I arrived just after nine and set up the room before walking just across the road to the station to meet Julie, Angi and Gill. Lindsay, Tina and Lisa passed me on the way and when we arrived back at the pub my Mum, Angie and Lynn has also arrived making us a lovely group of 10.
|All of us together|
(apart from the photographer hee hee)
|Tina, Julie, Lynn, Lindsay and Lisa|
(along the back first)
|Lynn, Lindsay, Angie, Gill, Angi and my Mum|
(going left around the table)
The meet up days are always so lovely - chatting, stitching, looking at each others work, goody bag exchange, book exchange and of course eating and drinking. It was great to meet Angi and Gill for the first time.
The Goody Bag theme this year was Nursery Rhymes - causing much brain power but the goody bags were all great fun. I made everyone a gingerbread man/woman with name tags and ribbon to fit the theme. Each man/woman had a raffle ticket and the corresponding ticket was placed on a goody bag. Whichever ticket your man/woman had you had that bag.
|Goody bags and gingerbread people|
|Unwrapped people for the pub staff|
|Wrapped and tagged people for the goody bag exchange|
|My Gingerbread Man|
Mary Mary (two books by Mary Stewart) quite contrary (Marmite fridge magnets)
How does your garden grow (Jardin Prive chart with thread, fabric and backing fabric)
With silver bells (five silver bells) and cockle shells (a selection collected from our beach last weekend)
And pretty maids all in a row (a cross stitch book of maids and boys, a little like AOY)
|Mary Mary goody bag - won by Tina|
|Roses Goody Bag from Angi|
Needlecraft Haven is a Yuku based forum and unless members pay contributions it does have adverts. At the meet ups we have a raffle and the money raised pays the contributions to keep the forum advert free. Everyone brought gifts for the raffle. Julie knitted a gorgeous Easter bunny and Lindsay made a chick bookmark. The raffle raised enough to keep the forum advert free until the autumn when we'll meet again and have another raffle :)
|All the lovely raffle prizes|
|Drawn Thread - August|
And in the last half and hour I did a very small amount on my Santa's Village tablecloth - just one window frame and the porch roof
The Meet Up was another lovely day with lovely people - thank you to everyone who came, most people travelling by train (Lindsay, Gill and Angi from quite a distance), and Lynn who drove down staying locally overnight. I'm looking forward to meeting again in the autumn
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