Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Nashville Get Together 2015 Retreat

This past weekend I attended the 2015 Nashville Get Together retreat.  This was the first time this particular retreat had been held, so I didn't know quite what to expect.  But I have to say, it far exceeded any expectations I may have had going in.  It was **amazing**.

Hostesses and Vendors

The hostess for this retreat was Barbara Deets who owns TrulyN2Stitching Designs on Etsy.  It was co-hosted by Amanda Adams who owns a needleminder store online.  (Her link to come soon.  She is just now getting her website up and running, so I can't share it until it's ready.  I'll post it here as soon as I can.)

In attendance as both a vendor and stitcher was Katrina Boyd who owns Crossedthreads Needlework in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area.  She sells a whole array of stitching supplies and if she doesn't have on hand what you need, she can order it for you.  Also there as a vendor and stitcher was Leslie LaFleur of Under the Sea Fabrics.   She brought a lot of fabric with her and it was all gorgeous.


We stayed at a Drury Inn and got a special room rate for our group.  We had exclusive use of the conference room all weekend long.  The staff was wonderful and accommodating in every way.  The Inn itself provides a full hot breakfast, an afternoon happy hour with drinks and snacks, a full hot supper, as well as sodas, coffee, water, and tea available all day until 10pm ~ all included in the price of your room.  Each room also had a mini fridge and microwave.  We also all brought snacks for the conference room.  So if you wanted to attend this retreat without ever providing for a food budget, it's entirely 100% possible.

Community Service

One very special aspect of this retreat, is that our hostess arranged for us to be able to donate to one of the local women's shelters.  She told us months in advance that she would set up a freebie table for us to donate our patterns and stitching supplies that we no longer wanted.  Everyone there was free to take what they wanted off of the freebie table and the things that were left at the end of the weekend would be given to the shelter.  Also, if we chose to, we could bring toiletries to donate as well.  By the end of the weekend, I think everyone had snagged some goodies for themselves off of the table and there was still a very good amount left over to donate.  We also brought in lots and lots of toiletries and one stitcher even brought a big basket full of vegetables from her garden to donate.  So by the time all was said and done, we were able to send a very nice collection of items to the shelter.  I really liked that and I heard several other stitchers mention that they liked it as well.


Myself, along with a few others, arrived early on Thursday night.  We were the "Early Birds."  After we arrived and got settled in, we each got our swag bags for the weekend.  They went ahead and let us have them at the beginning because they knew there was something in there that the Early Birds could use the plans for that night ~ a coupon for the local needlework shop.

So let me take a moment and show you what came in our swag bags.  These bags truly blew everyone away.  We go to retreats to meet stitchers and make new friends, but to leave with gifts on top of it, is a ton of icing on top of the cake!

The Swag Bag Goodies

These threads are Carrie's Creation Hand-dyed floss Limited Edition.  We each got one dozen skeins!  The colors are so vibrant and gorgeous.  It doesn't really show up well in the picture, but these are all variegated colors.  I can't wait to use these but I'm not sure what I'll use them on yet.  Any ideas on that would be appreciated ~ please share!

Ok ~ next let's talk patterns.  See that folder up there at the top of the picture?  That folder was given by the local needlework shop and it not only included our coupon for shopping with them, but it was chock full of freebie patterns as well.  Lots and lots of patterns in there.  Very nice.  Next under that and to the left, the purple paper is a coupon given to us from Needleworker's Delight & Silkweaver Fabrics.  It has a special coupon code just for the Nashville retreat attendees.  Under that you'll see a White Willow Stitching pattern.  Each of these patterns in each bag was different.  Stitchers were free to trade these among themselves if they wanted to.  But I loved mine and kept it.  For many years I kept a flock of chickens, so this pattern with swinging chickens on it was perfect for me.  Lastly on the right, we got two patterns from Sue Hillis Designs.

Everyone also got one of these hand crocheted wash cloths.  Each bag had one in a different color.  I never did find out who made these, but I think it was probably our hostess or co-hostess.

Each bag had a 13x18 piece of fabric, given by Needleworker's Delight & Silkweaver Fabrics.  They were different colors in different bags.

Next were some fun and fancy threads from Rainbow Gallery.  I especially love the Whisper and Angora ones as I've been wanting some like that to stitch some fuzzy sheep.

Next we had a special little package put together for us by Wichelt Imports, Inc.  Eight gorgeous Mirabilia Memos postcards along with a container full of colorful beads.

Last but definitely not least, was a special bag put together by the hostess.  Each of these bags were a bit different but each contained one of her tuck pillows (varying colors,) and two other items.  In my bag I got a doggie picture frame and a highlighter.  Both perfect for me since I'm a dog mom and honestly needed another highlighter.

Thursday Night Early Birds

The retreat hostess and co-hostess had made special arrangements for us to go out to eat together that evening, if we chose.  Then after that, it was off to the local needlework shop.  So ~ the supper plans were perfect and adorable.  It just so happens that directly across the street from the needlework shop was The Loving Pie Company.  Since we were waiting for a couple of Early Birds to arrive via plane at the Nashville airport, we needed to be able to plan supper for 6pm. But The Loving Pie Company closes at 4pm.  However, when our hostesses talked to them, they agree to re-open on Thursday night exclusively for our group!  So we had the whole place to ourselves.  That was super fun.  It had cute 1950s decor and music.  And the food....the PIES...were out of this world.  It was truly a lovely evening and the staff were so nice and attentive.

