Monday, May 24, 2010

New England Stitching Retreat - The Area

Hello friends! I have returned from my trip to New Hampshire, where I was teaching at the first New England Stitching Retreat. WOW....I don't know where to begin...what a fabulous weekend! First of all, we stayed at the Great Stone Dwelling House in Enfield, NH, which is also home to the Enfield Shaker Museum....and the history of this amazing building was not lost on me....what a treat to stay in this unique environment, free of televisions, radios, phones, etc. Some might miss those modern day amenities, but I'll take the charm of this lovely quiet setting any day...and who misses modern technology when you have the GREAT company of fellow needleworkers, fabulous views, delicious food, and a full schedule of great events....I truly had a wonderful time. My days in New England flew by! I have a brand new stitching family - friends I will have for a lifetime - we spent our late nights chatting it up in the stitching lounge and boy did we do our share of laughing...I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard...and many were stitching away into the wee hours of the morning. Our class was so much fun...and most of the students, if not all, finished their scissor fob in class...finishing work included! Plus, the students took home beautiful goodie bags, special treat bags each evening, door prizes, and stash bags...even I was jealous of all the great stuff they were able to take was a good thing some of them brought extra suitcases. Not to mention we got to take a trip to ABC Stitch Therapy where we had a tea party (with perfect little treats) and massive shopping - those of you who live close enough to frequent this shop, I am so is spectacular...I told Marie (the owner and sponsor of this retreat) I would live there, if she would let me! I did a TON of shopping and brought home some great stash (which I will share with you in the next few days)...I also brought home some unique things from the museum gift shop.

There is so much to share, I will do several are just a few of the photos I took of the grounds during my stay...

The Great Stone Dwelling House 1837-1841 (our home for the retreat):

The West Meadow Barn 1856

The Stone Mill Building 1849

Laundry and Dairy 1813

The Mary Keane Chapel 1932

I promise to return with more photos over the next few days...including pictures from inside the Great Stone Dwelling House...and my stash enhancement! I feel so extremely blessed to have been invited to teach at this event...I am truly living my "dream"...


  1. Hey Belinda! Tish and I are still here in NH! We are mailing a lot of our new stash home because it won't fit in the suitcases! Glad you got home ok! Your photos are great! Thank you for a great stitch project and classes! It is something that we will never forget!

  2. WOW!! Amazing photos, thanks for sharing! It sounds like a fantastic retreat.

  3. I'm glad you had a great time! The pics are great -- can't wait to see and hear more!

  4. I love that place!! All weekend I kept thinking - no, wishing - I was there!!

    Can't wait to see more pics!

  5. Sounds like an awesome time. Can't wait to see and read the rest of your adventure!

  6. It WAS a fabulous weekend retreat. Every stitcher's dream weekend. I really enjoyed your company as well as your stitching/teaching techniques. Your pictures are beautiful. I am so happy that you were able to make it through Logan airport wearing that YANKEES shirt. You are one brave girl. By the way how much did YOUR bag weigh??

  7. Gorgeous surroundings and what a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  8. I used to live very close by there on Route 4 in Enfield. I taught for a very brief time at the Mascoma Valley Regional High School. Such a beautiful area. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and the retreat and I'm looking forward to hearing more.

  9. Oh Belinda, your picture shares are fabulous! What a beautiful place for a retreat to be held! I am thrilled for you that your first trip to the New England was such a success! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

    Welcome home!


  10. wonderful pics...looks like a perfect spot to take a stitching weekend!