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Kindred Spirits Retreat!
Ellen Chester of
With My Needle
Monday & Tuesday
October 17-18, 2016
Publick House Historic Inn
Sturbridge, MA


Kindred Spirits Retreat II
Ellen Chester of
With My Needle
Wednesday & Thursday
October 26-27, 2016
Publick House Historic Inn
Sturbridge, MA
There are still some openings!


2017 Winter Escape!
February 20-24, 2017
Publick House Historic Inn
Sturbridge, MA
Choose your own 2 day Winter Escape and then add on up to 3 more days for a Stitchers-Hide-A-Week!
Registration Now Open!


Thanksgiving Retreat 2017!
Thea Dueck of
The Victoria Sampler
October 2-3, 2017
Come Ye Thankful People, Come!
Registration Now Open!




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August 26, 2016

Hello Stitchers!

I just love Thanksgiving and have dreamed about having a Thanksgiving Retreat for many years.  I just needed the right retreat project to make it happen.  Thanks to Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler I finally have the perfect project!  At my request Thea created her Thanksgiving Sampler to incorporate both the original and a more modern day Thanksgiving celebration and I am totally thrilled with it!  Iíve never before seen anything that captures Thanksgiving both Then and Now in stitches, but Queen Thea has pulled it off!

I love the verse she chose for her sampler:

"The year has turned it's circle
The Seasons come and go
The Harvest all is gathered in,
And chilly North Winds blow...

Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields their yellow grain.
So open wide the doorway,
Thanksgiving comes again!"

The retreat is scheduled for October 2-3, 2017, at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. I can hardly think of a better place to hold it then at this historic Inn.

Over the course of the two days, Thea will teach us all the techniques required to complete our sampler. Weíll have some Thanksgiving fun, including a Thanksgiving Feast and an optional Thanksgiving-themed stitching exchange.  We are going to have such a wonderful time!

I have now officially opened registration for the Thanksgiving Retreat, so Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!

In other news, I still have some openings for the Kindred Spirits II Retreat -- so thereís still time to get in on this beautiful Shaker Carrier project taught by the very gifted Ellen Chester of With My Needle.  You will enjoy her sweet and funny personality and love her teaching style and excellent printed instructions.  Ellen will be setting up a boutique of her fantastic designs right at the retreat. Donít miss out!

You can also still get in on the 2017 Winter Escape Retreat, too! Join dozens of other stitchers as we snuggle away during the winter to work on our WIPs (works in progress), stash enhance, show each other our stitching, and thoroughly enjoy each otherís company. You can choose to stay from 2-5 days -- your choice! No instructor -- just Stitchers Gone Wild!

See you at a retreat soon!


July 26, 2016

The Cubed Stars Retreat two weeks ago was phenomenal!  We enjoyed Jeanette Rees design so much.  The amount of progress we made in class and then so quickly after returning home was pretty amazing!  It was just so much fun to see our stars evolve as we stitched that I think some of us had a hard time stopping -- I know I did! LOL! Hereís some of our progress so far:

Stitched by Robin Leach

Stitched by Deb Milvae

Stitched by Linda Marchand




Stitched by Chris Schweikhard

Stitched by me

I just finished writing up a Fun Report about our time together.  Enjoy!

Next up -- in less than 3 months -- are the two Kindred Spirits Retreats with Ellen Chester! WOO-HOO!!  At this moment I still have openings, so donít let this one slip by you!  Follow the links to the left for all the details.

See you at a retreat soon!



May 2, 2016

I have just posted the Fun Report with all the great pictures from the 2016 Winter Escape Retreat!  Enjoy!

Registrations are already flying in for the 2017 Winter Escape!!


April 20, 2016

I have exciting news to share about the 2017 Winter Escape Retreat!  Attendance at this annual retreat has grown every year until we are now bursting at the seams. Itís just the absolute best winter vacation to gather with other stitchers for days and nights of stitching, stash enhancement, great food, and fun! Just thinking about it gets many of us through the winter. Countdowns to the next Winter Escape begin the day after one ends! This retreat is so loved that attendees have asked me to make the event even longer -- some wanted to turn it into a Stitchers Hide-A-Week and I think thatís a fantastic idea!! 

Knowing that not everyone can escape for a week, Iíve come up with a great structure for this annual event.  Attendees can now choose their own 2-day Winter Escape during the days of February 20-24,  and then add on up to 3 more additional days to make it a....


