How wonderful … from the beginnings of a small group who were looking for a daytime Chapter … in the fall of 1998.. to the present… we are now 12 Active members and going strong. (small but strong).
One of our founding members, (who is the only founding member who remains active); was also the first Chapter President is again serving as Chapter President. To mark the anniversary we presented her with a pair of the EAC 40th Anniversary scissors. Needless to say she was pleased. 
For the past number of years we have been discussing the topic of a chapter retreat. Some have attended retreats held by other Chapters they are a member of, but Alderney has not hosted its own retreat. We moved from discussion to reality this past October and spent two relaxing days at Atlantica’s Oak Island Inn & Resort renting the double cottage at the water’s edge.

From Tuesday mid afternoon to Thursday mid morning we stitched, shared ideas and samples of various threads and stitching stands…

And .. learned a new beading technique designed for us by one of our members.

Four of us managed to complete the project, which is a lovely scissor fob (one can never have too many of these or pairs of scissors).

We also tried a new restaurant for lunch and some of us travelled to Mahone Bay to do a bit of fabric shopping.

All in all it was a wonderful two days of stepping off the world of our everyday lives and just stitch and chat without the usual everyday distractions interrupting. For sure, it will not be our last retreat.

Until the next time… enjoy all the magic that the many special days in the coming weeks bring to your lives.

Happy stitching..



  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful relaxing time Marie.

  2. What lovely surroundings to have a retreat in! Sounds like it was great!
    Hugs,. Kerry

  3. yes Sue, it was a wonderful relaxing time... and the surroundings are lovely... the group photo was taken in the main dining room of the main building of the hotel.


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