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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Cross stitching is an amazing, relaxing and rewarding hobby. But for some, it is more than just a hobby. It is a way to give back to a community, raise awareness, and to show support or to make gifts for friends and family. I know personally, I get great satisfaction and joy stitching things for others more than I do for myself.
Below you will find cross stitch retreats being held all over the world. If you are hosting or know of any other retreats that are not on this list, please email me all the details to email@example.com and I will gladly add it.
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