Thanks for all the compliments on my ornament in the last post. I agree with you – the guild members are a talented group of stitchers! As you know, I have been attending the Tudor Rose guild’s annual holiday party since I became a member. I decided this time that I would also attend the Greater Dallas EGA holiday party as well. Having never been before, I thought it would be fun to attend. Unfortunately, the holiday party had to be postponed a week due to the crazy ice storm we had in Dallas. We did get snow as well, but underneath that snow was a solid sheet of ice. Needless to say – we all opted to hibernate in our houses!!
But the city thawed and we were finally able to get together for our party. You’ve seen the ornament I stitched for the Tudor Rose exchange, so here is the ornament I stitched for EGA.
If I’d been thinking clearly, I would have photographed my little Santa ornament in the snow! Alas, I wasn’t. I’ve been mulling over stitching this ornament for a few years now. It was actually one of the monthly sheep blankets for the Woolly Tyme club done by Homespun Elegance back in 2006. I just always thought this was a sweet design and would be something that probably few have seen. I just love his little Wisper beard that’s all fuzzy. I found this great pompom trim at JoAnn’s that was a perfect choice for finishing him.
One of the things I love about EGA is that you have needleworkers of all kinds – cross-stitchers, needlepointers, beaders, etc. One of the ladies brought her beaded Christmas trees to share. You can see two of them in this photo – but she’s actually finished like six of these things! Aren’t they awesome???
The board members presented the outgoing President with this amazing gift. They took a kit out of her stash (without her knowing) and they each stitched on it and then finished it. Not only was she completely blown away by the beautiful piece – but the fact that it had come from her own stash – what a gift that is! (Side note: if anyone would like to stitch something for me from my stash, shoot me an email. LOL) She had even bought these gorgeous Sajou Mother of Pearl scissors to go in the piece and quickly wen to retrieve them so that they could take their proper place! I wish I’d gotten a photo of the outside of the piece, but it was just stunning!
Now, on to the ornament exchange! Here are closeups of a few I thought were eye-catching. Loved the beaded edge and hanger on this sweet one.
A beaded ball with fringe. My photo of this does it no justice.
This one had a lot of people’s interest – it’s a completely beaded three-dimensional star with a beautiful crystal in the center. Loved this one so much!
And here are some closeups of some of the fantastic ornaments together.
Look at the beaded cardinal – wowza! So pretty! I love the blackwork piece next to it as well.
And here they are all together. I meant to get a closeup of the two wool ornaments – they were darling. Again – I love how different they all are.
And this is the beautiful ornament I went home with. Made by my sweet friend, Adrienne, I was thrilled I managed to hang on to it through the swapping! It’s two-sided and entirely beaded. She is such an amazing beader.
So there you have it – another fun holiday party and exchange. I will definitely be attending the EGA party again.
I am grateful for stepping outside my comfort zone.