Tomorrow morning, I'll be leaving for a three day retreat with my sampler guild* in Ocean City, Maryland. This will be my second time on the retreat although the guild has been doing these on a semi-annual schedule for a few years. I have a great time last year relaxing in the hotel lobby, chatting, and looking out at the ocean while stitching away. The problem was, there may have been a little too much chatting and gazing at the ocean as I had to frog the border on my piece in several places when I returned home. That problem isn't limited to stitching retreats as I've had to rip out and restitch on pieces that I've worked on at guild meetings. So, finally, I've learned that I need to keep it simple. I've chosen two pieces for retreats and guild meetings that should keep miscounting and misplaced stitches to a minimum. My bag for retreat is going to contain Carriage House Samplings Alphabet and a needlepoint canvas I picked up on Sanibel Island in Florida during our vacation last December. I started the CHS Alphabet eons ago and when I dug it out of the bottom of the WIP bag a few months ago, was quite surprised to find I had not completed even one letter! I'll be working on the borders for the letters and possibly on filling in the bottom of the blocks. Tough to miscount on those, right?
*I know that I've mentioned my guild a number of times on this blog but have never identified it. One of the other members commented on a post here recently and that reminded me that she was the one who first told me about the Delaware Valley Historical Sampler Guild when I saw her post about it on the Legacy Embroiderers board. Another member who ran an on-line shop also invited me to meetings and I've found some wonderful people and lots of inspiration in the group. Check us out at dvhsg.org for details about our meetings and join us if you're in the area.