The demand for this retreat was so great that two Kindred Spirits Retreats were held a week apart! Both took place at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA.
Ellen Chester’s project for us was her Kindred Spirits Shaker Carrier. In addition to the carrier, the project included a luscious silk-ribbon-embellished needleroll, a pin cube, a scissors holder, a pipkin, and an optional ruler holder.
Ellen taught us a variety of stitches, including Algerian eye, alternating double backstitch, closed herringbone, cross stitch over one linen thread, diamond eyelet, eyelet, four-sided, herringbone, mosaic, nun’s stitch, Rhodes, rice, satin, Smyrna cross, tent, tied half-Rhodes, tied herringbone, triple cross and Williamsburg stitch! Wow! We learned a lot!! She also guided us through all the finishing instructions we needed to complete the project. Her written instructions were excellent, but how wonderful to learn directly from her during our two days of classes!
Once they entered the classroom they found a Stitcher’s Hideaway Fun Pack waiting for them filled with generous goodies donated by Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing, Elizabeth’s Designs, Kreinik, Morning Glory Needleworks, Rosewood Manor, Samplers and Such, Stitchers Hideaway, Tempting Tangles, Udder Cream, Victoria Sampler, and Weeks Dye Works.
Bush Mountain Stitchery had set up shop for us right there in our classroom. We had an hour of free time to get settled in and some immediately started shopping! Because, you know, there might someday be a stash famine and we must get all we need right now!!
Soon it was time to settle down for our class to begin. OH BOY!!!
We each received our kits with a generous cut of 36-count linen, beautiful silk threads, duponi silk, overdyed silk ribbons, cat’s eye beads, a custom-made bee marking pin, and our stunning tiger maple divided carrier! There’s nothing quite like opening up a brand new project kit!
Our class time was devoted to working on the six-sided pinkeep, which used the stitches we would need to complete the project. Ellen was very patient as she guided us through each step.
Throughout the retreat lucky recipients received generous door prizes from 123Stitch, Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing, Morning Glory Needleworks, Praiseworthy Stitches, Rosewood Manor, Seraphim Hand Dyed Fabrics by Laurie, Stitchers Hideaway, Victoria Sampler, With My Needle, and Kathy Roseen & Linda Mosch, friends of Stitcher’s Hideaway. There were also some absolutely amazing donations from an anonymous donor. Thank you all! What fun!
The door prizes just kept coming and coming! Donors, you added so much to our fun!!
We had an optional stitching exchange, too. Whatever we stitched needed to be about friendship. It was so much fun to see what each person received. Here is a group photo of items exchanged.
They were all just wonderful, but one in particular had everyone’s attention. It had the word friend in many different languages and was itsy bitsy stitched over an impossibly small count!
Oh -- and we also shopped, and shopped, and shopped!!
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