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20170207_061741.jpgYesterday I worked on a project for a new class for The Studio. We always see really cute shirts and sweaters at this time of the year with Heart or Shamrock motifs….and even Bunnies as we get closer to Easter.  But many of these sweaters are super expensive so we figured we would just Do-It-Ourselves!  This class will be coming soon to The Studio.  Watch for it!  (Oh, and my Shamrock turned in to a Dog Paw.  Imagine that!  LOL)

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We have had so much going on at The Studio over the last few weeks.  We are knitting and learning to embroidery.

And of course, we are still having Paint Parties as well as private lessons.  Check out the calendar here and come try something new.

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Crocheted Cancer Ribbon pattern.  This intermediate class coming soon.

It’s getting cooler outside and it’s time to get out the indoor crafts and hobbies and that includes all types of needlework.  If you haven’t learned to Crochet, Knit or Embroidery  (or if you need to brush-up on your skills) you are in luck.  We have beginning classes coming up this month.  Beginning Crochet class is Tuesday, October 25th.  Beginning Knitting is Thursday, October 27th and Embroidery is Sunday October 30th.  Just click on the one you are interested in taking for more information and to register.

You know there is nothing worse than being rained or snowed in without something to do  so come on and learn to make some cool  projects.  Plus the holidays will be here in no time and handmade gifts are best.  Time to get started.

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50 State Embroidery squares

50 State Embroidery squares

While making my quick monthly stop at a local thrift shop I ran across quite a treasure.  A large plastic zip lock bag was on a shelf where they display their sewing and crafting supplies.  The label said 50 states + state map…$15 and I could tell it was filled with fabric that was cut into squares.  I was in a rush and didn’t open it but curiosity got the best of me and I went back the next day and when I opened the bag I found these wonderful embroidered squares of each state.  And they are all completed!  The instruction sheet was even in the package where whoever did this wonderful work checked off each state as they completed it.   It is going to make a handsome quilt.

It got me to thinking about who may have done this.  Wonder what happened to them?  I made up a little story in my mind that it was some little old lady who passed away and her relatives cleaned out her house and sold all her crafts.  It makes me sad to think that all this hard work was discarded and not appreciated by her people.  There is easily several hundred hours in this project.

I have found other treasures like this over the last year or two – in particular a wonderful needlepoint framed piece of art and a Crewel framed piece. (I will try to photography them for tomorrow’s post.)  They are hanging on the wall of my bedroom and I will treasure them….and appreciate the creative people who made them.  And I plan to complete the “50 States” quilt to honor that someone who got such a great start on it.

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Ever dream about getting away with friends to enjoy a couple of relaxing days of fellowship and creativity?  Well here is your chance.   There are three exciting retreats scheduled that offer you a wide variety of creative and learning  opportunities – 1 in Virginia and 2 in West Virginia.  Check them out and invite your friends to join you.

April 10-12, 2015 – “Find Your Creative Self Weekend Retreat” at The Studio in Front Royal, Virginia

Cigar-Purse-samplesSpend a weekend creating!  We are offering a schedule packed with terrific projects that you will be thrilled to learn to make and at the end of the weekend you have loads of new creations to take home as well as new knowledge you can apply to future projects.  Make a felted pin, a cigar box purse, glass yard totems, crochet a mug mat, learn to paint, make an embellished sweatshirt jacket and learn more about Pinterest.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

 

 April 25-26, 2015 – SOAP-CRAFTING & CROCHET at Sassafras Farm, Clio, West Virginia 

Crochet BathThis retreat will be two full days, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day, with themed workshops centered around treating yourself with some old-fashioned DIY style and indulgence. Soap-crafting workshops will focus on the art of melt-and-pour soap with a variety of styles and designs as well as crochet crafts related to the bath and learning to paint as well.  For more detailed information on this retreat click here.

 

 

 

June 13-14, 2015 – WILDFLOWER POWER   

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Get your wildflower power on! This retreat will be two full days, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day, with themed workshops centered around flower power! We will pick flowers then make some wildflower jelly, create wildflower syrups and infusions, bake with wildflowers, make candles with flowers, embroidery wildflowers as well as paint them.  For more information click here.

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Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

For the past few weeks I have been working on demonstration samples for several upcoming retreats where I will teach.  We will be doing all kinds of creative things from painting to crochet to embroidery to sewing.  Trying to get all this done while also keeping up with my regular classes has been hectic.

Here is a little “Wildflower Sampler” in embroidery that we will be doing at a Retreat this summer at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia.  It’s very sweet!

More details on the Retreats in West Virginia coming soon.  Here is a link to the Retreat coming up at The Studio.

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Embroidery Machine Embroidery Machine patternsBecause I was a good girl this year, Santa brought me an embroidery machine!  I played with it a little but haven’t had time to discover everything it does yet but it is pretty amazing.  It has 70 designs programmed in to it but it also has the capability to connect to the computer to add many other designs and monograms.

Can’t wait to get back from vacation and work with it some more.

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