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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

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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Must Have Tools for Cross Stitching!

If you are just beginning to cross stitch, you might think that all you need is just a needle and thread and you are good to go, right?

I know that is what I thought and continued to think for many years, but then I joined a Facebook group  for stitchers and boy, did I find out how much more there is to make my cross stitching so much more fun!

I am now admin of a great Facebook group called Cross Stitch Club…please come join us if you are not yet a member!  It’s a great and caring community of stitchers from around the world and we have a lot of fun!

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Hoops, Q Snaps or Scroll Rod Frames?

Hoops, Q Snap Frames, or Scroll Rod Frames?

If you are just starting the wonderful hobby of cross stitching, chances are you have no clue what a Q Snap frame is.  I know I didn’t!  But now I do and I LOVE them!  Most likely you know what a hoop is, but maybe not so I will talk a bit about them first.  Here is a cross stitch hoop. These are what I started stitching on.

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