In addition to Strawberry Sampler regulars, there was a special guest, Diane from Silver Creek Samplers. She is from northeastern Pennsylvania and was good enough to pack up all her models and charts and join us. (She doesn't ship
out trunk shows since she stitches her own models.) So we got to see everything, even the ones the shop doesn't usually stock. (There were four displays, like the one pictured below, with at least this many models.) There were four new patterns among the pieces but they won't be released until market. (Sorry, I arrived a bit late and missed the intro.)
I found four charts I liked, two for me and two for the dude. I have always loved Promise of Spring and since I was getting the others, I had to. The sheep was too cute to pass up, though the dude had an extraordinarily difficult time reading it. I loved the idea of forty-seven hearts, but I'm not sure if I'm a couple years late (the dude's 48) or if I have to wait until our 47th anniversary. The umbrella sampler is wonderful, though I think it's hilarious that it is a sampler with ducks on it...and I'm always saying how people complaining about ducks and geese in cross stitch are relying on stereotypes. LOL
Speaking of stereotypes, some days in groups of women are better than others, and I have to say Saturday wasn't great. There were a lot of women talking about things which some women find a lot more interesting than I do (children, sports) and using such stereotypes--about their own people! Fortunately, there was no election talk so I just stuffed my gob full of this dip, kept my head down, and stitched!
Even more stitching was done today, can't wait to share tomorrow!