Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ocean City Stitcher's Jamboree

"Feather, Flowers, and Fruit" (Class Project)
I had a wonderful time meeting new needlework friends and reconnecting with many members of my stitching family while in Ocean City, MD for the Salty Yarns Jamboree! Salty Yarns is an extensive specialty needlework shop located on the Ocean City Boardwalk...nestled in with a hotel, apartments, and several other specialty shops, all owned by Sara and Sally (the hosts for the weekend). It is a great venue for such a large event, as there is an ocean view and three miles of boardwalk businesses/restaurants to keep just about anyone happy. The weekend event started on Friday evening with a dinner and reception...and classes were held on Saturday and Sunday. There were 54 fun and talented needleworkers in attendance and three teachers (myself, Theresa from Shakespeare's Peddler, and Donna from By The Bay) - the large group of 54 was split into three smaller groups...each group was in it's own classroom and each teacher rotated classrooms, having a half a day to spend with each group. This was a little different than my normal 1 1/2 to 2 day classes, so it was like Blue Ribbon Designs fast forward. My class project was titled "Feathers, Flowers, and Fruit" and included a framed sampler, a scissor fob, and a snippet (ort) receptacle. During class time we talked about finishing the small pieces, making twisted cord, a lots of my special tips and tricks...and the time flew by! During lunch breaks and after classes, attendees were free to shop, eat, relax, and stitch...and a big bonus was having tons of rocking chairs outside with an ocean view - perfect for stitching in the evening. In the morning, attendees gathered in the hotel lobby for breakfast...and after dinner each night, everyone would return to the lobby (and a special stitching room) to work on their favorite and beverage were readily available and everyone seemed to be relaxed and carefree.

Boardwalk Entrance to the Hotel

Hotel, Apartments, and Shops (including Salty Yarns) - my view standing at the ocean shore...

Rocking chairs in front of Salty Yarns...

More rocking chairs at hotel entrance...

View from the Lankford Hotel lobby window...

Attendees enjoying the hotel lobby...
 ...and I know many of you are interested in the needlework shop - here are photos taken in/of Salty Yarns (thanks to Sally and Sara who allowed me to photograph the shop)...this is just a few select photos - this shop is floor to ceiling charts, models, supplies, yarns, fibers, gadgets, you name it - it is a tad overwhelming to walk in the first time - my jaw hit the floor....

Salty Yarns Entrance

Blue Ribbon Designs Trunk Show on display....

So there you have it...a little tour of Salty Yarns and the Lankford Hotel...and I will try to be back later today with some of my favorite photos from the Ocean City Boardwalk...


  1. What great pics, looks like a real fun time! :)

  2. ohhhhh myyyyy .... slight twinge of jealousy here at your beautiful retreat and that shop .. what can I say ... must get to visit over the pond one day :) love mouse xxxxx

  3. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww oh dear i so much wanted to come and visit this beautiful place..
    you all so lucky xx

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful adventure to the Salty Yarns, Belinda!


  5. Oh my goodness, that shop is like heaven! I've seen many pics of this retreat from some of the participants and from the sounds of it, it was a most enjoyable one!