There is something quite magical about being able to immerse one's self in the exploration of an art form over a period of several days, in the company of similarly-minded creatives, and in a contemplative setting just made for creativity and camaraderie. I have had the good fortune of participating in many of these types of retreats as a teacher and several as a student, and I have loved every one of them.
That's why I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching again in just such a setting from Wednesday, July 16 - Friday, July 18 of this summer. The new Woodland Ridge Retreat (www.woodlandridgeretreat.com) is a beautiful guest lodge and wonderfully-equipped quilting/stitching retreat center in the woods between Eau Claire, Wisconsin (the northwest part of the state) and the Twin Cities in Minnesota. For three days we'll gather there together for hand stitching with both beads and embroidery threads and exploring the theme of Dots & Dashes: The Language of the Hand-Made Stitch.
This is a class I've taugh several times in the past--in the Chicago area, Florida, and at QSDS (the Quilt Surface Design Symposium) in Columbus, Ohio--but it will be the first time I've been able to offer a workshop in Wisconsin that is longer than one day and open to anyone who would like to participate. The facility looks amazing, and the class is something I really love teaching. (Can you tell I'm excited?!)
Back in June of last year I taught Dots & Dashes as a five-day workshop at QSDS, and we had a wonderful time of exploration, creativity, learning, and laughter together. Below are some photos from our workshop.
Here are my students with the samplers and their own quilts/embroideries that they each worked on during our time together (the paparazzi also joined in on the fun :).
Here are some close-ups of some of the samplers. I always love seeing how each student approaches and interprets the different studies we do, and I never cease to see something new each time I teach:
And here are some of the original quilts and embroideries in progress. It was wonderful to see students taking the stitching techniques and design principles we explored and applying them to their own art:
Here are some images from a workshop/retreat I taught last September in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Back in January of 2013 I worked with a group of 24 creative, energetic, and fun stitchers from the North Suburban Needlearts Guild in the Chicago area. We spent two fast-paced days with the Dots & Dashes workshop. We had such a great time together that a group of 12 of the students brought me back in September for a 3-day workshop on Theme & Variations in Hand Embroidery.
I was fortunate to have Mary Jo participate in both the QSDS class and the 3-day workshop in September. Here are the embroideries she began at QSDS and finished over the summer. She's used on of my favorite combinations of materials--beads and embroidery threads hand stitched on hand-dyed wool. Yum!
At the end of our three days together in Arlington Heights we got a fun group photo of most of us. Many of my students are wearing their samplers ;)
Don't hesitate to contact me (through the link on this site) or Chris Daly, owner of Woodland Ridge Retreat (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about the upcoming retreat in July!
Here's the sampler I created for the Dots & Dashes workshop: