It may seem strange to some, but not to others, that my vacation from sewing IS sewing!
Each year my sister and I attend "Workt By Hand".
A 3 day retreat held in Tipp City Ohio.
(Click their names for their websites or blogs!)
Each of these ladies brings their own special talent to share.
This years project is a pillow bolster. Each teacher creates a model
and even they don't see each others until the workshop day!
In photo 2 (top to bottom) of 4 bolster pillows they are from top to
bottom: Ali Strebel's, Sue Spargo's, Melissa Becker's and Sally Korte's.
You can see the variety on a theme that comes from different souls!
On day one we were given measurements for wool, a pattern, some embellishments
and set off to get creative. You could use a design verbatim, change it up a little or
go off on your own little path. (That's me!)
Alice, Sue, Sally and Melissa are available to teach techniques
in small break outs or one on one.
This year my personal goal was to nail down a few new embroidery stitches!
One ... the "Bullion" ... 3 years in a row I have learned this stitch only to forget it once home!
This year I think I have it!
(Top photo is my stitching practice piece).
I learned a wonderful little picot stitch as well. YAY!
You can teach this old dog a few things . . . . it just takes more time for it to sink in!
Photos from top to bottom:
My stitching practice piece
Teacher's Pillow Bolsters
Collage from class, shows individual styles!
(The tombstone angel is my sisters!)
Sue's Circles (embroidery and layering techniques!)
My project . . . Birds in earthy colors . .
I have a long way to go, but I'm enjoying the journey!
If ever you would have an opportunity to attend "Workt By Hand"
you would not be disappointed!