Wow it has been an extremely busy summer and we have been trying to get this post out for quite some time … so sorry for the delay! We hope this summer season has been filled with fun, vacations, relaxation and time to stitch one of those WIPS in your stitching basket!

Wow we can’t believe we had our incredible retreat at the end of April with Blackbird Designs! Time truly does fly by doesn’t it? We just wanted to share some of the fun we experienced with our followers! It was a weekend filled with inspiration, fellowship, stitching, sharing, time spent with friends and of course, time spent with Barb and Alma!

Here are just a few photos from our weekend together … it was hard to choose which ones to post (we are sure you will see more pop through here from time to time!) We grabbed a bunch, hoping this post wouldn’t be too long! So for now please enjoy . . .

Our beautiful sampler kit!

We were all so thrilled with the projects we received!

Who has already finished this gorgeous sampler???

What a beautiful group of needlewomen!

Just how long have these ladies been friends anyway?
Anyone care to take a guess?

This was Mel’s second retreat and she wasn’t missing one moment of it!

Donna Rae and Lisa sharing some Floss Tube connection at stitching night!

Love the looks on these ladies!

Treasured friends for so long!

Ann took the time to be with everyone!!!! Love the smiles on Emily and Paula!

Cara and Glenn studying the original sampler and grabbing some of Alma’s knowledge along the way!!!!

New friendships formed … Lisa and Deborah chatting with
Rabbit and Diane

Barb and Alma our teachers … don’t you wonder just what they were discussing?

Linda of Erica Michaels created a Dyeing to Stitch original berry design. It was premiered at our retreat gathering! What a cherished gift to all!

More precious friend time! Carol and Brenda hanging with Alma and Barb

Our time together was amazing, the two needlework kits created by Barb and Alma were a treasure, the stitching nights together and the laughter were priceless! We were so happy to spend time with each and every one of you and we thank you for another successful retreat together! Needleworkers came from near and far and we appreciated the effort made by all of you! Our time together passed way too quickly!!!

Miranda and Joan … Did you know they met for the first time last retreat?

Ann’s daughter Holly saved the lecture at lunchtime with her
computer wisdom! Thanks for all your help this weekend Holly!

Happy smiles from Glenna, Joan and Pat at stitching night!

Sara and Pamela … some of our VB local girls!

More local stitchers … Mel, Donna and Sue!

Oops we caught Pat with her eyes closed!
Pat, Ann, Dolores and Deborah

Mama Joan and her baby girl! Thanks for bringing all those project bags ladies!!!!

Needlework Sisters Pat and Laura

Recognize these Floss Tubers?????

Donna was so excited to share her completed drum with Barb and Alma

Can’t you just hear all the conversations going on as we gathered together for lunch and a lecture by Erica Michaels designs!

A needleworker and her tools! We stopped counting how many different lights and magnifiers were in one room!

Thanks for all your help ladies at the shop … taking care of our purchases all weekend long!

Best friends together for the weekend … Janice and Deborah
What a great way to spend time together!

Nataly, Ann and Donna
Stitching Sisters

Oh my goodness that smile on Dee!

Presents Presents for everyone … and lots of giveaways too!!!!
Who won one of those incredible raffles?

As you can see we had an amazing weekend together. Friendship is a gift and so many needlewomen were once again reunited for a weekend of learning, sharing, laughter, good food, time together and inspiration!!!

We look forward to seeing you again in April 2020 (dates not confirmed just yet, but we will update you as soon as we know!!!) We will be hosting Paulette from Plum Street Samplers, and that always promises to be an amazing venue!

Keep stitching this summer and we will continue to inspire you with the latest kits, designs, tools, patterns, threads and anything else your needlework hearts desire!!!!

We leave you with one more photo … We think it wins in the happiness department … don’t you agree?

Sweet Rabbit!!!


13 thoughts on “It’s been a little while!

  1. Julie Pepper says:

    Looks like a fabulous time! I visited the store for the first time last spring. Would love to come to 2020 retreat. Please include me if you do a mailing announcing the dates and sign up!

  2. Traci MIchaels says:

    So much fun reliving this wonderful event! I can’t wait to see everyone again next Spring! Thank you Ann and Pat for a terrific weekend!

  3. Carol Saunders says:

    Ann and Pat have perfected the art of a needlework retreat…..down to every detail. The gifts were great, the retreat projects are beautiful and it was great chatting with Barb and Alma; they are so talented and so very sweet. Of course, my friends and I took advantage of the shopping opportunity in my favorite LNS. This is the best retreat that I have attended. Great fun!

  4. Melba Cherico says:

    This was our first time to a Dyeing to Stitch retreat, and my friends and I had the best time ever! We’re looking forward the the 2020 retreat, and seeing all of our new friends again. We only wish we lived closer to the shop!

  5. How would I get on a mailing list to know when the reservations for the 2020 retreat open? I would love to attend!!!!!!

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