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!
At each seat was 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. And just in case we didn’t have enough stash -- Bush Mountain Stitchery had set up shop for our Stash Enhancement Pleasure!
Soon it was time to settle down for our class to begin and we eagerly dove into our kits. Each one included 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!
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!
We had a wonderful optional stitching exchange at this retreat. Participants stitched and finished their stitching as some object or framed piece. They were all brought to the retreat gift wrapped, numbers were drawn, and then we picked a gift by the order of our drawn number. It’s a lot of fun!
Get ready to be inspired! These gals brought in some absolutely stunning Show ‘n Tell!
What a great time! What a fabulous project! What an excellent teacher!
Until next time -
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