Once again, Naomi, a fellow needlepoint
|Bluebonnet Conference Needle Minders|
We also received the new Puffin needle threaders that were just released. I've never been a big fan of needle threaders, but these had me changing my mind. The hook portion is very sturdy, yet fine enough to fit into the eye of a 26 tapestry needle. They may be able to go smaller, but I didn't have any 28's to try. They also have a magnetic disk on the back that will adhere to tacks, so it's always easy to find.
|Puffin & Company Needle Threader|
The best part of the retreat are all the friends, new and old. This year, we had to close to 30 participants, so it was a tight squeeze fitting into the classroom. It also meant that it was difficult to get around to get everyone's photos. But I did get some group photos in which you can get a peek at what everyone was stitching.
As you can see, there was a lot of stitching and chatting going on.
The last day of the retreat, Colleen welcomed us to her home for a fabulous dinner prepared by Missy Gray. We had a great time visiting and getting to see an adorable owl who has decided to call Colleen's backyard "home'. Smart owl, if you ask me.
So if you have ever thought about going on a needlepoint retreat, I would highly recommend it. A good place to inquire about one is with your local needlepoint store. If you don't have one or they don't offer retreats, then check out the Needlepoint group on Facebook.
Don't know about this group? Well here is how to find it. Once you are logged onto Facebook, enter "needlepoint" into the search bar. Several choices will come up. Just look for the one with over 4,900 members. Request to join and then get ready to devote several hours looking at all the gorgeous canvases. I will admit that it's a bit addicting. However, I wouldn't have ever learned about this retreat and made so many friends had it not been for this group.