Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Perfect Pairing

I am just back from Salty Yarns Fall Jamboree in Ocean City, MD!

Let me tell you, this is one great retreat: fun stitchers against the perfect stitching backdrop...the beach! I've loads of pictures if you can stand it!

Last Fall, Sara (Salty Yarns) asked me (Hands On) and Rachel & Cecile (Just Another Button Co) to come teach at the Fall Jamboree (this is one hoppin' shop - tons of retreats & events!). We decided it would be fun to "pair up" on our projects & have pears as our theme. I think it all came together very well, don't you think so?

Here is a closer look at my project (I know we said pears...but I had to throw in an apple for the teacher!)
Here we all are! (including the newest Miss Button - Anna!) Each of us taught a class...we spent 3 hours with a group & then we all rotated between classrooms. A shout out to Sara's son who toted the big items between classrooms!  
Talk about a room with a view! We could not have asked for more perfect October weather!
I knew that Salty Yarns was right on the OC Boardwalk (it's one thing to know this & another to actually be there!)
I learned so much of the history of not just Salty Yarns, but The Lankford Hotel - all owned by Sara's family for generations. I literally walked a few feet from my room, down the boardwalk, to the hotel. This is a commute I could really get used to!
Our first day at retreat was spent preparing for classes & setting up Trunk Shows...but we snuck in a little boardwalk time.
I didn't get any pictures, but it was Hot Rod weekend in OC. We were greeted each morning by a parade of loud cars rumbling down the boardwalk! 

Lots of interesting "artwork" along the boardwalk - looks like a quilt of old advertisements.
Anna enjoyed the fresh sea air!
I too enjoyed the fresh sea air!

Class time! The stitchers figured out why my company is called 'Hands On' - my classes are very hands on!
They were ALL good students!

To a needlework designer, this is the ultimate compliment. She was practically like a one woman Trunk Show of my designs!

I love seeing the various takes on my designs as well! (Podzi personalized her bag with her name!)
This is from a year in chalk - stitched very small & all in color!

The last morning before heading home. I don't think I need to say anything else.
A huge thank you to Sara, Sally & all of my class angels (you earned your wings!).
Enjoy the stitch,




  1. Awesome! What a fantastic time!

  2. Had a great time--thanks for a wonderful class and project!

  3. Great time. Loved the classes and the projects.

  4. This looks like a fantastic time.
    What a great area to have a shop.
    What cute projects also.
    Thanks for sharing the pics.

  5. It looks like fun!

    Will your "A Perfect Pairing" be available for all to purchase or was it just a class project? (I love designs with apples.)

  6. Looks like a wonderful time! I went to OC once, and HAD to go to Salty Yarns! It is a GREAT shop!! Thanks for sharing!

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