel is looking great.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Rachel looks marvelous Margaret! Love your new Brightneedle class piece. Looks like you had a fabulous day adding to your stash.

Nicole said...

Wow, your class project is beautiful! Looks like you had a lot of fun! Love all the stash! Rachel Hyde is also beautiful! You will be done in no time!!

Sherry said...

Rachel is stunning! I can't wait to see her finished and framed! I love all your stash! I have thought of getting those Praiseworthy pieces too!

Melissa said...

Oh what a great drooly post. Love the Brightneedle pieces. How lucky you are to to to a class! The stash haul is wonderful too, and last but not least Rachel is absolutely gorgeous. Is this an OOP piece? It's going to be stunning on your wall!

Cari said...

Oh Margaret Rachel is just beautiful. You're coming along so nicely!!!! Sounds like you had a fun day at your LNS. You will LOVE LOVE LOVE stitching Ida Mae Crow and Home Sweet Home. I dropped them both off at Jill's on Monday. Can't wait to get them home!! Happy Stitching

Brigitte said...

Oh lucky you! These Brightneedle class pieces look terrific. It must have been a wonderful day.
Rachel Hyde look so great. And so does your new stash. Enjoy!

Cathy B said...

Your Rachel sampler is really beautiful!

Isn't it fun meeting the designers in person? I try to take advantage of every opportunity to take classes from them too.

Deb said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time at class! I plan on visiting WVAS in November when I'm out there again for my annual "get away from the kids" trip. I've heard a lot about it and found out that it's only 15 minutes by bus where I stay when I'm in the City! So I definitely have to make a trip there this year! You got some wonderful stash too! I love your progress on the Cape Cod passport and the new Brightneedle piece too. And Rachel is looking so great! You've made such good progress on it! And I hear you on the Vera Bradley stuff - I'm a sucker for it!

Diana said...

I love all the stitching, samplers, etc. I have been focusing mostly on quilting the last 4 years and am starting to stitch again, you pieces are such an inspiration. Thank you

Glenna said...

What a ton of interesting stuff you always have to show! I particularly love Rachel, along with the teeny scissors! I'll have to get myself some of those scissors...

Tanya said...

Rachel is gorgeous! You got some wonderful stash & attend a cool class.

Littlebit said...

Oh, Margaret, your Rachel Hyde is stunning! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Your fabric is so pretty, too. And what are we going to do with it?

Giovanna said...

How lucky you are to be able to go to BN classes! Both sets are lovely. And I love that rice stitch flower on Rachel Hyde!

Margie said...

How fun! And you got some lovely stash there also. :-)

Marsha said...

Rachel Hyde is gorgeous. The class pieces from both classes look like a fun stitch.

woolwoman said...

Margaret - you are just having too much weekend fun I think LOL! Yarn stashing and now THIS! You should be restricted to the house for punishment - no just kidding you! I know you had a GREAT time at the BN class and visiting the shop. I could not resist stashing that PS A&E piece when I saw it in the market stuff at my LNS a few weeks ago. It's a darling version I thought.

WOW you're really flying on Rachel - it is a really beautiful sampler and I promise I will get photos soon of mine. Until we met again - happy stitches - Mel

lena-lou said...

Thank-you for visiting my blog and oh my what a gorgeous lot of pictures you have on yours !!

You are so so lucky to attend BN classes :)) I absolutely love the class piece with the little nautical scenes, I have been trying to find it to buy !!

Rachel Hyde is looking very beautiful :)

Have a happy week

cindy said...

I love how the Rachel Hyde piece is coming along!!! And your new kits look very interesting. You're making me want to pick up some of my cross stitch UFO's!

Michelle said...

Oh that little mermaid is to.die.for...I LOVE her! What a fun class that must have been - and great stash to come home with too!

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