Friday evening we will have
one of our most popular exchanges, along with lots of fun
and laughter! We
will start around 7:00 p.m. - don't be late....
The grab bag exchange
has always been one of the most popular "events" at
the retreat, and we encourage everyone who has not attended
before to bring a grab bag. The container that your stitching goodies are
in should be something "fun, creative, unusual, exotic, different, etc". The
"most creative" will win a prize. The most popular (ie the one
that's stolen the most) will win a prize! We've seen many things over the years - let's
see if we can top all of those this year with the best "grab bags" ever! Just
make sure that no one can see the contents - everyone will be choosing (and
stealing!) based on the container itself and
also be sure to put a card or note with your name in the bag
so we will know who to thank. Please remember to put only NEW,
UNUSED items in the bags! This is not a required actitivity, only those bringing a grab
bag will get to participate.
Now, for what goes
IN the grab bag.....
year, we are going to ask you to put 12 items in the
container, and 8 of them need to be stitching related (i.e. something used for
or useful in stitching). NO PATTERNS OR KITS
PLEASE because everyone's taste varies so much on pattern
designs! Please put only NEW Items in your container. The value
of the items should be at least $40 minimum. Many spend more than $40, but we do
understand that some are on a budget.
Here is the list of the 12 "items":
1. something soft
2. something shiny
3. something sharp
4. something blue
5. something frog
6. something sweet
favorite accessory for stitching
8. used for storage
11. something colorful
12. something fun
Please number the items you put in your container, that
way the recipient will know which is which.
I know many people do a "theme" grab bag and you can still accomplish
this with the items listed above. And you're welcome to include more than 12
items if you wish - but 12 are required - please.
Now for examples of all of these items - remember, these are ideas ONLY and
you do not have to use ideas from this list -
be creative and have fun with it..... some items will fit in more than one
category so you will see them more than once on the list, but you still need
to have 12 items:
1. something soft - fabrics, floss, pincushion,
needlebook, finishing fabrics, trims, ribbons, anything made from fabric,
2. something shiny - needles, needle minders/magnets, scissors, beads,
charms, fobs, needle cases, threads, opalescent fabrics
3. something sharp - needles, scissors, threads snips
4. something blue
OR purple (these colors
would cover MANY themes/items)
5. something frog related
- this could be a fob, thread picker/frogging
needle, anything with a frog printed on it, a floss or fabric with "frog" in the
color name, a figurine, what can you find with a frog on it?
6. something sweet - chocolate of course - or any kind of candy, cookie or
"sweet treat" OR you can use fabrics or threads that have a sweet name, there
are many out there. Or how about a needle minder, fob, or other stitching
accessory? LOTS of choices!
a favorite accessory for stitching - pretty easy - the list is almost
8. something used for storage - needle case/needle book - there are all
sorts of things that will hold needles, ort container, mesh bag or any other
type of bag to hold anything related to stitching, box, jar, bead container,
tacky bob - again, there are dozens of things that will hold all things related
9. embellishments - anything you'd add to a stitched piece - buttons,
charms, beads, etc.
BEACH themed - if you want stitching related items,
there are many hand-dyed threads with "beachy"
names, hand-dyed fabrics too, a needle minder, fob,
etc. You can include any type of decorative item,
and ornament, notepad, journal, bag... beach themed
items are very popular and if you need to wait until
you arrive in Myrtle Beach to purchase something, you
can find almost anything your heart desires!
11. something colorful - Do
you need help with this one? Hand-dyed threads,
fabrics, magnets, finishing fabrics, trims - those are
just a few stitching items. The list for non-stitching
items would be endless.
12. something fun - a cute notepad, pretty pen, scissor fob, needle minder,
unusual shaped scissors, a Christmas Ornament, something you make, etc. This is really open to your interpration of
"fun". It could be most anything.
sure to put your name, state & email address in
the container too.
you have any questions, please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
start around 7 p.m. & have a group photo first,
so please don't be late!!
and finish a Christmas ornament and bring
it with you on Saturday night. You can stitch
as many as you like. For each one you stitch,
you will take one home.
put each ornament in a plastic bag
with a card/paper with your name, state & email
"Stitched item" has to be something stitched &
finished in some manner. I'm including several ideas below..... Many tutorials available online
for finishing as well. We want everyone to join in
so if you can stitch but can't finish,
contact me & I can put you in touch with several great finishers if you
don't already have one.
There are many things you can stitch
for this exchange, here is a list of a few suggestions (other ideas
1. Basket Top or Band
5. Scissor Case
6. Cube Finish
8. Flat Fold
9. Covered Tin/Box
10. Scissor Fob
are many, many ways of finishing items - just have fun
**Things we'd rather not see - towels, bookmarks,
breadcloths, pre-finished acrylic items, etc.
stitch & finish your item, put it in a gift bag
of some sort (make sure to inlcude your name, state
& email address with the exchange piece) & bring it with you on Saturday evening.
Then the fun will begin! If you have any questions
about ANY exchanges or anything else related to the retreat, please send an email and I'll answer asap.
the exchanges are finished, we'll have door prizes
to give away. You must be present to win!