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Christmas Stitching Weekend at Newbury

As I write this I am thinking back over last weekend where Sue Hawkins and I joined fifty ladies for a stitching extravaganza – two whole days of stitching and chatting to others fellow addicts – it was simply bliss! The Hilton Hotel, (Newbury North) did us proud and the staff could not have done enough to keep us happy. I am not sure that the hotel knew what they were letting themselves in for when they agreed to host this weekend.

You can imagine the noise levels as fellow stitchers gathered for a glass of wine before dinner on the first evening. The guests who had arrived for their first experience of a Together We Stitch event were certainly in the swing of things within minutes.

Sue Hawkins has decided to move on and retire as CSG Technical Director at the end of 2008 and so this was to be her last weekend. We made sure it was a really good one! We are all sorry to lose Sue but after thirteen years we cannot really complain. Sue’s business, Needleworks, has grown out of all proportion since those early days and she needs to concentrate on that rather than try to keep us in order!

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Sue and The Rolling Stones

I thought you would like to see her with her leaving gift – there seemed no point in buying her a gold watch as she has not worn a watch since I met her nearly twenty years ago.

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Two of our girls who flew over from Ulster for the weekend

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And it all went quiet……………

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Such concentration…………..

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A small sample of the finished Christmas projects

A great time was had by all – the food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves yet again. At the end of the weekend, we always have a Bring and Brag  session and I think this was probably one of the best yet.  Almost all our guests had brought finished and unfinished pieces of stitching to show and some to ask advice or look for suggestions from the group- a lovely way to end the year of events.

At the end, it was lovely to be able to tell the assembled crowd that one of our guests had been a wolf in sheep’s clothing- Carole Weighill, a regular CSG guest and the very talented owner of Threadneedles of East Grinstead, has kindly agreed to take Sue’s place for the first three weekends next year – at least she had – after this weekend she might have second thoughts!

For details of next year’s events go to Events and Classes

Date posted: Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Comments (2)

I can only agree that it was a brilliant weekend. My only gribe is that it was over far too quickly!!! So glad I was there for Sue’s last official duty. No doubt, we shall all miss her. Good luck to Carole for joining the crew. Does she know what she is letting herself in for?
Happy Stitching!
Brigitte

Comment by Brigitte Gant on Sunday, November 16, 2008

I can only agree that it was a brilliant weekend. My only gribe is that it was over far too quickly!!! So glad I was there for Sue’s last official duty. No doubt, we shall all miss her. Good luck to Carole for joining the crew. Does she know what she is letting herself in for?
Happy Stitching!
Brigitte

Comment by Brigitte Gant on Sunday, November 16, 2008

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