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2020 Best Cross Stitch Retreat in Reno, Nevada – June 15th-18th, 2020

Looking for the best 2020 cross stitch retreat to attend? Then look no further and come join us for the 6th Annual Cross Stitch Club retreat in beautiful Reno, Neveda!

Below you will find most of the details of this event, but not everything. If after you read below and you want to know more and how you can get registered, please join this group on Facebook to find out more:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2020CrosstitchClubOriginalsRetreat/

If you are not on Facebook, you can send me an email to fae@luv4crosstitch.com requesting more information and how you can sign up and I will be happy to help you!

As I stated above, this will be the 6th Annual retreat I have hosted and they just keep getting better and better! If you would like to read about the fun we have had at our previous retreats, you can do so by clicking the link below (it has not been updated with the 2019 Nashville recap yet, but I hope to have that up soon):

https://luv4crosstitch.com/cross-stitch-club-retreats

It’s a bit of a long read, I know, but there was just so much to say and so many good times to share!

Ok..so now on to the juicy details of the Reno retreat that I know you are just dying to find out about!

When and Where

When: June 15th-18th, 2020. There will be a meet and greet at the hotel on the evening of June 15th and then the event itself will run 3 full days from 9am-5am June 16th, 17th and 18th.

Where: Circus Circus Hotel located at 500 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89501

We will have a Meet and Greet with snacks on Monday, June 15th from 6pm to 10pm. The room being used for the Meet and Greet will be available all day starting around 8am that Monday morning for anyone that comes in either Sunday or sometime on Monday and wants a place to stitch.

There will be 2 full days of stitching and classes (at least one class is in the planning now, but there could be more) on Tuesday and Wednesday with door prize giveaways and other fun activities.

Then on Thursday, it’s just stitching. Normally the last day of the retreat is just a half day and wraps up around noon, but we have the space for a full day on Thursday so it will be open to sit and stitch for anyone that is not leaving early on Thursday or not leaving until Friday.

Registration and Hotel Room Details

Registration cost: $160

The registration cost of $160 will include snacks and beverage for the Meet & Greet Monday evening as well as a continental breakfast, lunch and a morning and afternoon snack break for 2 days, June 16th and June 17th. Attendees will also receive a commemorative retreat tote bag.

Once you join the Facebook Reno Retreat group, you will find more details on how to pay the registration and get signed up (or if you are not on Facebook, when you send me an email, I will provide you that information).

Hotel Room costs:

Room rates: The room rates for Sunday through Thursday, June 14th-June 18th are listed below for the different types of rooms available.

The resort fee ($30) covers guests with round-trip airport shuttle service 19 hours per day, both covered valet and covered self parking, complimentary in guest room and meeting space wireless internet, in-room guest coffee maker, admission to the health spa and boarding pass printing at the Bell Desk or Concierge Desk.

King Deluxe – $60/night + $30 resort fee (+ taxes)

2 Queens Deluxe – $70/night + $30 resort fee (+taxes)

Mini Suite w King bed and pullout sofa – $110/night + $30 resort fee (+taxes)

Once you have joined the Facebook group for this retreat that I provided above, there are more details on how you can book your room (or if you are not on facebook, once you email me and you are ready to sign up, I can email you the link to reserve your room).

Designers/Vendors

Below is a list of designers and vendors that have signed on so far, but it is subject to change:

Designers

Nancy Wahler of Faithwurks

Susan GreeningDavis of Still Stitchin’

 

Vendors

Stitchery Xpress from Clearfield, Utah – full cross stitch shop

HLC Fabrics from Washington state – hand dyed fabrics

Classes

Susan GreeningDavis of Still Stitchin’ plans to teach 2 classes..a finishing class and a technique workshop and the details of those classes will be posted soon.

