Dazzling Delights!

This past weekend our Chapter hosted Janeann Sleeman who taught the Dazzling Delights needlepoint class.  This intermediate class focuses on embellishments using beads, sequins and other embellishments with a strong emphasis on beading.  
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The class kit.  Those water hose looking items are used in the butterfly.
Janeann started the class by sharing her introduction to needlepoint (thanks to a mother-in-law who wanted needlepoint chair cushions) and her eventual path to teaching.  Janeann's professional history as a former executive combined with her love of needlework makes her a very intuitive and effective instructor.  The class not only included instruction on the skills being taught but many tips and tricks to avoid common stitching and embellishing pitfalls.  Even our most experienced class member came away with valuable learnings from this class.
Class was held at the lovely and historic Bensel House.  
Janeann demonstrating a beading skill.

Theresa's canvas in progress.
Lunch was catered by Brenda from the Flying J.  Unfortunately we were too busy eating lunch to take a photo but a picture of one of the desserts is pictured below.  Delicious!
Theresa brought her Candy Claus project which Janeann taught previously for our Chapter.
Janeann graciously offered a quick demonstration on trimming turkey work.
All done!  Didn't get a  close up but this project will be in our exhibit next month.
Janeann also brought the models for a couple of other classes she teaches.  This Chocolate Bunny was the topic of much conversation!
All of the projects were exquisitely stitched and finished.



Thank you Janeann for another wonderful class!  It was a great day for duClay!  


2014 Annual Summer Stitch In

The duClay Chapter held its annual stitch in on June 7th .  It was held at Westminster Woods retirement community on Julington Creek.  We were hosted by member Cathe who is a resident and lunch was served.  It was well attended by 13 members and 1 guest.  We were delighted to have our Central Florida plurals Carol R, Carol P and Linda F come up again this year.

As always, besides stitching there was much ogling over the WIP’s and finished pieces on display.
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Members were asked to bring any finishes they have for the year - particularly any WIP Challenge finishes - and any in progress projects they'd like to share.  As always, our members have been very prolific!  Let's look at what they brought!

On display were a beautiful counted canvas work piece finished into a cube by JoyceAnne.
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Ellen's finished duClay class piece “Shakespeares Garden Sweet Bag” shown with Melody B’s chapter SAL Snooty Parrots.
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Garden Gate by Shepherds Bush framed and stitched by Kris and her Just Nan Baby Sampler.  Kris also stitched Mini Quaker Stitches by Jeanette Douglas.
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Loretta’s Plum Street finish - Vickor and Irina.
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Carol P’s framed and finished Ooh La La and a tiny Downton needlecase accessory set.
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The framed piece is also by Carol P by Rosewood Manor and the WIP counted canvas piece below is by JoyceAnne.  Carol won a blue ribbon in her local fair and a 3rd place grand prize for this project!   Congratulations Carol P!
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This in progress counted canvas piece is also JoyceAnne’s.
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A completed Autumn at HRH by Carol P.
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Carol P’s “I Sigh not for Beauty” which was a SAL with her Mt. Dora stitching group.  Under it is a tiny sampler school sampler also by Carol P.  For comparison is Carol R’s almost completed “I Sigh not for Beauty” using the same threads but on a Vintage Lakeside Linen.  Interesting how different they look.
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Carol P's The Ann Bowers Sampler by The Examplarery. This was a 2013 SAL with The Attic.
Jane Tindall stitched by Carol P.
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Last is a look at the lovely goodie bags each attendee received from our President Kris.  We also offered two drawings – one for attendance which was won by Carol P. and another for members who have finished a challenge piece which was won by Ruth.
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The work done by the members of this chapter is amazing!  We hope to have even more attendees next year come and join the fun.  Thank you Cathe for hosting this event!