By the time we got back to the hotel, it was just after 9pm.  My roommate and I want ahead and excused ourselves to go up to our room.  It had been a long day and we were tired.  We wanted to get our rest because we knew things would get started around 8:30am the next morning.  We also wanted plenty of time before that to go downstairs for a good breakfast.


Friday morning we got our early start as planned.  We went ahead and gathered up all of our stitching supplies and took them down to the conference room, scoping out a good spot at the table to leave them at.  Then we went back out to the lobby/dining area for breakfast.  Many of the other stitchers were coming down at the same time and we ate together.

Once we all got back into the conference room we set up our lamps, cords, projects, and also filled up the food counter with the snacks we brought.  I brought along my traveling project, which is The Beekeeper by Plum Street Samplers.  I feel good about the progress I made over the weekend.  The lady is (thisclose) to being finished and then all I'll have to do is the border.

After lunch on Friday when we got back to the conference room, we each had a gift from Leslie LeFleur waiting for us.  A little pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (mine is a cute little cupcake) as well as a needleminder and a special coupon code for the retreat stitchers on the back of the card.

I also did a little bit of shopping.  :0)  I'm a bit of a project roll junkie and when I saw how well made Barbara's were, I knew I had to have one.  Not only did she have many gorgeous fabric patterns to choose from, but her project rolls are reversible.  I love pink, so I just had to choose this one.  I love, love, love it.

I also purchased a pattern from Katrina of a bee needle roll.  Actually, my roommate found the pattern and plopped it my spot at the table, lol, saying she found it when she was shopping and she knew I would love it.  She was right.  :0)

I also purchased a beautiful piece of mottled teal fabric from Katrina.  I believe it's 28ct from Wichelt and 11x18 inches.

Several of us in attendance decided to purchase the Aury TM design JOY (available for purchase at CrossedThreads Needlework) and stitch it together as a SAL.  It will be fun to see everyone's progress at next year's retreat.

Freebie Table Finds

As I shared earlier, we all took items from the freebie table we knew we could use.  Everyone was generous with bringing nice things, so we all got new to us items and the things that were left for the shelter were also equally as nice.  These are the items I chose:

You all know how I love embroidery.  This is a book of transfers to embroider.  I've already used a few of them ~ details to come in another post.

Some older cross stitch magazines and also some plastic canvas magazines.  Whenever I find these plastic canvas magazines, I try to snatch them up because they simply aren't sold anymore here in the US.

I kept coming back to this kit over and over again during the weekend.  It's the kind of picture I like to stitch and it continued to call to me.  When I finally flipped it over to see that black fabric with the printed design and the vibrant threads, I was hooked.  I'm really going to enjoy this one.

More bee items!  Again, my roommate found the banner on the right for me.  :0)  I love both of these and they will make for some fun stitching time.

I have been looking recently for some chocolate patterns.  So when I found this, it was perfect.

This is a country sampler that I wanted more for the alphabet than for the picture.  There are a lot of things I can do with this alphabet pattern.

And lastly, I fell in love with these carousel holiday horses.

There is one each for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Door Prizes

Everyone in attendance won two door prizes plus a gift from the hostess.  There was also four "gold" gifts and one grand prize, and these were all large ticket items.  I didn't win any of those, but other stitchers did and they were all very pleased.  :0)  

First off, our hostess gave everyone one of her 8in Qsnap grime guards rolled up in a cute little canning jar.  Attached was a little wooden canning jar with the name of the retreat written on it.  I plan on turning mine into a needleminder as a cute little memento of the retreat.

Again, I love pink, so I had to choose this one.

The other door prizes I won were:

A copy of Cross Stitch Gold magazine.  I've gone through this issue and there are at least four patterns I want to stitch, so I'm definitely happy about this prize.

And also ~ this lovely pouch for stitching supplies.  It's sooooo very pretty.

Saturday Make It and Take It Class

Our co-hostess Amanda Adams held a "Make It and Take It" class on Saturday.  We made cute little paper boxes (that are surprisingly sturdy) to use as ORT containers.  It was a fun little class and I made my box and also was given an extra set of printed papers to make another at home.  These are really cute little boxes that would be good to put small gifts in for others at birthdays and Christmas.

We all had so much fun.  I had no idea there would be four vendors there and we would leave with so many thoughtful gifts.  We all also left with new stitchy friends which was wonderful.  My roommate and I - who I had never actually met before the retreat - have already decided to room together again next year.  There was lots of friending on FB and exchanging of contact info between everyone.

So in conclusion, this retreat was a lot of fun, we all left feeling like the hostess had done an excellent job in putting together a wonderful experience for us, and the hotel staff also took very good care of us.  I am definitely looking forward to next year!!!  :0)


  1. Thank you for posting your retreat experience. I enjoyed every bit of your itinerary and goodies. I can understand why you are excited about going back next year.

  2. What a lovely post and it sounds like a wonderful time.

  3. Thank you ladies ~ it was a wonderful time. We all really enjoyed it.