Now just imagine hiding away for up to FIVE WHOLE DAYS AND NIGHTS of stitching, shopping and laughing with other stitching addicts! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

Registration for the 2017 Winter Escape Retreat is now officially open -- so follow the link and plan your own Winter Escape!

The Cubed Stars Retreat on July 11-12 is just about 2-1/2 months away. Cubed Stars, our retreat project designed and taught by Jeanette Rees, is going to be a lot of fun to work on. We have  many colorway and design layout choices to make our own unique Cubed Stars.   I am particularly intrigued by the idea of adding batik to the design.  I suspect I will be learning many techniques that I can apply to other projects, and thatís always fun. I sure am looking forward to meeting Jeanette. Not only is she a well-known, respected and loved designer and instructor, but she sounds like fun! The two of us are getting together the day before the retreat to explore Old Sturbridge Village. I can hardly wait!   There are still openings for this retreat -- so come join us if you can!



The Kindred Spirits Retreat I (October 17-18) and Kindred Spirits Retreat II (October 26-27) each have openings. I can take 3 more in Retreat I and 20 in Retreat II. The Kindred Spirits project is so awesome!!  This project, designed by Ellen Chester of With My Needle, is only available through taking her classes.  We are very fortunate to have Ellen come to Massachusetts to teach it!



And now....shall I tell you about October 2017?!?  Yes!   I think I shall!!   LOL!  Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler is returning to teach on Monday & Tuesday, October 2-3, 2017! We are going to have a Thanksgiving Themed Retreat!!   Thea and I are excitedly planning this special event. It will be quite awhile before I have all the details to post on the website and can open registration -- so for now, HOLD THE DATES!

I must tell you about a computer problem I have been having for a couple of months.  I purchased a new computer and loaded it with Office 2016. I had been using Office 2007, so you can imagine that was a big leap for me with many changes in the software. I had a great deal of difficulty pulling things into Outlook from Office 2007 into Office 2016. In fact, Iím still working on some issues! In the process of figuring it out, I believe that some stitchers who were added to the email list during February and March were lost from the system.  :(  If you happen to read this and believe you are one of them, just email me and let me know!  I donít want you to miss out on any of the fun! 

There certainly are a lot of great events to look forward to!  I hope to see you there!



February 26, 2016

It has been a very busy time here! The Winter Escape and Alumni Addicts Day Retreats were just held last week and what a blast they both were!  I have been missing everyone ever since!!  There were 49 attendees including Bob, our very first male.  This was also the first time a husband and wife registered together! First-timers Bob and Kate fit in so well it seemed like they have always been attending! Here they are holding door prizes of beautiful linen that they received from 123Stitch.

I wish every stitcher could have seen all our happy chaotic fun! From the moment we arrived there was a lot of excitement and conversation.  We were all catching up with each other and meeting the 13 first-time attendees.   It took us awhile to settle down and stitch between all the socializing and stash enhancement. The whole time together was just great fun!


There were so many people that we had two Show Ďn Tell sessions, plus just wandering around and admiring each others works-in-progress left us feeling SO inspired!.

There is really just so much to share about this retreat, but I will wait until I finish the Fun Report about our time together so that you can read all about it and see the pictures all at once.

I have some exciting news for you all!   First, in just a little over 4 months weíll be having the Cubed Stars Retreat with award winning needle arts designer and teacher Jeanette Rees!  Donít miss this opportunity to take a class with Jeanette! She has taught for ANG, EGA, EGA chapters, retreats and retail shops - what an impressive background.  Some of the attendees at the Winter Escape Retreat have taken classes with her and they all spoke very highly of her. The project sheíll be teaching is her Cubed Stars. This design offers many color and design variations that weíll each get to choose from to make our Cubed Star our own. In addition to the 10 colorway options you can see on this website, Jeanette with have other colorways for us to choose from at the retreat!  Come join the fun!

Also, because the Kindred Spirits Retreat on October 17-18 featuring Ellen Chester of With My Needle filled up so rapidly, I have opened up a second retreat - Kindred Spirits II on October 26-27 -  to give others the opportunity to take this amazing class! 

Hmmm....I just realized that running a second retreat will allow me concentrated time to continue working on the project since Iíll be at both sessions! YAY!!

Lastly, next yearís Winter Escape and Alumni Addicts Day will be turning into a Stichers Hide-A-Week!!  Yes, you read that right!   Iím working out details now and will keep you informed as it develops!  Woo-Hoo!!!!!!! 

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See you at a retreat soon!



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