I am back from Williamsburg and an absolutely enjoyable Gathering of Embroiderers! I am jealous that I could not attend another class...Margriet Hogue was teaching another fabulous sampler class today, but alas, there is always next year! I must tell you that the picture on the web of the Cynthia Burr sampler DID NOT DO IT JUSTICE! I took a picture of the sampler and here she is in all her glory...
Isn't she absolutely gorgeous? The majority of the sampler is free-handed...which is a little like, as Margriet described, paint by numbers with thread. Margriet discussed the free-handed section in detail but we did not actually stitch any of the free-handed sections. According to Margriet, the counted sections should be stitched first, then trace the pattern onto the fabric and stitch the free-hand part last. Here is the traceable pattern...
I arrived in Williamsburg around 6:00 pm on Thursday evening. I left straight from work and the drive was quick, only about three hours. I checked in, took my luggage into my room and headed for the restaurant in the hotel for a little dinner. I headed back to the room and headed to bed early. Class was to start at 8:30 the next morning and I wanted to get up early to see what I could find in the Stitching Boutique! There were several vendors, but I knew what I wanted to buy...Essamplaire kits! I headed to The Essamplaire booth and picked up these two beauties...Helena Kutz and Sarah Hatton McPhail
I don't know when I will be able to stitch them, but for me half the fun is looking over the charts, feeling the linen and threads, and thinking about the young lady who stitched such a wonderful piece of art.
Class started and we got down to business. I saw a fellow blogger, Susan (her blog is Plain and Fancy), who is also stitching Richmond Sampler. She and her mother were also taking the Cynthia Burr class. It was great to see the both of them...they are lovely ladies and such accomplished stitchers!
I met so many fabulous people! I am terrible with names, so forgive me for not remembering all names but it was great meeting fellow stitchers! Cissy, Kathy, Anne, Ria, Mary and so many others...it was a pleasure to meet you and stitch with you! My stitching buddy, who shared a table with me was Cissy Smith from A Gentle Pursuit Designs. For those of you who have the magazine, Sampler and Antique Needlework, the Summer 2010 cover is one of her designs. She is a lovely and talented lady and I was so lucky to have met her. We had dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge on Friday evening...and thoroughly enjoyed the amazing seafood buffet! The food was fabulous and the company was even better!
I took lots of pictures and here are several that I would like to share.
My stitching area...
Cissy hard at work!
I set up a stitching niche in my hotel room. I moved the desk near the TV and stitched for hours!
If you are interested, I have more pictures on my Picasa page. I took several close-ups of the sampler, so if you are interested in seeing sections close up go here: https://picasaweb.google.com/valiehokie
Oh, last but not least, I did find something that I have been searching high and low for. There was a vendor who specialized in hard to find needlework books, antique notions, etc. At her booth, I found THE book..."In the Neatest Manner...The Virginia Sampler Tradition" by Kimberly Smith Ivey. I have been pouring over it the past two days. What an amazing book!
Well dear readers, I must go and get ready to start the work week. Thank you for all of the wonderful comments and well wishes for my trip! Reading your wonderful comments means so much! Thank you!
Till next time...