My Mary Wigham - Row 1

My Mary Wigham - Row 1

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

IH&SW for the Beautiful Month of May

Our Special Weekend started with eight of the nine of us 
meeting for lunch at the Welshfield Inn,
a nice old place - sorry I don't know its history -
with great food.

Mixed feelings about having pictures taken!

Pondering what to order from the wonderful lunch menu.

More mixed emotions about having photos taken.

The lovely walk to the entrance of our weekend site.
It kind of reminded me of Maine.

A view of the dock from the deck of our hideaway
on Conneaut Lake, PA.
It's something like 90 steps down (and up!)
from the house to the lake.

Here is our wonderful work/eating space in the guest house.
Some are working on their mason jar projects provided by
Lauren & Robin; some are stitching.

The finished mason jar project,
a sweet little square pillow
designed for us by Lauren Sauer, Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches
as a memento of our weekend,
and a history with charted instruction for the
Hannah Cook, 1834 Sampler.

This Pennsylvania German sampler is 18.5 x 43 inches,
stitched on 50 count fine linen.
I discovered that between trying to take a photo of her
and trying to get scenic shots,
I must invest in a wide angle lens.
(This comment was greeted with laughs and jeers
when I announced this
at an inopportune time this weekend!)

From the large to the teeny, tiny -
this is Ginny's Erica Michaels WIP
beautifully stitched on 40 count silk gauze.
It is so wonderful...I can't wait to give this a try.
Ginny is stitching the extra background border
so that the piece can be put on a wooden box.
Can't wait to see the finish on that.

I worked on my BBD Spring's Song
while not out on the deck enjoying
the amazing location and weather.
I'll show photos of that another time.

Here is Sue's gigantic salad for Saturday night.
Looks wonderful, doesn't it?

And to leave you with a sweet thought,
here is a picture of the obscene strawberries,
yes, these are strawberries,
that Nancy brought for dessert for Friday night.

Sweet memories of a special weekend.
Thank you.


  1. Looks like great fun for all - the stitching is lovely, and the food looks so yummy :-)

  2. Sounds like you had a good time.Looks a lovely place to stay.An ideal weekend.Good company,good food and stitching of course.

  3. What a great get-together! Would you believe I've never been to Conneaut Lake even though it's not that far from Pittsburgh. Looks like a very nice location for your retreat :)

  4. Lovely photos! Looks like everyone had a great time. I love that path leading to the house. It's so pretty. That salad looks scrumptious and those strawberries sinful!


  5. This weekend sure looks fun. Lovely pictures and wonderful stitching. Must be such a joy to do IHSW together with other stitchers.

  6. Looks absolutely perfect!!
    I think I need one of these!

  7. You seem to have had a lot of fun. Wow, yummy strawberries!!

  8. Sounds like the perfect weekend - a group of stitchers, lovely surroundings, great food and flying fingers.

  9. Wow! It looks so beautiful there! And even though there were mixed feelings about photos being taken, it still looks like everyone had a wonderful and creative time.

  10. How exciting! I think time away with stitching friends is one of my favorite things ever! Glad you had such a great time....the surrounding looks so beautiful!!!

  11. Wow! Great friends, surroundings, projects, and food! Who could ask for more! Glad you had such a good time.

  12. Looks like you all had a lovely time!! That little square pillow is beautiful and I love that piece worked on the silk gauze!! Stunning!!

  13. Wow - it looks like you had a wonderful weekend at a lovely retreat! The projects look great, too!

  14. Hi!!! I'm a new follower

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! The weather, the company, the stitching, OH MY!

    Happy stitching!