What's better than being at the beach and spending the day stitching?! I certainly can't think of anything else :) A whole bunch of us have arrived in Myrtle Beach, SC, for four days of stitching, fellowship, and fun, and Day 1 certainly lived up to expectation.
"Pals Stitching at the Beach" is artfully coordinated by Amy Whitaker, owner of Down Sunshine Lane needlework shop, and she manages to pack a lot of activity and surprises into the retreat. It was wonderful today to see friends from last year (like Jean, Beth, Maggie, Sharon, Sherry, Diane, Judy, Charlene, Diane, Myra, and many more) and to begin new friendships with many first-timers. (It's easy for me to call them that because that was me last year!) Several designers, including Marie Driskell (Blackberry Lane Designs), Isabella Argante (all the way from Italy; The Primitive Hare), and Tanya Brockmeyer (The Scarlett House), have also joined us and brought so many wonderful charts, kits, accessories, and more for us to "ooh" and "aah" over and to buy. What a treat to be able to visit with these very talented ladies!
In amongst the shopping, the chatting, and a wonderful dinner at P.F. Chang's (my first; I'll go back soon!), I did manage to get some stitching in! First up is a stocking released this year by Raise the Roof called "Tate's Stocking" (click on the chart title to see a finished version). Here's what I've been able to complete today:
In the afternoon, I wanted to work on something that I had a good chance of finishing today. I brought all of The Victoria Sampler's "Button Up Birdie" charts that DH gave me last year for Christmas. I love the patterns and have been itching to get busy on them. I started with #1, which includes a chickadee and a cardinal. Here's what I was able to complete before the "official" end of Day 1:
Almost finished! I just need to add a little more backstitching (beak, red yard from mittens) and beads/buttons. Love it, love it!
Time to get some shut-eye so that I can get up and do it all again tomorrow! I hope you're making time to take up your needle and sew!