Well we made it to Woodlawn, Paul and I (who does not take good pictures with my camera). Unfortunately, we went on a rainy/snowy day in Virginia. As you can see by the picture they are still working on the house, both inside and outside. The new windows were well worth it. But now all the boxwood are gone, well that happened bit by bit after the 2009 snow storms which broke the plants, even though they covered them.
As far as entries, there didn't seem to be as much as in previous years, but according to the booklet there were 578 entries this year, however it sure didn't look like that much. What do others think? The best in show, was a lovely little dog that was needlepainted, he was lovely. My husband really liked the Japanese goldwork and small silk pagoda miniture, also stitch painted. He was also taken with and over one piece on 50ct of "And They Sinned". He asked can they still see? Also he really liked the Carriage House the Shores of Hawk Run. I really liked the embellished Queen Elizabeth, it was lovely with miniature pearls and beads, it took me back to my Needlepointing days.
I saw many pieces from fellow stitching friends, such John Kazmaier (who won (2)thirds and second for his Jan Houtman's, and Lynn Davis who got a Honorable Mention. Also Holly Rison, Barbara Hutson from Queenstown Samplers, and good friend Joan Schmidt who got an Honorable Mention for an adorable Lizzie Kate Design.
Today I found out that another cross stitch store had bit the dust down in my hometown of Fredericksburg, Va, called "Everything Cross Stitch". I went with my God Daughter (she felt bad about taking me to Woodlawn since it would be such a rush for her) to get some little stitching supplies, which obviously didn't happen, but she was happy to find a Vera Bradley shop, and I found some Crabtree and Evelyn Soap. So I had to happy myself with ordering from one of my favorite online shops Stitcher's Paradise, I have decided to work two charts over one, Woodlawn is always inspiration... So with that I leave from sunny but and chilly Virginia with....