Does your stitching group have a Retreat? If you haven't been doing this, you're missing a lot! Our guild started meeting for a yearly retreat about 15 year ago and it has been a highlight of our year since then. We're lucky to have access to Belcourt Centre in Rustico, PEI. It used o be a religious convent but now it hosts different groups for residential retreats or meetings. Lady's Slipper Needle Arts Guild books it for the first weekend in May.
Our weekend begins on Thursday evening and we wave goodbye on Sunday afternoon. The food and accommodations are wonderful and it is a great chance to get to know each other better. Because we are not a large group, we usually have room for a few extras from neighbouring guilds as well. It's a weekend of laughter and stories, great food, and of course, lots of stitching. We always have a Silent Auction and a table of magazines and patterns at 25 cents each. The last couple of years "Because You Count", an awesome needlework store from Moncton has set up shop for us. There's always a great display of completed projects as well as a great variety of projects being worked on. I'm getting excited just thinking about it!
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The last time I wrote in this Blog I was working on "Catherine Agnes" from Indigo Rose . I'm pleased to tell you that I've finished and here she is. Of course, I changed the colours, but I'm quite pleased with the results.

Joyce Gill

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