Chris and I arrived in Long Beach yesterday before noon (love those 6 am flights) and found that we had been upgraded to the Regency Club level at the Hyatt. Happy hour at the club was indeed happy. The mood among the needlepoint group is very upbeat for the first time in almost two years. This morning as Chris and I helped set up a booth on the convention center floor, I noticed that many vendors are introducing lots of new designs.

The show opens officially at 10 am tomorrow PST and I can’t wait to buy new things. Check back for new designs by Charley Harper, Alice Peterson, Kathy Schenkel and many more.

Meanwhile, I am off to the sold-out Susan Portra class, itching to stitch.