Saturday, November 2, 2013

Need a Getaway?

Need to get away? Want to go somewhere where there are no dishes to be washed, no laundry calling, no one demanding to know what's for dinner? Have I got a place in mind? Heck, YES! Callaway Gardens' School of Needle Arts.

This is the place to huddle with Carole Lake and Michael Boren to plot and plan how to stitch that gorgeous canvas that you bought and haven't a clue how to stitch.  This is where you can study under the most famous and skilled needle artists on the planet--Marnie Ritter (complex original stitches) and Joan Thomasson (those fabulous angels) and Dorothy Lesher (amazing embroidered figures).  You can learn how to embellish a design with Meredith Willet's or Sylvia Marmariu's help and use those skills later on your own canvases.  You can study Japanese Embroidery or learn amazing filling stitches and borders from Ann Strite-Kurz.  You can create Lois Kershner's landscapes or Terry Dryden's geometrics, all in a lovely garden setting with meals ready when you are. There's even a shop to pick up things you never knew you needed!

You can choose small pieces or complex, and never pay more than $225 in class kit fees (most kits are much less).  The study halls cost you nothing!  I can see why Callaway has the reputation of being the coziest and cheapest of all the seminar experiences.

If you want to treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime seminar that is small scale and friendly, or if you just need to go somewhere to be with others obsessed with needlework, Callaway is the place.

Me, I'm eyeing Once Upon a Time.  Wonder if I can get away next January?

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