In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Great Escape, Days Six, Seven, Eight, and The End

Before anything else, I have been told I need to show what Baby Girl accomplished in her two day class with Rachael Kinnison.

I keep telling people she is far better at every type of needlework than I am. Finally, there is proof.

Meanwhile, I got this much done:

Most of a squirrel--I decided I need the Dazor to redo the cap and nut of his acorn.  He still looks a little like he has a bow on his head rather than ears.

Part of the gusset for the pinkeep for Tsubaki.

There were other things going on--Friday we had a tour of the behind-the-scenes part of the Textile Collection in the morning, a lecture in the afternoon.

Saturday and Sunday I really took a vacation--slept late, read my book, walked around the Historic District in between showers (the weather did not cooperate this year), generally took it easy and really relaxed. I did stitch a little, but it was very little.

So, things I've learned about attending retreats:

  • They are very good for making the world go away, if for only a few days.
  • I can get more stitched at home than I can at a retreat.
  • This is not a bad thing.
  • Catching up with friends you see only once or twice a year is much more important--and a retreat gives you that chance.
  • There are enablers there. They are happy to enable.
  • Sometimes someone has such an incredibly good idea that you are forced to copy it. As soon as I lay my hands on the kit for one such project, I plan to.
  • Re-entry is HARD.
And since re-entry involves doing some laundry, I need to do that.


  1. 1. Your daughter's work is amazing! Three dimensional needlework completely boggles my mind....

    2. Totally agree re your squirrel's ears. And I'm glad you told me that's an acorn he's holding because my first thought was "honey pot" - clearly I watched too many Pooh cartoons with my kids when they were little.

    3. Very glad you took some vacation time - it sounded like you really needed it. Your things learned list is full of good things.

  2. I like your list of items you 'learned' about attending retreats. What incredible work you shared of your daughter's! Super progress on the squirrel and the gusset piece.

  3. Really like your list of retreat musings....just got back from a week....surfing is re-entry enough for now!