June 11, 2015
I hope that you are all enjoying your summer! Here in Connecticut we thought that spring would never arrive, but once it did - bam! It arrived in all its green glory! It’s so wonderful to see leaves on the trees and flowers! We have a little bush of honeysuckle in our back yard that is in full bloom right now and the bees are loving it. Our little garden of cherry tomatoes, basil, parsley, and peppers has begun to grow. It’s only a 4’ x 4’ garden but we do enjoy just walking in our backyard and picking a few fresh items for our meals whenever we’d like.
Well, I wasn’t going to 0pen registration for Alumni Addicts Day and Winter Escape retreats until the Fall, but I’m getting swamped with emails about it already so I have decided to open registration today for all you eager stitchers!!
The Winter Escape will be held on Thursday & Friday, February 18-19, 2016. The Alumni Addicts Day is on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. (You must attend the Winter Escape to register for the Alumni Addicts Day.) Once again these events will be held at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA. These annual retreats are held in the middle of our New England winter when we are all aching for some stitching time with our buddies. There is no instructor, no common retreat project, and no set “class” hours -- just crazy stitching fun - Stitchers Gone Wild!!
I still have 3 openings for the Making Waves in Sturbridge Retreat and I sure hope some more can take advantage of the opportunity to take this fabulous class. “Walking on Water’s Edge” is the perfect summer project!
There are also 12 openings left in the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler. We are going to have some wonderful Christmas surprises and fun at this retreat! I’m very eager to take this class to learn from Thea how to finish the Gingerbread Village Series that I have just been drooling over!
Oh, my! I can hardly focus on today because I am so excited about each of the upcoming retreats!! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!
In other news, I am going to be placing an order for Stitcher’s Hideaway hoodies and tees by July 1. I only order every couple of years because I must order in bulk. If you are registered for a 2015 retreat or are planning to attend the Winter Escape Retreat in 2016, you may place an order before July 1 and then pick the items up and pay for them at the retreat. If you are ordering without attending a retreat, you’ll need to pay for shipping costs. To see what’s available, See What’s In Store!
April 28, 2015
I have a number of things to tell you. First, I’ll begin with an update on this year’s retreats. What exciting projects and fun await us!
The Stitcher’s Hideaway Making Waves in Sturbridge Retreat has only 4 openings now! If you are interested in registering, don’t delay! The other 46 attendees are totally drooling over this project and can’t wait to get their hands on it! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there and to meeting Diane Herrman, the wonderful designer!
Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing will set up shop for us at our retreat and wow! They offer a huge assortment of goodies!
Even though registration for the Stitcher’s Hideaway Gingerbread Christmas Retreat opened up just 8 weeks ago, there are just 12 openings left! Don’t miss out on this fabulous retreat with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler! Her project for us is the Gingerbread Retreat Cottage - the eighth in her Gingerbread Village Series. This is the perfect time to learn these techniques from the master! Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing will set up shop for our stash enhancement pleasure!
And now for 2016 retreat news. Oh, boy!!
Dates have been set for the 2016 Alumni Addicts Day (Wednesday, February 17) and Winter Escape Retreat (Thursday & Friday, February 17-19). It will be held at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA. These annual retreats are perfect for escaping the cold with your stitching buddies!! We’ll be gathering with the express purpose of catching up on our WIPs (works in progress). There will be no instructor, no new retreat project, and no set “class” hours -- just crazy stitching fun - Stitchers Gone Wild!! Registration will not open until the Fall. For now, hold the dates!
Ellen Chester of With My Needle is teaching once again for Stitcher’s Hideaway! YAY!!! On Monday & Tuesday, October 17-18, 2016, Ellen will be teaching her new, and totally gorgeous, Kindred Spirits project! The retreat will be held at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA.
The beautiful tiger maple Shaker carrier in this project is the perfect size for holding many of your needlework necessities. This carrier is divided into three sections: a large one in the back and two small ones in the front. The bottom of each section is lined with green dupioni silk. An embroidered linen band lines the inside of each section. In addition to the carrier, this project includes a luscious, silk-ribbon-embellished needleroll, plus a pin cube, a scissors holder, a pipkin, and an optional ruler holder!! WOW!!!
Registration for the Kindred Spirits Retreat will not open until January 2016. For now, hold those dates!
You will notice a new Sneak Peak at 2016 Retreats retreats. Until all details are finalized, the basic information on the 2016 retreats can be found there.
If you aren’t already on the Stitcher’s Hideaway email list, just send an email to me at Stitchers Hideaway and I’ll add you so that you can receive first word as further details on these exciting retreats are added and when registration opens up.
I am so thrilled with the retreat lineup of wonderful projects and instructors! There is so much to look forward to!
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February 25, 2015
BIG NEWS! I have just posted the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat information and have now officially opened up registration!!
Thea Dueck has design the Gingerbread Retreat Cottage for us and it was inspired by my own little seasonal cottage that I have so often mentioned in my newsletters. Just look at this!!!
And now look at the front of my cottage! Isn’t that amazing? How gifted she is to imagine how my summer retreat would look at Christmas time and in gingerbread! She nailed it!
In other news, I now have just 5 openings left for the Making Waves in Sturbridge retreat with Diane Herrman and her gorgeous Walking on Water’s Edge design! Don’t delay if you want in on this fantastic retreat!
Just last week was the annual Alumni Addicts Day and Winter Escape Retreat. We had 3 fun-filled days of wild and crazy stitching, laughing, eating, and shopping! What a great time! Some of the attendees were trying to persuade me to have a Stitcher’s Hidea-WEEK next year so that we could have even more time together! Ha-ha!!!
At last week’s retreat we had wonderful and generous donations for door prizes and our Fun Packs from A Sweet Stitch, Brightneedle, Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing, Classic Colorworks, Dinky Dyes, Glendon Place, Kreinik, Lizzy Kate, Morning Glory Needleworks, Prairie Schooler, Praiseworthy Stitches, Rosewood Manor, Samplers and Such, Tempting Tangles, The Sweetheart Tree, Victoria Sampler and With My Needle. That certainly added to all the fun! Thank you donors for introducing us to your many designs and threads!
I’ll be working on a full report of our wonderful time together soon. In the meantime, here’s a picture of most of us gathered in one place for a crazy moment!
See you at a retreat soon!