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I am really enjoying having a project that I look forward to stitching. As you can see I am making great progress.

I decided to do the white in Kreinik #8 braid, 032. It adds a little sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t show . It does look good. I’ll be done soon.

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I am loving this WONKY STAR. I used a different stitch pattern in all 9 red points. Now I am repeating all the same stitch patterns in the blue areas. I took this with me this last weekend when I went to visit my son and actually spent some time stitching. I am not sure what thread I will do the white in. I am thinking maybe something with a little sparkle…..

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It’s been two weeks since I last posted. One of those weeks was spent on vacation in Florida. Universal Studios….The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was wonderful. I am now the proud owner of an official magic wand. I walked my feet off, ate wonderful food and did not gain a pound. Miracles do happen once in a while.

My stitching “stuff” isn’t completely together yet, but I’m getting close. I continue to work on bookmarks. I even made two while on vacation.

In trying to get my projects in order I have become infected with the bug called “I have so many projects started I don’t know what to stitch.” I have several “have to” projects That I just don’t want to do right now. I really want to start something new…….

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It was a great 3 day adventure. I left early (4am) Thursday morning. I am about two hours from the Tucson airport and I has a 7:55am flight to Denver. It was on time and I arrived in Denver at 9:30am. I met up with three other stitchers. All of us arriving within 20 minutes. One from Chicago, two from Sacramento. We picked up a large rental car and headed to The Stitching Shop. Shopping was first on the list. What a great shop but very hard on the wallet. Then on to Diversions, another needlepoint shop. With wallets a lot lighter we had a late lunch on the way to Colorado Springs.

A two day pilot class for Toni Gerdes and one for Jennifer Riefenberg we’re being held at The Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. What a beautiful mountain retreat. This is the view I had from my room.

After dinner out with friends. We hit the sack, anxious for class the next day. Two of us were taking Jennifer’s class and two were taking Toni’s class.

I was in Toni’s class ABYSS. This is her companion to FIRE AND ICE, which I have already done. Here is her finished piece. This will be taught at the ANG Seminar in Houston this coming August.

I had two wonderful days of stitching. Here is where I got to:

Notice the Needle minder. It was in our goody bag. I have never had a magnet of the piece I was stitching. I think this is so cool. They were specially made.

After Saturday’s class we loaded up the car, headed back to Denver to catch a ” red eye” home. I arrived home at 1:30am………very tired but very excited about stitching again. Today is a day of unpacking, laundry and stitching.

For those who can’t remember what FIRE AND ICE looks like here is Toni’s finished piece. When ABYSS is finished I will have then framed as a pair.

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