Monday, July 22, 2013


Hello Stitchy Friends!

I am back home after spending the last 5 days away. I went to the Silver Needle Retreat in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was the first time for me to attend a retreat. We had a great time! My sister, Karen and her daughter, Amy travelled from Minnesota, and met my niece, Barb and myself there.

It was Hot in Tulsa! But we had a great time!

Vickie Hastings from the Cross-Eyed Cricket presented the cross stitch portion of the retreat. She has been designing charts for 31 years! It was interesting to hear her story. She had a Halloween project designed for us to work on.

This photo is of the stitched model.

I had to get a picture of Vickie with one of my favorite designs

A Walk in the Woods. I have stitched this one, as well as my sister. One of my stitching friends in our stitch group has done this one three times, as gifts for family and friends.... Vickie shared her design process from idea and inspiration stage to finished chart.

She was very friendly and gracious. I had to purchase a chart for an autograph!

We also took finishing classes by the famous Mona. I learned some new techniques

We also were treated to a day of fun with the girls from Just Another Button Company. I will never look at another one of their buttons and not appreciate the work and effort that goes into creating it!!!

We spent a whole day learning of the button making process and made some of our own.

We worked as teams, these were the results of our group. We created yellow flower buttons.

We also had time to create random designs.

These were made by some of the other groups. We were able to take home an assortment of buttons made by each group.

These ropes of clay are waiting to be sliced into buttons and baked.

It was a wonderful retreat, Lindy of the Silver Needle and her staff made sure everyone had a great experience. Between the classes and the shopping, we had a great time!!

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  1. Sounds like a delightful retreat, Melody. How nice to learn some new finishing techniques and also the button-making process... I'm sure the fact that you with with family members made it even more special :)

  2. Sounds like such fun! And I love the CEC design! Love the buttons too -- so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hello dear,
    Hi it's me cucki from South Africa ..a happy new follower of your sweet blog.
    Your stitching is so sweet..I love all your beautiful projects.
    It is sound like a lovely fun treat..sweet stitches and pretty buttons.
    Big hugs
    Cucki x

  4. Sounds like a very enjoyable time for all of you.

  5. It indeed sounds like a lovely retreat! I've never been on one ... maybe someday : )