Monday, May 4, 2015

Prim Stitchers Society Retreat

Hey, Friends!

Remember me?  Yes, I’m still stitching, but have primarily been working on Beth Twist, of Heartstring Samplery, His Eye is on the Sparrow.  It was my 2015 New Year’s start, and the goal was to finish a page per month.  Very close to finishing page four, but my intent was to finish it at the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat.  

The retreat was so much fun that stitching over one wasn’t happening!  The group was started by Dixie Samplar, and is a Facebook based membership group if you’re interested in Primitive design stitching. 

And speaking of the PSS Retreat…  It was a ball!  The inaugural retreat was held in Williamsburg, Virginia.  I believe the farthest traveled attendees were from Canada.  There was a nice stitcher’s lounge open 24 hours from arrival on Thursday to leaving on Sunday.  Stitchers at our table were Beth, Holly, Pat, Jeanne.  Front right to left : Nan, Elizabeth, Cindy , Faye, and me (Charlene). We asked Ridgley to join us for this photo - since it was hard to catch her not on the run!

There were two classes.  On Friday was Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.  The project was a Huswife Necklace.  Lori's teaching style is full of personality!  My finish is below.
Lori and Joan

My Huswife Necklace

My Huswife inside 

On Saturday was Punch Needle with Kathy Barrick.  Now I had tried punch before, but was never able to get the threads to stay in the fabric.  Kathy was such an awesome teacher, she worked with me until I was able to get a partial start.  Nowhere near finished, but at least started!  Practice, practice, practice...


There was Merchant Mall on Friday and Saturday, 12:30 to 5:30.  Oh, my goodness!  I noticed some great pictures at Notforgotten Farm. I’ll try to list the ones I remember and purchased from.  I mean NO disrespect if any are omitted!

Carolina Stitcher – Faye  
Dames of the Needle - Elizabeth   

Valley Needleworks - Jennifer

Books ‘n More -Mary Ann Locklear 

Dixie Sampler - Terri

 Nebby Needle – Bonnie Woomer

After the closing banquet, we had the raffle drawing.  It was a beautiful box created by Nan Lewis, of Threadwork Primitives.  I didn't take a photo and haven't been able to find one.  

Then the exchange – for those wishing to participate. Mine was from one of our table mates, Cindy.  It’s a lovely pin pillow – Love 1724 – with three hand made pins.  It was finished by Nan, and is nicely done – trimmed with chenille and so tightly stuffed.  Thank you again, Cindy.  I love it!  

In parting everyone received a gift bag filled with very nice things!  The PSS Retreat was designed by Threadwork Primitives, Nan Lewis.  The finished piece is below.

And so on Sunday it was time to take off for home.  Next year's event will be in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Terri said she will try to announce the specific dates within the next week or so.

I sure hope Terri, Ridgley, Christina and all the others who worked so hard to pull this event off know how much we appreciate all their hard work.They did a fabulous job, and I am already looking forward to year!

Happy Stitching!



  1. Great pictures, sure looks like it was a fantastic time. I plan on attending the Altanta PSS retreat. How can I now afternoon er seeing all the fun that was had.

  2. Sounds like a great time! You got some great stash, too!

  3. Yeah!!! Thanks for all the photos and update~~ was so good to hang out with you and stitch❤️ enjoy that bag and let's get together again soon!! Xoxo

  4. What a great time you all had. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gorgeous post! It was such a pleasure to meet you!!!

  6. A beautiful finish. Looks like you have a great time. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

  7. Wow, what an awesome retreat you had! I loved seeing your photos of all of those charts, trims, buttons, etc. My kind of goodies!

  8. I can tell from all those big smiles, what fun everyone had, Charlene! Your gift from Cindy is so lovely--I'm sure you can hardly wait for next year's retreat :)

  9. Looks like a wonderful Retreat! Lots of fun treats and classes! Good for you! Is that a different haircut? You look great!

  10. It appears as if every one had a lovely time! I'm so happy for you all! What fun!


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