Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fruits of My Stitching Retreat

I was finally able to take pictures of what I accomplished during my annual stitching retreat last week.

First, I finished the stitching and did the finishing on this biscornu. I wanted to make a sunflower biscornu and found this free pattern called Manuela's Sunflower. I used DMC Variations instead of floss.

Then, I started and finished October, from "A Year In Stitches" by Shepherds Bush, which came out about 5 years ago. I completed the first 9 months so I thought I should finish these up. It just needs the mummy button added after it gets mounted on foam core.

I then decided to work on My Favorite Things Basket. This is a project that a group of us is stitching together. I am sorry to report that I have been lacking and that is why I brought it to Retreat. Here is a picture of the pattern.

This piece that I worked on is the 6 pockets that go inside the basket. I had the first one on the left done. I started and finished the other 4 at retreat. There are some specialty stitches on these so they are a littly putzy, especially the one with the house. I hope my friend, Chris, is proud of me. I only have the 1 pocket and the piece that goes around the inside top left to stitch. Whoo-whoo! We are hoping to put these together as soon as camping season is over?

Lastly, I stitched the front of my Bride's Tree Ornament for August, which is a rose that stands for Beauty and/or Affection. This is from a Prairie Schooler design called "A Prairie Year". I finished the rest of it after I returned home.

It was a very fun and productive retreat and can't wait until next year. I'm pretty sure Joan and I both got gold!


Becky K in OK said...

All the retreat pieces are wonderful. I love the biscornu and October.

Shelleen said...

the retreat pieces look great and love the biscornu

Ruth said...

My heavens!!!!! Did you sleep? Breathe? I know you couldn't have stopped to eat because you would have lost time not only to eating but to hand washing. Sheesh.

Congrats -- everything is wonderful.... as usual!

Sonda in OR said...

You were busy!! Love that biscornu! And the Brides Tree design is great!

staci said...

Wow Jill! You got more finished in one weekend then I have all month! Everything is fantastic, but my favorite is the basket~~looking forward to seeing that one in it's finished glory :)

Barbeeque4 said...

What really lovely pieces - WIPS and Finishes!!!!!

Sharon said...

Beautiful biscornu! Great projects.

Arthemise said...

I love my biscornu! Thanks for the SBEBB exchange. You were very generous, and I love them all! I am overwhelmed! I'll post pics to my blog and the SBEBB.