This has been a busy spring and summer for me. Our house sold, I downsized and moved after an enormous tag sale a few weeks ago. (!!!) But in the midst of that, my friend Meleen and I hosted back to back weekend art retreats in southern Vermont.
The first weekend, we welcomed our sweet friend, Rebecca Sower as the featured artist. Such an inspiration to all of us, Rebecca led a stitching sampler workshop which we all loved.
photo above by Jana Perenchio
Rebecca gifted each guest with a pretty handmade sewing kit, each one a unique collage of her fabric stash and stitching!
The big porch at the main house became an open air workshop and gallery of beautiful work.
One day of each weekend we experimented with indigo dyeing and shibori folding, wrapping and bindings. So much fun!
Early one morning each weekend, we made our way to Tammy's fiber farm where the baby goats were scampering around their mamas. Tammy and her daughters invited us inside for a wonderful demonstration of pie making. And her friend, Matt, a local woodworker talked to us about his handmade rolling pins from reclaimed woods.
Tammy and Char made a strawberry-rhubarb pie for us.
SJ showed us her method of fluting the edges of a crust.
Back at the houses, we enjoyed Meleen's home-cooking and spent the afternoons leisurely stitching and visiting.
We built upcycled journals in the art room.
And lingered at the table or on the porch with delicious meals and goodies from the kitchens. One of the best parts of these weekends is seeing the great friendships kindled here. Every time!
photos above by Jana Perenchio
With a little bit of a break in between, the next weekend brought new guests and that week's featured artist, Mary Engelbreit.
Mary and I have been friends for 40 years and worked together creating the Home Companion books and then the magazine. It was a rare treat to listen to her talk about her process and then watch her color her pen and ink drawings, so loved as book, calendar and card illustrations.
She even made darling coloring kits (each one an original drawing!) for everyone and shared her new coloring books too!
And as tradition has it now, there were Saturday tag sale adventures, fresh pies, eggs and scones from Tammy, syrup from our friend Greer, walks to town and many evenings on the porch or in the craft room as we all got to know each other.
Great big thanks to Meleen, Tammy and their local Vermont friends who sponsored the event (a post about that to come still), and to all the guests who came from all parts of the country.
It was a perfectly fantastic string of days making art and friendship in southern Vermont!
*** We are hosting two more art weekends this fall. The first (Sep 17-20) features Kaari Meng from French General. We will be working with her fabrics and stitch techniques. The following weekend (Sep 24-27), we have Jenn McGlon of Noodle and Lou coming to share her much-loved paint techniques with us.
Both weekends, I will be leading my shadow box workshop repurposing cigar boxes and trinkets.
Would you like to join us! Need more info? Click here for the post about our weekends last fall.
Write to us at fallvermontgetaway(at)gmail.com for information. We have a limited number of single 725., double 650. and loft 620. rooms available for each weekend. (All with shared baths.) That covers everything except your travel costs and personal expenses. Pretty great deal for 3 fun-filled days/nights in New England during the peak autumn season!
Looking forward to hearing from you!
xo Meleen and Charlotte