First a great big thank you to all of you that made the west coast trip to Alameda at Needle in a Haystack for the Mermaid Treasure Box class so awesome! It was delightful from start to finish. And absolutely stunning weather did totally help. We worked on the 'fobulous' mermaid scissor fob on the Friday night and Saturday and Sunday on the shadow box. We had lunch outside and shopping during out breaks, perfect! And so many got so far on their pieces, which was such a treat for me to see. Great going gals. Check in with the yahoo group Cathe Ray posted for this class, it will give you the mermaid fin the bottom part drawn out too for ease of stitching. After the class my husband came down and met me in Alameda and we had 9 lovely days in the Bay area. We rode the cable car, we went down Lombard, we spent the whole day on Alcatraz, did a little hike in Muir Woods, the weather was sunny and warm with no fog! So we did see the Golden Gate bridge with a blue blue sky, which was amazing. We had wine in Napa and delicious meals in little cafes in downtown San Francisco. Delightful!
Now I am on to the next as they say and I have just sent all the bits to the printer for the new releases in a month at Seminar in Calgary. We will be releasing the next pattern in the Seasonal set that started with -The Spring Bird. The next is The Summer Flower, which we will be shipping the first week in May. I know some of you are doing this is as SAL so the next one is coming soon.... !
We will also be releasing one that is close to my heart.... O Canada True North Strong Sampler. It has been over 15 years ago that I started on my Canadian Journey series and into the cross stitch/ counted thread world and so I am looking forward to sharing this piece with you. If you are lucky enough to be coming to Stampeding Stitches - EAC Seminar in Calgary you will be able to see the piece in real....! I will showcase it - and have patterns and thread packs for sale on the merchant evening night and following that it will be at the Traditional Stitches booth for the remainder of Seminar.
Have you seen the new Facebook page called Stitcher's Escape - it is an awesome resource for all retreat, stitching events across North America. Check it out and the sister page Cross Stitch Road Trip for a listing of shops. It is very exciting to see that we have some fun things to look forward to in our industry.
This is becoming a longer post than I had anticipated but I also wanted to say thanks to my new webgal - Deanna Cupido who is helping me with the website. It was long overdue and I wasn't keeping it up as I should on my own - too many other things to do - so I am very grateful for her help and she is doing an outstanding job. We will continue to clean up and update, it's quite something how quickly a website can get behind when you continue to produce new...!
As ever... and hope to see you soon somewhere.... check out the events page, lots to do... and a few snippets of the new patterns and our SF trip.