Friday, January 8, 2010

New England Stitchers' Retreat Teaching Design

Here is another reason I have been slow to post lately...and I know you have been waiting to see is my teaching design for the New England Stitchers' Retreat(Enfield, NH - May 2010)! I have been working hard to get these class pieces stitched and finished.

The design is called "Beauty in Simplicity" and was inspired and influenced by the Shaker culture and lifestyle (as the retreat is being held at the historic Great Stone Dwelling House). The beauty of nature is the focus of this design, made to fit the oval lid of a hand-crafted Shaker box. Matching needlework smalls (scissor fob, pinkeep, and needlebook) complement the box, giving you a complete sewing set.

Class will cover the stitching of the box lid and needlework smalls, working the Basketweave Tent Stitch (grass), finishing techniques for each of the needlework smalls, mounting your piece on the shaker box lid, personalizing your smalls, and making twisted cord. Plan to complete your scissor fob in class!

I know many of you are curious if I will release my teaching designs to the general public...and the answer is yes; however, I wait a minimum of one year before putting them on the those of you who cannot attend will have to be extremely patient.

Photos and details will be posted soon on soon!


  1. This is beautiful and it reminds me of Pleasant Hill, KY. We have visited this area more than once and this scene you've given us above looks very much like their Shakertown. This will be a definite must have for me when it is released someday :)

  2. I absolutely love it! My husband and I are quite fond of Shaker things and have been to a few of the villages. I would love to attend this retreat, however, budget may constrain me this year - I guess I'll have to be a very patient girl!!!

  3. That's gorgeous and I can wait a year to get my hands on it :)

  4. That is stunning Belinda! Nice job!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this design! I wish I could go to the Stitching retreat but am thankful that eventually you will release this design. I will be patient!