The 8th Retreat into the Mountains weekend is over with resounding “YES let’s do this again” from all. Coming in over the mountains fog slowed the progress into Peterkin Camp and Conference Center on Friday. Gathering with friends, settling into our nests, sharing the projects we wanted to spend our time on, and learning a variety of finishing techniques were how Friday was spent. Of course there was food in the dining hall and in-between, all with a healthy approach. Last person left the workroom at 12:30 Saturday morning….
Keri Sue Brunk lead two yoga sessions on Saturday. The first before breakfast and the second one introducing the practice just before lunch. She also loosened up the neck, hands and back muscles while we sat in our seats.
The finishing techniques we covered were triple whipping with cording conducted as a hands-on session by Nancy Parcels. Stumbles, success, and appreciation were the compliments we shared with our samples. Lori LaBerge showed the layering involved to present her work for gallery sales by stitching the hooked work to gray herringbone, stretched onto art board with clean wrapped corners, cloth covering the back all of which is then inserted into a gold rimmed shadowbox frame. A whipped mitered corner was demonstrated from handout by Germaine James of Canada. Debra Smith showed how a picot crocheted edge enhances a whimsical design.
We played with pin looms ranging in sizes from 2 inch square to 4″ x 6″ and using a variety of yarns and ribbons. The March/April/May 2015 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine includes an article about continuous weaving incorporating pieces into hooked art. The annual hike to the glen with waterfall and hemlock grove introduced the property at Peterkin to the new attendees on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday evening we stayed at Peterkin and all of our senses were exposed to a new experience. Within Hampshire County there are dozens of musicians who jam weekly playing old-time music. I called Paul Roomsburg and he networked with four others. Jim Morris brought instruments made from common objects telling us the history of music. Joe Hypes and Andy Agnew brought along their Rebel Union CDs and played guitar, fiddle and banjo during the evening. Rick Pegg played the entire three hours standing up with the bass. To say we had a good time would be far from enough compliments to this group of talent. By the end wooden spoons were tapping away on body parts, our clapping and stomping added to their strings. We all joined in with a rendition of John Denver’s ‘Country Roads‘ and ‘Amazing Grace‘.
Sunday was filled with conversations including critiques; suggestions for equipment, material and other workshops; and several successful completed projects. We “throw down” works onto the wide porch each year and then get together for a group portrait. Lunch and packing up came too quickly but the dates are set for 2016 and cyberspace will keep us connected until then.