We're lucky here in New Zealand to have amazing little stitching weekends and schools that have been running for years and years.
I am lucky in that I am getting to attend some of these events all around the country and share my love of embroidery and my designs when I teach at these events.
|My view of the Southern Alps heading to the North Island.|
Unfortunately most of these weekends have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19, but last weekend one managed to go ahead.
In the Bay of Plenty area, between Tauranga and Rotorua lies a very cool camp venue that has lots of cabins and some large communal rooms. This wonderful place is called Tui Ridge. (A Tui is a beautiful native New Zealand Bird with the most gorgeous feathers and bird call).
|The reception, food area and my class were in this building.|
|My bedroom was the one closest to us.|
This event hosted four teachers and approximately eighty people for the weekend. Classes, accommodation and food were onsite. The sense of community and friendship was evident throughout the weekend and I got the opportunity to meet and talk with many wonderful women who all share the same passion. There were a couple of shops set up so a fair amount of retail therapy also occurred over the weekend!
|Needle Nannie and my name badge|
|My finished pillow, the kit linen and the book that inspired this design.|
|Kits packed and ready for their stitchers.|
I taught my May Morris Inspired cushion design. My class were a lovely group of ladies and we had fun discussing May and other stitchy things. I introduced them to the beautiful Au Ver a Soie Soie Perlee, which is a gorgeous silk perle thread that is silky smooth to work and has the most beautiful glow to it.
|The Soie Perlee are the threads on the gorgeous little wooden spools.|
|Stitching a stem. Look at her lovely top isn't it gorgeous!|
|The ladies hard at work.|
They all worked very well and did a fabulous job on their stitching.
|View of Mount Maunganui as I flew home.|
A very well known land mark in Tauranga.
I loved spending time with them and can't wait to see them and their pieces again. I hope to be invited back again some time and share another special weekend with them at Tui Ridge.