Well, I have managed to get in three posts this month! I wasn’t sure I could.
I just returned from a weekend at the Heartland Region Mini-Seminar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There were no classes at this one so we had a slightly smaller group than usual, but it is always fun to get together, stitch and laugh!
Four of us drove down from the Twin Cities to attend and on the way we stopped in Waverly, Iowa at Fiberworks. This is a fun little shop with just about every type of stitching you can imagine plus quilt fabric. The women in the shop were very nice and helpful. Their offerings are eclectic and if you happen to be in that area of Iowa it is a very short drive off the main road to downtown Waverly. Check the website before you go for their current hours.
I have been eager to try stitching on 40 count gauze and picked up a kit from The Crossed Wing Collection. They had several bird options so it was hard to choose. The kit includes just about everything you need except for the final finishing materials. I also picked up a pattern by Blackbird Designs called Christmas Garden along with a few other odds and ends like new tapestry petites, which I like to stitch with better than the full size needles.
After our arrival in Cedar Rapids two of us had a meeting to attend. It was a quick one so we had time to go to the Village Needlework Shop in nearby Marion before dinner. This shop also had a variety of needlework items, everything from yarn, knitting and crochet supplies, needlepoint, cross stitch and all of the fabric and floss you might want or need. They had an interesting way of displaying their fabric. Instead of folding up their yardage on a shelf, they hung it up on hangers, much like you would see in a clothing store. They would then cut to size whatever you needed. Each of the four of us made a purchase and helped the local economy!
I did not go home with an Opportunity Basket this time around, but I did win a silent auction item. It's an old Winterthur kit for a sewing roll. The copyright on the box says 1989 so I imagine you can no longer purchase it directly from them.
You are probably wondering if I did any stitching at this weekend event! I did manage to finish one of my Mary Wigham motifs. But now I am home again and back to working on the model I am stitching.