Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Count Me Inspired

It has been two weeks since the first ever Inspired Needle retreat. It was held in Shipshewana, IN, nestled in a quaint hotel, surrounded by an Amish community. Our group was comprised of 34 ladies, some beginners, some advanced, but all were a lot of fun!

Above is a picture of the group hard at work on their felted pincushions. There was no felting involved. The kit came with precut pieces of wool felt which could be embellished and then assembled on top of a vintage thread spool. Each one was unique and special in its own way.

We shared good food, prime stitching time and learned more about each other. Some beautiful works in progress were seen:

In between meals and stitching, we got to peruse the Dinky-Dyes trunk show along with assorted other needlework treats.

By the end of the weekend, we were all relaxed and content, happy to stand for a couple poses. Same time next year?

Thanks for reading!


  1. the retreat looks like it was a fun time for all. the felted wooden spool pincushions are really darling.

  2. Oh, you guys look like you were having be BEST fun!!!!! Thanks for sharing the photos...they are great! Take care, Faye

  3. What a wonderful time we all had!!! See you next year.
    Linda C.

  4. It looks heavenly! Hope I can make the next one! Happy Thanksgiving Cathy- see you soon!

  5. Everything looks so lovely .... perhaps next time I will not have a conflict in the family schedule. I'd love to attend.

  6. Sounds like a great retreat! I was in Shipshewana at the end of October and stayed at the Farmstead Inn. I would love to know when you have the next retreat as I am an avid stitcher.