Four days with four kindred spirits. Last weekend I gathered with Erin Daniels Endicott, Christine Mauersberger, Kelly McKaig, and Jennifer Coyne Qudeen in a centuries old farmhouse in rural New jersey. Surrounded by farmland, orchards and cloudy skies, we stitched, dyed, printed, sipped wine, giggled, and stitched some more. The house fit our activities perfectly. It was creaky, quirky, and filled with art and antiques. We set up our dye pots in the vast garden among leafless maple and walnut trees, rusty garden furniture and eclectic artifacts.
Rust printing, indigo and tea dyeing, sketching, walnut staining, journaling, stuffing + steeping, and mark making… We managed to fit plenty into just a few days, but when reflecting on our stay it is the conversations, and inspiration that linger. Critique and encouragements were delivered lovingly and freely, ambitious ideas were introduced, and personal stories were shared and cherished.