You might find it odd that for me, a vacation from stitching is stitching.
But, if you are a stitcher you will understand.
Stitching is a part of me, I am relaxed and at peace with a needle in my hand.
But when you stitch for a living you sometimes need a "break", for me that
break is to do a different kind of stitching and near and dear to my heart is wool appliqué.
(One day when "maybe" I enter into semi-retirement my plan is to design wool appliqué patterns, what do you think?)
Each year my sister and I load up the car with various wools, threads, buttons, snacks and maybe a bottle of wine :-) We head to Tipp City, Ohio for the annual "Workt By Hand" retreat.
This year was the 10th. anniversary and we have attended 7 of those.
How can I remember you ask? Well . . . I have 7 unfinished projects that's how!
Each one a labor of love and each I plan to finish to one day display in our home, but time is a factor
as after those few days away, reality and bunnies beckon and the work stitching begins again.
A mid year resolution?
Finish just ONE of my projects!
|A few of my unfinished WBH projects!|
So on to the workshop . . . "Workt By Hand" is taught by 4 wonderful teachers who each bring their own style and techniques to share with us. Ali Strebel of Ali Strebel Designs is the Whimsy and Wooly Technique girl . . she can teach everything from rug hooking, needle punch, rolled wool circles, needle felting, pin keepers and more, she also dyes some amazing wools, velvets and yarns!
Sally Korte (who was partnered with Alice as "Kindered Spirits" for many many years) has the most beautiful design work & color ways, her stitches and unusual techniques executed with precision.
Melissa Becker of Melissa Becker Designs brings careful design planning and beautiful construction techniques to the mix, Melissa had a line of "art" clothing and patterns in the past so what ever you want to make out of your stitchery, she's your girl!
And Sue Spargo, Sue is the mistress of "Creative Stitching" and embellishment. Her teaching style is as gentle as her soul. Sue has taught all over the world, written books, designed patterns, fabrics, trims and has compiled on her website the best of the best in supplies for appliqué, including her sister's gorgeous dyed wools.
The women who attend travel from all across the US, New Zealand and England included this year. We share stitches, laughs, life stories, renew old friendships and make new ones.
|Linda learns stitches from Sue Spargo, left. Sue's creative stitching (upper right).|
Terri's gentle colors bottom.
This year our project and assignment was to design with the humble circle.
I took so many photos, yet still not enough but I hope you enjoy this sampling.
(My apologies for not having everyone's names to go with their works.)
It is amazing to see how many different designs and color palettes 40+ women can come up with!
|Ladies hard at work! That's my sister, Lanna in the pink turtleneck!|
Bottom left, Jan's beautiful piecing technique, learned from Sally K.
|Each different yet beautiful! My sister's piece on left . . . she will top an antique red stool she found |
antiquing in Tipp City!
|More colors & techniques.|
|Pretty, pretty, pretty|
|Oh yes , there is a workshop "store" where you can purchase hand dyed wool, velvet, thread, trims, yarn and more! |
I do tend to get into a little trouble there!
Well . . . above is my project as it stands now.
I have more layering and embellishment to add, but the garden, work & bunnies beckon.
I do hope to make a bit of evening stitching a priority, we will see!
To all . . . . happy stitches!