Kicking off our 2017 Raleigh A La Carte Retreat !

After months of prep time, today we are kicking off our Raleigh A La Carte Retreat! We are so excited to welcome so many stitchers from all over the country (and beyond!) for our big annual event.

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I just love how many different class offerings we have put together for this one weekend… I’m convinced anyone could find a class to meet their stitching needs!

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Today in the shop national teacher Joan Lohr joined us to teach two technique classes- one on beading and one on backgrounds. Tomorrow she will be teaching a Burnett & Bradley Birdhouse class. I know I’ve said this a thousand times, but if you’ve never taken a class with Joan, you are seriously missing out. She is just about the most patient teacher under the sun. It doesn’t matter your skill level- Joan has something to offer everyone.

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We also had our fabulous store owner Nancy teach a Kirk & Bradley double sided father christmas over at the Carolina Country Club. Nancy is just about the most meticulous stitcher I know- and her piece certainly did not disappoint all of the enthusiastic stitchers in her class! While we do have plenty of space at the store, we decided to offer some of our larger classes there this year, to accommodate as many people as comfortably as possible. This will be where I teach my Mews House class tomorrow morning and my ribbonwork class on Sunday. It should be two very fun days!

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Both tonight and tomorrow we host a big welcome event for all of our stitchers. This is one of the best things about having our retreat in Raleigh- the whole store is right here! In addition to having many new arrivals in stock from market, lots of wine and cheese, and four trunk shows to shop, we also had lots of fun prizes and giveaways! Today we  gave away a $50 gift card, a $100 gift card, a travel round of your choice, an Elizabeth Bradley mini and 16″ kit of your choice and our brand new online class a Turkey Work Workshop. Our shop manager Melissa even coordinated her outfit with a new EB kit being released at the event – the Chelsea Poppy!

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I’ll definitely be sending out lots more photos tomorrow to keep those of you who couldn’t join us updated. You can always order a kit for one of the classes we taught this weekend if you couldn’t join us. In the mean time, I’ve got to get some sleep… I’ve got a big weekend ahead of me still!

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