Jingle in July… a Needlepoint Retreat

Jingle in July Blog Post 1

What do you get when you gather 14 stitchers together?

Oodles and oodles of fun – and a lot of stitching gets done, too! Last week, I hosted Jingle in July right here in my hometown of Tuscaloosa. We had more fun than I ever imagined we possibly could.  Wanna take a peek at just some of the things we did? Okey dokey…

Welcome Reception at Heritage House

Fun times, fabulous food, new friends… who could ask for anything more?!

A swag bag, perhaps?


We’re so happy some of the hubbies could be with us, too!



Day 1 of Jingle in July – The University Club

And now it’s time to start stitching…

Getting started stitching at Jingle in July!


The bright and cheerful sun porch at The University Club is the perfect place to stitch.

Stitching at Jingle in July!


Diane at Pepperberry Designs created this cutie-pie canvas just for Jingle in July

Jingle is an exclusive design created especially for Jingle in July.

We worked on Jingle together and everyone got a custom stitch guide that I wrote especially for the retreat.

Dinner at The Side by Side

Created by 2012 James Beard Award-Winning Chef Chris Hastings, The Side by Side Restaurant is always a treat.

Chef Chris’ modern approach to blending French, Southern, and California-styles of cooking within the context of the Deep South simply can’t be beaten.

Dinner at The Side by Side Restaurant was a real treat!


Day 2 of Jingle in July – The University Club

More fun stitching on “Jingle” – and on our own projects…

Jingle in July - Day 2 at The University Club


We spent time chatting about which stitches and threads would be good options for a variety of projects – and we relaxed out on the veranda. The weather couldn’t have been better with highs in the 80s – a Christmas miracle in July!


And we even had a visit from Kami Kornegay, an expert massage therapist. (I forgot to take pictures of everyone enjoying their chair massages. Whoopsy daisy!)

Day 3 – Stitching + Learning About Finishing


Thanks to Judith Carter of Needleworks in Birmingham, Alabama, we learned all about the kinds of things to look for in expert finishing.


After a final tasty meal together, it was time to pack up and say “au revoir” until next time…

2019 Jinglers


I hope you’ll consider joining us in 2020.

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Until next time, happy stitching!

Stitch with a smile!

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Hi, I’m Ellen. A needlepoint teacher and author dedicated to helping motivated but overwhelmed stitchers at every stage find exactly what they need to stitch with confidence. Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the needlepoint world or you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, I’ve fine-tuned a learning experience just for you.

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