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!
December 11, 2015
I have just posted the Fun Report for the Gingerbread Christmas Retreat with Thea Dueck! Youíre sure to enjoy reading about our time together!
Michael and I will be leaving next week for a two-week vacation and we sure are looking forward to it! We have a great time on the road just being together, and we both like to stop and poke around random places just to see what we can see. I expect there will be a lot of poking as we make our way to North Carolina to visit Michaelís mother and brother for a few days. Then weíll be headed for Hilton Head Island, SC to spend several days -- and Christmas -- with my fun loving cousins! We know that we are in for a great time and a very special Christmas Eve church service! If youíre connected with me on Facebook, Iím sure to post some pictures of our adventures there. If youíre not connected with me, gee! Look me up! Here I am: https://www.facebook.com/sue.donnelly.12
May your holidays be the best ever!
See you at a retreat next year -
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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