November 21, 2015
I have just posted the Fun Report for the July 2015 ďMaking Waves in SturbridgeĒ retreat -- and there are loads of fun pictures!! Enjoy!!
Hereís a group shot of us under the full glare of the sun! It was beautiful there the entire time. The grounds are very well maintained and we enjoyed wandering around admiring them. In fact, on this chilly November day I wish I was there again right now! LOL!
It was great to meet instructor Diane Herrmann and her husband Andy! My husband Michael and I took them out for dinner the night before the retreat and talked away as if weíd known them all our lives! They had time to visit Old Sturbridge Village the day before the retreat and then afterwards they spent time in our cottage just relaxing.
Iím still catching up from some very busy months. For many weeks before each retreat Iím preparing for it, and then after a period of recovery (more like a collapse -- haha!!) itís on to preparing for the next one! And all the while this is going on, Iím working on future retreats! Iím already getting excited about not only 2016 -- but 2017 as well!!!
The Gingerbread Christmas Retreat with Thea Dueck was so much fun!! As you can see, we had a very special visitor and there was much hilarity as he answered the many questions we had for him! He came bearing gifts for us all, too!
The stitched model of the Gingerbread Retreat Cottage was so adorable! Thea expertly led us through our hardanger steps and we made loads of progress during the retreat. I have already heard from one of the attendees, Lenore Ramos, that she has completed her cottage!
I will be working on the Fun Report for this fun-filled retreat very soon. There is much to share!
As to the 2016 retreats, with the wonderfully large classroom I can still fit more in both the Winter Escape and Cubed Stars Retreats, but the Kindred Spirits Retreat with Ellen Chester in October 2016 is completely filled. I am, however, taking names for a wait list for Kindred Spirits. If I have at least 20 people on that wait list I will open a second Kindred Spirits Retreat on October 19-20, 2016, which would be immediately following the first one -- so send me an email if you want in on that possibility!
Jeanette Rees has created yet another color way possibility for those attending the Cubed Stars Retreat and it has a lovely Christmas feel to it with the poinsettia batik. Jeanette also told me that she will have even more color ways available at the retreat to choose from! I donít know how weíll ever be able to make a choice! I am in BIG trouble!! I think Iíve made my choice -- but who knows what Iíll see at the retreat! I might just change my mind!
The holidays will soon be upon us. Donít forget the perfect Christmas gift for stitchers -- a Stitcherís Hideaway Gift Certificate! Start dropping hints to your family now -- lol! Last Christmas a husband purchased an entire retreat registration for his lucky wife! And what a great surprise for your stitching buddies, too!
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I find myself thinking of so many things I am thankful for this year - the many fun stitchers Iíve met at the retreats, the many new friendships formed, and all the new things we learned from our gifted instructors, Diane Herrmann and Thea Dueck. What a couple of sweethearts they are! I am also very thankful for Maeann and Gary of Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing for setting up shop at each of the 2015 retreats for our stash enhancement pleasure!! What an amazing selection they brought!
I am very thankful for the wonderful designers and companies that donated items for the fun packs each 2015 attendee received and the many door prizes that were also donated. Their generosity added to the fun and excitement of the retreats, and also introduced us to new designs, threads, linens, and the services they offer! The 2015 donors are 123Stitch, Amy Bruecken Designs, A Sweet Stitch, Brightneedle, Bush Mountain Stitchery & Framing, Classic Colorworks, Crescent Colors, Dinky Dyes, Flower Threads, Glendon Place, Kreinik, Lizzie Kate, Morning Glory Needleworks, Prairie Schooler, Praiseworthy Stitches, Rosewood Manor, Samplers & Such, Seraphim Hand Dyed Fabrics by Laurie, Tempting Tangles, The Gentle Art, The Sweetheart Tree, ThreadworX, The Victoria Sampler, Udder Cream, Weeks Dye Works, and Karen Cappello, a friend of Stitcherís Hideaway. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY, VERY MUCH!!
And to each of you, may your Thanksgiving Day be filled with much to be thankful for!
August 28, 2015
Get ready for more fun in 2016!! I have just opened registration for the Cubed Stars Retreat, being held on July 11-12, 2016 in Sturbridge, MA! The instructor is Jeanette Rees and her fascinating Cubed Stars design will be our retreat project.
Jeanette Rees is an award winning needle arts designer and teacher. She is from North Carolina and Iím so happy to be able to bring her to New England!
Her Cubed Stars design offers a lot of variety and fun. We have our choice of 9 color ways and we can also choose where to put some of the stitching. The project is traditional canvas work with Blackwork and Fabric attachments. Here it is pictured in just one of the color ways. How beautiful is that!!
There has been quite a bit of excitement at my house as registrations have poured in for the Kindred Spirits Retreat that I just opened 4 days ago! WOW! But hey -- Iím not really surprised. What a project Ellen Chester has for us!
But next up is Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler and the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat! The attendees are eagerly awaiting their prework kits to make the Gingerbread Cottage Retreat. I received word today that the prework kits were mailed yesterday -- woohoo!! Can hardly wait to get to work on mine!
