Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Concept of Retreat

Yesterday was our termly PlainStitch Retreat Day. We hire a lovely local hall, in a beautiful local
village down a no through road, the hall tucked away down an unadopted road. The only view is fields. The sunshine refracted through the high leaded windows streaks across the polished wood floor. The room fills up, sewing machines, bags and boxes, projects new and long put aside, tea and cakes, chat and laughter, then quiet concentrated quiet. The kind of quiet that women who spend all day everyday listening to others, really can savor. 

The dictionary says;



the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or
 the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy: The library was his retreat.
an asylum, as for the insane.
a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.

Yep - it was all of that and more - thank you lovely Sewing Friends - we share a special bond.

p.s Look at this amazing version of my Modern Applique pattern made by Helen who pretends shes not sewing each week but rustles this hand sewn beauty up while no one's looking! Isn't it gorgeous?!