stitch, paint, laugh
In September, Meleen and I hosted another pair of super-fun crafty getaways in Vermont. Both weekends were spectacular! The weather was perfection, the guests were lovely, the guest teachers and projects were amazing. The goodie bags and home-cooked meals. Tammy and the farm.
Kaari Meng from French General joined us the first weekend. Kaari brought beautiful kits, her fabrics to share and her stitch techniques. We learned about Japanese boro and sashiko stitching and then we made our own tote bags. That was such a great project! Everyone loved having a finished tote and it made us so happy to see everyone enjoying their stitching on the porches, in the great room and at the farm.
Like many other stitchers, I've always enjoyed the way that stitching promotes getting to know each other. It's easy to chat and stitch at the same time. Lots of deep friendships grow out of a few hours side by side with needle and thread.
The second weekend, we hosted Jenn McGlon from Noodle and Lou. What a blast we had making her little painted house boxes!
Just darling, right? Jenn is a fabulous creative and teacher. We learned lots of little tricks about paint and brushwork, collage and color. So much fun.
Both weekends, I led a shadowbox project using cigar boxes, papers, paint and trinkets. Wonderful to see the way that each guest collaged and shared personal memories with objects. A single button often has the most powerful story to tell.
We hit the tag sales and stumbled upon some good ones including a big charity sale! Adventures out and around for local color and sights. The covered bridge, the colors and sunlight weaving through the back roads.
We went to see the farm.
Tammy collected herbs from the garden and led a workshop making these sweet herbal wreaths.
We visited with her fiber flock and critter friends and peeked into the dye pots to see what yarn was soaking up the natural colors of fall.
Oh, the dinner bell! Always behind the scenes, there was amazing Meleen, cooking, cooking, cooking, baking, cooking. With Kana's help, every meal is delicious and memorable. We stay at the table late into the evening.
And we have lazy mornings laughing and visiting for coffee. The kitchen screen door squeaks sweetly with the comings and goings.
We made so many new friends and delighted in reconnecting with those who return often to share these special days once again. Thank you, everyone. You travel from so far and take this brave leap of faith that it will be what you wished for.
I think I can say that it is.
It is for us, too. Thank you so much.
More to come about our sponsors and our next gathering in the spring.