I've been away . . . . at a retreat!
A wonderfully creative, renewing, good for the heart & soul, time to breathe, make new friends retreat! My sister & I once again attended "Workt By Hand". A stitching retreat taught by Sue Spargo, Alice Strebel, Sally Korte & Melissa Becker. These women each bring differing yet amazing talents to the table.
Each year together they design a new "project" then they each create a model but don't see each others work until the retreat! This year the theme was , re-use, re-purpose and re-cycle and the jumping off point was 5" squares. Each teacher chose a different twist, such as "vertical", table top, hang on a wall, etc. to create around. We were handed a packet of 5" squares of wool, linen and lovely fabrics & a folder with patterns ... or we could draw our own. There really are no rules which is wonderful! 30-40 women all come up with their own ideas, colors and twists on a theme! These women travel from all over . . . Florida, Utah, Georgia, and even Australia and New Zealand.
Some may find it funny (or crazy) that my favorite break from sewing is . . . . more sewing! But, this is so different from what I do every day in solitude that it's a real treat for me! The friendships forged with these women are stitched together over years just like these stitcheries.
And . . . the time with my sister is just plain wonderful!
Bear with me and all these photos . . . I have many more..too many to post! ;-)
Photo #1 is my work . . . I seem to always use the same palate and our home is the same way!
#2 - Teacher Sally's blocks suspended from a branch
#3 - Teacher Sue's blocks ready to hang on a wall
#4 - Teacher Melissa's pillow blocks in a basket
#5 - Teacher Alice's blocks made into a lamp !
#6 - 2 more sisters
#7, #8, #9, #10 - many different color choices . . all so different!
#11 , #12 - Wool and such to purchase! Cool!
#13 - Wonderful leaves sampler by Sue . . . she uses this as a teaching tool for stitches adn techniques! Kind of a contemporary "school Girls Sampler" !
#14 - Show & Tell : Quilt of Sue Spargo design
#15 - Show & Tell : amazing hooked rug by Faith
#16 - Show & Tell : last years project of a tree by Nancy
( I really NEED to get to her quilt shop in Charlotte, MI - The Hen House) !
Well . . . that's all for today!