I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching at the Embroiderers Guild of America National Seminar in 2017! The announcement came out in the June issue of EGA's Needle Arts Magazine. I have heard the comment in the past that you've not really "made it" as a teacher until you teach at nationals. I guess I am official now!
I personally have so many things for which I am thankful. My wonderful husband and beautiful daughters. (Not that I am prejudiced, mind you.) A new house and a relatively sane move. It was rough at times, but well worth it. My teaching career which is taking off at an astonishing rate. I am so excited to be teaching all of those classes next year. Even my 16 year old fur ball of a cat is healthy and settled in to the new house.
We are lucky enough to be able to travel to my parent's house for the holiday. My sister and her family will be there as well. I think my Mom is so thrilled she could burst. with all of the grandchildren grown and moving out this probably won't happen many more times.
I think we need to focus on the good out there rather than the upsetting things happening in the world. Be informed, yes, but then turn the news OFF. Don't dwell in it. Go out and enjoy your family, or friends, or out earth, or all of the above.
Blessings to you all.
It was a wild weather weekend here in South Carolina. In the upstate we were fortunate to be spared the worst of the storm. We had a lot of rain and wind and lost power for part on one day, but that was it. The midlands and coast were inundated with rain. It will take a long time to get anywhere close to normal there. They are going to need a lot of help and prayers.
On the stitching side of life, I've finished the chart for my big new band sampler tentatively named Rhapsody in White, and have booked two more classes; a beginner class at my new LNS Pandas Crossing in Maulden, SC in February, and the Rocky Mountain Region Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado next August. Things are moving along again now that we've settled in from our move.
We have arrived in South Carolina and are slowly but surely unpacking all of the boxes and arranging our furniture. I've now arrived at the rather daunting task of putting pictures and needle work up on my walls. We lived in our last house for 20 years and the wall arrangements evolved over time. Now I am faced with a lot of completely bare walls, and many framed pieces stacked against them. Where to start? My needle work from the last 30 years combined with photographs of my growing family have created an abundance of riches. I'm not complaining, I love them all. I think this will take a lot of thought and patience - especially from my husband as he will have to do all of the heavy work!
I am thrilled to be able to publish one more design before our big move. Spring Garden was designed specially to fit in a standard 5 X 7 frame or mat. I know how very expensive framing can be and I am trying to make as many of my framed designs fit into standard frames as I possibly can. Some of them just refuse to be standard, though. :-) It is a perfect design for someone who would like to begin working with specialty stitches. Don't let the name "specialty stitches" scare you. They come up in one hole and down in another just like a cross stitch. The length and direction just vary. You CAN do them! It is worked with satin stitches, backstitching, and a few small eyelets. More experienced specialty stitchers will enjoy it with ease. It is on sale in my shop now and will be in stores soon.
Speaking of the move, I will not be processing orders from August 17th through August 30th. Either get your orders in soon or wait until after the 30th. For a good portion of that time my office will be packed away into boxes and traveling from Minnesota to South Carolina. Then I have to find it all and set it up again. Ugh.....
I am just one row away from finishing a new white work band sampler. This one is much larger and will be in the intermediate level. It looks like it will end up being close to 11 X 14 inches. It uses a lot of stitches and I think it will take several weeks to chart. For those of you who have been wanting a bigger more involved piece, it is on its way!
Here are some photos of my Alaskan Cruise. It was indeed a grand adventure! I've been enjoying my time at home and have been very productive. I've worked several bands on my new whitework sampler and have completed writing a chart. I'll send it off to some pilot stitchers and will finally be publishing another design! There is a little sneak peek below with the Alaska photos.
I am finally back home again after a month of traveling. I first went to Simpsonville, SC to close on our new house. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Greenville area and discovering what is nearby. All too soon I had to fly back to Minnesota to put our current house up on the market. The best I can say about this experience is that it has convinced me that I never want to move again! Three short days later I was off to Sanibel Island, Florida for my niece Lindsay's wedding. That was a lovely weekend. The weather was beautiful and the wedding was perfect. The only hitch was the sea turtle nest right next to the wedding venue. We had to watch carefully where we walked!
After the wedding I taught at the Carolinas EGA Regional Seminar in Asheville, NC. The class was so much fun, and the mountain views were breathtaking. Are we done yet?
I was able to return to Minnesota for a few days to endure several more showings of our house, then it was off to Chicago to move my daughter home from college. Getting tired yet? But wait, there's more......
Back to Minnesota for three more days, a bunch of house showings and off to Vancouver, Canada for an Alaskan cruise. The cruise was planned before all of the rest of this craziness came up. What can I say about an Alaskan cruise? Wow. That's about it. I will upload some Alaska pictures in the next few days. I'm still trying to catch up on everything here....and endure yet more house showings. But soon hopefully the house will sell and I can move down to SC and get off of this crazy ride!
I am sitting here enjoying the view from the porch of my new house. The view is lovely and very quiet. It will be changing quite a bit over the next few years as more and more houses are built. I think I'll take a picture every month or so just to keep a record of the changes. I am in love with my new house, town, and state. So far everything we find makes us even happier that we are making this move. Now I just have to go back to Minnesota and sell our other house. There are many people, places, and things I will miss, but it is time for some new horizons.
I had the privilege of teaching two classes at the Heartland EGA Regional Seminar at the end of April. I must say that these were two of the best groups of students that I have taught. They were hard workers and quick learners! And thankfully, everyone was at the right skill level for the class. It is so difficult to teach when you have a beginner signed up for an advanced class. That was not a problem here. The seminar committee did a great job of choosing a location with wonderful natural light. I can easily forgive the sluggish elevators and tiny bathrooms when the stitching rooms have great light.
Next I'm off to teach at the Carolina Regional Seminar. I've already been in contact with several of the ladies in that class and it looks to be another great group. Yes, I really do love teaching. If you are curious about where I will be teaching in the future, I've put a list of classes and seminars on my Teaching Info page.
Here are photos of the projects taught at Heartland:
This has been one whirlwind of a week. On Sunday Randy and I flew down to Greenville, SC. We met with a realtor and spent Monday and Tuesday looking at neighborhoods and touring houses. On Wednesday WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! I still can't quite grasp it. We have been planning to move for a few years, but now it is real. It is a new house in a new subdivision in Simpsonville which if just out side Greenville. I am thrilled to be headed to a place where winter is a minor inconvenience, not a way of life. There are many people and places I will miss in Minnesota. I'll write more about those later.
Tomorrow is another big day for me. It is my 49th birthday. Really. Not 49 and holding. The real 49. When we were going through security at the Greenville airport this morning, the TSA agent wished me a happy birthday. How fun is that?
Terri Bay is a needlework teacher, designer, wife, and mother. This blog will probably contain bits about all of the above - especially the furry member of the household. (The cat, that is)