The first Slow Stitching Movement Getaway was held at the Lambertville Inn in Lambertville, New Jersey in April. It was a transformative experience for many of those who attended as well as a relaxing, reflective, and educational 4 days.
There were 30 attendees and the Slow Stitching Movement Getaway sold out in a matter of hours after it was announced. It was intimate, inclusive, beautiful, and supportive.
Participants travelled from Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Florida, New York, Iowa, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kansas, all parts of New Jersey … even as far away as the United Arab Emirates. And new, sure to be life-long friendships were made.
Allie Aller conducted relaxed and easy-going workshops in various crazy quilting and stitching techniques.
Liza Lucy conducted workshops in English Paper Piecing.
Meg Cox presented an entertaining and insightful lecture in how to photograph our quilts.
Each day begun with a cup of coffee or tea, Morning Process Pages or automatic journaling, a technique inspired by The Artist’s Way author, Julia Cameron, and a Continental breakfast.
A lot of emotions were processed and shared, and creative and emotional blocks were beginning to heal.
Every morning a new Slow Stitching Movement technique was introduced and practiced.
Talks on Starting a Creative Salon, Ideas for a Legacy Quilt, and a lecture for surviving creative burnout were also presented.
Free sewing time is added into every day for participants to work on their own projects.
Lunches were catered, and afterward, a walk for gathering inspiration for a future inspiration journaling technique.
An often emotional, and sometimes funny show and tell was entertainment one evening.
A milk & cookies & wine pajama party and a textile themed Yankee Swap was held on another evening — talk about non-stop laughs! I still get a smile on my face when I think of the battle of the embellished shoes, the angel statue, and the Mr. Slow Stitching portrait.
All the food except 3 of 4 dinners was catered by the hotel and it was delicious.
Jenny, a slow stitcher, generously set up a tea station and many of the participants brought baked goods and snacks for late night sewing!
Even if you didn’t feel like sewing or quilting, there was wool spinning, embroidery, watercolors, and design techniques in action.
The event was so successful that another has been scheduled…
November 9th through 12th (and beyond!)
Minneapolis Area, Minnesota
in conjunction with the
Monday 4:00pm – Thursday 11:30am
The Slow Stitching Movement taps into our need to create meaningful pieces which satisfy at a deeper level. It is not about stitching slowly (although you may want to do that from time to time). It’s more about stitching mindfully, not racing from project to project but rather choosing and editing and creating in a more deliberate way. Mark Lipinski’s quiltmaking background gives this retreat a decidedly “quilty” orientation, but the Slow Stitching Movement tenets and techniques are applicable to all types of creative endeavors.
The Slow Stitching Getaway: Autumn 2015 , will be like our Spring Getaway in that the group will be small and intimate, so please, if you’re interested in being a part of this, do not wait to register.
Your retreat days will be filled with exercises and lessons, workshops and lectures, fun and satisfying experiences….all designed to help you achieve your own version of Slow Stitching. Formal workshops and group exercises will provide insight, new techniques and inspiration; the camaraderie of the people around you will do the same, in less formal ways. Skills will be shared with time to practice what you’ve learned, you’ll have time to stitch (or sketch or edit or build) on your own and suddenly…. you’ll have an ‘ah-ha’ moment. Ahhhhhh. Click here to view FULL DETAILS for your activities, lessons and break times.
As a part of your Retreat experience, you’ll also enjoy:
Quick, fast, easy. In our busy, multitasking world, those buzzwords capture our attention. But speed can kill creativity and the enjoyment of our creative pursuits. Maybe what we really need to do is slow down, enjoy the process and create pieces we’re really proud of.
With Mark as your inspiration and transformational guide, explore ways to approach your craft in a totally different way, recharge your passion for patchwork and engage the connection between your body, your quilts and your legacy. Learn to expand your creativity as you tap into your right brain to train and develop your imagination, find the creative genius in you and heal your life, your emotions and even boost your physical health.
If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than you do inspiration, if all of your quilts are beginning to look-alike or if you’ve been quilting for years and haven’t had a recent “ah-ha moment” …. The Slow Stitching Movement is for you.
MORNINGS (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
AFTERNOONS (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Cyndi will be teaching workshops on quilting with words.
This is Cyndi’s newest book, Creating Celebration Quilts, which relates to the Slow Stitching Movement legacy quilt idea
Ruth will be leading relaxed workshops in these Modern Hand Stitching Needlebooks
This is Ruth’s book, Modern Hand Stitching
A prolific creator of memory quilts herself, Cyndi brings us her approach and some of her favorite methods in this exploration of creating personal, meaningful celebration or memory quilts. Using traditional patterns and original designs, she’ll show how you can create unique, effective pieces, carrying a theme or thought throughout. See how she works through the design process and handles unusual artifacts and mementos. Everyone will leave with at least one idea to use right away.
Each member of the group shares one fiber object (quilt, afghan, needlepoint, etc.) that tells their story or is just simply an example of what they might consider their ‘slow stitching’ or process. This is an easy-going, non-judgmental exercise in discussing new ways of looking at things, getting to know our fellow stitchers more intimately and forging new friendships.
Well worry no more as Mark guides you through dozens of ways and leads you to places so you can jumpstart your quilting and general creative inspiration.
Learning to identify sources for inspiration and tips to turn your inspiration into action is the goal of every creative spirit. Listen and learn as Mark gives you his personal recipe which will empower you to unearth your own unlimited fountain of inspiration.
If your bad quilting day has stretched into weeks, if you’re beginning to feel detached from the quilting that used to give you joy, or even if you want to simply refresh your creative juices, then this lecture is for you!
On our last day, we will have a mindful and fun tradition for honoring our fast and speedy selves and welcoming in all of the new slow stitching information in a mindful way.
After our Goodbye Tradition
We will visit the opening of The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, vendors, and classes!
I am going to take two classes from the roster of teachers, in something I have absolutely no experience with. I urge my fellow Slow Stitching Getaway participants to do the same .Take the same classes with me if you’re interested
I’m taking or take a class in whatever you like that will stimulate your creative muses. This, too, is an exercise in getting “unstuck.” No matter how professional or proficient, one only grows from learning new, and very different things.
You Deserve It!
RELAX MEET NEW FRIENDS LEARN NEW THINGS
DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOURSELF