Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Experience at the Squam Art Workshop Spring 2015

This past week I took the opportunity to attend the Squam Art Workshops in Holderness, New Hampshire at the Rockywold-Deephaven Camps on Lake Squam. It is something I have thought about attending for a few years since a friend of mine told me about the retreat. I never really thought that it would actually become a reality, but the opportunity presented itself and I couldn't turn it up.

Squam was attended by 178 people, mostly women, last week. People came from as far off as Australia to take in the New England hospitality and to dig deeper into their creative sides.

A number of workshops were offered. I chose Rug Hooking with Beth Miller and Thread and Memory with Joetta Maue. Rug hooking proved to be a relatively easy craft to master. I will say I need a lot more practice, but I can see myself working on a couple of projects into the future. I love the folky appearance of a hooked rug, wall hanging, trivet or coaster. There is something so wonderful about the the way the strips of thread curl around in lines and swirls.
The very beginning of my piece. This will make a sweet memento of the occasion. 

Our instructor showing us the completed sample.
Thread and Memory taught by Joetta began with a short meditation and transitioned into a mind mapping exercise to encourage us to bring out an original idea from within ourselves for our work. The class focused on explaining some techniques for transferring an image, such as a photo, onto a piece of fabric and some suggestions for embroidery stitches. We had the opportunity to select a piece of vintage linen from Joetta's collection. I chose a table runner that had been stitched in a traditional style with a flower motif. This was a very interesting class and it was such a pleasure to spend the afternoon stitching by the fire.
The beginning of my work.

Samples of Joetta's work

Sample of Joetta's work.

The lovely cabin where we worked on our embroidery.
There is so much to say about my stay at Squam. It was such as short time, but we packed in so much, including time to relax and knit down at the dock. Every evening our cabin convened by the fire and we knit, and chatted, and laughed, and worked in silence. Until next time Squam, but for now I will remember my experience with great fondness.