What a lovely time I had in Dallas! I can't express well enough how warm and welcoming the ladies and gentleman of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild were. I found myself wishing I could come to every one of their meetings, just to spend more time with them all.
When Ann Weissler (and my dear friend Michelle, who was my gracious chauffeur for the day!) invited me to present a workshop to their guild, I was thrilled to be asked, and set to work designing a sampler and two coordinating accessories that I hoped everyone would like. The name of the sampler is called Crowned Bird Sampler, and model stitcher Sharon Schutjer did an amazing job on it, returning it to me in a very short amount of time, given the density of it. (And her stitches are perfect! Thank you, Sharon!)
I designed it to be stitched with Belle Soie and Needlepoint Inc. silks, and I chose Lakeside Linens' Vintage Meadow Rue in 36 ct. for the fabric. (The pattern will probably not be released until next summer or fall.)
And here are the accessories...the first is called A Miniature Sewing Tray and the second is called A Berry for your Scissors:
And here are some of the guild members, working hard on their pieces:
I say "some" of the guild members because I couldn't fit the entire room into my camera! We had a full house, and it was a lot of fun.
This is part of a trunk show I brought, with the workshop sampler set up as well...
After the class, we all headed to a fantastic restaurant called Via Reál. If you're ever in the Los Colinas area, be sure and check it out. It's beautiful, the service is excellent, and the food was outstanding! (Thank you, Ava, for organizing our dinner and making all the reservations!)
I am so happy I was invited to spend the day with all of you. What a joy it was to have gotten to meet you and chat with you and just spend the day doing what we all love to do. :) Thank you so much for making it such a fun day for me! I sure hope it was fun for you too.
(My sister met us all for dinner that evening, and then I went home to her place to spend a few days with my family. What a great trip all around!)
P.S. Thank you again, Michelle, for working late the night before and getting up early to pick me up so far from your house! You're such a sweetheart. :)