I'm recuperating from the "Getting Stitched on the Farm" Two Day Retreat. The teaching is the easy part. What is tough for me is all the prep work. Cleaning the house, cooking the meals, getting everything organized and hoping that I don't forget something. Getting the old farmhouse to look presentable considering there are 3 paper piling packrats living here is tough but I got it done. (I hope I can find all that stuff I hid!)
During the weekend, I try really hard to share our house, my collections, my experiences, to help the students start to see color differently and confidently. Having a class here at the farm is such a total experience as compared to a hotel room class. We have beautiful light, good food, farm animals, and the books, art and collections that cannot be transported to a hotel room with fluorescent lights and generic carpeting. It is a total farm, knitting, color experience.
This year's group came from as far away as Colorado! Wow. The first day I introduced the women to learning how to develop their own color sense.
Really looking at the flowers from my garden helped them to design their very own colorways. We learned about color values and the colorwheel and I tried to instill in them confidence for choosing their own color combinations.
Then we learned the basics of embroidering on knits.
On Sunday, they worked up their courage enough to sew and cut a steek! And they all couldn't believe how easy it was to do.
They were obsessed with the embroidery techniques they learned and didn't want to stop!
By Sunday afternoon, everyone had to part ways. I hope I see them all again one day! What a great group of adventuresome knitters. Thanks for coming Karen, Eileen, Cherie and Brenda. Look at those proud, smiling faces - I love it!