Monday, 29 November 2010

Harrogate meet-up

Had a great weekend in Harrogate for the members of our group  'Friendly Stitchers' which included staying at a hotel for a couple of nights and also going stash shopping at the Knitting and Stitching Show !! When I left my part of the North East there was already a fall of snow - but when we got to Harrogate it was sunshine and blue skies !!  I had planned to stay on the Friday night but come home after dinner on the Saturday night - weather changed alll that ! Had a great day shopping on Friday and will post a pic of the stash I managed to buy - not nearly as much as me and my sister used to buy years ago !

Went back to hotel and had a chat with all the members then went and had a really excellent dinner in the hotel - I can definately recommend the Grants Hotel in Harrogate -  we also had a beautiful little girl with us - Isla - courtesy of Nancy

The next morning we woke to a covering of snow !  Checked the news on TV and saw that the weather was worsening in my area so phoned my husband and asked him to come early for me - before dinner - so we could be sure of getting home !

I met up with my friend Linda on the Saturday morning - she lives in Skelton but we have been friends since childhood when we lived in Great Yarmouth ....she also had bad weather where she had come from .... some of us decided we had enough and were tired so went back to the hotel around lunchtime and ordered some sandwiches - the weather was getting worse and I phoned my husband to ask him to come and get me as soon as possible - he phoned back and said he was already on his way as the North East had been badly hit ....  he arrived within the hour and I was really glad to leave for home but sorry to have to leave the group early. After a horrendous drive home we finallly managed to get into our estate and home safe and sound ! Still, all in all, a grreat couple of days and I know we will be doing it again next year ! Before I left I gave the members a small gift each- I had been making some counting pins and little embroidered cushions to put them on

Snow !!

We have had soooo much snow here in my part of the North East - somewhere between Sunderland and Durham - at least 10 inches and not much chance of getting out anywhere ....  here are just a few pics .... just can't seem to get the pics to move next to each other !!

Monday, 22 November 2010

Harrogate here we come !!

On Friday some members of our online stitching group ( Friendly Stitchers)  will be meeting up for the weekend in Harrogate which ties in nicely with the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show !
We did this last year and stayed at a lovley hotel - and doing the same thing this year - always great to meet up with friends and members, have a chat over dinner - see how the group is going and perhaps let members in on some of the things we have planned for 2011 - including new charts and SAL's - so watch this space ....

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Stitching framed at last

            This is the Woodland Fairie from Mirabilia finally framed  -another lovely design to stitch .... still have two more of these lovely designs to do when I get round to them !
Another one finished and framed is the Random thoughts sampler - hope to find a similar one at Harrogate next weekend !                                                                                                                 

Monday, 15 November 2010

Harrogate Stitching Show

It will soon be time for the Harrogate Stitching Show !!
Once again our online stitching group will be there for the weekend. Last year we stayed at a nice hotel just over the road from the International Halls where the show is held. We had a great time and if I remember correctly, there were around 12 of us. We have again arranged a 2 day stay at the same hotel and it will be great to meet up with stitching pals again and of course, do some stash shopping !
Harrogate is a lovely town and there are some lovely places to visit including the famous  'Betty's Tea Rooms'  -  always worth a visit.
After stash shopping on both days, we will all meet up for dinner in the hotel , exchange news, show stash and generally have a good natter ....

Anniversary sampler

In September my best friend's mum and dad celebrated 60 years of marriage so I stitched them a sampler

Congrats to Nan and John

Long overdue update

Well it has been quite a while since I updated this blog so lets get started ....

First of all I have been quite busy designing ( and stitching) the charts for this years xmas freebie charts for our onlne stitching group 'Friendly Stitchers' so here is what is available to the members for this year

A needleroll (with a matching coaster but no image available)

A beaded biscorno, a couple of humbugs and a hanging xmas ornament

I have also finished stitching a lovely xmas pendeloque from Faby Reilly Designs.

This seemed a bit tricky at first but very easy once you get going - check out her

website - she has some fantastic designs