First, I know a lot of people are disappointed that there was not an online slide show of the entries this year. I have e-mailed that question and we'll see if I get an answer.
I do love volunteering at the show. This year I only went once. And I find myself debating now if I should give the commitment of joining Nelly's Needlers.
I was sorry to see so many smalls stuffed into the display cases, making it difficult to truly appreciate them. There were some lovely original pieces in the very first case in the reception room - all by one woman. And the childrens' pieces this year were fantastic. A Girl Scout Troop had submitted some wonderful cross stitched pieces. And there was fabulous counted canvas piece upstairs on the linen room door also by a junior stitcher.
It was nice to see four pieces of needlepoint by a 93 year old man who was honored by a special director's ribbon. And John K.'s samplers continue to amaze me. I don't know how he does it. And watching Jeff K. step off into the world of original design has me cheering. I loved his Halloween themed piece from last year. And this year he's been very original.
The only piece that spoke to me about find me and stitch me, was an original colorway of a counted canvas piece by Tara R. I'm trying to track down the name of the piece now. The stitching was superb. Not to mention her color choices.
My favorite part of the day was that one of my guild members who was coming in to volunteer for the afternoon shift won the People's Choice Award for her Japanese embroidery. Congratulations!