Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spending time with the Sarasota EGA

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching a class for the Sarasota EGA.  The project they chose was my Fruit of the Vine Sampler Huswif.  The project can either be framed or made  into a huswif. 
Fruit of the Vine framed as a sampler

Fruit of the Vine huswif and needleroll (folded)
Inside of the Fruit of the Vine huswif and needleroll

During class, they worked on the accompanying needleroll and scissors weight.
Outside of the Fruit of the Vine needleroll

Here are some of the class participants.  In the front row are Linda and Ellen from Jacksonville and Lynn from Venice.  On the far right is Carmen  who also lives in Venice.

Did you notice Lynn's My Favorite Things Stitching Basket sitting on the table in front of her?  Below are some close-ups.  Thanks, Lynn, for bringing your basket for me to see in person.

A group of four ladies drove down from the Orlando area.  I don't know why I only got Linda in this photo.
On the table next to Linda are two Ackworth Friendship Books in progress.  The Orlando ladies told me that six of them are working on my books.  Each person chose her own book and then had her friends each stitch a page or two.  I hope they will send me some more photos to share when the group gets the books assembled.

Also in class were three members of the Queen City Sampler Guild here in Cincinnati.  Sisters Barb and Carmen are from Dayton, Ohio and have now retired to Venice, which is near Sarasota.  Barb and Carmen took me out to dinner both nights, and it was so nice to catch up on old times.  They also took me to a quilt shop one day after class.  There were lots of beautiful fabrics, and four Amish women were working on quilts.   They told me that they start quilting at the shop each day at around 8:30am or so and work until about 4pm.

The third Ohio gal was Sue B, who still lives up here in Milford.  She just happened to be in Sarasota when I was teaching.  Sue's been teasing me about traveling 1000 miles to take one of my classes.  A couple of years ago she took  A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif from me with the Queen City Sampler Guild.  She sent me some photos of her completed project, which I posted on my blog.  Perhaps you remember them.

I would be very remiss in not thanking many of you for your lovely notes and cards over the past few weeks.  Your concern and caring thoughts have certainly meant a lot to Tom and me.  Thank you!


Anonymous said...

My EGA group recently bought the hornbook for groups to do as a class. I stitched ahead of time the stitching part so at our class I could concentrate on the putting it together. I never stitch on smaller than 28 ct. Well I needed 32 count to do this so I got a piece of that. Never stitched on this count before but the smaller and going over one was so cool. I mean it really looks impressive. Learned how to do the tewisted cord in class and how to glue and put it all together. This was one of the best EGA classes I've ever done. I loved it. Some others have finished, some are still stitching and some haven't started yet, but we were all excited about this class. Maybe you need to post this on EGA's facebook or something, so others can do this group project. Now my only question is...may I purchase another wooden hornbook so I can stitch the 2nd pattern that was in the kit? Thanks again for a wonderful class. Pat, Pikes Peak Chapter, EGA

Margaret said...

Looks like a great time! I do love that Fruit of the Vine piece.

Bertie said...

Love thepictures Ellen, the Fruit of the Vine is fabulous, looks like the class had a fabulous time:)) The basket is wonderful too!

Faye said...

Oh Ellen, you guys look like you were having the best time!!! And, Lynn's basket is awesome!! Nice work to all! Faye

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I will be stitching this project with you when you come to Fobbles in England in May. I can't wait!! Irene xxx

woolwoman said...

Ellen - it was great seeing photos of all our mutual friends in Sarasota - I only regret my face was not in those photos LOL ! I bet everyone had a great time - hope to catch another of your awesome classes in the future. take care Melody