It's FALL!!! Aren't you excited out there???? I love, love, love FALL! The colors, the weather, the smells...and my "day of arrival" (a.k.a. Birthday) is in November. Anyhoo...October has already proven to be a very busy month! Seeew many things happening in addition to everything we had going on before! I don't think there is ever a day that the "Mothership", Christine and I leave before 11pm. Regardless, there is much to be "thankful" for...we woke up today, still have our health, our family....and all of you!
When I think of Autumn, I think of the gorgeous Oregon countryside which then leads me to the genre of Country music and well....here we go! Who has seen the "Forever Country" video? When Dolly appears....chills. Love this...seriously. It's amazing. Not only do country roads take you home...but they also take you to your favorite quilt shop!
At the beginning of the month we hosted our 2nd Annual Wool N' Harvest Retreat Workshop with designer, Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms! Where does one even begin? Can I repeat myself? We love Autumn! My biggest reason for moving out of Florida was I missed the seasons and geography of Oregon. At Disney, the first time that temperatures dropped below 75, every VIP Guide was dawning the VIP Blazer. I know...Oooooooooh. Awwwwwww. Seeew it's seeew refreshing to be able to live in the PNW and experience the glory and majesty of fall!
Kathy is truly amazing. For our workshop she designed an exclusive three-block Harvest themed project that could be made into a wall hanging that celebrates the beauty of the season. The best part is, she designed it exclusively for our workshop! Have you tried creating wool projects on textured backgrounds from Diamond Textiles? The end result is stunning and sophisticated! I will add that wool projects made with quality hand-dyed wools are not cheap. I'm always surprised when someone thinks wool is the cost of fabric or felt. Uh...no.
Seeew, now we get to the good part! I could sit here and type how amazing everything is, but see all of these lovely people in the photos? Well, I wanted to get their take on the workshop! I send a big thank you to those who shared their experience!
Lisa Moore a local Oregonian wrote: "Hi there! I had a wonderful time @ the Wool n Harvest workshop! I took the class because I've always wanted to make something with wool & Autumn is my very favorite time of year. It was fun to meet new people, work alongside other ladies, & try something new! I loved the projects, & the designer too-she was very friendly. The meal/table setting was lovely! All of it was great-glad I went & look forward to next years event! And your BEAUTIFULLY decorated shoppe always inspires me! You are all awesome-great job on all of it-Thank you seeeewwww much😉👏👏👏 sincerely, Lisa Moore"
Pat Godkin came up from California to attend. I remember Pat from last year's Homespun & Holly so it was nice to see her come for a different event! She wrote a lot but here are some of the things she had to say! BTW, Pat recommends her local shop In Between Stitches if you're ever in Livermore, California!
"I traveled from Livermore, CA for Wool and Harvest workshop this year because I like wool appliqué, I like Kathy Cardiff's designs, the catering is outstanding and my husband gets to hike on the fabulous trails nearby. I loved these three blocks, each one had very different autumn elements and complimented each other. You could add buttons or charms, borders for pillows or design a quilt. Everyone was extremely friendly, helpful and the customer service excellent."
Longtime customer Jayne Cohen had a lot to say too! During the workshop the "Mothership", Christine and I had to do some intricate cutting of the third block kit (the pumpkin) seeew Jayne missed us being on the floor. Awww...super sweet. We love seeew-cializing but sometimes we end up being the "Father of The Bride" if ya know what I mean. Running around freaking out about hot dog buns and swans. Think about the movie...and then you'll understand what I'm saying.
Anyway, here's what Jayne had to say!
"I love coming to your workshops because it's FUN! The projects are creative and useful for the specific season plus I learn something new each time I step into your shop. You make everyone feel special each and every time we walk into your shop. The samples, the kits, the people and the beautiful environment welcomes me home each time I walk thru the door. Additionally, you offer us discounts that are irresistible! I wasn't going to buy anything...but how could I not? Thank you so much for everything you do to keep my creative juices flowing 💜"
I always love it when we see new faces mingling with the familiar. This truly is the best part. The fact that five strangers can sit together, create, share stories and more....is exciting to me. I don't know why. Doesn't it feel good to look up from the phone and engage????
Another Oregonian, Natalie Weninger wanted to attend Wool N' Harvest to expand her embroidery skills and learn new tools. This was her first time attending one of our workshops and she "felt spoiled." She loved the warm colors of the projects but since she loves Sunflowers...that block was her favorite! Here's what else she had to say!
" It was so much fun! I learned new things, met really great people, shared ideas and exchanged social media sites so we can stay in touch. I have to add that lunch was over the top! Both food and presentation were fantabulous! I love being spoiled. Thank you ~ I will come again!"
For Karen Kraus of Portland, this was her second time attending Wool N' Harvest. Karen attends our seasonal workshops to "learn new ideas and tips to improve my own work. I also come to meet and collaborate with others that are as interested as I am in creating something beautiful." In regard to this year's project, Karen wrote: "I will say I really loved the project this year, the food was exceptional, and I enjoyed the day overall."
A favorite part of any designer workshop is when they bring their samples to share! Why do samples always look better in person? We carry all of Kathy's patterns in-store and in our on-line store.
I hope you have enjoyed this little peak into our Wool N' Harvest Workshop! Hopefully you'll be able to join us for one of our workshops or classes in the future! As for those of you who attend, thank you seeew much for spending the day with us. Your support is completely appreciated!
Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian