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Sharon Gray

I remember learning to needlepoint with a family friend when I was around 10 years old, and I have been doing some sort of embroidery ever since!  Needlepoint is probably the type of needlework I have done the most work in, but also have done crewelwork, cross-stitch and every other type of stitching you can think of.  I am a long time member of the Society of Creative Anachronism, a medieval re-enactment society, and have been studying Elizabethan embroidery for years.  And that is where I have learned many types of embroidery such as reticella, opus anglicanum, whitework, etc.  In the SCA I have taught many embroidery classes including blackwork, Viking seam embellishments, goldwork, and the embroidery of  Mary Queen of Scots.  We are primarily an educational institution and love to share our knowledge.   For those of you who might be members of the SCA, I am The Honorable Lady Eachna of Clonmakate, and I live in the kingdom of Meridies.  My favorite right now is crewelwork, and I have been stitching the Aesop's Fables animals.  However, i do take an occasional break and work on a stumpwork casket kit that I've had about a year!  I confess I am a stitch-aholic and probably have more kits to finish than can be completed in a lifetime.

I was fortunate enough to travel with two of Phillipa's wonderful embroidery tours, the All England Tour Pt I and Pt II. Both tours were FABULOUS! I can't recommend them enough. I have to admit that I was a little leery at first when I saw the price of the All England Tour, but the itinerary looked awesome, and the hotels were pretty nice. Well, I was so impressed I signed up for the Pt II tour on the second day of the Pt I tour! I learned soooo much and it was amazing to see so many of the extant examples I'd been studying for years. Plus it was nice to be pampered!