Nancy Wahler will be teaching the following class (2 sessions if there is enough interest to do 2):

Short Stack Flat Fold Stitch & Finish – $35

You will have your choice of a Christmas or Halloween design. There will be pre-stitchhing to be done before the retreat, but the kits will be mailed out in plenty of time for you to do that. Then you will complete the finishing in class with instruction from Nancy. The pics below are examples of the Christmas one and the Halloween design will be posted here as well soon:

 

I do sincerely hope you will join us for what I PROMISE will be a great time! You will meet so many great people that share this obsession…oops..I mean hobby…ha ha! 🙂

If you have ANY questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Fae Kuhn on Facebook or send me an email to fae@luv4crosstitch.com. I hope to see you in Reno!!

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Copyright Laws

Copyright laws were something I really had NO clue about until I got into a Facebook cross stitch group. But I became educated on it real quick! Below is a link that was shared to me by a very respected cross stitch designer, Joan Elliott, that explains copyright laws in respects to the cross stitch hobby:

Crafts and Copyrights

It is never okay to make a copy of an original pattern to give to someone else. In doing so, you are hurting the pockets of the wonderful designers who spend many hours making these designs and not earning a lot for them in the first place.

If you want to sell or give an original pattern away after you have stitched it, that is not illegal. However, just take into consideration that you are still hurting the designer by doing so because that is now a pattern that person you gave it to will not buy. It is NEVER okay to make a copy of a PDF to give or sell to someone.

When buying patterns from places other than a local needleshop or reputable online retailers, be very mindful to look for signs that indicate a pattern is not legal and violates copyright laws. It is our duty and responsibility to be aware of these things and to try to support the designers of this industry so that they keep feeding our addiction…errr..I mean hobby!

Here is an article that is very interesting and informative and talks about how you can spot these illegal patterns:

What’s The Big Deal About Copyright

Many designers have quit designing because they get tired of people stealing and selling their designs. When their designs are stolen and sold for someone else’s profit, it no longer is profitable for them to keep designing cross stitch patterns.

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Veteran’s Day Salute – 2018

Happy Veterans Day

American Flag

Honoring Our Veterans

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Why Should We Honor Our Veterans?

In my opinion, there is nothing much more honorable that anyone can do other than be willing to sacrifice their own life for that of another. There are many jobs where people put their lives on the line every day to help others, however, for our military members, it goes a little deeper.

When one decides to serve their country, that is not the only sacrifice they make. There is so much more they end up sacrificing and unless you are a veteran, currently serving, or are a family member of someone that served, this is not something most people understand or have a clue about.

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2018 Cross Stitch Club Retreat Recap – Best Cross Stitch Retreats Around!

Cross Stitch Club Retreat

2018 Cross Stitch Club Retreat Recap – Best Cross Stitch Retreats Around!

I will start this off by apologizing in advance for the “novel” I have written here, but there is JUST so much to say! It is my hopes that I am able to keep you reading the whole way through and not end up like this! If you read to the end, you will see why Cross Stitch Club retreats are the best!

But before I go into the details of the 2018 retreat, I want to tell you just a little about how I got started doing these cross stitch retreats and a few words about the previous ones.

Before I discovered cross stitch groups on Facebook back in 2014, I never knew such a thing existed as cross stitch retreats. It turned out there was a LOT of things I didn’t know about. I didn’t know anything about any designers or about having “stash” or having multiple projects going at the same time (otherwise known as WIPs – Work In Progress).

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2019 Cross Stitch Club Retreat – Nashville, TN (Needlepointers welcome too!)

Come join me and lots of fellow stitchers in Nashville, TN for a rockin’ cross stitch retreat!

Event Details

Where: Hilton Nashville Airport – 2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN

When: August 9th-11th, 2019 (there will also be a Meet and Greet on the evening of Aug 8th, 2019 and the event will end at 12 Noon on Sunday, Aug 11th, 2019)

Registration cost – $170 ($40 of this is a non-refundable deposit)- this covers your entrance to the event for all 3 days as well as a lunch buffet on Friday and a dinner buffet on Saturday evening.

