After 6 hours of driving and losing an hour with the change in time zones (which I had forgotten), I arrived at Cuyahoga National Park. The sweet town of Peninsula is situated inside this lovely park.
I was so thrilled that my Bittersweet Sister, Linda of Georgia was able to meet me there.
(If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that there is a group of 6 stitching sisters from across the country that meet once a year. Bittersweet that we live so far apart and can't get together more often. Simply search on my blog for Bittersweet Sisters for more about our adventures...)
We drove through Peninsula the night we arrived so that we knew where to head in the morning for class and then enjoyed dinner at Fisher's Cafe & Pub. I didn't take a picture, but I have to tell you that if you are ever there, be sure to order the eggplant fries - absolutely delicious! Especially if you are an eggplant fan like me.
The next morning we arrived at the beautiful Boston Township Hall. This gorgeous building was built in 1887 and was designed by John Eisenmann. Mr. Eisenmann also designed the state flag of Ohio.
Such a lovely and unique structure. Originally a high school, I am so glad that it has been preserved.
Look at these huge old windows! Perfect for letting in lots of natural light for needlework classes.
The inside is lovely, too. Perfect to retain the history of the building.
Before I share about the class, I should share about "From Our Heart & Hands". I assumed that everyone knows all about it. You can read about these wonderful gatherings on their website here and their blog here.
Then it was time for my first class with the one and only Rebekah L. Smith.
Here is the class project. Rebekah was so kind to have our kits all prepped so that we may sit down and start right in with the stitching.
And that is exactly what we did!
Everyone busy at work. The class was nice and small so that we each had time to visit with Rebekah and discover what a lovely and kind woman she is inside and out!
She even gifted us with a lovely little box filled with a bit of stitcher's bee wax for waxing our threads, if we liked.
Linda, Rebekah and me.
The four hours of our first class swiftly passed and here is what I accomplished.
I was having fun visiting and didn't get as far as I should have :)
Rebekah taught us her preferred method for blanket stitching and I really like the way the thread laid. Unfortunately, as I chatted I had a tendency to slip back into my old method and then I would rip it out.
I think I have the hang of it now!
What a marvelous morning!
I'll be back soon with the afternoon class.
"Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."