Tuesday, December 07, 2010

NNC December Stitching Bee

We had the last Stitching Bee for the year on the 4th of December at our usual place in Bangsar Village II.

I arrived early that day with my son in tow as his class doesn’t start until 10.30am. We were at Starbucks at 10.10am, after dropping by the newly opened Borders for a short while as my son wanted to get a Max Attack card for his collection.

Faizon arrived soon after that and as I was ordering the drinks, Anna arrived. Faizon did not waste any time and immediately took out her tatting box to work on. She also brought along the Needlebook which she received from Diane for the NNC 3rd Anniversary Exchange.

Margaret had asked her to bring it along as she wanted to take a closer look at the lovely piece. It is indeed a lovely piece!

I left to send Aiman for his Art Class at 10.30am, and when I got back to Starbucks, June was already deeply concentrating on the instructions Faizon was giving on tatting.

Janet , Margaret and Jackie too had arrived.

Veronica arrived soon after that all eager to learn tatting too from Faizon. Faizon was more than happy to teach.

She (Faizon) even brought along a great book on tatting which she had authored specially for those beginners wanting to learn tatting.

You can see part of the book here shown with the collection of scissors Veronica won in a bid at eBay. Such lovely scissors, I want one too!

Seen here are LHN’s House of A Needleworker pieces by Margaret and Janet in the recently completed Sisterhood Stitching which Margaret had organised.

I just love this piece by LHN and had actually put up my name for the Sisterhood Stitching but I had to back out when the stitching started as at that time I was going through a big crisis at the office and could not concentrate enough to spend time stitching. I hope to one day stitch this piece.

There was another demo going on at the other end of the table when June completed her tatting lessons with Faizon. She moved to the other end of the table to teach Margaret’s daughter to knit. You are a student in one instant and a teacher in another instant. LOL!

Zarina brought along her box of lovely HDTs.

Seen here is Faizon making her choices. I bet if I were buying any, I’ll end up buying the whole box as the colours were all so yummy! LOL!

Note too the lovely tatted lace at the edge of Faizon's tudung (headscarf).

I brought along a sample piece from the May 2010 issue of Cross Stitcher to work on. It’s been a very long time since I last stitched, but was excited to work on it again after putting it aside since the trip to Ipoh in July.

I just gotta have (like as if I don't have enough books on bags already! LOL!) this book of bags by Amy Butler which Jackie brought to show us!

I was impressed with Jackie’s mini quilt piece and if I was not so crazy on making bags, I would have wanted to do one mini quilt just like that one! LOL!

Jo showed us a lovely box piece she was working on.

I was in awe of this lovely etui Margaret brought to show us which she did at a class at Kelvin's some time back.

Oohh! I love both Jo’s lovely box and Margaret’s very sweet etui! If only I have a lot of time to do all that I want to do, but yet still able to go to work as usual! LOL!

Here is Margaret with a pincushion I made for her birthday. I meant to mail it out in August when it was her birthday but never got around to it. *blush!*

Paul arrived at about noon and immediately started working on some granny squares in between having breakfast.

Mel arrived too at about the same time, but she could not stay long enough to work on anything as she had to go back to take care of Nigel who had sprained his ankle. Poor boy. I do hope Nigel recovers from the sprained ankle quickly so that he can go about doing all the things and activities that he loves to do.

Alynn arrived at about the same time too but did not stay long either when her son suddenly came down with fever and threw up just as they arrived. It was a pity. I hope her son is feeling better today.

Here is Anna showing of her lovely granny square bag which Jo had helped to sew in the lining for the bag.

Soon after I picked up Aiman from his Art Class, everyone decided to adjourn for lunch. Initially I, Anna, Veronica and Jo wanted to just wait at Starbucks until Margaret, Jackie, Paul, June, Zarina and Janet came back from lunch as we wanted to discuss our activities for next year. But when Faizon left, all four of us decided to join the 5 of them for lunch at Chawan.

As the tables were small, we had to squeeze ourselves in between! LOL!

Aiman was obviously oblivious to what was happening around him for as long a she gets to play his PSP! LOL!

We must be all hungry! Just look at how engrossed we all were when the food came! LOL!

As usual, I had a great time at the Bee! I hope so did everyone else. 

Anyway, thanks, everyone, for coming to the Bee! It was great seeing everyone again, and seeing all the lovely pieces that you all have been working on.

Thanks to Faizon for the tatting lessons and to June for the knitting lessons.

The next Bee will be the Anniversary Meet in March as from now until February; everyone will be busy with Christmas, the opening of the new school year, and the Chinese New Year.

Keep your March diaries free! See you all then! Take care and keep posting at the board. More posting prizes will be given away!


Janet C said...

I enjoyed the Bee! :)

zarina said...

Nik - a great write up with lots of photos. I will send my readers To read up on the stitching bee.

ShannyK-L said...

WOW! What wonderful time you guys are had! Wish I was there. Next time or rather next year perhaps? ;)

Anonymous said...

I miss you all so much.......hope to jump start my stitching in 2011!!

Regards - Linda