We have a great group already registered for the Winter Escape 2016 retreat. This is a warm and cozy time together to work on whatever projects we want. I just canít tell you how much I enjoy seeing everyone in the middle of winter. There are always many familiar faces, but there are also new stitchers to get to know! Just looking forward to it gets me through the months following the holidays until Spring! I have a humongous project I started at the 2015 Winter Escape and am sure Iíll still be working on it at next yearís Escape. When itís done it will be 24Ē x 24Ē. I wonder how much progress I will have made on it by then?
See you at a retreat!
August 24, 2015
Iím so happy to tell you that I have just now officially opened registration for the much-in-demand Stitcherís Hideaway Kindred Spirits Retreat (October 17-18, 2016) with Ellen Chester of With My Needle! I had SO many inquiries about registration for this retreat after I first posted a picture of the project -- and Iím not surprised! Now you can see many more pictures and a complete description of this stunning project.
The Gingerbread Christmas Retreat with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler is just two months away now and those already registered are feeling a bit like the night before Christmas as they await the arrival of their prework kit, which will be arriving very soon now. We are going to be having some great Christmas fun together and I can hardly wait! I could still take in a few more stitchers -- and one attendee from NYC is hoping for a roommate -- so donít miss out on the opportunity for this two-day class with Thea and the latest in her Gingerbread Village Series!
Registrations are still coming in for the 2016 Winter Escape - an annual gathering that keeps growing and growing! It breaks up the chill of our New England winter by giving us an opportunity to hide away together and work on whatever projects we want -- while we feast on pecan sticky buns at the Publick House and enjoy each otherís company. What could be better?!?
I am also working on posting information for yet another 2016 retreat featuring Jeanette Rees! This one will be held on July 11-12, 2016 in Sturbridge, MA. But more about that in my next newsletter!
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July 29, 2015
The Making Waves in Sturbridge retreat was FANTASTIC!! Diane Herrmann was an excellent instructor and Walking on Waterís Edge design is completely stunning. Only about half the attendees had needlepoint experience, but Diane expertly guided the newbies (including me!) through the process. It was just amazing how much we accomplished during the retreat! Iíll have to get cracking on the Fun Report so you can read all about it!
Speaking of Fun Reports, I have just posted the Fun Report for the 2015 Winter Escape and Alumni Addicts Day! Itís loaded with great pictures! If youíve been wonder what the Winter Escape retreats are like, this is the perfect place to find out. This has become a growing annual event that many of us look forward to.
The Gingerbread Christmas Retreat with Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler is filling up. At this moment there are just 7 openings left. You donít want to miss out on this gorgeous project and all the Christmas fun weíll be having! And oh....I have surprises in the works!
Many of us have admired Theaís Gingerbread Village Series. The project for the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat is the latest in that series -- the Gingerbread Retreat Cottage. This is a great time to learn directly from Thea all that we need to know to complete these lovely gingerbread buildings.
One of the attendees for the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat is hoping for a roommate. Maybe youíll be it!
I know so many of you have been eagerly anticipating news of the October 2016 Stitcherís Hideaway Retreat with Ellen Chester of With My Needle. I am close to being able to open registration for this retreat, but will wait until I return from an August vacation so that I can better respond to registrations. The retreat project is Ellenís Kindred Spirits design. It includes this beautiful tiger maple Shaker carrier. An embroidered linen band lines the inside of each of the 3 sections of the carrier, and the project also includes a silk-ribbon-embellished needleroll, pin cube, scissors holder, pipkin, and an optional ruler holder.
I will send out an email as soon as registration opens for the October 2016 retreat.
I hope that you are all enjoying your summer! Itís been a hot one this week in Connecticut and Iíve been quite thankful for my AC where I can stitch in comfort!
See you at a retreat soon -
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! Itís 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. Itís only a 4í x 4í garden but we do enjoy just walking in our backyard and picking a few fresh items for our meals whenever weíd like.
Well, I wasnít going to 0pen registration for Alumni Addicts Day and Winter Escape retreats until the Fall, but Iím 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 ďclassĒ 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. ďWalking on Waterís EdgeĒ 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! Iím 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 Stitcherís 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, youíll need to pay for shipping costs. To see whatís available, See Whatís In Store!
April 28, 2015
I have a number of things to tell you. First, Iíll begin with an update on this yearís retreats. What exciting projects and fun await us!
The Stitcherís Hideaway Making Waves in Sturbridge Retreat has only 4 openings now! If you are interested in registering, donít delay! The other 46 attendees are totally drooling over this project and canít wait to get their hands on it! Iím 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 Stitcherís Hideaway Gingerbread Christmas Retreat opened up just 8 weeks ago, there are just 12 openings left! Donít 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!! Weíll 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 ďclassĒ 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 Stitcherís 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 arenít already on the Stitcherís Hideaway email list, just send an email to me at Stitchers Hideaway and Iíll 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! Isnít 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 Waterís Edge design! Donít 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 Stitcherís Hidea-WEEK next year so that we could have even more time together! Ha-ha!!!
At last weekís 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!
Iíll be working on a full report of our wonderful time together soon. In the meantime, hereís a picture of most of us gathered in one place for a crazy moment!
See you at a retreat soon!