I am spending time everyday exploring the world of needle arts online. I am finding out about new to me organizations like the National Academy of Needle Arts. What I found on Wednesday is what appears to be an extraordinary retreat /seminar event. Since it is new to me it may be new to you also. It is called The Callaway School of Needle Arts and is held in a resort like setting that looks wonderful for two weeks every January. The 2011 School information is up on the web and if you are interested you can find more information here. If I were going to go I would have a hard time selecting among the wonderful classes. This is an example of one of the pieces that appeals to me called "Frankie. It is unlikely that I will go since I teach and it is hard to break away in January. It is so nice to day dream about it though. January is also a great time to travel from the northeast to some place warmer even though Atlanta is not always that much warmer than upstate NY in January. The school is located southeast of Atlanta. Yes I Google mapped it. So take a look and see another wonderful place to learn more and share your passion for needlework with others.
Although it is late to be posting a news years message I like to start at the beginning. I thought for quite a while that I would not blog again. I got discouraged because it was not interactive like the Bulletin Boards I participate on. But there is great value to writing down your journey in an orderly fashion.
My Needlework Goals for 2010 are as follows:
Complete seven projects
Learn new stitches and techniques
Finish 10 of my completed projects
Learn to Knit and knit a prayer shawl
Learn to crochet and make a lap throw
purchase a project in each place we visit
Rotate in my new projects
Visit and join either EGA or ANG or both
Do at least one RAK
Take one or two needlework classes
At this point, almost half way through the year let's see how I am doing:
I have completed 1 project so far this year. I really need to step it up.
I have learned new stitches such as the four scotch stitch, the diagonal oriental variation, The elongated cashmere, and a few more. The ANG mystery introduces me to at least one new stitch each month.
I have joined my local ANG chapter and the EGA CyberStitchers.
I have sent a RAK to my EGA chapter for door prizes.
I am taking an ANG course on Color
I have learned basic knitting and I am making a prayer shawl for my SIL.
I have learned basic crochet and started a throw for my father.
So far I have purchased at least one project from each place we visit.
I have been adding in new projects but I need to also finish some.
As another RAK I am making a heart for my ANG chapter outreach project
I have a long way to go if I want to complete all my goals but I am making good progress on them.
There just doesn't seem to be enough time to finish all I want to. However if I focus on some of these projects I have started I will have something to show.
What about you? How are you doing against your 2010 goals?
Some of my favorite things are my family, teaching, sunshine, warm weather, books, chocolate kisses, my husband's kisses, my children's and grandchildren's hugs, cross stitching, needlepoint, and other needle arts. My goal this year is to continue developing my fitness so I can enjoy my family , my work, and my hobbies. This is truly a wonderful life and I want to savor it each and every day.