Thank you to all of my lovely blogger friends for your comments about my Gathering of Embroiderers trip! Everyone wished me a wonderful time and I am here to tell you that I had a fabulous time! Hubby and I left for Williamburg on Thursday around noon and arrived in time to check in to our hotel and quickly check out a most wonderful needlework shop, Haus Tirol. I walked in and thought that I had died and gone to heaven! Unfortunately, we got there around 4:00 and they close at 4:30 so I had to do some major browsing and quickly! The ladies there were so nice and everything was gorgeous. If you are ever in Williamsburg, VA, then you must go to Haus Tirol. They have been in business for over 30 years and you won't be disappointed.
We had dinner at a great little Thai restaurant that we found this past summer and headed back to our hotel where I checked in with the folks of "The Gathering." I got my name badge and a lovely "Gathering of Embroiderers" Pin as well as the schedule of classes and a listing of all of the people who would be in attendance along with their addresses and emails. It was interesting to see where everyone was from. There were people in attendance from California, Washington State, Canada, Texas, Wyoming....all over the US! The hotel was wonderful and the rooms were spacious and the beds were comfortable. Honestly, when I went to bed Thursday night, I could not sleep. I was so excited about my class the next day!
Friday morning dawned and I was up at 6:00 am. Class did not start until 8:30 but I just had to get moving! Ate a good breakfast and then went to the meeting room where the class was being held. There right on the front table was a stitched model of the Richmond Sampler and here is a picture.
We got started and Margriet handed out our linen, threads and charts. The threads and charts were in this wonderful plastic file...what a great idea! I had never thought to use those file folders for WIP charts before!
As I was struggling with those damnable queen stitches, the other ladies were flying through them. Margriet was kind enough to remind me not to worry, that I too will master queen stitches. The jury is still out but I love the Richmond Sampler so much that I will force myself to get them down pat!
There was the most wonderful stitchers boutique set up with vendors and their wares. I was tempted by many, especially the kits from The Essamplaire, but I was good and bought only one chart from Margriet. It is the Mary Stourt sampler, 1760. I purchased it because my grandmother's first and middle name is Mary Stuart. Same pronunciation, different spelling.
Again, thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm. Knowing that I could share with such wonderful people made my trip and the sampler even more special! What a lucky girl I am to have such great stitching friends in such a wonderful community! Till next time...Happy Stitching!