29th November 2019

The countdown to the end of 2019 is well and truly on and we don’t know about you, but there are days we’re feeling a tad weary as the hustle and bustle of the year that’s been catches up with us! 

Just as we felt the weariness sweep over us, the Sep/Oct issue of Needlepoint Now arrived and in it, Coni Rich’s ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ article had just the antidote. 

Finding she had 11 full days to herself, Coni set about doing what she wanted whenever she wanted to do it. This included eating according to her appetite and putzing about – engaging in inconsequential or unproductive activity – in her apartment wearing clothes that hadn’t seen the light of day in some time. Playing music too loudly, watching romantic comedy movies on an endless loop, but perhaps most importantly stitching into the wee hours each morning.

This freedom from her everyday got her thinking about what a formalized ‘Stitcherpringa’ or Stitching Retreat would look like.

After going into endless detail upon detail about the luxury of such an escape, we found ourselves doing a little bit of blue sky dreaming about what our own stitching retreat would look like.

For some of us, it was an overseas affair as we dreamt of stitching for seemingly endless hours in transit on the way to an exotic location. For others, it was a quick weekend getaway where the ‘pressure’ of just a couple of days to indulge our love of needle and thread would keep us focused on the task at hand. Whilst for several of us, it was simply setting aside a time and place at home we could retreat to each and every day to indulge our passion, no matter the whirlwind circling around us.

What about you, what is your ideal stitching sanctuary? No matter how practical or fanciful it may be, email, we can’t wait to hear from you!

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