First of all, thank you for taking the time to visit this page and see what it is all about. Let me first give you a little history on what this project is and how it got started. As I began to plan my first Cross Stitch Club retreat in 2015, I decided that I wanted to do a fundraiser and I decided to choose the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, PA.
If you aren’t familiar with what the Ronald McDonald House foundation does, their main focus is providing families with a place to stay when their children have to be put in a hospital far from home. There are over 300 Ronald McDonald Houses and Family rooms throughout the world!
Early in 2015, I contacted the Hershey RMH and told them of my plans to have a fundraiser for their House and of course they were very appreciative and excited. One of the designers that I asked to be a guest designer for this retreat was Ursula Michael. If you are not familiar with her work, she does a lot of word designs. She takes a theme and then makes the shape of that theme with words that have to do with that theme. This is one of my favorites that I used for making t-shirts for another fundraiser I did for the PA Wounded Warrior, Inc at our 2016 retreat:
Never been to a cross stitch retreat? Never even know such a thing existed?? Well, that was me up until about 4 years ago!
I want to start this off by saying, if you have ever attended one of my retreats, please leave a comment below with a few words summing up your thoughts and experience so that others can hear how much fun they are :). Thanks!
Now for those of you that don’t know me or have never been to one of my retreats, I started hosting retreats for my Facebook cross stitch group called Cross Stitch Club Originals back in 2015. I came home one day and said to my husband “you might think I’m crazy, but I have been thinking about trying to organize a cross stitch retreat”..and he looked at me and said, “yup, you are crazy”. LOL But the idea got stuck in my head and I started talking about it in my group and everyone was like “YES, please do it!”. So it began.
2015 Cross Stitch Club retreat
The first retreat was a year and a half in the planning and the anticipation was serious agony for everyone! But that time was well worth it as about 175 cross stitchers came together from all over (included one from the UK and about 4 from Canada) for a weekend of stitching and fun! Many friendships were forged. We had the honor of having Ursula Michael and Joan Elliott joining us and mingling with their “fans”.
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