It’s been a long time and I’m not sure if anyone is still following blogs, but I had something so fun that I wanted to share. Earlier this month I was blessed with the opportunity to visit upstate New York to attend the Primitive Needlearts Primer Retreat at Hobby House Needleworks and Hobby House Wool Works.
The lovely shops are located along the beautiful Erie Canal.
The weather was nice and warm with the leaves just starting to change colors.
Just visiting the shops was special in itself, but I also attended two wonderful classes.
My first class was with the talented mother daughter duo of Kathy Barrick and Liz Matthews.
Kathy presented a lovely new sampler.
Of course it was kitted beautifully.
We also had a wonderful in class project inspired by her Pinstuck Pincushions pattern.
You can see Kathy’s example in the bottom right of the pattern.
And here is my finish:
I was so thrilled with the final pincushion!
It is stuffed with sawdust and it is hard to tell from the photo, but the handle is a string of antique black mother of pearl buttons!
I had so much fun with this that it definitely won’t be my last pinstuck pincushion.
My second class was with the legendary Maggie Bonanomi.
It was so good to see Maggie and Harold in person! It’s been some years since I have done so.
And the class piece was lovely!
I have two wool projects that I really need to finish, but I think this will help me to finish them up so I can get started on this lovely kit!
I have much more to share about this wonderful retreat and hope to be back soon with more.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.