Sunday 26 February 2012
At my lowest ebb I happened to see a notice about a last minute place on the retreat at Glenthorne Quaker Guest House becoming available - only 5 days notice but enough time grab the opportunity and sort out train times. A few days of sewing, painting and walking in beautiful scenery in stimulating company was just what I needed
Pip Seymour FSC course - just the gritty textures to capture the colours of the fells.
Easdale Tarn - not so lucky on Wednesday when a walk around the lake was a washout!!(good use was made of the drying room for soggy waterproofs and boots)
Judy on Faces of China - her Journal Quilts based on her travels along the Silk Road; Magie talked about bead making in Ghana(followed by interesting debate about Fairtrade accreditation ) and Gillian showed us lots of photos and some of fabrics she'd bought on a very recent trip to India. Then we'd be sewing away until 10.30 or later!!
Grasmere Gingerbread of course and sketchbooks from the Heaton Cooper Gallery ( had the patterns left by removal of ivy on the garage next door been left intentionally??)
The accommodation was homely but comfortable and the staff and other guests helpful and pleasant - a very restful break. It was great to concentrate on my own work while seeing what others were up to - plenty of help on offer if anyone ran into problems and a lot of laughter. Hope to return next year - we discussed how it wasn't always necessary to be learning new techniques or have the services of a tutor but appreciated the time to work on our own pieces in a supportive environment with like-minded people.