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at  Barberry Row  and  Heirlooms  and in my life.
I trust they will be a blessing and encouragement to you.
Sincerely,  Sherelyn


Blog #1  thru to Blog #22  have all been written here on my web site,
but since then subsequent blogs can be read on my blog site -

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Blog #10  -  18 August 2013  :  Below     (Sampler Gathering, etc.)

Blog #10

Sunday, 18 August 2013 ~

As mentioned in my last note to you, it has been an extremely busy time lately.

'The Mystery Sampler' exhibition was a great success and I thank everyone again who loaned their samplers for display.
Without you, the exhibiton would not have been possible.

The day after the exhibiton closed was taken up with the dismantling of the exhibition and the packaging up of the samplers for return to their owners, and the following couple of days were taken up with packing up stitched models, threads, scissors and other lovely needlework accessories to have on display and for sale at the 'Sampler Gathering' that was to be over the following  Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Manuels Millennium Resort at Taupo.  

Keith and I travelled to Taupo late on the Thursday afternoon and once all the boxes & crates were unloaded into one of the conference rooms/classrooms and I was settled into my motel, he left to return home.  Up reasonably early the next morning to begin setting up the displays and when Melissa arrived just after lunch, she helped me complete the task so that all was ready just on 2pm.



                                        Melissa's help enabled me to have a welcome cup of coffee and a sit-down

                                             before changing clothes and being ready for the busy opening time.

Close-up photos of the sales table








Although most of Melissa's and my time was taken up with attending to attendees purchases, we still enjoyed being part of the weekend events when possible -  a class (mine : a reversible blackwork sampler and Melissa : a mini sampler), historical lectures (Berlin work and a NZ sampler maker), 'Show & Tell' of old samplers and those samplers newly stitched by attendees, and companionship with other needleworkers/ladies who love samplers during the morning and afternoon teas, lunches and dinners.

One aspect of the weekend that was different to all previous weekends was that there were three classes instead of the usual two, and whereas previously all attendees have participated in both classes (one in the morning, the other in the afternoon), this year an attendee was only able to particapate in one class and this class was for the whole day.

However, one didn't miss out, because at the close of the weekend each attendee was given the charts and stitching instructions for all class projects.  This was truly appreciated by everyone.

The projects -





Olwyn Horwood




Elizabeth Darrah




Ann Brocas


Melissa helped me to pack up everything after lunch on the Sunday.  Four hours later we were on the road travelling home.

One of the loveliest aspects of this weekend is the time I get to spend with Melissa.  Not only is she a loving daughter but my best friend.  And the most awesome of helpers.  She knows exactly what to do and how I like it to be done without having to ask.

Once home it took several days to unpack and rearrange everything and set things to rights in the Gallery.

Afterwards, I was so weary that one day I spent the whole day in my stitching chair and finished my reversible blackwork sampler that I had begun at 'Sampler Gathering'.

As you can see, I stitched my sampler in one of my favourite stitching colours - a mossy green.

Silk 'n Colors  :  SNC 165  -  Cypress Umber  :  by The Thread Gatherer

After I closed the Gallery on the following Friday I spent a couple of hours and the following day once again gathering up stitched models, design charts, threads, accessories, etc. and packing them all into crates in readiness for taking to display and to sell at the Otane Patchwork & Needlework Group's "Soup & Bun Day" event that was to be held on the following Monday (the 12th of August).

Keith and I travelled down to Otane on the Sunday afternoon and we spent three hours setting out all the displays and products, and the next morning I travelled back to Otane for the day.  

This is a lovely day where ladies from not only the local Otane group, but ladies from all patchwork groups, dress in various pink outfits and get together to stitch and sew their quilts or piece of needlework -
and the proceeds from the entrance/lunch fee and the raffles,etc. are donated to the Cancer Society.
This year over 80 ladies gathered together.

Packed up everything again at the end of the day and the following day was once again spent putting everything back into its rightful place.

And so - another chapter in my life.

I have to confess that doing such events are not quite as easy as they used to be as when I was younger!

Till next time, bye for now.

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