Friday, July 1, 2011

Only One Ewe Retreat 2011

Good morning!

I've been a busy girl the past week.  Last Thursday I headed to Terre Haute (Haute rhymes with coat), Indiana and attended the Only One Ewe Retreat.  The retreat was hosted by Jan from Only One Ewe Needleworks and Tree of Life Samplings.  Jan's Tree of Life Samplings pieces are absolutely beautiful and pictures do not due them justice.  She not only designs but has a great line of yummy hand dyed fabrics.  If you haven't discovered Jan's work you definitely need to stop by and check it out.

Jan designed this piece and it was kitted and given to us in a fabulous fabric portfolio.  Vonna already has this piece stitched and ready to frame and she has some wonderful pictures of the piece on her blog.

Everyone who attended the retreat was excited that Vonna would teaching a finishing class.
Jan sent this exclusive retreat piece to us ahead of time and everyone stitched it in their favorite color. 

When is was all said and done we ended up with a beautiful wooden box.
Vonna is not only a talented stitcher and finisher, but a very patient teacher.

One of my favorite things about cross stitch is exchanging. 
We had a Christmas ornament and smalls exchange. 
I managed to get 2 ornaments and one small stitched and finished for the exchanges. 

I stitched Oh Joy in the top right corner.

...and the needlebook in the bottom of the pic.

...and Merry Xmas in the top left corner.

Here I am proudly holding the three pieces I received in the exchange! 

 And last but not least I leave you for today with a picture of our fearless leader Jan.  Jan worked so hard to bring us all together she deserved to put her feet up for a bit.  :-0

In the next installment I'll share some of the silliness that went on and introduce you to some wonderful people I met.  I've also got lots of pics of exchanges I've stitched and finished that are reaching their new homes so I'll be able to share those with you soon.

Thank you for stopping by and I so enjoy your comments.  Until next time.....
Keep on stitchin' on,


Charlene ♥ SC said...

Such wonderful stitching was going on there, and getting to have a 'class' with Vonna must have been fabulous! Going to see Jan's site now... love that stitching place piece. Think it'll ever be offered to our public? Happy 4th to you and your family!!

dixiesamplardesigns said...
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dixiesamplardesigns said...

Sorry, let's try this again, LOL!

What a wonderful stitching get to make and receive some beautiful pieces of work and you get to meet two of the most wonderful stitchers/finishers/designers around...lucky you!! Enjoy the awesome memories...

Happy Stitchin'

Karen said...

what fun we had! and now need to start the retreat piece! and the fabrics, oh so yummy!

Mouse said...

you sure all had a lovely time and what lovely exchange pieces too :) its been great reading about it on the other blogs too :) love mouse xxxx

Beth said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! I can imagine that Vonna was a fantastic teacher!

Kathy said...

Wasn't it fun! Jan's retreats are always great. Vonna is a great teacher as well as a finisher.

Tricia said...

Oh how fun! I'll have to watch for info on this retreat next year. It looks like you had a fantastic time. Your box looks amazing! How fun to have Vonna for a teacher!!!!

Vonna said...

We had a great, great time - didn't we?! And all I can say is WE HAD A HOOT IN TERRE HOOTE :)

Lynn said...

Sounds like it as an awesome retreat! And look at all those lovely exchange pieces!! You are so lucky to have spent time with both Jan and Vonna. They are two fantastic ladies!