Sashiko Visible Mending Art Retreat in Newfoundland, Canada
Last month, I spent a week in Newfoundland, Canada attending a sashiko stitching/visible mending and hand quilting workshop retreat organized by Ace Camps Travel. If you’ve never been on a workshop retreat, I highly recommend it!
The retreat started in St, John’s with a fabulous dinner at Mallard Cottage in Quidi Vidi Village. The next day we toured a few sites in St. Johns before heading to The Doctor’s House in Green Harbor where the workshop was held.
The location was lovely , the weather was beautiful and we had 3 full days devoted to nothing but learning a new craft taught by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino. Jessica is a creator of patterns, kits and has written two books Make and Mend and Stitched Gifts. She teaches at traveling retreats, in-person local classes and online.
The first day of the workshop, we learned how to make patterns using horizontal, vertical and diagonal stitching techniques. The key to producing a beautiful stitched pattern is to PLAN and actually draw out your pattern on a grid. This way you can see all the stitches you need to make.
In conclusion, going on an art retreat is a great opportunity to learn something new, meet new people and most importantly be inspired for new creative projects!