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Fun and Games with Amy Bunger

Well, our class started this morning at 10:00 sharp – three friends from Atlanta and another from New Jersey/New York are there, too – we’re all having a great time.  Class members spent a few minutes getting acquainted, settling in our “spots”, looking over the thread kits and Stitch Guides, and admiring each other’s projects.  There is a terrific assortment in this class – everything from a carousal horse, kimonos,  a Kelly Clark Santa, Victorian perfume seller, Washington, DC scene, adorable “Bad Habits” canvas from Maggie Co., a 3-D cottage, lots more – the class room is filled. The most spectacular project is the Octopus Chandelier by Barbara  Elmore – and Amy’s stitch guide for that is out of this world.  Layered stitches, Blackwork patterns, Flair Applique, ruffled ribbons, and simply delicious colors.  Amy has already taught me two new techniques – tri-color overhand braid (makes a fab chevron pattern), and a Colonial Knot ribbon rose to die for!  Forgot my camera (naturally), so can’t add pix til back home, but will do so on Monday next.

Being in Amy’s Golden Strand (her shop in Memphis) presents a “golden” opportunity to see up-close-and-personal the many beautiful items she has stitched through the years – more than may be assimilated in a short time.  you need to keep walking through the shop’s rooms

Kelly Clark's Baby Jesus

staring (often open-mouthed!) and discovering things like the Baby Jesus pictured here – he is one of twelve pieces for a nativity collection available from Amy with Stitch Guides and kitted threads.  Don’t cha just wanna hug him?  If you can’t find inspiration here, take up another hobby (or art form, if you will)!  More on class later, keep on stitching!  NPQ

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