WELL. It’s Monday morning, and I’m still in my pajamas enjoying a delicious cup of coffee after a weekend of five workshops. Five!
I’ve been preparing for weeks. I prepared kits for adults, juniors and kids, and I prepared my remarks. I’ve thought a lot about these workshops and why I want to give them. I fretted about whether people would know about my workshops and whether they’d want to come and try slow stitching with me. These things don’t always turn out quite the way you think they will, which is kind of part of the fun and excitement of it. You just have to prepare as best you can, trust in your knowledge and abilities, and let go of the rest.
Thursday I had two workshops planned. Three women came to stitch with me during the first session and we had a lovely time. Our time was enriched by great conversations, lightly punctuated with silence for balance. It went just as I’d hoped. Everyone had a slightly different set of experiences to bring to the table, and I met them where they were. We stitched together, and I shared with them the ways in which I feel I personally benefit from a slow stitch practice and how and why I want to share that with others. You can see photos of these lovely women and their slow stitch pieces on Instagram @handcraeft.
The second session brought me one more new stitcher. She traveled from another city to check out the Let’s Gro festival and my workshop. I’m honored she made such an effort to come.
Friday’s workshop was a bit different. Because there was a workshop scheduled directly before mine, I didn’t have any time to set up the space and materials. I’m the kind of person that really likes to be prepared. Twelve people (TWELVE!) showed up! It was a bit more chaotic than I would’ve liked, but hey, these situations can serve as a reminder that we have to be flexible and patient sometimes, and as they say, “go with the flow.” It was quite a diverse group of people and I think they had a good time. I’d intended to photograph each person with their work, but it just didn’t happen this time. It was an exhilarating flurry of activity!
Saturday was a blast. I had two parent/child workshops, and I was thrilled to see so many kids and parents show up to stitch. It went just as I’d imagined. How refreshing! Several women mentioned that they’d like to do it again, so I’m considering adding some children’s workshops in the future.
In the meantime, however, I’ve got several workshops planned for this month! First, I’ve got two Introduction to Slow Stitching workshops. In addition to discussing the ways in which we can benefit from a slow stitch practice, we’ll talk needles, thread and fabric. You’ll compose a piece to work on, and you’ll go home with the basic supplies you need to continue your practice.
The Hawthorne pincushion workshop is this Saturday! I designed this pincushion from top to bottom, and I just love it. I use mine all the time. I have six spots open, and you can choose from two color combinations for your project.
And finally, the Autumn Leaves Garland workshop. This one takes place over two Tuesday evenings, and you’ll need to do some stitching in between at home. You’ll get squares of hand dyed muslin and pre-cut wool squares to make your leaves. You’ll learn how to make a pattern and transfer it to your wool with freezer paper. I’ve got a template for you to use, or you can certainly make your own designs.
One more thing for now – I’m working on a new newsletter! Would you like to receive it? It’ll be a monthly, and I’ll include little bits of information that I don’t normally mention on the blog. There’s a link in the sidebar, or you can reach it here:
I’ve got a few posts coming up in the next weeks about two great makers:
Barbara Mahler, de Takkenvrouw, a wonderful basketmaker, and Marlies Dinnissen, who designs and makes gorgeous jewelry. Thanks for reading, friends. 🖤