Refund Policy – Full refunds (minus the $40 deposit) can only be given up through June 1st, 2019. Any cancellations between June 2nd, 2019 and July 4th, 2019 will only be refunded for half the registration cost. Any cancellations made after July 4th, 2019 are not eligible for any refund.

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Clare Bray – Cross Stitch Designer

Today I want to introduce you to another great designer in the world of cross stitch.  Her name is Clare Bray of Climbing Goat Designs.  I stumbled upon Clare  through another cross stitcher, Timothy Johnson.

Tim is doing great work with a charity project for the victims and first responders of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL.  I wrote a feature on his story and if you have not read that yet, please take a few minutes to read it here now.  It’s a VERY inspiring story!

Now on to Clare’s story.

Clare lives with her adorable pooch in a lovely area on the southern coast of England.  I asked Clare how she came up with the name of Climbing Goat Designs and this was her response:

” I’d seen pictures and stories about tree-climbing goats in Morocco, and goats teetering precariously up steep cliffs, and thought they were basically awesome! I am crazy about animals and wanted a fun and funky shop name which matched my spirit, and it just fitted!”

I am going to let her Clare tell you her story in her own words. Hope you enjoy!

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Mel Farnsley – Cross Stitcher and Marathon Runner

This feature story is about a member of my Facebook group, Cross Stitch Club. Her name is Mel Farnsley and of course, she loves to cross stitch. I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful woman at the 2015 Cross Stitch Club retreat I hosted in Hershey, PA.

Just in case you are not aware yet and are interested, I am hosting the next retreat this coming September in Harrisburg, PA and you can find more information on that by joining the Facebook group 2018 Cross Stitch Club Retreat. I also have started to plan for our 2019 Cross Stitch Club Retreat to be held in Nashville, TN in August 2019. You can join the 2019 Cross Stitch Club Retreat on Facebook to keep up on details for that one as well.

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Ursula Michael – Cross Stitch Designer, Publisher and Book Author

Who is Ursula Michael?

I am going to begin this story about how I first got to know who Ursula Michael is. When I became admin of the Facebook group Cross Stitch Club, I wanted to create a logo for our group. So I began to search on Google looking for the right image. The first one I came across that caught my attention was this one:

Let’s Cross Stitch

 

I posted the picture to the group and asked what they thought. A group member commented, “That is one of Ursula Michael’s designs so you had better get her permission.” At this time, I really didn’t fully understand the copyright laws and such, but I quickly became really well versed in them! LOL

I looked for Ursula on Facebook and I sent her a message asking her if I could use this design. She said that if I bought the pattern and had someone stitch it and then took a picture of it, I had her permission to use it.

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Heather Maraldo – One of A Kind Baby Designs

I want to introduce you to a cross stitch designer, Heather Maraldo,  that I just recently had the pleasure of getting to know. Her name is Heather Maraldo. Back in the beginning of November, I had attended a little cross stitch retreat in Allentown where a group of about 40 or so stitchers got together for a weekend of fun and stitching.

Meet Heather Maraldo

 

Heather was at that retreat, but I really did not get the chance to meet her at that time. Then a couple weeks later I was searching on Google for a baby birth sampler to do for a co-worker that is about to have a baby.

I let my co-worker choose a design she liked and this is what she had chosen.

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Learn To Cross Stitch – Great Tips To Get You Started!

Whether you are 7 or 70, male or female, anyone can learn to cross stitch. I learned when I was 14 and was taught by my mother.

What materials do I need?

Here is a list of the basic materials you will need to get started. If you start with a kit, some of these materials will be included in the kit:

  1. Scissors
  2. Needle
  3. Pattern (included in a kit)
  4. Fabric (included with a kit)
  5. Thread (included with a kit)
  6. Q Snap frame, hoop or scroll rod frame

Now let’s talk about a couple of these materials.

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