Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Heading to New Hampshire

Well, it is finally here...I leave for New Hampshire tomorrow morning...I will be teaching at two New England Stitching Retreats. I absolutely loved my last teaching trip to Enfield, NH and I am definitely looking forward to returning to this location. I'm not thrilled about the full day of travel that awaits me tomorrow - I have to leave my house shortly before 9:00 AM and won't arrive at the Dwelling House until after 10:00 PM, so I really hope everything goes smoothly...I have a very short amount of time between landing in Boston, MA and getting on a bus to Lebanon, NH, so let's hope I can make it! Luckily I have a full day (Thursday) to unwind, explore, and prepare...I hope to see a little more of the area this time...

The photo (upper right) is of the class project "Botanical Blessings" - it centers around an 8" Shaker chair. This special design was inspired by my research on the Shaker culture and gift drawings, the simplicity of the Shaker lifestyle, and the beauty of nature. Retreat attendees will be stitching a “seat” for the chair - along with a scissor fob “pillow”, a pin pillow (tied to the top rung of the chair), and a needlebook “rug” – all of which coordinate with a floral wreath sampler. Please note: this design is exclusive to this retreat and will not be available for consumer purchase for at least one year - and more than likely, it will include a different set of needlework smalls, as their is a good possibility the chair will not be available.

I guess I should stop procrastinating and get to packing... I will be taking lots of photographs and hope to share some with you during my trip (if time allows)...my correspondence will be limited, so if you send me a message, please know I will reply, but it may take several days or more. To those of you attending - I can't wait to see you - we are going to have a MARVELOUS time!


  1. Love your class project! Love the shaker chair.... hope you have a safe trip!

  2. Beautiful class project! Enjoy your trip!

  3. Belinda, have a safe and uneventful travel day tomorrow! Will be thinking of you! Your project is fabulous and I know the attendees are going to love it! Love that chair! Enjoy your classes, the surroundings and the trip!


  4. That is so cool! I love the Shaker art traditions. I remember visiting Shaker Village when I lived in NH in the 1980s. I love that state and miss it so much. Have a great and safe trip!!!

  5. Really gorgeous design Belinda! Those ladies are going to have so much fun with your project. Wish I could join you all. Safe travels and have a great time!

  6. Hve Fun the east coast is so beautiful this time of year.
    Your Sampler is stunning.

  7. i love it so much..enjoy your trip xx