Thursday, May 5, 2011
I have just spent a wonderful few days teaching with my friends Sally, Alice and Melissa at our annual retreat 'Workt by Hand' in Tipp City, Ohio. We did a great amount of prep work for the retreat and I was delighted as my daughter Aimee offered to do all the baking for us. She made 8 different cookies and three different cupcakes all from scratch for our deserts for the three days.
Alice used her spot dyes and rug hooked her ends.
On Friday night we had a wine and appetizer evening at the local gallery and many of us spent the rest of the evening around the fire sipping wine and chatting. It was so good to be outdoors. This spring we have had record rain fall here in Ohio with very cool days so we have not been able to enjoy the outdoors up until now.
Sally designed the needle keeper for our Thursday night class. Don't you love her packaging of the kits! Aimee's cupcakes were also a hit.
Over the few days of the workshop it is always interesting to see all the students projects come to life. Each one starts with the original idea and uses many different techniques using variations of color and texture. Here are a few of the students projects. I can't wait to see the finished pieces.
This year we had two international students. Robyn from Australia who returned for the second time and Jan from New Zealand. I am delighted to say Jan has returned 5 years in a row.
Show and tell is always fabulous. Many show projects they have completed from previous 'Workt by Hand' retreats as well as many other interesting creations.
I always come away feeling inspired. I also love spending time with all the friends I have made over the years.
I am home for a couple of days preparing for Salt Lake City. I will be teaching for my friend Kerry prior to Quilt Market.