just a little shout out for squam - registration for the fall session (which is held sep 10-14) closes this friday. i'm honored to be teaching there again this year - in the treehouse sewing studio, with bundles of old clothing ready to be made magical again with some imagination and cheer!
i was so nervous last year to share this workshop for the first time - i don't consider myself to be an expert or 'teacher'...and i look at other teachers who really seem to have their stuff together!! with like degrees and training and actual skillful knowledge!! i felt inferior. and then i set up all my baskets of fun things in this gorgeous space...breathing deep...waiting for my group of sewers to arrive...and they were the lovliest, friendliest most creative bunch of women - it felt like some friends coming together to have a craft day. and i realised that i don't have to be an 'expert', but that i can just hold the space and share my love for creating and allow things to just unfold - and we can all just learn and get inspired from each other!
this is my 4th year of going to squam - the first year i nervously went with my little rack of skirts to sell at the art fair - unaware of the fact that i'd be meeting my tribe and slowly finding my creative groove after a third baby and a third overseas move and being in a dark place as a result. each session after that first one i went to vend at the fair - seeing the same friendly faces each time, meeting new ones and feeling braver and stronger each time i put my creations out there to sell (it can be scary). finally i was able to save up and attend a session which was so delicious...and then to be invited to hold a class there - well, i was and am beyond honored. i'm really looking forward to a new group of alternative stitchers, the walk through the woods to the dining hall to eat food i have not prepared myself, sleeping in a cozy cabin and just the *fill-me-up* feeling that hangs out at squam !
if you are at all able to attend, i highly recommend it! and if you are withing a coupla-hour-drive from the squam lakes region of NH, definitely come to the fair on the saturday night and squeeze in some squam vibes!
(photos taken last year by kaitlyn bouchard)