Hello and happy Friday, dear friends.
I promised a recap of last Saturday’s pop-up retreat. First, I should explain…
Anabella’s is a cross stitch store on Etsy as well as a brick and mortar here, in Waynesville, NC. They host cross stitch retreats all over the USA. Big name designers are featured and they always sell out.
They have recently joined the world of virtual retreats, which are typically hosted on some platform like Zoom or EventHub.
Last Saturday, Anabella’s hosted their Autumn Pop-Up Retreat using the EventHub platform. They featured some wonderful designers but due to technical difficulties, I didn’t get to interact with all of them. It was suggested to use a laptop or desktop for best results, and they even offered a Zoom dry run so that participants could troubleshoot their devices before the actual retreat. I won’t go into all the boring nits but it just didn’t work smoothly.
We were sent a box ahead of time to open during the retreat. Items were wrapped in tissue paper…
The event began at 11:00 am EDT and ended at 6:00 pm. You were free to come and go as you wished. When there wasn't a presentation to view or game to play, we were in "rooms" where we stitched and chatted with others. I met some nice cross stitchers from all over the US and Canada. That was the BEST part.
I pulled a WIP from last year to work on during the retreat…
Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Sampler. I’m stitching this on 32 count evenweave “Ruth” by Fortnight Fabrics. And I’m using the called-for flosses.
Then I finally found some buttons I thought may work for the felt project I told you about last week. This is one of Carole’s projects for Autumn Jubilee.
I wasn’t sure of the button color so I haven't sewn them on the felt yet. I posted this photo in the Friends of From My Carolina Home facebook group to get everyone’s opinions. Folks were supportive and I knew it would be ok when Carole commented they would go with the embellishments she will reveal next week. How intriguing!
And to end the week…
I finished putting the Sewcialites2 blocks into a simple layout.
I’ve selected some grunge fabric from my stash for the binding.
Hubby and I took our walk around Lake Junaluska Thursday morning and I took a ton of photos. Fall is truly in the air. I will share a few here…
We are attending Waynesville's annual apple festival this weekend and then we’ll be getting ready for another trip to Florida next week. Mom’s 80th birthday celebration is set for October 28th so I’ll be busy once I get there.
Hope you all have a great weekend!