I took Blossom Collector along with me, and did manage to get quite a bit done on her:
Now she just needs her legs, some "swirls" and beads; it shouldn't take too long, but a new model came in just before the retreat so I'm going to work on that for a while. Happily, it's a relatively small pattern, so I'm hoping it will only take three or four weeks to complete.
Nora has designed a new Mirabilia free pattern, which will be released by Wichelt at some point in the future. As a retreat attendee, I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy, along with the silks and beads needed for it:
I'm thinking I'll stitch her up after I finish Blossom, unless the new Mira being released in four days calls to me to start it first. I also have now received all three parts of the Wherefore Art Thou design, as well as the over-dyed threads...I will never live long enough to stitch all the Miras that I want to!
I won a door prize as well, a cute little bobbin needle minder and a pretty needle threader:
As in previous years, Nora brought along some paintings, which were sold by silent auction. Here are the ones I came home with:
The two on the right are from an awesome "series" she did in which she used old newspaper advertisements that her mother drew in the 1970s, then painted over and around them; I absolutely love them!
Here's a picture of the amazing group of women (and Kenny!!) who attended this year (Nora is in black in the front bottom center):
I'm already looking forward to next year's retreat, where the theme is going to be Alice in Wonderland.
Now it's time to catch up on some sleep, get some chores done around the house and then get to work on the model. Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!