Saturday, March 17, 2012


Well - what a wonderful day I had today.  I had the opportunity to take a needlepoint class today with national teacher Brenda Hart.  AWESOME is one of the first words that come to mind.  The class was at a not-so-LNS Bristly Thistle in lovely downtown Fernandina Beach.  What fun we had - a St Patricks Day parade went right down the street in front of the shop - now mind you it was small but still a parade with shriners and so forth none the less.

Brenda was sporting her Irish top hat complete with shamrocks and shopowner Michele gave everyone a lucky shamrock necklace to wear.  It was a really festive day in Fernandina Beach.

Here is a photo of Brenda with a friend who threatened me with excommunication if I showed a close up of her so I edited out by putting something silly over her face and trying to write I'm Irish LOL - I never said I was an expert with this stuff.
I was lucky enough to be sitting this close to Brenda all day so I got the benefit of listening to her planning fun stitches for all the participants canvases. 

Here is a shot of the wall of fibers in the backround.  This shop has the best selection of fibers in all of NE FL.  I was pleased to get to meet KB of Stitcherie fame.  So that was a lot of fun  putting a face to those initials.  All the participants had interesting and varied projects.  I wish I asked if I could take a photo of each but it was very crowded around the table and hard to get by so I opted to just stay seated and get as much stitching done as possible since I was only there for the one day.  This was a 3 day opportunity and several did all 3 days and several more did 2 days and a few of us only did one day but the Saturday class was sold out.

Since I was only there for 1 day of class - I decided not to do a huge canvas but instead take these 2 darling little halloween people.  I got them out of a Kelly Clark trunk show that Bristly Thistle had in the fall and I had not touched them since so it was perfect.  These are actually Di Paolo canvases and they are precious I think.

Glitz, beads and silk - what more could a girl want !  note to self - I simply must  get a nicer camera that takes close up photos.  This IPhone ain't gettin it !!!!!!!!
Here is the two little witches ( I think they are witches - they have witch hats eh?)together - They just make me smile.  I am going to do the borders the same on both and share what colors can be shared to make then a pair but they have their own unique qualities and colors.

How about this cutie - sooooo darling

I hope all of you had as wonderful a St Patricks Day celebration as I did.  What could be better than learning from a great teacher like Brenda and being in a class with lots of wonderful stitchers.

I've had a few new followers lately - so welcome to you all and thanks for dropping by my blog for a visit.  I read and appreciate every one of your comments.  May the luck of the Irish be with you always!


Margaret said...

Looks like a fun day for sure! A parade is a definite bonus to it all. Love your two canvases -- so cute! lol about Brenda's hat and your friend! So great to get to sit close to the teacher like that too!

Loraine said...

So cute Mel! Looks like a really fun day for sure. I love those little Halloween girls. Can't wait to see how they turn out! :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

What a fun way to spend St. Patty's Day. I love the two Halloween girls... looks like a fun stitch.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate St. Pat's Day!!! I just love, love, love, your two little Halloween Pieces!!! Makes me want to pick up the art of Needlepoint again!

Katrina said...

Looks like a fun day too me!!! Love the little needlepoint canvases.

Ellen said...

Your blog posts are always a feast for the eyes.

Sounds like you had a great St. Parick's Day. Mine was quiet with Tom being down your way. Guess my celebration was stitching with green thread (LOL).

geeky Heather said...

Oh how fabulous to have the parade go right by!! Love your photo modification, LOL!! Have fun with all your pretty fibers on those canvases!!

Siobhán said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Those Halloween pieces are adorable.

Karoline said...

Sounds like a fun day, love the Halloween canvases

TeresaB said...

So glad you had so much fun. Can't wait to hear what stitches you're using on those adorable little witches!

Couldn't resist passing along the Liebster blog award to you. Hope more people find your blog and enjoy it as much as I do.

Susan said...

Mel, this looks like so much fun! Will be looking forward to seeing what you do with the Halloween people.