I'm so excited to FINALLY be able to tell you about the upcoming retreat at my home studio with my friends, Jennifer Allred and Amy Bowling!!  They're amazing stitchers and are so fun to learn from.  Our schedules have aligned and even though I know it's short notice, I hope you'll join us!  I picked up a needle and thread for the first time in years back in March at the retreat I attended in Albuquerque - and then again in Nebraska when I taught at Handmade U. It was so much fun I haven't been able to stop and I'd love to have you join the three of us!

If you've ever wanted to hang out with my friends and I for a weekend of lettering, stitching, eating, laughing, crafting, shopping and donuts - this is your chance! 

The retreat begins Friday, October 25th at 5pm and continues through Sunday, October 27th at noon.  All meals are included - dinner on Friday, all three meals on Saturday and brunch on Sunday.  All the supplies you'll need for every project are also included - although you are welcome to bring embroidery scissors, any thread or embellishments or projects you're currently working on. We'll be happy to work with you on airport pickups if needed.  You'll need lodging near Shawnee, and I'm happy to send you a list of nearby hotels and Air Bnbs if needed. Cost for the weekend is $380.00. 

All the fun will be at my home studio - stitching, lettering, some other fun crafting, and we'll be wearing comfy clothes - no need to dress up!  We'll start with mini Christmas samplers on Friday night learning basic stitches if needed, then do some local KC shopping on Saturday morning and head back for lunch and a lettering project in the afternoon. We'll be lettering on ornaments and making collaged paper gift tags, and you'll get practice packets to help you with lettering your Christmas cards (or New Years cards...or Valentines...) We'll do another project on Saturday before dinner and then spend the evening slow stitching and using lots of trims and embellishments, and sharing stories - be prepared for lots of laughing, learning and meeting new friends!  

Please don't feel you can't come by yourself - we're a gang of nice girls and you'll be welcomed with open arms!  You won't be a stranger for long and I look forward to meeting all of you! 

Here's some info on my fabulous friends (one of the stories of when we met is pretty hysterical and I might be talked into telling it....) 
     Jennifer is a hand stitching, Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) advocating, baseball loving, faith-filled wife and mama to 3 amazing boys. She also loves connecting with women to help them feel beautiful and brave in their personal style. She loves sunshine, unicorns, and texting completely with GIF’s and emojis!
     Follow along with her current stitching inspirations on Instagram at @stitchalongwithjen.  Feel free to join in and “stitch-a-long” with her while you are there.  For all other life shenanigans hop on over to her personal feed @jenniferallred where you will often find her practicing 40-something selfies!
     Amy loves hiking, fresh sour cream donuts, & creating with color! While stitching, she uses thread to paint, doodle, & letter - but only when it's fun! She lives in Topeka, Kansas, with her husband & three teens, but Texas was home for 22 years. Her favorite way to take a picture is with a big smile & her arms spread wide!
     For most of the past five years, Amy & her family have loved & learned from several foster children who will always have a special place in their hearts. 
I hope you'll join us - if you have ANY questions, please email me at galenation@galenation.com and I'll answer as quickly as possible!