Friday, May 05, 2017

VS Retreat - 2017

All through the cold, snowy winter and the dreary, wet spring I've been comforted by the thought that the Victoria Sampler retreat was coming up the end of April and I'd be driving and seeing friends and stitching for three days. Believe me, it was worth the wait!

The last retreat I attended was in 2011 and Thea was ready to be done with organizing retreats. But she ended up having another after a year's break and then this year is the 20th anniversary of VS so another retreat was necessary to celebrate. Thea and her crew of Lisa and Kathleen went all out for the 20th anniversary celebration. The venue was the Harbour Towers, as usual, but this year the hotel offered a different classroom in a new wing on the second floor, bigger with perfect lighting! It was the best! The only thing I missed was the amazing view from the upper floors of the hotel.

But before getting to Victoria, I stopped overnight Wednesday in Lacey to visit my dear friend Connie. No matter how long in between visits, we always pick up right where we left off and don't skip a beat. Guess that's from having been friends since 1977!

Next day I drove up to Port Angeles to catch the Coho ferry, a 90 minute ride that takes you right to the Inner Harbour of Victoria. While waiting I was watching and watching for my friend Jo-Celle who I thought would be coming at the same time. Boarding time came and no Jo-Celle. So I got on the ferry and settled for a bit, then I took a little walk. Guess who almost didn't make the ferry, having been detained by a very well-meaning priest she was visiting before catching the Coho! But Jo-Celle made it and we had a grand time gabbing while rocking and rolling over the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Probably the roughest sailing I've had yet! The sun was shining, but the wind was whipping up the water something fierce.

As soon as we entered the lobby, stitching friends began to appear and the retreat was off to a fun start.

 This was my table, I'm there on the far left. We were the "naughty table" having way too much fun to stop for instruction, lol!

Here you can see the large windows. With the great overhead lighting, I never used my Ott light the entire retreat!

Marty and Jo-Celle

Beth and Brenda

Me and Rita
Of course, there were goodies that appeared at the table. Here's my haul.

And gifts from attendees:

And I couldn't leave the VS Studio without purchasing one new design!

I even made some progress on the retreat project!

The top of the project

The bottom

I was the only brave soul to stitch the project on a different linen than the sand Cashel that came in the kit. While it looks great on the sand, I'm really happy with my change to smokey pearl. The white stitches really pop off the linen!

On Saturday evening we had a special anniversary dinner all together at the hotel and Thea gave us all a very special gift, which I've not taken a photo of yet. Stay tuned for my next post when I'll share.

Happy stitching!


Robin in Virginia said...

Von, it sounded like you had a wonderful time at the retreat. What a wonderful venue for stitchers! Enjoy your weekend!

Vickie said...

This looks like a wonderfully fun time. :D The last picture is so very pretty.

valerie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the retreat! How wonderful! I just love the colors in the retreat piece!

Pamela said...

What fun! Your project is gorgeous.

Barb said...

What a fun time you had! I love taking that ferry. We have done that trip several times.

Marilyn said...

How great that you got to go to the VS retreat!
I bet it was awesome.
What a pretty project, I would've picked a different color also, it's very pretty on Smokey pearl.
Can't wait to see what the special gift is. :)

Melinda Forbes said...

It looks as if you had the most wonderful time. Thank you for sharing, I can think of no better way to spend the weekend

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Retreats always look wonderful! I am quite envious of you all.

I love the fabric you chose for the design too, it gives a different look to your project.

Jo-Celle is an unusual name, do you know the origin? From one Jo to another! I am Joanne which I notice Americans often spell Joann or Jo-Ann or even Joan!

Julie said...

What a treat, they look a nice bunch of friends.