Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Our 'Workt by Hand' retreat is a collaboration. For 6 years Sally, Alice, Melissa and myself have taught this creative workshop once a year. It is a fabulous experience for the 4 of us as well as the 48 participants we usually have attending.
The last few years we have held it in a small town in Ohio called Tipp City. It starts on a Wednesday at lunch time and we are able to immerse ourselves in a project for 2-1/2 days.
The really fun part is that we all start with the same kit and then get to create our own unique piece.
This is what we started with this year. A wonderful piece of Japanese linen and hand dyed wool. The tree and 'WORDS' was our theme.
We were then to add our own borders and do our own thing........
Here are the wonderful pieces that were created by us. The four of us meet the night before the retreat and this is when we unveil our piece. It is always exciting to see how each of us interpreted the theme and also how individual they are and that we are able to hold onto our own style.
This is Sally's piece. What a great pillow! She added covered buttons and words, some stamped in leather.
Melissa created a very unique piece adding hand made buttons and words printed on all types of fabric using her computer.
Alice created a 'Faith Tree' adding rug hooking and buttons made out of clay.More to follow!!! I will be updating with student pictures soon. Today we are packing for Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. Sign up on the blog as a follower and you will be notified when I post again.
My piece was about my 50 years of life. I added a few borders some pieced with textural fabric then 50 different birds and then 4 butterflies which are my wonderful children.
My words were added using metal stamped pieces which my son Jason made. I worked on this piece throughout my travels across Australia so it has many fond memories stitch in the layers.
We also do a small project on Thursday night. This year we made a small sewing bag. Each one of us designed a small patch to be stitched on the outside.