Been a while since you have attended a cross stitch retreat due to COVID 19? Never attended a cross stitch retreat but want to? Then you don’t want to miss this retreat coming up this October in warm and sunny Myrtle Beach, SC! I promise lots of fun and you will have the chance to make new friends and memories to last a lifetime. If you are looking to take some simple classes to learn something new, we will have that too! You will have fun and walk away from it looking forward to the next one!
I have a Facebook group set up to be able to provide details and to communicate with members attending so if you are on Facebook, please join the group by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2021cscOriginalsRetreat
I know not everyone is on Facebook and you do not have to be on Facebook to be able to attend the retreat. All the details are as follows and if you have any questions, you can email me at email@example.com.
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center
2101 N Oak St
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577Dates:
October 4th – Meet & Greet – 6pm – 10pm
October 5th, 6th and 7th – 7am – 11:59pm – stitching, games, classes, etc
$165 (+$5 if using Paypal or debit/credit card to cover processing fee) – $30 non-refundable deposit is required as a minimum to reserve your place at this event.
When you are ready to make your deposit or pay registration in full, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invoice. Please include your full name (as it is on Facebook) and the city and state that you are from in the body of the email. If you wish to pay by check or money order, please indicate that in the email and I will send you my mailing address.
If you choose to pay by check, I will still send you an invoice, but once I have received your check in the mail, I will mark the invoice as paid in full amount has been sent, or if it is a partial payment, I will credit the amount paid towards the invoice. When the invoice has been paid in full, it will be marked as such and it will serve as your receipt.I ask that payment be made in full no later than September 15, 2021. The registration cost covers the rental of our event space for 3 full days, the cost of hors d’oeuvres for meet and greet, and 2 other meals..most likely a lunch (or a brunch) on one day and dinner on the other. As we get closer to event time, I will be asking for input on the menu. I will also have a document in the files section for you to comment any special dietary needs you may have such as celiac, gluten intolerant, or any other allergies you may have as well as being a vegetarian. I will make every attempt to try to accommodate all dietary needs.
You will also get door prize tickets as well as a complimentary event tote bag.
I have made arrangements that we will have our meals in a separate place from where we stitch so that at no time will we have to completely clear out and clean up until the very end of our event.
Your registration cost includes a $30 non-refundable deposit. If you need to cancel for any reason and you paid more than the $30 deposit, if you request the refund prior to Wednesday, June 30, 2021, you will receive a full refund (minus the $30 non-refundable deposit).
If you request a refund between July 1 and August 31, 2021, you will receive a refund of ½ of what you have paid. No refunds will be given after September 1, 2021.
Hotel Room Rates
To get information on the room rates for our event and how you can make your reservation, you will need to join the Facebook group I mentioned above or send an email to me at email@example.com
Hotel Parking If you are a guest staying at the hotel, you will get complimentary free parking. If you are local and not staying at the Sheraton, the parking fee per day is $8.
Unfortunately, the Sheraton does not have a free airport shuttle service. However, the airport is not very far from the hotel. An Uber would cost approx. $12-$14 one way from the airport to the hotel. If you will be flying into the Myrtle Beach airport, I will set up a document for you to post the day and time of arrival as well as your departure so that if there are others arriving close to the same time, you can share a ride or possibly I can get volunteers to come pick members up.
Our guest designers will both be teaching classes. The classes are optional and do cost a little extra and have to be signed up for in advance. In order to sign up for any classes, you do need to have at least half of your registration fee paid first. Once you have done that, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate what class(es) you would like to sign up for. I will then send you an invoice and I ask that you pay it immediately. If you are signing up for the Mermaid or Wild Strawberries classes, please make sure you indicate if you prefer Aida or linen fabric. If you are signing up for Susan’s Lil’ Cutie class, please indicate if you want Aida or linen to stitch on for the band. The cut-off to sign up for any classes will be Friday, September 3rd, 2021.
Classes by Susan GreeningDavis
Gadget Gal – Duration time: 45 minutes Cost: $15/person
Come and share some time with Susan Greening Davis talking and showing how to use many different gadgets for your cross stitch! It is fun-filled with old and new items! Susan will have this gadgety gift for all that attend!
Lil’ Cutie – Duration time: 2 hours Cost: $45 (all supplies provided for this class)
You will love this one! Cross stitch on linen, or Aida banding. Yummy threads and you will learn -start to finish- how fun this is. The wooden sides were made specifically for Susan. When it is finished it will hold an altoid tin!
