I spent the second weekend of October in OCMD attending Salty Yarns' Jamboree. I had attended this annual event years ago but because it is the weekend after my guild retreat, I have begged off Jamboree in recent years. Well no more; the Jersey Girls are ready to sign up again. What a fabulous retreat. The goodies, the projects, the teachers, Sally and Sara, and being back as part of the Jersey Girl Foursome of stitchers was really fabulous. It was touch and go for a while because of the pandemic and I was so happy when we got the all clear that it was on. Granted all the necessary temperature taking, sanitizing, mask wearing, social distancing was done. It really was not any problem to do those things. A small price to pay to be able to get together and stitch on the fabulous projects. Sara was great recording a Zoom Meeting of the classes for those who could not attend in person. All the projects were a tribute to the Lankford Hotel in anticipation of its pending demolition and rebuild. Like so many other things this year, the demo and rebuild have been delayed because of the pandemic.
The three classes this year were with Fern Ridge, Erica Michaels Designs and The Stitching Parlor. My first class of the weekend was with Clara of the Stitching Parlor. She did her research of Ocean City and focused her piece on the early 20th century in OCMD. The needle book and smalls she designed were a lovely look at OCMD of yesteryear complete with old fashioned bathing suits and carousel horses. The needle book included a thimble holder and thread winder as well as all the fabrics, flosses, interfacing and some beach themed extras all nice and tidy in a binder.
My second class was with Fern Ridge. I have never done peyote beading so I was a little apprehensive.......for no reason. Their project feature the beloved rockers we so enjoy sitting in on the front porch of the hotel. Once you get the hang of beading, you fall into a rhythm and I had three experienced table mates to help me if I got stuck. I didn't finish the scissors fob until after I got home. It is not 100% perfect but I am totally 100% happy with the result. I could be convinced to do peyote again.
My Sunday class was with Linda of Erica Michael Designs. Again, like Clara, what a fabulous kit she had prepared for us. Erica Michaels provided a wooden tray with a mat featuring the Lankford. The hotel is front and center on the front of the piece. The mat unfolds to show the boardwalk and the beach. Further down the blue fabric represents the water. She included a signature strawberry.
We left with ideas and charms to embellish the beach and water. Close it up and it fits in the tray with the strawberry and the other two class projects. These teachers really put their heads together to make an awesome coordinating set and such a lovely sentiment to honor the Lankford.
All that is left to do is to stitch it....... .......and just where on my project list can I squeeze this one in?
So retail therapy continued on this weekend while shopping the trunk shows. Not only did I win while at there the prior weekend for my guild retreat, I won again this weekend coming home with the “honor” for most spent. I need not buy anything between now and next Jamboree.....but need and want are two different things aren't they?
It's easy for many to say during this unimaginable year of 2020 that they have had enough. I now myself included. Come on 2021!
Stay safe, keep stitching.
PS Pardon any weird formatting.....so much for Blogger upgrades. No matter how many times I set the font size, inevitably I log in to find it has changed. Sometimes I am frustrated with "improvements".