Handwork

As a way to connect to...

past - ancestors - self - community - earth - place - future kinfolk

Wish you could hit pause, cast yourself away with a group of women, nourish yourself with deep conversation and delicious food and take the time to MAKE beautiful things?

To not worry about what’s for dinner or attending to someone else’s needs, but completely immerse yourself in your craft and mindfully get into the flow?  Lose yourself and, finally, take the time to find yourself?   Me too.

I dream of connecting with women.

Our retreats are born from a desire to connect, nurture one another and make with our hands. 

Gathering to learn and share the skills that I find so empowering in my own life…clothing myself (at any size), cooking & preserving my own food, building my own home…working with my hands.   I feel connected to life when I mindfully make things of beauty and utility.

Making allows us to slow down and connect with our heritage, connect to ourselves and to our community and to future generations.  Handwork carries your story and your love.  It’s all of this magic that I want to share in our retreats.

When I look, I’m not alone…there are thousands of us on similar paths, our collective consciousness rippling out and altering the world.  I’d like to meet you.

A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.

She goes where she will without pretense and
arrives at her destination prepared to be herself
and only herself.

Maya Angelou

Journal

19
Feb

Living Wholeheartedly

Have you witnessed, or experienced your own, wholehearted expression? There’s a magic to it. Something I can’t quite articulate; that I can only see from the corner of my eye. People lean in, energetically drawn to a person who is able to show up without pretense, without armor, without the need for adulation. Wholly in […]

11
Feb

Our Bodies are Just Right

I’ve been teaching a series of classes locally on sewing knit garments…a t-shirt, skirt and leggings. The students and I jumped right in with pattern drafting on the skirt and leggings and with pattern manipulation on the t-shirt because that’s what I love. The ability to get your most perfect fit. The magic that comes […]

6
Feb

Grace

I’m pondering grace today. The word keeps surfacing in my reading and thoughts and this morning I decided to spend time with it’s meaning. It’s a nuanced word…moving with beauty and elegance; in favor; a sense of politeness and consideration; ornamentation in order to beautify; the thanks we give before eating, and the one that […]

27
Nov

Honestly, Change is Hard

My wee boy began preschool this fall.  It’s been hard.  It’s the first time he’s been dropped off with a gaggle of other kids with or without his mama.  Each day has gotten a bit harder as he begins to anticipate his fear of being “left”.  It breaks this mama’s heart when he runs after […]

27
Nov

Surface Design Exploration

I’m a maker.  It’s in my soul.  Making gives my everyday life deeper meaning.  While I love making clothes, I’m not always in love with the patterns or colors or types of fabric that are available.  Using materials that are gentle on both the planet and people is a value of mine but that limits […]

14
Aug

Natural Dye Notes – Onion Skins, Cochineal and Logwood

I’ve been dabbling in natural dyes for a couple of years…not consistently or often, but on occasion.  At first I wasn’t hooked. That’s not really true, I love the concept…taking plants and natural materials and making dyes for our cloth in the same ancient ways as our distant ancestors.  That appeals to me big time.  […]

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