Classes by Dawn from Morning Glory Needleworks
Mermaid Fair Class Duration – 2 hours Cost: $30 Minimum participants needed: 5 Maximum Participants: 30
The verse on this lovely pincushion is taken from the poem The Mermaid by Alfred Lord Tennyson. During the half-day class students will learn 3 specialty stitches: Satin Stitch, Chain Stitch, and Mosaic Stitch. Optional instructions will be included to stitch the pincushion without using the specialty stitches. A complete alphabet for personalization will be included. There will also be an option to stitch “2021 Cross Stitch Club Retreat” instead of the Mermaid verse. The design area of this enchanting pincushion is 3” high X 5” wide. This design could also be framed or made into a needlebook. The pincushion will be stitched on a beautiful Caribbean Blue fabric in a choice of 28 count Jobelan or 14 count Jobelan Aida. Your kit includes detailed instructions, chart, Jobelan or Aida fabric, 4 shades of DMC Variations, Mill Hill Crystal Aqua beads, charm, backing fabric, and needle. Students should bring the usual stitching supplies such as scissors, laying tool, extra magnification, and lighting if needed.
Wild Strawberries Pincushion – Class Duration – 3 hours Cost – $30 Minimum participants needed: 5 Maximum Participants: 30
Just like in the wild, no two of the strawberries on this pincushion are alike. Each of the four strawberries will give the stitcher a small “taste” of a new stitch without being overwhelmed. The strawberries will be stitched in Captive Cross, Arrowhead, Cross with Bar, and Two-Sided Italian stitches.
Students will also learn how to attach vintage buttons using Lazy Daisy and cross stitches. The Wild Strawberries Pincushion will be stitched using DMC floss on your choice of 14 count cream Aida or 30 count Angel Hair linen from Weeks Dye Works. Kit includes linen/aida, 7 full skeins of DMC floss, fabric
for backing, vintage buttons, needle, and detailed instructions. Students should bring the usual stitching supplies such as scissors, laying tool, extra magnification, and lighting if needed.
Beginning Pulled Thread Pincushion Class Duration – 2 hours Cost: $20 Minimum participants needed: 5 Maximum Participants: 30
This is a small sampler for those who wish to go beyond basic cross-stitch or would like to learn to stitch on linen. Pulled thread is just what the name implies – pulling the threads tight in each step of the stitch. The pulling creates holes that will give the piece a lacy look. This sampler will give the stitcher the very basics of pulled thread work before trying a more complicated piece. Stitches used are Algerian Eyelet, Nun’s Stitch, Cross Stitch, Pulled Satin, and Eyelet. Complete directions are included for each stitch plus an alphabet for personalizing the piece. Your kit will include a light color linen, coordinating Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petite thread, and backing fabric.
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:
If you are not on Facebook, you can send me an email to email@example.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):
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 ($25) 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 – $55/night + $25 resort fee (+ taxes)
Mini Suite w King bed and pullout sofa – $95/night + $25 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).
Below is a list of designers and vendors that have signed on so far, but it is subject to change:
Stitchery Xpress from Clearfield, Utah – full cross stitch shop
HLC Fabrics from Washington state – hand dyed fabrics
Let’s Finish The Stitching!!!! – taught by Susan GreeningDavis of Still Stitchin’ – $35 – 1 1/2 hrs
Tuesday June 16th- 9:30-11:00am – max of 24 (if class fills up and there is at least 10 additional people interested, a second class can be scheduled)
Susan Greening Davis is the “queen” of self-finishing projects!
During her lecture you will see samples, get a booklet with LOTS of information, and a tote with a bit of stitching to attach that you will keep all of your finishing items in.
She will have a list of the necessary items that she will show you-so you can get started right away. This class sold out twice at the 2019 Nashville retreat! Don’t miss it!
Gadget Gal Returns! – taught by Susan GreeningDavis of Still Stitchin’ – $25- 45 minutes
Wednesday, June 17th – 9-9:45 – max of 35
Come join Susan Greening Davis, the original Gadget Gal, for old, new and just fun “stitchy” stuff.
You will have a great time and go away with a gift from Susan -this pre-made needle booklet, six sided-like a historical one.
Wednesday, June 17th – 1-2:30 – max 15 (if class fills up, an additional class can be scheduled)
We all know how expensive framing can get!
In this class you will learn the very basics of how to do your own framing using standard size frames. Fae will show both the pinning and lacing techniques. You will need to bring a finished cross stitch that can be framed in a 5×7 frame or if you don’t have anything that size, you can bring a piece of fabric to just practice and learn with. All supplies will be provided to mount your cross stitch onto the foamcore and to be ready to put in a frame. If you want to completely finish the framing in class, you will need to bring your own frame.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you in Reno!!
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:
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:
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.
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.
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).
Come join me and lots of fellow stitchers in Nashville, TN for a rockin’ cross stitch retreat!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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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