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A Retreat of Our Own

Almost two years ago, Vicki and I took a trip together . . . to Alabama for an Alabama Chanin stitching workshop. Somewhere along the way, we stopped on the side of the road to take photos of the cotton growing in the fields.

Last Thursday, we were together again, driving in northern Michigan . . . and, once more, we stopped on the side of the road for photos.  This time, though, it was pumpkins growing in the fields that caught our eye.


Vicki and I first hatched our plan . . . to create our own Alabama Chanin "retreat" where we could stitch and cut and paint and plan together . . . about a year ago.  I knew it would be lots of fun and inspirational to spend time with Vicki again.  I had no idea how productive we'd be, though!  Creating Alabama Chanin garments is complicated.  There are so many options and so many choices:  pattern, fabric, color, stencil design, paint colors, embellishments.  It takes a while to sort through and figure out exactly what you want to DO!  It's much more fun - and much more productive - to discuss and talk it all out with someone else who is as geeked about the process as you are! 

And then . . . even when you have your ideas all figured out and clear in your imagination . . . you still have to do all the prep work.  Which is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and messy!

I can't tell you how much better it is to do this with a partner-in-crime!  (Especially when she brings her air compressor and an airbrush.  And teaches you how to use it.)


So now . . . in addition to my memories of a fun week with Vicki . . .  I have four (!) Alabama Chanin projects planned, (mostly) cut, stenciled, and ready to go.  (And - bonus - I have new airbrushing skills AND an air compressor of my own now.)

A great week - and a perfect retreat - all the way around!



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Oh my! What fun! I am in awe of your perseverance for AC projects - it is truly a commitment!


Your retreat sounds so very cool and the perfect way to "do" AC projects! It's a shame lake Michigan is between you and Vicki because it sounds like a quarterly get-together would be a great way to keep all that discussing, planning, cutting, stenciling, sewing, and creativity going. I'm really looking forward to seeing your projects take shape and become!


You two crazy gals sure had FUN!!! I can't wait to see your projects unfold and, like Bonny, I think this needs to happen on a regular basis. Bonus on the air compressor!!!


I think it's fantastic that you and Vicki had a retreat of your own! I'm not in the least bit interested in going down this rabbit hole but I love watching what you both create, your work is amazing. And good on Vicki for enabling you on that air compressor!


That sounds amazing!


What FUN!!! Y'all do make creating those AC garments look enticing ... ;-)


Fun Fun Fun -- and what woman doesn't need an air compressor and the skill to use it?! Looking forward to seeing the AC projects.


Sounds like it was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing the projects that emerge from this retreat!


What a wonderful time we had!! I'm so glad we did this! Thank you for a lovely time in Lower Michigan! It was the perfect balance of relaxation, fun, and productivity. I'm very excited to get stitchin' on new projects... and can't wait to see how yours progress!

kim in oregon

I truly love that photo of the pumpkins!


Everything is better with friends.

I look forward to seeing what you make. :-)


It looks like you have given your projects a lot of thought. You sweater really turned out beautifully.


I just laughed when I read you two were geeking out on the AC process. I can just see it! And, look at all you accomplished! Wow! Four projects!? I don't think it will take long at all before you're looking for your next Retreat to add to the growing AC collection.

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